NECTAR Mattress Review 2017 - How Good Is the Nectar Sleep Bed really?
The Nectar mattress is a medium-firm yet supportive memory foam mattress which is especially suited for side sleepers who like firmer support but with padding added on top for additional comfort.
It comes at a great price and a very long trial period (365 days). Read on for our full review.
The Nectar Sleep Mattress - Quick Summary
NECTAR is a china made, medium-firm yet comfortable mattress. Aimed at sleepers of all positions, the NECTAR was designed to provide firm support with all of the comfort of a pillow top.
It's best suited for people looking for firm support that has padding added for comfort, especially for side sleepers. People looking for lush padding and "sink-in" or latex feel should look elsewhere.
UPDATE 10/28/2017: Many customers report negative experiences with Nectar's customer service. Some people waited months for their mattress, others canceled their order after waiting for multiple weeks. While the mattress itself seems to make most customers happy, you should be aware of these problems before buying. We have downgraded our rating of this mattress until these problems are resolved.
You Might Want To Pick the NECTAR Bed If:
Side Sleepers, Back Sleepers, Stomach Sleepers
Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and Cal King
What we like:
- Firm with great support
- Good for couples with minimal motion-transfer
- Long Trial Period (365 days) and “Forever” warranty
- Free Shipping and Returns
What we don't like:
- Not as plush as a pillow-top
- Minimal amount of “bounce”
- Some off gassing smell in the first 24 hours
- Customer Service is slow
- Mattress often not available which leads to long delays
In-Depth Review: The NECTAR Mattress
Based on the NECTAR features, we found this mattress to be an excellent choice for those focusing on firmness & support and durability.
Firmness: How firm is the Nectar?
NECTAR mattresses are well-known for being firm for support, soft for rest, and a touch bouncier than other premium memory foam products.
They are on the firmer side of the spectrum, but provide comfortable rest and pressure relief due to the upper comfort layers and the cover materials.
On a scale from 1-10, where 1 is feather pillow and 10 is cement floor, it is self-rated at a 6. This creates a plush but highly supportive mattress.
The design creates a long term support for your back and body while also maintaining a true comfort in the top layer.
You get the support of a firm mattress with the comfort of a pillow top that contours and supports your body. Designed to adjust to your body position and relieve pressure points, so you will rest easy with any sleeping position.
From our experience spring mattress sometimes sag at the edge, but the NECTAR was designed and built for consistent, and firm support from edge to edge.
This same technology prevents sagging in the middle, providing you with minimal motion adjustment, allowing your body to sink into the foam without disturbing your partner.
Users of the NECTAR report that the firmness is great for those who have back problems. They find that it is uniformly firm and supportive with just the right amount of “give” to feel cradled by the bed.
Couples report that there is a complete lack of motion transfer, allowing one partner to move around in the middle of the night without waking the other.
It should be noted here that many of the unfavourable reviews commented that it was too firm and they had a hard time breaking it in.
Some users purchased a topper to make it softer, but in general this mattress was more favourably reviewed by those seeking a firmer option.
Materials & Construction: It Is Made With All-Foam Layers
NECTAR is an excellent option if you are looking for an all foam mattress that sleeps cooler than the traditional memory foam alternatives. This 11” all foam thick mattress made from four special grade performance layers, all of which were designed with cooling and airflow in mind.
The Tencel Cover
Let’s start with the removable Tencel® cotton cover which is highly breathable. This cover is prepared with an aloe-based cooling layer to assist air wicking and does a good job at circulating air throughout the upper layer, optimizing circulation to wick heat and keep you cool.
It is also easy to clean. Just take off the cover (it zips around the mattress) and put it in the washing machine.
The Top Comfort Layer
Weight distribution and relief for pressure points are handled by the top 1” comfort layer, made from quilted gel memory foam to provide loft, air circulation, and perfectly contour to your body. This gel memory foam provides a softness and luxurious feel to the top layer.
Primary support, rebound, and bounce are created in the second 1” foam layer. This layer’s adaptive hi-core memory foam could be described as “lush,” and provides comfort in addition to support with 1-inch, four-pound, semi-open fast recovery gel memory foam.
The Transition Layer
Medical grade cooling and recovery levels are managed by the third 3” transition layer. This 3-inch, three-pound memory foam acts as transitional support layer between the upper and lower layers and also aids in cooling.
The Foundation Layer
Finally, deep compression support is provided by the 6” foundation layer made from a two-pound high-density foam. This breathing base layer reinforces the contouring layers, and also serves as a stable foundation.
Unlike other mattresses, the NECTAR is designed for any support surface and the warranty does not require the use of a box spring, a feature that many NECTAR users report as being helpful.
Many reviewers also love that the removable cover is washable and have reported success in receiving free-of-charge replacement covers.
Durability: How Long Does The Mattress Last?
With a lifetime, “Forever” warranty, this mattress is designed to last. A standard warranty in this industry is generally 10 years, with the average lifespan of memory-foam mattresses being approximately seven years with normal wear and tear.
NECTAR extends their warranty for the lifetime of the mattress, replacing the mattress at no charge for any defect caused by normal use.
In addition to normal wear and tear, NECTAR guarantees that body impressions will not sag into the foam more than 1 ½” over the lifetime of the mattress. If the impressions are more than 1 ½”, they will replace the mattress at no charge.
Size And Weight: XL Length Options Available
If you or your partner is taller than average, length is a very important factor. The NECTAR is not only available in standard sizes, but also comes in TWIN XL and CAL King.
The TWIN XL is helpful for those taller individuals, as it is the same width and height as the standard twin, however it is extended five additional inches. The CAL KING is also great for tall individuals, as it is the longest of the standard mattress sizes, measuring 84” long.
39” x 75” x 11”
39” x 80” x 11”
54” x 75” x 11”
60” x 80” x 11”
76” x 80” x 11”
72” x 84” x 11”
Thickness & Sheets Fit: Thinner Than The Average Memory Foam Alternatives
The NECTAR mattress measures-in at 11” thick, much thinner than many of the memory foam beds on the market. Most of these thicker options create bulk due to the extra foam and compression support layers, which is important for relieving pressure points from your body.
Thickness is an especially important consideration for heavier sleepers (whether you are overweight or simply larger). By utilizing advanced foams such as high-density foam in the compression support layer, NECTAR has the support of a thicker mattress without the added bulk.
The NECTAR, however, does not add any thick comfort padding layers, so people looking for lush padding may be disappointed.
Many memory foam mattresses are 14-16” thick to include this extra padding, which means that most fitted sheets may be a tad large for the NECTAR mattress. Look for sheets that are designed for a 11” thickness.
Temperature: Does The Nectar Sleep Cool Or Hot?
People who own the NECTAR comment that the mattress is great at preventing heat buildup and sweat during the night. Many commented that heat is something they have come to expect with foam mattresses and they were pleasantly surprised at the difference in NECTAR.
Air circulation is a critical component in controlling heat buildup, so every layer was built to wick heat and promote airflow. The top layer, the removable Tencel ® cotton cover, is prepared with an aloe-based cooling layer to assist air wicking. It is also designed to circulate air throughout the upper layers of the mattress.
Users note that the mattress is great at preventing heat buildup and sweat during the night. Many commented that heat is something they have come to expect with foam based competitors and they were pleasantly surprised at the difference in NECTAR.
The NECTAR is most closely compared to the Tempur-pedic, with both featuring Ultra Dense Foam and 11” or more depth. NECTAR claims their cooling system is more effective with breathing airflow and woven fabric as compared to the chemical bath cooling system featured by the Tempur-pedic.
Smell: Is There Off-Gassing Or Bad Smell?
Sometimes fresh foams have an off-gassing process when opening. NECTAR claims that any smells from their foam comes from being vacuum packed and not from chemicals. These smells are reported by most users, noting that they dissipate within 24 hours of opening the NECTAR.
Customer Service: How Good Is Customer Support Really And Are There Complaints?
Many customers complain about a lack of quality customer support after ordering a mattress. Long delays in delivery, customer support that was hard to get hold of and which often couldn't give any information about when the mattress would arrive or why it was delayed.
Taking all this into account we have downgraded our rating until we can report that these issues have been resolved.
The mattress itself is smartly packaged with a handle to make it easy to carry. It comes vacuum packed, allowing it to be efficiently shipped to you. Upon arrival, you simply unroll it, cut the plastic, and it expands overnight. If you don’t like it at any time within the first year, NECTAR allows you to return it, free-of-charge.
Warranty: How Good Is The Warranty And Guarantee?
NECTAR guarantees against defects in workmanship and materials for as long as you own the mattress. In the first five years of ownership, they will replace the mattress with a brand new one.
After five years, the make all attempts at repairing and re-covering the mattress but will replace it with a brand new product if repairs are unsuccessful.
They even cover body impressions greater than 1 1/2” in their lifetime warranty. If the cover is soiled or damaged during the cleaning process for any reason, they will replace the cover free of charge.
Eco-Friendliness: Does It Have Any Certifications?
NECTAR mattresses are made from premium Certipur ® memory foams. This not only provides superior support, but they also have a better environmental impact.
This certification ensures the materials are free of chemicals, gasses, ozone depleaters, PBDE flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for indoor air quality.
The top layer is also OEKO-TEX certified at the highest level to guarantee the materials are safe enough for use by babies and children.
Price: How Expensive is the Nectar Bed?
NECTAR skips the middlemen and sells direct to consumers, saving you money. This has allowed the company to offer very competitive prices for premium mattresses, coming in thousands of dollars less than some of its more traditional competitors.
Many reviewers point to the price being a determining factor their purchase and they were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the material and construction despite the low price tag.
A number of users mentioned that they originally bought the mattress for a guest room because of the price, and they liked it so much that they ended up using it in their room instead.
39” x 75” x 11”
39” x 80” x 11”
54” x 75” x 11”
60” x 80” x 11”
76” x 80” x 11”
72” x 84” x 11”
The Nectar Pillow
Currently Nectar is giving away two pillows for free if you buy one of their mattresses. So we took a closer look at the pillow to see if this is indeed a good deal.
The pillow is a shredded memory foam pillow and similar to the mattress it comes with a removable Tencel® cotton cover which is easy to clean by putting it in your washing machine.
The cover makes the pillow very breathable so you won't be sweating from excessive heat buildup.
In our experience it is a good idea to use pillows that pair well with the mattress you are using since it will help to support and align your spine. If you plan to buy the mattress than getting two matching pillows on top is a great deal.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Nectar
Can you put a mattress pad on top?
A thin gel pad can be added for additional cushioning; however NECTAR does not manufacture a mattress pad.
How do you unpack the mattress when it arrives?
It is recommended to unroll the mattress on top of a bed frame because it starts expanding as soon as the plastic is cut. Simply cut the plastic, unroll, and the mattress expands within minutes.
How does it compare to the Leesa mattress?
In-depth comparison coming soon!
Does it work on adjustable beds?
Is it easy to return if I don't like it?
Yes. Returns are free + 100% refund during the 365 day trial period.
Do I need to rotate the mattress?
Overall, the NECTAR mattress can certainly compete with other luxury mattress that cost much more. It will be a good fit for those looking for a new mattress on the firmer side while still looking for comfort and support at an affordable price point. The edge support and the motion transfer make this an excellent choice for couples.
While the mattress itself seems to make customers happy, many report delays in delivery and slow customer service.
- Overall Quality (downgraded due to customer support issues)
- Side Sleepers
- Back Sleepers
- Stomach Sleepers
- Eco Friendliness
- Value for Money (downgraded due to customer support issues)