What is Nectar Mattress?
Based on three years of development and 10,000 customer tests, Nectar Mattress promises to deliver healthier hypoallergenic materials, along with unmatched comfort, support, and a perfect night’s sleep.
And because they’re built using better quality materials and on a stronger base than the competition, this is one the reasons why Nectar claims they’re able to offer a "forever guarantee" on every USA-made mattress they sell.
Despite this higher quality, though, Nectar’s business model cuts out middlemen commissions and retail markups, allowing them to remain competitively priced.
After you have a Nectar mattress in your home, will you find that it really is the most comfortable mattress out there? Or, are there other direct-to-consumer options that might better serve your needs—and your wallet?
Stick with us as we briefly walk you through what we learned during our research so that you can answer these important questions.
What Features Will You Find With the Nectar Mattress?
The Nectar mattress is constructed from four different foam layers, all of which is CertiPUR Certified, meaning they’re made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP, mercury, or lead:
6" Breathing Base Layer – Made of high vegetable base, super core 5lb support foam, this layer acts as a stable foundation for the layers above. It boasts a 2.2 ILD rating (compared to the 1.5 rating often found with other mattresses), along with a molded design that allows fresh air to pass through a special channel.
3" Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam – This Hi Core 9.2 grade transition foam is wholly unique to Nectar mattresses, since it’s heavy and expensive to ship. From a sleep perspective, though, we’re told this recovery foam ideally supports the body while providing plenty of rebound and bounce.
1" Gel Memory Support Foam – Semi-open, medical grade viscoelastic memory foam that holds five different patents and is usually manufactured for medical use. In the Nectar mattress, it provides weight and heat distribution, along with pressure relief.
And once you’re finished sleeping, it will perfectly recover to its original, untouched state.
1" Quilted Gel Memory Foam – A quilted layer of gel cooling memory foam that promises to deliver better loft, breathability, and air circulation, while perfectly contouring to the body.
Surrounding these four layers is a Tencel cooling cover that features a specially milled and loomed design with long staple fibers. This way, it draws away heat, wicks moisture, circulates air, and helps maintain an ideal temperature when you sleep. It's even naturally bed bug resistant!
Nectar's Tencel covers are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Class 1 certified, making them safe enough for babies and children. If you need to spot clean, simply unzip and apply a mild detergent. Alternately, you can take it to your local dry cleaner.
In total, each Nectar mattress features four memory foam layers, surrounded by a Tencel cover to help maintain an ideal sleeping temperature. Image credit: Nectar
Nectar claims these four foam layers give their mattress a medium-firm feel (between a 5.5 and a 7.5 on the firmness scale), while allowing it to adjust to your body position and relieve pressure points, no matter how you sleep.
Nectar mattresses promise to work with all bed types, including box springs, divan and adjustable bases, traditional frames, platforms, and on the floor.
Once it arrives at your door, simply place the mattress roll at once end of the bed frame, cut open the first plastic layer and unroll, cut the second plastic layer, and watch your mattress expand.
Important note: While Nectar claims their mattress “off gassing is limited or non-existent,” they point out that you might recognize a new mattress smell for a few days. This is caused by the foam being vacuum packed—not from any chemicals—and should dissipate quickly.
How much will these features cost you?
How Much Does Nectar Mattress Cost?
While Nectar only offers one mattress model, they manufacture six different sizes:
- Twin: $500, or six monthly payments of $108
- Twin XL: $550, or six monthly payments of $114
- Full: $700, or six monthly payments of $139
- Queen: $795, or six monthly payments of $159
- King: $900, or six monthly payments of $175
- Cal King: $900, or six monthly payments of $175
Nectar’s White Glove service provides packaging removal, setup on your bed frame in the room of your choice, and old mattress removal for an additional $139.
Compared to many of the other direct-to-consumer mattress companies we’ve written about, Nectar’s financing is in-house and does not involve a credit check.
Nectar only ships their mattresses to the US and Canada, which is free. It will be sent via FedEx and will arrive at your door compressed in a reusable bag with handy straps. Weight will be between 45 and 89 pounds, depending on size.
Regardless of the size you purchase, all Nectar mattresses come with a 365-night trial and will be picked up for free if you’re not satisfied.
Here’s how Nectar’s Forever Warranty works: If your mattress is defective within five years, the company will replace it at no charge. If more than five years have passed, the company will repair and re-cover your mattress at a fee of $50 each way. This is waived if manufacturing defects exist.
There are some important stipulations to this, so be sure to read through Nectar’s Forever Warranty page on their website. Or, you can contact support at 888-8-NECTAR.
If you simply need to refresh your cover at any point, Nectar will send you one at no charge.
With this kind of warranty and these kinds of prices, what are customers saying about their Nectar Mattress experience?
Does Nectar Mattress Come With Positive Customer Reviews?
Nectar’s Customer Feedback
Whether from customers or industry professionals, Nectar seemed to have received nearly unanimous—and essentially identical—glowing reviews.
On their website, Nectar’s mattress had an average rating of 4.8 stars, with most compliments relating to high quality, exceptional comfort and support, competitive price, comfortable sleeping temperature, and solid customer service.
Of the few complaints, they seemed to reference preferences (i.e. not comfortable for one reason or another).
Was it much the same elsewhere online? In a word, yes.
We found a couple of user reviews on Reddit who mentioned great comfort and quality, despite their 245lb weight, although one found the heat retention to be a "little uncomfortable." They also reported a little off-gassing that dissipated within a couple of days.
A second customer mentioned that it’s easy to set up the mattress yourself, so they didn’t see much value in the extra cost for white glove delivery.
What Are Professionals Saying About Nectar Mattress?
- Comfortable, with great support
- Little-to-no motion transfer or off gassing
- Didn’t sleep hot
In the end, MemoryFoamTalk claimed Nectar could compete with much higher-priced mattresses, and was one of their top three mattresses for 2017.
SleepSherpa also seemed impressed by Nectar when writing that it’s “one of the best mattresses you can get for pressure relief.” They felt its defining feature was the quilted cover, noting they “hadn’t felt anything quite like this before.”
Note: The word ‘awards’ is featured prominently on the Nectar website, as well as in many third-party websites reviewing/promoting their mattresses. However, Nectar didn’t provide any insight into exactly which awards their mattresses have won.
We reached out to the company for additional details, and we’ll be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
Nectar Mattress vs. Casper, Leesa, Ghostbed, & Other Direct-to-Consumer Options
When online-only mattresses first made their appearance several years ago, one of the biggest benefits they promoted was that—unlike traditional mattress shopping—you weren’t forced to randomly choose from dozens of seemingly identical options. In other words, you knew precisely how they were different from retail options.
However, with so many online-only mattress companies now competing for your business, you might feel like you’re right back in that retail showroom, suffering from analysis paralysis. Given this, how can you find the option that suits you best?
After reviewing 15+ direct-to-consumer mattress manufacturers, we’ve learned that they’re a lot more similar than they are different. For example, nearly all:
- Feature 2-4 layers of foam; often a mix of polyurethane and latex
- Provide a medium-firm feel; generally somewhere between a 5.5 and 7.5 on the firmness scale
- Are priced somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 (twin) to $950 (CA king)
- Cut out the middlemen and provide significant savings compared to comparable retail models
- Arrive at your door in a vacuum-packed box for easy maneuvering
- Offer extensive in-home trials and relatively comprehensive warranties
Given these similarities, Nectar’s standout features seem to be its 365-night trial, which is more than triple the length of the nearest competitor (Novosbed at 120 nights).
For the money, it also comes with some unique features (such as the quilted foam layer and cover), as well as frequent customer feedback that you get more for your money with Nectar.
What’s the Bottom Line About Nectar Mattress?
We didn’t test Nectar Mattress firsthand, but it seems to have received some of the highest marks from customers and professionals, compared to the majority of other direct-to-consumer options we’ve written about.
It’s also competitively priced, and many of the reviews we read during our research indicated that you get more for your money with Nectar.
If you don’t experience the same, though, the company seems to stand behind their mattress with a 365-night trial—which is significantly longer than you’ll find anywhere else. And this is to say nothing about their unheard-of forever guarantee.
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I ordered my mattress on Valentine's Day with estimated shipping of on or before 2/16 (today). I didn't hear about the extreme back order until afterward, and naturally, I was extremely worried. I decided to give until today to see if the ship date got pushed back. If it did, I was going to cancel the order.
However, the mattress shipped yesterday (2/15) as the company promised, with an estimated arrival of Monday. It's currently halfway to me according to FedEx.
So far so good. I'll update my review of the mattress when I get it.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
Horrible service! Stay away!
I purchased the beginning of January. They said it would ship before or on January 31st, but now it says shipping on February 8th. Then I call and they said it could be pushed back further, but they won’t know yet. This is unacceptable. It’s not like I’m ordering paper towels and can supplement with other ones before it arrives. We’re talking about a bed that I’ve been waiting on. Buy somewhere else.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
1 out 3 people found this review helpful
Made in China and NOT bed bug proof
This company lies so hard! My bed got bed bugs even though they say it's bed bug proof. This is a big deal in New York, and what I found out is they LIE because no bed is bed bug proof. And now I find out they lie about where the bed comes from since they are made in CHINA.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
1 out 2 people found this review helpful
Best sleep I've ever had.
I spent months researching new mattresses. As most people, I looked at the big mattress stores here in town and quite frankly suffered from an acute case of sticker shock on virtually every mattress that I laid on and liked. My research took me to online retailers which invariably lead to ads popping up for a lot of "non-traditional" mattresses. The idea of buying a mattress sight unseen over the internet was, to say the least, disconcerting. But having heard the Casper mattress touted so heavily by people on talk radio, I thought I might delve more deeply.
A little about me. I am a 44-year-old man, 175 pounds and 6 feet tall. I have been diagnosed with a degenerative disc condition and for the past eight years or so have woken up in the morning after 4-5 hours of sleep in excruciating pain. Many nights I have awoken from sleep with my hands and lower arms tingling and in pain from poor blood flow. I am (or have been) primarily a side sleeper. My old mattress was a first generation memory foam 8" mattress which I purchased at Walmart.
When the mattress first arrived (which took about 6 days), it was very professionally packaged in such a fashion I was dreading having to cut any of the "bags" as they are very high quality. After opening the 1.5-inch mattress, it swelled very quickly to about 8 inches, and though there is a chemical smell to all memory foams, I was struck by the minimal smell. It gave my bedroom kind of a "new car" smell for about a day and a half, but we slept on it the first night with no complaints. The mattress took a couple hours to reach its full 11 inches and is actually a pretty sharp looking mattress. The cover is quilted with gel memory foam in the cover (which I love by the way) and the sides are a nice charcoal grey. I did put a quilted mattress cover on top of the mattress when I did finally make up the bed.
Sleeping on the mattress was an experience straight out of paradise. I have for years dreaded going to bed at night because I know I will wake up in pain. I woke up for the first time in nearly a decade with almost no pain. The mattress, though you do sink in somewhat, never felt like quicksand, more like a comforting hug. Nor did I sleep hot which is a common issue in memory foams.
My only complaint (and yes I have one) is in the pillows which accompanied them. They are so full of shredded memory foam that it drove my head into a neck-craning position and although memory foam does compress my head is not of a sufficient weight to do so, nor do I think anybody's is, I did awake as did the wife with a headache and sore neck.
On the upside, however, the pillows are manufactured with zipper access to the stuffing so I pulled out enough memory foam from the two pillows to fill a pillowcase to overflowing and will probably pull a little more out of both mine and my wife's pillows again. This negative point concerning the Nectar pillows does have a silver lining. I will probably be able to make two more pillows for a total of four pillows for the price of the two free pillows. Bonus!
All in all, a very high-quality mattress, which is as comfortable if not more so than the one I almost purchased from a "Big Box" mattress store for over $4000. I will, however, be sending a bill to Nectar for loss of work as I have been very reluctant to get out of bed in the morning and was late to work three days.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
10 out 15 people found this review helpful
Do not be fooled by the fake reviews, this is a Chinese mattress
First of all, this company is a total scam. They scrub their Facebook page of any negative comments, and there are lots. They are not honest and hide the fact these beds are cheap Chinese foam beds that won't last more than a few years. They lie that they are bed bug proof. We got one, and it reeked of chemicals and felt like cheap couch foam.
Buyer beware, they will not pay to pick it up like they advertise. The only people saying they are great are the reviewers who are making money off their reviews.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Jul 18, 2017
You say the bed won't last more than a few years. Have you had a Nectar Mattress more than a few years?