Do you sleep on your stomach? Suffer from hip and shoulder pain after a night’s rest? What about night sweats? If you’re dealing with any of those issues, then you might need a new mattress. The Nectar Bed is a great, affordable investment for your bedroom that offers five layers of comfort and customization for your body. It also has cooling features that wick heat away from your body. Sounds too good to be true?
I recently got the opportunity to try out the queen-sized model, and I’m excited to share my findings to help point you in the right direction. If you carry a lot of weight, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading as we look deeper into this product. Nectar uses a combination of memory foam, base foam and gel quilting foam that offers a very supportive sleep surface which allows for that contour you expect from a memory foam mattress. So, without further adieu, let’s take a closer look!
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The Nectar Mattress Specs Table
Offgassing: I experienced little offgassing
Firmness Level: 7
Trial Period: 365 nights
Warranty – Forever warranty
Industry-Leading Sleep Trial
Just as you take special consideration when purchasing a new car, you want to take your time and really analyze your mattress options before you commit. Fortunately, when it comes to mattresses, you’re often allowed a sleep trial of around 90-120 days. This takes into consideration the fact that you don’t get the chance to lay on it before you click “Pay Now” as well as the understanding that it can take up to 30 days to break the mattress in.
I feel Nectar goes above and beyond in allowing their customers a full 365 days to try out their mattress before their purchasing decision becomes a commitment. Nectar, in turn, remains committed to their customers as they offer a free cover replacement at anytime during ownership along with their bed bug replacement guarantee. It’s always good to know that the company you choose to do business with doesn’t abandon you once you’ve converted into a sale.
Tencel Cooling Cover
For those concerned with bedbugs, you’ll be pleased to know that Nectar utilizes their Tencel cooling cover as a preventive measure to decrease your chances of falling into the 20 percent of Americans who will be impacted by these frustrating parasites that prey when you’re the most vulnerable.
But that’s not all Tencel is known for. The cover of the Nectar mattress blends Tencel and cotton, to create a sleeping-friendly environment, on a soft surface that feels as cool as it looks.
The Four Nectar Layers
Right beneath the cover is a one-inch layer of gel quilting foam. It serves a couple of purposes including providing a comfortable loft for proper circulation and adding that contour you’re looking for in memory foam. No matter what position I laid on, I found that the mattress conformed with my body easily. This allows that floating feeling you want to experience on your mattress. This top comfort layer is quilted using a premium process that most mattress companies avoid due to cost, but I can tell you that it’s worth the added investment in the way it makes the Nectar mattress feel.
Next, we arrive at the three-inch layer of gel memory foam. It’s at this layer where weight distribution takes place, and this serves to effectively reduce painful pressure points. Nectar’s semi-open Lush Foam holds five patents and is the most premium gel foam available. It’s expensive to produce and typically manufactured for use in the medical field. The Lush Foam directly absorbs and distributes heat and recovers perfectly to its original, untouched state.
The third layer we find is comprised of a ½ inch layer of adaptive hi-core memory foam. If you’ve never heard of this material, it’s probably because no other direct-to-consumer bed company builds Hi Core Adaptive foam into their mattresses. This is largely because the material is heavy and expensive to ship. Premium adaptive foam is an optimal inner layer for proper contour to your pressure points. If you carry lots of weight, this is a feature that could significantly improve your quality of life. Finally, we arrive at the 5 ½ inch breathing base layer. It’s molded to draw fresh air in through special channels.
Firmness and Sinkage Expectations
Nectar comes in one firmness setting, and, laying on it, I would say it’s a little more on the firm side. This can prove to further accommodate those who carry a lot of weight along with stomach sleepers. To give you an idea, consider the indentation load deflection. This number represents firmness with 12 being very plush and 50 being very firm. Most of your comfort in the Nectar mattress comes from the top two layers with ILD’s of 14 and 15.
When we get to the soft base, the ILD shoots up to 45 with the bottom base layer featuring an ILD of 55. I took a look at sinkage in the middle of the mattress applying 130 pounds to a nine by seven inch area. Medium products tend to sink around 6 ¾ inch. Here, you can see that I sink in about six inches, so this agrees with my detection of a slightly firm product on the medium spectrum.
Next, we took a look at edge support. Now, edge support is often lacking in all-foam products, so I thought Nectar would be the same. However, I was surprised at how well the very firm base layers were able to support me. I sat in various areas of the mattress noting the sinkage I experienced. For an all-foam product, I was impressed at the degree of support Nectar was able to maintain.
With some of the all-foam products I’ve tried out, I’ve noticed that, when I sit down forcefully, I can feel the baseboards of my frame beneath me. I liked how Nectar was supportive enough that this doesn’t happen. Furthermore, since edge support isn’t the strong point in bed-in-a-box models, I was surprised at the minimal compression created when placing all my weight on the edge of the mattress. This is where edge support is typically lacking the most.
The important thing about having a mattress with solid edge support is not just the fact that you can comfortably put on a pair of socks or fold the laundry while you’re sitting on the edge of the bed. When compression on the edges is kept to a minimum, you are much more comfortable in switching positions that could lead you to sleeping closer to the edge of the mattress. Good edge support, the way I see it, allows you to enjoy the edges of the mattress almost as comfortably as the middle section.
Comfort and Support
I bought my first memory foam mattress in 2006. Since that time, memory foam technology has come a long way. Back then, it could be difficult to get in and out of bed, move around and sleep cool. I think Nectar does a great job at accentuating the benefits of memory foam while counteracting those common downsides in its more traditional form. I was particularly impressed with the weight limit on this mattress as it’s capable of adequately supporting up to 400 pounds of individual weight and an impressive 800 pounds of combined weight.
If you do carry a lot of weight and have struggled in the past finding a product that would support you and stand the test of time, I definitely think Nectar is worth consideration. Now, it is a little on the firm end, so this may not be the ideal choice for those who don’t carry much weight. However, you may find the comfort of the upper, plusher layers of the mattress to offer the contour that works for you.
One important thing to mention at this point is that the Nectar doesn’t really feel like all the other memory foam mattresses you might have slept on. There is a general expectation of memory foam to be very soft and have superior sinking abilities. The Nectar mattress isn’t about hugs and high sinkage, it’s about providing body support for particular sleeping positions.
Keep in mind that the core of the mattress is high-density polyfoam, which not only makes this firmer than most memory foam mattresses, but is also made to last.
Nectar Motion Isolation Capabilities
If you have a sleep partner who makes it difficult to sleep when they move around or get in and out of bed, motion isolation is a component you want to pay close attention to. One of the primary benefits of memory foam is its ability to counteract motion transfer, and I think you’ll appreciate Nectar’s ability to keep it minimal. I found that, when I dropped a 20 pound medicine ball on the mattress, it did bounce a couple of times before coming to a rest. This demonstrates why it is pretty easy to move around. I then scooted that ball to the side and dropped another 20 pound ball next to it. The resting ball was barely impacted even when I dropped the other ball very close. For sleep partners, I think Nectar is a great option to consider as the layers of memory foam act to absorb motion very well.
Breathability and Temperature Regulation
We got a look at how Nectar incorporates the Tencel cooling cover, Lush Foam and circulation ventilation techniques to facilitate cool sleep, so, using my thermal imaging camera, I watched to see how long it would take the mattress to cool down after laying on it for 30 minutes in a room temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average time it takes in my experience is about 10 minutes. It took Nectar twelve and a half minutes, so, it’s a little bit longer than average. It’s important to understand that, since Nectar utilizes memory foam, this time isn’t too bad, and I was able to sleep cool through the night. However, if sleeping hot is something you suffer with to a high degree, you may want to seek out a product designed with heat transfer capability as a primary goal.
There are various watchdog organizations in place to ensure aspects of business such as environmental stewardship and quality are in place for customers to rely on. Nectar is both Certi-PUR US and OEKO-TEX certified. Just some of the regulatory standards this ensures they meet include:
- Banned Azo colorants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium and nickel
- Mattresses made without ozone depleters
- Mattresses made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
These certifications give you peace-of-mind in knowing that Nectar is willing to be scrutinized by these watchdogs in their manufacturing process to ensure the delivery of quality to customers.
How the Nectar Mattress Works with Different Sleep Positions
When picking the right mattress for your needs, it’s important to factor in your own unique circumstances. What works for me may not work for you, so let’s take a moment to see how different sleep positions will impact your experience with the Nectar mattress layer construction:
You’ll likely notice cradling of the hips, but the supportive lower layers keep them from sinking in too deep. This can help reduce back pain, especially if your current mattress has degraded to the point where support is minimal.
If you do carry a lot of weight and sleep on your stomach, you may want to seek out a firmer product to ensure you have adequate support.
If you sleep on your back, your lumbar area requires the right combination of support and contour, and the use of high-density base foam and memory foam comfort layers does an excellent job at giving this area of the body what it needs.
When you sleep on your side, areas like your hips and shoulders jut into the mattress with increased force. This makes uniform pressure relief very important, and Nectar was able to do a great job at catering to these pressure points in my experience.
Considering the firmness of the Nectar mattress, I think this could be a good fit if you sleep primarily on your stomach. It could also be preferable if you like to feel like floating atop your mattress rather than sinking into it. If you’ve always preferred a firmer mattress and shied away from memory foam, I think this is the product you’ve been waiting for. Not only can you enjoy the contour memory foam has to offer, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the firmness level of your preference.
Consider Your BMI Before You Buy
Many think soft and plush when they hear a product contains memory foam. Keep in mind, this isn’t always the case. As mentioned, Nectar is slightly on the firmer end of the spectrum. Because of this, if you don’t weigh a whole lot, you may find it to be too hard.
I have come across several reviews of people likening sleeping on this product to sleeping on a board or laying awake tossing and turning. Before you buy, I’d strongly suggest you consider your body mass index.
Based on your weight alone, it’s difficult to determine how you’ll experience any sleep product. However, your BMI, which reveals your body fat based on weight and height, can provide a better idea of what to expect.
If you have a BMI of less than 19, I don’t think Nectar is going to be the best option for you in terms of the firmness. You would likely prefer something plusher. If your BMI is between 19 and 25, there’s a good chance this will work for you, but, if you typically prefer a plusher mattress, you might want to keep shopping. If your BMI is over 25, I think you’ll be happy with the firmness offered by Nectar.
Keep in mind, Nectar does offer their industry-leading sleep trial. There are many excellent qualities to be taken advantage of with this product. If you’re unsure if the firmness will be right, it never hurts to try! You get a full year to return it for your money back.
Catching National Attention
If you’re like many people, a company’s reputation is important, and Nectar is gaining positive attention on a national scale. If you watch much television, you may very well have seen one of their commercials, and CNBC recently ran a piece regarding their efforts to boost sales.
I think much of their success has to do with the fact that they let you try out their product for a full year. In less than one year, Nectar sold more than 50,000 beds and generated more than $35 million in revenue as reported in November 2017. The company has steadily grown by 20 percent each month. Aside from the impressive trial period, a few other reasons behind their success include:
Helpful Sleep Tools, Even if You Don’t Make a Purchase
I liked the fact that, even if you don’t purchase their product, Nectar offers various tools on their website to help you enjoy better sleep. These include:
Sleep calculator that helps you determine what time to go to bed based on the time you need to wake up. It also provides useful information regarding:
- Sleep cycles
- REM sleep
- How much sleep you need based on ages from newborn to older adults
Mattress size guide that maps out how beds are sized and terminology used for mattress sizes so you can find the right one for your needs. They provide detailed information on:
- Twin XL
- California king
Sleep position guide that provides useful information about the various sleep positions and what they say about your personality and mattress needs. It also offers a very thorough FAQ section. Positions covered include:
- Log Roller
- The Yearning Dreamer
- Sleepy Soldier
- The Shooting Star
- The Skydiver
- The Baby
- Couples Sleeping Position
Better Sleep e-Book
You’ll have to enter your email address for this one, but Nectar’s Better Sleep eBook helps you optimize your sleeping habits by partnering with top sleep experts to create an ultimate guide. They provide tips on how to get the most restful sleep like adding room-darkening shades to your bedroom.
Maintenance, Protection, Care, and Warranty
Overall, I found the Nectar mattress to be highly supportive with its two base layers. It also offers a high degree of comfort through the use of its contouring memory foam. If you struggle with painful pressure points or have a sleep partner, I think Nectar is worth serious consideration. If you think this mattress could be the one for you, let’s take a moment to understand how to make your investment last by discussing protection and maintenance as well as the warranty.
365-Night Sleep Trial
Nectar features the industry-leading 365-night sleep trial. This allows you a full year to try out the mattress before you have to make your final decision. Along with your sleep trial comes an equally-impressive Forever Warranty.
Important Things to Remember
Every time you invest money into a product that’s designed to help you sleep better, there is no such thing as too much research. I’ve included all the need-to-know information in this review, but I want to quickly wrap-up the most important features that one must take into account if they’re still hovering over that “Buy Now” button:
- The durability expectations of the Nectar mattress are somewhere in between six to eight years. That’s because the memory foam used in the construction of the mattress is above average, meaning it should last longer before being subject to the ever-present wear and tear.
- The Nectar mattress is not the most breathable product I’ve tested, but considering that it’s made entirely out of foam, it’s not that bad either. However, those of you that have problems with high temperature during the night might want to look for a hybrid, maybe something that combines latex and innerspring.
- The Nectar mattress does show a slight tendency of off-gasing, but leaving the mattress in a well-ventilated space for 24 hours should solve that problem.
- Motion isolation is excellent, as one would expect from a memory foam mattress. Tests have shown minimal disruption in many scenarios, which means that you and your sleeping partner won’t disturb each other’s sleep with any of your movements.
- The mattress is medium firm, so if you want a bed that will allow your body to sink in deeply, this is not that kind of product. It provides support where needed, and contours your body to alleviate you from those nasty pressure points.
Nectar Mattress Cost
Nectar is a great example of how far memory foam technology has come over the years. This product allowed me to move around with ease and sleep cool, much unlike my first memory foam product in 2006. I think Nectar’s 365 night sleep trial allows plenty of time to break your mattress in and make a very informed decision before you’re tied down. So, let’s take a look at the cost of the Nectar mattress with consideration of the size that will work best for you:
Nectar Reviews and Feedback
While the Nectar mattress could prove to be a little on the firm side for those who don’t weigh very much, I think it has a lot to offer for:
- Those who are heavier
- Those who sleep primarily on their stomachs
- Those who suffer with painful pressure points
Who We Recommend the Nectar Mattress For
The Nectar Mattress offers a high degree of support while incorporating the use of contouring memory foam. We recommend it for sleepers that carry more weight. If you think Nectar sounds like the mattress you’re looking for, let’s do a quick recap to highlight a few signs that it could work out well:
- You need a good mattress to accommodate sleep partners.
- You carry a lot of weight and need a product that can offer both comfort and appropriate support.
- You find you are developing painful pressure points in your current mattress.
- You like the feel of memory foam.
Our Final Verdict
Since Nectar is a little on the firmer end of the medium spectrum, I think it could be an excellent sleep solution for those who carry a lot of weight. It could also be a good product to consider if you spend a lot of time sitting or lying on the edge and want to take advantage of the feel of memory foam. While it did take slightly longer than average to eliminate body heat, I still think it did pretty well considering the top two comfort layers are comprised of memory foam.