Nectar is one of the leading bed-in-a-box mattress companies, known for its affordable, high-quality mattress range. Its flagship product, the five-layer Nectar Memory Foam mattress, promises exceptional value, comfort, and support - but is it good enough to make it into our best mattress guide?
In this Nectar mattress review, we put the award-winning mattress to the test, to help you decide whether it's the right option for you. If you want to try it yourself, you'll find today's best Nectar mattress deals on this page too.
What is the Nectar Memory Foam mattress?
- Medium-firm comfort level
- 11 inches deep, with five layers
- Made from gel memory foam and foam
The Nectar Memory Foam is Nectar's best-selling mattress. It's also the cheapest option available from the sleep company, which has offices in San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv and London. (The other mattress in the US range is the Nectar Lush, which costs over $500 more for a queen size.)
Comprised of five different layers, there's a super-soft quilted memory foam mattress cover on top, followed by a gel memory foam layer, which serves to distribute your weight and body heat to keep you cool.
Next, an adaptive hi-core memory foam adds extra support, helping avoid the sinking feeling that can come with some foam-based mattresses. Under this, a base layer helps stabilize the materials above and offers another layer of support, while the bottom mattress cover prevents slippage on your bed frame (it works with any type) or the floor.
The Nectar mattress comes in US, UK and EU sizing. In the US there are six different options, ranging from a twin all the way up to a California king.
Depth: 11 inches
Firmness: 6.5/10 (10 is firmest)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Delivery fee: free
Return fee: free
Trial: 365 nights
It's a bed in a box, which means it'll be delivered free of charge to your doorstep, rolled up in a vacuum-sealed box. All you have to do is take it out of the box, lay it down and let it expand. Alternatively, for an extra $149 you can choose the White Glove service, where a Nectar representative will set the mattress up for you, and remove your existing mattress.
One area where Nectar really stands out is its industry-leading 365-night sleep trial, and the company's impressive forever warranty. Nectar is so confident you'll love the mattress, it gives you a full year to trial it - that's three times longer than the 100-night trial offered by most other mattress companies. You'll typically get just a 10-year warranty for other mattresses, too; not a whole lifetime's warranty. These are huge perks for first-time memory foam customers, who may need a bit of time for their bodies to adjust to the new material.
If you decide your Nectar mattress isn't a perfect fit, Nectar offers free returns within the 365-night trial period. The company will refund you, and the mattress will be donated or recycled.
Nectar Memory Foam mattress: price
- Cheaper than Purple and Casper
- Sold with two free pillows worth $150
The Nectar Memory Foam mattress sits at the more affordable end of the mattress market. At full price, it's now an upper mid-range mattress: Nectar increased the official price by $400 over the summer. But the company has continued to sell it at the previous, cheaper prices via a lengthy sale, which keeps the Nectar mattress comfortably in the cheaper mid-range bracket.
That means you can buy the Nectar mattress for significantly less than other leading memory foam mattresses. Brands like Purple and Casper, for example, offer queen-sized mattresses for around $1,000 - that's at least $200 more expensive than what a queen-sized Nectar mattress is normally sold for ($799).
Here's the 'official' (and actual) pricing for all sizes
- Twin: $898 (usually sold at $499)
- Twin XL: $968 (usually sold at $569)
- Full: $1,098 (usually sold at $699)
- Queen: $1,198 (usually sold at $799)
- King: $1,398 (usually sold at $999)
- Cal King: $1,398 (usually sold at $999)
However, where Nectar really stands out is through the fantastic promotions it runs throughout the year - which make the mattress even better value. Firstly, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is virtually always sold with two free pillows (worth $150).
Recent deals, though, have been even better. Over the summer, we've seen the Nectar mattress sold with even more free accessories, such as a mattress protector and sheet set (as well as the two premium pillows) - worth up to $399 in total. Throw in the 365-night sleep trial and forever warranty, and it's clear that the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is exceptional value for money.
How comfortable is the Nectar mattress?
- Extremely comfortable and supportive
- 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale
- Doesn't get too hot at night
Nectar classifies the memory foam mattress as medium firm, rating it in the middle of the firmness scale at 6.5 (10 is the firmest) - and we would agree.
We tested the Nectar mattress for over two months. Two of our reviewers were first-time users of a memory foam mattress, and it took them a few nights to get used to the soft, cushioned feel of the Nectar mattress, compared to a standard box spring mattress. After they adjusted, they loved how the mattress contoured to their bodies, providing full, tailored support, while cushioning pressure points like shoulders and hips.
Overall, we found that the Nectar mattress manages to deliver a fantastic balance of softness and firmness, providing luxury comfort without the feeling of sinking into the mattress.
Edge support was good - we didn't notice any sagging when sitting on the side of the mattress, or getting in and out of bed. We also found the cooling properties of the Nectar mattress to be excellent, especially during the hot summer season.
We had wondered whether a memory foam mattress designed to hug the body would cause us to overheat during the night, but we stayed cool all night long. Whether this was down to the gel-infused foams and breathable fabrics, as Nectar claims, we don't know - but it was certainly cool over the summer.
Something to keep in mind though: one of our stomach-sleeping reviewers found their hips sinking in, which became uncomfortable after a while. It'll depend on your weight, but if you sleep on your front your body might not benefit from this type of mattress. The best way to find out is to use the 360-night trial and see how you get on.
Anything not so good to know about?
- Can take between 24-72 hours to fully expand
- But you can still sleep on it straight away
Honestly, we had to nit-pick the fine details to find anything we could mention here. It's worth noting the setup time though. It took just over 48 hours for the Nectar Memory Foam mattress to fully expand after opening the vacuum-sealed bag - that's longer than some of the other bed-in-a-box mattresses we've tested.
It's well within the time period Nectar says to expect, though. The website states that it usually takes between 24-72 hours to expand fully - but you can safely and comfortably sleep on the mattress right away. We found that the corners and ends of our mattress took the most time to fully develop, so just bear in mind that you might have to wait a day or two for optimal sleep performance.
The other thing to consider is that if you're switching from a regular spring mattress to the Nectar mattress, it might take some time to get used to the memory foam. Although Nectar does provide one of the firmer memory foam mattresses around, it could take a while to get used to the feeling of the mattress contouring to your body shape, especially if you're a stomach sleeper.
Nectar mattress: user reviews
- Average score of 4.5/5 from over 20,000 user reviews
- Majority say they love how comfortable it is
- A few think the edges could be firmer
Our reviewers loved the Nectar mattress, but everyone's experience of a mattress is different - your shape, size, weight and sleeping style can all affect how comfortable you find a mattress. So we also combed through hundreds of user reviews to build a more rounded picture of what the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is like to sleep on.
Overwhelmingly, the mattress gets positive reviews from customers. On the Nectar website, it boasts just over 4.5 out of 5 stars, from over 20,000 customer reviews (September 2020). On Amazon, too, the mattress scores wells, with an average of 4 out of 5 stars from 1,800 reviews. Users consistently praise its comfort and cooling properties, with several reviewers claiming the mattress helped relieve aches and pains during the night.
There were, of course, some negative reviews. These mainly consisted of users complaining that the mattress was too firm or soft for their liking, and that it took a while for their bodies to adjust. Some commented that the sides of the mattress weren't as firm as they would have liked for sitting on the edge, but many more reported firm edges with no sagging at all. We also noticed several people pointing to subpar customer service, with some saying they had difficulty getting in contact with the company. (Bear in mind these recent complaints were made during the pandemic.)
One thing to keep in mind: if you order the Nectar mattress through Amazon, you'll be subject to Amazon's 180-day return policy - rather than Nectar's 365-night policy. Reading through the reviews on Amazon, we saw complaints from several customers who hadn't realized this.
Should you buy the Nectar Memory Foam mattress?
Yes. The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is easy for us to highly recommend. For comfort, quality, and sheer value for money, we think it's the best mattress you can buy. Ours was exceptionally comfortable and supportive, and kept us cool during the hot summer months.
We also liked that the firmness of the Nectar mattress helped the adjustment process from a regular box spring. The softness of the quilted memory foam cover provided ample comfort for our side and back sleeping reviewers too.
If you're looking to go all-out on your new mattress, and are willing to spend more, then you may prefer to try a luxury option like the plush Saatva Classic (from $799); an ultra-premium mattress, such as the Tempur-ProAdapt (from $2,999), or the ultimate cooling mattress - the Tempur-Breeze (from $4,199).
But if you're looking for outstanding value at a more affordable price, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is a clear winner. Add in the huge 365-night trial, forever warranty, and convenience of free bed-in-box shipment, and we think the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is a superb option for anyone who wants a brilliant night's sleep without spending thousands of dollars.