Nectar Mattress Review: Should You Buy The Popular Memory Foam Mattress?
Our expert tester tested the Nectar Memory Foam mattress for two weeks to assess its comfort, support, value for money and to determine who could benefit the most from their purchase. These are his honest thoughts.
Nectar was founded in 2016 in the United States and launched in the United Kingdom two years later. Despite their origins as a brand in the US, Nectar and its mattresses (made in the UK) have also become an extremely popular brand in the UK, wowing sleepers with their support product that comes with a very impressive trial period. In fact, that’s why it’s part of our guide to the best mattresses to buy.
There is only one Nectar mattress in the UK, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress, but the company has added bed frames, bedroom furniture and bedding to its portfolio (we recommend keeping a keep an eye out for attractive offers and giveaways on Complete Sleep by signing up for Nectar’s newsletter through its website). And, in the United States, you can choose from Nectar, Nectar Premium, and Nectar Copper, all made from memory foam.
We tested the Nectar Memory Foam mattress (the only option in the UK and the most affordable and popular option in the US) for two weeks in early summer when the weather was warm enough, but not the heatwave. Nectar claims their mattress is suitable for all styles of sleepers and offers exceptional support and cooling performance. Check out our unbiased review to find out how it fares.
How does the Nectar mattress smell?
If you’ve never slept on a memory foam mattress before, there are two things you should know. First, they smell. Not in a chemical way that would be a deal breaker. But it’s not entirely pleasant, and it will be there when you first unbox your memory foam mattress. Known as gassing, the smell is not dangerous, in fact, Nectar is Certipur certified which means there are no harmful chemicals in its foam.
In the two weeks that we did our Nectar mattress review, the smell has faded considerably, but be prepared to smell something a little plastic when you walk into the bedroom for at least two weeks. If the smell persists, Nectar recommends putting a small bowl of white vinegar in the room for a few days to help absorb the odor faster.
If you’re really lying on a mattress that doesn’t smell, you might want to take a look at our Emma Original mattress review.
What does NECTAR memory foam look like for sleep?
The second thing you need to know about memory foam mattresses is that they are dense. If you need a bounce back in your life, you’d better go with a traditional pocket coil or hybrid mattress, which is a mix of springs and foam.
But that’s only part of the Nectar mattress – and luckily, there are plenty of great things to do, too. When it comes to motion transfer, which is how much your partner’s movements bother you at night, the Nectar scored as well as any memory foam mattress. If sliding around in your other half overnight is a huge freak, or if either of you moves around a lot at night, we always recommend memory foam (rather than an elastic hybrid). We felt like we were sleeping on our own on the Nectar Memory Foam mattress, although it helped to revisit a Super King size so there was a lot of distance between the bodies.
● Recommended price: From £ 769 to £ 1,284
● Sizes: Single, small double, double, king, super king
● Filling: Memory foam
● Sleeping position: All
● Comfort: Medium-firm
● Trial period: 365 nights
● Guarantee: Forever
While our first night or two may have started with that ‘pull the springs’ feeling when we lay too firmly on the surface, it was only a matter of minutes before the memory foam kicked in. starts to give way and our joints start to feel cushioned and supported, as promised, which was awesome. You can also check out our guide to the best pillows, many of which also offer great memory foam support.
We slept well on the Nectar Memory Foam mattress throughout the two week experience, and best of all, we woke up without any of the usual aches and pains we usually attribute to a combination of manual labor and exercise. Could our old mattress be to blame? The proof was a convincing “yes”.
IS THE NECTAR MATTRESS GOOD VALUE FOR PRICE?
With suggested retail prices ranging from £ 769 to £ 1,284 (single-super king), the Nectar Memory Foam mattress isn’t the cheapest in its industry, but it isn’t the most expensive either.
We’ve broken down the prices to see what you’ll pay for each mattress size:
- US Twin / UK Single: $ 499 / £ 549
- US Twin XL: $ 569
- US Complete / UK Double: $ 699 / £ 699
- Queen of the United States / King of the United Kingdom: $ 799 / £ 799
- King of the United States / Super King of the United Kingdom: $ 1,099 / £ 899
- King of California of the United States: $ 1,099
The cost is certainly expensive, but compared to many other memory foam mattresses on the market, they are average. However, it should be noted that Nectar runs a lot of very generous promotions. So it’s worth spending time for a deal. In fact, you can see the best Nectar mattress deals right now here.
Plus, you can expect this mattress to last a very long time without losing comfort, making it a better investment in the long run.
WHAT IS NECTAR MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS MADE OF?
Nectar’s main USP – in terms of infill – is a generous 3cm thick memory foam slab (many other manufacturers only use 2cm memory foam). This is sandwiched between a breathable foam top layer to promote cooling and a zoned base layer, which relates to spinal alignment and support. In total, you’re looking for a depth of 25cm, which is pretty much standard for a decent memory foam mattress and looks great on the bed frame.
What didn’t we like?
To keep our review of the Nectar mattress as honest as possible, it’s important to mention a few of the downsides of the product. Because memory foam is very dense, it also tends to be heavy. This fact is not exclusive to the Nectar Memory Foam mattress, but because it has a thicker layer of memory foam, it contributes to the extra weight (the Super King we tested weighed 43.02 kg; approximately the weight of a healthy 12 year old boy!).
Heavy is also difficult to handle, so we didn’t appreciate the lack of handles when maneuvering the mattress into position. On the plus side, this is a non-spinning mattress, so you shouldn’t have to awkwardly move it very often. It would also be nice if the top cover was removable for washing. We recommend using a mattress protector to keep your Nectar memory foam mattress clean and hygienic, for good sleep hygiene. Check out our guide on how to clean a mattress if you need more information on keeping yours in top condition.
Who is the best Nectar memory foam mattress for?
Like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, Nectar memory foam caters to the masses. Firmness is usually the most important factor when looking for full comfort levels and the Nectar Memory Foam mattress is rated between 6.5-7.5 on the Nectar website (one being a feather pillow). and 10 a cement floor). This is a crowd-pleasing average-business rating, which the company says is “fair” to the majority of people.
While we cannot speak for all body types and sleeping positions, we can agree with Nectar’s Firmness Rating for adults of average weight and build (our tester and his partner are following the guidelines of Healthy BMI, fair!) Who sleep mostly on their side or back. A mattress that is too soft or too hard will negatively impact your joints whether it cushion them too much or not enough, so a medium firm rating is the holy grail, making the Nectar Memory Foam mattress a great choice.
DO YOU GET A TRIAL AND WARRANTY?
The Nectar Memory Foam mattress comes with an impressive 365 night trial period. This means that if on night 364 you decide it is not for you, they will come and get it for free and give you back the money you spent there. The only other mattress we know of with the same generous trial period is the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid, from sister company to Nectar.
If that’s not enough, the Nectar Memory Foam mattress also comes with a permanent warranty, which covers construction, materials, quality and durability. This applies to the life of the original purchaser – you can’t bequeath it to your children in your secured will, for example. In short, you don’t have to worry about the lifespan of the Nectar Memory Foam mattress. If not, you can request a free replacement.
Is the Nectar memory foam mattress worth it?
We would say the Nectar memory foam mattress is worth it if you are planning to buy a memory foam mattress to test how it can help you relieve back pain, neck pain or to the shoulders.
While there’s nothing overwhelming about the mattress itself in terms of construction or technology, the 365-night sleep trial is pretty rare and a huge plus (especially if you’ve never tried a memory foam mattress previously). Overall, this is the most comfortable memory foam mattress our tester has used so far, which makes it unique and well worth it for us.
WHAT DO ONLINE PURCHASES THINK?
A large majority of customer reviews online support the Nectar Memory Foam mattress. Even after years of use, numerous reports indicate that this mattress continues to provide excellent support and does not sag or sag. We have thoroughly researched negative reviews from Nectar customers on sites like Trustpilot etc. There were a few complaints about poor customer service and faulty mattresses, but the overwhelming majority were very enthusiastic in their love for the Nectar Memory Foam mattress.
WHAT DO ORDER AND DELIVERY LOOK LIKE?
Ordering and delivery was made very easy with the two-person service, which costs $ 27.25 / £ 20. The mattress arrived when we were told it would be carried by said men, who took it upstairs for us. They also called ahead with an ETA which was very helpful. Currently, free delivery is a “contactless” door-to-door process only, due to the pandemic.
You can also choose to pay $ 55 / £ 40 to have your old mattress removed, but this is a separate service from the delivery, which is not done at the same time which could be considered a bit counterintuitive in terms of carbon footprint!