I’m extra excited about this comparison because I’ll be sizing up two of the most popular all-foam mattresses in the game: Ghostbed and Nectar. From the outset these beds seem super similar, but there are tons of differences between them.
While I’m explaining what makes these mattresses unique, I’ll also be helping you decide which one is the right new mattress for you. In a rush? Click here to skip to the review summary.
Nectar vs GhostBed: Similarities and Differences
Before we dissect all the nitty gritty details that contribute to these beds’ unique feels, let’s take a second to chat about a few of their key similarities and differences. I’d also encourage you to check out the full GhostBed mattress review or Nectar mattress review for more information.
- Both the Ghostbed and Nectar are built entirely of foam. While this may lead some to think they have identical feels, their different foams result in distinct sleeping experiences.
- Both mattresses are great value buys, which is a nice perk for budget shoppers.
- Both mattresses offer great pressure relief, but depending on your preferred sleeping position you may prefer one over the other.
- The GhostBed feels firmer than the Nectar, which features pressure-relieving memory foam.
- The Nectar offers more sinkage, while the GhostBed offers more responsiveness and bounce.
- The GhostBed sleeps cooler than the Nectar thanks to its aerated latex layer.
Which is Better for You?
So which of these high-quality bed-in-a-box mattresses should you buy? Take a look at the list below to get an idea.
- If you sleep on your back both of these mattresses should work for you! The GhostBed will offer firmer support, and the Nectar will offer softer pressure-relief.
- If you sleep on your side the Nectar is the way to go. This memory foam mattress should cushion your pressure points well.
- If you sleep on your stomach the slightly firmer GhostBed could work for you. If you like an extra-firm feel, check out some of our best firm mattresses instead.
- If you’re a combination sleeper the bouncy GhostBed is the best choice for you. This bed makes it easy to move around and change positions at night.
- If you sleep with a partner the Nectar mattress is the better choice. You shouldn’t feel overly disturbed by a restless partner on this bed.
- If you sleep hot the cooling GhostBed might be the best choice. Its latex foams shouldn’t trap body heat overnight.
- If you’re a heavier sleeper (over 250 lbs) you probably won’t get the support you need on either bed. Most heavier folks need an innerspring or hybrid mattress to get enough support. I’d recommend checking out one of our best mattresses for heavy people if that sounds like you.
Nectar and GhostBed Mattress Feel Comparison
Next, let’s get into how these mattresses feel. Since everyone experiences the firmness level of a mattress differently (because of size and weight distribution), I decided to bring in three more testers to try out each of these beds. I’ll describe the average of our experiences below.
The Nectar has an average firmness rating of 7 out of 10. For reference, the mattress industry standard for medium-firm is a 6.5 out of 10. This means the Nectar is a firm mattress. However, because the Nectar is made of memory foam, it gets softer the longer you lie on it. So after about an hour or so on the Nectar it should have a more medium-firm to medium-soft feel.
I found its thick memory foam layers produced a gentle, pressure-relieving vibe. No matter the position I stretched out in, I could feel the material contouring to the curves of my body for some pretty intense sinkage. This body-contouring feel should work best for side sleepers or back sleepers who enjoy a memory foam mattress.
Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, may find the overall lack of support to be detrimental to their comfort as their hips sink out of alignment with their shoulders. I’d also say the “stuck” feeling you’ll likely experience with the memory foam makes it difficult to move around and change positions, which could be a no-go for combo sleepers.
The hug-like feeling of the Nectar could be a perk for couples. This mattress offers great motion isolation. This means you won’t feel movement from one side of the bed on the other, which is a perk for folks who want to avoid being disturbed by a restless partner.
I also gave the GhostBed a 7 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale, but because you don’t sink into it this bed feels firmer than the Nectar. This foam bed is very responsive, and I felt more “on top of” than “stuck in” this mattress. I’d say this is the main feel difference between the Nectar and the GhostBed. Combination sleepers especially should prefer the ease of movement the GhostBed offers.
The GhostBed strikes a nice balance between pressure relief and support. Back sleepers should enjoy this feel. I think lighter stomach sleepers and back and stomach combo sleepers could also find this firm mattress comfortable.
If you’re looking for a bed with good temperature regulation abilities, the GhostBed is probably a better fit for you than the Nectar. Its latex and poly foam construction won’t trap as much body heat as the layers of memory foam in the Nectar. On the other hand, the GhostBed won’t dampen motion transfer as well as the Nectar, which means you might feel disturbed by a restless partner on this bed.
Comparing Nectar and GhostBed Prices
Price plays an important role in choosing a new mattress. Take a look at the chart below to compare sizes and prices for both brands. And remember to visit our GhostBed mattress coupons page or Nectar mattress coupons page to get a good deal on either bed!
Prices listed are before discount or offer for each size.
Comparing Nectar and GhostBed Mattress Materials
In this section, you’ll get a general low down of each bed’s build. Keep reading below to learn more about each layer of these beds.
Cover — The Nectar’s cover is made of cotton and Tencel, an eco-friendly material known for its softness and breathability. There’s also an inch of gel memory foam quilted here, which provides the sleeper with some nice comfort.
Comfort Layer — Next up, you’ll encounter a 3-inch layer of memory foam. While a lot of beds use memory foam in their comfort layers, very few implement such a thick layer. The result is an immense amount of body contouring that’ll likely leave you feeling more “in” the bed than “on top” of it. Though not ideal for all sleepers, it could be a great fit for those who doze primarily on their sides.
Transition Layer — Directly below this memory foam layer, you’ll find a section of firmer memory foam. This layer is meant to transition the sleeper into the firm base below, helping to extend the contouring of the comfort layer even deeper into the mattress.
Foundation Layer — Rounding out the construction, we’ve got 6 inches of high-density foam. This section gives the bed its stability and shape, providing a solid foundation for the rest of the mattress.
Cover — The cover is made of a combo of viscose and polyester. It’s quite thin, so should encourage some nice airflow throughout the bed.
Comfort Layer — The latex foam comfort layer has a quick response to pressure, which should help keep the sleeper positioned on top of the structure and prevent a stuck-in-the-bed feeling. Right off the bat, we can see how the use of latex here (as opposed to memory foam in the Nectar) produces a totally different feel, allowing for optimized mobility.
Transition Layer — Up next, you’ll find a layer of gel memory foam, that helps ease you down onto the firmer support foam below. It also offers a bit of sinkage and body-contouring.
Base Layer — The foundation of the mattress consists of high-density poly foam. This layer provides support to the mattress and offers some durability. The GhostBed uses more poly foam than the Nectar, which is part of the reason it has a firmer feel.
Still deciding which of these mattresses is right for you? I’ve summarized some of their best features below to help you decide.
Nectar Best Features
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- The Nectar could be a real winner for anyone after that classic memory foam feel, complete with deep body contouring and lots of sinkage.
- This mattress is a great choice for side sleepers. Its plush top layers will provide plenty of pressure relief to their shoulders and hips.
- The Nectar is very affordable, especially for a memory foam mattress, so it could be a good choice for value shoppers.
GhostBed Best Features
The combination of bouncy latex and body-hugging memory foam offer sleepers a nice, balanced feel.
- With its more buoyant top layer of latex foam, the GhostBed is particularly well-suited for combination sleepers.
- This bed sleeps cool thanks to a combination of naturally cooling latex and gel-infused memory foam.
- The GhostBed is a great value buy. If you’re looking for a latex mattress you might want to check it out, as most latex beds are on the pricier side.
Comparing Company Policies
- Trial Period — 365 Nights
- Shipping — Free
- Mattress Warranty — Lifetime
- Trial Period — 101 Nights
- Shipping — Free
- Mattress Warranty — 20 Years
Comparing Nectar and GhostBed Customer Service
Below, I’ll rate each company’s customer service team based on my own experiences with them. Possible ratings include Poor, Satisfactory, Great, and Stellar.
Nectar Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Great: I gave Nectar a Great rating because I was immediately paired with a helpful agent when I used their online chat function. He answered my question thoughtfully and even offered to hop on the phone to help me place my order.
GhostBed Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Great: I gave GhostBed a Great rating because I was paired with a helpful agent right away. I will note that if you contact GhostBed outside of normal working hours your request will be sent to the company as an email, and it takes much longer to get a response this way.
Comparing Other Models from Nectar and GhostBed
Nectar and GhostBed both offer other models. Read on below to learn a little more about these brand’s other offerings.
- Like the original, the GhostBed Luxe is an all-foam mattress.
- The GhostBed Luxe uses more memory foam than the original, but still has a firm feel. Memory-foam lovers looking for a firmer mattress might enjoy this bed.
- The Luxe sleeps even cooler than the original Ghostbed. The Luxe gets a bit of a plus from a gel infusion in its top layer and a special phase change cover.
- Interested in this cooling mattress? Find out more in my full GhostBed Luxe mattress review.
- Or, read my full Ghostbed vs. Ghostbed Luxe mattress comparison.
- The GhostBed Flex is a hybrid mattress that offers an even springier feel than the original.
- This medium-firm mattress could be a good fit for side and back sleepers.
- Couples might like this bed’s combination of responsiveness and motion isolation.
- Learn more in my full GhostBed Flex mattress review.
GhostBed 3D Matrix
- The 3D Matrix is even more cooling than the original GhostBed thanks to a special gel polymer in its top layer.
- This soft mattress could be a good pick for side sleepers.
- Combination sleepers could appreciate this bouncy hybrid mattress.
- Find out more about this mattress in my full GhostBed 3D Matrix mattress review.
- The Nectar Premier is one of Nectar’s luxury offerings, so it is a bit more expensive than the original Nectar.
- The Premier feels a bit softer than the original, so those interested in an ultra-plush feel might prefer this bed.
- The Premier sleeps cooler than the original Nectar, so if you don’t want to sacrifice the sinkage of memory foam for extra cooling, it could be a good option for you.
- Want to learn more about the Premier? Head over to my full Nectar Premier mattress review.
Nectar Premier Copper
- The Premier Copper is Nectar’s most cooling mattress option.
- It has a medium-firm feel that might be great for back sleepers.
- The Premier Copper is the most expensive Nectar Mattress.
- Learn more in the full Nectar Premier Copper mattress review.
Other Common Nectar and GhostBed Comparisons
Still not sure which mattress to choose? Take a look at the lists below to find some other common comparisons.
- Nectar vs Casper
- Nectar vs Tuft & Needle
- Nectar vs Purple
- Nectar vs DreamCloud
- Nectar vs Leesa
- Nectar vs Layla
- GhostBed vs GhostBed Luxe
- GhostBed vs Tuft & Needle
- GhostBed vs Leesa
- GhostBed vs Purple
- GhostBed vs Casper
- GhostBed vs Tempur-Pedic