The Nectar and Layla are two of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattresses on the Internet. While both of these models are built with gentle foams for deep pressure relief and body-contouring, they actually have several notable differences. For example, the Layla is flippable and offers different levels of firmness, while the Nectar features a whopping five inches of memory foam that encourages deep sinkage into the mattress.
So when comparing the Nectar vs Layla mattresses, which is better for you? I’ll cover these mattresses’ similarities, differences, and unique features so you can find the best option for your sleep needs. Read on for all the deets or click here to jump to the summary!
Nectar vs Layla: Similarities and Differences
Although both of these mattresses are all foam, the materials and feel of each bed vary pretty widely due to the Layla’s flippability. For more in-depth analysis, check out the full [Nectar mattress review](insert new Nectar review) and the full Layla mattress review.
- Unsurprisingly, the Nectar mattress has the most in common with the Layla’s firm side. The Nectar scored a 7 on the firmness scale and the firmer side of the Layla came in slightly higher at 7.5.
- It’s likely that neither bed would be ideal for stomach sleepers, regardless of the side.
- Despite the heavy amounts of memory foam in each bed, they both sleep fairly cool. The Nectar can attribute this to its breathable cover (more on that in a bit), while the Layla relies on its layer of copper-infused memory foam for its lower temperatures.
- Neither bed is especially bouncy.
- Let’s get the obvious one out of the way: the Layla has a flippable design with two sides, which means you can turn it over for two different firmness options. The Nectar is decidedly unflippable.
- The firm side of the Layla mattress gives an “on top”of the bed feel that should appeal to back sleepers. But flip it over to the soft side and you’ll find a mattress better suited for side sleepers and anyone seeking a high amount of pressure relief.
- While the Nectar and the firm side of the Layla both have a similar level of firmness that should be a good fit for back sleepers, the Nectar’s contouring memory foam gives it a more “in” the bed feel for anyone who prefers sinkage.
- Although both beds have low motion transfer, the Nectar spiked just a bit in our test before the movement quickly subsided. That means it’s likely a solid option for couples who sleep with pets and aren’t easily disturbed. But anyone who’s a light sleeper might want to opt for the Layla.
Which is Better for You?
Now that we’ve talked about the similarities and differences, let’s quickly sum up who each bed might be good for:
- If you’re a back sleeper you’ll probably prefer the Nectar or the firm side of the Layla.
- If you’re a side sleeper or anyone in dire need of pressure relief you’re probably better off with the Layla—specifically its soft side.
- If you sleep with a partner both mattresses should work, although the Layla has the better motion isolation for those who are easily disturbed at night.
- I’d recommend stomach sleepers go with a different mattress. I’d encourage these individuals to check out our Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers list.
Nectar vs Layla Mattress Feel Comparison
It’s time to go into greater depth about how each mattress feels. Keep in mind that people come in all shapes, sizes, and sleeping positions, so this is always going to be somewhat subjective. But I’ll do my best to touch on topics such as contouring and firmness level.
As we noted, the Nectar scored a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, placing it in the category of medium-firm. That being said, its gel memory foam provides an “in” the bed feel, with the layers below it preventing one from sinking too far into the mattress. That’s why it’s still a good fit for back sleepers or folks experiencing back pain. However, combination sleepers are likely to want a mattress with less sinkage, as it isn’t very easy to switch positions on the Nectar. In short, this mattress has a classic memory foam feel that should appeal to anyone after lots of sinkage and contouring.
For an all-foam mattress, the Nectar has considerable edge support, making it a decent option for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet.
There’s a bit more to cover here for the Layla—twice as much, in fact, thanks to its two sides.
On the firmness scale, the soft side scored a 5.5 out of 10, placing it in the category of medium-soft. Its three-inch top layer of copper-infused memory foam works to contour the shoulder, hips, and lower back for a memory foam “hug” that provides pressure relief at the joints and should be comforting for side sleepers.
The firmer side of the mattress scored a 7.5 out of 10, placing it in the category of firm. Its top layer swaps out the three inches of copper-infused memory foam for one inch of the same material. This results in more support and far less contouring, which should be the better fit for back sleepers. In terms of body heat, the copper infusion allows both sides to sleep cool. They also each score high on edge support.
Comparing Nectar and Layla Prices
Pricing is important when purchasing any new mattress, especially when the cost varies as wildly as it does between these two foam beds. The Layla is significantly more expensive, but then again, it does have two completely different sides. And to the Nectar’s credit, it consistently makes our Best Mattresses Under $1,000 list.
Take a look at the pricing chart below to see which bed is the best fit for you, and be sure to use our Nectar coupon codes or Layla coupon codes to get the best bang for your buck.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
Comparing Nectar and Layla Mattress Materials
Let’s peel back the covers on both of these beds to see what they’re made of. This should be especially interesting, since, in many ways, we’re analyzing three beds instead of just two.
The Nectar Original mattress is Nectar’s flagship bed—an all foam mattress that toggles between contouring and medium-firm support.
- Cover – First, you’ll encounter a quilted cover of polyester and nylon—a lightweight material conducive to airflow. This helps the mattress sleep cool.
- Comfort Layer – Next comes a thick layer of gel memory foam. Like the comfort layer of any good memory foam mattress, this envelops the sleeper in a cozy hug, but because of the thickness, there’s a slow response time that ensures you won’t sink too far into the mattress.
- Transition Layer – The anti-sinkage is aided by the next layer of soft conventional foam, which has an adaptive response and provides additional support.
- Base Layer – Finally, the base layer is made of high-density foam that establishes a foundational durability. This bottom support layer also has a mattress cover to prevent slippage on the bed frame.
The Layla mattress is a flippable bed with both a soft and a firm side. But no matter which side you use, the top and bottom layers are always going to consist of copper-infused memory foam surrounding interior sections of poly foam. We’ll go over both configurations in the bullet points below.
- Cover – The Layla cover has a cozy, plus feel to it that comes from a thick polyester blend.
- Comfort Layer – If you’re sleeping with the soft side flipped up, the comfort layer is made up of three inches of copper-infused memory foam. You’ll get a good deal of body-contouring and sinkage due to the foam’s slow response to pressure. Flip the mattress over to the firm side and you’ll find one inch of the same foam. Because there’s less of it, it results in less sinkage and contouring, with more of an on-top-of-the-bed feel.
- Transition Layer – For the soft side, the transition layer consists of poly foam. This further assists in curbing any deep sinkage, thus transitioning the sleeper to the firmer base materials beneath it. If you’re sleeping on the firm side of the mattress, the transition layer is a thicker layer of high-density poly foam, resulting in even sturdier support.
- Base Layer – Once again, both orientations conclude with a layer of copper-infused memory foam. On the soft side, this final layer is one inch thick and on the firm side, it’s three inches thick. It all depends on how much support you want at the bottom of the bed. Needless to say, you’ll get a lot more support from the firm side’s three inches than the soft side’s one inch.
We’ve gone over a lot today, so now the big question: which mattress should you buy?
Below are some features to help you decide which bed might be best for your specific needs.
Nectar Best Features
- While both the Nectar and the firmer side of the Layla have an on-top-of-bed feel that should appeal to back sleepers, the Nectar has more sinkage and contouring for anyone who wants firmness while still getting that classic memory foam feel.
- This might sound small, but Nectar has a 365-day trial period that, when compared to Layla’s 120 days, might be a good fit for more cautious or hesitant buyers.
- The Nectar is by far the cheaper of the two mattresses, so it might be the better fit for anyone keeping budget front-of-mind.
Layla Best Features
- There’s no getting around it—Layla offers a more versatile sleeping experience, with its firm side catering to back sleepers and its soft side catering to side sleepers.
- Both mattresses have good motion isolation, but the Layla scores just a bit higher here and might be better for light sleepers who share the bed with a pet or partner.
- Anyone who likes their mattress just a little bit firmer might want to go with the Layla, as its firm side scored just a bit higher on the firmness scale than the Nectar.
Comparing Company Policies
- Trial Period – 365-night trial
- Shipping – Free shipping
- Mattress Warranty – Lifetime warranty
- Trial Period – 120-night trial
- Shipping – Free shipping
- Mattress Warranty – Lifetime warranty
Comparing Nectar and Layla Customer Service
Let’s take a moment to look at each brand’s customer service team. I’ll give them a score of Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor based on my interaction with each team.
Nectar Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
- Stellar: Nectar has an informative and easily navigable customer service page, bolstered by a comprehensive list of FAQs. They also list out the various ways you can get in touch with them, including email, phone, and chat, as well as which hours of the week all of those methods are available. I contacted them via chat during business hours and was able to quickly resolve my issue.
Layla Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
- Great: While Layla also clearly displayed their contact information (namely their phone number and email address), they didn’t have a true chat function. I was able to submit my question via Zendesk late at night and got a response early the next morning. So the response was still fast.
Comparing Other Models from Nectar and Layla
- A plus counterpart to the Original firm mattress, the Nectar Premier’s layers of memory foam comprise a mix of gel memory foam, Energex foam, and high-density poly foam.
- At a 5.5 on the firmness scale, the Nectar Premier has a great deal of contouring and pain relief for side sleepers.
- Intrigued? Check out the full Nectar Premier mattress review for more info.
- Layla’s Hybrid mattress boasts a combination of the copper-infused memory foam and an innerspring network of pocketed coils. This makes for a bouncier and even more supported structure.
- Like the Layla Original, the Hybrid is flippable, with the firmer side geared more toward back sleepers and the soft side exceptionally suited for side sleepers with its deep sinkage and pressure relief.
- For more info, mosey on over to our full review of the Layla Hybrid mattress.