Nectar is an online retailer shipping a memory foam mattress direct to the consumer. I’m interested to see if the thick comfort layer delivers the pressure relief expected with such a heavy use of memory foam.
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The Nectar mattress uses multiple layers of memory foam, including an inch quilted into the cover, to create a true memory foam feel for the sleeper. With this construction the mattress has a focus on pressure relief that should give the feeling of sinking into the mattress and be a plus for side sleepers.
Cover – The cover is very soft and is made of a tencel-cotton blend. Tencel is an eco-friendly material made from trees and is known for being highly breathable.
Also, quilted into the cover is a 1 inch layer of gel memory foam. This helps to relieve pressure and contour to the body. Gel memory foam also does a good job of staying cool to defend against sleeping too hot. I found that the combination of the gel memory foam with the tencel material add up to a soft cover layer that does a good job of maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
Middle Layers – The Nectar mattress uses two layers of memory foam below the cover to create the comfort layer of the mattress. Once through the inch of gel memory foam quilted into the cover we find a 3 inch layer of memory foam. This layer is very slow to respond to pressure and helps with weight distribution and pressure relief. Along with the cover layer of gel memory foam, this layer helps contour to the body so the sleeper will get a classic memory foam feel on the Nectar mattress.
The next layer down is another layer of memory foam that is meant to act as a transition layer from the soft upper layers before reaching the base layer below. While still a type of memory foam it is a bit springier and faster to respond to pressure than the above layers. Again, this memory foam layer provides pressure relief but with the added bounce to keep the sleeper from getting stuck and transition to the firm base layer.
Base Layer – The base of the mattress is a dense poly foam. This layer supports the comfort layers up top and creates the foundation of the mattress. The base also makes sure the sleeper doesn’t fall through the mattress and helps it keep its shape.
Due to the fact that people feel firmness of a mattress differently depending on size and weight distribution I enlisted the help of three other people to give their opinion on the feel of the Nectar as well. This should give a better sense of the range you can expect when lying on this mattress.
In this case the testers were mostly in agreement regarding the firmness of the mattress. With three out of four of the testers giving this mattress a 6 on the firmness scale, and one rogue tester with a 6.5, we all found this mattress to have a medium firmness to it.
When pressing the top of the mattress there is an initial softness thanks to the memory foam, both the layers quilted in the cover and the slow responding layer beneath that. These layers are great for pressure relief which is a very important aspect of any mattress, especially for side sleepers.
If you are a side sleeper of are a bit heavier you may push through the soft layers pretty quickly. Once through those layers I found the transition layer to be a bit firmer and do a good job of starting to support the sleeper without hitting the sudden firmness of the base layer.
To get a visual representation of where pressure points may arise while lying on the Nectar mattress, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and proceeded to lie on my back, side and stomach. On the image below you can see pressure represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
You can see from the image above that my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the map shows mostly blue for low pressure while on my back. I could definitely feel the memory foam contour to my body and the Nectar did a good job of filling in the space beneath my lower back, which is important for back sleepers. I had more of a feeling of sinking into the mattress, which some people may prefer, due to the thick memory foam comfort layer.
Side sleeping is where I feel the Nectar stands out. The thick comfort layer does a good job of pressure relief, a strength of memory foam. Sleeping on your side naturally creates a bit more pressure and we start to see more green here for increased pressure. Side sleepers can often feel pressure points form at the hips and shoulders due to the high weight concentration in this position, but the Nectar avoids creating those.
Finally, on my stomach, I didn’t feel much pressure on my chest, still in the green range on the map, so breathing wasn’t an issue. I did feel my hips sink in a little which can lead to lower back issues for strictly stomach sleepers. Generally speaking, I don’t think such a thick comfort layer of memory foam is necessary for stomach sleepers as they usually prefer a firmer mattress to keep their back in line.
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If you share your bed with a partner, you will want to know how much disturbance you will feel when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is designed to show the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The 4 inch drop shows low levels of disturbance with little spike to be found. Memory foam does a good job of isolating motion transfer and the quilted cover combined with the next layer of slow responding memory foam do a good job of keeping the disturbance low.
As the ball is dropped from higher levels we start to see larger spikes in motion transfer across the mattress. This is to be expected as the ball drop starts to interact with the firmer layers of the mattress.
Depending on personal preference, some people may like to have the feeling of sinking into a mattress or laying on top of it. In order to get a better idea of how people may feel while on the Nectar mattress I set up the Sinkage Test in which I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, an 8 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, and a 50 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 8 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
If you plan on sharing the mattress with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress then edge support is important to note. Foam mattresses can sometimes have compression issues when compared to traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to see how the Nectar performed while both sitting and lying near the side of the bed.
Lying near the side of the Nectar mattress I felt even support from the center of the mattress to the side. I was able to roll around a bit and even hang off a bit without causing too much compression.
When sitting on the side of the mattress, think putting shoes on in the morning or getting ready for bed at night, I did see some compression on the side of the mattress due to the increase in weight concentration. This is pretty normal for a foam mattress, especially for one with so much memory foam.
- Trial Period – Nectar offers a 365 night in home trial.
- Warranty – Nectar offers a forever warranty and guarantees that if impressions deeper than 1.5 inches form they will replace the mattress.
- Shipping – Nectar ships only within the United States and is free when in the continental United States. The mattress will arrive in 1-5 days and if you order the white glove service they will remove your old mattress and set up the new one in your home.
- Nectar mattresses are made in China
Size and Pricing Information
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|Twin||39” x 75” x 11”||$500|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 11”||$550|
|Full||54” x 75” x 11”||$700|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11”||$795|
|King||76” x 80” x 11”||$900|
|California King||72” x 84” 11”||$900|
Is the Nectar Mattress right for you?
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Nectar Mattress, I think it would be a good fit if you are:
- Interested in memory foam: The Nectar mattress has a thick comfort layer and provides the classic memory foam feel. Sleepers can also expect to feel as though they are sinking into the mattress.
- Looking for a breathable mattress: Thanks to the Tencel material and gel memory foam quilted into the cover the Nectar does a good job of temperature regulation. Memory foam can often retain too much heat but Nectar has taken steps to prevent that by choosing these materials to be as the top of the mattress.
- A side sleeper: The use of memory foam in the thick comfort layer provide great pressure relief, which is very important for side sleepers as there is increased weight concentration leading to the formation of pressure points.
For more information on the Nectar mattress, visit the company’s website at NectarSleep.com.