There is no shortage of choices when it comes to shopping for a new mattress. There are seemingly endless options, especially when shopping for a budget-friendly foam mattress with a medium firmness.
This mattress comparison will look at the Nectar mattress vs. the GhostBed mattress. While each of these mattresses have their own unique feel, will one rise to the top as the better bang for your buck when shopping for foam mattresses?
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The Nectar mattress uses a 3-layer mattress construction to make up its total 11” height. Of those 11”, 1” is devoted to a plush quilted cover, 3” are comfort foam, and 7” make up the support foam base.
- Top layer / cover (comfort & cooling) – 1” of gel memory foam. This layer is quilted into the top comfort layer, which actually compresses it to less than 1”, but the original thickness is there. The main purpose of this layer is to provide comfort and cooling to the sleeper. The gel in this foam helps to minimize heat retention, one of the most common pitfalls of classic memory foam.
- Second layer (contour) – 3″ of memory foam. This layer helps to provide pressure relief, body contouring, and deep compression to the sleeper. The ultra-thick 3” memory foam layer allows the sleeper to compress into the foam and have a sense of envelopment above the support base.
- Third layer (support) – 1.75″ of memory foam. This layer acts primarily as a transitional support layer, helping to ease sleepers into the base foam. It also provides a degree of comfort and contour, working with the top layer of memory foam.
- Bottom layer (support & foundation) – 5.25″ of high-density support foam. This layer provides a strong foundation for the upper layers of this mattress as well as deep compression, mattress shape, and structure.
The GhostBed mattress uses a 3-layer mattress construction to make up its total 11” height. Of those 11”, 3.5” are devoted to comfort foam and 7.5” comprise a support foam base.
- Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 1.5″ layer of aerated latex foam. This top layer provides cooling and great bounce. Latex, unlike a memory foam top layer, offers quicker response time and great pressure relief.
- Middle layer (support) – 2″ layer of gel memory foam. This layer contributes deep compression, body contouring, and a nice degree of hug. Incorporating the gel into this memory foam helps with cooling as well, preventing too much heat from getting trapped in the mattress.
- Bottom layer (foundation) – 7.5″ layer of high-density support foam. This layer is the strong foundation to support the layers above. Support foam also helps a mattress maintain its shape and structure.
The cover of the Nectar mattress is thin, stretchy, and cool. The construction breaks down to a blend of Tencel, cotton, and gel memory foam. The cotton creates a soft and supple feeling for this cover, while the Tencel is included for its great breathability. The gel foam is quilted into the actual cover to help with mattress cooling and comfort.
This cover is white, and Nectar included gray side panels, separated by a bright blue cording that spans the perimeter. This gives the mattress a modern and conservatively simple look.
One last note about this cover is that it can be spot cleaned by a fully removable zipper cover. Any stain that cannot be removed by spot cleaning will make the cover eligible for a free replacement from Nectar, at no cost to you. This is something that is more unique to Nectar, as not many other online mattress companies offer free cover replacements.
The GhostBed mattress uses a cover that’s a blend of polyester and polypropylene. The top panel of this cover is 100% polyester, which provides great stretch and resiliency. The side panels are a blend of (51%) polyester and (49%) polypropylene.
The addition of the polypropylene to the side panels provides added strength and durability. Finally, on the bottom of this cover is a zipper that makes it removable for easy mattress spot cleaning.
Aesthetically, the GhostBed cover is simple: white with gray side panels and white stitching. Although basic, this cover has more of a modern look.
Firmness, Feel, & Support
Nectar Firmness, Feel, & Support
The Nectar mattress has a true medium feel, around a 5.5-6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. This firmness tends to target that “ideal firmness range” and meet the needs of a variety of sleepers. For reference, 80% of sleepers would consider 5-7 out of 10 firmness to be their “ideal range.”
Regarding feel, the Nectar mattress has that classic memory foam feel. Its use of slightly softer memory foam results in a mattress that has deeper hug and a more pronounced contour. The foam layers really allow the body to sink into this mattress, which helps to provide pressure relief, contouring, deep compression, and an overall sense of envelopment.
The memory foam design results in a mattress with a slow response time. As sleepers move and turn during the night, it will take a few seconds for this mattress to adjust to a new position. For some individuals, these qualities would be seen as negatives, and it’s certainly not for everyone, but they’re not inherently bad.
For sleepers who love memory foam and are looking for a mattress that will truly wrap around their body’s unique shape, the Nectar mattress may be perfect. Those coming from a more traditional innerspring mattress may want to try out memory foam mattresses in-store first before purchasing to make sure they like the unique feel.
The support of the Nectar was good—sufficient for stomach sleepers, back sleepers, or side sleepers. The quilted gel memory foam and the 3” of comfort memory foam really provide a thick comfort layer above the support foam.
The cooling of the Nectar mattress was about as expected for a high-density memory foam mattress. Memory foam, by nature, tends to sleep warmer than other foams or innerspring. Individuals who get hot when they sleep will likely find the Nectar to be too warm. That said, the gel memory foam and Tencel do a nice job of keeping the surface relatively cool for sleepers who are less sensitive to mattress temperature.
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As a classic memory foam, the bounce on the Nectar is virtually non-existent. The memory foam does a great job of absorbing most movements, which also results in minimal motion transfer. If you’re looking for the best mattress for sex, the Nectar mattress may not be the best choice, but for sleepers looking to not be disturbed by partners who toss and turn, the Nectar is a great option.
One last thing to note is the smell. Upon unpacking the Nectar, there was a moderate smell for the first 48 hours. After a couple of days, it was noticeably less, and by the end of the first week it was virtually gone. That being said, sleepers who are sensitive to strong odors should let the Nectar get some fresh air for a couple of days before planning to sleep on it.
Ghostbed Firmness, Feel, & Support
The GhostBed mattress is around a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the most firm. This firmness is fairly close to the ideal target firmness for many online mattress companies. It’s the sweet spot between too soft and too firm where many sleepers find themselves mattress shopping.
Something unique to the GhostBed mattress is the variable firmness when a sleeper first lies on this mattress. Because there is a blend of latex and memory foam, at first, individuals may think the mattress is firmer (closer to a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale) as they engage with the latex top layer. Gradually over a couple of minutes, the mattress begins to adjust to the body and soften. This shift lowers the firmness from a 7 out of 10 to more like a 6.5 out of 10.
Not only does the blend of materials have an effect on firmness, but it also affects the response time. Generally, a memory foam mattress has a very slow response time with more hug and contouring, while a latex foam mattress has a quicker response time with more bounce. The GhostBed finds a nice middle ground between these two feels to create a balanced feel.
Cooling, edge support, and sinkage also perform fairly well on this mattress. The aerated latex and use of gel memory foam help to offset the typical heat retention that is common in memory foam mattresses. The denser firmness of the GhostBed also helps contribute to its good edge support. Regarding sinkage, sleepers will initially not notice much since they tend to float more on the top at first. After several seconds though, as their body engages with the memory foam, they will begin to sink more into the foam layers below.
- Height – 11″
- Shipping – Free shipping. Processing time varies (see below) and shipping takes ~10 days. Ships compressed in a box.
- Mattress Weight – 74 pounds (Queen)
- Smell – strong smell for the first several days
- Trial – 365 nights
- Returns – 100% money back guarantee
- Warranty – Lifetime. Full replacement for first 1-5 years (if defective). Years 5+ are repair / replace with $100 transpiration fee (fee will be waived if there is a defect)
- Manufacturing – Designed in the USA. 85% of mattresses made in China, 15% of mattresses made in the USA. Cover made in China.
- Discounts – $125 off with SLEEPOPOLIS125
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- Height – 11″
- Shipping – Free shipping. Most orders will arrive in fewer than seven days. Ships compressed in a box.
- Mattress Weight – 89 pounds (Queen)
- Smell – very strong smell
- Trial – 101 nights
- Returns – 100% money back guarantee
- Warranty – 20 years
- Manufacturing – Made in the USA
- Discounts – save $50 off with SLEEPOPOLIS50
Below is our side-by-side comparison of the Nectar vs. GhostBed mattress:
|Foam Layers||3" memory foam, 1.75" memory foam, 5.25" support foam||1.5" latex foam, 2" gel memory foam, 7.5" support foam|
|Cover||Thin quilted, Tencel and cotton blend||Thin, stretchy, polyester (top), polyester / polypropylene (sides)|
|Firmness||5.5-6 out of 10||6.5-7 out of 10|
|Support||Very good||Very good|
|Manufactured||Made in China (85%) and the USA (15%)||Made in the USA|
|Price - Queen||$795||$795|
|Price - King||$900||$925|
|Trial Period||365 nights||101 nights|
|Shipping||Free, compressed in a box||Free, compressed in a box|
|Refunds & Returns||Yes, 100% money back||Yes, 100% money back|
|Discounts||$100 discount||$50 discount|
Should I buy the Nectar or GhostBed mattress?
So the big question here at the end, which is the best mattress for you? Nectar or Ghostbed?
Both of these mattresses offer a similar build quality and level of service, in my opinion. So the choice really boils down to feel and firmness.
The biggest difference is simply that Nectar is a bit softer. Nectar is more of a true medium feel, while the Ghostbed is more of a medium firm / slightly firm feel. Nectar also offers more of a classic memory foam feel with more hug, contour, and sinkage, while the Ghostbed has a little more push back, a bit more of a floating feel, and denser overall feel.
For these reasons, many average and lighter weight sleepers may tend to prefer the Nectar, while heavier sleepers may tend to prefer the Ghostbed. However, these are generalities, it really does come down to your feel and firmness preference.
In terms of overall performance neither mattress was so much better or worse over the other that I feel like there is a definitive winner here. As a result, I would call this mattress battle a draw.
I would recommend the Nectar mattress to sleepers who:
- Want a medium feel –The Nectar mattress hits that ideal firmness target for sleepers looking for a medium feel. It’s about a 5.5-6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.
- Want a memory foam mattress – The Nectar is true to its roots and has many classic traits of a traditional memory foam—more hug and contour, great deep compression, pressure relief, a slower response time, less bounce, and minimal motion transfer. Some sleepers really enjoy this type of a feel while others complain of feeling “stuck” or “trapped.” In order to love the Nectar, an individual has to love memory foam.
- Want a very supportive mattress – This mattress is well-suited for sleepers in any position—back sleepers, side sleepers or stomach sleepers. It offers a nice degree of support to maintain the proper angles for ideal spinal alignment.
- Want a longer trial period – Nectar offers a 365-night trial period; that’s a full year of sleeping on this mattress to help decide if it’s the right fit.
For more information on the Nectar visit NectarSleep.com.
I would recommend the GhostBed mattress to sleepers who:
- Want a medium to slightly firmer feel– GhostBed offers what would be considered medium-firm to slightly firm, about a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. The firmness adjusts from about a 7 out of 10 initially, but after a few minutes, the body begins to sink in, and the mattress, as a whole, softens.
- Want a combination of memory foam and latex – For sleepers who find themselves on the fence, GhostBed provides a balanced feel between memory foam and latex. There is a nice amount of hug, body contour, and pressure relief without sacrificing the bounce and cooling of a good latex.
- Want great support – The GhostBed mattress is a nice option for sleepers in any position—back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers. It was also equally supportive in the middle as it was closer to the edge.
- Want a cool mattress – The combination of the gel memory foam and the aerated latex foam helps to create a cooler sleeping surface and keeps heat retention at a minimum in this mattress.
For more information on the Ghostbed visit Ghostbed.com.
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