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Who is the Nectar mattress most suitable for?
The Nectar is one of the most comfortable mattresses we've ever slept on. 😴
That's saying a lot!
Nectar Sleep is actually owned by the same company that produces the more premium DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress.
With the Nectar, it's almost as if you're getting the premium product for a much better price!
Even though the Nectar is an excellent mattress for a wide variety of sleepers, it won't be the best choice for all.
The Nectar mattress is most suitable for:
- Average-weight sleepers in any sleeping position.
- Heavier-weight side sleepers.
- Couples (the mattress has very low motion transfer).
The Nectar mattress is less suitable for:
- Heavier-weight stomach and back sleepers.
- Lighter-weight people and children.
- The elderly or people with physical disabilities (it's challenging to move as it doesn't have side handles).
We deep-dive into all these points further down. 👇
But, first, let's look at the composition of the Nectar mattress.
Nectar mattress firmness
The Nectar is often described as a medium-firm mattress.
But, we'd certainly rank it on the firmer end of the scale. 🧱
We've rated it at 7 out of 10 on the Sleep Hero firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
The firmer feel is due to the top polyfoam layer.
This will give you more of that "lying on top of the mattress" sensation than that "lying in a mattress" feel that's common with memory foam mattresses.
You'll get some sinkage from the middle layer of memory foam, but this won't be as pronounced as with other memory foam mattresses. 🥳
Measuring sinkage depths
To give you a comprehensive Nectar mattress UK review, we wanted to rely on a bit of maths to help better explain the firmness and feel of the Nectar. 🧮
So we measured how deep we sank into the foams in various sleep positions.
By measuring sinkage, you can estimate how supportive a mattress will be for different sleepers.
It also gives a good indication of overall firmness.
We used two test sleepers for our Nectar mattress review and measured their sinkage depths in various positions.
We always measure at the same place:
- If sleeping on the stomach, we measure at the stomach.
- If sleeping on the side or back, we measure at the shoulders and hips.
This ensures fair & accurate results. 👩⚖️
Here are our findings:
|Person A (1.75 m / 54 kg)||Person B (1.78 m / 70 kg)|
|Sleeping on the back||4 cm (1.5 inches)||5 cm (1.9 inches)|
|Sleeping on the side||5 cm (1.9 inches)||5 cm (1.9 inches)|
|Sleeping on the stomach||4 cm (1.5 inches)||5 cm (1.9 inches)|
As you can see, sinkage depths for different sleeping positions and body weights are very similar.
These values are standard for slightly firmer mattresses.
They also affirm the overall stability and support of the mattress.
Neither of our test sleepers sank in too deeply. 👌
This means that the Nectar mattress can offer the right amount of support for average-weight sleepers, regardless of sleeping position.
Sinkage for side sleepers
You'll also notice that sinkage in the side position is a little more pronounced.
This suggests that even the lighter sleeper can sink in more deeply when sleeping on the side. 👩
The extra sinkage allows the hips and shoulders to drop down further and helps with optimal spinal alignment.
Despite the firm feel, the mattress offers enough sinkage to feel comfortable, no matter your sleeping position.
Sinkage for back and front sleepers
It's interesting to note, though, that side sinkage depths were the same for both sleepers, but back and stomach sinkage depths increased with larger builds.
This is indicative of the fact that sinkage is likely to further increase as the weight of the sleeper increases. ⚖️
Heavier-weight back or stomach sleepers may find the Nectar memory foam mattress too soft.
It also won't be able to support them as well.
We'd recommend people of larger builds opt for spring mattresses instead, which are generally more supportive.
Average edge support
Edge support refers to the amount of support a mattress gives at the very edge. 🧗♂️
Ideally, support will be equal across the entire mattress.
But this is not always the case - especially with memory foam mattresses.
Edge support with the Nectar mattress is average. 🏔
You won't get the feeling that you're sliding off the edge of the bed, but it won't give you as much edge support as a pocket sprung mattress or premium foam mattresses with extra reinforcements.
Average edge support isn't the worst thing in the world.
But, it can affect your purchasing decision.
This is especially true if you're sharing your bed with a partner - or if you often need a moment to sit on the side of your bed before getting up to start the day. ☕️
If you're sharing your bed, you won't be able to rely on the entire length and width of the mattress.
This is why couples should buy a larger mattress, like the king Nectar mattress. 👑
A larger size will ensure that both you and your partner will have enough space to move comfortably.
If great edge support is non-negotiable, we'd recommend looking at pocket sprung or hybrid mattresses like the Otty Hybrid.
Good temperature regulation
Memory foam tends to retain more heat than other types of foam. 🥵
So, memory foam mattresses often feel hotter and clammier than standard foam mattresses.
But the top layer of the Nectar is designed to be more breathable and allow for better temperature regulation. ❄️
Combining this breathable memory foam with an adaptive cooling cover provides non-stop airflow.
Continuous airflow moves heat and moisture away from the body. 💨
This provides for a cooler and more comfortable sleep.
We didn't feel too hot or sweaty while sleeping on the mattress for our Nectar review.
Not ideal for heavy sweaters
We tested the mattress in winter, and we slept warmer than on a pocket sprung mattress.
If you feel hot quickly or sweat a lot, then a pocket sprung mattress may be a better choice for you.
These are generally much cooler. 🧊
A hybrid mattress, which combines foam with springs, is also a good choice.
You could even try the Nectar Hybrid mattress, which combines the Nectar original foams with pocket springs.
If you prefer all-foam mattresses, we'd suggest making use of Nectar's trial period to see if it's cool enough for you.
Luckily, Nectar gives you a full 365 days to try out the mattress!
Nectar mattress cover
The Nectar mattress features an elegantly designed cover in neutral colours.
- A white quilted moisture-wicking top cover (made of a Tencel cotton mix) with adaptive cooling that draws heat away from your body and allows for breathability and optimal airflow.
- A grey meshed side cover that supports air circulation.
- A non-slip positioning base layer that ensures your mattress remains in place.
We loved the quilted top cover - it's soft, thick, and luxurious. ✨
Does the Nectar cover have side carrying handles?
Unfortunately, the Nectar mattress cover doesn't have any side handles. 😔
This makes the mattress a little more challenging to move around.
We also struggled a bit while changing our sheets, as we couldn't grab the mattress to lift it out of our bed frame.
A cover with side handles makes turning or carrying the mattress easier, which is very convenient.
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses, like the Simba Hybrid, have side handles.
Can you wash the Nectar mattress cover?
While the mattress cover is removable, Nectar UK does not recommend machine-washing it. 🧺
This is because it is made of Tencel fibres, which are very delicate and may be damaged while washing.
We took off the cover to look at the foams, but it was pretty tricky to put it back on again.
So, we wouldn't recommend removing the Nectar mattress quilted cover.
The mattress is hypoallergenic, though, and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
You can spot-wash the cover if need be. 🧼
Nectar Sleep also recommends using a mattress protector to expand your mattress's lifespan and protect it from dirt, stains, and accidental spills.
Luckily, the Nectar mattress protector is a perfect fit and an affordable option.
Get the Nectar mattress protector:
Nectar mattress prices
The Nectar mattress UK is a very competitively priced product. 👌
(Note: prices listed below are standard prices excluding any current coupons & discounts)
Nectar mattress sleep accessories
While the Nectar memory foam mattress is the star of the Nectar Sleep brand, they also offer many other sleep accessories.
Within the Nectar brand, you'll find the following:
- Mattress protectors
- Nectar bedding set and linen
- Nectar beds
If you're investing in a new mattress, it may be worth considering other accessories as well. 🛏
Don't forget that you can also get a combination of these through the bundle purchases (see above).
Below, you'll find an overview of some of our favourite Nectar sleep products and accessories.
We've also linked to our other Nectar reviews, so you can read up more about each product. 👇
Nectar Premium Pillow
The Nectar Premium Pillow is a high-quality memory foam pillow with a quilted outer shell for superior comfort.
It also features Tencel cooling fabric and a breathable mesh border for excellent ventilation.
The Nectar Premium Pillow comes with free shipping and a 2-year warranty.
The Nectar duvet is a 10.5 tog all-season duvet that's perfectly temperature-controlled.
The duvet features Smartfil fibres, blended with 20% modal (derived from natural wood pulp), to wick away moisture.
It is exceptionally breathable.
The Nectar duvet is machine-washable at 60℃. 🛀
Nectar mattress 365-day trial period
Most online mattress manufacturers offer a risk-free trial period.
This gives you the chance to test the mattress in the comfort of your own home. 🏡
As an industry leader, Nectar Sleep provides a revolutionary 365-night home trial period.
That's one full year to try the mattress. 😲
This 365-day trial period is considerably longer than the industry standard.
Many competitive brands, such as Simba, offer 200-day trial periods.
Nectar mattress returns policy
Nectar mattress returns are hassle-free.
All returns are free of charge, and Nectar arranges the entire process.
All you need to do is contact customer service via phone, e-mail, or online chat, and they'll walk you through the return process. ☎️
We list all the Nectar mattress contact details at the end of this article.
Nectar refurbished mattresses
Returned mattresses are often refurbished and resold at fantastically discounted prices.
All Nectar refurbished mattresses are sold through their partner, ClearCycle, via eBay.
Sometimes, you'll get up to 70% off a mattress!
Should you buy the Nectar mattress?
The Nectar memory foam mattress is one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept on.
It's a high-quality, medium-firm mattress that offers exceptional comfort and support. 🏆
We can recommend the Nectar mattress as a best-buy option for:
- Average-weight sleepers with any sleeping position preference.
- Heavier-weight side sleepers.
We would not recommend the Nectar mattress for:
- Heavier-weight back and stomach sleepers.
- Very light-weight sleepers or young children.
- The elderly or those with physical disabilities.
But if you're not sure, there's no need to worry.
Nectar Sleep UK offers an unparalleled 365-day risk-free trial period, giving you plenty of time to try the mattress for yourself. 🗓
But with a very low return rate - 3% vs the industry standard at well above 10% - you're likely to fall in love with your Nectar mattress and enjoy the best night's sleep of your life, night after night.