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Nectar pillow composition
Nectar is most famous for its Nectar memory foam mattress, so it makes sense for the brand to continue with memory foam products.
The Nectar Whole Night’s Sleep pillow comprises three layers of gel-infused memory foam, and a thick & luxurious Tencel cover as its outer shell. 🐚
The thinner middle memory foam layer is a flat piece of foam, sandwiched by two thicker curved memory foam layers.
They may look slightly different, but the composition of each layer is the same.
They all offer the typical contouring effect of memory foam with good responsiveness. 🤗
Each memory foam layer is also wrapped in a very thin, breathable fabric for extra protection.
The three layers slot into the quilted pillow cover. 🎰
Conveniently, you can adjust the pillow to suit your liking by removing one or two of the memory foam layers.
How to customise the Nectar pillow to suit your sleeping style
The Nectar Whole Night’s Sleep Pillow looks rather bulky when you first unpack it.
This is especially true considering that it’s pretty firm and won’t compress much under the weight of your head.
But, this is its absolute maximum height. 🔼
You can take out one or two memory foam layers to customise the pillow to suit your sleeping style.
So how do you know how many layers to keep?
Let’s look at the most common sleeping positions more closely. 👇
Side sleepers will generally do well on higher loft pillows. ⛰
If you sleep on your side, you should keep all three foam layers of the Nectar pillow.
This sufficiently fills the space between your neck and the mattress, ensuring that you’re adequately supported.
Of course, your overall body size and the distance from your neck to your shoulders play a significant role here.
If you’re quite petite, for instance, keeping all three layers may feel a tad uncomfortable. 😩
Consider, for example, the situation of two of our test sleepers.
Both are side sleepers with similar body weights, but one is taller with a broader build and the other shorter with a more petite build.
- The taller sleeper with the wider build slept perfectly well on the high loft pillow.
- The shorter sleeper with the smaller build woke up with neck pain and tension.
The more petite tester slept much better in the side position with just two memory foam layers. 👌
It’s best to play around with the layers to see what works best for you.
Sleeping on your back is the healthiest position of all.
To best sleep on your back, you’d need a medium-loft pillow that allows your upper spine to remain in a neutral position. 🦴
If your pillow is too high or too low, your neck will bend up or down, causing unnecessary tension.
If you sleep on your back, choosing two of the three Nectar memory foam layers is ideal.
We’d recommend keeping the middle layer and pairing it with one of the curved layers. 🟣
If you want a slightly thicker feel, you could also remove the middle layer and keep the two curved layers.
Sleeping on your stomach isn’t great for your neck.
No matter how comfortable your pillow or mattress, you have to be turned to one side to breathe.
This creates a build-up of tension and will undoubtedly result in stiffness and neck and upper back pain. 😫
But, you can still maximise comfort by choosing the best pillow set-up.
The best pillow for stomach sleepers is flat and firm.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, we’d recommend keeping just one layer of the Nectar pillow.
While you could keep the middle, straight layer, choosing one of the curved layers will probably be more comfortable.
That’s the beauty of the Nectar pillow. 💄
There’s no right or wrong, so you can combine the layers as you wish to find what works best for you.
Do you need more adjustability?
Height-adjustable pillows with memory foam layers, like the Nectar pillow, are great for a fuss-free approach to sleeping.
But you can also find shredded memory foam pillows, like the Simba Hybrid Pillow, that allow for more tailored customisations. 📏
If you’re struggling to find the perfect pillow, looking at shredded foam could be the solution.
But note that not all shredded foam pillows are adjustable.
MyPillow UK, for example, also features shredded memory foam, but you can’t adjust the fill yourself.
Can you wash the Nectar pillow?
Memory foam should never be washed.
Unfortunately, the Nectar pillow cover is also not machine-washable.
This is a pity as washable covers are convenient. 🧼
But, you can remove the Nectar pillow cover quite easily and spot-clean it with mild soap.
You can hang it up to dry, but don’t place the cover in the dryer. ☀️
Even though the pillow cover feels so luxurious, you shouldn’t sleep on the naked pillow.
To best protect your pillow, we’d always recommend using a good pillowcase.
Conveniently, Nectar sells a luxurious 300-thread-count cotton sateen bedding set with a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcases.
What is the Nectar Premium pillow?
We’ve mentioned the Nectar Premium pillow a few times before.
Like the Whole Night’s Sleep pillow, the Nectar Premium is a memory foam pillow with a quilted cover.
The main difference between these two is that the Whole Night’s Sleep pillow is full height-adjustable, while the Nectar Premium pillow is only available in one standard height and size.
Here is a quick look at a few of the other differences:
|Nectar Whole Night’s Sleep Pillow||Nectar Premium Pillow|
|Composition:||Gel-infused memory foam||Memory foam|
|Cover:||Quilted cooling cover made from 55% Tencel and 45% cotton||Quilted polyester cover with mesh border|
|Size:||60 x 40 x 14 cm||60 x 40 x 12 cm|
If you’re sure you want a high-loft pillow, then the Nectar Premium pillow will be a better value-for-money purchase as you’ll always get two pillows in a set. 🤑
We prefer the height adjustability of the Nectar Whole Night’s Sleep pillow, though.
Nectar pillow trial period
Unfortunately, the Nectar pillow doesn’t come with a trial period. 🙁
This is a pity as the pillow is quite expensive.
But, considering that it’s a customisable pillow, it’s very unlikely that you won’t find it to your liking.
While we first thought the pillow was too lofty and firm, simply removing one layer changed the whole experience and made it perfectly comfortable. 😀
Contact Nectar Sleep UK
Customer service: To contact Nectar Sleep UK directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org, call them on 0808 501 5373, or visit their live online chat. Nectar Support is available seven days a week from 9 am - 5:30 pm.
Registered office: Nectar Sleep, 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1F