NECTAR and DreamCloud are both online direct-to-consumer mattress retailers – the main difference between them is that DreamCloud uses springs and foam (a hybrid) and NECTAR is all foam.
While both mattresses are affordably priced for their relative design, NECTAR is the more modestly priced of the two. Here’s a breakdown of the similarities and differences in more detail, so our readers can find the best fit for them.
- Both mattresses employ memory foam technology.
- Both offer a limited lifetime warranty – make sure to read the fine print for details.
- Both offer free shipping.
- Both feature a 365 trial period.
- Both are constructed in China.
- NECTAR is a full foam mattress while DreamCloud incorporates a coil system.
- The DreamCloud is 4″ thicker at 15″ in comparison to the 11″ NECTAR.
- DreamCloud runs more expensive ($,1599 for the DreamCloud, at full price, $795 for Nectar at full price*). *prices may change
- NECTAR has had issues meeting demand, and many customers have had waited long for the order or had their order canceled – DreamCloud has no such issues.
- DreamCloud is heavier at 94 lbs for the Queen size, while the Nectar Queen size is 74 lbs.
- DreamCloud offers a one-time professional cleaning and “like new” conditioning option.
This mattress is 11″ tall and made of different foam layers:
- The cover is constructed of long-staple cotton and Tencel fabric, ensuring maximum breathability.
- The first layer is a 1’’ Quilted Gel Memory Foam, adding loft, comfort, and another level of breathability.
- The next layer is a thick 1” Gel Memory Foam, described as “semi-open LUSH foam.”
- The third layer is 3” of an Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam, designed to contour the mattress to sleepers’ pressure points without sacrificing rebound and bounce.
- The base layer is nearly 6″ and 2.2 lbs, which adds a level of firmness, but also breathability.
The DreamCloud mattress is 15″ tall and a combination of memory foam and latex layers and a coil unit:
- The cover is a True Tufted™ Cashmere Top with a Eurotop feel
- The first layer is .39″ (1 cm) Gel-infused memory foam
- The next layer is actually 1.77″ (4.5 cm) Quilted memory foam – in two layers of 2 cm and 2.5cm
- Followed by a layer of .39″ (1 cm) natural latex
- The next layer is 1.97″ (5 cm) Dreamplush supporting memory foam
- The last foam layer is .59″ (1.5 cm) Super dense super soft memory foam
- Then there is a 7.87″ (20 cm) Five-zoned “BestRest” coils
- The final layer is 1.6″ (5 cm) High-density super soft memory foam base
- The DreamCloud is decently thicker at 15″ due to the coil system and eight layered construction – shorter individuals may have trouble getting into bed if they add a box spring and bed frame – the all-foam NECTAR is only 11″.
- DreamCloud has more edge support because of the large coil system and foam encased outer edge.
- NECTAR is more lightweight and easier to move after unboxing.
- DreamCloud features a softer, luxury feel due to the cashmere top.
Watch the videos below to get a sense of how the mattresses respond to pressure. The NECTAR is made completely of foam and is the softest of the two and allows for a more “sleeping-in” feeling;the DreamCloud is more responsive and feels more like “sleeping on top” of the mattress.
Motion Transfer Differences
The videos below show off the differences in motion isolation. While there is still some motion transfer, the NECTAR handles motion exceptionally well; DreamCloud offers a bit more spring/bounce and is thus more average in terms of motion transfer.
The Nectar Should Work For …
- Hot sleepers who prefer the feel of foam. NECTAR was designed for maximum breathability, from the cover to the base; there were no breathability issues during our review of the complete foam mattress.
- People who sleep primarily on their side or back. The multiple foam layers work together to relieve pressure on areas that favor side sleeping; the mattress is a medium on the firmness scale which will most likely work for back and side sleepers.
The DreamCloud should work for …
- Stomach sleepers. The firmer DreamCloud mattress is on the firmer end of the comfort scale; it supports the stomach and helps keep the spine in neutral alignment.
- People who prefer a hybrid bed over one that’s completely foam. The DreamCloud mattress has the “best of both worlds” when it comes to foam and innerspring characteristics; it offers the pressure-relieving feel of foam with the bounce and support of the coil unit.
There are some clear differences between NECTAR and DreamCloud; each mattress is a good fit for a different type of sleeper. Those who want an affordable but breathable memory foam bed should give NECTAR a shot. Those who prefer a hybrid feel with a luxurious cover – and have the budget – should try the DreamCloud.
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