If someone is looking for a great memory foam mattress, they should consider the Layla and Nectar. They are two of the most popular bed in a box mattresses and, having tried them both, I can say they are also two of the most comfortable.
That being said, they do offer quite different sleep experiences that consumers should be aware of. This comparison will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and attempt to highlight the main takeaways people should know about before making a purchase.
- Both mattresses incorporate memory foam in their construction.
- They both have a classic memory foam feel where sleepers will slowly sink into the mattress.
- The Nectar is more affordable than the Layla, but not by much
- The Layla is flippable, but the Nectar just has the one side.
- Layla has copper-infused memory foam in its comfort layers, while Nectar has a gel memory foam.
- The Nectar is thicker than the Layla by an extra inch.
- The Layla has more layers than the Nectar and a more complex construction.
- The Nectar’s cover is quilted with memory foam, but the Layla’s is not.
- The Layla is 10” tall and features four separate foam layers.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling.
- From the soft side down, first there are 3” of a copper-infused memory foam, which relieves pressure very well and has great body contouring.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam, which has channels to help with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2 lb. base foam, which is a pretty standard base layer on the market.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper infused memory foam, which is the same material as that used on the soft side.
Read the full breakdown and Layla Mattress Review, available here.
- The mattress is 11” tall and features four separate foam layers.
- The cover is soft and woven together with Tencel fabric, and there is also 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it.
- Next, there is a 3” layer of a soft, slow-responding, gel memory foam, which provides great pressure relief and body contouring.
- Then, there is around 1” of a foam transition layer, which acts as a buffer between the memory foam and support layer underneath it.
- Finally, the base layer is around 6” thick, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.
Read the full breakdown and Nectar Mattress Review, available here.
- The Layla is a flippable mattress that has a thick layer of copper-infused memory foam on one side and a thinner layer on the other. This makes one side soft and a better match for side sleepers, while the other side is firm and a better choice for stomach sleepers.
- The copper in Layla’s memory foam layers could bring some health benefit, and it could also offer a cooler sleeping experience.
- While both mattresses have memory foam on top, they react to pressure in different ways. On the Layla, the memory foam compresses immediately, so it feels soft right away. On the Nectar, however, the memory foam feels firm at first but, once one’s body warms the material, it starts to soften.
- The mattresses should be about the same in terms of breathability and durability, with no noticeable differences.
In terms of firmness, the Layla felt like a 5.5/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side. The Nectar felt like a 6/10, just slightly softer than average.
On the soft side of the Layla, I did not feel enough support on my back and felt like I was falling into the mattress somewhat. When I was on my side, the soft side of the Layla relieved pressure very well, and I felt almost no pressure on my shoulders hips. The soft side of the Layla did not give me enough support on my stomach, but the firm side did.
Back sleeping on the Nectar, I felt great support, as my hips sunk in a bit, and the foam contoured to the shape of my body. I felt much better back sleeping on this mattress than on the Layla.
When I moved to my side, the mattress felt firm at first, but after a moment, I was sinking into the mattress. I felt some good pressure relief but not as good as I felt on the soft side of the Layla. When I was stomach sleeping, I definitely needed more support.
Both mattresses have that classic memory foam feel with very little bounce, but the feels are slightly different.
Lying on the soft side of the Layla, I immediately sunk in and was enveloped by the mattress. It felt more like I was sleeping in the Layla. Lying on the Nectar, it felt firm at first, and then I sank in a bit. Compared to the Layla, it feels more like I am sleeping on the Nectar.
See more about the feel of the flippable Layla in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Nectar’s memory foam comforter layer in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone is worried that their partner will wake you up at night, they will want to consider motion transfer. People want to ensure they sleep calmly while they move around on the other side of the mattress.
When it comes to handling motion transfer, memory foam is one of best materials out there. Since both these mattresses have thick layers of memory foam on top, they are quite close in terms of motion transfer.
People should feel little motion transfer on both mattresses but, overall, the softer Layla should perform a bit better. It is probably the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
Compare the Layla’s motion transfer with that of the Nectar with the video below.
Edge Support Differences
When it comes to edge support, memory foam is sometimes not the best. That being said, the Nectar offers very nice edge support for a memory foam mattress.
Especially compared to the Layla, I feel secure sitting near the edge. Also, lying down, I don’t feel like I am going to roll off the bed.
See how the Layla compares to Nectar in the edge support photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these two mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
I said the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side. The Nectar felt like a 6/10 in terms of firmness.
On the soft side of the Layla, I don’t get enough support when I am on my back, and I’m sinking too far into the mattress. When I am on my side, I feel nice pressure relief overall. On my stomach, I need more support, as I’m sinking into the mattress and getting out of alignment.
On the Nectar, I feel very well supported when I am on my back. The foam presses into my lumbar area. When I am on my side, I slowly sink into the mattress and feel the pressure melt away. On my stomach, I do need more support and probably a firmer mattress.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, they should lean toward the Nectar. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, either could work for them. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should look at the firm side of the Layla or a firmer mattress.
Marten and I had very similar experiences on these mattresses. We both felt that the Layla was good for side and stomach, and the Nectar was better for back sleeping. However, he did feel the Nectar was still a great choice for heavier side sleepers.
Who Should Pick Layla:
- Side sleepers- The soft side of the Layla is softer than the Nectar, and it also offers better pressure relief. So, if someone sleeps primarily on their side, they should feel less pressure on their shoulders and hips.
- People who sleep on their stomach- The Layla also has a firm side, which is firmer than the Nectar, and the firm side of the Layla should be more supportive than the Layla. Between these two mattresses, people should feel better stomach sleeping on the Layla. Their hips have less chance of bowing into the mattress and getting out of alignment.
- Those who like to sink into your mattress- Both these mattresses have that classic memory foam feel where you slowing sink in. However, between the two, the Layla allows you sink in even further. If you really like being enveloped by your mattress the Layla is the way to go.
Who Should Pick Nectar:
- Those who want a value option- The Nectar is the cheaper of these two mattresses, so if someone is having trouble deciding between the two, they could save some money by going with the Nectar.
- Back sleepers- I felt better back sleeping on the Nectar, because my hips sink in the right amount, and the foam conforms to the curves of the body. At the same time, the mattress offers good pressure relief so, if someone switches between their back and side, this could be a great option.
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If people think about this information, they should have an easy time choosing between the Layla mattress and Nectar mattress because the differences are pretty clear. If someone is a side sleeper or stomach sleeper, and likes to sink into their mattress, the Layla should be the better choice. However, if someone sleeps on their back and prefers to sleep more on top of the mattress, the Nectar should work for them. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Nectar in the comment section below. Consumers should read through this article several times, assess their preferred sleeping positions, and then make a more informed decision.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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