If you are looking for a great memory foam mattress, you 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. If you are deciding between them, I have the information you need to make the right decision.
Which memory foam mattress will be the one for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- Both mattresses incorporate memory foam in their construction.
- They both have a classic memory foam feel.
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- The Nectar is more affordable than the Layla.
- The Layla is flippable, but the Nectar is not.
- Layla has copper-infused memory foam in its comfort layers, while Nectar has a gel memory foam.
- The Nectar is thicker than the Layla.
- The Layla has more layers than the Nectar.
- The Nectar’s cover is quilted with memory foam, but the Layla’s is not.
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- The Layla is 10” tall.
- 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.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam. It has channels to help with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2 lb. base foam.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper infused memory foam.
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- The mattress is 11” tall.
- The cover is soft and woven together with Tencel fabric. There is 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it.
- Next, there is a 3” layer of a soft, slow-responding, gel memory foam.
- Then, there is around 1” of a foam transition layer.
- Finally, the base layer is around 6” thick.
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- The Layla is a flippable mattress. You have 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. The other side is firm and a better choice for stomach sleepers.
- The copper in Layla’s memory foam layers could bring some health benefits. In addition, it could 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, the memory foam feels firm at first but, once your body warms the material, it starts to soften.
- The mattresses should be about the same in terms of breathability and durability.
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.
On the soft side of the Layla, I did not feel enough support on my back. I 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. 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. 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.
When I moved to my side, the mattress felt firm at first. However, 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. That being said, their 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.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you are worried that your partner will wake you up at night, you want to consider motion transfer. You want to ensure you 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.
You 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.
Compare the Layla’s motion transfer with that of the Nectar.
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. He 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:
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. I’m sinking too far into the mattress. When I am on my side, I feel nice pressure relief. On my stomach, I need more support. 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.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, I would lean toward the Nectar. If you are a heavier side sleeper, either could work for you. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, 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.
Pick Layla If:
- You are a side sleeper. The soft side of the Layla is softer than the Nectar. In addition, it offers better pressure relief. So, if you sleep primarily on your side, you should feel less pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You sleep on your stomach. The Layla also has a firm side, which is firmer than the Nectar. Because of this, the firm side of the Layla should be more supportive than the Layla. Between these two mattresses, you should feel better stomach sleeping on the Layla. Your hips have less chance of bowing into the mattress.
- You 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.
Pick Nectar If:
- You want a value option. The Nectar is the cheaper of these two mattresses. If you are having trouble deciding between the two, you could save some money by going with the Nectar.
- You are a back sleeper sleeper. I felt better back sleeping on the Nectar. My hips sink in the right amount, and the foam conforms to the curves of my body. At the same time, the mattress offers good pressure relief so, if you switch between your back and side, this could be a great option.
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If you think about this information, you should have an easy time choosing between the Layla mattress and Nectar mattress. If you are a side sleeper, stomach sleeper, and like to sink into your mattress, the Layla should be the better choice. If you sleep on your back and prefer to sleep more on top of the mattress, the Nectar should work for you. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Nectar in the comment section below.
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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