If someone has already narrowed down their mattress search to Loom & Leaf and Nectar, they are already in amazing shape. They are both popular, quality mattresses that have had great success for good reasons. If people are deciding between the two mattresses, it can be hard to decide because there are so many similarities between them. This article will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about before making a purchasing decision.
- The mattresses have similar base layers and also contain memory foam somewhere in the construction.
- They both have a classic memory foam feel where sleepers will slowly sink into the mattress.
- Both are a good fit for back and side sleepers and have a medium range firmness level.
- The Nectar is more affordable than the Loom & Leaf, but both are excellent values.
- The Loom & Leaf is taller and contains more memory foam than the Nectar by a small amount.
- The Loom & Leaf features higher density foams than the Nectar, meaning it will probably last longer and be a little bit more supportive.
- The Nectar is softer than the Loom & Leaf by a noticeable amount.
Loom & Leaf Construction
- The Loom & Leaf is 12” tall and features four separate foam layers.
- The cover is soft and breathable and quilted with polyfoam, but it doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The top layer is 2” of gel memory foam, which gives the mattress great pressure relief, body contouring, and breathability.
- This first layer features a Spinal Zone Gel laminate panel, which is for cooling and assists with spinal support.
- Then there is a 2” layer of denser memory foam, which gives additional pressure relief and body contouring.
- Next there is a transition layer made of foam which acts as a buffer between the two memory foam layers and the support layer.
- The final layer is a standard base polyfoam, which isn’t too different from other base layers seen in all-foam mattresses.
Read the full breakdown and Loom & Leaf review, available here.
- The mattress is 11” tall and also features four distinct layers of memory foam and poly foam.
- The cover is soft and woven together with Tencel fabric, and there is 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it to add softness and pressure relief.
- Next, there is a 3” layer of a soft, slow-responding, gel memory foam, which gives the mattress softness, pressure relief, and body contouring.
- Then, there is around 1” of a foam transition layer that also acts as a buffer between the comfort and support layers.
- Finally, the base layer is around 6” thick, which is a pretty standard base layer for an all-foam mattress available online.
Read the full breakdown and Nectar mattress review, available here.
- The Loom & Leaf features high-density foams that are very supportive and could be a good match for heavier people.
- The high-density foams also make the Loom & Leaf a very durable mattress that will most likely last longer than the Nectar will.
- The Loom & Leaf is a more complex, luxurious mattress that costs more but has more expensive components in it.
- Both mattresses should have a classic memory foam feel that may feel firm at first, but will also relieve pressure very well.
In terms of firmness, the Loom & Leaf felt like a 6.5/10 while the Nectar felt like a 6/10. I think the majority of sleeper will tend to agree that the Loom & Leaf is noticeably firmer than the Nectar.
Here is how it felt sleeping on the Loom & Leaf:
- Back sleeping, I feel well supported on the Loom & Leaf. My hips sink in a bit, and I feel good overall support, so I definitely prefer this mattress for back sleeping.
- Lying on my side, I do feel some good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips, but I feel a bit better side sleeping on the Nectar.
- On my stomach, I am not getting quite enough support and feel that the mattress is just a bit too soft for stomach sleeping.
Here is how it felt sleeping on the Nectar:
- Starting on my back, the Nectar offers some decent support, but it might be a little too soft for some back sleepers. The Loom & Leaf should be the better choice for back sleepers because it is firmer and a little bit more supportive overall.
- Side sleeping on the Nectar, I feel fantastic pressure relief, so the Nectar is a great option for side sleepers.
- Moving to my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me and I could use some extra support in this position.
Both mattresses have a classic memory foam feel that resembles quicksand. They are slow-moving and not very responsive so people will feel like they are sinking into the mattress a good amount.
They both feel a bit firm at first but then start to soften up, but the Nectar will definitely feel just a bit softer.
See what I thought of the Loom & Leaf’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Nectar’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, they definitely want to think about how well their mattress handles motion transfer. If one person is moving around on their side of the bed, will that motion be isolated or transfer over to the other side of the bed and create a little disturbance?
Both of these mattresses feature memory foam which is known for great motion isolation, and as a result, both mattresses handle motion transfer quite well.
People shouldn’t be feeling their partner’s movements on either mattress, and both should be a great option for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how the Loom & Leaf deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Now, see how the Nectar performs with motion transfer in the video below.
If someone sleeps with a partner, they will probably also want to think about edge support. Basically, can someone utilize the full surface area of the mattress or will they feel like they are going to roll off the edge?
Sitting near the edge of both mattresses, I feel them collapse quite a bit because of the soft foams on the top of the mattresses. I don’t feel very secure in this position and, when I lie down, I also feel like I might roll off.
Neither mattress features the best edge support based on our testing and experience. People can see the edge support for both mattresses in the 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 mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the Loom & Leaf was a 7 or 7.5/10 and thought the Nectar was closer to a 6/10.
Back sleeping on the Loom & Leaf, I feel very comfortable and well supported. My hips sink in but not too far, and I feel nice good support overall. While the mattress feels firm at first, I do feel some the pressure start to melt away when I am on my side. Moving to my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me and am bowing in at the hips somewhat.
On the Nectar, I feel nice lumbar support when I am back sleeping. My hips also sink in just the right amount, so this is also nice for back sleeping.
When I lie to on my side, I feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips, so it’s a great match for side sleeping. Finally, when I am on my stomach, the mattress is too soft and I need more overall support.
Both mattresses could be a good fit for heavier back and side sleepers, but heavier stomach sleepers might want to look elsewhere.
It is also worth considering your weight when looking for a mattress. However, even though Marten is heavier than me, it appears Marten had a similar experience on these mattresses. Both were a nice match for back and side sleeping but too soft for stomach sleeping.
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Pick Loom & Leaf If…
- You are a back and stomach sleeper. The Loom & Leaf is definitely the firmer of these two mattresses and also the more supportive mattress. Because of this, it should be a better match for back and stomach sleeping. If you sleep in these two positions, you should get the support you need on the Loom & Leaf.
- You prefer a firmer mattress. Again, the Loom & Leaf is firmer than the Nectar. If you like a firmer mattress with more support, this is the clear choice. Heavier sleepers or those who need more support should also prefer the Loom & Leaf.
- You are looking for a long-term investment. While the Loom & Leaf may cost more up front, it is the more durable of these two mattresses. With its high-density foams and quality construction, it should last for a good amount of time.
Pick Nectar If…
- You are looking for a more affordable mattress. Both the Loom & Leaf and Nectar have similar qualities and have some of that memory foam feel. If you want to save some money up front, the Nectar might be the way to go. It is more affordable than the Loom & Leaf, but is still a quality mattress.
- You are a lighter person. If you are on the lighter side, you won’t really need the same amount of support that a heavier person does. Because of this, the Nectar should be supportive enough for you. Again, lighter people could save money by going with the Nectar.
- You like a softer mattress. The Nectar is the softer of these two mattresses. If you are a fan of softer mattresses and like a little more give with your mattress, the Nectar should be the way to go.
Using this information, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose between the Loom & Leaf and Nectar mattresses. The Loom & Leaf should be a better option for back and stomach sleepers while the Nectar should work for lighter people looking for a deal. Please leave any questions about these mattresses 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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