Let them fight…
That’s right, it’s time for another mattress comparison! Today, we’ll be comparing two all-foam beds: Loom & Leaf (made by Saatva) and the Nectar. Let’s get to it in this Loom & Leaf vs. Nectar mattress comparison!
Loom & Leaf Vs Nectar Overview
The Loom & Leaf’s layers of memory foam work together to make you feel like you’re slowly and softly sinking into the bed. Before we go any further, it’s important to note that there are two different firmness options available — Firm and Relaxed Firm. For the most part, we’ll be discussing the Relaxed Firm model, but anyone who wants more support should take a look at the Firm.
The Nectar has also become a popular all-foam mattress, with a slow and sinking feeling that’s similar to the Loom & Leaf. However, there are some differences in the materials that we’ll get into in a bit.
Who Should Get The Loom & Leaf
- Anyone who prefers their mattress a little firmer. Both of these beds have a contouring memory-foam feel, but the Loom & Leaf’s materials make it a bit denser.
- Heavier people. While both beds score higher in this area than other all-foam mattresses, the Loom & Leaf feels slightly more supportive.
- Back sleepers and side sleepers, with the former having a slight advantage on the Loom & Leaf. The bed should be especially appealing to folks who deal with back pain.
Who Should Get The Nectar
- Anyone who prefers their mattress a little softer
- Like the Loom & Leaf, the Nectar is a good fit for those who sleep on their back or their side. Its softness might make it the slightly better option for side sleepers.
- Lightweight sleepers. People who weigh less don’t need quite as much support and might be more comfortable on the Nectar.
- Anyone operating on a budget. The Nectar is less expensive than the Loom & Leaf.
Loom & Leaf Vs Nectar Video Comparison
Similarities Between The Loom & Leaf And Nectar?
There are a good deal of similarities between these two mattresses. Let’s go over some of them.
- Both are all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattresses
- Both beds should appeal to back and side sleepers, although their preference might vary depending on how much they weigh
- Both mattresses fall into the category of Medium Firm
- Despite being made entirely of foam, both beds sleep very cool
See how the Loom & Leaf compares with other competitors in our roundup of Loom & Leaf comparisons.
Key Differences Between The Loom & Leaf And Nectar?
Now let’s go over some of the most notable distinctions between these two beds.
- Loom & Leaf has two models to choose from, each with a different level of firmness
- The Loom & Leaf is going to be the better option for heavier sleepers because of its higher-density materials
- The Nectar is less expensive than the Loom & Leaf
- Even though the beds are both Medium Firm, the Loom & Leaf is a bit firmer and the Nectar is a bit softer
Compare the Nectar with other beds with our Nectar comparisons.
Firmness and Feel Differences
Firmness and feel might be the two most important factors when buying a new mattress. Let’s see how the two beds diverge in these areas and where they overlap.
How Firm Are The Loom & Leaf And Nectar Mattresses?
The Loom & Leaf might soften over the years, which means it could fluctuate between a 6.5/10 and 7/10 on the firmness scale. But rest assured that the bed will stay in the Medium Firm category.
The Nectar comes in a little softer than that, ranging between a 6 and 6.5 in our sleeping tests. That still places it at Medium Firm.
Sleeping On the Loom & Leaf And Nectar Mattresses
On the Loom & Leaf, there’s a good amount of pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. This makes it a good option for side sleepers. The bed feels comfortable while back-sleeping as well, as the lumbar region gets nicely filled in by a top layer of gel memory foam. Stomach-sleeping was a bit more uncomfortable. It felt like there wasn’t enough support for the hips.
The Nectar is similar to the Loom & Leaf in that it feels good on the back and side, but not so much on the stomach. But if we’re splitting hairs, we’d probably choose the firmer Loom & Leaf for strict back sleepers and the softer Nectar for side sleepers.
What Do The Loom & Leaf And Nectar Mattresses Feel Like?
Both of these beds offer a classic memory-foam experience — a little bit of sinkage, a little bit of contouring, and an overall slow responsiveness. The firmness varies ever so slightly with the Nectar being the softer of the two, but these are definitely mattresses for lovers of memory foam.
Average-Weight Sleepers – 130lbs – 230lbs
Average-weight back and side sleepers should enjoy the contouring, pressure relief, and lumbar support that comes with the Loom & Leaf. But average-weight stomach sleepers might want to seek out a bed with more support on the hips. The Firm model could fit the bill.
Similarly, average-weight back and side sleepers will feel supported on the Nectar. The softer foam is said to feel especially good for those who experience side pain. Average-weight stomach sleepers will probably need something that provides more support, with one notable exception: the Nectar has been ranked as one of the best mattresses for teenagers of all sleeping positions.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230lbs
The Loom & Leaf could be a great option for heavyweight sleepers because of its denser materials. Heavy side sleepers will probably feel most comfortable, while heavier back and stomach sleepers might want to look into the Firm model.
On the Nectar, back sleepers who are closer to 230lbs might get the support they need, but those close to and over 300lbs might need something more supportive — perhaps a hybrid model that uses coils in its construction. Larger side and stomach sleepers will also likely require a bed with a lot more support. If you need more ideas, take a look at the best mattresses for heavy people.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130lbs
The Relaxed Firm and the Firm Loom & Leaf mattresses both might be a little too firm for lightweight sleepers. But those same folks should be comfortable in the back and side sleeping positions on the Nectar. Lightweight stomach sleepers will still probably need a more supportive bed.
Mattress Construction Differences
Let’s take a cross-section of both these mattresses and really break down how they’re constructed.
As with any bed, you’ll first encounter the cover, which, for the Loom & Leaf, is a quilted, organic cotton that helps the mattress sleep cool. The cover is also zoned to provide support in the middle of the bed.
The Nectar has a proprietary Cooling Cover made of polyethylene. Like the Loom & Leaf’s cover, this helps give the bed a low temperature and lots of breathability.
The Loom & Leaf’s first three layers are designed especially for comfort, starting with a 2” layer of memory foam with a 4-lb density. Additionally, the foam’s surface is convoluted to assist with airflow.
Next is a middle comfort layer topped with a laminate panel of Spinal Zone Gel. Created by Loom & Leaf, this proprietary solution promotes a lower temperature and assists with spinal support.
The final comfort layer is 2” of denser memory foam with a 5-lb. density, thus establishing a good deal of body contouring for the sleeper.
The Nectar has two comfort layers, the first being a slow-responding gel foam. If you apply pressure, it takes a few moments to reform. The gel infusion is designed to offset the heat-trapping properties so commonly found in memory foam — just another trait to help the bed sleep cool.
The Nectar’s second comfort layer is a Soft Conventional Foam that has more density and firmness than the top layer. It serves as a transition layer that eases sleepers into the support layer underneath.
Both the Loom & Leaf and the Nectar get extra support at the bottom of the bed from a final layer of foam. The Loom & Leaf’s is a standard polyfoam and the Nectar’s is a thicker layer of high-density support foam.
Both the Loom & Leaf and the Nectar are 12” tall.
Loom & Leaf And Nectar Mattress Size Options and Price
See the charts below for the most up-to-date size and pricing information for the Loom & Leaf and Nectar mattresses.
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 12″||$899|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,199|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 12″||$1,699|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,799|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,099|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,398|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$2,099|
|Split Cal King||72″ x 84″ x 12”||$2,476|
If you don’t want to purchase a brand new mattress yet, take a look at our Saatva mattress topper review.
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 12″||$798|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 12″||$868|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 12″||$1,096|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,198|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,498|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$1,498|
Looking for something a bit more high-end and luxurious? Check out our Nectar Lush mattress review.
Loom & Leaf And Nectar Performance Differences
With every mattress comparison, we put the beds through a battery of tests that cover temperature regulation, motion transfer, and other performance factors. Let’s see how these two mattresses did.
Sleeping Hot or Cold
Both beds are equipped with cooling technology that helps the layers of memory foam—a notoriously hot material—sleep at a low temperature. We’re going to call this one a tie.
We promise we’re not afraid to take a stance, but this feels like another tie. Having little to no motion transfer is common for most all-foam beds, and both the Loom & Leaf and the Nectar live up to this reputation.
Edge support is especially important if you share a bed with a partner. If you don’t feel secure when lying near the edge of a bed, you won’t be able to utilize the entire mattress!
Usually, memory foam doesn’t always make for the best edge support. So we were pleasantly surprised to find that both the Loom & Leaf and the Nectar scored pretty high here, with the Loom & Leaf being just a little bit stronger.
Both of these beds are made of sturdy materials that should make for a long-term investment that stands the test of time. It’s hard to give an exact number, but we can confidently say that both mattresses should last between seven and 10 years. Considering the density of the Loom & Leaf’s materials, it might last even longer.
Off-gassing is a fancy term for the faint smell that emerges when opening and unrolling any bed-in-a-box. Both the Loom & Leaf and Nectar have it, and the aroma dissipates within 48 hours for both mattresses, if not sooner. It also helps if you place the bed in a well-ventilated room. So this is another tie. And remember, off-gassing is perfectly normal and only temporary.
Foam beds tend to be silent, and this was the case with both the Loom & Leaf and the Nectar. Because they don’t have the springs found in hybrid beds, you can rest assured that you’ll get a quiet night’s sleep on either one.
When people seek out a mattress for sex, they’re usually looking at bounciness, resilience, and how easy it is to change positions. Since memory foam is such a slow-responding material, all-foam beds don’t tend to do well in this area. So we wouldn’t recommend the Loom & Leaf or the Nectar as the most ideal contenders in this category.
Now, let’s check out Loom & Leaf and Nectar’s company policies. It’s always a smart idea to read the fine print before purchasing a new bed.
The Loom & Leaf comes with a 15-year warranty and the Nectar comes with a forever warranty.
The Loom & Leaf’s sleep trial is 180 nights, while Nectar’s is a whopping 365 nights.
Loom & Leaf offers a full refund as long as the exchange happens within the trial period. Note that the company does charge an additional $100 transportation fee to cover labor and gas.
Nectar also offers a full refund, although it doesn’t include fees for shipping, white glove service, state-based recycling fees, and/or any additional promotional value. You can read more about their return policy on their website.
Still wondering which mattress is best for you? Some of these frequently asked questions might help.
Which is better, Loom & Leaf or Nectar?
That all depends on the buyer. Since these beds are very similar in feel and firmness, it may come down to more specific factors such as price (the Nectar) and body weight (the Loom & Leaf). It’s really about what matters most to you.
How long will the Loom & Leaf and Nectar mattresses last?
Although the Loom & Leaf is probably the more durable bed, the Nectar does have a forever warranty. So both of these mattresses are going to be long-term investments designed to last years and years.
Can you flip the Loom & Leaf and Nectar mattresses?
No, both of these beds only have one side (the top comfort layer) for sleeping.
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.