Nectar and Brooklyn Bedding have two popular online-only mattresses. While they have some similarities, the mattresses actually bring different things to the table. In this article, I’ll go over the main similarities and differences to help you make a more informed decision if you are down to Brooklyn Bedding vs Nectar.
- Both have a similar business model / value proposition
- Both use poly foam in the base layer and are around the same price point
- Both have free shipping, generous sleep trials, and great customer service
- Nectar is one inch thicker than the Brooklyn Bedding and has a thicker comfort layer than the Brooklyn Bedding
- Brooklyn Bedding uses a proprietary latex-like foam in the comfort layers, while Nectar uses memory foam
- Brooklyn Bedding has more bounce and a sleeping “on” the mattress feel, while Nectar has a memory foam, sinking into the mattress feel
- Brooklyn Bedding is made in the US, while Nectar is made in China
- Brooklyn Bedding has firmness options, while Nectar just has one firmness option
See the picture below for a visual of the different parts of the Nectar mattress. The cover is made from tencel and cotton and is quilted with gel memory foam . The first layer is one inch of 4lb. density gel memory foam and is faster-responding than most memory foam. The next layer is 3 inches of more memory foam (3 lb. density) and then there is a high-density poly foam support layer (2 lb. density).
Brooklyn Bedding Construction
The picture below shows the general construction and layers of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress. Here’s a breakdown:
- The cover is a quilted cotton polyester blend. It is quilted with 3/4 inch thick of polyfoam, giving it a somewhat plush feel on top
- The top layer is 2 inches of TitanFlex foam. This is a proprietary foam that has latex-like qualities. However, it is more durable and breathable than latex. It has good pressure relief and really quick response.
- The second layer is another 2 inches of firmer TitanFlex foam. It is firmer so that people can more easily transition into the base layer.
- The base layer is 6 inches of 1.8 lb. density poly foam . This is a fairly standard base layer for foam mattresses.
- The mattress does come in 3 different firmness options.
The video below gives more details and a good visual of the different layers of the mattress.
- The Nectar does have a thicker comfort layer, which can potentially be good for side sleepers.
- The TitanFlex foams give the Brooklyn Bedding more bounce and a feeling that you are sleeping “on” the mattress rather than “in” the mattress, like you do with the Nectar
- The Brooklyn Bedding is thinner yet weighs more than the Nectar. It uses really durable foams in the comfort layers, so I would anticipate the mattress should last a bit longer than the Nectar
- I would bet most people will sleep cooler with the Brooklyn Bedding. The foam is more open-celled and infused with titanium.
- I think the pressure relief will be slightly better with the Nectar because of the thicker comfort layer and memory foam
The videos below will show that the feel of the two mattresses are pretty different. You can see the very quick response of the Brooklyn Bedding and the slow-moving response of the Nectar. It is our opinion that the Brooklyn Bedding Medium is a little firmer than the Nectar.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both mattresses do a pretty good job of isolating motion. Because Nectar uses only memory foam in the comfort layer, I think it isolates motion a little bit better than the Brooklyn Bedding does.
You Might Want To Pick Nectar If:
- You Sleep On Your Side– I think the pressure relief is a little bit with the Nectar and the comfort layer is a little thicker, making it a great option for side sleepers
- You Want To Sink Into Your Mattress– If you like the classic memory foam feel where you slowly sink into your mattress, then the Nectar should be a great fit
You Might Want To Pick Brooklyn Bedding If:
- You Sleep On Your Stomach/Back– The comfort layer of the Brooklyn Bedding is a little thinner and a little firmer than the Nectar, making it a better choice for stomach/back sleepers in my opinion
- You Want A More Responsive Sleep Surface– The Brooklyn Bedding has almost immediate response and great bounce. If you want a more “on” the mattress feel, this is probably the right choice
Hopefully I’ve made the differences more clear. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any further specific questions on these two mattresses.
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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