Reviewing the Nectar and Nolah mattresses would be difficult sitting at home. They are both all-foam mattresses that have grown in popularity recently, so we decided to compare the two to make your decision easier.
In our Nolah vs. Nectar mattress comparison, we’ll help you learn which one better suits your sleep needs.
Nolah Vs Nectar Overview
These mattresses are very similar to one another. They are both all-foam, excellent for side-sleepers, and have great pressure relief. The difference in the end will come down to the types of foam used in the mattresses and how thick they are.
Nolah uses AirFoam, which feels super responsive and doesn’t trap heat. Nectar, which uses memory foam, conforms to the body and offers a thicker comfort layer.
Who Might Like The Nolah
- Hot sleepers
- Combination sleepers
- Sleepers who aren’t a fan of the classic memory foam feel
Who Might Like The Nectar
- Those who enjoy slowly sinking into a mattress and having it conform to the body
- Light or medium-weight side sleepers
- Fans of classic memory foam
Similarities Between The Nolah And Nectar?
As we mentioned above, these two bed-in-a-box mattresses share many similarities. Let’s take a closer look at what they have in common.
- Both have a very similar price point.
- Both are all-foam mattresses.
- Both are good at motion isolation.
- Both are great for pressure relief.
- Both are especially good for side sleepers.
For more information, read our full Nolah mattress review.
Key Differences Between The Nolah And Nectar?
Now, let’s investigate the differences between the two brands. Which one will work best for you?
- Nolah uses AirFoam, while Nectar uses memory foam.
- Nectar is taller and has a thicker comfort layer.
- Nectar conforms to the body, while Nolah has a more responsive feel.
- Nectar is made in China while Nolah is made in the US.
Check out our Nectar mattress review for more information.
Firmness and Feel Differences
Both mattresses have a similar firmness but vary in feel. We will compare how each mattress would affect people of different body sizes.
How Firm are the Nolah and Nectar Mattresses?
On our firmness scale, the Nolah feels like a 6/10, which is slightly softer than the average mattress. The mattress does a good job of offering comfort and support to the average sleeper. Heavier sleepers may not get the right pressure relief, though, because they’re likely to sink through the comfort layer.
The Nectar mattress is slightly firmer, coming in at a 6.5. The mattress also does a good job of offering support to the sleeper. Because it has a taller comfort layer, it may work better for heavier sleepers.
Sleeping On the Nolah and Nectar Mattresses
On the Nolah, back sleepers should receive a good balance of comfort and support. The hips sink into the mattress, while the rest of the body gets plenty of support.
Side sleepers should find the Nolah is especially great at relieving pressure. For average weight sleepers, the AirFoam layers should relieve pressure along shoulders and hips. Heavier sleepers may bottom out, however, which creates additional pressure.
In general, the Nolah feels too soft for stomach sleepers. In this sleeping position, you likely won’t get the proper support. Your hips may sink into the foam and start to feel out of alignment. We recommend you check out our best mattresses for stomach sleepers for better options.
Overall, the Nectar offers solid support for back sleepers, but Nolah is better in our eyes. Back sleepers on the Nectar sink into the mattress more than the Nolah because there is an extra inch of comfort foam, so this might cause stress on the heavier areas of the body which sink lower.
Nectar takes the pressure off the shoulders and hips for side sleepers, but heavier sleepers might feel as if they are bottoming out.
Stomach sleepers on the Nectar might find it too soft for their liking as well.
What Do The Nolah And Nectar Mattresses Feel Like?
The Nolah mattress has a soft foam feel, but is more responsive than memory foam. The cover is thin so it does not affect the feel of the mattress too much. It is temperature neutral, so hot sleepers would benefit from this mattress.
The Nectar mattress has a classic memory foam feel. The initial feel of firmness quickly gives way as the foam conforms to the body.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130lbs – 230lbs
Average weight back and side sleepers should feel totally comfortable and supported on the Nolah. The mattress has enough support for the sleeper to not bottom out, and would provide enough support to the shoulders, back and hips for the sleeper to remain comfortable. Average weight stomach sleepers, however, will not have enough support and their hips will sink out of alignment.
The Nectar also provides solid support for back sleepers and side sleepers. The mattress provides ample support for hips and shoulders for average weight people. In this weight range the sleeper would not bottom out and their joints would be totally supported. The foam provides especially good pressure relief on the hips of average weight people. Stomach sleepers once again should seek more support in their mattresses.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230lbs
The Nolah will most likely not adequately support heavyweight sleepers. Heavier side sleepers, especially, run the risk of bottoming out and sleeping the firmer support layers. This can create tension and stress on shoulders and hips, which leads to pain over time. For back and stomach sleepers, there is not enough support for heavyweight sleepers.
People who weight around 230lbs may get the support they need while sleeping on the Nectar, but heavier sleepers will bottom out. We recommend looking for one of the best mattresses for heavy people.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130lbs
The Nolah is one of the best mattresses for lightweight sleepers. It offers enough support for the back and side sleepers, and enough for many stomach sleepers as well. That being said, many stomach sleepers will still need a firmer, more supportive mattress.
The Nectar is also a good option for lightweight sleepers. Like the average weight sleepers, the Nectar provides enough support for the joints and will be very comfortable. The stomach sleepers, however, might find that they want a mattress that offers more support.
Mattress Construction Differences
To really understand how these two mattresses work, we’ll need to take a deep look at their construction.
Nolah’s cover is made out of a thin, viscous material that should provide plenty of airflow. It does not affect the feel of the mattress overall.
The Nectar has a polyblend cover that feels breathable and cool.
The Nolah has 3 inches of comfort layers. The top 2 inches are made of AirFoam, which is temperature neutral and relieves pressure. The next inch is made of Avena foam, which feel similar to a bouncy latex material. These top layers create a reactive, pressure relieving top.
The Nectar has 2 more inches of comfort layers than the Nolah does.The top three inches are made of high density, pressure relieving gel-infused foam. This layer is slow-reacting and will allow you to sink in, like traditional memory foam. Under this is two layers of dynamically adjusting foam that feels quite responsive.
Both mattresses have a base layer made out of 7 inches of high-density polyfoam.
The Nolah is 10″ thick and the Nectar is 12″.
Nolah And Nectar Mattress Size Options and Price
Eager to see how these beds will fit into your life? Check out our handy charts below.
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 10″||$649|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 10″||$799|
|Full||53″ x 75″ x 10″||$899|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 10″||$1149|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 10″||$1249|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 10″||$1249|
For more great options, read our Nolah Evolution Hybrid mattress review.
|Twin||39″ x 75″ x 12″||$798|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″ x 12″||$968|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 12″||$1,198|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,298|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,598|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$1,598|
Looking for something more luxurious? Read our Nectar Premier Copper mattress review.
Nolah And Nectar Performance Differences
We’ve learned about their construction, firmness levels, and feel. Now, let’s see how well these mattresses actually perform.
Sleeping Hot or Cold
Thanks to its AirFoam layers and breathable outer cover, the Nolah mattress shouldn’t trap heat like many traditional memory foam mattresses do.
The Nectar mattress is like most traditional foam mattresses, so it may trap some heat. It’s not a great pick for those who already tend to sleep hot at night.
Motion transfer is especially important for couples. If your partner has a restless night’s sleep, you’d hate to feel them tossing and turning next to you.
Luckily, foam mattresses are great at eliminating motion transfer. Both the Nectar and Nolah beds perform well here.
After doing edge support tests we determined that Nectar has better edge support than the Nolah. The Nolah is an all-foam mattress, and it behaves like one. The foam compresses near the edge when sitting or lying, but it is not to the point of falling off.
The Nectar, on the other hand, had surprising edge support for an all foam mattress. It only collapsed a bit and we felt secure near the edge.
Both mattresses should last a long time — between seven and 10 years.
Both mattresses were shipped so they naturally released a slight chemical odor, but after 48 hours, the smell completely faded.
Once again, these all foam mattresses behaved as expected. They absorb noise when someone rolls around or moves.
When shopping for one of the best mattresses for sex, most people want a bed that feels bouncy and responsive. Because the Nectar and Nolah mattresses are made entirely out of foam, they may not be the best choice for getting intimate.
Before purchasing a brand new bed, you’ll want to read the fine print. We’ve outlined Nectar and Nolah’s company policies below.
Both mattresses come with a lifetime warranty, though Nolah’s is void if the mattress is not paired with the correct support system.
Nolah has a 120 day sleep trial, while Nectar has a 365 day sleep trial.
The Nolah comes with free shipping and returns during the 120 day trial period.
Nectar, though it offers a full refund on the mattress if you return it in the 365 day trial period, does not offer a refund for the service charge.
If you’re still wondering about these two popular bed-in-a-box mattresses, read our FAQ section below.
Which mattress is better, Nolah or Nectar?
This is really a toss up. We like them both and they vary for different people based on weight and personal preference.
How long will Nolah or Nectar mattresses last?
Based on estimates, both mattresses should last between 7-10 years.
Can you flip the Nolah or Nectar mattresses?
You should not flip the mattresses as the support layers are designed to go on the bottom and will not offer the same comfort and stress relief as the comfort layers.
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.