Two online-only foam mattresses that have seen great success since they launched are Nectar and Nolah. As the two have grown in popularity, people are wondering how they compare to one another. I’ll go over the main similarities and differences in this article to help you make a more informed decision if you are down to Nolah vs Nectar.
- Both are all foam mattresses
- Both have just one comfort level
- Both have good motion isolation
- Both have great pressure relief
- Both are especially good for side sleepers
- The Nectar is thicker overall then the Nolah
- The Nectar comfort layer is thicker than the Nolah and uses memory foam, compared to AirFoam for Nolah
- Nolah has a more responsive sleeping surface, while Nectar uses more slow-moving foams
- Nectar is less expensive than the Nolah by a small amount
- The Nolah should sleep completely temperature neutral, while the Nectar may trap some heat
- Nectar is made in China, while the Nolah is made in the US
You can get a general sense of the construction of the Nolah mattress from the picture below. Here’s a breakdown:
- The cover is made of viscose and is thin, so it doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The top layer is 2 inches of a proprietary foam called AirFoam. Studies show this foam can relieve pressure better than memory foam while also being temperature neutral.
- The next layer is 1 inch of Avena foam, which is latex-like and gives the mattress good bounce and response. It is also very durable and breathable too.
- The base layer is 7″ of 1.8 lb. density poly foam, which is a pretty standard support layer seen quite often in foam mattresses.
People can get a sense for the Nectar construction from the picture below. 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).
- The Nectar is 11 inches thick, while the Nolah is 10 inches thick
- The Nectar comfort layer is thicker than the Nolah (5 vs 3 inches)
- The Nolah should sleep cooler than the Nectar because it does not contain memory foam
- The Nolah uses faster-responding foams, while Nectar uses slower-moving foams
- The comfort layers of the Nolah should be more durable than the Nectar, while the base layer of the Nectar should be more durable than the Nolah. It’s therefore hard to say which one will last longer overall
- Sleepers will sink into the Nectar more than they will with the Nolah
I think the firmness of the Nolah and the Nectar are about the same, with the Nolah being a little softer. With the Nectar there’s initial firmness and then the memory foam kicks in and conforms to your body, making it seem softer. With Nolah, there’s definitely a lot of initial softness and it gets gradually firmer as you move down into the mattress. The Nolah is much more responsive than the Nectar is.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both mattresses do a really great job with motion transfer. I can’t really say one is better than the other, but I’d maybe give a slight edge to Nectar.
Which Should You Pick?
This is a hard question to answer because there are so many similarities between the mattresses. They are both a really good fit for side sleepers and have excellent pressure relief. It’s probably the best aspect of both mattresses, but the main difference is the overall feel. Nectar has a classic memory foam feel while Nolah uses much faster-responding foams. If you like slowly sinking into your mattress and having it envelop you, Nectar is probably the way to go, but if you don’t like that feeling, then Nolah is probably the way to go. I think the Nolah may be better for back/stomach sleepers because it has a thinner comfort layer, but again if you like slowly sinking into the mattress, Nectar would be the way to go.
These are two fairly similar mattresses, but hopefully I’ve made the differences be more clear. If you have any further specific questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment 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.