Novosbed Vs Nectar- Which Should You Choose?

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If you are looking at getting a memory foam mattress, there’s a good chance you’ve come across Novosbed and Nectar.  They are two very popular online-only companies that sell quality memory foam mattresses.  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 Novosbed vs Nectar.

Key Similarities

  • Both are all foam mattresses
  • Both use memory foam in the comfort layer
  • Both have good motion isolation
  • Both have a slow-moving, sinking in feel
  • Both have great pressure relief
  • The companies have a similar business model
  • Both are 11″ thick

Key Differences

  • The Nectar sells for less than the Novosbed
  • Novosbed has 3 firmness options, while Nectar has one
  • Novosbed has a comfort+ guarantee to make sure you get the right firmness level
  • Nectar uses gel memory foam to aid in cooling, while Novosbed puts air channels into its foam
  • Novosbed uses higher density memory foams but a lower density support foam than Nectar

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Novosbed Construction

The Novosbed Medium firmness level is what is most comparable to the Nectar mattress.  I’ll give a breakdown of that mattress here:

  • The cover is a thin, strectch-knit.  It is also removable and washable.
  • The top layer is 2 inches of 5 lb. density memory foam.  The foam has air channels in it to enhance air flow.
  • The second layer is 2 inches of 5 lb. density memory foam.  It is a little firmer than the top layer to ease the transition to the support foam below it.  The use of two layers of high-density memory foam means the mattress will sharply contour to your body for great spinal alignment.
  • The base layer is 7 inches of 1.8 lb. density poly foam.  This is a fairly standard layer seen in foam mattresses.
  • The company has a comfort+ guarantee.  This means if you want your mattress to be a little softer or firmer they will send you a block of foam that will attach nicely to the top of your mattress and adjust the firmness.

Read Our Novosbed Mattress Review

Nectar Construction

Nectar provides a picture of its construction, which you can see 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).

Read Our Nectar Mattress Review

Construction Differences/Notes

  • The mattresses have the same thickness overall
  • The Nectar comfort layer is one inch thicker than the Novosbed
  • The Novosbed uses higher-density memory foam, which usually means better conforming ability but also a greater ability to retain heat (offset by the air channels in the top layer)
  • I would expect the Novosbed to last slightly longer than the Nectar given its overall weight is much higher than the Nectar

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Firmness/Feel Differences

I think the feel of the Novosbed Medium is just a little firmer than the Nectar.  However, that’s just my subjective opinion.  The overall feel of the two mattresses are very similar.  They both have that classic, slow-moving memory foam feel.

Motion Transfer Differences

Both mattresses do an excellent job with limiting motion transfer.  I can’t say that one mattress does better than the other, as they both are great.

Which Should You Pick?

It is very difficult to say which one you should pick as the overall feel of the two mattresses is very similar.  Nectar gives you the ability to save some money, but I believe the Novosbed will last longer.  The firmness levels and comfort+ guarantee are especially enticing for people who are worried about getting the right firmness for them.  At the end of the day, it will have to just be a gut decision.

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It’s hard to pick a winner here, but hopefully I’ve made the decision a little bit easier.  If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Joe Auer

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.