Saatva Vs. Nectar Mattress Comparison – Innerspring Or Memory Foam?

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Saatva and Nectar are two very popular reasons but provide very different constructions and overall feels.  If someone is looking at getting one of these mattresses, this comparison guide will help.  This article will highlight the key takeaways of the construction of both mattresses and then talk through the main similarities and differences between them.

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Saatva
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  • Has a nice pillow top feel over supportive coils. 
  • A more supportive option for back and stomach sleepers.

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  • A comfortable, value mattress. 
  • A good fit for side sleepers. 

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Key Similarities

  • They are both very popular mattresses and are both only available online.
  • They are both a good fit for back and side sleepers and are a good balance of comfort and support.

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Key Differences

  • The Nectar is more affordable than the Saatva and features less substantial materials.
  • They incorporate very different materials in their construction that give the mattresses different qualities and feels.
  • The Nectar is softer than the Saatva generally.
  • The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel, and the Nectar has a classic memory foam feel.

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Saatva Construction

  • The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall and consists of four separate coils and foam layer.
  • The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro-top that gives the mattress softness and good pressure relief.
  • The next layer is a thin memory foam layer that provides additional body contouring and lumbar support.
  • This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils, which give the mattress extra body contouring.
  • Finally, high-grade coils make up the bottom layer and are highly supportive, breathable, and durable.
  • There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support.

Read the full Saatva mattress review, available here.

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Nectar Construction

  • The mattress is 11” tall and features four separate foam layers.
  • The cover is soft and woven together with Tencel fabric. There is 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it to give the mattress additional softness and pressure relief.
  • Next, there is a 3” layer of a soft, slow-responding, gel memory foam, which contours very well to the curves of the body.
  • Then, there is around 1” of a foam transition layer to act as a buffer between the comfort and support layers.
  • Finally, the base layer is around 6” thick, which is pretty standard for bed-in-a-box mattresses.

Read the full Nectar mattress review, available here.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • The tops of these mattresses are very different. The Saatva has a tufted cover that is quilted with polyfoam, while the Nectar has a thin cover and then memory foam. This gives the Saatva a pillow-top feel, and the Nectar a classic memory foam feel.
  • The top layer of the Nectar is 4” of soft memory foam, which makes the Nectar a better fit for side sleepers. The foam allows people to sink in, so the Nectar should give great pressure relief and body contouring.
  • The Saatva should be a longer-lasting mattress. The two layers of coils should make this a durable mattress, and it should last longer than the all-foam Nectar.
  • The Saatva should also be the more breathable mattress. The coils allow for good airflow, and the memory foam in the Nectar mattress will probably not be as breathable. Overall, the Saatva should be the cooler sleeping mattress by a significant amount.

Firmness/Feel Differences

In terms of firmness, I thought the Saatva felt like a 7/10, and the Nectar felt like a 6/10. I believe most sleepers will agree that the Saatva is the firmer of these two mattresses.

Here is how it felt sleeping on the Saatva:

  • Back sleeping on the Saatva, I feel very well supported. My hips sink into that pillow-top just the right amount, and the rest of the body is held up by the mattress.
  • On my side, I am surprised by the pressure relief I feel, and the pillow-top does a very nice job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips.
  • When I am lying on my stomach, I feel good support and the right level of firmness.

Here’s how it felt sleeping on the Nectar:

  • On the Nectar, I am supported while I am back sleeping, because memory foam conforms to my body and presses up into the lumbar area. That being said, I would say that I feel better support on the Saatva.
  • The Nectar performs best when I am on my side, because I slowly sink into that memory foam and feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips.
  • This memory foam is not firm enough to support me when I am on my stomach.

In terms of feel, the Saatva has that luxury hotel mattress feel that gives the support of coils with the soft feel of a pillow-top. People definitely sleep on top of the mattress. The Nectar, on the other hand, has that classic memory foam feel where people will get that true quicksand experience where they sleep “in” the mattress.

See more of what I thought of Saatva’s pillow-top feel in the video below.

Now watch what I thought of Nectar’s soft memory foam in the video below.

Motion Transfer Differences

Memory foam is usually a safe bet when it comes to handling motion transfer well. The material absorbs motion so it doesn’t really move across the mattress.

So I was not surprised that the Nectar dealt with motion transfer better than the Saatva. During my tests, the glass barely moved when I pressed into the mattress. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt less of his movement on my side. The Nectar should be the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

Learn more about motion transfer on the Saatva in the video below.

Compare that motion transfer to the all-foam Nectar in the video below.

Edge Support

The Saatva is the firmer mattress, so I expected it to have better edge support. It also has two layers of coils and foam encasement to further stabilize the edge.

Sitting down near the edge of the Saatva, I feel more secure than I do on the Nectar. Lying down, I feel less like I am going to be ejected from the bed.

People can see the differences in edge support in the photos below.

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Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us has a much different body type: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:

In terms of firmness, the Saatva was about a 7/10, and the Nectar was a 6/10.

In terms of sleeping positions, I feel very nice back sleeping on the Saatva. My hips sink in just the right amount, and I feel great support. On my side, I feel pretty good softness and pressure relief. Even as a heavier person, I feel like the pillow-top does a good job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I do need more support, because I feel like I am bowing in at the hips.

Over on the Nectar, I feel well supported when I am on my back. My hips sink in a bit, and the foam presses up into my lumbar area. While at first, I do feel some pressure on my side, I slowly sink into the mattress and feel the pressure on my shoulder and hips melt away. On my stomach, I also need more support on the Nectar. I am bowing in at the hips.

If someone is a heavier back sleeper, either mattress could work for them. If people like a memory foam feel, the Nectar is the right choice, and if people like a pillow-top feel, choose the Saatva. I did feel good pressure relief on both mattresses, but I did feel the best side sleeping on the Nectar. Again, it really comes down to feel preferences and preferred sleeping positions.

If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, I don’t think either mattress will be supportive enough for them.

As a larger person, Marten had a bit of a different experience on these two mattresses. While he also thought the Saatva was better on his back and the Nectar was better on his side, the Saatva was not quite supportive enough when he was on his stomach.

Who Should Pick Saatva…

  • Those who prefer a traditional innerspring mattress with a pillow-top- The Saatva has a coil-on-coil construction with a pillow-top. If someone has had success with hotel mattresses or likes the support offered by coils and the softness of a pillow-top, the Saatva is a clear choice.
  • People who like to sleep on top of their mattress- While the pillow-top is soft, people won’t really sink too far into the mattress. If they prefer to sleep on top of their mattress and move around easily, the Saatva should work for them.
  • Those who want a firmer mattress- Between these two mattresses, the Saatva is the firmer mattress without question. If someone is a heavier person or sleeps mostly on their back and stomach, the Saatva should give them more support.

RELATED: Best Innerspring Mattresses

Who Should Pick Nectar…

  • Those who prefer the classic memory foam feel- If people like to sink in and sleep “in” their mattress, the Nectar is the clear way to go. It has that quicksand feel that comes with soft memory foam.
  • Side sleepers- The soft memory foam in the Nectar does a great job of relieving pressure. People should slowly sink into the mattress and feel little pressure on their shoulders and hips.
  • People who want a more affordable mattress- Between the two mattresses, the Nectar is cheaper, so if money is a main concern, I would consider the Nectar.

Overall

If people consider these points, choosing between the Saatva and the Nectar shouldn’t be too hard, because there are some pretty noticeable differences.

If people like innerspring mattress and a pillow-top feel, the Saatva should work for them, and if they like soft memory foam and sleep on their side, I would choose the Nectar.

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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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