If you are considering getting a memory foam mattress, then you probably have come across both Tempur-Pedic and Nectar. Tempur-Pedic essentially created the memory foam category a couple of decades ago, and Nectar is the new online-only player in town. I will try to go through the similarities and differences between the two companies and their mattress offerings to help you make a more informed decision.
- Both are all foam mattresses (with the exception of the Tempur-Flex collection)
- Both use memory foam in the comfort layer
- Both have great pressure relief
- Both isolate motion very well
- Both have a similar, slow-moving feel
- Nectar has one model, while Tempur-Pedic has a full line of mattresses
- Nectar is less expensive than every Tempur-Pedic model
- Nectar is a brand new company, while Tempur-Pedic has been around a very long time
- The Tempur-Pedic models will weigh more than the Nectar
- Tempur-Pedic is made in the US, while Nectar is made in China
- Tempur-Pedic sells mainly through retail stores, while Nectar sells online-only
There are a few main things you should know about the differences in construction between the Nectar and the different Tempur-Pedic models.
- Nectar provides the specs of its mattress, while Tempur-Pedic does not
- In every case, the Tempur-Pedic mattresses will be a good amount heavier than the Tempur-Pedic mattresses. This means they use higher-density foams overall, which should mean enhanced durability
- Nectar does use gel memory foam in order to help keep you cool. You would need to get the Breeze versions of the Tempur-Pedics in order to have additional cooling features
- Nectar has four inches of comfort material. Tempur-Pedic has varying thicknesses depending on the model to provide a certain firmness level
- Nectar uses slightly faster-moving memory foam than the Tempur-Pedic models do
The below video shows off the general feel of the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme and the Nectar. There are obviously many different Tempur-Pedic models, but this specific video at least gives you a sense for the overall type of feel that Tempur-Pedic mattresses provide.
Motion Transfer Differences
Tempur-Pedic mattresses and the Nectar will both do a great job of isolating motion, as the videos below will show.
What Should You Base Your Decision On?
- Price Differences– There are major price differences between Nectar and the Tempur-Pedic models, with the Nectar being more affordable than every Tempur-Pedic model
- Firmness– If you have a specific firmness you really like, you will have more options with Tempur-Pedic
- New vs. Old Company– Tempur-Pedic has been around forever, so you have a better sense from customer reviews how the products will perform over time
- Made in USA vs China– Tempur-Pedic is made in America, while Nectar is made in China
- Online vs In-Store- Nectar provides a simple, easy shopping experience online, while you generally will go into a retail store to buy a Tempur-Pedic
There are some pretty big differences between these two mattress companies. Hopefully I’ve made things more clear, but leave me a comment if you have a specific question.
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.