If you are looking to buy a mattress online yet don’t want to break the bank, you might have come across Nectar and Tuft and Needle. These are two great value mattresses that can be a great choice for a lot of sleepers. While there are some similarities between the two mattresses, there are also some key differences. I’l go over those differences in this article to help you make an informed decision.
- Both have a similar business model / value proposition
- Both are all foam mattresses
- Both use poly foam in the base layer
- Both have good cooling properties
- Tuft and Needle is made in the USA, while Nectar is made in China
- T&N uses a specialty poly foam in the comfort layer, while Nectar uses memory foam
- T&N is more responsive / uses faster-responding foam, while Nectar’s foam is more slow-moving
- In our opinion, the T&N is slightly firmer than the Nectar
- Nectar has a more sinking into the mattress feel than Tuft & Needle does
- Tuft and Needle has been in business for much longer than Nectar
- Tuft and Needle sells a Queen for $675 (you can sometimes get $50 off from that), while Nectar sells a Queen for $795 (you can usually get $125 off from that)
Tuft And Needle Construction
You can get a general sense of the layers of the Tuft & Needle from the picture below. Here’s a breakdown:
- The top layer is 3 inches of a specialty poly foam the company calls Adaptive foam. It is high-density (2.8 lbs.) and is infused with graphite and gel to keep the mattress very breathable. It has good bounce to it and good pressure relief.
- The base layer is a 1.8 lb. density poly foam layer. This is a pretty standard base layer for bed-in-a-box mattresses.
You can get a general sense of the layers of construction of the Nectar mattress below. The cover is made from tencel and cotton and is quilted with gel memory foam . The first layer is one inch of gel memory foam and is faster-responding than most memory foam. The next layer is 3 inches of more memory foam and then there is a high-density poly foam support layer (slightly higher than the T&N).
- The Nectar is 11 inches thick, while the T&N is 10 inches thick
- The Nectar comfort layer is thicker than the Tuft and Needle’s
- The Tuft and Needle is bouncier, providing a more “on” the mattress feel, while the Nectar has slower-moving foams and a more “in” the mattress feel
- I expect the durability of both mattresses to be about the same
- I believe the Nectar will have slightly better pressure relief
- I expect the T&N to have a slight edge in sleeping cool
It is our opinion that the Tuft and Needle is firmer than the Nectar. I think most people would agree. You can see from the videos below that the T&N is bouncier / more resilient. With Nectar you sink into the mattress a little bit more (potentially better for side sleepers).
Motion Transfer Differences
Both of these mattresses do pretty well with motion transfer. I would, however, give the slight edge to Nectar because of its use of multiple layers of memory foam.
What Should You Base Your Decision On?
- Made in USA vs China– The Tuft and Needle is made in the US, while the Nectar is made in China
- Firmness Difference– Most would agree the T&N is firmer than the Nectar
- Feel Difference– The T&N is bouncier and has a more “on” the mattress feel, while with Nectar you sink into the mattress more and it has an “in” the mattress feel
- Company Reputation– With T&N, you get the benefit of many reviews over a long period of time compared to Nectar
- Shipping– Nectar is currently facing shipping delays
These are pretty different mattresses. Therefore you should really think about what qualities you want the most out of your mattress and make a decision from there.
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