If you’ve been hunting for an all-foam mattress, you’re probably exhausted. There are countless foam mattresses that you need to sift through. Well, I have reviewed a large number of all-foam mattresses, and two of the more popular are the Tuft & Needle and Nectar mattresses.
Which one of these mattresses is right for you? Let’s take a look at the similarities, differences, and find out exactly which mattress you should choose.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They have a similar base layer.
- They are in the same firmness range.
- Both should be a good match for combo sleepers.
- The Nectar is taller than the Tuft & Needle.
- The Nectar has four layers while the Tuft & Needle has two.
- The Nectar features memory foam in its top layer, but the Tuft & Needle features a more responsive Adaptive Foam.
- The Nectar has a classic memory foam feel, and the Tuft & Needle has more of a balanced foam feel.
- The Tuft & Needle costs less than the Nectar.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- On top, you get a thin, soft cover.
- Then, there is a 3” layer of Adaptive Foam.
- The base is made up of 7” of standard base polyfoam.
Read the full Tuft & Needle review
- The mattress is 11” tall.
- The cover contains Tencel fabric and is quilted with 1” of gel memory foam.
- Below that, there are 3” of gel memory foam.
- Then, yet get about 1” of a foam transition layer.
- The base is 6” of a base polyfoam.
Read the full Nectar mattress review
- The Tuft & Needle features a very streamlined design. It is two layers so its construction is less complex than the Nectar’s.
- The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam has both memory foam and latex qualities. It is soft and relieves pressure quite well. At the same time, it is responsive so you shouldn’t have issues changing position on top of this mattress.
- The Adaptive Foam is open-celled which makes it more breathable than the memory foam you find in many bed-in-a-box mattresses. This should keep the top of the mattress from trapping heat and making you sleep hot.
- The Nectar has a thicker comfort layer than what you find on the Tuft & Needle. This means it could be a better option for side sleepers. You sink in more and could feel better pressure relief on your shoulders and hips.
- In addition, the Nectar’s thick comfort layer should be a good match for larger people. While large people might “bottom out” side sleeping on the Tuft & Needle, they shouldn’t have this issue so much on the Nectar.
- The construction is going to give these mattresses a different feel. The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam gives the mattress a more balanced foam feel where you sleep on top of the mattress. The Nectar has a classic memory foam feel that allows you to sleep in the mattress.
In terms of firmness, I found the Tuft & Needle to be close to a 6.5/10. The Nectar felt closer to a 6/10. I will note that the firmness of these mattresses is really going to depend on your weight. If you are a larger person, for example, you could press further into the Tuft & Needle and hit the support layer. This might lead you to feel the Tuft & Needle is firmer than what I thought.
That being said, here is how I felt sleeping on the Tuft & Needle.
- When I lie on my back, the Tuft & Needle is a good match for me. I feel like the mattress is supporting me overall, and my hips are allowed to sink in a fair amount.
- Side sleeping on the Tuft & Needle, the mattress also works for me. I feel like the mattress relieves some pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, the Tuft & Needle is decently supportive. Between the two mattresses, I am getting more support from the Tuft & Needle.
Now, compare this to how I felt sleeping on the Nectar mattress.
- Back sleeping on the Nectar, I am very well supported. My hips sink into the memory foam layer, but I am still getting enough support on my lumbar area. The memory foam also conforms to the curves of my body.
- Lying on my side, I first feel a bit of firmness of my shoulders and hips. However, I slowly sink into the mattress and that pressure disappears. Overall, I feel better pressure relief with the Nectar.
- When I move to my stomach, the Nectar is not quite supportive enough. I could use some more support on my hips.
These mattresses are quite different in terms of feel. The Tuft & Needle is more responsive and has a balanced foam feel. The top layer is soft, but it is still very easy to move around on the mattress. The Nectar has more of that slow-moving memory foam feel. It is not as easy to move around on the Nectar.
See more of what I thought of the Tuft & Needle’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Here is what I thought of the Nectar.
If you sleep with a partner, you should keep motion transfer in mind. When your partner moves around at night, will you feel this motion on your side of the bed? Also, when you move around, will your partner feel your movements?
Memory foam is one of the best materials for dealing with motion transfer. So, I was not surprised that the Nectar isolates motion better than the Tuft & Needle. That thick layer of memory foam really stops the motion from transferring across the mattress.
When I place a glass of water on the Nectar and push into the surrounding areas, the water is barely disturbed. When I perform this test on the Tuft & Needle, I saw a bit more disturbance.
See how the Tuft & Needle handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Nectar.
Edge Support Differences
For those of you who do sleep with a partner, you want to find a mattress that allows you to sleep toward the edge without falling off. You want a mattress with good edge support.
Sitting near the edge of both these mattresses, I do not feel very secure. Both foam mattresses collapse under my weight. Also, when I lie down near the edge of both mattresses, I do feel like I might roll off.
You can see the edge support on these mattresses in the photos below.
As I said above, your weight might affect your experience with these mattresses, namely the Tuft & Needle. To give you the perspective of a larger person, I asked Marten to try out the Tuft & Needle and Nectar. I am 5’9″ 160 lbs, and he is 6’7″ 230 lbs. Here is what he thought of these two mattresses:
In terms of firmness, I thought the Tuft & Needle was a 6.5/10, and the Nectar was a 6/10.
Here is how I felt sleeping on the Tuft & Needle.
- When I’m on my back on the Tuft & Needle, the mattress is not quite supportive enough for me. I sink into the mattress without feeling enough overall support. I also need more lumbar support.
- Moving to my side, I’m feeling some decent pressure relief. If you are heavier than me, you could press further into the mattress and feel some more pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, I am not getting enough support on the Tuft & Needle. The center of my body is sinking into the mattress, and I am bowing in there.
Here is how I felt sleeping on the Nectar.
- While the Nectar is softer than the Tuft & Needle, I am feeling better support when I am back sleeping. I feel some nice lumbar support, and the memory foam contours to the shape of my body.
- Side sleeping, I feel great pressure relief on the Nectar. As Joe said, the memory foam does take some time to kick in. Then, I slowly sink into the mattress and feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- When I move to my stomach, I need more support from the Nectar. As I did on the Tuft & Needle, I am bowing in and feeling some lower back strain.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, take a look at the Nectar. While I felt nice side sleeping on both mattresses, if you are over 250 lbs, the Nectar should be the better choice. Stomach sleepers should look for a more supportive mattress.
Again, it is always important to consider your weight when buying a mattress. If you are a larger stomach sleeper, it seems like neither of these mattresses is right for you. Also, if you are larger than 230 lbs, the Tuft & Needle might not be the best match for side sleeping.
Pick Tuft & Needle If:
- You are a stomach sleeper. The Tuft & Needle is the firmer of these two mattresses and provides better support when you are on your stomach. You should feel more support on your hips, and the mattress should keep you in better alignment.
- You like sleeping on top of your mattress. The Tuft & Needle features a responsive Adaptive Foam that keeps you from sinking in too far. You should feel like you are sleeping on top of the mattress. If you don’t like to sink into your mattress too much, the Tuft & Needle should work for you.
- You want to move around easily. The Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive Foam is more responsive than the memory foam you find in the Nectar. Because of this, it is much easier to change positions on the Tuft & Needle. You shouldn’t feel stuck in the mattress.
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Pick Nectar If:
- You are a side sleeper. The Nectar is the thicker mattress and also features the thicker comfort layer. The slow-moving memory foam lets you sink into the mattress and really lets the pressure melt away. Even larger side sleepers should get great pressure relief on the Nectar.
- You like the classic memory foam feel. The Nectar contains a thick layer of soft memory foam. This allows you to slowly sink into the mattress. If you like sleeping more inside your mattress, the Nectar is the way to go.
- You sleep with a partner. If you share your bed with someone, the Nectar should work better for you. The memory foam will cut down on motion transfer so you won’t feel every move your partner makes at night. Also, they shouldn’t feel yours!
At this point, it should be easy to choose between the Tuft & Needle and Nectar. The Tuft & Needle should be a better choice for stomach sleepers who like to sleep on top of their mattress. The Nectar should work better for side sleepers and those who prefer to sink into their mattress.
Which mattress do you think is right for you? If you need more help, you can leave questions in the comment section 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.
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