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Like most couples, my boyfriend and I have different preferences when it comes to what we sleep on. He likes for his pillows and mattress to be as soft and squishy as possible. I, on the other hand, absolutely cannot sleep comfortably unless my pillow and comforter are more on the firm side. Enter NECTAR mattress, the perfect compromise.
NECTAR mattress is a memory foam mattress with seven layers. The bottom layer is the breathing base layer, which provides the foundation (it’s also the thickest layer); the fourth layer is the adaptive hi core memory foam, which “supports the body while providing rebound and bounce”; the third layer is the gel memory foam, which “delivers weight distribution and pressure relief”; the second layer is the quilted gel memory foam, which “provides loft, air circulation, while perfectly contouring to your body”; and the top layer is the tencel cooling cover, which “promotes air circulation, heat wicking, and is bedbug resistant.” All of these layers combined make the NECTAR mattress a 5.5-7.5 on the firmness scale.
NECTAR describes its mattress as “medium firm;” I say it’s like sleeping on a very firm-but-fluffy cloud.
The NECTAR mattress is available in every size (from twin to California king) and ranges in price from $500-$900 — plus, shipping is free. (Just for comparison’s sake, A queen-sized Tempur-Pedic mattress with similar firmness will cost you anywhere from $1,499-$5,499.)
Another reason it’s perfect for my boyfriend and me: If one of us moves around in our sleep or gets up during the middle of the night, the other one doesn’t feel a thing. This may be common sense for those who already have a memory foam mattress, but for someone who couldn’t afford one (hello, twenty-something entry-level salary) until NECTAR came along, this little fact is life-changing.
Plus, the heat wicking of the top layer combined with the gel memory foam layers helps you sleep cool — which, if you put off a lot of body heat while you sleep (like my boyfriend), is a blessing.
Nectar has what they call the “365 Nights Free Trial,” and it means exactly that — you have a year to decide whether or not you like the mattress. If you decide you don’t want it within that amount of time, NECTAR guarantees they’ll “pick up the mattress for free.”
NECTAR also has a “forever warranty.” Basically, if your mattress is defective or the body impressions become greater than 1 ½” within the first five years of ownership, they’ll replace your mattress at absolutely no charge. After those first five years, if something happens, NECTAR will completely repair and re-cover your NECTAR, or replace your NECTAR mattress.
The NECTAR mattress is also designed and assembled in the USA.
The NECTAR mattress is delivered right to your door within three to seven days, rolled up in a cute blue bag. I live in an apartment, so I was slightly worried about the delivery. It was delivered to the apartment office instead of to my door (which, thank goodness, I was at work at the time), and I sent my boyfriend to go pick it up. He was worried too, because he assumed it would be a huge mattress he’d have to carry all by himself; but instead, the NECTAR mattress is delivered in a convenient bag (that I say looks like a giant sleeping bag) with handles for easy carrying.
Once you open it (and opening it is the most fun part of the process — just ask my boyfriend, whom you can hear literally squealing in the video below), it will instantly fluff up, but it can take several hours to fluff up to its regular size (11 inches).
There’s also a really awful smell for the first couple of days (although NECTAR does guarantee the smell is just an “off-gassing foam aroma typical of high quality and medical grade foams” and isn’t harmful), but it DOES go away eventually — for my mattress it took two days, although NECTAR says it can take up to three to “fully breathe.” And then there’s nothing but pure bliss.
So Should You Buy the NECTAR Mattress?
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That being said, I can’t find a single thing wrong with my NECTAR mattress. I’ve actively looked for cons here — the only thing I can come up with is the smell in the beginning (but as I said, it goes away eventually). I looked at multiple reviews to find SOMETHING wrong with this thing, but everyone seems to be as obsessed with NECTAR as me. One reviewer on NECTAR’s website even said that when she spilled soda on her mattress, they sent her a new cover — for free. About the only complaint I’ve seen is that it’s “too firm” for some people or that they prefer to try beds out before buying — but if that’s the case, refer back to the wonderful return policy.
It’s beautiful. It’s firm but soft. It’s affordable. It’s the best sleep I’ve had in literal years. And there’s finally something my boyfriend and I agree on: We love our NECTAR mattress. I would recommend the NECTAR mattress to everyone — it’s the perfect choice for twenty-somethings who want a luxury bed without breaking the bank, couples with different sleeping needs; heck, even my cat loves it!