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Our Emma Original vs. Nectar Bed Comparison for 2024

In this review, we’re comparing two affordable all-foam beds – the Emma Original and the Nectar. Emma’s goal is to help you perform at your peak by giving you a great night’s sleep, while Nectar has always strived to produce high-quality yet affordable memory foam mattresses.

These two models are pretty similar in price, but it’s the nuances in design that differentiate them. Whether your priorities include edge support, motion isolation, or cooling technology, we’ll share our thoughts on each mattress to help you choose the bed that will give you the best night’s sleep.

Quick Comparison: Emma Original vs. Nectar

Product
Firmness
Trial Period
Emma Mattress
Emma Mattress
Medium: 5/10
365 nights
Nectar Mattress
Nectar Mattress
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
365 nights
Emma Mattress
Product
Emma Mattress
Firmness
Medium: 5/10
Trial Period
365 nights
Nectar Mattress
Product
Nectar Mattress
Firmness
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
Trial Period
365 nights

Who I’d Recommend the Emma Original For

  • Shoppers who prefer a softer sleep surface  – With a medium-plush feel that contrasts with Nectar’s medium-firm feel, we found that the Emma is the choice for those who prefer a softer, cozier mattress. 
  • Side sleepers – We think this mattress is ideal for side sleepers in light to average weight categories. It offers plush, pressure-relieving comfort that should soothe the shoulders and hips, which are often sensitive while sleeping in this position. 
  • Budget-conscious shoppers – While the Emma isn’t wildly cheaper than the Nectar, it’s a little more budget-friendly in all sizes.  This may be something to keep in mind if you are trying to adhere to a strict price range. 

Who I’d Recommend the Nectar For

  • Fans of memory foam – Memory foam is featured in both mattresses,  but Nectar has placed its foam at the top. We found this gives it more of a classic memory foam feel than the Emma, which features memory foam in its middle layer.
  • Back sleepersBack sleepers tend to gravitate towards medium-firm mattresses like the Nectar, as they offer a great balance of pressure relief and spinal support.
  • Couples – The Nectar is medium-firm, which makes it versatile and accommodating for many sleepers. We think these factors could be a winning compromise for co-sleepers with differing preferences. It also has great motion isolation, and better edge support than the Emma, allowing couples to spread out more securely. 

Comparing Emma Original vs. Nectar: Top Similarities

  • Minimal bounce – Both the Emma Original and the Nectar feature slightly responsive foams, which should make repositioning easy for combination sleepers, but there’s very minimal bounce on either. For sexually active couples and those with mobility issues, we suggest checking out a latex hybrid mattress for a bouncier feel. 
  • Not for hot sleepers – These mattresses have both been designed with cooling features that should keep even-temperature sleepers comfortable, but we don’t think either will cut it for people in warm climates or those who tend to sleep hot. If you fall into either of these categories, try a cooling mattress.
  • Trial – A generous 365-night trial period is offered with both mattresses, giving you plenty of time to get to know your purchase before making a final decision. 

Comparing Emma Original vs. Nectar: Key Differences

  • Sinkage – We experienced a deep memory foam hug while sleeping on the Nectar. There was slightly less sinkage on the Emma, which we found to be more of a cradle. 
  • Cover – The Emma features a fully removable, machine-washable cover, which is perfect if you’re worried about spills and stains. However, the cover on the Nectar isn’t designed to be removed, and doing so will void the warranty. 
  • Warranty – The Emma Original comes with a 10-year warranty, and you get a Forever warranty with the Nectar.

Comparing Firmness, Support & Feel 

Firmness 

Our firmness scale ranges from a super soft 1 to an incredibly firm 10. We placed the Nectar at a medium-firm 6.5, while the Emma Original ranked at a medium-plush 5. 

We’d recommend both mattresses for lightweight to average-weight back and side sleepers. Depending on personal preference, side sleepers may gravitate towards the plush feel of the Emma for enhanced pressure relief. On the other hand, some back sleepers may prefer the firmer support of the Nectar. 

firmness scale 5 and 6.5

Support 

Both beds feature adaptive foam layers, which provide targeted support for heavier areas. This should keep most light to average-weight sleepers’ spines aligned while side and back sleeping. Exceptionally lightweight stomach sleepers could feel well-supported on either mattress, but in general, we don’t think these beds are suited for this sleeping position. We also don’t recommend either mattress for heavier sleepers, who will find better support on a firm mattress.  

Feel 

If you’re looking for that classic memory foam feel, then the Nectar should provide it with its top layer of therapeutic gel memory foam. The Emma Original’s memory foam layer has been placed in the center of the bed, so it has less of a conventional memory hug-like feel at first. However, we did find ourselves sinking into the memory layer, experiencing great pressure relief. Our testers found both mattresses to be fantastic for relieving pressure. 


Comparing Sinkage and Bounce 

If deep sinkage is something you desire, the Nectar, with its memory foam comfort layer that eases you down into a deep hug, could be a great fit. “The top is soft enough to let you sink in, especially around pressure points, but you still feel the firm support below,” This was the sentiment shared by Julia, Sleep Advisor’s lead product tester. 

We experienced slightly less sinkage on the Emma, but we still felt enveloped in a deep cradle. While we wouldn’t describe either mattress as bouncy, they both contain responsive foam, which should make repositioning a breeze for most combination sleepers. The Nectar has more surface bounce, while the Emma offers some pushback from within the bed. 

Comparing Motion Transfer 

Both beds performed well in our motion transfer tests, which is to be expected of all-foam models. We felt minimal movement traveling across each bed when someone moved around on the other side. Our testers did share that there was slightly more motion detected on the Nectar than the Emma, but it wasn’t enough to wake most sleepers.  

“Since the Nectar’s layers are pretty dense, they’re able to stifle the feeling of motion pretty well,” noted Julia. We think most sleepers should find themselves undisturbed on either of these models. 

Comparing Cooling

Both the Emma and Nectar come with breathable, heat-wicking covers, but we didn’t find either to be particularly effective. Emma’s comfort layer utilizes foam that consists of around 50 percent air, and its convoluted base foam layer increases breathability, which helps it sleep a bit cooler than a regular foam mattress. 

Nectar’s addition of gel in its top memory foam layer is supposed to reduce heat retention, but our tester, Julia, still found it rather warm. “With all of the cooling features, foam simply isn’t going to sleep as cool as a hybrid mattress or materials geared towards temperature regulation,” she said. 


Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)

Emma Mattress

Emma Mattress

The Emma mattress offers support, cooling, and motion isolation, so it’s a good option for hot sleepers, couples, and those in need of maximum support for healthy sleep posture.

Score 4.2/5
Read Emma Mattress Review
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

365 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Warranty

10-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5

Emma Mattress

Emma Mattress

The Emma mattress offers support, cooling, and motion isolation, so it’s a good option for hot sleepers, couples, and those in need of maximum support for healthy sleep posture.

Score 4.2/5
Read Emma Mattress Review

Material

Foam

Warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

365 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5
Emma Mattress

Emma Mattress

The Emma mattress offers support, cooling, and motion isolation, so it’s a good option for hot sleepers, couples, and those in need of maximum support for healthy sleep posture.

Score 4.2/5
Read Emma Mattress Review

Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Warranty

10-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Hot Sleepers
If you often overheat while you sleep, this mattress should help you stay cool.
Kids
This bed is perfect for young sleepers.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.6/5

Emma Original Construction

The 10-inch Emma Original is an all-foam bed that arrives compressed in a box. Its cover is designed to be soft, breathable, and temperature-regulating. The cover is fully removable and makes for easy laundering.

  • The first layer has a 1.5-inch unit of Point Elastic Airgocell® poly foam. This foam has been designed to act like gel foam, offering a deep cradle that adapts to the sleeper. This layer provides support and pressure relief. The open-pore design gives it breathability, allowing heat and moisture to escape
  • The second layer holds 1.5 inches of Halo Memory Foam™, which offers further support and pressure relief, as well as targeted spinal alignment
Emma Mattress Construction
The inside of the Emma Original mattress when we tested it in our facility.

The base layer features HRX (High Resiliency Extra) foam with a depth of 7 inches. This layer has been designed with three cut-out zones that provide breathability and targeted support at the back and shoulders. 

Nectar Mattress

Nectar Mattress

Nectar offers the deeper hug of a traditional memory foam bed but with updated cooling and a Forever warranty.

Score 3.3/5
Read Nectar Mattress Review
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Material

Foam

Trial Period

365 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

Nectar Mattress

Nectar Mattress

Nectar offers the deeper hug of a traditional memory foam bed but with updated cooling and a Forever warranty.

Score 3.3/5
Read Nectar Mattress Review

Material

Foam

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

365 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review
Nectar Mattress

Nectar Mattress

Nectar offers the deeper hug of a traditional memory foam bed but with updated cooling and a Forever warranty.

Score 3.3/5
Read Nectar Mattress Review

Material

Foam

Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Joint Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from joint pain.
Hip Pain
This bed is perfect for anyone suffering from hip pain.
Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

Nectar Construction

The 12-inch all-foam Nectar is delivered compressed in a box. The breathable, poly-blend cover features heat-absorbent polyethylene fibers that are designed to offer temperature regulation by wicking away excess body heat.

  • The comfort layer has a depth of 2 inches and is made of gel-infused memory foam. This material wraps the sleeper in a deep hug, relieving pressure at the heaviest parts of the body. The gel infusion is designed to prevent the foam from building up heat.
  • The dynamic transition layer holds 3 inches of soft, conventional foam. This layer is a bit firmer than the memory foam layer, and it offers spinal support, along with easing the sleeper into the base layer. This foam is designed to be more responsive than the comfort layer.
Testing the layers and construction of the nectar mattress
The foam layers of the Nectar mattress.
  • The base layer features 7 inches of conventional foam, providing a durable, stable foundation for the layers above. The firmer foam helps support the sleeper.
  • A shift-resistant lower cover holds everything in place and keeps the top layers from shifting on top of each other.

Comparing Company Policies & Price

  • Warranty – The Emma Original has a 10-year warranty, while the Nectar has a longer Forever warranty. Both warranties cover manufacturing defects. 
  • Shipping – Both mattresses offer free bed-in-a-box shipping within the contiguous U.S., although Nectar will also ship to Alaska and Hawaii for a fee. Nectar offers a white glove delivery service (at additional cost) that includes hauling away your old mattress if you so choose. Emma will take away your old mattress for a fee. 
  • Trial Period – Both the Emma Original and the Nectar come with generous 365-night trials.
  • Returns – You’ll receive a full refund (minus any shipping fees) for both mattresses, so long as they’re returned within the trial period. However, Nectar requires you to have owned the mattress for at least 30 nights before requesting a return. 
  • Price – The Emma Original is slightly cheaper than the Nectar in all sizes. 
SizeEmma Original Price (w/o discount)Nectar Price (w/o discount)
Twin$599$699
Twin XL$835$899
Full$889$949
Queen$1,053$1,099
King$1,325$1,399
Cali King$1,325$1,399
Split KingN/A$1,798

Emma Original vs. Nectar Compared Side-by-Side

FeaturesEmma OriginalNectar
Height10”12”
CoverPolyester and spandexPoly-blend quilted to memory foam
MaterialsPoly foam, memory foamGel memory foam and conventional foams
CoolingBreathable, moisture-wicking cover, breathable poly foam, convoluted foamBreathable cover, gel in the memory foam layer
Firmness5/106.5/10
SupportGoodGreat
Motion TransferVery minimalMinimal
Edge SupportModerateGood
SinkageDeep CradleDeep Hug
BounceMinimalMinimal
Warranty10-yearForever
Trial Period365 nights365 nights
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®, OEKO-TEX® CertiPUR-US®  
Adjustable Base CompatibleYesYes
ShippingShips free to contiguous U.S.Ships free to contiguous U.S., additional fees apply for Alaska and Hawaii. White glove delivery available for an extra fee
Made in the USANoNo
Read Full ReviewEmma Original Mattress ReviewNectar Mattress Review
Shop NowEmma Original MattressNectar Mattress

Final Thoughts 

Need a little recap? We think both all-foam mattresses are best suited for light to average-weight side and back sleepers. Side sleepers may prefer the more plush feel of the Emma, while back sleepers might appreciate the stronger support offered by the Nectar. The Nectar has a longer warranty and better edge support, while the Emma Original has slightly better motion control and cooling. 

Whichever bed you choose, we think they both offer great value, and their generous 365-night trials mean you have very little to lose.

Undecided? Why not read our full-length reviews, for a more detailed look at each product.

Quick Comparison: Emma Original vs. Nectar

Product
Firmness
Trial Period
Emma Mattress
Emma Mattress
Medium: 5/10
365 nights
Nectar Mattress
Nectar Mattress
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
365 nights
Emma Mattress
Product
Emma Mattress
Firmness
Medium: 5/10
Trial Period
365 nights
Nectar Mattress
Product
Nectar Mattress
Firmness
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
Trial Period
365 nights
Olivera Jancikin

Olivera Jancikin

Content Writer

About Author

Olivera is a content writer for Sleep Advisor and is enthusiastic about sleep. She firmly believes in the benefits of daytime naps on top of getting a full 8-hour sleep at night.

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