Our Signature Hybrid vs. Nectar match-up will compare and contrast a modernized memory bed with an emphasis on extra pressure relief with a newly updated hybrid construction built to deliver extra support while keeping you cool.
Nectar’s business and online sales model is focused on delivering maximum quality for your dollar, while Brooklyn Bedding helps to keep their prices down by owning their own manufacturing facility.
Memory beds and hybrids definitely deliver different feels, but which is right for you? In this review, we will highlight the advantages of each and who we think will be the best fit for each.
As always, if you need a few more particulars, you are welcome to jump over to our in-depth reviews here:
Quick Comparison: Signature Hybrid & Nectar
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- Good support and bounce
- Hybrid foam and innerspring
- Reduces heat retention
- Relieves side sleepers’ pressure points
- Traditional memory foam feel
- 365-night trial period
Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)
The 12-inch Nectar is an all-foam setup that is roll-packed into a box.
The core is wrapped in a breathable quilted layer made from cotton and bug-resistant Tencel sewn to a layer of gel memory materials for additional cooling and plush comfort.
- The top layer is built with 2 inches of gel-infused memory foam which cradles the body in a deep hug and melts away pressure.
- The second layer has a 4-inch layer of soft conventional foam for optimum support.
- The third layer has 6 inches of standard conventional foam. This layer supports spine alignment while providing a firm and durable foundation.
Signature Hybrid Construction
Though this bed was recently updated to a hybrid, it still arrives at your door compressed and folded.
The entire construction stands 11.5 inches tall and is covered in cotton fabric sewn together with poly foam for added plushness. The cover is thicker or thinner depending on which firmness level you order, but we’ve reviewed the Medium.
- The top layer contains breathable TitanFlex™, which was designed to feel like latex but is stronger and more durable. This 1.5-inch hyper-elastic layer offers pressure-relieving comfort, is quick-responding. The addition of TitaniumGel™ helps prevent heat retention.
- A second layer has slightly firmer VariFlex™ for deep level pressure relief and support that is 1 inch tall and transitions the bed from comfort to support.
- The base layer is an 8-inch foundational pocketed coil unit that gives the bed bounce.
Comparing Firmness (Support & Comfort)
For the purposes of this review, we compared Nectar to the Medium version of the Signature Hybrid, and using our firmness scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is rock hard, we scored the all-foam at between 6.5 and the hybrid at an even 6.
Both of these beds fall within a versatile comfort range that works well for combination sleepers who switch between their stomach, back, and side throughout the night. Though the feel is different, both the base layer of foam and the coil system offer great support for your spine in all three sleeping positions.
The comfort layers in the all-foam Nectar are slower-responding and offer more figure-hugging contouring compared to the hybrid’s quicker-responding top layers that conform to and support your shape. This is particularly great news for side sleepers because it can accommodate both your deeper and shallower curves.
Both mattresses work to combat heat retention common to foams by incorporating gel into their comfort layers and by using breathable covers, though a hybrid may have a slight edge in this area due to the airflow through coils that helps disperse heat and the sleeper’s position closer to the bed’s surface.
Beds in a medium range will probably serve the largest variety of people, but Brooklyn Bedding also offers this model in both Soft and Firm, rated at 4 and 7, if you have more specific firmness or pressure relief requirements. For example, stomach sleepers who are substantially heavier may prefer the Firm and curvier side sleepers may prefer the Soft.
Comparing Sinkage and Bounce
Nectar is billed as a memory bed, and when you lie down on it, you definitely notice a slow sink as the foams slowly respond to your body weight and wrap around you for a deep hug feel that stops pressure points from forming. Though there is very little bounce, the firmness of the base assists with repositioning.
The hybrid’s top foams definitely conform to your body shape but the cradle is much more gentle, and the coil system prevents you from sinking into a deeper hug, though the individually pocketed coils do provide some additional conformance. A medium-bounce and quicker responding foams assist you when you are moving around.
Comparing Motion Transfer
Though individually flexing pocketed coils and layers of comfort foam help the hybrid minimize a lot of motion transfer, the all-foam Nectar nudges ahead in this category because of the firm foam base layer that minimizes bounce, and the memory foam promotes the absorption of movement.
Overall, however, light sleeping individuals should not be disturbed by activity on either bed.
Comparing Edge Support
Hybrid beds, especially those with edge-to-edge innerspring units, generally excel in this category, and this one’s edge support was as we expected for a roll-packed hybrid. Though all-foam beds that have been compressed do not perform as well in general, Nectar’s edges are slightly better than expected.
In both beds, you can sleep closer to the side without feeling like you will slide onto the floor, though the hybrid may hold up slightly better when you are seated on the edge with all of your weight concentrated on a smaller area.
Signature Hybrid vs. Nectar Compared Side-by-Side
|Cover||Memory materials quilted together with a poly-blend||Cotton blend quilted to poly foam|
|Materials||Gel memory foam, soft conventional foam, standard conventional foam||TitanFlex™ comfort and support layers and ascension pocketed coils|
|Cooling||Cover allows airflow, heat wicking gel foam||Coils allow airflow, breathable foams, TitaniumGel™ to wick heat|
|Firmness||6.5/10||4/10, 6/10, 8/10|
|Sinkage||Deep hug||Gentle cradle|
|Trial Period||365 nights||120 nights|
|Adjustable Base Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping||Ships to the USA, White Glove Delivery available in some areas||Shipping available to the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada|
|Made in the USA||No||Yes|
|Size||Nectar price (w/o discount)||Brooklyn Signature price (w/o discount)|
|Split Cali King||N/A||$749|
Should I Buy Nectar or the Signature Hybrid?
Which mattress you prefer comes down to taste, what feels the best for your body, and your individual sleep needs, because they each offer advantages to different kinds of sleepers.
We Would Recommend Buying Nectar if You are Looking for:
- Updated memory foam. Nectar has developed a unique memory experience that hugs your body for deep contouring, pressure relief, and support without making you feel trapped or overheated.
- Motion isolation. This bed edges out the competition slightly due to its all-foam base and thick comfort layers that absorb motion at impact for less potential disruption when you move around next to a partner.
- An awesome value. The quality foam combined with the incredible sleep trial and warranty are available at a truly fantastic price point, making the value of this mattress really stand out in the industry.
We Would Recommend Buying the Signature Hybrid if You are Looking for:
- A hybrid. The inclusion of a coil unit changes up the feel by giving the mattress a little extra bounce that helps you move around and change position, as well as provide excellent support for your body edge-to-edge.
- Firmness options. If you need a more specific comfort level, you may order this same hybrid in a Soft or Firm depending on your pressure relief or support needs.
- Temperature regulation. Gel in the TitanFlex™ helps draw heat away from the body and the coil unit promotes a good amount of airflow through the mattress to carry away warm air that can build up in a mattress.
Both beds deliver exemplary pressure relief and support, but there are a handful of nuanced differences that can help you decide between the two, depending on your needs and preferences.
Nectar’s classic memory feel at an excellent price may suit you better if you are looking to sink down into your bed for a cozy and restorative sleep that will not be disturbed by motion transfer, but the Signature Hybrid’s feel and coil unit helps promotes airflow and improves edge support in multiple firmness configurations.
Which you choose is up to you, but either option delivers a truly unique and comfortable sleep experience.