Our Nectar vs. Nolah Bed Comparison for 2019

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Nolah Mattress claims to have the solution to hot-sleeping memory foam, but how does their bed stack up compared to Nectar. Our comparison between the Nectar and the Nolah mattress examines the key differences between these two products.

Nectar may be hot on the online market, but this is by no means a hot memory bed. The company has implemented several cooling aspects into the cover as well as its layers, making this mattresses’ temperature well regulated. Their brand stands behind their proprietary memory foam as being the material of choice of optimal pressure relief.

The other brand claims to have on of the best designs for side sleepers, it also touts an extremely cool sleeping foam. They set out to solve the solution to hot-sleeping memory foam and have enjoyed success in the bed-in-a-box market.

Who is it gonna be? The three-tier memory bed or the science-based AirFoam™ bed? This review takes these beds head to head, but before you make a decision, we recommend checking out the full details on these products.

Quick Comparison of Nectar and Nolah

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  • Relieves pressure
  • Traditional memory foam feel
  • 365-night trial period
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  • Medium level firmness
  • Good pressure relief
  • Temperature neutral

Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)

Nectar Construction

Nectar’s foam design facilitates shipping by allowing it to be compressed, rolled, packaged and transported to the customer’s home in a blue plastic bag.

A Tencel fabric combined with long staple cotton was designed for the construction of the mattress cover. This blend supports surface level cooling by allowing air to flow seamlessly through the fabric’s fibers. Sewn into the bottom of the outer cover is 1-inch of soft cooling gel memory material. This should give the surface an even appearance and plush feeling.

In total, this bed stands at 11 inches off the frame.

5 Nectar Layers
  • The top is finished with 3 inches of proprietary LushFoam™. This gel-infused substance was designed to distribute body heat over the surface. This comfort layer should conform to each of your curves in order moderate tension that builds up while sleeping.
  • The center layer, 1.5 inches of a slightly more durable transition foam called Adaptive Hi core Memory Foam. This firmer layer simplifies repositioning for sleepers by providing a firmer layer for you to push off and into a new position.
  • The foundation is finished with a strong 5.5-inch layer of High Vegetable Base Super Core foam. This was manufactured to keep the body supported and aligned.

Nolah Construction

As a bed-in-a-box brand, Nolah arrives compressed. It has a soft viscose cover that is gently textured. This material should help to wick away heat and moisture.

Below the cover is 10” inches of foam.

Construction of Nolah bed
  • The top layer contains the company’s AirFoam, a 2-inch polyurethane material. Unlike memory materials, this does not use viscoelastic chemicals in its production, allowing this material to sleep cooler.
  • The second layer, this is a 1-inch supportive high-resilience foam. It behaves like latex and caters to sleepers as a transitional layer as their weight sinks into the base.
  • The bottom is a 7-inch polyurethane base. This sturdy material administers the structure and support of the bed.

Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)

We rate mattress firmness on a scale from 1 to 10 with a 10 being the absolute firmest score. Nolah comes in at a 4.5, which scores this as a softer mattress, while Nectar rates in the Medium-Firm range at a 6 and a 6.5.

Most sleepers should find that either option suits their comfort and support needs, but there may be stomach sleepers who find Nola to be too soft for their liking. Stomach sleepers need additional support in their hips to keep their lower back from dipping too low and hindering spinal alignment. Nectar, with is overall firmer support may offer slightly more advantage to these individuals.

For many back sleepers, the support and feel of a bed come down to their personal preference and body type. Both of these beds should leave these folks sleeping contently.

Nolah promotes their ability to provide up to four times better support in the shoulders and hips. Based on this claim, Nolah would seem to be the option of choice for side sleepers who typically need enhanced support in these areas. Nectar too should provide exceptional spine alignment and even weight distribution, especially for side sleepers who do enjoy that deep hugging sensation that memory foam offers.

Firmness scale of the Nectar and Nolah mattress

Comparing Sinkage and Bounce

Although similar, there is some variance in these categories. Both beds do not show signs of supporting much bounce, but they do offer conforming properties that the majority of sleepers find appealing.

Nectar should allow sleepers to sink into a deep hug, but a more responsive foam in the base of the mattress fosters firmer support, which should allow them to easily reposition without feeling stuck.

Nolah gently cradles sleepers in the top comfort layer. While conforming like a memory foam, its responsiveness would fall somewhere between quick responding latex and slower responding memory materials. This slightly delayed responsiveness should help sleepers reposition while they rest.

Comparing Motion Transfer

Some people endure active sleeping partners, kids hopping into bed during the night, or fluffy friends climbing into your sleep space. These movements can be annoying and often disrupt sleep. A bed with good motion isolation can be your next step in solving this dilemma.

Both Nectar and Nolah come out extremely comparable in terms of motion isolation. Foam acts as an incredible motion barrier by curbing movement to the side of the bed where it originated. Whether looking at Nectar’s memory build or Nolah’s AirFoam™, these products secure motion at its source.

Comparing Edge Support

In cohabitation, there is often one unlucky sleeper who gets gradually ushered to the outermost edge of the bed by their unsuspecting sleeping partner. If this is you, you know why edge support can be important.

Nectar and Nolah perform a hair above the industry standard in this regard and maintain their firmness to the perimeter of the bed. Sleepers should feel supported when sleeping on the sides but may notice some compression when sitting on the edge.

Nectar and Nolah Compared Side-by-Side

FeaturesNectarNolah
Height11”10”
CoverTencel and long-staple cotton quilted to memory foamViscose material
MaterialsLushFoam™, Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam, High Vegetable Base Super CoreAirFoam™ and polyfoams
CoolingGel in the memory foam layer, breathable coverViscose cover and AirFoam™
Firmness6-6.5/104.5/10
SupportGreatGreat
Motion TransferMinimalMinimal
Edge SupportGoodGood
SinkageDeep HugGentle Cradle
BounceNoNo
WarrantyForever 15 years
Trial Period365 nights120 nights
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®, OEKO-TEX®CertiPUR-US®
Adjustable Base CompatibleYesYes
ShippingShips to U.S. and U.S. Territories including Puerto Rico, White Glove Delivery is optionalShips for free to the contiguous United States.
Made in the USANoYes
SizeNectar Price (w/o discount)Nolah Price (w/o discount)
Twin$524$549
Twin XL$594$699
Full$724$799
Queen$824$949
King$1024$1,069
Cali King$1024
$1,069

Should I Buy Nectar or Nolah?

Buying a new mattress can be a tough decision, especially when comparing these two equally reliable products. Here are a few of the highlights for each of these beds.

We Would Recommend Buying Nectar if You are Looking for:

  • Great value. When customers take account for the 365-day trial and Everlong warranty, on top of purchasing a quality product, it becomes hard to argue with Nectars stellar price.
  • Slow responding memory foam. Memory materials respond slowly to pressure and helps to wash away pressure points by allowing sleepers to sink slowly into the material. Nectar offers this traditional feels that appeals to those looking for enhanced pressure relief.
  • Even weight distribution. Nectar helps sleepers rest comfortably aligned and supported with their weight over an even surface. This functionality washes pressure away and leaves the sleepers comfortably cradled in the foams.

We Would Recommend Buying Nolah if You are Looking for:

  • Side sleeping pressure relief. The company advertises this mattress as the best mattress for side sleepers and with its comforting foams and scientifically backed stats, there may be some truth to their claim.
  • Cooling. Sleepers should find that the foam in this bed sleeps cooler than many of the other foam based products in the industry. This special design should keep sleepers resting comfortably cool.
  • Gives back to planet earth. With every mattress, they sell, Nolah adopts an animal that is in need. Customers get to choose their animal from a list on Nolah’s website and their purchase will benefit that creature.

Final Thoughts


Who won? Is it a tie? That is a decision for the customer. In many ways, these products are very similar, but there are some preference base properties that could lean shoppers one way or another.

Do you choose the traditional memory material sleepers know and trust by going with Nectar or do you go with Nolah’s AirFoam tech which poses the threat of being a superior foam? Before punching in that credit card number and hitting purchase on either of these products, we might recommend checking out our in-depth articles on these beds. Feel comfortable knowing that if you end up making the wrong choice, both companies offer plenty of time for customers to return their product if they are not happy with their purchase.

Author: Jill Thompson

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