The New and improved US made (2020) Nectar mattress and the basic Tuft and Needle mattress feature several design similarities: they’re responsive foam mattresses that use heat wicking technology The Nectar is more expensive, but it offers a 4 layers of the latest Hi-tech foam technology.The tuft and needle is cheaper, but only gives you 2 layers of very basic foam.So, how then do you choose between them? While nothing is better than going into a store and comparing the way different mattresses feel, there are some distinctions that can be made immediately.
For instance, Tuft and Needle mattresses are medium firm,and after some break in they will get even softer, so we wouldn’t recommend them to heavier people. While Nectar mattresses are also categorized as medium firm, it’s more accurate to describe them as medium to medium firm. This subtle distinction makes them better-suited to people who sleep on their side or back.
Below, we’ll go into greater depth about their differences. While nothing can replace trying mattresses out for yourself, this data should help narrow down your options and give you a better idea of what to look for.
Let’s start with the big-picture differences between these two mattresses. These include things like: the firmness of the mattress, its price, how much weight it can hold, how it distributes that weight, and how it distributes heat.
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|2016||Year of Origin||2012|
|San Francisco||Headquarters Location||Phoenix, Arizona|
|365||Sleep Trial Period (days)||100|
Of the two brands, Tuft and Needle is the one that has been in the public eye the longest. It was founded by Daehee Park and JT Marino. The goal of Tuft and Needle was to make affordable mattresses readily available to everyone. The company quickly met that goal. In the process, it revolutionized the mattress industry, which prior to that was rooted in in-person sales in brick-and-mortar stores.
Craig Schmeizer, who founded Nectar in 2016, took the online mattress sales business to the next level. His company, Nectar, introduced online consumers to gel memory foam mattresses, which provide a high level of comfort and conformity while sleeping. Today, both companies are still providing consumers with high-quality “bed-in-a-box” service through online mattress sales.
The Nectar mattress offers a 365-day trial period, while the Tuft mattress only offer a 100-day trial period. The amount of time you get with a mattress before committing to the purchase is important, because it allows you to experience whether or not this is a mattress you want to live with. If you’re going to spend a decade or two with a mattress, this is an important decision to make.
While it’s good that both mattresses offer a significant trial period, the Nectar’s 365-day trial is important for more than just giving you additional time to make a decision: it also allows you to experience the mattress during various seasons. This means you can see if it’s warm enough during the winter but cool enough during the summer.
The Tuft and Needle mattress, on the other hand, only gives you 100 days. You may really enjoy this mattress during the summer, because it has a thin, breathable, polyester micro polyamide cover that allows for exceptional airflow. However, these same qualities may make it too cold for the winter months. While we recommend experiencing the trial period during the winter, you should at least keep this factor in mind if you’ve bought your Tuft and Needle over the summer.
Just like with its trial period, the Nectar mattress offers a more generous warranty period. Its 25-year warranty is known as a “Forever Warranty,” allowing you to make a return long after your initial purchase. Even better, you don’t even have to return the mattress. If you keep your original purchase but claim the warranty, you can get half-off your new Nectar mattress.
The Tuft and Needle warranty is sufficient but less impressive. It expires 10 years after the initial purchase, and you must return the mattress. That said, mattresses that are returned under warranty are given to charity.
Please keep in mind that it may be difficult to claim a warranty more than a decade after the mattress was purchased. This makes Nectar’s warranty a generous offer that should be taken with a grain of salt. As well, it’s useful to remember that 95% of Tuft and Needle mattress buyers choose not to return it.
Nectar and Tuft and Needle mattresses can only be purchased in the United States.
If you live in Hawaii and Alaska, Nectar will charge an extra service fee for shipping, while Tuft and Needle won’t ship to you at all. Both brands offer free shipping throughout the continental U.S.
Now that we’ve covered some of the big-picture differences between the two brands, let’s cover some of the details that may convince you to choose one mattress over another.
Below you’ll find technical information for these two mattress brands. While this information may seem dry, it can be useful for making otherwise hard-to-describe comparisons. If you’re having difficulty using the below information to make your purchasing decision, consider you current mattress. How thick is it? What body type is it suitable for? What kind of support does it provide?
|Height||Nectar mattresses are 11 inches thick, while Tuft and Needle are 10 inches thick.|
|Number of Layers||Nectar mattresses have four layers, while Tuft and Needle mattresses only have two layers.|
|Cover||Tuft and Needle mattresses have soft polyester and micro polyamide covers, while Nectar mattresses have Tencel covers.|
|Comfort Layer||Tuft and Needle mattresses have thicker comfort layers than Nectar mattresses.|
|Comfort Layer Material||Nectar mattresses contain gel comfort foam, while Tuft and needle mattresses contain graphite material for heat wicking.|
|Support Layer||Tuft and Needle mattresses have support layers combined in their foundations. Nectar Mattresses have separate support layers.|
|Support Layer Material||Tuft and Needle mattresses have polyfoam support layers. Nectar mattresses have gel memory foam support layers.|
Both mattresses are ranked as “medium firm”, but there are variations within this firmness. The Nectar mattress is slightly firmer because of its gel memory foam. This allows it to contour to your body, though it doesn’t provide the cushioning feel of a Tuft and Needle mattress.
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|Firmness||Nectar is slightly more firm than Tuft and Needle.|
The Tuft and Needle mattress provides pressure point support. This means it distributes body weight evenly. According to consumers, a Tuft and Needle mattress is particularly helpful when trying to relieve arthritis pain.
The Nectar mattress, on the other hand, provides cushioning for your hips and lower back. Its firmness also helps to keep your back aligned while you are sleeping. This helps alleviate back pain.
|Nectar||Relieves back pain.|
|Tuft and Needle||Provides joint cushioning.|
The infusion of graphite and gel in each Tuft and Needle mattress is designed to wick heat away from your body while you sleep. At the same time, the polyester micro polyamide cover allows for greater air circulation.
Nectar’s cooling gel and Tencel cover are both designed to lessen heat while you sleep. This explains why consumers say the Nectar mattress is better for ensuring you stay cool while you sleep.
|Nectar||Tencel cooling cover and layers of gel memory foam.|
|Tuft and Needle||Polyester and micro polyamide cover with graphite and gel infusion.|
Motion transfer is most important if you’re sharing a bed with someone. Usually this is a concern for couples, but it may also be a factor if you have a pet that sleeps with you.
Consumer reviews indicate gel infused Nectar mattresses provide better motion transfer protection. It also has exceptional edge support. Even if your significant other is taking up a significant portion of the bed, you won’t feel like you’re falling off.
|Motion Isolation||Tuft and Needle does not provide as much motion isolation as Nectar.|
The Tuft and Needle mattress is ideal for people with an average body type. A Nectar mattress is more appropriate if you weigh over 180 lbs because its materials are more durable and less likely to cause a sinking feeling.
|Lightweight (<139 lbs)||Average Weight |
(136 lbs - 179 lbs)
|Tuft and Needle||Suitable||Suitable||Not Suitable|
The Tuft and Needle mattress is ideal for people who sleep on their back or side because it provides contour support and reduces joint stress. It also provides focused support in the hip area when you are on your back. However, if you are a combination sleeper, or someone who changes positions frequently, it may not be your ideal mattress. It can also be uncomfortable or feel too hot when you sleep on your stomach.
The Nectar mattress provides excellent support when you are sleeping on your stomach or back. The quilted foam contours to your body well when you lay in those positions. Because the Nectar mattress is slightly firmer, it can place too much pressure on your hips or shoulders if you sleep on your side.
|Tuft and Needle||Suitable||Suitable||Not Suitable||Not Suitable|
Tuft and Needle mattresses are less expensive than Nectar mattresses, but both are well-priced.
Please note that Nectar mattresses are made with more-durable material, which explains the price differential. This durability means that Nectar mattresses have a better chance of lasting longer, potentially saving you money in the long run.
|Price||Nectar mattresses are more expensive than Tuft and Needle mattresses.|
|Value||You get more long-term value from a Nectar mattress.|
|$499||Twin: 39" x 75"||$315|
|$569||Twin XL: 39" x 80"||$355|
|$699||Full: 54" x 75"||$445|
|$799||Queen: 60" x 80"||$535|
|$999||King: 76" x 80"||$675|
|$999||Cali King: 72" x 84"||$675|
The above prices are taken directly from the manufacturers' websites.
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