Any mattress can feel good at the beginning, but the real test is the quality of sleep over time. That’s why we decided to review the NECTAR mattress and give our update after one year of use.
We have been sleeping on our NECTAR mattress for over a year now. I have read a lot of mattress reviews, including NECTAR mattress reviews, and have found that many times the reviewer creates the review after sleeping on the bed for only a few weeks or sometimes only a few days.
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The real test of a mattress is how it performs in the long run. Mattresses aren’t a cheap purchase and the plan is to use them for many years, so we obviously want a mattress that we’ll be happy with for a long time.
How is the NECTAR mattress shipped?
We first got our NECTAR mattress after we moved into our new house last fall. This was the first time I had ever had a mattress shipped via FedEx, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
The NECTAR mattress came rolled up in a long cylinder, was wrapped in plastic and then placed inside a fabric bag with handles and then placed inside ANOTHER fabric bag for shipping.
That fabric bag is a great idea because it makes the package easier to grab and move and it helps protect the new mattress. Yes, a mattress is heavy!
I ordered the queen sized NECTAR mattress and the shipping weight with the two included free pillows was 82 pounds. I was pretty impressed with myself that I was able to drag it up the stairs myself. That outer shipping bag really helped!
That inner shipping bag with handles makes it even easier to move the mattress. I wish I had known that was in there earlier. My advice to you when you get your new mattress is to remove the outer shipping bag at your door and then use the bag with handles to move it to the bedroom.
How to Set Up a NECTAR Mattress:
Setting up the mattress was the next step in the process and also the most fun. By that time my husband and nephew were there to help me – notice they conveniently missed the carrying up the stairs part! Setting up the mattress was also amazingly easy!
All we needed to do was to first remove it from the out bags. For the plastic wrapping, NECTAR includes a tool to cut it away without damaging the mattress. (After using it to unwrap our mattress it now serves as our letter opener.)
How Long to Let a NECTAR Mattress Expand:
After removing the layer of plastic, all we did was set it on the bed frame and wait for it to expand. After a few hours it was good enough to sleep on, but it wasn’t until after 24 hours that it was truly comfortable. After three days (72 hours) the mattress was at its peak.
NECTAR Mattress Bed Frame:
The frame we used for our NECTAR mattress is the Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation. We have used this base for both traditional and foam mattresses and love it for both. It is inexpensive, sturdy, and offers lots of room underneath for storage.
NECTAR offers their own Adjustable Bed Frame that looks pretty awesome. It allows you to adjust your mattress to different positions using a remote control. I think I would love it for reading in bed.
Setting Up a NECTAR Mattress Video:
How does the NECTAR Mattress expand?
The expansion of our NECTAR mattress took a good 2-3 days. While we were able to sleep on it earlier, it wasn’t at its full comfort level until after a couple of days. The included memory foam pillows expanded much more quickly.
Before I go on to my thoughts about the mattress, I’ll comment on the pillows. I think that whether or not you will like them will be a very personal preference. If you generally like memory foam pillows then I think you’ll LOVE the NECTAR pillows.
If you’re a fan of “traditional” pillows then you may not. My husband loves his NECTAR pillow and I do NOT. I did try sleeping with it for several months and it just never worked out for me.
I do still keep it in the bed since I like to use it when I’m propped up in bed reading, but I don’t use it for sleeping. My husband on the other hand sleeps like a baby using his.
Now on to the mattress itself. For the first few weeks we had a bit of an adjustment period. I wasn’t sure at first if we were going to become adjusted and like our new mattress or not. But, we DID!
After the first month we were sold that the NECTAR mattress was very comfortable and it allowed us to get a good night’s sleep. We could tell the difference after staying in hotel beds or in beds at friends/family and just not getting the same good sleep. It’s always a pleasure to get back home to our own mattress.
Another thing we love about the NECTAR mattress is that when one of us comes to bed late, gets up early, or makes a run to the bathroom during the night, the motion of getting up and down isn’t transferred to the other side of the bed and the other person can stay soundly asleep. If you’re worried about your spouse sneaking out at night, then it probably isn’t the right mattress for you!
So, after a full year, we are more than happy with our NECTAR mattress. I’m hoping it continues to hold up to its promise!
UPDATE: So, we have now had the NECTAR mattress for almost two years. Over the summer it moved to our guest room, simply because of the fact I received another mattress to try out, so put that one in our bedroom. We have had several guests sleep on the NECTAR mattress now and every one has said it was very comfortable and they slept great! That’s always great to hear and I’m happy to have a comfy bed to make our guests feel at home.
Thank you for this review. I have been considering one of these but was still on the fence about them. I have a question though….the frame I use is one I have had since the 80’s (wood headboard & metal frame). would the mattress work with that? Also, how does that work height wise since the old mattresses used a box springs and this doesn’t
Hi, Sherri. I reached out to NECTAR for some advice and they said: “Below are the dimensions of the mattresses – that might give her an idea of how it will work with her current set up.
If it were me, I would probably continue to use the old boxspring so that it wouldn’t be so low.
TWIN 39” x 75” x 11” TWIN XL 39” x 80” x 11” FULL 54” x 75” x 11” QUEEN 60” x 80” x 11” KING 76” x 80” x 11” CAL KING 72” x 84” x 11”
Heidi Saunders says
I have a question, we are sleeping on a regular, firm mattress that is only a few years old but my husband and I both have bad backs and I suffer from chronic pain. We not only had to add a three inch memory foam on top, we recently added a three inch feather topper and I am still in pain sleeping at night and when I get up in the morning. So my question is, since we spent a lot of money on these toppers, can we use the feather topper on a Necter mattress??? I don’t really want to give both toppers away. Please let me know, thank you! Heidi
Hi, Heidi. We did put a pillowtop mattress pad on our NECTAR and it works great, so I would think the feather topper would work too.