Take the guesswork out of your mattress search with this complete comparison of the Layla and Nectar mattresses.
Our expert reviewers conducted a thorough review of the Layla and Nectar mattresses. We paired those results with customer reviews and easy-to-digest summaries for the top factors that buyers consider when purchasing a new bed. In this review, you’ll learn how these two beds compare on performance factors like firmness options, temperature, and pressure relief.
We’ll kick-off this review with good news: both mattresses are highly-rated! Mattress Advisor even awards them a place in the top memory foam mattress list for 2020. Now you simply need to choose which bed works best for you.
Flippable memory foam mattress known to help people with back and joint pain
Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7/10
Copper-infused memory foam; flippable
Lifetime limited warranty
Affordable quality mattress with excellent trial period
Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
Gel memory foam
Lifetime warranty as long as you own the mattress
The Layla and the Nectar are two of the best memory foam mattresses around. The Layla mattress is popular for many reasons. It has a flippable design and uses copper in its foam layers, making it ideal for those who suffer from back pain. The Nectar is your classic memory foam bed with a twist; it uses gel-infused layers to keep you cool while still cradling your body.
While both the Layla and the Nectar mattresses suit side sleepers nicely, the Layla’s firmer side is better for back and stomach sleepers who want a soft, but still supportive mattress. The Nectar is a more budget-friendly mattress and is known for being one of the best bangs for your mattress buck.
Mattress sizes are usually pretty consistent across brands. We found the Layla and Nectar to have identical dimensions for each mattress size, the only difference being Nectar’s extra inch of thickness. This means that Nectar’s foam layers may be a tad thicker or denser than the Layla’s, but not by an extraordinary amount since it’s only an inch difference.
|Twin Size||39″ x 75″||39″ x 75″|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80||39″ x 80″|
|Full Size||54″ x 75″||54″ x 75″|
|Queen Size||60″ x 80″||60″ x 80″|
|King Size||76″ x 80″||76″ x 80″|
|Cal King Size||72″ x 84″||72″ x 84″|
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Cost is a big factor that buyers consider when searching for their best night’s sleep. Whether you’re looking for a budget-buy or a luxury brand, you want your bed to deliver comfort and quality for the price you pay.
The Layla’s flippable design and copper-infused layers are reserved for those who can spend a smidgen more. You can rest assured knowing that you definitely get your money’s worth with either option.
Both companies offer financing through Affirm. That way, you can pay for your bed in monthly increments. Nectar is also known to run regular discounts as well as Layla, so be sure to keep an eye out for sales or exclusive Mattress Advisor discounts to save some extra cash.
Layers are what make mattresses unique. Both the Layla and Nectar are foam beds, but inside they look different.
While the Layla and the Nectar both feature memory foam layers, they still differ in many ways. The Layla is composed of 3 layers of memory foam and features a soft side and a firm side. The firm side feels more sturdy and gives you the feeling of sleeping ‘on’ your mattress. Both sides are infused with copper which is known to reduce inflammation and soreness. The Nectar also has 3 memory foam layers, but uses gel instead of copper to cool you off and contour to your curves.
Our testers found both mattresses excel in pressure relief and edge support. They reported that the edges of both were secure enough to frequent the side of the bed without fear of falling off. Our testers also loved how the foam layers of both cradled their pressure points and kept any weight off of sensitive spots. Not to mention the excellent motion transfer. If you sleep with a partner or pet, either one of these mattresses will isolate motion so you can sleep through your partner’s late night bathroom breaks.
The Layla’s layers are some of the softest you’ll ever experience. That’s thanks to their proprietary “softening” process that’s used in the Layla’s fabric which makes not only the mattress cover super soft, but it also changes the way your sheets interact with the mattress for a more comfortable night’s sleep overall. You will genuinely feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud with the Layla.
The Nectar gives you more of that classic memory foam feel. Its foam layers envelope you completely, so if you enjoy the feeling of sleeping ‘in’ your mattress rather than ‘on’ it, the Nectar’s for you.
Either way, take a look inside the Layla mattress to see how you can have two beds in one mattress:
The Nectar has 3 layers of memory foam and no-slip base. Each section is designed to keep you cozy and meet a different sleep need. It’s considered medium firm, or a 6/10 on the firmness scale.
You’ll be happy to know that we’ve personally tested these mattresses to score them on the most important factors. Take a look at the results of our tests below to help you decide between the Layla vs. the Nectar. If you’re a sleeper with unique needs, be sure to pay special attention to factors that matter to you, like spine alignment for back sleepers.
The Layla and Nectar mattresses earned almost the exact same overall score. One major difference is in responsiveness. The Layla earned a near-perfect score in responding to our tester’s movements, making it a better choice for combination sleepers than the Nectar. Also keep in mind that both mattresses didn’t do so hot when it came to cooling. This can be attributed to their memory foam construction which doesn’t keep you cool as well as innerspring or hybrid models. If you’re a true hot sleeper, you may want to steer clear of these foam picks.
See the full report below.
|Motion Transfer Test||8.5||8.5|
|Edge Support Test||9||9|
|Pressure Relief Test||9||8|
|Spinal Alignment Test||8||7.5|
|Customer Service Score||9||8.5|
|Social Impact Score||3||5|
How Do We Score Mattresses?
Our Mattress Advisor team puts their expert review skills to work by testing and scoring all the mattresses on our site. That way, you don’t have to nap on countless mattresses to find the one that best meets your needs—because we do it for you. We’ve tallied over 1,200 hours of mattress evaluations to bring you only the most reliable, trusted results. Learn more about our review process here.
The good news is that both mattresses score high on both Mattress Advisor and customer reviews. The biggest difference is in Layla’s unique flippable design which sets it apart from the Nectar’s true memory foam feel. If you’re still unsure, consider your budget, sleep position, and buying experience.
If freebees are your thing, remember that Nectar likes to include extras with your mattress purchase, like pillows, mattress covers, or sheets. They also tend to offer big discounts that are worth checking out. If you need to finance your mattress, rest assured that both companies offer financing through Affirm. Typically, you can pay for your bed in 3, 6, or 12 month increments.
Both companies also offer lifetime warranties as long as you’re the original owner. That means you can get a new mattress any time if your original cracks or sags from normal use. Shipping is free for Nectar and Layla, unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii. In that case, Layla charges $100 and Nectar charges $150. Nectar also offers white glove delivery for $149 plus $49 for each extra item.
Memory foam mattresses generally attract consumers looking for great pressure point relief and spinal alignment because of the way they cradle the body. Fortunately, The Layla and Nectar both use memory foam layers that will support sleepers in any position.
Nectar is great for shoppers who want a standard medium firm bed. Layla is better for consumers who want flexibility in their firmness level since they offer a flippable bed with a soft side and firm side.
If pressure relief is your top priority, consider that the Layla scored a 9 on our evaluation, while the Nectar scored 8.5. Layla’s bed also incorporates copper that helps relieve joint and back pain. For this reason, Layla is a better choice for senior shoppers or those with arthritis.
Layla and Nectar provide significantly different buying experiences. The most remarkable difference is the sleep trial period. Nectar offers a full 365 day trial period that begins a month after you receive your mattress. Layla’s trial period is only 120 days, which is still a full 4 months. Both companies provide a full refund if you return the mattress.
You’ll receive both beds in under a week, although Nectar will come a little quicker. They deliver in 2-5 days, and Layla delivers in 4-7 days. Both beds arrive at your doorstep compressed in a box.
With both beds, you unroll the mattress onto your preferred foundation, and wait up to a day for it to rise. Nectar suggests letting their mattress air out for a few days for off-gassing. Our team only noticed a subtle scent during our unboxing. Both mattresses meet the standards for CertiPUR-US®, so you don’t need to worry about toxic emissions or chemicals.
Finally, Layla’s mattress cover can be removed when you flip sides, whereas Nectar’s cannot. Layla recommends taking the cover to the dry-cleaners for stain removal. If you need a bed immediately, Nectar is the better option.
Remember, either choice provides you with a quality memory foam bed at a decent price. Layla offers more versatility, but Nectar offers more perks. Plus, you have plenty of time to decide once you receive your mattress, and a forever warranty for whichever bed you choose.