Deciding between a Nectar or Purple mattress? Check out our comparison review to weigh out your options.
Let’s take a look at how two of the biggest players in the online mattress space – Nectar and Purple – compare to each other.
These mattresses both have tons of stellar customer reviews, but they are different from each other on many levels. For starters, Nectar is a memory foam mattress while Purple is made with a unique top layer of hyper-elastic polymer.
To help you see how these mattresses measure up to one another on important factors like price, trial period, pressure relief and responsiveness, we’ve created this easy-to-follow comparison guide. Take a look below and see if the Nectar or Purple will be the better mattress for your budget and sleeping style.
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
Proven pressure relief for people with back pain; good for back and side sleepers
Medium firm-firm: 6.5/10
Hybrid: hyper-elastic polymer and foam
10-year limited warranty
The Nectar and Purple mattresses are different in many ways, but are also similar where it counts. Both mattresses offer high-quality materials designed for durability and optimal comfort and support.
They differ mainly in their construction; the Nectar gives you that cozy memory foam feel of sinking into the mattress while the Purple is a hybrid and feels more like you’re sleeping ‘on’ the mattress.
Side sleepers would enjoy either of these mattresses for the pressure relief they both provide. The Nectar is better suited for couples with its layers of memory foam that promote motion isolation. The Purple keeps you cooler than the Nectar which can run hot to some.
The Nectar and Purple mattresses only differ by an inch or so in their dimensions. The main difference between the two is their thickness. The Nectar is slightly thicker than the Purple which means its foam layers are denser overall. Because the Nectar uses high-density foam, the mattress feels more soft and cushiony.
|Twin Size||39″ x 75″||38″ x 75″|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″||38″ x 80″|
|Full Size||54″ x 75″||54″ x 76″|
|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 one of the most important factors when deciding to purchase a mattress which is why we’ve broken down the prices of each mattress side by side. Take a look at the numbers to decide which is best for you based on your own budget.
The Nectar is more affordable than the Purple, and is known as one of the best budget mattresses. You can score a queen size for under $1,000! While the Purple is definitely pricier than the Nectar, it pays off with the unique Purple Grid and hyper-elastic polymer cover that work in tandem to create a more supportive, breathable mattress.
The inside makes all the differences. Let’s take a look at each of the layers of the Nectar and Purple to see how they differ in construction.
The Nectar has three thick foam layers encased in a quilted cover. The foam layers work to relieve pressure point pain by gently contouring to your curves and creating an even sleep surface.
On the contrary, the Purple bed uses foam and a hyper-elastic polymer layer to increase breathability and pressure relief. The polymer layer works together with the Purple Grid to create a stretchy, but soft surface that cushions problem areas. The dual-layered comfort foam feels both soft and supportive, and is made from dense foam so it can last you for years.
Because of the differences in construction, the Nectar is more suited for couples and those who love the feel of memory foam. The Nectar hugs you while the Purple feels like you’re sleeping on an elevated surface. This makes the Purple better for back sleepers. Our testers loved how straight the Purple kept their backs which is reflected in Purple’s high spine alignment score.
The Nectar has three layers of premium foam that promote air circulation and offer support and appropriate weight distribution, plus a cooling cover.
The Purple mattress is made with a layer of hyper-elastic polymer (designed to provide great pressure relief) on top of two layers of high-density polyurethane foam (designed for durability, support and motion isolation). Here’s a look at the layers, described from top to bottom:
Take a look at how both the Nectar and Purple mattresses performed in our personal lab testing and evaluations. Be sure to pay close attention to the factors that matter to you.
Our testers were blown away by both the Nectar and the Purple’s ability to relieve pressure. The Purple has a leg up on the Nectar in spine alignment while the Nectar limited motion transfer better.
|Motion Transfer Test||8.5||7.5|
|Edge Support Test||9||8.5|
|Pressure Relief Test||8||8.5|
|Spinal Alignment Test||7.5||9.5|
|Customer Service Score||8.5||9|
|Social Impact Score||5||4|
So who comes out as the winner between Nectar vs. Purple? The main difference between the two is that the Nectar is a gel memory foam mattress and the Purple is a hybrid. Purple’s prices run higher than Nectar, but you can always check for deals and plan the best time to buy a mattress.
If you prefer an all-foam bed or sleep with a partner, the Nectar is the way to go. If you often feel stifled by your own body heat or generally sleep hot, the Purple is the better option.
The good thing is there isn’t much risk when you purchase either the Nectar or the Purple. Purple offers free returns as does Nectar, and you can return either mattress for a full refund during the respective trial periods.
In our testing, Nectar and Purple both performed well. If you’re looking for more advanced pressure relief, spine alignment, and durability in your mattress, we recommend the Purple mattress. But if you’re looking for a cheaper option that still offers great quality, you can’t go wrong with the Nectar.