Nectar and Tulo are two budget-friendly memory foam mattresses. Nectar offers superior pressure relief while Tulo’s 3 firmness levels work better for those looking for a softer or firmer foam feel.
Nectar and Tulo are 2 brands bound to pop up when searching for a new memory foam mattress at a competitive price point. Nectar is well-known for receiving glowing customer reviews and having one of the longest trial periods out there—365 days! Tulo is a slightly more affordable bed with a similar feel that comes in 3 firmness levels. Plus, you can actually try it out in person at the Mattress Firm.
So, which of these budget-friendly all-foam beds is right for you? In our Tulo vs Nectar mattress comparison, we’ll delve into their feel, performance, price, and more so you can make the right choice.
Even though Nectar and Tulo are all-foam beds with a similar traditional memory foam feel, there are some differences that can help you decide which mattress to go with. Let’s take a look at the key similarities, differences, and highlights.
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Offered in soft, medium and firm
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The Nectar mattress has a wonderful deep body contouring feel that’s just slightly more hugging than the Tulo. As such, the Nectar offers somewhat superior pressure relief—making it the better bed for side sleepers weighing over 130 pounds. It also offers slightly better motion isolation, responsiveness, and durability.
The Tulo mattress has a close hugging feel, but with slightly less cradling sinkage than the Nectar. Because it comes in 3 firmness levels (soft, medium, and firm), it works better for a variety of body types—particularly lightweight sleepers. While most side sleepers prefer the Nectar, we recommend Tulo’s ‘soft’ comfort level for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. One last thing—the Tulo delivers exceptional spine alignment, so we prefer it for back sleepers who struggle with back pain.
Neither mattress is great for heavy sleepers. Their thin all-foam construction leads to excess sagging for sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, especially stomach sleepers. For plus size sleepers, we recommend a hybrid mattress. Take a look at our top picks for the best hybrid mattress.
The Tulo and Nectar mattress come in the same standard mattress sizes, but their thickness is different. The Nectar has an extra inch on the Tulo. While this won’t make a difference to many sleepers, if you weigh more than 230 pounds, the Nectar is a better choice.
|Twin||39” x 75”||39” x 75”|
|Twin XL||39” x 80”||39” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
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The Nectar and Tulo mattresses have a similar price point. The Tulo is less expensive for larger mattresses, with the queen-size costing $100 less than the Nectar. The below prices reflect the full price without any deals. Click on the links below for exclusive Mattress Advisor discounts on the Tulo and Nectar beds.
Both the Nectar and Tulo mattresses are 100% foam beds. The Nectar has 3 layers, 2 of which are memory foam, compared with Tulo which is a 4-layer mattress with just 1 layer of memory foam. Thanks to having more memory foam, the Nectar has more of the traditional memory foam close-cradling feeling. While this pressure-relieving feel is ideal for sleepers 130 pounds or more, the Nectar’s memory foam is a bit on the firm side for lightweight sleepers.
The Tulo mattress comes in 3 firmness levels and is therefore a better fit for those looking for something a bit softer or firmer than average. The “soft” is more of a medium-soft, with an almost pillow-top feel ideal for lightweight side sleepers. The “firm” is on the firmer side of medium-firm and is better than the Nectar for stomach sleepers.
The differences in their foam construction makes the Tulo sleep slightly cooler, while the Nectar is more durable, responsive, and better at isolating movements.
The Nectar mattress is a 3-layer memory foam bed. Both its comfort layer and transition layer are made from memory foams that boast the traditional close cradling feel. The top layer is plush and infused with gel for a cool, cushy sleeping experience. Finally, the polyfoam support layer keeps the bed stable and enhances longevity.
The Tulo-mattress is a 4-layer memory foam mattress. By varying the composition of the four foam layers, the Tulo delivers a soft (4), medium (5.5), or firm (7) feel. The sensation is one that balances sleeping “on” and “in” the mattress.
We’ve tested both the Tulo and Nectar beds at our in-house mattress lab. Take a look at how they performed side-by-side.
|Motion Transfer Test||8.5||8|
|Edge Support Test||9||9|
|Pressure Relief Test||8.5||7.25|
|Spinal Alignment Test||7.5||8.75|
|Customer Service Score||8.5||8|
|Social Impact Score||5||2|
We love the Nectar for the average sleeper and the Tulo for sleepers who need something a bit outside of average. While you can order both of these mattresses online, only the Tulo is widely available in-person at the Mattress Firm. Nectar, however, comes with an unheard of 365-day trial and lifetime warranty.
The Nectar is a medium-firm memory foam bed with exceptional pressure relief. Its foam layers are comfy for every sleep position, so long as you weigh over 130 pounds.
The Tulo is better for lightweight sleepers who can find the Nectar a bit too firm. It’s somewhat cooler and offers better spine support, making it a good option for hot sleepers and sleepers with back pain.
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