Nectar Vs DreamCloud Mattress Comparison 2019
Welcome to my first mattress square off: Nectar vs DreamCloud! They may seem like a slightly odd pair to compare on the surface: one is a memory foam mattress and one is a hybrid mattress. But you’re about to find out that they may just have a bit more in common than you think, which is why I’ve chosen to compare them in this mattress review.
Spoiler alert: I think both are great mattresses in their own right, but they do probably suit different people in different ways (I’ll let you know my personal pick at the end). Both are incredibly popular and come virtually risk free to try, so read on to find out all about these two high achievers of the online mattress choices. If you want to go straight to any specific section of the review, please click the links below:
- Quick Summary
- Company Overviews
- Similarities Between The Mattresses
- Construction Of Each Mattress
- How Do Their Everlong Warranties Work?
- What Do They Feel Like to Lie On?
- Who Are The Mattresses Best Suited To?
- Are There Any Problems With Either Mattress?
- What Real Users Who Love The Mattress Are Saying
- My Personal Choice Out Of The Two
For those of you wanting the essential facts right now, here is everything you need to know about these two mattresses in one glance.
|Mattress Height||11 Inches||15 Inches|
2.Quilted Gel Memory Foam
3. Gel Memory Foam
4. "Hi Core" Memory Foam
5. Base Support Foam
1. Cashmere Blend Cover/Pillow Top
2. Gel Memory Foam
3. Quilted Memory Foam
4. Natural Latex
5. Support Memory Foam
6. High Density Memory Foam
7. Fabric Covered Coils
8. High Density Memory Foam
|Trial||365 Nights |
(180 nights for Amazon purchases)
|Shipping||Free Shipping Via Fed Ex|
Within The Contiguous United States
|Free Shipping Via FedEx
Within The Contiguous United States
|Firmness||Medium Firm |
Firmness Rating: 6.5 out of 10
|Also Medium Firm, But Slightly Firmer Than Nectar
Firmness Rating: 7 - 7.5 out of 10
|Best For||- Motion Isolation|
- Those Who Love That "Sinking" Memory Foam Feel
- Those On A Budget
|- Stomach Sleepers
- Body Weight 250 lb+
- Luxury Feel
|Available on Amazon?||Yes - Take Me There Now||No, Exclusive To DreamCloud
Nectar entered the online mattress market in 2017, with the goal of producing one high quality memory foam mattress for less than $1000. Nectar found instant success, and sold more than 50,000 mattresses in their first year of business. They did experience some teething problems with fulfilling orders initially and their customer service rating took a dive as a result. They have recovered well, and my research indicates they have ironed out all those problems and are as popular as ever.
DreamCloud entered the market in 2018, with the goal of producing a high quality and luxurious feeling hybrid for a fraction of the cost of similar mattresses. Like Nectar, DreamCloud had a huge first year in business with similar supply issues, but managed to maintain their customer service record.
HERE IS THE INTERESTING THING: Nectar and DreamCloud are owned by the same company. DreamCloud is a Nectar brand! That is why you will see that both mattresses offer the same amazing 365 night sleep trial and everlong warranty, and why their shipping policies are the same. I believe their customer service teams are actually one and the same, too. This is because when I live chatted with each company to ask questions about their mattresses, I spoke to the same person both times! So I think you can rest assured that if DreamCloud has excellent customer service (which even people who don’t end up liking the mattress rave about), so does Nectar.
As I have touched on above, even though these two mattresses are totally different types of mattress (Nectar is memory foam and DreamCloud is hybrid), there are a number of similarities between them. These are:
- They are both relative newbies to the online mattress market (which has exploded in recent years, with more than 150 online store options now) that have become incredibly popular.
- Both offer an unmatched 365 night sleep trial (unless you purchase your Nectar from Amazon, then you will get 180 nights which is still more than enough).
- Both offer an everlong limited warranty (I’ll explain how that works for both further on in the article).
- Both offer free shipping within the contiguous United States, via FedEx. Estimated shipping times for both are 2-5 working days. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, expect to be charged $150 for shipping for both Nectar and DreamCloud. Neither are available for international shipping at the time of writing, though DreamCloud used to ship to Canada.
- Both have great customer service: they are very responsive to customer inquiries and by all recent reports have solved any issues for customers in a timely and satisfactory manner. I think good customer service is critical when buying a mattress online.
- Both offer an optional white glove service for $149. This service includes the unboxing and installation of your new mattress, and removal of your old mattress.
Nectar Mattress Construction
Nectar is a memory foam mattress, which means it has memory foam in its comfort layers, and a higher density foam as its support layer. It contains TWO layers of gel infused memory foam, which is quite unusual (most competitors will only have one), especially given its price point.
The mattress is constructed from four vegetable based, CertiPUR-US certified foam layers encased in a cotton tencel cover. CertiPUR-US certification means you can rest assured your mattress is low emission, does not contain ozone depleters, or a whole raft of other chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health.
Due to having less layers and no coils, the Nectar mattress is the lighter out of Nectar vs DreamCloud.
- The tencel cover is designed to be soft, moisture wicking and breathable. Technically it is removable, but I have seen Nectar recommend on Amazon that you do not remove it and to spot clean only (here’s a how to guide). This makes sense given the first layer of memory foam is actually quilted into the cover, which is a nice feature.
- One inch of quilted gel memory foam (quilted because it is actually in the cover). This first, softer layer, is designed to give the sleeper the contouring feel memory foam is known for.
- Gel memory foam. This layer is three inches thick, and is firmer than the quilted layer above it. Even though it is firmer, it is still designed with responsiveness as one of its biggest functions.
- Adaptive “Hi Core” memory foam. This layer connects the top and base layers. Its primary function is back support.
- Breathable base layer designed to support all the other layers to allow them to perform their functions of contouring, supporting, and cooling.
DreamCloud Mattress Construction
As I mentioned above, the DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress, meaning it contains both a more traditional coil support system, and a comfort layer comprised of newer technology mattress materials. The DreamCloud mattress has a whopping eight layers in total, which I will break down and explain for you. The foam layers within DreamCloud are also CertiPUR-US certified.
Despite the fact it contains coils, it is still delivered to you as a “mattress in a box”.
From the top of the mattress down, the eight layers consist of:
- The cover is a two inch cashmere blend, designed to feel super soft to touch and be breathable. It is also naturally bedbug resistant. It is hand tufted: did you know that hand tufting adds about 1-2 hours of time to the mattress production, and is therefore usually only found on mattresses that sell for at least three times the price? This cover is also reported by DreamCloud and reviewers alike to be extremely durable. At a first look, it may appear like the indentations in the cover are quite big and “lumpy” but all reports indicate it feels smooth, and soft yet firm.
- The first of the comfort layers is a half inch gel infused memory foam. This is intended to provide temperature regulation and contouring support.
- The second comfort layer is one and three quarter inches of quilted memory foam for cushioning support.
- The third comfort layer is a half inch natural latex for further cushioning support and some bounce (latex is a naturally very bouncy product, you can read more about its benefits and role in mattresses here).
- The last of the layers I would consider to be a comfort layer is a quarter inch of support memory foam intended to help keep your back in alignment throughout the night.
- The first of the layers I would consider to be the support of the mattress is a half inch of high density memory foam also there to provide spine support.
- The coils are eight inches of patent pending, foam encased coils. They are designed to have five distinct zones across the bed to provide support in all the right places. To get the five different zones for different support levels, some springs are coiled tighter for support while others are more flexibile to provide contouring.
- The last layer on the bottom of the mattress is one and a half inches of high density memory foam.
So as you can see, there is quite a large difference in the construction and materials used to make these two different mattresses. Let’s compare the prices of Nectar vs DreamCloud to see what those differences translate to for your wallet:
Price Without Discount
Price Without Discount
An Everlong Warranty Sounds Too Good To Be True. How Does It Work?
The warranty works the same for both mattresses, the wording in each warranty document is virtually identical. Here’s how they work:
- If the mattress is defective in workmanship or materials within the first 10 years of its life, you will be given a brand new mattress.
- Defects covered include: indentations greater than 1.5 inches (as long as the mattress has been used on a supportive base, not an old boxspring or too-wide slats more than 3 inches apart which can contribute to sagging), physical flaws in the mattress that lead to cracking or splitting of the foam layers, and manufacturing defects in the cover.
- Beyond 10 years of life, your mattress will be either repaired, recovered, or replaced at the discretion of the company depending on the problem. You will have to pay $50 each way for shipping the mattress to be fixed, but each company will waive that fee if a defect caused by them is discovered.
- The warranty only covers the original purchaser of the mattress
- The warranty does not cover: misuse, increases in softness up to 1.5 inches of indentation, defects caused by physical abuse such as burns, tears, or stains, or changes in comfort preference (the 365 night sleep trial has you covered to decide if you find the mattress comfortable).
What Do They Feel Like To Lie On?
- The Nectar mattress is described as having a medium firm feel, with a rating of 6.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale (1 is softest, 10 is firmest). All reports from other reviewers and real life users generally agree with this.
- Nectar has a bit more of a pillow top than other memory foam mattresses, due to the quilted cover with the quilted gel foam within it.
- The comfort foam within the Nectar mattress are slow to respond to pressure, which gives the Nectar mattress that true, sinking, memory foam feeling. It is reported to take 5-7 seconds to conform to your body for you to feel the hugging support. This also means it’s slow to respond if you change positions in your sleep.
- Due to the cradling from the memory foam layers, you will feel more like you are sleeping “in” your Nectar mattress, rather than “on” it.
- The DreamCloud mattress is reported as having a firmer feel, with a rating of 7 – 7.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. Other reviewers and real life users generally agree with this. DreamCloud is therefore a firmer mattress than the Nectar, but not in a rock hard, uncomfortable way.
- DreamCloud feels very luxurious to lie on due to the thick cashmere cover.
- You can expect the mattress to feel soft when you first lie on it, but you will quickly feel the firm support layers doing their job.
Who Are The Mattresses Best Suited To?
Both are suited for a wide range of people and both are highly breathable thanks to the materials used in their covers and the technology found within the inner materials. DreamCloud does, however, have a slight edge over Nectar when it comes to breathability as it has the coil support base for more air flow, as well as breathable components in the comfort layers (gel foam, latex, and wool in the cover).
Both mattresses are well suited to a wide range of sleepers including most back and side sleepers, but there are some cases where Nectar is a better option and other cases where DreamCloud is a better option. Let’s take a look.
Nectar a better choice for:
- Motion isolation. While DreamCloud also does a commendable job at motion isloation. BUT, because of the foams used in the Nectar mattress, with their slow response to pressure changes and great support, Nectar offers even more motion isolation.
- If you really like that memory foam feel, Nectar will be a great choice for you. The comfort foam layers within the Nectar mattress are described as being slow to respond to pressure, which means the mattress has that true, memory foam sinking feeling. Don’t worry, you shouldn’t feel too stuck in the bed, but the mattress will really suit you if you like to lie “in” a mattress rather than “on” it.
- If you don’t want a really deep mattress Nectar is a better choice at 11 inches deep versus the 15 inches of the DreamCloud.
- If you’re on a tighter budget, Nectar will be the better choice for you because as you can see from the pricing table above, Nectar is cheaper than DreamCloud.
DreamCloud is a better choice for:
- People who weigh more than 250 lb. While Nectar would do an adequate job of supporting you, the fact that the DreamCloud mattress is firmer and contains coils instead of foam in the support core of the mattress means that it will do a better job of giving you a comfortable and supportive sleep.
- Better edge support. While Nectar does have better edges than most memory foam mattresses out there, DreamCloud has foam all around the edge of the coils, which means it has stronger edge support than Nectar does.
- If you want a mattress that feels really luxurious you just can’t overlook the eight layers of good quality materials and two inch high hand tufted cashmere cover that gives the DreamCloud a super luxe feel. It’s worth noting that other mattresses that provide a similar level of luxury are usually about 3-4 times more expensive than DreamCloud.
- Stomach sleepers. This again relates to the firmness of the mattress. Stomach sleepers need the most support around their hips to keep their spines aligned while they sleep. A firmer mattress does the best job at this, and as you have seen, DreamCloud is a bit firmer than Nectar while still feeling plush and comfortable.
Are There Any Problems With These Mattresses?
I always aim to bring you unbiased and balanced information about any mattress I talk about with you, and that includes any negative aspects to them. Before we crack into the negatives of the mattress, you need to note that there is one big issue with these (and a lot of their competitors too) mattresses: they are new, having been released in the last two years. Based on the quality of the materials used, I’d expect them to last at least the standard 7-8 years and you do have the everlong warranty to back you up, but the durability of these mattresses is an unknown at this stage.
From meticulously going through the hundreds of Amazon reviews for this mattress, I found two common issues among the one star reviews. These two were:
- Decompression issues with the mattress. This means that for some customers (a small minority, but enough to make it worth mentioning) the mattress did not expand to its full height of 11 inches. Some people found that even after a week the mattress had not expanded properly in one corner. If you find this happens, Nectar should replace it immediately, as that is defective.
- Decompression issues can be caused by several things, the main ones are
- The mattress being compressed in its box for too long. Obviously you can’t control how long the mattress was in the box before it was dispatched to you, but try to open the box within a couple of days so it doesn’t sit for even longer.
- Crushing of the box during transport.
- Very cold temperatures. Memory foam responds to heat, so if you order it in the winter then open it in a cold room, it will take longer to decompress.
- Decompression issues can be caused by several things, the main ones are
- Off gassing odors. All foam containing mattresses will release some sort of odor as they decompress, that is just part of how they work. The packaging will also have a bit of an odor because it is plastc. Nectar foam is CertiPUR-US certified so you can be assured the odor is not harmful, but I do need to mention it because there have been reports of the smell being stronger from this mattress than from others. Some people are not bothered by it or do not notice anything at all, but you might.
I have mentioned Nectar’s patchy customer service record, but I believe they have left their issues in the past and their service should be on par with that of DreamCloud, which nobody can fault.
I honestly found it quite hard to find anything wrong with this mattress. Apart from it feeling a bit firm for some people as one might expect with a firmer mattress, there really isn’t much that people are complaining about.
Sure, there were the teething issues with supply around launch time, there are loads of complaints about that on Reddit, but this issue has been resolved. Many Reddit users who had this initial problem went on to love their mattress once it arrived.
Like I said, the durability is an unknown, but I think this is a very sturdy mattress.
If I’m really nitpicking, the DreamCloud is big and heavy: it’s quite cumbersome to lug around. That is honestly the only negative thing I can come up with.
HOWEVER: I think Nectar have had their fingers burnt somewhat by introducing their mattress to Amazon, where it has much lower ratings and a lot more negative reviews than the Nectar company website. Is it a coincidence then, that the company has not made DreamCloud available for Amazon sales? Hmmm. I’ll let you decide what you think.
What Are Real Readers Who Love These Mattresses Saying About Them?
Customers who gave Nectar a perfect 5 star rating say:
“This mattress is definitely medium firm, not plush. For me it is doing an excellent job of providing support, dissipating heat, and relieving pressure points”
“We felt like we were cradled by a memory foam that wasn’t to hot, or made us sink, or any of the other “bad” things people say about memory foam”
“I read enough reviews to make my eyes bleed before finally deciding to buy this mattress, and now I sleep better than ever”
“The Nectar felt a bit too firm for the first couple of nights, then we got used to it or it softened up a little and it is now extremely comfortable”
“I like that when one person rolls over or gets up you do not notice any movement. My partner also thinks he is sleeping cooler now”
Customers who gave DreamCloud a perfect 5 star rating say:
“Easily comparable to a $3000 mattress bought in a store”
“I now sleep better and have more energy throughout the day”
“There isn’t a mattress built better than DreamCloud for this price point”
“A very high quality and luxury mattress”
“DreamCloud not only brings good sleep, it took away my hip pain, too”
I promised I’d reveal my personal choice at the end: I would choose a DreamCloud. I think it sounds so luxe! I love the idea of the cashmere hand tufted cover, and I really like latex as a mattress material. I think the Nectar sounds like a great memory foam mattress, but I think from my own experiences of owning a memory foam mattress, I personally prefer the feeling of a hybrid. I know a ton of people who are the opposite! How about you? Which one do you choose?