Disclosure: Nectar provided me with a complimentary mattress to facilitate this review. All opinions below are honest and truly my own. If you decide you’d like to try a Nectar mattress, I’ve used affiliate links in the post below.
How many mattresses does one family need? Oh, how I wish that was a rhetorical question. It’s a real one and it’s one I’m plagued with because I always seem to have mattresses to spare.
Each mattress is actually different and as a result, I’ve been able to compare many over the years, including my latest adventure with a Nectar mattress.
But before we get to that, see if you can follow my timeline.
Pre-2000 – Had my single girl full-sized Serta mattress, which worked just fine for me
2000 – Married my husband and spent a year on the hardest, springiest queen-sized mattress, moved Serta to the guest room
2001 – Ditched that awful mattress and bought a Sleep Number bed (known as Select Comfort at the time)
2010 – Won a Tempur-Pedic queen mattress, gave my son the Serta, put the Sleep Number in the guest room
2016 – Moved the Serta to another guest room, placed a GhostBed mattress in my son’s room (review)
2017 – Ditched the queen-sized Tempur-Pedic and upgraded to a king-sized Nectar mattress (review)
Did you keep up with all of that? That’s a lot of mattresses in a short amount of time. And we didn’t get rid of the Tempur-Pedic mattress because we didn’t like it. Well, that’s not entirely true. My husband never loved it and with room for only one queen-sized guest bed, he chose to keep the Sleep Number bed.
All of that to say that when I was invited to review a Nectar mattress, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to not only try a mattress that we both might like but also UPGRADE, BABY!
Honestly, when we bought our first bed together, we didn’t like the idea of a king-sized bed. We’d be so far apart! We wouldn’t be able to snuggle! After 17 years of marriage, we can still snuggle but I also like to be able to go to my corner and he can go to his. So a king-sized Nectar mattress was the catalyst for a major bedroom transformation. And we needed it.
There is no shame in my game. We’re slobs. Not everywhere and not all the time but usually in the bedroom because it’s where we spend the least amount of time. I was in need of a makeover.
The first step was cleaning that mess up and the second step was disassembling and removing the existing bed (which I did all by myself, thank you very much). And the next step was assembling the new king bed frame (which I did all by myself, thank you very much). But I did need some muscle to get that king-sized Nectar mattress up the stairs and here’s where the bedroom set up became a team effort.
The mattress, as you see it here, is how it arrived on my front porch. On the day it was delivered, it was a rainy mess and I was worried that perhaps some water had gotten in. No worries though because inside this blue bag (which probably has a million other uses but I can’t think of any that might be legal) was another “carrying case” for lack of a better term.
And inside THAT was the mattress all nice and neatly vacuum sealed. We pulled it out, placed it on the bed frame, used the safe plastic cutter that Nectar provided, and let that mattress come to life!
Nectar also sent two complimentary pillows along with the mattress which makes it a little easier to see the compression when it’s first released from the packaging. If you were in a crunch, you could technically go ahead and lay on the mattress (check out the side view below and you’ll see that it still has a fair amount of initial expansion) but it’s best to wait a few hours for full expansion.
We probably waited about 3 to 4 hours before making the bed and giving it our first sleep run. And now you must have some burning questions. I’ve anticipated that.
What were your first impressions of the Nectar mattress?
When I first sat on it, I thought it seemed really soft. Now, that sounds like a good thing but I was worried it would be too soft and wouldn’t feel great on my back.
How did you like sleeping on the Nectar mattress?
After just a few nights, I’m amazed at how my body feels cushioned when I sleep and is ache-free when I wake.
Did it have any weird odors?
Yes, there’s a mild odor that some people detect that fades pretty quickly. Honestly, it smelled like cocoa powder to me.
How did it compare to your Tempur-Pedic bed?
It’s a totally different feel and it will take some adjusting but the fact that I woke up with no aches or pains tells me it was time for a new (or different) bed.
What would happen if you didn’t like it?
I have up to 365 days to fully decide if I don’t like it in which case I could return it as part of Nectar’s 365 Day Guarantee.
How does it feel sleeping in a king-sized bed?
Um, why didn’t we do this sooner?
Can I buy one easily and online?
Of course you can! Their current offer ranges from $500 to $900 (plus two pillows) with free shipping. Find out more about the Nectar mattress here.
Did you ever get your room back together?
Want to see the whole thing in action? Here’s a video that shows you exactly how I got my bedroom to this point!