When it’s time to buy a new mattress, many people head to their nearest mattress retailer. While going to a brick-and-mortar store gives you the option of testing different mattresses before you buy, there are some downsides. First and foremost, you have a limited period of time to test the mattress before making your decision – you’re not going to spend the whole day in the store.
Second, pricing in retail mattress stores is higher because the seller needs to recoup their own costs while still making a profit.
A new trend in mattress sales is referred to as the “bed in a box” movement. Online-only mattress companies are popping up left and right, offering customers the opportunity to test the mattress in their own home for generous trial periods averaging 100 days or more.
Both the Nectar mattress and the Purple mattress fall into this category, and we’ll be comparing the two of them today.
Nectar Mattress Overview
- Trial Period: 365 days
- Lifetime Warranty
- Good combination of comfort and support
- Luxury 4-layer construction at a competitive price point
- Motion isolation properties
- Memory foam lovers
- Side and back sleepers
- People who snore during sleep
- People who are overweight
- People who sleep with a partner
Nectar describes the experience of sleeping on their mattresses like “sleeping on a cloud.”
Their mattresses combine the most recent advances in mattress and fabric technology to bring you a cool, comfortable, and supportive night of sleep. They offer a generous 365-night trial period with free shipping and returns as well as a forever warranty for as long as you own the mattress.
Like many “bed in a box” mattresses, the Nectar mattress is made up of several layers of memory foam. It is an 11-inch mattress made up of four layers of foam with a quilted, cooling cover. It is rated a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale and, generally speaking, offers excellent support.
It comes in six sizes ranging from Twin to California King and is delivered right to your door with optional White Glove Service to set up the mattress for an additional fee.
Where the Nectar mattress shines is in providing optimal firmness for both comfort and support. It is also great for coolness and breathability, thanks to the unique Tencel cover.
Where the Nectar mattress is lacking is in the bounce-back quality that some restless sleepers who change positions often tend to like. It is, however, supportive for all kinds of sleepers.
Purple Mattress Overview
- Trial Period: 100 days
- Warranty: 10 years
- Mattresses built with Purple® Smart Comfort Grid™ technology
- Four comfort options available in all mattress sizes
- Temperature-neutral design disperses body heat
- All kinds of sleeping positions
- People who sleep with a partner
- Large or heavy sleepers
- People who tend to sleep hot
- People who change positions
- People who like a little bounce
The Purple mattress is not only unique for its color, but also for its construction – it is unlike any other “bed in a box” mattress on the market.
While most online mattresses are made up of various layers of memory foam, the Purple mattress utilizes its own technology to engineer superior comfort.
The Purple Smart Comfort Grid is the result of years of research and 30 patents, and it takes the best parts of memory foam technology to an entirely new level for optimal support and a comfortable night of sleep.
Unlike many online mattress companies that sell only one model, Purple comes in two different forms – the Original Purple Mattress and the All-New Purple Mattress.
The Original Purple Mattress is medium-firm and features a 2-inch layer of Smart Comfort Grid with a base of dual-layer polyurethane foam.
The All-New Purple Mattress allows you to choose among firm, medium, or soft options with 2, 3, or 4 inches of Smart Comfort Grid and a base of polyurethane foam and responsive support coils.
Where the Purple mattress really shines is in its innovative technology and the fact that customers can choose among different options.
The mattress is both comfortable and supportive for all kinds of sleepers and absorbs heat well. The downside is that it doesn’t conform to the body as much as some memory foam mattresses, and it is more expensive than memory foam. It also has a shorter trial period.
Side-by-Side Comparison: Construction and Materials
Before getting into the side-by-side comparison of the Nectar and Purple mattress construction, it is important to note that these are two different kinds of mattresses.
The Nectar Mattress is primarily constructed of memory foam while the Purple Mattress includes a foam base but relies primarily on the Purple Smart Comfort Grid for contouring and support.
Here is an overview of the Nectar Mattress’ construction:
- 1-inch comfort layer of cooling Tencel fabric
- 1-inch support layer of cooling gel foam
- 3-inch transition layer of Hi Core memory foam
- 6-inch foundation layer of standard memory foam
The Nectar Mattress’ Tencel cooling cover promotes air circulation for breathability in addition to being bed bug resistant. Inside, the foundation layer provides structure while the Hi Core memory foam layer provides adaptive support. The gel foam layer supports airflow and contours to the body for even weight distribution and pressure relief.
Here is an overview of the Purple Mattress’ construction:
- Breathable fabric blend cover (lycra, viscose, and polyester)
- 2-inch layer of hyper-elastic polymer Smart Comfort Grid
- 25-inch transition layer of poly foam
- 4-inch base layer of high-density poly foam
The Purple Mattress is covered with a soft, breathable fabric cover consisting of a blend of polyester, viscose, and lycra fabrics. Inside, the top comfort layer is the Purple Smart Comfort Grid, which starts at 2 inches but can be as thick as 3 or 4 inches, depending which model you choose.
The transition layer contributes to the overall firmness, while the base layer acts as the foundational support.
The Winner: Purple
Side-by-Side Comparison: Comfort, Firmness, and Support
Both the Nectar Mattress and Purple Mattress receive positive reviews from customers regarding comfort and support. Again, rankings in this category are largely a matter of preference.
The Nectar Mattress only comes in one level of firmness, a 6 out of 10. This firmness level is ideal for sleepers who need some support without being too firm that it leaves you sore in the morning.
With several layers of memory foam, this mattress conforms to your body to relieve pressure, but it has a little more bounce than many memory foam mattresses. It also includes two layers of gel memory foam for air circulation and contouring support.
The Purple Mattress comes in two models with differing levels of firmness. The Original Purple Mattress is medium-firm while the All-New Purple Mattress can be firm, medium, or soft depending on the thickness of the Smart Comfort Grid layer. All Purple mattresses have a supportive base layer of foam, and the Smart Comfort Grid is designed to relieve pressure and to adjust to changing positions.
Another point to consider is that the Nectar mattress does not require a foundation – all it needs is a firm, flat surface like the floor or wooden slats. The same is true for the Purple mattress. No box spring is required as long as it has a sturdy surface like a platform.
The Winner: Purple
Side-by-Side Comparison: Sinkage and Motion Transfer
The Nectar Mattress is made up of thick layers of memory foam which provide deep body contouring and excellent pressure relief.
This mattress has a little more sinkage than the Purple mattress, which is great for side sleepers who need support at the shoulders and hips. It also absorbs motion well, making it a great option for people who sleep with a partner or who tend to change positions during the night.
The Purple Mattress features a 2-inch layer of hyper-elastic polymer as the comfort layer which distributes weight and relieves pressure but doesn’t offer the same degree of sinkage or contouring as the Nectar Mattress’ memory foam.
The Winner: Nectar
Side-by-Side Comparison: Price and Value
Generally speaking, mattresses sold exclusively online are more affordably priced than mattresses you would buy from a brick-and-mortar store.
The reason behind this price difference is that online companies are able to cut out the middleman and, in doing so, reduce their own overhead costs. Those savings are then passed along to the customer in the form of lower retail prices.
When it comes to the Nectar Mattress and the Purple Mattress, in particular, there is a significant difference in pricing. The Nectar Mattress has only one model, and retail pricing ranges from $524 to $1.024. The Purple Mattress comes in two models, one with three different levels of support.
The Original Purple Mattress retails for $649 to $1,299 while the All-New Purple Mattress starts at $1,299 and goes up to $3,499. Both companies offer promotional discounts with free shipping and returns.
The Winner: Nectar
Side-by-Side Comparison: Delivery, Unboxing, and Off-Gassing
Like most “bed in a box” mattresses, both the Nectar Mattress and Purple Mattress come rolled up and packaged in a box. Both of these mattresses also come with a sturdy bag with handles that enables you to remove the mattress from the box for easier transport.
When you open the bag, you’ll find that both the Nectar Mattress and Purple Mattress come with a cutter and a short booklet of instructions.
What makes Purple unique is that they also include mini samples of the Smart Comfort Grid layer so you can see what’s inside the mattress.
Customers have also noted that the Purple mattress doesn’t have as much off-gassing as strict memory foam mattresses like the Nectar mattress.
In their FAQ section, Purple comments that their mattress materials are 100% non-toxic but may have a slight “new mattress smell” to it. Nectar states that their foams have limited or non-existent off-gassing.
The Winner: Purple
Additional Features and Offers
In addition to selling their mattresses, many online mattress companies offer additional products such as mattress protectors, bed linens, and foundations.
The Nectar company offers mattress protectors for $79, and sheets sets starting at $64. They also offer sell their own version of a platform bed at retail pricing ranging from $200 to $275 or you can purchase a metal bed frame for $95. Nectar often throws in free memory foam pillows with their orders and offers White Glove Service to set up the mattress in your home for $149.
On top of offering several models in their mattresses, Purple also offers a variety of additional products including pillows, bedding, bases, and more.
When it comes to bases, you can purchase a simple metal base starting at $129 or choose the adjustable Purple PowerBase starting at $1,399. Purple also sells additional products like pet beds, blankets, and seat cushions.
When it comes to variety, Purple offers more products than Nectar. It is also worth noting that Purple’s add-ons are designed specifically for the Purple mattress, which increases the value and makes Purple the winner of this matchup.
The Winner: Purple
What’s the Verdict?
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The Nectar Mattress and Purple Mattress are very different in terms of construction, which makes it challenging to compare them directly.
When choosing between two mattresses, there are a number of factors to consider, including price, support, and comfort.
The Nectar Mattress is much more affordable than Purple, and both mattresses offer excellent comfort and support. Nectar seems to be designed more specifically for breathability and contouring comfort while Purple has a bit more bounce.