Nectar Mattress vs. Puffy Comparison – Which Mattress Wins?

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If it’s overwhelming for you to choose the right mattress from all the options available today, SleepSharp advises you to consider and compare Nectar vs Puffy mattresses. These are among the trendiest memory foams at the moment. They pack a lot of benefits, especially for individuals seeking the classic memory foam feel and the pressure relief that accompanies it.

Both Puffy and Nectar are well-known American brands based in California. While Puffy prides itself on designing and making its mattresses right here in the USA, Nectar manufactures its beds in China. On the upside, the Nectar can sell its mattresses at almost half the price of Puffy.

In this Nectar vs Puffy mattress review, we’re going to compare these beds side by side in the areas you’d typically consider when choosing the best. We’ll look at their construction similarities and differences and how they perform in terms of firmness, edge support, and motion transfer. We’ll also give you our opinion on who might be the perfect match for each of these beds.

Key Similarities

  • Both of them are all-foam beds.
  • Have air cooling technologies.
  • The two are medium-firm. 
  • They are both very both among memory foam mattresses.

Key Differences

  • Puffy feels a little bit softer than Nectar.
  • Nectar features four layers, while Puffy uses three layers of foam.
  • Puffy is designed and made in the USA. Nectar makes its mattresses in China.
  • Puffy is almost two times pricier than Nectar.

In our experience at SleepSharp, the surefire way to tell whether or not a particular bed will work for you is to consider its build. So, in the next few minutes, let’s compare the Nectar mattress versus Puffy mattress in terms of the materials used for each.

Puffy Mattress Construction

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The Puffy mattress is a 10-inch bed with a 5 out of 10 medium-firmness level. We already have a detailed Puffy mattress review, so this will just be an overview. However, we suggest that you also check out the full analysis if you want a thorough evaluation of how this mattress performs.

  • Cover– the Puffy mattress uses a 100% polyester cover. Polyester is the workhorse of most workout fabrics thanks to its lightweight feel, wrinkle-resistance, and durability. Although it’s a synthetic fabric, it is breathable and non-absorbent. What’s even cooler about this cover is that it’s zipped so that you can remove it for washing.
  • Comfort– this mattress’s comfort system consists of a 2-inch layer made from a 2.5 PCF proprietary foam. Puffy calls it Cooling Gel Cloud layer, although it tends to compare to typical gel-infused memory foam, in our opinion. This layer is breathable, and the gel-infusion technology helps in drawing heat away from the sleeping surface. 
  • Transition– the transition layer of this mattress is more or less an extension of the comfort system. This is a 2-inch block of the same proprietary foam that Puffy uses for the comfort system. The only difference, however, is that the second layer is a tad denser than the top layer. As such, although it allows a notable degree of sinkage, it also has a good level of support that prevents you from sinking through it and into the firm base foam below.
  • Base foundation layer– similar to most all-foam mattresses on the market today, the Puffy mattress uses a 6-inch block of low-density 1.5 PCF poly foam. The role of this core is to offer overall support to the mattress. It also stabilizes the layers on top to give the sleeper an even and supportive surface.

Nectar mattress construction

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The Nectar mattress has four layers that together give it a height of 11 inches. This is an all-foam mattress, too, with medium-firm density. However, in our Nectar mattress review, this bed scored a six on the 10-point soft-firm Likert scale.

  • Cover– the Nectar’s cover is one of the best from all the mattresses that we have reviewed at SleepSharp. This cover features a blend of cotton and Tencel Lyocell fabric. If you’re not new to cotton fabric, you probably know that it leads the pack in terms of breathability, which helps in maintaining your body’s natural temperature. Cotton has a fabulous soft feeling too. Again, the fact that it’s a natural fiber means that it cuts down on the number of chemicals that go into your mattress. Lyocell is another partly organic fiber derived from eucalyptus pulp. This fabric is softer than cotton, and it’s extremely smooth and breathable too.
  • Comfort layer– the first comfort layer of the Nectar mattress is quilted into the cover. This is a one-inch layer of 4 PCF memory foam with gel infusion. Due to the notably higher density of this mattress compared to the top layer of the Puffy, you may experience a little more contouring on the Nectar.

    The comfort system of this mattress has yet another 3-inch layer of 3 PCF memory foam. This layer is a tad less dense than the quilted layer and, therefore, allows even more sinkage for greater contouring. It also has gel beads that aid in maintaining a neutral sleeping surface.
  • Transition layer– this mattress’s transition layer is 1.75” thick and it’s made of memory foam. It is responsible for stabilizing your weight on the sleeping surface by adding support. It also protects you from hitting the firm base.
  • Base foundation layer– The support core of the Nectar mattress is a high-density block of 5.25 inches of poly foam. This foam has a 2.2 PCF rating, and it’s responsible for giving this mattress its overall support. This base foundation layer adds a firm feeling to the low-density and soft transition and comfort layers to create a medium-firm bed.
CoverCotton and Tencel blend100% Polyester
Comfort System1-inch 4 PCF Gel memory foam quilted in the cover

3-inch 3.5 PCF memory foam
2-inch 2.5 PCF Cool Gel Cloud proprietary foam
Transition Layer

High density memory foam
2-inch Cool Gel Cloud
Base support5.25-inch 2.2 PCF Poly foam6-inch 1.5 PCF Memory Foam

A Word on Construction Differences

Let’s start this Nectar mattress versus Purple mattress comparison and review by looking at the height of these two beds.

At around 11”, the Nectar is an inch taller than the Puffy, which has a height of 10”. Now, there’s no easy answer to the perfect height for a mattress. It all boils down to personal preference. However, there are a few important guidelines that may help you choose between Puffy and Nectar mattress. First, if you are heavily weighted, you might prefer a bed with more support, and this means that a thicker mattress may help.

Second, if you prefer a softer bed, you need to consider a mattress that has more memory foam.

It’s good to mention, however, that besides thickness, the density of foam also matters a lot in the firmness feel of the layer and the amount of support present. Both of these mattresses use low-density comfort layers. However, that of Puffy is less dense (2.5 PCF) than that of Nectar (4 PCF). The difference in the density of these comfort layers means a lot to different fronts that matter when buying a mattress.

For instance, low-density foams have fair to average conformity while dense foams score a lot of marks here. This means that you are going to experience a higher level of pressure and pain relief from the Nectar mattress than Puffy.

Not to despise it yet, the low-density foam of the Puffy mattress means that it’s less susceptible to trapping heat than the comfort foam of Nectar mattress. However, the latter neutralizes this by combining gel-infusion technology and an incredibly soft and breathable cover. This explains why both of these mattresses achieve a similar rating of 4.5/5 on temperature neutrality in their respective reviews on this website. 

Speaking of cover, this may be a deciding factor for some people when on the fence of purchasing the Nectar or Puffy mattress. The Puffy mattress has a cover made of 100% polyester. This doesn’t seem to be an issue for most current users as it’s breathable and soft. However, the look and feel of this cover is nothing closer to the drape and softness of Nectar’s cover that combines cotton and Tencel Lyocell. The latter may interest you if you want to sleep on fewer chemicals.

The base layer is yet another vital component of a mattress that you’ll want to consider when deciding on the Puffy mattress or Nectar mattress. This is the layer that gives the bed its structural integrity and durability besides supporting the weight of the sleeper. In all-foam mattresses, a denser and thicker base layer is better, and this is what gives the Puffy mattress the upper hand here. Overall, we expect this mattress to take some time before sagging and having deep indentations.

Firmness and Feel Differences

One major similarity between Nectar and Puffy mattresses is that they are both medium-firm. They don’t feel exactly the same, though. For instance, the Puffy mattress falls at 5 on our 1-10 firmness scale while the Nectar registers a 6. This means that the Puffy mattress is softer than Nectar mattress and will, therefore, allow more sinkage.

Don’t confuse more sinkage with better contour, though. Although both of these mattresses have a good amount of conformity, the Nectar mattress will conform much better. This is because high-density memory foam has more contour than low-density foam. This means that the Nectar might fit the bill if you’re after a mattress with excellent pressure relief.

The difference in firmness and thickness between Puffy and Nectar will also dictate who goes for which mattress. At 10,” and with a firmness level of 5, the Puffy tends to favor lightweight individuals below 130 lbs and across all sleeping positions. Heftier individuals may sink too deep past its comfort and transition layers. This could wreak havoc on the alignment of their spines, back, and neck.

On the other hand, although the Nectar mattress has above average sinkage to it, it has a higher degree of support. This means that it can support a little heftier sleepers of between 130 lbs and 400 lbs. Also, it will feel comfortable in pretty much all sleeping positions, although heavier stomach sleepers may need a little bit more support.

Motion transfer differences

These mattresses feature an all-foam construction. Mattresses made of foam only receive a lot of praise for being the best performer in terms of absorbing motion. In that case, it’s a challenge to come up with the clear winner here. It’s good to mention, though, that higher density foams have a slightly higher motion isolation capability. In that case, if your Nectar mattress versus Puffy mattress comparison is based solely on motion isolation, the former might interest you most.

Edge support differences

Edge support is another area where all-foam mattresses generally score poorly, and that’s the case with these two beds. They won’t necessarily make you feel like you’ll roll off the bed. Actually, most lightweight people won’t have an issue with this. However, since they have inadequate support near the edges, they may feel uncomfortable, especially when sitting. This issue is more pronounced among heavier individuals.

 Firmness (out of 10)56
 Edge support (out of 5)3.94.1
 Motion isolation (out of 5)4.9

Who should Pick Nectar?

  • Back and side sleepers weighing between 130 lbs and 400 lbs– considering its firmness level and thickness, the Nectar makes a good match for average-weight individuals. Although body contouring is important, this group also appreciates a good degree of support.
  • Couples – this mattress’s wide weight coverage, excellent motion isolation, and fair edge support makes it a better option for people sharing the bed and who value less disturbance from their partners.
  • Individuals looking for the best mattress for pain relief– by combining high-density comfort foams and above-average support, the Nectar prides itself in offering much better pressure and back pain relief than the Puffy mattress.
  • Those on a budget– the Nectar mattress is cheaper than Puffy.

Who should Pick Puffy?

  • Lightweight individuals weighing less than 130 lbs- since the Puffy is slightly softer than the Nectar, most lightweight individuals will be able to get a comfortable cradle without the mattress feeling stiff.
  • Hot sleepers– although this mattress’s polyester cover won’t edge that of the Nectar mattress, at least the comfort layer is of a lower density and has minimal contouring. This means that the issue of trapping heat is greatly reduced.
  • Those who value a stain-resistant cover– if you’re fond of having your meals on the bed, this cover’s ability to resist stains could make an incredible match.

Our Verdict – Nectar or Puffy?

So, which is the best mattress, Nectar or Puffy? Well, we think both of these beds are excellent performers in their respective categories. As a recap, lightweight individuals will appreciate Puffy the most as it’s a little bit on the soft side.

On the other hand, average-weight individuals who prefer both contour and support are likely to go with the Nectar. Whichever mattress that suits you, both of them perform well in pressure relief, motion isolation, and temperature neutrality.

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