Nectar vs. Winkbeds Mattress Comparison 2021

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Although Nectar and Winkbeds are both relatively new mattress start-ups that have risen to the top of the mattress industry in a small amount of time, they take quite different approaches to selling mattresses. Nectar has focused on perfecting just one mattress: their all-foam flagship model, while offering a year-long sleep trial and “forever” warranty to back their product. Winkbeds, on the other hand, is all about versatility, selling two hybrid mattresses and one foam mattress that utilize high-tech designs to accommodate a variety of needs.

In this guide, we’ll be comparing the brands’ signature mattresses: the all-foam Nectar and the hybrid Winkbed. Although they’re both gel-infused cooling mattresses with good support, they contain many key differences that suit different types of sleepers. To help you decide which one best accommodates your needs, this guide will break down the construction of these two mattresses, go over the details of their individual features, and profile the sleepers that would best fit these beds.

Mattress Construction Comparison

Nectar

The Nectar is comprised of four all-foam layers totaling 11’ inches. Each layer is made from a different type of foam that best supports its use. At the top sits the comfort layer, one inch of quilted, gel-infused, 4 PCF memory foam that’s covered by an additional temperature-regulating cover. Following this is another layer of gel-infused memory foam, this one three-inches thick. At 3.5 PCF and made of semi-open foam, it’s designed to simultaneously cool the sleeper and contour to their body, distributing the weight support accordingly.

Layer three, the transition layer, is made out of a 1.75 inch-thick adaptive hi core 9.2 grade polyfoam. Soft and heavy, it provides additional contouring and support while giving the mattress bounce typically lacking in memory foam mattresses. Finally, 5.25 inches of 2.2 PCF-dense polyfoam makes up the Nectar’s base layer. Dense but breathable, it stabilizes the mattress and provides support to the top three layers while allowing air to flow through the base.

Nectar Mattress layers

Winkbeds

The Winkbed is a hybrid mattress that is constructed of six layers of varying materials, totaling 14.5 inches. The top four layers are designed with cooling properties in mind. At the top is a Tencel cover designed to keep the sleeper cool and wick away sweat. Following that is a two-layered euro-top made of quilted, gel-infused Hypersoft foam, which is cooler than memory foam and provides pressure-point relief and cushioning support to the sleeper’s back, hips, and shoulders. Under the euro-top is a layer of micro airsprings, designed for airflow and moisture-reduction.

The fifth layer is made of another layer of gel-infused foam that’s designed to stabilize the mattress and provide motion isolation. Finally, the mattress’ base is made of more innerspring coils, individually wrapped and arranged in five zones with targeted support for different parts of the sleeper’s body.

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Firmness Comparison

The biggest variable that will affect your comfort is your mattress’ firmness. How soft or hard a mattress is affects everything from how plush it feels, to how much it will sink, to whether it can support your weight. It’s important to take your time understanding the different features and benefits offered by each firmness level.

We rank each mattress reviewed on this site on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. Generally speaking, soft mattresses (1-3) work best for side sleepers and those who weigh 130 pounds or less Medium-firm mattresses (4-6) work well for sleepers of most positions and those who weigh 130-230 pounds. Firm mattresses (7-10) work well for back and stomach sleepers and those who weigh more than 230 pounds.

The Nectar sits at a 6, which makes it a medium-firm mattress that should accommodate the needs of the majority of sleepers, although those who prefer a soft bed should look elsewhere. The Winkbed, on the other hand, is available in four firmness levels: Soft (4.5), Luxury Firm (6.5), Firm (7.5), and Plus. The Plus options feels like a 6.5 for sleepers 300 pounds and more and an 8 for those under 200 pounds With versatile options, all sleepers should be able to find a setting that works for them.

Sleep Experience

While it’s the most important, firmness is far from the only element of a mattress that determines the sleep experience you’ll get. Many variables come into this, from temperature control to off-gassing, and they affect the rest of your sleep environment, dictating how hot you’ll be, whether you’ll be able to feel your partner’s movement, how good it is for sex, and more.  Here are the most important ones you should be taking into consideration when shopping for a mattress.

Temperature Control

Whether or not you’ll be able to sleep comfortably throughout the night can be hugely dependent on how good a mattress is at dispersing heat. In fact, sleeping too hot is one of the biggest factors that can interfere with your sleep. Foam mattresses traditionally offer worse temperature regulation than latex and innerspring mattresses. In recent years, however, brands have incorporated solutions like cooling gel and breathable foam to tamp down the warmth. Nectar’s gel-infused memory foam and Winkbed’s hybrid structure both make them cooler than traditional foam beds. The Winkbed’s combination of micro airsprings, gel-infused hyper-soft foam, and eucalyptus-derived Tencel cover makes it the winner in this category.

Motion Transfer

Whether or not you’ll feel your partner’s movements on the other side of the bed depends on your mattress’ motion transfer abilities. Generally speaking, all-foam mattresses offer the best motion isolation, while hybrid and innerspring beds fall behind in this category. Although it’s a hybrid, the Winkbed’s isolates motion quite well due to its doubled-up foam comfort layers, but the Nectar still comes out on top due to its all-foam construction.

Responsiveness

The responsiveness of a mattress refers to its ability to quickly adapt to support your weight as you move around, which depends largely on its ability to conform or contour to your body. This is why memory foam mattresses, and hybrid mattresses with memory foam in their top layers, often score highly in the responsiveness department. Due to the 4 inches of highly conforming memory foam in its top layers, the Nectar is the more responsive mattress, while the Winkbed’s responsiveness depends on what firmness level you choose, with the plusher options conforming more.

Resilience and Bounce

Several comfort factors, from how conducive your mattress is to sex to how well it isolates movement, depend on a mattress’ bounce. The bouncier a mattress is, the better it is for sex and worse it is at motion isolation. Innerspring mattresses offer the most bounce and all-foam mattresses typically offer the least. The Winkbed is by far the bouncier bed. While the Nectar’s all-foam layers conform to the body and trap movement, the Winkbed’s coil construction and customizable firmness options make it quite bouncy.

Edge Support

The higher a mattress’ edge support, the less likely you are to fall off or sink when you sit on the edge of a bed. Traditionally, foam mattresses offer poor edge support, while innerspring and hybrid mattresses are known for performing well in this category. The Nectar’s dense layers give it more edge support than the average foam mattress and the Winkbed’s innerspring support core, plus its two inches of base foam, provides a reinforced edge that doesn’t sink at all around the mattress’ perimeter.

Off-gassing and Smell

Foam mattresses, and hybrids incorporating foam, often release a strong odor during the unpackaging phase that’s called “off-gassing.” This smell generally goes away within a few hours to a few days, but this can still be uncomfortable for some sleepers. The Nectar’s off-gassing process can take up to a few days, while the Winkbed’s disappears in a few hours, so we’d suggest the Winkbed over the Nectar if off-gassing is an issue for you.

 

Shipping, Trial, Warranty, and Returns

Although not as important as the sleep experience offered by the mattress, you should also take into account a brand’s policies on shipping, trial, warranty, and returns. These logistical factors affect how quickly you’ll be able to use your new mattress, how long you can try it out for, how long it will last, and how easily you’ll be able to return it if it doesn’t adequately suit your needs.

NectarWinkbeds
Delivery feeFree for the contiguous United States; $150 for Alaska and Hawaii Free to contiguous U.S.
How is it shipped?Bed-in-a-boxBed-in-a-box
Old mattress removal?Included in the $149 white glove delivery serviceIncluded in the $159 white glove delivery service
Sleep trial length365-Night Trial 120-Night Trial
Return cost and processFree returns and company coordinates pick-upFree during the sleep trial, with pick-up included
Warranty lengthForever Lifetime WarrantyLifetime Limited
 

Prices, Sizes, and Value

When shopping for a mattress, price should definitely be part of your decision making. Not only is it important to look for mattresses within your budget, but you should also be searching for brands that offer a good value for their features and a price-tag proportional to their sizes.

Mattress SizeNectarWinkbed
Twin$499$1,049
Twin XL$569$1,149
Full$699$1,299
Queen$799$1,599
King$1,099$1,799
California King$1,099$1,849

The Winkbed is by far the more expensive mattress, being about double the price of the Nectar at every size. As for whether this higher price-tag is more worth it depends on what you’re looking for. The Winkbed and the Nectar are two very different mattresses that accommodate different sets of needs, so for the most part, neither one is objectively a better deal. If you’re looking for a soft, cooling, and responsive memory foam mattress that isolates motion well, then the Nectar is the more worthwhile mattress. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a bouncy, cooling hybrid mattress with zoned support and edge support, then you should spring for the Winkbed.

That said, one element that does make the Nectar one of the best-value mattresses on the market is the length of its sleep trial. While most companies, including Winkbeds, offers a sleep trial that’s 90-120 nights, Nectar’s sleep trial is 365 days.

 

Nectar Mattress vs. The Winkbed Mattress – Which One Should You Buy?

Even with all of these factors in mind, you might still be having difficulty making a final choice. To help you narrow it down, we’ve identified the features that best set apart these two mattresses. You might want to keep this guide handy while you shop.

Buy the Nectar mattress if you:

1. Want more conformity

The Nectar’s all-foam construction already gives it high contouring abilities, but its exceptionally thick four inches of memory foam comfort layers set it above even other foam mattresses, making it a solid choice if you need more conformity.

2. Want better motion isolation

If you don’t want to feel your partner moving around at night, you should opt for the Nectar. Its thick layers of foam conform to the body, isolating movement to each sleeper’s side of the bed.

3. Need a year-long sleep trial

One of the Nectar’s biggest advantages is its year-long sleep trial. Most other brands only let sleepers try out their mattresses for 90-120 days, so if you need more time before making your final decision, you should go for the Nectar.

Nectar Mattress
 

Buy the Winkbed mattress if you:

1. Want better temperature regulation

The Winkbed’s hybrid structure, use of micro airsprings, gel-infused foam, and Tencel cover work together to regulate temperature and keep things cooler than an all-foam mattress, even one infused with cooling gel, would.

2. Want more edge support

The Winkbed’s innerspring core provides a lot more edge support than foam mattresses. Therefore, if you don’t want any sinkage along the perimeter, you should opt for the Winkbed, as well as altering the support level by choosing a lower firmness level.

3. Want a bouncier mattress

Because of its innerspring coils and variable firmness, the Winkbed is by far the bouncier mattress, making it a good choice for sex. If you prefer slightly less bounce, you can also order it in a plusher level for more sink.

4. Want to choose your firmness level

The Winkbed comes with four firmness options, so most sleepers should be able to find a version that’s soft or firm enough to accommodate their needs. Since the Nectar only comes in medium-firm, the Winkbed is also where you’ll be able to find a mattress soft enough for lighter side-sleepers, and one firm enough to support sleepers weighing over 300 pounds.

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The Nectar and the Winkbed are such different mattresses that which one you end up picking depends entirely on what you’re looking for. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that they target quite different categories of sleepers. Memory foam lovers who want high conformity and motion isolation, but don’t want to deal with the overt plushness, heat-trapping qualities, or sinkage of average foam mattresses will be best off picking the Nectar. On the other hand, if you want the bounce, edge support, and cooling properties of an innerspring mattress with the comfort of foam whose firmness level you can customize to your tastes, then the Winkbed is your best choice. Either way, they’re both great choices for the different preferences they cater to, and are both highly rated mattresses in their respective fields.

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