Which mattress is the best choice for you?
Both Nectar and Eight are popular mattresses that use memory foam. We've put together a quick table to give you a high level summary to see which mattress is the best one for you. We've also broken down each rating in depth to explain the rationale behind the score.
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Nectar's mattresses range from $524 to $924. Eight's smart mattresses range from $699 to $1599, but their standard collection (without technology) is in the same price range as Nectar.
Since Eight's beds include smart technology (including a sleep coach that recommends better sleeping habits) in addition to the mattress itself, it has double the value. Nectar also only offers one comfort option.
- Saturn+ ranges from $699 to $1099
- Jupiter+ ranges from $999 to $1299
- Mars+ ranges from $1299 to $1599
- Build Your Own Bed ranges from $999 to $1499
- Nectar ranges from $525 to $1195
Both of these beds use a variety of quality foams, but Eight is the only bed to offer unique technology features and different comfort levels.
First, we will start with the construction of the beds.
We listed Eight's three options below.
Next, we listed Nectar's option below.
As far as features, Nectar's Tencel top layer is supposed to make the bed a bit cooler, but once you put a sheet on it's not very noticeable. The material "Tencel" is often sold as sheets, as an alternative to cotton, and it is a type of rayon.
One of the reasons we believe Eight stands out is that it has actual features to change the way you sleep. Both sides of the bed offer the following:
- Sleep Tracking (REM, Deep Sleep, Breathing Rate, etc)
- Sleep Score
- Sleep Coach makes recommendations
- Temperature Control
- Smart Alarm (wakes you during lightest sleep)
- Alexa + other smart home integrations
We rated firmness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest.
- Saturn+ is the most firm option (7 out of 10)
- Jupiter+ is medium-firm (6 out of 10)
- Mars+ is medium-soft (5 out of 10)
- Build Your Own Bed ranges from soft to firm on each side (4.5 to 7 out of 10)
- Nectar is very firm (9 out of 10)
Eight has different comfort models, so it can accommodate side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers. The Nectar bed only offers one comfort level, but if you are a back sleeper who likes an extremely firm bed it shouldn't be an issue for you.
- Back Sleepers: Nectar
Nectar does have the longest warranty, which they call the "forever warranty", however when you read the fine print it states the following:
"For the first 10 years of ownership, we’ll replace your mattress with a brand new Nectar at absolutely no charge to you if yours is defective in workmanship or materials. From year 10 on, we’ll completely repair and re-cover your Nectar, or replace your Nectar, waiving all transportation costs if a manufacturing defect or materials failure is confirmed to exist."
This is a great warranty for the consumer, however, even Nectar is aware that a bed should not be slept on for more than 10 years. No bed should be kept for that long, otherwise you are prone to waking up with aches and pains. It's also bad for your back. The Sleep Health Institute is one example of a resource which states you should replace your bed every 7-10 years.
With that in mind, we believe any mattress brand with a 10 year warranty is 5 star. Think about it like sunscreen: You can keep adding more SPF, after a certain point, it's a marketing ploy and not really relevant anymore.
Both mattresses are a great choice if you are looking for something great that will last. Nectar wins in terms of popularity, but we believe that Eight wins in innovation, as it is the only mattress that can actually tell you how to sleep better and has more firmness options. Fast Company even called Eight one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2018.