The Nectar Mattress Made Me a Bed-in-a-Box Convert (& It's Nearly $700 Off Until Monday)

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  • Value: 18/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Ease of Use: 19/20
  • Aesthetics: 17/20
  • Comfort: 20/20
  • TOTAL: 93/100

Editor's Note: As we head into Sleep Awareness Week (it begins on March 13 and lasts through March 18), it seemed like the best time to revisit my Nectar mattress review. After all, the week aims to promote better sleep, and on top of that, there's a huge Nectar sale happening this weekend. Specifically from now through March 13, the brand is knocking 40 percent off everything from mattresses to bed frames, which makes the memory foam bed that won me over nearly $700 off, depending on the size. So if there's any time to buy it...well, you know the rest.

For background, the first time I ever saw a bed-in-a-box was thanks to Gretchen Geraghty. (She’s an Instagram influencer, for the uninitiated.) “Here’s my new mattress!” she declared on her IG story, pointing to an impressively small box sitting in the middle of her new apartment. “Yeah right, what’s the catch?” I thought as I watched her unroll the mattress and place it on her bed frame with ease in the subsequent slides.

Considering the only bed-in-a-box I’d ever slept on was an air mattress—never a good experience—I highly doubted that a quality mattress could come that way.

That is, until the hard, worn-out mattress in my childhood bedroom started giving me back pain every time I visited my parents. It needed to be replaced, STAT, and when Nectar generously offered to send me one of its bed-in-a-box style mattresses, I caved. Luckily, I was home for the holidays, so I got to experience the setup process in action. And I'm not the only one.

The Process

When the mattress arrived, my dad and I hauled the compact box upstairs and into my room—no “pivoting” necessary. And the unboxing process was just as easy—after unrolling it onto the bed frame and cutting off the plastic casing, my newly-upgraded bed was ready for a test drive.

After a few nights of sleeping on the soft, yet supportive layers of memory foam, I was impressed. My middle back pain was gone, and I noticed that I fell asleep in a few minutes flat instead of tossing and turning. In other words, this side sleeper was content.

However, the true test came a few months later, when I moved home to quarantine with my family. At the time, I slept on my Nectar mattress almost every night and honestly, it was probably the best part of living at home (minus the home-cooked meals of course).

First of all, the mattress’ five layers are designed to relieve common pressure points for a difference that I can actually feel when I lay down after a long day. Plus, its gel memory foam ensures that body heat gets distributed evenly throughout which is a total game-changer for hot sleepers like me. Those factors, combined with its medium firmness ensure that I sleep straight through the night and wake up feeling like I just got 10-plus hours of sleep in a luxe hotel bed.

Is the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress Worth It?

My only complaint is that the Nectar Memory Foam mattress comes encased in a ton of plastic, which doesn’t exactly feel eco-friendly. But plastic is the reason the brand is able to package it so compactly, so it seems kind of unavoidable when it comes to the whole bed-in-a-box thing.

Other than that, I’m a total bed-in-a-box convert now. And between Nectar’s free shipping and returns, 365-night home trial period and current flash sale, which includes a 40 percent markdown on your mattress (and everything else on the site) plus two free pillows, there’s never been a better time to see what the hype is all about.

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