Nectar Vs. Leesa: Head-to head Comparison


Here, we’ll compare Nectar and Leesa, highlighting each brand’s features and offerings.

With all the options available, especially online, it’s tough to navigate the features and specs on mattresses. After all, how can you truly know what a mattress will feel like until you try it out? Fortunately, we have all the information you need to make an informed decision about mattress buying. Plus, most online mattress retailers offer phenomenal sleep trials, allowing you to get the in-home experience risk-free.

Read on for more about both brands and their respective collections, or skip to the summary section, if you’re in a hurry.

Here we’ll look at both Nectar and Leesa, comparing the features, construction, and firmness.

Nectar focuses on high-quality materials for a reliable product without extra costs and fees. Leesa offers two mattress lines with both memory foam-only and hybrid beds that retain bouncy and responsive qualities. Here’s more on both companies and their respective collections.

Who Is It For?

Nectar has one trademark mattress which is a low-medium firmness and accommodates all sleep positions and has some bounce. Leesa’s memory foam mattress has four types of foam while the hybrid model has individually wrapped springs.

Our team found both companies’ collections to be bouncier and cozier than traditional, firmer memory foam mattresses. Of course, for the innerspring Leesa, that’s to be expected, but the memory foam-only has similar responsiveness. Therefore, both companies offer beds that feel more like traditional spring types but with the same pressure-relieving features we love with memory foam.

All three collections are comparable in terms of feel and support, but they differ when it comes to construction and pricing.

nectar bed
Leesa mattress

The Collections

Leesa’s base-model mattress features pricing comparable to Nectar’s. Their hybrid Sapira bed with premium foam and pocket-spring coils, however, is costlier. For Nectar, the company’s mattress measures 11 inches tall and has a comparable pricing structure. Here’s how the three mattress collections stack up.
SizeLeesa PriceLeesa Sapira PriceNectar Price
Twin XL$695$1,095$594
Cal King$1,195$1,795$1,024

Nectar Mattress

  • Semi-Firm, Cool
  • Great pricing and promotions
  • Construction of the Mattress

    Both the original Leesa and the Nectar mattresses are strictly memory foam, so their construction has more in common than the Leesa Sapira has with either one. The original Leesa has three separate foam layers for cooling, body contouring, and pressure relief.

    The top foam layer of the Leesa helps you sleep cool while giving some bounce to the surface. Underneath is a two-inch layer of memory foam which provides contouring and pressure relief. At the bottom is a dense foam core that gives solid support.

    Nectar’s memory foam mattress has a Tencel cooling cover and a top layer of foam that helps with air circulation. It also has gel memory foam for contouring and support. It’s a bit bouncier than we expected, but Nectar is proud of its cozy and cushioned surface.

    Leesa’s Sapira mattress has a top layer of premium foam for the same cooling and bounce effects as the original mattress. It also has the same middle layer with two inches of memory foam. Then, it also has individually wrapped pocket springs in the base layer. While most mattresses available online are memory foam, the Sapira combines the best of both innerspring and memory foam features.

    nectar mattress inside
    Nectar Mattress Inside
    Leesa Mattress
    Leesa Review

    Trial Period & Guarantee

    Nectar has the most impressive trial period we’ve ever seen at 365 nights, which is impressive on its own. But Nectar also provides customers who keep the mattress with a Forever Warranty. It covers materials and wear and tear on the bed for as long as you own it.

    With Leesa, customers will still appreciate a long in-home sleep trial of 100 nights. And while the length of the trial is likely adequate for most of us to decide whether to keep the mattress, Nectar is the leader when it comes to backing their product for the longest term.

    Leesa has a 10-year limited warranty on their mattresses beyond the trial period, and if you opt to return the mattress instead of keeping it, you’ll receive a full refund. However, customers in Alaska and Hawaii are subject to a $100 mattress return fee.

    Firmness Level

    Both of Leesa’s mattresses rank in lower-level firmness category because of the bounce and plushness of the top foam layers. Nectar is also a self-proclaimed “just right” firmness; on a scale of 1 to 10, they note their mattresses are between 5.5 and 7.5.

    You might not sink inches deep into the bed, but you will notice more cushioning than other memory foam mattresses. Our team feels like these are some of the more “bouncy” mattresses currently available, which isn’t a bad thing depending on how you prefer to sleep. After all, some people will find a more responsive mattress to be more comfortable.


    If you prefer a softer and more responsive sleep surface, you’ll likely find both Leesa and Nectar’s offerings to be comfortable. Our team really likes the original Leesa for a strictly memory foam mattress with cushioning and a softer feel. But the Sapira also feels cozier for sleepers who like to feel like they’re being “hugged” by their bed.

    Nectar’s mattress does incorporate gel memory foam, which helps with reducing pressure and also preventing the mattress (and its occupants) from overheating. Suffice it to say, both mattresses will keep you cooler while you sleep, but the fluffier of the two brands is definitely Leesa.

    Smell Effect

    Although the Leesa mattresses do have a bit of odor upon unboxing, our team didn’t think the smell was too overwhelming. And after a bit of air circulation in the room, the smell goes away easily. With Nectar, the company notes its mattress is relatively odor free, and any “new bed” smell comes from the fresh foam used in manufacture, not chemical off-gassing.

    Motion Isolation

    Because Nectar is entirely constructed of memory foam, you might expect a high level of motion isolation. However, the “bouncy” nature of the bed means there’s a bit of movement when someone rolls over or gets in or out of bed.

    Our team also felt like Leesa mattresses don’t have the best motion isolation, especially the Sapira thanks to its hybrid construction. However, the contouring surface and plush feel is a fair tradeoff for many consumers.

    The Ordering Process

    For consumers who prefer to try out their new mattress in-store rather than via a lengthy sleep trial, Leesa has a solution. Their mattresses are available online, but you can also find them in-store at both West Elm and Pottery Barn locations.

    Our team also liked that Leesa only partners with companies who are committed to social issues and agree to participate in their donation program. We really liked that Leesa donates one mattress for every ten mattresses they sell.

    To order a Leesa, you’ll choose the model and size mattress you want, complete the checkout process, and wait for a confirmation email. White Glove delivery and setup is also available in select locations. Removal of your old mattress does cost $50 extra, however.

    With Nectar, there’s only one model to choose from, so checkout is simple. Once you complete your order, you’ll receive an order confirmation, and the order will ship within five to seven business days. Nectar’s White Glove service also requires an additional fee, and delivery can take longer with that service. Shipping is free with both mattress brands, too.

    nectar box
    Leesa Mattresses

    Delivery and Packaging

    Leesa mattresses arrive in a compact cardboard box and will arrive within seven days of your order processing. Just unbox the mattress, and it will expand once the plastic is removed.

    Nectar mattresses also arrive in compact boxes that weight between 45 and 105 pounds, depending on the size you ordered. Setup is similar to the Leesa mattresses; just remove the cardboard and plastic, being careful not to slit the mattress itself, and allow the mattress to plump up fully.


    So what’s the verdict?

    When deciding between mattresses, confusion is common. There are so many variations and choices – figuring out which mattress will give you the best night’s sleep at the most affordable cost can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Our comparison of Nectar and Leesa mattresses will help make your search that much easier.

    In this comparison, we looked at Nectar’s mattress versus two Leesa mattress lines. While Nectar uses a memory foam construction, as does Leesa’s standard mattress, the Leesa Sapira higher-end mattress boasts hybrid construction, with layers of foam and pocket springs beneath. In terms of firmness, both the standard Nectar and Leesa mattresses are of low-to mid firmness, with a decent amount of bounce. 

    The Leesa Sapira mattress gives a more plush, cozy feel, while the Nectar also incorporates a cooling, contouring gel top layer – a nice bonus for those who like to sleep cool.

    The Nectar and Lessa original mattresses are comparably priced. As expected, the Leesa Sapira, a higher end mattress with more bells and whistles, comes at a higher price. But if a bit of bounce and softness is your definition of a great mattress, you’ll do well to consider both Nectar and Leesa as your mattress choice.

    Lee Levy

    Lee Levy

    Lee is an experienced reviewer and passionate about trying new products. She is a side sleeper and always looking to ways to avoid back pains in her sleep. Lee is a mom for two little princesses and a devoted wife, living in Brooklyn, NYC.