Thank you to Nectar for sponsoring this post.
My guest room has had a pretty cheap mattress for a while now. And by cheap I mean it was free. My dad gave it to me after a former renter left it behind in a rental property. It wasn’t terrible, but upgrading the mattress had been on my to-do list for years. When Nectar offered me the chance to review their memory foam mattress, I jumped at the chance.
I had been using a full size mattress with a queen size headboard in my guest room. One of the best decisions I’ve made was ordering a new bed frame. I had planned to use the convertible frame I already owned, but when I realized a smart base would be cheaper than a new box spring-and easier to get upstairs-I went for it. It also provided me with extra storage underneath, finally giving me the perfect place to store my luggage when it’s not in use.
The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress arrives in a blue shipping bag. Here’s a pro tip: remove the bag before you start to move it around the house. I left it on and struggled by myself pushing it up the stairs.
Why should you take off the shipping bag as soon as you get it through the door? Because under that bag is another bag, and this one has handles. Handles that would make it so easy to move around. Lesson learned… The inner bag is like a giant duffle bag, with a zipper that goes all the way around the ends, making it easy to pull it off once you get the mattress in place.
Under the shipping bag and the duffle bag, there’s a packet of mattress information and a little object that looks just like a letter opener. There’s also another bag. This time it’s a thick plastic bag encasing the whole mattress. And yes, by this point it’s starting to feel a bit like a Russian nesting doll…
You use the letter opener to open up the plastic bag. It keeps you from poking a hole in your new mattress like you could if you went at it with a box cutter or scissors. And you might think you’ll be done at that point. But you’d be wrong.
Under the thick plastic bag, there’s another layer of plastic. This time it’s basically shrink wrap, encassing the whole mattress. Use the letter opener again to remove the shrink wrap.
As soon as the Nectar Mattress is unwrapped it will start to expand. It will be a little wrinkled and squished around the edges, but don’t worry. In a few hours it will fully expand. The same is true for Nectar Pillows.
The mattress has a bit of a chemical smell when it’s first opened. According to the paperwork that is included with the mattress that is totally normal and safe. The smell dissipates after a few hours.
Once everything is fully fluffed, make your bed and get ready for a cozy night’s sleep!
Even though the Nectar Mattress went into my guest room, I decided it needed a proper test drive from yours truly. Sleeping in your guest room is weird. Like super weird. I sleep in hotels on an average of once a month, but something about sleeping in my own house but in a strange bed was a little disconcerting. Once I got over that, I settled in for a good night’s sleep. My own bed is a traditional mattress with a memory foam topper. Sleeping on the Nectar Mattress felt so different! For one, it didn’t transfer motion when I moved around. I’m a restless sleeper to say the least, so this was a nice change. I felt like I was much less restless overall. The sink and bounce feelings you get from a memory foam mattress are totally different from those of a traditional mattress, so it does take a bit of getting used to. I’m not a fan of a soft mattress, and luckily the Nectar Mattress gave me sufficient firmness. It did seem to sleep a little warmer than my own bed, but not dramatically so.
The Nectar Mattress comes with free shipping and returns, a 365 night home trial and a forever warrenty against defects. That means you can try the Nectar at home risk free! And if you do decide to give Nectar a shot, remember that I did everything, all by myself, on the second floor of my house. If I can do it, you can do it. Although it is very much a two-person job, so if you can get an extra set of hands to help out, even better!