In this evaluation, we look at top foam mattresses Nectar and Loom & Leaf. Known for its luxurious construction and organic materials, the Loom & Leaf is a high-end foam mattress company created by industry expert Saatva. Nectar is new on the scene, but already has been recognized as a great value in the memory foam mattress category. To help you decide between the two, we compiled customer testimonials, review data, and expert criticisms into the following comparison.
The construction of a mattress is the most important factor in how supported and comfortable a sleeper feels. The Loom & Leaf uses high-quality materials to make up its four different layers of foam. First comes a layer of high-quality cooling gel memory foam that features air channels to allow for maximum cooling. Following that is a layer of visco-elastic memory foam that offers comfort and contouring to the sleeper. Moving into more support, the third layer is a transitional foam that provides support and takes the sleeper from the comfort layers to the final base layer. This fourth layer is a high-density support foam that acts as a base for the above layers and brings a majority of support to the mattress. Loom & Leaf's mattress cover is made of organic cotton, has a 1 inch layer of gel memory foam quilted into it, and features a fire retardant layer of thistle.
Looking to the Nectar, this mattress is made of three layers of foam and an additional gel foam layer quilted into the cover. The first thing sleepers feel is the gel memory foam layer made for cooling, contouring, and comfort. Moving down from the cover, the second and third layers are two different types of memory foam. One is a dense foam that responds slowly to pressure, making it ideal for weight distribution and pressure relief. Below that is a bouncier foam layer that also supports sleepers but prevents them from sinking in too deep. Rounding out the mattress is a firm base support layer of foam. The mattress cover is made of breathable tencel cotton and has a gel foam layer quilted into the fabric.
Although the average thickness of foam mattresses is 10 inches, both Nectar and Loom & Leaf measure in above the norm. Loom & Leaf offers one of the thickest designs at 12 inches, while Nectar is a close second at 11 inches. The additional comfort inches give them a more luxurious feel than other competitors—an advantage for heavier sleepers who sink further into mattresses. Looking at the following graph, you can see how they measure up against the average foam mattress.
Due to the extra materials and thick foam layers, the Loom & Leaf mattress is heavier than the Nectar. While weight is a factor when rotating or moving the mattress, it is not a direct indicator of firmness. To see how both mattress weigh in relative to the average foam mattress, look to the chart below.
Some customers question whether foam mattresses are as sturdy as traditional spring mattresses, but you can rest easy knowing both companies offer great warranties and trial periods. Expert review sites Sleep Like the Dead and Sleepopolis said both mattresses are likely to last for 6 to 6.5 years. Despite this rating, Loom & Leaf gives sleepers a 120-day trial and a 15-year warranty, while Nectar offers a 365-day trial and a unique lifetime warranty.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a mattress, but sleeping position should be close to the top of your list. Back sleepers require lower back and torso support, while stomach sleepers usually prefer a firmer mattress with little sinkage and side sleepers need the most support.
To figure out which mattress is best for each sleeping position, we looked to customer reviews and expert opinions from Sleep Like the Dead testers. For back sleepers, the Loom & Leaf won the hearts of small sleepers (>130 pounds), average sleepers (130-230 pounds), and large sleepers (+230 pounds). Average and large-size individuals rated it "good", while small sleepers were close behind with a "good to fair" rating. Nectar also ranked well among back sleepers, as the mattress offered excellent lower back support and the right amount of sinking. Smaller sleepers may find Nectar to be more supportive than Loom & Leaf, but the gel topper also offers an instant layer of contouring comfort.
Switching to stomach sleepers, the Loom & Leaf received a "good" rating for average-size sleepers. However, large and small sleepers gave it a "fair" rating—possibly due to an above-average firmness level. The Nectar mattress did a good job providing the right amount of comfort and support for small and average size sleepers, but larger individuals may find the additional comfort layers causes too much sinkage in this sleeping position.
Since side sleepers need the most amount of support, the Loom & Leaf was comfortable for average and large sleepers. Although the thick support layers are ideal for these sleepers, smaller individuals found Loom & Leaf to be a bit firm. On the other hand, Nectar shines in this sleeping position. All size sleepers enjoyed the cushion comfort layer and deep pressure relief offering by the memory foam layers.
Mattress firmness is determined based on a scale of 1 to 10, with the average foam mattress landing at a 6 rating. Unlike most companies, Loom & Leaf offers two firmness options—a Relaxed Firm that has a 5.5 firmness rating and the Firm that has a 8 rating. Nectar falls between these two options with a 6 out of 10 ranking. Coupled with your sleeping position preferences, finding the right firmness is a major factor in overall comfort.
Aimed at bringing down the cost of comfortable high-quality mattresses, online foam mattresses are a fraction of the price of traditional spring designs. Loom & Leaf has positioned itself as a luxury foam mattress, and the price reflects the organic high-end materials used. For this reason, Loom & Leaf is more expensive than Nectar. Even though Nectar costs less, the company retained the most important quality factors. To see the price comparisons for a queen-size mattress, look to the chart below.
Although it is a good idea to look at customer ratings when purchasing a mattress, there are always differences in review websites. Some rank Loom & Leaf over Nectar due to the luxury materials, while others believe Nectar has the best value. For both designs, the data shows above-average rankings from Amazon, Sleepopolis, and additional review websites. No matter which mattress you end up with, sleepers from all over feel in love with these mattresses. Look to the following chart to see how both mattresses stack up against the average customer satisfaction reviews.
In truth, there is no single mattress that is perfect for every sleeper. Deciding which mattress is best for you depends on your sleeping preferences, price range, ideal firmness level, and more. That being said, there are differences between Nectar and Loom & Leaf that will help you make a decision. If you're looking for a firmer feel, enjoy more natural materials, and want a superior cooling mattress, the Loom & Leaf could be right for you. On the other hand, Nectar is ideal for sleepers who want a great value, are side sleepers, enjoy a breathable cover, and desire a medium firm feel. Whichever mattress you wind up choosing, we hope you get a great night's sleep!