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Before we talk specifically about the advantages and disadvantages of these bed-in-a-box mattresses, let’s cover the customer policies.
Both Nectar and Brooklyn offer free shipping (as is the case with most online mattress brands) and free returns. You even have a trial period where you can test the bed to see whether it’s the one for you.
If you want to keep it, that’s fantastic. If you end up changing your mind for whatever reason, or no reason at all, both brands will issue you a full refund. That is if you’re within the first 120 nights with Brooklyn Bowery and the first 365 nights with Nectar.
Brooklyn Bedding essentially lets you test the bed risk-free for a third of a year while Nectar lets you try the bed out for a full year. I’m sure Nectar has really low return rates, which is why the company can afford to offer the trial periods, but it’s still really neat that you have that level of flexibility.
For the record, most direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer a 100-night risk-free trial, so both Brooklyn Bedding and Nectar are above that standard.
Even more, if you keep the bed, Brooklyn offers a 10-year warranty, and Nectar offers a lifetime warranty, which is pretty much unheard of for a bed-in-a-box. I can only recall a few other brands that also offer a lifetime warranty (Layla Sleep and Nest Bedding).
As an FYI, the typical consumer will start looking for a new bed between years 7 and 12, so Brooklyn has you pretty much safely covered, and Nectar definitely has you covered.
Brooklyn Bedding Mattresses are good for:
- individuals on a tight budget
- people who just want a comfy foam bed
- free shipping and returns
- 120-night trial period
- 10-year warranty
- made in the United States
Brooklyn Bowery vs. Nectar Mattress: Pricing
While the prices are very similar between the two mattresses, Brooklyn Bowery tends to be slightly more affordable than Nectar. As such, if you’re making a decision purely on economics, Bowery is the way to go.
You can see a breakdown of nondiscounted prices below.
Brooklyn Bowery pricing:
Prices valid as of September 24, 2020.
After taking into account promotions and coupon codes, however, the pricing changes somewhat. You can check for discounts and shop online at Brooklyn Bedding here.
Nectar often offers discounts and free add-ons, such as pillows. Check here for discounts on Nectar mattresses.
Brooklyn Bowery is still more affordable when chiefly looking at price.
Brooklyn Bowery bed vs. Nectar mattress construction
Below are breakdowns of the construction of each bed. Brooklyn doesn’t use memory foam, while Nectar has quite a bit of memory foam. Overall, we do think both beds are especially comfortable.
And since they’re so different, we just can’t pick a winner in the comfort category. They’re both good. It just depends on your preferences as far as feel goes.
Aside from obvious aesthetic differences, the feel is quite different between the two beds. Nectar feels like your prototypical memory foam mattress, while Bowery is more responsive with softer foams.
As such, with Bowery you never have trouble switching sleeping positions at night, but you might with Nectar, since memory foam compresses a lot. Bowery is just the more responsive mattress.
Nectar mattresses are good for:
- people who like memory foam
- hot sleepers on a limited budget
- people who like firmer beds
- free shipping and returns
- 365-night trial period
- lifetime warranty
- made in the United States
Nectar Mattress vs. Brooklyn Bedding Bowery memory foam
Given the differences in feel, it definitely could be an advantage that Nectar feels like your traditional memory foam bed. Some people just really like that.
Our production manager, for example, absolutely loves memory foam and is always bothering us about how comfortable Nectar is.
It’s not the coolest bed that we’ve tested, but it’s not notably hot either. The same could be said of Bowery.
And even though Bowery is more responsive, you only somewhat get that “stuck in the mud” feeling with Nectar. It’s designed to cradle your figure and offer plenty of pressure relief (which it does), but it won’t have you feeling like your sleeping “in the bed.”
In summary, it feels like memory foam, but not in a bad way. If you like memory foam, you’ll prefer Nectar for sure.
Nectar vs. Brooklyn Bedding support
Nectar also seems to have more support than the Bowery. For example, people with higher body weight may prefer the dense construction of Nectar to the softer, more fluffy/bouncy feel of Bowery.
Neither bed will have you bottoming out, but in general Nectar has the better support.
And that’s especially true around the edge of the mattress. This is really important for couples who sleep on a smaller bed where space is minimal.
Nectar doesn’t compress too much around the edges and therefore never gives you a “roll off” sensation. Bowery isn’t bad, but Nectar wins out here.
We really like both of these beds and can’t pick an outright favorite. Rather, it comes down to individual preferences and flexibility on price.
If you want memory foam and support, go Nectar. If you want soft, bouncy, and world-class comfort, go Bowery. It’s pretty much as simple as that.
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