The Nolah Original 10 Vs The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

Shopping for a new mattress can be a confusing experience. With so many brands and so much choice available. We compare and contrast the Nolah Original 10 mattress against The Nectar Memory Foam mattress to help you make an informed decision on your next mattress.

Disclaimer: This comparison is based on publicly available information sourced from the Nolah and Nectar websites on December 9th 2019.  

Comparison Table


Nolah 10” Original

Nectar (Memory Foam)

Type of Mattress

High-Resilience Pressure Relief Foam

Conventional Memory Foam

100% Made in the U.S.A.

Yes – 100% made in the U.S.A.

No – Made in China

Materials and Construction

3-Layer / 100% High-Resilience Foam

4-Layer / Memory Foam

Price for Queen Size



Trial Period

120 Nights

 365 Nights

Free Shipping & Return



Length of Warranty






Nolah Original 10 Vs Nectar Memory Foam - What to Compare?

The Type of Mattress

The type of mattress you choose ought to come down to your sleep needs. First, determine what kind of sleeper you are. Do you sleep on your side or your back? Do you sleep on your tummy and then on your side? Once you discover your sleep style, mattress shopping will become a lot easier. The Nectar mattress is designed to suit all sleep styles; back sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combi sleepers. However, the Nolah Original 10 is designed with side sleepers in mind and to provide extra pressure relief on the hips and shoulders for an overall more comfy sleep. One-size does not fit all, choosing a mattress that is tailored to your individual sleep needs ensures far greater comfort and improved sleep health than an ‘off-the-rack’ mattress made for anyone.   

The Country of Origin

With consumers becoming more ethically minded when shopping, buying American made products is an act of patriotism. Supporting local businesses ensures a healthy local economy, therefore, buying American made salutes your friends, neighbors and local businesses. Unfortunately, the Nectar Sleep website is unclear on where the Nectar mattress is made but it’s made in China and imported to the U.S.A. Their FAQ section comes up blank when searching for ‘Where is Nectar mattress made?’. Nolah, on the other hand, are completely upfront about their country of origin. The Nolah Original 10 is 100% American made. All the materials used in their mattresses, foam, and cover are 100% made and assembled in the USA.   

Nolah 10 Original

Nectar Foam

100% Made in the U.S.A.

Made in China


Materials and Construction

Nectar states that their Nectar mattress is made from ‘Four special grade performance layers and a milled cooling cover’, memory foam. The Nectar mattress is constructed in 5 layers of memory foam with a gel memory foam cover and stands 11 inches tall. The Nolah Original 10 is made of an innovative new AirFoam™ this pneumatic (air-filled) foam is made under high pressure and then crushed to blast billions of microscopic air pockets inside the foam, hence the name, AirFoam™. The billions of tiny air pockets act as individual shock absorbers creating a truly personalized sleep comfort. The Original 10 sleeps cooler than memory foam because it’s temperature neutral – meaning that it does not absorb and store heat as memory foam does. It stands 10 inches tall and is built in 3 layers with a breathable natural viscose zip-off cover. 

Nolah 10 Original

Nectar Foam

High-resilience pressure relief foam (AirFoam™)

Conventional Memory Foam / Foam


Pricing and Sizes

Consider your budget carefully when shopping for a new mattress. Only buy what you need and can afford. However, if the mattress you’re after is slightly out of your budget, your mattress provider ought to have an easy payment system in place, such as Klarna so you can pay for your new mattress over time. The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is available from Twin to Cal King size and priced fairly expensive for a conventional memory foam mattress made in China. A Queen size Nectar mattress costs $719 and comes with 2 free pillows worth $150. The Nolah Original 10 costs $894 for a Queen size mattress and comes with 2 free pillows worth $158. Nectar offers 0-% APR financing with Affirm up to 24 months. Nolah offers 0% APR financing with Klarna over a 6, 12, or 24 month period. 

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Sizes

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Prices

Nectar Mattress Sizes

Nectar Mattress Prices





Twin XL


Twin XL














Cal King


Cal King



Learn more about Mattress Sizes here: Mattress Size Guide

Delivery and Packaging

Nectar offers free delivery and return within 48 US states and will ship to Alaska and Hawaii for an additional $150. Their White Glove set-up service costs $149 for a mattress and/or base set-up. Additional items for set-up such as mattress protector and pillows cost an extra $49. Nolah also offers free delivery and return in 48 states but does not deliver to Alaska and Hawaii. The packaging dimensions of Nolah and Nectar are:  

Nolah Original 10

Nectar Foam

Twin 38" W x 75" L x 10" H

Nolah 10” Original: 54 lbs

Twin 39" W x 75" L x 11" H

Nectar Foam: 45 lbs

Twin XL 38” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 57 lbs

Twin XL 39" W x 80" L x 11" H

Nectar Foam: 48 lbs

Full 15” W x 15”x L x  41” H

Nolah 10” Original: 68 lbs

Full 54" W x 75" L x 11" 

Nectar Foam: 68 lbs

Queen 60” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 80 lbs

Queen 60" W x 80" L x 11" H

Nectar Foam: 74 lbs

King 76” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 97 lbs

King 76" W x 80" L x 11" H

Nectar Foam: 89 lbs

Cal King 72” W x 84”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 95 lbs

Cal King72" W x 84" L x 11" H

Nectar Foam: 89 lbs


The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is factory-made and produced in large volumes before being shipped to its stores and retail partners. This means that the Nectar mattress can sit in a warehouse for weeks and months before being purchased. In contrast, The Nolah Original 10 (and Signature 12) is a bespoke mattress. Therefore, every customer receives a mattress that is made especially for them. The Nolah Original 10 goes into production within 3 days of ordering and leaves the US factory within 3-5 business days. Once it leaves the factory it will take a further 2-5 days before it reaches the customer. The Nolah Original 10 bespoke production and delivery take 5-10 days in total. 

Trial Period and Return Policy

Nectar offers a 365-night trial while Nolah offers a 120-night trial. Both Nectar and Nolah will pick up the mattress from your home for free should you decide to send it back. Both Nectar and Nolah will recycle the returned mattress where possible and refund the cost of the mattress in full.

Nolah 10 Original

Nectar Foam

120-night trial

365-night trial


Length of Warranty

Nectar mattress is covered by a forever warranty while the Nolah Original 10 is covered by a 15-year warranty.

Nolah 10 Original

Nectar Foam

15-year warranty

Forever warranty


Firmness Level

The firmness of your new mattress will depend on the material used in its construction. The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is made entirely of memory foam. Memory foam is notorious for retaining heat and becomes hard over time, especially in cold climates. Memory foam is not a very supportive material and often feels more like quicksand. Memory foam mattresses typically begin to lose buoyancy within a year of purchase. Nolah AirFoam™ however, guarantees a perfect medium firmness for the duration of its lifespan as it’s made from AirFoam™, an innovative new mattress material.

Nolah 10 Original

Nectar Foam

Medium 5.5 of 10

Medium-firm 6.5 of 10


Ideal for Which Sleeping Position?

Your new mattress ought to be tailored to your individual sleep needs. The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is designed for every type of sleeper; back, side, stomach, and combi sleepers. Nolah AirFoam™ mattresses are made specifically for side sleepers because it’s designed to support not just every muscle but the sensitive hip and shoulder areas in one unanimous layer of AirFoam™. Though Nolah provides excellent support and comfort for all sleepers, it's particularly well-suited for side sleepers where the hips and shoulders are the most vulnerable areas. Therefore, requires a special type of supportive mattress designed especially for side sleepers. 

Check out Nolah’s Guide to Sleeping Positions and Guide to Side Sleeping.

Pressure Point Relief

The Nolah Original 10 mattress provides 4 times greater pressure relief than memory foam. Muscles and joints receive far greater support which benefits your quality of sleep and could also benefit your health. Nolah conducted heat-mapping tests to prove this which can be found on their website.

Cooling and Breathability

The Nolah Original 10 is made from a breathable AirFoam™ that is a modern material made without the heat-trapping viscoelastic memory foam chemicals used in the Nectar memory foam mattress. The breathable AirFoam™ does not absorb or store heat and ensures a cooling sleep experience for the duration of the mattress lifespan.   


Nolah’s Original 10 proved to be a 300% more durable than high-priced memory foam mattresses and 26 times more durable than their cheaper counterparts. Throughout a 100,000 cycles durability test, Nolah AirFoam™ loses a mere 0.03 of an inch in thickness. Most memory foam mattresses lose 300% in thickness during the same cycle.


The Nectar Memory Foam mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress are both odorless and CertiPUR-US® certified. Although when removed from the box, allow them to breathe for a few minutes to off-gas. This is perfectly harmless, it simply means to briefly air-out after being released from the air-tight box. The new mattress smell ought to dissipate within 24-hours.  

Comparison Summary

Both Nectar and Nolah are respected mattress providers and you ought to expect a high level of customer care from each company. Mattress durability and price are two major concerns for anyone shopping for a new mattress. Memory foam mattresses are not as durable as AirFoam™. While The Nectar Memory Foam mattress is fairly expensive in price (for a conventional memory foam mattress) but it does come with 2 free pillows. Today, a memory foam mattress is not the best investment for sleep health. Newer foam technologies offer better quality and price than conventional memory foam. The Nolah Original 10 mattress is 100% free from memory foam and designed to offer extraordinary support and comfort for side sleepers. Therefore, offering a more bespoke mattress. Nolah mattresses are made of 100% American materials in Nolah’s US factories and are made to order. Therefore, your mattress will only be produced after you place your order. While Nectar mattresses are produced and assembled in China. Shopping for a new mattress doesn't need to be an arduous task. Allow this comparison of The Nectar Memory Foam mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress help you make an informed decision.

Nolah 10 Original Mattress vs The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress