And The Winner Is…

The Nectar mattress is arguably one of the most famous mattresses in the world, it’s become almost a household name alongside brands like Purple and Tempurpedic. Their well-priced product combines high-quality materials with a brilliant hybrid design to create a mattress that has been well received by customers and industry critics alike.

The DreamCloud, on the other hand, has not been around as long as the Nectar, and it’s the newcomer in this comparison (relatively). They’ve not got the same big brand name as Nectar – but they’re steadily gaining market share. Their product is developing a reputation for quality and luxury that customers simply cannot ignore.

Today we’re going to put these two products head to head in a David vs Goliath style mattress review. We’re going to compare each product layer by layer to see what you’re getting for your money inside. We’ll discuss pricing, sleeping positions, and cooling technology before concluding with our overall recommendation by announcing the winner.

Let’s get started.

Similarities

  • Both are hybrid products
  • Both are from reputable brands
  • Both use cooling gel memory foam

Differences

  • The DreamCloud has zoned support
  • The Nectar is a pure foam product
  • The Nectar is much cheaper

Construction Comparison

Let’s start off by taking a look at the construction of these two products. Both mattresses we’re discussing today use a hybrid design pattern, which means that they use different layers of different materials in their construction. This means that their manufacturers can utilize the benefits of several different materials to compensate for some potential weaknesses and they can combine their different strengths too.

DreamCloud Construction

The DreamCloud is one of the thickest products on the market in this price bracket, which gives it a super luxurious feel. It’s a coil and foam hybrid product that uses 8 different layers of materials – almost all of which are highly advanced.

Cashmere Blend Eurotop

The upper layer of this product is a eurotop which has been stuffed with a blend of super soft cashmere wool. Imagine someone stitched a pillow on to the top of your mattress and filled it with some of the softest wool on the planet – that’s what this layer is. It adds a resort style luxury to the product that many people (including ourselves) can’t get enough of.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam

Memory foam is well known for the overheating issues that the material suffers from. When it is being used in a top layer like this that is in direct contact with the sleeper it becomes a real problem.

The reason memory foam overheats is because it is made from countless little cells on the microscopic level. These little cells are actually what gives the material its contouring properties. They’re completely enclosed and filled with air, when pressure is applied to them the cells collapse and the mattress conforms to your body, when you get off they snap back to their original size.

The problem is that body heat can enter the mattress throughout the night and make its way into these cells. Because the air cannot escape the cell it begins to heat up and forms a hotspot underneath the sleeper.

Adding a cooling gel to the memory foam mix is one of the most common ways engineers use to solve this problem.

Despite the name, the cooling gel doesn’t actually cool anything down – it just spreads the heat out. Cooling gel is naturally an excellent thermal conductor when your body heat enters the mattress much of it is absorbed by the gel before it has the chance to get inside the cells. The gel then spreads the heat out to the rest of the gel in the mattress and creates a much evener distribution of heat.

The same amount of heat is in the mattress (more or less) but there are no more hotspots, so it feels cooler to the sleeper.

It’s a great solution to memory foam’s heat issues, and it’s one of the coolest sleeping surfaces you can expect from a memory foam product.

Quilted Memory Foam

We love this layer, its only purpose is to further the levels of comfort and luxury the product provides. This kind of memory foam doesn’t give as much support as other memory foams, and it’s pretty soft – but it has been quilted. The quilted design of this foam provides a little extra loft to the mattress and works beautifully with the eurotop layer (and the overall thickness of the product) to provide the resort style feel we mentioned earlier.

Natural Latex

The next layer down is another super important layer. Latex is one of the most expensive materials that can be used in mattress design as it’s a natural material that takes a huge amount of time and manpower to create. It’s well worth the effort though as it provides responsiveness to the mattress that memory foam products can lack.

When you get into a pure memory foam mattress you may notice that you simply sink into it without getting any resistance or push back from it. This isn’t the end of the world, but it’s an unnatural feeling. Latex foam inherently has responsive properties, and by including this layer in the mattress the final product has a little reassuring bounce and pushback that you’re going to love.

Bonus: Latex foam is an excellent thermal regulator. This layer provides ventilation for hot air that has made it this far down into the mattress.

Memory Foam

This layer is a standard memory foam, and it doesn’t have any features that will help it stay cool. This isn’t ideal, but it’s not a huge problem as it is very far down inside the mattress. This layer is the first of the support sections and starts the gradient of firmness down to the high-density layers below to make a nice gradual increase instead of a sudden jolt.

Memory Foam

There’s a second layer of memory foam here that’s very similar to the layer above. Again there’s no cooling tech and its job is to provide some more contouring support while continuing the gradient of firmness (this layer is firmer and of a higher density than the layer above).

Pocketed Coils

This layer is where the bulk of the support of this mattress comes from, and it’s also the most interesting layer in the product.

The coils in this section are completely different to the old school innerspring products of the past – which some people get confused with.

Innerspring mattresses are essentially one big spring with several coils in them that are all attached to one another. As the name suggests, the coils in independently coiled products are completely separate from one another.

So why does this matter?

When you press down on a single place in an innerspring product the coils that are next to the coil that has direct pressure applied will compress slightly too (as they are all connected). This means that the indentation in the layer is more of a general dip and isn’t very supportive.

On the other hand, independent coils only compress if they’ve got direct pressure. You could park a truck on one side of this mattress, and the coils on the other side would be completely unaffected. This independence means that the shape that is formed in this layer closely resembles your body shape, and is much more supportive.

But that’s not the clever thing that DreamCloud have done in this layer…

DreamCloud has used what is known as a zoned design pattern. This essentially means that there are 5 individual segments to the coiled layer – each with a different kind of coil inside. Some sections will be firmer and other sections will be softer.

This allows DreamCloud to tailor the amount of support along the length of the mattress to promote optimal spinal alignment for side sleepers (the most popular sleeping position).

It’s a game-changing design pattern that sounds simple but is only just being adopted by other brands. DreamCloud was one of the first companies to use this kind of design, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

High-Density Foam

The bottom layer of this product is made from a high-density memory foam that doesn’t really do anything that interesting. It provides a high quality, durable, and stable base for the rest of the materials in the product to rest on – but that’s about it.

Nectar Construction

Unlike the DreamCloud, the Nectar mattress is a completely foam-based product – it has no coiled section. It’s also much thinner and only has 4 layers in its hybrid design pattern (5 if you count the covering).

Tencel Covering

Tencel is one of the newest materials that brands are using in their mattress covers. It’s a material that is made from natural wood fibers, and despite what you may think, it’s actually really soft.

Tencel is an excellent thermal regulator and is highly breathable to allow for ventilation outside into the bedroom with minimal resistance. It’s also got antimicrobial properties that protect against bedbugs, and it’s excellent at wicking away moisture and sweat too.

Quilted Gel Memory Foam

This layer is quite interesting, but we’ve already covered the reasons why above. Imagine if you combined the cooling gel layer and the quilted memory foam layers we talked about in the DreamCloud section into a single layer – you’d be pretty close to what this layer is.

It provides a little less luxury than the quilted layer of the DreamCloud as it’s a little firmer – but despite this, it’s still very enjoyable. The effectiveness of cooling gel can differ between products, but this is another high-quality gel that’s of a similar quality to the gel in the DreamCloud.

Cooling Gel Memory Foam

To continue the cooling capabilities of this product even further, Nectar has added a second layer of cooling gel memory foam as their next layer. This layer isn’t quilted and soft like the layer above, instead, it’s a little firmer and starts to provide the excellent levels of support that the Nectar is known for.

Hi Core Memory Foam

Hi core memory foam is a complex material that we couldn’t hope to explain in an article like this. It’s a special kind of memory foam that is extremely supportive and contours to your body shape more than traditional memory foam. An added benefit of hi core memory foam is that it contours quicker than normal memory foam, as it doesn’t need as much body heat to start the contouring process.

Note: We’ve glossed over how hi core memory foam works here for brevity, but don’t let that confuse you. This is a super advanced material that’s much better than normal memory foam, but there’s just no way of explaining it in a few paragraphs – we’d need a dedicated article.

High-Density Support Foam

The final layer is the most boring (as usual). It’s a thick layer of high-density super firm support foam that provides the base for the layers above.

Firmness Comparison

The Nectar and the DreamCloud are roughly the same firmness level (medium firm). The DreamCloud is a solid 6.5 / 10 on the firmness scale and the Nectar is between 5.5 and 7.5 / 10 (Nectar don’t say exactly).

Price Comparison

The Nectar is much cheaper than the DreamCloud in all price brackets.

DreamCloud Prices

  • Twin $599
  • Twin XL $799
  • Full $799
  • Queen $1,199
  • King $1,299
  • California king $1,299

Nectar Prices

  • Twin $399
  • Twin XL $469
  • Full $599
  • Queen $699
  • King $799
  • California king $799

Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?

The DreamCloud is the cooler mattress, despite the nectar having two layers of cooling gel memory foam.

The DreamCloud’s internal latex layer combined with the coiled section (which is mainly just free-flowing air in terms of volume) provide ventilation that the Nectar simply doesn’t have.

The Nectar is still a super cool sleeping surface, but the DreamCloud is cooler.

Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?

This one is easy, the DreamCloud – the zoned support section in it has been specifically designed for side sleepers.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with the Nectar for side sleepers, it’s just the DreamCloud is better.

Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or A Nectar Bed?

Honestly, this all comes down to your budget.

The DreamCloud is easily the better product, it’s more luxurious, it’s cooler, it’s better for side sleepers, it provides more support, and in our opinion, the eurotop makes it more comfortable too.

But it’s also more expensive.

The Nectar is an excellent product, and if that’s the kind of price range you’re looking at – we highly recommend it. But if you can splash a little more cash and go for the DreamCloud, we think you’ll agree that it was money well spent.

Conclusion

So there you have it, that’s what we think about the Nectar and the DreamCloud.

Two excellent products from two reputable brands at two different price points. Both are more than worthy of your consideration and you’ll get years of great sleep on either of them.

Sweet dreams.

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