Time is running out on the Nectar mattress better-than-Black Friday sale

Nectar mattress with a 'Don't miss' graphic
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The Nectar 40% off flash sale is still live, but it won't be sticking around for much longer. If you've had your eye on one of these mattresses, now's the time to buy – the current prices promise to be the lowest we'll see for the rest of the year. 

I've been reporting on the Black Friday mattress sales for a couple of years now, and this is the one early offer that you shouldn't pass on. Nectar will almost certainly be reverting to its usual (more expensive) deal for Black Friday. This flash sale has been running for over a week, and I'm expecting it to expire soon. 

At TechRadar, we're big fans of Nectar's mattresses – the all-foam Nectar original tops our best memory foam mattress ranking and holds a spot high up in our overall best mattress guide too. In our Nectar mattress review, we found it hit the sweet spot between quality and affordability, and our testers were especially impressed with the motion isolation and pressure relief. 

Reading this in the UK? There's up to 60% off at Nectar UK right now, or if you're on a tighter budget, head to Emma for 20% off the Original model. 

Here's a closer look at the deal, and who I'd recommend this mattress to:

Nectar Memory Foam mattress $659 at Nectar

Nectar Memory Foam mattress

Price (queen size):
 $659 at Nectar

Overview: The Nectar Original is a 12-inch tall, all-foam mattress with a medium-firm feel that will suit a wide range of sleepers. There's a little of that distinctive memory foam hug and plenty of pressure relief, but not so much you'll feel like you're being enveloped. 

Price history: There's never not a Nectar mattress deal on, but this one is unusually good. The regular sale – the one that has been running pretty much all year – knocks 33% off, which means a queen size Nectar Memory Foam mattress costs $699. In the current sale, the same model is $659. These 40% off flash sales don't crop up often. Nectar has run two this year: one in August and one in March. The first of those two delivered the year's lowest prices (a queen was $629), due to a lower MSRP. However, we're very unlikely to see prices drop that low again. I'm almost certain the current deal has the cheapest prices we'll see this holiday season. 

Extras: All Nectar mattresses come with a full year's sleep trial, which matches the longest you'll find anywhere, and is especially generous for a mattress in this price bracket. It's also backed by a forever warranty, which again matches the industry best. 

Buy it if...

You want a good-quality all-rounder: The Nectar's medium-firm feel will suit most sleep styles and body types, and the memory foam provides a nice amount of pressure-reliving cradling, without that divisive quicksand feel. The design is simple but effective.

You typically lie on your side: The Nectar's foam layers mold gently around the sleeper's joints in a way that's especially comfortable in a side-lying position. We rate this amongst the best mattresses for side sleepers – there's enough give in the surface that you won't end up with pressure building up in the shoulders and hips in this position.

You want great value for money: There are cheaper mattresses on the market, but the Nectar is one of the best value for money. It's durable and with good build quality, and the 365-night trial and lifetime warranty, as well as free shipping and returns, amp up your value for money. 

Don't buy it if...

You sleep hot: All-foam mattresses can sleep a bit warm. While our testers were pretty impressed with the Nectar's temperature regulation properties, those who run hot at night might be better off with the Cocoon Chill. This is a similar model with a phase-change cooling cover – see exactly how it compares in our Nectar vs Cocoon Chill face-off. Alternatively, invest in something more specialist from our best cooling mattress picks.

You tend to sleep on your back or stomach: Habitual back or stomach sleepers tend to need a slightly firmer mattress to ensure their spine is properly supported. If the mattress is too soft, the sleeper's hips will sink too far in, which can lead to back pain developing over time. Most average or lightweight back/stomach sleepers should be okay on the Nectar, but those 230lb above should seek something firmer. The Awara Natural Hybrid might work well – this is a firmer latex foam mattress, and it's also cheaper than usual at the moment.  

You need something even cheaper: The Nectar is great value – and cheaper than usual at the moment – but if you're on a really tight budget, consider the Siena mattress. It comes from the same parent company as Nectar, and we rate it one of the very best budget mattresses around. 

Ruth Hamilton
Sleep Editor, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Sleep expert and and Certified Sleep Science Coach Ruth is your go-to person for all things snooze-related on TechRadar, from advice on what mattress will suit you best, to tips on how to improve your sleep habits. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle and will talk at length about them to anyone who shows even a passing interest, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy for fear of getting smothered by them in the night. As well as following all the industry trends and advancements in the mattress and bedding world, she regularly speaks to other sleep experts to delve into the science behind a great night's sleep, and offer you advice to help you get there. Prior to joining the Tom's Guide team, she was T3's Wellness Editor.