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- Sleepers who prefer a mid-level firmness. The Nectar Lush has a medium feel, and is best suited for side sleepers and those who weigh up to 230 pounds.
- Those who enjoy the feel of memory foam. The mattress conforms somewhat closely to the sleeper’s body, and the memory foam is not very responsive. This creates a feeling of sleeping “in” – as opposed to “on” – the mattress.
- Couples. The Nectar isolates motion very well and does not produce any noise when bearing weight. These attributes should help reduce sleep disruptions for those who share their bed with a partner.
Not Recommended for...
- People who like very responsive mattresses. As a memory foam mattress, the Nectar Lush responds slowly to the body and does not have much bounce. Those who prefer more responsive mattresses should opt for an innerspring, hybrid, or latex model instead.
- Shoppers on a budget. Compared to other memory foam mattresses, the Nectar Lush is somewhat pricey.
Zack and Elizabeth open up the Nectar Lush mattress and share their initial impressions of the mattress and construction.
Our testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Nectar Lush. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
As you can see, the Nectar Lush performed particularly well in the motion isolation and pressure relief categories. For a detailed look at each rating, check out our full breakdown below.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Nectar Lush across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
How Is the Nectar Lush Constructed?
The Nectar Lush’s cover is crafted from a blend of polyester, nylon, and spandex. The material has a very soft and stretchy feel. It is also designed to wick away body heat and sleep cool.
The cover can be unzipped and removed from the mattress for cleaning. Nectar recommends spot-cleaning with mild detergent and/or hand soap if staining occurs.
The mattress has a 3-inch comfort layer of gel-coated memory foam. The material has a low density of 3.5 PCF (pounds per cubic foot), meaning the material is fairly breathable but also lacking in durability.
The memory foam has a medium feel. Most sleepers experience deep body-conforming and the bed is best suited to people who weigh 230 pounds or less.
A 2-inch transitional layer of 2.5 PCF polyfoam is located beneath the comfort layer. This component acts as a buffer for sleepers by preventing them from sinking too deeply into the mattress and coming into contact with the support core, which has a very dense and firm feel.
The Nectar Lush has a 7-inch support core of high-density polyfoam. This layer stabilizes the entire mattress to keep sleepers on an even plane and minimize deep sagging. The base foam is also intended to reinforce the edges, but as we learned during our testing, perimeter support for the mattress is fair at best (for more information, check out our edge support analysis in the ratings breakdown).
The Nectar Lush measures 12 inches thick, making it a high-profile mattress. The above-average height ensures enough room for a deep comfort layer without sacrificing support from the transitional and base foam components. As a result, the mattress conforms to a noticeable extent but sleepers won’t sink too deeply.
|Product Name||Firmness Level||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Nectar Lush||Medium (5.5)||12″||7″ HD Polyfoam||3″ 3.5 PCF Gel Memory Foam
2″ 2.5 PCF Polyfoam
|Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex Blend|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The Nectar Lush has a medium feel that corresponds to a 5.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale. The memory foam comfort layer conforms rather closely to sleepers and the material is not very responsive. This creates a feeling of sleeping “in” – as opposed to sleeping “on” – the mattress.
The Nectar Lush also feels more temperature-neutral than many competing memory foam mattresses. The low-density memory foam is fairly breathable, while the cover is designed to wick away body heat from sleepers to keep them cool.
Next, let’s take an in-depth look at our performance ratings for the Nectar Lush. Each rating is based on findings from our internal and external testing teams, as well as other factors.
The Nectar Lush was first unveiled in 2020. We have not had enough time to evaluate this model against the average mattress lifespan of six to eight years. Therefore, our durability rating for the Nectar Lush is based on its quality of materials and construction, along with Nectar’s overall reputation.
We estimate the Nectar Lush will perform for about six and a half to seven years before a replacement mattress is needed. This expected lifespan is on par with that of the average memory foam model. The Nectar Lush has a robust support system that keeps the mattress fairly stable. However, the low-density comfort layer is not particularly durable, and owners may notice body impressions developing over time – especially as the bed nears the end of its lifespan.
Owners can protect their Nectar Lush from wear and tear by rotating the mattress head-to-foot every three to six months.
To evaluate the Nectar Lush for motion isolation, we asked two sleep testers to lie side-by-side on the mattress. One tester moved around while the other felt for motion transferring across the surface. The Nectar Lush earned excellent ratings during these tests. The comfort layer isolated motion very well and neither tester felt any transfer.
Memory foam mattresses like the Nectar Lush typically excel at motion isolation because their comfort layers absorb movement and respond slowly to the body, eliminating transfer in the process. Mattresses made with latex, coils, and other, more responsive materials do not reduce as much transfer.
Our testers noticed some off-gassing odor when unboxing the Nectar Lush. However, these smells had mostly dissipated when they re-evaluated the mattress a few days later. The bed’s low-density comfort layer does not trap unwanted smells like the higher-density memory foam found in some competing models. We don’t expect owners to face any major, odor-related issues with this mattress.
To evaluate the Nectar Lush for pressure relief, we asked our testers to lie down on a sensory pad that monitors pressure build-up in the shoulders, hips, and other sensitive areas of the body. The testers also shifted positions to see if pressure increased or decreased when lying on their sides, back, or stomach.
The mattress conforms rather closely to sleepers due to the medium feel. This makes it particularly well-suited to side sleepers, who often need extra cushioning to align their spines and reduce pressure points. The Nectar Lush is also a good choice for sleepers in the average and lightweight groups, whereas the mattress may feel a bit too soft for those who weigh more than 230 pounds.
The Nectar Lush features a low-density comfort layer and a cover designed to wick away body heat from the sleeper’s body. Thanks to these components, the mattress offers better-than-average temperature neutrality and sleeps fairly cool. However, some sleepers may still feel warm due to the bed’s all-foam construction.
Our testers evaluated the Nectar Lush for edge support by sitting along the perimeter as an owner might do when getting in and out of bed. The testers all noticed significant sinkage when seated on the edges, indicating a lack of support. The high-density foam is fairly firm and durable, but it cannot withstand compression as well as coils, or even latex.
The testers also took turns lying near the edges of the mattress to check for feelings of “roll-off.” None of the testers felt very stable lying along the perimeter – especially when changing sleep positions.
The Nectar Lush was virtually silent during all of our evaluations, even for tests that required testers to move around on the surface and/or change positions. This is a common characteristic for all-foam beds. Other mattresses produce noise due to certain internal components not found in all-foam models, such as the coils used in hybrids and innersprings, or the motorized air chambers in airbeds.
The Nectar Lush’s noise-free design, coupled with its excellent motion isolation, makes the mattress ideal for co-sleepers – particularly if they awaken easily due to their partner’s movements.
The Nectar Lush conforms to sleepers rather closely. For couples, this means decent traction during sex. However, the memory foam will likely sag a bit and hinder movement – especially when changing positions – and the bed’s weak edge support prevents couples from using the entire surface of the mattress.
Although preferences vary by couple, most consider hybrids and innersprings the best mattresses for sex. These models have responsive, bouncy surfaces that provide freedom of movement for couples, and many also conform to sleepers to ensure good traction.
The ideal firmness and thickness for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Overall, our lightweight sleep testers felt very comfortable on the Nectar Lush. Side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds noted ample cushioning for their shoulders and hips, which helps align the spine and alleviate pressure points. Back sleepers also liked the mattress thanks to its mid-level firmness, which ensures a combination of close body-conforming and even support.
Stomach sleepers in this weight group also gave positive ratings to the mattress, but they noticed more sagging that affects how supportive the mattress feels. Many people carry a large amount of weight in their midsection, and sleeping face-down can cause the body to sink excessively. Therefore, discomfort among lightweight stomach sleepers can partially be attributed to their sleep position.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Average weight sleepers also generally like the Nectar Lush. As with their lightweight counterparts, side sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds noticed good cushioning for the shoulders and hips, and the mattress did not sag too much. Back sleepers also experienced even support, which is largely due to the bed’s robust support system.
Stomach sleepers felt some sagging around the midsection, so their ratings were not as favorable. However, the Nectar Lush’s medium-feel memory foam conformed to the rest of their bodies reasonably well.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Generally, our heavyweight testers found the Nectar Lush a bit too soft. That said, some positions felt more comfortable than others. Side sleepers, for instance, felt some loss of support around the hips but otherwise the mattress provided decent body-conforming. Back sleepers noticed some sagging, as well, but they did not sink too much.
Stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds gave the mattress lower ratings than other testers in their weight group. The mattress sagged excessively around the midsection. Over time, this can lead to neck and shoulder pain for stomach sleepers. Beds with firmer surface and/or stronger support systems tend to be the best options for heavier individuals who use this position.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $999
- Twin XL $1,049
- Full $1,249
- Queen $1,399
- King $1,699
- Cal King $1,699
How Does the Nectar Lush Compare to Other Beds?
We encourage all mattress shoppers to compare different brands and models in order to determine the most suitable option for them. In this next section, we’ll see how the Nectar Lush stacks up against the flagship Nectar Mattress and some similarly constructed models from competing brands.
Nectar Lush vs. Nectar Mattress
The flagship Nectar Mattress is constructed with three layers of memory foam over a high-density base. The mattress measures 10 inches thick and has a medium-firm feel, giving it a lower profile and a firmer feel than the Nectar Lush, but sleepers still experience body-conforming and a feeling akin to sleeping “in” – as opposed to “on” – the mattress.
For other performance categories, both Nectar models have earned comparable ratings. The mattresses alleviate pressure very well for sleepers in the average weight group. The Nectar Mattress also reduces pressure fairly well for heavier individuals, while the Nectar Lush is better suited to those in the lightweight group. These models also sleep fairly cool thanks to their low-density comfort layers, and isolate motion very well.
The Nectar Mattress costs a bit less than the Nectar Lush, and both models qualify for the same 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty. People who feel most comfortable on firmer beds should consider the Nectar Mattress, while the Nectar Lush is a better choice for sleepers who prefer softer mattresses.
Nectar Lush vs. Bear Pro
The Bear Pro shares many similarities with the Nectar Lush. Both models are built with pressure-relieving comfort foams and offer mid-level firmnesses. The Bear Pro also has a specialty cover made with Celliant fabric, a material designed to convert the sleeper’s body heat into infrared energy and transmit it back into their body for better tissue oxygenation and increased blood flow.
Like the Nectar Lush, the Bear Pro measures 12 inches thick and has a 7-inch high-density foam support core. Most sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less experience adequate body-conforming without sinking too much, but heavier individuals may find the mattress a bit too soft. Both of these models also excel at motion isolation and sleep fairly cool compared to other all-foam models.
The Bear Pro has a below-average price-point, making it a good value pick, while the Nectar Lush is a bit expensive for a memory foam mattress. The Bear Pro is more geared towards athletes and other physically active people due to its Celliant cover, but people who prefer a little more body-conforming from their mattress should opt for the Nectar Lush instead.
Nectar Lush vs. The Casper
The Casper Mattress is a mixed-foam model with polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers, along with a high-density foam support core. The mattress offers a medium feel. However, the polyfoam makes the surface bouncier and more responsive compared to the Nectar Lush.
The Nectar Lush and Casper Mattress have earned similar ratings across most performance categories. Shared strengths of both beds include excellent motion isolation, great pressure relief for people who weigh 230 pounds or less, and no noise when bearing weight. These models also sleep somewhat cool compared to other all-foam mattresses, but edge support for either bed is fair at best.
The Casper costs less than the Nectar Lush but the latter is backed with a longer sleep trial and warranty. Prices aside, the Casper Mattress provides a more responsive feel that is optimal for sleepers who do not enjoy the deep body cradle of memory foam. The Nectar Lush, on the other hand, is best suited to those who like sleeping “in” – and not “on” – their mattress.
Nectar Lush vs. Loom & Leaf
The Loom & Leaf by Saatva is a luxury mattress built with two memory foam layers over a high-density foam support core. Like the Nectar Lush, the Loom & Leaf responds slowly to the body and conforms closely, resulting in a feeling of sleeping “in” the mattress.
Customers can choose from two firmness options for their Loom & Leaf, medium (5.5) or firm. The former has a very similar feel to the Nectar Lush’s surface, while the latter is noticeably firmer and better suited to heavier individuals. Both mattresses excel at motion isolation, but the Nectar Lush absorbs less body heat from sleepers and feels a bit cooler as a result.
The Loom & Leaf and Nectar Lush have very comparable price-points. The latter comes with a 1-year sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, while the former qualifies for free White Glove delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. For those whose who prefer firm mattresses, the Loom & Leaf will likely be the most suitable option, but these models are very similar in most other performance areas.
Nectar Lush vs. GravityLux
The GravityLux by WinkBeds is another 12-inch model constructed with a memory foam comfort layer over polyfoam transitional and support layers. The mattress also has 2 inches of polyfoam tufted into the cover, ensuring good padding for lighter individuals and side sleepers.
The GravityLux is available with a medium-soft (4), medium-firm (6), or firm (7) feel. This selection ensures most sleepers can find a suitable model regardless of their body type, sleep position, or comfort preferences. The mattress also has a zoned transitional layer that feels firmer beneath the sleeper’s lower back and hips, resulting in more enhanced support. However, the Nectar Lush has a thicker base layer that keeps sleepers on a more even plane and sags less. For other performance categories, such as motion isolation and noise, these models have earned comparable ratings.
The GravityLux is fairly pricey for a memory foam mattress. Some shoppers will undoubtedly choose the Nectar Lush due to the lower cost, but the GravityLux is a better option for anyone whose preferences fall outside the Nectar Lush’s medium feel.
Nectar Lush vs. T&N Mint Mattress
The T&N Mint Mattress from Tuft & Needle is an all-polyfoam model that measures 12 inches thick and has a medium-firm feel. Polyfoam is more responsive than memory foam, and the mattress provides a combined feeling of both sleeping “in” and sleeping “on” the surface. The Nectar Lush, on the other hand, offers more of a sleeping “in” feel for owners.
The T&N Mint Mattress also has a fairly breathable comfort layer made of lower-density foam, but the bed can trap heat for some. Our testing also finds the mattress is most comfortable for people who weigh 230 pounds or less. In terms of motion isolation, the T&N Mint Mattress reduces most transfer but the Nectar Lush outperforms in this category due to its less responsive surface.
The T&N Mint Mattress is very low-priced, making it more of a value pick compared to the Nectar Lush. However, the mattress does not provide the same levels of body-conforming and pressure relief due to its all-polyfoam design. Those who like close conforming and/or experience constant pressure issues may want to consider the Nectar Lush instead.
Nectar Lush FAQ
Sleep Trial 365 nights
Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.
Made In China
Where Can I Buy the Nectar Lush?
The Nectar Lush is available for purchase on the Nectar website, but this model is not currently sold on Amazon.com. Nectar mattresses are also available at a wide range of brick-and-mortar retail locations. However, due to its relative newness, the Nectar Lush may not be available at some retail stores at this time.
Where Do They Ship?
Nectar ships mattresses to all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
White Glove Delivery?
White Glove delivery is available for a flat fee of $149. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal upon request.
Old Mattress Removal
Old mattress removal is included in the base fee for White Glove delivery, but this service is not available with standard deliveries.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for Nectar Lush mattresses is as follows:
- Nectar deliveries are coordinated through FedEx Ground. Most customers will receive their Lush mattress within one to five business days. In the event of a shipping delay, Nectar will contact the customer and provide a delivery date estimate; the company will also modify the delivery upon request.
- Those who request White Glove delivery should plan to receive their mattress within three to seven business days.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period and Guarantee: Nectar offers a 365-night sleep trial for all mattresses.
- There is a mandatory 30-day break-in period. Customers may not return the mattress until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
- Nectar will cover all shipping and handling costs related to the mattress return.
- Nectar will coordinate pickup services for all mattress returns at no cost to the owner. Customers do not need to keep the original mattress packaging.
- Mattress exchanges are available as part of Nectar’s return policy. Those who wish to exchange their current mattress for a different model must purchase the replacement before receiving a refund for the original model.
Warranty: Nectar offers a lifetime warranty (also known as the ‘Forever Warranty’) for the Lush mattress:
- Warranty coverage will begin on the date of original purchase, and is divided into two periods. For the first 10 years, Nectar will replace defective mattresses at no cost to the owner, including shipping and transportation fees. Nectar still replaces defective mattresses after 10 years, but owners must pay a flat charge of $50 each way for shipping and transportation.
- The warranty will cover surface indentations of 1.5 inches or more. Other covered defects include physical flaws that cause foams to deteriorate and manufacturing flaws associated with the cover.
- The warranty will not cover indentations less than 1.5 inches. This is considered normal wear and tear. The warranty also does not cover issues related to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences or burns, cuts, stains, and other types of physical damage.
- Replacing a mattress will not result in a new warranty. All replacements fall under the same lifetime warranty as the original model.
- The warranty is non-transferable, and only applies to original owners who purchase their mattress directly from Nectar or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or an unauthorized Nectar retailer will not receive warranty coverage.
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