This Mattress Could be for You If:
- You’re in the $1,500 budget range.
- You sleep primarily on your side and/or back.
- You want the feel of memory foam without the excessive sinkage and heat buildup.
- You weigh less than 250 pounds.
Today, we’re checking out a new twist on an old favorite. Two years ago, we had the chance to check out the Nectar mattress, and it went a long way in providing a motion-free sleep surface for sleep partners with great contour and support.
Although the original cooled off just a little slower than average in our heat transfer test, the new Nectar Lush mattress adds dual-action cooling technology that combines a cool-to-the-touch, heat-wicking cover with a layer of phase change, gel-infused memory foam.
If you’re a side sleeper, I think you’ll appreciate the fact that the Lush incorporates two layers of memory foam. Although the feel is a little firmer than medium, the memory foam does a great job at reducing pressure points.
About the Company
The Nectar brand is based in the United States, and their original product was launched back in 2017. It wasn’t until 2019 that the Lush mattress we’re examining in this review was first unveiled. Since they emerged in the bed-in-a-box industry, Nectar has sold over 750,000 mattresses.
Part of their success can be attributed to the fact that Nectar sources their materials from some of the best manufacturers in the world, and they stick to stringent quality and production guidelines. All materials used are continually tested throughout production to ensure every product that leaves the factory is of the highest quality.
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How’s the Nectar Lush Feel?
Let’s kick things off by talking about how this three-layer lineup feels. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, you’re probably going to find this product to be too soft. Oftentimes, a nice, sturdy innerspring unit will provide the support you need,
For those weighing less than this, you’re going to appreciate the way the Nectar Lush’s memory foam layers cushion the sides, hips and shoulders. They do an awesome job at keeping the spine aligned and providing even support when side sleeping. I like that the denser foam in layer two provides a little bit of bounce sort of similar to what you’d experience with latex. This makes it easier to move around and balances out that sinky memory foam feel very well.
Not Ideal for Stomach Sleeping
While I’d say the Nectar Lush is effective in providing adequate support for side and back sleeping, I noticed a bit of discomfort lying on my stomach where I experienced sinkage in the midsection. I attribute this to the double memory foam in the comfort zone and the fact that most of us carry a large degree of weight in the hips.
If you’re primarily a stomach sleeper, I think you’ll do better with the original Nectar mattress. In fact, we specifically recommended the original for stomach sleepers, so I think the addition of the Lush mattress was a great move on the part of Nectar in balancing their product lineup.
Nectar Lush Firmness & Contour
To give you a better idea of what to expect in terms of firmness, we used our proprietary firmness and contour testing tool to check it out.
- You can see here on the graph generated that the Nectar Lush lands up higher on the vertical line than many of the other products we’ve tested, and this indicates it ranks more on the medium-firm spectrum. This is rare in products featuring an all-memory foam comfort zone and good news for anyone who has avoided memory foam in the past due to excessive sinkage.
- You can see how quickly the firmer second layer kicks in to add support as indicated by the abbreviated blue line on this graph, and this goes a long way in preventing excessive sinkage that memory foam is notorious for.
- I’d also like to draw your attention to the fact that there is a very steady progression in support. The blue line is about half the size of the red, and the yellow line kicks in to add even more support as is indicated by its length.
Overall, what this graph tells us is that the Nectar Lush mattress is a great fit for side sleepers who carry a lot of their weight in a particular area of the body. For the ladies, this is often referred to as a pear or apple body shape. In men, triangle, rhomboid and inverted triangle body types will be best accommodated.
Nectar Lush Layer Lineup
Now that you have a better idea of how the Nectar mattress feels, let’s take a look inside to get a better understanding of how they’ve arrived at this contouring yet supportive result.
When you unbox your Nectar Lush, the first thing you’re going to notice is how cool the cover feels. This is because it’s designed to wick heat away from the body and sleep cool. The circular knit is:
- 64% polyester
- 20% nylon
- 13% polyethylene
- 3% spandex
The result of this recipe is a super soft and stretchy cover that quickly snaps back into place when tugged. You can see there is a zipper that runs along the side of the mattress, and this means you can remove it. However, Nectar recommends you spot-clean only with a mild detergent or hand soap if staining occurs.
Double Memory Foam Comfort Layer
As we move beneath the cover, we arrive at the first layer of gel-infused memory foam. This three-inch layer features a medium firmness and allows for deep body-conforming. It works especially well for side sleepers since it’s combined with the two-inch layer of viscoelastic foam in layer two.
Together, these layers make up the comfort zone, and they work to provide adequate contour while incorporating slight firmness to keep you from feeling like you’re sinking into the materials. Layer two is firmer than layer one, and this works well as the mattress begins to transition into the support core.
The final support layer is composed of a seven-inch chunk of high-density polyfoam that works to stabilize the mattress and prevent deep sagging. The total mattress thickness is 12 inches, giving the combined unit a lofty feel.
Nectar Lush Heat Transfer Capability
I was really impressed with the way the cover felt on my Nectar Lush when I opened it up. It was noticeably cool-to-the-touch, and this is due to its design.
If you’ve had issues with hot sleeping with memory foam mattresses in the past, don’t let that stop you from exploring new technologies on the market. Things have changed a lot in the past few years. Trust me. I had a traditional memory foam mattress back in the early 2000’s, and I know what you’re talking about!
Nectar Lush incorporates dual-action cooling with its cooling cover and gel-coated memory foam in layer one where it really counts. We took a look at its thermal regulating capabilities by applying our heat transfer test.
Observing the cooldown process, we found the Nectar Lush to cool off around average, and this was about 20% faster than what we experienced with the original Nectar mattress, so I think the modifications they made with this new model were a success in terms of heat transfer.
Nectar Lush Performance Testing
In mattresses made entirely of foam, it can sometimes be difficult to get the degree of edge support some people need to keep from falling out of bed. For sleep partners
especially, this can become problematic considering you’re more likely to sleep near one of the edges. Furthermore, if you have trouble getting in and out of bed, poor edge support can pose issues.
If you’ve had struggles in the past with compromised edge support in a foam product, you’re probably going to have a similar experience with the Nectar Lush mattress as it performs about average for this material type. For you, an innerspring mattress may be the way to go.
For those weighing less than 250 pounds, I think you’ll find the level of edge support provided to be adequate. I only see it being a serious issue if you weigh more than this or have limited mobility.
Where we saw a slight compromise in edge support with the Nectar Lush’s foam construction, this same feature translates to superiority in motion transfer reduction. This is a very common theme when it comes to memory foam mattresses.
The all-foam construction and double memory foam comfort layer is a recipe for success when it comes to keeping sleep partners from feeling each other’s movements, and this can make a huge difference in sleep quality.
Mattresses that throw in materials like innersprings and latex tend to produce excessive bounce that transfers across the sleep surface. If you watch the video review above, you can clearly see when I drop a 20-pound medicine ball next to another of equal weight that this isn’t the case with the Necar Lush.
All things considered, I think sleep partners who weigh less than 250 pounds each will enjoy the motion isolation this layer lineup features without being bothered with the somewhat low edge support.
When you buy a new mattress, it can be easy to focus more on a low price than quality. However, when you fail to consider durability expectations, you risk paying too much for a subpar product, so let’s take a look at what you can expect with the Nectar Lush. I have to say, in terms of material quality, we’re looking pretty good, and I say that with an understanding of the density of each layer. Let’s examine.
In memory foam, you want to shoot for a product with a density of 3-4 pounds per cubic foot, especially in the top layer where most wear and tear takes place. Five is great, but you usually have to pay a lot more for that.
- Layer 1- 3.5 pcf
- This is a great number in a product of this price.
- Layer 2- 2.5 pcf
- Although there is a drop in density in layer two, not as much direct pressure is applied here, and it’s compensated by the higher density and extra inch of thickness in layer one.
Considering the thickness of each layer, the weighted average density in the memory foams is 3.1 pcf, and this is right on par with comparable products in this price range.
In the final core polyfoam layer, we want to see a density of at least 1.8 pcf, and that’s exactly what we find here. Overall, I think Nectar Lush is priced appropriately.
Maintenance, Protection, Care, and Warranty
Now, since it was only unveiled earlier this year, we have no way to tell for certain how long it lasts, but, when compared with other similar products, you should expect it to hold up at least 7-8 years under normal wear and tear. That’s where things get tricky. What is considered normal wear and tear?
When it comes to Nectar Lush, there are definitely some things you can do to make it last as long as possible:
- Don’t machine wash the cover. It’s spot-clean only.
- Do yourself a favor and use a mattress protector. This is especially important since there are currently no replacement covers available as of the time of this review, March 2020. However, this is something Nectar is working to offer in the future.
- I’ve recommended this mattress for people weighing less than 250 pounds through the course of this review from a comfort perspective, but Nectar reports their products can sustain up to 650 pounds of combined weight. Any more that, however, will start to pose durability issues.
- While you can’t flip the mattress since this would put the layers in the wrong order, it’s advised to rotate it with the seasons to ensure even wear and tear across the sleep surface. It’s the same concept as rotating the tires on your car. This is especially important for sleep partners who have a significant difference in weight or body type.
I spoke with customer service, and they said you can expect it to last longer than ten years when properly cared for, and they back their product with a Forever Warranty to protect you against manufacturing-related degradation for as long as you own the mattress.
If the Nectar Lush sounds like it’s going to be the right mattress for you, let’s take a look at the price breakdown:
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- Nectar Bundle
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- Includes a mattress, foundation and sheets
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- Nectar Luxury Bundle (most popular)
- Save $238
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- Nectar Luxury Adjustable Bundle
- Save $474
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- Save $474
Who We Recommend the Nectar Lush Mattress For
I love the unique feel produced through the combination of the medium firmness and memory foam of the Nectar Lush mattress, and it goes a long way in overcoming the excessive sinkage issue common in this material type. I also think couples will appreciate how well the layer lineup does at managing motion transfer.
Although the second memory foam layer does add a little bit of bounce, if you’re looking for a product that excels in this department, the Nectar Lush probably isn’t going to be what you’re looking for. In your case, I think you’d do better with something containing innersprings and/or latex in the lineup. However, I think it can prove to be an excellent choice for anyone who:
- Is primarily a side and/or back sleeper
- Weighs less than 250 pounds
- Sleeps hot
- Wants to enjoy memory foam without the excessive plushness
- Is on a budget in the $1,500 range
You might want to check: Nectar Lush Mattress Coupon Page
Nectar Lush: Our Final Verdict
To sum everything up, the quality of the Nectar Lush mattress is on-par with the price range, so the value is there. Sleep partners will appreciate how stable the sleep surface is, and it can be especially beneficial for side sleepers who struggle with excessive pressure points that all too often lead to tossing and turning.
If you can’t afford the whole thing today, financing is available through Affirm for qualified buyers with interest rates low as 0%. You get a full 365 nights to try it out, so you can examine everything we’ve talked about here for yourself before you’re fully committed to your purchase.
Customer service is available daily from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. PST via chat, phone, and email. It’s worth noting, in my case, the hold time on Nectar’s online chat option was longer than what I’ve experienced with other companies. I started off as number eight in the queue, then it moved up to number nine after waiting for about five minutes. It ended up taking around a half hour to talk to a representative.
If that happens to you, make sure you’re able to stay near the computer so you don’t miss out when they do get on the chat. Or, you could try at another time. The second time I chatted, I got to someone almost immediately, so it may have just been an unusually busy time. Both reps were very professional and answered all of my questions thoroughly, so I’d say you’re in good hands with Nectar’s customer service.
Overall, Nectar is a reputable company offering quality products with the proper bang for your buck. With a full year on the sleep trial, you really don’t have anything to lose!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it work on adjustable beds?
Yes, it works with: - Traditional Frames - Adjustable Frame - Platform/Foundation - Box Spring - Divan Bases
Does it need to be rotated?
Recommended to rotate once every 3-4 months
Where can these mattresses be shipped?
Free shipping within contiguous US Shipping available to Alaska and Hawaii for a $150 fee
Is it a plush, medium, or firm?
How long does it take for the mattress to fully decompress after unboxing?
Is there a weight limit on the Nectar Lush mattress?
Can you sleep on Nectar Lush without a cover?
You could, but it’s not recommended.
Can you flip the Nectar Lush mattress?
No, this would put the layers in the wrong order.