The flagship Nectar memory foam mattress is one of the best selling budget beds online. The company recently introduced the Nectar Lush mattress, which has left some consumers wondering which bed they should choose. Nectar’s Lush mattress is a full inch thicker, providing more comfort and luxury. It’s upgraded with cooling properties in its three-inch memory foam top layer. The gel infusion will make your sleep experience will be fresher and more comfortable. The Nectar is a best-seller for good reason — it’s firm, comfortable and comes with a forever warranty. In this review, we cover the primary differences between Nectar Lush vs. Nectar so you can decide.

Nectar vs Nectar Lush Mattress Comparison Overview

If you’re already somewhat familiar with Nectar, you know the company makes great mattresses. But you might wonder which Nectar mattress to choose in Nectar vs Nectar Lush. Both mattresses have a lot of fans, so we’ve summarized all the important things to know so you can make the right choice for you.

  • Company policies — Both Nectar beds come with free shipping, free returns, a 365-night trial period and a 10-year warranty. These policies are beyond what most bed-in-a-box companies offer.
  • Memory foam feel —Both the flagship Nectar and Lush beds have what we call a dense memory foam feel. As you lay down, you’ll feel the top memory foam layers on both beds conform to your body’s shape. If you’re not a fan of memory foam, we’d recommend taking a look at our reviews of the Casper, Leesa or GhostBed mattresses.
  • Ideal body types — Given these beds are entirely foam, they’re best suited for small- and medium-sized individuals. If you’re a larger person (more than 230 pounds), we’d recommend taking a look at the DreamCloud mattress, which is a hybrid bed from Nectar’s parent company.

If you’re curious about a particular aspect of Nectar mattress vs Nectar Lush, you can use the links below to take you to the review sections:

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Nectar Mattress Review

Nectar Construction And Design

The standard Nectar mattress has four foam layers that total 11″ thick:

  • Support layer — This is dense support foam to make the mattress strong.
  • Transition layer Adaptive Hi-Core memory foam makes it so you don’t feel the dense foam beneath.
  • Comfort layer — The gel memory foam is the part of the bed that will most influence how this bed feels to you.
  • Cover — The bed has a non-removable quilted memory foam cover.
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A peek inside the flagship Nectar mattress

Nectar Feel And Firmness

Although both mattresses have a memory foam feel, they’re slightly different. The main difference boils down to firmness. In short, we think the standard Nectar mattress is a couple of notches firmer than the Nectar Lush.

Nectar Mattress Firmness Graphic

If you tend to prefer firm beds over soft ones, you’ll most likely be happier with the standard Nectar mattress.

Is Nectar A Good Mattress For Couples?

As long as both couples like the memory foam feel and firmness of the bed, the rest of the answer depends on the bed’s edge support, motion isolation and temperature regulation.

Edge Support

Nectar has good edge support. Hybrid mattresses usually have better support along the edges, but you still shouldn’t feel like you’re going to fall off.

Motion Isolation

This bed passed all of our tests, meaning that one person moving around in the bed shouldn’t disturb the other person.

Temperature Regulation

We think that Nectar is temperature neutral. While memory foam tends to be warmer, the gel memory foam in this mattress means the bed shouldn’t heat you up or cool you down.

Nectar Lush Mattress Review

If our Nectar mattress review didn’t convince you that was the one for you, this part of our Nectar Lush vs Nectar review should help.

Nectar Lush Construction And Design

Like the Nectar mattress, the Lush is made entirely of foam. The bed technically uses one less layer than the standard Nectar mattress, but it is one inch thicker. Here’s a quick rundown of the layers starting from the bottom:

  • Support layer — This layer uses high-density base foam to support the mattress.
  • Transition layer — Energex foam makes up this layer. This material is a common alternative to memory foam because it is more responsive.
  • Comfort layer — This layer is memory foam, but it uses a special material named AquaCool over the center third of the top layer. This material helps regulate the temperature under your trunk, which is normally the area of the mattress that holds the most heat.
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The different layers within the Nectar Lush mattress

Additionally, the Lush mattress has a cooling cover to further help regulate your sleeping temperature.

Nectar Lush Is Softer

As we mentioned earlier in this review of Nectar Lush vs. Nectar, the Nectar Lush is a bit softer than the standard Nectar mattress. We think the bed rates out somewhere near the middle of the firmness scale. It’s going to depend on your body, but we’d say it lands on the softer side of medium.

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If you favor soft beds over firm ones, the Nectar Lush is the right choice.

Is Nectar Lush A Good Mattress For Couples?

Again, how this mattress will work for partners will depend on edge support, temperature regulation and motion isolation.

Edge Support

We don’t think couples will have a problem with the edge of this mattress.

Motion Isolation

In our tests, we didn’t notice any significant issues with motion moving from one part of the bed to the other, which means both people should get better sleep.

Temperature Regulation

Although Nectar Lush has cooling elements, they don’t make enough of a difference for us not to consider this mattress temperature neutral.

Nectar Lush vs Nectar Mattress Pricing

The flagship Nectar bed is considerably more affordable than the Nectar Lush mattress:

SizeNectar MSRPNectar Lush MSRP
Twin XL$968$1,149
King/Cal King$1,398$1,799

The MSRP for the standard Nectar mattress ranges from around $500 (twin) to $1,000 (king), while the Lush goes for anywhere between $1,100 to $1,800 for the same sizes. If you’re working with a tight budget, the standard Nectar mattress is the way to go.

Nectar regularly runs sales and promotions. The prices we listed above are not what you’ll likely pay. In most cases, you can expect to receive at least $100 off your purchase. Plus, the company usually almost always throws in two free pillows with each purchase. Check the Nectar website for current pricing and promotions.

Nectar Mattress vs Nectar Lush Sleeper Analysis

How a mattress feels to you will depend on your weight and which sleeping position you like.

Side Sleepers

In most cases, side sleepers typically like softer beds that provide more pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. With firm mattresses, side sleepers can sometimes find the surface of the bed too harsh and ultimately experience discomfort around their pressure points.

In the case of these two beds, the Nectar Lush is the more ideal choice for side sleepers because it’s more in line with the first statement above. We find the surface of the Nectar Lush to be soft and pressure relieving. If you spend the majority of the night on your side, we’d highly recommend considering spending the extra money for the Lush.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

Both beds should work for all sleeping positions. However, given its firmness profile, the standard Nectar mattress skews a little more toward back and stomach sleepers than it does side sleepers. The bed overall provides a good amount of support under your lower back and trunk. Therefore, between the two beds, we’d have to give the edge to the flagship Nectar mattress when it comes to people who spend the majority of the night on their back or stomach.

Combo Sleepers

With Nectar, you will get a little of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation memory foam is known for. Combo sleepers might find it requires a little extra effort to switch from their back to their stomach or vice versa, but either bed should work fine.

Petite Body Types

People sleepers will be comfortable on either Nectar Lush or Nectar.

Heavy Body Types

We don’t think either option is ideal for heavier people. Instead, look for a hybrid mattress for increased durability and support.

Nectar Company Policies

Because both beds come from the same brand, you can expect Nectar’s standard customer policies:

  • Shipping — Your Nectar mattress will ship for free. Nectar mattress shipping delays can happen, but you should still receive it in a week or two.
  • Trial period — Nectar Sleep gives you a 365-night trial period to test out the bed, which is far more than most mattress brands.
  • Returns — You can return your mattress for free at any time during the trial period. Just contact customer support to get started.
  • Warranty — You get a forever warranty with either Nectar or Nectar Lush.

Nectar vs Nectar Lush Mattress Comparison Verdict

Hopefully, you have a much better understanding of not only the areas in which these two beds overlap and where they differ.

The Nectar Lush mattress was introduced to provide a higher-end mattress product for customers looking for other options from the manufacturer. The original Nectar mattress has a firmer feel than the Lush mattress. The Lush is 1” thicker than the Nectar 11” mattress, with enhanced cooling from the gel layer. If you’re still unsure of which bed to get, ask yourself the questions below:

  • What is your budget for a new mattress? If you answered by saying around $1,000, the standard Nectar mattress is the answer.
  • What is your firmness preference? Do you like soft or firm beds more? If you answered firm, the flagship mattress is the way to go. If soft was your answer, the Lush is the way to go. 
  • What is your primary sleeping position? If you’re a primary side sleeper, we’d recommend the Lush. If you’re a primary back or stomach sleeper, we’d recommend the standard Nectar mattress. If you’re a combo sleeper, both beds will work, and it comes down to what you want to spend.

You can always check out more of our mattress comparisons or our mattress finder quiz if you’re still undecided.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Do Nectar and Nectar Lush mattresses need a box spring?
Neither of the two Nectar mattresses need a box spring. Both the Nectar and Lush models can sit on a slatted bed base without the need for further support.
How long does it take a Nectar or Nectar Lush mattress to expand?
Once you take your mattress out of the box, allow for your mattress to decompress and expand for 24 to 72 hours. You could sleep on it during this time, but the company recommends you wait a couple of days for it to fully expand. Keep a tape measure handy — when your Nectar mattress is 11” thick or your Nectar Lush mattress is 12”, it’s ready to sleep on. If it’s taking longer than you expected, contact customer support for help.
How do I choose between the Nectar Lush vs. Nectar mattress?
There are a couple of main points that differentiate the two mattresses. The first is price point. The Nectar Lush mattress is almost twice the price. The Nectar mattress is 11” thicker and firmer than the 12” Nectar Lush mattress, which is soft to medium in firmness.