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Nectar Lush Mattress (2020) Review

Last updated on April 19, 2020

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The Nectar Lush is a memory foam mattress with cooling properties. Does it fit your needs?

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Note: The Lush is a memory foam mattress from Nectar with some cooling features. We have also reviewed the original Nectar mattress.

To watch rather than read, check out our video review of the Nectar Lush.

Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is Nectar Lush Good Mattress?

The Lush is Nectar's second mattress model, the first being the original Nectar mattress that debuted in 2016. Like the original model, the Lush is an all-foam mattress with a top layer of memory foam. Compared to the original version, the Lush has 3" of memory foam compared to 2" and that memory foam is of a higher density (which generally translates to quality). The Lush adds a couple of features intended to prevent sleeping hot. The top of the memory foam layer includes phase-change material, tiny wax-like beads that stay cool until your body warms them. The mattress cover also includes a cooling feature, polyethylene (plastic) fibers that give the cover a coolness to the touch.

Despite the inclusion of these cooling features, we think that memory foam mattresses like the Nectar Lush are not generally the best choice for those who have a tendency to overheat or sleep hot on mattresses. Because you sink into this mattress a bit more deeply due to the soft foams, that leaves less of your body exposed to air. And since this bed is made entirely of foam, there isn't much air flow compared to a different type of bed that might have springs or pocketed coils. So while we think the cooling features of the Lush might help you feel a bit cooler as you fall asleep, an all-foam mattress just isn't a great choice if you have a known issue of overheating.

That said, in our performance testing, we found the Nectar mattress to have a Medium Soft comfort level, and the bed has a little of that slow-responding “memory feel" that many enjoy. It also has excellent motion isolation, making it a good mattress choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner’s every movement.

We found the mattress to offer very good spinal alignment and pressure relief for most back and side sleepers, so could be a good choice if you tend to change positions through the night. We would not, however, recommend the Lush for those who sleep primarily on their stomachs; the softness of the foams can allow the hips to sink in too far, creating some arching in the back which could lead to back pain. We found pressure relief to be good, and rated it as better than we did the original Nectar mattress.

Edge support, however, was okay but not the best, and we had some small conformance issues when we tried the mattress on our adjustable base. But overall, if you want a little bit of that slow-melting memory feel but not too much, and prefer a softer, more conforming mattress, read on to see if the Lush satisfies your other needs and preferences.

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a Nectar Lush Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or side sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Prefer a softer mattress
  • Need good pressure relief

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a stomach sleeper, especially if heavier
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Tend to sleep right on the edge of your mattress
  • Have a known issue of sleeping hot

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 None

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 5
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 4

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 10 Exceptional
Stays 'Cool' 5 Okay
Edge Support 6 Pretty good
Ease of Repositioning 7 Good
Green Features 3 Fair
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Very Good
Overall Value 6 Pretty Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam Over Foam

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery, setup, and removal of old bedding

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

China

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

94 pounds


Materials & Construction

What's in a Nectar Lush Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Nectar Lush mattress as a "Memory Foam over Foam" construction type. The Nectar Lush mattress is an 11″ thick all-foam mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 3" memory foam (3.5 lb. density) infused with phase change beads on top
  • 2" Energex foam transition layer (2.5 lb. density)
  • 6" polyurethane foam support foam core (1.8 lb. density)
The all-foam Nectar Lush starts with a top layer of pretty soft memory foam; we thought it was just about the softest memory foam we've seen. It doesn't have as much of that slow melting sensation as some other foams, but it's definitely soft and squishy. The top part of this foam layer is infused with phase-change material -- wax-like beads that feel cool to the touch and intended to help the mattress feel cool while you fall asleep (eventually the beads warm up and lose their cooling benefit).
The second layer is Energex foam, a polyurethane foam that's meant to have the pressure relieving qualities of a latex. The support layer is a standard poly foam that's very firm.

Cover

The layers of the Nectar Lush mattress are wrapped in a cover that can be zipped off completely -- helpful if you need to spot-clean the cover at some point. It has a smooth, almost slick feel.

The cover includes polyethylene fibers. These are tiny, thin, plastic threads intended to help the fabric feel cooler than a typical cotton or polyester fabric. We did think it was effective, and it did feel a bit cooler to use than a regular mattress cover might.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

We class the Nectar Lush mattress as a Medium Soft mattress on our scale. The top layer of memory foam especially has a very soft and pliant feel.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

Especially compared to non-memory foam mattresses, you get more of a “sink in” feeling. Compared to other memory foam mattresses, you feel “hugged” but it isn’t super deep. The softness of that top layer of foam does compress very easily though, which allows you to sink into the bed pretty well. Overall we would call it slightly deeper than average.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning

Memory Feel ( what’s this )

Memory feel, which we also call 'responsiveness' is characterized by a 'melting' sensation as you lay on the mattress. When you get out of the bed, memory foam mattresses with a lot of 'memory feel' take several seconds to return to shape. Some people enjoy the 'melting' feel, while others don't.

The memory foam that's used for the top layer on the Nectar Lush mattress is quick responding, meaning it doesn't have a ton of that memory feel. Rather, it compresses and recovers fairly quickly. So while you do notice a little of that slow sinking sensation, it's not nearly as much as some other memory foams.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Some memory feel

 

Bounce

This is another aspect of "feel" that some people like, and some don't -- it's purely a preference characteristic of a mattress. All-foam mattress are not typically known for bounce, and the Nectar Lush is no exception. There's almost no bounce in this mattress, at any level. The foam pretty much absorbs all movement (which plays into motion isolation discussed further below).
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 Very little bounce

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Nectar Lush mattress offered very good support, especially for back and side sleepers. Because the top memory foam layer is very soft, stomach sleepers and heavier individuals (225 lb.+) may find that the spinal alignment and/or pressure relief are not quite as good for them. 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Nectar Lush mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 5
Heavier >250 lb 8 8 4

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt his hips sinking in just the right amount to create a neutral spinal position and he felt well-supported.  Likewise, we believe that most back sleepers would also feel supported. The softer upper layers of foam reach up into the lumbar area, while the support foam keeps hips from sinking too much.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester in the side position was also very good.  The conforming memory foam allowed his shoulders to get deep enough into the mattress to allow the top of his spine to remain level.  Overall, we believe the Nectar Lush mattress would provide good spinal alignment for most side sleepers.

Stomach Sleepers:

In general, mattresses with 3" inches of very soft memory foam aren't going to be a great fit for stomach sleepers. That’s because in this position the top priority for spinal alignment is to avoid the over-arching of your back (which can lead to back pain) by preventing your hips from sinking too far into the mattress.  For that reason, we gave the Nectar mattress a lower rating for stomach sleepers.  That said, we do think that lighter stomach sleepers (e.g., 150 lbs. or less) would probably be okay on this mattress.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Nectar Lush mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Nectar mattress to be good. Between the memory foam and the latex-like Energex foam, that's 5" of pressure-relieving material. We had some concerns for much heavier and curvier side sleepers, who might fully compress the softer foams and hit the much firmer foam below, which can't offer as much conformance and pressure relief.


Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Nectar Lush bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both drop tests, the bowling pin barely moved and never toppled over, which means that motion disturbances on one side of the mattress barely registered on the other side of the mattress. That means the Lush bed is ideal for couples who don’t want to feel their partners movements (or don’t want to feel their dog jumping onto the bed).

Motion Isolation Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Memory foam mattresses have a reputation for feeling hot, and if you know you are a “hot sleeper” then memory foam may not be the best choice in general. The Nectar Lush bed does have a couple of features that help manage heat. First, it has phase-change material in the top layer of foam, which helps it feel a little cooler to the touch. The cover of the mattress includes high-density polyethylene (plastic) fibers, which help it feel cooler to the touch as well. Remember you'll be adding a mattress protector and sheets on top of both of these cooling features, which will negate their effect.

Overall, if sleeping hot is a concern for you, then a memory foam mattress is not the best type of bed for you generally. For those who have not experienced any issues with overheating, we don't think it will be an issue on the Lush.

Stays "Cool" Rating
5/10 Okay

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Memory foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. As expected, our tester did experience a substantial amount of dip when sitting on the edge of the Lush mattress.  However, the compression was mostly in the top memory foam layer, with the bottom two layers of firmer foam providing support and stability.

When laying right on the edge, he felt himself starting to lean a little bit off the side of the bed, but not so much that he felt he'd roll out. If edge support is a priority for you, other mattresses have tested better in this respect. The Nectar Lush was not the best, but also not the worst.

Edge Support Rating
6 /10 Pretty good

 

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

Certain people with mobility issues may have trouble repositioning in general -- for people in this camp, a memory foam mattress like this one may make things a bit more difficult. Our tester found the ease of moving / rolling around on the Nectar Lush bed to be fairly easy. But for those with mobility issues, memory foam in general may not be the best choice.

Repositioning Rating
7/10 Good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.  These types of things can be of particular concern for a mattress that is made in China.

In the case of the Nectar Lush, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials in the mattress. However all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which ensures that the foam has minimal presence of harmful chemicals. You can read about the company's eco-policies on their website.

When the Nectar Lush mattress was first unboxed, we did detect a chemical aroma that seems a bit more than average compared to other mattresses. The smell did dissipate over a few days.

Green Rating
3 /10 Fair

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Nectar Lush is a good choice, but maybe not the very best. This mattress is made to bend so using it on an adjustable base shouldn’t put undue strain on it.

In our testing, the foot of the bed didn't conform well to our adjustable base, and when our tester got out of the bed, it didn't remain entirely hugged into the base. We would expect both of these conformance issues to improve as the mattress breaks in and adapts to the adjustable base. We did not notice any bothersome bunching of the cover or any other issues.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
8/10 Very good

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Nectar Lush Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.


 

What Are You Getting?

The Nectar Lush is an 11-inch mattress with memory foam over foam construction, including 3 inches of premium comfort material (memory foam) infused with phase change material. The zip-off cover also has a cooling feature -- tiny polyethylene fibers that in our testing did give it a noticeable coolness to the touch.

 

How Long Will the Nectar Lush Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency.  In the case of the Nectar Lush, our main concern would be the top memory foam, which has a 3.5-lb. density--on the low side for premium memory foam. But the other foams are of a more standard and average density, and we would not have major concerns about them.

Overall Value

The Nectar Lush is a Chinese-made foam mattress whose price is higher than some other online all-foam mattresses of similar quality, and with similar features intended to enhance cooling. But its price is competitive to what you might find in a mattress store.

Value Rating
6 /10 Pretty good


Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door
  • White glove service available for $149

Nectar’s white-glove delivery is a full-service delivery to your bedroom, including unboxing, set-up, and packaging removal. If you’d like, it also includes removal of your old mattress as part of the same price.

 

Returns

  • 365-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Nectar offers an outstanding return policy that includes a full-year trial period.  Should you return the mattress, the company will not only issue a full refund, but will even come pick it up from you.  That combo is well beyond the standard of other online mattress companies, and should provide a lot of additional confidence in giving this mattress a try. Read more about the Nectar 365-day trial on the company website.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5" and above

While Nectar’s lifetime warranty certainly appears generous, it’s important to understand how warranty claims work. One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for foam mattresses is ¾”, while it’s typically 1” for other mattress types. Nectar has chosen to cover only indentations that meet or exceed 1.5”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be very deep and noticeable before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Nectar warranty.

While we applaud Nectar for offering a lifetime warranty, given the choice we would generally prefer a 10-year warranty with a ¾” dip requirement over a lifetime warranty with a 1.5” requirement. Also note that beyond 10 years, you'll be responsible for a $50 shipping charge each way, which will be refunded if your warranty claim is deemed valid.

Bottom Line: Is the Nectar Lush Mattress Right for You?

Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Nectar mattress

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or side sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed
  • Prefer a softer mattress
  • Need good pressure relief

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a stomach sleeper, especially if heavier
  • Like a bouncy mattress
  • Tend to sleep right on the edge of your mattress
  • Have a known issue of sleeping hot

Is the Nectar Lush bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Nectar Lush mattress? Visit NectarSleep.com.

 

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