Lull vs Nectar Mattress Comparison – Which Should You Choose?

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Buying a mattress isn’t always easy, because there are so many options out there that could give people the comfort and support that they need.

If someone has narrowed down their search to the Lull and Nectar mattresses, I have the information you need to make your final decision. This comparison will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and then highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about before making a decision.

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  • A better match for back and stomach sleepers 
  • Offers a balanced foam feel

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Key Similarities

  • They are both all-foam mattresses.
  • They both have memory foam on top.
  • They have similar base layers made of poly foam.

Key Differences

  • The Lull is a bit more expensive than the Nectar, but not by too much.
  • They incorporate different materials in their construction, which gives the mattresses different feels.
  • The Lull is firmer than the Nectar by a noticeable amount.
  • The Lull has a balanced foam feel, and the Nectar has a classic memory foam feel.

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Lull Construction

  • The Lull is 10” tall and features a simplified construction with three foam layers.
  • The thin cover has a soft texture and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
  • There is first a 1.5” layer of a gel memory foam that gives the mattress pretty good pressure relief.
  • This is followed by a 1.5” layer of a transition, latex-like foam that prevents sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress.
  • Finally, there is a 7” layer of base support foam, which is pretty standard in the industry.

Check out the full Lull mattress review, HERE.

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Nectar Construction

  • The mattress is 11” tall and features four separate foam layers.
  • The cover is soft and woven together with Tencel fabric. There is 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it, which adds softness, pressure relief, and body contouring.
  • Next, there is a 3” layer of a soft, slow-responding, gel memory foam that contours very well to the curves of the body.
  • Then, there is around 1” of a foam transition layer that acts as a buffer between the comfort layers and support layer underneath.
  • Finally, the base layer is around 6” thick and is a pretty standard base layer seen on the market.

Check out the full Nectar mattress review, HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • They both have soft covers but try to achieve different things. Nectar has memory foam quilted into its cover, for example, which adds another layer of soft pressure relief.
  • The Lull has 1.5” of memory foam on top and the Nectar has 4” on top. Because of this, sleepers will sink into the Nectar much more than they will experience on the Lull. It has more of a classic memory foam feel, while the Lull has a balanced foam feel.
  • Also, this makes it so people sleep “on” the Lull and more “in” the Nectar. People should be able to move around more easily on the Lull.
  • They are going to be similar in terms of breathability and durability.

Firmness/Feel Differences

The Lull felt like 7/10 in terms of firmness, and the Nectar felt like a 6/10. The Lull is definitely the firmer of the two mattresses, and most sleepers should agree.

These mattresses have very different feels because of the difference in materials used. The Lull has a balanced foam feel with a bit of bounce, and the Nectar has a classic memory foam feel with no bounce. Because of this, I found it easier to move around on the Lull mattress and also to switch positions.

Lying on my back, I felt well supported by both mattresses. The Lull conformed do my body and the Nectar’s top layer pressed up into my lumbar area. I would say, however, that the Lull is just a bit more supportive because it is firmer overall.

On my side, I felt better pressure relief on the Nectar. It is the softer of the two mattresses and has a thicker comfort layer, so I feel almost no pressure on the shoulders and hips.

Finally, on my stomach, I felt better support on the Lull than I did on the Nectar. I feel my hips sinking in too far when I am on the Nectar and the mattress is, overall, too soft for me in this position.

See how the Lull mattress has some bounce in the video below, which tells me it should be easier to move around on the mattress.

Nectar has that slow-sinking memory foam feel and has no real bounce, so people may have a little trouble moving around on the mattress.

Motion Isolation Differences

Between these two mattresses, the Nectar performs better with motion isolation because it has a thicker layer of memory foam at the top of the mattress. If someone sleeps with a partner, they should feel less of their movements on their side of the mattress. This thick layer of memory foam works to cut down on motion transfer, so the Nectar is the better choice for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

While the Nectar performs better than the Lull with dealing with motion transfer, I think it could still be a good option for couples. People shouldn’t feel too much of their partner’s movements on their side of the bed.

Yet, see how well Nectar handles motion transfer, where the super soft memory foam should ensure people sleep soundly even if their partner moves around at night.

Edge Support Differences

If someone wants to sit on the edge of their mattress or wants to sleep near the edge, they should definitely think about edge support. Between the two mattresses, I believe the Lull has better edge support, because it is the firmer mattress and does not collapse as much when I sit near the edge. I also feel more secure lying near the edge of the mattress and don’t get a rolling off the bed feeling.

People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.

A man sits on the edge of the bed.

A man sits on the bed.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these two mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:

I said the Lull was an 8/10, and the Nectar was a 6/10. That’s a pretty big difference, and I think it comes down to how thick the memory foam layer is on top; on the Lull, it’s 1.5” and, on the Nectar, it’s 4” thick.

With the Lull, on my back and my stomach, I press through the soft layer pretty quickly and feel the support layers beneath. So, on my back and stomach, I felt very nice overall support, as the mattress is about the right firmness. On my side with the Nectar, I feel really great pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. I press in and feel enveloped by the mattress’s true memory foam feel.

If someone is a heavier person and sleeps on their back or stomach, they should lean toward the Lull. If someone is a heavier person and sleeps mainly on their side, they should lean toward the Nectar.

While Marten and I had a different score for the Lull, we both agreed that it is the firmer of the two mattresses. Marten also thought it was more supportive when he was on his back and stomach. We had the same score for the Nectar, and we both thought it gave great pressure relief when we were on our sides.

Who Should Pick Lull:

  • Those who prefer a firmer mattress- Even though it has foam in its top layers, overall, it is firmer than average and definitely firmer than the Nectar. If someone has had success with firmer mattresses, they should definitely choose the Lull over the Nectar.
  • People who prefer a balanced foam feel- If someone doesn’t want to sink into their mattress and would rather sleep on top of the mattress, the Lull is probably the better choice. It is very easy to move around on this mattress, and people won’t get that feeling of getting “stuck” that is associated with memory foam mattresses.
  • Back or stomach sleepers- People will definitely feel the support of those firm layers in the Lull. It should give very good support on the hips, ensuring that the spine stays in alignment.

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Who Should Pick Nectar:

  • Side sleepers- This is the softer mattress of the two and it definitely features better pressure relief. If someone sleeps primarily on their side, they shouldn’t be feeling pressure on their shoulders and hips at all.
  • Those who prefer a softer mattress- This mattress is softer than average and is the softer of the two mattresses, so if someone likes extra softness in their mattress, the Nectar is the way to go.
  • People who like the classic memory foam feel- Lying down on the Nectar, sleepers will slowly sink into the mattress. If someone likes that slow compression and likes sleeping “in” their mattress, the Nectar is the better choice.

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Overall

If someone knows what kind of sleeper they are and what feel you prefer, the choice between Lull and Nectar should be easy because the differences are pretty clear. If someone sleeps on their back, stomach, or likes a balanced foam feel, the Lull should be the mattress for you. If someone sleeps on their side or prefers a classic memory foam feel, they should choose the Nectar. People should read through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.  Both mattresses are excellent choices for the right type of person, so consumers really can’t go wrong with either one.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.