The Lull and the Nectar are both great memory foam options, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same mattress. In fact, there are a lot of differences between these two beds. Since both mattresses are solid choices for memory foam lovers, a lot of people are curious about how the Lull and Nectar mattresses stack up against each other. I’ve tested both, so I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts on each!
In this mattress comparison, we’ll take a look at the similarities and differences between the Nectar and Lull mattresses. We’ll analyze construction, on-the-bed feel, and even pricing. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, this comparison will help you decide which of these two mattresses could be right for you!
If you’re short on time, you can skip down to my review summary below. Otherwise, read on for an in-depth comparison.
We’ll discuss all the ways these two foam mattresses are unique below, but first let’s talk a little bit about how the Nectar and Lull mattresses are similar.
- Memory Foam – Both the Lull and the Nectar mattress use body-contouring memory foam in their comfort layers. This means both mattresses will let you sink into their top layers, providing great pressure relief. This definitely doesn’t mean the Lull and the Nectar feel the same, but it does mean both mattresses are great options for fans of memory foam.
- Low Motion Transfer – Memory foam is a naturally motion-isolating material, so both of these mattresses are good choices for couples. Both beds absorb motion, so you won’t be too disturbed by a bedmate’s tossing and turning on either.
- Deep Sinkage – Sinkage is a classic characteristic of any memory foam mattress, and the Lull and the Nectar are no different. Both of these beds will let you sink deep into their comfort layers for a hug-like feel. Though you will sink farther into the Nectar than the Lull.
- Delivery – Both mattresses arrive in a box, so you’ll need to let them decompress for a few hours or so before they’re ready to sleep on.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now, let’s talk about the differences between the Nectar and Lull. To start, let’s dive into each mattress’s construction. I’ll take you through each foam mattress layer-by-layer so you can see exactly why they’ll feel different when you lie down to go to bed. If you want an even clearer picture, you can read (or watch!) my full-length Nectar Mattress Review and Lull Mattress Review.
I’ll kick things off with the Nectar. This all-foam mattress has an 11’ profile, using extra thick layers of memory foam to maximize comfort. Let’s take a look inside to see exactly how it works.
Cover – The Nectar’s cover is made of cotton and Tencel. Tencel is an eco-friendly material known for being soft and breathable, which is great for counteracting memory foam’s heat-trapping tendencies. There’s also an inch of gel memory foam quilted into the cover, giving the Nectar an immediately plush feel.
Comfort – Below the cover is a 3” memory foam comfort layer. This layer will allow deep sinkage and intense body-contouring. This is what will provide the hug-like sensation memory foam is known for.
Transition – Next up is the transition layer, which is made of even more memory foam! This foam is slightly more responsive than the memory foam in the comfort layer, and is meant to help ease you into the mattress’s supportive base.
Base layer – Nectar’s foundation is made of 6” of high-density polyurethane, or poly foam. This firm material is common in most box mattresses and provides overall support to the plush upper layers of the Nectar.
Next up is the Lull. Like the Nectar, this all-foam bed combines memory foam and poly foam to create a balance between softness and support. Like the Nectar, the Lull uses CertiPUR-US Certified foams, which means this mattress is free of certain harmful chemicals.
Let’s take a peek inside!
Cover – The Lull is covered in a cozy, but durable, polyester blend fabric.
Comfort – The Lull’s comfort layer is made up of 1.5” of gel-infused memory foam. This gel-infusion increases breathability, and should keep you cooler than traditional memory foam. This layer will provide the body-contouring and sinkage memory foam is known for, but you won’t sink quite as deep into the Lull as you would into the Nectar.
Transition – This transition layer is 1.5” of poly foam. This foam has a quicker response to pressure than memory foam, balancing out some of the softness and sinkage the comfort layer provides. This gives the Lull a firmer feel than the Nectar.
Base layer – Like the Nectar, the Lull uses high-density poly foam in it’s base, providing overall support to the mattress.
Lull vs Nectar
So the Nectar has more memory foam in its layers than the Lull does, but what does that really mean for you? It depends on your preferences and sleeping position. Luckily, I’m here to break it down for you!
Both of these mattresses would be a great fit for any sleepers who love the deep contouring and slow responsiveness a memory foam mattress provides. But because the Nectar uses more layers of memory-foam than the Lull, it will provide more sinkage and hug. This makes it a better fit for strict side sleepers and sleepers looking for intense pressure relief. See where the Nectar ranks on our Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers roundup!
Alternatively, the poly foam in the Lull gives it a slightly firmer feel than the Nectar and makes it a bit more responsive. This means the Lull would be a better option for back sleepers who prefer slightly firmer support and combination sleepers who need some freedom to move around in bed at night. If you’re a back sleeper, check out our Best Mattress for Back Sleepers roundup for more great choices.
If you sleep hot, you might prefer the Lull, which sleeps just a little bit cooler than the Nectar. It’s important to know that most memory foam mattresses sleep a little hotter than average because memory foam tends to trap body heat. Cooling mattress options like the Lull are great for sleepers who overheat at night.
To give you an even better idea of which mattress is right for you, let’s take an in-depth look at how both of the Lull and the Nectar feel.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
While both the Lull and the Nectar have that classic memory foam feel thanks to their comfort layers, there are actually a lot of differences in how each mattress feels. Every sleeper is going to experience a mattress differently depending on their size, shape, and body weight, but there are a few key differences sleepers of any body type will notice in these mattresses. For reference, I’m 5’10”, weigh about 190 lbs., and like to sleep on my stomach. My size and sleeping position make me more likely prefer a firmer mattress than a back or side sleeper.
The thick layers of memory foam in the Nectar provide gentle pressure relief and deep sinkage. The Nectar definitely feels soft to me, but some sleepers might find it a little firmer than I do because memory foam hugs the body gradually, rather than letting you sink in all at once.
The deep sinkage the Nectar provides makes it a great fit for side sleepers, who need a softer mattress to alleviate pressure in their shoulders and hips. It’s also a great option for sleepers who suffer from joint or shoulder pain. The gentle hug of the Nectar’s ultra-thick comfort layer should prevent pressure points from digging into the mattress as you sleep, relieving pain.
The Nectar could also be a comfortable choice for back sleepers, especially lighter-weight sleepers who won’t sink so deeply into the Nectar’s memory foam layers. If you’re a combination sleeper who changes positions often, you might feel a little “stuck in” the Nectar because of how far into this mattress you’ll sink. Similarly, stomach sleepers and heavier sleepers will likely need a more firm mattress. Heavier sleepers may also prefer a mattress with more edge support.
The Lull has more of a medium firm feel, blending the pressure-relieving sinkage of memory foam with a little more support. The poly foam in the Lull also gives it a slightly more responsive feel than a more memory-foam heavy mattress like the Nectar.
Back and side combination sleepers will be very happy on the Lull. They’ll be able to change positions without feeling too stuck, but won’t have to sacrifice the body-contouring hug of memory foam. Strict side sleepers who prefer a slightly firmer feel will also find a lot to love here, the Lull won’t allow pressure to build up at their shoulders or hips.
Back sleepers who like memory foam might also like this mattress. The Lull’s gentle support should keep their hips elevated in line with their shoulders, helping prevent back pain.
Like the Nectar, the Lull is not a great fit for stomach sleepers or heavier sleepers who need really good support. This is a common issue for these sleepers on most memory foam mattresses, memory foam doesn’t provide the firm support they need. You’ll likely do better on an innerspring or hybrid mattress if you are a stomach sleeper or heavy sleeper. I suggest checking out these guides on the Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers or the Best Mattress for Heavy People to see some mattresses that could work well for you!
I also want to mention that the Nectar makes one additional model, the Nectar Lush. This more luxurious model is all-foam like the original Nectar and the Lull. But, it feels even softer than the original Nectar mattress.
I really like the Nectar Lush for side sleepers who want an ultra-plush feel. I would also recommend the Nectar Lush for sleepers who love memory foam, but hate sleeping hot. The Nectar Lush combines gel infused memory and energex foams with a cool to the touch cover to help prevent heat retention. This means the Nectar Lush sleeps much cooler than a normal memory foam mattress, which really sets it apart from the Nectar Original.
Like the Lull and the Nectar Original, this mattress is great for couples. Memory foam is naturally motion isolating, so you won’t feel your partner rolling around at night on any of these beds.
The one drawback of the Lush is that it is a bit more expensive than the original Nectar. But if you’re willing to pay a little extra, it’s a great memory foam mattress. To learn more about the Lush, check out my Nectar Lush Mattress Review.
So which is better, the Lull or the Nectar? Well, that depends on what kind of sleeper you are!
The Nectar provides a bit more space to sink in, which is great for pressure relief, so it will have a slight edge with side sleepers. The Nectar’s deeper sinkage also provides a more classic memory foam feel than the Lull, which could make it more attractive to memory foam purists.
If you’re a combination back and side sleeper who needs to be able to move around on your mattress, you should go with the Lull. It’s medium firm feel and better mobility will make it a better fit for you. The Lull also sleeps just a little bit cooler than the Nectar.
- Side sleepers might really like this mattress. It provides plenty of room for deep sinkage and hug, great for relieving pressure at the shoulders and hips.
- Memory foam lovers will really enjoy the classic memory foam feel of this mattress. The mattress is dominated by this gentle, supportive material.
- The Nectar is a budget-friendly pick, great for value shoppers.
- Combination side and back sleepers will like the mix of responsiveness and body contouring the Lull provides.
- Back sleepers might also really like the balance between pressure relief and support the Lull offers.
- If you sleep hot but love memory foam, you’ll like that the Lull’s gel-infused memory foam sleeps cooler than traditional, heat-trapping memory foams.
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If you’re like me, price is a big factor when deciding between two mattresses. Luckily, both the Lull and the Nectar are fairly budget-friendly options. You can take a look at a side-by-side cost comparison below. And you can always snag additional savings with our Lull or Nectar coupons.
Are memory foam mattresses good for couples?
Yes, memory foam mattresses like the Lull and the Nectar are great options for couples. They’re also great for people who sleep with kids or pets! Memory foam is naturally motion-isolating, making it hard for a bedmate to disturb you if they get up during the night.
Do you need a box spring with the Lull or the Nectar?
Not unless you want one! Like most mattress-in-a-box beds, these mattresses are designed to work on slatted bed frames, box springs, or even the floor.
Can you flip the Lull or Nectar Mattress?
No, you should not flip either of these mattresses. They’re designed with a comfort layer on top and support layer on the bottom, so you’d be sleeping on an uncomfortably firm layer if you flipped it over! You can rotate these mattresses 180 degrees every six months or so to prevent wear.
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