Lusha vs. Nymeria

Lusha and Nymeria are two favorite sourcing tools that aid us in finding and locating candidates and their contact information on the web. They both excel in establishing contact information for hard to find candidates, with Lusha focusing on candidates from LinkedIn and Nymeria branching out to both LinkedIn and GitHub. Both are widely used in our sourcing community, but which one is best?

I decided to compare them and did so with 100 profiles, from varying industries, jobs, and levels, all within the US of course. Below are my findings.

Lusha found emails on 60% or 60 out of 100. Out of the 60, 70% or roughly 42 were work emails only and 18 personnel. It did great within the computer/internet industries. It did poorly in the biotech and defense. Unfortunately, Lusha does not work on Github.

Nymeria found 70% or 70 out of 100. Out of the 70, 60% were work emails, or 42 were work emails only while 28 were personnel. Like with Lusha, Nymeria did well within the computer/internet industries and poorly in the Biotech and defense. Within Github, Nymeria found 80% or 80 out of 100. With 70% being personnel emails.

What’s interesting about this experiment, is that I used the same 100 people from LinkedIn for comparison. However, the overlap, meaning the number of emails that Lusha found and Nymeria found, for the same people was 85%. So that means out of the 60 Lusha found, 51 were also detected by Nymeria, but nine were not. Which says, of course, that out of the 70 Nymeria found 51 were also observed by Lusha, but 19 were not.

All that a side, now comes the big questions. How many of the found emails were valid? I decided not to email every prospect to ask them. To streamline my efforts, I used a tool called Toofr, to test them all.

Toofr is a tool/site that allows you to do a lot. You can use it to learn name conventions for work emails individually or in bulk, and also verify both work and personal emails. You can also do a prospect search based on title, company, and country and of course get emails. And you can buy lists of emails or sell information to them. Of course it does have a Chrome extension.

I decided to focus on the nine contacts that Lusha found that Nymeria did not, and the 19 Nymeria found that Lush did not, for the reason that they both saw the same emails on the remaining subset.

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Out of the nine emails that Lusha found and that Nymeria did not, 44.4% tested valid, which means that only four were indeed logical email addresses. Out of the 19, Nymeria found that Lusha did not, 69% were accurate or 13 email addresses in all.

So what did we learn? For starters, there isn’t a sourcing tool that is perfect. The other thing we learned is Nymeria did a better job on Linkedin and since it can also work within Github it was the clear winner, for now.

Tools are always changing and improving so while Nymeria is the winner with this showdown, in the future, there might be a new champion.


Jeremy is a Social Talent Ninja Certified Sourcing Professional who has not only received his certification but has been mentored by some of the best in the staffing industry. He is a Senior Talent Sourcer for Lockheed Martin.

Jeremy got his first hint at recruiting when he was recruited for both college and pro baseball. He then got a chance to do sourcing himself  as part of the “Search Authority.” He did this while attending college and getting his associates degree.


8 Comments on “Lusha vs. Nymeria

  1. I first discovered Nymeria in a SourceCon/ERE webinar at the same time I’d heard of Lusha. At least Lusha was turnkey and made an immediate impact. It took weeks, perhaps over a month if memory serves correctly, before Nymeria followed up with me to allow access to use the tool. Lusha also provides phone numbers.

  2. Good research Jeremy, thank you for doing the heavy lifting. This is consistent with my totally unscientific, not data-supported impression re: Nymeria and Lusha.

  3. Thanks for the data driven analysis! I am only familiar with Nymeria and I have to say I find your results very accurate. I’d like to add, on average I Nymeria seems to find emails for roughly 65% of the profiles I view on LinkedIn. I’ve done some sourcing on GitHub and Nymeria was very accurate (around 80%+ hit rates).

    There’s a second product by the Nymeria team focused entirely on finding business emails (as opposed to personal emails). It’s called The Reach ( I’ve only recently began testing it as a beta tester and I have to say I am quite impressed! If you’re in the market for business leads as well, give it a shot!

    1. Thanks for the note regarding The Reach– it seems great. I’m on the wait list hoping for the public beta to open soon!

  4. I’ve said it time and time again– Nymeria is incredible at finding emails. The price to value is flat out awesome. If you haven’t tried it already then you’re doing yourself a disservice. Try it!

  5. I’m using nymeria from long time and the email finding ratio was dropped to 10-12% in last week. Their team claims that the results are still the same. Going to test it again and will share the results here for new users.

    1. Jeremy – You must also compare Hiretual Vs Nymeria. I noticed that if Nymeria missed a profile in email finding Hirtual do it for you 🙂

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