Choosing between a Nectar and Helix mattress? This Nectar vs Helix comparison will help you decide which one is the right mattress for your unique needs.
Nectar and Helix are bed-in-a-box online mattress companies. Helix is known for its specialized and customizable mattress models, while Nectar has gotten kudos for their 365 day sleep trial and forever warranty.
We’re going to look into how the Helix Midnight, Helix Midnight Luxe, Nectar, and Nectar Lush mattresses compare across construction, feel, special features, and cost.
To help you decide which is the best mattress for you, we’ve put each Helix and Nectar side by side for the ultimate comparison.
|Best For||Side sleepers, stomach sleepers, hot sleepers, those who want long warranty periods||Back sleepers, side sleepers, combo sleepers, memory foam shoppers|
|Price Range||$600 – $2,249||$798 – $1,799|
|Special Features||Pressure-relieving Memory Plus Foam, breathable Tencel cover, all-natural materials (Birch mattress), gel-infused foams||Quilted memory foam topper, Tencel mattress cover, gel-infused memory foam, supportive Energex foam|
The Helix Midnight and Nectar Original mattress are quite different in their construction, but they both have a medium feel (about 5/10 on the firmness scale). The Midnight is a hybrid mattress with foam and coil layers, and the Nectar is all-foam. We usually expect hybrid mattresses to be firmer, but the soft memory foam comfort layers on the Midnight give it a slightly softer feel than the Nectar. The Midnight also sleeps cooler, thanks to an extra breathable construction.
Here’s how these mattresses look on the inside.
The Helix Midnight is covered with a breathable knit fabric, and topped with Memory Plus Foam – a medium firm foam that cushions your pressure points. Next, a high grade polyfoam transition layer eases your body weight into the supportive layer of pocket coils. The whole mattress rests atop a base layer of durable high density foam.
The Nectar mattress has a plush quilted memory foam cover that is topped with a cooling Tencel knit fabric. The comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam provides even more pressure relief and equally distributes your weight across the mattress. The base of the mattress is higher density support foam, which prevents sinking and sagging. Plus, the bottom of the mattress is anti-slip.
The Helix Midnight and Nectar Original mattress have fairly comparable price points, but you will pay $50–$200 more for the Nectar. Fortunately, both companies offer occasional discounts, as well as financing.*
*Helix financing available on orders $499–$2,400
|Helix Midnight||Nectar Original|
The Helix Midnight Luxe and Nectar Lush are each luxury offerings from their respective companies. They both incorporate advanced cooling technologies and have medium – medium firm feels, but the Midnight Luxe is a hybrid mattress, while the Lush is all-foam. The durable coil layer in the Midnight Luxe makes it a better choice for heavyweight sleepers.
The Midnight Luxe has an extra breathable, temperature regulating cover. It’s actually cool-to-the-touch, thanks to phase change material in the fabric. A quilted pillow top and memory foam comfort layers give this mattress its medium feel and pressure relieving properties, while the base layer of pocket coils improves motion isolation and supportiveness. All of the layers rest on a durable layer of high density base foam.
In contrast, the Nectar Lush has a slightly denser medium firm feel. The mattress cover is also made with phase change material, as well as AquaCool gel memory foam. Nectar uses temperature regulating tech in the comfort layer as well, which takes cooling to the next level. The memory foam comfort layer and “Energex” support layer are both responsive and conforming to your body. The sturdy base layer is made with extra dense polyfoam.
The Helix Midnight Luxe and Nectar Lush are both considered high end mattresses, though the Midnight Luxe generally has higher price points. You pay $105 more for the twin size Lush, but between $100–$450 less for the other sizes. Helix offers financing through Klarna and Katapult, and Nectar offers financing through Affirm.
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Nectar Lush|
Helix and Nectar have the same dimensions, except the Helix Midnight is 2” taller than the Nectar Lush.
|Thickness||11” – 14”||11” – 12”|
|Twin||38” x 75”||38” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38” x 80”||38” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
Learn more about mattress sizes.
Helix offers a 100-night sleep trial, and you must sleep on your mattress for at least 30 days before requesting a return. That way, your body has enough time to “break in” the mattress and adjust to the way the mattress feels. If you want a softer or firmer mattress, Helix will send you a topper free of charge during the trial period.
Nectar gives all of their mattress customers a full year — that’s right, 365 days — to sleep on their new mattress before making a final decision.
The Helix Midnight mattress has a 10 year limited warranty, and the Helix Midnight Luxe has a 15 year limited warranty. Nectar mattresses are all covered by a lifetime warranty, as long as you are the original owner of the mattress and purchased it directly from Nectar or an authorized retailer.
Helix mattresses are more durable, but Nectar mattresses have a lifetime “forever warranty.” Nectar is more affordable, plus you get a yearlong trial period. Overall, we favor the Helix Midnight since it performed the best across the most categories, and we were equally impressed with the Midnight Luxe cooling technology.
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