Couple lying on Nectar mattress

Helix vs. Nectar Mattress Comparison

Deciding between a Helix or Nectar mattress? Our comparison review can help you decide!

Looking for a new bed? Bed-in-a-box mattress brands Helix Midnight and Nectar are great choices for a comfortable mattress that suits most types of sleepers. But you’ll find that they have more differences than they do similarities: Helix is a customizable hybrid bed while Nectar is an affordable foam mattress.

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.


Nectar vs Helix at Glance

Customer Rating
MA Score
Summary
Firmness
Type
Trial Period
Warranty

Nectar

Customer Rating
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Summary

Affordable quality mattress with excellent trial period

Firmness

Medium firm: 5.5-6/10

Type

Gel memory foam

Trial Period

365 days

Warranty

Lifetime warranty as long as you own the mattress

Helix

Customer Rating
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Summary

Customizable hybrid mattress great for couples and all sleep styles

Firmness

Customizable: Varies based on selection

Type

Hybrid: foam combo with microcoils

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Key Similarities

  • Both offer a medium firmness level that appeals to all sleep positions.
  • Both have great edge support for couples and those who sit there to get dressed.
  • Both give you great pressure point relief.

Key Differences

  • Nectar is a memory foam mattress while Helix is a hybrid.
  • The Helix Midnight mattress is better for spinal alignment.
  • Nectar is more affordable.
  • Helix has better responsiveness.
  • Nectar has a longer sleep trial and warranty period.
Couple resting on a Nectar mattress

Nectar Mattress Review Highlights

Couple sitting on a Helix mattress

Helix Midnight Mattress Highlights

  • A personalized shopping experience: Take a sleep quiz to be matched with the Helix model that’s best for you!
  • The Midnight is the most popular model by Helix.
  • It has a medium firmness level so it appeals to most sleepers.
  • It’s a great bed for side sleepers, the most popular sleeping position.
  • The hybrid design provides great motion isolation, meaning you won’t feel your partner move around as much.
  • You can also see our reviews of the Helix Midnight Luxe and the Helix Plus.

Compare Mattress Sizes

The Nectar and Helix mattresses have the same dimensions, Nectar is just slightly thicker.

Nectar Helix
Thickness 11” 10”
Twin 39” x 75” 39” x 75”
Twin XL 39” x 80” 39” 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.


Compare Mattress Prices

Nectar is one of the best budget mattresses we’ve tested, so it is more affordable than the Helix mattress. The price difference ranges from $100-$250.

As a reminder, the prices listed here are the standard offerings without promo codes, discounts, or our exclusive Mattress Advisor deals. Visit our mattress deals page to stay on top of the best discounts on your favorite mattress brands.

Nectar Helix
Twin $499 $600
Twin XL $569 $700
Full $699 $850
Queen $799 $999
King $999 $1,249
California King $999 $1,249

Compare the Inside Layers

Next, we’ll look inside each mattress to see what makes them unique.

Inside the Nectar Mattress

The Nectar mattress is built with four memory foam layers. The inside construction allows for this foam mattress to circulate air, offer support, and evenly distribute your body weight for a comfortable night’s sleep.

This bed has a medium-firm feel on the firmness scale. This means it’s not too soft, but it’s not too firm, this is good for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, as well as side sleepers. Because memory foam tends to sleep hot, Nectar has put on a cooling cover and utilizes cooling gel foam in the top layer to keep you from sweating too bad at night. But this isn’t as good as a bed with springs, because it will still trasp some of your body heat.

Inside the Nectar Mattress
  • Quilted Cooling cover: Great air flow and prevents bed bugs. 
  • Gel memory foam: Cooling and contouring. Provides pressure relief so you sleep comfortably.
  • Adaptive hi-core memory foam: High-density foam offering support.
  • Base layer: Adds durability and more airflow.

Inside the Helix Midnight Mattress

The Helix Midnight also has a medium-firm feel but completely different materials that make it way cooler than Nectar. First, we have a soft cover that allows for airflow, then the pocketed coil innerspring layer allows tons of room for more breathability, making it the better bed for hot sleepers.

Each of the Helix Sleep mattresses have the same base construction with a unique comfort layer. The Helix Midnight is built with the following construction:

A look inside the Helix Midnight
  • Helix Two-Layer Cover: Removable, stretchy, and soft. Offers airflow and breathability.
  • Memory Foam Comfort Layer: Pressure relieving foam.
  • High-grade Polyfoam Transition Layer: Ergonomic support and cushion.
  • Pocket-coil Body Shape Layer: Offers motion isolation and support around the edge.
  • DuraDense Foam Base Layer: Adds long-lasting durability.

Compare Mattress Advisor Scores

We’ll compare how each bed did in our mattress lab testing.

Nectar Helix
Shipping 9 10
Trial Period 10 9
Return Policy 10 10
Warranty 10 9
Set-Up Test 8 8
Motion Transfer Test 8.5 9
Edge Support Test 9 9
Pressure Relief Test 8 8
Spinal Alignment Test 7.5 8.25
Responsiveness Test 8.5 8.75
Cooling Evaluation 8.5 9
Durability Evaluation 8.5 9
Customer Service Score 8.5 9
Social Impact Score 5 5
TOTAL SCORE 8.7/10 8.9/10

Spinal Alignment

Spinal alignment is more crucial to side and back sleepers than it is for stomach and combo sleepers when it comes to relieving back pain. While side sleepers want a perfectly straight spine, back sleepers want their spine to keep it’s natural curve. The Helix Midnight does both of these things better than Nectar.

Motion Transfer

Usually memory foam mattresses are better at isolation motion because you can sink into the foam a bit, but this time, Helix’s pocket coil system paired with foam won out over Nectar strictly foam construction, though neither scored particularly low. This means that both Nectar and Helix Midnight work well for couples and people who sleep with pets, Helix just works slightly better.

Trial Period

Because both of these are online mattresses, you have to try them out before you make a full commitment. Helix Sleep offers the industry standard 100-night trial, but Nectar wins out with the generous 365-night trial period. You read that right: free returns for up to a year after you purchase the mattress.


Our Summary: Which Bed is Better?

After comparing the Helix vs. Nectar mattresses, Helix Midnight barely beats out Nectar with a score of 8.9/10 compared to Nectar’s 8.7/10 thanks to its superior spine alignment and responsiveness. However, Nectar is more affordable and may better suit your needs.

When choosing the right mattress for you, Helix is the best option for those who want a mattress perfectly suited to their body type and for couples. Nectar works best if you’re on a budget and need a generous sleep trial. But, both brands have great reputations for a reason: they’ll give you great nights of rest.

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