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 and Nectar are great choices for a comfortable mattress that suits most types of sleepers. 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.

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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

Couple resting on a Nectar mattress

Nectar Mattress Review Highlights

  • One of the most affordable memory foam mattresses.
  • Customers love it! Less than 3% of customers return their Nectar mattress.
  • Low risk: Nectar has one of the best trial period/warranty combos. You get a 365-night trial period and a forever warranty!
  • It’s CertiPUR-US certified.
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.

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.

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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

Inside the Nectar Mattress

This memory foam mattress is built with four 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. 

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

Inside the Helix Mattress

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

  • 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

Summary

After comparing the Helix vs. Nectar mattresses, Helix barely beats out Nectar with a score of 8.9/10 compared to Nectar’s 8.7/10. 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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