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.
Affordable quality mattress with excellent trial period
Medium firm: 5.5-6/10
Gel memory foam
Lifetime warranty as long as you own the mattress
Customizable hybrid mattress great for couples and all sleep styles
Customizable: Varies based on selection
Hybrid: foam combo with microcoils
10-year limited warranty
|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”|
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Next, we’ll look inside each mattress to see what makes them unique.
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.
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:
We’ll compare how each bed did in our mattress lab testing.
|Motion Transfer Test||8.5||9|
|Edge Support Test||9||9|
|Pressure Relief Test||8||8|
|Spinal Alignment Test||7.5||8.25|
|Customer Service Score||8.5||9|
|Social Impact Score||5||5|
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.
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.
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.
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.