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Helix vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

Choosing between a Helix vs. Purple mattress? Read our comparison review to evaluate features, ratings, and more to help you decide.

Curious to see how Helix and Purple measure up against one another? Each of these brands brings a unique product to market. From Helix’s completely customizable shopping experience to Purple’s proprietary hyper-polymer elastic, both the Helix and Purple mattress distinguish themselves above the rest.

Take a look at our easy-to-read comparison of these popular brands to see how they compare on factors like price point, responsiveness and pressure relief to determine which best suits your budget and sleeping style.


Helix vs. Purple at a Glance

Customer Rating
MA Score
Summary
Firmness
Type
Trial Period
Warranty

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

Purple

Customer Rating
MA Score
8.4 / 10
Summary

Proven pressure relief for people with back pain; good for back and side sleepers

Firmness

Medium firm-firm: 6.5/10

Type

Hybrid: hyper-elastic polymer and foam

Trial Period

100 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

man and woman on a Helix mattress

Helix Mattress Highlights

The Helix mattress is a bed that’s made just for you, literally.

With the Helix Color-MATCH system, you’ll be paired with one of nine new mattress models recently launched by Helix. All you have to do is complete the Helix Sleeping Quiz, which asks you to answer questions about your sleeping style, body type and comfort preferences. With this data, Helix will determine which of their mattresses matches your firmness, support and pressure relief needs.

Purple mattress

Purple Mattress Highlights

  • The Purple is a mattress with a big personality, but it does have a lot to boast about: it sleeps cool, is great for spinal alignment and does a good job with reducing any movement you’ll feel from other people (or animals).
  • Customers who own the Purple have claimed it’s helped them relieve back and neck pains.
  • The Purple is topped with a unique pressure-releasing material that is especially great for back and side sleepers – when you lie on your back, it will help your spine maintain its natural curve and when you lie on your side, it will help keep your spine straight.

Compare Mattress Specs/Sizes

These two mattresses are available in similar sizes – the main difference being Nectar’s extra 1″ of thickness.

Helix
Purple
Thickness 10″ 9.5″
Twin Size 39″ x 75″ 38″ x 75″
Twin XL 39″ x 80″ 38″ x 80″
Full Size 54″ x 75″ 54″ x 76″
Queen Size 60″ x 80″ 60″ x 80″
King Size 76″ x 80″ 76″ x 80″
Cal King Size 72″ x 84″ 72″ x 84″

Learn more about mattress sizes.


Compare Helix vs. Purple Mattress Prices

Keep in mind that these are the brand’s standard prices without considering sales, promotions, or exclusive Mattress Advisor discounts.

Helix*
Purple
Twin $600 $649
Twin XL $700 $699
Full $850 $899
Queen $995 $999
King $1,245 $1,299
Cal King $1,245 $1,299
*Note Helix prices are for the Helix Midnight model.
You should also consider any special offers (like free pillows or sheets) that could add more value to your purchase price.

Compare the Inside Layers

A look inside the Helix Midnight

Inside the Helix

Each of the nine new mattress models has the same base construction.

The difference lies in the second layer, or the comfort layer, with the exception of the specialty mattresses. Depending on the model, this layer will be made with either Helix Memory Plus Foam or Helix Dynamic Foam.

Memory Plus foam provides proper support and pressure relief for side sleepers without being too stiff, while Dynamic foam provides extra support and lends itself to being a good option for back and stomach sleepers.

Here is a look inside the Helix Midnight, the most popular of the new models.
  1. Helix Two-Layer Cover: The Helix Midnight is topped with a dual-layer cover that can be zipped off. The stretchable top layer is soft to the touch, while the lower layer promotes airflow and breathability.
  2. 2’’ Memory Foam Comfort Layer: Directly below the mattress cover is the comfort layer made of Memory Plus Foam – a special foam blend by Helix. This layer is designed to provide pressure relief in areas such as the hips and shoulders making this mattress great fro side sleepers. (Remember this is the layer that differs depending on the model!)
  3. 1’’ High-grade Polyfoam Transition Layer: Next you’ll find the transition layer made of high-grade polyfoam designed to provide ergonomic support and cushion.
  4. 6’’ Pocket-coil Body Shape Layer: This layer is made of 660* individually wrapped pocket-coils to help cradle your body and limit motion transfer. The outer coils reinforce the perimeter of the mattress to provide edge support.
  5. 1’’ DuraDense Foam Base Layer: The bottom layer of the Midnight mattress is made of dense memory foam that provides overall durability and support.

Interested in a specialty mattress? Check out our review of the Helix Nightfall.

Inside the Purple mattress

Inside the Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress is made with a layer of hyper-elastic polymer (designed to provide great pressure relief) on top of two layers of high-density polyurethane foam (designed for durability, support and motion isolation). Here’s a look at the layers, described from top to bottom:

  • Responsive Knit Cover: Soft and stretchy cover that helps maximize the flexing properties of the Smart Comfort Grid™. The breathable design also promotes airflow to help you sleep cool.
  • Smart Comfort Grid™: Designed to cushion your shoulders and hips (pressure points), and support your body’s natural shape.
  • Plush Comfort Foam: Soft, high-density polyurethane foam designed to enhance the responsiveness and feel of the Smart Comfort Grid™.
  • Support Foam: Medium-firm, high-density polyurethane foam provides structural support to the mattress.

Compare Mattress Advisor Scores

Take a look at how both the Helix and Purple mattresses scored in our proprietary testing and evaluations.

Helix* Purple
Shipping 10 7
Trial Period 9 9
Return Policy 10 10
Warranty 9 9
Set-Up Test 8 6
Motion Transfer Test 9 7.5
Edge Support Test 9 8.5
Pressure Relief Test 8 8.5
Spinal Alignment Test 8.25 9.5
Responsiveness Test 8.75 7
Cooling Evaluation 9 8
Durability Evaluation 9 9
Customer Service Score 9 9
Social Impact Score 5 4
TOTAL SCORE 8.9/10 8.4/10

*Note that Helix scores are for the Helix Midnight model.


Summary

These two hybrid mattresses bring a lot to the table (or bed), but which is best when it comes down to the Helix vs. Purple mattress? Well, it’s not such a black-and-white answer.

Helix offers a customizable shopping experience that’s tough to beat. With the Color-MATCH system, Helix can connect you to a bed made just for your needs. But Purple’s thoughtful design targets sleepers large needs in a bed – pressure relieving properties and spinal alignment – in a big way. In fact, the Purple almost scored a perfect 10 in our testing for spine alignment!

Both of these mattresses are sure to satisfy you. If you’re more particular about your mattress needs, Helix will be the way to go since you can customize your selection based on specific preferences, but if you’re looking for an overall great mattress the Purple will be a great choice as well.

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