Helix vs Casper Mattress
Casper vs Helix, which is the better bed in a box mattress for the average consumer?
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
Helix and Casper are two of the most popular online mattress brands. They both have multiple mattress models and thousands of 5-star ratings, but how do they compare? In this post, we will explore the relative advantages and disadvantages of the flagship mattresses from Helix and Casper.
Helix vs Casper
Both Helix and Casper originated between 2014 and 2015, and they have since become major players in the bed-in-a-box business. Frankly, they share a lot of similarities, but in this post, we’ll focus on the differences so you can be closer to making an educated purchase decision. We also want to note how both companies have moved into the hybrid mattress realm, and offer several models to choose from.
Casper vs Helix Quick Synopsis
If you created a list of the 10 most popular bed-in-a-box companies, both Helix and Casper would be on that list, alongside GhostBed, Purple, and others. As such, if you’re looking to make your decision purely based on reputation, that’s not really going to be manageable with these two beds. In reality, the Helix vs Casper debate comes down to 5 major items:
- Coils — All Helix mattresses have coils, which tend to, among other things, make a bed more durable over the long run. Casper is now also selling two hybrid models that have coils.
- Universally Comfortable — Casper is one of those mattresses that almost everyone regards as being dangerously comfortable. Helix is comfortable, as well, but if you forced us to crown a winner, we’d give the slight edge to Casper.
- More Options — The entire value proposition from Helix is about matching you with the right mattress. They simply have more mattress models than Casper and Helix does a great job of lining you up with the best option for you.
- Motion Isolation — Casper wins here, barely, but both beds do a good job at limiting motion transfer within the mattress.
- Heavy Sleepers — If you’re 250 lb or more, Helix Plus is made just for you.
Of course there is more to consider than what we could fit into one video or a few bullet points, which is why we’ve assembled the rest of this review.
Helix Sleep has taken the approach that not everyone is the same and therefore no single best mattress exists—hard to argue with that. As such, Helix actually makes over ten different mattress models, designed for several core types of sleepers.
Helix Sleep Quiz
Don’t worry, you don’t need to do any of the calculations yourself nor do you really need to know the difference between the nine models. Helix actually runs you through their Sleep Quiz in order to direct you to the most suitable mattress. The Sleep Quiz takes only a few seconds, but it’s a brilliant way to tailor the mattress buying experience (and cut down on the number of returns).
The Sleep Quiz that you see above is a big differentiator for Helix and is one of the main reasons that someone would get one of their beds. You can take the Sleep Quiz for yourself on Helix’s website.
Helix Mattress Construction
Helix uses pocketed coils as the support system in all of their mattresses, whereas the original Casper mattress, Casper Wave, and Casper Element, all are entirely made of foam. That said, Casper now also sells two different hybrid models.
There are two things to consider here. The first is personal preference. You might prefer (or not prefer) the feel of a bouncy, responsive coil mattress.
The second is support. While Casper is undoubtedly a durable mattress, it’s widely accepted that hybrid/spring mattresses are more durable than all-foam beds, long term. As such, we do really appreciate that Casper started selling those hybrid beds also.
Heavier Folks Will Prefer Helix Plus
Piggybacking off of the last section, the coils also make Helix a better mattress for heavier individuals. In fact, Helix has a specific model called Plus, which is specially designed for heavier folks (i.e. above 250 lb). You can see the Helix Plus mattress on Helix’s website or other mattress options for heavy people.
The bed is 12″ thick (just like the standard models) but uses XL wrapped coils and higher-density foams for added support.
Having said all of that, keep in mind that Casper Wave Hybrid will also now be a good solution for heavier people. It’s a 13″ coil bed with a zoned support design.
Helix Mattress Pros and Cons
- Accommodates all sleeping styles
- Hybrid styles are super durable (hybrid design)
- Suits all body types
- 10 different mattress models available (6 core models)
- Some sleepers may not like the bouncy feel
- Could provide too much choice for indecisive buyers
Other Helix Products
Helix Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: A
- Amazon Reviews: Helix mattresses have not yet been rated by Amazon customers, but check back in the future to see if something has changed.
Casper has to be the most widely recognized online mattress brands out there. The company advertises like crazy and is now worth hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars. Even so, their mattresses are remarkably simple. And we don’t see that as a bad thing.
UPDATE: Casper Hybrid Models Are Here
It used to be in the past that Helix was the only brand of the two that offered coil beds, however, in early 2019 Casper launched two hybrid beds of their own. You can see those new beds on Casper.com.
Casper Mattress: Firmness And Feel
Casper Is Near Universally Loved
Now, clearly, comfort is subjective, but our entire team agrees that Casper is comfy—and we are all different weights, heights, genders, and have different sleeping preferences. Casper is just a universally comfortable bed.
Casper has more a neutral feel to it. Picture a softer, comfy foam and that’s how Casper feels. It doesn’t feel like memory foam or latex foam or an innerspring bed. It just feels neutral, almost boring (in a good way).
While you can get Helix in a variety of firmness levels ranging from soft to firm, Casper is middle of the road. It’s about a medium on the soft-to-firm scale.
Here’s what it all boils down to. If you’re under 250 lb and just want the easy, safe pick, that’s Casper. It’s a really nice mattress.
Casper Wins on Motion Isolation, Sort Of
We are splitting hairs on this one, but if you are a sensitive sleeper that wakes easily, Casper is probably the better option. Helix is actually efficient at deadening cross-mattress motion, as well, but it’s hard to beat out an entirely foam bed. In general, coil mattresses tend to reverberate motion more than their all-foam brethren.
Casper Pros And Cons
- Universally comfortable for most people
- Accommodates all sleeper types
- Great for motion isolation
- Not great for edge support
- Neutral feel may not be right for someone seeking a memory foam mattress
- May not be ideal for sleepers over 250 lbs
Other Casper products
Casper Mattress Reviews
- BBB Rating: A+
- Amazon Reviews: The original foam mattress from Casper in queen size has been given almost 4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers. People like how it hugs their body, however, some users note that the all-foam mattress caused them lower back pain.
Helix vs Casper Prices
Above is a table showing the prices for the most popular bed sizes. For more pricing information, check our Casper and Helix Mattress reviews or head over to the brand’s website.
Casper vs Helix Review Verdict
The Helix mattress offers a ton of different options, and are almost “customized” based on what the specific sleeper needs. If you like the idea of being matched up with a mattress via sleep quiz, and you’re in the market for a hybrid mattress, you might really enjoy Helix. They have an option for everyone, and can support all body types.
Casper, on the other hand, is perfect for people who are looking for a reliable, basic, all-foam mattress with a classic foam feel that most people seem to love. There’s a reason why Casper is arguably the most popular online mattress in the game right now.
Casper And Helix Company Policies
Let’s cover an area where most consumers have questions: company policies. Both Helix and Casper offer free shipping with their mattresses.
The beds show up compressed and plastic wrapped inside of a box that about 48″ tall. It’s actually a pretty neat thing to see a full size bed that has been (somehow) fit into a box. All you need to do is cart the box inside, remove the plastic wrapping, and allow your bed to fully inflate.
Here’s a look at the unboxing process. Casper is shown, but it works the same way with both beds.
Both brands also offer a 100-night risk-free trial where you can evaluate the bed from the comfort of your own home. You have 3+ months to make your mind up on the mattress. This should be plenty of time to allow your body to adjust to the bed.
If, for whatever reason, you’d like return the mattress, both Helix and Casper offer 100% free returns. In fact, they will send someone to your house (usually a charity or 1-800-GOT-JUNK) to pick up the mattress free of charge.
You read that right, completely free returns, even if you’ve slept on the bed for 99 nights. That’s a pretty great policy, although I should also point out that most other mattresses that we’ve reviewed also have the same policy.
If everything works out and you decide to keep the mattress (which most people do, otherwise these companies couldn’t afford to offer the trial period and free returns) they both come with a 10-year warranty. Again, this is standard for the online mattress shopping industry. Leesa and Tuft & Needle, along with plenty of other brands, also have the same warranty policy.
Where Helix And Casper Both Win
There are a few big areas where you just can’t give one bed the edge over the other—after all, they use similar materials and are both bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Price And Promotions
Without getting into the weeds here, both mattresses retail for around $1,000 for a queen size. That’s pretty standard from what we’ve seen, at least with the mattresses that we’ve compared and reviewed.
However, after you apply coupon codes and discounts, Helix comes out to be around $100 less than Casper.
Both are responsive beds and have zero of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that you typically see with memory foam mattresses. You can effortlessly switch between sleeping positions on the beds, which is great.
The plot thickens. Helix and Casper are both suitable for back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers. Both offer ample pressure relief and support. Regardless of your preferred sleeping position, you should be just fine with either mattress.
We can’t really pick a clear winner here either. In fact, both of them aren’t fantastic for edge support. But this is something that we see with a lot of softer mattresses; they just compress a little too much along the edges so that you get a little of that roll-off sensation. There’s an easy solution for this, however, and that is to upgrade sizes.
Edge support only really affects couples, so instead of getting a queen or a full, if you can, upgrade to a king that gives you more areas to stretch out.
Both Helix and Casper offer a 100-night free trial and free returns.
Helix has a showroom in NYC, and you can also visit partner showrooms across the country, including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. Casper also has dozens of Sleep Shops across the USA where you can buy in person.
Helix and Casper mattresses frequently have discounts on their website, and you can definitely expect holiday sales.
You can use a boxspring with your Helix or Casper mattress, but they are not required.