Helix vs Purple Mattress Comparison
Our head-to-head comparison review of Purple vs Helix mattress
Last Updated: September 24, 2020Matt Ross
Helix and Purple are two of the most popular beds that you can buy online. And for good reason, they have really interesting, high quality mattresses that are easy to market and easy to love. In this post we explore where Helix bests Purple and vice versa.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Mixed Foam||$100 Off + Gift Code: SY100||Dawn is a firm mattress from Helix Sleep. It has pocket coils and dense foams such that we think back and stomach sleepers in particular will really like this bed.|
|Unique||Free Gifts w/ Mattress Purchase||Purple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.|
Helix vs Purple Overview
These beds are easy to contrast, but it’s hard to pick a winner. There are some legitimate reasons to choose a Helix mattress over a Purple mattress and vice versa. And while there’s a lot that goes into creating a mattress — and evaluating a mattress — this Purple vs. Helix debate boils down to three major items:
- Feel: Both mattresses have a unique feel. Helix feels more like a neutral-foam mattress while Purple feels unlike anything you’ve tried before (in a good way).
- Temperature regulation: Out of the box, Purple wins when it comes to regulating heat.
- Price: Helix is more affordable by about $700 for the Queen size.
Jump-To Links For This Comparison:
Helix Vs. Purple Mattress Video
Helix Mattress Review
Helix has one big sell that few other brands have — it has a bed for everyone.
Helix has 15 mattress models, but you won’t need to know the difference between them or anything about them. Helix does all of the heavy lifting with its Sleep Quiz.
Helix Mattress Construction And Materials
The exact construction of your Helix Mattress will depend on the Helix Mattress you choose, but they will all have similar hybrid constructions and feel like soft neutral-foam. Here is the construction of their most popular model Midnight:
- Foundation layer – About 1” of dense polyfoam to support the pocketed coil layer
- Support layer – Next is 8” of pocketed coils meant to help with motion isolation, and it will provide the bulk of the mattress’ support
- Transition layer – About 1” of polyurethane foam to act as a neutral feeling transition between the firm, supportive coils and comfy foam layer
- Comfort layer – About 2” of “Memory Plus” foam for pressure relieving comfort
Feel And Firmness
Because Helix has 15 mattress models, the feel will differ from mattress to mattress. They all have a traditional softer neutral-foam feel, but there’s no overwhelming memory foam sensation, and they don’t feel like a mattress with a pillow top.
Helix makes several mattresses at each firmness level, so Helix has a bed for side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, combination sleepers and heavy sleepers.
Helix Is Best For All Sleepers
With so many options, you’re bound to find a level of firmness and sleeper type that matches your needs whether you sleep on your side, back, stomach, or a combination of them all. Helix runs you through its Sleep Quiz, a short questionnaire to help you find the best match based on your style of sleeping and level of support you desire.
In general, the softer Helix mattresses like Moonlight and Sunlight are best for side sleepers, while their firmer models Helix Dawn and Helix Twilight are probably best for back and stomach sleepers. Helix Midnight and Helix Dusk can accommodate most sleeper types — but we suggest the more supportive option (Dusk) to combo sleepers who favor their back and stomach.
The Helix Plus, on the other hand, is designed for people with heavier builds.
Helix Pros And Cons
- 15 models to fit all body and sleeper types
- 25-year warranty
- Comfortable and soft neutral-foam feel
- A quiz will set you up with the right model
- Good value
- Might be overwhelming for someone who just wants a simple mattress
- Doesn’t have that traditional memory foam feel if that’s what you’re looking for
Other Helix Products
- Bed frame
- Mattress protector
- Plush topper
- Weighted blanket
- Ultra-cool pad
Helix Mattress Reviews
- BBB rating: A-. Helix gets a one-star rating from the Better Business Bureau based on four customer reviews.
- Amazon reviews: 5 stars. All 22 customer rankings for Helix were rated with five stars.
Purple vs Helix Pricing
While both Helix and Purple have promotions, Helix makes the more affordable bed. And Helix offers a 25-year warranty on their mattresses, while Purple offers a 10-year warranty on its mattress, making your money potentially go further. For a queen size mattress, Helix is about $1,000 pre-discount. The original Purple is about the same give or take $100, but Purple almost never offers mattress coupons.
|Size||Helix Midnight||Purple Hybrid|
If you consider one of the Purple Hybrid beds, the price difference with Helix is quite large. Suffice it to say that Helix is the more affordable option and, therefore, if you’re choosing purely based on price, Helix is the clear winner.
Purple Mattress Review
For all of the mattresses available, nothing feels quite like the Purple Hybrid. It’s new and unique.
Purple Hybrid Construction And Materials
The Purple Hybrid mattress features the company’s proprietary top layer, Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a gel-like material that is a breakthrough in bedding technology. It provides both pressure relief and support.
Because the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material is laid out in a grid format, it has little surface area and allows for plenty of airflow, which can help keep you cool. If you sleep hot at night, the Purple Hybrid is going to be one of your best options. However, it is not cool to the touch — it just doesn’t retain heat as much as a memory foam mattress.
Purple 2 Hybrid’s layers are the following:
- Foundation layer – Like Helix, Purple Hybrid starts off with a thin 1” layer of poly foam to act as a foundation for the pocketed coils
- Base layer – 7.5” of responsive pocketed coils for maximum support, and better motion isolating capabilities than traditional innersprings
- Transition layer – ½” layer of polyurethane foam to act as a neutralizer for the harsh feel of the individually encased coils below
- Comfort layer – 2” Purple Grid which behaves like silicone or gel and it simultaneously provides a balance between support, and soft pressure relief
The top layer will differ in thickness depending on the Purple Hybrid mattress you settle on Purple 3.0 Premier, for example, will have a 3” thick Purple Grid.
Purple Hybrid Feel And Firmness
You can feel yourself displacing and pushing the material in the mattress around, which some people like and others don’t. It’s also highly responsive, which makes switching sleeping positions effortless.
We really haven’t seen anything like this in terms of responsiveness. It’s somehow pressure relieving, supportive and responsive at the same time. You can read more about Hyper-Elastic Polymer on Purple’s website.
Above, you can see the firmness levels of each Purple Hybrid Mattress. They each lean towards the firm end of the spectrum, and come in somewhere between medium and medium-firm.
Purple Mattress Sleeper Types
The Purple Hybrid mattress was designed to accommodate people of all sleeping types — back, stomach, side and combo. The Purple Grid adapts to your body, reducing pressure points and providing support where needed.
Side sleepers should opt for Purple 3 or 4 for a slightly more pressure relieving profile, while back and stomach sleepers may like the Purple 2 model best. Though, if you’re a petite side sleeper under ~150 lbs then you should consider the flagship Purple Mattress because it might be more accommodating for your pressure points.
Best For All Sleepers
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer material combined with the bed’s supportive coil base makes this mattress suitable for lean, heavy and average sizes. The original Purple Mattress, on the other hand, is most ideal for petite and average weighted sleepers.
Purple Hybrid Pros And Cons
- Flexible, soft and responsive Hyper-Elastic Polymer top that has a gel-like feel
- Supportive and provides pressure relief
- Limited motion transfer
- Accommodates all body types
- Works for most sleeper types
- Higher price point
- Shorter warranty than Helix
- Not ideal for petite side sleepers
Other Purple Reviews
Purple Mattress Reviews
- BBB rating: A+. Purple gets a two-star rating from the Better Business Bureau based on 75 customer reviews.
- Amazon reviews: The Purple Hybrid mattress is not available on Amazon.
One of the most important things when buying a mattress online is the company’s shipping and return policies. Both companies provide excellent customer service in these areas:
- Shipping: Helix Birch has free shipping, while the Purple Hybrid has free white-glove delivery
- Trial period: Both companies have a 100-night trial period
- Returns: Both companies provide a third party service that removes the mattress for you at no charge
- Warranty policy: The six core beds from Helix beds have a 10-year warranty while Purple has a 10-year warranty
Where Helix and Purple Overlap
Despite having a few big areas where each bed outright bests the other, there are a few places where we just can’t pick a winner.
Heavy Body Types
All Helix mattresses have coils, which tend to be better over the long run for handling heavier folks (250 lb or more). They even make a specific model called Plus, which is a mattress for heavy and obese sleepers.
The Purple Hybrid mattresses are also hybrid/innerspring mattresses that are built to handle heavier folks. The only beds we can’t recommend for heavier people are the softer Helix models and the original Purple mattress.
Because both brands offer numerous mattress models, they have an option for all types of sleepers. The Original Purple mattress is suitable for all sleeping positions as long as you’re under 225 lb. The base Purple Hybrid is designed more for back and stomach sleepers. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3 works for all sleepers, as does the Purple Hybrid Premier 4.
For Helix, just use the Sleep Quiz on their website to find the right mattress for your dominant sleeping position. The two softer mattresses (Sunset and Moonlight) are meant mostly for side sleepers. The two medium beds (Midnight and Dusk) can handle all sleeping positions. And the two firm models (Twilight and Dawn) are designed for back and/or stomach sleepers in particular.
Edge support refers to how strong the perimeter of the bed is. The firmer Helix mattresses will be better in terms of edge support. The Purple Hybrid mattresses provide solid edge support as well since they have foam side rails and coils. The softer Helix mattresses and the Original Purple won’t be as good in this department but they’re still viable for folks who share their bed.
Edge support is only really important for couples sleeping on a smaller bed (such as a full or a queen) where space is limited and you need to be able to utilize the entire surface of the mattress. If the bed doesn’t have strong edge support, it will compress so much that you’ll get a roll-off sensation, which can be pretty unnerving.
This is another element that’s mostly important for couples. Motion isolation refers to how well the bed deadens motion. Helix and Purple are both very good at isolating motion and therefore are a good option for light sleepers.
If your partner likes to get a midnight snack or just constantly has to go pee in the middle of the night, you can pretty much choose any Helix or Purple mattress and you should be fine. That said, if you’re really concerned with perfect motion isolation, make sure to check out our list of the best mattresses for light sleepers and motion isolation.