Helix vs TempurPedic Mattress
Helix Sleep is known for being a semi-custom mattress company, whereas TempurPedic is the biggest name in memory foam.
Last Updated: August 12, 2020
Helix is flat out one of our favorite mattress companies, mostly because they have an interesting value proposition. And that is that we are all different, and therefore we should have even more control over the bed on which we sleep. TempurPedic, on the other hand, is in the luxury mattress tier, and specifically focuses on memory foam mattresses. They really don't play the coupon game, and are ok with being more expensive than the average bed online.
This is a feature-packed review, and, therefore, in an effort to keep things digestible here’s a rundown of the major points will we be cover with TempurPedic and Helix Sleep.
- Design — TempurPedic is a memory foam bed, while Helix offers 15 models, all of which have a coil/hybrid construction.
- Pricing — In general, Helix Sleep offers the more affordable mattresses, and they more frequently run promotions.
- Cooling Covers — TempurPedic beds have a cooling cover.
- Sleep Quiz — Helix offers a sleep quiz to help align sleepers with the optimal bed. TempurPedic has the “Good-Better-Best” model.
- Overall Feel — You will get a deep, viscose feeling with TempurPedic, while Helix offers a few different comfort profiles (some with more memory foam than others).
- Heavy People — As a rule of thumb, heavy people need hybrid or innerspring mattresses. Both brands offer coil beds, but Helix has a specific mattress for heavier individuals.
That’s our quick-hit list of items to think about. If you’re looking for a more in-depth review, you can visit our individual mattress reviews or read the post below.
Background On Helix Sleep And TempurPedic
Let’s start with TempurPedic since it’s one of the largest bedding companies out there and it’s been around since the 1990s. Over the last thirty years or so, TempurPedic has launched new beds, and has confused consumers along the way. Now, however, the brand has trimmed the fat and offers three TempurPedic core models and two upgraded cooling models. They are available at various brick and mortar and online retailers throughout the country, including at their namesake stores. TempurPedic has also been investing heavily in their online store, which will be one of the main outlets for consumers to buy their products.
Helix hasn’t been around nearly as long as TempurPedic, however, the brand has quickly become one of the top online mattress brands, alongside the likes of Casper, Purple, and a few others. Helix, in many ways, has gone in the opposite direction as a lot of these online sellers, however. Rather than offer just one flagship foam model, Helix offers 10+ beds and a special sleep quiz to match one-for-one consumers with the appropriate mattress. They really do have an interesting and admirable business model—and consumers seem to love their products.
Overview Of The Different Helix Beds
I know it can be a little confusing and intimidating to hear that a brand offers 10+ different beds, but Helix actually does a nice job, via their Sleep Quiz, with keeping things orderly for consumers. The main difference between the six core Helix mattresses are related to thing things: firmness rating and support. You can think of the beds as being on two separate spectrums. For instance, they offer soft, extra-supportive beds, but also firm, medium-support beds.
As you can see, Helix offers a model for just about everyone—and that’s just within their six core models. They also have another six beds dubbed “Helix Luxe” which are the same as the core six, but with a pillow top and zoned support coils. To be frank, we do prefer the Helix Luxe beds, but they are more expensive.
Further, Helix sells a bed called “Plus,” which contains XL wrapped coils and higher-density foams. Helix claims it’s suitable for up to two 500 lbs individuals. That puts it on par with WinkBed and Big Fig in terms of claimed durability.
The final model offered by Helix Sleep is Birch, and it’s a natural/organic mattress meant to spar with My Green Mattress, Avocado, and others. It has coils just like the other Helix beds, but replaces various poly foams with latex foam. Here’s a look at the Birch mattress.
All of this is to say that Helix is exhaustive in their quest to make a bed for everyone. Whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper, there’s a model for you. If you’re heavy, they’ve got you covered as well. And, if you want a mattress with certain natural and organic materials, they now make a model for you too.
What Are The Helix Beds Made Of?
Even though all the Helix beds are different, at a high level, they are fairly similar. For instance, they all have pocketed coils (as opposed to innersprings) and various types of foam. The order, density and thickness of the foams is how they make the beds firmer or softer. Here’s a look inside the most popular Helix mattress, Midnight:
Despite the differences between the models, they all have the same non-removable, soft touch cover.
Helix Is More Affordable Than TempurPedic
If you just look at the MSRP for the beds, Helix is a good deal more affordable than TempurPedic. For instance, the six core models sell for around $1,000 before discounts, while the cheapest bed in TempurPedic’s TEMPUR line is around $2,200 for the queen size. Even the upgraded Helix Luxe models are more affordable than TempurPedic.
If you account for discounts, Helix typically comes down about $900 for the queen size (Helix Luxe is closer to $1,600). TempurPedic less regularly offers promotions, but we have seen them offer $100-200 off on occasion.
Free Return Option With Helix
Most online brands give consumers the option to return their mattress for free if they do not like it. Helix not only has the 100-night trial period, but also the free return option. TempurPedic offers returns as well, but they aren’t completely free.
TempurPedic’s TEMPUR Line Of Mattresses
The flagship mattress offering from TempurPedic is called TEMPUR, and it includes five beds. Here’s a graphic that shows the different firmness levels offered within the TEMPUR line. You can see all of the TEMPUR beds on TempurPedic’s website.
TEMPUR-Adapt is the company’s most affordable bed, and is the model that we most often recommend given that it offers nearly as much as the others and is several hundred dollars cheaper. According to TempurPedic, however, the TEMPUR-ProAdapt is the most popular mattress, which adds a “Soft” and “Firm” model in addition to the “Medium” and “Medium Hybrid.”
If you step up to the ProBreeze and LuxeBreeze, these are what we consider the company’s upgraded cooling models. TempurPedic boasts that the LuxeBreeze can sleep up to 8° cooler.
General Construction Of TempurPedic Beds
For the most part, all of the TempurPedic beds are either made entirely of foam or have a coil base. For instance, the models labeled “Medium Hybrid” not only are in the middle in terms of firmness, but also have a foundational layer of pocketed coils—much like what you’ll see on the Helix beds.
We are particularly fond of the hybrid models since they are able to handle all body types. It’s not that the all-foam beds lack support (that’s not the case), but it’s widely accepted that heavy people over the long run are going to prefer coil beds.
If the bed does not have coils it will just have a dense slab of foam as the bottom layer. But, beyond that, all of the beds will have multiple layers of memory foam. The exact thickness and density of that foam will vary (which is how they make different firmness options). Let’s take a look at the inside of the TEMPUR-ProAdapt so that you can see the layers of memory foam.
As one might expect given the quantity of memory foam, TempurPedic beds have a viscose, sink-in feel. After all, TempurPedic is the brand that brought memory foam to the limelight, so it makes sense that they all feel like memory foam.
The beds conform to the shape of your body and are quite comfortable if you like a bed that envelopes you and creates a little nook for you to lay in. This is a major difference between TempurPedic and Helix—one feels like true memory foam and the other feels more neutral in general.
All five models from TempurPedic also have a cooling cover that’s cool to the touch. The covers go a long way in helping to keep sleepers at a comfortable temperature, especially since memory foam is known to trap heat.
The cooling cover on the ProBreeze and LuxeBreeze will be more extreme than with the other three beds.
Verdict: Which Mattress Should You Get?
Spoiler: we won’t tell you what to do. Here are the main things that you should keep in mind, though.
- Do you like memory foam? This is the most important question. If you replied “Yes,” well then, TempurPedic is probably the way to go.
- What’s your budget for this new bed? If it’s around $1,000 for a queen, Helix is your winner. If you can pay closer to $2,000 TempurPedic is still in the running.
- Do you need a coil or foam mattress? Your answer to this one won’t really matter, but it’s just another thing to think about.
- What is your dominant sleeping position? Again, the answer won’t drive a decision since both companies have options for you, but you need to know this when you’re mattress shopping.
That’s the big stuff that you should be thinking about when comparing Helix and TempurPedic. Both offer really nice beds and both are very well respected brands. If you have further questions, feel free to email us or dive into our other mattress comparisons.