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|Leesa is a foam mattress that's extremely popular online. It has such a neutral and accomodating feel that most people will find it comfortable.|
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|Helix offers semi-custom mattresses that come in a variety of firmness profiles (i.e. soft - firm) and thicknesses.|
Before we get into detail, here are the main points we’ll be hitting in this comparison:
Leesa and Helix are extremely close in price and have a fairly similar feel, but they’re different in almost every other way we can think of. They’re also both safely in the top 10 in terms of most popular bed-in-a-box mattress companies on the internet. In this post we’ll be going over the reasons why one mattress may be better for you than the other.
When we ripped the side of our Leesa mattress open, we saw a pretty standard construction that’s similar to other brands we’ve torn open (please don’t try to tear open your mattress). The bed is 10” thick, made from three different kinds of foam: LSA foam, memory foam, and support foam.
The foundation is made out of 6” dense polyurethane foam (mattress jargon for neutral) to act as the base. In the middle of the bed is 2” of memory foam, which works great as a transition layer and it provides great pressure relief for your body. The top layer is what Leesa calls “LSA200,” a proprietary foam the brand manufactured themselves. It’s a soft neutral foam that balances out the memory foam underneath it, making the mattress comfortable and pretty much universally liked.
LSA200 is the updated foam and new replacement for Leesa’s old Avena foam, which had a similar feel, but was more like egg crate foam. We also think the newer foam is a little more comfortable and pressure relieving than the older version, but at the same time is more responsive.
Like we mentioned before, a Leesa mattress has a soft neutral feel because the LSA layer overshadows the memory foam underneath it. Instead of the deep viscous feel of memory foam, it feels light and airy like laying on a fluffy over-sized cotton ball. We’ve found that it’s harder to object to a Leesa mattress than, say, a TempurPedic, because it truly is a universally accommodating mattress. Some people don’t like the sinking feeling memory foam can give you, but not many people can pass on a mattress you gently lay on top of.
We rated the firmness of Leesa at a medium on our scale, which is another characteristic of its general likability. A medium firmness level is suitable for the widest range of people, since it’s firm enough to keep a back sleeper’s spine aligned, but it’s soft enough to contour to the curves of and offer pressure relief to a side sleeper’s body.
Keep in mind though, that weight has a big effect on how soft or firm a mattress will feel to you. A Leesa will feel like a medium to a petite or medium-sized individual, but for someone over 250 lb the bed might be a little too soft. Also, foam mattresses don’t tend to be as supportive and durable, for heavy people, as hybrid/spring mattresses, so if you’re 250 lb or above then we think a Helix Nightfall would be the best choice for you.
We know some people are really price conscious when it comes to a mattress, and rightfully so. In this case though, we don’t think price will be a huge factor in your decision. Both Leesa and Helix retail at about the same price—around $1,000. Once you apply coupons or find a deal, however, they can go back and forth with who’s cheaper. Just be sure to check the price info in the table at the top of this post for current numbers.
After discount, for a queen size, you can expect Leesa and Helix to be about $850 and $920, respectively. Like we said, barely a difference in price, but if saving $70 is really important to you, clearly, Leesa is the winner. You can check current pricing on Leesa.com and HelixSleep.com.
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If you decide to go with Helix, you’re going to have a bunch of different mattresses to choose from. Before you get overwhelmed, Helix makes it easy for their customers to narrow down their options with a Sleep Quiz on their website. It’s designed to direct you towards the mattresses that would be best for you, based on the information you provide.
Out of the various models, there are six core mattresses that we’re going to discuss first. The only ways they differ is in firmness and support. Moonlight and Sunset are both at the soft end of the spectrum, Dusk and Midnight land at a medium, and Twilight and Dawn are rated firm. With each firmness level, you can choose whether or not you want more or less support.
The construction of the six core model are also really similar, since they’re all 10” thick with 6” of coils and 4” of foam. They use a mix of three or four different foams, including memory foam, polyurethane foam, Helix Dynamic Foam, and DuraSense Foam (support foam). The type of foams used depends on how firm and supportive you want your mattress to be.
You’re probably wondering, what about the other three mattresses? These models are Nightfall, Dual Balanced, and Dual Extra, and they were made with special objectives in mind. The Nightfall mattress has a 12” construction with 8” coils and thicker foam and is made especially with individuals over 250 lb in mind. It’s thicker and more supportive than any of the other beds they offer. The Dual Balanced and Dual Extra are both split mattresses with a soft side and a firm side, but one has more support than the other.
Helix actually offers even more options on top of all those models; you can get their mattresses in a Standard or Luxe version. In this comparison, we’re just focusing on the Standard Helix mattresses, but you can read up on the Luxe models in our Helix Luxe review.
We know this was a ton of information, but Helix knows that as well and it’s the reason why they have a sleeper quiz. When you try to design a mattress for everybody (their slogan), it can get a little hectic, which is why they offer their Sleep Quiz.
So for the sake of time and your sanity, we aren’t going to go through and describe the exact feeling of every single Helix mattress. Not only would your eyes gloss over, but they all feel really similar to each other and it would quickly get repetitive.
So to sum it up, a Helix mattress has a soft foam or neutral-foam feel. Even though the mattresses contain memory foam, you don’t get that traditional memory foam feel. It’s a little bouncier than a Leesa because of the coils, and it’s slightly more durable, too. So if you’re looking for a responsive, supportive, and durable hybrid mattress, Helix was made with people like you in mind.
Since Helix quite literally has a mattress for everybody, every sleeper type (back, stomach, side, and combo) and body type (petite, medium-sized, heavy) will find a mattress that is ideal for their preferences. Couples who have different sleeper types will especially like the Helix, because you have the ability to pick a different firmness level for the each side of the bed.
If you have messy kids, a messy significant other, a messy animal, or a chaotic combination of all three; you’ll probably love the fact that Helix comes with a removable and machine washable cover. We’ve seen several brands out there who offer a removable cover, but there are the few, like YogaBed and NovosBed, that make their covers machine washable, as well.
That’s not to say it’s difficult to clean mattresses like Leesa, you’ll just need a mild detergent and warm water to spot clean the stain. Just make sure you wait to put the sheets back on until the spot is completely dry.
If you’re somebody who transforms into an oven overnight, Helix also offers their “Ultra Cool Cover” with phase-change materials built in, which you can purchase along with your mattress. What the heck does that mean to you? It means they incorporated a technology to create a cool cover that helps regulate temperature. It’s not the coolest bed we’ve ever seen, but definitely doesn’t hurt if you’re a hot sleeper. If you’re a particularly hot sleeper, check out our post on the Best Mattresses for Hot and Sweaty Sleepers.
If you need a little more guidance, ask yourself these questions.
Hopefully, we were able to point you in the right direction towards the mattress of your dreams. Make sure to check out our other mattress comparisons if you have other brands you want to consider.
Thanks to Leesa and a few other industry trailblazers like Casper, it’s become a standard amongst bed-in-a-box companies to offer free shipping, and you can expect it with Helix, as well. Once your mattress is shipped, it’ll arrive at your front door in an easy-to-manage four-foot box so you won’t have to worry about squeezing it through your doorway.
It’ll take about five to 10 minutes max to unbox your mattress and when you do, you’ll want to wait about 1-3 days to sleep on it. We know you’ll be anxious to try it out, but you’ll have to wait for it to fully decompress and off-gas before you jump into bed.
A great perk of buying online mattresses are the risk-free trials. Some are longer than others, but both Leesa and Helix will give you 100 nights to sleep on your mattress before you have to fully commit. If you find you don’t like your Leesa or Helix, you can call either company and let them know. They’ll walk you through their easy return process and you’ll get a refund, which means no buyer’s remorse for you if end up changing your mind.
One great thing about Leesa is their humanitarian efforts and their commitment to different social causes. For every mattress they sell, they’ll plant one tree; and for every 10 mattresses they sell, they’ll donate one to charity. So you know if you spend your money with Leesa, you’re contributing to a good cause.
The last thing we want to touch on before we get into the good stuff is the warranty policy you’ll get from Helix and Leesa. They will each cover your mattress for 10 years, which again is pretty standard with the bed-in-a-box industry. If you want to know exactly what you’re covered for, head over to HelixSleep.com or Leesa.com to find out more.