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Helix Luxe Review

A detailed look at the different Helix Luxe beds, including Midnight, Moonlight, Twilight and more.

Helix is a little different than the majority of bed in a box mattress brands out there. You can either take a sleep quiz to determine which of their beds is best suited for you or you can simply shop among the 10+ models they offer yourself. In this post, we cover everything you need to know about the different Helix Luxe mattress models.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Consumers who want options (several models to choose from)
  • People who like a soft, pillow-top type feel
  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, side and combo)
  • All body types
  • Folks looking for a high-quality, durable bed

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Budget shoppers
  • Folks who want a traditional memory foam feel

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What’s The Deal With Helix?

Helix takes a different approach than the typical bed-in-a-box company. Instead of just offering one or two models, the company offers over ten options. The company’s goal is to match you with a specific mattress that meets your particular needs. In fact, one the company’s taglines is “Mattresses Designed For Every Body”.

There are two ways to determine which Helix mattress is best for you. The first option is to take the company’s sleep quiz. You’ll fill out a questionnaire that asks about your weight, primary sleeping position, preferred firmness level, etc. Based on your answers, Helix will then recommend a model that best suits your sleeping preferences.

Alternatively, you can research the different Helix beds yourself. The company provides a detailed mattress comparison page so you can determine which of their models might be a fit. The comparison page includes details regarding firmness, body type, support and more.

Helix Luxe Mattress Lineup

To make things as simple as possible, Helix categorizes their mattresses based on two main criteria factors – firmness and sleeping position. Here is quick breakdown of the six most popular models and who each bed is designed for.

  • Sunset – Soft mattress that is best for primary side sleepers
  • Moonlight – Soft mattress that is best for back and stomach sleepers
  • Midnight (flagship model) – Medium firmness mattress for side sleepers
  • Dusk – Medium firmness mattress that is designed with back and stomach sleepers in mind
  • Twilight – Firm mattress that will accommodate primary side sleepers
  • Dawn – Firm mattress that is best for back and stomach sleepers

Beyond the six models described above, the company also offers three specialty beds. The first is the Helix Nightfall, which is specifically built for heavy people.

Next is the Helix Dual Balanced model, which has a split design. One side of the bed is soft and the other is firm. This is a great option for couples that have different sleeping preferences. Lastly, the company offers the Helix Dual Extra model, which is very similar to the Dual Balanced model. It too has a split design but it’s geared more towards back and stomach sleepers.

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The Helix Nightfall is an excellent option for big guys that played college football

I know we covered a lot in this section and I can see why it might become confusing for consumers. If you’re not 100% sure which model is the right fit, we’d recommend completing the sleep quiz that we discussed above. Also, not the bearer of bad news, but there is one more major distinction that Helix draws between the models we just reviewed (queue the next section).

Helix Luxe vs Standard Differences

Once you determine which of the six main models is right for you, there is one last step. You then have to decide whether you want the standard model or the Luxe model. For example, there is a Helix Midnight standard model and a Helix Midnight Luxe model. Here are the primary differences between the standard models and the Luxe models:

  • Price – The Luxe models (as the name implies) are a bit more expensive than the standard models. For example, a queen size standard Moonlight has a MSRP of around $1,000, while the queen size Moonlight Luxe goes for around $1,750.
  • Construction – The standard models are comprised of four layers and total 10″ thick. The Luxe models contain six layers and total 14″ thick.
  • Coils – All Helix beds contain both coils and layers of foam, however, the Luxe models incorporate special zoned lumbar support coils. In short, this zoned support system is supposed to provide a slightly softer feel under your head and shoulders and a slightly firmer feel under your lower back and trunk.
  • Quilted Pillow Top – Every Helix Luxe mattress contains a thick, quilted pillow top for added comfort and pressure relief.
  • Cooling Cover – Helix also uses a special cooling cover on each of their Luxe models that is designed to absorb and release heat.
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There’s a lot to like about the standard Helix mattresses

Based on this information, if you think the standard models are more up your alley, you can check out our full review here. If not, from here on out, we are going to focus on the Luxe models only. And to be completely transparent with you, we tested the Helix Moonlight Luxe model. It just wasn’t practical for us to test out every single model. So with that in mind, let’s get into all the juicy details.

Company Policies Overview

All Helix mattresses ship for free. The bed you order will arrive at your door compressed and rolled-up in a box about the size of a bag of golf clubs. After you see the box has arrived, just grab a friend or family member and move it to your room. From there, remove the bed from the box, cut the protective plastic and watch it inflate. As with most online beds that arrive compressed, you’ll want to wait about 24-48 hours before sleeping on the mattress. Here’s a look at the Slumber Yard team unboxing the Helix Luxe Moonlight mattress.

Setting up the Helix Luxe Moonlight mattress

From the date of delivery, Helix offers customers a 100 night sleep trial. Essentially, you can test out your new Helix bed for about three months risk-free before deciding whether to keep it or not. If, after 30 nights, you decide the bed isn’t quite right for you, no worries, you have a few different options at your disposal. If you’re over Helix and want to try your luck with another bed-in-a-box brand, just call the Helix customer support team and they’ll schedule a time for the mattress to be picked up from your home. Once the pick-up takes places, just email the company a copy of the removal receipt and they’ll issue you a full refund.

Alternatively, if the Helix model you originally ordered is just too soft or firm, you can exchange it for another model that better suits your needs. Again, just contact Helix customer support and they’ll take care of the exchange process. Lastly, Helix backs the Luxe mattresses with a 15 year warranty. For more details about what exactly the warranty covers, be sure to visit the company’s website.

Helix Luxe Mattress Pricing And Coupon Code

The term “Luxe” in the name says it all with these beds. To put it simply, the Helix Luxe mattresses are premium, luxury beds and their prices reflect that. However, with that said, they’re still more affordable than some of the big name mattress brands you’ll find in your local brick and mortar mattress store. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size for the Luxe models.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$995
Twin XL$1,245
Full$1,495
Queen$1,745
King / Cal King$2,145

We have some good news for you though. Helix is fairly aggressive when it comes to sales, discounts and coupon codes. You can almost always take advantage of a promo code or discount code to save money. Check the green discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what the company is currently offering. Chances are, you’ll be able to save around $75-$150 on your mattress purchase.

What Are The Helix Luxe Beds Made Of?

As we mentioned above, every Helix Luxe mattress is comprised of six layers and totals a whopping 14″ thick. Here is a quick summary of each layer (bottom to top).

  • DuraDense Base Foam – the name says it all. This is a thin layer of dense foam that really just serves as a foundation for the coils above.
  • Zoned Lumbar Support Coils – the coils in the bed are actually split into different sections. The coils under your head and shoulders are slightly more forgiving to provide more pressure relief and the coils under your lower back, hips and trunk are slightly firmer to provide additional support.
  • Polyfoam – this layer simply serves as a soft transition from the hard coils below.
  • Helix Dynamic Foam – according to Helix, this layer is designed to react and conform to your body’s shape for additional comfort.
  • Gel Visco Memory Foam – this is the true comfort layer for the bed and offers a good amount of pressure relief.
  • Pillow Top – adds additional comfort for the sleeper.
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Helix Luxe mattress construction

Naturally, you might be wondering how the Luxe models differ in terms of composition. After all, there are six models to choose from. They can’t all be the same, right? Yes, that’s correct and the answer really lies in the Polyfoam, Helix Dynamic Foam and Gel Visco Memory Foam layers described above. I don’t want to bore you with scientific terms like IFD and PCF so to put it simply, these three layers change in firmness depending on which model you choose.

For example, if you choose the Helix Luxe Sunset model, the three layers are designed to be softer for extra pressure relief. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, if you choose the Helix Luxe Dawn model, the three layers are designed to be firmer for additional support.

Caring For The Helix Luxe Mattress Cover

As we alluded to above, each Helix Luxe mattress contains a quilted pillow top cover that is non-removable. However, what we didn’t mention is that the cover contains a special phase change material that is designed to absorb and regulate heat. We discuss temperature regulation in more detail later in the review so for now let’s focus on how to care for the cover.

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A closer look at the phase change cover

If you have an accident or happen to spill a beverage on the cover, you’ll have to spot clean the dirty area since you can’t just unzip the cover and throw it in the wash. We recommend using a mild detergent and some water to dab the soiled area.

Don’t worry, we wouldn’t necessarily consider this a negative though. Most bed-in-a-box mattress covers (even the ones that are removable) are not machine washable. Really, there’s only a handful of mattresses (YogaBed and Novosbed to name a couple) that have machine washable covers. To safeguard against spills and stains, you may want to look into purchasing a mattress protector. Helix offers a waterproof option or you could always just shop among the dozens of options on Amazon.

Feel, Responsiveness And Firmness

Despite the thick layer of memory foam the Helix Luxe beds use for their true comfort layer, we wouldn’t say the mattresses have a prototypical memory foam feel. Instead, we actually think the mattresses have more of a soft, neutral-foam feel. In other words, you feel more of the soft, pillow top than you do the layer of memory foam. Don’t get us wrong, the beds are super comfortable, you just don’t feel like the top layers really contour to your body’s curves like the top layers on the Puffy Lux, for example.

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Soft pillow top on the Helix Luxe beds

Now this may or may not be preferable. It really just depends on what you like. If you prefer the the deep, conforming sensation that memory foam is known for, we’d recommend taking a look at our list of the Best Memory Foam Mattresses. If you like more of a universal, soft foam feel that still provides a good amount of pressure relief, then the Helix Luxe mattresses are a good choice.

Keep in mind, with a lot of true memory foam beds, you’ll often feel as if you’re sort of stuck-in-the-mattress. Luckily, with the Helix Luxe beds, you won’t ever get any sort of that stuck-in-the-mud type feel.

Medium responsiveness but no stuck-in-the-mud feel

The top layers on the mattress aren’t all that responsive (due in large part to the layer of memory foam), but we actually found it was quite easy to switch between positions. Basically, all were trying to say is that you get the soft, pressure relieving qualities of memory foam without any of the downside.

In terms of firmness, well, this is difficult for us to opine on. It’s going to depend on which model you select. Here’s a graphic that shows the relative positioning of each model on the soft-to-firm scale.

helix mattress review firmness and models

We spent the most time on the Helix Luxe Moonlight model. Overall, we think it lands somewhere around a medium-soft on the firmness scale. It’s the second softest model in the lineup. If you want to go even softer, you’ll want to check out the Sunset model and if you want to go firmer, take a peek at the remaining four models to the right of the Moonlight on the scale above.

Sleeper Types

Again, this section largely depends on which model you choose. Bottom line though, Helix makes a Luxe model to accommodate all sleeper types.

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If you’re a primary side sleeper, you’ll either want to go with the Sunset, Midnight or Twilight models. These three models are purposely designed to provide a good amount of pressure relief for side sleepers. Really, the only difference between the three models comes down to firmness. So if you’re a side sleeper that prefers more of a soft, plush feel, the Sunset model would be the best choice. If you’re a side sleeper that prefers a slightly firmer feel, the Twilight model would be the best choice. And lastly, if you want something in the middle, you’d want to go with the Midnight model.

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The Sunset, Midnight and Twilight models are best for side sleepers

It’s the same story for back and stomach sleepers. Helix offers three models (Moonlight, Dusk and Dawn) that are specifically constructed to provide additional support where you need it most (lower back and trunk). Again, the differences between the three boils down to firmness. If you spend the majority of the night on your back or stomach and you like a softer feel, the Moonlight model is the way to go. If you want a firm feel, the Dawn model would be best and if you want something in-between, then the Dusk model would be the choice.

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The Moonlight, Dusk and Dawn models are best for stomach sleepers

As far as combo sleepers, we think the Moonlight mattress would be an excellent choice. We found this model strikes a nice balance between support and pressure relief. It’s soft and comfortable yet it also does a good job of keeping your body and spine in a neutral alignment (i.e. your hips don’t sink too far down into the bed). Alternatively, we think the Midnight and Dusk models would be solid choices as well since they have more a medium feel in terms of firmness. In other words, sleepers in all positions will find the beds accommodating.

Body Type And Weight

Good news, the Helix Luxe mattresses will work for people of all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter whether you weigh 100 pounds soaking wet or you’re an NFL lineman. The beds use premium materials and have a high-quality construction that’s designed to properly support all individuals.

When you hear the Helix Luxe is good for all body types

However, there is one tiny wrinkle. Although the Helix Luxe beds accommodate all sleepers, your weight and body type will affect how you perceive the mattress to feel. In simple terms, heavy people (250+ pounds) generally think most mattresses feel quite soft. This is because big folks exert a large amount of pressure on the surface of the bed and as a result, sink further into the soft top layers. In this case, heavy people will feel more the memory foam secondary layer than an average or petite sized person.

On the other end of the spectrum, small individuals (150 pounds or less) will generally feel like most mattresses are quite firm. The opposite is true for these body types. Petite folks place very little pressure on the surface of a mattress and as a result, tend to sleep more on top of the bed rather than it.

We really just bring this point up so you can choose the model that best suits your body type. For example, if you’re a large back sleeper and you want a medium firmness, instead of going with the Dusk model (which Helix recommends), you may want to go with the Dawn model since it will feel a tad bit softer to you compared to an average size person.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

Do Helix Luxe Beds Sleep Hot?

Overall, we think the Helix Luxe beds sleep temperature neutral. In other words, we don’t think the mattress will be the primary reason why you warm up or cool-off throughout the night. We know the cover technically uses a special phase change material but it doesn’t make the bed cool-to-the-touch and at the end of the day, we didn’t notice that it was actively cooling us down during the testing process.

Don’t worry, you likely won’t end up like this guy on the Helix Luxe

Temperature regulation in general is a divisive subject in the mattress industry. A lot of companies like to use marketing rhetoric that claim their beds sleep cool but in reality, there are a multitude of external factors also at play. For example, it doesn’t matter how cool your bed sleeps if you regularly crank your thermostat up to 80 degrees during the night. Other common factors include what type of sheets you use, what you wear to bed and what climate you live in. All these things can affect your sleeping temperature.

SEE ALSO: Best Cooling Mattresses

Considerations For Couples

I know this review has dragged on a little already, so let’s just quickly discuss a few things that are particularly important for couples. I’m talking about motion isolation and edge support.

First, the Helix Luxe Moonight mattress we tested did a great job of isolating motion. As you can see below, the bed does a good job of deadening the movement applied by our testing team. The water in the glass stays fairly steady despite the movement around its location.

Good motion isolation

This is a good sign for people who share a bed with an active sleeper (or dog) who moves around a lot throughout the night. Beds like the Helix Luxe that do a good job of deadening motion will hopefully translate to a more restful night of sleep since you’ll feel less of your partner’s movements.

In terms of edge support, the Moonlight mattress passed with flying colors. The bed is very solid around the perimeter. As we inched toward the side of the bed, we still felt properly supported and didn’t get any sort of that “I’m about to slide off” feeling.

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Solid edge support

Edge support is important for couples who either prefer not to cuddle or share a smaller size bed like a full or queen. Beds that provide solid support around the perimeter offer more useful surface area for both partners to spread out and get comfortable.

Helix Luxe Review Verdict

Overall, we are big fans of the Helix Luxe mattresses. The beds check pretty much every box there is. They’re comfortable, they have a durable, high-quality construction and they accommodate all sleepers and body types. Our entire team really enjoyed testing out the Luxe Moonlight model.

Really the only downside we see is the price tag. We’re just not 100% sold that the Luxe version is worth an additional $400-$800 over the standard model. If you have the money and you want the zoned support coils, pillow top and phase change cover, then go for it. But if money is tight, we’d recommend sticking with the standard Helix models, which we think very highly of as well.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?

Helix sent us the Luxe Midnight mattress for free in order to test the product. However, we are an independent company and retain complete control over the content we produce.

Are the Helix Luxe beds safe?

Yes, all Helix mattresses are Okeo-Tex certified, meaning they are free from harmful substances and chemicals.

Is the Helix Luxe mattress flippable?

No, Helix Luxe beds are not double-sided. The grey fabric cover displaying the Helix logo should be near the bottom of the mattress.

Should I rotate the Helix Luxe mattress?

According to the Helix website, you do not need to rotate any of the Helix Luxe mattresses. However, as with most beds, it's typically a good idea to rotate your mattress every 6-8 months or so to protect against sagging and body impressions.

Do Helix Luxe beds have a weight limit?

According to the company's website, Helix beds are designed to support up to 500 pounds of combined weight. The one exception is the Nightfall model, which is designed to support up to 1,000 pounds.

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