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