Helix Mattress Reviews
An in-depth review of the Helix Sleep Mattress. We cover Midnight, Dusk, Plus, and the other beds from the company.
Last Updated: January 5, 2021Matt Ross
Helix is one of the most interesting mattress companies in the mattress market right now. They have a sleep quiz to line you up with the right mattress for you, because they offer multiple varieties. In this review, we cover what you need to know about the Helix mattress including firmness, support, feel, temperature regulation, and much more.
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Helix Mattress Review
Welcome to our Helix Mattress general review where we discuss, compare, and contrast the many different beds offered by Helix Sleep. As you’ll see in the review, Helix seems to have made a mattress for every kind of sleeper, and essentially tailored a customizable experience for their customers who can buy beds that are made with their specific needs in mind.
While the whole idea might seem a tad bit overwhelming, Helix offers a helpful sleep quiz to help you through the selection process, and pair you with a mattress that works best for you based on the answers you selected. Or, you can dive in yourself to research online mattress reviews (such as this one) and find out which Helix Mattress sounds most appealing to you.
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Rather than offer just one mattress model, they make over 10, but we actually think they do a good job of keeping it simple for the consumer and it’s a rather interesting concept compared to a lot of other online beds. Whether you want a soft foam hybrid or environmentally-friendly latex mattress, Helix Sleep has you covered. Continue along in our review to learn all about the different beds offered by Helix Sleep.
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Comparing The Different Helix Mattress Models
Below is a table illustrating the major differences between the multiple different mattress models offered by Helix.
Here’s a look at the different models that Helix’s sleep quiz could set you up with:
Sunset — This is the softest and most pressure relieving mattress that helix makes. It will also have the most true memory foam feeling since both the transition layer and comfort layer are both memory foam. Sunset is specifically made for medium and petite side sleepers.
Moonlight — This is still a soft mattress, but has more support than does Sunset. If you look at the construction, it has a memory foam transition layer and a neutral foam comfort layer. As such, Moonlight will be soft, but have a neutral overall feel to it. This is a very nice option for side sleepers and lighter back/stomach sleepers.
Midnight — Helix Midnight is the most popular model that they make. It has a memory foam top layer and is good for all sleeping positions (which might be why it’s their most loved mattress).
Dusk — This is basically the big brother of Midnight. It has the same design (for the most part), but the top layer is a neutral foam as opposed to memory foam. You won’t get as much pressure relief, but you should be able to sleep in any position that you’d like.
Twilight — This is a solid option for side sleepers that want a firmer mattress. I know that sounds contradictory, but the fact of the matter is people in some cases are looking for a firmer bed that will work for side sleepers. Helix Twilight will be a solid option.
Dawn — Perhaps the firmest model that Helix makes, Dawn is made for back and stomach sleepers that prefer to lay on top of the mattress. This is a properly firm bed with plenty of support.
Plus — Helix Plus was made to be extra supportive in order to accommodate people who weigh 250 lbs and over. Plus uses special XL wrapped coils and higher-density foams, which is a a great option for individuals that want a comfortable mattress that will be both durable and supportive under heavier body types.
Luxe Models — The six core models are also available in a Luxe version, which will have a pillow top, zoned support coils, and an extra two layers of foam. The Luxe models are 14″ thick whereas the standard models are 12″ thick. We are huge fans of the Luxe models. Somehow, they’re even nicer than the original Helix Sleep mattresses.
Birch — In 2019, Helix launched a separate natural and organic mattress called Birch that we think is just fantastic. It also has pocketed coils for support, but then uses latex foam and wool as the comfort layers. They even offer an optional topper to make the mattress softer and more accommodating for side sleepers. All-in-all it’s a really nice bed and it’s quite a bit more affordable than the other natural and organic mattresses out there.
One of the more unique things about Helix is that they run consumers through a Sleep Quiz on their website that matches them with a suitable mattress. The quiz takes about a minute to complete, but it allows Helix to provide a more accurate recommendation to you.
Similarities Between Helix Mattress Models
Helix offers an array of different mattresses to choose from; their six core models, a luxe version to each of their core models, Helix Plus for folks with heavier body types, and the natural/organic Birch Mattress. Here is a breakdown of how these different models compare.
Although the core, Luxe, and Plus models contain memory foam, none of them actually feel like memory foam mattresses. Nor do they remind us of your traditional innerspring mattresses with pillow tops. Instead, we think you’ll like Helix if you’re looking for a softer foam bed, with the support, responsiveness, and durability provided by coils. Of course, the exact support and firmness of the bed will vary from model to model, but the overall feel is soft, neutral, and accommodating.
Birch, on the other hand, is a complete different ballgame. The Birch Mattress has a bouncy latex foam feel thanks to the natural tendencies of latex foam, and the springy coils in the support layer of the mattress.
Helix truly made a mattress for everyone when they designed their beds to come in multiple different firmness levels. The Helix core models and the Helix Luxe models all have soft, medium, and firm options as shown in the graph below. Note that there is a Luxe version for each of these core models.
We think side sleepers would love Helix Moonlight, Helix Sunset, or their Luxe models, while strict back and stomach sleepers may want to consider Helix Dawn, Twilight, or their Luxe versions. Dusk, Midnight, Dusk Luxe and Midnight Luxe are best for combo sleepers or those who want a nice balance between the two.
Helix Pus (formerly called Nightfall), however, is only offered in one firmness level which is rated around a medium (for heavy individuals), or a medium-firm for more petite and average-sized sleepers. Though, we don’t suggest Helix Plus to petite sleepers because it’s more expensive and they don’t really need the additional support it provides.
Birch Mattress, like many latex foam hybrid beds on the online market, has more of a medium-firm firmness level and is most recommended to back and stomach sleepers who prefer firmer mattresses.
Construction And Design
This will depend on which exact model you select, but for six of the core models, the construction is fairly similar. They are all 12″ thick with 8″ pocketed coils and 4″ of foam.
The Plus mattress is extra supportive and designed specifically for heavy body types. It’s 12″ thick with XL wrapped coils and four different types of foam. The bed itself is about a medium or medium-firm on the firmness scale, but is very responsive.
The Helix Birch Mattress is the brand’s natural and organic mattress made with pocketed coils, natural Talalay latex, eco-friendly Birch wool, and soft organic cotton.
Since all of these mattresses have hybrid constructions, we think they’ll sleep cooler than your traditional memory foam or poly foam mattress. However, Birch might sleep a tad cooler thanks to its aerated memory foam in the top comfort layers which provide even better temperature regulation. Though, none of these mattresses will actually sleep cold. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out our best list on the best cooling beds.
Motion Isolation & Edge Support
These are two mattress attributes that couples should keep an eye out for if they don’t want their partner to disturb their sleep at night.
Helix is one the best mattresses for couples because they give you so many options and offer hybrid beds that perform well in both of these categories. As we’ve mentioned, you have six core models to select from, one big & tall model, Luxe models, and Birch. For most couples, the six core models should be more than enough to choose from, but if your partner and you sleep completely different, you might think about Helix Dusk or Helix Midnight, as these will have the most accommodating feel. Those split firmness beds are no longer available.
Helix Mattress Pricing
Helix does tend to offer promotions during major holidays—they basically play the coupon game just like any other mattress company. You can check HelixSleep.com for current discounts and promotions. We also have an evergreen coupon linked here on the page that should work for you year-round.
Helix Mattress Review Verdict
There’s a heck of a lot to like with Helix, and it’s hard to poke holes in their business model. It makes a lot of sense to run consumers through a questionnaire to match them up with the appropriate mattress. And the mattresses themselves are well-made, durable, and very comfortable. If you’re a side sleeper you can opt for one of the softer core or Luxe mattress models, while back and stomach sleepers can choose one of the firmer models or the Birch Mattress if they’re in the market for a hypoallergenic natural and organic mattress. On the other side of the token, plus size sleepers might love the Helix Plus Mattress instead! The only type of person who may not love Helix are ones who are looking for an ultra budget mattress, or someone who seeks simplicity and is immediately turned off by too many choices.
Helix Company Information
Like most of the mattresses that we’ve reviewed, the Helix mattress ships for free in a box that’s about 4 feet tall. All you have to do is drag the box into your house and remove all of the packaging. The whole process takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, and is actually sort of fun. Below you can find a list of more company policy information including trial length, shipping, and warranty.
- 100-night trial
- 10-year warranty
- Free returns
Other Helix Reviews
Here is how Helix compares to other popular bed in a box mattresses you might’ve heard of or seen before.
Helix vs Casper
Like Helix, Casper is one of the big fish in the big pond of online mattresses, and is likely the most well-known online mattress brand to date. Unlike the Helix mattress models, Casper has an all-foam construction made with zoned support to offer targeted pressure relief and support, and neutral-foam comfort layers. As such, it has a medium firmness level and a classic, soft neutral feel that many people seem to really love. We recommend it most to petite or average side sleepers, since it doesn’t have the coil support systems that Helix mattresses do.
Helix vs Nectar
The biggest differences in the story of Nectar vs Helix would be price, construction, and feel. Opposed to Helix, Nectar actually has a memory foam feel that’s very dense and viscous while Helix feels more like soft neutral-foam. It also has an all-foam construction like the original Casper, and is most suitable for petite to average body types. Finally, Nectar is one of the most affordable online mattresses and costs less money than all of the Helix beds.
Helix vs Purple
Purple is unlike any other mattress on the online market, and it’s certainly very different than the Helix Mattress. Purple is made without coils, and the top layers are made with Hyper-Elastic Polymer instead of foam. This material is stretchy, soft, supportive, and pressure relieving, but it’s more gel-like — similar to a Dr. Scholl’s insole. We think Purple is best for those who are yearning for a bed that’s outside of the traditional norm. Though, you should note it’s a little more expensive than Helix (by a few hundred dollars).
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We think they are! We really like Helix Sleep as a brand and think their products are great.
This is a bed that’s specifically made for heavy people. It’s meant to compete with Saatva HD, WinkBed Plus and Big Fig.
They make 4 soft mattresses, 4 medium mattresses, and 4 firm mattresses.
Helix says shipping will take about 6-10 business days.
This is a latex hybrid foam that’s unique to Helix mattresses. To be clear, it’s not actually latex foam, but it reacts a lot like latex foam.
We were sent the Midnight and Plus mattresses from Helix in order to post this review and others. We did not, however, accept any money to say good or bad things about the Helix mattresses.
Yes, it is. This means that it’s made without ozone depleting materials, harmful chemicals, or heavy metals.
No. This is not a flippable mattress. You should rotate your mattress several times per year if you’d like it to wear evenly, though.
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Helix usually has sales on holidays, but you can stay up-to-date on promos by checking their website and MySlumberYard.com.
Not right now. These are online exclusives. Keep in mind, though, that if you don’t want the bed (inside the return window), you can just send it back for a full refund. So, as long as you know you know what you want in a bed, you really don’t need to go to a store.
They make 6 core models (i.e. soft to firm), 6 Luxe models (i.e. with a pillow top), and two specialty beds.
Yes. All of the beds come with free shipping and returns inside the Contiguous US.
Yes. All of the beds from Helix have coils for support.
They actually make a bed called “Birch” which used certain natural and organic materials.