Complete Helix Mattress Review

Helix Sleep first introduced its customizable hybrid mattress in 2014, which was the year of our first review.

They recently revamped their offering completely, after working thoroughly on their customers’ feedback for the past 4 years.

The company believes that mattresses should be customized to the individual and asks customers to fill out an online sleep quiz – disclosing key details about their body form, sleeping position, firmness preference, and more.

Based on the results of the “Find Your Match” profile, Helix will recommend the mattress most likely to provide the best overall experience.

The available options include regular mattresses with 6 different combinations of firmness and cushioning, an upgraded luxurious range, and one variant built especially for heavier people. See below for the details.

What Type of Mattress is the Helix?

View of the Helix Plus mattress softnessThe Helix is the ‘Pinterest’ of mattresses. That is to say, if ever there were such a thing as a DIY memory foam mattress – this would be it.

Each mattress is made using ‘dynamic foam,’ which is really the company’s own type of memory foam.

But it doesn’t end there; they also use high-grade polyfoam and pocketed micro coils.

Each of the available beds comes in varying degrees of thickness to create a hybrid mattress unique to the individual’s sleep preferences and body composition.

What is really interesting is that the manufacturer also allows customers to select firmness based on partner preferences, too; this means that if you need a firm mattress, but your partner needs a soft mattress – you’re both covered!

How About the Helix Hybrid Mattress Firmness?

This is where things really get fun. Remember that sleep quiz we mentioned earlier?

After you’ve input your age, whether or not you sleep with a partner, your weight and height, your preferred sleep position, and your gender, the mattress that most meets your unique needs will be revealed. 

Here are the variants available in the helix line, with their different characteristics (citing the manufacturer’s website exactly):

  • Sunset: Plush with balanced support for side sleepers
  • Moonlight: Plush with extra support for contouring in all sleep positions
  • Midnight: Medium Firmness with balanced support for pressure relief for side sleepers
  • Dusk: Medium Firmness with extra support for contouring in all sleep positions
  • Twilight: Firm with balanced support for side sleepers
  • Dawn: Firm with extra support for contouring in all sleep positions

What Are the Standard Helix Models?

Let’s now take a more in-depth look at the six standard Helix models.

Commonalities

All the standard Helix mattresses share common features. Each mattress is 12 inches thick and consists of a 1-inch DuraDense foam base.

This is followed by an 8-inch layer of individually wrapped, pocketed coils (789 in total). The pocketed coils minimize motion transfer, cradling the body, and offer edge support on the perimeter of the mattress.

Then there is a transition layer, a comfort layer, and a stretchable soft touch polyester cover.

The comfort layers and transition layers vary dependent on the mattress.

The 2-inch foam comfort layer of the Helix Midnight, Sunset, and Twilight is made from gel-infused memory plus foam. The other three mattresses, the Helix Dusk, Dawn, and Moonlight, use the proprietary Dynamic foam as their comfort layer with a thickness of  1-inch.

All the standard Helix mattresses use Helix Dynamic foam as the transition layer; they just vary in thickness. The transitional layers for the Helix Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight, are 1- inch. For the Helix Dusk, Dawn, and Moonlight 2-inch. This layer serves as a buffer between the foam comfort layer and the layer of pocketed coils.

Helix Sunset

The Helix Sunset is the softest mattress model they produce. It also is great for pressure relief and is perfect for a small to average-sized side sleeper. The Helix Sunset consists of a polyfoam base, pocketed coil layer, 1-inch Helix Dynamic Foam transition layer, and a 2-inch memory foam comfort layer. The Helix Sunset is also one of the best rated for motion isolation, along with the Helix Twilight and Midnight.

The bottom line is that if you are looking for a plush, soft mattress, or you are a side sleeper, small to medium in size; then this could be your best bet to replace your old mattress. Not to forget its excellent ratings for both pressure relief and motion isolation. Side sleepers will appreciate the pressure relief for their hips and shoulders and couples the reduced motion transfer.

Helix Moonlight

The Helix Moonlight is another soft mattress, but the foam layers are designed to perform best for stomach and back sleepers. Similar to the Helix Sunset, this is another mattress that will suit sleepers who weigh 230lbs or less.

As with all the standard models, the Helix Moonlight has a high-grade polyfoam base and a pocketed coils layer. The unique foam composition for the Helix Moonlight consists of a 1-inch dynamic foam transition layer and a 2-inch dynamic comfort layer.

To summarise, the Helix Moonlight is a great choice for back and stomach sleepers, small to average in weight, who like a soft mattress.

Helix Midnight

The Helix Midnight is the most popular in the standard line and is a medium-firm mattress suitable for most side sleepers. Its transition layer of 1-inch dynamic foam and 2-inch memory foam comfort layer makes it a nice balanced option. It does a good job of relieving pressure points for sleepers of most sizes.

In short, the Helix Midnight mattress is for side sleepers of most sizes who like their mattresses medium firm.

Helix Dusk

The Helix Dusk is for those who prefer a  medium-firm mattress; back and stomach sleepers will like this bed with its 2-inch transition layer and 1-inch comfort layer of dynamic foam.

Helix Twilight

It’s the first of the firm mattresses in the Helix line designed for side sleepers, especially those of a larger size, who want the best of both worlds with a firm mattress that contours their body enough to give pressure relief for a good night’s sleep. The Helix Twilight has 1 inch of dynamic foam for its transition layer topped with a 2-inch memory foam comfort layer.

Helix Dawn

As you might have guessed, our final mattress, the Helix Dawn, is a firm mattress for back and stomach sleepers. This is the firmest of all the standard mattresses, and the transition and comfort layer are both made from dynamic foam.

What Are the Other Mattress Options Available?

In addition to the six standard models, you can upgrade to a more luxurious mattress with the Helix Luxe or a mattress for bigger sleepers, the Helix Plus.

Helix Luxe

If you want to upgrade any of the six standard Helix models to a luxurious counterpart, then you should explore the Luxe versions.

They are an extra 2 inches thicker than the standard mattresses at 14-inches and have an additional 341 pocketed coils with an added zoned lumbar support, which provides improved spinal alignment.

Replacing the polyester cover with a Tencel cover, the Helix Luxe feels plusher, and the breathable moisture-wicking material improves the cooling qualities of the mattress.

As with the traditional models, each one is different in how the layers are constructed, but all the Luxe models have a secondary comfort layer made from Helix Dynamic Foam.

Helix Plus

Helix tries to be as inclusive as possible to all their customers, and the Helix Plus, formerly called the Helix Nightfall, is a mattress designed especially for heavier and taller sleepers weighing 300+ lbs.

Right in the middle between the standard and Luxe models, the Helix Plus offers 13-inches of thickness. The bed is medium-firm and is suitable for all types – stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and side sleepers.

The Helix Plus is composed of five layers. A base layer of sturdy DuranDense foam, topped by an XL Wrapped Coil system, then a transition layer of firm memory foam, then two comfort layers of Helix Dynamic Foam and Ultra-Dense Memory foam. The same as the Helix Luxe, it has a soft and breathable Tencel cover.

What About Motion Transfer? Will I Wake My Partner If I Roll Over?

Given how much care and detail the manufacturer puts into making sure that their customers source the bed that is the best suited to their own personal needs, we weren’t surprised to learn that the beds in the Helix series absorb motion almost completely.

Helix has included extra edge support in their mattress design; not only does this reinforce the structure of a mostly foam mattress, but it also prevents slipping or dipping into the mattress while sitting (or sleeping) close to the edge.

How Are the Layers of the Helix Mattress?

View of the Helix Plus mattress awards

Helix Sleep has recently revamped its design and upgraded the materials used in its four-layer, hybrid foam/coil mattress. 

  • The top layer, Memory Plus Foam, is a high density, special blend designed to improve contouring and cushioning.
  • Underneath that, Helix Dynamic Foam (a high-quality alternative to latex-foam) reacts to movement and cushions the body.
  • Next, wrapped micro coils  (hundreds of them, to be exact) support the body and absorb motion transfer.

Lastly, a High Grade Polyfoam base provides premium support.

Does the New Helix Mattress Sleep Hot?

As mentioned above, Helix did recently market a new ‘Ultra-Cool’ cover designed to improve their mattresses’ cooling capability.

However, (from what we can see) this was never to combat complaints of temperature regulation – but rather out of a genuine desire to improve the quality of their product.

Heat retention is always a concern with foam mattresses, but Helix uses hundreds of individually wrapped coils in the center of their construction – eliminating this potential downfall.

What About Off-Gassing? Does the Mattress Smell?

Man smiling on top of the mattress

There is a common misconception about ‘off-gassing’ in the mattress industry, especially nowadays.

More often than not, if a new mattress ‘smells,’ it’s a result of the chemical-laden materials used inside the mattress.

This is more frequently seen in mattresses made overseas where regulations on petrochemicals or plastics are more lax – cheap Chinese foam, for example, can have a sour or bleachy smell. 

Instead, helix mattresses are CertiPUR-US, and Oeko-Tex certified, guaranteeing that all materials employed are free of any toxic particles that might dissolve in the air.

North American health and manufacturing authorities are much stricter about the items that they allow to be used in the production of consumer products.

Especially if there is a chance that children or vulnerable individuals might use those products. 

There is no noticeable off-gassing on any mattress in the Helix collection.

Where people do report a slight smell is in the packaging used to protect the bed during shipping. This often goes away in a couple of days.

How Long Will the Helix Mattress Last?

We weren’t able to find any information relating to the actual expected lifespan of the mattress.

Based on experience, we would think that a mattress of this quality and construction should last (at least) 8 years, possibly 10 with proper care.

The bed is not designed to be flipped over – the gray material with the Helix logo should always be at the bottom.

Helix does offer a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

How Is the Cover?

View of the Helix Plus mattress with a man on it

Every single Helix-branded mattress comes with an easy-to-clean, removable, and machine washable cover.

The removable cover rests on top of an interior cover for a unique “Two Touch Design” that is said to improve airflow and breathability. 

The company recently introduced the “Ultra-Cool Cover” designed to create a cooler sleep experience (cooler in overall body temperature sort of way, not ‘cooler’ as in ‘I wear my sunglasses at night’ sort of way).

How Should I Care for the Helix Mattress?

As long as the mattress is kept dry and used only under normal conditions, there is no need for special cleaning. 

The manufacturer specifically states that the bed should not be flipped and that rotating is not needed.

The mattress cover can be removed for machine laundering. Review our mattress care guide for additional tips: Mattress care guide.

Where Is the Helix Mattress Made?

The Helix Sleep company is based out of New York – with one showroom in Manhattan.

They take pride in meeting American standards and using American products.

Previously only available to American consumers, the company started delivering to the Canadian market in 2016.

How Big Is the Bed? Will It Fit in My Room?

All standard Helix mattresses are 12 inches thick.

The standard variants are available in all of the most popular sizes.

These are the measurements:

  • Twin: 39″ x 75″
  • Twin XL: 39″ x 80″
  • Full: 54″ x 75″
  • Queen: 60″ x 80″
  • King: 76″ x 80″
  • California King: 72″ x 84″

Do I Need a Foundation or a Bedframe?

The Helix bed doesn’t require a foundation or frame in order to be functional. However, the company does recommend using some sort of mattress support system.

More specifically, they recommend the use of the Helix Foundation to provide proper support and prevent mattress sag.

If you do prefer a 3rd party foundation, it is suggested that you use one with a solid base – instead of wide slats – or a box spring. 

Using the mattress on a foundation with slats further than 5″ apart might cause sagging and void the warranty.

Is There a Comfort Guarantee for the Helix?

Each mattress comes with a 100-day sleep trial.

If after the first 30-days of your sleep trial you feel like the top layer ‘just isn’t right,’ the company will send you an extra comfort layer to make the bed softer or firmer for free.

But you’ll still have the right to return the mattress within the original period if it doesn’t fit you.

How Is the Helix Sleep Warranty?

The standard Helix mattresses are offered with a 10-year limited warranty. The Helix Luxe comes with a 15-year limited warranty, as does the Helix Plus. The Helix Birtch has an impressive 25-year limited warranty.

All warranties only apply to the person who originally purchased the mattress and must be from an authorized retailer, so ensure that you keep your receipt of purchase.

To initiate a warranty claim, contact customer service by email at info@helixsleep.com.

How Much Does the Helix Mattress Cost?

The mattress' box

Taking into consideration the customizability of the mattresses in the Helix New Collection, you would expect to see a price tag comparable to some of the highest luxury brands on the market. But that just isn’t the case.

In addition to being made of high-quality and constantly improving materials, the beds are also extremely affordable. 

Here are the prices you can get with our exclusive coupon code TED125, which gives you a nice discount of $125:

Size Regular Price Discounted Price
Twin $600 $475
Twin XL $700 $575
Full $850 $725
Queen $995 $870
King $1,245 $1,120
Cal King $1,245 $1,120

Helix offers consumer financing via two different financing partners.

Shipping within the continental US is free.

Shipping to Canada costs $250 (plus applicable taxes and import fees) per mattress.

Helix Mattress Review – Our Verdict

At just $870 for a Queen-sized mattress that is customized to your unique sleep and body needs, there isn’t much negative to say about the new and improved Helix series.

We love that they’ve considered individuals of all sizes in the design of their beds.

This means that heavier individuals and partners who have different firmness preferences have customization options available.

Free shipping inside the USA is certainly a bonus, but Canadian customers might find that the bed quickly loses its affordability factor once shipping and import fees are calculated.

Helix Mattress Reviews FAQs

To end our Helix mattress review guide, we’ve answered a few further frequently asked questions that might help with your buying decision.

Are Helix Mattresses Good?

If you are looking for a value for money mattress that can be tailored to any sleeping style, then yes, it is a good mattress. But really, the word ‘good’ doesn’t really do a Helix mattress justice. Some of our favorite features of Helix mattresses are great motion isolation, pressure relief, cooling, and edge support properties to provide much better sleep.

Using the Helix sleep quiz, you can choose the perfect bed completely customized for your individual requirements or as a couple to ensure you sleep effortlessly throughout the night.

What Is the Helix Sleep Quiz?

Helix gives you the choice of taking its sleep quiz, or if you are positive about what you want in a mattress, choosing one yourself. The quiz is free and quick to take and has been developed using a special algorithm that matches you with the best mattress based on your needs.

You can enter information for an individual or for two people. So if your partner is a side sleeper and you are a stomach sleeper, and they prefer a medium-firm mattress and you a soft one, you are both catered for.

Are There Any Downsides to Helix Mattresses?

While Helix mattresses are very affordable, if you are looking for a cheap mattress that will cost you a couple of hundred bucks, then this will be out of your price range.

Also, rather than your typical memory foam bed, Helix also uses its own propriety, Helix dynamic foam or memory foam plus and pocketed coils, so if you don’t like the feel of a more ‘bouncy’ bed, then you may want to consider another option.

Does a Helix Mattress Require a Box Spring?

No, Helix mattresses don’t require a box spring; we recommend a Helix foundation or a solid base.

Can a Helix Mattress Be Flipped?

Helix mattresses shouldn’t be flipped if you don’t want to experience a bad back. They have a specific layered design and would be extremely uncomfortable if flipped. It is suggested to rotate your Helix mattress a few times over the course of the year to keep it from sagging.

Which Helix Mattress Is Best for Side Sleepers?

The three options in the Helix line designed for side sleeping are the Helix Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight. Which one you choose will depend on the firmness and feel you prefer.

Which Helix Mattress Is Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers?

Back and stomach sleepers have three choices the Helix Dawn, Dusk, and Moonlight, which gives you the further option of choosing a soft, medium, or firm mattress.

Are Helix Mattresses Made in the USA?

Yes, Helix is a United States-based company, and all its mattresses are manufactured locally. As well as mattresses, Helix has a growing range of other accessories to help its customers in their quest for the best sleep.

Where Can I Try out a Helix Mattress?

You can test out Helix mattresses at their showroom, which doubles up at their headquarters in New York. They also have a limited selection of mattresses to try out in their partner showrooms across the USA.

However, the best way to try out a Helix mattress is in the comfort of your own bedroom. Helix offers a 100-day sleep trial, so you can take your time breaking in your new mattress. If you decide, after giving it a test run, that it’s not for you, then the company has an easy, risk-free return process to collect the mattress and refund you.

How Long Will My Mattress Take to Ship?

A Helix mattress takes from 3 to 10 business days to ship via FedEx and is shipped for free in the continental USA. Helix will email to inform you when your mattress is shipped, giving you an estimated date for delivery.

What Is Meant by a Bed in a Box?

A bed in a box or a mattress in a box is fairly common now that we do much of our shopping online. The mattress is mechanically compressed, rolled up, and packed in a box, similar in size to a golf bag, making it easy to ship.


Sam Fisher

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Sam Fisher

Updated at February 12, 2021