Helix Mattress Review

Written by

Katie Kottemann , Staff Writer, Sleep Products

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Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, DABSM, FAASM , Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Medicine Expert
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Mattress Review

Helix Mattress

Details

  • Type: Hybrid

  • Firmness: Soft (3), Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Firm (8)

  • Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

  • Price Range: $699 – $1,449

  • Warranty: 10 Year, Limited

Highlights

  • Mattress firmness options range from soft (3) to firm (8)
  • Shoppers can opt to upgrade to Luxe or Plus models
  • Hybrid construction combines motion isolation with responsiveness

Ideal For

  • Sleepers who frequently switch positions throughout the night
  • Those easily disturbed by their partner’s movements
  • Hot sleepers

Helix Mattresses: Our Verdict

Helix’s line of hybrid models includes multiple firmness options as well as Luxe and Plus versions, allowing sleepers to pick a mattress that caters to their specific needs and preferences. Though the construction varies between models, each Helix mattress includes a cooling cover, memory foam comfort layers, pocketed coils, and a polyfoam base. With options ranging from soft to firm, Helix mattresses suit a wide range of sleep styles and body types. 

Shoppers can take Helix’s online sleep quiz to find out which mattress is the best fit for them if they are unsure which option is right for their needs. With multiple firmness options, memory foam layers, and a responsive coil support core, we found Helix mattress models accommodated a diverse group of sleepers.

Helix Mattresses: An Introduction

Helix Sleep was founded in 2015 and offers a variety of sleep products, including bases, bedding, and a diverse line of hybrid mattresses

The hybrid construction features a cooling cover, foam comfort layers, pocketed coil support core, and polyfoam base. Each model is modified to accommodate specific sleeper types, giving each mattress a distinct feel and performance.

We’ll discuss how each Helix model performed in various categories, including ease of movement, edge support, and temperature control. We’ll also highlight the best mattress for different sleep styles and body types.   

Helix Mattresses at a Glance

The Helix mattress line includes six standard hybrid mattresses with firmness levels ranging from soft (3) to firm (8). Helix also makes the Helix Plus, which is specifically designed for heavier sleepers. Each standard mattress can be upgraded to a Luxe version that includes additional features and layers. 

Helix ModelFirmness RatingAbout This Model
Helix SunsetSoft (3)The Sunset is the softest Helix mattress. Our testing team found it offered the most support for side sleepers under 130 pounds.
Helix MoonlightMedium Soft (4)The Moonlight’s medium soft feel is suitable for side and back sleepers under 130 pounds.
Helix DuskMedium Firm (6)The Dusk is one of Helix’s two medium firm options. We found it suited all sleepers under 230 pounds.
Helix MidnightMedium Firm (6)The Helix Midnight accommodates most sleepers under 230 pounds, making it a good option for combination sleepers or couples.
Helix TwilightFirm (7)Our testing team found the Twilight’s firm feel offered support to sleepers over 130 pounds regardless of sleep position.
Helix PlusFirm (7)The Plus is designed for heavier sleepers. It’s also a good option for combination sleepers and co-sleepers who enjoy the feeling of sleeping on, rather than in, a mattress.
Helix DawnFirm (8)The Dawn is Helix’s firmest option. Back and stomach sleepers over 130 pounds who enjoy minimal contouring should find it provides a blend of support and comfort.

How We Review

Our testing team reviews each product using a thorough testing methodology. This allows us to provide the most accurate and objective information for each product so you can choose the mattress that best meets your needs. 

What’s It Like to Sleep on a Helix Mattress?

The Helix’s hybrid design blends support and comfort with contouring memory foam layers and responsive pocketed coils. The memory foam helps relieve pressure points, while the pocketed coils promote spine alignment. The combination makes Helix mattresses suitable to a wide range of sleepers who can choose the model best suited to their needs and preferences. 

Helix also designs its models for particular sleep styles. For example, the Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight models are designed for side sleepers, while the Moonlight, Dusk, and Dawn are made for back and stomach sleepers. 

While the Helix Mattress offers multiple models that work well for a broad range of sleepers, there are several factors shoppers should consider before making a purchase to determine if a Helix Mattress is right for them.

Helix Mattress Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Combination of motion isolation and ease of movement ideal for co-sleepers
  • Coil support core and cooling cover promote temperature regulation
  • Memory foam comfort layers relieve pressure points

Cons

  • Luxe models have higher price-point
  • Shoppers may have to test several models before finding the right fit for their needs
  • Sleepers sensitive to odors may prefer a mattress that doesn’t off-gas when first unboxed

Sleeping Positions, Body Weight, and Firmness

The Helix Mattress ranges in firmness levels from soft (3) to firm (8) on our 10-point firmness scale. The wide range of firmness options means most sleeper types should find a model that suits their needs. 

When choosing a mattress, it’s important to consider your sleep style and body weight. These factors can impact how a mattress feels to each individual, and our testing team considers these criteria when rating each mattress. For example, lighter side sleepers typically prefer medium soft to medium firmness levels that provide support and moderate contouring, while heavier side sleepers generally find firmer mattresses offer a better blend of support and comfort.

Side Sleepers

Helix ModelFirmness RatingSide Sleepers
Under 130 lbs.
Side Sleepers
130-230 lbs.
Side Sleepers
Over 230 lbs.
SunsetSoft (3)3/52/51/5
MoonlightMedium Soft (4)4/52/51/5
DuskMedium Firm (6)3/55/52/5
MidnightMedium Firm (6)3/55/52/5
TwilightFirm (7)2/53/54/5
PlusFirm (7)2/53/55/5
DawnFirm (8)1/52/52/5

Side sleepers need a mattress that contours to the body to relieve pressure points and offers enough support to encourage proper spinal alignment. 

Side sleepers under 130 pounds are most likely to find support in Helix’s soft to medium firm options. Our lighter testers found the Moonlight offered the most comfort and support. Sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds require a medium or medium firm mattress for ideal support. Testing revealed that the Dusk and Midnight models best suited these sleeper types. 

The Plus model’s firm feel and foam layers make it a good option for side sleepers over 230 pounds. The Twilight also offers a firm feel and a supportive surface for heavier sleepers.

Back Sleepers

Helix ModelFirmness RatingBack Sleepers
Under 130 lbs.
Back Sleepers
130-230 lbs.
Back Sleepers
Over 230 lbs.
SunsetSoft (3)2/51/51/5
MoonlightMedium Soft (4)3/51/51/5
DuskMedium Firm (6)3/54/52/5
MidnightMedium Firm (6)5/53/52/5
TwilightFirm (7)3/54/55/5
PlusFirm (7)2/55/55/5
DawnFirm (8)2/54/55/5

Back sleepers generally need increased lumbar support and a firmer surface. For back sleepers under 130 pounds, the medium firm Midnight model may offer the right amount of back support and responsiveness to align the spine. 

We found the Dusk, Twilight, and Dawn models offered a comfortable surface for average-weight back sleepers. Our testers gave the Plus option particularly high marks, as it offered extra comfort layers for added back support. Back sleepers over 230 pounds should find the Twilight, Plus, and Dawn models offer the most support.

Stomach Sleepers

Helix ModelFirmness RatingStomach Sleepers
Under 130 lbs.
Stomach Sleepers
130-230 lbs.
Stomach Sleepers
Over 230 lbs.
SunsetSoft (3)1/51/51/5
MoonlightMedium Soft (4)2/51/51/5
DuskMedium Firm (6)4/53/52/5
MidnightMedium Firm (6)4/53/52/5
TwilightFirm (7)3/55/53/5
PlusFirm (7)2/55/54/5
DawnFirm (8)2/55/55/5

Like back sleepers, stomach sleepers generally require a firmer surface that promotes spine alignment and prevents them from sinking too far into the mattress.

Both the Dusk and Midnight models have a medium firm feel, which allows for light contouring and helps keep sleepers under 130 pounds from sinking into the mattress. The Twilight also scored highly for average-weight sleepers during testing, though some testers preferred a softer feel. 

Stomach-sleeping testers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds noticed the Twilight, Plus, and Dawn offered a firm feel that kept them on top of the mattress, helping to keep the spine in alignment. 

Our testing team found the Dawn model offered the most support for stomach sleepers over 230 pounds, as the thick polyfoam comfort layer contoured to the body without providing too much give.

Combination Sleepers and Couples

Combination sleepers and couples need a mattress that performs well for multiple body weights and sleep positions. We found the medium firm Dusk and Midnight models provided the most support for most sleepers under 230 pounds. The firm feel of the Twilight and Plus models suited sleepers over 130 pounds. 

With multiple Helix models to choose from that support a variety of sleeper types, combination sleepers and couples should find a model that meets their needs.

Our Performance Ratings

Our team tested all Helix mattress models and ranked them on a 5-point scale in several categories, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent. We’ll cover how each model performed.

Pressure Relief

Ratings: Sunset: 4/5 | Moonlight: 4/5 | Dusk: 4/5 | Midnight: 4/5 | Twilight: 3/5 | Plus: 4/5 | Dawn: 3/5

All Helix models performed well in this category, with the Sunset, Dusk, Midnight, and Plus models providing the most pressure relief. The thicker foam comfort layers contour to the body, helping to reduce pressure points. 

Temperature Neutrality

Ratings: Sunset: 3/5 | Moonlight: 3/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 3/5 | Plus: 3/5 | Dawn: 4/5

Our testers found all Helix models provided a cool sleep surface. Memory foam traps body heat, but the Helix models combat this with a cover designed to keep sleepers cool and a responsive coil support core that promotes air circulation throughout the mattress. The Helix Dawn performed best in this category, as it is the firmest model and incorporates minimal memory foam in its construction. 

Motion Isolation

Ratings: Sunset: 4/5 | Moonlight: 3/5 | Dusk: 4/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 2/5 | Plus: 4/5 | Dawn: 3/5

Beds with increased motion isolation particularly benefit co-sleepers. This prevents movement from transferring across the surface of the bed, making it less likely for sleepers to notice when their partner shifts positions. The Helix Sunset, Dusk, and Plus models rank the highest in this category. We found the Twilight’s responsiveness made it better suited to solo sleepers. 

Edge Support

Ratings: Sunset: 2/5 | Moonlight: 2/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 4/5 | Plus: 3/5 | Dawn: 4/5

Some Helix models feature a reinforced perimeter, which suits sleepers who prefer using the mattress’ entire surface or sleeping on the edge without sinking. Our testing team found the Twilight and Dawn models were both good options for sleepers who prefer strong edge support. Some sleepers may find that the Sunset and Moonlight versions allow too much sinkage and make it more challenging to get in and out of bed. 

Durability

Ratings: Sunset: 3/5 | Moonlight: 3/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 3/5 | Plus: 4/5 | Dawn: 3/5 

Most hybrid mattresses have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Our testing revealed that all Helix mattress models had similar durability ratings as other hybrid mattresses, meaning they should last as long as the average hybrid mattress when used properly. The Plus slightly outranks the other models thanks to its firmer construction and denser memory foam layers, which tend to last longer than softer memory foam. 

Ease of Movement

Ratings: Sunset: 2/5 | Moonlight: 2/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 4/5 | Plus: 3/5 | Dawn: 4/5

In general, firmer mattresses offer better range of movement than softer ones. Mattresses that incorporate memory foam comfort layers, like the Sunset and Moonlight models, allow sleepers to sink into the mattress. This makes it more difficult to move across or get in and out of bed. A firmer surface offers a more responsive feel, allowing sleepers to freely move around. Our testing team found that the Twilight and Dawn models provided above-average ease of movement.

Sex

Ratings: Sunset: 2/5 | Moonlight: 2/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 4/5 | Plus: 3/5 | Dawn: 4/5

Mattresses conducive to sex feature strong edge support, ease of movement, and a responsive surface. While the memory foam layers in the Sunset and Moonlight models may inhibit movement, the Midnight and Dawn versions have a firmer, responsive surface that makes it easier for couples to move across.

Off-Gassing

Ratings: Sunset: 3/5 | Moonlight: 3/5 | Dusk: 3/5 | Midnight: 3/5 | Twilight: 3/5 | Plus: 3/5 | Dawn: 3/5

Each Helix mattress received average ratings in this category, indicating that they have minimal to moderate off-gassing. Mattresses that incorporate memory foam often release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when first unboxed. These compounds have a chemical-like smell but are not considered harmful. Placing your mattress in a room with good ventilation should help the odors dissipate within 24 hours. 

What Are Helix Mattresses Made Of?

Helix mattresses have a hybrid construction that blends comfort and support. While there are subtle differences between each model, Helix mattresses include a polyester cover, CertiPUR-US-certified foam comfort layers, and a support core that includes 8 inches of pocketed coils and a polyfoam base. We’ll break down the construction layers of each model below.

Helix Mattress Construction Layers

Helix ModelFirmnessCover MaterialComfort LayersSupport Core
Helix SunsetSoft (3)PolyesterMemory Foam, PolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix MoonlightMedium Soft (4)PolyesterPolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix DuskMedium Firm (6)PolyesterMemory Foam, PolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix MidnightMedium Firm (6)PolyesterMemory Foam, PolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix TwilightFirm (7)PolyesterMemory Foam, PolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix PlusFirm (7)TencelMemory Foam, PolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam
Helix DawnFirm (8)PolyesterPolyfoamPocketed Coils, Polyfoam

Helix Luxe Mattresses

Shoppers have the option to upgrade standard Helix mattress models to a Luxe version for an extra fee. The Luxe models include a breathable Tencel cover, quilted pillow-top, zoned lumbar support, and a reinforced perimeter. This adds two extra inches to the mattress’ profile. Luxe models are also covered by a 15-year limited warranty, while standard mattresses include a 10-year limited warranty.

How Much Do Helix Mattresses Cost?

When compared to similar brands, Helix mattresses carry a competitive price tag. The Luxe option carries a higher price tag and includes upgraded features like a higher profile, pillow-top, and zoned lumbar support. The Helix Plus model, which is designed for heavier sleepers, also carries a higher price-point. 

Shoppers have the option to bundle their mattress with other bedding products like pillows, mattress protectors, bed frames, and weighted blankets. We’ll outline the cost and dimensions of each Helix model below.

SizesDimensionsBase HeightBase PriceLuxe HeightLuxe PricePlus HeightPlus Price

Twin

39” x 75”

12”

$849

14”$1,19913”$949

Twin XL

39” x 80”

12”

$949

14”$1,44913”$1,049

Full

54” x 75”

12”

$1,099

14”$1,79913”$1,249

Queen

60” x 80”

12”

$1,249

14”$2,09913”$1,749

King

76” x 80”

12”

$1,549

14”$2,49913”$2,099

California King

72” x 84”

12”

$1,549

14”$2,49913”$2,099

Discounts and Coupons

Helix offers frequent discounts on their products. These occur mainly around holidays, like Memorial Day and Cyber Monday. Helix also provides a customer referral program that includes free and discounted products. If you are a student, teacher, first responder, or active military member, you can also receive a 15% discount code.  

Where Can You Buy a Helix Mattress?

Helix mattresses can be purchased on the company’s website. The mattresses are not available through other online retailers or third-party sellers. However, shoppers can try out a Helix Mattress at various partner showrooms, including Brooklyn Bedding and Sleepare.

Buying Information and Customer Policies

Availability

You can purchase a Helix mattress on the company website. They’re also available at partner showrooms across the country, including Brooklyn Bedding, Sleepare, and The Sleep Sherpa. The company ships to all 50 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Shipping

Helix offers free shipping to all 50 states and charges a $250 shipping fee to those who reside in Canadian provinces. Mattresses are compressed in a box and shipped via FedEx Ground. Helix provides an estimated delivery date when you place your order. 

When you receive your bed, place it on the foundation and remove the plastic. Wait two hours for the bed to fully decompress. You’ll receive assembly instructions in the confirmation email and shipping box

Additional Services

Helix does not currently offer in-home delivery or old mattress removal. Customers in California can opt for free old mattress removal in compliance with state laws.

Sleep Trial

Helix provides a 100-night sleep trial from the delivery date. Shoppers must try the mattress for 30 days before initiating a return. In the event of a return, the company offers a full refund.

Warranty

A 10-year limited warranty covers all standard Helix mattresses, and Luxe mattresses are covered by a 15-year limited warranty. The warranty covers manufacturing defects and premature mattress sagging.

Helix Mattress FAQ

Which Helix Mattress Should You Choose?

Helix’s mattress line accommodates a wide range of sleep styles. Shoppers who are unsure of which Helix model is right for them can take the company’s online sleep quiz.

Are Helix Mattresses Sold in Stores?

Customers can find Helix mattresses in partner showrooms across the U.S. These locations include Brooklyn Bedding, Sleepare, and Our Sleep Guide. Shoppers can find all showroom locations on Helix’s website. 

Can You Try More Than One Helix Mattress?

Shoppers can try a second Helix mattress if they decide to do so within the 100-day sleep trial period and have passed the 30-day mark. Customers should note that Helix only allows two mattress returns per household or customer. 

Do Helix Mattresses Need a Box Spring?

Helix mattresses don’t require a box spring, but the company recommends using a foundation to prolong the lifespan of the mattress. Helix offers a variety of frames, bases, and foundations, including adjustable bases.

How Long Do Helix Mattresses Take to Ship?

Helix mattresses ship within a few weeks after you place your order. Each product page provides a shipping estimate, and you’ll receive an estimated delivery date once your product ships. 

About The Author

Katie Kottemann

Staff Writer, Sleep Products

Katie is a writer, editor, and researcher based in Englewood, Colorado. With a doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she has written and edited for Peterson’s and Innerbody Research as well as been a writing professor. Katie is passionate about helping consumers make more informed choices.

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