Are you looking for a mattress to meet your specific needs? You might want to consider the Helix mattress.
With Helix, you can take a sleep quiz so the company can find the right mattress for you. In addition, you can select from one of their nine mattresses that vary in terms of firmness and temperature, and components.
Because I am a combination sleeper, I decided to try out the Helix Midnight. It is advertised as “Medium Feel,” so I was excited to see how it would perform for me.
Can Helix really help you find the perfect mattress? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Helix If:
- You are looking for the perfect fit for you. Helix asks you to take a sleep quiz in order to help narrow down which mattress for you. With nine potential models, there really is something for everyone. Whether you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper, or worry about overheating, there should be a mattress for you. I received the Helix Nightfall, and this medium-firm mattress was a great fit for a combination sleeper like me.
- You Can’t Decide What You Want– Helix can take all of the guesswork out of the mattress buying process. You fill out answer to a quiz and they’ll provide what they think is the ideal mattress for you.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Helix If:
- You want a mattress with latex in it. Along with some other materials, latex is not used in any of the mattress models. If this is a component you really want in your mattress, you may want to look elsewhere.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you want a mattress with a very thick layer of memory foam, none of the Helix models really have that. If you want to slowly sink into your mattress, you’re aren’t going to find that here.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover has two layers. It is soft but breathable.
- On the Midnight, the first layer is 2” inches of memory foam. It is soft and slow to respond.
- Next, there is a 1” polyfoam transition layer.
- Then there are 6” of individually wrapped coils.
- The base layer is 1” of DuraDense Foam.
- Helix mattresses are made in the USA.
- The Helix comes in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- You can switch out the cover for the Ultra Cool Cover option. It has phase change material which can help to dissipate heat and keep you cool.
- The hybrid design is meant to give a balance of comfort and support. The memory foam in the top layer should be good for pressure relief on shoulders and hips, and the coils should be supportive for back and stomach sleepers.
- The mattress should be good at keeping you cool. The coils allow for airflow and the option of the Ultra Cool Cover mean this could be a good option for hot sleepers.
Helix says that the Midnight is “Medium Feel.” For me, it felt like a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness, just about average.
Lying on my back, I feel very well supported. My hips sink in just the right amount, and I feel the foam conforming to my lumbar area. On my side, I’m also feeling nice pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I feel fairly well supported.
As a combination sleeper, I would say the firmness is just about right for me. However, if you sleep primarily on your stomach, you might want to look for a firmer mattress.
In terms of feel, the mattress has a balanced feel overall. You get some memory foam feel, but it is only 2”.You should feel the transition layer and coils so, overall, it has a balanced feel.
See what I thought of the firmness and feel in the video below.
Memory foam usually performs well with eliminating motion transfer. With its top layer of foam, I was not surprised how the Helix cut down on motion transfer.
The glass barely moved when I pushed into the mattress and rolled near it. Also, we asked Marten to get in and out of bed to cause a disturbance. I barely felt his movements.
I would say this is a good option for couples.
While I do feel the memory foam collapse as I sit near the edge, the coils stop the mattress from compressing too much beyond that. I feel quite secure sitting on the mattress.
Lying down, I also feel like I can get close to the edge of the mattress without feeling like I will roll off or be ejected from the bed. Overall, I think this Helix mattress has nice edge support.
You can see the edge support in the photo below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about this mattress.
Joe said this was a 6.5 in terms of firmness. I said it was closer to a 7/10. I think that’s mainly because, as a larger person, I press through the soft upper layers down to the firmer layers beneath.
On my back, my hips sink in just a little bit, but I feel the foam pressing up into my lumbar area. Moving onto my side, I feel some pressure on my shoulders and hips, but not too much. On my stomach, I feel well supported and my hips don’t bow in too far.
So, if you’re a larger combination sleeper, you should find the support and comfort you need. If you are larger than me, I would consider the Helix Nightfall which is made specifically for heavier people.
Even though Marten thought this mattress was a bit firmer than I did, he thought it could be a good option for heavy combinations sleepers. As he notes, if you are larger than him, you might want to consider the Helix Nightfall, their big and tall model.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out
- The Helix has something for everyone. No matter your sleeper preferences or size, Helix should be able to find a model to fit you.
- You shouldn’t be sleeping hot on a Helix mattress. The coils allow for nice airflow and there is an optional Ultra Cool Cover as well.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Helix is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Helix mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Helix will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
I really think that Helix has a little something for everyone. Speaking of the Midnight, it definitely fit me needs as a combination sleeper. I would suggest taking their sleep quiz and, if you know just what firmness you need, select one of their nine mattresses.
Helix mattresses come with financing, free shipping and returns, a 100 night sleep trial, and 10 year warranty.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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