Helix Mattress Review – The Perfect Fit?

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Sleepers looking for a customizable mattress to meet their specific needs will want to consider the Helix mattress.

Helix is a standout in the online mattress industry. Basically, people can take a sleep quiz detailing their sleep preferences, which enables the company to assemble the right mattress for them. Additionally, buyers can select from one of their many mattresses that vary in terms of firmness, temperature, and components.

Our reviewer, Joe, who is a combination sleeper weighing around 160 lbs, tested out the Helix Midnight, which is advertised as having a “medium feel”.

So, does Helix really offer a customized bed that works? In our Helix mattress review, we’ll cover everything interested consumers want to know, from the materials, construction, and breathability, all the way down to customizable options and considerations for heavy weight sleepers.

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Who Might Want the Helix Mattress?

  • Sleepers looking for customization. Helix asks prospective buyers to take a sleep quiz in order to help narrow down which mattress is best for them. With many potential models, there really is something for everyone. Back, side, or stomach sleepers, people who worry about overheating, most of Helix’s mattresses address all of these preferences in some way. I received the Helix Midnight, and this medium-firm mattress was a great fit for a combination sleeper like me.
  • People who are are unsure of what they want. Helix can take all of the guesswork out of the mattress buying process. Fill out the answers to the quiz and they’ll provide what they think is the ideal mattress based on a user’s answers. People who don’t like what Helix has to offer can always take advantage of their trial policy.

Helix Mattress Construction - Foam and Coil Layers

Who Might Not Want the Helix Mattress?

  • People who want a mattress with latex in it. Along with some other materials, latex is not used in any of Helix’s mattress models. Sleepers who are really on the hunt for latex in their mattress may want to look elsewhere.
  • Sleepers who love a classic memory foam feel. Looking for a mattress with a very thick layer of memory foam? None of the Helix models really have that, so if slowly sinking into the mattress is a priority, we suggest looking at some other mattresses that focus more on memory foam.
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Helix provides customizable mattresses that can be a great fit for any type of sleeper; customers can get $75 off a Helix mattress by clicking the link below and using code CLARITY75 at checkout or $125 off a mattress plus one other product with code CLARITY125 at checkout.

Helix Mattress feel

Construction Overview

  • The Helix mattress is 10” tall – we received the Midnight, but other models like the Helix PLUS are thicker.
  • The cover has two layers, which is soft but breathable.
  • On the Midnight, the first part of the comfort layer is 2 inches of memory foam, which is soft and slow to respond.
  • Beneath the memory foam there is a 1” polyfoam transition layer.
  • In the support layer there are 6” of individually wrapped coils.
  • The base layer is 1” of DuraDense Foam.
  • Not all mattress companies can claim this, but Helix mattresses are made in the USA.

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Helix Mattress for side sleeping

Construction Takeaways

  • The Helix comes in all common size options: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king.
  • There’s an option to switch out the cover for the Ultra Cool Cover option. It has phase change material which can help to dissipate heat and keep hot sleepers 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 do an exceptional job at cooling. The pocketed coils allow for airflow and the option of the Ultra Cool Cover mean this could be a good option for hot sleepers.

Firmness and Feel

Helix says that the Midnight is “Medium Feel.” In our review, we felt like this was true, coming in at a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness, just about average.

Helix Mattress firmness rating

For back sleeping, there was good support from the Helix. The hips sink in just the right amount, and the foam conforms nicely to the lumbar area. While side sleeping, there’s a nice feeling of pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. While stomach sleeping, we felt fairly well supported as we laid on the bed.

The firmness is just about right for combination sleepers and people who want that down-the-middle, average firmness. However, for people who sleep primarily on their stomach, they might want to look for a slightly firmer mattress.

In terms of feel, the mattress has a balanced feel overall. There’s some hit of a memory foam feel, but it is only 2”, so the feel of the transition layer and coils is very noticeable as well, giving the bed overall a balanced feel.

See what we thought of the firmness and feel in the video below.

Motion Transfer

Memory foam usually performs well with eliminating motion transfer, so with the Helix’s top layer of memory foam, we weren’t surprised that the mattress cut down on motion transfer.

The glass barely moved in our testing, were we pushed into the mattress and rolled near it. We also had multiple reviewers get in and out of bed to cause a disturbance. Each person barely felt the other’s movements, which would indicate that the Helix mattress is a good option for couples.

Edge Support

While the memory foam does collapse as we sat near the edge of the mattress, the coils stop the mattress from compressing too much beyond that, so we don’t get the feeling of falling or sliding off the bed.

Lying down, we also felt like we could get close to the edge of the mattress without feeling like we would roll off or be ejected from the bed. So overall, we think the Helix mattress offers good edge support. 

You can see the edge support in the photo below.

Helix mattress edge support

The Helix Mattress for Heavy People

Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than the average person: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb, while our average reviewer, Joe, is 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the Helix.

Joe said this was a 6.5 in terms of firmness. but Marten felt like this bed was closer to a 7/10. Larger people tend to press through the soft upper layers down to the firmer layers beneath, which was Marten’s experience as a heavier sleeper.

Heavier back sleepers should find their hips sink in just a little bit and feel the foam press up into their lumbar area. Moving on to side sleeping,  heavier people may feel some pressure on their shoulders and hips, but not too much. While stomach sleeping, heavier sleepers should feel well supported where their hips don’t sink in too far.

Larger combination sleepers should find the support and comfort they need; however, people who are larger than Marten (above 230lbs), should consider the Helix PLUS, which is made specifically for heavier people.

Even though Marten thought the Helix mattress was a bit firmer than Joe did, we still anticipate that this will be a good option for heavy combination sleepers. As he notes, heavier sleepers might want to consider the Helix PLUS, their model for big and tall people.

Helix Mattress Overall

  • The Helix has something for everyone, so no matter the sleeper’s preferences or size, Helix should be able to find a model to fit their preferences.
  • People shouldn’t sleep hot on a Helix mattress. The coils allow for nice airflow and there is an optional Ultra Cool Cover in addition to the gel-infused memory foam on top.

 

Helix Sleep Mattress
4.5 Reviewer
Comfort4.4
Support4.5
Value (Price)4.7
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.1
Edge Support3.9
Materials/Durability4.4
Company Reputation4.6
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.5

Unboxing This Mattress

The Helix is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to the buyer’s home. Begin by removing the rolled up Helix mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the compressed mattress on the 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 the mattress to breathe and fully expand.

Overall

Helix has a little something for everyone in their mattress line. Speaking to the Midnight specifically, the mattress definitely fits the needs of combination sleepers. We highly suggest taking their sleep quiz and, if you know just what firmness you need, select one of their many mattresses.

Helix mattresses come with financing, free shipping and returns, a 100 night sleep trial, and 10 year warranty.

FAQs

How do you choose a Helix mattress?

There are two straightforward ways to choose a Helix mattress. On the one hand, interested buyers can go to the website and take their sleep quiz, which will give them a mattress recommendation. For those who already know what they’re looking for, they can simply browse Helix’s line of mattress options and pick what they think is best.

Does Helix have a mattress for heavy people?

Yes, Helix has a mattress specifically built for heavier sleepers call the Helix PLUS. It has thicker support coils and can support people with heavier bodies.

Do you need a box spring with a Helix mattress?

You do not need a box spring with a Helix mattress. The Helix mattress can be used on a platform bed, the floor or used with box springs.

Are Helix mattresses made in the USA?

Yes. Helix manufactures their mattresses in the USA.

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Joe Auer

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.