Helix Vs Tuft And Needle

Helix and Tuft and Needle are two very popular mattress companies that have utilized the online-business model with great success.  They both take a different approach with their product, but they provide a unique and quality offering at an affordable price.  

As the two rise in popularity, I have received a number of questions about how they compare to one another.  They are very different, so I’ll try to highlight the main differences in this article to help you if you are deciding Helix vs Tuft and Needle.

Helix vs Tuft & Needle

Key Similarities

  • Similar business model
  • Both offer great value
  • Both are known for great customer service
  • Both are low-risk purchases with friendly trial periods / return policies

Key Differences

  • Helix offers a customized mattress, while T&N has one mattress that is the same across the board
  • Helix is more expensive than the Tuft & Needle
  • Helix uses a combination of Helix Dynamic foam (a latex-like foam), polyfoam, and micro coils; T&N uses 2 layers of polyfoam


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Construction Differences

There are some major differences here.  Tuft and Needle uses two layers of polyfoam in its construction.  Helix uses a combination of a proprietary foam (latex-like), microcoils, and polyfoam.  How those layers are combined depends on the answer to your personalization quiz.  The mattress will be softer or firmer, bouncier or slower-moving, etc. depending on how you fill out the quiz.  It’s hard to say how the feel will be different between the two mattresses because the feel of the Helix simply depends on how you take the personalization quiz.

You Might Want To Pick Helix If:

You Sleep With A Partner With Different Preferences– Helix allows you to split the mattress in half.  One side will be based on your preferences while the other will be customized to match your partner’s preferences.  If you a different sleeping style or preferences from your partner, then Helix is an intriguing option.

You Are Unsure About Your Preferences– If you don’t know exactly what type of mattress you want, Helix can be a great choice because it does all the work for you.  It prompts you with the right questions to ask and then gives you an optimal mattress for you based on your answers to those questions.

You Have Unique Sleeping Preferences– The Tuft & Needle tries to cater to as many sleepers as possible with just one mattress.  If you are out of the norm, then you might want to consider the Helix.  This means if you only sleep on your side, you are very lightweight, etc.  Helix will be able to customize the mattress to your unique preferences.

Learn more in my full Helix mattress review

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You Might Want To Pick Tuft & Needle If:

You Are On A Budget– There is a pretty decent sized price difference between the two mattresses.  For a Queen, the price difference is $300, so that could potentially be a deciding factor for your depending on what your budget is.

You Have Middle Of The Road Sleeping Preferences– Tuft and Needle built their mattress to cater to as many sleepers as possible.  That means the mattress will be generally best for people who aren’t outliers as far as sleeping preferences.  If you aren’t extra heavy, for example, then you may not need the customization that Helix provides.

Learn more in my full Tuft & Needle review

Tuft & Needle Review

What It Comes Down To

Both are really great options.  Tuft and Needle is known for being a tremendous mattress for the money.  Helix has had great success because not everyone believes there is one best mattress for everyone.  It really comes down to whether you believe in the value of customization and then balancing that versus the extra $300 you would have to pay for the Helix.  Both have great return policies and trial periods, so I don’t think there’s any harm in picking either of them.

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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.

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