A new mattress is a big investment, so it’s important to find one that works best for your individual needs. Today, we’ll be going over two very different beds that might fit the bill.
First, we have the Loom & Leaf, Saatva’s all-foam mattress designed to adapt to the shape of your body. Second, we have the Helix, a unique hybrid mattress that can be customized for each person.
Let’s dive right in to this Loom & Leaf vs. Helix mattress comparison so you can get to sleeping!
Loom & Leaf Vs Helix Overview
With three layers of memory foam, the Loom & Leaf has a plush feel that allows you to sink into the bed. It’s also worth noting that the bed comes in two different firmness options—Firm and Relaxed Firm. For this review, we’ll be covering the Relaxed Firm model.
The Helix’s most notable feature is its customization. Buyers will be matched with one of several different beds depending on their preferences. When purchasing the mattress, you fill out a personalization quiz that will help match you with the perfect bed. Helix’s different models are hybrid mattresses, meaning they all use a combination of different specialty foams and coils.
Who Should Get The Loom & Leaf
- Anyone who loves the distinct hug of memory foam
- Hot sleepers. The Loom & Leaf has a lot of airflow and breathability, in addition to some cooling technology that we’ll get into later on when discussing the bed’s construction.
- Side sleepers and those who struggle with back pain
Who Should Get The Helix
- Uncertain buyers. If you’re not quite sure what you want, the personalization quiz allows you to find a bed catered to your specific needs.
- Combination sleepers. If you tend to switch sleeping positions in the middle of the night, Helix will match you to a bed with the proper amount of comfort and support.
- Those who prefer resilience over plushness. Since the Helix’s coils work in tandem with the dynamic foam and polyfoam, it has a springier feel than the contouring of the Loom & Leaf.
Similarities Between The Loom & Leaf And Helix?
Overall, these are very different beds. But there are also some key similarities.
- They both use a standard polyfoam in the base layer
- Both mattresses are good options for couples
- Regardless of which Loom & Leaf model you choose or which Helix model you’re matched with, the beds all tend to sleep cool
See how the Loom & Leaf compares with other competitors in our roundup of Loom & Leaf comparisons.
Key Differences Between The Loom & Leaf And Helix?
Loom & Leaf and Helix are definitely more different than they are similar. Let’s take a moment to outline some of their most notable distinctions.
- Loom & Leaf has two models to choose from, where Helix’s mattress is going to vary from sleeper to sleeper.
- While Loom & Leaf has a classic memory-foam feel designed to embrace and contour the body, the Helix mattresses all have a responsive springiness to them.
- The Helix costs a bit less than the Loom & Leaf.
- The Loom & Leaf is made completely from memory from, but the Helix is made from specialty foam and coils.
Compare the Helix with other beds with our Helix comparisons.
Firmness and Feel Differences
When buying a new mattress, two of the most important factors are always going to be the firmness and feel of the materials. Let’s see how these two beds stack up against one another.
How Firm Are The Loom & Leaf And Helix Mattresses?
The Loom & Leaf begins to feel softer over time, so the firmness level should range between 6.5 and 7. These numbers place it in the category of Medium Firm.
The Helix beds are wide-ranging in their firmness. For instance, the Helix Sunset is the softest model, scoring a 5.5 on the firmness scale. Conversely, the Dawn and Twilight models both score a 7.5.
Sleeping On the Loom & Leaf And Helix Mattresses
We personally tested out all of these mattresses. Here’s how they felt in different positions.
Side-sleeping on the Loom & Leaf resulted in great pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. The bed also felt good on the back, with its memory foam filling in the lumbar region and providing support, as well as pain relief.
Stomach-sleeping was a little bit trickier, as the mattress lacked proper support (different from pressure relief) for the hips. If you prefer this sleeping position, you may want a bed that provides better alignment for the hips and shoulders, such as one of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
Once again, sleepers will likely prefer a different Helix mattress depending on their sleeping position. So let’s break it down real nice and simple:
The Sunset, Moonlight, and Midnight models felt the best for side sleepers.
The Midnight, Dusk, and Twilight models are probably the best fit for back sleepers.
Lastly, the Twilight and Dawn proved to be the best matches for stomach sleepers.
What Do The Loom & Leaf And Helix Mattresses Feel Like?
The top layers of the Loom & Leaf have a slow, sinking feeling. Sleeping on the bed is a classic memory-foam experience—a little bit of sinkage, a little bit of contouring.
The Helix is going to be a lot more springy and responsive thanks to its coils and proprietary Dynamic Foam—a latex-foam alternative that’s known for being firm, bouncy, and supportive. But these traits are also going to vary from model to model.
Average-Weight Sleepers – 130lbs – 230lbs
Average-weight back and side sleepers should find a lot to love in the Loom & Leaf, as the bed provides plenty of contouring, pressure relief, and support on the lumbar area. Average-weight stomach sleepers may need a bed with more support on the hips.
With the Helix, there seems to be a model for all types of sleeping positions. Average-weight back sleepers might gravitate toward the Helix Midnight with its blend of spinal support and pressure relief, or the Helix Dusk, which offers even firmer spinal support. Average-weight side sleepers might want to check out the Helix Midnight for a firmer feel or the Helix Moonlight or Sunset for a softer, pressure-relieving experience. And if you’re an average-weight stomach sleeper, the Helix Twilight or Helix Dawn will probably be most comfortable.
Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230lbs
Overall, the Loom & Leaf has the materials to make heavy sleepers feel supported, with the Relaxed Firm bed clocking in at 7.5 on the firmness scale for those over 230 lbs. In terms of sleeping position, heavy side sleepers will likely find the bed most comfortable. Heavier back and stomach sleepers might want a bed with more hip support—perhaps the Loom & Leaf Firm model.
When considering the Helix, heavier back sleepers should find adequate support on the Helix Dusk, thanks to its mixture of pressure relief and sustained spinal alignment. Heavier side sleepers should look at the softer beds in the line such as the Helix Moonlight or the Helix Sunset. And last but not least, heavier stomach sleepers could find the spinal support they need in the Helix Dawn, the firmest of Helix’s mattresses. Those who weigh more than 300 lbs should consider the Helix PLUS, a supportive mattress built specifically with larger people in mind.
Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130lbs
Lightweight sleepers may find the Relaxed Firm Loom & Leaf mattress a touch too firm and might be better off with another bed.
Helix, on the other hand, offers lightweight sleepers several beds to choose from. For back sleepers, the Helix Moonlight, Midnight, and Dusk have plenty of spinal support and varying levels of pressure relief. Lightweight side sleepers should look at the Helix Midnight, Moonlight, or Sunset, and lightweight stomach sleepers will probably be best supported by the Helix Twilight or Dawn.
Mattress Construction Differences
Let’s pull back the covers on both of these brands and see what each mattress is made of. We’ll discuss how the construction and materials influence the beds’ overall firmness and feel.
The Loom & Leaf’s cover is quilted with organic cotton, and it’s zoned to provide more support in the middle of the mattress—the area where you need it the most.
All of the Helix mattresses have the same cover, made from a SoftTouch design that’s stretchy and breathable. Its construction promotes airflow through the top of the mattress.
In total, the Loom & Leaf has four foam layers, with the first three designed toward comfort. First up is a 2” layer of memory foam. With a 4-lb. density, its surface is convoluted to assist with airflow.
The middle comfort layer is topped with a gel laminate panel, made of a proprietary Spinal Zone Gel to help with cooling and spinal support.
Underneath that is the third and final comfort layer, comprised of 2” of high-density memory foam. This is where most the bed’s body contouring comes from.
As we said earlier, all of Helix’s mattresses are built from polyfoam, coils, and proprietary Dynamic Foam. All of these layers work together to form a mattress that’s bouncier than the Loom & Leaf.
But the amount of each material and how the bed feels is going to depend on which one you get. Allow us to once again direct you to our full Helix mattress review that details all six of their models.
Like many other all-foam mattresses you’ll see online, the Loom & Leaf is supported by a standard polyfoam base designed to give some extra support at the bottom of the bed.
As with the cover, the support layer of all six Helix models is going to be the same—an expanse of individually wrapped coils over a high-density foam base. This provides structure and support for the mattress as a whole.
The Loom & Leaf is 12” tall.
Standard Helix mattresses are 12″ tall, and Luxe models are 14″ tall. The Helix Plus mattress is 13″ tall.
Loom & Leaf And Helix Mattress Size Options and Price
Take a look at our charts below for sizing and pricing information. For this mattress comparison, we’ve included the price points and dimensions for Helix’s best-selling mattress, the Helix Midnight.
Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 12″||$899|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,199|
|Full||54″ x 76″ x 12″||$1,699|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$1,799|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,099|
|Split King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$2,398|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$2,099|
|Split Cal King||72″ x 84″ x 12”||$2,476|
Read our full Loom & Leaf mattress review to learn more.
Helix Midnight Mattress
|Twin||38″ x 75″ x 12″||$699|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″ x 12″||$799|
|Full||54″ x 75″ x 12″||$949|
|Queen||60″ x 80″ x 12″||$1099|
|King||76″ x 80″ x 12″||$1449|
|California King||72″ x 84″ x 12″||$1449|
Check out our Helix Midnight Mattress review for more information.
Loom & Leaf And Helix Performance Differences
We put these mattresses through a range of tests covering everything from temperature regulation to motion transfer and edge support. Let’s see how well they did against each other.
Sleeping Hot or Cold
While both brands sleep very cool, if we had to pick a winner in this category, it would be the Loom & Leaf because of its cooling Spinal Zone Gel in the middle comfort layer.
Like so many other all-foam mattresses, there was little to no motion transfer in our test for the Loom & Leaf. That means the bed is a great option for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movement.
With the Helix beds, you’re going to get different results depending on the model. We observed the best motion isolation on the Helix Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight due to the slow-moving memory foam near the top of these mattresses.
So this one really does feel like a tie. The Loom & Leaf is a great bed for couples and Helix offers plenty of fantastic options as well.
If you’re sitting or lying on the edge of the Loom & Leaf, you might feel a little bit of collapse, but nothing too severe. For an all-foam mattress, the bed definitely has above-average edge support.
With Helix, we found good edge support across all six models. Because all of them are hybrids with a mixture of foam and springs, Helix wins in this category by a hair.
The Loom & Leaf mattress is made of sturdy materials that should make for a long-term investment that stands the test of time.
Likewise, the high-density foams and coils of the Helix mattresses are considerably sturdy, meaning these beds should also last a while.
Off-gassing refers to the faint smell that emerges when opening and unrolling any bed-in-a-box. Both the Loom & Leaf and Helix have it, but Loom & Leaf’s aroma tends to dissipate a little bit sooner—usually within 48 hours. With Helix, it can sometimes take a few days to disappear. But the important thing to remember is that this is a perfectly normal occurrence and is only temporary.
Thanks to its all-foam construction, the Loom & Leaf is more or less a silent bed. The Helix beds are all fairly quiet, too. However, because they have springs, it’s possible that the mattress could start to squeak over time.
When people seek out one of the best mattresses for sex, they’re usually concerned with whether it will be easy to change positions, as well as if the bed feels bouncy and resilient.
The Loom & Leaf’s upper foam layers are slow-reacting, making it a bit difficult to move around on the bed. So it may not be the best mattress for sex.
That means Helix wins in this category. Because all six models contain coils, it’s fairly easy to move around. That said, some models could be better for sex than others. The Helix Sunset, Midnight, and Twilight all have memory foam in the top layer, which could hamper mobility with their slower-moving feel.
It’s always smart to read the fine print before purchasing a new mattress. We’ve outlined Loom & Leaf and Helix’s company polices below.
The Loom & Leaf comes with a 15-year warranty, and all of the Helix beds come with a 10-year warranty.
The Loom & Leaf’s sleep trial is a full 180 nights, while Helix’s is 100 nights.
Both companies offer full refunds as long as the exchange happens within the trial period. It’s worth noting that Loom & Leaf charges an additional $99 transportation fee to cover labor and gas.
Still wondering which mattress is best for you? Maybe the answers to these frequently asked questions can help!
Which is better, Loom & Leaf or Helix?
It all comes down to what’s best for you. Those who are more concerned with a plush memory-foam feel might opt for the Loom & Leaf, while someone who wants a variety of sleeping options might be more attracted to the Helix and all of its different models.
How long will the Loom & Leaf and Helix mattresses last?
The beds’ respective warrantees range between 10 and 15 years, showing that they’re meant to last a while. The specific time range of the warranty is comparable to other mattress brands, so you can rest assured that, regardless of what you choose, you’re getting a reliable, long-term investment.
Can you flip the Loom & Leaf and Helix mattresses?
No, neither of these beds are meant to be flipped. You should only sleep on the top comfort layer.
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.