Nolah and Helix are online mattress companies with very different offerings. Nolah sells only one all-foam flagship mattress, while Helix has a variety of offerings that incorporate springs. Depending on what type of sleeper someone is, they might prefer one over the other. I’ll go over the similarities and differences here to help people better understand how they compare.
- All options have a dense foam base layer.
- Both offer soft options.
- Both use a special formulation of foam.
- Both are good options for couples.
- All options are 10 inches thick.
- The mattresses fall in similar price ranges. ($600-$1,245 for Helix, $549-$1,069 for Nolah.)
- Both offer free shipping.
- Helix personalizes its mattresses for customers based on customer answers to a quiz.
- Helix allows customers to design mattresses with different constructions on each side to accommodate couples with different sleep styles and needs.
- Nolah can only be found online, while Helix has a showroom in New York City.
- Nolah is more temperature neutral, though Helix also has different construction options intended to ensure cool sleeping.
- Nolah offers a 120-night trial, while Helix offers only a 100-night trial.
Look at the illustration to see how the construction comes together.
- Thin, soft, breathable viscose is used in the cover.
- On top is a 2-inch layer of a proprietary “AirFoam” that sleeps cool and relieves pressure.
- Next is a 1-inch layer of latex-like Avena foam, which gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive.
- A 7-inch layer of high density poly foam sits at the base, similar to most foam mattresses.
- While Helix mattresses differ based on customer personalization, they generally include three similar layers.
- The top of these layers is around 2 inches of Helix Dynamic Foam. This is a latex-like foam that doesn’t actually contain latex, so it won’t trigger an allergic reaction.
- In the middle there’s usually a 2.4 inch layer of pocket coils that give the mattress some spring to it.
- There’s also a 2 inch layer of comfort polyfoam and 4 inch base layer of dense polyfoam for support.
- Helix has more options for how mattresses can be constructed.
- Helix uses micro coils.
- Neither mattress uses memory foam, but instead they both use something like memory foam but that is supposed to be unique to each respective company.
- Nolah is more temperature neutral throughout, though Helix also has options meant to provide comfort to customers concerned about sleeping hot.
Nolah is a remarkably soft mattress, while different Helix models offer different degrees of firmness. Watch the videos below to see a demonstration of Nolah’s softness and learn more about Helix mattresses.
Motion Transfer Differences
Nolah isolates motion very well, as demonstrated in the video below. Helix mattresses vary in their isolation of motion, and how well a Helix mattress succeeds at this really depends on the specific construction. Both options are good for couples — Nolah for how it isolates motion well, Helix because it lets people split the mattress into two constructions to meet the needs of both sleepers.
Pick Nolah If:
- You sleep on your side — The Nolah conforms well to contours, making it better at relieving pressure than Helix regardless of how someone’s Helix is constructed.
- You worry about temperature — Nolah is truly temperature neutral. While Helix makes efforts to solve for hot sleeping problems, Nolah has an edge here.
Pick Helix If:
- You need options — If you don’t know what you want, Helix will help you figure it out and you’re likely to be reasonably satisfied.
- Your partner has different needs — Not a lot of mattresses will let you personalize for two different sleepers, but Helix will. Definitely consider getting a Helix mattress if you and your partner have very different sleep styles and needs.
I hope this post has helped people better understand which option may be better for them. If someone has any specific questions, they should ask them in the comments.
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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