If you are a larger person and you have narrowed down your mattress search to the WinkBeds Plus and Helix Nightfall, you’re already in a good position. Both mattresses are made with heavier sleepers in mind and address many of the issues that other mattresses struggle with when handling heavier weights.
But you’re only going to buy one. So which mattress will meet your specific needs? Read on for my full comparison.
- Both mattresses are made for heavier people.
- They should both be durable mattresses that fight sagging.
- They are both hybrid mattresses and have similar constructions.
- The WinkBeds Plus is taller than the Helix Nightfall.
- The WinkBeds Plus is firmer and more supportive than the Helix Nightfall.
- The WinkBeds Plus has a pillow-top feel, while the Helix Nightfall has more of a soft, memory foam feel on top.
WinkBeds Plus Construction
- The WinkBeds Plus is 15″ tall.
- The cover is soft and quilted with 2″ of a high-density Body Impression Proof Foam. It also contains Tencel fabric, which is produced using recyclable solvents and creates a silky feel.
- The first layer is 2.5″ of an open-celled, seven-zoned latex support layer.
- Next, there are 7.5″ of a three-zone, TexasQUAD individually wrapped coil support system.
- Finally, the base layer is 3″ of a high-density polyfoam.
Helix Nightfall Construction
- The Helix Nightfall is 12” tall.
- The cover has two layers. The top layer can be zipped off and replaced with an Ultra Cool Cover.
- First, there is 1” of Helix Dynamic Foam. It is a latex-foam hybrid.
- Then, there is a 1” layer of Ultra Dense Memory Foam.
- This is followed by a 1” high-grade polyfoam transition layer.
- Next, there are 8” of individually wrapped coils.
- Finally, there is 1” of a Dura Dense foam.
- The covers are fairly different. The WinkBeds Plus has a tufted cover that is quilted together with polyfoam. The Helix Nightfall has two thin layers, and the top layers can be zipped off and replaced with an Ultra Cool Cover.
- The WinkBeds Plus has a zoned support layer, while the Helix Nightfall does not. This layer is designed to give you support under key areas (such as your hips) while keeping the rest of the mattress soft and pressure-relieving.
- Both mattresses have taller coils that should give extra support for heavier people. They have more room to compress and are also higher-grade to handle heavier weights.
- The WinkBeds Plus should be the more durable mattress. It features higher-density foams and has a foam encasement.
- Both mattresses should help you sleep cool. The coils allow for some good airflow, and the covers could help dissipate heat as well.
To me, the WinkBeds Plus felt like a 7.5/10 for firmness, and the Helix Nightfall felt like a 7/10. They are both a bit firmer than average, but the WinkBeds Plus is just a little firmer.
I am 230 lb, so lighter people may think these mattresses are firmer than I did. Heavier people may find these mattresses to be softer, as they’re likely to activate the top layers more than I did.
Here’s how I felt on the WinkBeds Plus:
- I felt very nice when I was on my back. My hips sunk into the pillow-top just the right amount, and I felt supported overall. The polyfoam in the pillow-top pressed up into my lumbar and offered support.
- On my side, I felt some pressure on my shoulders and hips. The pillow-top relieved some pressure, but not enough for me to sleep comfortably.
- On my stomach, I felt very good support. I also felt like my spine was in good alignment.
This was my experience on the Helix Nightfall:
- I felt good support when I was on my back. However, I didn’t feel as much support as I did on the WinkBeds Plus.
- On my side, I felt better pressure relief on the Nightfall. I did feel some firmness on my shoulders and hips, but not as much as I felt on the WinkBeds Plus.
- On my stomach, I felt well supported. That being said, I felt slightly better support while stomach sleeping on the WinkBeds Plus.
In terms of feel, the WinkBeds Plus has a soft, pillow-top feel over a hybrid feel. The Helix Nightfall has more of a classic memory foam feel over a hybrid feel. Both the WinkBeds Plus and Helix Nightfall have a bit of bounce, and I didn’t have trouble moving around on either mattress.
See more of what I thought of the WinkBeds Plus’s pillow-top in the video below.
Now, you can see what I thought of the memory foam feel on the Helix Nightfall.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you are a larger person like me, you also want to think about how much your motion or your partner’s motion will transfer across the mattress. After testing out both mattresses, I feel that neither handled motion transfer particularly well.
However, between the two, the Helix Nightfall did perform a bit better. It has a softer foam in its top layer, which does a better job of absorbing movement. Pillow-tops, such as the one found on the WinkBeds Plus, generally aren’t the best at handling motion.
You can see how the WinkBeds Plus performed in this video.
Compare this to how the Helix Nightfall cut down on motion transfer.
Edge Support Differences
Another thing to consider if you are larger is edge support. You definitely want to know how much of the surface area of your mattress you can utilize. Basically, edge support reflects how close you can get to the edge of the mattress without feeling like you are falling off.
Between these two mattresses, the WinkBeds Plus features better edge support. It is firmer and has a foam encasement. Sitting down on the edge, I felt very secure. When I was lying down, I felt less like I was going to roll off compared to when I laid on the Helix Nightfall.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Pick The WinkBeds Plus If …
- You like a pillow-top feel. If you like some plush cushion on top of your mattress, the WinkBeds Plus is your best bet. It has a thick pillow-top that has a soft, plush feel. I felt very nice lying on top of this mattress.
- You are a heavier back or stomach sleeper. This is the firmer of the two mattresses, so it offers better support for when you are lying on your back and stomach. On my back, my hips sunk in just a bit, but the pillow-top pressed into my lumbar area so that my back didn’t collapse. On my stomach, my hips didn’t sink in too far.
- You are looking for a long-lasting mattress. Between these two mattresses, the WinkBeds Plus incorporates higher-density foams. It should stand up to wear and tear better than the Nightfall. It should have a longer life and could be a good long-term investment.
Pick The Helix Nightfall If …
- You want some memory foam feel. Overall, the Helix Nightfall has a balanced hybrid feel, but there is some soft memory foam on top. If you like that slow-sinking feeling on your mattress, the Helix Nightfall is the better choice.
- You prefer a softer mattress. The Helix Nightfall is the softer of these two mattresses. If you prefer a little less firmness, this should be the mattress to choose.
- You are a heavier side sleeper. This mattress is made for larger people and, out of the two, it is the softer option. This means it offers better pressure relief, so you should feel less firmness on your shoulders and hips while lying on your side. Note that if you are larger than 300 pounds, you may press right through this mattress and feel that the mattress is firmer.
While both these mattresses have a lot to offer heavier sleepers, they are quite different.
If you like a pillow-top feel and/or sleep on your stomach, the WinkBeds Plus is probably ideal. If you like memory foam and are a heavier side sleeper, the Helix Nightfall should be a good choice.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the WinkBeds Plus or the Helix Nightfall in the comment section below.
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