Helix Plus Mattress Review

By: Loren Bullock

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Is the Helix Plus Mattress for You?

Who’s Going to Love the Helix Plus Mattress

  • Those with heavyweight (> 230 lbs) body types
  • Back sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers
  • Hot sleepers

Who Should Steer Clear of the Helix Plus Mattress

  • Side sleepers under 230 lbs—instead, the Puffy mattress offers better cushioning and pressure relief for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers.
  • Very light sleepers concerned about motion transfer—instead, the GhostBed Flex mattress has a similar hybrid build with better motion isolation.
  • Combination sleepers—instead, the Saatva HD mattress has the same level of support for heavier sleepers, plus excellent responsiveness.

Helix Plus Mattress

The Helix Plus is designed with plus-size or taller individuals in mind. The mattress features extra-dense memory foam that won't lose its shape over time, even with added weight.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
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Material

Hybrid

Trial Period

100 nights

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Firmness

Firm: 7.5/10

Warranty

15-year warranty

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

Helix Plus Mattress

The Helix Plus is designed with plus-size or taller individuals in mind. The mattress features extra-dense memory foam that won't lose its shape over time, even with added weight.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Warranty

15-year warranty

Firmness

Firm: 7.5/10

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Trial Period

100 nights

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

Helix Plus Mattress

The Helix Plus is designed with plus-size or taller individuals in mind. The mattress features extra-dense memory foam that won't lose its shape over time, even with added weight.

Nerd Score 4.7/5
Read Full Review

Material

Hybrid

Firmness

Firm: 7.5/10

Trial Period

100 nights

Warranty

15-year warranty

Shipping Method

Free shipping

Price Range

$$$$$

We recommend this mattress for the following sleeper types:

Back Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight, average weight, and heavyweight back sleepers.
Side Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and average weight side sleepers.
Stomach Sleeping
Ideal for lightweight and heavyweight stomach sleepers.

Financing Options

Financing options are available for this mattress.

Average Customer Rating
4.7/5
Watch Our Video Review

Helix Video Review

Compare the Helix Plus to the other standard Helix models in this video roundup, hosted by our editor Adrianne.

Helix Plus Mattress Firmness and Feel

Helix Plus Mattress Firmness

We rated the Helix Plus 7.5/10 on the 1–10 firmness scale, making it a medium-firm to firm mattress. The feel will change a bit depending on your body type; for instance, it’ll feel a bit softer to heavier sleepers than lightweight sleepers, since more body weight causes the comfort layers to compress. 

What Does the Helix Plus Mattress Feel Like?

The Helix Plus’s combination of foam and coils gives the bed a firm, supportive feel that’s perfect for heavier sleepers and those who like a denser feel. The coil layer gives the Plus its bounce, while the top foam layers provide light contouring around sensitive parts of the body like the hips and shoulders.

Most folks will feel like they’re sleeping “on” the mattress but will still experience some body contouring thanks to the memory foam layers

What Sleeping Position Is Helix Plus Mattress Best For?

Body Type: BACK SLEEPERS STOMACH SLEEPERS SIDE SLEEPERS
Lightweight (< 130 lbs):  4 4 2
Average-weight (130–230 lbs): 5 4 3
Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):  5 5 4

1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent

Side Sleepers

We don’t consider the Helix Plus to be the best mattress for side sleepers under 230 lbs. The comfort layers are a bit too dense for lightweight and average-weight folks to compress, which limits the pressure relief they’ll experience. On the other hand, heavyweight side sleepers should get decent cushioning around their pressure points

Back Sleepers 

Back sleepers need a firm mattress to keep their spine aligned while they sleep. If a mattress is too soft, the hips and shoulders will sink down and change the natural shape of the spine, potentially causing back pain

The hips and shoulders of average-weight and heavyweight back sleepers should remain elevated on the Helix Plus, thanks to the firm layers of foam and the taller-than-average coils. The lower back and legs will also receive some contouring from the comfort foams. 

Lightweight back sleepers might find this mattress too firm for comfort, but if you’re looking for a sturdy and supportive-feeling bed, it’s a good option. 

See More: Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers

Stomach Sleepers 

Similar to back sleepers, stomach sleepers require a firm mattress that prevents the hips from sinking. The Helix Plus does this well, since the coils keep the hips lifted in line with the shoulders and distribute body weight evenly. 

Whether you’re a lightweight, average-weight, or heavyweight stomach sleeper, the Helix Plus should keep you elevated and comfortable as you sleep. For more supportive options, see the best mattresses for stomach sleepers.

Combination Sleepers 

The light bounce of the Helix Plus makes it a good mattress for combination sleepers who don’t like to feel stuck while they move around and change positions throughout the night. 

Average-weight and heavyweight combination sleepers should feel comfortable in any position on this mattress, but lightweight combination sleepers should consider choosing a different mattress if they spend a lot of time sleeping on their side.

Helix Plus Mattress Performance

Is The Helix Plus Mattress Cooling? 

The Helix Plus has cooling components in its cover, foam layers, and coil layers, making it especially appealing for larger sleepers who tend to overheat at night. The cover is made from a specially designed material that wicks away excess heat and moisture, and the top layer of comfort foam is made with latex, which is more breathable than traditional memory foam

Finally, the coils increase airflow, preventing your body heat from building up in the mattress. Overall, the Helix Plus is intentionally designed to make life better for super-hot sleepers, and we think it achieves that goal. 

See More: Best Cooling Mattresses

Edge Support 

Our testers at Mattress Nerd found that, despite the excellent support in the center of the mattress, the edges did not offer the same support. One of our lightweight testers reported that the edges collapsed slightly under her weight, which is likely to be an even bigger problem for heavyweight sleepers. 

This shouldn’t matter much to you if you sleep in the middle of the mattress and rarely sit along the edges, but keep this in mind if you like to stretch out or sit on the sides of your bed.

Responsiveness

Responsiveness is a measure of how quickly the mattress responds to your movement. If you want a mattress that’s easy to move around on, responsiveness is a key component to look for. 

Unfortunately, our team of testers did not find the Helix Plus to be very responsive. In fact, one member of our team said it was surprisingly difficult to move around on. If you tend to toss and turn and want easy mobility, this may not be the mattress for you.

Motion Isolation: Is it good for those who share a bed?

The best mattresses for couples are ones that prevent motion from transferring from one side of the bed to the other. That way, if one person tosses and turns, the other person won’t be disrupted. When we tested the Helix Plus, we found that there was some motion transfer from one side to the other. 

We expect some motion transfer from a bed with coils, so unless you’re super sensitive to movement, you shouldn’t be too bothered by movement on this bed. It’s also worth noting that the Helix Plus mattress was crafted to suit heavyweight sleepers and larger couples—up to 500 lbs per side. 

Noise

The Plus is a fairly quiet mattress. You may notice a very subtle sound with movement from air moving through the coils, but it was hardly noticeable.

Pain Relief

The most common forms of pain that sleepers complain about are back and joint pain. The best mattresses for back pain are supportive enough to keep the sleeper’s spine aligned. Those with joint pain or issues like arthritis need a bed that cushions pressure points.

The Helix Plus is a firmer mattress, so it shouldn’t cause lower back pain for back or stomach sleepers. It’s not quite cushioning enough for those with joint pain or side sleepers with sensitive shoulders or hips.

Sex

With springy coils and a breathable construction, we consider the Helix Plus to be a good mattress for sex. Our only qualm is that it’s not easy to change positions on this bed, which may inhibit some couples.

Off-Gassing

We didn’t notice much off-gassing (i.e. new mattress smell) when we unboxed our Helix Plus mattress. The odor occurs when foams expand after being compressed, but it’s temporary and non-toxic.

Durability

Hybrid mattresses typically last around seven to eight years, and Helix warrants the Plus mattress for 15 years if it develops impressions deeper than one inch.

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Helix Plus Construction

The Helix Plus is a 13” hybrid mattress made with layers of foam and pocketed coils. Its design takes into consideration universal needs as well as needs unique to heavy sleepers, such as adequate support. 

Layer #1—TENCEL Mattress Cover: The Helix Plus mattress comes with a breathable TENCEL fabric cover that feels sleek and smooth to the touch. TENCEL is known for its moisture-wicking properties, which is great for hot sleepers.

Layer #2—Ultra Dense Memory Foam: The bed’s top comfort layer contains Memory Plus Foam—a durable, Helix-exclusive foam blend that has a dense, deeply contouring feel. This layer helps keep your spine in a neutral alignment. 

Layer #3—Helix Dynamic Foam: Helix Dynamic Foam is a latex-foam hybrid that’s dense and contouring like Memory Plus Foam, but more buoyant and responsive.

Layer #4—Firm Memory Foam: Beneath the comfort layers is a transition layer of firm memory foam, which provides the spinal support heavy sleepers need. 

Layer #5—XL Wrapped Coils: The support layer of the mattress contains hundreds of individually wrapped, extra-tall coils that are reinforced around the perimeter to improve edge support

Layer #6—DuraDense Foam: The base layer of the mattress is made of high-density foam, which enhances support and increases the durability of the entire bed, while also providing a stable surface for the pocketed coils.

How Much Does the Helix Plus Mattress Cost?

Mattress Size Price Dimensions Height Weight
Twin $849 39” x 75”  13” 53 lbs
Twin XL $949 39” x 80”  13” 56 lbs
Full $1,149 54” x 75”  13” 71 lbs
Queen $1,649 60” x 80”  13” 84 lbs
King $2,049 76” x 80”  13” 103 lbs
California King $2,049 72” x 84”  13” 103 lbs

Check out our Helix mattress coupons for exclusive deals and discounts. If you’re shopping on a budget, check out the best mattresses under $500.

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How Do the Policies Measure Up?

Shipping & Unboxing

Helix offers free shipping for customers in all 50 states. The Helix Plus is shipped vacuum-packed in a box via FedEx, and most shoppers receive their order within 10 business days of purchase. Helix does not offer white glove delivery or old mattress removal at this time.

When our Mattress Nerd team unboxed this mattress, we had a relatively easy experience. The bed expanded in less than three minutes and had very minimal off-gassing scent (the smell that sometimes ensues when memory foam suddenly expands).

Warranty

The Helix Plus is backed by a 15-year warranty, which covers defects in the mattress such as deep indentations and split or cracked foam. The Helix warranty’s coverage is contingent upon the mattress having proper foundational support, which Helix defines as a solid, firm surface. Sagging and indentations from normal wear and tear are not covered, and the warranty is non-transferable.

Trial Period & Returns

The Helix Plus comes with a 100-night sleep trial. The sleep trial policy includes a 30-night break-in period, which means you won’t be able to return or exchange the mattress until you’ve slept on it for 30 nights. 

Here at Mattress Nerd, we’re big fans of policies like this because it can take some time for the body to adjust to a new bed. If you’re still not satisfied with the mattress after the 30-night period, you may return it for a full refund. The returned bed will be recycled or donated to charity.

Addressing Helix Plus Mattress Complaints

Not Supportive Enough

The majority of complaints about the Helix Plus mattress emphasized a lack of support and a softer feel than anticipated. We consider the Plus to be a firm mattress, but barely so—it teeters on the edge of medium-firm. If you decide the Plus isn’t supportive enough after 30 nights, you can exchange it for a firmer Helix model or return it for a full refund during the trial period.

Sagging

A few customers said that their Helix Plus sagged over time, particularly in the middle. The 15-year Helix Plus mattress warranty covers indentations over 1”, so you may be eligible for free repairs or a replacement mattress if that’s the case with your bed. Also, make sure that you’re using a supportive enough bed frame. Platform bases are best for heavier mattresses.

Sleeps Warm

We saw a couple of comments about the Helix Plus retaining body heat. We didn’t overheat on the Plus, but acknowledge that there’s a potential for heat retention in the memory foam comfort layers. If you’re overheating on the Plus, you can return it during the trial period or try lowering the temperature in your bedroom. Many experts recommend a sleeping temperature between 62–68 degrees.

Comparing Different Helix Mattresses

Helix Plus vs. Helix Sunset

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
Helix Sunset Mattress
Soft: 5.5/10
3.8/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
Helix Sunset Mattress
Firmness
Soft: 5.5/10
Score
3.8/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: Helix Sunset Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Sleepers Looking for a Softer Mattress
Heavyweight Sleepers People Seeking Pressure Relief
Hot Sleepers Back and Side Sleepers

The Helix Sunset is the softest Helix hybrid mattress, and is best for side sleepers and those with lightweight body types. If you sleep on your back or stomach, you’ll likely find the Sunset to be too soft for your liking.

In contrast, the Helix Plus is very firm and built primarily for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those with heavyweight body types. The Sunset costs less than the Plus, so it’s better for those shopping on a budget, although it has a shorter warranty period (10 years vs. 15 years).

Read our full Helix Sunset Mattress Review for a closer look.

Helix Plus vs. Helix Midnight 

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
Helix Midnight Mattress
Medium-firm: 6/10
4.3/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
Helix Midnight Mattress
Firmness
Medium-firm: 6/10
Score
4.3/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: Helix Midnight Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Sleepers Looking for a Hybrid Mattress
Heavyweight Sleepers Shoppers Looking for a Responsive Mattress
Hot Sleepers Average-weight Sleepers who Toss and Turn

The Helix Midnight is a hybrid mattress with a balanced, medium-firm feel that supports and contours to your body. It provides excellent temperature regulation, quick responsiveness, and strong edge support. The Helix Plus comes with extra comfort layers that support more weight, but it’s not as responsive and doesn’t have the best edge support.

If you’re an average-weight sleeper who tosses and turns, then the Helix Midnight may be better for you, but if you’re a heavyweight sleeper who stays primarily in one position, then the Helix Plus will probably be more comfortable. The Midnight is lower cost than the Plus, but it has a 10-year warranty instead of a 15-year warranty.

Read our full Helix Midnight Mattress Review for a closer look.

Helix Plus vs. Helix Twilight

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
Helix Twilight Mattress
Firm: 8.5/10
4.0/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
Helix Twilight Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 8.5/10
Score
4.0/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: Helix Twilight Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Sleepers Looking for a Firmer Mattress
Heavyweight Sleepers People Seeking Pressure Relief
Hot Sleepers Back and Stomach Sleepers

The Helix Twilight is a firm hybrid mattress that’s ideal for people coping with chronic back pain who need extra support. The Helix Plus also offers great spine alignment, but primarily for heavyweight sleepers. 

The Helix Plus is a bit better for those seeking pressure relief, though it’s also geared toward back and stomach sleepers. Pricewise, the Twilight is more affordable than the Plus, unless you opt for the Twilight Luxe.

Read our full Helix Twilight Mattress Review for a closer look.

Comparing Helix to the Competition

Helix Plus vs. Big Fig

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
Big Fig Mattress
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
4.8/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
Big Fig Mattress
Firmness
Medium-firm: 6.5/10
Score
4.8/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: Helix Sunset Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Shoppers Looking for a Supportive but not Firm Mattress
Heavyweight Sleepers People Seeking Great Temperature Regulation
Hot Sleepers Sleepers Wanting a Slightly Softer Mattress

Some heavyweight sleepers need extra support from their mattress but don’t want an extra firm mattress. If you’re in that category, the Big Fig may be a better option for you when compared to the Helix Plus.

Both mattresses offer excellent cooling properties and a delicate combination of support and comfort for bigger body types, but the Big Fig is slightly softer, with a medium-firm feel instead of a firm feel. It’s certainly more expensive than the Helix Plus, but could be great if you’re a larger side sleeper who needs cradling support for the hips and shoulders. 

See our full Big Fig Mattress Review to learn more.

Helix Plus vs. Brooklyn Bedding Titan

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
Titan Plus
Medium-firm: 7/10
4.6/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
Titan Plus
Firmness
Medium-firm: 7/10
Score
4.6/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: Brooklyn Bedding Titan Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Sleepers Looking for a Responsive Mattress
Heavyweight Sleepers People who Toss and Turn
Hot Sleepers Combination Sleepers

The Helix Plus and the Brooklyn Bedding Titan were both designed with heavyweight sleepers in mind, but they have very different strengths. The Titan offers excellent responsiveness, meaning it’s great for combination sleepers who tend to change position throughout the night.

The Helix Plus, on the other hand, doesn’t have great responsiveness and won’t allow sleepers to maneuver around easily atop the bed. Still, it offers better pressure relief and edge support when compared to the Titan.

See our full Helix vs. Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Review to learn more.

Helix Plus vs. WinkBed

Product
Firmness
Score
Helix Plus Mattress
Firm: 7.5/10
4.7/5
WinkBed Mattress
Multiple firmness options
4.5/5
Product
Helix Plus Mattress
Firmness
Firm: 7.5/10
Score
4.7/5
Product
WinkBed Mattress
Firmness
Multiple firmness options
Score
4.5/5

Helix Plus Mattress is Best For: WinkBed Mattress is Best For:
Back and Stomach Sleepers Sleepers Looking for a Responsive Mattress
Couples People Seeking Pressure Relief
Hot Sleepers Heavyweight Sleepers

While the Helix Plus mattress is designed for heavyweight individuals or couples, the WinkBed is much better for single sleepers. It allows more motion transfer than the Helix Plus, which means you could be awoken more easily by a shifting partner if you choose the WinkBed. 

However, the WinkBed is far more responsive and offers solid edge support, so you don’t have to worry about rolling off the edge of the bed in the middle of the night. Overall, both of these beds are high-quality and built to accommodate larger bodies. 

See our full Helix vs. WinkBed Mattress Review to learn more.

Still Undecided? Check out these other Helix comparisons and reviews:

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Helix vs. Bear Helix Moonlight Mattress Review
Helix vs. Brooklyn Bedding Helix Dusk Mattress Review
Helix vs. Casper Helix Dawn Mattress Review
Helix vs. Leesa Helix Plus Mattress Review
Helix vs. Purple Helix Luxe Mattress Review
Helix vs. Tuft & Needle Helix Sunset Mattress Review
Helix vs. WinkBed Helix Pillow Review

FAQs

Is Helix Sleep a good mattress company?

Yes! Helix Sleep is a bed-in-a-box mattress company that produces beds for all kinds of sleeping positions and body shapes. They make their mattresses in the USA and use high grade materials like CertiPUR-US foams. Plus, they offer free shipping, 100-night sleep trials, and 10–15 mattress warranties.

Does the Helix Plus mattress have a weight limit?

A Queen-size Helix mattress can support up to 1,000 lbs of combined weight and up to 500 lbs for individual sleepers. A Twin size can support up to 450 lbs. Helix's team verified these weight limits with successful testing, so you can sleep soundly knowing you're well-supported.

Does the Helix Plus mattress sag?

Unless your mattress is defective, it shouldn't sag or develop permanent impressions deeper than 1". Helix highly recommends a strong support system—such as their own Helix foundation—as the best option for preventing sagging. Other options include adjustable bases or bed frames with thick slats no more than 3" apart.

What’s the Bottom Line?

The Helix Plus is a comfortable, supportive mattress for those with larger body types. The thoughtfulness of its design ensures that it remains durable and comfortable for heavier weight and plus size sleepers in the long term. 

While it doesn’t earn high marks in responsiveness or edge support, the mattress isolates motion well and helps with temperature control. All in all, this is a wise and relatively affordable choice for heavyweight folks who want to enjoy their mattress while ensuring it adequately supports their weight.

The Nerd’s Scores for the Helix Plus Mattress

Performance Factor Out of 5
Motion Isolation 4
Pressure Relief 3.5
Ease of Movement 3.5
Edge Support 3.5
Temperature Control  4
Durability 4.5

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Helix Wedge Pillow

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Helix Adjustable Pillow

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