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Comparing Helix Sleep Mattresses

Explore the differences and similarities between Helix Sleep’s six standard hybrid mattresses.

Helix Sleep makes a half dozen mattresses in their standard line. So how do you choose which is right for you? Keep scrolling to discover who each bed is best for, its construction and how it impacts the feel of the mattress, as well as a brief summary on Helix’s warranty, shipping, returns and sleep trial. We’ll even cover a few frequently asked questions and give you some key details about the brand. It’s all the research you need on one page.

Helix Mattress Models

Warranty
Firmness
Type
Price class

Helix Sunset

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

3

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Moonlight

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

4

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Midnight

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

6

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Dusk

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

6

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Twilight

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

7.5

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Dawn

warranty
Warranty

10-year warranty

firmness
Firmness

8

type
Type

Hybrid

price_class
Price class

$$

Helix Sunset

  • Best For
    • Lightweight or average-weight sleepers
    • Strict side sleepers
    • People who want a plush, memory foam feel
  • Price Range:  $600-$1,349

The Sunset is the softest mattress in the Helix Sleep standard collection. It has the most traditional memory foam feel and contours around the body better than any other Helix standard mattress, making it the best mattress for side sleepers. The Sunset’s comfort layer contains soft memory foam, so you’ll sink in and feel hugged, especially if you sleep on your side. Helix designed the bed to provide side sleeper support for petite body types, but average-weight sleepers who enjoy a very plush feel may find it comfortable as well. Although it shares a similar firmness setting to the Helix Moonlight, the Sunset has more of a “traditional” memory foam feel while the Moonlight has a neutral foam feel, meaning that it doesn’t feel distinctly like memory foam. The Moonlight also provides a bit more support for petite back and stomach sleepers.

Read our full Helix Sunset Mattress Review.

Helix Moonlight

  • Best For
    • Lightweight sleepers
    • Petite shoppers who don’t want a memory foam feel
    • Back and stomach sleepers
    • Combination sleepers
  • Price Range: $600-$1,349

The Helix Moonlight mattress is advertised alongside the Sunset as having a “Soft Feel.” While it is soft, it doesn’t offer a sinking sensation that memory foam purists tend to enjoy. It uses the brand’s proprietary Helix Dynamic Foam in the comfort and transition layers, which together create a neutral, gentle buoyancy for the sleeper. This bed is great for petite back and stomach sleepers, but we also recommend it as a mattress for combination sleepers who switch primarily between their back and stomach. The Helix Moonlight can also work for petite side sleepers who don’t enjoy a memory foam feel.

Read our full Helix Moonlight Mattress Review to learn more.

helix midnight

Helix Midnight

  • Best For
    • All sleeping positions, but especially side sleepers
    • Average-weight sleepers
    • Couples with different sleeping positions
    • People who want a memory foam feel
  • Price Range: $600-$1,349

The Helix Midnight is the brand’s most popular model, with a medium firmness level that can suit side, back, stomach and combination sleepers. It has a classic memory foam feel that’s reminiscent of Tempur-Pedic mattresses, but it’s also responsive and supportive thanks to the pocketed coil core and transition layer of latex-like Helix Dynamic Foam. The versatility of the Helix Midnight also makes it one of the best mattresses for couples who fall into the average-weight category. The Helix Dusk, the brand’s other medium firmness bed, has a neutral foam feel and slightly more support. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, we recommend the Midnight for those who have aches and pains, enjoy the feeling of sleeping “in” their mattress and spend more time sleeping on their sides. 

Read our full Helix Midnight Mattress Review.

Helix Dusk

  • Best For
    • Average-weight sleepers who don’t enjoy memory foam
    • All sleeping positions
    • Lightweight sleepers who like a firmer feel
  • Price Range: $600-$1,349

Like the Helix Midnight, the Dusk is a hybrid mattress with a medium firmness level. On our mattress firmness scale, we think both the Midnight and the Dusk fall around a 6/10 firmness level: a “medium” firmness. However, the Dusk is designed to feel like more neutral foam as opposed to the Midnight’s memory foam feel. Helix achieves this by placing its responsive, supportive Helix Dynamic Foam in the comfort layer of the Dusk. While you won’t experience as much pressure relief as you would on the softer Midnight or Sunset mattresses, you’ll most likely feel supported in any sleeping position atop the Helix Dusk. The top layer of foam in this mattress also gives it slightly more bounce than the Midnight, which may appeal to combination sleepers and those who want more responsiveness.

Helix Twilight

  • Best For
    • Side sleepers who want a firmer mattress
    • Back and stomach sleepers looking for pressure relief
    • Average-weight and heavyweight sleepers
  • Price Range: $600-$1,349

As the second-firmest mattress in Helix Sleep’s standard line, the Twilight has a firm feel but offers pressure point relief with a top layer of memory foam. If you sleep primarily on your side but enjoy a firmer bed, this could be a good option for you. The Twilight is a good mattress for back sleepers and stomach sleepers who need a firm bed but also want pressure relief to prevent aches and pains. The Twilight will feel more supportive than the Dusk and Midnight beds (each of which has a medium firmness), but it isn’t going to feel quite as firm as the Helix Dawn. See our list on the best mattress for back pain for other firm mattresses that still provide pressure relief in crucial areas.

Helix Dawn

  • Best For
    • Strict back sleepers
    • Strict stomach sleepers
    • People who prefer sleeping “on” the mattress rather than “in” it
  • Price Range: $600-$1,349

The Dawn is the firmest bed in Helix’s standard line and is rated 8 out of 10 on our mattress firmness scale. Helix recommends this mattress for stomach sleepers and back sleepers that are average-weight and heavyweight. We also think it’s also a good choice for combination sleepers who like to sleep “on” their mattress. Unlike the Twilight, the Dawn has a layer of Helix Dynamic Foam in both its comfort and transitional layers. Each of these layers work to give the bed a bouncy, supportive feel throughout. If you prefer feeling lifted and supported as opposed to hugged on a firm bed, the Dawn is a great pick. 

Helix Mattress Brand by Sleep Style

Sunset Moonlight Midnight Dusk Twilight Dawn
Side Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight
Back Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight
Stomach Sleeper Lightweight
Average-weight
Heavyweight

All six Helix standard mattresses feature a polyester cover, a transitional layer of Helix Dynamic Foam and 8” pocketed coils over a high-density base layer. The main difference between the six beds is in the comfort layers, which contain either memory foam or Helix’s proprietary latex-like foam, depending on the model. Because the construction is fairly similar, each bed’s firmness level and top foam layer are the most important factors when considering whether it will work for you. In general, Helix’s softer mattresses (the Sunset and Moonlight) are well-suited for lightweight sleepers, and the medium Midnight and Dusk models are popular among average-weight sleepers. The firmer Twilight and Dawn beds work for some heavyweight individuals and for average-weight sleepers who like firm mattresses.

Other Considerations: Cooling, Back Pain and Couples

All Helix mattresses are designed to sleep cool, making them some of the best mattresses for hot sleepers. The pocketed coil support core provides ample room for airflow. Though the cover doesn’t feel cool to the touch, it has a stretchy feel that aids in overall breathability. The Helix mattresses made with memory foam may absorb slightly more heat than those with Helix Dynamic Foam, but the difference shouldn’t be noticeable to the average sleeper.

As long as you choose a Helix Sleep mattress that’s a good fit for your body type and sleeping position, you should also experience great pressure relief. The comfort layers in these beds actively work to alleviate tension along the spine and at the hips and shoulders, regardless of whether they’re plush, medium or firm. If pressure relief is your top priority, however, we recommend choosing a model with a memory foam comfort layer to provide relief to joints like the elbows and shoulders.

If you sleep with a partner and are concerned about being awoken by their movement throughout the night, motion isolation is worth some extra consideration. The firmness level and construction of each Helix model will determine each bed’s motion isolation capabilities. Across the board, the Helix beds with memory foam (the Sunset, Midnight and Twilight) absorb more motion than those with bouncier Helix Dynamic Foam (Moonlight, Dusk and Dawn). And as a rule, softer mattresses also absorb more motion than firmer, more responsive options.

Helix Construction

Sunset Moonlight Midnight Dusk Twilight Dawn
Materials  2” Memory Foam

1” Helix Dynamic Foam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

1” Helix Dynamic Foam

1” Helix Dynamic Foam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

2” Memory Foam

1” High-Grade Polyfoam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

1” Helix Dynamic Foam

1” Memory Foam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

2” Memory Foam

1” High-Grade Polyfoam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

1” Helix Dynamic Foam

1” High-Grade Polyfoam

8” Pocketed Coils

1” High-Density Base Foam

What Sets it Apart Cloud-like sleeping surface Soft feel with support for back and stomach sleepers Balanced feel with pressure- point relief Balanced feel with support for back and stomach sleepers Firm top with a little give for side sleepers Firm feel with ample support for back and stomach sleepers

How Construction Impacts The Feel of the Mattress

The Helix beds share a similar construction, but each has a different feel when the sleeper rests atop the comfort layer. All of these beds balance support and relief thanks to the hybrid design, and the mattresses also sleep cooler than all-foam mattresses because of the airflow through the pocketed coil layer. Though the firmness levels and top layer materials vary, Helix beds all offer good pressure relief and edge support to help alleviate tension and maximize the surface area of the mattress.

When deciding between two mattresses in this line that have similar firmness levels, the top layer of comfort foam is the most important consideration. For example, the medium Helix Midnight has a memory foam top layer, while the medium Helix Dusk has a neutral foam top layer. This makes the Midnight slightly better for side sleepers and those who need more pressure relief, while the Dusk is better for people who like a neutral foam feel and sleep on their backs or stomachs.

Helix Pricing 

Twin Twin XL Full Queen King  Cal King
All Helix Standard Mattresses $600 $700 $850 $999 $1,349 $1,349

Dimensions & Specs 

Twin Twin XL Full Queen King  Cal King
All Standard Helix Mattresses 39” x 75” 39” x 80” 54” x 75” 60” x 80” 76” x 80” 72” x 84”

Helix Mattress Warranty, Shipping, Sleep Trial & Returns

All new mattresses from Helix ship as a bed-in-a-box and typically arrive within five to seven business days. Customers may notice a slight odor when they first unbox the Helix mattress, especially if it’s one of the models that contains memory foam. Still, any off-gassing odor should dissipate within two to three days.

Helix Sleep offers a 100-night sleep trial period when you purchase a mattress from its standard line. Like many other mattress companies, Helix requests that consumers keep the mattress for at least 30 nights before initiating a return. (It typically takes the body 30 nights to adjust to a new mattress.) If you’re not satisfied with the bed but don’t want to return it, you can request either a firm or soft mattress topper from Helix at no additional cost. Customers can contact Helix to initiate a mattress pickup to return it for a full refund if they’re still not satisfied after the addition of the topper. 

Helix offers a 10-year warranty with all six standard mattresses. The warranty covers sagging and indentations in the surface that are 1” or deeper. It also covers physical defects that cause the materials to split or crack and manufacturing defects in the mattress cover. If you find a defect, you must ship the mattress to Helix Sleep at your own expense. If Helix Sleep confirms the defect, they will reimburse you for shipping fees, repair or replace the mattress, and ship it back to your address for no additional charge.

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Helix FAQs

Do you need a box spring with a Helix mattress?

While it’s not necessary to make your mattress comfortable, a mattress foundation improves the durability of your mattress and protects it from mold. The warranty for all standard Helix mattresses requires a supportive base with slats no greater than 5″ apart. Platform bases, adjustable bases and box springs are all acceptable as long as they provide adequate support for the mattress. 

How is the motion isolation on a Helix bed?

None of the Helix standard models have ultra-absorbent, thick foam layers like what you’d find in a memory foam mattress. However, a particular model’s ability to distill movement varies based on the type and thickness of the comfort foam. For example, the Sunset’s soft memory foam top layer absorbs more motion and noise than its firmer counterparts containing Helix Dynamic Foam on top.

How long does a Helix mattress last?

We expect Helix mattresses to last seven to 10 years.

How does the Helix Sleep quiz work?

The quiz on HelixSleep.com matches a customer with the best mattress from the brand’s collection using sleep ergonomics and biomechanics data. To get your recommendation, you’ll answer a few questions about your preferences, body type and sleeping position.

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Key Details About Helix Brand

Helix Sleep is a U.S.-based mattress company that started selling beds in 2015 and is known for a large selection of hybrid mattresses. Helix believes that every person’s mattress should fit their body type and sleep position. This is why they created the Helix sleep quiz for HelixSleep.com, which matches shoppers to their ideal Helix mattress.

Helix offers six hybrid mattresses in its standard line in addition to the Helix Plus, which is designed for plus-size sleepers. Every Helix standard mattress can also be purchased in its Helix LUXE version, all of which have a hotel-quality quilted pillow top and a luxurious feel. Because of their hybrid constructions, all Helix standard models and Luxe models offer excellent temperature regulation, durability and responsiveness.

Helix operates one brick-and-mortar showroom in New York, but you can also find partner showrooms throughout the country. Online, Helix mattresses can be found at HelixSleep.com and at select third-party online retailers, like CB2.


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