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Helix Mattress Review

Logan Foley

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Logan Foley, Certified Sleep Coach

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OVERVIEW

Helix is a direct-to-consumer mattress company that is well-known for its sleep quiz. This quiz recommends a mattress model based on the customer’s weight, sleep position, and personal preferences. To accommodate a wide range of sleep styles, the Helix line consists of seven main models.

The Helix Sunset and the Helix Moonlight are the company’s softest models. Medium models include the Helix Midnight and the Helix Dusk. The Helix Twilight, the Helix Dawn, and the Helix Plus are the firmest models in the line.

Helix crafts the Sunset, the Midnight, and the Twilight with side sleepers in mind. The Moonlight, the Dusk, and the Dawn are engineered for back and stomach sleepers. The Plus is designed specifically for larger individuals. While Helix constructs every mattress with certain sleep positions and weight groups in mind, other individuals may also enjoy the feel of each model.

In addition to the standard versions, each model except for the Plus is also available in a Luxe version. This optional upgrade adds zoned lumbar support to the coil system to promote better spinal alignment by bolstering support near the hips while allowing the shoulders to sink in more. The Luxe version also uses a quilted pillow top for a plusher feel. A Tencel cover wicks away moisture while allowing airflow into the mattress. This upgrade also includes a 15-year warranty period instead of the standard 10-year warranty.

The standard versions of the Dawn, the Dusk, the Midnight, the Moonlight, the Sunset, and the Twilight measure 12 inches thick, while the Luxe versions are 14 inches thick. The Plus is 13 inches thick. Any of these heights could be considered high-profile, so Helix mattresses may require deep pocket sheets.

We’ll examine each of these Helix mattress models and discuss their materials, performance, and customer ratings. We’ll also highlight the potential benefits of each model to give you a clearer idea of which option may be best for you.

Price Range

$699 - $1,449
Mattress Type

Hybrid
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Ideal for:

  • Shoppers seeking a bed with pressure relief
  • Sleepers who tend to overheat during the night
  • Couples looking for a balance of springiness and motion isolation

Considerations:

  • Models share similar hybrid construction but vary widely in feel and performance
  • Foam layers may off-gas initially
  • Price-points are average for similar hybrid models
RATINGS SUMMARY
Motion Isolation
Ease of Movement
Temperature Control
Sex
Pressure Relief
Off-Gassing
Edge Support

Helix Video Review

Watch the video playlist below to see how each of the Helix models performed when put to the test in our lab. Click the icon in the upper right corner to see a list of all Helix review videos.

Helix Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation

Helix Moonlight: 3/5 | Helix Dusk: 4/5 | Helix Dawn: 3/5 | Helix Sunset: 4/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 2/5 | Helix Plus: 4/5

Most of the Helix mattresses perform well when it comes to isolating motion. Foam layers typically absorb a great deal of movement, although the latex-like polyfoam used in the comfort layers is a bit bouncier than your average memory foam. The springiness provided by the coil core may also make it easier for you to feel your partner’s movements throughout the night.

The Dusk and Sunset absorb the most motion of all the Helix models, owing to memory foam layers and a softer feel than the other models. The Plus also has a two-layer comfort system that prevents most coil movement from reaching the mattress’s bouncy coil core. This effectively limits the spread of vibrations across the mattress surface. The Moonlight, Dawn, and Midnight offer moderate motion transfer to help reduce sleep disturbances caused by your co-sleeper’s movements.

Motion Isolation
Pressure Relief

Helix Moonlight: 4/5 | Helix Dusk: 4/5 | Helix Dawn: 3/5 | Helix Sunset: 4/5 | Helix Midnight: 4/5 | Helix Twilight: 3/5 | Helix Plus: 4/5

Pressure relief is one of the strengths of Helix mattresses, owing largely to the memory foam and polyfoam layers, and the pocketed coils. The foam allows sleepers to sink in for deep cradling, which helps take some of the pressure off key areas like the shoulders and hips. Softer mattresses tend to suit the needs of side sleepers and those who weigh less than 130 pounds, while firmer beds tend to work better for back or stomach sleepers and those who weigh more than 230 pounds.

The Moonlight, Dusk, Sunset, and Midnight offer the best pressure relief, thanks in part to the plusher surfaces. The Plus is constructed specifically for larger individuals, and it can relieve pressure points very well for sleepers in this group. The firmer feel of the Dawn and Twilight result in more pushback against a sleeper’s pressure points, lowering its performance in this category.

Pressure Relief
Temperature Control

Helix Moonlight: 3/5 | Helix Dusk: 3/5 | Helix Dawn: 4/5 | Helix Sunset: 3/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 3/5 | Helix Plus: 3/5

The Helix mattresses perform about average for hybrids when it comes to sleeping cool. Memory foam is well-known for its tendency to sleep hot, as it often traps and retains heat through the night. That being said, the coil cores of these beds allow for air to flow through the mattress, helping to balance out any heat retention. The Dawn sleeps a bit cooler than the other models thanks to its firm feel not allowing much sinkage. The Plus also has two cooling cover options that help dissipate heat.

Temperature Control
Edge Support

Helix Moonlight: 2/5 | Helix Dusk: 3/5 | Helix Dawn: 4/5 | Helix Sunset: 2/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 4/5 | Helix Plus: 3/5

These Helix models all have a reinforced perimeter within the coil core, which helps to limit the amount of sinkage that occurs when a person sits or sleeps near the edge of the bed. That being said, each model varies in the degree of edge support it provides depending largely on its firmness and construction. The Dawn and Twilight offer the best edge support, due to their firm construction. The Dusk, Midnight, and Plus also offer decent support along the perimeter.

The Moonlight and Sunset are the plushest models, which means you will sink more easily while sitting or sleeping near the edge. These provide the least amount of edge support of all the Helix mattresses.

Edge Support
Ease of Movement

Helix Moonlight: 2/5 | Helix Dusk: 3/5 | Helix Dawn: 4/5 | Helix Sunset: 2/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 4/5 | Helix Plus: 3/5

Ease of movement is another category that is largely distinguished by the firmness of each model. The deep cradling and sink provided by the softer Moonlight and Sunset make it difficult to move along the surface. By contrast, the Dawn and Twilight models provide sturdy pushback against the body, which makes it easier both to move around and get out of bed. Conforming from the Plus’s two-layer comfort system may make the bed slightly more challenging to move on than other hybrids, but the firm feel still offers decent ease of movement.

Sex

Helix Moonlight: 2/5 | Helix Dusk: 3/5 | Helix Dawn: 4/5 | Helix Sunset: 2/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 4/5 | Helix Plus: 3/5

Thanks to their coil cores, the Helix mattresses have some springiness and bounce, which many couples prefer for sex. The degree of conforming and sink provided by the foam layers can either help or hinder sex, and it will vary depending on the bed’s construction.

Couples will have the easiest time moving around on the Helix Dawn and Twilight, since the firm surfaces facilitate easier movement. The Dusk, Midnight, and Plus provide a decent surface for sex as well, but intimate activity will probably be most difficult on the Moonlight and Sunset. These models have soft, plush surfaces that can inhibit movement.

Off-Gassing

Helix Moonlight: 3/5 | Helix Dusk: 3/5 | Helix Dawn: 3/5 | Helix Sunset: 3/5 | Helix Midnight: 3/5 | Helix Twilight: 3/5 | Helix Plus: 3/5

Like any mattress that uses foam, all the Helix models have an average amount of “new mattress smell” at first. This odor is generally considered to be harmless, and it typically fades within a few days. The Helix mattresses are all hybrid models, so their coil cores allow for more air to flow through the mattress. As a result, any smells should air out faster than they would with an all-foam mattress. If you find the smell unpleasant, consider letting the mattress sit in a well-ventilated room for a few hours after opening.

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Helix Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Helix Moonlight

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Dusk

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Dawn

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Sunset

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Midnight

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Twilight

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Helix Plus

Sleeper Type Under 130 lbs 130-230 lbs Above 230 lbs
Side Sleepers
Back Sleepers
Stomach Sleepers

Side Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Back Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Stomach Sleepers

Under 130 lbs
130-230 lbs
Above 230 lbs

Side Sleepers

Sleeping comfortably on your side boils down to finding a mattress with the right blend of cushioning and support. Side sleepers’ hips and shoulders need to be able to sink into the mattress just enough to relieve pressure and straighten out the spine. Side sleepers tend to prefer mattresses on the softer end of the spectrum, somewhere around a “medium” feel.

Side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds will enjoy the ample cushioning provided by the Dusk and Moonlight models. Those who prefer a softer feel should opt for the Moonlight.

Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds are most compatible with the medium firm Midnight or Dusk. These models provide a balance of strong contouring and support that will be appreciated by most sleepers in this weight range.

For side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, the Plus is the best option, and to a lesser extent the Twilight. The firmer feel of these models will prevent side sleepers in this weight category from sinking too far into the bed. The Plus is built for larger individuals, so the foam comfort layers give the necessary cradling to take the pressure off their hips and shoulders, while a layer of Helix Dynamic Foam adds cushioning and bounce.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers also need a combination of contouring and support, but with less cushioning than side sleepers look for. Sleeping on your back keeps the spine relatively even, so back sleepers typically just need a bit more firmness and support, particularly around the lumbar area, to keep from sinking too much and misaligning the spine. As a result, people who sleep on their backs tend to prefer mattresses that are firmer than what side sleepers prefer, but not quite as firm as those that stomach sleepers like.

Back sleepers who weigh under 130 pounds will probably find that the Midnight best suits their needs. It offers just the right amount of support and cushioning for this sleep position.

Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds have many options to choose from. The Twilight and Plus are excellent choices for back sleepers in this weight category. Both offer excellent support for the lower back with ample plushness to cushion the spine. The Dusk and Dawn are decent as well, thanks to their stable support and medium firm feel.

The Plus, Twilight and Dawn are also ideal options for back sleepers over 230 pounds. These models offer excellent support for this weight range to prevent the hips from sagging into the mattress.

Stomach Sleepers

As people tend to carry most of their weight around their torsos, people who sleep on their stomachs put more concentrated pressure on a mattress and frequently sink in further than other sleepers. If they sink in too far, they risk pushing their spines out of their natural alignment into a U-shape, which may contribute to aches and pains down the road. As a result, stomach sleepers usually need a firmer, more supportive mattress with enough push-back to keep their backs aligned.

Since stomach sleepers need a flat surface to maintain healthy spinal alignment, they will feel most comfortable on the firmer Helix models. The Plus and Dawn are excellent choices for sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds. Their firm feel and even support make the midsection of the mattress sturdy enough to reduce the likelihood of excessive sagging. As a result, stomach sleepers in this weight category will likely get the support they need with some comfortable cushioning.

The Midnight has a medium firm feel that should suit stomach sleepers under 130 pounds, but those in heavier weight categories will sink too much. The Twilight may also be suitable for lighter weight stomach sleepers, especially for those between 130 and 230 pounds.

Mattress Construction

Helix mattresses use a hybrid design that pairs foam comfort and transition layers with a coil core. All models share a similar construction with variations between models. Below is a breakdown of each mattress construction.

Helix Mattresses

Mattress Firmness Comfort Layers Support Core Cover
Helix Sunset Soft (2-3) Memory Foam (Memory Plus Foam), Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam) Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Midnight Medium Firm (6) Memory Foam (Memory Plus Foam), Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam), Transition Polyfoam Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Twilight Firm (7) Memory Foam (Memory Plus Foam), Transition Polyfoam Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Moonlight Medium Soft (4) 2 Layers of Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam) Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Dusk Medium Firm (6) Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam), 3” Memory Foam Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Dawn Firm (8) Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam), Transition Polyfoam Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester
Helix Plus Firm (7) Memory Foam (Memory Plus Foam), Latex-Like Polyfoam (Helix Dynamic Foam), Memory Foam Pocketed Coils, Polyfoam 100% Polyester

Helix Prices and Sizing

Helix mattresses are very competitively priced, costing less than average for hybrid models. The standard version of each mattress falls far below the average price point. Luxe versions of the Dawn, Dusk, Midnight, Moonlight, Sunset, and Twilight are also available. While the Luxe options cost more than the standard versions, they are still affordably priced compared to the average for hybrid models. Helix also runs frequent promotions that offer additional discounts. Given their quality materials and low cost, Helix mattresses may appeal to value seekers.

In the below table, the base prices refer to all base Helix models (Sunset, Moonlight, Midnight, Dusk, Twilight, and Dawn), the Luxe price refers to Luxe versions of all those mattresses, and the Plus price refers to the singular Plus model.

Sizes Dimensions Base Height Base Price Luxe Height Luxe Price Plus Height Plus Price
Twin 39” x 75” 12” $699 14” $1,099 13” $849
Twin XL 39” 80” 12” $799 14” $1,349 13” $925
Full 54” x 75” 12” $949 14” $1,649 13” $1,149
Queen 60” x 80” 12” $1,099 14” $1,949 13” $1,649
King 76” x 80” 12” $1,449 14” $2,349 13” $2,049
California King 72” x 84” 12” $1,449 14” $2,349 13” $2,049
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Helix's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    Helix mattresses are sold through the Helix website. You can also see Helix mattresses in person at the Helix showroom in New York City and in select partner showrooms across the United States. Mattresses ship to all 50 states and most of Canada, excluding Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories.

  • Shipping

    Free shipping is available within the United States. A Customs Tax and a $250 shipping fee apply to orders to Canada.

    Helix mattresses ship via FedEx Ground, compressed and rolled in a box. Once an order is placed, mattresses usually take 3 to 7 business days to arrive.

    The customer is responsible for the mattress setup. Helix provides setup instructions in the shipping email and inside the mattress box.

  • Additional Services

    In-home delivery is available in most locations within the 48 contiguous United States. This service is provided by Helix’s delivery partner and carries an extra $149 fee for the first item. Orders of two or more items have a $199 fee. A team will move the mattress into the room, unpack it, set it up, and remove the packing materials.

    Old mattress removal is available for a separate $75 fee when you purchase in-home delivery.

  • Sleep Trial

    Helix mattresses come with a 100-night trial window that begins the day the mattress is delivered. A 30-night break-in period is required before the mattress becomes eligible for return. If the customer chooses to make a return during the allotted time frame, they can receive a full refund of the mattress’s purchase price. A removal partner will pick up the mattress. This offer is good for up to two returns per customer, household, and/or shipping address.

  • Warranty

    Standard Helix mattresses come with a 10-year limited warranty, and Helix Luxe mattresses have a 15-year limited warranty. These warranties cover manufacturing defects, including indentations greater than 1 inch, cracking and splitting of the foam, and assembly defects in the cover. This warranty applies to the original mattress owner when purchased from an authorized retailer. It does not cover a normal increase in softness, changes in firmness preference, or damage due to abuse or misuse. Customers should retain their receipt as proof of purchase.

    The customer is responsible for returning the mattress at their expense. If Helix finds a covered defect, customers can receive up to $100 reimbursement for shipping costs and Helix will elect to either repair or replace the mattress.

    Additional terms and conditions apply.

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