Helix vs. Tempur Pedic
Innovative, groundbreaking technologies in the mattress industry have had a great impact on the design and manufacturing of today’s sleep products. This has resulted in a large number of different types of mattresses that can be broadly categorized as innerspring, foam or latex, and hybrid mattresses that are combinations of various technologies and materials.
With so many different options available, it may be hard to pick the one that will be perfect for you. Each mattress type differs in size, firmness, and other features, and each has its unique characteristics which you should be aware of before you make your next big purchase.
Today we’ll be comparing two well-known mattress brands Helix and Tempur Pedic and present you with their basic features and unique characteristics that may help you make your final decision.
These are two different types of mattresses coming from different companies, and while the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is an all foam mattress coming from Tempur Pedic’s full line of foam mattresses catered to different firmness levels and feels, the Helix is a customizable, hybrid mattress capable of meeting everyone’s needs and preferences.
Construction and Materials
Helix is a 10″ hybrid mattress made up of latex, micro-coils, and foam. It consists of the custom configured layers to achieve the right degree of customization for your sleep preferences.
• 2″ Top Comfort Layer – This layer is 2″ of synthetic Dunlop latex designed to provide bounce, cooling, and responsiveness, and it can vary in firmness from ILD 15-32 (ILD being Indention Load Deflection, a measure of firmness) based on your answers from the questionnaire.
• 2″ Pressure Relief Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of micro coils that provide pressure, relief, bounce, and comfort, and create a similar feel to innerspring mattresses.
• 2″ Support Layer – This layer is 2″ of polyfoam that provides deep compression support and serves as the transitional support between the comfort and lower support layers. It also varies from ILD 20-26 based on the questionnaire answers.
• 4.5″ Foundation Layer – This layer is 4.5″ of high-density support foam that provides the overall foundation and support. It also ranges in ILD 26-33 based on the questionnaire.
The cover of the Helix mattress is made up of 100% polyester, with a soft white top and lower blue bottom. The cover is thin and designed to assist in airflow and improve cooling.
Firmness and Support
With the Helix mattress, there is no pre-set level of firmness that can be evaluated based on pre-set factory construction of the mattress.
Instead, Helix customizes firmness and support for each sleeper according to their questionnaire answers and designs a mattress with different values for each side. Once the mattress is designed, they manufacture it and send it to your doorstep.
In our case, Andrew’s side required more support for his heavier weight (230lbs) and a softer feel which resulted in a mattress that felt around a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. Mattresses that are around 10″ thick usually tend to not be thick and supportive enough to handle my partner’s weight, but the Helix does a great job here due to the varying ILD of each layer in his side of the mattress. As for myself, I generally prefer a firmer mattress, and my side ended up being firmer without additional support for weight, and felt more of a 7 out of 10, with 10 being the firmest.
The combination of latex, micro coils, and foam with the soft breathable cover provides a necessary level of comfort on each side of the Helix mattress, while the hybrid design of latex and micro coils provides a good degree of bounce and responsiveness. As the Helix is essentially a latex and coil hybrid in the top layers, it provides more of a “sleeping on top of” feel vs. a “sleeping down in” feel typical for most full memory foam mattresses.
The Helix mattress does an excellent job at minimizing heat buildup during the night due to the combination of latex and micro coils in its construction. The split design of the bed prevents the transfer of heat and helps in temperature regulation.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
The Helix mattress varies in terms of the amount of sinkage and motion transfer, depending on the construction of each side and weight of the sleepers.
Andrew’s side of the mattress customized to suit his weigh provides more support and less sinkage, while my side does the same for me, and I also don’t feel any significant sinkage.
Edge support in this mattress is solid, but this again depends on the side of the mattress and gives varying results.
Motion transfer is good with the Helix as the blended mattress uses different material construction on each side depending on the individual preferences of the sleepers. Such construction of the mattress isolates the movement and prevents the shaking of the mattress when changing positions or getting in and out of bed during the night.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Helix mattress that we reviewed gets high marks in this category for not having a noticeable smell upon opening the box. The hybrid latex and micro coil design (with roughly half the bed being constructed of foam) had some off-gassing but it largely dissipated over the first few nights.
Helix Sleep provides about the standard amount of customer service you can expect in a “Bed In A Box” online mattress retailer that includes:
• 100 Night Sleep Trial
• 10 Year Warranty
• Made in America
• Free Shipping
• Money back guarantee
The Helix mattress is priced at $900 for a Queen, which is a good price for customization and the quality materials and construction used in this mattress.
The “Split Mattress” configuration adds $100 to the price.
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Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze
Construction and Materials
Tempur-Pedic, unlike other mattress companies, don’t share a lot of information about their technology. They consider it proprietary information, so there are not many details about the materials they use for the construction of their mattresses, density of the layers, etc.
Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is an all-foam mattress by design and it is based on the following layers:
- A Top Layer, the TEMPUR-ES Breeze layer: This is their new comfort layer, designed to wick heat away from the body and provide cooling.
- A Second Layer, the TEMPUR-Climate layer: This is their support layer, which also works with the Breeze layers to dissipate heat, and provide overall sleep support.
- The Foundation Layer: This layer serves as the core foundation and provides overall support and base for the mattress. It is a 7lb memory foam base, and it is the heaviest and thickest in the industry.
The cover of this mattress is made of a thin cotton which makes you feel the memory foam instantly, and this is something that all Tempur Pedic’s share.
Firmness & Support
The Tempur Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is quite soft when compared to other models. The Breeze layer and Climate layer of this mattress place it around a 4-5 on a 10-point scale (10 being the firmest). So, when you lay on the mattress, you sink into it quite a bit, especially if you are a heavier sleeper like Andrew (230lbs).
The Tempur Pedic differs from many other memory foam mattresses in that it may initially seem to sleep hot or be too hard. However, the company recommends a 2-3 week “break-in” period for your body to acclimate to the mattress, and as the time passes your body totally adapts to it.
As it has been already mentioned, the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze is a very soft model and it gives you the feeling of sleeping on a could. Though it is comfortable and cushions your body, it doesn’t feel super luxurious. It doesn’t have any special materials and technology included in its construction except its high-quality, heavy foam for which it is known and which conforms and adapts to your body rather well.
Tempur Pedics used to be known for sleeping hot. The early models would be hot in the summer, and hard and cold in the winter. The ones we have used and slept on were no different.
The company has introduced the Tempur Pedic Breeze technology to address this. This model has several more layers of memory foam which are designed to wick away heat, but we feel it isn’t as effective in heat regulation as the Helix or some other mattresses incorporating copper and gel cooling technology in their construction.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
Tempur Pedics are known for having a very minimal motion transfer, due to the use of a high-quality dense foam in their construction.
However, there is a large degree of sinkage with the Cloud Luxe Breeze as it is Tempur Pedic’s softest model, and when Andrew sat down on it, it compressed quite a bit but did not cause him to sink down to the foundation.
Smell / Off-Gassing
Although there was a significant chemical smell with the earlier Tempur Pedics, they seemed to have addressed this with the current models, and with their delivery of uncompressed mattresses. So, no noticeable smell comes from the Cloud Luxe Breeze.
Tempur Pedic used to sell their mattresses through major mattress retailers exclusively which helped them avoid dealing directly with the customers. Lately, however, they began selling their mattresses online as well.
Tempur Pedic customer service includes:
- 90 Night Sleep Trial
- 10 Year Warranty
- In-home delivery guaranteed by Tempur Pedic.
Although Tempur Pedics are generally expensive (a queen Cloud Luxe Breeze costs around $4800), the company offers discounts which can help you save up to 40% on certain sizes of the Cloud Luxe Breeze.
Helix vs. Tempur Pedic Mattress Comparison
Below is our comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the Helix vs. Tempur Pedic mattress.
|Helix||Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze|
|Layers||2″ of synthetic Dunlop latex, 1.5″ of micro coils, 2″ of polyfoam, 4.5″ of high density support foam||The TEMPUR-ES Breeze layer, the TEMPUR-Climate layer, the Foundation Layer|
|Cover||Thin cover made up of 100% polyester, with a soft white top and lower blue bottom||Thin, removable cotton cover|
|Firmness||Customized; 5-7 out of 10||4-5 out of 10|
|Motion Transfer||Very minimal||Very minimal|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years|
|Trial Period||100 days||90 days|
|Shipping||Free shipping||In-home delivery|
|Refunds & Returns||Yes||Yes|
Which Mattress Is Right for You?
Choose Helix mattress if you like:
- A custom mattress – The Helix is made from foam / micro coil layers that can provide a wide range of feels and different levels of firmness. By adjusting the position of a certain foam, along with customization to density and ILD value, Helix is able to mix and match different types of mattresses within one design.
- A split mattress – With the Helix, you can have two split mattresses sewn into one mattress. This is especially good for couples with different needs and body characteristics.
- Sharing your bed – The Helix uses different material construction on each side depending on the individual preferences of the sleepers. Such construction of the mattress isolates the movement and prevents the shaking of the mattress when changing positions with your partner or getting in and out of bed during the night.
Choose Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze if you like:
- The feel of the memory foam – If you like the soft feel of full memory foam mattresses, then the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze may be the right choice for you. It is an all foam mattress, made of the high-quality dense foam layers that provide necessary comfort and hug typical for memory foam.
- Soft mattresses – Cloud Luxe Breeze a very soft all foam mattress. Its top comfort layers provide enough cushioning and they perfectly mold to your body.
- Sharing your bed – Memory foam is known for causing minimal or no motion transfer at all, and the Cloud Luxe Breeze does a good job at isolating excessive motion transfer as well due to its dense memory foam layers. Therefore, if you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, this mattress may be ideal for you. You can change your position or get in and out of bed during the night freely without disturbing your beloved one.