Helix Mattress Review

Our Helix mattress review gives our opinion of this innovative mattress which utilizes an online questionnaire to customize the design and construction of your new bed.

Instead of the usual “universal comfort” one-size-fits-all model that most Bed-In-A-Box mattresses utilize, Helix Sleep customizes your mattress based on your individual sleep needs.

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This is particularly exciting for us, as this enables couples to have their own individual sides completely customized to their needs.

This makes fighting over choosing the right mattress as a couple a thing of the past with the Helix mattress.  Review updated Nov 17, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

Helix mattress queen size

Helix mattress queen size, “split mattress” option

Please read more of our Helix mattress review to see what we think of this exciting innovative mattress that is on the market today!

Construction and Materials

The Helix mattress is a 10″ hybrid mattress made up of latex, micro-coils, and foam. The construction of the mattress varies based on the preferences entered on an online questionnaire that is utilized to configure the mattress before it is built.

The Helix consists of the following layers, which are custom configured via altering their densities and weights to achieve the proper degree of customization for your sleep preferences.

  • 2″ Top Comfort Layer – This layer is 2″ of synthetic Dunlop latex that is used to provide bounce, cooling, and responsiveness to the mattress. This latex layers varies in firmness from ILD 15-32 (ILD being Indention Load Deflection, a measure of firmness) based on the questionnaire answers.
  • 2″ Pressure Relief Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of micro coils that are used to provide pressure relief, bounce, and comfort. This thin layer of micro coils provides a similar feel to innerspring mattresses to a small degree.
  • 2″ Support Layer – This layer is 2″ of polyfoam that is used for transitional support between the comfort and lower support layers, as well as deep compression support. It also varies from ILD 20-26 based on the initial sleeper questionnaire.
  • 4.5″ Foundation Layer – This layer is 4.5″ of high density support foam that provides the overall foundation and support for the mattress. Also ranges in ILD 26-33 based on the questionnaire.
Helix mattress internal layers

Helix mattress internal layers

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.

Helix mattress cover

Helix mattress cover

Firmness & Support

The Helix mattress is unique in that there is no pre-set level of firmness that can be evaluated based on pre-set factory construction of the mattress.

The entire idea behind the Helix is to do exactly the opposite – provide customized firmness and support for each sleeper, not only in one bed – but in one bed with different values for each side.

We are big fans of individual customization, which is something that we have only encountered with the Luxi Sleep mattress before the Helix (actually, the Helix came out with their design first).

Whereas the Luxi allows you to change up each layer yourself, the Helix takes the output from their questionnaire and either – builds two individual mattresses, then fuses them together to create one (the Split Mattress), or takes the output from the questionnaire and designs a mattress blending both sleeper preferences (the Blended Mattress).

As part of our Helix mattress review, we filled out the questionnaire that asks for each of our individual height, weight, body type, sleep preferences, cooling preferences, firmness preferences, medical issues, and other specific information to design the mattress.

We have included some screen shots of this process below:

Helix mattress questionnaire

Helix mattress questionnaire

Helix mattress design choice, blended or split

Helix mattress design choice, blended or split

Helix mattress physique question

Helix mattress physique question

Additional Helix questionnaire responses

Additional Helix questionnaire responses

Once the design and manufacturing is complete, the mattress then is delivered with the individual firmness, support, and comfort preferences that were defined in the questionnaire to your doorstep.

Helix mattress build specs

Helix mattress build specs

In our case, my side (Andrew) required more support for my heavier weight, but a softer feel. This resulted in a mattress that felt around a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale for me (10 being firmest).

Normally, mattresses that are around this thickness (10″ or so), tend to not be thick enough or supportive enough to handle my weight. However, the Helix does a great job in doing so due to the varying ILD of each layer designed in my side of the mattress.

As Kaye generally prefers firmer mattresses than I do, and weighs almost half my weight, her side ended up being firmer and not requiring the weight support that my needs require. She felt her side was more of a 7 out of 10 (10 being firmest).

Again, this is something we really love – the ability to combine individual firmness and comfort preferences in one bed – which is our (and many couples) main point of disagreement with a mattress.

Our review of the Helix mattress really was something we looked forward to doing, and the good things we heard about it did not disappoint us. The Helix did a great job providing us with the individual firmness and support needs that each of us enjoy, in the same bed!

Comfort

The Helix mattress we designed online and had custom manufactured for us is extremely comfortable.

The combination of Latex, micro coils, and foam with the soft breathable cover all work well together to provide both of us a comfortable bed for each of our individual needs.

The hybrid design of latex and micro coils provides us with the bounce and responsiveness necessary for enjoyable late night activities 😉 as well as for normal sleep.

Helix mattress, corner view

Helix mattress, corner view

The innovative individual mattress construction (split mattress) that we chose allows us to each have the different comfort levels that we prefer in the same bed.

As this 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 that memory foam mattresses offer.

Depending on your individual preferences, this may be a factor in whether you enjoy the Helix or not.

Sleeping Hot

The Helix mattress does a great job at providing a cool sleeping experience.

The combination of latex and micro coils does a very effective job at minimizing heat buildup during the night compared to mattresses with top layers of memory foam or other materials.

In addition, the split design of the bed ensured that our individual heat did not transfer over to each other, which seemed to make a difference in the overall temperature regulation of the mattress.

Sinkage & Motion Transfer

The Helix mattress varies in terms of the amount of sinkage and motion transfer, depending on each side and weight. As our mattress was customized with my weight in consideration on my side, so there is more support and less sinkage as would normally be expected for me.

I do compress the bed down to a decent degree, but the thicker ILD configuration of the mattress ensures that it supports my weight when sleeping.

Helix mattress profile

Helix mattress profile

Kaye’s side does the same for her, as it isn’t required to support the larger weight my side does, so she also doesn’t feel any significant sinkage.

Edge support wasn’t bad, again dependent on the side, with varying results based on what your mattress is designed to support. Hard to provide a specific answer here.

Motion transfer is good with the Helix, as in our case the blended mattress uses different material construction on each side which largely isolated movement between us.

For the most part, neither Kaye nor myself felt any disruption in our sleep or shaking of the mattress when each other changed positions or got in or 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) makes a difference with the amount of off-gassing. We experienced some, but it largely dissipated over the first few nights.

Customer Service

Helix Sleep provides about the standard amount of customer service you can expect in a “Bed In A Box” online mattress retailer This includes:

Price

The Helix mattress is very attractively priced for the customization and quality materials that you get upon purchase.

The Helix mattress is priced at $900 for a Queen, which is a good price given the quality materials and construction used in this mattress. Adding the “Split Mattress” configuration adds $100 to the price.  You can Save $50 by clicking here and using code:: MFT50

SizePrice
Twin$600
Twin XL$700
Full$800
Queen$900
King$995
Cal King$995

Summary

The Helix mattress is a very innovative and high quality mattress that is different than pretty much every other “Bed-In-A-Box” offering on the market.

By utilizing the individual sleeper answers to an online questionnaire, Helix Sleep configures and manufactures a mattress that is customized to each sleeper in the same bed – a must for couples of varying weight and sleep preferences.

This customization and individuality makes the Helix mattress one of our top picks for couples for this reason alone.

The additional high marks for comfort, minimal sinkage and motion transfer, low heat retention, minimal off-gassing, and an affordable price, also contribute to this mattress being one of our favorites.

If you sleep with a partner and disagree on firmness or comfort preferences, we highly recommend you take a good look at the Helix mattress. We hope that our Helix mattress review helps you make a decision, and again – it is one of our favorite mattresses for couples!

Helix

Helix
9.3

Construction / Materials

9.3 /10

Firmness & Support

9.2 /10

Comfort

9.2 /10

Sleeping Hot

9.3 /10

Sinkage & Motion Transfer

9.2 /10

Smell / Off-Gassing

9.4 /10

Customer Service

9.4 /10

Price

9.4 /10

Pros

  • Custom mattress design
  • Quality materials
  • Individual firmness levels
  • Sleeps cool

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