The Complete Helix Sleep Bed Review for 2020
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Are you overwhelmed by the customization choices in the mattress industry? Are you seeking a little guidance on what feel would work best for you?
Helix’s newly updated customization process is looking to introduce a little color to the bed shopping process, and their new system offers seven different choices with different colored covers. The company’s quiz will assist you in your selection process.
In our in-depth Helix mattress review,we will discuss features like support, quality, and cooling to see how the new upgraded brand stands up to pressure. Helix offers two options in three different firmness levels, as well as a bed for heavier folks. Our review will look at the Helix Dusk, which we think is likely to offer the most versatility.
Stick around and read our point-by-point breakdown, or circumvent the specifics and go straight to the end for our summary.
You will love Helix if you:
- Want guided customization– It can be hard to choose a feel and firmness when selecting your own bed, but this brand makes it easier with their quiz, which is based on an algorithm that analyzes your sleep profile. By taking the guesswork out of bed shopping, Helix helps to better ensure a good fit for their customers.
- Are shopping for a hybrid– Both innersprings and foams offer advantages as a bed construction materials, and with this hybrid, you get a little of the best of both worlds. The springs provide airflow and bounce, while the foams conform to your shape to relieve pressure.
- Have a partner with different sleep preferences– Many couples do not share a body type or sleep preferences, and versatile builds combined with a couples quiz might help you better narrow down what works best for both of you.
You might not like Helix if you:
- Prefer an all-foam bed– The bounce and airflow of innersprings offer many advantages and the individually pocketed coils will help reduce motion transfer, but the feel will have slightly more bounce than you might expect in an all-foam construction.
Construction (Materials & Quality)
Helix is a customized bed-in-a-box hybrid that can be unwrapped and installed on many different kinds of bed frames provided you use a bunkie board or a foundation sold through their site. If you’re interested in adjustable frames or even a simple black metal frame, those are also available through the company’s website.
Each mattress model has two covers. The first is a soft 100% polyester stretch fabric that can be zipped off and machine washed, and the second, which is designed to enhance breathability, is made from a jersey knit fabric. If you tend to sleep hot, you may consider their specialty cover, sold separately, that incorporates phase change technology that works to keep temperature constantly stabilized.
All nine of the different iterations of the brand will differ slightly in construction, but all but the Helix Plus, which was built for heavier sleepers and is two inches taller, stand 10 inches high. This construction refers to the Helix Dusk model.
- The first layeris built with the company’s proprietary Helix Dynamic Foam, which is a body-conforming latex-alternative that is breathable and gives the surface a small bit of bounce.
- The second layertransitions to the support system with a piece of High-Grade Polyfoam for extra body conformance and support.
- The third layeris an innerspring unit made from coils that are reinforced for edge support and help to isolate motion because they are individually pocketed. This unit should conform to your shape while holding your spine in alignment.
- The base layerprovides the foundation of the bed with DuraDense foam that supports the structure of the bed. It also helps the bed remain more durable.
Models that are made for “all sleep positions” contain only the latex alternative, but you should note that the models made to provide additional pressure relief include a layer of memory foam. Helix does not print specific measurements online, but they do vary from model to model.
Firmness (Support & Feel)
The firmness of Helix will vary widely depending on which model you select and can fall anywhere between a 2 and a 9 on our scale that goes from 1 to a firmest of 10. For the Helix Dusk, firmness is approximately around a 6, which tends to be very versatile and therefore exceptionally popular. If you have more specific needs, however, Helix is happy to oblige you with more choices.
Lying down on the Dusk, you should sink immediately into the soft latex-like foams for pressure relief but should have no problem rolling around on the bed as the material is quick-responding and has a moderate bounce. Coils and the firmer support foams also assist with repositioning.
Dusk was designed specifically for a combination sleeper of average weight who prefers a Medium firmness, so if that sounds like you, you will most likely be matched with Dusk when you take the quiz.
Forback sleepers, there is enough good comfort material here to conform to your lumbar while supporting your back in a neutral position. Heavier sleepers or those who prefer a firmer bed, there are two more options for you in the Twilight and Dawn models.
Mostside sleepersshould feel perfectly comfortable on Dusk but if you are wanting a bit extra pressure relief while still sticking with a versatile Medium firmness, you may want to check out Midnight, which includes memory foam to cradle your pressure points.
Side sleepers typically need to be mindful of pressure because they sleep with all of their weight on a smaller area. Lighter than average or those in the market for a lot of pressure relief may want to stick to the plusher models.
And finally,stomach sleepersshould feel supported in Dusk especially if this is not their primary position or they tend to switch things up a lot. Firmer choices may be preferable for exclusive stomach sleepers so they can ensure their hips don’t dip and overarch their spine.
The manufacturer recommends Helix for sleepers up to 350 pounds or couples who weigh a maximum of 250 each . If you or your partner are substantially larger than average, the company has also created a bed called the Plus that is built to accommodate a combined weight of 1000 pounds.
Partners with different body types or preferences can also select a dual comfort model that pairs Firm with Plush.
Helix performs surpasses expectations for hybrids in this space because of the amount and quality of foam it contains, as well as the individually wrapped coils that help trap motion at its source. If you’re a light sleeper concerned that motion from the other side of the bed will wake you, you shouldn’t have much concern with this hybrid.
Helix performs above average for edge support compared to other bed-in-a-box brands, and this is due to their newly updated edges that contain reinforcement in the coil unit. There may be some compression in the comfort foams when you sit with all your weight on the side, but lying on the side should feel comfortable and secure. Couples who need more space to stretch out typically appreciate strong edges.
Helix Plus Mattress Review
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The Helix Plus mattress is made for heavier sleepers, but how does it stack up against your needs?
Note: This review is for the Helix Plus, formerly called the Nightfall, a hybrid innerspring-and-foam bed that’s designed for plus-size and big/tall people and couples.
If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Helix Plus mattress video review above.
Table of Contents
Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there’sa lotof information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.
|Summary||Overview of GoodBed’s findings and conclusions about this product|
|Materials & Construction||Mattress Type, Layers, Cover|
|Comfort & Feel Ratings||Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce|
|Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings||By sleeper weight and sleep position|
|Feature Ratings||Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility|
|Price, Value & Longevity||Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value|
|Other Factors to Consider||Delivery, Returns, Warranty|
|Bottom Line||Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?|
Summary: Is the Helix Plus a Good Mattress?
Designed with support and durability for plus-size people in mind, the Helix Plus is one of a growing number of mattresses seeking to fill a niche. As we always say at GoodBed, choosing a mattress is a highly individual decision that involves factors like your preferred sleeping position and pressure-relief needs. Body shape and size makes a difference too; a mattress that feels soft and supportive to a 300-lb. stomach sleeper will likely feel way too firm for a 150-pound back sleeper. In short, the heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel.
In our testing, the Helix Plus was a bit softer than we expected, and softer than some other mattresses we’ve tested for plus-size people. We thought it might be a good choice for couples of different sizes, where a lighter/smaller person and a heavier or much taller person need to find a mattress than can work for both of them.
The Helix Plus is made of foam, memory foam and pocketed coils, but with just three inches of foam on top, the pocketed coil unit makes up most of the bed’s width. And while an inch of that foam is memory foam, there really isn’t any of that slow melting-into-the-bed feeling you get with slow-responding memory foam.
Strengths of the Plus in our testing include excellent edge support and very good motion isolation. We thought that it would suit a wide range of individuals, particularly side sleepers and back sleepers.
Price-wise, we thought the Plus presented a very good value, costing no more than hybrid mattresses that aren’t particularly aimed at the big and tall market. From a durability standpoint, we were impressed with the quality of the coil unit, and with the quality of its comfort foams. Its warranty stands to back up the mattress’s durability claims with a 1" body-impression warranty; that’s better than the standard industry warranty of 1.5" for innerspring mattresses.
You can place the Helix mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. Helix sells its own foundation and adjustable frame, but they are not required purchases. Free shipping to your door is included.
Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.
Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Helix Plus Mattress?
BEST if you:
- Like a mattress with a traditional feel
- Sleep in several positions
- Are a heavier back or side sleeper
- Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed
NOT IDEAL if you:
- Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
- Are a lightweight side sleeper
- Are a very heavy stomach sleeper
Comfort & Feel
These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter ofyourpersonal preference.
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
|3||Shallow cushioning than most|
|2||No memory feel|
|7||Plenty of bounce|
Back Support (by Sleeper Type)
No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here’s what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.
|Weight||Range||Back Sleepers||Side Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers|
Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)
The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper’s weight and body shape. Here’s how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.
|Weight||Range||Typical Curves||Extra Curvy|
These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely onyourpersonal priorities.
|Motion Isolation||8||Very Good|
|Ease of Repositioning||9||Excellent|
|Adjustable Base Compatibility||8||Very good|
|Overall Value||8||Very good|
Foam over Pocketed Coils
Free delivery to door
100-day trial, full refund and pickup
10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+
Country of Manufacture
Materials & Construction
What’s in a Helix Plus Mattress?
Overall, we classify the Helix mattress as a "Foam over Pocketed Coils" construction type. It is a12″ thick mattress comprised of 5 total layers(listed below from top to bottom):
- 1" polyurethane foam, 3.7 lb. density
- 1" gel memory foam, 4 lb. density
- 1" polyurethane transition foam
- 8" pocketed steel coils with edge-support coils
- 1" polyurethane base foam
The Helix Plus mattress has three one-inch layers of comfort foam on top; the middle foam layer is a gel memory foam, though there’s not enough of it to give the mattress that slow melting feeling memory foam is known for. The main story is the bed’s pocketed coil unit. We were especially impressed with its stronger/smaller coils around the perimeter of the bed, which provide super-sturdy edge support while not impeding air flow.
Finally, at the bottom of the mattress is a small layer of foam, serving as a base for the coil unit.
The layers of the Helix Plus are wrapped in what amounts to two covers. The uppermost cover feels like a nice, ribbed t-shirt to us.
Under that over is a heavier quilted cover.
Note that when we reviewed this bed, the top cover could zip off; Helix has since eliminated that feature. The cover no longer zips off.
Comfort & Feel
There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely byyourpersonal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.
Softness( what’s this )
Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.
We found the Helix Plus to be a Medium Firm mattress on our scale, and that overall, it was softer than we expected it to be (keep in mind that the heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel). We thought the Plus might be an interesting choice for couples where one person is much larger than the other; there’s enough softness on the Helix Plus that the lighter person won’t feel as if they are sleeping on a super-hard surface.
Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
Cushioning Depth( what’s this )
This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. The Helix Plus felt very interesting to us; while the top certainly has some surface softness, the firmer coils below prevent sinking in too much.
The Helix Plus has quite shallow cushioning; this is not a mattress with a lot of conformance, and you get more of a floating-on-top feeling than one of sinking deeply into the bed.
Responsiveness( what’s this )
Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?
While the Helix Plus does contain a small 1" layer of gel memory foam, there isn’t enough of it to give that slow, melting into the bed feeling that memory foam is known for.
We also tested the bed for bounce. Unsurprisingly, since most of this bed is made of steel springs, we did find a healthy amount of bounce.
|2||No memory feel|
|7||Plenty of bounce|
Back Support & Pressure Relief
The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular,spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.
Our tester weighs 200 pounds, right about the average for a male in the United States. Since this mattress is intended for much heavier people, we are using our overall testing experience to make some best guesses as to who this mattress might be best suited for.
In our evaluations, we thought the Helix Plus would especially suit back and side sleepers of a wide range of weights, along with stomach sleepers of average weight.
The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it’s in when you’re standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.
Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Helix Plus mattress:
|Weight||Range||Back Sleepers||Side Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers|
Our tester really enjoyed the Helix Plus mattress in this position; the combination of the soft top foams and the firmer coils beneath felt extremely supportive; we thought this mattress had a great feel for those that sleep primarily on their backs. Our tester experienced excellent spinal alignment and felt that most others would have a similar good experience. For lighter weight individuals, there’s enough softness and to balance the firm coils below. And even for those significantly heavier than our tester, any potential hammocking effect is taken care of by the firm support coils.
In our evaluation, side sleepers would also be well supported by the Helix Plus. Our 200 lb. tester’s hips and shoulders sank into the bed just enough to create a neutral spinal position. We also felt that those heavier than our tester would be well supported. If we had any concerns, it would be for very light side sleepers, who might need more conformance and softness to enable their hips and shoulders to sink into the bed.
We also felt that stomach sleepers would enjoy this mattress. For stomach sleeping, a firmer mattress is generally needed to support the hips from sinking too far and creating arching in the back. The Helix Plus, for our tester, had plenty of support, but still felt soft and cushioned thanks to the soft foam on top. We did have a slight question about stomach sleepers who are much heavier than our tester, who might find the surface softness of this bed could cause some over-arching. But for occasional stomach sleepers, even those significantly heavier than our tester, would feel supported.
When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that’s the position in which your body’s weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress foryourneeds, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.
Here’s how we sized up the pressure relief of the Helix Plus mattress:
|Weight||Range||Typical Curves||Extra Curvy|
Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Helix Plus mattress to be very good, with no sense of bottoming out on the firmer coils below. And we felt that both lighter as well as heavier individuals would also do well in terms of pressure relief, with the same concern we had above for very light side sleepers, who might need more conformance/cushioning.
Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattresscanbe better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter ofyourown personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.
Motion Isolation( what’s this )
If you are easily disturbed by a partner’s movements in bed, or perhaps you and your partner go to bed and get up at different times, then motion isolation may be a priority for you. Innerspring mattresses in general are not the best choice, but the springs are pocketed in the Helix Plus (as they are in many modern mattresses), so the movement of each spring is isolated.
We test for motion isolation by positioning a bowling pin upright on one side of the bed, then dropping a bowling ball on the other side and observing what happens with the pin. Next, our tester drops his whole weight on the bed. In both tests, our pin wobbled, but never fell.
|Motion Isolation||8/10||Very good|
Temperature( what’s this )
For most people, we do not think the Helix Plus mattress will feel hot, not so much because it has specific cooling features, but because it’s physical characteristics have advantages.
Spring and coil mattresses in general will naturally provide greater air flow than foam, allowing for lots of air flow. The Plus has edge-to-edge coils, so there’s no edge foam that could potentially inhibit airflow.
Also, this is not a deeply cushioned mattress, so most of your body is exposed to the air.
If overheating in bed is an issue for you, we think the Helix Plus would be a very good choice.
|Stays "Cool" Rating||9/10||Excellent|
Edge Support( what’s this )
Edge support is important if you like to sit on the side of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. We found the Helix Plus mattress to be excellent in this respect. Our tester felt exceptionally stable both sitting on the edge of the and laying right on the edge. He didn’t feel like he was rolling off at all.
If your pets or kids tend to push you towards the side of the bed, we think the Helix Plus is an excellent choice.
|Edge Support Rating||10/10||Exceptional|
Ease of Repositioning( what’s this )
If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. The Helix Plus mattress posed no hindrance to movement. Our tester had no trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position.
We did note, however, a slight crinkling sound when our tested moved around on the bed, presumably from some of the material around the coils within the mattress. It’s something to consider if you are highly sensitive to noise.
Green Features( what’s this )
For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.
Helix makes no claims that this mattress is natural, but at least the foams utilized are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. Obtaining this certification is pretty much standard for mainstream mattress brands today.
On the plus side, steel coils are not known for issues with off-gassing, and at least theoretically, they are recyclable, which could reduce landfill waste when you eventually dispose of the bed.
The entire mattress has been certified to the OEKO-Tex standard, which means that all materials used have been tested for more than 100 harmful substances including formaldehyde, lead, and petrochemicals and is deemed safe. That’s an extra certification class that’s far less common, and is a reassuring bonus.
Adjustable Base Compatibility( what’s this )
We tested the Helix mattress on our standard adjustable base, looking for whether using such a base could damage the mattress or create any issues like bunching or bulges.
The Helix Plus mattress is made to be used on an adjustable base, and in our test, the mattress conformed well to the base in its fully articulated position. When our tester got out of the bed, the midsection did pop back up a bit, but we expect that over time, the mattress would break in and relax. We noticed no uncomfortable bunching of fabric when on our adjustable base.
|Adjustable Base Compatibility||8/10||Very good|
Price, Value & Longevity
How Much Does a Helix Plus Mattress Cost?
Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.
Note that Helix offers former and current members of the military a 15% discount (cannot be combined with other discounts).
What Are You Getting?
The Helix Plus is a 12" tall hybrid mattress that aims to fill a niche, for plus size and big/tall individuals and couples.
How Long Will the Helix Plus Last?
In our evaluation of the Helix Plus, we saw no red flags that might indicate premature breakdown. We were impressed with the quality of the steel coil unit, with its stronger coils around the edge. The two top foams are 3.7 lb. density and 4.0 lb density, respectively; these are solid measurements that help indicate foam quality. While we don’t often put much stock in mattress warranties, Helix does back this bed with a guarantee against body impressions of 1" and deeper — that’s a better term than the industry standard of 1.5".
The Helix Plus is a fairly small part of the mattress market, aimed to support plus-size people and offer enhanced durability. As such, it’s harder to compare it to mattress that don’t offer these characteristics.
Based on its materials, construction and features, we do think it compares very well to beds you would find in a traditional mattress store or department store, and even compared to standard hybrid mattresses sold online, it’s right in the same ballpark price-wise. Certainly if you are a heavier person or couple, or just someone that wants a very durable and long-lasting bed, we do think the Helix Plus is a very good value.
|Value Rating||8/10||Very good|
Other Factors to Consider
- Free delivery to door
Helix includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Delivery is by common carrier like FedEx, who will deliver the box to your door. You’re responsible for getting it to your bedroom, or wherever you want to place it.
- 100-day trial period
- Full refund with pickup
Helix offers buyers a 100-night trial period, and requires buyers to give the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Should you decide to return it, the company will send someone to pick it up from you, saving you the hassle of shipping it back yourself. See: Helix returns policy.
- Warranty Length: 10 years
- Indentation Coverage: 1” and above
One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty.
The industry standard for hybrid and innerspring mattresses is 1.5". Helix has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”substantially better than the average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.
To obtain warranty service, you’ll have to ship your mattress to the company at your expense. The the company decides your issue is covered under the warranty, you’ll be reimbursed up to $100. The company also says it will repair or replace your bed within 90 days — which means you’re without a mattress since you’ll have to ship it back to the company. That could be a big inconvenience.
This warranty extends to the original owner for as long as they own the mattress and assumes it has been placed upon an appropriate foundation. See: Helix warranty policy
Bottom Line: Is the Helix Plus Mattress Right for You?
The Helix Plus features heavy-duty materials and construction for durability and to accommodate higher weight individuals.Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation:
BEST if you:
- Like a mattress with a traditional feel
- Sleep in several positions
- Are a heavier back or side sleeper
- Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed
NOT IDEAL if you:
- Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
- Are a lightweight side sleeper
- Are a very heavy stomach sleeper
Is the Helix mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.
Birch Mattress Review
Everything you need to know about the organic and all natural latex foam hybrid mattress from Helix.
Who Is This Bed Best For?
- Environmentally conscious buyers (Birch uses all natural materials)
- Back, stomach and combo sleepers
- Folks who prefer a latex foam feel
- All body types (small, medium and large)
- Folks with allergies (hypoallergenic)
Who Won’t Love This Bed?
- Petite individuals who are strict side sleepers (unless you pay for the optional topper)
- Folks who want to spend under $1,000 for their mattress
- Those who want a softer mattress without spending extra money
Free Shipping & Returns
100 Night Trial Period
25 Year Warranty
Honest Birch Mattress Review Video
Below is our detailed review video that outlines what you need to know about the Birch mattress from Helix.
With that said, there is a lot of information we simply couldn’t include the video. Keep reading to learn more about the Birch mattress.
Overview Of Birch Company Policies
When you purchase a mattress from a brick-and-mortar retail store, there are no promises you’ll be set up with extra perks. When you purchase a bed-in-a-box mattress like Birch, however, it’s a completely different story.
Birch is one of the more philanthropic online mattress companies, so you’ll be supporting a noble cause when you purchase one of their mattresses.They pledged to donate 1% of their sales to the National Forest Foundationin support of their reforestation efforts. One tree will be planted for every dollar donated, and they hope to reach 50 million by 2023.
You’ll also receive free shipping and free returnswhen you purchase a Birch mattress. They basically want to take all the hassle out of buying a mattress, because let’s face it — it’s a little stressful driving 60 MPH on the freeway with a mattress hanging out the back of a truck bed (or worse, tied to the top of your sedan).
When you receive your Birch mattress, it’ll arrive outside your home in a box about the size of a 5th grader (hence the name bed-in-a-box). We know you’ll be excited to sleep on it the first night you have it, but you should wait about 24 hours so it has a chance to fully decompress. Here’s a look at The Slumber Yard unboxing the Birch mattress.
Remember those perks we just mentioned? We think your risk-free trial is another great one. Most bed-in-a-box mattress brands give you around 100 nights to test out your new bed no strings attached, and the Birch mattress also follows that standard. That meansyou have a little over three months to make sure you thoroughly enjoy your new mattress. If you decide you don’t, just reach out to Birch’s customer support to get the return process going.
If you choose to keep it, the companywill protect your mattress under warranty for 25 years. That’s half a decade of mattress insurance, and a more generous policy than most bed-in-a-box brands give by about 15 years. We suggest you read up on the fine print to find out what you are and aren’t covered for, so head over to BirchLiving.com and check out their warranty page.
How Much Does A Birch Mattress Cost?
The retail price of a Birch mattress is slightly more expensive than your average bed-in-a-box, but that shouldn’t come as a huge shock considering the bed uses all natural materials. There are folks who are willing to pay good money for a non-toxic, organic mattress, and fortunately Birch is priced reasonably enough to where you won’t break the bank. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size:
|King / Cal King||$1,799|
Good news, Birch is backed by the popular online mattress company Helix Sleep so they’re not new to how the industry works in terms of coupon codes and promo codes.
What we’re trying to get at it is that Birch regularly offers discounts to make their mattress even more affordable.The company typically offers $200 off, which would bring a queen size below the $1,300 mark. Be sure to check the Birch Living website for the current price and offers.
Birch Uses Natural And Organic Materials
All of the materials used to make a Birch mattress are sourced from nature, and each Birch product is assembled here at home in the United States. According to their website, your mattress won’t travel more than 100 miles from one of their manufacturing facilities to get to your home.
A peek at the Birch mattress by Helix
Now let’s discuss the different materials that go into making Birch such an environmentally friendly bed.
Birch Wool –Picture a Birch farm somewhere in beautiful New Zealand with never-ending pastures and happy sheep roaming about, grazing as they please. This farm exists, and all Birch wool can be traced back to it. Every one of Birch’s farms are up to the PGC Wrightson Wool Integrity Program’s standards so you can ensure the wool in your mattress is high quality and ethically sourced.
Talalay Latex –When you hear the word latex you might visualize a stretchy, shiny, rubbery material — but that definitely isn’t the case with Talalay Latex. It’s actually all-natural, derived from tropical rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis found in Brazil, Southeast Asia, and Africa. All Talalay Latex was taken from trees in controlled plantation, and are OEKO-TEX certified. Another plus is its hypoallergenic properties, as it naturally blocks dust mites and molding.
Steel –All steel used in Birch mattresses is manufactured in the United States and built to last you a lifetime.
It’s also worth noting thatthe Birch mattress is GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning the bed is safe for sensitive individuals like children and has been tested for volatile organic compounds, harmful chemicals, pollutants, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
The Four Layers Of A Birch Mattress
The Birch mattress is a hybrid bed meaning it contains both foam and coils.There are four different layers of material inside the mattress, which adds up to be about 11” tall. The first layer from the bottom is a slim 0.5” thick, and made out of 100% natural wool to provide a sturdy base for the rest of the mattress.
A look at the layers within the Birch mattress
Next comes a layer containing hundreds of 8” individually wrapped steel coils. Coils make a mattress much more durable while also providing localized support. The third layer is where you can find that natural Talalay Latex Foam. It’s 2” thick, and is responsible for providing additional support as well as pressure relief. Finally at the top is another 0.5” slab of Birch Wool to soften the feel of the bed a little, and act as the mattress’ comfort layer.
Birch’s soft organic cotton cover
The cherry on top is Birch’s soft-to-the-touch organic cotton cover. Cotton has a few characteristics that make it a great topper for your bed. It’s moisture absorbing and has great air flow so it’ll help regulate the surface temperature of the mattress while you sleep. It also has somewhat of an earthy smell to it, similar to the way organic vegetables smell before they’re washed.
What Does The Birch Mattress Feel Like?
After testing out the Birch mattress,we think it has a slightly neutralized latex foam feel. It’s bouncy like traditional latex foam, but it’s slightly softer and lighter due to the top wool layer. Latex foam is usually pretty responsive (and this holds true with Birch), but the coils also give the bed an extra bounce factor.
Light, latex foam feel with the Birch mattress
On our scale from soft to firm,we rated the Birch mattress around a medium-firm. Keep in mind we give mattress ratings based on the perspective of an average sized individual, so it might feel firmer to petite individuals and softer to those who are more heavy set.
Overall, we think the Birch mattress provides a good amount of support for your trunk and spine. The bed doesn’t provide quite as much pressure relief as a memory foam mattress, for example, but when compared to a lot of other latex foam beds on the market, it’s actually fairly accommodating and pressure relieving.
Evaluating Sleeper Types
When you’re looking for a new mattress, it’s important to consider your sleeper type to make sure you don’t wake up with pins and needles in your arm or an aching back.
We’d say this mattress is most ideal for back and stomach sleepersbecause of how firm it is. If you sleep predominantly on your stomach or back, you’ll need something firm to keep your spine from sinking into the mattress, and we think Birch does the trick.
Owen likes to sleep on his stomach on the Birch mattress
We also think combo sleepers will like this mattressbecause it’s quick to respond so it’ll be easy to switch positions, and like we said earlier, it’s both supportive and pressure relieving.
When it comes to side sleepers, it will largely depend on your weight. If you’re over 250 lbs, then we think you’ll be fine. Butif you’re a petite side sleeper, you might want to consider the Birch Mattress Topper. It costs an extra $400 for a queen size, but it’ll make the bed feel softer for somebody who doesn’t exert a ton of pressure into the mattress.
If you’re petite and spending an extra $400 is out of the question, take a look at our post regarding the Best Soft & Plush Mattresses.
What Body Types Work Best For Birch?
Aside from your sleeper type, the other important factor you must take into consideration when you purchase a mattress is your weight. Average to petite sized individuals are in the clear for most mattresses, but we typically recommend individuals who weigh 250+ lbs choose hybrid mattresses because they’re more durable and supportive overall.
So what kind of body types will the Birch mattress accommodate?We think it works for all body types since it contains both foam and coils. It also helps that the mattress is on the firmer side because heavy sleepers will lay more on top the bed rather than in it.
Does Birch Sleep Hot?
Sleeping temperature can be a little tricky if there isn’t any obvious cooling technology built-into the mattress. It’s also a subjective topic because some people sleep warmer than others. However, speaking in general terms, latex foam is a cooler sleeping material than other foams like memory foam which has a reputation for retaining heat.
Birch’s organic cotton cover also plays a role in ensuring your mattress doesn’t get too hot,so we’d say overall Birch sleeps temperature neutral. If you’re somebody who gets warm during the night and you might be interested in a mattress that actively cools, take a look at our post on the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.
How Will Couples Like The Birch Mattress?
If you share a bed with your significant other, you probably know how it feels to be forced over to the edge of the mattress, or wake up in the middle of the night because your partner got up for the 6th time to use the restroom. That’s why we recommend couples look for a mattress that has good edge support and limits motion transfer.
First, we tested edge support by laying on the very edge of the mattress, and we are happy to say it didn’t feel like we were going to go plummeting off the side. It’s actually built to be firmer around the sides of the mattress to prevent you from getting this feeling.
JD testing out edge support on Birch
Next, to test how well Birch does with limiting motion transfer, we set a glass of water on the top of the mattress and had one of our team members roll back and forth on the bed next to it. The glass of water stayed steady only with a few minimal swishes, so it’s safe to say it passed.All in all, we’d say the Birch mattress has proven itself to be a pretty solid option for couples.
Birch Review Verdict
There are all-natural and organic mattresses out there pushing $2,000 like Zenhaven or Idle Sleep, and it’s not surprising to see even higher prices elsewhere — especially for latex foam mattresses. And let us be the first to tell you that shoppers are willing to pay good money for a comfortable but environmentally friendly mattress.
With that being said, we think the Birch mattress is a great value for what you’re getting. Not only do we think it’s cozy and comfy to sleep on, but all the materials inside are sustainably sourced from nature and 100% non-toxic. So if you’re somebody who is interested in a slightly firmer organic bed, and you have the means to spend over $1,000, we recommend you give it a shot. Remember you’ll have a risk-free trial to fall back on, and you’ll be making a difference for the reforestation efforts if you decide to keep it.
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Helix New Series Mattress Review
Updated: March 26, 2020 by Alicia Dow
Complete Helix Mattress Review
Helix Sleepfirst introduced theircustomizablehybrid mattress in2014(which we reviewed here).
They recentlyrevamped completelytheir offering, after working thoroughly on theircustomers’ feedback of the past 4 years.
The company believes that mattresses should be customized to the individual, and asks customers to fill out an onlinequestionnaire– disclosing key details about theirbody form, sleepingposition,firmnesspreference and more.
Based on the results of the “Find Your Match” profile, Helix willrecommendthe mattressmost likelyto provide the best overall experience.
The available options include regular mattresses with6 different combinationsof firmness and cushioning, and one variant built especially forheavier people. See below for the details.
What Type of Mattress is the Helix?
The Helix is the ‘Pinterest’ of mattresses. That is to say, if ever there were such a thing as a DIY memory foam mattress – this would be it.
Each mattress is made using ‘dynamic foam’, which is really the company’s own type ofmemory foam.
But, it doesn’t end there, they also use high-grade polyfoam and pocketed microcoils.
Each of the available beds come invarying degrees of thicknessto create a hybrid mattress that isunique to the sleep preferences and body compositionof the individual.
What is really interesting is the manufacturer also allows customers to select firmness based on partner preferences too, this means thatif you need a firm mattress, but your partner needs a soft mattress – you’re both covered!
How About theHelix HybridMattress Firmness?
This is where things really get fun. Remember that questionnaire we mentioned earlier?
After you’ve input your age, whether or not you sleep with a partner, your weight and height, your preferred sleep position and your gender,the mattress that most meets your unique needs will be revealed.
Here are the several variants, with their different characteristics (citing the manufacturers website exactly):
- Sunset:Plushwith balanced support for side sleepers
- Moonlight:Plushwith extra support for contouring in all sleep positions
- Midnight:MediumFirmness with balanced support for pressure relief for side sleepers
- Dusk:MediumFirmness with extra support for contouring in all sleep positions
- Twilight:Firmwith balanced support for side sleepers
- Dawn:Firmwith extra support for contouring in all sleep positions
- Nightfall:Mediumfirmness with maximum support for plus size and big and tall with contouring for all sleep positions
What About Motion Transfer? Will I Wake my Partner if I Roll Over?
Given how muchcareanddetailthe manufacturer puts into making sure that their customers source the bed that is the best suited to their own personal needs, we weren’t surprised to learn that the beds in the Helix seriesabsorb motion almost completely.
Helix has includedextra edge supportin their mattress design, not only does this reinforce the structure of a mostly foam mattress, it alsoprevents slipping or dipping into the mattress while sitting (or sleeping) close to the edge.
How are the Layers of the Helix New Series Mattress?
Helix Sleep has recently revamped their design and upgraded that materials used in theirfour-layer, hybrid foam/coil mattress.
- The top layer,Memory Plus Foamis a high density, special blend designed to improve contouring and cushioning.
- Underneath that,Helix Dynamic Foam(a high-quality alternative to latex-foam) reacts to movement and cushions the body.
- Next,wrapped micro coils(hundreds of them, to be exact) support the body and absorb motion transfer.
- Lastly, aHigh Grade Polyfoambase provides premium support.
TheNightfall variant has a double top layer, to provide increased density for the heavier weight.
Does the New Helix Mattress Sleep Hot?
As mentioned above, Helix did recently market a new ‘Ultra-Cool’ cover designed toimprove the cooling capabilityof their mattresses.
However, (from what we can see) this was never to combat complaints of temperature regulation – but rather out of a genuinedesire to improvethe quality of their product.
Heat retention is always a concern with foam mattresses, butHelix uses hundreds of individually wrapped coils in the center of their construction– eliminating this potential downfall.
What About Off-Gassing? Does the Mattress Smell?
There is a common misconception about ‘off-gassing’ in the mattress industry, especially nowadays.
More often than not, if a new mattress ‘smells’ it’s a result of the chemical-laden materials used inside the mattress.
This is more frequently seen in mattresses made overseas where regulations on petrochemicals or plastics are more lax –cheap Chinese foam, for example, can have a sour or bleachy smell.
Helix mattresses instead areCertiPUR-USandOeko-Texcertified, guaranteeing that all materials employed are free of any toxic particles that might dissolve in the air.
North American health and manufacturing authorities are much stricter about the items that they allow to be used in the production of consumer products.
Especially if there is a chance that those products might be used by children or vulnerable individuals.
There isno noticeable off gassingon any mattress in the Helix collection.
Where people do report a slight smell is in the packaging used to protect the bed during shipping.This often goes away in a couple of days.
How Long will the Helix Hybrid Mattress Last?
We weren’t able to find any information relating tothe actual expected lifespan of the mattress.
Based on experience, we would think thata mattress of this quality and construction should last (at least) 8 years,possible 10 with proper care.
The bed is not designed to be flipped over –The gray material with Helix logo should always be at the bottom.
Helix does offer a100 night sleep trial and a 10 year warranty.
How is the Cover?
Every single Helix-branded mattress comes with aneasy-to-clean, removable and machine washable cover.
The removable cover rests on top of an interior cover for a unique“Two Touch Design”that is said to improveairflow and breathability.
The company recently introduced the “Ultra-Cool Cover” designed to create acooler sleep experience(cooler in overall body temperature sort of way, not ‘cooler’ as in ‘I wear my sunglass at night’ sort of way.)
How Should I Care for the New Helix Mattress?
As long as the mattress is kept dry and used only under normal conditions, there is no need for special cleaning.
The manufacturer specifically states thatthe bed should not be flipped and that rotating is not needed.
The mattress cover can be removed for machine laundering.Review our mattress care guide for additional tips:Mattress care guide.
Where is the Helix New Series Mattress Made?
The Helix Sleep company is based out of New York– with one showroom in Manhattan.
They take pride in meeting America standards and usingAmerican products.
Previously only available to America consumers, the company started delivering to the Canadian market in 2016.
How Big is the Bed? Will it Fit in My Room?
AllstandardHelix mattresses are10” thick, except for theNightfall which is 12”.
Thestandard variantsare available inallof the most popular sizes, while theNightfallvariants comeonlyin Queen, King and Cal King.
These are the measurements:
- Twin:39″ x 75″
- Twin XL:39″ x 80″
- Full:54″ x 75″
- Queen:60″ x 80″
- King:76″ x 80″
- California King:72″ x 84″
Do I Need a Foundation or a Bedframe?
The bed doesn’t require a foundation or frame in order to be functional.However, the company does recommend that some sort of mattress support system be used.
More specifically,they recommend the use of the Helix Foundationto provide proper support and prevent mattress sag.
If you do prefer a 3rd party foundation, it is suggested that youuse one with a solid base – instead of wide slats – or a box spring.
Using the mattress on a foundation withslats further than 5″ apart might cause sagging and void the warranty.
Is There a Comfort Guarantee for the Helix?
Each mattress comes with a100-day sleep trial.
If after the first 30-days of your sleep trial you feel like the top layer ‘just isn’t right’ the company willsend you an extra comfort layerto make the bed softer or firmerfor free.
But you’ll still have theright to returnthe mattress within theoriginal periodif it doesn’t fit you.
How is the Helix New Series Mattress Warranty?
The mattress is covered by alimited 10 year warranty, valid only for theoriginal purchaserof the bed.
To initiate a warranty claim, contact customer service by email at [email protected]
How Much Does the Bed Cost?
Taking into consideration the customizability of the mattresses in the Helix New Collection,you would expect to see a price tag comparable to some of the highest luxury brands on the market.But, that just isn’t the case.
In addition to being made of high quality and constantly improving materials,the beds are also extremely affordable.
These are the prices for the “standard” mattresses with ourcoupon code TED125, which grants you a nice$125 discount:
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And these are the discounted prices for theNightfallmodels:
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Helix offers consumer financing viatwo different financing partners.
Shipping within the continental US is free.
Shipping to Canada costs $250 (plus applicable taxes and import fees) per mattress.
Helix Mattress Review – Our Verdict
Atjust $870for a Queen sized mattress that iscustomizedto your unique sleep and body needs,there isn’t much negative to sayabout the new and improved Helix series.
We love that they’ve consideredindividuals of all sizesin the design of their beds.
This means that heavier individuals and partners who have different firmness preferenceshave customization options available to them.
Free shipping inside the USA is certainly a bonus, but Canadian customers might find that the bed quickly loses its affordability factor once shipping and import fees are calculated.