Helix Elite Mattress - Detailed Review & Best Coupon

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Helix took its mattresses to the pinnacle of luxury with the new Elite collection.  Staying true to its custom-fit mantra, Helix offers 6 tailored styles sure to fit even the most demanding of sleepers. A significant upgrade over the already luxurious Luxe model, Helix added greater cooling feature upgrades, more comfort and enhanced support in the Elite.  Made in the USA, it comes with a luxury price tag, but our team and our showroom visitors think it’s worth every penny.

Mattress Type/Category Ultra Luxury Hybrid
Comfort Styles 6 – Soft, Medium & Firm (1 each for Side & Stomach/Back sleepers)
Height 16”
Total Layers 9
Cover Silky, cool-to-the-touch GlacioTex Cover
Comfort layers 6 layers, 4” of cooling, conforming & supportive foams plus 2 layers of micro-coils
Support System 5 zoned Premium Steel individually wrapped  coils
Tufting Top tufting
Sleeps Cool Excellent
Good for Couples? / Motion Transfer Excellent
Edge Support Excellent
Budget Twin to King $1,849 – $3,299, Queen $2,749
Feeling when lying down Sunset Moonlight Midnight Dusk Twilight Dawn
Helix Elite is ideal for Sunset Moonlight Midnight Dusk Twilight Dawn
Helix Elite is not right for Sunset Moonlight Midnight Dusk Twilight Dawn
Sleep Trial & Warranty 100 Night Trial, 15 Year Warranty
That one special thing 16″ Customized luxury for your perfect fit

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Company Overview

Formed in 2015, Helix is all about personal preference and individuality. Each mattress is designed for your unique body type, sleeping position, and feel preference using Helix’s proprietary sleep technology.  That mantra, combined with advanced R&D and a focus on technology to drive sleep, allowed it to win countless independently reviewed awards.

Headquartered in New York City, Helix offers free shipping directly to your doorstep in the US and Canada with a 100-night no questions asked trial.

In 2019, Helix introduced its first all natural and sustainable brand Birch. The brand carries 100% organic certified products.

Before we dive into the six comfort levels, let’s have a look at the reason the Helix Elite is the ultimate in support and comfort within the luxury mattress category.

Helix Elite Construction & Materials

Helix Elite Midnight mattress layers

The Cover

Helix begins with its most plush and luxurious quilted foam pillow top with the cool-to-the-touch GlacioTex™ Elite cooling cover.  Normally an upgrade, the GlacioTex cover comes standard on the Elite.  GlacioTex is a temperature activated phase change material (PCM) that dissipates heat ensuring temperature-regulated sleep all night long.

GlacioTex was specially formulated for Helix and contains micro gel beadsHelix Elite mattress cooling and cushioning cover embedded within it that react to your skin’s temperature. Generally, our skin is 91 degrees, however our ideal sleeping skin temperature is 88 degrees. The gel beads are designed to maintain an 88 degree surface temperature. When the temperature exceeds 88 degrees, the gel activates pulling heat away. When the temp is below 88 degrees, it solidifies and lessens the heat draw. This changing material is what makes the Elite cool to the touch and so popular with hot sleepers.

Tucked just underneath the GlacioTex cover is 1” of quilting to give you additional comfort and breathability before the cooling gel takes you in.

Comfort Layer + Micro Coils + Support Foam + Transition Foam

Helix Elite goes above and beyond and differentiates each modelHelix Elite mattress comfort layer insert at the comfort layer. They layer gel infused pressure relieving comfort foams and microcoils support systems on top of a conforming support core foams and even more microcoils, followed by transition foam.  With this painstakingly tested methodology, Helix can tailor each mattress to fit your unique sleeping style. Why a gel infused top layer? Gel pulls away heat from your body (think osmosis in HS biology). It keeps you cool throughout the night so you achieve the maximum benefits of sleep. Below the gel is a supportive foam layer that offers springiness and bounciness along with weight distribution. Why microcoils?  Microcoils are individually wrapped and act to comfort and cradle your body with targeted pressure relief.  The support core prevents that total energy absorption / super-sinking feeling of most memory foams. Finally, the transition layer offers an additional support layer and more importantly further dampens any motion transfer that may come from the hybrid’s spring system.

Depending upon your unique style, Helix uses a quadruple combination in every comfort layer of:

  1. Copper Gel Memory Foam: High density copper infused memory foam best in class comfort and pressure relief, Soft Feel, High Density for durability, copper for cooling and antimicrobial properties.
  2. Helix Dynamic Foam: Designed to react and contour to your body for full body comfort. Lower IFD.  Their proprietary adaptable foam for contouring and cushioned support.
  3. Memory Foam Plus: Designed to cushion and support your body for perfect comfort. Firm Feel. High Density for durability.
  4. High Grade Polyfoam: transition foam providing ergonomic support and contour, designed to dampen motion transfer and allow further support (soft, medium, firm)
  5. Individually Wrapped Microcoils: cradle your body and ensure premium comfort, targeted pressure relief, and spinal alignment

The comfort level combinations are as follows::

  1. Sunset Elite *Most Popular Plush* (Side & Multi Sleeper – Soft)
    1. Comfort: Copper Gel Memory Soft (cool, soft feel, high density for durability)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Memory Plus Foam Soft (full body comfort, soft feel)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Memory Plus Foam Soft
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (soft)
  2. Moonlight Elite (Stomach & Back Sleeper – Soft)
    1. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Soft (built to cushion and cradle, cool, soft feel)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Soft (built to cushion and cradle, cool, soft feel)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Helix Dynamic Soft (full body comfort, soft feel)
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (soft)
  3. Midnight Elite *Most Popular Overall* (Side / Multi Sleeper – Medium)
    1. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Foam Medium (cool, medium feel, high density for durability)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Memory Plus Foam Medium (cushion for perfect medium support)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Helix Dynamic Foam Medium
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (medium)
  4. Dusk Elite (Stomach & Back Sleeper – Medium)
    1. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Medium (built to cushion and cradle, cool, medium feel)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Medium (built to cushion and cradle, cool, medium feel)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Helix Dynamic Medium (full body comfort, medium feel)
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (medium)
  5. Twilight Elite (Side / Multi Sleeper – Firm)
    1. Comfort: Copper Gel Memory Firm (cool, firm feel, high density for durability)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Firm (built to cushion and cradle, cool, firm feel)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Memory Plus Foam Firm
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (firm)
  6. Dawn Elite *Most Popular Firm* (Stomach & Back Sleeper – Firm)
    1. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Firm (built to cushion and cradle, cool, firm feel)
    2. Alignment: Microcoils
    3. Comfort: Helix Dynamic Firm (built to cushion and cradle, cool, firm feel)
    4. Alignment: Microcoils
    5. Support: Helix Dynamic Soft (full body comfort, firm feel)
    6. Transition: High-Grade Polyfoam (firm)

Coil System

Helix Elite’s support system employs Leggett and Platt’s Quantum® Edge Elite Combi-Zone®. The system contains Quantum coils along the edge and through the center third zone. The center zone provides superior hip and lumbar support, while the reinforced perimeter delivers a consistent sleep surface, reducing that roll-off feeling. The mattress center contains triple tempered steel individually pocketed coils directly underneath the comfort layer. This high grade steel provides superior support throughout the life of the mattress

Finally, for even more support where it counts, Helix reinforces the lower back lumbar region on all models.

Helix Elite Sunset mattress layers

Bottom Support Layer

The bottom DuraDense foam layer of the mattress provides base support and durability to the entire mattress. This final stage helps keep everything together and limits motion for the sleeper.

Tufting

Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage. In Helix’s case, they chose top tufting, where the cover is sewn into the gel foam layer. Tufting helps keep everything nice and together. This is just another example of the little details Helix takes care of so you can rest easy.

Does Helix Elite Sleep Cool?

Helix Elite Mattress sleeps cool

YES! We found all Helix Elite models offer a cool to neutral temperature control. Being cool at night is all about being dry. Helix accomplishes this cool factor through a 3 step process to disperse heat.

  1. The GlacioTex cover cools skin on contact and wicks away moisture
  2. The gel infused comfort layers pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
  3. As the mattress is a hybrid, air is able to flow and circulate in-between the coil system

Final result – Helix Hybrid Elite will keep you cool and dry throughout the night allowing your body to get the rest it deserves.

How about Edge Support?
Excellent

Helix Elite mattress excellent edge supportAs mentioned in the “Support” section above, Helix Elite is one of the best in the business when it comes to edge support no matter which model you choose. Helix surrounds the outer edge of the mattress with stronger springs to make sure the mattress edge is “sag free”. This edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if one partner is a bed hog, the other partner can rest soundly on the edge. No chance of falling off, just sayin’. Finally, when you get out of bed in the morning, it gives you that little nudge to help you get out!

Six Distinct Helix Elite Comfort Styles

No matter which style you choose, just by the elegant look of the Helix Elite, you know you’ll be sleeping on an incredibly luxurious mattress for many years to come. Helix was going for that exclusive “5 star hotel bed” look and feel and they nailed it. Let’s take a closer look at the different styles.

Helix Sunset Elite *Most Popular Plush* (Soft, Side / Multi Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Sunset in a Bedroom Setting

The Sunset Elite is Helix’s softest and plushest model and a top choice for lighter-to-average sized sleepers looking for a plush feel. The softer top layers give you a lavish, plush comfort – like sinking into a cloud. The luxury gel foam immediately relieves the pressure points on your hips and shoulders. Elite mattresses feature zoned lumbar support for enhanced contouring, a premium quilted pillow top with an ultra breathable cooling cover, and are 2” taller than the Helix Luxe mattresses.

From the moment you lay down on the Sunset, it is obvious  that you’ve arrived on the soft, plush version. The gel top will envelop and contour to your body more than its firmer cousins such as the Midnight Elite. That said, after a few minutes, as you settle into the mattress, you can begin to ever so slightly feel the pushback from the robust pocketed coils as they begin to properly align your spine.  You will definitely feel more “in-the-mattress” (as opposed to on top of it), but you won’t be sacrificing the support.

With the Sunset Elite, exclusive side sleepers get the best of both worlds: maximum pressure and proper spinal alignment due to the sinking of the hip and shoulder regions. Because the bed envelops you more, some think the bed will sleep warm or even hot. This is not the case with Helix Elite. The cooling gel foams combined with the air flow design and the temperature regulating cooling cover keep this plush bed comfortable all evening long.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 225  lbs. Above that weight, you’ll start to lose the benefit of the pressure relief from the gel as your body rests more on the springs. At that size, you might consider the Moonlight Elite or Midnight Elite model as the comfort layer provides additional support and comfort relief.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Sunset Elite a 4 out of 10.
  • Primarily designed for side sleepers. Side/stomach or side/back sleepers might feel more support on the Midnight Elite.
  • Even though you sink into the comfort layer, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!

Helix Elite Sunset mattress firmness scale, soft

Helix Moonlight Elite (Soft, Stomach / Back Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Moonlight mattress in a bedroom

The Moonlight Elite has a soft, plush feel but with a touch more support than its sister, the Sunset Elite.  Best for back or stomach sleepers and couples with different preferences, Moonlight Elite features Helix Dynamic Foam creating luxury support and even lift. Softer top layers give you that soft, lavish plush comfort you love – like sinking into a cloud.

The gel top will envelop and contour to your body more than its firmer cousins such as the Midnight Elite. The Moonlight may feel plush, however, it does not sacrifice support. You will feel that support system very slightly underneath to help with alignment to give you enough resistance to push back to fill the space in-between your body and the mattress. You will still feel more “in it” (as opposed to on top of it), but you won’t be losing the support.

Because the Moonlight Elite envelops you more, some think it may sleep warm or even hot. This is not the case with Moonlight Elite. The cooling gel combined with the air flow design and the cooling cover keep this plush bed comfortable all evening long.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 250 lbs. The superior construction of the Elite series allows it to support sleepers of all sizes.  That said, above 250 lbs, you’ll start to lose the benefit of the pressure relief from the gel as your body rests more on the springs. You might consider the Midnight Elite as the comfort layer provides additional support and comfort relief.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Moonlight Elite a 4.5 out of 10.
  • Moonlight Elite is primarily designed for back and stomach sleepers (multi-sleeper if on the smaller side) that still want a soft, plush mattress. Side/stomach or side/back sleepers seeking more support might feel more support on the Midnight Elite.
  • Even though you sink into the comfort layer, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!

Helix Elite Moonlight mattress firmness scale

Helix Midnight Elite *Most Popular Overall* (Medium, Side / Multi Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Midnight mattress in a bedroom setting

By far the most popular model, the Helix Midnight Elite a true multi-sleeper that supports all sleep styles.  This not-too-firm, not-too-soft is great for couples with different feel preferences.  It features luxury memory foam for pressure point relief on your hips and shoulders.

Immediately upon laying on the Midnight Elite, you can feel the cooling gel take you in but you quickly feel the substantial support foam cradling your body. Almost immediately you will feel the support of the coil system begin to push back and cradle your body no matter which position you sleep. There is  just enough pressure relief on the top of the mattress but you are also going to have the support system that is going to keep you “on” the mattress rather than “in” the mattress as in the Sunset Elite.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 250 lbs.  But really, the mattress can support sleepers of any size comfortably.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Midnight a 6 out of 10.
  • This is a MultiSleeper, designed for all sleeping styles.
  • The luxurious comfort layer provides a little bit of sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
Helix Elite Midnight mattress firmness scale
Helix Dusk Elite (Medium, Stomach / Back Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Dusk mattress in a bedroom setting

Closely related to Midnight, the Helix Dusk Elite is another very popular model. It comes with a little more support in the comfort layer making it an ideal multi-sleeper.  Still in the medium to medium firm range, the added support targets the above average side, back, and stomach sleepers and more ideal support for larger sleepers.

As with the Midnight Elite, upon laying on the Dusk Elite, you can feel the cooling gel take you in but you quickly feel the substantial support foams cradle your body. Almost immediately you will feel the support of the coil system begin to push back. Dusk Elite is primarily designed to support stomach/back sleepers.  There is just enough pressure relief but you will still sleep more “on top” of the mattress. rather than “in” the mattress as in the Sunset Elite.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 250 lbs.  But really, the mattress can support sleepers of any size comfortably.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Dusk Elite a 6.5 out of 10.
  • This is designed for stomach/back sleeping styles.
  • The luxurious comfort layer provides a little bit of sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!

Helix Dusk Elite mattress firmness scale

Helix Twilight Elite (Firm, Side / Multi Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Twilight mattress in a bedroom setting

The Helix Twilight Elite ventures into the firmer side of sleep. While still a multi-sleeper supporting all positions, the denser comfort layer definitely gives you the “sleeping on top” feel when lying on the mattress. Larger side sleepers that need some comfort before hitting the springs will appreciate the 6 inches of comfort level. Smaller back and stomach sleepers that prefer a firmer feel will enjoy the Twilight Elite as well. Very little sink or give in this mattress, it will feel very solid underneath. You will definitely not sink as much as you sleep “on top” of this mattress. The bed still packs in all of the same cooling features as it’s cousins so you will sleep cool and dry throughout the night.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 275 lbs.  But really, the mattress can support sleepers of any size comfortably.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Twilight Elite an 7.5 out of 10.
  • Stomach and back sleepers will get the most benefit out of the Twilight Elite version. Larger side sleepers may also enjoy the Twilight Elite.
  • The firm comfort layer provides very little sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!
Helix Elite Twilight mattress firmness scale
Helix Dawn Elite *Most Popular Firm* (Firm, Stomach / Back Position Sleepers)

Helix Elite Dawn mattress in a bedroom setting

The Helix Dawn Elite is their firmest model in the family still comes with an ultra luxurious feel. Ideal for back and stomach sleepers of all sizes the Dynamic Foam creates a luxury support and even loft.

The Dawn Elite is designed to support those of us that are larger sleepers, however the lighter fare have also found it to be quite comfortable. The bed is more responsive. When you push on it, it pushes back. This definitely makes it easier to get in and out of bed, especially with the zoned support system. The Dawn Elite is not designed as a multi sleeper for average weight individuals, however it can support all sleeping styles of larger sleepers. Average weight folks can easily sleep on their stomach or back, but the side will not provide enough pressure relief.  They will want to look toward the Midnight Elite.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 300 lbs.  This mattress can support the largest of sleepers.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Dawn Elite an 8 out of 10.
  • The Dawn Elite was designed to support larger sleepers of any sleeping style. Lighter sleepers will find most comfort on either their stomach or back.
  • The comfort layer provides very little sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is superior – no side sagging here!

Helix Elite Dawn mattress firmness scale

Motion Isolation

Superior

All Helix Elite mattresses boast superior motion isolation. Simply put, youHelix Elite Mattress sleeps cool will not feel your partner move at night, even for us very sensitive sleepers. Whether they are a toss and turner, an early riser or using the facilities, it’s not the mattress that will wake you. However, there are differences among the styles due to their construction (if we’re splitting hairs). Sunset Elite and Moonlight Elite will have the least amount of motion transfer because the plush nature of their gel foam will absorb motion more than the denser foam comfort layers than their cousins. Any motion that may exist, will most likely come from the springs below, but the pocket coil system separates the springs further isolating any motion transfer. If you need total motion isolation, then look more toward an all foam mattresses. However, the superior design and attention to detail of the Helix Elite family get these hybrids as close to no motion as possible.

How does the Helix Elite arrive?

Every Helix Elite comes in a two separate boxes. Box one contains the base and zip cover.  Box two contains the comfort layer.  It’s crazy to think that a king size modelHelix Elite mattress arrives in two boxes with powerful springs and dense foams can be compressed, but it can. And, without sacrificing quality and durability. Some people ask if compressing the springs hurts their integrity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Springs are actually shipped compressed all over the world (to save space). Pulling or bending springs damages their integrity. But, the way Helix compresses its mattresses, springs keep their shape and strength.

Helix Elite mattresses have a zipper top to aid in assembling the mattressThe boxes arrives via Fedex or UPS. Simply unbox the mattress mattress base first and rest it on the bed frame.  Once it is unwrapped, you may open box two and place the comfort insert on the top of the mattress.  For convenience, the Elite has a heavy duty zipper to hold all of the pieces securely in place.  You can begin sleeping on the it and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

What is Helix's Return Policy & Warranty?

Helix offers a 100 night trial period, giving you over 3 months to test out15 Year Warranty Logo your new investment. You can either return it for a 100% refund during the trial period. It truly is hassle free as Helix does all the heavy lifting. Here’s how both systems work:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the Fedex delivery day).
  2. You can sleep on it for 100 nights. As there can be a slight break-in period, Helix asks that you not initiate a return during the first 30 days.
  3. If it’s not the mattress of your dreams, reach out to Helix via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to start a RETURN. There are no questions asked!
  4. Helix coordinates a donation or recycling pickup on a day of your choosing. They handle everything and there’s nothing you have to do besides letting them know the best pickup date.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 5 days of the pick-up.

Helix doesn’t stop there.  They offer a full 15 year manufacturer warranty on every Elite mattress.

Dimensions & Weights

Based on the construction of each mattress, the weight can vary within the following ranges:

  • King/CA King (120-140 lbs)
  • Queen (100-120 lbs)
  • Full (90-110 lbs)
  • Twin XL (75-90 lbs)
  • Twin (70-80 lbs)

Does Helix Offer Financing?

Affirm Logo. pay over time financing logo for mattress purchasesYes, Helix offers financing through Affirm.  Pay as low as 0% for 12-24 months with Affirm.  Click here to see if you qualify.

Where Can I Try a Helix Mattress?

Helix is sold exclusively online, however they are offered to test at various retailers.  Check out their showroom locator page. However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus, OH area, please visit our Sandman Sleep Showrooms to test out the Helix for yourself (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!):

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