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I received a free Helix mattress for review. The Helix mattress is a completely new take on the mattress in a box concept. Instead of going with a one mattress fits all approach, they focus on customization. So much so that you fill out a questionnaire regarding body type and sleep preferences before you place an order. This hyper-customization can be done for each side of the bed if you order a queen or king size mattress so that you and your partner get the optimal feel for your needs.
Helix was started out of similar frustrations with the mattress industry. Instead of creating another mattress in a box, this company sought to address the competing needs of partners who sleep on the same mattress.
Overview of the Helix Mattress
Here’s a video of me unboxing the new 2017 version of the Helix Mattress
Ordering the Helix Mattress
Ordering a Helix mattress is a fun and engaged process. You actually fill out a questionnaire before you place your order. Helix teamed up with some PhD researchers who are experts in bio mechanics to develop ideal mattress specifications for particular body types and sleep preferences that are reflected in the questionnaire. Here’s a snapshot of the beginning of the questionnaire:
Further into the questionnaire each person will answer questions about sleeping hot, firmness preferences, etc. Finally, if the mattress is for 2 people, you will have the option of a transition between each mattress where the foam more gradually transitions to the other preference. Or, a split which means each side of the mattress is pushed together. I chose the transition and found that with the initial opening there was a slight dip where the mattress transitioned but that wet away after a few days.
Helix now offers financing so you can enjoy your mattress now and pay it off over time through Affirm. You can pay off the mattress in 3, 6 or 12 payments.
Construction of the Helix Mattress
The Helix Sleep system is made of 3 different layers. Foam, and micro coils which are small springs.
- 2.4″ Pocketed Microcoils
- ILD: 18
These 3 ingredients are then customized based on your inputs in the initial questionnaire
Below is a picture I took when I visited the Helix headquarters in New York City that shows the 3 layers:
My Helix Mattress Recommendation
The Helix mattress has a great range of firmness and even on the firm setting will provide good pressure relief. The pocket coils provide a subtle pushback that will give you the support you need.
Here’s a picture of the inside of the Helix. Below is the soft side of the helix.
Below is the firm side of the helix which is part of the same mattress above.
The video below shows motion transfer on the soft side of the Helix mattress.
Here’s another video on the other side of the same Helix mattress which is the firm side.
Below is a picture of how much the mattress will sink. As you can see the left side is considerably firmer than the right.
This mattress does a great job with motion transfer and also temperature regulation. Looking at the photo below you’ll notice that the right side looks a bit different in terms of pattern color. In the survey I asked for my side to be cooler than my wife’s side. You can see that there is some sort of cooling gel layer that was added to my side to accommodate this need.
Here’s a quick video of the micro coils
If you are looking for a mattress to accommodate sleepers with very different sleep preferences, this is the ticket. The owners of Helix Sleep are committed to delivering a personalized sleep experience that is backed by science not sales copy. That alone should be reason enough to give them a try. Their generous trial period will give you time to see if they got it right!
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