When it comes to adjustable beds, one size really can fit all. That’s because you can adjust the bed to your liking — your desired height, angle, and in some cases, even your preferred massage intensity level.
In this review, we’re taking a look at the Helix Adjustable Base and whether it delivers on its promise to take your sleeping comfort to the next level. We’ll break down all the ins and outs so you can decide if this adjustable base is a dream come true or just not the right one for you.
Keep reading for my full Helix Adjustable Base review or skip down to my review summary if you’re in a hurry.
Helix Adjustable Base
The Helix Adjustable Base is a budget-friendly option that offers a variety of features, from massages to a zero gravity preset.Read Full Review
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What is the Helix Adjustable Base Made Of?
The Helix Adjustable Base is made of carbon steel. The fabric is polyester and PVC mesh. You’ll also find polyethylene foam in its construction.
The base comes with four 3-inch stackable sections for the legs, so you can customize the height of the frame to your preference, up to 12 inches.
How Do I Assemble the Helix Adjustable Base?
A major perk of the Helix Adjustable Base is no tools are required. It took my coworker and I about 11 minutes to put it together, and I recommend having a friend help you with the unboxing and setup as well. It’s important to read the directions that arrive with the product, but here’s a quick rundown of putting it together.
- Clear out the space where you want to assemble the bed and bring the box into that area. (FYI: the box is shipped via FedEx Ground.)
- Now, take the frame out of the box, unfold it, and flip it upside down.
- Remove the plastic and cut the orange ties.
- Look for the legs of the bed and select your preferred height since they are adjustable. Once you’ve settled on the height of your legs, twist them into each corner.
- Now turn the bed right side up.
- Locate the power cord and plug it into the power supply beneath the base. Plug the other end into an outlet. (A surge protector is recommended.)
- Place the mattress retainer bar into the foot of the base.
- Locate the batteries for the remote, which will be in a separate bag, and place them inside the remote. You’ll now need to follow the instructions in order to pair the remote with the bed frame, but we found it quick and easy to do.
- Test it out to ensure it works properly and then you’re all set to slide your bed in and secure it on the base!
How Does the Helix Adjustable Base Work?
You’ll use the battery-operated remote to adjust the bed to your preferred sleeping position. With all the preset options, we believe this is one of the more advanced adjustable bases on the market. You can quickly and easily switch from TV-watching mode to your preferred sleeping position at the simple touch of a button.
We found in our testing that the bed operates with minimal noise, unless it’s in the massage setting. We also found that it provides adequate mattress support through every movement.
What Are the Helix Adjustable Base’s Features?
The Helix Adjustable Base remote has 12 buttons to cycle through different settings and features. We’ll cover them more below.
Head & Foot Elevation
Elevating your bed can improve sleep comfort. So take your bed to another level, literally, by elevating your head and shoulders for easier breathing. This can assist you in reducing snoring and sleep apnea so you can sleep more soundly. However, we always recommend checking with your doctor first if you feel you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
The Helix Adjustable Base also enables you to elevate your legs and feet for improved sleep comfort. Elevating both your upper and lower body can alleviate pressure on your back and hips, which can help alleviate back pain. You can choose to have solely the head or foot section raised, or have both up at once to your desired heights.
In addition to elevating your body, the Helix Adjustable Base features massage settings with three different intensity levels so that you experience just the right amount of relief along your pressure points. You can enjoy a head and/or foot massage at your preferred setting. There are also three different timers you can set for the massages.
Keep in mind, though, the settings are a bit loud, especially at the highest massage intensity. Be prepared for some extra noise when using this feature or crank your relaxing spa music up a little higher (spa music not included).
Want to feel weightless in bed? Helix Sleep says you can with the zero gravity feature, which is influenced by research from NASA. Included as one of your remote presets, the zero gravity feature angles your body in a 120 degree position. According to Helix, the position supports spinal decompression, lower back pressure relief, and hip tension release. I found it to be super comfortable in this position.
If you find a position (or three) that you really enjoy manually raising the head and foot of the base into, you can make that position a memory preset. The Helix Adjustable Base has three preset buttons for you to do this. Whether you’re a back, stomach, or side sleeper, you can find the right adjustments for your body type and sleep needs. So no need to try and find that exact position again that you were super cozy in, you can automatically raise into it with the touch of a button.
Ready to quickly return to being completely horizontal? You can lower both the head and the foot of the base into a flat position with this button preset.
There are two USB ports on the bottom sides of this adjustable base, so you can charge your devices as you relax.
Is the Helix Adjustable Base Good for You?
While we believe this is one of the more advanced adjustable bases on the market, advanced doesn’t necessarily mean better. If you’re looking for a simpler option, for instance, you may find that another adjustable base is more to your liking. We’ll go through all the pros and cons of the Helix Adjustable Base so you can decide whether or not it’s just what you need to get a better night’s sleep.
Who Should Buy the Helix Adjustable Base
- Sleepers looking for a massage function – Whether you want a light massage or a more intense one, the Helix Adjustable Base can help iron out all those kinks. With three massage intensity levels, you can adjust the pressure to find the setting that works best for you. When you come home from a long day of work, just hop into bed and let the Helix Adjustable Base take care of the rest. Although it’s not quite the same thing as a deep tissue massage, it does offer soothing vibrations.
- Budget shoppers – At under $1,000 for a queen size, the Helix Adjustable Base is a great option for budget shoppers. It provides exceptional value with its various features and the ability to adjust the bed’s height. You can also save more when clicking our coupons throughout this review.
- Sleepers with sleep apnea – The Helix Adjustable Base allows you to elevate your head, opening up your airways for easier breathing. This can help reduce snoring and sleep apnea. If you’re looking to breathe easier and sleep better, the Helix Adjustable Base could be just what you need, but we recommend talking to your doctor first.
Who Shouldn’t Buy the Helix Adjustable Base
- Sleepers looking for a simpler option – The Helix Adjustable Base provides great value for all the features it offers, but if you’re looking for a simpler bed frame, you may find a better deal elsewhere.
- Sleepers looking for a headboard – The Helix Adjustable Base does not come with a headboard included. You will need to put the base in a different frame if you want to use a headboard.
- Sleepers who prefer a different aesthetic – If you prefer the look of steel legs over plastic legs or want a color other than gray, the Helix Adjustable Base may not provide the right look for you. However, you always have the option of putting the base in a different frame so you achieve your desired aesthetic.
Anything Else I Should Know?
- Weight Capacity – 750 pounds when weight is evenly distributed across the bed
- Made – in the USA
- Adjustable height – yes, it includes 12-inch, four-in-one stackable legs
- Trial Period – there is no trial period provided
- Warranty – up to 20-year limited warranty
- Remote Control – yes, wireless remote control included
- Return Policy – free returns offered if the packaging is unopened
- Sizes – Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King
- Pricing – $899 to $1,449
Do I have to buy a specific mattress to use with the Helix Adjustable Base?
You do not need to buy a specific mattress to use with the Helix Adjustable Base. One thing to note, however, if you’re looking for a king size bed that comes with dual control, Helix recommends purchasing two twin XL adjustable bases and two twin XL mattresses instead.
Can I return the Helix Adjustable Base?
You may return the Helix Adjustable Base if the packaging is unopened. Unlike Helix’s mattresses, which have a 100-night sleep trial, the Helix Adjustable Base does not come with a trial period.
How tall is the Helix Adjustable Base?
The Helix Adjustable Base features a 2-inch, slim-profile foundation style base with a 2-inch diameter and 12-inch, four-in-one stackable legs so that the height of the bed is adjustable.
Can Helix mattresses be on an adjustable base?
Yes. All Helix mattresses are hybrid mattresses made with pocketed coils which allow them to move in any position on the adjustable base while still providing support and durability. Although latex, memory foam, or foam mattresses also work great with adjustable bases, we found the Helix mattress to be very supportive in our testing.
What is Zero Gravity?
According to Helix, the Zero Gravity Relief Position is a neutral body position that was popularized by NASA astronauts. It angles your body in a 120 degree position to support spinal decompression, lower back pressure relief, and hip tension release.
Other Models from Helix
Helix Sleep has been in the online mattress world for a long time and offers a wide variety of sleep products, including beds that often make our roundup of the best mattresses of the year. Their standard line ranges on the firmness scale from soft beds that are ideal for side sleepers, to medium-firm mattresses that work great for back sleepers, to firm beds fit for stomach sleepers.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress and are interested in Helix Sleep, check out our full Helix mattress review and comparison of the mattress models, our full review on the Helix Luxe mattresses, or read our review on the brand’s most popular model, the Helix Midnight mattress (along with the Helix Midnight Luxe which includes a pillow top). Heavier folks may be interested in the Helix Plus mattress, which was specifically designed for heavier body weights.
You can also take the sleep quiz on Helix’s website to guide you further on picking the best mattress and firmness level for you.