In this comparison, we’ll be training a magnifying glass on two beds that seem similar, but are actually quite different: the Helix Twilight and Helix Twilight Luxe. Though both mattresses were designed to satisfy the same kind of customer (side sleepers who want firm support), they come at the demographic in two totally unique ways.
So, which is better for you: The no-frills, standard Twilight or its slightly more glamorous Luxe counterpart? Below, I’ll highlight all their major similarities and differences, so you can land on the mattress that’s going to be 100% right for your specific sleep needs.
Continue reading below for my full Helix Twilight vs. Helix Twilight Luxe comparison. Short on time? Hop over to my comparison summary.
Before we get into the differences between the Helix Twilight Luxe and Helix Twilight mattresses, let’s take a second to go over their similarities. That way, we’ll be better able to contextualize all the factors that distinguish the beds from one another.
- Pocketed Coils – The Helix beds feature a sturdy system of pocketed coils intended to lift the sleeper up and out of the structure. While these sections differ in design (which we’ll explore more fully in the construction section below), they both produce a lively bounce that informs the feel of each mattress.
- Side Sleepers – According to Helix, the Twilight and Twilight Luxe were built for side sleepers who want firm support, which is why both of their pocketed coil systems are overlaid by gentle foam top layers.
- Part of Larger Collection – Helix sells two lines of mattresses, the standard Helix Line and the Helix Luxe Line. There are six beds in each collection, and every standard model (from softest to firmest: Sunset, Moonlight, Midnight, Dusk, Twilight, Dawn) has a Luxe counterpart (Sunset Luxe, Moonlight Luxe, etc.) All that to say that if you like the Helix brand, but aren’t sure the Twilight is right for you, there are a plethora of other options to explore.
What are These Mattresses Made of?
Now that we’ve got the similarities sorted, it’s time to dive into the characteristics that set these Helix siblings apart. To do this, I’m going to walk you through each bed’s construction, but I’d also encourage you to check out my full reviews of the Helix Twilight Luxe and Helix mattresses for an even deeper understanding of their respective designs.
Helix Twilight Luxe
Cover – Crafted with a breathable jersey material, the Twilight Luxe cover is smooth and soft to the touch.
Comfort – The first section you’ll encounter here is one of gel memory foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, allowing the sleeper to sink in for some satisfying pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. Though memory foam is known to absorb and trap body heat, a cooling gel infusion helps to curb some of that overheating.
Contour – Below the gel memory foam, you’ll land on another layer of memory foam. This section extends the body-contouring of the first layer deeper into the mattress, providing a cushiony hug to sensitive spots along the body (namely the shoulders, hips, and lower back).
Transition – Up next lies a transitional layer of high-density poly foam, which is much firmer than the sections above it. You won’t necessarily feel this section, but it does help to gradually ease the sleeper into the pocketed coil system below.
Support – The bulk of the mattress is made up of this tall pocketed coil system. Bouncy, supportive, and firm, this section bolsters the sleeper by positioning them on top of the structure. This system is also zoned for support, with softer coils at the shoulders for a bit of sink and firmer ones at the hips for a little lift. Though there are a number of differences between the Luxe and Original lines (including the cover and comfort layers), I think this section of Zoned Support is a particularly important one.
Base – And finally, the base, which is made up of high-density poly foam. This section functions to support the layers above it and give the springs something upon which to bounce.
Thoughts: Right away, I can tell this is a luxurious design. Not only are there two layers of plush memory foam up top, but there’s also a tall pocketed coil system that’s been zoned for targeted support at the shoulders and hips, which could do wonders for back/side combo sleepers.
Cover – Initially, all Helix mattresses come with the same cover, made of 100% polyester. I found it to be stretchy, thin, and quite breathable. However, you can also opt to swap out the standard cover for the brand’s UltraCool one, which is composed of actively cooling Phase Change Material.
Comfort – As in the Luxe, the construction kicks off with a layer of memory foam, allowing for a bit of sinkage and body-contouring right off the bat. However, the memory foam here hasn’t been modified with a cooling agent like we saw in the Luxe, so sleeps a bit hot.
Transition – Next up, you’ll run into a transition layer of high-density poly foam. This firm material curbs the sinkage of the gentle top layer, functioning mostly to ease the sleeper into the supportive coils below.
Support – Again, the primary player in this mattress is this section of individually wrapped coils. This system brings a supportive lift to the structure, working to position the sleeper on top of the bed. Since the coils are individually wrapped, they’re also going to encourage extra breathability as air flows through the spaces in the coils. This system is very similar to the one we saw in the Luxe, but isn’t zoned for support, so will provide a more uniform feel across the body.
Base – Last but not least, you’ll find a thin section of high-density poly foam. This layer doesn’t affect the feel of the bed too much, functioning mostly to give the pocketed coils something off of which to react.
Thoughts: The Original Helix Twilight takes a more straightforward approach to comfort than its Luxe counterpart, cutting down on both the memory foam and the Zoned Support in the coil system. Therefore, it’s going to be slightly firmer than the Luxe, with even better mobility.
Helix Twilight Luxe vs. Helix Twilight
Though they may share a name, it’s clear these mattresses diverge on a number of crucial points, which denotes each of them with a unique vibe and feel. Below, I’ll highlight some of the biggest differences I noticed and explain how they impact the two designs.
First and foremost, the double layer of memory foam in the Luxe makes it an overall much softer bed than the Twilight. While you’ll get a bit of initial comfort from both mattresses, the additional contouring layer in the Luxe works to extend the sinkage even deeper into the structure, resulting in more intense pressure relief. I should also mention that the gel infusion in the Luxe will help it to sleep a bit cooler than the Twilight. But it’s not all bad news for the standard Twilight — its firm nature produces some excellent bounce and mobility.
Secondly, the Zoned Support we see in the Luxe’s pocketed coil system gives it a more balanced vibe than the Twilight. Side sleepers will especially appreciate this targeted support at the shoulders and hips, which will help cushion these sensitive spots as they press into the bed. However, not everyone needs (or wants) this kind of deep sink; specifically, back/combo sleepers may prefer the straightforward firmness of the standard Twilight.
And while we’ll go over this later, I think it’s worth pointing out that there’s a bit of a price discrepancy between these two beds. The standard Twilight kicks off at $600 for a Twin whereas the Twilight Luxe begins at $995.
What do These Mattresses Feel Like?
After peeking underneath the covers of these mattresses, it’s time to see how their designs influence their respective feels. Since feel is such a subjective matter, I’m going to do my best to explore it with a combination of personal experience, outside input, and some good ol’ fashioned objective testing!
Every sleeper is going to experience feel factors like pressure relief and firmness a little differently (depending on body shape, size, and weight), so I always invite a few coworkers to test out the beds with me. Once we’ve all stretched out on the mattresses, we share our thoughts, and then average together any rankings or ratings we came up with.
Helix Twilight Luxe
We were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Helix Twilight Luxe, landing on an average score of 6.5/10, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.
The bed got a 6.5 from me, as I felt it struck a satisfying balance between gentle pressure relief and firm support. While you’re likely to sink through the top layers of contouring memory foam, the tall pocketed coil system does a lot to buffer this sinkage so you don’t feel too stuck in the structure. Additionally, the zoned support in the coil system helps to extend the contouring of the top memory foam layers deeper into the mattress, creating a balanced vibe that’s consistent from top to bottom.
Speaking to specific positions, I felt most comfortable on my back and side, where the contouring from the memory foam layers alleviated tension, making it a great mattress for shoulder pain sufferers. However, this softness didn’t work so well when I rolled onto my stomach. In this position, I could feel my hips sinking out of alignment with my shoulders, which bowed my back and caused some discomfort along my spine. If you’re a strict stomach sleeper, you may want to check out either the Helix Dawn Luxe or Helix Dusk Luxe, both of which have much firmer constructions.
Again, we were in agreement about the Helix Twilight, though our composite score of 7.5/10 makes it quite a bit firmer than the Luxe.
So, how in the world is the Twilight so much firmer than its Helix sibling? It really comes down to the absence of a second memory foam layer and the lack of zoned support in the pocketed coil system. With these two characteristics gonzo, the bed becomes a lot more firm, ditching deep pressure relief for support and bounce. While I still think this bed could be good for side sleepers, it’ll probably be most comfortable for folks who switch between that position and another one throughout the night. What I meant to say is that an entire evening spent on one’s side may cause some uncomfortable jamming as the shoulders press into the firm structure.
In fact, I’d say the Helix Twilight might actually work best for stomach sleepers, or folks who need a little lift at the hips. This firmness also translates well to the back, where I felt well-supported.
Well folks, we’ve reached the end of this comparison! We’ve gone over each bed’s design and talked about their respective feels, all the while comparing and contrasting the characteristics that make them unique. Now, it’s time to wrap things up with a few final thoughts.
When it comes to firmness, the standard Twilight takes the cake here, as it’s much more supportive and firm than its Luxe counterpart. If you want to feel squarely positioned on top of your bed, or simply enjoy a hearty mix of bounce and lift, the Twilight could be the mattress for you. In particular, I think this one-two punch of firmness and mobility could work best for back, combo, and stomach sleepers, all of whom benefit from feeling more on top of a structure than in it.
However, not everyone enjoys this kind of tautness, and those sleepers who need deep pressure relief will be far better off with the Twilight Luxe. The thick layers of memory foam coupled with the zoned support in the pocketed coil section makes for a balanced mattress full of deep sinkage and body-contouring. Side sleepers and any folks with back pain could find a lot to love in this cushiony vibe.
And finally, let’s talk price. I teased this a bit in the construction section, but the standard Twilight is going to be more of a value buy than its Luxe counterpart. See a full price breakdown below.
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To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list my favorite aspects of both models.
- Given its balanced vibe, motion-absorbing memory foam top layers, and sturdy edge support, I think this mattress could be great for couples.
- And as we’ve discussed throughout this comparison, I also think it could work wonders for anyone who needs pressure relief at the shoulders, hips, or lower back.
- One of the big selling points for the standard Twilight is its relatively affordable price tag, which is less expensive than similar models on the market.
- The Twilight is also supremely bouncy, allowing for a ton of mobility that makes it easy to move around and change positions in the night.
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