The gloves are off and it’s time for another mattress comparison! Let’s meet our bed-in-a-box contestants.
First, we have the Helix Midnight, a hybrid mattress with plush memory foam over pocketed coils for a combination of pressure relief and support. Second, we have an old reliable in the bed-in-a-box game, the Tuft & Needle Original. Where as the Helix Midnight is a hybrid model, the Tuft & Needle is an all foam mattress, meaning it’s made up of just two distinct layers of memory foam.
Alright, let’s dive in to see which one might be the best mattress for you. We’ll cover everything from how each mattress feels to what the beds are made of and what kind of sleepers they might appeal to.
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Helix vs Tuft & Needle: Which is Better for You?
The Helix Midnight is a hybrid mattress containing a network of innerspring coils covered by two different layers of memory foam that give the bed some nice bounciness. The Tuft & Needle, on the other hand, is all-foam and feels a bit firmer.
Of course, no two sleepers are the same, so your ideal new mattress will likely depend on factors such as sleeping position, size, and body type. And if you want to dig deeper, be sure to check out our full Helix Midnight mattress review and our full Tuft & Needle mattress review.
Who Should Buy Helix
- Strict side sleepers will be happier on the Helix, which is softer than the Tuft & Needle. Side sleepers need a soft mattress that will allow their hips and shoulders to sink in a bit.
- Couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet will be happy with the Helix’s low motion transfer. It also has strong edge support, which makes the bed feel larger.
- I’d say the Helix is a bit more durable than the Tuft & Needle. Hybrid mattresses tend to last longer than all-foam mattresses.
Who Should Buy Tuft & Needle
- Strict back sleepers are likely to appreciate the firmness of the Tuft & Needle. It’s just a bit firmer than the industry standard for medium-firmness, which is ideal for those who doze on their backs.
- Hot sleepers who prefer a cooler mattress. While both beds keep a low temperature, the Tuft & Needle is just a bit cooler, thanks to an infusion of graphite and cooling gel that we’ll get into later.
- Anyone who’s on a budget. When looking at price points, the Tuft & Needle is significantly less expensive compared to the Helix mattress (we’ll get into specific prices a little later on as well).
Helix vs Tuft & Needle: Similarities and Differences
While both of these beds sleep cool and will likely be a good option for back sleepers due to their “on top” of the bed feel, the Helix should appeal more to side sleepers because it doesn’t put too much pressure on the shoulders, hips, or other joints. It’s also probably the better option for couples because of its low motion transfer results and considerable edge support.
- Both of these beds will likely be ideal for back sleepers. Their medium firmness results in an “on top” of the bed feel, although the Helix Midnight is a bit bouncier.
- Both beds sleep cool and have healthy airflow, but as I said earlier, the Tuft & Needle is just a little bit cooler.
- Stomach sleepers tend to sleep better on a firmer bed, which means neither of these mattresses would be the best option for them. These sleepers need a firm bed to keep their hips from sinking too far into the mattress, which throws their spine out of alignment. I’d steer these sleepers to our best mattress for stomach sleepers roundup.
- The structure alone makes them different beds—the fact that the Helix Midnight is made up of a combination of foam and springs, where the Tuft & Needle is an all-foam mattress. Some people prefer one type of bed over the other.
- Because it offers a lot of pressure relief on the joints, the Helix Midnight is likely the better option for side sleepers.
- The Helix Midnight’s bounciness also makes it a good fit for combination sleepers, allowing them to roll over or switch positions in the night without getting stuck in the bed.
Helix and Tuft & Needle Mattress Feel Comparison
Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty with how the beds feel. We’ll cover areas such as pressure relief, motion isolation, and firmness.
The Helix Midnight scored a 6 on the firmness scale, placing it in the category of medium-firm. This gives it an “on top” of the bed feel while also staying rather bouncy. Firmer mattresses tend to be be better for back sleepers, and the give and take between the support and the springiness could also make it a good fit for side and combination sleepers.
Regarding motion transfer, the Helix Midnight barely transfers any movement between sleepers. Its high score on motion isolation will probably be a good match for couples and anyone who sleeps with a pet. That same demographic will likely gravitate toward its strong edge support as well. The pocketed coil layer of the bed should allow sleepers to roll to the end of the bed without falling off or making them feel unsupported.
Once again, the bed does sleep cool, largely due to the light, stretchy material of its mattress cover. But it doesn’t have any cooling tech outside of this.
Tuft & Needle
Like the Helix Midnight, the Tuft & Needle has a firmness level of medium-firm, although it clocks in a bit higher at 7. That little bit of extra firmness might be a good fit for anyone experiencing lower back pain. However, it might also make the bed uncomfortable for side sleepers, who could need a mattress with more contouring and pressure relief.
The Tuft & Needle scored lower on motion isolation than the Helix Midnight, meaning it might not be the best bed for couples. If you have a partner who tosses and turns in the night, you might feel their movement.
When looking at temperature, the Tuft & Needle has a bit of cooling tech in the top layer, giving it a leg up on the Helix Midnight with its infusion of graphite and cooling gel.
Comparing What it’s Like to Sleep on the Helix and the Tuft & Needle
I can’t say it enough: a mattress is going to feel different for every person depending on factors such as body weight and sleeping positions. Still, it’s worth going into how each bed might feel for different types of sleepers so that they can find the most comfortable mattress.
Back — The Helix Midnight’s balance between bounciness and pressure relief make it well-suited for back sleepers.
Side — The mattress also doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the shoulders, hips, or other sensitive joints. In other words, this might be a good bed for side sleepers.
Stomach — Stomach sleepers are a different story. While the mattress is medium-firm, stomach sleepers usually need something very firm to provide the support they need without sinking into the bed.
Body Weight — I don’t think the Helix Midnight isn’t supportive enough for heavier sleepers (those over 250 lbs.). Instead, I’d recommend these sleepers go with the Helix Plus, which was specifically designed for larger individuals.
Tuft & Needle
Back — The Tuft & Needle’s slightly higher firmness might make it even more ideal for back sleepers, especially anyone who experiences pain in the lumbar region. The top layer of foam has a tendency to fill in the lower back area. Plus, the high-density poly foam base lays a foundation of extra durability for even more support.
Side — That same firmness doesn’t bode quite as well for side sleepers, who might experience jamming. A slightly softer bed might be the way to go here.
Stomach — As with the Helix Midnight, the Tuft & Needle probably isn’t quite firm enough for stomach sleepers, who might feel themselves sinking into the bed.
Body Weight — The mattress will likely feel too soft for anyone over 250 lbs, plus the fact that it only has two layers might lead to unwanted sinkage for heavier folks. It might be worth seeking out a bed with more support.
Comparing Helix and Tuft & Needle Prices
When deciding between two mattress models, price is always going to be a factor. Check out the pricing chart below to see which bed fits best with your budget. It’s worth reiterating that the Tuft & Needle is significantly cheaper.
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Comparing Helix and Tuft & Needle Materials
Now we’re going to peek under the covers and see what these mattresses are literally made of. There’s a lot to unpack here, so get ready! And if you want to learn more about each bed’s materials, check out our full Helix mattress review and our full Tuft & Needle mattress review.
- Cover – Made of a light, stretchy material, the Helix Midnight’s cover helps promote airflow and keep the sleeper cool. In addition to being soft, it comes in a shade of heathered gray that’s easy on the eyes.
- Comfort Layer – Next, you’ll encounter the first layer of memory foam—a blended foam designed to relieve pressure at the joints and provide just a little bit of contouring. That means you’ll probably feel cradled without sinking into the mattress.
- Transition Layer – The purpose of this next layer is to seamlessly transition the bed from the memory foam to the pocketed coils of the base layer. It accomplishes this through a high-grade poly foam that also provides some ergonomic support.
- Support Layer – Now we’re at the coils—each one individually wrapped to establish a little bit of bounce and support.
- Base Layer – Finally, there’s a layer of DuraDense foam beneath the coils to prevent the bed from sagging.
Tuft & Needle
- Cover – The Tuft & Needle’s cover is made from a thin polyester blend that promotes breathability and helps the bed sleep cool.
- Comfort Layer – Unlike the hybrid nature of the Helix Midnight, the Tuft & Needle Original has a straightforward design consisting of just two memory foam layers. This first layer is a 3-inch section of the mattress brand’s proprietary Adaptive Foam. In addition to having a quick responsiveness that makes for plenty of bounce, the comfort layer has an infusion of graphite and cooling gel. This should work to absorb and dissipate body heat. To put it simply, this bed sleeps very cool.
- Base layer – The second and final layer of memory foam is a thick, 7-inch expanse of high-density poly foam. Uniquely, this layer has an open-cell design that gives the bed even more breathability.
There’s no denying that the Helix Midnight and the Tuft & Needle are both high-quality beds. But let’s take a moment to sum up their best qualities.
The hybrid structure of the Helix Midnight (pocketed coils sandwiched between layers of memory foam) naturally gives it a little more versatility, allowing the mattress to cater to back sleepers, side sleepers, combination sleepers, and those who sleep with a partner or pet.
Although the Tuft & Needle is a little simpler in design, its firmness and cushioning of the lumbar region might make it even more appealing to back sleepers than the Helix Midnight. And while both beds sleep cool, the Tuft & Needle’s cooling technology of graphite and gel give it that little something extra.
Helix Best Features
- The different materials. The pocketed coils surrounded by memory foam gives it a considerable range in terms of what types of sleepers might find the bed comfortable.
- The edge support and motion isolation. The Helix Midnight scored very high in both of these areas, making it ideal for anyone who shares a bed with someone else.
- The temperature. It may not sleep quite as cool as the Tuft & Needle, but the lightweight nature of the cover still promotes a lot of breathability at night.
Tuft & Needle Best Features
- The back support. Although both mattresses have a nice on-top-of-the-bed feel, the cushioning of the Tuft & Needle’s comfort layer of memory foam seems to be specifically targeted toward the lower-back region.
- The cooling tech. The Tuft & Needle already has a breathable cover, and the infusion of graphite and cooling gel in the comfort layer really go the extra mile.
- The price. If you’re working within a tight budget, the Tuft & Needle might be the bed for you.
Comparing Company Policies
- Trial Period – 100-night sleep trial
- Shipping – Free
- Mattress Warranty – 10-year warranty
Tuft & Needle Policies
- Trial Period – 100-night sleep trial
- Shipping – Free
- Mattress Warranty – 10-year warranty
Comparing Helix and Tuft & Needle Customer Service
Let’s take a moment to look at each brand’s customer service team. I’ll give them a rating of Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor based on my interaction with each team.
Helix Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Satisfactory: Helix didn’t have a customer service number I could call in order to get in touch with a live person. That being said, their FAQ and automated help center were very informative. I also used their contact form to ask about my issue and got a response within the couple of hours.
Tuft & Needle Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: Tuft & Needle has a variety of customer service options listed on their support page, including an FAQ, a contact form, and a support number that’s open seven days a week until 6 p.m. Pacific Time. I called the number during business hours and was able to talk to a live person right away who was able to resolve my issue. And it was nice knowing that even if I had reached out after hours, there was still a way to get in touch.
Comparing Other Models from Helix and Tuft & Needle
- Like the Helix Midnight, the Helix Dusk is a medium-firm hybrid mattress. The difference is that there’s a comfort layer of Helix Dynamic Foam, a latex-foam hybrid that adds extra contouring and is more durable than typical memory foam.
- This bed will likely be a great fit for back sleepers and a decent option for side sleepers whose joints aren’t too sensitive.
- Click here to read the full Helix Dusk review.
- The Helix Moonlight has two whole layers of the Helix Dynamic Foam, meaning that it’s a lot softer than both the Helix Midnight and the Helix Dusk (it scored a 5.5 on the firmness scale).
- While the softness will probably still offer the right kind of cushioning for back sleepers, it’s an even better fit for side sleepers. However, there was a lot of motion transfer, meaning that the bed probably isn’t great for anyone who sleeps with a pet or partner.
- Click here to read the full Helix Moonlight review.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid
- Structurally, the Tuft & Needle Hybrid has a lot more in common with the Helix Midnight than the original Tuft & Needle does. Constructed with both Adaptive Foam and pocketed coils, this bed is probably a great option for back sleepers and combination sleepers alike.
- It’s still probably too soft for strict stomach sleepers and might not be ideal for anyone who sleeps on their side without switching positions.
- Click here to read the full Tuft & Needle Hybrid review.
Tuft & Needle Mint
- One of Tuft & Needle’s more luxurious options, the Mint mattress has three cushy layers of foam and unique cooling properties such as graphite infusion and cooling beads.
- The Tuft & Needle Mint is a bit softer than medium-firm and will likely appeal to back sleepers, side sleepers, and combination sleepers.
- Click here to read the full Tuft & Needle Mint review.