For this review, we’ll be diving into the Helix Luxe line of mattresses. The collection boasts six distinct models, all of which are billed as “luxurious” counterparts to the brand’s original beds. So, the Helix Twilight Luxe (which we’ll be focusing on here) is the souped-up version of the Original Helix Twilight, for example.
Though the Luxe beds range in feel from super soft to ultra-firm, they all feature high-quality materials and dynamic designs, providing a satisfying one-two punch of pressure relief and support. But are they right for you? Well, you’ll just have to read this review to find out!
So, without further ado, let’s get into the Helix Luxe review! Short on time? Feel free to skip to my review summary.
Helix Sleep burst onto the bedding scene in 2014 and quickly gained recognition for its diverse array of products. These days, the brand sells its two mattress lines (the Helix and Helix Luxe), an organic mattress (the Birch), pillows, sheets, mattress toppers, bed frames, and more!
We won’t be getting into all these different products today (remember, we’re really just looking at the Helix Twilight Luxe), but we will take some time later on to size up the Luxe against its original Helix predecessor as well as one of its biggest competitors in the mattress game: the New Purple 3.
But before we do any of that, we’ve gotta pull back the cover and see what’s going on in the Helix Twilight Luxe!
What is the Helix Twilight Luxe Made of?
The Helix Twilight Luxe is built with a whopping five layers of gel memory foam, poly foam, and pocketed coils. One of the important distinctions between the Twilight Luxe and the Original Twilight is that the coil section here has been zoned for support, which brings some special targeted relief to the shoulders and hips.
Curious to see how this all comes together? Then let’s dive into these layers!
Cover – The cover of the Twilight Luxe is crafted with a jersey material that’s breathable and soft to the touch.
Comfort – After peeling back the cover, you’ll find a section of gel memory foam, a layer not included in the Original Twilight mattress. 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 has a slight reputation for overheating in the night, a cooling gel infusion helps to mitigate the worst of those tendencies.
Contour – Below the top layer of gel memory foam, you’ll encounter another section of memory foam. This layer helps to extend the body-contouring of the first layer even 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. Much firmer than the gentle foams above it, this material is meant to curb the deep sinkage of those top layers and gradually ease the sleeper into the sturdy coils below.
Support – The bulk of the mattress is made up of this tall pocketed coil system. Bouncy, supportive, and firm, this section helps to bolster the sleeper by lifting them up and out of the structure. As I mentioned above, this system is also zoned for support, with softer coils at the shoulders (for a little pleasant sink) and firmer ones at the hips (to position them in alignment with the shoulders. 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 distinguishing 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 pretty luxurious design. Not only do you get two layers of plush memory foam up top, but you also get a tall pocketed coil system that’s been zoned for targeted support at the shoulders and hips. From what I can tell, this could be a real winner for back/side combo sleepers or any folks after deep pressure relief.
How does the Helix Twilight Luxe Feel?
Now that we’ve gone over the Twilight Luxe’s construction specs, let’s get into how it feels, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is subjective and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, weight, and shape. Therefore, it’s important for me to incorporate different perspectives into this section, which is why I invited a few coworkers to try out the Twilight Luxe with me. The score below, then, is the average of all our personal firmness ratings.
We were all pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Helix Twilight Luxe, giving it 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 achieved a nice 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 and position the sleeper on top of 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 feel that’s consistent from top to bottom. I think the pillow top structure, and nice blend of support and comfort that could make it a good mattress for seniors.
Testing the Helix Twilight Luxe Mattress
To further explore the feel of this mattress, I’m going to put it through a few tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer. That way, you can see for yourself how the bed is likely to respond to everyday use.
When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to a bed’s capacity for alleviating tension at sensitive spots like the shoulders and hips. To test how well (or not well) a mattress is able to do this, I like to use a good old-fashioned pressure map!
Basically, I roll out the device, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest! As I move around, my body presses into the map, which records my force and translates it into an easy-to-read graphic. Areas of blue indicate low pressure and areas of red indicate high pressure!
Back – Lying on my back, my weight was evenly distributed across the surface. I could feel the memory foam top layers filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief, but I never felt stuck in the bed. That being said, it was easy to move around and change positions.
Side – Turning onto my side, I continued to feel some pretty excellent relief! My shoulders and hips sank comfortably into the memory foam top layers and even got a little extra loving from the zoned support in the pocketed coil system. For that reason, I think side sleepers or back/side combo sleepers could find a lot to love in the Helix Twilight Luxe!
Stomach – Unfortunately, this comfort didn’t transfer to my stomach. Though I wouldn’t say this position was painful, I did find that the longer I stretched out in my stomach, the further my hips sank into the structure. This caused a bit of bowing at my lower back, which made things a little tense. In general, strict stomach sleepers will want to go for a firmer structure, such as the brand’s Dawn Luxe model.
Now let’s take a look at motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. An important test for all, but especially so for couples as it’ll simulate how disturbed you’re likely to be by your bed mate’s tossing and turning in the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
These are pretty great motion transfer results! The star here is the memory foam, which actively works to absorb and dampen movement across the structure. Given these results, I’d recommend the Helix Twilight Luxe for couples, especially those composed of a restless sleeper (or two!).
Helix Luxe vs.
After going over the Helix Twilight Luxe with a fine-tooth comb, let’s step back and see how it compares to both the Original Helix line and the New Purple 3.
- All of the original Helix mattresses feature a 10” profile, which is a tad shorter than 12” profile of the Luxe beds.
- As I mentioned up top, all six Luxe mattresses correspond to one of the Original Helix mattresses, taking the initial design and amping it up with slightly more premium materials.
- In general, the Original Helix mattresses are bouncy and packed with some great cooling properties.
- Pricewise, they’re more of a value buy than the Luxe beds, typically ranging in price from $600-1,245.
- For more on this line, check out my full Helix mattress review.
New Purple 3
- The New Purple line is similar to the Helix Luxe line in that both seek to elevate the great things working in their brands’ original mattresses with newer, premium materials.
- In the New Purple, we see this with the use of pocketed coils and advanced foams, which intensifies the bounce and comfort of the Original Purple.
- I’d say the Purple 3 has a solid medium firm feel, with a ton of mobility and pressure relief. Therefore, it could make a great pick for combo sleepers who need to feel supported across multiple positions.
- When it comes to cost, the New Purple 3 is more expensive than the Helix Twilight Luxe (starting price of $1,899 compared to $995).
- Read more about the New Purple mattresses at my full review.
Well folks, we’ve arrived at the end of this review! We’ve gone over the Helix brand history, chatted about the Twilight Luxe’s construction, delved into its feel, and even compared it to some of its biggest competition in the space. So now, the only thing left to figure out is whether or not it’s the mattress for you!
Unfortunately, I can’t make that decision for you, but I can leave you with a few final thoughts to help you get there on your own.
- First and foremost, I think this bed could be a great fit for side/combo sleepers. Not only do the plush top layers of memory foam provide plenty of pressure relief to the shoulders and hips, but the pocketed coils help to establish some excellent mobility across the surface which is nice if you’re suffering from lower back pain and makes it one of the best mattresses for sciatica.
- It also has sturdy edge support and did well on my motion transfer test, so I’d definitely recommend this mattress for couples.
- Finally, the Twilight Luxe sleeps cool, thanks to its gel infused memory foam and breathable coil system, so could work wonders for hot sleepers.
- Strict stomach sleepers may find the structure a smidge too soft for their needs, so I’d recommend going for something firmer like the brand’s Dawn Luxe mattress.
- Even though you’re likely to get some nice lift from the coil system, the bed itself isn’t super bouncy, which could be a dealbreaker for folks who want a lively mattress.
Basic Purchasing Information
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Shipping – Free and Compressed
- Warranty – 15 Years
How Much Does the Helix Luxe Cost?
|Twin||39” x 75” x 14”||$1,095|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 14”||$1,249|
|Full||54” x 75” x 14”||$1,649|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 14”||$1,949|
|King||76” x 80” x 14”||$2,349|
|California King||72” x 84” x 14”||$2,349|
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What is the Helix Luxe mattress made of?
The Helix Luxe is made up of a total of five layers. The first layer in the mattress provides comfort with a section of gel memory foam and after this you will find another section of memory foam. The third layer in this mattress is a transitional layer of high-density poly foam, while the fourth comes in as a support layer of tall pocketed coil system. And last, the final layer is made up of high-density poly foam.
What is the cover of the Helix Luxe mattress made of?
The cover of the Helix Luxe mattress is made of a jersey material similar to that of a soft t-shirt. It is breathable and soft.
Does the Helix Luxe mattress offer a sleep trial?
Yes, with the Helix Luxe mattress consumers can enjoy 100-nights on the mattress and they also get free shipping and a 15-year warranty.
Helix Luxe Mattress
- Edge Support