The Helix Twilight is a firm hybrid mattress built with both layers of plush memory foam and springy pocketed coils. It’s one of six affordable bed-in-a-box mattresses in the standard Helix line and also comes in a luxe version with an added pillow top and zoned support. The Helix Twilight is quite popular… but is it the one for you?
To help you decide, take a peek at my full review of the Helix Twilight mattress below. I’m going to describe how this bed feels as well as test it for pressure relief, motion transfer, edge support, and more. Plus, I’ll round things out with a few expert recommendations you can use on your search.
Read on to learn all about what’s inside this mattress and who might benefit from its unique build the most! Or, check out my handy review summary.
Is the Helix Twilight a Good Mattress for You?
The Helix Twilight and Twilight Luxe are medium-firm mattresses that offer a more “on top of” than “in” the bed feel. They’re both hybrid beds, but the Luxe has a pillow top, which adds a bit of plushness.
Depending on your body weight, preferred sleeping position, and whether or not you sleep with a partner or pet, the Helix Twilight may or may not work for you. Take a look at some of my recommendations below. I’d also encourage you to visit Helix Sleep and take their sleep quiz, which tells you which of their mattresses is best for your needs.
Who I recommend the Helix Twilight mattress for
- The standard Twilight is probably a good pick for people who like a firm feel. I rated it about a 7 out of 10 for firmness, which means it’s definitely a firm, supportive mattress, but its memory foam layer means it’s not uncomfortably hard.
- I also really like the standard Helix Twilight mattress for strict stomach sleepers! It offers the level of support that most stomach sleepers need, thanks to its firm memory foam layer and the pocketed coils.
- The Twilight Luxe is a nice choice for back sleepers. Its pillow top layer will offer them some nice pressure relief, and its zoned support coils help promote a healthy, straight spinal alignment.
- The Helix Twilight is a budget-friendly yet high-quality mattress. The Luxe is quite a bit more expensive, but I think both mattresses are worth the money.
- Of all the standard Helix models, I’d say the Twilight is one of the best options for heavier sleepers, since it feels quite supportive. Helix also offers a mattress that’s specifically designed for larger body types, the Helix Plus mattress.
Who I don’t recommend the Helix Twilight mattress for
- I generally wouldn’t recommend the standard model for strict side sleepers—I think it puts too much pressure on the shoulders and other sensitive joints. Instead, side sleepers should opt for the plusher Twilight Luxe or look for a mattress that offers more pressure relief.
- Anyone after a super plush feel or deep sinkage won’t find what they need in the Helix Twilight or Helix Twilight Luxe. I’d steer these sleepers to the softer Helix Moonlight or Helix Sunset, or one of our best memory foam mattresses.
How Firm is the Helix Twilight Mattress?
One major question to consider when you’re picking out a mattress: How does it feel? Before we jump into that, just bear in mind that my idea of what’s firm or soft might not line up with yours.
These things depend on various factors, including your body weight and preferred sleeping position! For reference, I sleep on my stomach, and I’m about 5’10” tall and weigh around 190 lbs.
Based on my own experience testing out the bed, I gave the Helix Twilight a 7 out of 10 firmness rating, making it a firm mattress. I gave the Helix Twilight Luxe a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, making it a truly medium-firm mattress. The Luxe felt quite a bit softer than the standard model thanks to its plush pillow top layer which is made with squishy gel visco.
On the other hand, the standard Helix Twilight uses a firm feeling memory foam top layer, which definitely created an overall firmer vibe. I’d point folks looking for a firm mattress to the Helix Twilight and folks looking for a bit more pressure relief to the Twilight Luxe.
Helix Twilight Mattress Performance
Firmness level is just one consideration among many! When purchasing a mattress, you also want to know how it performs in some other ways. If your partner gets out of bed at night, will the whole model shake and wake you up? Does the mattress work for heavier body weights? Will you feel comfortable on this bed if you deal with pain? Find out below!
Testing the Helix Twilight Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
How a mattress feels to you also depends on your body weight and preferred sleeping position. I’ve broken down how the Twilight mattresses could work for different sleepers below.
Is the Helix Twilight a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Lighter back sleepers should feel very comfortable on either Twilight model! They’ll be able to keep their spines neutrally aligned on both of these beds.
- Light Side Sleepers – Since lighter sleepers won’t sink as far into the Twilight Luxe’s pillow top, it will feel a little softer to them. So, I think light side sleepers could feel quite comfortable on the Twilight Luxe. On the other hand, the standard model will be a bit too firm.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – The standard Helix Twilight should offer plenty of support for these sleepers, and help them keep their hips lifted up in line with their spines.
Is the Helix Twilight a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – These folks should like either model of the Helix Twilight. They’ll offer them a nice balance of pressure relief and support.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – Both Twilight models could feel a bit too firm to these sleepers. I’d recommend they opt for a softer Helix mattress, like the Moonlight.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – The standard Helix Twilight is a nice choice for stomach sleepers. It should help them keep their spines in a nice straight line, which is important for avoiding back pain.
Is the Helix Twilight a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – These sleepers need added support to prevent them from sinking too far into the mattress, and I would say both the standard Helix Twilight and Twilight Luxe provide that.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – The Twilight Luxe could be a nice option for these sleepers, since it provides nice durable support but doesn’t feel overly firm.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – I’d recommend these sleepers, who need a lot of support at the hips, opt for a mattress specifically designed for larger individuals, like one of our best mattresses for heavy people.
Helix Twilight Mattress Pain Relief Performance
A great way to measure how well a bed can relieve pain is with pressure relief. Beds that relieve pressure help redistribute your weight across their surface, meaning you don’t put too much pressure on one specific body part.
To test pressure relief, I use a pressure map. When I lie on the map in various sleeping positions, it will measure pressure in a color-coded map, ranging from blue for areas of low pressure to red for areas of high pressure. Here’s how the standard Helix Twilight fared in that test:
Back Pain — Based on these mostly blue results (and its firm, supportive feel) the Twilight is a great option for folks with back pain! I’d recommend opting for the Luxe model, which uses zoned support to provide extra lower back support.
Shoulder Pain — I don’t think either of these beds are good fits for sleepers with shoulder pain, despite the mostly blue pressure map results here. I think these sleepers need deeper sinkage to really address stiffness and soreness at the shoulders. One of our best mattresses for shoulder pain might be a better fit.
Hip Pain — The green on the pressure map here indicates that this bed is not soft enough for sleepers who struggle with hip pain. I’d recommend they try out the Helix Sunset, which is more pressure-relieving.
Helix Twilight Mattress Performance for Couples
The best mattress for couples normally features things like cooling properties and good motion isolation. I ran the Twilight through a few tests to see how it might perform for folks who share a bed. Read on below to learn more.
Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. So, basically, this test should tell you whether or not you’ll be bothered by your partner (or pet!) tossing and turning in the night. To test motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball onto the bed from three different heights, and used a seismometer to measure the disturbance this causes on the other side of the bed.
The standard Helix Twilight’s results are displayed above. I was really impressed by how the Helix Twilight performed in this test, as the disturbances from the steel ball were pretty minimal. I suspect that the memory foam layer does a really good job of absorbing motion rather than transferring it. The Twilight Luxe didn’t perform as well on this test, so I’d recommend couples concerned about motion transfer consider the standard Twilight.
Mattresses that are great for sex are typically quite bouncy, which unfortunately, tends to lend itself to high motion transfer. Couples want a mattress that combines the responsiveness they need for sex, with the low motion transfer they want for a sound night’s sleep. I’d say the Helix Twilight and Twilight Luxe both do a pretty good job of toeing this fine line!
Couples tend to like cooling mattresses because they overheat more quickly than solo sleepers do. Both of the Twilight models sleep cool, which is great news for couples and hot sleepers. The Twilight Luxe is a bit more cooling than the standard model thanks to a special cooling cover.
The Helix Twilight and Twilight Luxe both have great edge support, which means you can maximize the whole surface area of these beds (which is great news for couples). You’ll feel just as supported on the edges of these beds as you do on the sides.
What is the Helix Twilight Mattress Made Of?
So, what’s inside this mattress anyway? The Helix Twilight is a hybrid mattress, which means it contains both foam layers and coils — not just one or the other. The Twilight and the Twilight Luxe are made with different materials, and I’ll outline them both below.
Cover – The cover is made of a light, stretchy material that Helix says promotes airflow during the night. That might help keep you cool, which is great for sleepers who typically run hot. Plus, the material is very soft to the touch.
Comfort Layer – Next up comes a layer of Helix Memory Plus foam. Memory foam generally contours to your body and makes you feel like you are “sinking” into the bed. But this particular memory foam has a unique, firm feeling — you probably won’t “sink” into it, which can happen with even the best memory foam mattresses. The high-density foam will still provide a contouring feeling while supporting your body weight without the sinking.
Transition Layer – Below the comfort layer, there’s a transition layer of high-grade poly foam. This provides ergonomic support and adds cushioning below the firm memory foam layer to prevent the model from feeling too hard. It also ensures there’s material between the memory foam layer and the individually pocketed coils.
Support Layer– This layer consists of individually wrapped pocketed coils. These coils are what provide bounce to the mattress, and they are also good for edge support to prevent you from rolling off the bed at night. The layer of coils beneath the memory foam helps to support and cradle your body.
Base Layer – At the very bottom of the bed is a base layer of DuraDense foam, which supports the other materials on top! This provides stability and shape to the overall structure of the mattress.
Helix Twilight Luxe
Cover – The Twilight Luxe’s cover is made from Tencel, a natural Eucalyptus fiber. It has a soft feel and is more breathable than the standard Helix cover.
Pillow Top – Next up is the Luxe’s pillow top layer that’s found in all the Helix Luxe mattresses. It’s quilted with gel foam for some initial pressure relief.
Comfort Layer – This layer is made from gel visco, which has a soft and squishy feel and offers some nice cushioning.
Second Comfort Layer – Next up is a layer of Memory Plus foam, which is also found in the standard Helix Twilight. This layer adds more contouring and pressure relief.
Transition Layer – This layer is made from the same high-grade polyfoam found in the standard Helix Twilight.
Support Layer – Here you’ll find more than 1,000 pocketed coils that are zoned for added support at the lumbar region and more pressure relief at the shoulders and feet.
Base Layer – This layer is made from the same DuraDense foam found in the standard Twilight.
Helix Twilight Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Twilight and Twilight Luxe both arrive in a box. The Twilight Luxe is pretty heavy, so I’d recommend having a friend nearby to help you unbox it. After unboxing, both mattresses will need a few hours to decompress and 24-48 hours to off-gas. I do want to note that these beds do release a fairly strong scent during off-gassing, so be sure to leave them in a well-ventilated room for a few hours after opening them. The odor is nothing to be concerned about, and should completely dissipate within a few days.
The Helix Twilight combines memory foam and firm coils for an interesting combination of comfort and strong support. The Twilight is a great choice for stomach sleepers as well as back sleepers that like a firmer feel. On the other hand, the Twilight Luxe is a better option for side sleepers. But which is the best mattress for you? I hope these final thoughts will help you decide.
My favorite things about the Helix Twilight mattresses
I really like how supportive both the Twilight and Twilight Luxe are. Both these mattresses use strong innerspring coils and have great edge support, which helps add to their durability. I also really like both beds for couples, since they manage to have motion isolation and a good degree of responsiveness.
My Helix Twilight mattress complaints
Overall, neither the Twilight nor the Twilight Luxe is my go-to pick for strict side sleepers. I’d recommend these sleepers go with a softer mattress in the Helix Line, like the Midnight or Sunset. I also find that Helix mattresses have a stronger off-gassing scent than other beds I’ve tested. This isn’t something that should make or break your purchase, but I would recommend letting the mattress air out for at least 24 hours before using it.
How Much Does The Helix Twilight Cost?
Before purchasing a new mattress, it’s always a good idea to look at the price. Take a look at our pricing chart below, and be sure to visit our Helix coupon page for the latest discounts.
Prices listed are before discount or offer for each size.
Size Helix Helix Luxe Twin $699 $1,099 Twin XL $799 $1,349 Full $949 $1,649 Queen $1,099 $1,949 King $1,449 $2,349 California King $1,449 $2,349
Helix Twilight Policies and FAQs
How does the Helix Twilight ship?
The Helix Twilight is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will ship compressed in a box to your door. It ships for free.
Does the Helix Twilight have a trial period?
Yes, the Helix Twilight comes with a 100-night sleep trial.
Does the Helix Twilight have a mattress warranty?
Yes, Helix offers a 10-year warranty on the standard Twilight and a 15-year warranty on the Twilight Luxe.
Is the Helix Twilight mattress made in the USA?
Yes, all Helix mattresses are designed and made in the United States.
Do I need a box spring for the Helix Twilight?
Nope, you can use a box spring if you want, but any bed frame or firm, level, flat surface should do.
What if I don’t like the Helix Twilight?
If you’re unsatisfied with your purchase, you can return the Helix Twilight for a full refund after a 30-day break-in period and before the end of the 100-night trial.
Helix Twilight Vs
Before you go, I’d like to share how the Helix stacks up to some of its competitors from other popular online mattress brands. Below I’ll see how the standard Helix Twilight compares to the Casper and Purple mattresses.
Helix Twilight vs Casper
- The Helix Twilight is a hybrid mattress, while the Casper comes in an all-foam version and a pricier hybrid version.
- The Casper is a bit firmer than the Helix Twilight Luxe and a bit softer than the standard Helix Twilight.
- The Casper is about the same price as the standard Twilight and cheaper than the Twilight Luxe.
- Learn more in my full Casper mattress review.
Helix Twilight vs Purple
- The Purple mattress is an all-foam bed that uses a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer grid in its comfort layer, while the Helix Twilight has a foam comfort layer.
- The Purple is a bit softer than the standard Helix and a bit firmer than the Twilight Luxe.
- The Purple is a bit more expensive than the standard Helix and cheaper than the Twilight Luxe.
- Check out my full Purple mattress review for more information.
Other Models from Helix
I also want to share how the Twilight compares to the other models in Helix’s line. The Twilight is one of the firmest Helix mattresses, and the brand offers quite a few softer models. I’ll be comparing the standard Twilight to other standard helix mattresses, but I’d also recommend checking out my full Helix mattress review. To learn more about the Helix Luxe line, I’d click on my Helix Luxe mattress review.
Helix Twilight vs Helix Midnight
- The Helix Midnight mattress is softer than the Helix Twilight and is a better choice for side sleepers or anyone looking for more sinkage.
- The Helix Midnight has a very similar feel to the Twilight — they’re made from the same materials.
- The Midnight is the same price as the Twilight.
- Check out my full Helix Midnight mattress review.
Helix Twilight vs Helix Dusk
- The Helix Dusk mattress has a Dynamic Foam in its comfort layer where the Twilight uses Memory Plus foam.
- The Dusk feels more springy and responsive than the Twilight.
- The Dusk costs the same as the Twilight.
- Learn more in my full Helix Dusk mattress review.
Take a look at how the Helix Twilight scored on our Sleepopolis star rating chart below.
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