Helix and Leesa are two of the most popular online bedding brands in the game, and for good reason! Not only do they both apply thoughtful designs to their products, but they also happen to sell a lot of different ones, from mattresses to bedding, pillows, and more. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end. So, how do you figure out which brand is right for you? Well, I’m so glad you asked.
In this comparison, I’m going to size up the Standard Helix mattress against the Original all-foam Leesa. We’ll compare constructions, talk about their distinct feels, and chat about which sleepers might like them most.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into my full Helix vs. Leesa comparison!
Before we get into all the factors that set these mattresses apart, let’s kick things off with a few similarities. Again, I’m comparing the Standard Helix mattress against the Original all-foam Leesa, though we will be getting into the brands’ different models a little later on in this comparison.
A small note: Though I’ll be talking about the Standard Helix line as if it were a single mattress, the collection actually features six different models, all of which are categorized as either Soft, Medium, or Firm. There are two mattresses at each firmness level, one built with a latex alternative and the other with memory foam. While all the beds are technically different, they’re actually pretty similar, which is while I’ll just be referring to them as the “Standard Helix.”
- Balanced Approach – Personally, I think both mattresses strike a nice balance between pressure relief and support. And while it’s true that they get at this balance in different ways, this approach should please a wide range of sleepers.
- Mobility – I also found that both mattresses are fairly mobile. What I mean by this is that I didn’t have any trouble moving around and changing positions as I snoozed. This could be especially important for combo sleepers or folks who like to get up and out of bed in the morning.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now that we’ve got the similarities out of the way, let’s dig into the major design differences between these two mattresses. Below, I’ll give you an overview of their unique constructions, but would also encourage you to check out my full mattress reviews of the Standard Helix Line and Original Leesa.
Cover – All Helix mattresses initially come with the same cover, which is made of 100% polyester. It’s stretchy and thin, allowing for some nice breathability. However, if you want something slightly more advanced, you can opt to swap out this cover for the brand’s UltraCool one, made of a temperature-regulating Phase Change Material.
Comfort – The comfort layers of the Standard Helix mattresses are either built with memory foam or the brand’s Dynamic Foam, which is a firm, latex-like alternative. Both materials lend a different feel to this layer, with the former providing a deep sink for pressure relief at the shoulders and the latter producing a lively bounce for optimized mobility. Side sleepers will likely want to go with a Helix mattress built with memory foam while combo or back sleepers may want to opt for the Dynamic Foam comfort layer.
Transition – No matter the type of Helix you choose, you’ll find a transitional section of poly foam tucked in beneath the comfort layer. This section functions mostly to ease the sleeper from the gentle top layer into the firm pocketed coil system below.
Support – The bulk of the Helix mattress is comprised of 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. It also ensures that no matter the Helix you pick, you’ll experience plenty of bounce.
Base – Helix caps things off with a thin layer of high-density poly foam, which gives the pocketed coils something upon which to react.
Cover – The cover is made of a thick polyester blend. The material’s soft to the touch and has a cozy feel to it.
Comfort – The comfort layer is composed entirely of the brand’s own LSA 200 foam. This material is just as bouncy and responsive as latex, but has more of a poly foam feel to it. Its placement at the very top of the mattress means that it should keep you lifted more on top of the structure than in it. A nice bonus is that the material is also quite breathable and cool.
Transition – Up next, you’ll find 2” of memory foam. This material has a much slower response to pressure than the LSA 200, allowing for some body-contouring and sinkage. By placing it underneath the latex-like foam, Leesa has safeguarded against two of memory foam’s most notorious attributes: the “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling it often produces and its tendency to trap and absorb body heat.
Base – The construction wraps up with a thick layer of high-density poly foam for stability and shape.
Helix vs. Leesa
After peeking underneath their respective covers, it’s clear these two beds are pretty different! So, let’s chat about some of my biggest takeaways.
First and foremost, the inclusion of pocketed coils in the Helix mattresses gives them a buoyant edge over the Original Leesa. The springs help to lift the sleeper up and out of the mattress, imbuing the structure with plenty of bounce and support. That’s not to say that the Leesa is going to swallow up its sleepers, but if you’re looking for a lot of lift, the Helix is probably going to work better for you. In general, combo sleepers could find a lot to love in this extra mobility.
On the flip side of things, if you’re in need of the kind of deep pressure relief you can only get from an all-foam bed, the Leesa is here for you! A satisfying blend of latex-like foam and memory foam creates a fantastically balanced feel of lift and give, which should work wonders for shoulder and lower back pain. I’d say the Leesa will probably work best for those who switch between their back and side in the night.
To keep the conversation going, let’s move away from the materials themselves and get into the feels these materials produce!
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
In this section, I’m going to do my best to describe each bed’s unique feel, focusing on factors like firmness, pressure relief, bounce, sinkage, and more.
But, before I get into all that, I just want to acknowledge that feel factors like these are highly subjective and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. Therefore, my response to these mattresses could differ from your own. For reference, I’m about 5’10”, 190 lbs. and sleep primarily on my stomach.
As I mentioned up top, the Standard Helix line is made up of six different mattresses, which run the gamut from ultra-soft to solidly firm. In my opinion, the range is about 5/10 for the softest model (the side-sleeping Sunset) all the way to 7/10 for the firmest (the sturdy Dawn). When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems Helix has a little something for everyone.
What’s interesting about the line to me is that, in spite of the firmness differences between the mattresses, all their designs are as pressure-relieving as they are supportive. That means that even the softest bed here is still going to lift and support the spine (and yes, the firmest will provide a touch of cushiony hug to the shoulders and hips). It’s a thoughtful approach to mattress-making that I think could work for a wide range of sleepers, particularly those who struggle with figuring out exactly what they want from a mattress.
As far as the Leesa mattress is concerned, it gets a 6.5/10 for me. Again, this places it right in line with the industry standard for medium firmness, which means it hits the sweet spot between lift and give.
Specifically, I think this feel could work wonders for those who switch between their back and side in the night. There’s enough pressure relief here to alleviate tension at the shoulders and hips while providing steady support at the lumbar region. However, strict side sleepers may find that the mattress is a touch too firm for their needs. Similarly, strict stomach sleepers likely won’t get the support they need at the lower back to prevent bowing of the spine. But, in general, the Leesa rocks a very solid one-bed-fits-all kind of vibe.
Since both Helix and Leesa sell a few different mattresses, I thought it might be useful to chat about them here. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but will provide some context with which to compare all the available options.
- The Helix Luxe line basically takes the six Standard mattresses and amps them up with extra layers of foam for added pressure relief and support.
- Though most sleepers will enjoy this elevated, luxurious feel, I especially like it for couples, as the extra foam helps to isolate motion across the structure.
- I’d also add that the Luxe mattresses sleep slightly cooler than their Standard counterparts, which could be a big plus for those who overheat at night.
- Unsurprisingly, the Luxe mattresses are more expensive than the Standard ones. A Queen-sized Luxe Sunset, for example, costs $1,595 compared to the $895 price tag of a Standard Sunset Queen.
- For more information, check out my full review of the Helix Luxe mattresses.
Other Leesa Models
- The Leesa Hybrid employs a mix of foam and coils, which makes for a bouncy, supportive, and medium-firm structure. It’s got great motion isolation and edge support, so could be a nice pick for couples.
- The Leesa Legend is another hybrid mattress, but one that’s slightly softer than the Hybrid outlined above. In general, I like this bed for its plush feel, which could work well for strict side sleepers.
- The Leesa Studio is the brand’s most budget-friendly bed, but its lower price tag doesn’t lead to lower comfort. Here, you’ll find plush memory foam for body-contouring and pressure relief.
Helix vs. Leesa
Congratulations! You have officially reached the end of this comparison. While it’s not up to me to decide which mattress you go with, I will leave you with a few final thoughts to help you make the decision on your own.
I think one of the most distinguishing differences between these two beds comes down to bounce. While both the Helix and Leesa work to position the sleeper more “on top” of the bed than “in” it, the Standard Helix mattress offers more bounce and lift, thanks to its sturdy system of pocketed coils. So, if you’re a combo sleeper or simply someone who enjoys a little extra oomph, I’d recommend checking out Helix.
On the other hand, if you prefer more of a balanced feel, I think the Leesa mattress could be an excellent fit. Here, you’ll find a super satisfying blend of latex-like foam and memory foam. This combination provides plenty of lift and give, which works to relieve pressure across the body while lifting the spine into a healthy, neutral line. As I’ve mentioned throughout this comparison, this vibe could work particularly well for those who move between their back and side in the night.
And when it comes to cost, you can check out the full price difference between these two beds below:
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to wrap things up with some of my favorite aspects of each mattress.
- What I like most about the Helix mattresses is how bouncy they are! No matter the model you land on, you’re bound to experience some pleasant lift.
- Speaking of models, perhaps the biggest selling point of Helix as a brand is just how many different types of mattresses it sells. This ensures that sleepers of all styles can find a bed that’s right for them.
- The Leesa is a great fit for folks after a balanced vibe of pressure relief and support. Even if you’re not sure what kind of sleeper you are, the Leesa will likely provide you with plenty of comfort.
- I’d also say that the Leesa is a slightly more affordable option than the Helix. So, if you’re shopping on a tight budget, this could be a great bed for you to consider.
Well, that’s it for this Helix vs. Leesa comparison! Still have questions? Feel free to leave a comment on the video above or shoot me a DM on Twitter or Facebook. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Sleepopolis YouTube channel for more fantastic sleep-related content.