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Coils and foam and latex, oh my!
This DreamCloud vs. Helix comparison will look at two hybrid products and help determine which types of sleepers are best suited for each. Will you prefer the DreamCloud, a company with years of industry experience and one of the first to pack luxury into a convenient box? Or the Helix, created by a company that believes no one mattress can suit every type of sleeper and has provided a handy quiz to match you to the product that should feel right for you?
Read through our comparison to find out. Then head over to our in-depth reviews to learn more about each brand:
Quick Comparison: DreamCloud vs. Helix
- Affordable luxury
- Reinforced edges
- Premium pressure relief
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- Customizable bed
- Hybrid foam and innerspring
- 100-nights trial period
Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)
This is a hybrid coil, foam, and latex bed-in-a-box product.
The 2-inch cashmere cover should feel soft and luxurious. This mattress measures 15 inches tall.
- The top layer holds .5 inches of Gel-Infused Memory Foam. Shoppers should feel cool, body-conforming pressure relief.
- The second layer is a 1.75-inch Super Soft Quilted Memory Foam. This is designed to promote advanced pressure relief and plush comfort.
- The third layer holds a .5-inch Supreme Natural Latex Response Layer. This material should provide a lot of bounce to aid in repositioning.
- The fourth layer contains “Dream Plush” Supporting Memory Foam at .25 inches thick. Sleepers who sink through the upper comfort materials should feel conforming pressure relief from this deeper, plush material.
- The fifth layer consists of a .5-inch Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam. This should help to transition between the comfort and support levels.
- The sixth layer has been made up of an 8-inch Patent-Pending “Best Rest” Coil system. These coils should pushback or compress depending on the sleeper’s weight and position for personalized relief and support. This system utilizes coils with an individually pocketed design to promote motion control.
- The final layer is a High Density Super Soft Memory Foam that is 1.5 inches thick. This material should further absorb movement to enhance motion control and should provide stability to the rest of the mattress.
Helix Standard Dusk Construction
We will look at the construction of the Helix Standard Dusk as it offers a versatile medium feel. This mattress also comes in a Luxe version that should be plusher and is aimed at side sleepers. This hybrid bed-in-a-box system combines coils, foam, and a latex alternative.
This 10-inch mattress features a Helix Two Touch Design cover that comes in two parts. The first cover is made up of a soft polyester and the bottom cover is Jersey knit fabric with a fire barrier woven in.
The Luxe version of this mattress uses a pillow top for enhanced comfort. The company also offers an exclusive Ultra-Cool cover through their website.
- The first layer contains 2 inches of Helix Dynamic Foam. This pressure relieving material is a latex alternative blended with polyurethane. The Luxe mattress is constructed with a Gel Visco layer on top of this material.
- The second layer is a 1-inch High-Grade Polyfoam. This is meant to adapt to the sleeper’s position and weight to promote customized support and pressure relief.
- The third layer consists of Wrapped Coils standing 6 inches tall. This coil system features reinforced edges and an individually pocketed design to promote enhanced edge support and motion control. The Luxe features 8-inch coils with comfort zones.
- The final layer holds a 1-inch DurDense Foam. This should provide a durable base for the upper materials and should help to absorb energy to minimize motion transfer in the coils above.
Note: The construction of each Helix mattress will vary slightly to allow for different comfort feels and support. Each bed should still contain the same basic materials.
Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)
Using our comfort scale that ranks products using a 1-10 system where 1 would be very soft and 10 would be very firm. DreamCloud’s mattress ranks at a 6, which should feel like a true medium to medium-firm depending on the sleeper. The standard Dusk holds the same spot, a 6, but the company offers a wide range of items placing anywhere from 2 to 9 on our comfort scale.
Because of the similar feels of these two beds, either should make great options for most position preferences. Back and stomach sleepers should be especially drawn to the slightly medium-firm support, which should promote neutral spinal alignment.
DreamCloud offers zoned support that should provide pushback or pressure relief as-needed, this should also aid stomach sleepers or anyone with weight concerns to maintain proper spinal alignment. Shoppers looking for a softer or firmer comfort level may consider exploring Helix’s options, including their mattress designed for higher weight considerations.
Both beds feature materials that should be quick to respond, allowing combination sleepers to move around easily on either mattress. Lying on the DreamCloud should immediately feel plush and inviting due to the cashmere cover. Helix’s dual covers are designed to be soft and breathable.
Either mattress should work well for shoppers with considerable weight concerns. Helix also offers a big-and-tall model for enhanced durability.
Comparing Sinkage and Bounce
You should not experience much sinkage from either mattress, both should be classified as a cradle rather than a hug. However, there should be a slight difference in the level of sinkage, with DreamCloud being quite minimal and Helix being just a little deeper, though this will vary from model to model. Both options should offer moderate levels of bounce, allowing the shopper to move around with ease.
Comparing Motion Transfer
DreamCloud’s coils may allow for more motion transfer than a traditional all-foam mattress, though less than you might find in a traditional innerspring. This should not be much of an issue for most shoppers and is not usually considered a dealbreaker. Those who do consider motion control to be a major concern, like couples or people who share their bed with pets, might opt for the Dusk as it should present less transfer of energy. The Luxe version, even more so.
Comparing Edge Support
Both brands feature reinforced edge support to help maximize the use of the entire surface area. Many shoppers do not consider this a key feature, but co-sleepers and sprawlers should find this to be beneficial as the usable sleep surface should be maximized, allowing them to sleep right up along the edges of the bed.
DreamCloud vs. Helix Compared Side-by-Side
|Cover||Cashmere||Polyester and Jersey knit|
|Materials||Memory foam, latex, polyfoam, and coils||Helix Dynamic Foam, High-Grade Polyfoam, Wrapped Coils, DurDense Foam|
|Cooling||Breathable cover, gel-infused foam||Pocketed coils, breathable cover|
|Sinkage||Gentle Cradle||Medium Cradle|
|Trial Period||365 nights||100 nights|
|Adjustable Base Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping||Free within the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii for an additional fee, White Glove Service is optional||Free within the United States, Canada for an additional fee|
|Made in the USA||No||Yes|
|Size||DreamCloud Price (w/o discount)||Helix Price (w/o discount)|
Should I Buy DreamCloud or Helix?
Which hybrid bed should you choose? While they may seem similar, there are a few key differences between them. We’ll show you where these items differ and who should appreciate these features the most.
We Would Recommend Buying DreamCloud if You are Looking for:
- A “floating on the bed” experience. This bed should provide minimal sinkage and a gentle cradle. Combination sleepers and those who sleep hot should enjoy the airflow and easy movability of this bed.
- A thicker mattress. DreamCloud’s mattress is a very thick 15 inches. This should provide a tall sleep surface that is sure to make your bed a focal point of your bedroom.
- Luxury at an affordable price. The company believes everyone should be able to afford a high quality sleep experience. They have used durable and comfortable materials, combined with a plush cashmere cover, to achieve this.
We Would Recommend Buying Helix if You are Looking for:
- Multiple comfort options. The Helix provides many different mattress options ranging from soft to firm. The Dusk reviewed in this comparison also comes in a Luxe version that is taller and plusher. An optional temperature-controlling cover is also available.
- Enhanced motion control. Both beds contain foam and latex, but the latex alternative material in this mattress is blended with foam to further absorb movement. This should be ideal for people who share their mattress with pets, partners, or children.
- A guided shopping experience. The company provides a detailed sleep quiz that will help you figure out which of their products will work best for your individual needs and preferences.
Both brands offer a Medium to Medium-Firm feel with enhanced edge support and plenty of bounce. The DreamCloud offers less sinkage and a plush cashmere cover. The Standard Dusk features enhanced motion control and a thicker, plusher version.
For a deeper dive into each bed, check out our in-depth reviews for each brand.
Author: Jill Thompson
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