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Our Helix and Layla bed comparison looks at the differences between the dual-sided memory bed and the brand that has a customized fit for sleepers everywhere.
Layla started off the year by rebranding their mattress with a black and white hexagon cover, while Helix remains adamantly trusting their sleep quiz to help customers find their best night’s rest.
This comparison looks at the differences between these two beds and leaves it up to you to decide who comes out victorious. When finished with this versus article, be sure to read our in-depth reviews for more details.
Quick Comparison: Layla vs. Helix
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- Double-sided firmness
- Copper-infused memory foam
- 120-nights trial period
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- Customizable bed
- Hybrid foam and innerspring
- 100-nights trial period
Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)
Layla’s pliable memory foams are ideal for compressing inside of a box so it can be sent directly to your home. Once in your bedroom, the polyester, Lycra, and viscose sleep cover unzips for convenient washing. Stitched into this covering is ThermoGel®, a cooling tech that is stimulated when presented to moisture.
This is a 10-inch mattress and the following construction is the layering for the Soft firmness. Simply reverse the order for the Firm.
- The top layer leaves sleepers resting on 3-inch memory material that has been copper infused to enhance both contouring and cooling properties. Copper, through its antimicrobial and temperature regulatory properties, helps preserve a cool and germ-free sleeping experience.
- Layer number two is a 2-inch convoluted support foam. This material is shaped like an egg crate to help promote airflow while fostering supplemental pressure relief.
- The third layer introduces 4.5 inches of base support foam to form the foundation and support center for Layla.
- The base is actually not a base but 1-inch of the copper-infused material that is also in the top layer. Again, this is the Firm side and should administer both support and comfort, as well as cooling.
Helix mattresses are foam and coil hybrids that can be ordered online. They compress into boxes for easy shipping to the customers home. The company supplies 9 different beds on their website, each targeted at specific types of sleepers.
These same beds are offered in luxe editions, but they also offer two double-sided options and a big and tall version. This review looks at one of their more popular models, the Dusk.
Two covers furnish the standard editions. The top is breathable polyester that is machine washable, while the bottom is an even more breathable jersey knit fabric. For those going for a Luxe model, they care pillow topped and are covered in the brand’s phase-change tech for extra cooling.
The standard models stand at 10 inches tall while the Luxe editions tower a bit higher at 14”.
- The top layer is comprised of a 2-inch Helix Dynamic Foam. This latex alternative is polyurethane-blended and was designed to gently cradler to the body while providing pressure relief. If ordering the Luxe, a layer of Gel Visco tops this material off.
- The next layer uses a 1-inch High-Grade Polyfoam. This material was designed to further this mattresses’ pressure relieving capabilities.
- The third layer is made up of a matrix of 6-inch Wrapped Coils. These springs have been pocketed to react individually to the sleeper's movements. This layer features several comfort zones for additional support when purchasing a Luxe model.
- The final layer is finished with 1-inch DurDense Foam. This layer serves to protect both your mattress and the bed frame.
Note: Construction will vary between models but the construction and materials should be similar.
Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)
Mattress firmness is rated on our 1 to 10 scale, where a 1 is soft as air and a 10 is like a rock. Layla mattress receives two scores. A 4 on the soft side and a 7 on the Firm, while the Helix brand varies between beds, anywhere from a 2 to 9.
Layla bumps up the support with copper infused memory foam. This tech enables the foams to firm up under pressure, giving sleepers added support with minimal sacrifice to the pressure relief of memory foam. This should help keep sleepers body’s aligned while they sleep, but certain sleepers may prefer different sides of this bed.
Side and back sleepers should do well on the Soft side as it offers a bit more pressure relief. Side sleepers especially might enjoy how the foams cradle them up and contour to their curves.
The Firm side of the bed may be a better option for stomach sleepers as well as back sleepers who like having a little more support. Combination sleepers may notice that this bed is less responsive, but the brand strives make up for this with a smartly designed construction that serves most sleeper types.
Helix offers several features that sleepers could find appealing. The coils provide good support and for those looking for even better spinal alignment, the Luxe editions have a zoned coil system that can help set sleepers straight. Thanks to these same coils, each of these beds should be fairly responsive, making it easier for combo sleepers to move around in.
The Helix line, in general, has beds targeted at specific body types and sleeping positions. You can take the quiz and you are likely to be matched with a bed that fits your needs, regardless of your sleeping preferences and positions.
Comparing Sinkage and Bounce
Sinkage is going to vary depending on which model of Helix you order. These beds can offer anywhere from a deep hug all the way up to a gentle cradling sensation. Just to give you an idea, the Dusk, the model used in the construction section, fosters a gentle cradle.
Each of Helix models uses a pocket coils support system, so sleepers can expect some bounce out of these models. Keep in mind that this will likely vary slightly depending on which model you order and what types of materials are used in the comfort layers.
Layla’s two sides deliver two different feels. The Soft should administer a gradual sink into a deep hugging sensation. The Firm may feel more like you are lying in a gentle cradle.
Memory foam is known for its lack of bounce and many folks love the slow response these materials deliver. Layla was designed to incorporate this notable memory foam feature.
Comparing Motion Transfer
Layla takes the cake when it comes to motion transfer. Memory foam is known for its ability to contain energy to one spot, so Layla would be an excellent choice if this is important to you or your partner.
Helix competes pretty well considering it has hundreds of springs. The pocket coils are designed with motion isolation in mind, each one is separated from the others to better contain movement. The Helix models will vary in motion isolation, but customers could expect those with memory foam to perform a bit better.
Comparing Edge Support
Beds built to compress into a box do not always score as well in edge support. The good news is, customers should be pleased with either of these options, as both perform above the industry standard.
However, Helix has reinforced coils along the perimeter that keeps sleepers supported in both sleeping and sitting positions. Layla, although lacking edge reinforcement, supports sleepers when lying down along the side but customers may experience some compression when sitting on the edge.
Layla vs. Helix Compared Side-by-Side
|Cover||Polyester blended with viscose, lycra, and ThermoGel®||Polyester and Jersey knit, two covers|
|Materials||Copper-infused memory foam, high-density poly foam, convoluted support foam||Dynamic Foam or memory foam plus, micro coils, high-grade polyfoam|
|Cooling||Copper wicks away memory foam heat, and the convoluted layer promotes airflow.||An optional cover has phase change material. Foams and coils designed for breathability.|
|Firmness||4 or 7/10||2-9/10*|
|Sinkage||Deep Hug||Gentle Cradling/Deeper Hug*|
|Trial Period||120 nights||100 nights|
|Adjustable Base Compatible||Yes||Yes|
|Shipping||Ships to U.S. and Canada||Delivered within USA and Canada|
|Made in the USA||Yes||Yes|
* Depends on model type
|Size||Layla Price (w/o discount)||Helix Price (w/o discount)|
Should I Buy Layla or Helix?
This comparison has probably given you a lot to think about. Here are some key details to help you come to a final decision.
We Would Recommend Buying Layla if You are Looking for:
- An all memory foam feel. Layla fosters that deep hugging memory foam hug that has helped many sleepers find pressure relief.
- Dual-sided comfort. Flip and switch. It’s as easy as that to go from Soft to Firm or vice versa.
- Motion isolation. If you have a restless partner who relentlessly wakes you up, this product offers top-notch motion isolation.
We Would Recommend Buying Helix if You are Looking for:
- A tailored shopping experience. Helix shoppers can take the company’s sleep quiz to find which mattress may work best for them. They can also manually peruse over a dozen options to find what they might like.
- That classic innerspring feel. For shoppers who love that classic coil experience, this product provides that and more with their hybrid. Tailored fit foams on top of springs can offer you the sleep you have been longing for.
- Enhanced cooling. This product’s coils allow this mattress to easily flow and filter air and sports a breathable cover for enhanced cooling. For those willing to spend a little more, the Luxe model offers a phase change cooling cover, or this can be ordered separately for the standard Helix models.
Shoppers, you are looking at two pretty different beds. On one hand, you have a bouncy and buoyant hybrid that encourages customized shopping and on the other, you have the pressure relieving memory foams offered by Layla.
Hopefully, this article helped you find what you are looking for. Was it that all foam with Layla or the tailor fit hybrid with Helix? Whichever bed you choose, it may help to click over to our in-depth reviews.
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