Our Helix vs. Saatva Bed Comparison for 2020

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Are you a single or a dual-coil type of sleeper?

Our Saatva vs. Helix comparison will compare the innerspring featuring two sets of springs made by a company that believes customer satisfaction is the key to success, and a hybrid mattress combining foam and a single coil units to create a line of specifically designed products that should suit a range of sleeper’s needs with a helpful quiz to help you find your perfect match.

Read the following comparison, then head over to our in-depth reviews for more information on each product:

Quick Comparison: Saatva vs. Helix

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  • Classic innerspring feel
  • Affordable luxury
  • Quality construction
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  • Customizable bed
  • Hybrid foam and innerspring
  • 100-nights trial period

Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)

Saatva Construction

This is an innerspring mattress containing two coil systems that is shipped right to your door. This product is available in multiple comfort options, though will be focusing on the luxury firm feel.

The mattress features a 3-inch Euro Top that boasts an antibacterial GuardinⓇ treatment that should reduce allergens and triggers. This item is available in 11.5 or 14.5-inch heights. We will focus on the 14.5-inch version and note differences between the two wherever they are relevant.

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  • The top layer consists of a .5-inch Lumbar Support Enhancement. This is a memory foam and wire system that should provide enhanced support in the lower back region to promote proper spinal alignment.
  • The second layer holds a 4-inch Individually Wrapped Coil support system. Foam wrapped around the coils should reduce motion transfer. The pocketed springs should react independently to your weight and position to provide pressure relief or support based on your needs.
  • The base layer contains a 7-inch Steel Coil Base Support. The company uses recycled steel that is then tempered to create a sturdy foundation for the sleeper and the upper comfort layers. The 11.5-inch option utilizes fewer turns in the coils to reduce the height of this section to an estimated 4 inches.
  • The perimeter features Dual Permiter Edge Support which consists of reinforced foam surrounding the upper coil system. This should maximize the usable sleep surface, creating a consistent feel from edge-to-edge.

Helix Construction

This is a hybrid bed that combines foam, a latex alternative, and a coil unit. The mattress is compressed for easy box shipping.

Helix offers 9 different products with a variety of comfort feels, 6 of these beds are also available in Luxe versions. We will focus on the construction of the Helix Dusk, which is designed to suit all position preferences with a medium feel.

This 10-inch mattress features two covers designed with different goals in mind. The first polyester cover should feel soft and stretchy, it can be removed and washed via a handy zipper. The second Jersey knit cover should be breathable to promote airflow, this layer has a fire barrier woven into it.

Layers of the Helix Luxe bed
  • The first layer is a 2-inch Helix Dynamic Foam made up of a latex alternative material blended with polyurethane foam. This section should provide gentle pressure relief and is designed to contour to the body.
  • The second layer holds a 1-inch High-Grade Polyfoam. This layer should act as a transition between the comfort and foundation materials. It is designed to offer contouring support and cushioning to the sleeper.
  • The third layer consists of 6-inch Wrapped Coils. The coils are individually wrapped to promote motion isolation and should provide compression or pushback depending on your position. The coils along the edge are reinforced to promote enhanced edge support.
  • The bottom layer is a 1-inch DurDense Foam that should help absorb motion from the coils above. This should also provide a stable base for the upper comfort materials.

Note: Each mattress should contain the same basic materials, but the construction of each will vary slightly to create each individual comfort feel.

Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)

Saatva’s Luxury Firm lands at a 6 on our comfort mattress scale that ranks items using a 1-10 system. This assumes that 1 is whisper soft and 10 is firm as cement. A 6 should feel like a true medium or a medium-firm to most shoppers, soft or firm versions are also available if preferred.

Helix’s wide range of products falls anywhere from a 2 to a 9 on this scale, offering feels from soft to firm and everywhere in between. The Dusk is also rated at a medium to medium-firm 6.

Lying on the Saatva should feel soft and plush due to the Euro top in the cover. The materials should respond quickly, though the foams should take a little longer to reshape in the lumbar support region. Shoppers should notice ample support that contours to the body and promotes a neutral spine.

The Dusk should feel soft and stretchy as you lie on the dual covers. The materials should reshape quickly allowing for easy repositioning. Sleepers should enjoy solid support and gentle pressure relief from the body-contouring materials.

Most sleepers of varying position preferences should do well on either mattress. Soft or firm options can be chosen to suit shoppers’ individual needs. Helix offers dual-sided and big-and-tall products, as well.

Firmness scale for Saatva and Helix bed

Comparing Sinkage and Bounce

Saatva sleepers should enjoy a gentle cradle that keeps you floating on top of the mattress. The Helix Dusk should offer a medium cradle, allowing you to sink deeper “in” the foam, though other models may offer a differing experience.

Typically, innersprings should offer more bounce than a hybrid, but the springy Dynamic Foam inside the Dusk helps it to keep up with the Saatva in terms of bounce. The moderate bounce present in both products should allow combination sleepers to move around easily throughout the night.

Comparing Motion Transfer

Saatva’s innerspring bed should allow a medium amount of motion transfer as energy travels through the dual coil systems. The Dusk’s multiple layers of foam and wrapped springs should reduce the transfer of motion to minimize disruption.

Most sleepers should find either product suits their needs. Shoppers who consider motion transfer a major concern, like those who sleep with partners, children, or pets, may prefer the Helix.

Comparing Edge Support

Both items should offer enhanced edge support, maximizing the usable sleep surface for co-sleepers and sprawlers. Anyone searching for exceptional edge support may want to consider the Saatva, as its two coil units slightly edge out the Dusk containing a single coil system and multiple layers of foam.

Saatva vs. Helix Compared Side-by-Side

Height14.5”, 11.5”10”
CoverCotton Euro Pillowtop with blended foamsJersey knit and polyester
MaterialsMemory foam, pocket coils, steel coils, reinforced foam perimeterHelix Dynamic Foam, High-Grade Polyfoam, Wrapped Coils, DurDense Foam
CoolingDouble coil systemsPocketed coils, breathable cover
Motion TransferMediumMinimal
Edge SupportExceptionalGreat
SinkageGentle CradleMedium Cradle
Warranty15 years10 years
Trial Period180 nights100 nights
Adjustable Base CompatibleYes (only in 11.5”)Yes
ShippingShips in the United States and Canada, White Glove Delivery service is freeFree within the United States, Canada for an additional fee
Made in the USAYes, a factory in Toronto serves customers in the Ontario areaYes
SizeSaatva Price (w/o discount)Helix Price (w/o discount)
Twin XL$999$700
Cali King$1,799$1,245
Split King$1,999n/a

Should I Buy Saatva or Helix?

Still torn between the innerspring or the hybrid? Read our recommendations below to find out who we think each mattress is best suited for and catch a glimpse at a few of each product’s top features.

We Would Recommend Buying Saatva if You are Looking for:

  • Multiple comfort options. This mattress is available in Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. Shoppers can also choose between a thicker 14.5-inch bed or a sleek and thin 11.5-inch version.
  • A classic innerspring feel. Shoppers should enjoy moderate bounce and quickly responding foams. There should be minimal sinkage present, allowing sleepers to stay closer to the top of the bed.
  • Enhanced support. The double coil systems should provide enhanced support that contours to the body, filling the lumbar region. Co-sleepers should notice a consistent feel from edge-to-edge.

We Would Recommend Buying Helix if You are Looking for:

  • Guided comfort options. Helix offers a wide range of comfort feels that are designed to suit people of all kinds of weights and position preferences. A guided quiz will walk shoppers through their mattress purchase to ensure they choose the product that should suit them best.
  • A hybrid experience. Buyers should notice a deeper sinkage paired with ample bounce from the coil system below. This should provide comfort and support along with temperature-regulating airflow.
  • Enhanced pressure relief. The dense layers of foam in this product should provide enhanced relief, especially in the shoulders and hips which typically burrow deeper into the mattress than the rest of the body. These materials should also reduce motion transfer to minimize disruption.

Final Thoughts

Both products are designed to provide a medium to medium-firm comfort experience that should suit most position preferences. Those looking for solid lumbar support, reinforced edges, and minimal sinkage should consider Saatva. Helix fans are shoppers in need of minimal motion transfer, a slightly deeper cradle, and gentle pressure relief.

Remember to check out our mattress reviews for a more comprehensive look at each one.

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