Helix and Casper are both high performing mattress brands, but which one is right for you? That’s what we’ll help you decide in this comprehensive Casper vs Helix mattress comparison.
If you’re shopping for a new mattress, Casper and Helix are great places to start. Both are bed-in-a-box mattress companies with a selection of hybrid and memory foam mattresses. Helix Sleep offers more variety in their mattress selection, while Casper boasts the highest scoring mattress of the bunch.
We’re putting 8 different Helix and Casper models up against one another and comparing their strengths, constructions, and prices. The matchups were chosen with much intent, as we did our best to pair similar mattresses from each company. We’re confident that one of them will be your favorite new bed.
|Best For||Side sleepers, plus-sized sleepers, shoppers who prefer all-natural beds, hot sleepers, those who want long warranty periods||Memory foam shoppers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, those with light or average body types, combo sleepers, budget shoppers|
|Price Range||$600 – $2,249||$395 – $2,995|
|Special Features||Pressure-relieving Memory Plus Foam, breathable Tencel cover, all-natural materials (Birch mattress), gel-infused foams||Ergonomic Zoned Support, breathable Airscape Foam, temperature regulating latex foam, durable pocketed coil systems|
|Mattress Reviews||Helix Mattress Reviews||Compare Casper Mattress Models and Prices|
The biggest difference in construction between the helix and Casper mattresses is that the helix is a hybrid mattress with foam and coil layers, while the Casper is an all foam mattress. Mattresses with coil layers are usually firmer than all foam beds, but not in this case: the helix has a medium feel from the thick foam comfort layers, and Caspers air scape foam has a slightly denser medium firm feel.
The Helix mattress is topped with two layers of foam: Helix’s memory plus foam has a soft, contouring feel, and the polyfoam transition layer adds extra support. The support layer is made of hundreds of individually wrapped coils. Each coil is sensitive to your unique shape and movements. Finally, a thick layer of DuraDense Foam at the base improves mattress durability.
The Casper has a simple three layer construction. The top layer of air scape polyurethane foam is perforated, which drastically improves airflow. The second memory foam comfort layer is divided into three ergonomic zones that evenly distribute your weight. You have softer foam under your shoulders and ankles and firmer foam under your lumbar region. The base layer is made of durable polyurethane support foam.
The price points for the helix midnight and Casper original mattresses are remarkably similar. If you want a twin or twin XL size, the prices are virtually the same. You’ll pay $100–$150 more for full and queen size Casper mattresses, and around $50 more for king and Cal king helix midnight mattresses.
|Helix Midnight||Casper Original Mattress|
The Birch and Casper Wave are both hybrid mattresses, but they are made with very different materials that create different feels. The Birch is a medium firm (7/10) mattress, while the Wave Hybrid has medium firmness (5/10). The Birch is constructed with organic wool batting and Talalay latex comfort layers, giving it a supportive feel that doesn’t compress as easily as the latex and memory foams used in the Wave Hybrid.
Let’s take a look at each mattress on its own.
The Birch sports a GOTS certified organic cotton cover that is exceptionally soft and breathable. The fire retardant is chemical-free and made from natural wool fibers and rayon. Next, a layer of Birch wool is temperature regulating and cushioning. A layer of contouring Talalay latex sits below the wool and above hundreds of steel coils. A bottom layer of wool batting creates a stable base for the mattress.
The Casper Wave Hybrid also utilizes wool, but in the cover instead of the mattress core. The top layer pairs cooling gel and perforated AirScape foam. The second AirScape layer is made with natural latex foam that contours around your curves and eases stress on pressure points. An additional layer of ergonomic memory foam is softer under your shoulders and firmer under your hips, which keeps your spine aligned. Pocket coils and support foam make up the base.
The Birch and Casper Wave Hybrid price points reflect their high quality construction. You’ll pay $400–$1,200 more for the Wave Hybrid, but you can finance your purchase on either of these luxury mattresses.
|Birch||Casper Wave Hybrid|
The Helix Midnight Luxe and Casper Nova are both hybrid mattresses, but the Midnight Luxe has a medium feel, while the Nova is much more plush. The key difference is in the comfort layers: the Midnight Luxe memory foam layers are denser than those of the Nova, so you sink deeper into the Nova mattress.
The Helix Midnight Luxe is still remarkably comfy and contouring. It’s topped with a premium quilted pillow top and temperature regulating Tencel mattress cover. The comfort layers are designed to provide optimal pressure relief without compromising support. At the bottom of the mattress is 1,000+ individually wrapped coils that keep your spine aligned and provide excellent edge support.
The Casper Nova mattress is topped with two plush layers of breathable AirScape foam. A third layer of foam is divided into ergonomic zones that are softer under your shoulders and firmer under your waist. This keeps your spine in alignment and your pressure points well supported. The support system of resilient springs give the mattress extra bounce and breathability. The bottom of the mattress is supported by a durable layer of polyurethane foam.
The Helix Midnight Luxe and Casper Nova Hybrid are both priced higher than your average bed-in-a-box mattress, but they are high performing and eligible for financing. You will pay a little more for the Nova in most cases, but never more than $250.
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Casper Nova Hybrid|
The Helix Plus and Casper Element are vastly different mattresses. The Plus is a hybrid mattress constructed for plus-sized sleepers, while the Element is an all-foam mattress that is designed for budget shoppers who don’t want to compromise comfort. Additionally, the Plus has a firm feel (7–8/10 on the firmness scale), while the Element is medium firm (6/10).
The Helix Plus is made with ultra durable materials that reduce sinkage and enhance comfort. It’s anchored by DuraDense base foam and XL steel coils. The comfort layers are made with high density memory foam and latex foam that cushion extra weight. The whole mattress is wrapped in a breathable, temperature regulating Tencel cover.
The Casper Element is covered with a fabric made from recycled polyester and upcycled cotton, among other materials. The comfort support layers Casper’s pressure relieving AirScape foam. They are perforated in order to improve airflow. The thick support layer is also made with foam, though it’s much denser than the comfort layers. Overall, the Element sleeps a little warmer than the Helix Plus, and is much better suited to sleepers with a small or average body type.
The Casper Element is a budget-conscious mattress, so it is priced $430–$1,200 cheaper than the Helix Plus. Price probably won’t play a huge role in your choice between these two mattress models since they are so different. The Helix Plus is a reasonably priced, durable mattress for heavier sleepers, while the Casper Element is a low cost, comfy choice for the average sleeper. You can also opt to finance either option.
|Helix Plus (Nightfall)||Casper Element|
Helix and Casper mattresses share very similar dimensions, though the Helix Full size is 1” wider, the Birch twin and twin XL sizes are 1” longer, and the Helix Midnight Luxe is 1” taller than any of the other mattresses.
|Thickness||11” – 14”||11” – 13”|
|Twin||38”–39” x 75”||38” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38”–39” x 80”||38” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||53” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
Learn more about mattress sizes.
Helix and Casper both provide 100-night sleep trials to all customers. Helix asks that you sleep on their mattresses for a minimum of 30 nights before making a final decision. This is called the break-in period, since your body needs time to adjust to a new sleeping surface.
Additionally, Helix will send you an extra mattress topper free of charge during the trial period if you think your mattress is too soft or firm.
Casper mattresses are all covered by a 10 year warranty, whereas Helix warranty periods depend on the mattress model. The Helix Midnight is covered for 10 years, the Midnight Luxe and Plus are covered for 15 years, and the Birch is covered for 25 years.
Casper offers the most budget-friendly mattress in this comparison (Casper Element) and the best performing (Casper Wave Hybrid). Helix offers a range of customizable mattresses for sleepers, including plus-sized (Helix Plus), hot sleepers (Helix Midnight Luxe), and all-natural shoppers (Birch). You get 100 nights to trial all of these mattresses.
We had a lot of fun performing full reviews on each of these mattresses. Here are our sleeper recommendations.