We’ve paired each Leesa mattress model with a Helix model to help you choose the best mattress for your needs.
Helix and Leesa are both bed-in-a-box mattress companies with highly rated mattress models. Leesa started with a hugely successful memory foam mattress that led to a partnership with over 400 West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Macy’s stores. They donate one mattress to a child in need for every 10 sold.
Helix Sleep has a more customizable approach – their mattresses are catered to a diverse array of sleepers by mixing and matching memory foam layers, innerspring systems, and temperature regulation technology. In this Leesa vs Helix comparison, we’ll cover the ins and outs of 8 different mattresses to help you choose which is best for you. Each head-to-head matchup was chosen because of certain similarities between the two mattresses.
|Best For||Side sleepers, plus-sized sleepers, shoppers who prefer all-natural beds, hot sleepers, those who want longer warranty periods||All sleeping positions, budget-conscious shoppers, memory foam lovers, combo sleepers|
|Price Range||$600 –$2,249||$599 – $2,499|
|Special Features||Pressure-relieving Memory Plus Foam, breathable Tencel cover, all-natural materials (Birch mattress), gel-infused foams||Plush memory foam, Merino wool (Leesa Legend), breathable perforated layers of foam, supportive coil systems|
|Mattress Reviews||Helix Mattress Reviews||Compare Leesa Mattress Models and Prices|
The primary difference in construction between the Helix Midnight and Studio by Leesa is that the Helix is a hybrid mattress and the Studio is made entirely of foam. You’ll also notice that the Helix Midnight is a fraction softer than the Studio, most likely because the Helix comfort layer is slightly softer than the Studio comfort layer.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each mattress’s construction:
The Helix Midnight has an extra soft, breathable cover over the entire mattress. The top layer, which Helix calls Memory Plus Foam, is medium in firmness, giving it a relatively plush feel without compromising support. A transition layer of high grade polyfoam adds extra pressure relief. The support layer is hundreds of individually wrapped coils atop a base layer of durable support foam. The coil layers help the Helix Midnight to sleep cooler than the Studio.
The Studio by Leesa is covered with a breathable twill fabric. It has a simple 3 layer construction. The comfort layer is made from buoyant, pressure relieving memory foam. The second layer of foam is denser and more contouring. At the base is a thick layer of support foam that keeps you from sinking too far into the mattress core. As an all-foam bed, you will probably notice a little more off-gassing from the Studio, but this should be gone within a few hours (24 hours max).
The Studio by Leesa was designed to be a budget-friendly mattress, so it’s no surprise that it has lower price points than the Helix Midnight. You’ll pay about the same price for a twin or twin XL size, but you’ll pay $150–$350 more for larger Helix Midnight mattresses.
You can finance with both companies. Leesa offers financing through Affirm, and Helix offers financing on orders $499–$2,400 through Klarna and Katapult.
|Helix Midnight||Studio by Leesa|
The most distinct difference in the feel of these mattresses is firmness. The Helix Plus is a firm mattress, or 7–8/10 on the firmness scale. This is ideal for bigger sleepers, since they tend to sink too far into medium or plush mattresses. The Leesa Original is a medium firm mattress, which best suits those with average body types. The Leesa is also an all-foam bed, whereas the Helix Plus has a hybrid construction.
The Helix Plus is topped with extra dense memory foam and a special latex foam designed to support the curves of heavier sleepers. A third layer of transitional memory foam adds extra support above the coil layer. Helix uses hundreds of XL pocket coils and DuraDense support foam at the base of the Helix Plus. Both of these layers can bear extra weight and add durability to the mattress.
The Leesa Original has a 3 layer construction encased in Leesa’s signature twill mattress cover. The top foam layer feels plush and buoyant, while the denser second layer is more contouring. The base layer is made with supportive, high density foam. Leesa designed all of these foam layers to be extra breathable, which is why it can earn such a high score for cooling despite being an all-foam mattress.
The Helix Plus is the more expensive mattress, likely due to its hybrid construction and extra durable materials. You’ll pay $125–$800 more for the Helix Plus, though the added cost is worthwhile for shoppers who need an extra supportive, long-lasting mattress. Keep in mind that the price difference is smaller for twin, twin XL, and full size mattresses, and you can finance either bed.
|Helix Plus (Nightfall)||Leesa Original|
The Helix Midnight Luxe and Leesa Legend both have medium to medium-firm firmness levels, and both are hybrid mattresses. However, they have noticeably different feels. The Midnight Luxe is topped with a plush pillow top, whereas the Legend has a foam top layer. We think the Midnight Luxe has a more luxurious feel, though both are pressure relieving.
Next, we’ll break down the individual mattress’s constructions:
The Midnight Luxe cover is designed to be extra breathable and keep mattress surface temperature neutral. Next, the quilted pillow top and Memory Plus Foam provide immediate pressure relief, while the gel-infused memory foam and polyfoam transition layers keep your body supported. The base layer of 1,000+ pocket coils and high-density foam improve motion isolation and keep the mattress feeling like new for longer.
The Leesa Legend mattress cover is made from Merino wool, organic cotton, and fiber derived from recycled water bottles. Merino wool is famous for being soft, moisture wicking, and odor neutralizing. The top layer is made with responsive foam that is hole-punched for added breathability, and a layer of memory foam provides pressure relief. The coil layer supports your body weight and improves edge support. Finally, the support foam base adds durability.
The Leesa Legend and Helix Midnight Luxe are both considered luxury mattresses, and their prices reflect that high end status. You’ll spend $250–$450 more for the Legend, which is a generally small price difference if you’re already willing to pay a luxury price point.
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Leesa Legend|
The key difference between these two mattresses is that the Birch is made with all-natural materials. It also has a medium firm feel compared to the medium firmness of the Leesa Hybrid. If you’re shopping for a natural mattress, the Birch is the clear choice. Both are hybrid beds, but the Birch uses organic wool, natural latex, and steel coils, while the Leesa Hybrid is made with polyfoam, memory foam, and pocket coils.
The Birch mattress cover is made from soft, breathable GOTS certified organic cotton. Natural wool fibers and rayon are used as the chemical-free fire retardant. The comfort layer is also made with Birch wool, designed to regulate your temperature and keep its shape. The next layer is OEKO-TEX certified Talalay latex, which is smoother and more consistent than other forms of latex. Finally, a layer of steel coils wool batting base layer adds support and durability.
The Leesa Hybrid pairs signature foam comfort layers with 1,000+ bouncy pocket coils, all encased in a soft, seamless cover. The top foam layer is plush, perforated polyfoam, designed to enhance comfort and breathability. Next, a layer of memory foam contours around your body’s curves, and a high density transition foam layer ensures that you never feel the coils below. The coil layer and high density foam base layer provide extra support.
The Birch and Leesa Hybrid mattress prices don’t differ a whole lot, but the Leesa Hybrid is slightly more expensive. In summary, you’ll pay $50 more for a Birch twin size, the same price for a twin XL, $100 more for a Leesa full size, $200 more for a Leesa queen size, and $100 more for a Leesa king or Cal king size.
The Helix and Leesa mattresses have similar dimensions, although the Helix is a bit thicker than the Leesa, and the Full size is 1” wider.
|Thickness||11” – 14”||10” – 12”|
|Twin||38”–39” x 75”||38”–39″ x 75″|
|Twin XL||38”–39” x 80”||38”–39″ 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 Leesa customers both get a 100-night sleep trial. You must sleep on your new mattress for at least 30 nights before requesting a return. 30 nights is the average break-in period for a mattress.
Returns are free for Helix and Leesa customers, although Leesa customers in Alaska and Hawaii will be responsible for a $100 return fee.
If the top layer of your Helix mattress doesn’t feel right, call their customer care team, and they’ll ship you a free mattress topper that will increase the softness or firmness of your mattress.
All Leesa mattresses are protected by a 10-year limited warranty, while Helix mattresses have different warranty periods. The Helix Midnight is covered for 10 years, the Helix Midnight Luxe and Helix Plus are covered for 15 years, and the Birch is covered for 25 years.
Leesa is our highest-rated mattress brand, so it will appeal to the average sleeper who needs pressure relief, support, and reasonable prices. Helix offers unique mattress choices, ranging from the all-natural Birch mattress to the plus-size friendly Helix Plus and the ultra cooling Helix Midnight Luxe.
We had a great time reviewing all of these mattresses, and have rounded up our recommendations below.
Check out our mattress comparison guide to see which memory foam mattress works best for you.