Shopping for a new mattress can be a time-consuming process, which is why we did all the research for you in this Helix Sleep vs Tuft & Needle mattress comparison.
Helix Sleep and Tuft & Needle have designed some seriously comfortable mattresses, but that fact doesn’t make your decision much easier. That’s why we did a lot of digging to provide you with this detailed comparison that puts 8 different mattresses side-by-side.
In short, Helix mattresses are durable and diverse. They target a wide array of sleep needs. Tuft & Needle mattresses are comparable to memory foam mattresses like the Casper or Nectar mattress, but are more affordable. Wondering which one is for you? Keep reading.
|Helix||Tuft & Needle|
|Best For||Side sleepers, plus-sized sleepers, shoppers who prefer all-natural beds, hot sleepers, those who want long warranty periods||Budget shoppers, memory foam lovers, Amazon shoppers, stomach sleepers, combo sleepers|
|Price Range||$600 – $2,249||$268.99 – $1,745|
|Special Features||Pressure-relieving Memory Plus Foam, breathable Tencel cover, all-natural materials (Birch mattress), gel-infused foams||T&N Adaptive foam, quilted pillow top (Hybrid), additions like carbon fiber, graphite, and gel beads, breathable open-cell foam|
The Helix Midnight and Nod mattresses are quite different. The Midnight is a hybrid mattress with memory foam layers and a supportive coil system. The Nod has a simple, 2-layer foam construction. Both have a medium firmness level, but they are strong in different areas. The Nod is more responsive and pressure relieving, while the Midnight is cooler and more supportive.
Specifically, the Helix Midnight has 2 foam layers – the first is plush Memory Plus Foam and the second is high grade polyfoam. The support layer is comprised of hundreds of encased pocket coils, as well as a layer of durable support foam. The whole mattress is covered with a soft, breathable fabric.
The Nod mattress is also covered with a soft, breathable knit fabric, but the comfort layer is made with Tuft & Needle’s proprietary Adaptive foam, and the support layer is high density polyfoam. The top layer of foam is open-cell, so it’s more breathable than traditional memory foam. It’s also designed to be both buoyant and contouring. The base layer is supportive and durable.
The Nod mattress was designed by Tuft & Needle exclusively for Amazon, so all Nod purchases and returns are processed through Amazon. You can finance your Nod mattress with an Amazon Credit Card, whereas Helix financing is offered through Klarna and Katapult on orders $499-$2,400 through. You’ll notice that the Nod is distinctly more budget-friendly, costing around $330-$850 less than the Midnight.
The Helix Plus and Tuft & Needle Original couldn’t be more different. The Plus is a hybrid mattress with durable steel coils at its base and a firm feel, while the Tuft & Needle Original is an all-foam mattress with a medium firm feel. The Plus is designed for heavyweight sleepers, so it will feel extra firm to the average sleeper. In contrast, the Tuft & Needle Original will feel comfy to the average sleeper, but far too plush for most plus-sized sleepers.
Here’s how these mattresses look on the inside.
The Helix Plus is constructed with high density memory foam layers and extra tall steel pocket coils. The whole mattress is supported by DuraDense support foam. These layers are designed to provide pressure relief and comfort while holding extra weight.
The Tuft & Needle Original mattress has a basic 2-layer construction encased in a light fabric cover. The top layer is Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive foam, which is both responsive and body contouring. It’s also infused with temperature regulating graphite and gel. The base layer of support foam adds durability and structure to the whole mattress.
The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is priced competitively, so it costs $475-$1,250 less than the Helix Plus. Considering the vastly different construction of these beds, we’re guessing that average sleepers will go with the Tuft & Needle (financing through Affirm), and plus-sized sleepers will invest in the higher cost – but extra supportive – Helix Plus.
|Helix Plus (Nightfall)||Tuft & Needle Original|
Helix and Tuft & Needle both take their luxury hybrid mattresses to the next level with regard to comfort. The Tuft & Needle Hybrid is slightly softer than the Midnight Luxe, so it provides better pressure relief. On the flip side, the more supportive Midnight Luxe does a better job at keeping your spine aligned and sleeps noticeably cooler.
Let’s take a look at how these mattresses are constructed.
The Helix Midnight Luxe has a temperature regulating material and quilted pillow top that are cool-to-touch. The comfort layers are contouring and cooling – the first is Helix’s Memory Plus Foam and the second is gel-infused memory foam. A polyfoam transition layer gently eases your frame into the supportive coil support layer. The whole mattress rests on durable support foam.
The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress also sports a quilted pillow top, but instead of phase change material, T&N uses breathable open-cell foam, carbon fiber, and graphite. The comfort and transition layers are both made with Tuft & Needle Adaptive foam. The top layer is more plush and pressure relieving than the supportive second layer. The base is durable, motion isolating wrapped coils and high density base foam.
Both of these mattresses are higher end, but only the Midnight Luxe is considered a luxury mattress. It costs $100-$500 more than the Tuft & Needle Hybrid, with closer pricing for smaller mattress sizes.
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Tuft & Needle Hybrid|
The Birch and Tuft & Needle Mint mattresses have very different feels and constructions. The Birch is made with wool batting, latex, and steel coils, and has a medium firm feel. The Mint has a medium firmness level, and is constructed with 3 foam layers. Tuft & Needle’s Adaptive foam is more responsive and cooling than the Birch wool and latex layers, but the Birch is made with all-natural, eco-friendly materials.
Birch uses GOTS certified organic cotton for its cover and a wool-rayon blend fire retardant. The comfort layer is made with soft wool batting that keeps its shape over years of use. The transition layer is OEKO-TEX certified Talalay latex, which is responsive and cooling. Steel coils and a final layer of wool batting anchor the Birch mattress, giving it extra support and durability.
The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is a bit softer than the Birch. The Adaptive foam comfort layer has a medium feel that is extra pressure relieving. Next, the transition layer is infused with cooling ceramic gel beads. Finally, the base layer is made with high density support foam. The whole mattress is covered with stretchy, breathable grey fabric.
The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is nearly half the price of the Birch mattress. Specifically, the two mattress prices differ between $450-$650. If you are keen on getting an all-natural mattress, the Birch is relatively affordable, but the Mint is definitely the more budget-friendly choice.
|Birch||Tuft & Needle Mint|
Helix and T&N mattresses have almost identical dimensions, except T&N Twin and Twin XL mattresses are 1” wider than Helix mattresses (except the Birch). However, T&N beds also have a shorter frame than Helix beds (see thickness).
|Helix||Tuft & Needle|
|Thickness||11” – 14”||8” – 12”|
|Twin||38”-39” x 75”||39” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38”-39” x 80”||39” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” 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 Tuft & Needle both give you a 100-night sleep trial to test out your new bed. They also share generous return policies that include free returns. Plus, Helix will send you a mattress topper during the trial period if you want a softer or firmer feel.
All Tuft & Needle mattresses are eligible for a 10-year warranty, while Helix mattress warranties differ based on the model. The Helix Midnight has a 10 year warranty, the Midnight Luxe and Plus have 15 year warranties, and the Birch has a 25 year warranty.
Helix mattresses are generally more pressure relieving and cooling, while Tuft & Needle mattresses are more affordable and provide excellent spinal alignment. The Helix Midnight Luxe and Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattresses offer the best combination of pressure relief, responsiveness, support, and cooling. The T&N Original is the best value.
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