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Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress Review

Last updated on November 20, 2022

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The Midnight Luxe is one of Helix's most popular mattresses. Will it work for you?

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Note: We also have a review on the Helix Plus, designed for heavier persons.

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Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?


Summary: Is the Helix Midnight Luxe a Good Mattress?

The Helix Midnight Luxe is one of the company's most popular mattresses. It is a little taller than 13" (Helix calls it 14") with a pillowtop construction over a pocketed-coil support unit.

In our testing, we found the Midnight Luxe to be a soft mattress, but without a lot of conformance, so our tester never had a feeling that he was being enveloped by his mattress. That makes the Midnight an interesting choice for those who want a lot of softness on top, but don't want to feel like they're sinking into quicksand.

The Midnight Luxe has a couple of inches of memory foam at the top of the bed, but instead of slow/soft ooey-gooey memory foam that imparts a lot of that 'melting into the mattress' feeling, this is quicker responding memory foam, without much of that melty feeling. If you are after a mattress that has the pressure relieving qualities of memory foam but without the melting sensation, the Midnight is worth a look.

In performance testing, the Midnight Luxe had very good edge support and motion isolation, and it performed very well on our adjustable base unit.

From a back support perspective, we thought the Helix Midnight Luxe would be most suitable for average and lighter combination sleepers, but those on the heavier side should probably check out one of Helix's firmer mattress models.

Read on to see if this mattress might fit your personal needs. While Helix is sold primarily online, it does offer mattresses through retail partners if you'd like to check them out in person.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are average to lighter weight
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Want to use your mattress on an adjustable base
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
  • Are a heavier person, especially a stomach sleeper

 

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Average memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Average bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 5

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very good
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 8 Very good
Green Features 7 Good
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Very good
Overall Value 7 Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

14 inches

Weight (Queen)

115 pounds

Materials & Construction

What's in a Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Helix mattress as a "Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils" construction type. It  is about a 14″ thick mattress comprised of 6 total layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1" polyurethane foam quilted into cover
  • 1" copper and gel-infused memory foam
  • 2" gel memory foam, 2.5-lb. density
  • 1" polyurethane transition foam, 1.8-lb density
  • 8" pocketed steel coils with edge-support coils (1130 coils in queen size)
  • 1" polyurethane base foam, 1.8-lb. density

The Helix Midnight Luxe mattress features about 4" of premium comfort materials on top of a zoned pocketed coil unit. The first 1" of memory foam is very soft, and much slower responding than the thicker layer underneath. Both include flecks of heat-conductive material; the top layer has gel and copper while the second layer has gel.

The pocketed coil unit has two rows of stronger edge-support coils on the long sides. There are also firmer coils in the central third of the bed, where your hips rest.

Finally, at the bottom of the mattress is a small layer of foam, serving as a base for the coil unit.

Cover

The layers of the Helix Midnight Luxe are wrapped in a thick and quilted cover. The mattress we tested included a cover made with a tencel blend. Optional is a cover with higher-density fibers that give it a coolness to the touch.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We found the Helix Midnight to be a Medium Soft on our scale; in fact it was very close to a Soft on our ratings scale.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed.

While the Helix Midnight Luxe has memory foam, the foam isn't very squishy, and springs back into shape quickly. However, those foams are pretty soft, and you sink more into the mattress than average. However, it's not a very conforming mattress; that is, it doesn't closely hug your every curve. So even while it's a soft mattress, you don't feel swallowed up by foam.


Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average

 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

While the Helix Midnight Luxe does contain memory foam, there isn't much of that melting into the bed feeling that memory foam is known for.

We also tested the bed for bounce. Unsurprisingly, since most of this bed is made of steel springs, we did find some bounce. The foam on top of the springs dampens quite a bit of the expected bounciness.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Average
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Average

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, we thought the Helix Midnight Luxe would especially suit combination sleepers that are average weight of lighter. Heavier people might instead want to look at Helix's firmer mattresses, including the Helix Plus.


Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Helix Midnight mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 7 5

 

Back Sleepers:

Our tester felt that sleepers of about his weight (200 lbs.) or lighter would be well suited for the Helix Midnight Luxe. Because the mattress is so soft, we thought it less suitable for heavier back sleepers, whose hips might sink through the top foams and end up resting mainly on the coil unit. Rather, heavier back sleepers might check out one of Helix's firmer mattresses.

Side Sleepers:

Along the same lines, we thought average-to-lighter side sleepers would experience good spinal alignment on the Helix Midnight Luxe, but heavier people might sink too much in the hip area, through the spine out of alignment.

Stomach Sleepers:

Very light stomach sleepers should be okay on the Helix Midnight, but it's too soft for other stomach sleepers. Once your hips sink too much, you over-arch your back and that's a recipe for back pain. Rather, stomach sleepers might have a look at Helix's firmer mattresses.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Helix Midnight Luxe mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 As with spinal alignment, we thought pressure relief would be best for those of average or lighter weight. Heavier people might just sink though the foam layers and find themselves resting on the coil unit, which won't provide much (if any) pressure relief.

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

If you are easily disturbed by a partner's movements in bed, or perhaps you and your partner go to bed and get up at different times, then motion isolation may be a priority for you. Innerspring mattresses in general are not the best choice,  but the springs are pocketed in the Helix Midnight Luxel (as they are in many modern mattresses), so the movement of each spring is isolated.

We test for motion isolation by positioning a bowling pin upright on one side of the bed, then dropping a bowling ball on the other side and observing what happens with the pin. Next, our tester drops his whole weight on the bed. In both tests, our pin wobbled, but never fell.

Motion Isolation
8 /10 Very good

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Helix Midnight Luxe mattress will feel hot, not so much because it has specific cooling features, but because it's physical characteristics have advantages.

Spring and coil mattresses in general will naturally provide greater air flow than foam, allowing for lots of air flow. The Midnight has edge-to-edge coils, so there's no edge foam that could potentially inhibit airflow.

While you do sink into the mattress a little more than average, it's not a super conforming mattress, and that allows for more airflow.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, we think the Helix Midnight Luxe would be a very good choice.

Stays "Cool" Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Edge support is important if you like to sit on the side of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. We found the Helix Midnight to feel very stable. Note, however, that the edge support coils run only on the long sides, not at the head or foot of the bed.

Our tester especially felt stable while laying right on the edge. Overall, we think the Helix Midnight Luxe is a very good choice for those who find themselves laying right on the edge.

Edge Support Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. The Helix Midnight Luxe mattress  posed no hindrance to movement. Our tester had no trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position, despite the soft materials at the top.


Repositioning Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.

Helix makes no claims that this mattress is natural, but at least the foams utilized are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. Obtaining this certification is pretty much standard for mainstream mattress brands today.

On the plus side, steel coils are not known for issues with off-gassing, and at least theoretically, they are recyclable, which could reduce landfill waste when you eventually dispose of the bed.

The cover has furthermore been certified to the OEKO-Tex standard, which means that all materials used have been tested for more than 100 harmful substances including formaldehyde, lead, and petrochemicals and is deemed safe. That's an extra certification class that's far less common, and is a reassuring bonus.

Green Rating
7 /10 Good

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We tested the Helix mattress on our standard adjustable base, looking for whether using such a base could damage the mattress or create any issues like bunching or bulges.

The Helix Midnight Luxe mattress is made to be used on an adjustable base, and in our test, the mattress conformed well to the base in its fully articulated position. When our tester got out of the bed, the midsection did lift up a bit, but we expect that over time, the mattress would break in and relax.

We did notice that the quilt bunches up quite a bit when the head and foot are fully raised. However, it's a soft fabric, and we did not find it annoying.

Adjustable Base Compatibility
8 /10 Very good

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Note that Helix offers former and current members of the military a 15% discount (cannot be combined with other discounts). Students, teachers and first responders also get a 15% discount.


What Are You Getting?

The Helix Midnight Luxe is a 14" tall hybrid mattress with pocketed coils and about 4 inches of premium comfort memory foam.

 

How Long Will the Helix Midnight Last?

We typically use foam density as an indicator of longevity; and we look for what we think could be a weak link in terms of materials and construction. In the case of the Helix Midnight, the top two memory foam layers are 2.5-lb. density foams. We would prefer to see a higher 4-lb or 5-lb. density. Still, the Midnight Luxe comes with a solid warranty that alleviates misgivings.

 

Overall Value

The Midnight Luxe is a fairly standard type of construction: memory foam on top of a pocketed coil support unit. It's a tall mattress with a pillowtop, and we were very impressed with the quality of stitching and construction. But in terms of price, it has a lot of competition among online mattress brands. But the Midnight Luxe is right in the mix with those competing models in terms of price, so we do think it's a good value. Furthermore, Helix has some very good holiday sales, and we've seen discounts as high as $300 off.

Value Rating
7/10 Good

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

Helix includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Delivery is by common carrier like FedEx, who will deliver the box to your door. You're responsible for getting it to your bedroom, or wherever you want to place it. This mattress weighs more than 100 pounds, so it's a job best accomplished by two people.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund with pickup

Helix offers buyers a 100-night trial period, and requires buyers to give the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Should you decide to return it, the company will send someone to pick it up from you, saving you the hassle of shipping it back yourself.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 15 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty.

The industry standard for hybrid and innerspring mattresses is 1.5". Helix has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1” -- substantially better than the average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

To obtain warranty service, you'll have to ship your mattress to the company at your expense. The the company decides your issue is covered under the warranty, you'll be reimbursed up to $100. The company also says it will repair or replace your bed within 90 days -- which means you're without a mattress since you'll have to ship it back to the company.  That could be a big inconvenience.

This warranty extends to the original owner for as long as they own the mattress and assumes it has been placed upon an appropriate foundation. See: Full Helix warranty details

 

Bottom Line: Is the Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress Right for You?

The Helix Midnight Luxe features solid construction and a medium soft pillowtop feel. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation:

BEST if you:

  • Are average to lighter weight
  • Sleep in several positions
  • Want to use your mattress on an adjustable base
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow-melting memory-foam feel
  • Are a heavier person, especially a stomach sleeper

Is the Helix mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Helix Midnight Luxe Visit HelixSleep.com.

 

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