Casper vs. Helix Mattress Comparison

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Quick Summary – Casper vs. Helix Midnight

Casper launched in 2014. The brand’s flagship bed, the Casper, is made with a triple-layer polyfoam and memory foam comfort system, as well as a high-density polyfoam base layer. The mattress is considered ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, or a 5.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Helix Sleep has been in business since 2015. The Helix Midnight, a memory foam hybrid with ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness, is part of the brand’s current line of hybrid beds. The Helix Midnight is available in two designs. The standard model features a dual-layer memory foam comfort system, along with a pocketed coil support core and a high-density polyfoam base layer. The Helix Midnight Luxe shares a similar construction to the standard design, but also includes an extra transitional foam layer and zoned, multi-gauge coils.

Please note: Both Casper and Helix offer other mattresses in addition to the models mentioned above.

  • Casper sells two other beds: the Casper Essential, a memory foam mattress; and the Casper Wave, a memory foam and latex mattress.
  • Helix offers five other memory foam hybrids – the Sunset, Moonlight, Dusk, Twilight, and Dawn – that are available as Standard and Luxe designs. The brand also sells two dual-firmness hybrids, the Dual Balanced and Dual Extra; and the Nightfall, a hybrid specifically designed for heavier individuals.

This page exclusively compares the Casper and Helix Midnight mattresses. For more information about other beds from these brands, please visit our Casper Mattress Reviews and Helix Mattress Reviews pages.

The Casper and Helix Midnight mattresses share the same firmness and offer comparable levels of pain and pressure relief and motion isolation. However, the beds differ in several key ways as well. Read on to learn more about each bed’s unique pros and cons, as well as the individual policies and overall reputations of both brands.

Casper mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer a ‘Medium’ mattress that provides close conforming
  • Those who frequently experience pain and pressure in their lower back and other sensitive areas
  • Couples

 

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Helix Midnight mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer a mattress with ‘Medium’ firmness that offers close conforming
  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • People who like sleeping on thicker-than-average beds

 

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Casper vs. Helix Midnight: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
Casper
Foam
Medium
Moderate
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 5.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online, in-store
  • 71 lbs
  • Foam
  • $1,195.00/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Fair

Owners report that Casper models perform fairly well after long-term use, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

The Casper mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, according to owners.

Conforming
Good

The Casper offers comfortable conforming and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

Our testing indicates that The Casper isn't particularly responsive or bouncy given it's construction so is just ok for sex which is on par with most mixed foam mattresses.

Temperature Neutrality
Good

Casper mattresses absorb minimal body heat and sleep fairly cool compared to other memory foam mattresses.

Off-gassing
Fair

Some Casper owners report moderate off-gassing when the mattress is new.

Edge Support
Fair

The Casper offers minimal edge support and sinkage aorund the perimeter is likely over time.

Noise
Excellent

Casper mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Helix Sunset
Hybrid
Soft
Inexpensive
Good for Hot Sleepers
Side
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 3.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online
  • 90-100 lbs (Queen)
  • Hybrid
  • $920/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

The Helix Sunset has an expected lifespan of about six and a half years, which is typical for hybrids with softer comfort layers.

Motion Isolation
Good

The Sunset's soft foam comfort and transitional layers absorb and minimize motion transfer to a noticeable extent.

Conforming
Good

The Helix Sunset has a soft foam comfort layer that conforms very closely, making this mattress especially suitable for lightweight people and side sleepers.

Sex
Good

The Sunset is not particularly responsive; couples seeking a springy mattress may want to choose another Helix model.

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

Good airflow through the coil layer helps keep the Sunset feeling cool and comfortable for most.

Off-gassing
Good

Softer foams are associated with more off-gassing odor; the Sunset has higher odor potential than most other Helix models.

Edge Support
Very Good

Strong pocketed coils and a base layer of high-density foam help reinforce the Sunset very well and reduce sinkage along the perimeter.

Noise
Good

Some Sunset owners report occasional squeaks and creaks, but the bed is much quieter than most competing innersprings with non-pocketed coils.

Sizes and Pricing

First, let’s look at how Casper and Helix compare for pricing. The table below lists current price-points for the Casper, standard Helix Midnight, and Helix Midnight Luxe in each available size.

Size Casper Helix Midnight (Standard) Helix Midnight (Luxe)
Twin $695 $500 $895
Twin XL $745 $600 $1,145
Full $1,095 $750 $1,345
Queen $1,195 $895 $1,595
King $1,495 $1,145 $1,945
California King $1,495 $1,145 $1,945

Mattress Construction

Now let’s look at how these mattresses are made. The next table lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for the Casper, Helix Midnight, and Helix Midnight Luxe models.

Specification Casper Helix Midnight (Standard) Helix Midnight (Luxe)
Firmness 5.5 (Medium) ‘Medium’ (5.5) ‘Medium’ (5.5)
Thickness 9 1/2″ 10″ 14″
Weight (Queen) 71 lbs. 84 lbs. 120 lbs.
Support Core Components 5″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1 1/2″ Polyfoam
1 1/2″ 4 PCF Memory Foam
1 1/2″ 2 PCF Polyfoam
2.5 PCF Memory Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
2.5 PCF Gel Memory Foam
Memory Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
Cover Composition Polyester Dual-layer Stretch Polyester Pillow-top with Phase-Change Material

How is the Casper built?

The Casper is built onto a 9 1/2″ profile, making it slightly shorter than the average mattress. Its comfort system features top and bottom polyfoam layers, along with a middle layer of memory foam. These layers provide ‘Medium’ firmness and close conforming that helps align the spine and alleviate pressure points. A high-density foam base layer reinforces the bed and helps maintain an even, supportive surface.

The Casper weighs 71 pounds in a Queen size. This is light by all-foam mattress standards, making the bed fairly easy to lift and rotate as needed.

How is the Helix Midnight built?

The standard Helix Midnight is a four-layer memory foam hybrid built onto a 10″ profile. The comfort system features a top layer of memory foam and a bottom layer of transitional polyfoam; these layers offer ‘Medium’ firmness, which creates a balance of close conforming and strong support. The mattress also features a pocketed coil support core reinforced with a high-density polyfoam base layer, as well as a dual-layer polyester cover.

The Helix Midnight Luxe has a 14″ profile. Its comfort system includes three layers – gel memory foam, standard memory foam, and transitional polyfoam – as well as a pillow-top cover with phase-change material. The pocketed coils in the support core are zoned, meaning higher-gauge (thinner) coils are positioned beneath the shoulders while lower-gauge (thicker) coils are positioned beneath the hips. A high-density foam base reinforces the coil layer, giving the mattress exceptional edge support. Like the standard model, the Helix Midnight Luxe is considered ‘Medium.’

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Casper
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
Helix Sunset
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
FAIR

Casper Sleeper Ratings

The Casper’s ‘Medium’ firmness is optimal for sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds), though its conforming abilities should also be suitable for lighter individuals. The Casper also isolates motion transfer very well and makes no noise when bearing weight, making the bed a great choice for couples.

Helix Midnight Sleeper Ratings

Because both the standard and Luxe versions of the Helix Midnight are ‘Medium’ (5.5) in terms of firmness, the mattress is optimal for those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The Luxe also has a 14″ profile that may be more suitable for heavier individuals; this demographic often reports feeling uncomfortable on lower-profile beds. Both versions of the Helix Midnight sleep fairly cool, isolate motion transfer to a noticeable extent, provide strong edge support, and produce very little noise when bearing weight.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Casper

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Casper mattress.

  1. A break-in period is not required for this sleep trial. Customers may return their mattress for a full refund at any point during the 100-night trial.
  2. Casper coordinates mattress removal from the customer’s residence if a return is requested.
  3. Full refunds are always issued to customers who purchase their mattress directly from Casper, but those who buy their bed from Amazon.com and other third-party retailers may face additional charges.
  4. Exchanges are available during the 100-night trial. Exchanging for different mattress sizes or colors will cancel the remaining trial period; exchanging for a different Casper mattress model will result in a new 100-night trial.

Warranty

Casper offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. The warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a firm, supportive foundation.
  3. Casper covers all shipping charges for repairing or replacing defective mattresses.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
    • Physical flaws that cause mattress materials to split or crack.
    • Cover zipper defects.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
    • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other forms of physical damage resulting from misuse.
    • Repair or replacement requests that occur due to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase the mattress from Casper or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire the mattress from the original owner or non-authorized sellers will not qualify for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Casper mattresses is as follows:

  1. Once their order has been placed, most customers receive their mattress within two to seven business days.
  2. In addition to free standard UPS delivery, Casper offers White Glove delivery. This option, which includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal upon request, is offered for a flat fee of $149.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
Delivery Fee: Standard delivery is free; White Glove delivery is $149.

Old Mattress Removal

Old mattress removal is included with White Glove delivery at the customer’s request, and will not incur additional charges beyond the $149 fee. Old mattress removal is not available with standard deliveries.

Helix Midnight

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 to 15 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? All 50 states and most of Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Helix offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Helix Midnight mattress.

  1. This sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers may not return their mattress for a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
  2. If customers are not satisfied with their bed’s firmness, Helix will mail an additional comfort layer to make the mattress feel softer or firmer at no extra charge.
  3. In the event of a return, Helix will issue a full refund and coordinate mattress pickup from the customer’s residence.

Warranty

Helix offers a 10-year warranty for the standard Helix Midnight and a 15-year warranty for the Helix Midnight Luxe:

  1. Both the 10-year and 15-year warranties are entirely nonprorated.
  2. Mattress owners are responsible for shipping and transportation costs associated with mattress repairs and replacements. If a defect is found, Helix will refund the owner up to one hundred dollars ($100) for these shipping costs.
  3. Helix will void the warranty if the mattress is not used with a firm, solid-surface.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Visible sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring one inch (1″) or deeper.
    • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack.
    • Defects associated with the mattress cover.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Visible sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that do not measure one inch (1″) or deeper.
    • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other types of physical damage resulting from misuse or neglect.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Helix or an authorized retailer. Anyone who buys or acquires the mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Helix Midnight mattresses is as follows:

  1. All Helix deliveries are coordinated through the UPS; as a result, deliveries are not available on weekends or holidays.
  2. After placing their order, customers can expect to receive their standard Helix Midnight within three to seven business days, or their Helix Midnight Luxe within six to 10 business days.
  3. A customer signature is not required for package delivery.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, roll-packed, and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: All 50 states, as well as most of Canada; deliveries are not available to Yukon, Nunavut, or the Northwest Territories.
Delivery Fee: Deliveries are free throughout the U.S.; Canadian deliveries will incur a $250 shipping and customs fee, which is applied during checkout.

Old Mattress Removal

Helix does not offer old mattress removal with any deliveries.

Our Recommendations

Choose the Casper if…
  • You experience frequent aches and pains in your neck, shoulders, and/or lower back
  • You want a bed that provides close body conforming
  • You weigh 230 pounds or less
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
The Casper may not be suitable if...
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds
  • You want a bed that feels firmer and conforms less
Choose the Helix Midnight if...
  • You prefer beds that have average to above-average thickness
  • You tend to sleep hot
  • You like beds that conform somewhat closely
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
The Helix Midnight may not be suitable if...
  • You would rather sleep on a firmer bed that conforms less
  • You prefer low-profile beds

Additional Information

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.