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Leesa vs. Helix – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison

Written by - Brad Nehring.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Leesa is a memory foam mattress that offers close body conforming for pressure relief and better spinal alignment.
  • The Helix Midnight is a premium memory foam hybrid with strong edge support and consistent temperature neutrality.
  • Both beds have a balanced, medium feel.

19,219 Verified Customer Experiences

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57 Hours of Lab Testing

5 Sleep Experts Consulted

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  • Leesa Mattress
  • Helix Midnight
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Leesa vs. Helix Mattress Overview

Leesa has been in business since 2014. The brand’s flagship mattress, known as the Leesa, features comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam, along with a support core of high-density polyfoam. The mattress is considered ‘Medium,’ or 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Helix Sleep launched in 2015, and currently offers hybrid mattresses. We’ve selected the Helix Midnight, a memory foam hybrid with ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness, for this comparison with the Leesa. The Helix Midnight is offered in ‘Standard’ and ‘Luxe’ designs. The Standard model is built with a memory foam comfort layer, transitional polyfoam layer, and a single-gauge pocketed coil support core reinforced with high-density polyfoam. The Luxe model includes an additional memory foam comfort layer; the pocketed coils are zoned (multi-gauge), as well.

Please note: Leesa and Helix sell other mattresses in addition to the beds listed above.

This page exclusively compares the Leesa and Helix Midnight mattresses. For more information about other models from these manufacturers, please visit our Sapira Mattress Reviews and Helix Sleep Mattress Reviews pages.

The Leesa and Helix Midnight are constructed with different materials, but they offer comparable firmness, motion isolation, and pressure relief for sleepers with aches and pains. This page will look at the unique pros and cons of each mattress, as well as the customer policies of both brands.

Ratings Comparison

Leesa Mattress

Helix Midnight

MATTRESS TYPE FoamHybrid
PRICE RANGE $999$920
FIRMNESS OPTION 55.5
AVAILABILITY online, in-storeonline
SLEEP TRIAL 100 nights100 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 10 Year, Limited10 Year, Limited
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  • Leesa Mattress
  • Helix Midnight

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
  • Leesa Mattress
  • Helix Midnight
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Conforming
Sex
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
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Durability

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

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Durability

The durability of Leesa mattresses should be on par with most mixed foam models — roughly seven years with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

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Motion Isolation

The dense, multi-layered foam construction of Leesa mattresses cuts down on motion transfer to a significant degree.

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Off-gassing

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

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Off-gassing

Like many other foam mattresses, the Leesa is associated with some off-gassing odor, but the smells tend to dissipate within a few days.

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Sex

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Sex

Leesa mattresses offer some bounce, but these models may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Leesa can sleep hot for some, but this mattress is relatively cool compared to many competing foam-based models.

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Edge Support

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

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Edge Support

Edge support is fair for most of the mixed foam, universal comfort beds on the market. The Leesa is no better or worse, but on par with its competitors.

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Noise

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

Leesa mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Durability

Like most hybrids, the Helix Midnight has an expected lifespan of six to seven years.

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Durability

Like most hybrids, the Helix Midnight has an expected lifespan of six to seven years.

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Motion Isolation

The Helix Midnight offers above-average motion isolation compared to other hybrids.

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Motion Isolation

The Helix Midnight offers above-average motion isolation compared to other hybrids.

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Off-gassing

Some off-gassing may occur with the Helix Midnight, but odors are neither excessively strong nor long-lasting.

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Off-gassing

Some off-gassing may occur with the Helix Midnight, but odors are neither excessively strong nor long-lasting.

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Sex

The thick foam layers may limit responsiveness in the Helix Midnight, but the bed is still bouncier and better for sex than most of its all-foam or all-latex competitors.

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Sex

The thick foam layers may limit responsiveness in the Helix Midnight, but the bed is still bouncier and better for sex than most of its all-foam or all-latex competitors.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Helix Midnight offers great temperature neutrality thanks to strong airflow through the coil layer.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Helix Midnight offers great temperature neutrality thanks to strong airflow through the coil layer.

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Edge Support

The Helix Midnight offers very good edge support, due in part to foam additional foam layers bolstering the coils.

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Edge Support

The Helix Midnight offers very good edge support, due in part to foam additional foam layers bolstering the coils.

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Noise

The Helix Midnight's pocketed coils suppress noise to some extent, allowing the bed to be quieter than many other mattresses with springs.

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Noise

The Helix Midnight's pocketed coils suppress noise to some extent, allowing the bed to be quieter than many other mattresses with springs.

The Leesa Is Good for...
  • Most sleepers regardless of their weight or preferred position
  • People who prefer mattresses with a ‘Medium’ feel and moderate conforming abilities
  • Those who normally sleep hot on all-foam beds
The Helix Midnight Is Good for...
  • Sleepers who like beds with thicker-than-average profiles
  • People who prefer a ‘Medium’ feel and close conforming abilities
  • Those who normally sleep hot

Sleep Position Ratings

Leesa

The Leesa has a ‘Medium’ feel and an average thickness profile. These conditions are optimal for sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds, as well as lighter and heavier individuals who prefer a balance of body conforming and firm support.

The Leesa is also a good pick for side sleepers, as the bed can improve spinal alignment and alleviate aches and pains. Other benefits of the mattress include great motion isolation, no noise when bearing weight, and decent temperature neutrality/cool sleep compared to many other all-foam beds.

Helix Midnight

Standard and Luxe Helix Midnight mattresses both have ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness. Like the Leesa, these beds are ideal for anyone between 130 and 230 pounds. Lighter individuals may prefer the Standard design due to its low profile, while side sleepers and heavier people are more likely to enjoy the Luxe due to its thickness and deeper conforming abilities.

Both versions of the Helix Midnight isolate motion transfer very well and produce minimal noise. The beds also sleep exceptionally cool, even for hybrids. Please note that the ratings listed above reflect averages for both the Standard and Luxe Helix Midnight designs.

  • Leesa Mattress
  • Helix Midnight
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Leesa if...

  • You normally sleep hot on all-foam beds
  • You prefer a mattress with a ‘Medium’ feel that provides moderate conforming
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to noise or movement

Choose the Helix Midnight if...

  • You normally sleep hot
  • You prefer a mattress with a ‘Medium’ feel that provides close body conforming
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise

Technical Details Comparison

  • twin-bed
    Twin $499 Leesa $525 Helix Midnight $895 Helix Midnight LUXE
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $599 Leesa $695 Helix Midnight $1,145 Helix Midnight LUXE
  • twin-bed
    Full $899 Leesa $855 Helix Midnight $1,345 Helix Midnight LUXE
  • twin-bed
    Queen $999 Leesa $995 Helix Midnight $1,595 Helix Midnight LUXE
  • twin-bed
    King $1,199 Leesa $1,145 Helix Midnight $1,945 Helix Midnight LUXE
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $1,199 Leesa $1,145 Helix Midnight $1,945 Helix Midnight LUXE

Mattress Construction

Now let’s compare how these mattresses are made. The next table lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for the Leesa and both versions of the Helix Midnight. Please note that Helix does not disclose specifications for individual layer thickness.

Specification Leesa Helix Midnight Helix Midnight LUXE
Firmness 5 (Medium) 5.5 (Medium) 5.5 (Medium)
Thickness 10″ 10″ 14″
Weight (Queen) 71 lbs. 84 lbs. 120 lbs.
Support Core Components 6″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 2″ 3 PCF Polyfoam
2″ 3 PCF Memory Foam
2.5 PCF Memory Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
2.5 PCF Memory Foam
Memry Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
Cover Composition Polyester/Lycra® Spandex Blend Dual-layer Stretch Polyester Pillow-top with Phase-Change Material

How Is the Leesa Built?

The Leesa’s dual-layer comfort system consists of a top polyfoam layer with an indentation load deflection (ILD) of 13 and a bottom memory foam layer with an ILD of 9. These components create a ‘Medium’ (5) feel that balances conforming and support, making the mattress suitable for most sleepers regardless of their weight or sleep position. The Leesa also has a high-density polyfoam support core that provides great reinforcement to the bed and helps minimize sinkage around the edges.

The Leesa has a thickness profile of 10″, which is on par with average mattress measurements. It also weighs 71 pounds in a Queen size, which is exceptionally light even by all-foam bed standards; most owners should have relatively little difficulty lifting and rotating the mattress.

How Is the Helix Midnight Built?

A Standard Helix Midnight has a comfort system featuring a single memory foam comfort layer and a transitional polyfoam layer. The mattress offers a ‘Medium’ (5.5) feel and conforms somewhat closer than the Leesa, though it won’t sink as deeply as other, softer hybrids. The Standard Midnight has pocketed coils with one uniform gauge, along with a high-density base layer for added reinforcement. It measures 10″ thick and weighs 84 pounds in a Queen size, making it shorter and much lighter than the average hybrid.

The Luxe Helix Midnight has a similar construction, but with a couple of key differences. The Luxe has a gel memory foam comfort layer on top of the memory foam layer, allowing the bed to conform a bit closer – though the Luxe is also considered ‘Medium’ (5.5). The bed’s pocketed coils are also zoned, with higher-gauge (thinner) coils beneath the shoulders and lower-gauge (thicker) coils under the hips. This arrangement provides targeted sleeper support, and is particularly suitable for heavier individuals. The Luxe Helix Midnight measures 14″ thick and weighs 120 pounds in a Queen size.

Leesa Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping All 50 states and Canada

  • Warranty 10 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

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

    1. The sleep trial includes a mandatory, 30-night break-in period. Customers may not return the bed for a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
    2. The sleep trial will be voided if the mattress leaves its original country of purchase.
    3. Leesa covers all transportation charges associated with returns; those who request a return will receive prepaid shipping labels.
  • Warranty

    Leesa offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

    1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
    2. Leesa will void the warranty if the mattress is not used with a supportive base or foundation.
    3. Owners must cover all shipping and transportation charges associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
    4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
      • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure 1″ or deeper.
      • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause foam to split or crack.
      • Defects with the cover, including unraveled seams or broken zippers.
    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 types of physical damage caused by misuse or neglect.
      • 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 their mattress from Leesa or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not qualify for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    The delivery policy for Leesa mattresses is as follows:

    1. Leesa customers typically receive their mattress within three to seven business days of placing their original order.
    2. Leesa offers standard delivery free of charge and White Glove delivery for a flat fee of $100. White Glove delivery includes in-home mattress assembly; for an additional $50, delivery personnel will remove the customer’s old mattress.
    3. Once their order has been placed, customers may not make changes to their delivery address after 24 hours have elapsed.

    How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
    Where Do They Ship?: Leesa ships mattresses to customers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany. White Glove delivery is not available in all locations.
    Delivery Fee: Standard delivery is free. White Glove delivery is available for a flat fee of $100, plus $50 ($150 total) for old mattress removal.

    Old Mattress Removal

    Old mattress removal is offered for an additional $50 fee with White Glove delivery ($150 total). This service is not available with standard deliveries.

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Helix Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping All 50 states and Canada

  • Warranty 10 to 15 years non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    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. In the event of a return, Helix will issue a full refund and coordinate mattress pickup from the customer’s residence for free.
  • Warranty

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

    1. Both warranties are completely nonprorated.
    2. Mattress owners are responsible for initial 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 charges.
    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 Details

    The delivery policy for Helix Midnight mattresses is as follows:

    1. All Helix deliveries are coordinated through UPS.
    2. Most customers receive their Standard Helix Midnight within three to seven business days of placing their original order; Helix Midnight Luxe mattresses typically arrive within six to 10 business days.
    3. Deliveries do not require a customer signature.

    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; Helix does not deliver 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 for any deliveries.

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