Tuft & Needle vs. Helix Mattress Comparison

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Quick Summary – T&N Mattress vs. Helix Midnight

Tuft & Needle was established in 2012. Its flagship bed, the T&N Mattress, is constructed with a comfort layer of 2.8 PCF polyfoam and a support core of 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam. The T&N Mattress is ‘Medium Firm,’ or 6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Helix began selling mattresses in 2015, and currently offers hybrid models. For this comparison we’ve chosen the Helix Midnight, a memory foam hybrid that is ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, or 5.5. The Helix Midnight is available in two designs. The ‘Standard’ has one memory foam comfort layer, a transitional polyfoam layer, and a single-gauge pocketed coil support core reinforced with a high-density polyfoam base. The ‘Luxe’ has similar construction, but also includes an extra memory foam comfort layer and zoned, multi-gauge pocketed coils.

Please note: Tuft & Needle and Helix each offer other mattresses in addition to the models listed above:

  • Tuft & Needle offers the Mint Mattress featuring a gel polyfoam comfort layer and a high-density support core.
  • Helix offers five additional memory foam hybrids – the Sunset, Moonlight, Dusk, Twilight, and Dawn – available in Standard and Luxe designs. Helix also sells two dual-firmness hybrids, the Dual Balanced and Dual Extra; and the Nightfall, a hybrid designed for heavier people.

This guide will exclusively look at the Casper and T&N Mattress. For more information about other mattresses from these brands, please check out our Tuft & Needle Mattress Reviews and Helix Mattress Reviews pages.

The T&N Mattress (an all-polyfoam bed) and the Helix Midnight (a memory foam hybrid) are constructed from different materials, yet they share many key similarities as well. This page will compare the unique advantages and drawbacks of each bed, along with the customer policies for both Tuft & Needle and Helix.

T&N Mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer firmer mattresses that offer moderate conforming
  • Those who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Couples

 

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Helix Midnight mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer a ‘Medium’ feel and close conforming
  • People who tend to sleep hot
  • Those who like sleeping on beds with thicker-than-average profiles

 

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T&N Mattress vs. Helix Midnight: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
T&N Mattress
Foam
Medium Firm
Inexpensive
Good for Back Pain
Back
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Mattress Specs

  • 6.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Non-prorated
  • online
  • 72 lbs
  • Foam
  • $595/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

T&N Mattresses are designed to perform for six to seven years, which is on par with similar models. The mattresses have been sold for less than five years, and longevity past the five-year mark has not been evaluated, but owners report minimal sagging and deterioration.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

Although T&N Mattresses contain no memory foam, customer reports indicate that the sleep surface absorbs and reduces motion transfer to a significant extent.

Conforming
Very Good

The T&N Mattress provides above-average pain and pressure relief compared to owners of other all-polyfoam mattress models.

Sex
Fair

T&N Mattresses are somewhat bouncy, but they may not be responsive enough for some couples.

Temperature Neutrality
Good

A small number of T&N Mattress owners claim their mattress sleeps excessively hot, but most say temperature neutrality is not a significant issue.

Off-gassing
Good

Some off-gassing is to be expected with the T&N Mattress, but these odors will dissipate rather quickly.

Edge Support
Fair

Edge support is questionable with the T&N Mattress and sinkage may occur along the perimeter of the bed.

Noise
Excellent

T&N Mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Helix Midnight
Hybrid
Medium
Inexpensive
Good for Hot Sleepers
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 5.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online
  • 90-100 lbs (Queen)
  • Hybrid
  • $920/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

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

Motion Isolation
Very Good

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

Conforming
Good

The Helix Midnight offers close conforming, and will relieve pain and pressure points for most sleepers.

Sex
Good

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.

Temperature Neutrality
Very Good

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

Off-gassing
Good

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

Edge Support
Very Good

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

Noise
Good

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

Sizes and Pricing

First let’s compare price-points of the T&N Mattress and Helix Midnight models. The table below lists current prices for the T&N Mattress, Helix Midnight Standard, and Helix Midnight Luxe in each available size.

Size T&N Mattress Helix Midnight (Standard) Helix Midnight (Luxe)
Twin $350 $500 $895
Twin XL $395 $600 $1,145
Full $495 $750 $1,345
Queen $595 $895 $1,595
King $750 $1,145 $1,945
California King $750 $1,145 $1,945

Mattress Construction

Next, let’s see how the T&N Mattress and Helix Midnight Standard and Luxe are built. The following table lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for these models.

Specification T&N Mattress Helix Midnight (Standard) Helix Midnight (Luxe)
Firmness 6.5 (Medium Firm) ‘Medium’ (5.5) ‘Medium’ (5.5)
Thickness 10″ 10″ 14″
Weight (Queen) 72 lbs. 84 lbs. 120 lbs.
Support Core Components 7″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Pocketed Coils
HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 3″ 2.8 PCF Polyfoam 2.5 PCF Memory Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
2.5 PCF Gel Memory Foam
Memory Foam
Transitional Polyfoam
Cover Composition Rayon and Polyester Blend Dual-layer Stretch Polyester Pillow-top with Phase-Change Material

How is the T&N Mattress built?

The T&N Mattress has a simple, dual-layer design consisting of a 2.8 PCF polyfoam comfort layer and a 1.8 PCF high-density polyfoam support core. Because the bed is ‘Medium Firm,’ it conforms to a moderate extent and won’t sink as deeply as other all-foam mattresses. The bed also isolates motion transfer to a noticeable extent and produces no noise when bearing weight, making it a good option for couples.

At 10″ thick, the T&N Mattress has a thickness profile that is on par with the average mattress. However, it weighs 72 pounds in a Queen size – light even by all-foam mattress standards – and should be relatively easy to lift and rotate as recommended for most owners.

How is the Helix Midnight built?

There are key construction differences between the two Helix Midnight designs. The standard model has a memory foam comfort layer and a transitional polyfoam layer; these components offer ‘Medium’ firmness and close body conforming for sleepers. The bed also has a pocketed coil support core and a high-density polyfoam base, which offers good reinforcement and helps minimize sinkage around the edges. This model also has a dual-layer cover made of stretch polyester.

The Helix Midnight Luxe is 14″ tall – 4″ thicker than the standard model – with gel memory foam and standard memory foam comfort layers. This comfort system offers closer conforming than the standard model, though it is also considered ‘Medium.’ The Luxe has a pillow-top cover with a layer of phase-change material, which partially accounts for the profile difference with the standard model. Another difference lies in the pocketed coils; the Luxe model features zoned coils, with higher-gauge (thinner) coils beneath the shoulders and lower-gauge (thicker) coils beneath the hips. This configuration offers targeted sleeper support. Like the standard Midnight, the Midnight Luxe also has a transitional polyfoam layer and a high-density polyfoam base. It weighs 120 pounds in a Queen size – 36 pounds heavier than the standard Midnight – and will be somewhat difficult to lift and rotate for most owners.

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
T&N Mattress
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
FAIR
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
VERY GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
Helix Midnight
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
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

T&N Mattress Sleeper Ratings

Due to its ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5) feel, the T&N Mattress is optimal for sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds; those who weigh less may find the mattress too firm, and that it does not conform to their body enough. Heavier individuals tend to feel quite comfortable on the T&N Mattress; comparatively, many sleepers in the above-average weight group find most other all-foam beds too soft and saggy.

Helix Midnight Sleeper Ratings

The Helix Midnight (both standard and Luxe models) have ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness, making them ideal for those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, as well as lighter or heavier individuals who prefer a balance of body conforming and firm support. The Luxe Midnight’s 14″ profile is also a good choice for larger people; this demographic often finds lower-profile beds difficult to get on and off of compared to thicker ones. Please note that the data listed above reflects all of Helix’s current mattresses, and not specifically the Midnight

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Tuft & Needle

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

Trial Period and Guarantee

Tuft & Needle offers a 100-night sleep trial for the T&N Mattress.

  1. Tuft & Needle does not refund shipping charges for customers in Alaska or Hawaii who request mattress returns.
  2. Tuft & Needle will coordinate mattress pickup for all returns and cover all associated costs.
  3. The 100-night sleep trial is available to customers who purchase their bed directly from Tuft & Needle or through Huckberry. Those who buy their mattress from other retailers should defer to that company’s sleep trial and return policy.
  4. One yearly sleep trial is offered per household.

Warranty

Tuft & Needle offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. Tuft & Needle will void the warranty if a firm, solid foundation surface is not used with the mattress, or if the bed is transported outside the U.S.
  3. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring three-quarters of an inch (3/4″) or deeper.
    • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause the foam to split or crack.
    • Manufacturing defects in the cover, including broken zippers and unraveling seams.
  4. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than three-quarters of an inch (3/4″) deep.
    • Burns, cuts, stains, discolorations, and other forms of damage that occur due to misuse or neglect.
  5. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Tuft & Needle 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 Policy

The delivery policy for T&N Mattresses is as follows:

  1. Most customers receive their T&N Mattress in three to seven business days of their original order.
  2. Tuft & Needle offers free standard shipping in the contiguous U.S., as well as same-day shipping for a flat fee of $50.
  3. A customer signature is not needed for deliveries.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: All 50 states
Delivery Fee: Standard deliveries are free within the lower 48 states, but additional shipping charges will apply for orders sent to Alaska or Hawaii. Same-day shipping is $50 where available.

Old Mattress Removal

Tuft & Needle does not offer old mattress removal.

Helix

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 requires a 30-night break-in period. Customers are not eligible to return their bed for a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
  2. Helix issues a full refund for all returns and will coordinate mattress pickup from the customer’s residence at no extra cost.

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 must cover shipping and transportation costs related to mattress repairs and replacements. If a defect is discovered, Helix will refund the owner up to $100 for these expenses.
  3. The warranty will be voided 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 qualify for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Helix Midnight mattresses is as follows:

  1. All Helix deliveries are coordinated through the UPS.
  2. Customers can expect to receive their standard Helix Midnight within three to seven business days of their original order; Helix Midnight Luxe mattresses typically ship within six to 10 business days.
  3. A customer signature is not needed for deliveries.

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 T&N Mattress if...
  • You want a mattress with a firmer feel that provides moderate body conforming
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
The T&N Mattress may not be suitable if...
  • You want a softer mattress that provides close conforming
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds
Choose the Helix Midnight if...
  • You want a mattress with a ‘Medium’ feel that provides close body conforming
  • You tend to sleep hot
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
The Helix Midnight may not be suitable if...
  • You prefer firmer beds that conform to a moderate extent
  • You prefer beds with low to average thickness profiles

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.