Helix Sunset Luxe Review – A Soft Mattress For Side Sleepers
If you’re looking for a soft mattress built from memory foam and pocket coils, pay attention: this is a mattress you need to know about. In this Helix Sunset Luxe review, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about this affordable luxury mattress from the popular brand Helix, and help you decide if this is the best mattress for you.
Before we get started, note that Helix custom design a range of mattresses to suit different needs. The Sunset Luxe which we’ll cover here, is designed to have a soft feel for side sleepers wanting a soft mattress. If you are a side sleeper wanting a firmer mattress that will STILL support your shoulder, I suggest you click over to my Helix Twilight Review instead.
Helix Sunset Luxe Review Specs
|Build:||4 Foam Layers + Zoned Pocket Coils|
|Feel:||Soft With Contouring Foam|
|Sleep Trial:||100 Nights|
|Price:||From $995 (Check for discounts)|
|My Rating:||9/10 (based on comfort, value for money, and quality)|
Helix Sunset Luxe Overview
The Helix Sunset Luxe is a soft mattress designed with side sleepers in mind. If you’re more of a back or stomach sleeper looking for a soft mattress, you should look at the Helix Moonlight mattress instead.
The Sunset Luxe stands at 14 inches high, has a pillow-top, contouring memory foams, and a support core of zoned pocket springs. The two memory foams inside have been engineered to have a soft and contouring feel: it’s the these layers that make the Sunset different to the other Helix mattresses.
- Top Cover: Tencel fabric. Tencel is a plant based fabric that’s silky smooth to touch and is very breathable. I own a pillow with a tencel cover, so I can vouch for its softness.
- Quilted Pillow top: The cover is quilted with a small layer of polyfoam to add to that soft feel as soon as you touch the mattress. The two next foam layers are inside the pillow top, and the mattress has extra edging fabric around the edge of the pillow top.
- Foam Layer 1: Gel infused memory foam. This is a soft feel foam that will contour to your pressure points. It’s the softest foam you’ll find in a Helix mattress. The gel infusion helps it draw excess body heat away to keep you the right temperature as you sleep.
- Foam Layer 2: Memory plus foam, Another memory foam layer for further pressure relief, but in a higher density to the gel foam above it to ensure you don’t sink too far. Even though this is a higher density foam, it still has a soft feel.
- Foam Layer 3: High grade polyfoam. This layer is just there to act as a transition between the memory foams above and the pocket coils below.
- Pocket Coils: Individually wrapped coils with zoning for targeted support. The coils have a softer feel under your shoulder and are firmer under your hips, to help keep your body aligned as you sleep. The coils have also been reinforced around the edge of the mattress for strong edge support.
- Base: Another layer of high density polyfoam: this is just for the pocket coils to sit on, it doesn’t really do anything for the overall feel of the mattress, but it’s a sign that Helix cares about the quality and integrity of their mattress.
About The Helix Brand
Helix have been in business since 2016, which is quite a long time for the “mattress in a box” industry. Based in New York, all their mattresses are made in the USA.
Helix set themselves apart from other mattress in a box brands by offering a variety of mattresses designed to suit different sleep needs. They offer six standard mattresses, six “luxe” mattresses, and some specialty mattresses. They do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach and have designed a range of mattresses that are targeted to specific individuals.
For example, in this review, you’re reading about the Sunset Luxe mattress, which is Helix’s soft, luxury mattress made with side sleepers in mind.
Check out the Helix Sleep Quiz: this will help you choose exactly which model from their range is the best fit for you and your needs (I’ve tested it twice and I think it’s pretty accurate)
Pros And Cons Of The Helix Sunset Luxe Mattress
As with any mattress (whether you’re buying in a store or online), the Helix Sunset Luxe has its pros and cons. I’ve listed them below.
- A high quality soft mattress (I don’t think it’s that easy to find a good quality soft mattress. There are plenty of medium and firm options, but less great soft options). Helix backs this up with a 15 year warranty instead of the standard 10 years
- Contouring foam for side sleeper support
- Excellent value for money
- Zoned support coils for targeted pressure relief and strong edges
- The cost is higher than the standard Helix mattress models (but you’re getting quite a few extras)
- The contouring foam is best suited to side and combo sleepers, I wouldn’t recommend this to exclusive back or stomach sleepers
- It would have been nice to see some foam encasing around the support coils for an extra quality touch
Why Should I Choose A “Luxe” Mattress Over A Standard Helix Mattress?
All Helix Luxe mattresses are priced from $995, where the standard models are priced from $600. That’s a bit of a jump, so you’d expect to be getting a lot of extra features for your money. Here’s what you get when you choose Helix Luxe:
- Standard Helix mattresses are 12 inches high, while the Luxe models are 14 inches high (this is also classified as a luxury mattress height).
- The Luxe has a quilted pillow top, the standard does not.
- The Luxe has a tencel cover instead of a standard stretch knit. Tencel is a plant based fiber that’s known for its silky smoothness and breathability. It’s usually only used in premium mattresses.
- The Luxe has an extra memory foam layer: the standard models do not have the gel memory foam layer.
- The Luxe has zoned lumbar support coils for more targeted base support.
I think you’re getting a lot of extra for your money, and the Luxe is still a reasonable price. My personal preference is for the Luxe over the standard mattresses, and the Midnight Luxe is the one I would buy.