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HOME / Mattresses / Helix vs Casper Mattress – Bed in a Box Comparison [Video]
Helix vs Casper Mattress – Bed in a Box Comparison [Video]
What to consider when looking at Casper vs Helix Mattress
Before we discuss the big differences between these two beds and why you’d get one over the other, let’s cover shipping, returns, etc. Both Helix and Casper offer free shipping with all of their beds, regardless of size. They show up to your door in a box that’s about 4 feet tall by 2 feet wide. The box looks better suited for a mini fridge than a whole mattress.
Nevertheless, inside is a bed that’s plastic wrapped like crazy. Once you unroll the bed, it will inflate within seconds, which is a pretty exciting experience. Whichever brand you go with, you should probably give the bed about 24 hours to fully inflate and take its intended form. We’ve found that both inflate quickly and are usually good to go straight away, but just as a precaution you may want to give them a day or so (just don’t lean them against the wall right away).
In any case, after you’ve got the bed out of the box, you have 100 nights to see if its for you. Both brands offer a 100-night risk-free trial period where you can test drive the mattress. If you decide you love it, keep it. That’s the whole goal. If it’s not totally for you, call the brand up and they’ll issue you a refund (as long as you’re still within the initial trial period). That risk-free trial makes it pretty hard to not test out a new bed, especially since you can get a full refund even after testing the bed for 98 nights.
Let’s say you keep the bed, however, both brands back their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. That’s pretty standard for the industry, as are their shipping and returns policies. We’ve seen a few other companies offer longer warranties, which is fantastic, but 10 years should be good enough. If you’d like a longer warranty, check out GhostBed, which offers a 20-year warranty, Nest Bedding, which offers lifetime warranties on all of their beds, or Nolah, which offers a 25-year warranty. There are some other brands, but those three are pretty close competitors with Helix and Casper.
Helix Sleep vs Casper Mattress – Customization
The entire premise of Helix Sleep is that everyone is different and therefore should have their own unique mattress. As such, Helix has a Sleep Quiz on their website that you fill out as the first step in the shopping experience. You’ll be asked questions about firmness, support, and coolness preferences. Helix will then customize the bed based on your feedback. They even take into account couples and can tailor each side of the bed or create a blended option that works with both partners. Here’s a video about their Sleep Quiz.
Given the level of customization with Helix, the goal is to get the perfect bed for you, as opposed to hoping that the Casper is that bed. For your reference, Casper is a softer bed…about a 5.25/10 (maybe a hair softer) on the soft to firm scale. Therefore, we see it as being best suited for side sleepers and combo sleepers (people that rotate position throughout the night). Back and stomach sleepers will be fine from the get-go, but as is the case with all foam beds, Casper will soften over time and might not have the appropriate amount of support for you (depending on your weight).
Dillon doing some serious lounging.
If you opt for Helix, you have the option to get a plush, medium-plush, medium, medium-firm, or firm bed. So if you’re purely a back sleeper, Helix has an option for you. The same goes for side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combo sleepers. With Casper, you’re getting a medium to medium-plush bed. Don’t get me wrong, Casper is unbelievably comfortable, but we really appreciate Helix giving you the option to customize your own bed. And in the event that you hate the bed from Helix, you can return it and start over, so it’s kind of hard to not get the right bed.
Helix is a hybrid mattress that incorporates foam and pocketed springs. Some folks out there really prefer the feel of an innerspring bed and therefore will be drawn to Helix. Instead of using large coils connected to a main unit, Helix uses individually wrapped pocketed coils that help to increase airflow and limit motion transfer. Here’s a video about the production process of a Helix Mattress.
Helix starts with a dense layer of support foam, followed by the micro-coils, and then their proprietary Helix Dynamic Foam, which isn’t memory foam nor is it latex foam – it actually feels somewhat like a blend of the two. All this is to say that if you prefer the bounce from an innerspring bed, Helix is the way to go.
Additionally, because you have coils and foam with Helix, it ends up being a responsive bed, meaning even with a softer option, switching positions isn’t an issue. You’ll never get the ‘stuck in the mud’ feeling that you typical experience with memory foam. The responsiveness isn’t quite as fast with Casper, but you still won’t feel like you’re sinking into the bed and being smothered by it.
Better for Heavier People
Because Helix has coils and you can choose to get a firm bed, heavier folks will have more luck with Helix. With Casper, you’ll bottom out the mattress if you’re 250LB+ and you sit in one spot. Even if you lay down, you might not get the amount of support that you were hoping for with Casper. Clearly, if you’re smaller or of average weight, both beds are viable options, but if you’re bigger, Helix wins. In fact, as part of the Helix Sleep Quiz on their website, they ask how heavy you are in order to better tailor the bed to you.
Final Thoughts on Helix Bed vs Casper Mattress
For us, the primary advantages with Helix are the fact that you can customize the bed not only for yourself but your partner as well. Additionally, for people that prefer the bounce of an innerspring bed, Helix is the clear winner. Beyond that, the bed is amazingly comfortable with great responsiveness. We can’t say you should definitely purchase it over Casper, but there are some real advantages with Helix.
Casper truly popularized the entire direct to consumer mattress indsutry and are typically the first brand that folks think of when considering a new online mattress. They’ve been in the game for a long time and you don’t get to where Casper is without making good products. In fact, when you envision a bed in a box, you probably think of something very similar to this video from Casper.
But just because Casper is the most widely known online mattress brand, doesn’t mean that it’s the best in all categories. With that in mind, here’s where Casper does have the edge over Helix.
Because Casper is an all-foam bed, it is highly efficient at limiting motion transfer. If you or your partner move around a lot in your sleep, the Casper Mattress is the better option for limiting the cross-mattress motion. With that said, Helix does use individually wrapped coils that make it vastly better than a typical innerspring bed…it’s just that Casper is better here.
As you can see above, Casper starts with a dense support layer of foam that provides the structure and support for the bed. Then you have Casper’s new Zoned Support foam, which is split into thirds. The portions under your head, shoulders and legs are a bit softer for more pressure relief, while the portion under your lower back and hips is a bit firmer for added support and to keep your spine aligned properly. Next is a layer of memory foam for even more pressure releif. And on top is a layer of open-cell foam, which is designed to increase airflow with the bed and give it a little bounce. The net result is a very comfortable bed, but it’s not any cooler than Helix. In fact, we felt both were pretty equal in terms of temperature regulation. Neither was great, but neither slept hot.
Also, in terms of feel, Casper reminds us more of a memory foam bed, but with none of the downsides. It offers great pressure relief for side sleepers. We think it’s a good option for anyone with shoulder or hip pain as well. To be fair, Helix has the ability to make a bed for these types of sleepers, but if you don’t want to deal with customizing a bed, Casper is a darn good pickup, especially if you’re a side or combo sleeper.
Final Thoughts on Casper vs Helix Sleep
Casper is a great bed. It’s unbelievably comfortable, pretty competitive in terms of price, and is a great option for side and combo sleepers. We can see a real case for why you’d get it over Helix Sleep, but it really comes down to what type of sleeper you are and what you’re looking for in a bed.
– Want a firm or soft bed? Go Helix.
– Want a medium bed? Go Helix or Casper.
– Want to customize the feel of the bed? Go Helix.
– Want very little motion transfer? Go Casper.
– Want the bounce from an innerspring bed? Go Helix.
– Choosing purely based on price? Go Casper.