Amerisleep vs. Helix: A Complete Guide to Two Leading Brands
Choosing the right mattress can be an intimidating task! With so many mattress companies online, today’s consumer has plenty of choices. Two of the leading one mattress retailers are Helix and Amerisleep. To help figure out which one is right for you we have compared Helix mattress reviews and Amerisleep reviews. Reading the reviews on their site can be helpful, but don’t often tell the whole story.
In this article, we will cover:
Helix vs. Amerisleep Origins: An Overview
Based in New York, Helix Sleep is an American company. It has one showroom in Manhattan and does most of its business online. Adam Tishman, Kristian Von Rickenbach, and Jerry Lin founded Helix in 2015. The three bonded over the difficulties of buying a new mattress in a new, unfamiliar city. They created Helix Sleep in response.
Founded in 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Amerisleep came from a similar background. Amerisleep decided to make different mattresses (the AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4, and AS5) and to build those mattresses for specific types of sleepers. For example, the Amerisleep AS3 was listed by Allure as one of the best mattresses available online. This makes sense as the Amerisleep AS3 was designed to fit as many types of sleeping positions as possible (stomach, back, and side sleepers). While Amerisleep’s AS2 was included in our guide on finding the best mattress for lower back pain. It cut out the middleman so it could reduce the price and provide a top quality mattress to more consumers.
Additionally, Amerisleep wanted to be eco-friendly. It designed its mattresses with plant-based materials, using less petroleum than its competitors. Plus, Amerisleep uses a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process which emits virtually zero emissions.
Amerisleep is an online retailer that also has eight physical locations. Those stores are in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
Amerisleep vs. Helix: What Are They Made Out of?
Amerisleep Mattresses From Cover to Core
Amerisleep uses Celliant® in all five of their mattresses. Celliant® is a technologically advanced material FDA-determined to promote better sleep, by recycling your natural body heat into infrared light which increases blood circulation.1
Amerisleep’s plant-based Bio-Pur® memory foam has a unique open cell structure. This structure encourages air movement and keeps the sleeper cool. Compared to traditional memory foam, Amerisleep offers a much cooler experience.
Amerisleep makes five mattresses: the AS1, AS2, AS3, AS4, and AS5. Every model, besides the AS1, which is Amerisleep’s firmest model, uses HIVE® technology.
HIVE® technology is made of hundreds of hexagonal cut-outs, spaced apart in such a way as to promote comfort where you want it and support where you need it. These cut-outs also create air channels which allows warm air to escape out the sides of your mattress. Amerisleep claims to have put HIVE® technology in its mattresses because a study shows it reduces pressure points by up to 49%.2
Like all layers of Amerisleep mattresses, the core layer is made with the unique VPF foam manufacturing process. This process allows Amerisleep to salvage more raw materials, create virtually zero emissions, and make an eco-friendly mattress that is still supportive.
Helix Mattresses From Cover to Core
Depending on which Helix mattress you’re looking at, it’s either made of memory plus foam or a latex foam hybrid.
In order from top to bottom, in the Helix mattress you will find:
- Top cover layer and lower cover layer improve comfort, breathability, and airflow
- Comfort layer of memory plus foam or Helix dynamic foam. Some specialties have two comfort layers, Helix dynamic and ultra dense memory foam
- Transition layer: high grade polyfoam, Helix dynamic foam, or Helix transition foam
- Body Shape layer: wrapped coils to assist with movement isolation
Base layer: DuraDense foam for added pressure point support
Choosing a Mattress: The Process
Amerisleep offers a simple, streamlined process for choosing your best mattress. Amerisleep has five mattresses: the AS1 (firm), AS2 (medium firm), AS3 (medium), AS4 (medium soft), and AS5 (soft). The naming of each mattress makes it clear what type of mattress you’re getting with each model. On their site, it also indicates which mattress is best for what kind of sleeper (side, back, or stomach).
With the Helix, there are more options. Helix offers nine different models, including Sunset, Moonlight, Dusk, Twilight, and Dawn. It also has three specialty mattresses: Nightfall, Duel Balanced, and Duel Extra.
Some might appreciate the extra options available at Helix. Customers can even take a “sleep quiz.” The quiz helps identify which sort of mattress is best suited for them. Customers identify their sleep preferences. Do they want firm or soft? Which sleeping position do they prefer? They also provide their size and weight. Then, Helix recommends the ideal mattress for them.
Amerisleep vs. Helix Warranty and Trial Periods
Buying a mattress online might seem like a risk. You’re buying something you may not have even touched, and you’re going to be spending a lot of time on it.
Fortunately, both Amerisleep and Helix offer lengthy trial periods and warranties. However, though one outshines the other.
Helix offers a 100-night trial (during which you can return the mattress free of charge). It also offers a 10-year warranty. You can return the mattress if something breaks during those 10 years.
At Amerisleep, you also get a 100-night trial (and money back guarantee) and a 20-year warranty. The first 10 years of your warranty offer your full dollar value spent towards a new mattress if your current mattress is defective. The second 10 years offers you half your dollar value if your mattress is defective.
Shipping and Delivery
According to their website, a Helix mattress arrives in a box roughly the “size of a bag of golf clubs” via UPS Ground. Shipping is free for US orders and $20 for Canadian orders (plus Customs Tax). It arrives within 3 to 7 business days.
Amerisleep offers free shipping in the US. Your mattress ships between 3 to 5 days after your order via FedEx. It arrives within the following 1 to 5 business days. All Amerisleep packaging is environmentally responsible.
According to the Helix site, there are 1,068 reviews with an average of 4.6 stars. Some reviews mention that they sleep hot at night. Others complain of the mattress being too stiff.
Amerisleep reviews paint a fuller picture since there are 14 times as many reviews. Amerisleep has positive reviews, including over 14,000 verified reviews at a 4.7-star average. Additionally, 98% of Amerisleep customers would recommend it to a friend. Most Amerisleep customers (99%) give a rating of 3 or more stars. Amerisleep’s very high customer reviews is one of the reasons we also have it listed as the best mattress of 2019.
Amerisleep is our recommendation between these two companies, and specifically the Amerisleep AS3. One of the best qualities of this mattress is it is a great fit for back, side, and stomach sleepers, and everyone in between. It uses a cover with a material FDA-determined to promote better sleep and a supportive and contouring plant-based foam.
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- 1 The FDA has determined that Celliant® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products. Celliant® is determined by the FDA to temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Hologenix, LLC, the maker of Celliant®, states that Celliant® safely converts body heat to infrared energy. This energy penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow and helps increase comfort and promotes restful sleep.
- 2 Milne, C. T. APRN, MSN, BC, CWOCN; Saucier, D. APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWCN; and Motta, G., BSN, MPH, ET. Evaluation of a Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) Mattress with Surface Modification Technology (SMT) for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in General Medical-Surgical Patients. 43rd Annual Conference of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence, June, 2011