Tempur-Pedic mattress vs Helix mattress: Which hybrid mattress should you buy in the Memorial Day sales?

Tempur-Pedic Tempur Cloud vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress
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Tempur-Pedic and Helix are two of the most prominent and prestigious mattress brands behind some of the best hybrid mattresses in the world. In this Tempur-Pedic mattress vs Helix mattress comparison, we’re comparing the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs the Helix Midnight Luxe to see which hybrid best suits your body and sleep needs.

Like the best mattress, both beds off a keen balance of comfort and support. Both are hybrid mattresses, which means that they are crafted from a combination of coils and foam. Price-wise, a queen size Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud is $1,399 (was $1,999), thanks to an incredibly strong early Memorial Day mattress sale. 

However, the Helix Midnight Luxe is an epic 30% off at the moment, reducing the price of a queen to $1,661.66 from $2,373. If you've currently got both in your basket but are unsure which one is right for you, we'll help you decide between them in our Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe comparison…

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid: $1,899

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid: from $1,899 $1,329 at Tempur-Pedic
If you want to experience the unique pressure relieving feel of a Tempur-Pedic mattress, but don’t have the budget for one of their flagship mattresses, the Tempur-Cloud Hybrid could be a great compromise. And right now there’s 30% off for the Memorial Day sales, making the mattress far more affordable.

Helix Midnight Luxe: $1,373.80

Helix Midnight Luxe: from $1,373.80 $961.66 at Helix
Helix is offering the biggest discount we’ve seen on their mattresses this Memorial Day, with 30% off all sizes with code MEMDAY30. You’ll also get two free pillows included with the mattress. We normally see discounts of between 20-25%, so this is a particularly good deal.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Tempur-Pedic Tempur-CloudHelix Midnight Luxe
Type:Hybrid Hybrid
Firmness:3, 5-7, 86
Trial:90 nights 100 nights
Warranty:10 years15 years
Price bracket: Premium Premium

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Price, trials & warranties

  • The Tempur-Cloud is only reduced at major sales events
  • The Helix sales usually range between 20%-25% off
  • The Helix is currently reduced by 30%, which is the best discount we’ve seen

Tempur-Pedic mattress deals generally only crop up during major holidays, with 30% off the Tempur Cloud being the norm. You can also look at sales from authorized Tempur-Pedic resellers such as Amazon and Macy’s, although prices tend to be the same and, in this case, we’d recommend buying directly from Tempur-Pedic for easier aftercare. 

Tempur-Pedic offer a 10-year warranty as well as free shipping, but the 90-night trial period is disappointing compared to most other major brands. And for the price of the mattress, it’s also disappointing that delivery is only to your front door – you’ll only get white glove delivery with the more expensive mattresses.

The Tempur-Pedic Tempur Cloud mattress on. blue fabric frame in a blue bedroom

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Helix mattress sales run continuously, with an evergreen discount of 20-25% off. This Memorial Day the mattress is discounted by 30%, which is the largest discount we’ve seen on the Luxe range (there’s also 30% off Helix’s Elite range as well). There are two free pillows bundled in as well and the mattress comes with a 100 night trial period.

You’ll also get a 15-year warranty and free shipping to your door. There’s currently no option for white glove delivery from Helix, unless you live in California where you can book to have your old mattress removed and new one delivered to a room of your choosing.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Materials & design

  • Both mattresses are luxury hybrids
  • The Tempur-Pedic is a 10” mattress with five layers
  • The Helix is a 13.5” mattress with six layers

Although both mattresses are hybrids, they’re constructed differently beneath the covers. The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid starts with a stretch cover that wicks away moisture and promotes breathability. Underneath is a comfort layer of Tempur memory foam for a slow release to pressure, followed by a transition layer of slightly firmer Tempur foam to contour to the body. This sits on top of a layer of 1,000+ spring coils for additional support. At the bottom is a base layer of high-density polyfoam for stability and structure.

The Helix Midnight Luxe is one of our chosen best hybrid mattresses, offering sleepers plenty of soothing comfort. The Helix comes with a quilted pillow top Tencel cover, with the option to upgrade to a GlacioTex cover for extra cooling. You’ll see this fabric in many of our best cooling mattresses, with the it being well regarded for its ability to help keep sleepers cool. 

Exploded diagram showing layers of Helix Midnight Luxe mattress

(Image credit: Helix)

Underneath the cover is a layer of polyfoam, followed by a layer of copper gel memory foam, both designed to contour to your body. Next up is a transition layer of memory foam, which sits on a layer of individually wrapped coils. These are firmer around the lumbar and edges of the mattress. Finally, there’s a dense foam base layer for support. 

Both mattresses are mattresses in a box and will arrive at your front door rolled up and ready to put on your bed.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Comfort & support

  • The Tempur-Pedic is a medium firm mattress that rates as a 6-6.5/10
  • The Helix Midnight Luxe is rated at 6/10
  • Both offer outstanding support for side sleepers 

Despite having coils inside, the Tempur-Pedic still has the traditional memory foam ‘hug’ you’d expect from the Tempur foam. The mattress is particularly suited to side sleepers, who will be well supported by the plush contouring of the mattress, which offers exceptional pressure relief around the shoulders and hips. 

Tempur-Cloud mattress review

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As we discovered during our Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress review, back sleepers of light and average weight will also feel supported and cradled with this mattress, thanks to ample contouring around the lower lumbar region to help ease back pain. It’s not a great fit for heavier sleepers or those who sleep on their stomachs, as the mattress is too soft to prevent the hips from sinking out of alignment with the rest of the body. 

The Helix Midnight Luxe is specifically designed for side sleepers, with the upper memory foam layer providing plenty of deep pressure relief around the hips and shoulders. The addition of the pillowtop on the Luxe version means that there's more plushness than the original Helix Midnight. 

However, this is by no means a soft mattress. During our Helix Midnight Luxe mattress review, our lead tester found it so be supportive enough to sleep on her back. This bed is also exceptionally good at isolating motion and makes it a great choice for those sharing their bed with a restless partner, plus the bolstered edge support is a worthy update on the original Midnight. 

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Temperature regulation

  • Both mattresses have features to help with cooling
  • The Tempur-Pedic does have cooling features, but prone to trapping heat
  • The Helix has the option to upgrade to a GlacioTex Cooling cover

The Tempur promotes good airflow through its layer of springs and there’s also a breathable cover to help wick away moisture. However, Tempur foam is notorious for its deep contouring, which allows sleepers to sink into the mattress. And, even with the layer of coils, this is still a mattress with a lot of foam. So, we wouldn’t recommend it to those who sleep particularly hot.

The Helix also has a breathable cover, copper gel memory foam to draw heat away from the body and individually wrapped coils to promote airflow. If you choose to upgrade to the GlacioTex cover you’re essentially making it into a cooling mattress, although the cover does make the bed quite slippery. However, without the cooling cover some customers reported that it sleeps a little warm.

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Hybrid vs Helix Midnight Luxe mattress: Which should you buy?

Buy the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress if...

✅   You sleep on your back or side: The Tempur material offers great pressure relief around the shoulders and hips when sleeping on the side, allowing sleepers to sink into the foam and feel supported. In addition, the aforementioned lumbar support helps back sleepers sleep comfortably. 

✅   You want a memory foam ‘hug’: The Tempur-Pedic has copious amounts of Tempur’s proprietary foam, which offers deep contouring and sinkage around a sleeper’s body. Sleepers will feel cradled and supported, with plenty of pressure relief. 

✅   You share your bed with a restless sleeper: The deeper sinkage of the Tempur foam does a superb job of isolating motion, making it a great choice for those who share their bed with a restless partner. 

Buy the Helix Midnight Luxe if...

✅    You’re a side sleeper: The memory foam upper layer on the Helix allows sleepers’ shoulders and hips to sink gently into the mattress, providing pressure relief an enough comfort for a restful night’s sleep for side sleepers. 

✅    You want a luxurious feeling mattress: The pillowtop of the Helix gives the mattress a real touch of luxury, with a plush and squishy feel. It’s also thicker than the original model. 

✅    You sleep hot: Upgrade to the GlacioTex cover and you’ll essentially have a cooling mattress that should keep hot sleepers cool and comfortable at night. 

Jo Plumridge
Mattress tester and sleep writer

Jo Plumridge is an experienced mattress reviewer with several years' experience covering all things mattresses and sleep, and who tests memory foam, hybrid and organic mattresses. What Jo doesn't know about a boxed mattress isn't worth knowing, so naturally we tasked her with producing a series of features for Tom's Guide looking at all aspects of mattresses, from how to pick between latex and memory foam (it's a tricky one), to the seven mistakes people make when buying a mattress for the first time. When testing the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid for Tom's Guide, Jo said: "I loved the back support and pressure relief it offered. Plus, it looks far more expensive than it is." When she isn’t writing about sleep, Jo also writes extensively on interior design, home products and photography.