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Helix Dawn Luxe Mattress Review

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Disclosure by Kristina Hindes: The Helix Dawn Luxe mattress was provided to me at no cost for review purposes. However, all opinions shared here are solely based on my personal experience with the mattress.

As a certified sleep science coach and a mother of two, Kristina Hindes understands the crucial role that sleep plays in overall health and well-being. With a passion for holistic health and a background in clinical health services, she brings a unique perspective to the world of mattress reviews. 

Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated my commitment to improving the lives of others through compassionate and evidence-based approaches. From her role as the Director of Social Services at a healthcare facility to her current position as an Associate Manager of Clinical Health Services, she has gained a deep understanding of the complexities of healthcare and the importance of patient-centered care.

When it comes to reviewing mattresses, she takes great pride in her meticulous approach to testing. The Helix Dawn Luxe was no exception. She spent countless hours examining its construction, materials, and overall performance.

When Helix sent me their Dawn Luxe mattress to test and review, I was excited to put my expertise to work and provide an unbiased assessment of its performance. The Helix Dawn Luxe arrived compressed, wrapped in plastic, and packed in a sturdy box.

Once I had the mattress in place on my bed frame and it had expanded, I got to work. I personally tested the Helix Dawn Luxe, carefully evaluating its comfort, support, and overall sleep experience. I also conducted a series of tests to assess key factors like motion isolation, edge support, responsiveness, and temperature regulation.

My goal was to provide you with a comprehensive, unbiased review that would help you determine whether this mattress is the right fit for your unique sleep needs and preferences.

Throughout my testing process, I was consistently impressed by the Dawn Luxe’s ability to deliver a comfortable, supportive, and cool sleeping experience. Its innovative combination of individually wrapped coils, high-density foam layers, and a premium pillow top worked together seamlessly to create a mattress that truly exceeded my expectations.

  • The Helix Dawn Luxe is a top-performing luxury hybrid mattress that offers exceptional comfort, support, and durability, making it an excellent choice for back and stomach sleepers.
  • The mattress’s advanced features, such as individually wrapped coils, high-density foam layers, and a plush pillow top, contribute to its superior performance in areas like edge support, motion isolation, and responsiveness.
  • While the Dawn Luxe may have a higher price point compared to some alternatives, its quality construction, 15-year warranty, and 100-night sleep trial justify the investment for those seeking a premium, supportive sleep experience.
Helix Dawn Luxe
  • Price Range: See Price
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Mattress Firmness: 8 out of 10 (Firm)
  • Mattress Thickness: 13.5
  • Available In: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Short Queen, King, California King, RV King


15 Years

Sleep Trial

100 Nights



Mattress Highlights
  • Responsive foam layers
  • Tri-zoned pocketed coils
  • Choice of cooling covers
Recommended For
  • Stomach and back sleepers
  • Some combo sleepers
  • Hot sleepers

Our Review Process: Each mattress we review undergoes a rigorous evaluation process. We assess comfort, support, cooling, and durability through both subjective experiences and objective tests.

Criteria include pressure relief, spine alignment, mattress responsiveness, motion transfer, edge support, and temperature regulation. This comprehensive approach ensures our reviews are thorough and unbiased.

I. Mattress Layers, Materials and Construction

The Helix Dawn Luxe arrived compressed, wrapped in plastic, and packed in a sturdy box. The box was quite heavy, and I appreciate that Helix recommends having two people move it for the easiest unboxing process.

Following the instructions, I opened the box, placed it on its side, and carefully pulled out the compressed mattress. Once I had the mattress in place on my bed frame, I carefully cut away the plastic packaging, allowing the pillow top mattress to expand.

It was fascinating to watch the Dawn Luxe quickly take shape, ready for use almost immediately. I was particularly impressed by the absence of any strong off-gassing odor, which is sometimes common with new mattresses.

The lack of mattress smell made it possible to sleep on the mattress right away without any unpleasant sensory distractions.

Mattress Cover

The premium cooling pillow top cover is the cherry on top of this well-designed mattress. Helix offers two cover options: the breathable Tencel cover and the GlacioTex Cooling cover. The GlacioTex™ cover features fibers with high thermal conductivity for rapid heat dissipation.

The version I tested featured the breathable Tencel cover, which is designed to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the cover is exceptionally well-ventilated, thanks to its unique stitching pattern.

Starting from the top, I was immediately impressed by the premium quilted pillow top. This layer provides a plush, hotel-like feel that I love, while still maintaining the overall firmness of the mattress.

Comfort Foams

Beneath the pillow top, there’s an optional ErgoAlign Contour Layer, which I chose to include in my Dawn Luxe. This layer is designed to provide additional support and pressure relief where needed. However, I did not test this material but I find it promising enough to be worth a mention.

The primary comfort layers are Helix Dynamic Foam and Helix Responsive Foam. These layers work together to provide a firm, responsive feel that cradled my body without allowing me to sink too far into the mattress. As someone who frequently sleeps on my stomach, I appreciated how these foams kept my body elevated on the surface of the mattress, preventing any uncomfortable pressure on my back or spine.

Transition Foam

Another layer of Helix Responsive Foam provides a seamless transfer of my body weight onto the mattress. This layer offered the perfect balance of ergonomic support and contouring, ensuring a comfortable sleep experience.

It adds stability, ensuring a smooth transition between the coils and the comfort layers above. As a back and stomach sleeper, I appreciated how this layer helped to maintain proper spinal alignment.

Pocketed Coils

Then, the zoned body shape layer, which consists of up to 1,000 individually wrapped coils. These coils provide reinforced support under the hips, helping to keep the spine aligned and offering advanced lumbar support.

During my testing, I noticed that this layer also provided excellent edge support, allowing me to use the full surface area of the mattress without feeling like I might roll off.

Base Foam

Finally, the base layer of DuraDense Foam provides a solid foundation for the entire mattress, ensuring its durability and long-lasting support.

The Dawn Luxe is built to last, with high-quality materials and construction that are backed by a 15-year warranty. All Helix hybrid mattresses are made in the USA, which further speaks to the company’s commitment to quality.

II. Sleeping Positions

During my personal testing of the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress, I thoroughly evaluated its performance in various sleeping positions to provide a comprehensive assessment of its comfort and support.

Stomach Sleeping

I found the Dawn Luxe to be an excellent mattress for stomach sleeping. The firm feel of the mattress kept my hips from sinking too deeply, ensuring that my spine remained in a neutral position.

This is crucial for stomach sleepers, as too much sinkage can lead to lower back pain and discomfort. The combination of the supportive coils and the dense foam layers provided the perfect level of support, making it easy to maintain proper alignment throughout the night.

Back Sleeping

When testing the mattress on my back, I experienced similar levels of comfort and support. The Dawn Luxe’s firm surface allowed my spine to rest in its natural position, while the memory foam layers gently cradled my body’s contours.

The zoned lumbar support provided by the pocketed coil layer was particularly noticeable in this position, offering targeted support to my lower torso and promoting healthy spinal alignment as a mattress for back sleeping.

Side Sleeping

However, I found that the Helix Dawn Luxe might not be the most suitable mattress for side sleeping.

While the memory foam layers did provide some pressure relief for my shoulders and hips, the firm feel of the mattress did not allow for the level of sinkage that side sleepers typically require. This could potentially lead to pressure points and discomfort for those who primarily sleep on their sides.

If you’re a dedicated side sleeper, you may want to consider a slightly softer mattress that allows for more contouring and pressure relief.

Combination Sleeping

For combination sleepers, the Helix Dawn Luxe’s performance will likely depend on the individual’s dominant sleeping positions:

  • If you primarily alternate between your back and stomach, the Dawn Luxe could be a great choice, as it offers the necessary support and firmness for these positions.
  • However, if you spend a significant portion of the night on your side, you may find that the mattress is too firm to provide the ideal level of pressure relief.

It’s worth noting that the Helix Dawn Luxe’s excellent response time makes it easy to change positions throughout the night without feeling stuck or experiencing excessive motion transfer, making it a mattress for combination sleepers.

III. Response Time

A responsive mattress is essential for several reasons. First, it promotes proper spinal alignment by allowing your body to maintain its natural curvature, regardless of your sleeping position. When a mattress is slow to respond, it can create pressure points and cause your spine to fall out of alignment, leading to discomfort and potential pain.

Second, a responsive mattress is crucial for combination sleepers who change positions frequently during the night. A mattress that quickly adapts to these changes ensures that you can easily transition from one position to another without feeling stuck or experiencing any disruption to your sleep.

Finally, a responsive mattress can also contribute to a cooler sleep experience. When a mattress is slow to respond, it can create a “hugging” sensation that envelops your body and traps heat. In contrast, a responsive mattress allows for better airflow and temperature regulation, keeping you comfortable throughout the night.

Based on my personal testing, I would give the Helix Dawn Luxe a 9 out of 10 for responsiveness. This high score reflects the mattress’s exceptional ability to quickly adapt to changes in pressure and movement, ensuring a comfortable and supportive sleep experience for all types of sleepers.

To test the responsiveness, I used the methods demonstrated in the video review. I placed a 10-pound weight on the mattress and then pressed down on the surrounding area with my hand.

As I released the pressure, I observed how quickly the mattress returned to its original shape. The Helix Dawn Luxe demonstrated excellent responsiveness, with the mattress immediately springing back into place once the pressure was removed.

Furthermore, I dropped the ball onto the surface to see how quickly the mattress surface pushed back and adapted, and I watched the weight bounce back upward before it settled onto the surface.

I also tested the responsiveness by lying down on the mattress and changing positions, from my back to my side and then to my stomach. The Dawn Luxe adapted quickly to my movements, allowing me to seamlessly shift positions without any noticeable lag or resistance.

The impressive responsiveness can be attributed to the hybrid design, which combines individually wrapped coils with high-density foam layers:

  • The coils provide a supportive and bouncy base that quickly responds to pressure.
  • The foam layers add comfort and help to evenly distribute body weight.

This combination results in a mattress that strikes a perfect balance between support and adaptability.

IV. Motion Isolation

Motion isolation is an essential factor to consider when purchasing a mattress, especially for couples or those who share their bed with a partner. A mattress with good motion isolation minimizes the transfer of movement from one side of the bed to the other, ensuring that you can sleep peacefully even if your partner shifts positions or gets up during the night.

To test the motion isolation of the Dawn Luxe, I used the method demonstrated in my video. I placed a 10-pound weight on one side of the mattress and then dropped another 10-pound weight from a height of about 12 inches on the opposite side. This test simulates the effect of a person moving or getting in and out of bed.

As I dropped the weight, I observed how much movement was transferred to the stationary weight. Surprisingly, the stationary weight moved only slightly, indicating that the Dawn Luxe does an excellent job of isolating motion.

To further test the motion isolation, my partner and I took turns lying on the mattress while the other person moved around, simulating tossing and turning or getting up from the bed. We both noticed that the mattress did an impressive job of minimizing the transfer of movement.

Even when one of us was moving vigorously, the other person could barely feel the disturbance, allowing for a peaceful and uninterrupted sleep experience.

Based on my personal testing, I would give the Helix Dawn Luxe a 9 out of 10 for motion isolation. This high score reflects the mattress’s remarkable ability to absorb and dampen movement, ensuring that couples can sleep peacefully without disturbing each other.

I found that the combination of the individually wrapped coils and the high-density foam layers seems to effectively dampen and absorb movement, preventing it from rippling across the surface of the mattress.

It’s worth noting that the Helix Dawn Luxe’s firm feel may also contribute to its impressive motion isolation. A firmer mattress tends to have less bounce and absorbs movement more efficiently than a softer mattress. This characteristic, combined with the mattress’s design and materials, results in a mattress for couples that excels at minimizing motion transfer.

V. Edge Support

Edge support is a crucial factor to consider when purchasing a mattress, as it determines how well the mattress maintains its structure and support when you sit or sleep near the edges.

While this is not a necessity for everyone, some sleepers with limited mobility greatly benefit from supportive sides. Couples can also appreciate how edge support lets them sleep on the full surface of the mattress.

To cut to the chase, I’d rate the Helix Dawn Luxe’s edge support an 8 out of 10. This score shows that the mattress does a great job of staying supportive and keeping its shape around the edges. It only sinks down a bit when you sit right on the edge.

To test the edge support, I used the same method demonstrated in the video review. I started by sitting on the edge of the mattress and gradually inching closer to the perimeter.

As I moved closer to the edge, I noticed that the mattress began to sink slightly under my weight, but I never felt like I was in danger of sliding off. The compression was noticeable but not excessive, which is a testament to the Dawn Luxe’s sturdy construction.

During my testing, I also spent some time lying down near the side of the mattress to simulate sleeping close to the edge. I found that the Dawn Luxe maintained its firmness and support even when I was close to the perimeter. There was no sensation of rolling off or feeling like I might fall out of bed.

While the edge support is impressive, it’s important to note that there is still some compression when sitting directly on the edge. This is not uncommon for mattresses with softer top layers, as the plush comfort materials are designed to contour to your body. Even a firm mattress like the Dawn Luxe still has some conformability that works against it here.

However, the sinkage I experienced was minimal and did not detract from the overall stability and support of the mattress.

The high-density foam layers and the reinforced perimeter of the pocketed coil system ensure stable edges. The individually wrapped coils extend to the very edge of the mattress, providing a stable and supportive base. You can use the entire surface area without feeling like you might roll off when sleeping.

VI. Cooling and Breathability

A cooling mattress is crucial for several reasons. First, it helps regulate your body temperature throughout the night, preventing overheating and excessive sweating, which can lead to discomfort and disrupted sleep. When your body temperature remains at a comfortable level, you’re more likely to experience deeper, more restful sleep.

Second, a cooling mattress can be particularly beneficial for people who naturally tend to sleep hot or live in warmer climates. It can help alleviate the discomfort associated with night sweats and hot flashes, allowing for a more pleasant and uninterrupted sleep experience.

To test the cooling ability of the Dawn Luxe, I first examined the mattress cover. The model I tested featured the breathable TENCEL cover, which is designed to promote airflow and wick away moisture. Upon touching the surface of the mattress, I noticed that the cover felt cool and smooth, providing a pleasant sensation against the skin.

The Dawn Luxe’s breathability is further enhanced by the individually wrapped coil system, which promotes airflow throughout the mattress. The spaces between the coils allow for better air circulation compared to all-foam mattresses, which can sometimes trap heat and lead to a warmer sleeping experience.

I spent several nights sleeping on the mattress to gauge its cooling performance under real-world conditions. Throughout my testing period, I never felt uncomfortably warm or overheated, even during warmer nights.

I would give the Helix Dawn Luxe a 9 out of 10 for cooling and breathability. This high score reflects the mattress’s excellent ability to promote airflow, wick away moisture, and maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature.

It’s worth noting that the Helix Dawn Luxe is also available with a GlacioTex Cooling Cover, which is specifically designed to provide an even cooler sleeping experience.

While I did not personally test this cover option, what I’ve read of others’ opinions suggests that it may offer additional cooling benefits for those who tend to sleep particularly hot. I have also tested the GlacioTex cover on the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Hybrid, and found it greatly enhanced cooling but did feel a tad slippery underneath me.

However, I’ve also seen reviews where owners felt the GlacioTex cover wasn’t worth the extra spending when it came to staying cool at night. Mileage may vary on how well it works to deter hot sleeping.

VII. Durability and Longevity

As someone who values a long-term investment in my sleep health, I always look for durable mattresses that can withstand the test of time without compromising on comfort or support.

When considering the expected lifespan of the Helix Dawn Luxe, it’s important to remember that factors such as body weight, sleeping habits, and maintenance can all play a role. However, with proper care and regular rotation, I believe this mattress has the potential to provide comfortable, supportive sleep for 8 to 10 years or more.

One of the key factors contributing to the Dawn Luxe’s durability is its high-quality materials and construction. The individually wrapped coils in the support layer are made from sturdy steel, providing a robust and resilient foundation that can handle years of regular use. These coils are designed to maintain their responsiveness and support, ensuring that the mattress remains comfortable and supportive even as time passes.

Furthermore, the high-density memory foam and dynamic foam are more durable than lower-density alternatives, reducing the likelihood of permanent indentations or sagging over time. These foams are engineered to retain their pressure-relieving properties, so I can expect consistent comfort throughout the mattress’s lifespan.

The reinforced edges are another feature that help the mattress endure. By preventing sagging and maintaining the mattress’s structural integrity, even if I frequently sit or sleep near the edge of the bed, I can enjoy the full surface area of the mattress without worrying about premature wear and tear.

Helix’s confidence in the Dawn Luxe’s durability is evident in their generous 15-year limited warranty. This extensive coverage period suggests that the company stands behind the quality and longevity of their product.


VIII. Potential Drawbacks

While the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress has many satisfied customers, there are a few potential drawbacks that I noticed come up consistently in reviews. These are important to consider before making a purchase.

Mismatched Firmness

For some, a firm mattress just isn’t a good fit. For example, Caprice B. had mixed feelings on the Dawn Luxe, stating, “This mattress is very firm. Mixed reviews from us. My husband loves it although I would like a little more softness. ¯_(ツ)_/¯”

While I expected to find reviewers who thought the mattress was too firm for their needs (and I did), I was surprised to find the opposite issue with people finding it too soft.

  • Michael H. expressed disappointment, saying, “At best it’s medium and that’s a disappointment.”
  • Ren Q. had a similar experience, stating, “What I bought is the upgraded firm feel (Dawn Luxe), but it just so soft like you are sleeping in the cloud!”

This discrepancy between the expected and actual firmness level was a let-down for those specifically seeking a very firm mattress for support or due to personal preference.

As preferences for mattress firmness can vary significantly from person to person, buyers must reflect deeply on what will best suit them. And prepare for the worst by choosing a good mattress sleep trial.

Sagging and Lack of Edge Support

Some customers reported issues with the mattress sagging or not providing enough support, particularly around the edges.

Robert S. noted, “Also the edges of the bed are not firm, so sitting on the sides you slid off.”

Laura shared her experience, saying, “They are less than 200 lbs, but their side of the mattress has started to slope SO much it’s like rolling out of the bed.”

These issues could lead to discomfort and difficulty getting in and out of bed.

Off-Gassing Odor

A few reviewers mentioned an unpleasant off-gassing smell when the mattress was first unboxed. Ren Q. shared, “When it first arrived I opened it immediately and it smelled so bad and it took me 2 week to spread the smell. Although the smell is still there.”

While off-gassing is common with new mattresses, especially those with foam layers, the persistence and strength of the odor was a drawback for some.

Durability Concerns

Although many customers found the Dawn Luxe to be well-crafted with quality materials, a few reviews raised concerns about the mattress’s longevity.

Laura mentioned, “I think a mattress should last more than 3 years.”

Given the mattress’s higher price point, customers expect it to maintain its comfort and support for a longer period.

Higher Price

While not a drawback in terms of the mattress’s quality or performance, the Helix Dawn Luxe’s higher price point could be a barrier for some customers.

Jax H. expressed, “I honestly thought such an expensive price for a Matress [sic] would be life changing, or at least the most comfortable Matress I’ve ever slept on. It’s not.”

IX. Trial Period, Warranty, Pricing, and Sizes

The trial period, warranty, pricing, and available sizes are all crucial elements that can impact your overall satisfaction with your purchase.

Having a clearer understanding of the value offered by the Dawn Luxe better equips you to make an informed decision about whether this mattress is the right choice for your needs and budget.

Sleep Trial

You get a 100-night sleep trial with every Helix mattress purchase, an extended chance to try the bed and see if you like it.

If you’re not happy with the mattress during the first 30 days, Helix asks that you keep trying it for a little longer. This is because it can take some time for your body to get used to a new mattress.

If you still don’t like the mattress after 30 days, you can return it for a full refund. Helix’s customer service team will help you return the mattress and get your money back. They’ll even arrange for someone to pick up the mattress from your home.


The Dawn Luxe comes with a 15-year limited warranty. This means that if something goes wrong with your mattress due to a manufacturing defect, Helix will repair or replace it for free within 15 years from the date you bought it.

The warranty covers things like:

  • Indentations or sags in the mattress that are deeper than 1.5 inches
  • Cracks or splits in the foam material
  • Defects in the mattress cover

However, the warranty doesn’t cover:

  • Normal increases in mattress softness over time
  • Damage caused by improper use or handling, like burns, cuts, or stains
  • Mattresses sold by unauthorized retailers or resellers
  • Mattresses sold “as-is” or “used”

If you think your mattress has a defect covered by the warranty, you’ll need to contact Helix and provide proof of purchase. You’ll be responsible for shipping the mattress back to Helix, but they’ll reimburse you up to $100 if the warranty claim is approved.

Helix Dawn Luxe Mattress Prices by Size

The Dawn Luxe is available in the standard mattress sizes, plus a couple of specialty sizes for RVs and campers.

Helix Dawn Luxe Hybrid SizeDimensionsPrice
Twin Size38 inches wide by 75 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$1,373.80
Twin XL Size38 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$1,623.80
Full Size54 inches wide by 75 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$1,998.80
Queen Size60 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$2,373.80
Short Queen60 inches wide by 74 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$2,373.80
King Size76 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$2,873.80
California King Size72 inches wide by 84 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$2,873.80
RV King72 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13.5 inches tall$2,873.80

Compared to other luxury mattresses, the Dawn Luxe’s pricing is competitive, although it may be more expensive than some options on the market. The exact price will depend on the size of the mattress and any current promotions or discounts offered by Helix.
However, there are alternative options available that may offer similar benefits at a lower price point.

One such example is the Brooklyn Bedding Plank Firm Luxe, which shares some features with the Dawn Luxe. There is also the basic Plank Firm, a model that I’ve personally tested but which shares fewer features with the Dawn Luxe.

Like the Dawn Luxe, the Plank Firm Luxe offers an optional GlacioTex cooling cover, which provides advanced cooling properties for those who tend to sleep hot. This cover can be added to the mattress for an additional fee, allowing customers to customize their sleeping experience based on their temperature preferences.

Plus the Plank has a flippable design, which offers two different firmness levels in one mattress. One side of the mattress is firm, while the other side is extra firm. This versatility allows sleepers to choose the firmness level that best suits their needs and preferences.

It’s important to note, however, that while the Plank Firm Luxe offers excellent value for its price, it may not provide the same level of comfort and pressure relief as the Dawn Luxe. The absence of a pillow top and zoned support may be a drawback for some sleepers.

And that’s only one option, there’s a whole market of potential firm mattresses to consider.

X. Customer Reviews

After diving into the reviews for the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress, which boasts a commendable 4.2 star rating from over 400 reviews, I’ve noticed some clear trends in what customers have experienced.

Many people found the Dawn Luxe to be a fantastic mattress that provided the perfect balance of comfort and support. Vanessa C. raved, “Excellent customer service!! Was able to refund the first and get the Dawn, which is the perfect balance of soft and firm. We are sleeping great!! And no more pain.” Similarly, Craig P. noted, “The support provided by this bed along with the foundation with the bamboo slats made this an all in one buy… Absolutely worth every dollar we spent!”

However, a significant number of reviewers found the mattress to be softer than they anticipated based on the “firm” designation. Michael H. explained, “Before purchasing the Helix Dawn Luxe, we tested mattresses in local stores. We were looking for a King with a firm feel… The Helix did that but we found that the Helix was not ‘firm’ as advertised….as compared with the others we’d tried. At best it’s medium and that’s a disappointment.” Ren Q. had a similar experience, stating, “What I bought is the upgraded firm feel(Dawn Luxe) ,but it just so soft like you are sleeping in the cloud! The firmness is 8-9 and upgraded? Unbelievable!”

Some customers reported sagging and lack of edge support. Laura mentioned, “They are less than 200 lbs, but their side of the mattress has started to slope SO much it’s like rolling out of the bed.” Robert S. noted, “Also the edges of the bed are not firm, so sitting on the sides you slid off.”

On the bright side, several reviewers praised Helix’s responsiveness and efforts to make things right when customers weren’t satisfied. David C. shared, “The Dawn is too firm. Customer service sent me a mattress pad which corrected the problem. It’s now very comfortable.”

Lastly, a few people mentioned an off-putting smell, like Ren Q. who said, “When it first arrived I opened it immediately and it smelled so bad and it took me 2 week to spread the smell. Although the smell is still there.”

XI. Environmental Impact

As an environmentally conscious consumer, I always consider the environmental impact of the products I purchase, including mattresses. When researching the Dawn Luxe, I was pleased to find that it shares the same eco-friendly features and certifications as the Helix Midnight Luxe, which I had previously looked into.


One of the most impressive aspects of the Helix Dawn Luxe is its GREENGUARD Gold Certification. This certification ensures that the mattress has been rigorously tested for emissions of over 350 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and has met strict standards for low emissions.

I can sleep soundly knowing that my mattress is not releasing harmful chemicals into my bedroom’s air.

Additionally, all foams used in the Helix Dawn Luxe are CertiPUR-US certified. This means that they are made without harmful substances such as ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, mercury, lead, heavy metals, and formaldehyde.

As someone who prioritizes health and safety, this certification gives me peace of mind that I’m not exposing myself to potentially dangerous chemicals while I sleep.

No Fiberglass

I also appreciate that Helix mattresses, including the Dawn Luxe, are 100% fiberglass-free. While some mattress brands use fiberglass as a fire barrier, Helix has found alternative methods to achieve fire safety compliance without the need for this potentially harmful material.

Domestically Manufactured

Another positive aspect of the Helix Dawn Luxe is that it is assembled in Helix’s Arizona facility and shipped directly to the customer.

This centralized production allows for better quality control and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation, which aligns with my efforts to support more sustainable practices.

Mostly Synthetic Materials

However, I do have some concerns about the use of memory foam and polyfoam in the Helix Dawn Luxe. These materials are derived from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource.

I understand that the production of these foams can be resource-intensive and may have a larger environmental impact compared to natural alternatives.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

For those seeking a more eco-friendly option, Helix’s sister brand, Birch, offers mattresses made with natural, organic materials like Talalay latex, wool, and cotton.

The materials in the Birch Natural and Birch Luxe mattresses are biodegradable and come from renewable resources, which may be a better choice for those who prioritize sustainability.

I can also freely recommend any of the other latex mattresses I’ve reviewed:

If you prefer a mattress without latex that delivers springy luxury, I would suggest the Saatva Classic. It uses certified organic cotton with upcycled steel springs and comes in three firmnesses.

And if you want a memory foam mattress that strives for more sustainability, there’s the Amerisleep line of numbered mattresses with plant-based memory foam. The Amerisleep AS2 is the closest in feel to the Dawn Luxe in my experience, but I would freely recommend any of them to the right sleeper.

XII. Maintenance and Care

Proper care and maintenance of your Helix Dawn Luxe mattress can extend its lifespan and ensure a comfortable and hygienic sleep surface for years to come. Regular upkeep not only protects your investment but also promotes a healthier sleep environment for you and your family.

Unbox It Quickly

Once you receive your mattress, it’s best to unbox and set it up within four weeks. Keeping the mattress in its original packaging for an extended period can affect its resilience and prevent it from regaining its full shape.

Also remember that your 100-night sleep trial begins on the day of arrival, so start using your mattress in a box as soon as possible.

Rotating and Flipping

The Dawn Luxe is not designed to be flipped, as the order of the layers is crucial to its performance. The Helix logo should always be upright at the bottom of the mattress. However, rotating the mattress is optional.

Due to the zoned lumbar support region positioned across the middle of the mattress, rotating it will not affect the location of the extra support. If you choose to rotate your mattress, doing so every 3-6 months can help distribute wear more evenly.

Using a Mattress Protector

Investing in a high-quality, waterproof mattress protector can shield your Dawn Luxe from everyday sweat, body oils, spills, dust mites, and other allergens.

A protector is easier to wash than cleaning the mattress itself. Plus, it can add an extra layer of cushioning if it has a padded surface. While the Luxe’s quilted top may make this unnecessary, it’s still worth considering for added protection.

Spot-Cleaning Stains

If you notice any stains on your mattress, address them promptly. Use a mild detergent solution and a clean, damp cloth to gently blot the affected area. Avoid saturating the mattress, as excess moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Allow the mattress to air dry completely before replacing the bedding.

Airing Out the Mattress

Occasionally, remove the bedding and allow your mattress to air out for a few hours. This helps eliminate odors and moisture that may have accumulated over time.

If possible, open windows to let in fresh air and sunlight, which have natural deodorizing properties.

Alternatively, refresh the mattress by sprinkling baking soda, letting it sit for a few hours, and then vacuuming it up.

Avoiding Excessive Weight and Pressure

While hybrid mattresses like the Dawn Luxe are designed to be durable, excessive weight and pressure can damage the internal structure.

Refrain from jumping or standing on your mattress to maintain its integrity. However, walking on the mattress for a few minutes to break it in is still acceptable. Also, try not to leave objects on your bed as they can cause unneeded wear and tear.

Have Proper Support

Ensure your Dawn Luxe is paired with a suitable foundation or bed frame. A supportive base helps maintain the mattress’s shape and prevents sagging.

Consult Helix’s recommendations for the best type of foundation, such as their own foundation or a bed frame with sturdy slats no more than 5 inches apart. The Dawn Luxe mattress is also compatible with adjustable bases.

If you prefer an alternative support system, opt for a bunkie board with a box spring or a support system with firm, flat, and thick slats. Ensure that the slats are no more than 5 inches apart to prevent sagging and maintain the mattress’s warranty. Traditional box springs may not provide adequate support for the Dawn Luxe.

XIII. Final Verdict – Overall Score: 9/10

After extensively testing and evaluating the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress, I can confidently give it a final score of 9 out of 10. This high rating reflects the mattress’s exceptional performance across various criteria, including comfort, support, durability, and overall sleep experience.

The Dawn Luxe’s thoughtful construction results in a mattress that offers the perfect balance of firmness and pressure relief. It combines individually wrapped coils, high-density foam layers, and a plush pillow top.

Throughout my testing, I was impressed by the Dawn Luxe’s ability to provide a comfortable and restful sleep experience. Its targeted support and responsive design make it an excellent choice for back and stomach sleepers, as well as those who value a cooler, more breathable sleeping surface.

While the Dawn Luxe may not be the ideal choice for everyone, particularly side sleepers who require a softer mattress, its overall performance and quality construction make it a top contender in the luxury hybrid mattress market.

And its price point may be higher than some alternatives, but its advanced features and premium materials justify the investment for those seeking a high-end, supportive sleep experience.

Final Score Tally

Mattress FeatureScore
Response Time9 out of 10
Motion Isolation9 out of 10
Edge Support8 out of 10
Cooling and Breathability9 out of 10
Final Verdict9 out of 10

XIV. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Helix Dawn too firm?

Based on the reviews I read, it seems that the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress is generally not considered too firm by most customers. While a few reviewers found the mattress to be firmer than their preference, the majority of complaints centered around the mattress being softer than expected given its “firm” designation.

Overall, the Helix Dawn Luxe appears to cater more towards those who prefer a medium to medium-firm feel rather than an extra-firm mattress.

How long does it take for a Helix Luxe mattress to expand?

According to the manufacturer’s instructions, the Helix Luxe mattress will need 30-45 minutes to unwind and fully expand after being unboxed and unwrapped.

Once the mattress is out of the packaging and placed on your sleeping surface, it will begin to expand and reach its full size. After this 30-45 minute period, the mattress will be ready for you to sleep on and enjoy.

Is the Helix Dawn Luxe suitable for side sleepers?

Remember, the mattress is designed with back and stomach sleepers in mind, offering a firm level of support. While some side sleepers may find the mattress comfortable, especially those who prefer a firmer sleeping surface, others may find it too firm and lacking in pressure relief for their hips and shoulders.

Side sleepers should consider their personal preferences and may want to opt for a softer mattress or a model specifically designed for side sleeping. Helix does offer a firm model specifically for side sleepers, the Twilight Luxe, if that’s a non-negotiable firmness.

Is there a noticeable off-gassing smell when the mattress is first unboxed?

In my experience, I did not notice any significant off-gassing odor when I unboxed the Helix Dawn Luxe mattress. However, some users may experience a slight “new mattress smell,” which is common with mattresses that contain foam layers.

If you do notice an odor, it should dissipate within a few hours to a few days, especially if you allow the mattress to air out in a well-ventilated room.

Is the Helix Dawn Luxe a good choice for couples?

The Helix Dawn Luxe mattress excels at motion isolation, making it an excellent choice for those who share their bed with a partner. During my testing, I found that the Dawn Luxe effectively isolated motion, allowing for a more restful and undisturbed sleep experience.

However, it’s important to make sure your partner also wants a firmer feel. Alternatively, your partner can sleep on a mattress topper if they find the Dawn Luxe isn’t to their taste.

What kind of foundation or bed frame is best for the Helix Dawn Luxe?

To ensure proper support, Helix recommends using their own foundation or a bed frame with sturdy slats no more than 5 inches apart.

If you prefer an alternative support system, you can opt for a bunkie board with a box spring or a platform bed with firm, flat, and thick slats. Avoid using a traditional box spring, as it may not provide adequate support for the Dawn Luxe.

The mattress is also compatible with adjustable bases, giving you more flexibility in your sleeping setup.

As a dedicated mother of two, Kristina places a high value on holistic health and the well-being of her family. She understands the significance of maintaining hormonal balance and cherishes the essential role of sleep in optimizing overall health. In her leisure time, she indulges her love for the outdoors through hiking, fostering a deep connection with nature, and expresses her creativity through various forms of art. Her life is a vibrant canvas, adorned with wellness and inspiration.

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