Welcome to the wonderful world of mattress shopping: where no rule is permanent and buying decisions are more subjective than ever. Before reviewing mattresses for a living, I thought that buying bed meant following some simple set of guidelines. The truth of the matter is, a mattress can absolutely make or break your sleeping pattern, so it would be wise to gather as much info as you can before adding one to your shopping cart.
The ZenHaven and Helix mattresses are very different from one another, but they are both focused on giving their consumers a wide range of bed firmness options to choose from. The ZenHaven is constructed with layers of Talalay latex that vary in density from one side of the bed to another. Because of this construction, you can rest on a softer mattress, but also flip it over to get a firmer bed.
Let’s Look Closer
Helix is a brand that’s relatively new to the mattress industry, but they have managed to divide and conquer, nevertheless. They’ve created an algorithm that allows them to recommend the best bed to cater to an individual’s sleeping needs. They understood that each person is very different when it comes to how they sleep, so they’re selling a wide variety of mattress options, to make sure no one is left unattended.
Top Cover – Organic Cotton & New Zealand Wool
Your first contact with the ZenHaven will be through its amazing organic cotton quilted cover. There are two important things to mention about this cover. First, it’s made with organic cotton which, in a very basic translation, means that the cotton used in manufacturing the mattress is a toxin and chemical free. Second, there is also wool blended into the cover, which means that the cover has a very soft feel to it, but also has moisture-wicking properties.
First Layer – Soft Talalay Latex
Before explaining the construction of the ZenHaven any further, you should know that this is a dual-sided mattress, with a different level of firmness on each side. It has a mirrored construction, but with layers of latex that vary in density and firmness. When the mattress has the plush side up, each layer of latex is softer than the next.
Assuming you are using the softer side of the mattress, the comfort layer is made with 1.5 inches of Talalay latex. This material brings a lot of benefits to the surface, such as the pleasant bouncy feel, the cooling sensation that’s a characteristic of latex, the enhanced durability of the product, as well as its chemical-free construction.
Second Layer – Bouncy Talalay Latex
Next off, we have a 3-inch layer made with the same type of latex, only this layer is a little firmer compared to the previous one. Often referred to as the compression layer, this particular block of latex adds more bounce to the mattress, making movements in bed a whole lot easier.
Third Layer – Transition Talalay Latex
Transition layers are quite typical in the most mattress, as they add support to the structure and act as bridges between the comfort and the base layers of the mattress. If you use the ZenHaven with the firmer side up, this will be the support layer of the mattress.
Fourth Layer – Gentle-Firm Latex
At the base of the ZenHaven lies another 1.5-inch layer of Talalay latex. As you can see, the construction of the mattress is mirrored: 1.5 inches, followed by two more layers measuring 3 inches each, then another 1.5-inch layer of latex. Flipping the mattress over, the base layer turns into the comfort layer of the mattress, but because of its higher density, it’s firmer compared to the comfort layer of the plush side.
Chatting about the firmness of the mattress is never an easy task, mostly because the topic is quite subjective. The ZenHaven, much like many other mattress brands, gives out information about the firmness of each side of the mattress, expressing it in range, rather than a single numerical value. The Luxury Plush side of the mattress, which is preferred by 80% of ZenHaven’s customers, has a firmness rating of 4 to 5, while the Gentle Firm side is rated between 7 and 8. This means that some people, depending on their weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, will rate each side higher or lower.
As advertised, the ZenHaven’s Gentle Firm side is 18% firmer compared to its softer counterpart. When you apply hand pressure on the plush-side, you will notice how the mattress has great bounce, while your hand digs deep into the comfort and support layers of the bed. Switching to the firmer side, you will see that your hand doesn’t sink into the surface so much, but you still get that nice bounce that makes it easy to turn around at night.
The feel of a mattress is yet another subjective chapter. Alongside firmness, the feel of a mattress is also different from one individual to another. It’s pretty much like trying to recommend the same car model to everyone you know: there isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of product. So, here are a few things that you should know about the feel of the ZenHaven mattress.
As pressure point maps have revealed, the plush side of the mattress is a good choice for back sleepers, as lumbar support and proper spinal alignments are key points to be recognized here. Side sleepers will feel a little bit of pressure in the shoulder area, but that’s to be expected in an all-latex mattress. Stomach sleepers will feel their hips being pushed upwards, but the Gentle Firm side of the mattress is a much better choice if you enjoy resting in this particular position.
Surprisingly enough, the firmer side of the mattress seems to alleviate pressure in the shoulder area for side sleepers, while also maintaining the same amount of support for people who like to sleep on their backs. What’s important to keep in mind here is that the ZenHaven mattress is a very good choice for stomach and back sleepers, but even the Luxury Plush side of the mattress may still be too firm for side sleepers.