Hybrid Mattress Reviews – Buyer's Guide & Picks
Tomorrow Hybrid mattress
Hybrid mattresses are composed of a pocketed coil support core with comfort layers containing foams or additional coils, usually nano or microcoil systems. With coils and foam in their construction, hybrid mattresses are designed to offer sleepers the strengths of both innerspring and foam mattresses while reducing problems that plague each mattress type.
See our favorite hybrid mattresses below and read through our comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know about hybrid beds.
Our Hybrid Mattress Recommendations
|The New Purple||$999|
Hybrid Mattress Benefits
- Pocketed coils in the support layer of hybrid mattresses offer good bounce. Sleepers used to a traditional innerspring mattress will be familiar with this feeling, however, hybrid mattresses do not bounce as much as innersprings do. Hybrid mattresses offer a good level of bounce, which makes them a better choice for sexual activity than memory foam or latex mattress that can be difficult to move on.
- With foam comfort layers, hybrid mattresses have less motion transfer than traditional innerspring mattresses. With less motion transfer, you are less likely to be woken by a partner who moves in the bed while you’re sleeping.
- The foam comfort layers of hybrid mattresses offer good contouring and pressure relief as the foam adjusts to accommodate the curves of your body. Pressure points are targeted to relieve pressure.
- Hybrid mattresses tend to retain less body heat than all-foam mattresses, as the pocketed coil layer is more breathable than foam. However, they are still made with a foam layer on top, which can hold on to heat and cause the mattress to sleep hotter than a traditional innerspring mattress. Some hybrid mattresses use latex, or gel or copper wire infused memory foam to reduce heat retention.
Hybrid Mattress Drawbacks
While hybrid mattresses are designed to be the best of both worlds between innerspring and foam mattresses, they aren’t the perfect solution for every sleeper.
- Hybrid mattresses tend to be more expensive than other mattress models. Prices range from $600 for a low-end model to $4,000 or more for a high-end model. Typically, you can expect to pay at least $1,000 for a high quality hybrid mattress. However, this may be too expensive for some mattress shoppers.
- Some hybrid mattresses are heavy. The heavy weight of some hybrid mattresses can make it difficult to set up or move the mattress. It can also make rotating your mattress more difficult.
- In hybrids with high memory foam content, there may be offgassing odors. While odors will typically dissipate with a few days, they can bother sleepers who are sensitive to smells.
- The components of hybrid mattresses may be less durable than other mattress types. You can expect a hybrid mattress to last about six years.
Who Can Benefit from a Hybrid Mattress?
Hybrid mattresses are a good choice for people who want the support of a pocketed coil mattress and the contouring and pressure point relief of a memory foam mattress. A variety of firmness options are available, so sleepers can find a firmness level that is comfortable for them.
Types of Hybrid Mattress Coils
Hybrid mattresses are made with pocketed coils in the support layer. Pocketed coils, also known as Marshall coils or encased coils, are wrapped in fabric, then connected to other coils using fabric or glue. Pocketed coil construction cuts down on motion transfer and offers better contouring than other types of innerspring coils. However, pocketed coils made of non-tempered steel can have a shorter lifespan.
Types of Hybrid Mattress Foams
Hybrid mattresses typically have a comfort layer of memory foam or latex. There are four types of memory foams (viscoelastic, gel infused, copper infused, and plant based), and two types of latex (Talalay and Dunlop).
- Viscoelastic memory foam is the traditional material used for memory foam. It contours to your body as it reacts and softens with heat, reducing pressure. There is little motion transfer with this type of memory foam. However, viscoelastic memory foam tends to run hot and may feel stiff.
- Gel-infused memory foam is designed to offer the qualities of memory foam while reducing heat retention. Heat is drawn away from the surface by the gel in the foam.
- Similar to gel-infused memory foam, copper-infused memory foam is designed to sleep cooler. Using thin copper wire throughout the foam, heat is carried away from the surface.
- Plant-based memory foam may also sleep cooler, as it has an open-cell configuration that increases airflow. Plant-based memory foam is made of botanical materials and traditional petrochemicals.
- Talalay latex is made of rubber tree sap. The sap is processed by vacuum sealing it, depriving the sap of oxygen, freezing, and then baking it. Talalay latex tends to be soft.
- Dunlop latex is also rubber tree sap, but it is processed differently than Talalay latex. With the Dunlop process, the sap is stirred, molded, and stem baked. Dunlop latex has a dense, heavy foam on top and natural sediment at the bottom.
Hybrid Mattress Foam and Coil Ratings
Not all hybrid mattresses are made the same. They have a variety of densities, load deflections, gauges, and coil counts, which affect the feel of the mattress.
Density measures the supportiveness of a foam. Expressed in pounds per square foot, foams fall into low, medium, and high grade density.
With low grade foam, you can expect the foam to bounce back quickly to retain its shape, offering good motion isolation and contouring. Motion isolation and contouring are best with high grade foam, but this level of foam can take a while to recover its shape. Medium grade foam falls in the middle, offering better motion isolation and contouring than low grade foam and better shape retention than high grade foam. Hybrid mattresses with more than one comfort layer may have mixed grade foam, such as one layer with low density foam and another with high grade foam.
|Density Level||Density Range||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Low||2.5 to 3.9 pounds per cubic foot||Softer, easier to sink into, often inexpensive||Provide less support, can wear out faster|
|Medium||3 to 5 pounds per cubic foot||Good sink and support, durable||May not be firm or soft enough for all sleepers|
|High||5+ pounds per cubic foot||Firmness, less sink, very durable||Can feel stiff, retains more heat, often more expensive|
Indentation load deflection (ILD) indicates the firmness of a mattress. Specifically, it rates how much pressure is needed to create a 25 percent indentation in the mattress. Firmer mattresses have a higher ILD number than softer ones. Most memory foam comfort layers range from eight to 20 ILD, while latex comfort layers typically have an ILD of 15 to 40 or more.
|Firmness||ILD Rating||Best For:|
|Soft||23 or below||Back or side sleepers, sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or less|
|Medium||24 to 31||Back, side, or stomach sleepers, sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds|
|Firm||32 or higher||Back sleepers, sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or more|
Gauge refers to the thickness of the wire used to make coils, typically ranging from 18 to 12. With a lower gauge, the wire is thicker and the mattress will typically feel firmer than a mattress with thinner, high gauge wire. Pocketed coils are generally high gauge and offer less motion transfer and better contouring.
Coil count is not as important as other factors when choosing a hybrid mattress. With a higher coil count, a mattress will better contour to your body and may have a longer lifespan. You can expect to find a coil count of 800 to 1,200 for most hybrid mattresses. However, there is not much difference between mattresses once you get above a coil count of 1,000 (except for price). Generally, the higher the coil count, the higher the mattress will be priced, but this does not necessarily affect the quality and comfort of the mattress beyond coil counts of 1,000.
How a Hybrid Mattress Feels
- You can expect good bounce from a hybrid mattress with coils in the support core, though not as much bounce as a traditional innerspring mattress.
- Hybrid mattresses offer good contouring with memory foam or latex in the comfort layer, conforming closely to the body.
- You can expect less motion transfer from a hybrid mattress than a traditional innerspring. When you’re sharing your bed with a partner, you will be less likely to feel motion and be disturbed.
- Hybrid mattresses typically feel cooler than memory foam mattresses. The coil support core allows more breathability and hybrid mattresses frequently use gel or copper infused memory foam or latex to reduce heat retention.
Hybrid Mattress Construction
Hybrid mattresses are made of pocketed coils and foam. Pocketed coils make up the support core and the comfort layer is made of latex or memory foam or nanocoils. Some hybrid mattresses have additional features, such as a pillow top or polyfoam in the base.
Evaluating the Quality of a Hybrid Mattress
- Density: Hybrid mattresses made with higher density foams are typically more durable and firm. However, they may be more expensive. Lower density foams offer a softer feel, but may not be as durable.
- Cooling elements: Hybrid mattresses tend to sleep cooler than memory foam mattresses, but how cool they sleep can depend on the foam material. Mattresses with a latex comfort layer or gel or copper infused memory foam may sleep cooler than others.
- Comfort layer: Hybrid mattress comfort layers are made of memory foam or latex. Some mattresses incorrectly marketed as hybrid mattresses will have a thin comfort layer and thick coil support core. This is not a true hybrid mattress, as the comfort layer should be thick.
- Overall thickness: Hybrid mattresses are usually between eight to 12 inches thick. For sleepers who weight 230 pounds or more, a mattress that is at least 10 inches thick will offer better support.
- Cover: A mattress cover encases the mattress in fabric. A breathable mattress cover will help with cooling, while a thick mattress cover may retain heat and cause the mattress to sleep hot. Mattress covers may be made of cotton, organic cotton, polyester, bamboo, or rayon, but cotton is typically the most breathable material.
Hybrid Mattress Lifespan
The average hybrid mattress lasts for six years before needing replacement. This is longer than the typical five and a half year lifespan of innerspring mattresses and potentially shorter than the average five to seven year lifespan of a memory foam mattress or six to eight year lifespan of a latex mattress. Hybrid mattresses made with low grade foam will typically wear out faster than those made with high grade foam.
Hybrid mattress warranties usually range from 10 to 20 years. Look for a warranty that covers premature sagging that may affect coils and excessive indentation that may affect the foam. Consider the details of the warranty, including whether you have to pay for shipping costs, proration, fees, and options for replacing or upgrading your mattress.
What You Should Pay for a Hybrid Mattress
While hybrid mattresses offer somewhat of a middle ground between innerspring and memory foam mattress construction, hybrid mattress prices do not fall in the middle. Rather, they are usually more expensive than both types. Hybrid mattresses range in price from $600 to $4,000 or more. However, you can expect to pay about $1,000 for a high quality hybrid mattress with a good warranty. Keep in mind that you may pay more for shipping a hybrid mattress, as they can’t be compressed and shipped easily.
Questions for Buying a Hybrid Mattress
- Does the mattress have pocketed coils?
- Is the comfort layer made of memory foam or latex?
- What is the density and ILD of the foam comfort layer?
- Are there cooling elements such as gel, copper wire, or latex in the comfort layer?
- What is the coil gauge?
- If there is polyfoam in the base, what is the grade of the foam used?
- Does the mattress offer adequate support?
- How long can you expect the mattress to last?
- What is the trial period and warranty?