The Best 6 Hybrid Mattresses – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

Hybrid mattresses draw from memory foam, latex, and innerspring mattress components to offer a balanced sleep experience for many individuals. By definition, hybrid mattresses must feature at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort layers. This provides comfortable cushioning and close conforming for targeted pressure relief. They also have pocketed coil base layers, which offer strong edge support and a flat, even sleep surface that helps reduce aches and pains. Pocketed coils also tend to produce less noise than other coil types.

Hybrids have certain advantages over innersprings, such as better motion isolation, less noise, and longer lifespans on average. Due to their thick comfort layers made of conforming materials, they also alleviate more aches and pains for sleepers. The average price-point for hybrid beds is somewhat high, but many online-only mattress brands offer hybrids at lower prices.

Read on to learn more about hybrid beds and check out our choices for the top hybrid mattresses sold today. Each pick is based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2019

Editor’s Choice – DreamCloud Mattress

Best Value – Allswell Luxe Hybrid

Best Luxury – The New Purple

Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Helix Dusk Mattress

Best for Average Weight Sleepers – The WinkBed

Best for Heavyweight Sleepers– Titan by Brooklyn Bedding

How We Decided

 

90 mattresses considered –– 109 hours of research –– 10 mattress executives interviewed –– 3 sleep experts consulted

Hybrid Mattress Reviews – Tuck's Top 6 Beds

DreamCloud Mattress – Editor's Choice

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Thick, pressure-relieving comfort system
  • Above-average motion isolation

The DreamCloud, which launched in January 2018 is a hybrid mattress that is considered ‘Medium Firm,’ or 6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale. This is one of the most popular firmness settings among sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds. The mattress features a thick comfort system that includes three types of memory foam (standard, quilted, and gel-infused), as well as natural latex. These layers cushion the sleeper’s body and conform very closely to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points in their most sensitive areas, such as the neck, shoulders, and hips.

The pocketed coil support core is encased in foam to provide great edge support and prevent sagging in the middle. The DreamCloud also isolates a significant amount of motion transfer and produces minimal noise, making it suitable for couples who experience sleep disruptions due to movement or noise. It is also lightweight (94 pounds in a Queen-size) and relatively easy to move and maneuver – a rare quality for a hybrid with latex.

The price-point for the DreamCloud is also exceptionally low compared to the average cost of a hybrid mattress. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping, and White Glove delivery – which includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal – is available at an additional charge. Other buying perks include a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Value seekers

Check Price | Read Our Full DreamCloud Mattress Review

Allswell Luxe Hybrid – Best Value

Highlights
  • ‘Firm’ (7)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Great support and pressure relief
  • Sleeps cool and comfortable for most

Our Best Value Pick is the Allswell Luxe Hybrid (formerly known as the Luxe Classic, Firmer). This model is available for $585 in a Queen size, which is significantly cheaper than the average hybrid mattress, but the Luxe Hybrid offers the same balance of consistent conforming, pressure relief, and sleeper support as many of its higher-cost competitors. The bed is ‘Firm’ (7), making it most suitable for sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups, as well as lighter people who prefer firmer surfaces.

The Luxe Hybrid features a cover padded with memory foam and a polyfoam comfort layer, resulting in 2″ of body-contouring comfort and pressure relief. The bed also contains a high-density polyfoam transitional layer and a pocketed coil base; these components reinforce the bed to maintain a supportive, even sleep surface and minimize sinkage around the edges. Good airflow through the coil layer also ensures the bed remains temperature-neutral for most.

Allswell offers free standard delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S., as well as White Glove delivery that includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal for an additional charge. The Allswell Luxe Hybrid is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Check Price | Read Our Full Allswell Mattress Review

The New Purple – Best Luxury

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 5.5, 6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Innovative hybrid construction
  • Close conforming and good pressure relief

The New Purple, which was introduced in 2018, combines the innovative ‘Smart Grid’ comfort system of the original Purple mattress with the exceptional support of pocketed coils. The result is a durable, comfortable bed that alleviates a fair amount of pressure for most sleepers. The bed is available in three thickness options with a different corresponding firmness setting: the 11″ model is ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5); the 12″ model is ‘Medium’ (5.5); and the 13″ model is ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5).

All three designs feature the ‘Smart Grid,’ a comfort layer consisting of buckling-column gel dispersed over an elastic polymer grid. The Smart Grid provides the same pressure-relieving comfort as memory foam or latex layers, but tend to sleeps cooler than these materials and does not deteriorate as quickly. The pocketed coils add extra support, as well. The New Purple mattress also isolates motion transfer to a significant extent and produces little to no noise.

Prices vary for the New Purple, depending on the selected thickness. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping when they order from Purple, and the bed is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Check Price | Read Our Full New Purple Mattress Review

Helix Dusk – Best for Lightweight Sleepers

Helix Dusk Mattress

Highlights
  • ‘Medium’ (5.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Strong edge support
  • Great temperature neutrality

Helix offers a wide selection of hybrid mattresses. Visitors to the Helix website are invited to take a sleep survey that determines their optimal firmness settings based on sleep position, body weight, and other factors. We’ve selected the Helix Dusk as our Best for Lightweight Sleepers pick because it is ‘Medium’ (5.5), offering a balance of body conforming and support that is suitable for most sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less. The bed may also be sufficiently comfortable and supportive for heavier individuals who prefer surfaces that conform more closely and feel less firm.

The Helix Dusk offers improved spinal alignment (especially for side sleepers) and good pain/pressure relief without excessive sagging. The comfort layer features Helix Dynamic Foam, a material that combines the body hug of memory foam and the resilient support of latex. The comfort system is bolstered with a medium-density polyfoam transitional layer, while a high-density foam base reinforces the pocketed coils to help maintain a flat, even surface across the bed. If the Helix Dawn does not align with your preferred firmness range, we also recommend Helix’s softer hybrids (the Sunset and Moonlight) or the brand’s firmer hybrid models (the Twilight and Dawn), which all share the Dusk’s exceptionally low price-point.

Helix offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The Dusk, like other hybrids from Helix, is backed by a 100-night sleep trial with free returns and a nonprorated lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • People who sleep hot
  • Value seekers

Check Price | Read Our Full Helix Mattress Review

The WinkBed – Best for Average Weight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 6.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Above-average responsiveness
  • Good pain and pressure relief

Most sleepers in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) prefer beds that offer a moderate feel and body conforming without excessive sagging or hugging. The WinkBed is our pick for this weight group because it is available in two firmness settings that cater to average weight sleepers, ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5) and ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5). Additionally, a ‘Firm’ (7.5) setting makes the WinkBed a good option for heavier people and stomach sleepers.

The WinkBed features comfort layers of polyfoam, gel memory foam, and pocketed minicoils, as well as a compressed-cotton ‘lumbar pad’ to minimize lower back and hip pain. These components offer exceptional pain and pressure relief, as well as improved spinal alignment for side sleepers. The pocketed coil base provides sturdy support, creating a sleep surface that is even, sag-resistant, and responsive enough for sex. In addition to the three standard WinkBed options, the WinkBed Plus – which features latex instead of memory foam/minicoil layers – is specifically designed to support heavier individuals.

The WinkBed is a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets due to its relatively high price-point, but the bed is still less expensive than the average hybrid. WinkBeds offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S.; the mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back and hip pain sufferers
  • Couples

Check Price | Read Our Full WinkBed Mattress Review

Titan by Brooklyn Bedding – Best for Heavyweight Sleepers

Highlights
  • Firm (8)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Exceptionally supportive and durable
  • Sleeps very cool

Hybrid mattresses tend to be ‘Medium Firm’ or softer. This attribute may be appealing to most sleepers, but those who weigh more than 230 pounds often find beds with these firmness settings too soft. The Titan by Brooklyn Bedding is a notable exception. It is considered ‘Firm’ (8) and provides minimal yet consistent conforming that is optimal for heavier people who don’t like the deep sagging of beds that are less firm. The Titan also offers good support for back and stomach sleepers, both of whom tend to feel most comfortable on firmer mattresses.

Pocketed coils and a high-density foam base reinforce the bed nicely and prevent sinkage around the edges. Temperature neutrality is another key strength of the Titan. Good air circulation through the coils and a breathable cotton-polyester cover both help keep the bed cool and comfortable for most. The mattress also isolates motion well compared to other hybrids and produces minimal noise, making it a good option for couples; it is responsive enough for sex, as well.

Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The Titan is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight group
  • Couples
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Check Price | Read Our Full Titan Mattress Review

Hybrid Mattress Buyer's Guide

By definition, a hybrid mattress is constructed with a pocketed coil support core like found in some innerspring mattresses, as well as a comfort layer featuring at least two inches (2″) of memory foam and/or latex. The coils offer bounciness and optimal body support, while the comfort layer creates a body-contouring sleep surface that targets and targets pressure points. 

The result is a mattress that represents the best of both worlds for many sleepers: a sleep surface that supports your body and relieves pressure. Many hybrids are also designed to minimize some of the drawbacks commonly associated with specific mattress types. For example, hybrids tend to be less bouncy than traditional innersprings; this creates less motion transfer, allowing couples who share a bed to sleep more soundly throughout the night. Hybrids also tend to retain less heat, and sleep cooler than most latex and memory foam models. However, these mattresses have been linked to certain problems; common complaints about hybrids include off-gassing, cumbersome weight and a high price-point.

You can go directly to our 2019 reviews and comparisons guide and learn about hybrid mattresses with the highest customer satisfaction ratings, or read on to peruse our comprehensive hybrid mattress guide.

Types of Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine a coil support core with a comfort layer made of latex or memory foam. The support core of a hybrid mattress is always outfitted with pocketed coils, which are encased in fabric or cloth for more support and less motion transfer. A layer of base foam is usually located beneath the support core for extra padding and stability; the base material is almost always made of polyurethane foam, or polyfoam.

The comfort layer must feature at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex for the mattress to be considered a true hybrid; the specific ratio will vary by the manufacturer. In some cases the comfort layer is reinforced with gel to lower heat retention, allowing you to sleep cooler than you would on a traditional foam or latex mattress. Other models feature copper components in the comfort layer to help improve circulation and alleviate joint pain in sleepers.

Many hybrids sold today feature a third layer known as a pillow-top or Euro-top, which is sewn to the top of the comfort layer. A pillow-top layer is sewn with a gap between the comfort layer, giving it a pillow-like appearance; euro-tops, on the other hand, are sewn flush with the comfort layer for a more uniform look. Pillow-tops and euro-tops can be constructed from a wide range of materials, such as cotton, wool, fiberfill or, in some cases, more latex or memory foam. Polyfoam may also be used.

The dimensions of a hybrid mattress will vary by manufacturer, but here’s a general rule-of-thumb for sizing the bed:

  • The pillow-top of Euro-top (if present) will measure one to two inches (1-2″)
  • The comfort layer will measure three to four inches (3-4″)
  • The pocketed coil support core will measure seven to eight inches (7-8″)

The mattress size is another determining factor; true hybrids are roughly the same size as innersprings, and much larger than low-profile memory foam and latex mattresses.

It’s important to note that the term ‘hybrid’ is frequently misused. For example, ‘springless hybrid’ mattresses feature a comfort layer and support core constructed entirely from latex and foam. These models are not true hybrid mattresses because they do not include a pocketed coil support core. Same goes for ‘hybrid’ mattresses that feature less than two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort layer.

There is still plenty of confusion about the correct and incorrect definitions of a ‘hybrid mattress’. As you’re visiting brick-and-mortar stores or navigating the web, be wary of ‘hybrid’ mattress labels — as well as customer reviews about these models.

The Feel of a Hybrid Mattress

As the name implies, hybrid mattresses essentially bridge the gap between the way other mattress types feel. Let’s look at some key characteristics:

  • Responsive yet conforming: Hybrid mattresses are responsive and bouncy like innersprings, which many couples say makes them good for sex. However, the comfort layer also offers closer-than-average conforming and good pain and pressure relief.
  • Motion isolation: Unlike innersprings, hybrids can absorb and minimize a significant amount of motion transfer. This can help cut down on nighttime disruptions for couples.
  • Sleeping fairly cool: Hybrids have good air circulation in the support core, which allows them to sleep cooler than most all-foam or all-latex beds. However, the thick comfort layers may cause them to retain more heat than a standard innerspring.
  • Minimal noise: Pocketed coils are quieter than other mattress springs, but hybrid owners may notice squeaks and creaks from time to time.

As with other mattresses, testing out hybrids in-person at a brick-and-mortar store is critical for finding the one that best fits your needs and preferences. Be sure to compare the feel of different hybrids, and also look at models with different components and composition ratios.

Other Important Considerations

Due to the complex construction of hybrids, the latex, foam and coil of the mattress should be taken into consideration. Different measurements are used to evaluate each of these components.

Density is used to measure the supportiveness of memory foam and base foam in hybrid mattresses. Density refers to how much compression a mattress can withstand while still providing adequate support for sleepers. Density is expressed in pounds per cubic foot, and is used to categorize foams into three grades: low (conventional), medium (HD) and high (HR).

Low-grade memory foam offers decent motion isolation and contouring, and will retain its shape very quickly. High-grade memory foam, on the other hand, provides excellent motion isolation and contouring — but shape recovery will take much longer. Medium-grade memory foam offers a good compromise between the two. Hybrid mattresses will commonly use more than one grade of memory foam in the comfort layer. For example, a hybrid comfort layer might feature one to two inches of low-density memory foam and another one to two inches of medium- or high-grade foam for extra support.

Polyfoam is also measured using density. Memory foam is much denser than polyfoam, so the scale is slightly different. The table below features a more detailed breakdown.  

Grade Memory Foam Density (Pounds per Cubic Foot) Polyfoam Density (Pounds per Cubic Foot)
Low (Conventional) 2.5 to 3.9 1.8 and lower
Medium (HD) 4.0 to 5.4 1.8 to 2.5
High (HR) 5.5 and higher 2.5 and higher

While density can be used to evaluate supportiveness, indentation load deflection (ILD) is used to gauge the firmness of a mattress. ILD refers to the amount of compression needed to make a four-inch indentation on the top surface of a mattress. The higher the ILD number, the firmer the mattress — although mattresses may carry an ILD range (rather than a single rating) if the firmness is affected by factors like room temperature.

Latex and memory foam adhere to different ILD scales. Most memory foam mattresses on the market have a comfort layer with an ILD number that falls between 8 and 20; the ILD of latex, on the other hand, can range from 15-16 to 40 or higher. Low ILD memory foam and latex will conform very closely to your figure, but the material may also cause a ‘sinking’ feeling that might be uncomfortable. Alternatively, a higher ILD means an ultra-firm sleep surface that does not contour as closely (if at all); this can be problematic for people with chronic back or shoulder pain.   

The table below features a breakdown of ILD ratings for memory foam and latex.

Category ILD Measurement Foam Characteristics Best for…
Very Soft 16 and lower Mattress will sink extremely low, causing discomfort for some sleepers Back or side sleepers
Soft 19-21 Mattress sinks considerably beneath most sleepers Back or side sleepers
Medium 24-26 Balances softness and firmness, and will be comfortable for most sleepers Side sleepers
Medium-Firm 29-31 Firm support with minimal sinking Back or stomach sleepers
Firm 34-36 Very firm with little to no sinking Back sleepers
Very Firm 39 and higher Extremely firm with no sinking whatsoever, causing discomfort for some sleepers Back sleepers

One thing to note: ILD scales often omit certain numbers because these are seen as ‘middle-ground’ choices between the two adjacent categories. For example, an ILD of 28 should be considered a compromise between ‘medium’ and ‘medium-firm’.

Ultimately, you will be the best judge of the best density and ILD measurements in a hybrid mattress. Generally speaking, sleepers tend to prefer mattresses with a comfort layer density of at least 2.2 pounds per cubic inch, whether the layer is made of memory foam or polyfoam. The most popular memory foam layers have an ILD of 10 to 20, while the most popular latex layers range between 20 and 32 on the ILD scale.

You can evaluate the coils of a hybrid mattress using two measurements: gauge and coil count. Gauge refers to the thickness of the pocketed coils, and is expressed in numerals that represent different widths. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the measurement; most mattresses sold today range in gauge from 12 (thickest) to 18 (thinnest). Hybrids utilize pocketed coils, which are typically the highest-gauge (or thinnest) coils used in innerspring support cores. The gauge of pocketed coils typically falls between 14 and 18. Support cores with higher-gauge pocketed coils tend to have a longer lifespan and provide more stability.

In addition to the gauge, coil count may affect the how an innerspring mattress feels and how long it lasts — but not necessarily. The coil count of most pocketed coil support cores ranges from 800 to 1,200. Coil count may be used to evaluate the contouring abilities and projected lifespan of a mattress to a point, but the differences are negligible in mattresses with coil counts that exceed 1,000. ‘Coil count’ — like ‘hybrid — is a marketing term manufacturers use to sell mattresses. The biggest effect coil count will have on a mattress is found on the price-tag, since high coil counts are usually linked to higher costs.

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Mattresses

  • Hybrids provide a balance of close conforming and responsiveness; sleepers experience good levels of pain and pressure relief, while couples say the mattresses are bouncy enough for sex
  • Hybrids are quieter than innersprings and tend to isolate more motion transfer — both of which can reduce nighttime sleep disruptions
  • Because they have better air circulation in their support cores, hybrids tend to sleep cooler than mattresses made of foam or latex
  • Hybrids offer above-average edge support and owners report minimal sinkage in places where they sit
  • Hybrids are among the most expensive mattresses on the market today
  • Off-gassing may occur in hybrids with thick memory foam or latex layers
  • Because most hybrids are ‘medium’ or ‘medium firm,’ they will not be suitable for most sleepers who prefer extra-firm or extra-soft surfaces
  • Hybrids tend to be quite heavy, which can make moving and arranging them exceptionally difficult

Hybrid Lifespan and Mattress Warranties

The lifespan of a hybrid mattress will largely depend on the grade of polyfoam used to construct the support core, since low-grade foam wears out at a faster rate. If you are considering an  hybrid, be sure to ask about the grade of the base foam. Unfortunately, many manufacturers utilize low-grade foam to make the base foam components. Pocketed coils are another issue, as these are high-gauge and considered less durable than other coil types used in traditional innersprings (such as bonnell, offset and continuous wire coils). Our findings indicate that the average hybrid mattress will last six years before it needs to be replaced.

You should also make sure that your hybrid mattress comes with a solid warranty package. The warranty length is critical, but you should also take time to learn what is covered under the warranty. Traditional innersprings often come with warranties that cover premature sagging, while memory foam mattress warranties typically cover excessive indentation; a good hybrid warranty should include both. Additionally, the warranty should discuss in clear terms how the manufacturer handles warranty claims, turnaround time, shipping costs and the procedures for mattress replacement.

For more information about warranties, please visit our guide to Understanding Mattress Warranties.

Average Lifespan of a Hybrid Mattress

Cost of a Hybrid Mattress

When it comes to the cost of a new hybrid mattress, expect to pay much more than you would for a standard innerspring or memory foam mattress. On the low end, a new hybrid can cost between $800 and $1,200. High-end and luxury models, on the other hand, may carry a price-tag of $4,000 or higher.

According to our findings, the average Queen-size hybrid mattress costs $2,077.

Average Mattress Cost by Material Type (Queen Size)

Important Questions for Consumers

When shopping for a new hybrid mattress online or in a brick-and-mortar store, here are a few important questions to ask.

  • What materials are used to make the support core, comfort layer and pillow-top components?
  • What is the composition ratio of materials used, particularly in the comfort layer?
  • What are the height dimensions of the support core, comfort layer and pillow-top?
  • What are the density and ILD measurements for memory foam and/or latex components?
  • What grade of polyfoam (if any) is used in the support foam or base foam?
  • If the comfort layer features memory foam, has the material been treated with gel or other tempering agents to reduce heat retention?
  • Will this mattress provide adequate support and comfort, given my preferred sleep position?
  • How long should I expect this mattress to perform before a replacement is needed?
  • Is there a trial period for testing out the mattress? If yes, then what is the return policy?
  • How long is the mattress covered under warranty, and what are the specific coverage terms, including sagging and indentations?

Although they are widely available and popular with customers, hybrids may not be the best option for you. Be sure to check out the following guides on Tuck.com:

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