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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. Their pocketed coil base layers also offer strong edge support and a flat, even sleep surface that helps reduce aches and pains. Hybrids have certain advantages over innersprings, such as better motion isolation, less noise, and longer lifespans on average.
Read on to see our choices for the top hybrid mattresses sold today. Each pick is based on verified customer and owner experiences and intensive product analysis.
Best Hybrid Mattresses
Editor’s Choice – DreamCloud Mattress
Best Value – Tomorrow Sleep Mattress
Best Luxury – The New Purple
Best for Side Sleepers – Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid
Best for Back Sleepers – Avocado Green Mattress
Best for Stomach Sleepers – Sapira Mattress Mattress
The DreamCloud, which launched in January 2018, is a product from Nectar Sleep. It is considered a Medium Firm, or 6.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale, which is one of the most popular firmness settings among all sleepers.
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.
The DreamCloud isolates a significant amount of motion transfer, even by hybrid mattress standards, and produces minimal noise. It is also lightweight (94 pounds in a Queen-size), which makes it relatively easy to move and maneuver.
The price-point for the DreamCloud is well below 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.
Tomorrow Sleep, a subsidiary of Serta Simmons, offers a hybrid mattress that is available in two firmness settings – Medium Soft (4) and Medium Firm (6) – and sold at a price-point that is significantly below-average.
The mattress features gel memory foam and standard memory foam comfort layers, which closely conform to alleviate sleeper’s pressure points. The phase-change material cover enables the mattress to sleep quite cool, which is beneficial for sleepers who tend to become warm during the night. The foam-encased pocketed coils in the support core also ensure sturdy, well-reinforced edges.
The Tomorrow Sleep Mattress isolates a fair amount of motion transfer and produces minimal noise, making it very suitable for couples. The responsive, bouncy surface is also good for sex.
Customers in the contiguous U.S. receive free shipping, or may opt for White Glove delivery and old mattress removal at an additional charge. The mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial, which is much longer than average.
The New Purple, which was introduced in 2018, adds supportive pocketed coils to the innovative ‘Smart Grid’ construction of the original Purple mattress.
The New Purple is available in three thickness options with corresponding firmness settings: 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 feature comfort layers with a polymer ‘Smart Grid’ and buckling column gel, which provides the same pressure-relieving comfort as memory foam or latex but sleeps cooler and does not deteriorate as quickly.
The New Purple mattress also isolates motion transfer to a significant extent and produces little to no noise. Edge support is another strength, largely due to the pocketed coils in the support core.
Prices vary for the New Purple, depending on the selected thickness. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping, as well.
The Alexander Signature Hybrid from Nest Bedding is a comfortable, pressure-relieving mattress that is suitable for side sleepers of any weight.
This mattress is available in Soft (3), Medium (5.5), and Firm (7.5) options. Its comfort system includes a top layer of gel memory foam for close conforming and cushioning, as well as a middle layer of copper-infused polyfoam to help the mattress sleep cooler and improve sleeper circulation. The phase-change material cover also ensures great temperature neutrality.
Other benefits of the Alexander Signature Hybrid include a responsive, bouncy surface that is good for sex and a well-reinforced pocketed coil support core for good edge support. And due to its thicker-than-average profile, the bed is particularly well-suited for heavier individuals.
Nest Bedding offers a lifetime comfort guarantee for this mattress, meaning customers can return the mattress at any point; a full product refund is offered for returns within 100 nights. The mattress is also backed by a lifetime warranty.
The Avocado Green is a pressure-relieving, eco-friendly hybrid mattress that is supportive and comfortable for most back sleepers, as well as those who prefer other sleep positions.
The Avocado Green’s comfort system consists of organic wool and Dunlop latex layers, along with an organic cotton cover that sleeps very cool. The support core also has a single layer of Dunlop latex over the pocketed coils for added cushioning. The bed also offers sturdy edge support.
Customers can choose from two firmness options, Medium (5.5) or Medium Firm (6.5) – both of which are popular among sleepers of all body types. The Medium option includes an additional pillow-top layer of latex that slightly increases the mattress profile. In both firmness settings, the mattress isolates more motion transfer and produces less noise than other hybrid models.
Avocado offers free mattress shipping to all 50 states. Customers can select in-home assembly and old mattress removal for additional charges.
The Sapira from Leesa Sleep is a hybrid mattress constructed with multiple foam layers in the comfort system and support core. These components make the bed well-suited for those who prefer stomach sleeping, particularly individuals who are average weight or heavier.
Avena foam and memory foam comfort layers offer ample cushioning and close conforming, helping stomach sleepers reduce pressure points (which can occur frequently in this sleep position). The pocketed coils are reinforced with top and bottom polyfoam layers to ensure a supportive surface for sleeping and minimal sinkage at the edges.
The Sapira has good temperature neutrality and sleeps fairly cool. It also isolates motion to a significant extent and produces minimal noise. Additionally, the Sapira is responsive and bouncy enough for sex.
Customers in all 50 states qualify for free shipping for the Sapira. The mattress is also backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
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 2018 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.
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 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.
As the name implies, hybrid mattresses essentially bridge the gap between the way other mattress types feel. Let’s look at some key characteristics:
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.
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.
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.
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.
When shopping for a new hybrid mattress online or in a brick-and-mortar store, here are a few important questions to ask.
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: