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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. 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 – Helix Dusk
Best Luxury – Brooklyn Bedding Aurora
Best for Lightweight Sleepers – Saatva
Best for Average Weight Sleepers – The WinkBed
Best for Heavyweight Sleepers – Titan by Brooklyn Bedding
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.
Helix currently offers a broad selection of hybrid mattresses designed for different firmness preferences, sleep positions, and body types. Those who visit the Helix website can take a quick survey about their desired mattress in order to find the most suitable model. From these models, we’ve chosen the Helix Dusk as our Best Value pick. This mattress has a ‘Medium’ (5.5) firmness that provides a good balance of cushioning and support, which makes it a good option for most sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The bed’s blended foam comfort layer provides sufficient conforming for side sleepers, while a high-density polyfoam transitional layer and foam-encased pocketed coils ensure a flat, even surface for back and stomach sleepers.
This mattress has other notable benefits, as well. Good air circulation through the coil layer keeps the bed feeling cool and comfortable throughout the night, which can be beneficial to those who naturally sleep hot. It also isolates motion transfer very well compared to other hybrids and produces minimal noise. The well-reinforced support core helps bolster the edges and minimize sinkage around the perimeter where people tend to sit. Those who are looking for different firmness options can choose from other Helix hybrids, including the softer Sunset and Moonlight or the firmer Twilight and Dawn. All of these mattresses share the Dusk’s exceptionally low price-point.
Free shipping is available to Helix customers across the contiguous U.S. The Dusk and other Helix hybrids are backed by a 100-night sleep trial, as well as a nonprorated lifetime warranty that can cut reduce owner costs down the road.
Many hybrids sleep fairly cool compared to other mattress types. The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora – our Best Luxury pick – is a standout because of its innovative phase-change material (PCM) cover, which absorbs body heat from sleepers until they reach a certain temperature. As a result, the bed offers exceptional temperature-neutrality and is an excellent choice for anyone who tends to sleep hot. Additionally, the mattress has a copper-infused memory foam comfort layer that can help alleviate tension and promote stronger blood flow in sleepers with poor circulation.
The mattress also has a pocketed coil support core and a high-density polyfoam base layer. These components reinforce the entire bed, which helps prevent excessive sagging in the sleep surface and can also cut down on sinkage along the edges. And because it has a memory foam comfort layer, the Aurora offers better-than-average motion isolation and produces minimal noise. These attributes make the mattress suitable for couples who awaken easily due to movement or noise.
The Aurora has a fairly high price-point, making it a good option for shoppers with larger budgets. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping when they order from Brooklyn Bedding. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
The Saatva – our pick for lightweight sleepers – is one of the most sophisticated hybrids on the market today. It features an innovative coil-on-coil design characterized by a pocketed coil comfort layer and bonnell coils in the support core. The pocketed springs offer good cushioning and targeted support to the sleeper’s most sensitive areas, while the base coils provide excellent reinforcement to the entire bed. Both coil layers also promote strong airflow to help the bed remain comfortably cool.
In addition to the pocketed coils, the Saatva has comfort layers of memory foam and polyfoam for added padding and comfort. The mattress is also available in three firmness settings – Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – as well as 11 1/2″ and 14 1/2″ profiles. This product range should accommodate most sleepers regardless of their comfort or thickness preference, body type, or sleep position.
Free White Glove delivery is available for all Saatva orders within the contiguous U.S. This includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal; comparatively, most competing brands charge at least $100 for these services on top of the product price. The Saatva is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
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.
Hybrid mattresses are often found in a ‘Medium Firm’ feel 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.
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.
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: