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- Those who prefer a bouncy feel for their mattress. Responsive polyfoam layers over pocketed coils create noticeable bounciness on the Idle Hybrid’s surface.
- People who weigh at least 130 pounds. The Idle Hybrid is available with a medium firm and/or firm feel. Both conform very little and provide strong support for those in the average weight and heavyweight sleeper groups.
- Hot sleepers. The Idle Hybrid sleeps quite cool thanks to steady air circulation through the coil layer, which helps the mattress maintain a comfortable core temperature.
- Shoppers looking for a bed with a long sleep trial. The Idle Hybrid can be returned within 18 months of the original order. This is one of the longest sleep trials in the mattress industry.
Not Recommended for…
- People who prefer a soft and closely contouring mattress. The Idle Hybrid is fairly firm and responsive, so it is not well suited to those who prefer sleeping “in” – as opposed to “on” – their mattress.
- Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. While some lightweight sleepers may feel comfortable on the Idle Hybrid comfortable, most will find it too firm.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Idle Hybrid. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
As you can see, the Idle Hybrid has earned favorable ratings across most performance categories. For an in-depth look at our ratings for this mattress, check out the full breakdown below.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Idle Hybrid across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
How Is the Idle Hybrid Constructed?
The Idle Hybrid’s cover is composed of Thermocool fabric. This specialty material is intended to regulate the bed’s surface temperature and dissipate body heat to keep sleepers cool. Since the Idle Hybrid is reversible, both the top and bottom sides feature the same cover material. The exterior of the cover also features carrying handles for easy lifting and flipping.
Both sides of the Idle Hybrid include a top 1-inch comfort layer of quilted polyfoam, followed by 2 inches of aerated polyfoam. These foams offer more responsiveness than memory foam, so sleepers sink less and feel more bounciness on the surface. Idle Hybrid surfaces with a medium firm feel conform a bit more closely than those with a firm feel, but overall both firmness options deliver moderate contouring and strong support. The aerated polyfoam layer also promotes airflow near the surface for added breathability.
A 1-inch layer of polyfoam is found on each side of the mattress below the aerated polyfoam comfort layer. These transitional layers provide extra reinforcement for the sleeper’s body and prevent them from sinking into the coils.
The shared support core of this mattress features 6-inch pocketed coils. Depending on the selected size, the mattress may contain between 756 and 1,384 individual coils. The support core stabilizes the entire mattress to keep sleepers on an even plane and protect the edges from deep sinkage.
The Idle Hybrid measures 14 inches thick, which is considered a high mattress profile. The bed’s above-average height allows space for two distinct sides with their own comfort and transitional layers without sacrificing support from the pocketed coil system. As a result, the Idle Hybrid feels quite sturdy and excessive sinkage should not be an issue for most sleepers.
|Product Name||Firmness Level||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Idle Hybrid||Side 1: Medium Firm (6)
Side 2: Firm (8)
(Mattress can be customized with same feel on both sides)
|6″ Pocketed Coils (Shared)||Sides 1 and 2: 1″ Quilted Polyfoam
2″ Aerated Polyfoam
1″ Transitional Polyfoam
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The Idle Hybrid’s medium firm feel offers moderate yet noticeable contouring. Sleepers won’t feel the same body hug they’d receive from softer foam layers, but conforming and weight distribution should be even from head to toe. We think sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will find this feel most comfortable. The firm feel contours very little and feels quite supportive. This feel should be most comfortable for heavyweight sleepers because it will not sink as deeply as the medium firm feel.
As a hybrid mattress with polyfoam cushioning layers, this model is also quite responsive. Owners will notice a springy surface when they get on and off their Idle Hybrid. We liken the bed’s bouncy feel to sleeping “on” – as opposed to “in” – their mattress, which is a common characteristic for hybrid models.
Next, let’s take a detailed look at our performance ratings for the Idle Hybrid. Each rating is based on reviews and feedback from verified mattress owners, along with our own product research and analysis.
The Idle Hybrid has been available for purchase since 2017. This means we have been able to evaluate this model for about three years, which falls short of the average mattress lifespan of six to eight years. Our durability rating for the Idle Hybrid is based on its performance during the first three years, the bed’s quality of construction, and reviews from verified owners.
The Idle Hybrid is well made and designed for sturdy, long-lasting support. Whether owners choose a medium firm or firm feel for their mattress – or both – the polyfoam layers conform to a minimal extent and will not lose shape as quickly as the foams found in softer mattresses. The coils provide great reinforcement, as well. We expect this mattress to perform for about seven years before a replacement is needed.
As with other flippable mattresses, owners will probably notice more sagging and loss of support on the side they use most frequently. In order to preserve the Idle Hybrid’s surface, we recommend rotating the mattress head to foot every three to six months.
To evaluate the Idle Hybrid for motion isolation, we asked two sleep testers to lie side by side on the mattress. One tester moved around while the other felt for the motion transferring across the surface. During these evaluations, our testers found the Idle Hybrid provides good motion isolation due to its thick foam layers. However, the coil system makes this mattress somewhat springy, which can create motion transfer. People who don’t wake up easily due to movement may still sleep soundly on the Idle Hybrid but couples may experience more sleep disturbances.
Initial, plastic-like odor known as off-gassing is quite common for mattresses with foam layers. Our testers noticed some strong off-gassing smells after unboxing the Idle Hybrid, but the odor dissipated rather quickly. The aerated foam and coil layers promote steady airflow to flush out bothersome odors in a matter of days. If the Idle Hybrid continues to release off-gassing odor after a few days, consider placing the mattress in a well-ventilated room for another day or two.
To evaluate the Idle Hybrid for pressure relief, we asked our testers to lie down on the mattress with a sensory pad that tracks pressure buildup in different areas of the body. They also changed sleep positions to see if pressure increased or decreased on their sides, back, and stomach. During these tests, we found the mattress is highly supportive thanks to its firmer feel(s) and sturdy pocketed coils. Testers in the average weight and heavyweight group did not experience any added pressure from sinking too deeply into the mattress, but those weighing less than 130 pounds felt the mattress was a bit too stiff and did not conform closely enough.
For any given sleeper, the best mattress for pressure relief will provide even support throughout the body, including the shoulders, hips, and other areas people tend to carry a disproportionate amount of weight. At the same time, the mattress should contour evenly to the body in order to align the spine and reduce pressure in sensitive areas. The Idle Hybrid is certainly supportive, but its conforming may be too limited for some lightweight individuals.
Like other hybrid mattresses, the Idle Hybrid generally sleeps quite cool due to consistent airflow throughout its support core. Coils promote cooling much better than solid foam or latex, and this allows the mattress to maintain a comfortable core temperature. The Idle Hybrid gets an added boost from its aerated polyfoam layers, which circulate air near the surfaces in order to keep sleepers cool.
To evaluate the Idle Hybrid for edge support, we asked our testers to sit along the perimeter of the mattress as an owner might do when getting in and out of bed. They also took turns lying near the edges to check for feelings of “roll off.” None of our testers sank very much in the seated position – including those who weigh more than 230 pounds – and all of them felt secure lying near the edges of the mattress. The Idle Hybrid’s strong edge support can be attributed to its sturdy coil system and firm feel.
Noise potential for the Idle Hybrid should be minimal at first. The mattress may squeak and creak on occasion, but pocketed coils are fairly quiet compared to other coil types and the bed’s foam components are completely silent when bearing weight. That said, owners may notice louder noises from the coils as the Idle Hybrid nears the end of its lifespan.
For couples who prefer bouncy surfaces for sex, the Idle Hybrid should be an ideal choice. The foam provides some contouring but it is also responsive, and a firmer feel means less sinkage during amorous activities. The mattress also feels quite stable along the edges, allowing couples to use the entire surface of the mattress (as opposed to feeling confined to the middle).
Some couples may notice a lack of traction on the firm side that makes it difficult to maintain a fixed position for prolonged periods of time. The coils may also make noise from time to time. However, the Idle Hybrid will be very well suited to most couples.
The ideal firmness and thickness for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the Tuck team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Our lightweight testers were divided about the Idle Hybrid. Side and back sleepers agreed the medium firm feel was more comfortable than the firm feel, but in both cases, the mattress still felt a bit too stiff and did not conform closely enough. Although the mattress offers sufficient support, side and back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds still felt some pressure.
Stomach sleepers in the lightweight group gave the Idle Hybrid poor ratings. They considered both feels of the mattress to be excessively firm and some felt added pressure around the shoulders and waist. These ratings were somewhat expected since lightweight sleepers tend to favor softer mattresses that provide more contouring.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Contrasting with the lightweight group, our average weight testers were satisfied with the mattress. This was particularly true for back sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds. The medium firm feel was very comfortable for back sleepers who prefer more conforming from their mattress, while the firm feel was optimal for those who want more support and less contouring.
Side sleepers in the average weight group gave the Idle Hybrid good ratings, but for many the mattress still felt too firm. This position often requires more cushioning for the shoulders and hips in order to ensure even spinal alignment and alleviate pressure. For stomach sleepers in this weight group, the mattress delivered plenty of support but it still felt overly stiff in some places.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Due to its medium firm and firm feel options, the most favorable ratings for this mattress came from our heavyweight testers. People who weigh more than 230 pounds typically need a firmer feel – otherwise they’ll sink too deeply beneath the surface and increase their potential for aches and pains. Both our side and back sleepers in this weight group awarded very good ratings to the Idle Hybrid, reporting less pressure and sturdy reinforcement for their bodies.
Stomach sleepers in the heavyweight group gave the mattress good ratings. While they did not feel as comfortable as the side or back sleepers in the same weight bracket, they didn’t sink too much – a common issue with the stomach sleeping position.
Pricing and Discounts
Prices for the Idle Hybrid in each standard mattress size are listed below. Additionally, the mattress is available in a split king size for owners of adjustable bed bases; these models cost $1,999. Please note that firmness selection for the mattress does not affect price-point.
- Twin $1,041
- Twin XL $1,105
- Full $1,320
- Queen $1,420
- King $1,848
- Cal King $1,848
How Does the Idle Hybrid Compare to Other Beds?
Idle Hybrid vs. Idle Gel Foam
The Idle Gel Foam – also known as The Idle – is an all-polyfoam mattress. The comfort layer is made of adaptive polyfoam that conforms to the body, while the transitional and support layers are high-density polyfoam for extra reinforcement. The Idle Gel Foam has a medium firm (6) feel, making it comparable to the softer feel option for the Idle Hybrid.
Due to differences in construction, these two mattresses excel and struggle in different areas. The Idle Hybrid offers strong edge support and also sleeps quite cool thanks to steady airflow through its coil and aerated foam layers. Alternatively, the Idle Gel Foam isolates motion very well and does not produce any noise, making it better suited to couples. The adaptive foam also alleviates pressure and can be beneficial for people with lower back pain.
The Idle Hybrid costs considerably more than the Idle Gel Foam, but both beds are reasonably priced for their respective mattress types. Those who prefer the stability and support of a coil system may want to consider the Idle Hybrid, while sleepers who enjoy more conforming and cushioning should opt for the Idle Gel Foam instead.
Idle Hybrid vs. Idle Gel Plush
Idle Sleep’s other all-foam mattress is the Idle Gel Plush, which is considerably softer than the Idle Gel Foam. The Gel Plush’s feel can be attributed to its thick foam comfort and transitional layers, along with 1 inch of polyfoam quilted into the cover for added cushioning. This mattress is considered medium (5) in terms of firmness, meaning it feels softer and contours more closely than the Idle Hybrid with any firmness level.
As with the Gel Foam, the Idle Gel Plush performs as expected for an all-foam model. Highlights of this mattress include very good motion isolation, consistent pressure relief, and no noise when bearing weight. Due to its softer feel, this model is better suited to people who weigh less than 130 pounds – side sleepers in particular. This contrasts with the Idle Hybrid, which may be too firm for these individuals and will likely feel more comfortable to heavier individuals.
The Idle Gel Plush costs slightly less than the Idle Hybrid, so customers should base their decision on which type of mattress feel they prefer: the close contouring and cradling of a softer all-foam model, or the responsiveness and support of a firmer hybrid.
Idle Hybrid vs. Idle Latex
The Idle Latex is Idle Sleep’s other hybrid model. Like the Idle Hybrid, the Idle Latex is a flippable mattress available with a medium firm (6) and/or firm feel (8). Customers decide which feel they want on both sides of the mattress when placing their order. Additionally, Idle Sleep offers two latex types for the bed’s comfort layer: Talalay, which has a softer, springier feel; or Dunlop, which is firm and quite dense.
The Idle Hybrid and Idle Latex are about even when it comes to conforming ability. Neither mattress will contour that closely and both feature shared pocketed coils that deliver strong support, so these models are better suited to people who weigh at least 130 pounds. The Idle Latex is probably more durable due to its latex layers, which won’t wear out as quickly as the foam layers found in the Idle Hybrid. For other performance categories, such as temperature neutrality and edge support, both mattresses have earned comparable ratings.
One thing to note is that the Idle Latex is much more expensive than the Idle Hybrid, especially for models with Talalay latex. Since both mattresses provide a similar experience for sleepers, many customers will probably base their decision on price-point alone.
Idle Hybrid vs. Nolah Signature
The Nolah Signature is another flippable mattress, but – unlike the Idle Hybrid – this is an all-polyfoam model. One side of the Nolah Signature is constructed with more cushioning and offers a medium soft (4) feel, while the other side has less padding and offers a medium firm (6) feel. As a result, the mattress is best suited to people who weigh up to 230 pounds; heavier individuals will likely sink too much and develop aches and pains.
One area where the Idle Hybrid outperforms the Nolah Signature is temperature neutrality. While the latter tends to absorb and trap body heat due to its all-foam design, the hybrid circulates air thanks to its open coil system and aerated foam layers. On the other hand, the Nolah Signature offers closer conforming for people who experience lower back pain. It may also be more suitable for couples due to its superior motion isolation.
Prices are comparable for the Nolah Signature and Idle Hybrid, though it’s important to note Idle Sleep’s trial period is much longer than Nolah’s. Those who are in the market for a softer flippable mattress should consider the Nolah Signature, while the Idle Hybrid is a reversible bed that offers firmer feels and more overall support.
Idle Hybrid vs. Saatva
The Saatva is an innerspring mattress. Although it is a one-sided model and is not flippable, the Saatva still offers some customization options for buyers. These include three firmness options – medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7.5) – as well as an 11.5-inch or 14.5-inch profile.
The Saatva is a “coil-on-coil” innerspring constructed with a cushioning Euro-top and foam comfort layers over a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils and a support core of steel bonnell coils. This design creates a highly supportive and responsive feel for the mattress. Both coil layers also promote steady airflow, making the Saatva comparable to the Idle Hybrid in terms of temperature neutrality. The Idle Hybrid may be better for people with pressure points and lower back pain due to its thick foam layers.
The Saatva and Idle Hybrid are comparably priced, and both brands offer special perks for customers. Idle Sleep shoppers qualify for an 18-month sleep trial, one of the longest in the industry. Those who order from Saatva and reside in the contiguous U.S. will receive free White Glove delivery, which includes in-home setup and old mattress removal at no extra charge.
Idle Hybrid vs. WinkBed
The WinkBed is another non-flippable coil mattress with multiple firmness options. The standard WinkBed is available with a medium soft (4.5), medium firm (6.5), or firm (7.5) feel. These models feature gel polyfoam and foam-encased minicoil layers. A fourth option, the WinkBed Plus, swaps out these foam and minicoil layers for 2.5 inches of latex. The WinkBed Plus is specifically designed for heavier individuals, and offers a firm (8) feel.
Since they are both hybrids, the WinkBed/WinkBed Plus and Idle Hybrid perform at the same level for different categories. Temperature neutrality and edge support are shared strengths, whereas both beds have earned lower ratings for areas such as motion isolation and noise potential. One benefit of the WinkBed is a softer firmness option, making this mattress better suited to people who weigh less than 130 pounds.
The WinkBed costs a bit more than the Idle Hybrid, but both mattresses have price-points that put them on par with the average hybrid model. For sleepers who want a softer feel and closer contouring, the WinkBed will probably be the best option.
The Idle (Idle Gel Foam)
Idle Gel Plush
|SLEEP TRIAL||18 months||18 months||18 months||18 months||120 nights||180 nights||120 nights||120 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime, Limited||Lifetime||15 Year, Non-prorated||Lifetime||Lifetime|
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Sleep Trial 18 months
Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.
Warranty Lifetime, non-prorated
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Where Can I Buy the Idle Hybrid?
The Idle Hybrid is available for purchase on the Idle Sleep website, but this company does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations. The mattress is also sold on Amazon.com under its former name, the Idle Double Sided Hybrid.
Where Do They Ship?
Idle Sleep ships mattresses anywhere in the contiguous U.S., but delivery is not available to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, or international destinations.
White Glove Delivery?
White Glove delivery is available throughout the contiguous U.S. for a flat fee of $149, which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal upon request.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is included with White Glove delivery, which costs $149. This service is not available with standard shipping orders.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for Idle Sleep is as follows:
- Idle Sleep ships mattresses directly to the customer’s doorstep via UPS Ground standard delivery. Most people receive their mattress within 10 days or placing their original order. White Glove delivery may take more time, depending on driver availability, but couriers should reach out to customers within three business days of their estimated delivery date.
- Idle Sleep cannot delay shipments. If the price of the mattress increases before a customer has had the opportunity to order it, the company will honor the former price-point and issue a custom checkout code.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period: Idle Sleep offers an 18-month sleep trial for the Idle Hybrid.
- This sleep trial includes a mandatory break-in period of 30 nights. Customers may not initiate a return or collect a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
- Full refunds are issued for approved returns.
- Idle Sleep also offers mattress exchanges. Customers can opt to exchange their first mattress for a $300 fee and receive a second 18-month trial for the replacement mattress, or waive both the fee and second trial period.
Warranty: Idle Sleep offers a lifetime warranty for the Idle Hybrid.
- This warranty is entirely non-prorated. Idle Sleep will, at its sole option, repair or replace any defective mattress at no cost to the owner.
- This warranty considers sagging and body impressions in the surface to be defects if they measure one-half inch or deeper. The warranty also covers physical flaws in the foam, springs, or mattress cover that lead to early deterioration. Other defects, such as sagging of less than one-half inch or damage from improper foundational support, will not be covered under this warranty.
- This warranty is non-transferable, meaning it is only available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Idle Sleep or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer do not receive warranty coverage.
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Idle Sleep has been in business since 2017.
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Idle Sleep is an online-only brand and does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations.
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