Hybrid Mattress Reviews
There are so many options out there when it comes to choosing a mattress, especially when you consider the quickly expanding online mattress industry. But what if you can’t find a mattress that’s the right fit for you? Maybe you like the support of an innerspring, but it’s not contouring enough for you. Or you’ve tried a foam mattress and appreciate the pressure point relief, but you miss the bounce of springs.
Enter the hybrid mattress. It provides a bridge between mattress types by combining the benefits of each. You’ll find bounce and support in the coil support core along with contouring and pressure point relief in the thick memory foam or latex comfort layer. For many sleepers, the hybrid represents the best of both worlds.
In this guide, we’ll define in-depth what a hybrid mattress is, run through pros and cons, discuss who is well-suited for a hybrid and outline our top picks for hybrid mattresses in six categories.
Our Top Hybrid Mattress Picks
|Best Overall||Best Value||Best Luxury||Best Firm||Best Soft||Editor's Choice|
|Model||Alexander Signature Hybrid||Helix||New Purple.3||Avocado Green||Tomorrow Hybrid||DreamCloud|
Hybrid Mattress Reviews
The Best Overall – Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress
The Alexander Signature Hybrid is a 13.5” mattress that starts with 8” of zoned pocket coils. The comfort layer has four elements: a bottom layer of 1.8 PCF polyfoam, 3.5 PCF copper-infused gel polyfoam, 3.5 PCF quilted polyfoam and a top layer of 4 PCF memory foam. The mattress is encased in a cover made from rayon and polyester.
There are three different firmness options: plush (medium-soft), medium and luxury firm (medium-firm). The construction of the Alexander Signature Hybrid is geared toward sleeping cool and utilizes a variety of cooling technologies, including punctured and gel-infused foams.
Why We Picked It: This is an all-around well-built mattress that provides solid support while not compromising on comfort. The multiple comfort layer components work together for a cushioned but cool sleep surface. And though it’s not the cheapest mattress on our list, it has a below-average price point for a hybrid.
The Best Value – Helix Mattress
Helix offers a “personalized” hybrid mattress, meaning that based on your answers to its Sleep Quiz, Helix will vary the order and density of specific components to meet your needs.
All Helix mattresses start with 4” of 1.8 PCF polyfoam. The mattress also includes 2” of pocketed microcoils, 1.8 PCF transitional polyfoam and “Helix Dynamic Foam,” which may be between 1.8 and 3 PCF. Helix offers firmness levels between about a 3 (soft) and a 9 (firm), depending on the results of your Sleep Quiz.
Why We Picked It: At just under $1,000, the Helix is a great fit for anyone who’s on a budget but wants a hybrid. The mattress also offers excellent customization, and the dual-firmness option is great for couples.
The Best Luxury – New Purple 3" Mattress
Purple incorporated the popular elements of its Original Purple foam mattress into its new hybrid mattress, aptly named the New Purple. The New Purple comes in three different thicknesses, depending on the thickness of the comfort layer. We’re reviewing the Purple.3, which has a 3” comfort layer and is 12” total, but the mattress also comes in 11” and 13” models.
The New Purple.3 starts with a 7.5” support core of pocket coils. The 3” comfort layer utilizes Purple’s “Smart Grid” elastic polymer that reinforced with buckling-column gel. The grid design allows for increased airflow and pressure point relief. The Purple.3 has a medium firmness.
Why We Picked It: Purple was founded by two brothers—one with a background in aerospace materials and the other in manufacturing. That means years of research in cushioning materials are behind the New Purple, which incorporates high-quality, durable component. The New Purple may have a higher price point than other hybrids, but it’s built to last.
The Best Firm – Avocado Green Mattress
The Avocado is an 11” latex hybrid with a support core of pocket coils arranged in three distinct zones. 16-gauge coils line the perimeter, while 17- and 14-gauge coils are in the center, positioned to provide extra support near the heavier parts of the body.
The support core also contains an inch of all-natural Dunlop latex. In the comfort system, you’ll find layers of Dunlop latex and Joma New Zealand wool. The Avocado comes also comes with an optional 2” pillow-top of Dunlop latex, but we like the non-pillow-top version for those who want a firmer feel. The mattress comes with an organic cotton cover.
Why We Picked It: Dunlop latex is naturally dense, and in the Avocado, provides a sturdy, firm feel. The non-pillow-top version has a medium-firm feel. The Avocado is also known for its all-natural materials, including all-natural latex, organic cotton, wool and a fire barrier made from natural hydrated silica instead of chemical fire retardants. For anyone looking for a more sustainable option, the Avocado is a good pick.
The Best Soft – Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid Mattress
Tomorrow Sleep offers a hybrid mattress that is available in medium-soft and medium-firm. For this review, we’ll look at the medium-soft. The support core contains pocket coils surrounded on the bottom and sides by high-density polyfoam.
The comfort layer has three components: a bottom layer of 2.6 PCF polyfoam, a middle layer of 2.5 PCF gel polyfoam and a top layer of 3.5 PCF memory foam. The top layer of memory foam contains phase-change material (PCM), which is designed to absorb heat and contribute to a cooler sleep environment. A polyester knit cover surrounds the mattress.
Why We Picked It: The combination of the three foam layers within the comfort system makes for a luxuriously plush surface. Memory foam contributes to great contouring, and the addition of gel foam and PCM allows the bed to sleep cooler than others with memory foam.
The Editor's Choice – DreamCloud Mattress
The DreamCloud is a premium, 15” mattress with 8 distinct layers. It starts with a high-density memory foam base that supports a system of pocketed microcoils that are arranged in five zones. Another layer of high-density memory foam rounds out the support layers.
The comfort system starts with standard memory foam topped with natural latex that’s perforated for improved airflow. Layers of quilted memory foam and gel memory foam are topped with a cover made from a cashmere polyester blend. DreamCloud has a medium-firm feel.
Why We Picked It: DreamCloud is committed to high-quality materials and incorporating multiple layers that work well together. The mattress is high-profile, which allows for both a strong support core and a luxuriously thick comfort layer. DreamCloud truly offers the best of both worlds in terms of comfort and support.
What is a Hybrid Mattress?
A hybrid mattress combines the metal springs of an innerspring mattress with foam or latex. A true hybrid has certain specific components. The support core is comprised of pocket coils that are wrapped in fabric or foam for motion isolation. Supporting these coils is a base layer, typically high-density polyfoam.
The comfort layer will vary by model, but is usually made of more than 2 inches of latex and/or memory foam. Some manufacturers add gel memory foam for cooling, and there are several different options for how the materials can be layered. Some makers layer different densities of the same or different materials to create a unique feel.
Sometimes the term “hybrid” isn’t used correctly. Some companies will call any mattress a hybrid if it uses a combination of materials, but a true hybrid has pocket coils and a thick comfort layer. A mattress with a foam or latex support core is not really a hybrid.
Hybrid vs. Memory Foam Mattress
While a hybrid contains a support core of pocket coils, a memory foam mattress is made entirely of different types of foam. Its support core is usually made from high-density polyfoam.
Hybrids and memory foam mattresses both have excellent conforming properties, but you’ll find that memory foam mattresses allow the sleeper to sink more deeply. Because of the coil support core, hybrids have more bounce than memory foam mattresses.
Hybrid vs. Innerspring Mattress
Hybrid and innerspring mattresses can look very similar, so it’s easy to confuse the two. The first main difference is that hybrids only contain pocket coils while innersprings can contain these or other types of coils.
The comfort layer on a hybrid is also thicker than that of an innerspring. Hybrids typically have 3-4 inches of foam or latex for their comfort layer, and may also have an additional 1-2 inches of pillow top. Innersprings have a thinner comfort layer, under 2 inches, which are almost always made from polyfoam or memory foam.
Hybrid Pros and Cons
Because they combine different mattress materials into a single mattress, hybrids capitalize on the benefits of each material.
- A coil support core provides good bounce and support.
- Pocket coils perform better than other coils types when it comes to motion isolation because each coil moves independently from the others. That means that hybrid mattresses have a bit less bounce than innersprings, but you’re also less likely to be disturbed when your partner moves.
- Memory foam has been known to trap heat, but because hybrids often incorporate latex or gel into their comfort layers, they sleep cooler. The inclusion of coils also increases airflow.
- Hybrids provide excellent body contouring and pressure point relief because of their thick comfort layers. Many also incorporate a pillow-top or euro-top for added comfort.
- Hybrids tend to be offered in a wide range of firmness levels, so it’s more likely that you’ll find one that’s the right fit for you.
- Because edges are reinforced by foam, hybrids tend to have better edge support than memory foam and latex mattresses.
At the end of the day, a hybrid provides what its name implies. It will conform to your body without allowing you to sink as deeply as a memory foam mattress and will provide support without being as firm as an innerspring.
Is a Hybrid Mattress Right for You?
For many sleepers, a hybrid mattress combines the best qualities of multiple mattress types, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone.
Who is suited to a hybrid bed?
Generally, hybrids tend to be a good fit for those who haven’t found an innerspring, memory foam or latex mattress that they like. If you like the bounce of innerspring, but also like the contouring of memory foam, then a hybrid is likely the mattress for you.
Body type and sleep position also comes into play. Hybrids tend to be a good fit for heavier sleepers, those over 230 pounds or so. These individuals sink a bit deeper into their mattresses, and the thick comfort layer provides ample pressure point relief. Still, compression support is needed, which is where the pocket coil support core comes into play. Hybrids are also great for side sleepers because they provide enough cushioning to keep pressure points from forming at the shoulders and hips.
Hybrids also offer relief to those who sleep hot. Some individuals find memory foam mattresses to be too hot, but because hybrids often incorporate latex and/or gel into their comfort layers, they sleep cooler. A coil support core also encourages airflow. Couples may also prefer hybrids because pocket coils isolate motion, so if your partner gets up or changes positions during the night, you won’t feel it.
Who is not suited to a hybrid bed?
Many sleepers find hybrids to be the best of both worlds, while others may feel they’re compromising too much. Some sleepers simply prefer the feel of a traditional innerspring mattress and may find the thick comfort layer of a hybrid to be too soft. Others love to be completely cradled in memory foam, and may not like the feel of a coil support core.
The average price for a hybrid is between $1,300 and $2,000, so hybrids may not work for those on a budget. And while hybrids come in a variety of firmness levels, they are sometimes not soft enough for lighter individuals to experience the full benefit of their conforming properties.