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Best Hybrid Mattress

Not happy with your old innerspring, but not convinced you like the feel of an all-foam mattress? Perhaps a hybrid mattress is right for you!

Composed of a thick comfort layer on top of a pocketed coil support core, hybrid mattresses offer the best of both worlds for many sleepers. Memory foam, polyfoam, or latex comfort layers provide the enhanced pressure relief and motion isolation of an all-foam mattress, while the coils give you the support and bounce you’ve enjoyed with your innerspring. Because the coils are individually wrapped, they transfer less motion and make less noise than an innerspring.

Hybrid mattresses tend to cost a little more than all-foam mattresses and a little less than pure latex mattresses. In terms of durability they also fall in the middle, although this depends on what materials are in the comfort layers.

Hybrid mattresses vary quite a lot in feel depending on how the comfort layers are constructed. If you’re in the market for a hybrid mattress, you might find it difficult to tell which brands offer the best value for money. We’re here to run through the pros and cons of hybrid mattresses, discuss some buyer considerations, and provide our tips on the best hybrid mattresses out there.

Choose a hybrid if:
  • You tend to sleep hot on all-foam beds
  • You want a bed with extra support
  • You value a mattress that has pressure relief as well as bounce
  • You need a bed with strong edges
Skip a hybrid if:
  • You’re on a limited budget
  • You prefer the hug of memory foam or the extreme bounce of an innerspring mattress
  • You need to move your bed often
  • You’re very sensitive to noise or motion

Our Top Picks

Dreamcloud - Best All-Around
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,399

 

The WinkBed - Best Support
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm/Plus (7-8)
  • Price: $1,599 (Standard), $1,799 (Plus)

 

OkiOki OkiFlex - Best Value
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $500

 

Awara - Best Latex Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,199

 

Tuft & Needle Hybrid - Best Conforming
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium (5)
  • Price: $1,495

 

Purple Hybrid - Best Cooling
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,599

 

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora - Best Luxury
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,699

DreamCloud - Best All-Around

Price: $1,399

Height: 15"

Firmness: Medium (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

 

dreamcloud mattress

Highlights:

  • 5-zone pocketed coils provide targeted spinal support
  • Thick comfort layers cushion pressure points
  • Reinforced perimeter ensures sturdy edge support

Ideal For:

  • Almost all body types and sleeping positions
  • Couples and combination sleepers
  • Those who sleep hot

The DreamCloud is an affordably priced hybrid mattress with two layers of memory foam and a transitional foam layer that absorbs motion transfer and provides cushioning for pressure points.

In the support core, a pocketed coil base supplies targeted spinal support across 5 zones. The perimeter is reinforced with higher-gauge coils to improve edge support when sitting on or sleeping near the edge of the bed.

The DreamCloud features a soft Euro-top cover made of a soft cashmere blend. The cashmere wicks moisture away from the sleeper and allows it to dissipate through the coils, helping maintain a neutral temperature.

Due to its medium-firm feel the DreamCloud will appeal to almost all sleeper types, although lightweight side sleepers may find it a little firm. Combination sleepers should have no trouble switching sleeping positions on the responsive surface.

The DreamCloud ships free in the contiguous U.S. and comes with a 365-night sleep trial starting 30 days after delivery. After this, the mattress is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Read Our Full DreamCloud Mattress Review


The WinkBed - Best Support

Price: $1,599 (Standard), $1,799 (Plus)

Height: 13.5"

Firmness: 3 options - Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8), Firm Plus (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 3/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Firm Plus)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Firm Plus)

Edge Support: 4/5 (Medium Soft), 5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Firm Plus)

Durability: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm, Firm), 5/5 (Firm Plus)

Ease of Movement: 3/5 (Medium Soft, Firm Plus), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Sex: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm, Firm Plus)

Off-Gassing: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm, Firm), 3/5 (Firm Plus)

Winkbed Plus Mattress

Highlights:

  • Four firmness options, including one for sleepers over 300 pounds
  • Lumbar pad supports lower back area
  • Best-in-class edge support

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers of any body type or position preference
  • Those who sleep hot
  • People who rely on the edges for sex, sleeping, or sitting

The WinkBed incorporates a breathable Tencel cover and a Euro-top cover quilted with several layers of gel-infused foam. Below this, the mattress has a layer of microcoils that provide contouring pressure relief and add responsiveness to the sleep surface. This responsiveness makes it easier to switch positions in bed, which is an advantage for sex and for combination sleepers.

The WinkBed mattress is available in four firmness options, including a “Plus” version that is targeted towards sleepers who weigh more than 300 pounds. This model replaces the microcoil layer with latex. All four versions of the bed also have a lumbar pad to provide support for the lower back, and zoned pocketed coils in the support core to help maintain optimal spinal alignment.

The mattress allows ample room for airflow through the two coil layers, helping reduce heat retention. We also found the WinkBed to have excellent edge support, even compared to other hybrid mattresses.

WinkBeds offers a fairly standard 120-night sleep trial for the bed. The company provides a lifetime warranty against manufacturing and workmanship defects.


OkiOki OkiFlex - Best Value

Price: $500

Height: 11"

Firmness: Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Polyfoam encasement around the perimeter for improved edge support
  • Responsive surface

Ideal For:

  • Shoppers on a budget
  • Stomach and back sleepers
  • People who sleep near the edge of the bed

The OkiFlex mattress by OkiOki is a budget-friendly hybrid with graphite-infused memory foam, transitional polyfoam, and a pocketed coil support core. The cover is designed with cooling properties and is removable and machine-washable for easier care.

Polyfoam casing around the pocketed coil support core ensures better-than-average edge support. This is good news for anyone who relies on the edges to get in and out of bed, or for those who like sleeping near the edge of the bed.

Due to its firmer surface, the OkiFlex is a great choice for stomach and back sleepers, especially those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The firm surface also enables freedom of movement and reduces heat retention.

OkiOki provides a 365-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty, which is very generous considering the price of the mattress. All foams are both CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certified to be free of harmful substances.


Awara - Best Latex Hybrid

Price: $1,199

Height: 13"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

awara mattress

Highlights:

  • Medium firmness level provides support and pressure relief across all sleeper categories
  • Sustainable latex and breathable wool-cotton cover enhance breathability
  • Naturally bouncy latex facilitates movement

Ideal For:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Those who sleep hot
  • Combination sleepers

The Awara is crafted with sustainably sourced materials and is one of our top picks for organic mattresses.

A Euro-top cover padded with moisture-wicking New Zealand wool and organic cotton provides a soft, temperature-neutral sleep surface. Under this is a 4-inch layer of organic Dunlop latex certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Latex is naturally breathable and a little bouncy, making this a great bed for people who sleep hot or who move around a lot in their sleep.

A pocketed coil base layer provides a supportive foundation for the bed. The coils also ensure reliable edge support, perfect for getting in and out of bed or for those who share a smaller mattress.

The Awara mattress has a medium firmness level that falls at a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale. This is right in the sweet spot that tends to appeal to the vast majority of sleepers. Unsurprisingly, it earns positive reviews from sleepers in most weight groups and sleeping positions.

Instead of relying on chemicals, the Awara mattress uses a silica-based fire retardant and water-based adhesive. Awara plants 10 trees for every mattress sold.

The Awara mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial and forever warranty. This is a great option for people who want a latex mattress without the high price tag.


Tuft & Needle Hybrid - Best Conforming

Price: $1,495

Height: 12"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 4/5

Highlights:

  • Graphite and gel infusions plus two layers of coils keep the mattress cool
  • Plush pillow-top provides cradling pressure relief
  • Responsive surface facilitates motion for combination sleepers and during sex

Ideal For:

  • Side sleepers, especially those between 130 and 230 pounds
  • Back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds
  • Couples

The Tuft & Needle Hybrid features several polyfoam comfort layers as well as a layer of microcoils and a pocketed support core. Tuft & Needle has also included a pillow-top cover to give the hybrid some added plushness.

The mattress ranks a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which is considered medium. This is softer than many other hybrid mattresses, and the mattress provides closer conforming that cushions pressure points in side sleepers. Graphite and gel infusions in the foams help keep the sleep surface cool.

Couples will find this mattress is great for sex thanks to the dual coil layers and responsive polyfoam, which provide some extra bounce. The mattress also has a sturdy perimeter, so you can use the whole surface of the bed without worrying about falling off.

Tuft & Needle ships the mattress free in the contiguous U.S. The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.


Purple Hybrid - Best Cooling

Price: $1,599

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 5/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Purple Hybrid

Highlights:

  • Innovative grid material provides bounce, cushioning, and temperature regulation
  • Extra supportive thanks to the pocketed coil base
  • Less likely to develop permanent body indentations compared with a foam mattress

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers of all body types and sleeping positions except stomach sleepers over 230 pounds
  • Those who sleep hot
  • Couples

The Purple Hybrid mattress includes two inches of Purple’s propriety “Purple Grid” over a layer of transitional polyfoam and a pocketed coil support core. The grid consists of a hyper-elastic polymer that adapts its shape to fit your body’s curves. While it mimics memory foam in its pressure-relieving abilities, the grid is resistant to permanent body impressions and has a column structure that allows for much better airflow to keep the mattress cool.

The coils provide extra spinal support, making the hybrid better-suited to individuals over 130 pounds compared with the original Purple mattress. The bed also receives standout ratings from sleepers under 130 pounds.

The Purple Hybrid mattress offers several benefits for couples. The grid isolates motion just like memory foam does, meaning less disturbances to your partner during the night. It’s much bouncier than memory foam, which is an advantage during sex. And like most hybrid mattresses, the Purple Hybrid has strong enough edges to allow for full use of the bed.

The Purple Hybrid ships free in the contiguous U.S. The company offers a 100-night sleep trial subject to a 21-night break-in period. The mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Purple Hybrid Mattress Review


Brooklyn Bedding Aurora - Best Luxury

Price: $1,699

Height: 13"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5 (Medium Soft, Medium Firm), 3/5 (Firm)

Edge Support: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Durability: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5 (Medium Soft), 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Highlights:

  • Three firmness options to suit a wider variety of sleepers
  • Above-average pressure point relief
  • Phase-change material and copper infusions help regulate temperature

Ideal For:

  • Sleepers of any body type or position preference
  • Those who sleep hot, especially the medium firm and firm models
  • People who share the bed, especially the medium soft and medium firm models

The Aurora mattress by Brooklyn Bedding is a hybrid model that comes in three firmness options. These correspond to a 4, a 6, and a 7-8 on the 1-10 firmness scale. With these three options, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora offers something to suit every type of sleeper, no matter body type or preferred sleeping position.

The comfort layer consists of three layers of foam, including a copper-infused polyfoam layer, a latex-like second layer, and a final layer of gel-infused memory foam. Together, these layers provide contouring pressure relief and responsiveness. The surface of the bed is infused with phase-change material designed to keep it cool.

The plush foams in the medium soft model offer closer contouring and absorb most motion before it can transfer across the bed. The medium firm and firm versions offer a more responsive surface, as well as superior edge support and temperature regulation.

Customers have 120 nights to decide if they like the mattress, although Brooklyn Bedding won’t accept returns until the 30-day break-in period is up. Mattresses ship free in the contiguous U.S. and come with a 10-year warranty.


Who Should Buy a Hybrid Mattress?

Hybrid mattresses offer a win-win, combining the pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam—and sometimes latex— the bounce of a coil base layer. Couples will find that a hybrid isolates most motion transfer and makes less noise than an innerspring mattress, and airflow through the coils helps dissipate body heat so that the mattress sleeps cooler than an all-foam mattress.

Since the comfort system in hybrids vary in terms of material, construction, and firmness, hybrid mattresses are suitable for a wide range of sleepers. They are especially recommended for individuals who weigh more than 230 pounds, who benefit from the added support of the coils. Most hybrid mattresses have a medium-firm sleep surface that suits most body types. Still, you’ll see hybrid models that offer a plusher or firmer sleep surface, or even brands that offer multiple firmness options for their beds.

How Does it Feel to Sleep on a Hybrid Mattress?

 

  • A Mix of Sleeping “In” and Sleeping “On”: The firmness of a hybrid mattress will depend on the comfort layers, but most hybrids offer a balance between sleeping “in” and sleeping “on” the mattress.
  • Cool: Hybrid mattresses allow body heat to dissipate through the coil layers. This means that they generally sleep much cooler than their all-foam counterparts.
  • Supportive: The pocketed coil support core of a hybrid mattress provides targeted spinal support that adapts to your body shape. This support is more robust than what you would find in an all-foam mattress, making hybrids a suitable choice for people over 230 pounds.
  • Responsive: While not as bouncy as an innerspring mattress, a hybrid mattress will usually have a fairly responsive surface thanks to the coil base. The responsive surface lends itself well to sex and makes it easier to switch sleeping positions.
  • Cushioning: To qualify as a hybrid, a mattress must have at least a few inches of foam or latex comfort layers. This gives them pressure-relieving capabilities that come close to rivaling all-foam mattresses.

How are Hybrids Constructed?

By definition, a hybrid mattress is composed of a coil support core and at least a few inches of memory foam, polyfoam, or latex comfort layers. Other add-ons to the top layers can include pillow-top or Euro-top covers, microcoil comfort layers, or a layer of higher-density polyfoam to ease the transition from the comfort layers to the coils.

Most hybrids use a support core of individually wrapped coils to reduce noise and motion transfer. The coil layer commonly rests on a high-density polyfoam layer. Additionally, some hybrids have reinforced edges, either through a polyfoam encasement or by using higher-gauge coils around the perimeter.

Because there is such variation in the comfort layers and the quality of the pocketed coils, the feel and price-points of hybrid mattresses vary widely.

You’ll sometimes run across an all-foam bed advertising itself as hybrid because it uses more than one type of foam, or a combination of foam and latex. You may also see a mattress calling itself hybrid when it has just an inch of comfort layers before reaching the springs. These aren’t true hybrid mattresses, and they won’t offer the same advantages and disadvantages as a hybrid that fits the definition above.

Memory Foam vs. Hybrids vs. Innerspring

Memory Foam

Most memory foam mattresses consist of memory foam over a high-density polyfoam support core. This helps maintain spinal alignment in most sleepers under 230 pounds.

Memory foam molds to your body, providing exceptional pressure relief and motion isolation. It’s also completely silent when bearing weight. Memory foam mattresses are often affordably priced, with an average price-point of about $1,000 for a bed-in-a-box mattress.

Downsides to memory foam include heat retention, weak edge support, a slow response to pressure, and a tendency to develop permanent body impressions.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses are truly a blend of foam and innerspring mattresses. Thick foam or latex comfort layers offer good motion isolation and pressure relief, although not as much as an all-foam mattress. The pocketed coil base provides cooling, bounce, and edge support, although not as much as an innerspring mattress.

If you’re looking for a compromise between all-foam and innerspring mattresses, a hybrid might be a good solution. Just be prepared to fork out more, because hybrid mattresses tend to come at a higher price-point.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are defined by their steel spring support core. Unlike hybrid mattresses, innerspring mattresses have a very thin comfort layer. This is typically made of polyfoam but can also be made of memory foam or latex.

Innerspring mattresses sleep even cooler than hybrids and have a very bouncy surface. The coils also provide strong edges and extra support for heavier people, but this comes at the expense of pressure relief.

Innerspring mattresses come in many price points and are often very cheap. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for an innerspring mattress to develop dips and sags after a few years.

How Much Does a Hybrid Mattress Cost?

A good hybrid mattress will usually set you back around $1,500, which is more expensive than the average all-foam or innerspring mattress. That being said, hybrids come in a range of price-points.

The price of a hybrid mattress often goes hand-in-hand with the materials used. Hybrids that contain natural latex tend to be more expensive, as do hybrids with higher coil counts.

How Long Will a Hybrid Mattress Last?

The average hybrid mattress has an expected lifespan of around 6-8 years. This is longer than the average innerspring, and about the same as the average foam mattress. Latex mattresses have the best durability of all the mattress types, so a hybrid with latex comfort layers may last even longer.

Because they incorporate features of other mattress types, determining the expected lifespan of a hybrid model will depend largely on the materials used to make it. Hybrid mattresses that use lower-density foams in the comfort layers may develop premature body indentations, and hybrids that have a lower coil count or thinner gauge may eventually start sagging. Cheaper polyfoam base layers can also start to break down over time.

As a general rule, hybrids made with better-quality materials will last longer, but this will be reflected in the price. Hybrid mattresses aren’t made to be flipped but you can rotate them from head-to-toe every 3 to6 months to help extend their lifespan.

Last Things to Consider With a Hybrid Mattress

Before deciding on a hybrid mattress, there are a few other features to look out for.

Coil Count

Coil count refers to how many coils make up the support core. The more coils you have, the better your weight can be distributed and the longer your mattress will last.

Many companies tout a high coil count as proof of the quality of their mattress, but the difference tends to be minor once you reach a coil count of at least 1,000 (in a queen hybrid mattress). Additionally, some mattresses may have a lower coil count but distribute the weight more evenly across the comfort layers, leading to an equally supportive surface.

Coil Gauge

Perhaps more important than coil count is coil gauge, which describes the thickness of the wire that makes up the coils. Coil gauge usually ranges from 12 to 18, with 12 representing thicker-gauge wire and 18 representing thinner-gauge wire.

The pocketed coils found in hybrid mattresses usually have a gauge between 14 and 18, which is a higher gauge than most other types of coils found in innerspring mattresses. This can make them more fragile and reduce their lifespan compared to other types of coils.

Many hybrid mattresses use lower-gauge coils in various parts of the mattress to provide firmer support around the edges or under the lumbar area.

Off-Gassing

Almost all mattresses release some off-gassing odors when they are new. This is a result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the foams being released into the air. While not considered harmful, off-gassing can be bothersome for people who are sensitive to smell.

Off-gassing odors can persist for a few hours up to a few weeks. Because hybrid mattresses allow room for airflow through the coils, these smells tend to dissipate faster than with all-foam mattresses. Still, if you’re concerned about off-gassing, look for a hybrid mattress with lower-density foams, or avoid synthetic foams altogether and get a natural latex hybrid mattress.