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Our sleep experts analyzed hundreds of hybrid models to determine our top picks. Since our testers vary in sleeping position, body type, and firmness preferences, we can assess how different sleepers may experience a mattress.
Each tester takes a turn lying on the mattress. They tell us how soft or firm it feels, how closely it hugs their body, and their overall impressions. We also use tools and sensors for objective measures of a mattress’ characteristics, such as temperature neutrality and motion isolation. We continue to revisit and update our analyses to account for changes in design and new product releases.
What Is a Hybrid Mattress?
A hybrid mattress generally contains a significant foam or latex comfort system paired with a coil support core. Most models have a balanced performance that combines the best qualities of multiple materials. Coil cores typically offer more bounce and airflow than all-foam options. Meanwhile, memory foam, polyfoam, and latex comfort systems provide more contouring than most traditional innerspring mattresses.
How They’re Constructed
Two distinct sections consisting of different materials make up a hybrid mattress. The comfort system may contain foam, latex, microcoils, fiber, or a combination of these components, while the support core uses coils.
Pocketed Coil Cores
Hybrid mattresses typically feature pocketed coil support cores. Each coil is individually wrapped and compresses independently for enhanced contouring, motion isolation, and edge support. Some hybrids incorporate zoned pocketed coils with varying firmness levels for targeted pressure relief and ergonomic support.
Hybrid Mattress Comfort Layers
Hybrids differ from innerspring models because of their comfort systems. Innersprings typically have a thin layer of fabric or padding that separates the body from the coils, while a hybrid has a more substantial comfort system.
The most common materials used in hybrid mattress comfort layers are memory foam, polyfoam, and latex. Memory foam comfort layers are known for their conforming hug, while polyfoam generally contours less closely but responds more quickly to pressure changes. Latex has a bouncier and more responsive feel.
Microcoils, cotton, wool, polyester, or other components are also sometimes part of a hybrid’s comfort system.
Why Should You Sleep on a Hybrid Mattress?
If you’re looking for a mattress that balances support and comfort, a hybrid mattress may be right for you. All-foam mattresses can trap heat, while innerspring mattresses may not provide enough support. Hybrid mattresses, on the other hand, can suit many different sleepers. For example, if you share a bed, change positions throughout the night, or tend to sleep hot, you may benefit from a hybrid mattress.
You Sleep With a Partner
Because of their coil cores, hybrids are typically bouncier than all-foam options. Couples often appreciate this responsiveness for sex. At the same time, the thicker comfort layers and pocketed coils isolate more motion than typical innerspring models. If you’re a light sleeper, you will probably find that sleeping on a hybrid cuts down on the amount of disturbance you experience when your partner moves around. Hybrids also usually have better edge support, so you can use more of the mattress surface without slipping off or feeling too crowded.
You Change Positions Often
A hybrid’s pocketed coil core tends to limit sinkage, making it easier for combination sleepers to switch positions. Additionally, many hybrid models balance the contouring side sleepers typically prefer with the stable support back and stomach sleepers generally need. This makes a hybrid mattress a good fit for a wider range of sleepers.
You Sleep Hot
Traditional all-foam mattresses often trap heat. While many hybrids have foam comfort layers, air circulation through the coil core helps regulate temperature. Latex hybrids may be especially well suited for hot sleepers due to their breathable materials. However, many options with polyfoam or memory foam also have good temperature regulation. These cooling mattresses often incorporate specialty materials designed to draw heat away from the body.