About 40 million Americans suffer from some kind of chronic sleep disorder, so it’s wise to invest in a mattress to help you sleep better. There are many types of mattresses for sale right now in 2017, so knowing which to buy can be somewhat confusing to say the least. For example, the most basic innerspring has been the staple of the bedding industry for a good reason. It offers superior support and its characteristic springiness are desirable features in a bed. However, it’s hard to beat the pressure-relief that a memory foam mattress offers. Also, there are latex, air and hybrid to choose from too. Today we will discuss in depth a guide for buyers, and conduct 5 hybrid mattress reviews for those interested in purchasing one.
What Is A Hybrid Mattress?
Hybrid mattresses are a departure from the typical innerspring mattress with which you are undoubtedly well-acquainted. Hybrids take comfort to the next step with a combination of this traditional spring base and other materials like latex, viscoelastic or gel foam. The two are formed together with varying degrees of layers to achieve the so-called hybrid finish.
Hybrids exist to bring you the best of both worlds. The innerspring has much going for it, so makes sense to reinvent it rather than simply tossing it aside. In a hybrid, the spring part usually makes up the majority, i.e the base. Better quality variants will consist of fabric encased pocket coils aka encased coils, whilst the cheap options will typically be bonnell or some type of continuous coil formation. Above the spring base you’ll find the additional layers of choice, varying from model to model, and sometimes consisting of multiple types of foam or latex and sometimes even both. These layers together with the base are collectively formed to make a hybrid mattress. It’s important to note that although foam over spring is the most common type, another common formation is latex over foam, or vice versa. In our hybrid mattress reviews we will only be looking at spring and foam variants.
Benefits Of A Hybrid Mattress
Every mattress has its own positive points. Below are some reasons why you may want to consider buying a hybrid mattress:
The main advantage of a hybrid mattress is the combination of an innerspring system for bounce, and the comfort of memory foam that conforms to your natural body curvature. If you are a side sleeper, the addition of the memory foam top layer can provide the additional comfort and supports the contours of your body better, whilst reducing that feeling of difficulty getting out of bed or moving around too easily, which is what an all-foam mattress can sometimes feel like.
In general, spring mattresses tend to be cheaper. On the other hand, latex and memory foam mattresses tend to be higher in price. Combine the two together and you get something which is mid priced.
Improved Quality of Sleep
A hybrid mattress generally improves the quality of sleep by minimizing the disturbance of partners moving around. If you are a light sleeper, you may appreciate not being disturbed by a restless partner. This is achieved by using a unique construction of coils covered by layers of foam (or latex). A foam top layer can better absorb the motion transfer that occurs between partners, and when combined with pocket coils underneath acting as a base, this enhances motion isolation properties. One partner could be tossing and turning all night whilst the other partner wouldn’t be disturbed half as much as if they were both sleeping on a traditional innerspring mattress.
Good For Side Sleepers
A good hybrid option is also considered the best mattress for side sleepers. Sleeping on your side creates several pressure points with an innerspring because it doesn’t conform to the curves of your body too well. A hybrid mattress with a memory foam comfort layer (at the top) can fill in the gaps to help relieve discomfort and pressure points, aiding in creating the perfect spinal alignment. The independently encased coils underneath the comfort layer also act as avenues to conform to the shape of your body.
How To Choose The Best Hybrid Mattress
So we have discussed the benefits of buying one, now we’ll elaborate on how to choose the best hybrid mattress if you’re interested in making a purchase. Here are some tips and advice for your consideration:
A CertiPUR-US certified mattress means that the foam portion doesn’t contain potential carcinogens like formaldehyde, flame retardants, or heavy metals. These also have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions which can affect indoor air quality and thus, respiratory health. Therefore it’s an added reassurance that anything with this tag is safe and purchase-worthy.
Memory foam is the most popular material used as the top layer above a coil base. It has the contouring properties to fill out pressure points within the body and provide not only good spinal alignment but also pain relief for multiple musculoskeletal conditions.
You’ll likely see hybrids with gel memory support systems especially on the comfort layer. The advantage of gel infused foam is that it can help keep you cool at night. Warmer temperatures can disrupt sleep which means regulating this temperature is essential for good sleep and long term health. The coolness of gel against your skin can keep you feeling cool all night long so you can stay in that range of 68 to 72 degrees for the quality of sleep your body requires. This is especially good for hotter climates where temperatures are still high throughout the night.
If you find a latex comfort layer or it’s used anywhere else in the construction, you’ll likely pay a small premium for it. Latex is the choice material when it comes to mattresses due to many reasons, for example it has hypoallergenic and organic properties. Also, these are great for back pain because of the way latex naturally springs back as opposed to soaks in like various foams. Latex almost acts like a spring, but with much more consistency and spread, with increased durability too.
Independently encased pocket coils serving as a base are better than other types of coils such as continuous coil systems or the more common Bonnell. Pocket coils provide better motion isolation between partners but still provide motion transfer when trying to move around or get out of bed. Plus with some bases coming with over 2000 coils almost an inch apart at times, there is very good body contouring and spinal alignment.
Hybrid Mattress Reviews
Customer satisfaction provides a good assessment of the quality of a mattress. Below are our picks for the best hybrid mattress along with the features that make them stand out from the competition. With the exception of the Serta Perfect Sleeper Hybrid Mattress, all of our choices are comparable in price, leaving features and comfort as the primary considerations.
Olee Sleep 13″ Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring
The 13″ high Olee Sleep provides the comfort and pressure relief of an expensive memory foam, with the temperature control of gel, to give you the best of both worlds. Its construction consists of five layers of foam, fiber, and coils. It consists of 2″ poly jacquard fabric cover, 1″ gel at the top, over 1.5″ standard visco foam, a further 2″ of high density foam, and 7.5″ of individually encase coils. The varying combinations provide a firm support, a welcome feature for those who prefer a firmer mattress. At all sizes, it is a good value for the price that includes a cool gel, memory foam, and innerspring components. Overall, this is an incredibly comfortable option for those side sleepers and back sleepers who prefer a firm and orthopedic level of pressure point relief.
Signature Sleep 13″ Independently Encased Coil and Foam
Another with a 13″ profile, the Signature Sleep pocket coil and foam is one of the most popular of our reviews and possibly the best hybrid mattress listed here. Like most of the companies included in this summary, Signature Sleep is part of the CertiPUR-US® program offering certified foam products. The Signature Sleep is the only that openly talks about meeting the Federal Flammability Standard 16 CFR 1633, a nice alternative to harmful flame retardants. A 10″ set of pocket coil innerspring components provide excellent support, motion isolation and welcome bounciness. Independently encased coils minimize motion transfer as opposed to continuous coil bases with coils that are not individually wrapped. There is 1″ of foam and a further 2″ of fabric which makes the cover, made of a durable bamboo ticking designed to absorb moisture helps the body breathe during those hot nights.
Classic Brands 11″ Engage Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring
The Classic Brands 11″ gel memory foam and innerspring hybrid oozes comfort in all directions. With its 6″ wrapped pocket coil base, it offers a wise choice for individuals who suffer from chronic back pain with the added support from its multi layer design. It is a unique combination of 1″ gel foam, 2″ of soft poly foam, 6″ of pocket coils, and 1.5″ of firm poly foam base. The Classic Brands is naturally resistant to common allergens like mold; the foam provides antimicrobial resistance and is CertiPUR-US-certified. This one comes compressed and rolled, and is available in six sizes, which is more than most which only offer the three most common mattress sizes being Twin, Queen and King.
LinenSpa 8″ Memory Foam and Innerspring
The LinenSpa 8″ like Signature Sleep, LinenSpa is also part of the CertiPUR-US® program offering certified foam products. It packs a lot of comfort and support in its 8″ profile that includes a 6″ coil base for improved breathability. Despite its short profile, the LinenSpa has a generous 1.5″ foam layer with an additional foam and felt layers over steel coils. With its low price, it is a good value for someone new to a hybrid mattress or is on a limited budget. Like Classic Brands, the LinenSpa comes in six sizes that run the gamut between Twin and King—and everything in between. With a 10 year warranty and shipping provided as boxed and rolled, this is not a bad option at all.
Serta Perfect Sleeper Gel Foam and Innerspring
Serta has the second largest market share of mattress manufacturers in the United States. The 12″ thick product includes many of its signature features such as its Pillowsoft Foam Top Upholstery. The mattress has both gel infused and standard memory foam layers for maximum comfort and soft cradling, whilst being combined with a support flex 704 coil system provides edge to edge support. Also cited to work well with adjustable beds, this one comes in Twin, Queen, King, and Cali King (with a box set option) and has a 10 year warranty too.