You’ve heard of hybrid cars before – cars that can run on both gas and electric power. A hybrid is basically something that combines certain characteristics of two entities together to make a new object or entity. So you can say that a hybrid mattress is a combination of different types of mattresses, usually innerspring and foam.
Overview of hybrid mattresses
Because there are different components used in innerspring and foam mattresses (a foam bed may have both latex and memory foam, for example), you would find that there are different configurations of hybrid mattresses as well. Most hybrid mattresses have a base coil system with varying combinations of latex, memory foam and even gel-infused foam.
In an innerspring-foam mattress hybrid, the base provides the support and a bit of bounce, while the foam layers provide comfort and pressure point relief. With a hybrid bed, you get the best of both worlds.
Even though hybrid models differ in configuration, they all have one thing in common: They’re all designed to provide sleepers with the best features of different types of mattresses while eliminating or minimizing the cons.
For instance, if you like the support you get from an innerspring mattress but don’t care much for all that excess bounce and motion transfer, or if you like the comfort of memory foam but you don’t like that it makes you sleep hot, a hybrid can take care of those issues for you.
Hybrid mattresses with pocketed coils and foam comfort layers provide just the right bounce and support while also giving comfortable contouring. They don’t make you feel like you’re getting sucked into the bed and trapped there. They also isolate motion effectively so your sleep won’t get disturbed when your partner shifts positions or get up from bed.
In addition, the space between the coil springs allow for better airflow, preventing the bed from retaining heat and giving you a cooler surface to sleep on.
Is a hybrid mattress for you?
You can benefit from using a hybrid mattress if you:
- Find your current mattress lumpy, sagging, uncomfortable and generally in need of replacement
- Like the bounce of a coil mattress but not the motion transfer that comes with it
- Like how a coil mattress feels but you find it hard to keep yourself warm
- Find memory foam to be comfortable with just the right support and comfort, but as the night goes on you tend to sleep hot and end up waking up sweaty
- Enjoy the contouring you get from memory foam but not when you sink too much in the mattress
- Have a different waking time from your partner and don’t want to disturb him or her when you get up from bed
- Want to have the option to choose from a range of firmness levels
- Would like to be able to customize your bed
- Are willing to spend around $1,000 for a queen-sized mattress
So, do you fit the profile of a hybrid mattress user? What qualities or characteristics would you like your bed to have? Share your must-have features with us!