Updated January 28th, 2018.
Do you love that familiar memory foam feel and contouring? Still, you would like to have some of that bounce and cooling properties of coil or latex construction? Why not go with a hybrid bed and get the most out of both worlds without significant downsides.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
The big question most people ask is: Are hybrid mattresses any good?
The truth is, they are great for people that like the best of each type of mattress (we’ll explain more). Our goal is to help you identify your ideal hybrid bed so that you can buy it with confidence without even trying it out.
|The Alexander Signature Hybrid||Gel Infused Memory Foam, Thermic Phase Change Fabric, Copper Infused Energex Foam, SmartFlow Support Foam and Quantum Edge Pocketed Support Coils||$$$$||9.6/10|
|Helix||Softer Foam, Cooling Layer and Medium Dense Support Layers||$$$||9.4/10|
|Winkbeds||Designer Foam, Pocketed Micro Airsprings, Lumbar Support Pad, Temperated Pocket Coils, High Ild Perimeter Support and Optional Coolcontrol Base||$$$$||9.2/10|
|Voila Box||Pocket Coil, Gel Infused Memory Foam and Latex and Airflow System||$$$$||9.1/10|
|Wolf Corp Unity||Wrapped Coil, Layex Foam and Wolfit||$$||8.7/10|
|Perfect Cloud Hybrid||Pocket Coil Spring and Memory Foam||$$||8.6/10|
Our 6 Hybrid Mattresses Reviewed
The Alexander Signature Hybrid
This is a mattress which is tailored in a manner that would provide you the desired amount of everything.
It would allow for enhanced breathability thanks to the coil layer, while also retaining splendid comfort and a plushy sensation thanks to the layers of memory foam.
If you are tired of waking up in the middle of the night in hot summer eves, sweating through your PJs, this is one of the best options for you.
At the same time, the bed has high-density gel foam which is infused in the top layer so that you can move freely without feeling “trapped.”
Considering the value you will get, the quality of materials and the premium feel, it’s a bargain at this price. Truly one of our favorite picks this year and deserves the title of the top-rated coil and foam combo bed.
- The fabric is of high-end quality, and it’s really breathable
- The material conforms perfectly to your body
- There are a few different firmness levels to choose from
- It combines the perks of 3 different materials
- It might be a bit more expensive
- It takes slightly longer to decompress properly
Helix is something else. It’s unlike any other mattress on the market, and it’s characteristic of the fact that you can easily and completely modify its overall specifications. You can choose firmness, comfort levels, support and whatever else you can think of.
So, why do we put it here? Well, even though all of the above are customizable as per the requirements of the client, the main structure remains the same – combination of two materials.
Helix combines micro-coils which are particularly good, memory foam and latex, should the client request slightly more motion transfer. It all depends on the preferences of the buyer.
This allows you to make a mattress which suits your particular sleeping requirements.
Besides, you can even customize the bed from both sides so that you and your partner can have different options – based on your various preferences.
- Fully customizable
- High-end materials
- A combination of interesting core materials
- Comparatively affordable
- It’s a bit of a gamble since you can’t try it
This is slightly more expensive, but it is definitely a bed that’s worth the extra money. It has a complex, 5-layer construction which uses coil-on-coil technology for additional support.
At the same time, this particular approach also provides durability for a longer period, and it maximizes the comfort.
The other materials in the product are eco-friendly, soft and very breathable material, a top layer of memory foam, and pocketed coils.
This enhanced design provides for extremely effective capabilities and enhanced support.
It is thick enough for the wide majority of people to sleep on it without worrying about the sinking, and it is also going to support heavier sleepers.
- It has a complex and effective construction
- It has enhanced performance capabilities
- The product is made of high-quality materials
- It’s more expensive
- It is rather bulky
Voila Box (Coil-Spring Latex)
The Voila box is a mid-range priced hybrid mattress which combines memory foam, coils, and latex into a convenient structure to deliver enhanced sleeping sensation.
It comes with a total of 768 individually wrapped pocket coils which are designed to distribute your weight and eliminate pressure points evenly.
You can also customize your firmness as per your requirements.
You can choose between soft, plush, medium or firm beds as the company takes pride in being able to cater to different preferences.
With all this in mind, the company is also devoted to giving back, donating 1 bed for every 10 that it sells.
- Enhanced breathability
- Proper support
- Great comfort and pressure relief
- It’s a bit more expensive
Wolf Corp Unity 11”
This is another perfect example of a great hybrid mattress, and this one uses latex as well as individually wrapped coils.
The top layer is made of latex which is going to ensure that the bed sleeps cool enough while providing protection against mold and mildew formation as well as against mites.
At the same time, the product contains a layer of 567 individually pocketed coils which are specifically designed to conveniently distribute your weight throughout the entire surface and minimize the overall pressure points.
It is also comparatively cheaper when you put it against other choices of the kind and it provides good quality for the money.
- It is more affordable
- It has a layer of individually wrapped coils
- It sleeps cool, and it’s very responsive
- It doesn’t have the best visual appeal
Perfect Cloud Hybrid 11-Inch
The mattress incorporates particularly innovative technologies which are used in the production of pocket coil springs and memory foam beds.
With this said, it manages to capitalize on their benefits and provide them in bulk.
You can expect enhanced durability with extreme functionality – things that you can only expect from a highly rated hybrid bed.
The bed is also characterized by its removable cover which is quite easy to maintain. It is backed by an extensive warranty so you can rest assured that you are protected.
- It is far more affordable
- It is of superior quality and high-end materials
- Splendid support and comfort
- It is thicker than most people would prefer
What is a Hybrid Mattress?
Obviously, the first thing we’d want to do is to shed a little light on the matter. Before you go ahead and choose a hybrid mattress, you’d want to be aware of its benefits and the considerations you’d have to account for.
It’s a type of bed which is made of using at least two but could be more, different types of unique materials. This allows the user to capitalize on the advantages of the components which are used. There are a few popular examples which are very sought after in recent years – the combination of memory foam and latex and the combination of memory foam, latex and innerspring altogether. Both of these types have a compound of benefits.
Let’s take the first example. If you bought a bed that’s foam-based and latex-based, you’d be able to experience the contouring capabilities of the foam and the responsiveness and breathability of latex. This allows the user to get a better sleeping sensation altogether, which is the primary purpose of this type of bed.
Hybrid vs. Memory Foam
The main thing here, and the reason for which a lot of people go with the former is that memory foam, on its own, is not very responsive and it is quite hot to sleep on – it retains a lot of heat. A hybrid, on the other hand, addresses these issues while maintaining the excellent contouring properties of the foam.
Hybrid vs. Innerspring
The main issue with innerspring models is that they tend to feel a bit bouncier than they should and the coils are eventually going to poke through. By using additional layers of foam or latex, depending on the hybrid, this issue is easily resolved while the mattress itself will have the excellent coil foundation and the comforting layers atop.
Why Choose it Over Single Material?
Combining the Best Qualities
That’s just it – a hybrid mattress will combine the benefits of the core materials. Foam-Based bedding system could become responsive and breathable if you combine it with a top layer of latex, for instance. An innerspring mattress could become soft and supportive if you put a top layer of memory foam on top of the foundation of coils.
Coil-based beds have faster response, cooling, and bounce. Their main advantages hide behind the solid foundation which delivers a nice push-back as you lay down. This attributes to proper spinal alignment and enhanced support. Of course, on the flipside, they also have increased motion transfer, making it likely to feel almost any movement your sleeping partner makes.
Memory Foam Benefits
The goal of foam-based mattresses is notably different. They intend to allow the sleeper to go ahead and sink a lot deeper into the bed. Their primary focus is put towards enhanced contouring, pressure relief, and deep-compression support. They are particularly silent, and they have very little motion transfer. In other words – you can move as much as you want and this won’t wake your partner up. With this said, they are not as responsive, and they are usually hot to sleep on as the heat retention is significant.
Great for Motion Transfer
If you’re looking for a mattress which is incredible for motion transfer yet, it provides the appropriate amount of bounce and support, combining both of the above materials would undoubtedly be a great call.
The result would be a supportive, reliable foundation covered with body-contouring and soft comforter layer which is going to make you feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud but with enhanced back support.
Now that we’ve seen some of the best options on the market let’s see how the hybrid beds compare to other popular types.
The latex mattress is great if you are looking for something responsive and cool. This is a material that breathes a lot, and it guarantees that there is no heat retention. At the same time, it’s not contouring enough. Foam-based hybrids are going to provide you with the same capabilities but enhancing the molding and contouring that you might require.
Beds with springs in them are great as they provide a solid push-back as you lie down on them initially. This is definitely something that people who are seeking something firmer and more supportive would appreciate. However, they do tend to make lighter sleeper as if they float on top. If you add a top layer of latex or memory foam, this sensation would be eliminated.
The main disadvantage of foam mattresses is that they might lack the necessary support and they retain heat quite a lot. At the same time, they are fantastic for pressure relief, comfort, and contouring. Combining them with both latex and coils could be an excellent solution as it takes away the downside while retaining the advantages.
Let’s take a look at some of the features we look at while analyzing individual mattresses.
The firmness remains one of the most important things to consider when you’re getting a mattress, even if it is a hybrid one. It is estimated that roughly 80% of the people prefer medium firm beds. At the same time, the firmness is determined by your specific requirements and preferences regarding sleeping patterns as well as your physical characteristics.
For instance, heavier sleepers might want to go for a firmer mattress as a softer one would sink a lot, making them come in touch with the base layer which could create more pressure points.
Obviously, the sleeping position will play a serious role when it comes to choosing a hybrid mattress, just as it is with any other bed out there.
If you prefer to sleep on your back, you should be looking for a bed that’s going to provide you with the necessary support and spinal alignment. This usually means that you’d want a top layer of conforming memory foam in order to ensure that you are comfortable and well-supported. At the same time, combining the foam with a spring construction could provide a nice and expressed push-back for enhanced support.
Stomach sleepers should also consider a hybrid mattress that’s supportive yet comfortable enough to deliver a nice sleeping sensation. If you are lighter, we’d suggest combining memory foam and latex. If you are heavier, we’d suggest combining foam, latex, and coils for the enhanced push-back and support.
It’s known that side-sleeping positions tend to put the most pressure on your joints. As such, you need to focus on something that would adhere to the shapes of your body and provide you with solid support. A coil-based model might not be your best bet here. We’d suggest going for foam-based and latex-based bed as it would be responsive enough and supportive to your spine.
Will I Stay Cool?
If you get a properly combined hybrid bed, you will stay cool – there’s no doubt about it. We understand that you are likely to want to sleep on nice and contouring memory foam, but it has a serious heat retention issue – it doesn’t allow a lot of air to pass through it and, as such, it is common to wake up sweating through the middle of the night. A combination of foam and coils or foam and latex will make you sleep cooler than any pure foam bed.
Hybrid mattresses provide great value for your money. That’s why you will see that some of the best brands out there take advantage of this combinative technology. Most of the well-known names use combinations of the core materials in order to draw the maximum benefits of them all and deliver the ultimate sleeping sensation for the user at an affordable cost.
Hybrids are also more reliable and durable than single-material units. For example, if you take an innerspring mattress, you are likely to feel the springs peeking through in a year or two. If you cover the coils with foam or latex, however, this is definitely not going to be the case. The same can be said about all the other types as well.
It goes without saying that there is quite a lot of merit in picking a hybrid mattress. However, as you can see, there are a lot of things that you’d have to account for.
We hope that you found what you’re looking for in this piece. Additionally, the choices that we’ve presented to you as formidable options of hybrid beds are amongst the most popular on the market. They combine extraordinary features and offer them at affordable, competitive prices.
Sources and References:
- A 6 month evaluation of a non-powered hybrid mattress replacement system. – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26559235
- Hybrid mattress suture. – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15577382
Author: Mark Reddick
When I’m not learning about sleep, you can find me watching “the big game” with my friends. I absolutely love sports and have grown to follow the rest aspect in athletes. Modern technology allows us to track athletes sleep and rest, which in turn helps predict their performance.
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