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unbiased Hybrid (Memory Foam / Spring) Mattress Review, Ratings and Comparisons [why trust]

Based on 1,217 Owner Experiences Gathered From 79 Sources

July 24, 2017

What You Need To Know

THE MATTRESSES. "Hybrid" most often refers to an innerspring-based mattress that uses memory foam in the comfort layer – usually at least 1.5 inches of the material.

THE GOOD. Hybrids tend to provide an effective compromise between comfort / pressure-point relief and support. Many firmness options are available. Motion isolation tends to be better than average as does suitability for sex.

THE BAD. Durability / longevity is likely no better than fair in most cases. Prices in general are about 25 percent higher than the price of the average mattress. At least 12 percent of owners report bothersome heat retention. Weight is often substantial making transport and handling difficult especially for one person.

Contents

Hybrid Ratings Overall
Popular Model Ratings, Prices, And Specs
What Is A Hybrid
Memory Foam Thickness and Hybrid Characteristics
Owner Satisfaction
Prices and Value
Durability / Longevity
Off Gassing
Heat Retention
Motion Isolation
Break-in Period
Suitability For Sex
Hybrid Manufacturer Company Ratings
Make Your Own Hybrid

Hybrid Mattress Ratings: Overall As a Group

The table shows how hybrid mattresses overall rate in relation to other mattress types.

Owner satisfaction C Most hybrids are somewhat new to market and therefore owner experience data is somewhat limited. But based on available data, hybrids overall have 73% owner satisfaction. This rate is identical to that of the average mattress. More.
Durability / longevity C Available data as well as data for other innerspring-based mattresses suggests no better than fair durability / longevity for the hybrid category overall. More.
Affordable D+ Prices vary – $250 to $4000+ – mainly due to design and amount / type of material used. Average price is about $2050 (queen). A foundation often costs an additional $100-$400 depending on size. More.
General support B Hybrids – especially firmer models – often provide a more supportive feel (less sinking in) than all-foam mattresses. Sagging, however, can undermine the bed's ability to properly support a sleeper's weight.
Edge support B- Support for sleeping / sitting near the far edge of the mattress can vary (firmer models tend to perform better), but overall such support tends to be above average especially compared to all-foam mattresses.
Less (back) pain C+ Hybrids provide relief from pain, especially back pain, for at least 15% of owners. Mattress sagging, however, may cause discomfort and pain. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Minimizes pressure B Hybrid mattresses tend to provide above average conforming (well-distributed) support which often results in reduced pressure points – especially if at least two inches of memory foam are present.
Easy to move on / get up off C- Hybrids generally offer more resistance to movement than innerspring beds but somewhat less resistance than most memory foam beds.
Motion isolation B+ Motion isolation refers to how well the bed keeps movement made by one person from being felt by another. More.
No noise B- Hybrids are mostly quiet with only occasional squeaking, creaking and clunking of their spring system.
No initial odor / off gassing D+ About 14% of hybrid owners complain of significant off gassing which is a chemical-like or musty odor that the mattress may release when new due to the manufacturing and or packaging process. More.
Not a heat trap D+ About 12% of owners report bothersome heat retention. An additional 20% report above average warmth but not to a bothersome extent most of the time. More.
Good for sex b- On this issue, hybrid mattresses tend to perform above average as they can provide conforming comfort in addition to some bounce. More.
No topper needed B Less than 7% of owners report needing to add a topper to their mattress to improve comfort / softness. This is lower than the rate for both innerspring mattresses and foam-based mattresses.
Heavy person friendly B People 230+ lbs tend to exert enough pressure to fully benefit from the conforming ability of the mattress. Large people, however, may sink too far for comfort into models with soft firmness and thick comfort layers.
Light person friendly C- People under 130 lbs tend to not exert enough pressure on the mattress to benefit from the contouring ability of the memory foam. This can result in excessive pressure points especially from firmer models.
Fast break in D+ Break-in time can be longer than average. Most owners report break in within one month. More.
Easy to maintain C- Hybrids are almost always no-flip. Rotating them (head to foot) may prevent or combat wear / sagging. Heavy weight can make this difficult to do especially for one person.
Easy to move, handle, lift D A queen hybrid on average weighs 120 lbs or more. Pricier, thicker models weigh the most. Hybrids tend to be difficult to move, handle and lift especially for one person. Some models have grips.

Popular Hybrid Mattress Models: Ratings, Prices & Specifications

The table below includes (in alphabetical order) many popular and / or widely available hybrid mattresses. Prices below are for a mattress only, not a foundation which often costs $100-$400 depending on mattress size. Price and specification ranges for a particular mattress are due to the availability of different models within the line.

Beautyrest Hybrid and Black Olee 13 inch hybrid Sealy Hybrid (Posture pedic) Serta icomfort Hybrid / iSeries Sapira Tempur-Pedic Flex Zinus 14 inch hybrid
Owner Satisfaction (sample)            
66%
(223)
79%
(278)
71%
(158)
67%
(145)
75%
(36)
81%
(358)
76%
(19)
Price Twin            
$820- $3500 -- $750-$1620 $650-$2950 $775 $1500- $3300 --
Price Full            
$1130- $4000 $218 $780-$1800 $900-$3000 $1075 $1850- $3650 --
Price Queen            
$1180- $4300 $232 $1000-$2000 $1075-$3275 $1275 $2000- $3800 $455
Price King            
$1630- $5040 $295 $1350-$2400 $1600-$3900 $1575 $2700- $4500 $455
Total Thickness            
12 to 18.5 inches 13 inches 10.5 to 14.5 inches 12 to 16 inches
11 inches 10 to 12.5 inches 14 inches
Memory Foam Thickness            
.5 to 6 inches 1.5 inches .5 to 4 inches .5 to 4 inches 1.5 inches 3 inches* 2 inches
Support            
pocket coil pocket coil pocket coil pocket coil in coil pocket coil pocket coil pocket coil
Comfort Layers            
.5-5 inches memory foam

0-2 inches gel memory foam

0-5 inches foam

.5-2 inches latex (select models)

.3 inches memory foam center third (select models)

2 inches micro diamond memory foam (select models)
1 inch fiber

1.5 inches memory foam

1 inch gel foam

2 inches foam
2-5 inches regular foam

0-4 inches gel memory foam

.5 inches gel memory foam center third

1 inch memory foam (select models)
2-4.5 inches foam

.5-3 inches gel memory foam*

2 inches memory foam (select models)

minicoils (select models)
1.5 inches foam

1.5 inches memory foam
3-5 inches* memory foam 1.25 inches foam

2 inches gel memory foam

2.5 inches latex
Firmness**            
soft through firm med-firm soft through med-firm soft through firm med-firm to firm med-soft through med-firm med-firm*
Warranty            
10 year 10 year 10 year 10 year 10 year 10 year 10 year
Where To Buy            
many store and online retailers amazon many store and online retailers many store and online retailers sapira sleep.com many store and online retailers amazon
SLTD Rating of Company            
C+ (Simmons) B- B- C+ B (Leesa) C+ B-
Comment            
At many retailers including Mattress Firm. Likely best suited for light or occasional use. Gel memory foam in center third of mattress on all models. -- New model; made by Leesa. Thinner than most hybrids yet often more expensive. King size requires scheduled delivery.
Full Report            
Beautyrest Ratings N/A N/A Serta Hybrid Ratings N/A Tempur-Pedic Ratings Zinus Ratings
Beautyrest Hybrid and Black Olee 13 inch hybrid Sealy Hybrid (Posture pedic) Serta icomfort Hybrid / iSeries Sapira Tempur-Pedic Flex Zinus 14 inch hybrid

* Estimate.
** See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type.

What Is a Hybrid Mattress?

"Hybrid" most often refers to an innerspring-based mattress containing a significant amount of memory foam. Consumers should not, however, assume that these mattresses are true hybrids – in other words, that they consist 50% of memory foam.

While the amount of memory foam that a hybrid mattress has can vary by model, the average hybrid has two inches of memory foam, which is less than 20% of total mattress thickness. (In addition to springs and memory foam, these mattresses often contain significant amounts of regular foam.)

mattress hybrid thickness

Memory Foam Thickness and Mattress Characteristics

Hybrid mattresses are most distinguished from other mattress types by the fact that they offer a unique combination of characteristics. These characteristics depend mostly on how much memory foam the mattress has.

As the chart below shows, those hybrid mattresses with 1.5 inches or less of memory foam tend to have a significant degree of innerspring mattress characteristics and only limited memory foam mattress characteristics.

Those hybrids with 1.5 to 3 inches of memory foam tend to provide an approximate equal mixture of innerspring mattress and memory foam mattress characteristics.

And those hybrids with 3 inches or more of memory foam tend to provide a significant degree of memory foam mattress characteristics and limited innerspring mattress characteristics.

mattress hybrid foam thickness

Spring-like characteristics include 1) a relatively high level of support, 2) little weight sensitivity – meaning you sleep on top of the mattress as opposed to sinking somewhat, 3) ease of moving on and getting up off the bed, 4) at least some bounce, and 5) limited motion isolation / couple friendliness. Learn more about innerspring mattress characteristics.

Foam-like characteristics include 1) conforming ability – meaning that the mattress molds to your body, 2) weight sensitivity – meaning you sleep in the mattress to some extent as opposed to sleeping on top, 3) little if any bounce, and 4) a high degree of motion isolation / couple friendliness. Learn more about memory foam mattress characteristics.

Combination characteristics consist about equally of spring and foam characteristics.


Owner Satisfaction

Hybrids overall perform average compared to other mattress types in owner satisfaction.

hybrid vs other bed types


Prices and Value

The average price for a hybrid mattress is about $2000 (queen). This is about 25% more than the price of the average mattress.

hybrid mattress price comparison

The high average price for a hybrid combined with average owner satisfaction results in below-average owner opinion of value.

hybrid mattress value comparison


Durability / Longevity

Hybrid mattresses overall likely have about average durability / longevity.

hybrid mattress lifespan comparison
* partial estimate.

Mattress Sagging

Sagging is the loss of a level and supportive sleep surface. Sagging can include the development of body impressions, "sink holes," and "peaks & valleys." About 17% of hybrid owners report the problem which makes sagging the top owner complaint.

hybrid mattress sagging comparison
* estimated to be at least 1.5" depth
** partial estimate


Off Gassing Odor

Off gassing refers to a chemical-like or musty-like odor that a mattress may release when it is new due to its composition and packaging. Hybrids tend to off gas more often and more strongly than other mattress types.

hybrid mattress off gassing comparison


Heat Retention

About 12% of owners report sleeping hot – a higher than average rate due likely to the presence of the memory foam. An additional 20% report above average warmth but not to a bothersome extent most of the time. Softer models and those with at least two inches of memory foam tend to have the most complaints.

hybrid mattress sleeping hot comparison


Motion Isolation

A mattress with good motion isolation absorbs movement and does not transfer it across the bed. Hybrid mattresses perform significantly better than the average mattress on this issue, only beaten by memory foam mattresses.

hybrid motion isolation comparison
* Isolation can vary by materials / construction used.


Break-In Period Length

Before a mattress is broken in, the sleeper may find the firmness to be excessive. A mattress is considered broken in when the comfort layer has softened with use about as much as it is capable of. Hybrids, especially firmer models and those with thick memory foam layers, tend to have a longer break-in period than other mattress types.

hybrid break in period chart


Suitability For Sex

Hybrids rate better than most other mattress types on this issue. Learn more: Sex and mattresses comparison.

hybrid mattress love chart


Hybrid Mattress Company Ratings

Below are company ratings for evaluated companies.

  Simmons Olee Sealy Serta Sapira Tempur- Pedic Zinus
Customer service C- c* C+ C+ A- C C
Return policy C+ C- C B- A- B- C
Time in business B+ n/a A- A- C- A A-
Warranty C- C C- C- C C- C-
Specs disclosed C+ B C C+ B- C- B-
Access to reviews n/a A n/a C- A- A A
Integrity of reviews n/a A- n/a C- C C- A
Marketing accuracy* B+ B+ B+ B B A- B+
BBB rating A+ NR A+ A+ B A+ A+
SLTD RATING** C+ B- B- C+ B C+ B-

* Estimate to partial estimate.
** SLTD Rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a company. It is determined by averaging the above company ratings.

Make Your Own Hybrid Mattress

Making your own hybrid often minimizes cost and potential durability problems.

How to do it

You can make a simple hybrid mattress yourself by buying a firm non-hybrid innerspring mattress – that is, one with minimal padding. (Just about any mattress brand offers at least one "firm" model.) The advantage of this is that firm models tend to have fewer and less severe sagging problems than do models with thick comfort layers / pillow tops. Firm models also tend to be highly affordable because they lack significant padding.

Then purchase a memory foam topper for the mattress. The advantage of this is that if the topper deteriorates, compresses or sags, then only it needs to be replaced as opposed to the entire mattress. (Of course, there are some disadvantages to having a topper.)

Such a setup will likely lack the sophistication of pre-produced hybrids, but it will nevertheless provide at least basic hybrid mattress characteristics.

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About our unbiased Hybrid Mattress review and research

Ratings are based on 1,200+ owner experiences for various memory foam / spring hybrid mattress models including but not necessarily limited to Serta iComfort Hybrid / iSeries, Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid, Simmons Recharge Hybrid and Black, Sapira, and Tempur-Pedic Flex.

Owner experience data was gathered from diverse and credible sources. Learn more about our research methodology and why you can trust our mattress reviews.

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