Hybrid Mattress Reviews You Can Actually Trust – 2019

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Are you looking for the pressure relief of memory foam combined with the support and bounce of an innerspring mattress? Then a hybrid might be for you.

If, however, you seek a lightweight mattress that has little chance of having initial odor or sleeping hot, then you may want to consider a different mattress type.

See how hybrid mattresses compare to other mattress types in 24 ways.

Contents

Hybrid Mattress Performance Ratings
Hybrid Mattress Material / Construction Ratings
Hybrid Mattress Brands / Models: Ratings and Comparisons
What Is A Hybrid
Memory Foam Thickness and Hybrid Characteristics
Make Your Own Hybrid

Hybrid Mattress Performance Ratings

The ratings show how hybrid mattresses (categorized by price) compare to the average mattress.

  LOW Priced
($360 avg)
Mid Priced
($1200 avg)
High Priced
($2200 avg)
Owner satisfaction (daily adult use) C B- C
Low-priced hybrids have about 72% owner satisfaction for everyday adult use, with a higher rate for temporary adult use and daily child use. Mid-priced have about 78% satisfaction (everyday adult use). High-priced have about 73% satisfaction (everyday adult use). Learn more how hybrids overall compare to other mattress types.
Perceived value A- C+ d+
Overall, low-priced hybrids perform significantly better than the other price categories in regard to value or "bang for the buck." despite their shortcomings (as described below).
Lifespan / durability D+ C+ C
Available data as well as data for other innerspring-based mattresses suggests no better than fair durability / longevity for the hybrid category overall, especially for everyday adult use. Sagging – development of body impressions, "sink holes," and "peaks & valleys" – is reported by about 17% of hybrid owners which makes the problem the top owner complaint.
Support C- B B-
Hybrids – especially firmer models with a high coil count – often provide more support than all-foam mattresses. Sagging, however, can undermine the bed's ability to properly support a sleeper's weight.
Minimizes pressure points C+ B A-
Hybrids tend to provide above average conforming and distributed support which often results in reduced pressure points – especially if at least two inches of memory foam are present.
Reduced (back) pain C B 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.)
Easy to move on / get up off C C- D+
Hybrids generally offer more resistance to movement than innerspring beds but somewhat less resistance than most memory foam beds.
Motion isolation B- B B+
A mattress with good motion isolation absorbs movement and does not transfer it across the bed, making it couple friendly in this regard. Hybrid mattresses overall perform better than the average mattress on this issue, only beaten by memory foam mattresses.
Edge support C- B b+
Despite dedicated edge support on low-priced models, support for sleeping / sitting near the mattress edge is usually only adequate at best. Edge support for more expensive models is usually better, especially on firmer models.
No initial odor D+ c- d+
While the number of complaints can vary somewhat from brand to brand, at least 15% of hybrid owners complain of significant initial off gassing odor, which is often chemical like or musty in nature. Hybrids tend to off gas more often and more strongly than other mattress types. See how hybrids compare to other mattress types on this issue.
No sleeping hot C+ C D+
At least 12% of owners report bothersome heat retention. An additional 20% report 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. See how hybrids compare to other mattress types on this issue.
Good for sex B- B C+
On this issue, hybrid mattresses tend to perform above average as they can provide conforming comfort in addition to some bounce. See how hybrids compare to other mattress types on this issue.
Average- sized person friendly C B B
People 130 to 230 lbs have the highest potential to be satisfied. They tend to exert enough pressure on the memory foam to benefit from its conforming ability without weighing too much to possibly feel the support underneath.
Heavy person friendly C- B B-
Mid- and high-priced hybrids are best suited for people 230+ lbs. Low-priced hybrids may lack adequate support and or comfort layer thickness / density.
Light person friendly C- B- B-
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.
No topper needed D+ b- B
For mid- and high-priced hybrids, 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.
No noise B- B B
Hybrids are mostly quiet with only occasional squeaking, creaking, clunking of their spring system.
Short break in B- C- D+
Break-in time can be longer than average. Most owners report break in within three weeks.
Easy to handle, lift, move C- D+ D
A queen hybrid on average weighs about 120 pounds. Pricier, thicker models weigh the most. Hybrids tend to be difficult to move, handle and lift especially for one person. Low-priced models seldom have grips / handles.
TOTAL RATING C B- C+
  LOW Priced
($360 avg)
Mid Priced
($1200 avg)
High Priced
($2200 avg)

Hybrid Mattress Material / Construction Ratings

Ratings show how the specifications of hybrid mattresses compare to those of the average mattress.

  LOW Priced
($360 avg)
Mid Priced
($1200 avg)
High Priced
($2200 avg)
Cover D+ C+ B
Cover sophistication / quality tends to improve with mattress price. More sophisticated covers often help with managing moisture / heat.
Top layer C+ B- B
The top layer is for relieving pressure and providing comfort. The top layer can consist of memory foam or regular foam. Foam sophistication, density, and or thickness tend to increase with mattress price.
Middle layer C+ B- B-
The middle or transition layer helps to provide additional comfort and support. The middle layer can consist of memory foam or regular foam. Some models may not have a middle layer. Middle layer density and or thickness tend to increase at least somewhat with mattress price.
Base layer C- B- B-
The base layer provides main support and consists of spring coils, almost always pocket coils. The coil count and the coil height tend to increase / improve as mattress price increases.
TOTAL RATING C B- B-

Hybrid Mattress Brands: Ratings and Comparisons

The tables below include the more popular or established hybrids arranged by price and then alphabetically.

LOW-PRICED HYBRIDS

  LINENSPA LUCID OLEE ZINUS
Model(s) 12 inch hybrid 10 & 12 inch hybrid 13 inch hybrid 12 & 14 inch hybrid
Owner Satisfaction for Temporary Adult Use / Daily Child Use* 90% (79 sample size) 89% (105 sample size) 86% (349 sample size) 87% (195 sample size)
Owner Satisfaction for Daily Adult Use 75% (128 sample size) 73% (171 sample size) 69% (487 sample size) 70% (269 sample size)
Price (twin to king) $230 to $400 $155 to $500 $210 to $320 $280 to $500
Low-priced hybrids are on average about 75% less than the average mattress.
Total Thickness 12" 10", 12" 13" 12", 14"
Most low-priced hybrids are at least as thick as the average mattress (11"). Mattresses 12"+ are best suited for larger, taller people. Shorter people may find them to be somewhat difficult to get on and off.
Memory Foam Thickness 2" 1.5", 2" 1.5" 1.5", 2"
Greater memory foam thickness tends to result in more conforming ability and comfort.
Firmness med med-firm med-firm med-firm to firm
Keep in mind that topper needs tend to increase with mattress firmness. Toppers are often priced $35 to $300.
Weight (queen) 91 lbs 77 lbs, 97 lbs 95 lbs 104 lbs, 127 lbs
Even low priced hybrids such as these tend to be quite heavy. Lifting and effectively handling them will likely require two people.
Weight Per Inch 7.6 lbs 7.7 lbs, 8.1 lbs 7.3 lbs 8.6 lbs, 9.1 lbs
Hybrids with higher weight per inch tend to be somewhat more durable and supportive (due to higher density foam and or higher coil count) than those with lower weight per inch.
Coil count med med low-med med
Lower coil count tends to provide somewhat less support and durability especially for large people and couples than medium and high coil count.
SLTD Rating C+ C+ C B-
SLTD rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a mattress and the company that makes it based on over 20 factors.
Where Made China China China China
Warranty 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs
Successfully filing a warranty claim on a low priced mattress is possible but tends to be difficult.
Return Policy Length/ Fees 30 max, 0 min / no 30 max, 0 min / no 30 max, 0 min / no varies by retailer
Comment Support merely adequate, not ideal for large people. Question- able durability. Somewhat above avg potential for back pain. Odor tends to be minimal. High initial odor potential. Highly question- able durability. High initial odor potential.
Retailer amazon amazon amazon amazon
  LINENSPA LUCID OLEE ZINUS

* Due to the fact that low-priced hybrids are used in a significant number of cases (about 40%) for temporary, light adult use / daily child use, satisfaction rates when used in this way are shown. Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.

MID-PRICED HYBRIDS

  HELIX LEESA SAPIRA NEST BEDDING
Model(s) Standard models Sunset, Midnight, Twilight, Dual Balanced, Nightfall Sapira Signature Hybrid
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 79% (88) 78% (55) 82% (41)
Satisfaction is for daily adult use as this is how mid-priced hybrid are almost always used. Satisfaction for temporary adult use / daily child use would be about 10 percentage points higher.
Price (twin to king) $600 to $1365 $770 to $1570 $900 to $1500
Prices for mid-priced hybrids are on average are about 22% less than the price of the average mattress.
Total Thickness 10", 12" (Nightfall) 11" 13"
Mid-priced hybrids tend to have about average thickness. Mattresses 12"+ are best suited for larger, taller people. Shorter people may find them to be somewhat difficult to get on and off.
Memory Foam Thickness up to 2.7" 1.5" 3"
Greater memory foam thickness tends to result in more conforming ability and comfort.
Firmness med-soft, med, med-firm, firm med-firm to firm med, med-firm and firm
Keep in mind that topper needs tend to increase with mattress firmness. Toppers are often priced $35 to $300.
Weight (queen) 95 lbs 114 lbs 105 lbs
Mid-priced hybrids almost always have above-average weight. Lifting and effectively handling them will likely require two people.
Weight Per Inch 9.5 lbs 10.3 lbs 8.1 lbs
Hybrids with higher weight per inch tend to be somewhat more durable and offer better support (due to higher density foam and or higher coil count).
Coil count medium (660+) high (1041) medium-high (816)
High count tends to provide greater support and durability than medium especially for large people and couples. Medium, however, is likely adequate for most people.
SLTD Rating C+ B- C+
SLTD rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a mattress and the company that makes it based on over 20 factors.
Where Made USA USA USA
Warranty 10 yrs 10 yrs non-prorated lifetime
Return Policy Length/ Fees 100 max, 0 min / no 100 max, 0 min / no 100 max, 30 min / no
Retailer helix sleep .com leesa.com nest bedding .com
Full Report HELIX LEESA SAPIRA NEST BEDDING


HIGH-PRICED HYBRIDS

  BEAUTY REST HELIX STEARNS & FOSTER SEALY SERTA TEMPUR- PEDIC
Model(s) Hybrid and Black all Luxe models all hybrid models all hybrid models iComfort Hybrid / iSeries Flex, Adapt, Pro Adapt
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 66% (223) 81% (39) 65% (95) 71% (158) 67% (147) 81% (298)
Satisfaction is for daily adult use as this is how high-priced hybrid are almost always used. Satisfaction for temporary adult use / daily child use would be about 20 percentage points higher on average.
Price (twin to king) $765 to $4300 $995 to $2095 $1080 to $4850 $950 to $2800 $660 to $3900 $1700 to $4200
Prices for high-priced hybrids are on average about two times the price of the average mattress ($1550).
Total Thickness 12 to 18.5" 14" 13 to 17.5" 10.5 to 14.5" 12 to 16"
11.5, 12 and 12.5"
High-priced hybrids tend to have above average thickness. As such, they are often best suited for larger, taller people. Shorter people may find them to be somewhat difficult to get on and off.
Memory Foam Thickness 1.5 to 6" 3 to 4" (est) 2 to 4.5" (est) .5 to 4" .5 to 4" 3" (est)
Greater memory foam thickness tends to result in more conforming ability and comfort.
Firmness soft to firm med-soft, med, med-firm, firm soft to firm soft to med-firm soft to firm med-soft, med, firm
High-priced hybrids offer the most options in regard to firmness. As a result, topper needs tend to be low.
Weight (queen) 130 lbs avg 140 lbs 130 lbs avg 110 lbs avg 105 lbs avg 135 lbs avg
High-priced hybrids have significantly above-average weight. Lifting and effectively handling them will likely require two people or more.
Coil count high high high medium (est) medium (est) high
High count tends to provide greater support and durability especially for large people and couples than medium. Medium, however, is likely adequate for most people.
SLTD Rating C+ C+ C+ B- C+ C+
SLTD rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating for a mattress and the company that makes it based on over 20 factors.
Where Made USA USA USA USA USA USA
Warranty 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs 10 yrs
Return Policy Length/ Fees varies by retailer 100 max, 0 min / no varies by retailer varies by retailer varies by retailer varies by retailer
Retailer many store and online retailers helix sleep .com many store and online retailers many store and online retailers many store and online retailers many store and online retailers
Full Report BEAUTY REST HELIX STEARNS & FOSTER N/A SERTA TEMPUR PEDIC

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 their 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.

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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Ratings are based on 2,200+ owner experiences for various memory foam / spring hybrid mattress models.

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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