Feather pillows, water beds, air mattresses… when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, we’ll try almost anything to find the right balance of comfort and support. And although there are lots of different materials available on the market, two mattress types have emerged as the frontrunners when it comes to quality and value: innerspring and memory foam. But because both have pros and cons, leading sleep brands have created a new mattress type that provides the best of both worlds: the hybrid mattress.
As its name suggests, the hybrid mattress combines foam and innerspring in one luxurious mattress. This allows you to enjoy the durability and support of a traditional innerspring mattress in addition to the comfort of memory foam or other specialty foam materials.
Benefits of a hybrid mattress:
The traditional innerspring mattress has been popular for many decades because of its durability and support. Metal coils keep the mattress buoyant for many years and can provide excellent overall structure. Plus, modern mattress brands sometimes utilize individually pocketed coils that allow the mattress to conform to all different body shapes and sizes. However, the level of comfort they provide depends entirely on the type of material surrounding the coils. By utilizing layers of memory foam or plant-based foams like latex, you’ll get all the support of innerspring with the comfort of a memory foam mattress.
Who benefits most from a hybrid mattress?
Because hybrid mattresses utilize the same materials found in foam mattresses, they are highly customizable to different comfort needs. Side sleepers should consider a mattress with a medium firmness that relieves pressure on their shoulders and hips, while stomach sleepers should look into a firmer mattress. If you sleep on your back, all mattress types are suitable and it’s really just a matter of preference. If you prefer a soft mattress, ask about a plush or pillow top hybrid mattress.
A hybrid mattress is widely considered to be a great option for side sleepers because the foam conforms to the body in a way that innerspring mattresses cannot do alone. Memory foam helps provide correct spinal alignment, which in turn can relieve back pain and discomfort.
Hybrid mattresses are also good options for couples because the combined materials reduce motion transfer. If you jolt awake every time your partner moves or stands up in the middle of the night, a hybrid mattress could be the perfect solution!
What to look for in a hybrid mattress:
For the highest levels of comfort and support, look for a thick mattress with a deep layer of foam. Some brands will also use gel-infused memory foam that will provide a cooling effect, which is a great feature for people who are uncomfortably hot at night. Also, for hybrid mattresses with individually pocketed coils, the number of coils can indicate a higher level of comfort because the mattress will conform more closely to pressure points.
But the best way to know if a hybrid mattress is right for you is to test it out for yourself! Make an appointment or stop by the store and ask about memory foam or hybrid mattresses. Our sleep experts can help find the perfect solution for the right mattress and a better night’s sleep!