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- What is the best hybrid mattress?
Nothing's quite as important as getting the right mattress for you so that you can have a good night's sleep every night of the week. If you're unsure which type of mattress is right for you, you may want to consider a hybrid mattress.
The best hybrid mattresses combine the comfort of foam mattresses with the longevity of traditional innerspring mattresses. And not only do they provide better support and have less motion transfer than typical innerspring beds, a lot of them are also comfy and contouring like an all-foam mattress. Hybrid beds are best for people who need extra support, like plus-size sleepers over 230 pounds or people with back pain looking for a little pressure relief.
Like any other category of mattress, the firmness level of a hybrid mattress can run the gamut from the supersoft to those with a medium-firm feel, and firm hybrid options, good enough for a back or stomach sleeper. The mattress materials can also vary: Some are infused with copper, gel memory foam or latex, other hybrid mattresses have perforated layers that improve airflow to help you sleep more comfortably, and some even have a comfort layer. And, if you're still unsure about which mattress is best for you, almost all the mattress companies on this list have a pretty stellar return policy -- just in case.
What is the best hybrid mattress?
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is the top pick in our recommendations for the best hybrid mattress list because it appeals to almost everyone. It's comfortable, customizable to your sleeping position, sells for a good price and comes from a quality brand.
Though, all the models listed in our best hybrid mattress list are comfortable, supportive and feel truly high quality. I've personally slept on -- and liked -- them all.
Want to find out which one is right for you? Read on in our best hybrid mattress review for all the details you need to build a great hybrid bed.
Prices listed are the base price for a queen mattress , not inclusive of the frequent promotions mattress-makers run. And, if you're looking to update your entire sleeping situation, we have lists of the best sheets and best pillows to peruse.
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Not many other beds encompass all that the Brooklyn Bedding Signature does. What I mean by this is, it's a mattress that accommodates all sleeping positions, all body types, it's an objectively comfortable mattress and the price is very reasonably. All of that's to say it earned its spot as the best hybrid mattress.
This bed offers great bang for your buck. When its on sale it's the same price, or less, than the popular foam bed-in-a-box mattresses. The Signature mattress isn't flashy, but it's a quality hybrid bed for an affordable price. The company manufactures its own beds, which I'm expecting is the reason it can sell them for cheaper.
Available in three firmness levels, the Brooklyn Bedding Signature is a hybrid mattress with over 1,000 pocketed steel coils that provide back support and added durability. In the comfort layers are memory foam and the brand's own Variflex foam that makes the memory foam feel more responsive. The cherry on top is the 1-inch quilted pillow top that adds even more plushness. See more in our Brooklyn Bedding Signature review.
Flippable hybrid mattress
Firm: 5 or medium | Soft: 3 or medium-soft
10-year limited warranty
The Layla Hybrid mattress has a lot to offer as far as comfort and versatility goes. It's one of the handful of beds in the market that's meant to be flipped; the Layla Hybrid has a different firmness level on each side to accommodate different kinds of sleepers. However, side sleepers will really appreciate its pillowy, pressure relieving feel. One side is just extra plush, while the firm side has a balance of support and softness.
You can switch it up based on how your body feels at any given time, or stick with the side you sleep best on -- you don't have to decide; you can have both. The soft side is rated a 4 out of 10, perfect for just about any side sleeper looking for a cushy, comfy feel. Although, if you need a little more support, the firm side clocks in around a 6 out of 10. It's an ideal firmness for heavier side sleepers who want some extra reinforcement for the back and spine.
Just by looking at the mattress and its cover, you can tell the Layla Hybrid is a premium bed. The comfort foams are primarily made of copper-infused memory foam. Although, the material is light and airy, and more responsive than regular memory foam. The copper inside helps draw heat away from your body and prevent you from getting too hot. Sandwiched in the middle is a system of pocketed coils for support, increased motion isolation and airflow.
It's the best hybrid mattress for side sleepers of all sizes, and a great pick if you're able to invest a little extra into a new bed.
The Layla Hybrid mattress comes in twin to California king sizes.
The Purple Hybrid is a hybrid mattress a lot of people enjoy, including me, but it's a one-of-a-kind bed some might not be ready for. However, if you prefer more firm mattresses (like back and stomach sleepers) and you're not quite sold on memory foam, this is an excellent option for you among our best hybrid mattress picks.
Like all Purple models, this Purple mattress is made of a proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer material designed in a grid that sits in the bed's top of a layer. However, this model featured on our best hybrid mattress list has a layer of motion isolating pocketed coils that makes it even more supportive and durable. The Purple Grid is what makes the bed so unique, as it's not a foam material at all. It's more comparable to a gel-like material instead.
With that said, it somehow manages to be soft and supportive at the same time. You can feel the little gel squares shift under your weight, but it's something you get used to and it offers an extremely pleasant relieving feel for your back and joints. It almost feels like you're floating, in the best way possible.
It's also incredibly springy with the combination of the Purple Grid and its pocketed coils. Your kids could get some great air bouncing on this bed (although, I recommend they don't for the bed's sake). On the firmness scale, I place it around a medium-firm, making it the best hybrid mattress for back and stomach sleepers. It's perfectly supportive to promote spinal alignment, but it's also soft and pressure relieving in a non-traditional way. See more in our full Purple mattress review.
The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 comes in sizes from twin XL to split king.
3 firmness levels | Plush Soft: Medium or 5 | Luxury Firm: Medium-firm or 7 | Firm: 9/10 or firm
The Saatva mattress is a luxury online bed that looks just as pretty as it is comfortable. It also has one of the most supportive, durable constructions I've seen in a mattress as it utilizes two different coil layers. In the base layer, there's a system of extra-strength dual coils that's essentially a coil inside of a coil. This makes the bed ultra supportive and durable.
Above is a feature I have yet to see in a bed; It's a thin "Lumbar Zone Active Spinal Wire," that helps keep your spine in a neutral alignment. It's subtle, but an impressive feature. Don't worry, you don't actually feel wire in the bed. Next comes the second, smaller system of pocketed coils that work to provide additional support, and they move independently from one another to isolate motion transfer. This multi-coil design makes for a bouncy, supportive hybrid bed.
The comfort layers are made with dense memory foam and a thick. plush 3-inch Euro-top that adds a light, fluffy and airy feel to the supportive, springy layers underneath. It reminds me of a luxury mattress you'd find in a fancy hotel. Though, if you prefer a little more contouring, or you weigh less than 150 pounds and find most mattresses too firm, you might find the Saatva mattress to be a little overbearing. Especially due to its dual-coil layers.
Saatva has three firmness levels to choose from and two height profiles. Back and stomach sleepers will love the Luxury Firm (rated a medium-firm) or the Firm (rated a true firm) models, and combination sleepers should opt for Plush Soft (rated a medium). With its two firm profiles and extra supportive feel, Saatva earned its spot on our best hybrid mattress list as the top firm bed. Read more in our full Saatva mattress review.
The Saatva Classic comes in sizes from twin XL to split California king.
Memory foam hybrid
7 or Medium-firm
20-year prorated warranty
If you're dealing with back pain, either from your mattress or otherwise, the Amerisleep AS2 Hybrid is a great option. Designed for back or stomach sleepers, this medium-firm mattress helps maintain proper spinal alignment. Amerisleep uses a proprietary plant-based memory foam called Bio-Pur that contours your body without any of that slow-sinking feeling and helps dissipate warmth, rather than trapping it and making you sweat.
Sleeping on the mattress, it contours around your body and makes you feel properly supported without giving you the sensation you're sinking. One of our team members suffering from back pain tried this bed and gave it her stamp of approval as it is pressure relieving and promotes proper spinal alignment at the same time.
Not only that, but this bed also makes our best hybrid mattress list because of its extra bells and whistles. It comes with a special, performance-boosting cover made with a fabric that turns your body heat into infrared energy. It helps boost blood circulation, aid the muscle tissue recovery process and leave you waking up feeling refreshed. There are only a few brands who incorporate this tech into their beds and it's a real stand-out feature. Read more in our full Amerisleep mattress review.
The Amerisleep AS2 Hybrid comes in sizes from twin to split king.
3 firmness levels | Soft: 3 or Medium-soft | Medium: 5 or Medium | Firm: Medium-firm or 7
10-year limited warranty
This Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress checks all the boxes when it comes to the best hybrid mattress. It has effective cooling technology that actually works, it's offered in three different firmness levels for any sleeping position, contains over 1,000 pocketed coils in the base layer for maximum support, and it offers a very comfortable neutral-foam feel that's more responsive and bouncy than memory foam.
The secret to this bed's cooling ability is a few different things: the brand's special CopperFlex foam which helps draw heat away from the body and its TitanCool-infused cover which is smooth and cool-to-the-touch. It claims that it brings your skin temperature to 88 degrees -- while I can't confirm this claim, I can say that it's one of the most effective cooling mattresses that I've ever tested.
You would think that a mattress this nice costs a fortune, but it's actually very affordable. Especially compared to other cooling mattresses. Brooklyn Bedding is known for making quality mattresses at affordable prices, and I think a part of it has to do with the fact that the brand cuts out the middleman by owning factories and manufacturing its own mattresses. It can also be pretty generous with discounts.
The DreamCloud Hybrid mattress is a premium bed with a subtle memory foam feel that doesn't give you the sensation you're falling into a sinkhole like other memory foam beds do. Instead, it's a little more responsive, and easier for combination sleepers to switch positions on. It's also very pressure relieving, especially with the addition of its fluffy and lush pillow top.
On a scale from one to 10 on the firmness level, I'd rate this DreamCloud mattress right in the middle. That makes it perfect for a wide range of sleepers, from back, side, stomach and combination.
It's a hefty mattress standing at 14 inches. It's heavy, but it comes with handles on the side to make it easier to move around. One of my favorite things about this bed is its cashmere blend cover. It feels soft and comforting like a luxurious cashmere sweater.
I personally know two people who sleep on a DreamCloud mattress and they say they love it. It's accommodating, comfortable and an all-around great bed for most people who enjoy the feel of neutral memory foam. I expected this bed to have one of the highest prices on this list, but it offers a great value. A queen size retails for $999, and DreamCloud often runs promos which add in extra accessories.
3 firmness levels | Medium-soft or 3 | Medium or 5 | Medium-firm or 7
The WinkBed mattress is one of those hybrid beds that you would find in a nice hotel room when you're on a vacation -- it's extra luxurious. It's almost 14 inches tall, and it's made with zoned pocketed coils to provide targeted pressure relief and support to the areas of the body you need it most. The edges are also reinforced to be ultra durable and sturdy to make it easy to get in and out of bed, and prevent you from feeling like you're going to fall off the side.
Not only is it a thick and strong hybrid mattress, but it has a fluffy and light pillow top that gives it a plush feel as you lay down. It also offers plenty of support, especially the firm model. You have three different firmness levels to choose which come out to medium-soft, medium and medium-firm. Most side sleepers should opt for the softer model while back and stomach sleepers would love the medium or firm profiles. Read our full WinkBed mattress review for more.
6 or medium to medium-firm
10-year limited warranty
You've probably heard of the retail giant Walmart, but what you may not be too familiar with is their bed-in-a-box brand called Allswell. In true Walmart fashion, Allswell mattresses are extremely affordable. I'd argue they're one of the best cheap mattress brands you can buy from while still having a quality mattress. It's a simple hybrid mattress without any bells or whistles, but that's what you want when you're looking for an ultra affordable bed.
The mattress is slightly on the firm side, landing around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. If you sleep on your side all night, it might give you that tingly, fall-asleep sensation in your shoulder. Especially if you weigh under 150 pounds. Though, back, stomach and combination sleepers should find the mattress comfortable. It feels dense like memory foam, but it isn't slow-responding -- nor does it make you feel like you're in a sinkhole. It's just a regular hybrid mattress that'll appeal most to those who want to save money. Read more in our full Allswell mattress review.
Other hybrid mattresses we've tested
The CNET Sleep editors have tested over 100 mattresses and put in countless hours trying out the industry's most popular (and unpopular) beds. With so many to choose from, our lists omit a few well qualified contenders. Here are several hybrid mattresses we've tested that were runner-ups when making this best hybrid mattress list.
- Puffy Lux mattress: For side sleepers and plush-mattress lovers, the Puffy Lux mattress checks a lot of boxes. I compare it to a big supportive marshmallow. It's made with memory foam, but it's not as dense as a lot of popular memory foam beds. Instead, it's light, airy and a little more responsive. This bed is ultra pressure-relieving, but you also get support from the steel coils in the foundation layer.
- Helix mattress: Helix offers six base model mattresses that have a range of different firmness levels from soft to firm. You can take Helix's Sleep Quiz to match you with the perfect mattress based on your sleeping position and other personal metrics. Each mattress is a hybrid with a responsive, soft foam feel that I anticipate most couples and solo sleepers will like.
How we test hybrid mattresses
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What to look for in a mattress
Finding your perfect new mattress should come down to these key points: your dominant sleeping position, your body type, relevant health conditions, mattress materials and your budget. The position you sleep in most during the night will help you determine your ideal firmness level. Your weight should help you determine whether you should opt for the extra support of a hybrid mattress or a regular foam mattress. Your budget will help you narrow down the beds you can and can't afford. Lastly, different health conditions require different characteristics, and materials help determine whether or not you'll find the bed comfortable.
- Side sleepers typically sleep most comfortably on soft to medium mattresses because they relieve pressure from major joints like your hips and shoulders, rather than push into them.
- Back and stomach sleepers need a bed on the opposite side of the spectrum, medium to firm, because they offer proper spinal support to prevent back pain.
- Combination sleepers have two options: choose the firmness level that caters to their primary position or a medium firmness level that caters to all sleeping positions.
- People who weigh under 230 pounds have the option between foam and hybrid beds; it just depends on the amount of support you're looking for. Those under 150 pounds, though, can skip hybrid beds all together if they want because they don't need the extra support.
- I recommend hybrid beds to people over 230 pounds because they'll last longer (this is important if you spend a lot of money on your new bed) and they'll be much more supportive for the body.
- Hot sleepers, women suffering from menopause or people experiencing hot flashes can find a cool-sleeping mattress that absorbs and redistributes heat, or offers a ton of airflow.
- Those with arthritis or joint pain may want a soft, pressure-relieving mattress on the medium to soft side that cradles the hips and shoulders for maximum comfort.
- People who suffer from back pain may sleep most comfortably on a medium-firm mattress profile. It offers ample support and pressure relief at the same time, to prevent the back from sagging and cradle pressure points.
- Memory foam is known for its motion-isolating and pressure-relieving abilities. Some people also love the hugging feel. However, people who switch positions often can sometimes run into resistance since it's so slow to respond to pressure.
- Latex foam can be synthetic or natural/organic. Either way, it offers airflow, is more durable and supportive than most foam mattresses. On the other side of the token, natural latex can get expensive and they tend to be on the firm side.
- Poly foam is a synthetic foam that bounces more than memory foam but is more soft than latex foam. Most comfy couch cushions are made with this foam. it's breathable and affordable, but may not be as durable as other foams.
- Coils or innersprings are made from steel and provide extra support and durability for mattresses.
- The most affordable bed in a box mattresses can go for a few hundred dollars.
- Your typical bed in a box mattress costs between $850 and $1,200.
- Hotel luxury and premium mattresses typically cost over the $1,200 range.
Hybrid mattress FAQs
What is a hybrid mattress?
Like a hybrid car that fuses gas and electric, a hybrid mattress combines pocketed coils with comfy foam to give you a supportive but comfy sleeping surface that's more comfortable to snuggle up to than the old traditional innerspring mattresses.
How much do hybrid mattresses cost?
Hybrid mattresses come in a range of different costs. A basic hybrid mattress will cost around $1,300 before discounts, but there are plenty of options under $1,000 if you want a budget hybrid mattress. There are also luxury hybrid mattresses that cost $1,600 and up.
Are hybrid mattresses any good?
Yes. A hybrid mattress offers additional support and durability than all-foam mattresses thanks to the steel innersprings or coils in the foundation layer, and more comfort than a traditional innerspring mattress. A foam bed will last you around six or seven years while a hybrid mattress can last 10 to 12 years.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
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