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What is Hybrid Mattress?

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When faced with a challenging decision, pursuing the “best of all worlds” is always the best option, and a hybrid mattress reflects the mattress industry’s pursuit of that lofty objective.

A hybrid has a significant comfort system to boost its performance, much like a foam or latex mattress.

Bringing these components together allows most hybrids to deliver a blend of pressure relief, bounce, edge support, and temperature regulation. The way any specific hybrid performs in these areas depends on its construction, allowing customers to choose from a diverse list of options to find the model that best meets their needs.

When faced with a challenging decision, pursuing the “best of all worlds” is always the best option, and a hybrid mattress reflects the mattress industry’s pursuit of that lofty objective.

A hybrid has a significant comfort system to boost its performance, much like a foam or latex mattress.

Bringing these components together allows most hybrids to deliver a blend of pressure relief, bounce, edge support, and temperature regulation. The way any specific hybrid performs in these areas depends on its construction, allowing customers to choose from a diverse list of options to find the model that best meets their needs.

What is a hybrid mattress ?

Hybrid mattresses combine a thick polyfoam, memory foam, or latex comfort system with a coil support core. This coil core can be similar in design to an innerspring, but the most common and popular models now use pocketed coils — fabric-wrapped coils that can compress individually for improved support and durability as well as reduced motion transfer.

Intended to marry the best qualities of foam and innerspring beds, hybrid mattresses tend to perform well in important areas like support, temperature regulation, and pressure relief. However, the wide variety of hybrid design does mean that individual mattresses can perform very differently. Most people can find a hybrid mattress that fits their needs

What You Should consider For in a Hybrid Mattress

When faced with a challenging decision, pursuing the “best of all worlds” is always the best option, and a hybrid mattress reflects the mattress industry’s pursuit of that lofty objective.

A hybrid has a significant comfort system to boost its performance, much like a foam or latex mattress.

Bringing these components together allows most hybrids to deliver a blend of pressure relief, bounce, edge support, and temperature regulation. The way any specific hybrid performs in these areas depends on its construction, allowing customers to choose from a diverse list of options to find the model that best meets their needs.

What You Should consider For in a Hybrid Mattress

Efficient shopping for mattresses involves specifying the goals and mattresses that are better matched with them.

Hybrids tend to provide notable bounce. This is one of their most consistent characteristics along with above-average edge support and temperature regulation.

On the other hand, hybrids may not offer as much contouring or motion isolation as some other mattress types. Their price tag can also be out of reach for some shoppers.

Even though there are similarities between hybrids, not all of them have the same performance. Learning about the key factors that influence satisfaction with a mattress can help you decide on your priorities and pick out the hybrid that best fits them.

  • Price: A mattress is a large expense, and customers have to consider price in their decision-making. That said, there are great values available, especially when shopping online, so it’s possible to find a great mattress even if you’re on a budget.
  • Sleeping Position: The alignment of your body in different sleeping positions affects whether a mattress will feel supportive and comfortable. Side sleepers need more cushioning while back and stomach sleepers do best with firmer beds. With their wide range of designs, hybrids can be found to suit any sleeping posture.
  • Comfort System Material: Although there are commonalities in the performance of hybrids, customers will find notable variation that depends on how the comfort system is built. Looking carefully at the included materials, their thickness, and how they are layered can provide insight about the strengths and weaknesses of any hybrid.
  • Contouring: The terms contouring, conforming, cradling, and hug all describe the same aspect of how a mattress reacts to the body’s weight. With more contouring, a mattress can soften impact at pressure points. Deep contouring, most associated with memory foam, can be helpful for side sleepers but may be overkill for others, especially because it can increase heat retention around the body.
  • Quality Materials: Choosing a mattress with high-quality materials is a great way to get a stronger return on your investment. Better materials translate to better performance and durability. Look for a mattress that doesn’t cut corners, meaning there are no weak or shoddy layers within its construction.
  • Firmness Level: No factor influences comfort as much as firmness. Most people prefer Medium to Medium Firm, but others want something harder or softer. Firmness needs can also depend on weight and sleeping position. Thankfully, hybrids are offered in a range of firmness levels, giving customers plenty of options to find a good fit.
  • Pressure Relief: Pressure points are areas that need extra support. Examples include the shoulders and hips of side sleepers or the lumbar spine of back and stomach sleepers. Contouring without excessive sagging can relieve pressure, and customers should examine the design of a hybrid’s comfort system to determine how well it achieves this.
  • Motion Isolation: If you share a bed, you want to be able to stay asleep when your partner moves around on the bed. This is much easier on a mattress with good motion isolation. Hybrids can transfer motion because of their bounce, but comfort system materials, including memory foam, can reduce movement-driven sleep disruptions.
  • Ease of Movement / Sex: A responsive mattress has a bouncy feel that permits easier movement on top of the bed, including the quick movement associated with sex. Coils create a baseline level of bounce in hybrids, but some comfort system materials, such as latex, can enhance that responsiveness even further.
  • Edge Support: Structural integrity around the edge of a mattress is higher in hybrids compared to other mattress types. Many hybrids also have reinforced edges. Nevertheless, edge support can be an issue on very soft beds or those with less responsive foams in the comfort system.
  • Temperature Regulation: In this case, keeping your cool isn’t about attitude; it’s about avoiding overheating at night. Hybrids allow for plenty of airflow through the support core, helping to regulate temperature, but hot sleepers should look for materials and designs in the comfort system that keep heat buildup to a minimum.
  • Noise: A quiet mattress avoids annoying squeaks that can disturb sleep. Silence from your mattress also makes sexual activity more discrete. Coils can be noisy, but most modern hybrids cut down on noise through high-quality coils and surrounding foams meant to absorb excess noise.

How Does it Feel to Sleep on a Hybrid Mattress?

  • The feel of a hybrid can vary based on the details of how its interior layers are constructed. Nevertheless, some common characteristics help explain what it’s like to sleep on a hybrid.

    • All in Balance: Expect that you’ll have a blend of features including motion isolation, conforming, and bounce.
    • Never Get Stuck: On most hybrids, you’ll notice that it has at least a moderately bouncy feel, making it simple to adjust your position and not feel stuck in the bed.
    • Out on the Edge: If you find yourself sitting or sleeping near the perimeter of a hybrid, you’ll normally notice the stability that comes from enhanced edge support.
    • Going Steady: The robust design of a hybrid, including its innerspring support core, provides a steady and reliable feel that many customers find comforting.

What's inside of Hybrid Mattress ?

There are two required elements for a mattress to be a true hybrid:

  • A support core made of innerspring coils.
  • A substantial comfort system above the coils.

While the comfort system can be made of many different types of materials, the support core must be coil-based. The “springless hybrids” that are marketed by some manufacturers may be quality mattresses, but they are not true hybrids.

All hybrids have two common elements, but the way those components can be constructed creates diversity among the hybrids on the market in terms of price, feel, and performance.

Coil Types

A hybrid support core may utilize one of several different types of coils.

Pocket Coils

Also known as individually-wrapped or fabric-encased coils, pocket coils are made by covering each coil in cloth and then stitching the cloth together. This method of linking the coils gives them a greater ability to isolate motion and tailor to the body. Because of these features, pocket coils are by far the most commonly used in modern hybrids.

 

Foams

Most hybrid comfort systems involve one or more types of foam that can play a central role in the overall mattress performance.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is known for its deep body conforming and slow response to pressure. Sleepers will get the sensation of being ‘hugged’ by their mattress, which relieves pressure. While usually hybrids mattresses have limited memory foam layer thickness, some hybrid models feature the deep-conforming of all-memory foam mattresses. Another effect of the conforming is great motion isolation. Motion hardly transfers across the surface of memory foam, making it a great option for couples and light sleepers.

It depends on the firmness of the mattress as a whole, but memory foam is generally suited for side and back sleepers. If you sleep on your stomach but still love the feel of memory foam, we recommend you opt for a firmer memory foam model hybrid model.

The biggest drawback of memory foam is that it tends to trap a lot of body heat, making for less temperature control. Nonetheless, since coil support cores allow for a lot of airflow throughout the mattress, this is often balanced in hybrid mattresses. Another potential drawback is the ‘stuck’ feeling some sleepers tend to get when trying to move around a bed with memory foam.

Latex

Latex hybrids are some of the most luxurious mattresses on the market. Latex conforms moderately to the sleepers body, relieving some pressure, but not as much as memory foam. What makes latex stand out is its responsiveness. Latex has a nice bounce to it, which makes it easy to maneuver around the mattress. Latex is also known for its great temperature neutrality and durability — as latex hybrids are generally the most cool and long-lasting beds.

Since latex comes in multiple firmensses, they should be suitable for sleepers of any position or weight. If you’re heavier or sleep on your stomach, we recommend you look for a firmer model.

The one big drawback of latex is its price point. Latex hybrids are significantly more expensive than many types of beds. Also, if you have chronic pain issues or are just a huge fan of the deep conforming of memory foam, latex may not be the way to go.

PRO's of Hybrid Mattress

 

  • Breathability – Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of a hybrid mattress is breathability.  Hybrid mattress innerspring layer represents 70% to 90% of the thickness of the mattress, resulting in a lot of open-air that circulates and pulls heat away as you sleep while still providing a lot of support. While the outer layer of most hybrid mattresses is still memory foam, this layer is thin compared to a solid memory foam mattress.
  • Durability – with its innerspring base layer, Hybrids are known for durability and longevity. Low-density foam base layers found memory foam mattresses can break down quicker and start to leave a depression after years of use. 
  • Support for Heavier Sleepers– If you’re over 220 pounds, a hybrid mattress can adequately support you, better than even a firm memory foam mattress can.
  • Bounce/Spring Back – Hybrid mattresses offer bounce, also known as spring back or response. When you compress the surface of the mattress it wasn’t to bounce or spring back at you. This can be a pro for some and a con for others. Bounce and spring back help in 3 ways:
    • It makes entering and exiting the bed easier
    • It allows combination sleepers to flip, roll or change sleeping positions with minimal effort
    • It makes private bedroom activities more exciting and easier to perform
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