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Everyone you know is falling all over themselves for their new memory foam mattress. When you come over, they tell you to “try it out!” You do, and…

You hate it.

Sure, it might be great for decompressing your pressure points or aligning your spine, but you just can’t get over how much it feels like sleeping in mud.

Good news! You can get the benefit of latex or memory foam and still retain the bounce and response of your beloved innerspring mattress. Hybrid mattresses were created to be the best of both worlds, and if you hate memory foam, they might be just right for you.

We’ve put together a list of our top picks for best hybrid mattresses. We’ve also answered some burning questions about how to find the right hybrid mattress. Let’s take a look.

What Is A Hybrid Mattress?

Old innerspring mattresses were basically interlocked coils underneath a thin layer of padding. Your body took the full brunt of the coils and conformed to the surface of the mattress. Coils were undoubtedly supportive, but they forced your shoulders to compress or bent your spine into a weird position.

Hybrid mattresses use several layers of different materials, so you keep the supportiveness of coils, but the mattress conforms to your body instead of the other way around. The top layers are memory foam or latex (sometimes both). These layers give way underneath your broadest points. Instead of crushing your shoulder underneath you, for example, the bed sinks directly underneath while filling in curves such as your waist or lower back.

When your body reaches a certain point, coils push back to keep you from sinking too far into the mattress. Your spine stays aligned, and you don’t create any weird pressure points. It’s the best of both worlds.

Isn’t A Hybrid Just A Pillow Top?

Not exactly. Pillow top mattresses are cushion materials sewn to the top of a coil layer. They might have been more comfortable than regular innerspring mattresses, but they didn’t fully contour to your body, just softened the impact of the coils.

Hybrids use thick layers of foam and latex to give your body plenty of space to sink where it needs to. Some hybrids use contouring layers up to six inches into the mattress, whereas pillow tops are typically one to two inches. Some hybrids still have a pillow top layer to give the feeling of an ultrasoft mattress without losing the support of coils.

What Are The Benefits Of Hybrid Mattresses?

One tremendous upside is innerspring tends to be cooler. Springs have large air pockets that allow breathability. If air can flow smoothly through the mattress, heat dissipates instead of staying trapped.

Many hybrid mattresses also used gel-infused foams which further wicks heat away from your body. As you move around on the bed, the gel grabs heat, and your movements help air move heat away from you. The surface of the mattress returns to ambient room temperature more quickly, and you don’t roast to death.

Hybrid mattresses retain the bounce of traditional innerspring mattresses, which couples may find more suitable for sex. However, the coils are often sandwiched between layers of foam, so motion is reduced during slumber. With so much padding, you won’t wake up as often because the mattress is moving around.

Hybrid mattresses are also lighter than some of their all foam counterparts. If you plan to rotate your mattress, shaving off a few pounds can make the whole process easier. It’s also easier to find adequate support for the mattress if the weight isn’t as extreme.

Innerspring can also be better for those who are heavier than average. The foam and the springs combined may last a bit longer under heavier weights because of the combination of foam and springs. Especially if you rotate the mattress, it should prevent indentations if the foam a little bit longer than solid foam mattresses.

What Are The Downsides Of Hybrid Mattresses?

If you do love the feeling of memory foam, a hybrid mattress might still be too bouncy. Memory foam is the best at isolating motion, so if your partner is a wildebeest in their sleep, you may find memory foam is your best option.

Springs always have the potential to break get lumpy, so you want a mattress that uses reinforced steel coils or some other durable variety. Even better, a bed with a warranty that covers springs so that you can get your mattress repaired if you happen.

Will I Have To Buy One From A Showroom?

We know. You hate showrooms. But there are companies online with hybrid beds, so you don’t have to walk into a showroom just because you want a hybrid mattress.

Hybrid mattresses are eligible to be compressed safely just like memory foam mattresses. When you order your mattress, most companies can send it right to your door. Once you unpack the mattress, the foam and springs re-inflate and your mattress is just as it was in the factory.

The List

And now for our favorite hybrid mattresses on the market right now.

DreamCloud – Our Top Pick

DreamCloud is one of our favorite mattresses, and we’re happy to recommend it once again for our top spot. DreamCloud uses eight different layers for contouring and support. It has a generous trial period and warranty as a bonus.

DreamCloud uses a cashmere blend for cover material. It’s super soft and breathable. The first two contouring layers are memory foam, one quilted and one gel infused. The gel infused foam wicks away heat and moisture while the quilted foam creates loft and breathability. Together, they make the mattress feel a lot softer than it actually is.

Underneath is a latex layer that responds each time you move, rebounding back into shape quickly. It helps ease your body into the support layers. The final layer is individually pocketed coils sandwiched between dense support foam. This gives the mattress bounce and prevents your body from sinking too far into the mattress. Your spine stays straight, and you don’t toss and turn looking for a comfortable position.

DreamCloud gives you a full year to try the mattress out. You heard us. A full 365 days to figure out if the bed is the right one for you. If you decide you don’t like it, you can return it at any time before the trial period is over. Be sure to give the mattress at least 30 nights to break in so your body can adjust and old pain can fade.

You’re covered by a lifetime warranty against mattress defects. During the first ten years, DreamCloud will replace a defective mattress. After ten years, they may decide that repairing and recovering it is a better solution. Your bed must be adequately supported to avoid nulling the warranty.

You have two options for shipping. You can have it shipped standard, which compresses the mattress and ships it straight to your door. You only have to unwrap it and allow it to inflate. The other option is white glove delivery. For a fee, they’ll have a delivery person bring it fully inflated to your door and help you set things up. They’ll even remove your old mattress, so the transition is seamless.

Solay – Runner-Up

Solay doesn’t use as many layers as DreamCloud, but each layer is designed to keep you cooler during the night. The cover material is Tencel, a material that helps regulate temperature better than cotton. Underneath, six different layers create contouring and support.

The first two layers are gel-infused foams. They wick heat away from the body and help it dissipate throughout the mattress. One layer is quilted to improve loft and create air pockets for breathability (and responsiveness).

Pocketed spring coils make up the support layer. The coils have two parts, the inner coils, and a layer of coils designed for better edge support. Both sets give the mattress structural integrity and fully support your spine and pressure points regardless of where you end up lying on the mattress.

The coils are sandwiched between layers of foam to help reduce motion transfer and further cushion your body against the impact of the springs.

Solay offers you 101 nights to try out your new mattress. Make sure you try it out for at least 30 nights so your body has time to adjust and the mattress has a chance to break in a little. If you still don’t like it, you can return it any time before the 101-night window is up.

Solay covers the mattress against defects for 15 years. You need to support your mattress correctly and make sure you’re only using it for its intended purpose, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty.

You don’t have the option for white glove delivery with Solay. Make sure you have someone who can help you unpack the box and set the mattress up if you are unable to do it alone.

Honorable Mention

If you fall into any of these specific situations, you may want to consider one of our targeted picks below.

Zinus – Best Budget Alternative

Zinus started out as a mattress to help with snoring, but they’ve since expanded into different areas. One of those is a hybrid mattress with a Euro top.

It uses soft foams for the contouring layer. This layer sinks underneath your broadest points so that you don’t compress areas like your shoulders. The support layer is pocketed coils sandwiched between layers of dense foam to prevent your body from receiving the full impact of the coils.

The coils provide full support and give the mattress structural integrity. The layers of foam help prevent motion transfer, so you’re able to sleep more soundly. The cover materials are a jacquard style that’s breathable and wicks away moisture.

None of the sizes or depths are more than $450, making it one of the most affordable mattresses on the market. You can choose between a 12 and 13-inch option, with the 12-inch being slightly cheaper overall.

Zinus gives you 100 nights to try the mattress out before deciding if it’s the right one for you. If you decide it isn’t after sleeping on it for a few weeks, just return it before the trial period is up.

Zinus comes compressed in a box right to your front door. Just unpack it and set it up. The delivery person won’t be available to help, so make sure you’ve made arrangements if you aren’t able to do it yourself.

Winkbeds – Best For Heavy People

Winkbeds is a hybrid bed that uses foam and coils to craft a mattress with a few different firmness options. One of their options is made explicitly for heavier people (over 300 pounds).

The cover is Tencel, fabric that’s better than cotton at quickly drawing heat away from the body. It’s soft and stretchy.

The top layer is a Eurotop style (similar to pillow top), using two layers of foam that give underneath your pressure points. Next is a layer if micro-coils for targeted support and structural integrity.

The micro-coils are highly breathable and give the mattress its initial layer of bounce. Underneath is the dense support system. A full layer of pocketed coils is sandwiched between two layers of dense foam. This keeps you from sinking too far into the mattress, but the targeted support makes sure your broader points have plenty of give, so they don’t get compressed.

The Winkbeds Plus is composed of the same elements as the regular Winkbeds, but all the elements are reinforced to take into account individual weights of over 300 pounds. You’ll get the full integrity of the bed without over compressing the foam or interacting too quickly with the support layers.

If you don’t weigh that much, the bed will probably feel way too firm for you, but heavier sleepers should be able to rely on the structural support of the mattress and still retain all the contouring benefits of the foam materials.

Winkbeds allows you to sleep on the mattress for 120 nights to figure out if it’s the right one. You should have plenty of time to decide if it truly does offer support and gives your pain some relief. If it doesn’t, you can return it any time before the trial period is over.

Winkbeds covers your bed for its lifetime against defects and abnormal wear and tear. It’s essential that you properly support your mattress, so you don’t accidentally void the warranty.

Winkbeds arrives compressed at your door. You just unpack it and allow it to inflate. If you aren’t able to set the mattress up yourself, make sure someone is available to help because the delivery person won’t be able to.

Eight Sleep – Best High Tech

Eight’s mattresses have the option if a smart cover, sensors woven into the bed itself that will send vital information to a health app on your smart device. It gives you the chance to make better decisions about your health and well-being.

The Mars+ is their smart hybrid. It uses a layer of two-inch reactive foam that gives way underneath your broadest points. The next layer is comfort foam that provides pressure relief for common pain points such as the hips and eases the body to the support layer.

Four-inch sleeved coils support your weight and keep your spine aligned. This layer is sandwiched between layers of foam to reduce motion transfer and prevent your body from taking the full impact of the coils.

It measures your biosignals and sleep patterns to help you make better decisions about your sleep. It tracks things like REM sleep, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as 12 other essential signs. You can control the temperature of the mattress or set a smart alarm that will wake you at the ideal time. You can even integrate it into your smart home.

You can try all this out for 100 nights to see if everything really does transform the way you sleep. If you decide it isn’t for you, just return it before the trial period is over. The foam part of your mattress is covered by a ten-year warranty, but the electronics are covered for one year.

It comes to your front door compressed into a box. The delivery person won’t be able to set it up for you so be sure you make arrangements if you need help.

Final Thoughts

Hybrid mattresses give you the best of memory foam and innerspring mattresses. They’re perfect for someone who loves the feeling of a traditional spring mattress minus the pain they caused on pressure points. Turns out, you can have a bouncy innerspring mattress without getting jiggled awake during the night or spending a million dollars on a showroom mattress. In fact, you don’t have to set foot in a showroom at all.

Are you dedicated to innerspring or would you consider memory foam? Duke it out in the comments below.

Tim

Remember how your parents told you that you were going to sleep your life away? Well that would be perfectly fine with Tim. He's been in search of the most comfortable nights sleep for years and shares his findings with any willing ear.

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