Hybrid mattresses combine two support systems- memory foam layers along with an innerspring system. Hybrid mattresses are a great way to experience the pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam while retaining the classic feel of an innerspring mattress.
Several people are curious about the benefits of memory foam and gel memory foam mattresses but are hesitant to make make the jump to an all-foam mattress. This is where hybrid mattresses can be wonderful.
A hybrid mattress combines innerspring with memory foam, so you get the benefits of both technologies. Hybrids allow sleepers to enjoy the perfect blend of sturdy support and contouring comfort. They typically have the same size coils as what you would find inside innerspring mattresses with a top layer of memory foam support and contouring.
The “bounciness” you get from an innerspring mattress is found the coil system, and the layers of memory foam create that unmistakable enveloping embrace. Hybrids also tend to be shaped more like a traditional bed, instead of the low profile, slim lines of an all-foam bed. We have a large collection of Sealy and Stearns & Foster hybrid mattresses, and you’re sure to find one that will fulfill your needs.
But what is it specifically that makes hybrid mattresses attractive to people who are on the hunt for a great night’s sleep?
They’ve Got a Little Bounce
Memory foam mattresses are known for that slow sinking feeling, innerspring mattresses are very bounce, but hybrid mattresses combine a bit of both. The typically pocket-coil innerspring core of a hybrid mattress allows for more bounce and the foam top allows for a bit of that melting in sensation.
Comfort & Support
Related to that, the top comfort layers provide contouring support, hugging your body while you sleep and the pocket-coil springs help to provide the lift you want to keep your spine in alignment. Hybrids also provide ample support with the pocket-spring and foam combination with body contouring that provides pressure point relief.
One of the biggest complaints about the original memory foam technology is that it holds onto too much heat. Hybrids, however, provide a cooler sleeping environment thanks to the breathability of the innerspring core. In fact, innerspring coils transfer heat 28% better than traditional memory foam. Additionally, there are several hybrids that now offer top foam layers that have been made with cooling technology.
Edge support refers to the structural integrity of the perimeter of a mattress. Hybrid mattresses offer excellent edge support because of the structural spring system. They support you all the way out to the edges, increasing the overall surface area you can use to sleep on.
Reduced Motion Transfer
While the reduction of motion transfer isn’t as impressive as that of a memory foam mattress, hybrid mattresses are still a step above your typical spring mattress. Pocket-coils consist of individually wrapped springs, so any sinking or motion is isolated to wherever weight is placed and the foam on top of the springs helps to absorb motion turbulence as well.
No Poking Springs
Some people worry that the springs of their innerspring mattress will start poking out here and there, particularly as the mattress ages. As hybrid mattresses age, it’s unlikely this will happen thanks to the top layers of foam that create a protective barrier between you and the springs.
To start shopping for a hybrid mattress, click here. If you need more help choosing a new bed, check out our Mattress Buying Guide here. It’ll help to answer any of your remaining questions.