A memory hybrid mattress is a mattress that is made with three or more different materials. These materials, and the way they are put together, provide support and comfort for you. The first material is usually the cushion or pillow top, made of high-grade cotton and fire retardent wool.

The second material is usually memory foam, dense foam, and is responsible for providing you with the comfort you need and relieving pressure points.

The third material is usually individually wrapped steel coils. It gives the required bounce and makes the mattress more breathable to resist temperature changes and be used in all seasons. These three materials come together to make the hybrid mattress. 

Various types of mattresses use additional layers to make the mattress comfortable and long-lasting. They usually try to manufacture a mattress to the liking of maximum types of sleepers based on body weight, body shape, heavier sleepers, light sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, side sleepers, combination sleepers, etc. After all, that makes business sense, right? But that isn't an easy task. 

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

Along with the innerspring, a hybrid mattress has various layers of foam above and below the inner springs. These foam layers can be PU foam, Memory foam, or Latex. Sleepers can enjoy the pressure relief of the foam layers and the support of a traditional spring mattress.

For example, there can be a Latex Hybrid mattress with layers of Latex and individually pocketed inner springs.  

There are various other combinations of foam layers which are also called hybrid models.

Benefits of a Memory Hybrid Mattress

There are various benefits of combining materials to form a mattress instead of only memory or innerspring mattress. Various mattress types have been developed for all kinds of sleepers and sleep positions. For example, a company may add

  • Type of Coil – Two kinds of inner springs. Thicker on the perimeters for edge support and thinner gauge inner springs in the sleeping area.
  • Levels of Firmness – An extra PU foam for support for stomach sleepers. So for any sleeper, a mattress is there. 
  • Sleep Quality – Extra layers of memory foam for better motion isolation

So, Companies can manufacture various types of mattresses for individual comfort and support.

That is why it is said that a hybrid mattress is a perfect blend of comfort and support that will leave you stress-free and revitalized each morning. 

They have

  • A layer of pocket coils of Steel or Tungsten Carbide gives the bouncy feeling. They come in various gauges for a more bouncy feeling or make them more supportive as per body types. Pocket springs are more bouncy than an all-foam mattress.
  • Each spring in the coil layer is individually pocketed to decrease partner motion transfer.
  • Couple-friendly as the sleeping partners don't tend to roll towards the bed's center due to individually pocketed springs and memory foam. (Should these be called couple-friendly?)
  • The traditional memory foam used to run hot due to body heat. But now, there is temperature control with gel foam. The Memory Foam layers with gel or graphite infused in them make the mattress cool for hot sleepers.
  • Memory Foam comfort is such that it molds to the body in response to pressure and comes back to its original shape on removing the same. It makes the mattress very comfortable. Still, you do not get the feeling of sinking in as the coil support is there. 
  • Due to individually pocketed coils, they have edge support, especially if the ones in the perimeter are of a thicker gauge. In contrast, those in the central sleeping area are thinner coils. Edge support is missing in memory mattresses.
  • Compared to normal spring mattresses, they are more body contouring, hypoallergenic, orthopedic, and quiet. 
  • They are suitable for overweight sleepers, too, as they do not tend to sink into the mattress if the inner springs are of the right gauge, making it a firmer mattress.
  • Due to the steel springs inside, these mattresses are generally heavier than other mattresses.
  • Due to the wide range, additional features, and affordable price, these become a preferred choice for the masses.

Please check the warranty thoroughly while buying any mattress. Warranty policy differs a lot in the mattress industry. It varies from one to 15-year warranty or even lifetime in certain cases. A 10-year warranty might be a pro-rata warranty wherein after the initial one year.

The customer gets the refund equal to the balance warranty years. There might be some additional cost associated with it for packing or transportation. Any extra cost must be very clearly understood at the time of buying. The mattress should be clean and maintained as per company guidelines.

The customer is also offered 100-night sleep trials to as much as 365 nights. Trial periods are also associated with extra costs sometimes. 

Hybrid Mattress vs. Memory Foam

Memory foam has a soft texture that gradually compresses when pressure is applied. On a memory foam mattress, you gradually sink in when you lie on it. The memory foam mattress contains no springs. So if you do not like that bouncy feeling on a mattress, then the memory foam mattress is for you.

Conventional memory foam mattresses didn't have any cooling features and used to run hot with body heat. Memory foam mattresses also don't have edge support.

Hybrid mattresses have a combination of foam. Layers of foam below and above individually pocketed steel or TC coils. A foam layer could be PU foam, Memory foam, Latex, or the Company's proprietary foam. With a Hybrid mattress, you get the bounce of inner springs, the mold around of memory foam, the proper support of dense polyurethane foam, or the cooling effect of a Latex mattress. 

The coil count and coil gauge are very important in a Hybrid mattress. A low coil count means a short life of the mattress. A higher gauge of the coils will result in more bounce and lesser motion isolation. A lower gauge of coils results in better support.

Hybrid Mattress vs. Gel Memory Foam – Now, there the latest gel memory foams in the market that don't run hot. But some people feel it does run hot after a lapse of a particular period. So instead of Gel-infused memory foam, now we also get Graphite or Copper-infused memory foam.

Nowadays, Gel, Copper, or Graphite infused memory foam is used in Hybrid mattresses, too, so you get the bounce of coils and the comfort of memory foam with temperature neutrality.

Latex vs. Hybrid Mattress

Natural Latex is the most comfortable material for mattresses and also the most expensive. Depending on the foam density, you get a good bounce on it if it is a Talalay Latex. If it is the high-density foam which is usually Dunlop Latex, you get more support than bounce. Latex mattresses are the most durable mattresses. But a mattress with only Latex in it can be very expensive.

So we have Hybrid Mattresses with Latex foam above the individually pocketed coils. So you get the bounce due to the coils and also if it is Talalay Latex. Latex is very breathable and stays cool, so with coils, which have enough space in between them, there is perfect temperature regulation, and the mattress does not get hot.

The firmness options can be controlled with either the no. of coils and their density and the density of Latex.  

Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers

For the side sleeper, the best mattress is the one at the midpoint of the firmness scale. So a mattress between 4 to 6 will be good for a normal-weight person. For an obese person, a six or seven will be better, and for an underweight person, a 3-4 will be better.

A side sleeper should always buy a mattress one no. below what is suitable to him other sleeping positions, i.e., as a back or stomach sleeper. That is to give extra pressure relief to the shoulders and hip.

The idea is to keep the spine straight while sleeping. 

A hybrid mattress with gel-infused memory foam will be a good combination as it will engulf the shoulders and hip properly and keep the body cool. A combination with Latex will also give good pressure relief to shoulders and hip. Depending on the weight, you will have to decide between Talalay or Dunlop. But it will be expensive.

The Best Hybrid Mattresses

Saatva Classic Mattress

Saatva Classic

Queen 72 * 60 * 11.5/14.5″

  • 180-Night Sleep Trial
  • 15 Years Limited Warranty
  • Free White Glove Delivery
  • Supply direct from Company

Saatva is the most open Company in terms of its product. They give so much information about their product that nothing is left to the imagination. The product Saatva classic is also the best. Right from the 3″ Euro Pillow Top. It has exceptional edge support of high-density foam rails on the perimeters so that the person sleeping doesn't slip down.

Then there are 845 individually pocketed steel coils of 14.5 gauge for optimum bounce and motion isolation. In the middle of the mattress, active wire and high-density memory foam layers work together to provide enhanced back support and pressure relief to the lower back area. The base unit is made of 416 tampered steel coils of 13 gauge for a longer-lasting mattress.

There are three options in the mattress. Plush Soft, Luxury Firm & Firm. So you have a choice according to your sleep styles within the Company.
It is one of the very few companies offering free white glove delivery.

Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

Casper Wave Hybrid

Queen 80 * 60 * 13″

  • 100-Night Sleep Trial
  • 10 Years Limited Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply direct from Company W/h

This premium mattress by Casper has been voted as a no. 1 by various agencies. The top layer is made of breathable PU foam. Underneath it is natural Latex followed by zoned memory foam.

The fourth layer of polyurethane foam with gel pods and then the PU foam base with encased springs. These gel pods are unique to Casper Hybrid. It has Zoned support with patented gel pod support to cradle hips. Stays cool with Airscape 3 Cooling Gel. But is expensive

Purple Hybrid Mattress

Purple Hybrid Mattress

Queen 80 * 60 * 10″

  • 100-Night Sleep Trial
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty
  • Free Shipping & Returns
  • Supply direct from Company

The interior coils and the grid structure's built-in air channels make it easier for air to circulate. The gel infusion keeps the mattress cool. Coils respond quickly to pressure and allow the Grid to reshape as you re-adjust while switching sides.

This grid structure is unique to Purple Hybrid. The soft, cushioned Grid supports your entire body while cradling your hips and shoulders.

The Dreamcloud Mattress

Dreamcloud

Queen 80 * 60 * 14″

  • 365-day Sleep trial
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping & Returns
  • Supply direct from Company

Dreamcloud is a medium-firm mattress with a 6 rating out of 10. It has a Cashmere wool blended Cover and high-density gel memory foam. Individually pocketed innerspring Coils for and high-density support foam to ensure motion isolation. But the motion transfer in this mattress is not as low as only foam mattresses. The coils also ensure a bouncy mattress with pressure relief. For edge support, it has a double row of higher gauge thicker coils along the perimeter.

It is suitable for most sleepers except those who are underweight who might not feel enough pressure relief. The mattress is home delivered in a box. There is a bit of off-gassing odor, which goes away in a day or two.

Layla Hybrid Mattress

Layla Hybrid Mattress

Queen 80 * 60 * 10inch

  • 120-Night Trial Period
  • 10 Years Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply direct from Company

The biggest plus point of Layla Hybrid Mattress is that it is a flippable mattress with a soft four on one side and a firm 7 out of 10 on the other side. Due to this feature, it is suitable for most individuals. So you can use it according to your preference on any day. Due to this, its individually pocketed coils are right in the middle of the mattress with foam on both sides.

Another big plus point is its removable zipper cover. With individually wrapped coils for motion isolation, it ensures less motion transfer. Instead of the regular gel-infused memory foam, it has copper-infused memory foam, which keeps its coolness for a longer time. Gel-infused memory foam loses its cooling property with time.

Allswell Hybrid Mattress

Allswell Lux Hybrid

Queen 80 * 60 * 12″

  • 100-Night Sleep Trial
  • 10 Years Limited Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply direct from Company

This Walmart brand, Allswell's biggest plus, is its price, at which it offers a similar mattress for a lot less than other brands. It has a medium firmness, thus suitable for most individuals. Above the individually pocketed coils, it has two layers of foam and a quilted top. It has a 2″ copper-infused memory foam, so the mattress stays cool and germ-free. There is another high-density foam above the coils for proper support to minimize motion transfer. The quilted top is of Swirlfoam, a proprietary foam by Allswell which keeps the mattress cooler.


It is delivered in a box and, when opened, takes about 48 hrs to expand fully. There is a bad odor during off-gassing for some time, which goes off by itself in 24 to 48 hrs. The mattress is suitable for most individuals being of medium firmness. But overweight stomach sleepers might not find it comfortable as their hips will sink in. Similarly, underweight side sleepers will also not get enough pressure relief.

Leesa Hybrid Mattress 

Leesa Hybrid Message

Queen 80 * 60 * 11″

  • 100-Night Sleep Trial
  • 10 Years Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply direct from Company

It has a soft twill fabric as a top layer followed by a perforated layer of foam beneath. The holes allow hot air to move away from the body, which helps to regulate temperature while sleeping. A layer of memory foam engulfs the body and relieves it of pressure and joint pain.


It has a pocketed spring base to limit motion transfer and provide edge support to the mattress's perimeter. It is a good choice for most sleepers with a medium firmness rating but maybe too firm for some side sleepers.

Nolah Evolution 15 Mattress

Nolah Evolution 15

Queen 80 * 60 * 15″

  • 120-Night Sleep Trial
  • Life Time Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply direct from Company

In Nolah Evolution, again, you get three firmness levels. Lush, Luxury firm & Firm feel with the firmness of 5, 6 & 8 on a scale of 10. All firmnesses have a two-inch pillow-top Euro-top cover to give a luxury feel. Made of fiber, it also helps the body stay cool. Below it is a 2-inch memory foam called AirFoamICE Polyfoam, which also keeps the body cool.

Then there is a 2-inch layer of high resilience polyfoam above the 8″ coils. This setup keeps the motion transfer to the minimum. Below the coils is a one-inch high-density polyfoam.

The Company gives a lifetime warranty on its product which speaks volumes about the Company's confidence in the product. Three different firmness levels make it suitable for all body types.

Sealy Performance Collection

Sealy Hybrid Premium Mattress

Queen 80 * 60 * 14″

  • 120-Night Sleep Trial
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Supply through US-Mattress

The Sealy Hybrid Premium comes in three firmness levels i.e., ultra-plush, plush, and firm so it suits all body types. There are two layers of memory foam above a zoned-support coil system. Its exclusive Posturepedic technology supports shoulders and hips, allowing the spine to remain in proper alignment. It maintains a normal body temperature as all layers are a part of cooling system. 

Conclusion

It isn't easy to choose anyone from such high-quality mattresses. Each of them has a plus point not matched by any other.

But choosing any one of these, my choice is Saatva Classic Mattress. One reason is that it has a double layer of coils and then their white glove delivery. I don't want any hassles in life buying a mattress. The third being their strong edge support.