A hybrid mattress is one that will combine several different support systems creating a more beneficial sleep environment by combining the elements that improve support and contouring to fit your body perfectly.
Imagine buying 2 beds – a coil mattress and a foam mattress because you like the comfort of one, but the support of another – well that is kind of what a hybrid mattress is – it takes those 2 things and puts them together to create one mattress that meets all of your needs.
These innovative mattresses were designed to allow consumers to have a mattress that is perfect for their sleep and body styles. They offer a unique ability to contour to your body, while still offering a cooler sleeping area and they minimize the bounciness that is prominent with traditional mattresses.
What is included in a typical hybrid mattress?
While this will vary a bit based on each manufacturer, the below items are typically found in hybrid mattresses:
- Individually wrapped pocketed coils are typical of most hybrid mattresses and can measure several inches in height. These are meant to allow each spring to compress separately from the others to create a more a custom support pattern for your body and offers less motion transfer if you are sleeping with someone.
- A memory foam or latex layer that can vary greatly in ratio based on manufacturer. Some manufacturers do also include cooling layers that may include gel or copper elements.
- A top layer may also be included that can be called a pillow top or euro top. These will add some additional height to the top of the mattress and are an additional layer that will add extra comfort.
Important hybrid mattress terms!
If you are considering purchasing your first hybrid mattress – there are some terms and things you should know for your shopping process.
- Gauge – When looking at the coils in a mattress you will want to know the gauge of the coils. This will help you understand the support level of the mattress. The higher the gauge measurement – means the thinner the coils in the mattress will be. Most common ranges are 12-15 and the lower gauge will offer a firmer mattress.
- Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) – To say it simply, the ILD is a the measurement of how soft or hard the foam of a mattress is. It is calculated by taking the number of pounds or pressure that is needed to indent 4″ of foam by 25% within a 50 square inch indentation. So in real life, a 15 lb. ILD rating would mean that the foam of the mattress needs 15 pounds of pressure to indent it 25%. The higher the ILD, the firmer the mattress.
- Foam Density – While ILD will tell you how soft or hard the foam is, the density is a measurement of how many pounds of foam exist per cubic foot. As with the ILD, the higher the density – the firmer the mattress.
- Large array of firmness options
- Better motion isolation if you sleep with others
- Sleeping surfaces are often cooler
- Price is usually higher
- Mattress is much heavier than typical mattresses
- Do not last as long
- Gives off a weird odor when unwrapped but it will fade away
How will a hybrid mattress feel?
Generally speaking, a hybrid mattress will give you a bouncy feel when you lay on it – but you will also notice a very contoured fit unlike normal mattresses.
Their biggest positive is their ability to minimize what we call “motion transfer”.
You know how your husband or wife will get up in the middle of night to get a drink, check Facebook or maybe get the baby – and that usually wakes you up because you feel them getting up? Well, in a hybrid – they can get up and because the motion transfer remains on their side of the bed, you won’t feel a thing!
One of our favorite features of the hybrids are the ability to have a more comfortable sleep climate! There are other options for this as well, but the ability to have a contouring mattress that can hug my curves but also reduce heat is a win-win.
What can I expect to spend on a hybrid mattress?
This is a tough questions as we have seen pricing all over the chart. We would recommend you expect to spend upwards of $1,000 for a decent quality mattress – while those that are custom or higher end can be several thousand dollars.
Why do hybrid mattresses not last as long as other types of mattresses?
Unfortunately, this is one of the sore points of a hybrid mattress for many purchasers. The cold that are used are a high gauge coil meaning they are typically less durable — but there will also be a dependency on the type of foam being used as well. Low grade foams offer less longevity overall.
While latex mattresses typically can expect to last approximately 8 years – hybrid mattresses typically last around 6 years.
What questions should a consumer ask?
If you are seriously looking to invest in a hybrid mattress, the above can help you get a basic understanding and the questions below can help you make a more well-informed decision.
- Is there a trial period if we decide to purchase? What is your return policy?
- What is the expected life span?
- What is your warranty and what does it include? (Are things like sagging or pilling covered?)
- Be sure to talk to the salesperson about your specific sleep preferences – belly sleeper, side sleeper etc. to ensure the bed you prefer is in fact the best one!
- Ask about the foam density and ILD
- What kind of care is required?
- What is the ratio of materials being used – and what materials are being used.
- Was the heat retention treatment done to keep you cooler?
- What grade of foam is used in the mattress?