Top 10 Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2020

By Alesandra Woolley

Hybrid mattresses give you the best of both worlds when you don’t want a 100 percent innerspring or memory foam mattress. Hybrids combine mattress materials, so you can reap the benefits of both!

We’ve compared and reviewed over 50 hybrid mattresses. In this guide, we’ll share our top 10 best hybrid mattress reviews, and then we’ll teach you what to look for when shopping in our buyer’s guide. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, be sure to check out our top picks for the best mattress of 2020.

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Best Hybrid Mattresses

Keep reading in the next section to learn more about each individual mattress, including how they scored in our testing, what’s inside the mattress, and more. Keep an eye on key factors like pricing, materials, and what type of sleeper each mattress is good for to find out if it’s a good fit for you.


Saatva: Editor’s Choice

Saatva

Best for:

  • Those who want various firmness options
  • People with back pain
  • Hot sleepers

Can't say enough about this bed. Tried two others before this one, wow wish I got this one first.”

Faith S.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.7 / 10
Firmness

Available in plush soft: 3/10; luxury firm: 5.5-6.5/10; and firm: 8/10

Trial Period

120 days

The Saatva Classic is our top pick for the best hybrid mattress thanks to its luxury materials and customizable features. The Saatva mattress is super durable thanks to the dual coil layer. These coils offer great body support and hold your weight over time.

During purchase, in addition to simply choosing the mattress size, Saatva lets you choose the height of your foundation and firmness level of the mattress: choose between plush, luxury firm, and firm—perfect for all sleep positions and body types.

Though white glove delivery is common, it isn’t often free, but it is with Saatva. On top of that, Saatva is one of the only mattress brands that takes away your old mattress for free. So, after you purchase your mattress, you don’t have to lift a finger.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Awara: Best Organic Mattress

Awara

Best for:

  • Eco-conscious shoppers
  • Couples
  • People who need a mattress with good edge support

I also wanted a mattress that was chemical free and eco friendly. I think I made a good choice with Awara.”

Gretchen S.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

Trial Period

365 nights

Rather than using memory foam as their comfort layer, Awara opted for natural latex: the mattress contours your body without you sinking into the mattress. Additionally, the buoyancy of the latex foam allows for superior pressure point relief, perfect for all sleep positions.

Latex mattresses are known to be cooling, and the wool in the cover wicks away moisture. Both of these materials are hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, giving you a cool and safe night’s sleep, and making it the best organic mattress on our list.

The mattress isn’t the only thing that’s green; Awara has partnered with ClimatePartner to reduce their carbon footprint. For every Awara mattress sold, a tree is planted. So, when you buy an Awara, you’re not only keeping your bed chemical-free, you’re cleaning up the environment as well.

Read our full Awara mattress review.


Brooklyn Bedding Aurora: Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers

Brooklyn Aurora

Best for:

  • Heavy people
  • Combination sleepers
  • Couples who sleep hot

My first hybrid and I definitely would not go back to a conventional.”

Renee S.
Customer Rating
4.4 / 5
MA Score
8.9 / 10
Firmness

Available in soft (3/10), medium (5/10) or firm (7/10)

Trial Period

120 days

The Brooklyn Aurora is one of our favorite luxury hybrid mattresses. While the Aurora is ultimately the best mattress for side sleepers in our list, it supports all sleep positions because of the option to choose your firmness level. Side sleepers will be most comfortable with the soft plush option; the medium-firm option is great for people who toss and turn and night; firm works perfectly for back and stomach sleepers who need to sleep on top of their mattress.

While an average mattress supports up to 500 pounds of weight, the Aurora supports up to 900 pounds, so the mattress accommodates all sizes, especially heavy side sleepers. The top layer is a mix of copper, memory foam, and latex that provides bounce and pressure relief, while the pocket coils and dense support foam work as the support layers, adding durability and preventing sagging.

Brooklyn Bedding is one of the only bedding brands to own the manufacturing process from beginning to end, eliminating the need for a middle man and creating a bed-in-a-box 100% made in the USA.

Read our full Brooklyn Aurora mattress review.


Alexander Signature Hybrid: Best Hybrid Mattress for Combination Sleepers

Alexander Signature Hybrid

Best for:

  • All sleep positions
  • People who sleep hot
  • Those who want different firmness options

I get the best sleep ever and I wake feeling well rested. I was pleasantly surprised.”

Belinda M.
Customer Rating
4.8 / 5
MA Score
8.2 / 10
Firmness

Choose between Plush, Medium, Luxury Firm

Trial Period

100 days

The Alexander Signature Hybrid is wonderfully responsive, meaning it moves with you as you change positions through the night, accommodating your shape. This is what gives it the superlative as the best mattress for combination sleepers in our list.

Another thing that makes it great for each sleep position is the ability to choose between Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm. And if you have a sleeping partner, the split king offers two firmness levels—one for you and one for your partner.

On top of that Nest Bedding offers six different types of mattresses, so if the Alexander Signature Hybrid doesn’t end up working for you, they’ll help you easily exchange it for one of their other mattresses.

The memory foam inside this hybrid mattress is Certi-PUR US certified: keeping you from toxic chemicals and minimizing off-gassing.

Read our full Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress review.


GhostBed Flex: Best Hybrid Mattress for Hot Sleepers

GhostBed Flex

Best for:

  • Couples who sleep hot
  • All sleep positions
  • Those who need a durable mattress

It does a great job of not just cooling but regulating the temperature.”

Thomas W.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.2 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm: 5.5-6.5/10

Trial Period

101 days

The GhostBed Flex’s 7-layer design is not only made to keep you exceptionally cool, but it’s also ultra-responsive. The secret is the massive 8.5” layer of individually wrapped pocketed coil system that easily responds to movement. Not only do those springs adjust to your movements, they isolate them as well, ensuring that neither you nor your sleep partner get disturbed.

The gel-infused memory foam layers combined with the specially woven cover gives the GhostBed Flex one of the most cooling constructions we’ve ever tested. Four of the 7 layers are dedicated to temperature regulation and breathability. That’s what gives this mattress the position for the best mattress for hot sleepers on our list.

GhostBed also offers a 25-year warranty: that’s 25 years of a cool night’s sleep every night.

Read our full GhostBed Flex mattress review.


DreamCloud: Best for Spinal Alignment

DreamCloud

Best for:

  • People with back pain
  • Side sleepers
  • Those who sleep hot

I am a side sleeper and this bed feels comfortable after a month of adjustment from my previous bed.”

Jon M.
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
9.0 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

365 days

The DreamCloud mattress offers nearly perfect spinal alignment with a score of 9.5 out of 10. This is thanks to its super dense and soft memory foam comfort layers that contour to your body combined with natural latex foam that bounces back. The ultra-responsive combination of natural latex and BestRest coil cradle your body and add extra support.

DreamCloud gives you the option to opt in to white glove delivery for a small fee. Their team will deliver your mattress, set it up for you, and remove your old mattress—talk about luxury! And if you aren’t completely set on the DreamCloud, it comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.

Read our full DreamCloud mattress review.


Casper Hybrid: Best Hybrid Mattress for Couples

Casper Hybrid

Best for:

  • Couple with different sleep styles
  • People who sleep with their pets
  • Those with back pain

This has been one of my best decisions and I'm so happy to have found Casper online.”

Heather B.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
9.4 / 10
Firmness

Medium: 5/10

Trial Period

100 days

The Casper Hybrid adds durable pocket coils to its original model. The layered support considers all sleep styles: shoulder support for side sleepers, spinal support for back sleepers, and pelvis and chest support for stomach sleepers. On top of that, this mattress offers great motion isolation and wonderful responsiveness, making this the perfect mattress for couples.

The layers of foam provide breathability and pressure relief, while the base layer of coils creates extra support and better motion isolation for co-sleepers. Casper offers a 10-year warranty and free returns on its Hybrid model.

Read our full Casper Hybrid mattress review.


Purple: Best Hybrid Mattress for Back Pain

Purple

Best for:

  • Back and side sleepers
  • All body types
  • People who want to try a unique mattress design

So comfortable. I sleep soundly and when I wake up in the morning my back doesn’t hurt.”

Sara M.
Customer Rating
4.6 / 5
MA Score
8.4 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm-firm: 6.5/10

Trial Period

100 days

Created by two engineer brothers, the Purple mattress is specifically made for pressure relief and alignment. Using unique grid technology, this mattress’s “walls” conform to and relieve your pressure points. In fact, it’s the best mattress for back pain relief on our list.

The Purple is topped with a proprietary pressure-releasing material that is especially great for back and side sleepers—when you lie on your back, it will help your spine maintain its natural curve, and when you lie on your side, it will help keep your spine straight.

Purple cares about its reputation, that’s why this mattress was tested for over 20 years by both sleepers and medical professionals alike.

Read our full Purple mattress review.


Bear Hybrid: Best Hybrid Mattress for Active People

Bear Hybrid

Best for:

  • Athletes
  • People who sleep hot
  • Combination sleepers

The Bear was our first choice, offering a very comfortable combination of firmness and plush comfort.”

Brock B.
Customer Rating
4.7 / 5
MA Score
8.6 / 10
Firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

Trial Period

100 days

The best mattress for athletes will offer a restful night’s sleep and adjust to the body as you move: the Bear Hybrid does just that with its amazing responsiveness provided by the individually wrapped coil system. The celliant cover uses Infrared Yarn Technology to promote recovery overnight.

When it comes to temperature, the Bear Hybrid is great at keeping you cool. The gel memory foam layer adds airflow to the mattress, allowing your body heat to escape rather than sink into the bed.

The medium-firm feel allows the Bear to work for almost all types of sleepers. And if you worry that you’ll be unhappy with your purchase, Bear offers a 100-night trial period and a 20-year limited warranty, keeping you covered for any defects during the long life of this mattress.

Read our full Bear Hybrid mattress review.


Big Fig: Best Hybrid Mattress for Heavy People

Big Fig

Best for:

  • All body types
  • People who suffer from night sweats
  • All sleep positions

We’ve bought a new mattress every year because we couldn’t find one that didn’t sag. Big Fig is a great fit for us!”

Catey M.
Customer Rating
4.5 / 5
MA Score
8.8 / 10
Firmness

Medium firm

Trial Period

120 days

Your size should never keep you from getting great sleep at night. The Big Fig uses 50% more coils than traditional innerspring mattresses to support your weight, making it one of the best mattresses for heavy people.

The Big Fig also has wonderful responsiveness and little to no motion transfer, so you and your partner can sleep in any position and not disturb yourselves or each other. The added body heat won’t have you waking up covered in sweat either. The Big Fig incorporates latex gel foam and a cool-to-the-touch top layer in their mattress construction, keeping you cool all night.

When heavy people use a traditional mattress, the lifespan depreciates a little faster. The Big Fig is built to be durable—lasting 20 years! With 3 high-density foam layers and 1600 coils, this mattress will carry your weight for its entire lifespan.

Read our full Big Fig mattress review.


Best Hybrid Mattress Buyer’s Guide

Shopping for a mattress can be a confusing process. Even once you’ve narrowed your options down to the category of hybrid mattresses, you have a ton of options and many factors to consider before you find the right one for you. 

This buyer’s guide can serve as a checklist as you determine if a particular hybrid mattress is a good fit for you. In this guide, we’ll go over

What is a Hybrid Mattress? 

A hybrid mattress is made with at least two different types of materials, typically a combination of foam and coils. In most cases, sleeping on a hybrid mattress means you reap the benefits of all the materials used to construct the bed.

So if you aren’t completely satisfied with a 100 percent innerspring mattress or memory foam mattress, then a hybrid could be just the bed for you.

Traditionally, a hybrid mattress referred to a mattress that combined an innerspring coil support core with a comfort layer of memory foam, latex, or specialty polyurethane foam (AKA polyfoam). But now, mattress companies are getting a little more creative and using the term “hybrid” for better marketing. 

Technically, a bed made with two or more materials can be classified as a hybrid, but for a true hybrid mattress, it should be made with a thick comfort layer (at least 2 inches) on top of a coil support core.

Hybrid vs. Innerspring

Traditional hybrids and innerspring mattresses are very similar. Innersprings have a core layer of coil springs cushioned on either side by foam. Innerspring mattresses can be flipped once one side of foam is no longer comfortable.

Traditional hybrid mattresses have a more intentional layer construction. They use different types of foam (whether that be gel foam or another infusion) and often can’t be flipped because of the specific layering.

Hybrid vs. Memory Foam

Memory foam beds are constructed from different layers of foam ranging in density (higher density on the bottom and lower, more plush foam at the top). Foam beds are great for pressure and pain relief. They also provide great motion isolation for couples and co-sleepers. 

To turn a memory foam mattress into a hybrid mattress, add a layer of individually wrapped coils. This will provide more airflow to the mattress as well as make the mattress more responsive.

Foam Hybrid

Foam hybrids are made of different foam combinations and are usually a combination of memory foam and latex foam. Using latex instead of coil springs reduces motion transfer while adding the bounce both coils and latex are known for.

What Does a Hybrid Mattress Feel Like?

Most hybrids are moderately bouncy, generally cool, durable, responsive, and offer some contouring from the top comfort layer. But the feel of a hybrid mattress depends on the specific materials used in its construction. 

Of all the hybrid mattress reviews we’ve done at Mattress Advisor, we’ve seen hybrid mattresses constructed of combinations of foam, coils, pillow-top, latex, and hyper-elastic polymer. 

This means that hybrid mattresses have a wide range of options, so you can’t just know what a bed will feel like from hearing that it’s a hybrid—you’ll have to take a deeper look at the materials inside the mattress. 

The following table will explain how each type of material that can be used in a hybrid mattress feels so you can piece together what to expect.

Material The Feel
Memory foam
  • Soft
  • Contouring
  • Sinking in or “hug” feeling
  • Great pressure relief
  • Retains heat
Specialty polyfoam
  • Some contouring
  • Okay pressure relief
  • Slight heat retention
Pillow-top or Eurotop
  • Soft
  • No significant impact on temperature
  • Not very durable
Latex
  • Some contouring 
  • Some pressure relief
  • Cooling
  • Bouncy 
Hyper-elastic polymer
  • Soft but responsive
  • Pressure relieving
  • Breathable
Pocketed coils
  • Bouncy 
  • Breathable
  • Minimize motion transfer

Pros and Cons

Let’s take a look at both the benefits and the disadvantages of sleeping on a hybrid mattress.

Pros

  • Balanced Comfort and Support: Hybrid mattresses combine the support of innerspring coils with the comfort of foam or other soft materials. You get a mattress that contours your body at the surface, but offers the right pushback to keep your body properly supported.
  • Ease of Movement: If a memory foam mattress gives you more sinking in than you prefer, a hybrid can balance that out. You’ll sleep on the mattress instead of in it, making it easier to shift positions in the night.
  • Airflow: The construction of hybrids make them naturally more breathable than an all-foam mattress, so you can stay cool.
  • Isolation of Motion Transfer: If you sleep with a partner or pet, you won’t feel their movements as much from the other side of the bed.

Cons

  • Expensive: Hybrids are among the more costly mattresses in the market.
  • Height: If you’re looking for a low-profile mattress, you probably won’t find that in a hybrid. Many are very tall, even ranging up to 20” thick, and you may have to invest in new deep-pocketed sheets.
  • Master of None: Hybrids conveniently combine the factors of different types of mattresses, but if you’re looking for something extremely firm or extremely soft, you won’t find that in a hybrid.

Who is a Hybrid Mattress Good (and Bad) For?

Now that we’ve weighed out the pros and cons, you’re probably curious, who is a hybrid mattress well-suited for?

People who prefer any of the sleep positions including side, back, stomach, and combination sleepers all find comfort on hybrids. The comfort layer on top combined with the support core creates the perfect setup for a side sleeper. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers benefit from the more firm feel and support hybrids offer, and combination sleepers easily shift positions on the surface throughout the night and reap the benefits of a hybrid’s responsiveness to motion.

Hybrids are also a good option for couples because of the motion isolation, the natural airflow of the mattress (since more bodies equal more body heat in bed), and the bounce that hybrids provide to make other bedtime activities more enjoyable. 

Hot sleepers tend to enjoy the natural airflow from hybrid mattresses as well, and plus-size sleepers get the support their body needs from a hybrid much better than they would on a memory foam mattress.

Who is a hybrid mattress bad for? 

Hybrid mattresses are some of the most expensive in the market due to their complex construction, so budget shoppers will have a more difficult time finding something in their price range. 

Those searching for the extremes will also be disappointed in hybrids. Like we’ve said, hybrids make the best of both worlds, and they tend to offer a balanced comfort. If you’re looking for a super soft mattress or a super firm mattress, you won’t find that in a hybrid.

Shopping Considerations for in the Best Hybrid Mattress

Sleeping Position

Your primary sleeping position should always play a role in your choice of mattress. Each sleeping position has different needs to remain comfortable and well-supported in your sleep.

Side Sleepers

Side sleepers should be sure they choose a mattress that provides proper pressure relief, as this position is known to put the most pressure on your joints. You’ll want to find a hybrid mattress with a comfort layer that contours to your body position and allows enough contour to keep your body properly aligned.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers are prone to sinkage in their mid and lower section, so they should avoid a hybrid with too soft of a comfort layer on top.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers, who tend to put pressure on their lower back from sinkage, should consider more firm hybrid mattresses, or ones that use latex to ensure you get the push-back you need to stay supported.

Read more: How to Choose a Mattress Based on Your Sleeping Position

Cost

Hybrid mattresses are some of the more pricey options on the market. If you’re restricted to a budget but still want a hybrid mattress, consider ways to cut back on costs. This could mean getting a hybrid mattress that sticks to a basic foam and coil combo. 

The more materials involved in manufacturing, the more expensive the bed will become. You should be able to find high-quality hybrid mattresses for around $1,000 to $1,300 for a queen. The luxury hybrid models can cost upwards of $2,000-$3,000+ for a queen.

Coil Counts and Gauge

Since all hybrids use a support core of coils, it’s important to consider the coil counts and gauge to measure the quality of the mattress. Coil count can impact how the bed feels and how long it will last. 

Most coil counts range between 800 to 1,200 coils. Anything below 700 coils may not be a quality mattress. Though once you get to 1,000+ coils, they all tend to be the same, so you don’t have to search for the absolute highest number. Besides, the higher the coil count, the higher the cost of the mattress. 

Coil gauge refers to how thick the pocketed coils are, and will typically range from 12 (thickest) to 18 (thinnest). Higher-gauge coils will make your mattress more durable.

Firmness

Hybrids are available in a range of firmnesses. Some models even give you the option to choose between soft, firm, and luxury firm settings.

The firmness you choose will be based off of personal preference, but it should also take your sleeping position into account. Stomach and back sleepers should choose more firm beds, while side sleepers should choose softer hybrid beds.

Density

You’ll see us refer to “high-density foam layers” often when talking about our favorite hybrid mattresses, but what does this really mean? 

Measuring the density of the foam layers used in a mattress can be a good indication of if it’s a good fit for you. Foam density can be explained as either low-grade (conventional), medium-grade (HD), and high-grade (HR). 

  • Low-grade memory foam retains its shape quickly, but it doesn’t offer the best motion isolation or contouring
  • High-grade memory foam takes much longer to recover its shape, but it offers superior motion isolation and contouring.
  • Medium-grade memory foam is a compromise right in the middle of the two.

You may also need to consider the density of polyfoam if it’s used in the hybrid mattress you’re looking at. Polyfoam is much less dense than memory foam. The scale works the same way (with low, medium, and high), but the measurement for pounds per cubic foot differs. 

See the chart below for reference.

Grade Polyfoam Density (lbs/cubic ft)  Memory Foam Density (lbs/cubic ft)
Low (Conventional) 1.8 or lower 2.5 – 3.9
Medium (HD) 1.8 – 2.5 4.0 – 5.4
High (HR) 2.5 or higher 5.5 or higher

Trial Period and Warranty

Before purchasing any mattress, you should check for a fair trial period and warranty. Trial periods tend to be around 90-100 days and offer a full refund should you decide the mattress is not right for you. Some even extend to a full year!

Warranties typically range from around 10 to 15 years. Most have certain limitations (such as requiring that the mattress is supported on a particular foundation type), so be sure to read the fine print.


Summary

We hope this guide has helped lead you to the hybrid mattress of your dreams. As a reminder, here are our top picks for the 10 best-rated hybrid mattresses:

Mattress Accolade
Saatva Editor’s Choice
Awara Best Organic Mattress
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Best for Side Sleepers
Alexander Signature Hybrid Best for Combination Sleepers
GhostBed Flex Best for Hot Sleepers
DreamCloud Best Spinal Alignment
Casper Hybrid Best for Couples
Purple Best for Back Pain
Bear Hybrid Best for Active People
Big Fig Best for Heavy People
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