Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2020: Reviews and Buyer's Guide

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 the 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.

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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.


Leesa Hybrid (Sapira)

Editor's Choice
Leesa Hybrid mattress

Why we love it

  • The Leesa Hybrid Mattress is the one of the highest scoring mattresses on Mattress Advisor and for good reason: they knocked the spine alignment, responsiveness, pressure relief, and motion transfer scores out of the park. 
  • Not only are the foams in the Leesa Hybrid pressure relieving, but they are also known for their cooling properties. The top layer is made with Leesa’s proprietary, breathable Avena® foam which cools as it contours.
  • For every 10 mattresses Leesa sells, they donate a bed to someone in need. Not only that, but there is a tree planted for every purchase made. Talk about socially and environmentally responsible.

Read our full Leesa mattress review.


Big Fig

Best for Plus-Size
Big Fig mattress in a bedroom setting

Big Fig Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When heavy people use a traditional mattress, the lifespan depreciates a little faster. One of the best mattresses for heavy people, 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. 


Brooklyn Aurora

Best for Side Sleepers
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress on a bedframe in a bedroom

Brooklyn Aurora Highlights

  • While the Brooklyn 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.
  • While an average mattress supports up to 500 pounds of weight, the Aurora supports up to 900 pounds of weight, so the mattress accommodates all sizes.
  • 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.

Read our full Brooklyn Aurora mattress review.


Alexander Signature Hybrid

Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress

Alexander Signature Hybrid Highlights

  • 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.
  • You do have a choice between Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm with this mattress. Another factor to consider is 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.
  • If you like one specific firmness level, this is the mattress for you because you get to pick between the three. And if you have a sleeping partner, the split king offers two firmness levels—one for you and one for your partner.
  • 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

Man and woman laughing on the GhostBed Flex

GhostBed Flex Highlights

  • 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 massives 8.5” layer of individually wrapped pocketed coils that easily respond 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. That’s what gives this mattress the position for the best mattress for hot sleepers on our list of the best hybrid mattresses.
  • GhostBed offers a 25-year warranty: that’s 25 years of a cool night’s sleep every night.

Read our full GhostBed Flex mattress review.


Saatva

Best for Spine Alignment

Saatva Highlights

  • During purchase, in addition to simply choosing the mattress size, Saatva lets you choose the height and firmness level of the mattress, as well as the height of your foundation. 
  • The Saatva mattress is super durable thanks to the dual coil layer. These coils offer great body support and hold your weight over time.
  • Though white glove delivery is common, it isn’t often free. On top of that, not many mattress brands take away your old mattress for free, but Saatva does.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Awara

Best Organic Hybrid
Man getting dressed in his bedroom which has the Awara mattress in it

Awara Highlights

  • Rather than using memory foam, Awara opted for latex: the mattress contours your body without you sinking into the mattress. Additionally, the buoyancy of the latex allows for superior pressure point relief perfect for all sleep positions.
  • Latex is known to be cooling while the wool in the cover wicks away moisture. Both of these materials are hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, giving you and cool and safe night’s sleep, and making it the best organic mattress on our list.
  • Awara has partnered with ClimatePartner to reduce their carbon footprint. For every Awara mattress sold, a tree is planted.

Read our full Awara mattress review.


Casper Hybrid

Best for Couples

Casper Hybrid Highlights

  • The layered support the Casper Hybrid 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.
  • Casper offers a 10-year warranty and free returns on its Hybrid model.

Read our full Casper Hybrid mattress review.


Purple

Best for Back Pain
Purple mattress

Purple Highlights

  • Created by two engineer brothers, the purple mattress is specifically made for pressure relief and alignment. Using unique grid technology, this mattresses “walls” conform to and relieve your pressure points. 
  • 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.
  • The Purple Mattress is ideal for back and side sleepers because these positions offer the best opportunity for great alignment as you sleep.

Read our full Purple mattress review.


Bear Hybrid

Best for Athletes
Bear Hybrid mattress in a bedroom

Bear Hybrid Highlights

  • 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. 
  • Bear offers a 20-year limited warranty for the Hybrid, keeping you covered for any defects during the long life of this mattress.
  • The foam inside is Certi-PUR Certified, assuring that you aren’t sleeping on harmful chemicals, not to mention it’s good for the environment. 

Read our full Bear Hybrid mattress review.

Best Hybrid Mattresses (Runners-Up)

Casper Wave Hybrid

DreamCloud

Brooklyn Signature


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 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.

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 the mattresses 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
  • 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

The Pros

Hybrid mattresses come with a large set of benefits that make them so popular among all types of sleepers. 

  • 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.

The Cons

Hybrids aren’t for everyone. Here are a few of the downsides of a hybrid mattress: 

  • 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 being a jack of all trades inevitably means they are ultimately a master of none. If you’re looking for something extremely firm or extremely soft, you won’t find that in a hybrid.

Who is a Hybrid Good 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 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. The benefits for couples on a hybrid mattress include the motion isolation for a better night’s sleep, 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 heavy or 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 not good for? 

Hybrid mattresses are less than ideal for budget shoppers and people looking for something more extreme. 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 

Now we’ll review all the basics that you should look for (or watch out for) when shopping for a hybrid mattress. 

Sleeping Position Considerations

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 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 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, 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

Budget

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 instead of getting a hybrid mattress that combines every material available, you stick 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.

Coils 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 differ. 

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. 

Question to Ask Before Purchasing

There are a few questions you should ask before committing to purchasing a hybrid mattress. These include: 

  • Does the mattress have a fair trial period? 
  • What are the terms and conditions of the warranty? 
  • Which materials are used in the mattress? 
  • Will my sleeping position be properly supported on this bed? 
  • Is the mattress designed for temperature regulation? 
  • Is this a high-quality and durable bed that will last a long time and give me my full purchase value? 

Once you can answer these questions, you are ready to take the next steps to better nights of sleep! 

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 hybrid mattresses: 

Mattress Accolade
Leesa Hybrid Editor’s Choice
Big Fig Best for Plus-Size People
Brooklyn Aurora Best for Side Sleepers
Alexander Signature Hybrid Best for Combination Sleepers
GhostBed Flex Best for Hot Sleepers
Saatva Best for Spine Alignment
Awara Best Organic
Casper Hybrid Best for Couples
Purple Best for Back Pain
Bear Hybrid Best for Athletes

If you have any questions, drop us a comment below and we’ll be happy to help you find your way to a better night’s sleep. 

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