Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2022
Nov 17th, 2022 •
Hybrid mattresses aim give you the best of both worlds when you don’t want a 100 percent innerspring, foam, or latex mattress. Hybrids combine different mattress materials in layers so that you can reap the benefits of each type.
We’ve compared and reviewed over 50 hybrid mattresses. In this guide, we’ll share our picks for best hybrid mattress and show 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 2022.
Best Hybrid Mattresses: Our Top Picks
- Editor’s Pick – DreamCloud Premier
- Best Firm Mattress – The WinkBed
- Best Mattress for Back Pain – Saatva Classic
- Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers – Helix Midnight Luxe
- Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers – Leesa Sapira Hybrid
- Best Extra-Firm Mattress – Titan Plus
- Best Mattress for Side Sleepers – Brooklyn Aurora Luxe
- Best Mattress for Athletes – Bear Hybrid
- Best Latex Hybrid Mattress – Nolah Natural 11″
- Best Mattress for Couples – Layla Hybrid
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When we compare hybrid mattresses, we expand our review process to put additional focus on:
- Quality of materials. Hybrids are generally thicker and heavier, so the materials in the lower layers have to bear more weight. The best hybrids use high-density foam and latex and sturdy innerspring systems with high coil counts to resist sagging.
- Integrated design. Are the layers just stacked on top of each other or are they arranged to work in unison? The best-designed hybrids have layers strategically placed so that each one can serve its specific purpose and enhance the overall quality.
- All sleep positions
- Restless sleepers
In any discussion of outstanding hybrid mattresses, the DreamCloud Premier deserves to be part of the conversation. It scores a 9/10 or better in eight of our 14 review categories, including 9/10 scores for pressure relief, responsiveness, and durability.
The combination of sturdy coils and soft foam gives it a 6.5/10 medium-firm feel that matches up well with just about any sleeping position and body type. Don’t forget the 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty, plus the fact that the Premier is priced more affordably than many comparable luxury mattresses.
While you may experience off-gassing when unpacking your DreamCloud Premier, meaning there is a new-mattress smell, it should dissipate in a few hours. If 100% American-made products are a must-have, keep in mind that materials for the Premier are sourced from around the world and then assembled in the United States.
Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review.
WinkBeds Luxury Firm
Best Firm Mattress
- Back sleepers
- Stomach sleepers
- Near-perfect edge support
Medium firm: 6/10
The WinkBed is available in four firmness options, but people looking for a firm hybrid mattress should choose Firmer (7.5/10) or Plus (8/10 and specifically designed for those who weigh 250 lbs and up). Unlike many hybrids, the WinkBed has not one but two innerspring layers.
High-density support foam around the perimeter bolsters the WinkBed’s edge support. In fact, our testing process gives it a 9.75/10 edge support score. Scoring highlights also include 8.75/10 for spine alignment and 9/10 for responsiveness.
On the other hand, this mattress might not be the best match for couples and people who sleep with their children or pets since its motion transfer capabilities are a bit lackluster (6.4/10 score) Also, people with neck pain should take note of the 7.75/10 score for pressure relief.
Best Mattress for Back Pain
- People with back pain
- Back and side sleepers
- Hot sleepers
When it comes to addressing back pain, can a luxurious mattress also be functional? The Saatva Classic has features and capabilities that suggest the answer is yes. Its hybrid design includes a layer that combines Saatva’s Lumbar Zone® Active Spinal Wire with pressure-relieving memory foam.
We give the Saatva Classic a perfect 10/10 score in spine alignment testing, along with a 9/10 score for pressure relief. This level of performance is a good sign that the mattress will promote a healthy, neutral alignment while gently cushioning your lower back and hips. If back pain makes you dread setting up a new mattress, don’t worry. Saatva provides free white-glove delivery and set-up.
You’ll enjoy a luxury feel with this product, but you’ll pay a luxury price as well. Because each Saatva is made to order, delivery could take up to 21 days.
Helix Midnight Luxe
Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
- Hot sleepers
- Side sleepers
- Spine alignment
Medium firm: 6/10
The Helix Midnight Luxe is an ultra-cooling hybrid mattress that can help you say goodbye to night sweats. It earns a near-perfect 9.5/10 cooling score, making it one of the best mattresses for hot sleepers we’ve tested yet.
Key features include a breathable cover and a layer of gel-infused memory foam, along with an airflow-friendly innerspring layer. With 5/10 firmness and an 8.5/10 pressure relief score, the Midnight Luxe is a good fit for side sleepers of average weight and lighter.
Regular price for a queen-size is nearly $2,100, so the Midnight Luxe may not be the mattress for you if you’re on a tight budget. Also, its 7.5/10 motion transfer score is less than ideal for couples.
Leesa Sapira Hybrid
Leesa Sapira Hybrid
Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers
- Side/back combination sleepers
- Restless sleepers
- People with aching joints
Medium-firm - firm: 7/10
Combination sleepers who alternate between sleeping positions need a certain mix of responsiveness and firmness. If you find yourself switching positions throughout the night, the Leesa Sapira Hybrid is a fine choice to keep you comfortable as you turn, roll, and shift.
We found this mattress to perform well in the stomach, back, and side sleeping positions, and its 9/10 responsiveness score makes it easy to move around on without feeling “stuck” in the top foam layers. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid’s medium firmness and high-density transition foam layer should provide a versatile environment for switching positions.
We score this hybrid at 8/10 for cooling, which should be cool enough for most, but maybe not enough for some. There was also some typical off-gassing when the box was first opened.
Best Extra-Firm Mattress
- Sleepers who prefer more firmness
- Heavier people (230+ lbs)
- Back and stomach sleepers
Whatever your reason for needing a firmer mattress—body type or just personal preference—the Titan Plus from Brooklyn Bedding can deliver. This memory foam/polyfoam/innerspring hybrid has an 8/10 feel on the mattress firmness scale, which puts it about two levels above the typical medium-firm bed.
The firmness and sturdy construction also make the Titan Plus a good mattress for heavier people. It can support up to 1,000 lbs. For two people sharing a queen-size or larger, the capacity is 500 lbs per side.
Despite an overall Mattress Advisor score of 9.2/10, the Titan Plus isn’t the ideal product for everyone. For example, we give it a 7/10 score for pressure relief, which could be problematic for side sleepers and people prone to joint pain.
Brooklyn Aurora Luxe
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
- Side sleepers
- Combination sleepers
- Couples who sleep hot
Available in soft (3/10), medium (5/10) or firm (7/10)
The Aurora Luxe by Brooklyn Bedding is a great luxury hybrid mattress that matches up well with many side sleepers. Although you have three firmness options, we recommend Soft (3/10) for lightweight side sleepers and Medium 5/10) for average-weight side sleepers. People under 230 lbs will see the most benefits from the Aurora Luxe’s CopperFlex foam.
The Aurora Luxe is also a good choice for side sleepers prone to overheating or night sweats. With a 9.5/10 cooling score, it’s one of the coolest mattresses we’ve ever reviewed.
Although the Aurora Luxe has multiple foam layers, Brooklyn Bedding’s take on memory foam might not deliver the same hugging sensation as the traditional material. This mattress is also a bit more expensive than some comparable beds.
Best Mattress for Athletes
- Athletes/active lifestyles
- Stomach sleepers
- Back sleepers
The best mattresses 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.
In Mattress Advisor testing, the Bear Hybrid excels in categories including spine alignment (9.5/10) and responsiveness (8.75/10). The spine alignment score indicates a mattress that promotes healthy sleep posture, while highly responsive mattresses match up well with combination sleepers and restless sleepers who toss and turn.
If you sleep with a partner, your kids, or your pets, this may not be the ideal choice. It didn’t score well in motion transfer, a must-have for the family that shares a bed. We gave the Bear Hybrid a score of only 6.25/10 in motion transfer.
Best Latex Hybrid Mattress
- Eco-conscious people
- Those who sleep hot
- People with joint or back pain
The Nolah Natural 11″ uses Talalay latex and support coils to provide a unique feel that’s both cushioning and supportive. Like many of the best latex mattresses, it uses natural materials to create a hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly product.
The Nolah Natural 11″ earns 9/10 Mattress Advisor scores for pressure relief and cooling. Its 5.5/10 firmness offers a good fit for side sleepers and, factoring in its 8.5/10 responsiveness score, combination sleepers as well.
While this mattress makes it easy to change positions at night, it doesn’t do a very good job of isolating motion (7/10 score). If you sleep with a partner, you will likely feel their movements ripple across the surface. It also comes up short in great edge support (also a 7/10 score).
Best Mattress for Couples
- Couples and co-sleepers
- Hot sleepers
- Combination sleepers
Soft side: 4-5/10; Firm side: 7/10
The Layla Hybrid performs well in motion transfer and edge support, both of which can help couples sleep comfortably on the same mattress (along with their kids and any pets who might want to share). Good motion transfer performance helps keep movement isolated to one part of the mattress, while edge support ensures you can spread out and use the entire surface.
The Layla Hybrid is also a flippable mattress, with a soft side (4/10) and a firm side (7/10). We recommend the soft side for side sleepers and combination sleepers, while back sleepers and stomach sleepers will need the extra support of the firm side.
This memory foam/polyfoam/innerspring hybrid has high scores in every performance category except pressure relief (7.5/10). Side sleepers and people with back pain might need a mattress that better cushions the pressure-sensitive back, hip, and shoulder areas.
Shopping for a mattress can be a bit of a challenge. 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 cover:
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 (also known as polyfoam). Technically, a bed made with two or more materials can be classified as a hybrid. A true hybrid mattress should be made with a thick comfort layer (at least 2 inches of foam or latex) on top of a coil support core.
The image below shows a typical hybrid design, which includes a layer of coils topped by a transition foam layer and a foam comfort layer.
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. Some of these beds can be flipped once one side of foam starts to lose its cushioning.
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 lower layers, more plush foam at the top). A memory foam hybrid incorporates foam plus a layer of innerspring coils.
Most high-quality foam beds excel at pressure relief and motion isolation. By including a coil layer, a hybrid design can address one key area where memory foam mattresses tend to come up short: cooling and breathability. The empty space between the coils helps promote airflow.
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.
Typically a hybrid mattress is made of an innerspring coil support system and topped with a comfort layer, which combines the support of a traditional innerspring mattress with the comfort that is often associated with a foam mattress.
Of all the hybrid mattress reviews we’ve done at Mattress Advisor, we’ve seen hybrid mattresses built from combinations of foam, coils, pillow-top, latex, hyper-elastic polymer, and other materials.
While most hybrids are moderately bouncy, generally cool, durable, responsive, and offer some contouring from the top comfort layer, the feel of a hybrid mattress depends on the specific materials used in its construction.
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||PROS AND CONS|
Let’s take a look at both the benefits and the disadvantages of sleeping on a hybrid mattress.
- 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.
- Durability: Like any material, foam or latex degrades over time. By adding an innerspring layer, a hybrid design ensures that durable steel coils help shoulder the load rather than foam or latex alone.
- Cost: Hybrids are among the more expensive 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.
- Weight: The typical hybrid is not only thicker than a regular mattress but also heavier. Their sheer bulk often makes unpacking and moving from room to room more difficult than normal.
Now that we’ve examined the pros and cons, you’re probably curious, who is a hybrid mattress well-suited for?
- Any sleeping position. 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.
- Couples. 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. Hybrids that include innerspring layers are particularly good at promoting airflow, which enhances cooling.
- Heavy people. Plus-size sleepers can expect great support from an innerspring hybrid that uses resilient metal coils.
- Budget-minded shoppers. 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 who want ultra-softness or ultra-firmness. Hybrids aim to provide 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 typically won’t find it in a hybrid.
- People who like easy portability. Most hybrids are on the heavy and bulky side, which can make it difficult for one person to move them. If you’re constantly adjusting your bedroom’s feng shui, a hybrid can make it a two-person job.
What to Look for in a Hybrid Mattress
Here are the key factors to consider when you’re shopping for a new hybrid bed:
- Innersprings. For hybrids with innerspring layers, tempered steel is considered the best material for mattress coils because of its durability. With a queen size hybrid, look for a coil count (the number of coils) of at least 400.
- Memory foam. Medium-density foam (about 4 lbs per cubic foot) usually strikes the best balance between durability and the pressure relief and contouring memory foam is known for. Gel-infused foam usually sleepers cooler than regular foam.
- Latex. Natural latex foam has a springier, more natural feel than synthetic latex. With blended latex, aim for the highest ratio of natural material to synthetic material (70% natural to 30% synthetic, for example).
The typical hybrid benefits from a design that promotes cooling and breathability, particularly innerspring hybrids since the empty space between the coils promotes airflow.
Starting from there, latex also performs better in cooling than most types of memory foam. If you have your eye on a memory foam hybrid, remember that gel-infused foam typically sleeps cooler. Ideally, an innerspring-latex combination or innerspring with gel memory foam should provide the best cooling performance.
Each mattress we review includes a cooling score ranging from 1-10. You can see each mattress’s cooling score on its review page.
As a whole, hybrid mattresses cover a lot of ground in terms of sleeping positions. Just remember that materials and firmness levels can make a huge difference. General guidelines include:
|Position||Upper Layers||Core Layers||Firmness|
|Side||Foam or latex||Coils or foam||Medium/Medium-firm|
|Back||Dense foam or latex||Coils or latex||Medium-firm|
|Stomach||Latex or dense foam||Coils||Firm|
|Combination||Foam or latex||Coils or foam||Medium-firm|
Hybrid mattresses tend to be a bit more expensive than those that use one type of material, as in all-foam or all-latex. The average regular price for the hybrid mattresses featured on this page is about $1,850, a few hundred dollars more than you’d expect to pay for a typical bed.
On the other hand, the typical hybrid offers more for the money: additional layers and complex designs that aim to combine the best qualities of the materials into one package. Also keep in mind that exclusive deals and holiday sales could knock a few hundred dollars off the regular price of a hybrid.
Recap: Our Picks for Best Hybrid Mattress
Here’s another look at our list of best hybrid mattresses:
|Mattress||Award||Mattress Advisor Score|
|DreamCloud Premier||Editor’s Pick||8.9/10|
|The WinkBed||Best Firm Hybrid Mattress||8.6/10|
|Saatva Classic||Best Mattress for Back Pain||9.0/10|
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers||8.7/10|
|Leesa Sapira Hybrid||Best for Combination Sleepers||9.4/10|
|Titan Plus||Best Extra-Firm Hybrid Mattress||9.2/10|
|Brooklyn Aurora Luxe||Best Mattress for Side Sleepers||8.8/10|
|Bear Hybrid||Best Hybrid Mattress for Athletes||9.0/10|
|Nolah Natural 11″||Best Latex Hybrid Mattress||8.7/10|
|Layla Hybrid||Best Hybrid Mattress for Couples||8.7/10|
What's the best hybrid mattress?
Many of the mattresses profiled on this page have a legitimate claim to being the best. Although no single mattress will fit everyone’s preferences, the best hybrids tend to share certain qualities from top to bottom, such as:
- A memory foam comfort layer on top to provide cushioning and contouring
- A foam transition layer in the middle that offers support for different areas of the body
- An innerspring layer with individually wrapped pocket coils for motion isolation and responsiveness
The best hybrids also use an intentional design that aims to have the different layers work together, with each material balancing the other’s shortfalls, as opposed to just stacking layers on top of each other and calling the result a hybrid.
Can you get a bed-in-a-box hybrid mattress?
Yes, many hybrids are sold as bed-in-a-box mattresses—compressed, rolled up and shipped in a large, cylinder-shaped box. One notable exception is Saatva. On its website, the company says that making a mattress compressible requires using lower-quality foam and thinner coils (a position that makers of bed-in-a-box hybrids would of course dispute).
Do you need a box spring for a hybrid mattress?
You do not need a box spring for a hybrid mattress. If it’s a hybrid that includes an innerspring layer, box springs are OK but not necessarily required. If it’s a hybrid without any springs, like a latex or memory foam option, box springs are not recommended. When in doubt, check the manufacturer’s recommendation for what type of foundation or frame to use.
Why are hybrid mattresses expensive?
The main reason many of the best hybrid mattresses cost more is the design. Engineering a multi-layer mattress with different types of materials is typically more complex than making, for example, an all-foam or all-spring mattress. On the other hand, some of the best mattresses for the money are hybrids that provide solid value for your investment.
How long do hybrid mattresses last?
The lifespan of a mattress varies greatly by type, but a well-made hybrid bed should last six to 10 years on average. One potential issue is that some layers could outlast others. For example, the coils in a hybrid with an innerspring layer could start losing their tension long before the foam or latex layers begin to degrade, or vice versa. In general, though, a hybrid made with quality materials in each layer could stay comfortable for several years, if not longer.