Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2023
Mar 8th, 2023 •
Hybrid mattresses aim to give sleepers the best of both worlds by combining different types of materials in strategically arranged layers so that you can reap the benefits of each one. For example, memory foam provides excellent contouring and pressure relief, but an all-foam mattress can trap too much heat. The hybrid mattress solution is a design that incorporates top layers of memory foam with airflow-friendly coils or naturally breathable latex underneath.
We’ve reviewed over 50 hybrid beds of various styles and designs. 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 2023.
Best Hybrid Mattresses: Our Top Picks
- Best Hybrid Mattress for Hot Sleepers – Helix Midnight Luxe
- Best Hybrid Mattress for Combination Sleepers – Nectar Classic Hybrid
- Editor’s Pick – DreamCloud Premier
- Best Firm Hybrid Mattress – The WinkBed
- Best Extra-Firm Hybrid Mattress – Titan Plus
- Best Hybrid Mattress for Athletes – Bear Star Hybrid
- Best Hybrid Mattress for Back Pain – Saatva Classic
- Best Latex Hybrid Mattress – Nolah Natural 11″
- Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers – Brooklyn Aurora Luxe
- Best Hybrid 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.
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.
Read our full Helix Midnight Luxe mattress review. You can see more cooling beds like it in our roundup of best mattresses for hot sleepers.
Nectar Classic Hybrid
Nectar Classic Hybrid
Best Mattress for Combination Sleepers
- Combination sleepers
- Hot sleepers
- Budget-friendly shoppers
If you tend to shift positions throughout the night, you need a bed with good responsiveness that supports multiple sleep positions comfortably. The Nectar Classic Hybrid has a medium-firm feel that works for most back, side, and stomach sleeping—and a bouncy hybrid construction that makes it easy to reposition throughout the night.
Couples who sleep together will also benefit from the Classic Hybrid’s good motion isolation, which means the effects of all that tossing and turning won’t ripple out to the other side of the bed. They’ll also get good edge support from this mattress, so everyone can spread out to the far reaches of the mattress without fearing they’ll slide off a sagging edge.
We gave the mattress an excellent 9/10 score for cooling, so you can turn and shift without working up too much of a sweat. The Classic Hybrid’s innerspring coils, coupled with gel-infused foam, help it maintain a comfortable surface temperature and good breathability.
Read our full Nectar Classic Hybrid mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for combination sleepers.
- 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. You can also read our reviews of the original DreamCloud mattress and the DreamCloud Premier Rest.
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.
Read our full WinkBed mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best firm mattresses.
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.
Read our full Titan Plus mattress review. You can check out similar beds in our roundup of the best extra-firm mattresses.
Bear Star Hybrid
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 Star 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 Star 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 Star Hybrid a score of only 6.25/10 in motion transfer.
Read our full Bear Star Hybrid mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for athletes.
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.
Read our full Saatva Classic mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for back pain.
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).
Read our full Nolah Natural mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best latex mattresses.
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.
Read our full Brooklyn Aurora Luxe mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for side sleepers.
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.
Read our full Layla Hybrid mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for couples.
How to Choose the Best Hybrid Mattress
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:
What Is a Hybrid Mattress?
A hybrid mattress matches up with the dictionary definition of hybrid—one thing composed of different elements. A bed made with two or more materials arranged in layers can be classified as a hybrid. Common building blocks of hybrid mattresses include:
- Memory foam
- Specialty polyurethane foam (also known as polyfoam)
- Latex foam
- Metal coils
- Organic fibers such cotton and wool
- Elastic polymer
A typical hybrid mattress design a comfort layer, one or more transition layers, a coil layer, and a foam base layer. The image below shows a typical hybrid design:
4-Foam base layer
How are Hybrids Different from Other Mattresses?
- Hybrid vs Coil: Coil mattresses have a core layer of metal springs cushioned on either side by foam. Some can be flipped once one side of foam starts to lose its cushioning. Hybrid mattresses have a more intentional layer construction and often can’t be flipped because of the specific layering.
- Hybrid vs Memory Foam: Memory foam beds use different layers of foam varying in density (higher density on the lower layers, softer foam at the top). Memory foam is best known for the body-hugging, contouring properties that provide excellent pressure relief.
- Hybrid vs. Latex: All-latex mattresses use specially processed foam derived from rubber-producing plants such as rubber trees. Similar to memory foam beds, these mattresses use layers of foam with varying densities. Adding coil layers to the mix accentuates the bouncy responsiveness of latex.
How Do the Hybrid Layers Work?
The main idea behind any hybrid design, including mattresses, is to make something greater than the sum of its parts. Any type of mattress material has certain pros and cons, but combining different materials in layers can accentuate each element’s strengths while compensating for its weaknesses.
For example, traditional memory foam tends to trap heat and coil springs don’t provide the best level of pressure relief. A foam/coil hybrid means you can get the pressure relief of memory foam and the breathability of a coil system in the same package.
To illustrate how layering can be used to fill in these gaps, the following chart shows the strengths and weaknesses of different mattress materials.
|MATERIAL||PROS (+) AND CONS (-)|
|Memory Foam||+ Contouring “hug” effect
+ Great pressure relief
– Retains heat
|Specialty Polyfoam||+ Some contouring
+ OK pressure relief
– Some heat retention
|Latex||+ Contouring, pressure relief
+ Naturally breathable
– Can feel too bouncy
|Coil Springs||+ Consistent firmness
+ Good airflow
– Short on pressure relief
|Elastic Polymer||+ Soft but responsive
– Sometimes too stretchy
Also, the order of the layering has a purpose. Using memory foam or latex in the upper layers provides pressure relief and responsiveness, while a core layer of springs helps ensure even distribution of body weight and improved durability. The best hybrid mattresses have designs that arrange the layers with this type of idea in mind.
Pros and Cons of Hybrid Mattresses
Let’s take a look at some benefits and disadvantages of sleeping on a hybrid mattress.
- Balance of comfort and support: Hybrid mattresses combine the support of 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 it out. You’ll sleep on the mattress instead of in it, making it easier to shift positions in the night.
- Cooling and breathability: The inclusion of airflow-friendly coil layers makes hybrids more breathable than a typical all-foam mattress.
- 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.
- Cost: Due to their layered designs and mix of materials, hybrid mattresses are some of the most expensive beds on the market.
- Height and weight: 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, so you may have to invest in deep-pocket sheets. Hybrids can also be on the bulky side, making them less portable than lighter mattresses.
- Limited firmness range: Hybrids aim to provide the best of both worlds, often resulting in a medium to medium-firm feel. If you’re looking for a super soft mattress or a super firm mattress, you might not find it in a hybrid.
What to Look for in a Hybrid Mattress
Here are the key factors to consider when you’re shopping for a new hybrid bed:
- Coils. 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 sleeps 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).
- Natural fibers. Some organic hybrid mattresses use wool or cotton in the comfort layers, and wool is sometimes used as a natural, non-toxic fire retardant. Look for materials that meet certification standards for purity, such as EKO-TEX Standard 100.
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 Layer*||Firmness|
|Side||Foam or latex||High-gauge coils||Soft to medium-firm|
|Back||Foam or latex||Low-gauge coils||Medium-firm to firm|
|Stomach||Latex or foam||Low-gauge coils||Firm to extra-firm|
|Combination||Foam or latex||High-gauge coils||Medium to medium-firm|
*What Does Coil Gauge Mean? Gauge is a measurement of coil thickness. Low-gauge coils are thicker and firmer, and high-gauge coils are thinner and less firm. If you’re a side sleeper or combination sleeper, you need high-gauge (less firm). Back and stomach sleepers need low-gauge (firmer).
- Firmer: Coil gauge of 13 or lower
- Softer: Coil gauge of 14 or higher
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|
|Helix Midnight Luxe||Best Hybrid for Hot Sleepers||8.7/10|
|Nectar Classic Hybrid||Best for Combination Sleepers||9.0/10|
|DreamCloud Premier||Editor’s Pick||8.9/10|
|The WinkBed||Best Firm Hybrid Mattress||8.6/10|
|Titan Plus||Best Extra-Firm Hybrid Mattress||9.2/10|
|Bear Star Hybrid||Best Hybrid Mattress for Athletes||9.0/10|
|Saatva Classic||Best Hybrid Mattress for Back Pain||9.0/10|
|Nolah Natural 11″||Best Latex Hybrid Mattress||8.7/10|
|Brooklyn Aurora Luxe||Best Hybrid for Side Sleepers||8.8/10|
|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.