Hybrid Mattresses

Everywhere you turn you will always see the term hybrid; hybrid cars, hybrid foods, hybrid golf clubs and now hybrid mattresses. These are the latest mattresses to enter the market, and it seems like most mattress manufacturers are making their own hybrid models. The idea of combining the advantages of two different materials into single phenomenal mattress is certainly amazing.

Also, it is in fashion now for some mattress manufacturers to call every mattress with both foam and springs “hybrid”. However, the real hybrid mattresses are those that make use of bigger blocks of foam on the top and also use less fiber. And that is why, it is important to know what a real hybrid mattress is and why they are becoming popular.

What Is A Hybrid Mattress?

Hybrid means a thing made by combining two things that are different. This means that a hybrid mattress is the combination of two mattress technologies. In most hybrid mattresses, you will find the traditional innerspring mattress technology combined with speciality foam mattresses. In most cases, the hybrid mattress will have the pocketed coils and latex or form on top of the coils. The combination can also have a memory form mattress and a latex mattress.Hybrid Mattress Layers

Most people may think about the innerspring mattress and wonder why it is not termed as a hybrid. Well, hybrid mattresses have more foam than the typical innerspring mattresses and their tops are flat as opposed to the tufted nature of the conventional innerspring mattress.

You should think of the hybrid term as a marketing strategy for innerspring mattresses with more foam. You should, however, be careful when shopping for a hybrid mattress because there are manufacturers who will have substandard mattresses and claim to sell a hybrid mattress just to confuse consumers.

Before you run out to a mattress shop or search for mattresses online, it is important to know the important things to consider when buying a hybrid mattress to ensure you have the best product in the market. The following are some of the things you should check and keep in mind when buying a hybrid mattress.

Things to consider when buying a hybrid mattress

Size

Before you buy a hybrid mattress, you need to consider the size of your bed or the available space in your bedroom. Size is not only about the width and the length; it is also about the height or thickness of the mattress.

Thickness is related with comfort and sometimes the thicker the mattress, the more comfortable it feels. This will, however, depend on the kinds of materials used and the comfort level the mattress offers. It is important to get the size of your bed right, before you buy a mattress that does not fit well.

Comfort

There are so many factors to consider when purchasing a new mattress, but comfort is the most important element. You are purchasing the mattress because your old one has become uncomfortable or you need one that meets your lifestyle change needs.

A hybrid mattress does not contain the same materials from top to bottom. This means that you will need to consider the comfort layer materials and the support, which is provided by the coils or support foams. The idea is to provide a comfort layer made of soft materials and a supportive layer made of a strong material to create a comfortable mattress that is of better quality than a mattress made of the same material top to bottom.

Materials

The materials used to make the mattress will contribute a great deal to the overall comfort of the product. The materials used underneath will determine how comfortable the hybrid mattress is. At the end of the day, comfort and how long you are going to have it is all that matters.

While there are a lot of manufacturers that will claim to have high-quality hybrid materials, most of them will use materials that cannot even be classified as bedding grade materials. The best hybrid mattresses are those made with high-quality materials that are specifically manufactured to make support and comfort layers in mattresses.

A perfect example of a material that is made specifically for mattresses is referred to as Certi-Pur® rated. This is a special material that does not contain any ingredients that may cause harm to whoever is using the mattress. Most petroleum-based foams contain toxic contents that may contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer or have off-gassing problems that are quite uncomfortable, and this is why they are not Certi-Pur® rated.

Density And Firmness

Apart from a clean, safe hybrid mattress, the other things that you need to pay attention to when buying this kind of mattress are density and firmness or softness. Regardless of what is at the top of the mattress, the most important thing you need to ensure you have is at least 2.2 lb density and 28 to 30 ILD or indentation load deflection.

This is the level of firmness that will provide comfort to a person of average height and weight. For a person of a larger frame and weight, the ILD can be between 36 and 44. This range will ensure that the mattress is providing enough support and does not bucket because of the weight. Density and firmness are mostly matters of personal preference.

Durability

A mattress is not something you buy on a weekly or monthly basis. Some mattresses have a lifespan of more than ten years depending on the materials used to make it and the use. Most of these mattresses may be more expensive than the short lifespan types. When buying a hybrid mattress, you should go for materials that are durable.

The warranty offered by the company will explain a lot about the lifespan of the mattress. This is why we recommend that you buy your mattress from a company that has been in business for more than ten years because they will know how long their mattresses last. This does not mean that you should overlook products from newer companies because they may just have a combination of materials that will see you use the mattress for over a decade without any problems.

Warranty And Trial Period

As mentioned earlier, the warranty will talk louder than any other assurance when it comes to the durability of the mattress. When buying a hybrid mattress, the least number of years that should be on the warranty should be five, but ten is better.

Some companies go as far as offering a trial period which gives you a chance to test the comfort the hybrid mattress has to offer. If the mattress does not impress you, you can send it back, and you will get a partial or full refund especially if you take it back in the condition you got it.

Price

When you are shopping for a hybrid mattress, you should pay attention to important things such as materials used to make the mattress and the comfort level it offers. Though these things are important, your choice may be limited by your budget. While there are affordable materials with good qualities, there are hybrid mattresses that have some of the best qualities mattresses they can have and will, for this reason, be more expensive.

As you consider the price, always keep in mind that the most expensive mattress may not be the best for your situation and the cheapest mattress may not be as bad as you think. It is important to save enough money to buy a high quality hybrid mattress that you will not need to change anytime soon.

Below is the table that shows different mattress brands/models in their price categories and some of the important details that will help you make a right choice when buying a hybrid mattress.

Best Hybrid Mattresses Under $500

Mattress brandPricesizeAverage reviewsMaterialsMade in
Sleep Master iCoil

Sleep Master iCoil 10 Inch Spring and Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

$210Queen4.4Pocketed springs and gel memory foamUSA
Classic-Brands-Decker

Classic Brands Decker 10.5 Inch Hybrid Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress

 

$299Queen4.2Memory foam and innerspringImported
Classic Brands Engage

Classic Brands Engage 11-Inch Hybrid Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress

$327Queen4.2Innerspring and gel memory formChina

Best Hybrid Mattresses Under $1000

Mattress brandPricesizeAverage reviewsMaterialsMade in
Classic Brands Gramercy

Classic Brands Gramercy 14 Inch Hybrid Cool Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress

$500queen4.4Gel Memory Foam and Innerspring systemImported
serta

Serta Perfect Sleeper Lockland Super Pillow Top Mattress Hybrid Gel Innerspring

$624Queen4.0Pillowsoft foam and cool twist gel memory foamUSA
Serta Perfect Sleeper

Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Eastport Super Pillow Top Mattress Hybrid Gel Pocketed Coil

$969Queen4.9Gel Memory foam and innerspringUSA

Hybrid Mattresses Above $1000

Mattress brandPricesizeAverage reviewsMaterialsMade in
Sealy Posturepedic Mattress

Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Copper Cushion Firm Mattress

$1529KingGel memory foam and individually wrapped coilsUSA
Serta iSeries Merit Super Pillow Top Mattress

Serta iSeries Merit Super Pillow Top Mattress Hybrid Gel (King)

$1559King3Gel memory foam and individually wrapped coilsUSA
Simmons Beautyrest Hybrid Mattress

Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Tamara

$2299KingMemory foam and an individually pocketed coil systemUSA