The best hybrid mattress options combine the comfort of memory foam mattresses with the longevity, and often the edge support, of traditional innerspring mattresses. They don’t just provide better support with less motion transfer than your usual innerspring beds. A lot of these hybrid mattresses tend to be as comfy and contouring as an all-foam mattress. That’s why hybrid mattresses are so popular.
There are a lot of hybrid mattresses out there to choose from. And plenty of them won’t be the right choice for you. Thankfully, our team of sleep experts has been rolling around on the best hybrid mattresses for years. We know exactly what it takes to provide comfort and stand the test of time. Here are our top picks for the best hybrid mattresses, and everything you should know before you buy.
What is the best hybrid mattress?
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is the top pick in our recommendations for the best hybrid mattress list because it appeals to almost everyone. It’s comfortable, customizable to your sleeping position, sells for a good price and comes from a quality brand.
Though, all the models listed in our best hybrid mattress list are comfortable, supportive and feel truly high quality. I’ve personally slept on — and liked — them all. Want to find out which one is right for you? Read on in our best hybrid mattress review for all the details you need to build a great hybrid bed.
Prices listed are the base price for a queen mattress, not inclusive of the frequent promotions mattress-makers run. And, if you’re looking to update your entire sleeping situation, we have lists of the best sheets and best pillows to peruse.
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Other hybrid mattresses we’ve tested
The CNET Sleep editors have tested over 100 mattresses and put in countless hours trying out the industry’s most popular (and unpopular) beds. With so many to choose from, our lists omit a few well-qualified contenders. Here are other hybrid mattresses we’ve tested that were runner-ups when making this best hybrid mattress list.
- Puffy Lux mattress: For side sleepers and plush-mattress lovers, the Puffy Lux mattress checks a lot of boxes. I compare it to a big supportive marshmallow. It’s made with memory foam, but it’s not as dense as a lot of popular memory foam beds. Instead, it’s light, airy and a little more responsive. This bed is ultra pressure-relieving, but you also get support from the steel coils in the foundation layer.
- Helix mattress: Helix offers six base model mattresses that have a range of different firmness levels from soft to firm. You can take Helix’s Sleep Quiz to match you with the perfect mattress based on your sleeping position and other personal metrics. Each mattress is a hybrid with a responsive, soft foam feel that I anticipate most couples and solo sleepers will like.
- Purple Hybrid mattress: The Purple Hybrid was on our best hybrid mattresses list, but it was recently discontinued. It’s been replaced with the new Purple Restore mattress.
How we test the best hybrid mattresses
During our years of testing mattresses, we’ve refined a process that focuses on a few key factors: firmness and feel; durability; and performance. We assess each bed with the average sleeper in mind.
Firmness and feel
Firmness and feel are the first things we assess. They’re what help narrow down which beds are suitable for you. Think of firmness as how hard or soft the mattress is. Feel is where we get handsy with the mattresses. How does the bed bounce back when we move around on it? Does it have a traditional memory foam feel, or is it more like bouncy latex foam? Each bed’s firmness and feel are noted in our reviews.
We can estimate the durability of a mattress based on what it’s made from. Pocketed coils help hybrid mattresses last longer than all-foam mattresses because they have more structure. All-foam mattresses are more susceptible to sagging. That’s why so many people opt to spend a little more and get a hybrid mattress.
When we say edge support, we’re talking about how strong the perimeter of the mattress is. The best hybrid mattresses tend to perform pretty well in this category. While testing, we lay on each edge of the bed to determine how sturdy it is. It doesn’t have good edge support if we feel like we might roll off.
Motion isolation is important for people with a partner who moves around at night. You of course don’t want that movement to wake you up. We jump and bounce on the bed to test how much movement travels across the bed. Additionally, we place a glass of water on the mattress and roll toward it to see if it tips over.
Sleeping hot is one of the most common annoyances people face. We look at the materials and construction of a mattress to assess how hot or cool the bed sleeps. Certain materials like gel memory foam and phase-changing covers can help keep you from heating up at night.
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What to consider when shopping for a hybrid mattress
Finding your perfect hybrid mattress should come down to these key points: your dominant sleeping position, your body type, relevant health conditions, mattress materials and your budget. The position you sleep in most during the night will help you determine your ideal firmness level. Your weight should help you determine whether you should opt for the extra support of a hybrid mattress or a regular foam mattress. Your budget will help you narrow down the beds you can and can’t afford. Lastly, different health conditions require different characteristics, and materials help determine whether or not you’ll find the bed comfortable.
- Side sleepers typically sleep most comfortably on soft to medium mattresses because they relieve pressure from major joints like your hips and shoulders, rather than push into them.
- Back and stomach sleepers need a bed on the opposite side of the spectrum, medium to firm, because they offer proper spinal support to prevent back pain.
- Combination sleepers have two options: choose the firmness level that caters to their primary position or a medium firmness level that caters to all sleeping positions.
- People who weigh under 230 pounds have the option between foam and hybrid beds; it just depends on the amount of support you’re looking for. Those under 150 pounds, though, can skip hybrid beds all together if they want because they don’t need the extra support.
- I recommend hybrid beds to people over 230 pounds because they’ll last longer (this is important if you spend a lot of money on your new bed) and they’ll be much more supportive for the body.
- Hot sleepers, women suffering from menopause or people experiencing hot flashes can find a cool-sleeping mattress that absorbs and redistributes heat, or offers a ton of airflow.
- Those with arthritis or joint pain may want a soft, pressure-relieving mattress on the medium to soft side that cradles the hips and shoulders for maximum comfort.
- People who suffer from back pain may sleep most comfortably on a medium-firm mattress profile. It offers ample support and pressure relief at the same time, to prevent the back from sagging and cradle pressure points.
- Memory foam is known for its motion-isolating and pressure-relieving abilities. Some people also love the hugging feel. However, people who switch positions often can sometimes run into resistance since it’s so slow to respond to pressure.
- Latex foam can be synthetic or natural/organic. Either way, it offers airflow, is more durable and supportive than most foam mattresses. On the other side of the token, natural latex can get expensive and they tend to be on the firm side.
- Poly foam is a synthetic foam that bounces more than memory foam but is more soft than latex foam. Most comfy couch cushions are made with this foam. it’s breathable and affordable, but may not be as durable as other foams.
- Coils or innersprings are made from steel and provide extra support and durability for mattresses.
- The most affordable bed-in-a-box mattresses can go for a few hundred dollars.
- Your typical bed-in-a-box mattress costs between $850 and $1,200.
- Hotel luxury and premium mattresses typically cost over the $1,200 range.