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What is a Hybrid Mattress?

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

Learn about what a hybrid mattress is, how it can benefit your sleep, and find the best hybrid mattress for you.

If you’re wondering, “What is a hybrid mattress?”, then you’ve come to the right place. There are so many different types of mattresses on the market today, things can seem complicated. Luckily it’s much easier than it might appear to find the best mattress for your needs. Hybrid mattresses are one of the most popular mattress designs in use today, and for good reason.

What is a Hybrid Mattress Exactly?

Understanding what a hybrid mattress is, starts by understanding what it is not. A hybrid mattress is not an electric mattress you have to charge. We’re kidding, but seriously, the main thing to know is that a hybrid mattress is not a memory foam, latex, or gel mattress. It is also  not an innerspring coil mattress. It is, however, a combination of these different mattress types.

A hybrid mattress is a mattress that uses a combination of memory foam, latex, or gel sleep system with coil innersprings. It combines all the comfort and plush luxurious softness that you expect from memory foam and gels, with the stability, support, and durability of coil innersprings. By combining these different types of mattress designs, mattress makers created a hybrid version of them, and that’s why it is called a hybrid mattress.

What Makes Up a Hybrid Mattress?

A hybrid mattress has multiple layers. The layers are designed to give you the comfort of foam with the support of innerspring coils.

Base Layer: The base layer of the mattress is most commonly made with 1 inch of foam. Its purpose is to create a stable base, while still providing extra padding.

Core Layer: The core layer is what makes up the majority of the mattress height. It’s about 7 to 8 inches thick. This is where the innerspring coils are housed. This layer’s purpose is to provide support to your spine.

Comfort Layer: The comfort layer is about 3 or 4 inches thick. It’s usually made of memory foam, later, or gel. This layer is designed to give you a comfortable and cushioned sleep surface.

Pillow-Top Layer: The pillow-top layer doesn’t come on all hybrid mattresses, but it is included on some. It consists of the top 1 to 2 inches of the mattress. It is sewn over the top of the comfort layer to give the mattress more cushion.

How Long do Hybrid Mattresses Last?

On average, hybrid mattresses last about 7 to 10 years. They can sometimes last longer if they are well maintained. However, most mattresses need to be replaced once they reach 10 years. This is usually around the time when coils start to loose their springiness and foam starts to be much less responsive.

When comparing the durability of a hybrid mattress to an all-foam mattress, hybrids win every time. They are much more breathable, responsive, and durable than other types of mattresses. This makes them a better long-term buy when compared to mattresses that are only made of foam, or mattresses that are only innerspring.

Hybrid Mattress vs Memory Foam

We’ve already established that hybrid mattresses are more durable and last longer than memory foam mattresses. This is because a hybrid brings together the benefits of memory foam and pocket-wrapped coils. These spring coils are what give mattresses that bounce feel.

On the other hand, memory foam mattresses don’t have any coils, so they don’t have any bounce. A mattress made of memory foam is going to have several different layers of foam, at different densities. Memory foam reacts to the heat and weight of your body, which is how it molds to your body’s shape. This is that “fits like a glove” feeling you get when using a foam-only mattress.

Hybrids still have that same “fits like a glove” feeling, that lets you just melt into the mattress. At the same time, they offer the support and stability of an innerspring mattress, which not only makes the mattress last longer but also makes it the perfect balance between these two types of mattresses.

Should I Get a Hybrid Mattress?

Well, that’s a good question. Because hybrid mattresses bring together the benefits of foam and innerspring mattresses, they are great for almost everyone. If you like how cozy memory foam is, you won’t be disappointed in a hybrid. If you like the firmness and support that an innerspring can give you, then you can expect to get what you want in a hybrid as well.

Hybrid mattresses make great selections for hot sleepers. The coils allow for better breathability which prevents your body heat from heating up the mattress. Mattresses that are foam-only are typically much hotter than hybrids. Some may even cause night sweats, which nobody wants, whether you’re a hot sleeper or not.

Hybrids are also great choices for side sleepers. If you sleep on your side, the combination of softness and firmness can give you the right balance for your sleeping preference. No matter what position you sleep in, a hybrid mattress may be the perfect fit to give you the sleep of your dreams.

Does a Hybrid Mattress Need a Box Spring?

Hybrid mattresses don’t need a box spring. You can always use a box spring if you’d like. Many people do this with hybrid mattresses when they want to add an extra amount of height to their bed. However, you can just place your hybrid directly on a platform bed without an additional box spring. You can also opt for an adjustable bed frame or base that lets you customize different aspects of your mattress.

Do Hybrid Mattresses Help Back Pain?

Unfortunately, back pain is a prevalent issue all around the world. One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to sleep on the right mattress. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft will not support the proper alignment of your spine. This can make current back pain worse and can cause back pain in the future.

This is where hybrids come in. Remember, hybrid mattresses give you the benefits of foam and coils. The foam layers help relieve pressure and relax your muscles, while the coils provide a proper amount of support to encourage healthy spine alignment while you sleep. Hybrid mattresses that use gel sleep systems can also provide added benefits of comfort and pressure relief.

Many hybrid mattresses are built with targeted pressure relief zones that are built to support the natural curvature of your spine as you sleep. This helps reduce back pain, as well as helps prevent future back pain from occurring as a result of your mattress.

How Much Does a Hybrid Mattress Cost?

The cost for a hybrid mattress is going to range based on the features and materials in the one you choose. Sleep Galleria carries hybrid mattresses for all budgets. We have several hybrid mattresses under $1,000, and as high as a few thousand. The cost is really going to depend on the quality of the mattress you purchase, and it is very hard to put a price on quality sleep.

Our Best Hybrid Mattress - Tempurpedic PRObreeze° Medium Hybrid 12" Mattress

The Tempurpedic PRObreeze° Medium Hybrid 12" Mattress is the most top-of-the-line hybrid mattress we carry. It has a 3-level system of cutting-edge materials that are designed to help you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. It is everything you want in a hybrid mattress and more.

Our Best Selling Hybrid Mattress #1 - Sealy Hybrid Premium™ Silver Chill Firm Hybrid Mattress

The Silver Chill Firm Hybrid Mattress by Sealy is one of the most premium hybrid mattresses you can buy today and almost half the cost of some of our more higher-end units. If you’re looking for a top-tier hybrid mattress without breaking the budget, this one is the mattress for you. The Silver Chill feature also makes this mattress a great fit for hot sleepers.

Our Best Selling Hybrid Mattress #2 - Sealy Hybrid Performance™ Kelburn II Mattress Featuring Posturepedic Technology™

The Kelburn II is a hybrid mattress that is built for quality sleep. It’s another one of our best-selling hybrid mattresses. It features some of the same features, although not all, as some of our more lavish mattresses. At the same time, it costs a lot less, making this a great hybrid mattress when you’re shopping on a tight budget. Plus, with the Posturepedic Technology built-in, you know your spine will thank you for the added support.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what hybrid mattress you buy, as long as it’s one you truly love to sleep in. Whether you’re looking for the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from the coziness of foams and gels or the support and durability of innerspring coils, hybrids are sure to give you the absolute best of both worlds.

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