If you’re searching for a new mattress, you’ve probably already realized there is no shortage of options. Not only do you need to choose a firmness level, you also need to select the size and the type of mattress you want. Innerspring mattresses are known for support while memory foam mattresses are known for comfort and motion isolation. If you’re torn between the two, choose a hybrid mattress.
Hybrid mattresses combine the best features of memory foam and innerspring, and vary depending on the type of coils and if memory foam or latex is used as the comfort layer.
In our article, we share our favorite hybrid options and provide information on finding the best hybrid mattress.
Best Hybrid Mattresses
|Name||Highlights||Price for a queen|
|AS3h||Features plant-based, pressure-relieving memory foams||$1399|
|Avocado||Contains organic latex||$1399|
|Tuft & Needle Hybrid||Features T&N Adaptive Foam for better temperature regulation||$1495|
|Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid||Contains cooling technologies to prevent night sweats||$1299|
|Zinus Olive Oils iCoil® Hybrid||Features ultra pressure-relieving, cushioning foam layers||$608|
|My Green Mattress Natural Escape||Organic mattress suited for eco-friendly shoppers||$1299|
Amerisleep’s AS3h is their most popular hybrid mattress and our recommended option because it’s designed to suit most sleepers and features plant-based, pain-relieving Bio-Pur®. The AS3h is an offshoot of their best-selling memory foam AS3—it offers a good balance of comfort and support and is comfortable for side, back, and combination sleeping.
The AS3h features a soft, breathable cover that helps to keep air moving throughout the mattress. This airy fabric helps you sleep cool and comfortable every night. It is also removable and completely washable, so it is easy to keep your mattress clean.
The comfort layer of the AS3h is 3 inches of Bio-Pur®, proprietary plant-based memory foam. Bio-Pur® evenly distributes your weight across the mattress as it molds to your body to offer cushioning comfort. Primarily, Bio-Pur® alleviates pressure and prevents pain—making the AS3h a great mattress for back pain relief.
Amerisleep’s Bio-Pur® is also more breathable and responsive than traditional memory foam, so you’ll sleep more comfortably and avoid night sweats.
Below the layer of Bio-Pur® is an 8-inch pocketed coil system. These coils give the bed a bit of bounce while also offering zoned support for the sleeper. These coils are firmer around the midsection to prevent sinkage and softer under the shoulders and hips to allow for better compression.
The third and final layer of the AS3h is a thin layer of poly-foam; this layer of base foam reinforces the coil system and improves durability. Amerisleep tops off their AS3h with foam edging to improve support near the sides of the mattress.
Every Amerisleep mattress comes with a 20-year warranty, 100-night sleep trial, and free shipping!
The Avocado mattress is an eco-friendly hybrid mattress. Under an organic button-tufted cotton cover is a 2-inch layer of GOLS certified Dunlop latex, 8-inches of pocketed support coils, and 1 inch of Dunlop latex base foam. The Avocado is 11 inches thick and provides a medium-firm sleep surface.
The Avocado mattress is designed with temperature regulation in mind. Organic fabric — GOTS organic certified wool and GOTS organic certified cotton — keeps you comfortable while you sleep, wicking away moisture and heat. Not only will you remain at a comfortable temperature, but you can further customize your comfort by adding an optional, 2-inch Euro-style Dunlop pillow top for extra cushion and altering the sleep surface to a medium feel.
Try the Avocado mattress within the comfort of your own home for 365 nights— if you don’t love it, Avocado will arrange to pick up the bed before issuing a full refund. The mattress also includes a 25-year warranty that guarantees your mattress against structural defects and sagging greater than 1 inch.
3. Tuft & Needle Hybrid
The Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress features T&N Adaptive® foam, which is certified eco-friendly through both the CertiPUR-US® and Greenguard Gold programs.
Under the 2-inch layer of foam is a layer of transitional coils followed by a transitional layer of Adaptive® foam. The next layer is a 6-inch layer of individually wrapped pocket coils to give comfort and a little bounce to this hybrid. The Tuft & Needle Hybrid Mattress is firm with edge support so you’ll never feel like you’re sliding off the edge.
Each Hybrid Mattress features six layers for the ultimate fusion of innerspring and foam benefits. The quilted pillow-top provides cushioning while a layer of foam provides pressure relief on your pressure points. Individually pocketed steel coils provide support while graphite draws heat away from your body, out of the foam, and down through the coils. And this mattress keeps you cool all night long with added ceramic gel beads and open-air channels designed to let air flow freely.
You can try this hybrid mattress with a 100-day sleep trial. Tuft & Needle offers free shipping, free returns, and a 10-year limited warranty. The warranty covers sagging greater than 0.75 inches.
4. Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid
The Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid is a 5-layer mattress made in the United States with eco-friendly foam. The quilted fabric cover encases 3 inches of TitanChill Endurance Foam®, 1 inch of SmartFlow support foam, 8 inches of individually pocketed coils, and a 1-inch layer of base support foam. Each foam layer is infused with copper so sleepers can remain comfortable all night as the copper naturally draws heat away from your body.
This hybrid is suitable for any sleeper thanks to the generous selection of firmness levels. In addition to the standard firmness levels, the Alexander Signature Hybrid is also available in split firmness levels, meaning one mattress can have a different firmness level on each side.
Nest Bedding offers a lifetime warranty as well as a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. The lifetime warranty is not prorated and covers sagging or indentations greater than 1 inch.
5. Zinus Pressure Relief Olive Oil iCoil®
The Zinus Pressure Relief Olive Oil iCoil® is an Italian-made mattress designed for your comfort. An 8-inch layer of springs is topped with 4 inches of olive-oil based memory foam. This mattress isn’t flippable, but it does feature support handles to make the rotating process as smooth as possible.
Each iCoil® is individually wrapped to ensure the ultimate support with as little motion transfer as possible. Olive-oil based foam tops the coil system so you can feel cushioned all night long. The natural foam contributes to the low motion transfer of this mattress.
Like other foam layers, the natural olive-oil-based foam conforms to your body to alleviate pressure on all of your pressure points including your head, shoulders, lower back, hips, and feet. A layer of high-density foam lining the edge eliminates sagging or sliding feelings when you’re sitting on the edge of your bed.
Even though this mattress is made in Italy, Zinus ships the mattress for free via FedEx. Try the Pressure Relief Olive Oil iCoil® with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year limited warranty. The warranty covers sagging greater than 1.5 inches as long as it is not associated with improper bed frame usages.
6. My Green Mattress Natural Escape
The My Green Mattress Natural Escape is a medium-firm hybrid mattress. Each Natural Escape mattress is upholstered on one side with naturally flame retardant, GOTS-certified organic wool. The innerspring system is composed of individually pocketed coils, while the foam layer is a 3-inch GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex foam.
The Natural Escape is not only organic and eco-friendly, it’s also a luxury, hand-tufted hybrid mattress. The My Green Mattress Natural Escape works well for multiple sleeping positions thanks to the extra support in the lumbar region. Despite the plush foam, the reinforced edges keep you securely tucked into bed. Organic cotton is breathable and keeps the airflow moving.
My Green Mattress handcrafts all of their mattresses in the United States and offers free shipping for all orders in the continental U.S. Try the Natural Escape with a 100-night sleep trial. Each mattress purchase includes a 20-year warranty covering indentations of 1.5 inch or greater.
Mattress Types to Consider
A hybrid mattress is a combination of two types of mattresses: an innerspring mattress and a foam mattress. To fully understand where the hybrid stands in relation to all of your mattress options, review this section prior to choosing your best mattress.
Memory Foam Mattresses
A memory foam mattress is a mattress without coils or an innerspring system. Instead of deriving support and comfort from coils and upholstery, a memory foam mattress consists of several layers of foam.
The foam in a memory foam mattress was originally designed by NASA for use in airplane seats, but due to the comfort and responsiveness of the foam, it is now widely used in mattresses and pillows. The air bubbles formed during the creation of the foam help promote air flow throughout the mattress.
While memory foam mattresses can vary in foam thickness and proprietary layers, a basic memory foam mattress contains three elements:
- A fabric cover
- A comfort layer composed of reactive memory foam
- A support foam base layer
A fabric cover serves three purposes. First, the cover protects each layer of the mattress from damage. When the fabric cover on the mattress is made of breathable fabrics, the cover itself can promote air flow by preventing hot air from getting trapped at the surface of the mattress. Other fabric covers (i.e. natural wool) provide fire-resistant qualities without the need for chemical flame retardants.
The comfort layer thickness determines the firmness level of the mattress. For example, a mattress with a 1.5-inch comfort layer is more firm than a memory foam mattress with a 6-inch comfort layer.
The support foam layer is a dense foam designed to hold up your body’s weight as you sleep. Some memory foam mattresses place a transition layer between the comfort layer and the support foam base layer.
Memory foam mattresses vary in quality depending on the types of material used (e.g., eco-friendly foam and organic natural textiles) and the added features (e.g., additional layers, lumbar support, cooling layers, etc.). Looking for eco-friendly memory foam is important because eco-friendly foam is produced without the chemicals that lead to toxic off-gassing.
Off-gassing refers to the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air. Not only do VOCs emit an unpleasant smell, these toxic fumes can impact your health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. When eco-friendly foam is manufactured, it’s made so that toxins are not released into the air during production or in your home once your mattress is set up.
In general, memory foam mattresses work well for individuals with joint, back, or lower back pain. The memory foam comfort layer conforms to the sleeper’s body, which helps alleviate pressure on joints. Motion isolation prevents you from feeling bouncy as you rotate sleeping positions throughout the night.
Latex mattresses are foam mattresses. Instead of featuring memory foam — also known as viscoelastic foam — latex mattresses are made of latex foam. Natural latex foam is created from the sap of a rubber tree. The sap is whipped into a frothy mixture and then heated and cured. Not all latex foam is natural. Some foam can be manufactured with synthetic latex.
When reviewing latex mattress, you may seem latex described as Dunlop or Talalay. Both Dunlop and Talalay are two processes for heating and preparing the latex to turn it into the foam suitable for use in a mattress.
Like memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses are compatible with many different types of bed frames including slatted bases, adjustable bed bases, and platform beds.
If you have latex allergies, it’s best to avoid both the natural and synthetic versions of latex foam.
Innerspring mattresses are one of the oldest mattress types. Like the foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses also consists of separate layers. The basic layers of an innerspring mattress include:
- A comfort layer, often upholstery such as cotton or wool padding
- An innerspring system
- A foundation, often a fabric (such as wool) support system for the coils and springs
Innerspring mattresses vary in quality and price due to the type of coils used, the number of coils used, and the quality of fabrics used. For example, individually wrapped coils reduce motion transfer, which improves the quality of the mattress. Like memory foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses can feature organic fabrics and eco-friendly materials. For instance, some mattresses may forgo toxic flame retardants and choose to use wool, which is a natural fire retardant.
Innerspring mattresses are available in a range of firmness options from luxury plush to luxury firm, and many spring mattresses feature permanently stitched euro-style pillow toppers. Even with a pillow top, spring mattresses tend to have excellent edge support.
One of the main drawbacks of innerspring mattresses is they have high motion transfer. This means the mattress can seem bouncy when you climb into bed or roll over in the middle of the night. There are several different types of coil systems, including continuous coils, Bonnell coils, offset (or hourglass) coils, and Marshall (or pocket) springs.
Continuous coils, Bonnell coils, and offset coils are all connected in some way, but they are each connected or woven together in different ways. Coil systems with interconnected coils tend to feel bouncier than innerspring mattresses with individually wrapped or pocketed coils.
A hybrid mattress combines elements from two different types of mattresses. Most hybrids feature a coil system plus layers of foam. For this reason, hybrids can be a great option as they combine the best features of an innerspring mattress and the best features of a memory foam mattress. Hybrid mattresses can be made with memory foam, latex foam, or a combination of different foam layers.
A hybrid mattress offers:
- Support from the springs system and comfort from the reactive foam
- The motion isolation that an innerspring alone struggles to achieve
- Edge support that memory foam mattresses struggle to achieve
While hybrids showcase the best of the innerspring and the best of the memory foam mattress, hybrids can also have the cons of each type as well. Hybrid mattress can be heavy and harder to move. Because hybrid mattresses include foam, you are at risk for sleeping hot unless the foam features cooling gel or other cooling technology.
Regardless of which type of mattress you need, your budget plays a big role in determining the mattress you ultimately purchase. A hybrid mattress can cost more than an innerspring mattress simply because more materials are used. Adding eco-friendly or organic materials can increase the cost of the mattress as well.
When evaluating your budget, it’s important to determine that you receive a good value no matter what your total budget is. Perks — like free shipping, a generous sleep trial, and a substantive warranty — add value to your total purchase.
When setting your budget, consider how the following will stretch your money even further:
- Free shipping saves you money on delivery costs and the time from not having to pick it up yourself
- Sleep trials ensure you will feel comfortable on your new mattress for the long term — no need to buy a new mattress in a few short weeks if you aren’t happy
- A substantive warranty protects your investment against defects, which can eliminate the need to replace a mattress prematurely and thus spend more money
When it comes to choosing a new mattress, your budget may determine which mattress type you purchase, but your sleeping position will determine which firmness level you need. Hybrid mattresses are available in a range of firmness levels, so be sure to decide what firmness level you need based on your preferred sleeping position.
Side sleeping is one of the most common sleeping positions. Sleeping on the side is popular because the lateral position helps reduce snoring. Side sleeping even promotes brain health, according to a 2015 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.
Despite these benefits, side sleeping can increase pressure on your hips if you’re sleeping on a firm mattress. To keep your spine in proper alignment, you hips need to sink down into the mattress. For this reason, the best mattresses for side sleepers are plush to medium in firmness. Even with a plush mattress, you can continue to provide support to your hips by sleeping with a pillow between your knees.
You can also adjust a firm mattress by adding a plush mattress topper.
Sleeping on the back is the second most popular position. An estimated 37.5% of sleepers opt to sleep on their backs, according to a 2017 study. While back sleeping can exacerbate the symptoms of sleep apnea, sleeping on the back is beneficial for individuals with back, shoulder, or neck pain. Sleeping on the back promotes proper spinal alignment without adding any extra pressure to the pressure points like the hips or shoulders. Back sleepers do best with a medium or firm mattress.
Even with the correct firmness level, consider further supporting your spinal alignment by adding a bolster pillow under your knees.
Sleeping on the stomach is the least popular position with only about 7.3% of individuals opting to sleep in this position. In order to breathe comfortably throughout the night, this position requires the sleeper to keep his or her neck turned at an angle. This increases the risk of neck pain in the morning, especially if the wrong — too thick — pillow is used.
Despite the risk of neck pain, sleeping on the stomach can help reduce snoring associated with sleep apnea. If you choose to sleep on your stomach, be sure to use a pillow designed for stomach sleepers.
Stomach sleepers tend to prefer a more firm mattress such as the Avocado Green Mattress (without the euro topper). Some sleepers maximize this sleeping position by adding a bolster pillow under their ankles.
Sleeping Cool and Airflow
Regardless of which firmness level you select, it’s hard to achieve a good night’s sleep if you’re too hot. Memory foam mattresses can have a tendency to make sleepers feel hot. Memory foam mattresses soften and mold your body because your body heat warms up the foam. While this helps make the mattresses comfortable, it can trap heat if the mattress isn’t designed with cooling technology.
Because hybrid mattresses contain memory foam, it’s important to make sure your hybrid mattress is designed for maximum airflow and breathability.
Hybrid mattresses should feature at least one type of cooling technology to ensure a good night’s sleep. Look for technology like:
- Open-structure foam, which allows air to flow through the foam
- Breathable fabric covers
- Cooling gel
If you place a mattress topper over your hybrid mattress, it’s a good idea to make sure the topper is breathable too.
Other Things to Consider
Choosing a new hybrid mattress can seem like you have a lot of choices to make, especially if you’ve never owned a hybrid mattress before. Take a peek at these frequently asked questions as you research your next mattress.
What Is the Best Hybrid Mattress for Side Sleepers?
Side sleepers do best with a plush or medium-plush mattress to promote spinal alignment while relieving pressure on the hips. A hybrid for side sleepers should contain enough foam to allow the hips to gently sink into the mattress.
What Is the Best Hybrid Mattress for Back Pain?
Thanks to the combination of innerspring coils and comforting memory foam, a hybrid can be a suitable choice if you’re looking for a mattress for back pain. Look for a hybrid mattress with a firmer sleeping surface. Firm hybrid mattresses tend to have a thinner comfort layer, which creates a firmer surface ideal for those with lower back pain.
Details about the coils themselves can help you determine if a hybrid mattress is good for lower back pain. In regard to a listed coil gauge, the smaller the gauge, the thicker the steel coil. Thicker steel coils provide less bounce and are more firm, which is ideal for those with back pain. However, not all hybrid mattresses clearly list the coil gauge.
What Is the Best Hybrid Mattress for Hot Side Sleepers?
While cold temperatures can interrupt your sleep, hot temperatures can do the same. Feeling too hot can not only cause nighttime wake-ups, it can also make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
If you sleep on your side, you already know you need a more plush mattress, but be sure it has plenty of cooling technology. The Avocado Green Mattress is made with several cooling features, including temperature-controlled organic natural latex foam, breathable cotton, and moisture-wicking wool. Should you choose to add the pillow-top for comfort on your hips, you’ll still benefit from wool — a material designed to keep you cool in the warm months.
How Are Hybrid Mattresses Delivered?
Thanks to the flexibility of memory foam layers, many bed in a box mattress companies compress memory foam mattresses and deliver them direct to your doorstep. Not only does this practice reduce packaging waste, it also makes unpacking and setting up a mattress easier.
On the other hand, innerspring mattresses are not typically delivered in a box as tight rolling could damage the coils.
What about hybrid mattresses? Depending on the construction of the particular hybrid, some hybrid mattresses are compressed and rolled. However, many warranties are void if you wait too long to unroll your mattress as extended time in a box isn’t good for the foam layer or the coil system.
There isn’t just one best hybrid mattress. The best mattress is one that works well for you. Finding the right hybrid mattress means finding one to fit both your budget and your comfort needs.
For even more information, read through consumer reviews of the above listed hybrid mattresses to see how other customers enjoyed their sleeping experience.