What is A Hybrid Mattress?
So, you’re looking for a new mattress and have discovered the term “hybrid”.
Great. But what is it?
That’s one of the questions we’re going to answer today as we dive into what a hybrid mattress is, who these types of mattresses are ideal for, and other important tidbits of information.
What Makes a Hybrid Mattress “Hybrid”?
Modern hybrid mattresses combine the classic design of innerspring mattresses with the ever-so-comfortable layers of foam that so many of us love about new mattresses. Typically, a hybrid mattress will have some kind of coils and either latex or memory foam on top. The coils used are usually individually pocketed.
In some instances, the term “hybrid” is used solely for marketing purposes. You can tell if your hybrid is truly a hybrid by its physical features. For example, a true hybrid will have more foam and less of the other common comfort materials on innerspring mattresses. The top of the hybrid mattress will also be flatter, more so than it will be tufted and pillowy.
This being said, some manufacturers refer to every mattress that has both coils and foam as “hybrid” but as we said, the real hybrids use more foam and less fiber.
Who are Hybrid Mattresses Good For?
Hybrid mattresses are a good option for people who like a mattress with a bit more bounce. The coils within give them a high responsiveness, while the thick comfort foam layers still provide some level of pressure point relief.
This also makes them a possibility for sleepers who need pressure relief, providing that they don’t require a high level of it, of course. If that’s the case, they’d need a softer mattress such as a memory foam or gel memory foam.
Hybrid mattresses are also good for sleepers who hover around the 230–270-pound mark, as they are generally quite comfortable but still provide a decent amount of support, which prevents the sleeper from feeling swallowed by their mattress.
How Long Do Hybrid Mattresses Last?
Hybrid mattresses don’t have the longest lifespan out of all the different mattress types. They can, however, last a number of years with a bit of care and gentle use. The durability of any given hybrid comes down to the quality of the foam and the coils used.
Typically, a well-cared for hybrid will need replacing every 6 or 7 years.
Are Hybrid Mattresses Expensive?
When it comes to retail value, hybrid mattresses hover somewhere on the middle of the price scale. They’re more expensive than memory foam but less expensive than other types. This is due to the fact that, unlikely memory foam mattresses, they have coils, which are more costly to manufacture and attach to the mattress.
Can Hybrid Mattresses Be Flipped?
One common method of caring for a mattress is to flip it over occasionally. But if you have a hybrid mattress, you’ll want to avoid doing this. If you flipped your hybrid, you’d be sleeping on a layer of springs and manufacturing material, since hybrid mattresses only have comfort layers on one side.
Instead of flipping, consider end-for-ending your hybrid mattress.