What is a Hybrid Mattress? What You Need to Know (and More!)

A hybrid mattress may sound like a futuristic bed that you would find in a spaceship! and while the comfort of a hybrid can be out of this world, it is very much an earthly mattress. There are many hybrid mattresses on the market but how do you choose the right one? Let’s talk about hybrids and discover if they are the right mattress choice for you.     

Hybrid mattresses are designed with a base layer of coil springs topped with transition layers of foam or latex

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

Hybrid mattresses are designed with a base layer of coil springs topped with transition layers of foam or latex. Think of an innerspring mattress with a foam mattress on top! A hybrid innerspring mattress allows greater breathability than some foam mattresses due to the innerspring system.     

Hybrid vs AirFoam™ 

AirFoam™Original 10”

Queen from $799

AirFoam™Signature 12”

Queen from $1,299

AirFoamICE™Evolution Hybrid

Queen from $1, 399  

Thickness: 10 inches

Firmness: Medium

Motion Transfer: Low

Body Conforming: Medium

Pressure Relief: Medium

Cooling: High 

Durability: High 

Flippable: No  

Organic Cover: No 

Warranty: Lifetime 

Thickness: 12 inches

Firmness: Soft or firm 

Motion Transfer: Ultra low

Body Conforming: High

Pressure Relief: High 

Cooling: High 

Durability: High 

Flippable: Yes (soft or firm) 

Organic Cover: Yes

Warranty: Lifetime

Thickness: 15 inches

Firmness: Medium

Motion Transfer: Low

Body Conforming: Medium

Pressure Relief: Medium 

Cooling: Ultra high 

Durability: Ultra high 

Flippable: No  

Organic Cover: No

Warranty: Lifetime

Special Features

  • Temperature neutral, high resilience AirFoam™
  • Made WITHOUT heat trapping memory foam
  • CertiPUR-US® certified foam    

Special Features

  • Temperature neutral, high resilience AirFoam™
  • Flippable mattress 
  • Made WITHOUT heat trapping memory foam
  • CertiPUR-US® certified foam    

Special Features

  • Temperature neutral graphite-infused AirFoamICE™️
  • Tri-zoned support coil construction
  • Made WITHOUT heat trapping memory foam
  • CertiPUR-US® certified foam     

Scientifically Tested Against Memory Foam

  • 400% greater pressure relief 
  • 100% more cooling 
  • 300% more durable 

Scientifically Tested Against Memory Foam

  • 400% greater pressure relief 
  • 100% more cooling 
  • 300% more durable 

Scientifically Tested Against Memory Foam

  • 400% greater pressure relief 
  • 100% more cooling 
  • 300% more durable 

Height and Weight 

  • 10 inches tall
  • 46-95 pounds 

Height and Weight 

  • 12 inches tall
  • 55-105 pounds 

Height and Weight 

  • 15 inches tall
  • 67-149 pounds 

Who is AirFoam™ 10” best for?

  • Side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those who need pressure relief 
  • Those who insist on mattress comfortability and durability  

Who is AirFoam™ 12” best for?

  • Side sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those who need pressure relief 
  • Those who want the freedom of a flippable mattress
  • Those who insist on mattress comfortability and durability     

Who is AirFoam™ Evolution Hybrid best for?

  • Side sleepers/Combi
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those who need pressure relief  
  • Those who want an ultra high tech hybrid at low cost
  • Those who insist on mattress comfortability and durability   

What is a Hybrid Mattress Made of? 

You will find many memory foam spring hybrid mattress and foam spring hybrid mattress options. The beauty of a hybrid is an Individually wrapped coil mattress that allows greater breathability with the comfort layer of foam or latex. A hybrid foam and spring mattress offers multiple layers of support. A hybrid gel mattress contains cooling gels that may offer some cooling relief to hot sleepers. But, be mindful of memory foam hybrids as they may sleep hot due to the viscoelastic chemicals they contain. 

The innerspring system of a hybrid mattress is based on the design of innerspring mattresses. But, the hybrid coil system takes it up a notch by individually wrapping each coil in breathable cotton fabric. Topped with foam or latex, the mattress is tall, strong, and comfortably supportive.  

Hybrid Mattress Pros and Cons 

Pros 

  • Comfortability: the sturdy construction of a hybrid bed mattress gives great support 
  • Responsive: a hybrid memory foam may offer a quicker response time than a pure memory foam mattress due to the bolstering spring system 
  • Cooling: the innerspring system allows air to circulate more freely than most foam mattresses, keeping it fresh and clean for longer        

Cons 

  • Noise: a wrapped coil mattress has the potential to creek over time, ensure you buy from a reputable online retailer who offers a lifetime warranty 
  • Motion transfer: hybrid mattress or memory foam for minimal motion transfer opt for foam, you may experience a little bounce on a hybrid but far less than a pure innerspring mattress   

Are Hybrid Mattresses Good for Back Pain?

Back pain is all too pervasive in our society, it can occur out of nowhere and can radiate all over your body. Sleeping on an inadequate mattress exacerbates back pain and steals restorative sleep, further aggravating symptoms and locking you into a pain cycle. When it comes to managing back pain a pressure relieving mattress is a vital component in regaining quality sleep. 

A quality hybrid mattress could ease back pain as long as it is topped with a modern pressure relieving foam

How to tell if your mattress is causing back pain  

  • Your mattress feels uncomfortable
  • You toss and turn from night tumbles 
  • You feel tired during the day 
  • You feel stiff and sore when you wake up

Can a Hybrid Mattress Ease Back Pain?

A quality hybrid mattress could ease back pain as long as it is topped with a modern pressure relieving foam. A pressure relieving mattress ensures your most sensitive areas, hips, shoulders, and back, are comfortably supported without painful mattress pushback or sinkage. A hybrid mattress topped with a pressure relieving foam has the bolstering layer of coil springs, transitional foam layers to limit motion transfer, and comfort layer of pressure relieving foam. 

If you opt for a latex spring hybrid mattress, you may want to enjoy a free trial first as latex can be a little firm for some people. A cooling hybrid gel foam mattress adds cooling gels to the memory foam but some people are uncomfortable with additional chemicals on top of the viscoelastic memory foam chemicals. Choose a breathable, pressure relieving hybrid mattress that is responsive and supportive. 

What is the best mattress for back pain? Find out, here.   

FAQs  

Does a Hybrid Mattress Need a Springbox?

A hybrid mattress does not need a box spring and will be better placed on a more sturdy foundation. An adjustable base offers a perfect base for your hybrid mattress or opt for a base that has narrow slats or bunkie board.  

Should Side Sleepers opt for a Hybrid or a Memory Foam Mattress? 

Side sleepers may find some memory foam mattresses to be too sinking and hard on the hips, shoulders, and back. A hybrid mattress that has a comfort layer of pressure relieving foam could offer more comfort to side sleepers, without hard pushback or sinkage. 

What are Mattresses Made of?

A mattress can be made of coil springs topped with foam, latex, or fabric, all foam construction or hybrid with a coil spring base with transitional foam layers. A gel hybrid mattress has additional cooling gels in the memory foam. A super soft memory foam mattress is constructed with memory foam and polyfoam. 

What is the best mattress for side sleepers with back pain? Find out, here 

Conclusion

A quality hybrid firm mattress could ease the discomfort of back pain by allowing you to rest and heal. There are some ultra high tech hybrids on the market that have been designed using modern sleep science and research. The air circulation of the coil spring base, sturdy transition layers, and body contouring comfort layer could be a wonderful mattress replacement if you’re looking for an upgrade. 

Check out Nolah’s 15 Inch Evolution Hybrid from just $999