What Is a Hybrid Mattress? And Which One Should You Buy?
We used to go to a furniture superstore, lie down on a few mattresses to test the firmness, tie the chosen one to the roof of the car and then struggle to maneuver it into the bedroom. Then along came the bed in a box, which made buying a mattress way easier. But there was one problem: A giant block of memory foam isn’t the most supportive sleep option. Mattresses aren’t one size fits all, and companies are starting to take notice. Luckily for us all, there are now hybrid mattresses.
What is a hybrid mattress?
A hybrid mattress features multiple forms of support, usually combining memory foam, gel and innerspring coil technology (a new type of coil that’s individually wrapped to retain its tension and create more balance). No matter what kind of sleeper you are—starfish, fetal, stomach—you’ll get the pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam with the bounce and support of a traditional spring mattress. And yes, these beds often come in a convenient, easy to disassemble box.
Do these mattresses need a box spring?
A common misconception is that any bed with coils needs a box spring, which to be honest, is an added cost we’re not all that excited about. Good news: Hybrid mattresses don’t need a box spring. They can be put directly on a frame or on top of a box spring (if you like the extra height).
Who can benefit from a hybrid mattress?
Because hybrid mattresses encompass multiple support systems, they work for nearly everyone’s preferences. This kind of mattress is especially beneficial if you sleep on your side and require more firmness to keep your spine aligned. It can also help with getting out of bed, thanks to sturdier sides that won’t sink when you sit on the edge of your bed. And if you’re one of the millions of people who have to sleep with one leg out of the covers, you’ll be happy to know these beds have better airflow (thanks to the coils), so they don’t absorb heat as much as their foam counterparts.
Convinced you need a hybrid mattress? As always, we’ve done the hours of research and review-sifting for you. Here, find fifteen of the best models based on quality, comfort and customer reviews to shop now.
Best Hybrid Mattresses: Winners, At a Glance
- Best Overall: Casper Sleep Original Hybrid Mattress
- Most Comfortable: Lucid Memory Foam Mattress
- Best Budget: Linenspa Memory Foam And Innerspring Mattress
- Best Organic: Birch By Helix Mattress
- Best Medium-Firm: Allswell Luxe Hybrid Mattress
- Best Bed in a Box: Zinus Green Tea Cooling Swirl Mattress
- Best Mid-Plush: Olee Sleep Galaxy Hybrid Mattress
- Best Quilted Top: Nest Bedding The Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress
- Best Flippable: Layla Hybrid Mattress
- Best for Side Sleepers: Helix Midnight Mattress
- Best for Recovery: Bear Hybrid Mattress
- Best Pillow-top: Saatva Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm Mattress
- Best Cooling: Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid Mattress
- Best Latex: WinkBeds EcoCloud Mattress
- Best Eco-Friendly: Sweetnight Plush Pillow Top Mattress
1. Casper Sleep Original Hybrid Mattress
As the bed-in-a-box brand that started the craze, it’s no wonder Casper remains the most popular option. To create this hybrid, the mattress geniuses added springs to its signature foam design for even more support. Yep, it still comes in a convenient box and works with all the other Casper products (like the adjustable bed frame or original foundation).
2. LUCID MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS
Made with bamboo charcoal infused with aloe vera, this mattress was specifically designed to create a calming, cooling and comfortable environment—each and every night. It’s constructed with hypoallergenic memory foam and proprietary gel beads for a plush, relaxing experience, AND its bamboo charcoal infusions expertly eliminate odors and pull moisture away from the skin for an ultra-cooling effect. Our favorite part? It features memory foam, transition foam, and coil layers that bring soft and gentle comfort, underpinned by a well-balanced support layer.
3. LINENSPA MEMORY FOAM AND INNERSPRING MATTRESS
If you’re looking for a mattress that acts as a middle-man between memory foam, innerspring and gel construction, you’ve hit the jackpot. This mattress combines the best of all worlds by combining traditional steel coils for ample support with a thick 2.5-inch layer of plush memory foam that conforms to your curves and helps eliminate pressure points. Plus, the gel infusions throughout this mattress ensure that you’ll be relaxed and comfortable all night long. The best part? You can choose from a medium-firm 8-inch profile, a medium 10-inch profile, or a plush 12-inch profile. Oh, and the queen-size clocks in under $300—but it feels way more expensive.
4. BIRCH BY HELIX MATTRESS
Each organic mattress is handmade to order from layers of organic cotton, birch wool, Talalay latex and steel innerspring coils, and then delivered in just four to eight business days. It retains its shape, regulates body temperature and is even naturally flame retardant. Hello, peace of mind.
5. ALLSWELL LUXE HYBRID 12-INCH BED-IN-A-BOX HYBRID MATTRESS
This model gets rave reviews for its Goldilocks feel—not too firm and not too soft; it’s just right. One buyer puts it best: “My husband prefers a firm mattress and I prefer a soft one, but somehow you have conjured up the perfect mix of both!” It features high-performance, CertiPUR-US certified memory foam combined with individually wrapped coils for the best of both worlds.
6. ZINUS GREEN TEA COOLING SWIRL MATTRESS
Best Bed in a Box
Don’t let the convenient bed-in-a-box packaging of the mattress fool you; this hybrid mattress expertly combines four layers of foam and gel to provide supreme softness and comfort (after its had some decompress). It features pocketed coils for added support and a super-soft, plush feel, and it’s made with CertiPUR-US certified foam to give you a flexible memory foam feel. However, the best part about this model is that it’s infused with green tea gel to eliminate excess heat and motion and ensure a sweat-free sleep.
7. OLEE SLEEP GALAXY HYBRID MATTRESS
Armed with five layers of comfort and cooling technology, this mattress takes the word “hybrid” to a new level. If you’re worried about your back, neck, or hip pain, this model was designed to adapt to your body shape and offer balanced support to ease pressure points and provide maximum comfort. At a plush 13-inch height, you get all of the sink-into-me softness from a memory foam mattress, without sacrificing the neck, shoulders, back and hip support you need from an innerspring mattress. Plus, its top layer of gel-infused memory foam regulates temperature while conforming to the body to offer an ultra-cooling effect.
8. NEST BEDDING THE ALEXANDER SIGNATURE HYBRID MATTRESS
Best Quilted Top
Pocketed innerspring coils combine forces with a unique comfort layer on top that determines the feel of the mattress—from plush to luxury firm to internal split—for a custom support level that will generate plenty of zzz’s. But unlike other plush-top mattresses, this one zips off so you can flip it every few months to prevent sinking, or completely swap it out for a newer one down the line, resulting in a longer mattress life and less waste overall. The only problem? You’ll probably never want to get out of bed.
9. LAYLA HYBRID MATTRESS
Can’t decide if you want something more firm or something that feels cushiony to the touch? This mattress provides both with different firmness levels on either side. And the integrated handles make flipping this guy a total breeze. It’s also made with antimicrobial copper infused foam to transfer heat away from your body faster for a cooler sleeping experience and less odor-causing bacteria.
10. HELIX MIDNIGHT
Best for Side Sleepers
The Midnight mattress by Helix is the brand’s most popular model. It features all the hybrid qualities side sleepers love (pressure-relieving memory foam, body-cradling wrapped coils and increased airflow), but the top and middle mattress layers are developed to give you the perfect support and spine alignment, even in the fetal position.
11. BEAR HYBRID
Best for Recovery
You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to reap the benefits of this mattress that promises to aid your sore muscles in a speedy recovery. The combination of cooling-gel foam, comfort foam, transition foam, quantum edge coils and high-density support foam makes for a super pressure-relieving, cool-sleeping, muscle-cradling experience.
12. SAATVA LOOM & LEAF RELAXED FIRM MATTRESS
There’s something about the hotel-like quality of a pillow-top mattress that makes crawling into bed after a long day feel extra luxurious. So why not sleep on one every night? This product was created from a combination of the top five features found in luxury mattresses to ensure a dreamy, vacation-esque sleep. Here’s the kicker: It doesn’t have any innerspring coils, but its layers of gel-infused memory foam, support foam and zoned technology for lumbar support deem it a hybrid mattress in its own rite.
13. BROOKLYN BEDDING AURORA HYBRID
Suffer from night sweats? This one’s for you. It features a phase change molecule called TitanCool on its surface to help regulate body temperature. Here’s how it works: The average skin temperature is 91°F, but the ideal skin temperature for sleep is 88°F. Cooling beads on the top layer of the mattress liquefy at temperatures over 88°F to deliver cooling relief; if you’re too cold, those same beads solidify to keep a little bit of heat in. All that technology coupled with layers of foam and innerspring coils translate to a good night’s sleep waiting to happen.
14. WINKBEDS ECOCLOUD
Not only is this mattress made of premium natural Talalay latex, it also features individually wrapped innersprings made from recycled steel. The outer cover is eco-engineered with 100 percent organic cotton and sustainable New Zealand wool, which appeals to both eco-minded shoppers and those who need a cooler mattress (it’s super breathable). The brand also offers monthly payments so you won’t lose sleep over that price tag.
15. SWEETNIGHT PLUSH Pillow Top MATTRESS
Calling all tree-huggers (with back problems): this CertiPUR-US Certified foam hybrid is made without harmful substances like formaldehyde, Mercury, and other heavy metals and uses rust-resistant carbon steel spring coils to give you peace of mind as you snooze. Its quilted knit pillow top cover is great for sensitive skin, and we love how this one’s top gel memory foam layer slowly adjusts to body weight and temperature—so you never feel the individually wrapped coils underneath.