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Shopping for the Best Hybrid Mattress [Buying Guide]

by Pam Silvia

With a hybrid mattress, you can expect moderate firmness, superior support, and plush padding, which makes this mattress type the most universally pleasing option for a broad spectrum of sleepers.

According to Merriam-Webster, “hybrid” is defined as “having or produced by a combination of two or more distinct elements.” Roughly paraphrased, it means having the best of both worlds—and that’s exactly what you get with a hybrid mattress. Luckily, finding the best hybrid mattress starts with checking out our buying guide! From product recommendations to FAQs, it’s all right here.

young woman sleeps peacefully on hybrid mattress

What is a Hybrid Mattress?

While the combination of materials varies from model to model, hybrid mattresses are all constructed with coils used in innerspring or pocketed-coil mattresses and adaptive foam from memory foam mattresses.

As you may know, memory foam mattresses "remember" your body contour with adaptive-cushioning technology to cradle your entire body in comfort and thereby enable a more fulfilling night’s sleep. By contrast, an innerspring or pocketed-coil mattress balances and distributes your body mass while holding your spine in a healthy alignment with steel coils that readily absorb your weight.

When both of these mattress constructions are combined, the end result is a multi-layer mattress that allows sleepers to experience the pressure relief granted by the foam layers and the sturdy support from the coils.

Our Top Picks: Beautyrest Hybrid Mattresses

Given the broad appeal of hybrid mattresses, it comes as no surprise to us that they are the most popular offering across Beautyrest mattress models.

The collection’s Beautyrest Black line has become synonymous with truly indulgent, restorative sleep. Featuring Beautyrest’s greatest innovations, including an antimicrobial technology that uses microsilver and vesicle technologies to attract, break down, and eliminate harmful bacteria, Beautyrest Black mattresses are guaranteed a long-lasting appearance and lifespan. Check out our three favorite models:

1. Beautyrest Black C-Class Medium Hybrid Mattress ($2,549–$5,098)

Features:

  • T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology – Three steel strands wound into one coil absorb energy, reduce motion, and provide exceptional resilience for support, durability, and undisturbed sleep.
  • BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology – This advanced temperature management system uses four cooling actions so that you feel cooler and sleep better.
  • RightTemp™ Memory Foam – Patented memory foam infuses highly conductive and strong carbon fiber for temperature management and durability in a pressure-relieving foam.

Sleep technology meets perfect luxury with the Beautyrest Black C-Class Medium Hybrid Mattress (700810016-1050). Along with the aforementioned technologies, this Beautyrest product is the best hybrid mattress for reducing pressure points in your hips and shoulders, which bodes well for side sleepers.

product image of Beautyrest C-Class Medium Hybrid Queen Mattress

2. Beautyrest Black Hybrid X-Class Firm Mattress ($2,449–$4,898)

Features:

  • T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology
  • BlackICE™ Hybrid Technology – Beautyrest’s most advanced cooling technologies maintain temperatures so you sleep cooler and more soundly.
  • Technoluxe Memory Foams – Along with RightTemp™ Memory Foam, the X-Class model features HD Memory Foam, Firm Comfort Foam, and Self Response™ Latex comfort layers that are engineered to provide pressure-relieving comfort.

Opening the doors to luxurious sleep, the Beautyrest Black Hybrid X-Class Firm Mattress (700810875-1050) allows you to enjoy an immediate cooling sensation from the cool-to-the-touch cover—and if that’s not enough, this mattress’s RightTemp™ Memory Foam pulls heat away from your body so you can stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.

The X-Class mattress is also a great option for heavyset folks and stomach sleepers, as the level of firmness will help prevent arching in the back (and the potential pain that comes with it).

roduct image of Beautyrest Hybrid X-Class Firm Queen Mattress

3. Beautyrest Black K-Class Firm Hybrid Pillow Top Mattress ($3,449–$6,898)

Features:

  • T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology
  • BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology
  • RightTemp™ Memory Foam with 2K Nano Coils

Delivering the most splendorous sleep yet is the Beautyrest Black K-Class Firm Hybrid Pillow Top Mattress (700810021-1050). Within the RightTemp™ Memory Foam layer, 2,000 micro-coils are infused to provide individualized support for sleepers of all sizes, enhancing comfortability and pressure relief. Furthering this goal, the pillow top surface is made from latex foam, memory foam, fibers, and other breathable building materials.

product image of Beautyrest K-Class Firm Hybrid Pillow Top Queen Mattress

Buying Considerations for a Hybrid Mattress

At this point, we’ve moved past the question of “should I buy a hybrid mattress?” The answer, of course, is yes! With a hybrid mattress, you can reap the benefits of spine-aligning memory foam along with the refreshing ventilation of pocketed coils.

Most importantly, this in-between mattress type will lessen bodily discomfort, as the surface does not sink to cause further pain. Hybrid beds are designed to provide enough support to keep your spine better aligned without leading to sore joints, which is why it is also recommended for those who suffer from chronic back pain.

Overall, hybrid mattresses are conducive for people who desire the adaptive comfort of a foam mattress but still want the sturdy support of a tried-and-true spring mattress.

To ensure you are making the best selection before your purchase, here are a few buying considerations for a hybrid mattress:

Check the size – Beyond just your personal preference, you will need to consider the available space in your bedroom. Take, check, and double-check measurements of your space against those listed on product pages. Lastly, don’t forget to consider the height and thickness of the mattress as it relates to accessibility and other furniture in your room.

Consider the comfort level – Perhaps the most important element, comfort level is what determines the quality and duration of your sleep. With a hybrid mattress specifically, it should be noted that not every model contains the same materials from top to bottom. For optimal comfort, you may choose to splurge on luxury models that have a gel foam layer and/or a latex foam layer.

Research the materials – The materials in a hybrid mattress may contribute to the overall comfort of the product. Mattress manufacturers, like Beautyrest, that specifically engineer their own comfort layers and support cores typically use higher-quality materials. Moreover, mattresses that are Certi-Pur® rated are denoted as being free of toxic contents.

Assess durability – Given that a mattress is not an amenity you buy often, it’s important to make sure it can withstand your weight and heavy use for eight to ten years. In this case, we implore you to buy from a reputable company that has been in the business for more than a decade.

Investigate warranty options and trial periods – In most cases, a warranty can signal how long a mattress will last. For a hybrid mattress, we recommend scoping out warranties of at least five years, although ten is optimal. And when it comes to trial periods, make note of how many nights you can test out the mattress in your home before you definitively keep it or may choose to return it.

Pick a bed base – One of the most asked questions is, “Do you need a box spring with a hybrid mattress?” Well, since a box spring is designed to support an innerspring mattress, it can change the way the foam comfort layers feel on a hybrid mattress—not to mention that the mattress may start to sag through the gaps between the springs. That said, a firmer foundation, a platform bed, or an adjustable base are all commendable options, as they will provide a hybrid mattress enough support to safeguard its quality and lifespan.

woman presses down on surface of Beautyrest mattress

Buy the Best Hybrid Mattress at Spencer’s

Check out our Hybrid Mattresses FAQs blog to learn more about this popular mattress type. To unlock the best price on a Beautyrest hybrid mattress, be sure to contact us at 480-210-7425!

And if you have other questions about any of our top-rated products, feel free to call or visit your friends in the business at Spencer’s TV & Appliance at any of our 10 locations—we are proud to have served the Phoenix area since 1973.