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What is a Hybrid Mattress? [And Other FAQs]

by Pam Silvia

If you ask us, a hybrid mattress is where it’s at, so it comes as no surprise that this mattress type is the most popular offering across Beautyrest mattress models.

A hybrid mattress facilitates the decision between a spring mattress and a memory foam mattress, as it encapsulates the best of both worlds. But most importantly, with a hybrid mattress, you can generally expect moderate firmness, superior support, and plush padding, which makes this mattress type a universally pleasing option for most sleepers.

Research shows that most people prefer beds with a comfort level that is between plush and firm. This median can be found in a medium-firm mattress—namely, a hybrid model. Generally, unless you suffer from certain sleep disorders (like sleep apnea) or weigh more than 230 pounds, you will most likely get the best sleep experience on a hybrid mattress.

And the hybrid mattress reviews speak for themselves! Hybrid mattresses from Beautyrest are hailed for relieving joint pain, delivering a cooling sleep, and providing unmatched comfort that feels like "sleeping on a cloud."

Intrigued? Read on to uncover answers to frequently asked questions about hybrid mattresses. Backed by over 47 years of industry experience, your friends in the business at Spencer’s TV & Appliance have the lowdown on this top-tier mattress type.

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What is a hybrid mattress?

To understand what a hybrid mattress is, it might help to first unpack what "hybrid" means. As you may already know, a hybrid is when two or more different elements are combined to make something entirely new. At the very least, hybrid mattress models are constructed with coils used in innerspring or pocketed-coil mattresses and the adaptive foam from memory foam mattresses.

To recap, a memory foam mattress "remembers" 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 mattresses' 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.

It should be noted that many premium and luxury-tier models also feature gel and latex layers to provide substantiated comfort and dissipate heat.

What is a hybrid mattress made of?

Now, let’s dissect each layer of a hybrid mattress.

Memory foam is made of a viscoelastic polymer called polyurethane, which establishes the overall elasticity and viscosity of a memory foam mattress. This material changes shape and contorts when pressure is applied but “bounces back” to its previous appearance when the force is removed. In most hybrid mattresses, this foam material typically constitutes the top layers below the knitted cover.

In select hybrid models, a gel-foam layer may form part of the top layer or as its own tier above or below the memory-foam layer; this material is made by either infusing gel-filled capsules (or “beads”) or swirling liquid gel into the memory foam.

In the case that a hybrid model boasts a latex foam layer, this coating is typically pure natural latex as opposed to a combination with synthetic materials. Usually layered below the memory foam tier(s), the latex layer is designed to provide a cushiony bounce and pressure relief that is optimal for all sleep positions—regardless of whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach.

Finally, hybrid mattresses have a coil system as their base support structure. In newer models, steel gauge wires are individually either wrapped in flexible fabric or encased in foam to reduce motion transfer.

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What is the best hybrid mattress?

When it comes to finding the best hybrid mattress, one name comes to mind: Beautyrest.

With a Beautyrest hybrid mattress, sleep technology meets perfect luxury. Investing in a hybrid mattress from this quality brand means reaping the benefits of highly sophisticated engineering, unparalleled cooling, superior comfort, and a distinctive appearance. Best of all, the manufacturers behind the Beautyrest brand put their very best into these mattresses—so you can be your best every day.

In terms of a recommendation, this Beautyrest® Black® C-Class™ Medium Hybrid Queen Mattress offers a premier support system with patented T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology that elevates the design and performance of the brand’s already legendary support. Three coil strands are wound into a singular coil to absorb energy, reduce motion, and provide exceptional resilience for optimal support, improved durability, and undisturbed sleep.

The C-Class hybrid mattress doubles down on pressure relief, as the RightTemp™ Memory Foam infuses highly conductive and strong carbon fiber for temperature management and durability—making it an ideal choice for those who regularly suffer from back and neck pain. Another exclusive technology, BlackICE™ 4.0 is an advanced temperature management system that relies on four distinct cooling actions to deliver a cool-to-the-touch sleep surface so you don’t break a sweat while trying to sleep.

As one reviewer puts it, this Beautyrest Black hybrid mattress is "firm enough for you to be comfortable and soft enough to feel like you are sleeping on a cloud."

Should I buy a hybrid mattress?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: As previously stated, hybrid mattresses are considered to be the best of both worlds. With a hybrid mattress, you can reap the benefits of spine-aligning memory foam along with the refreshing ventilation of pocketed coils.

The best mattress for back sleepers, this in-between mattress type will lessen bodily discomfort, as the surface doesn’t 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.

To put it succinctly, hybrid mattresses are conducive for people who desire the adaptive comfort of a foam mattress and the sturdy support of a tried-and-true spring mattress.

hand pushes down on Beautyrest Harmony Lux hybrid mattress surface

Learn More

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.