Recently, we covered the advantages of memory foam mattresses, of which there are many.
But in spite of those benefits, pure foam mattresses certainly are not for everyone. And yet, foam (and memory foam in particular) can provide a level of support and pressure point relief that traditional spring mattresses can’t match.
So what’s the solution?
Hybrid mattresses are an increasingly popular option because, like most things hybrid, they provide the best of both worlds. Nowadays, it’s more likely that mattress shoppers will find themselves choosing between foam or hybrid.
But what is it specifically that makes hybrid mattresses attractive to people who are on the hunt for a great night’s sleep?
1. They’ve Got a Little Give
Memory foam mattresses are known for their “slow-melting” density, which can create a sinking feeling not everyone can get behind.
But hybrid mattresses are a little more, shall we say, forgiving.
The encased-coil innerspring core of a hybrid mattress allows for more bounce, which you don’t get from a 100% memory foam mattress due to its impressive ability to hinder motion transfer. In other words, you could still have fun playing “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” with a hybrid mattress.
2. They’re Oh-So-Comfy
On a related note, the top comfort foam layers provide contouring support, hugging your body while you sleep. Combined with the encased-coil springs, it can sometimes create a weightless feeling that is very soothing to a lot of people.
You could almost equate it to the feeling of being cradled on a fluffy cloud (or something). It’s like you’ve got a five-star-hotel bed in the comfort of your home.
3. Hybrids Are a Great Value
A hybrid mattress is a practical investment, especially because the endless combinations of materials can provide a customized product that doesn’t have to dry out your bank account. In other words, you won’t necessarily sacrifice quality when you buy a hybrid, even if it’s a lower-cost mattress.
4. They’re Breezy and Breathable
One of the biggest complaints around memory foam mattresses is that they can get steamy. Hybrids, however, provide a cooler sleeping environment due to the breathability of the innerspring core. In fact, innerspring coils transfer heat 28% better than traditional memory foam.
If you’re an especially hot sleeper, there are even mattresses like the Bear Hybrid, which uses a layer of hypersoft cooling-gel foam alongside fabric made with Sleep Recovery Technology— a fiber that helps regulate body temperature.
5. Hybrid Mattress Are Versatile
If you get a pure foam mattress or a basic spring mattress, there’s only so much you can customize. But with a hybrid mattress, you can truly find a mattress that feels like it was made for you.
For the core, you can opt for encase-coil springs or a classic innerspring system (though most use encased-coils these days). For the comfort layers, you can choose any combination of latex foam, memory foam, polyfoam or something else entirely. You can sometimes even add a pillow top or some other quilted cushioning as the topmost layer.
Hybrid mattresses also offer a wider range of firmnesses — you can get one that’s as soft as a cotton ball or one that’s as firm as it gets.
6. They Provide Great Edge Support
First of all: What is edge support?
Edge support refers to structural integrity along the perimeter of a mattress. Unfortunately, foam mattresses are often lacking in this department.
Hybrid mattresses, on the other hand, offer excellent edge support thanks to the structural spring system. They are supportive all the way out to the edges, increasing the overall surface area of where you can actually sleep comfortably.
7. Encased-Coils Help Reduce Motion Transfer
While the reduction of motion transfer isn’t as impressive as that of a memory foam mattress, hybrid mattresses are still a step above your typical spring mattress because most of them use encased-coils.
Traditional innerspring systems act as one unit, with all the metal springs interconnected. It’s not great for weight distribution or motion transfer since the springs all move as one. However, encase-coil spring systems consist of individually wrapped springs, so any sinking or motion is isolated to wherever weight is placed. Therefore, hybrids with a encased-coil core do a decent job at reducing motion — especially considering they’re designed to provide more bounciness.
8. They Help With Pain Relief
We’ve talked a lot about the incredible comfort of hybrid mattresses. But hybrids also provide ample support with the encased-spring and foam combination, both of which contour to the body and provide pressure point relief wherever your body needs it most: the neck, back, hips and shoulders.
The spring core provides structural support that helps encourage proper sleep posture and spinal alignment. Meanwhile, the foam top layers fill in the spaces around your body that might not get as much love from an entirely innerspring mattress. These effects work in tandem to help alleviate chronic pain or soreness in the body.
9. Springs Poking Your Back? Not With a Hybrid
Some people worry that the metal springs of a traditional mattress will start poking out here and there, particularly as they get older.
Well even as hybrid mattresses age, it’s still unlikely this will happen thanks to the top layers of foam that create a protective barrier between your back and any rogue springs.
10. Hybrids Offer an Ideal Balance of Comfort and Support
This last benefit more or less summarizes what’s great about hybrids in general: they’re supportive and luxuriously comfortable at the same time.
If you think about it, hybrid mattresses have pretty much every type of mattress in one. It’s like if you took the athletic abilities of 10 Olympic gold medalists and gave them to a single person. Of course, comfort is a completely individual experience, and what’s supportive to one person could make another person wake up feeling like they’ve aged 50 years.
But the endless combinations with hybrid mattresses allow you to find the perfect balance of both support and comfort, so you can sleep like a baby every single night. Shop the Hybrid Mattress now. >