For a mattress to be considered a true hybrid, it must have two characteristics:
- Innerspring coils are serving as the support core.
- Above the coils, there should be a large comfort system.
The comfort system could be composed of various materials, but the support core should be composed of coils. Some manufacturers sell “springless hybrids,” which may be good mattresses, but they aren’t true hybrids.
All hybrids have two fundamental features, but the way those elements are built produces variation in cost, feel, and efficiency across hybrids on the market. These are also the foundations of a top hybrid mattress.
Types of Coils
Coils are used in a hybrid support center in a variety of ways.
Pocket coils, often known as individually enclosed or fabric-encased springs, are manufactured by wrapping each coil in fabric and stitching it together. This way of connecting the coils allows them to isolate movements and adjust to the body better. Pocket coils are perhaps the most popular in current hybrids due to their characteristics.
A Bonnell structure is a standard hourglass-shaped spring system in which each coil is directly attached to the interior lattice structure that binds them all together. This means the springs are less bendable and therefore more impacted by surrounding coil compression. As a result, Bonnell coils are less expensive, but they transfer more significant motion and provide less support.
Continuous Wire Coils
Continuous wire coils have a similar appearance to Bonnell coils and work similarly. The most significant distinction is that most of the coils are made from a single loop of string.
Individual springs have additional flexibility with offset coils since the coils are not connected to the inner structure. Instead, a little piece of metal connects them. However, while offset coils provide better motion seclusion than Bonnell coils due to their more excellent range of motion, they are not as good as pocket coils in this respect.
Many hybrid comfort systems include one or even more types of foam, which can significantly impact the overall performance of the mattress.
Memory foam is recognized for its sluggish response to pressure and deep body-conforming. As a result, sleepers will feel as if their mattress is hugging them, which relieves pressure. While most hybrid mattresses include a little layer of memory foam, specific hybrid models offer the deep-conforming properties of all-memory foam beds. The conforming also has the effect of providing excellent motion isolation. Memory foam scarcely transfers motion across its surface, making it an excellent choice for partners and light sleepers.
Memory foam is often appropriate for side and back sleepers, depending on the stiffness of the bed as a whole. If you prefer the sensation of memory foam but prefer to sleep on your stomach, we recommend a firmer memory foam hybrid type.
The major disadvantage of memory foam is that it traps a lot of body heat, making temperature management difficult. However, hybrid mattresses are generally balanced because coil support cores allow for a lot of airflow throughout the mattress. Another disadvantage is the ‘stuck’ feeling that some sleepers have while trying to move around in a memory foam bed.
Polyfoam adapts to the sleeper’s body in the same way that memory foam does, but it is more reactive to pressure. This results in a minor reduction in pressure relief but increased mobility and temperature control. Polyfoam is good at isolating motion but not as good as memory foam.
Polyfoam hybrids, like memory foam, are best for side and back sleepers, whereas the most robust models with little polyfoam might function for stomach sleepers. In addition, polyfoam hybrids are the most cost-effective sort of hybrid.
The disadvantages of polyfoam are similar to those of memory foam but to a smaller extent. Polyfoam hybrids are a fantastic all-around affordable option in general.
Latex hybrid mattresses are among the most abundant on the market. Latex conforms to the shape of the sleeper’s body sensibly, reducing some pressure though not quite as much as memory foam. The responsiveness of latex is what sets it apart. In addition, latex has a pleasant bounce to it, making it simple to move around on the mattress. Latex is also noted for its excellent temperature neutrality and durability, with latex hybrids being the coolest and longest-lasting beds on the market.
Because latex is available in various firmnesses, it should be ideal for sleepers of every posture or mass. If you’re a heavy sleeper or rest on your stomach, a firmer model is recommended. Latex has one major disadvantage: its high cost. Many types of beds are substantially more expensive than latex hybrids. Latex is not the best choice if you suffer from chronic discomfort or like the deep contouring of memory foam.