What Is a Hybrid Mattress?

A hybrid mattress - or combination mattress - is a multi-layered mattress that combines springs and foam layers for the best of both comfort and support. They're a fantastic option if you love the bounce and support of a pocket sprung mattress, with the comfort of foam. They're also perfect if you often switch sleeping positions. Read on to discover more!

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The SleepSoul Bliss 800 Pocket Memory Pillow Top Mattress
The SleepSoul Bliss 800 Pocket Memory Pillow Top Mattress is a best-selling hybrid mattress

What are the benefits of a hybrid mattress?

Hybrid mattresses have many benefits. They're super-comfy, perfectly supportive - and they provide plenty of pressure relief, too. Read on to discover their benefits.

1. They're really comfy!

Hybrid mattresses are some of the comfiest mattresses around! The foam layer - whether that's memory foam, cooling gel or latex - contours to your unique shape and gives your mattress a soothing feel.

Combined with the supportive pocket springs underneath, the comfort layer gives the mattress a plush, luxurious feel. In fact, customers often describe sleeping on this type of mattress as if they're "sleeping on a cloud"!

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Hybrid mattresses are oh-so-comfy!

2. They soothe aches and pains

Whether you're tired and achy from a long day, or you suffer from joint pain, you'll get better pressure relief with a hybrid mattress. That's because they feature both comfy foam and pocket springs - and that's a great combination for aches, pains and general discomfort.

3. You can choose the right firmness for you

Hybrid mattresses are highly versatile mattresses, and they're available in all sorts of firmness options.

Firmness ratingBest for
SofterGentle, softer comfort
MediumBalanced comfort and support
Medium-firmA touch more support
FirmerFirmly supportive

Whatever firmness preference you have, you'll find the perfect mattress to suit you. Read more about firmness in our guide.

4. You'll get support exactly where you need it

Since hybrids feature hundreds - even thousands - of individual pocket springs, you'll get top-to-toe support for every part of your body. Pocket springs deliver plenty of support for heavier areas such as your hips, and more gentle support for lighter areas.

5. You'll feel cool and fresh

Many include built-in cooling technology, making them a fantastic choice if you sleep hot. From breathable covers, to cooling gel and even charcoal bamboo memory foam, hybrid mattresses include all sorts of temperature-regulating features to keep you cool.

The Luna Memory 1000 Pocket Mattress
The Luna Memory 1000 Pocket Hybrid Mattress includes many cooling features

6. They're great for all sleeping positions

Whether you sleep on your back, side, front - or all three - a hybrid mattress is ideal. The foam layers add cushioning comfort for your hips and shoulders if you sleep on your side, and the pocket springs give great support for all sleeping positions. Find out more in our sleeping positions guide.

7. There's no roll-together

Unlike traditional sprung mattresses (often called open coil mattresses), pocket springs support each individual part of your body, rather than distributing weight across an entire row of springs.

Thanks to the superior support of pocket springs, you'll sleep in your own "zone" with a hybrid mattress. This means you won't roll into each other!

8. There's no motion transfer

Hybrid mattresses are great if you're a light sleeper, thanks to the combination of foam and pocket springs. Whether you need to get up in the night or need to switch sleeping position, they're much less disruptive than traditional sprung mattresses.

The magic of pocket springs is all down to their independent movement. Since each one is designed to react to the specific weight and pressure applied to it, other springs won't move. This means that your motion won't be transferred to your partner - and vice versa.

9. You'll get more sleeping space

Find yourself rolling towards the edge of your current mattress? Not with a hybrid! Many come with built-in edge support as standard.

This edge support is typically created using a firmer foam encasement known as "foam encapsulation". The reinforced outer edge support gives you more sleeping space - and no worries about rolling out of bed!

Bisection of the Mlily Bamboo+ Deluxe Memory 1500 Pocket Mattress
The Mlily Bamboo+ Deluxe Memory 1500 Pocket Mattress gives you more sleeping space

10. You'll get a more peaceful sleep

With a hybrid, you'll get more sleeping space, no roll-together - and no worries about rolling off, either. This means there's less chance you'll wake up throughout the night, and both you and your partner will enjoy a more restful sleep.

11. They're much easier to care for

In our busy modern world, the last thing we need are yet more chores! Compared with traditional mattresses, hybrid mattresses are easier to keep in great condition.

Many hybrids are single-sided, which means you don't need to flip them over. They often include removable, washable covers - so you can enjoy a cleaner, fresher feel.

12. They're more eco-friendly

Many hybrid mattresses are vegan-friendly and chemical treatment-free.

Take the Sleepeezee Hybrid 2000 PocketGel Mattress for instance. It's vegan-friendly and 100% recyclable at the end of its life, making it a healthier, greener alternative to traditional mattresses.

So if you're looking for a mattress that's kinder to you - and the planet - a hybrid mattress might be just what you're looking for.

The Sleepeezee Hybrid 2000 PocketGel Mattress in a large, green bedroom on a black fabric divan bed.
The Sleepeezee Hybrid 2000 PocketGel Mattress is vegan-friendly and hypoallergenic

13. They're easier to install

Often rolled up and boxed, hybrids are much easier to transport and install in your home. Known as "bed in a box", they're great if you have a smaller bedroom or a narrow hallway.

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Are hybrid mattresses better than memory foam?

Hybrid mattresses are superior in many ways. The sprung base supports your body, whilst the comfort layer provides cushioning comfort where you need it. However, many memory foam mattresses offer these benefits too!

Here are the main differences between hybrid and memory foam mattresses:

  • Hybrid mattresses have more comfort layer options. Conversely, memory mattresses typically only include a memory foam comfort layer.
  • Hybrid mattresses feature a sprung base. While memory foam mattresses can include springs, they may also use a high-density foam base instead.

Memory foam mattresses are loved by many, and remain a highly popular mattress type. The great news is that you don't have to sacrifice memory foam comfort in your quest for a hybrid - you can buy a hybrid memory foam mattress.

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Are hybrid mattresses good for back pain?

Yes, hybrid mattresses are a great option if you suffer from back pain. Thanks to the individual support of every pocket spring, you'll get excellent spinal alignment and postural care.

Every pocket spring reacts independently to your unique shape and body weight. That means they can deliver more or less support - depending on the body area. The result is a perfectly tailored feel, with just the right amount of support where you need it and no more aches and pains.

Of course, there are many other types of mattresses that are designed to care for your back. Our range of orthopaedic mattresses are expertly made to ensure a healthy sleeping posture and high levels of back support.

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Sealy Posturepedic Elevate Ultra Webber Memory Mattress in a luxury bedroom with grey cabinets and a gold bedside table
The Sealy Posturepedic Elevate Ultra Webber Memory Mattress cares for your back

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Do hybrid mattresses get hot?

In general, they shouldn't get hot. In fact, you should sleep cooler with a hybrid compared with traditional mattresses. Here's why:

Hybrid mattress featureHow it keeps you cool
Cooling comfort materialsReduces heat build-up
Pocket springsHelps whisk warmer air away
Climate-control coversRegulates your temperature
Air vents and breathable mattress bordersCirculates fresh air around your mattress

Of course, it's true that there are many different types, and some can feel warmer or cooler than others.

If you're looking for a cool, breathable mattress, we recommend gel hybrid mattresses. The layer of gel foam adds a cooler feel and when coupled with clever climate-control cover technology, you can be sure of a more comfortable night's sleep.

Of course, there are many cooling options available. Take a look at our complete range of cooling mattresses!

Jessica Ennis-Hill sitting on the Sleepeezee Jessica 1800 Pocket Gel Mattress
The award-winning Sleepeezee Jessica 1800 Pocket Gel Mattress features StayCool™ Gel

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How long do hybrid mattresses last?

They can last for many years, provided you care for them correctly. Many come with impressive warranties, too.

However, over time, your mattress will start to lose the comfort and support you expect from it. This is a gradual change and you may not notice it.

That's why we recommend replacing your hybrid mattress every seven years - to ensure optimal support, hygiene and quality.

To find out whether your mattress is nearing the end of its life, take a look at our mattress replacement guide.

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Do hybrid mattresses come in a box?

Yes, many come in a box - but not always. Often, hybrid mattresses are vacuum-sealed and rolled up. They can then be placed in a box for extra protection on their way to you. This makes them easier to deliver straight to your door - and you can enjoy your brand new mattress sooner.

Often referred to as "bed-in-a-box", these types of mattresses are no different to mattresses that are delivered flat. In fact, since we can fit more into our vans, we can do fewer journeys. This makes rolled mattresses a much more eco-friendly option - you can literally help care for the planet as you sleep!

Casper mattress in a box
Casper mattresses come in a box for quick and easy delivery

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Which is the best hybrid mattress?

The best hybrid mattress is one that correctly supports you, and provides plenty of comfort for a great night's sleep. Of course, there are so many that it can be hard to know which one to choose.

We've taken the hard work out of mattress shopping and handpicked our 3 best hybrid mattresses just for you. Read on to discover your favourite!

1. Horizon Discovery 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress - from £459.95

The Horizon Discovery 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress
The Horizon Discovery 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress in the double size is a Which? Best Buy!

If you want a decadently deep layer of memory foam comfort and plenty of pocket springs - look no further than the Horizon Discovery 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress!

Here's why we love it:

  • The double size is a 2020 Which? Best Buy
  • Not too firm - or too soft!
  • Super-deep 7.5cm memory foam
  • 1500 pocket springs for the best support
  • Great-value 10 year guarantee

If you think the Horizon Discovery is the mattress for you, check out the video below for more information.

2. Casper Hybrid Mattress - from £500

The Casper Hybrid Mattress
The Casper Hybrid Mattress is sure to tick all your boxes

The Casper Hybrid Mattress is the most luxurious mattress in our Casper mattress range. It features not one - but three! - pressure-relieving and remarkably comfortable foam layers.

Here's why we love it:

  • That "just-right" Casper feel
  • Better breathability to keep you cool
  • Perfect pocket sprung support
  • Worry-free 10 year guarantee

3. Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress - from £699.95

Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress on a whote background - one of our Top 10 Mattresses for 2022
The Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress is irresistibly comfortable

From the 1500 miQro® pocket springs to the Simbatex foam layer, the Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress soothes and comforts after a long day. It's simply the perfect mattress!

Here's why we love it:

  • Super-comfy layer of Simbatex
  • Medium-firm for great body support
  • Keeps you fresh as you sleep
  • Generous 10-year guarantee

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Hybrid mattresses are a great option if you're looking for the perfect balance of comfort and sprung support. Take a look at our memory foam hybrid mattresses or hybrid gel mattress deals available now - all with free next-day delivery! If you'd like any further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.