A hybrid mattress is designed to combine the best aspects of one type of bed with the best aspects of another. Today, the term “hybrid” most commonly refers to a bed that uses modern specialty comfort materials in its top layers (such as memory foam, latex or gel), together with a traditional innerspring support core underneath. The idea behind these hybrid mattresses is to combine the well-established durability and support of coil springs with the proven comfort and pressure relief of specialty padding materials.
When people think of a memory foam or latex mattress, they are usually thinking of a mattress that does not have coils. But the two technologies can happily co-exit in one mattress. In fact, no mattress is made entirely of specialty materials such as memory foam or gel. Most memory foam or latex mattresses have a thick layer of polyurethane foam on the bottom, which serves as a substitute for the innerspring core.
To understand what makes this so confusing, we need to look at how mattresses are marketed. As a consumer, you are told that this mattress over here is a “memory foam” mattress, while this one over here is an “innerspring” mattress that has memory foam on the top. Logically, you might conclude that the first mattress must be all memory foam, while the second mattress only has memory foam in the top comfort layers. However, the reality is that both mattresses only have memory foam in the top comfort layers. So actually, one of the biggest distinctions between them may be whether your support layer is coming from a block of polyurethane foam or a coil spring unit.
Net, you should understand that the decision of what type of comfort materials you like is completely separate from what kind of support layer you want. Over the past decade, as specialty mattresses have steadily gained in popularity, all-foam mattresses have proven to be very popular sellers. And while a “foam core” has many important benefits, there are also a number of inherent benefits to a spring core. Once you decide that you like the comfort and pressure relief of specialty materials such as memory foam, latex and gel, you then need to choose a bed with the support characteristics that are right for you.
If you are choosing between a hybrid mattress and a foam-core mattress, you might also want to consider some of the most commonly cited benefits of foam-core beds: