A hybrid is one of the best mattresses you can sleep on. Hybrids contain elements of a classic innerspring mattress and the modern memory foam bed, creating a bed that emphasizes the two types’ strengths and minimizes their weaknesses.
When it comes to mattress sizes, a full size mattress is the right choice for many sleepers. Full beds have more space than a twin mattress but don’t take up as much bedroom space as a queen or king.
The best hybrid mattresses balance bouncy support with pressure-relieving cushion. A hybrid lifts you without pressing hard against you. The foam comfort layer should mold to you and provide full-body pressure relief.
Our Recommendation: Zoma Hybrid
Do you want a memory foam mattress that promotes recovery and pain relief, but you also miss an innerspring mattress’s bounce? Our Zoma Hybrid offers the perfect compromise. We pair our specialty foams with sturdy coils for a comfortable, supportive mattress.
The top layer is gel memory foam with our exclusive Triangulex™ technology. We add triangular cutouts in the head, shoulder, and leg areas to create more flexible cushioning. The cutouts improve the gel foam’s contouring abilities, increasing pressure relief.
The bed’s second layer is Reactiv™ foam, a sensitive material that prevents sinkage. Thanks to the buoyancy of Reactiv™, you’ll never feel stuck in a bed that’s unable to adapt quickly to your movements.
Our mattress’s support core contains pocketed coils, with a thin foam base underneath the coil layer. We encase every coil in a fabric packet to improve the Zoma Hybrid’s motion isolation. The packets allow a coil to react individually. When a spring can’t act independently, your every movement travels across the mattress.
A full size Zoma Hybrid is $899 and includes free shipping, a 100-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty. Our limited warranty covers sagging that exceeds 0.75 inches. This coverage ensures that you’re always sleeping on a supportive, comfortable mattress.
What Goes into a Hybrid Mattress?
In biology, “hybrid” is a term used to describe the offspring of two different species. In the mattress world, a hybrid is the “offspring” of an innerspring and foam mattress. A true hybrid mattress contains at least 2 to 3 inches of foam on top of a coil base.
High-quality hybrid mattresses can contain a wide variety of foams. Many hybrids have a memory foam comfort layer, but it’s far from the only material you’ll find topping a mattress. An eco-friendly hybrid might have a natural latex top layer. A budget mattress might have inexpensive polyurethane foam on top of the hybrid.
Why combine elements from these two mattresses into one bed? The biggest reason is that a hybrid’s design can reduce or even eliminate the drawbacks of both foam and innerspring mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses are well-known for their pressure-relieving properties. The mattress type is an excellent choice for anyone with chronic pain.
A memory foam bed is also a popular couple’s mattress. The material isolates motion well, preventing sleep disturbances.
The drawback to a traditional memory foam mattress is its heat retention. If the heat builds up, you may start sweating and even wake up in the middle of the night.
Many memory foam mattress manufacturers mix in different materials during production to remove heat. Other producers may create a more breathable foam by replacing select petrochemicals. Still, a hybrid mattress is usually more breathable because of its airy coil layer.
A traditional innerspring mattress is even more breathable than a hybrid. Innerspring beds have thin comfort layers, letting air flow through more easily. An innerspring mattress is a good cooling mattress, but it’s usually not considered the most comfortable mattress type.
Innerspring mattresses typically can’t offer the pressure relief that many sleepers need. Most innerspring beds cannot contour to the body as well as foam mattresses. The pressure relief an innerspring bed offers is reduced as its coils wear out.
A hybrid’s comfort layer is more conforming than a traditional innerspring mattress. The comfort layer molds to you for full-body support and pressure relief.
Why Choose a Full Size Mattress?
A full size mattress is a good size choice if you’re a single sleeper who wants a larger bed. With 16 extra inches of width than a twin mattress, you have plenty of sprawling space. Yet a full mattress is still compact enough to fit into most small bedrooms or studio apartments.
A full bed is also an excellent choice for anyone shopping on a budget. If you want a relaxing bed but can’t quite afford a queen or king, a full mattress still offers a luxurious night’s rest.
Do you plan on sharing a hybrid mattress with a partner? Then we recommend considering a larger mattress size. Each person’s sleeping space would be about 27 inches wide on a full bed. That’s about the size of a crib mattress, which is far too little personal space for most of us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most hybrid mattresses are not flippable. A mattress that can be flipped should feel the same no matter what side you’re lying on. However, that isn’t the design of most modern beds. Many beds have a layered construction, with a supportive base and a softer comfort layer.
When you lie down on a hybrid mattress after flipping it, you’ll find it’s not as comfortable as the bed’s top layer. The base foam won’t contour to your body for full support and pressure relief. Some hybrid beds are dual-sided, but they are difficult to find.
Yes, a hybrid mattress will likely sag after years of use. Mattresses that contain coils tend to have a higher risk of sagging than an all-foam mattress.
A good hybrid mattress should provide sag-free support for at least six to seven years. How can you reduce the risks of sagging? Use a supportive foundation and rotate your hybrid every few months.
When people talk about a regular mattress, most think of the traditional innerspring mattress. We will briefly compare a hybrid to an innerspring mattress. We will also discuss how a hybrid and memory foam mattress differ.
The main difference between a hybrid and a memory foam mattress is the support core inside each. Hybrids have a pocketed coil layer, while memory foam mattresses have a base layer of stiff foam. The different support usually creates a slightly different feel. A hybrid mattress often lifts you more than a memory foam mattress.
As for hybrid and innerspring mattresses, the main difference is their comfort layers. Innerspring mattresses usually have thin layers of foam or fabric on the top and bottom. Hybrid mattresses have a thick foam top for a comfortable sleep experience.
No, like a memory foam mattress, a hybrid mattress shouldn’t need a box spring. The only mattress type that requires a box spring is a traditional innerspring bed.
You can keep your hybrid mattress on a solid or slatted surface. If your bed frame has slats, check that the slats are no more than 3 inches apart to ensure consistent support. We also recommend an adjustable base, particularly if you have a condition such as sleep apnea.
Always make sure you’re choosing a hybrid that suits your sleeping style. Are you a stomach sleeper? Then you should choose a firm mattress to maintain neutral spine alignment. Do you prefer sleeping on your side instead? The best hybrid for you might be one with soft, thick comfort layers.
When shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to consider your body weight, too. A mattress for a heavier person should usually have a firmer feel to resist compression. A smaller person should look for a softer mattress.
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A full size hybrid mattress is a good choice for a single sleeper who wants a buoyant mattress. A hybrid combines breathability and bounce with plushness and pressure relief.
Just remember that we only recommend full size beds for single sleepers. If you plan on sharing a bed, consider a queen size mattress or larger.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.