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A Complete Guide: What is a Hybrid Mattress?

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2021-07-08 09:02:07

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Sleep and comfort are essential for our overall health, but there's a mattress that can elevate both without compromising support. The comfort level (plushness of your mattress) and support are vital to helping you sleep. But a hybrid mattress ensures greater comfort and support with the help of a critical support system and one or multiple layers of foam. This construction type gives you the best of both worlds of a foam luxury mattress and a supportive innerspring mattress. Because of the variability, it is the best mattress for your body and sleep quality and the best mattress for back pain too.

Your sleep quality and comfort are dependent on how your body works and relaxes when sleeping. That is, how you sleep on your regular mattress is also a factor in how your body and mattress react to each other. But, with a hybrid mattress, you can rely on it to cover all bases with excellence. Be it comfort with comfort layer plushness, contouring from innerspring or support layer, or excellent support from the core/base, and a hybrid mattress takes an edge over others. These factors and the variety of construction options, materials used in a hybrid mattress make it the best mattress to buy for your bedroom.

What is a Hybrid Mattress?
To come down to the basics, a hybrid mattress is any mattress that uses two types of foam and a solid support system (either innerspring or coir) towards its base. In most cases, innerspring systems take precedence because coir has too many disadvantages to making it viable in the long term. For example, if you're looking at a hybrid latex foam mattress, it would have a latex foam layer in the support, a memory foam comfort layer, or quilting into a specialized top and an innerspring base. A pocket coil innerspring, the latex foam support layer, and a specialized top enhances the mattress comfort and support. Here are the layers and how they work in a hybrid mattress:

  1. Base layer: The base or support layer protects your support system and bed frame from abrasion and damaging each other while making the mattress more robust. In a way, this base or support layer is your mattress's foundation. It is a thick layer or encasing that protects your bed frame and innerspring system and may even extend as a rigid casing around the entire system on the mattress sides.
     
  2. Supporting core: The supporting core or the innerspring system (sometimes multiple) is responsible for the support that your body needs. It can be an innerspring, dual or micro innerspring pocket coil, or even a Bonnell coil system. The supportive core lies between the support layer and the base layer and acts as the primary source of support for your body. It can also act as a dual innerspring pocket coil layer in some ultra-luxury mattresses and differentiates other mattresses from hybrid mattresses.
     
  3. Support layer: The support layer is a layer that protects the upper layer from potential friction or abrasion from the innerspring layers and helps transfer the motion and support from beneath. In a hybrid mattress, the support layer helps you sleep better in any orientation because of body posture correction and spinal alignment. Additionally, it also helps enhance the support because it is usually much denser than the comfort layer and helps with body contouring.
     
  4. Comfort layer: In other mattresses, the comfort layer is often the topmost layer that is up to 2-3 inches thick on average and made with high-density softer materials like PU Foam, memory foam, or sometimes even latex foam. However, in a hybrid mattress, the comfort layer is usually enveloped between the support layer and specialized top or dedicated quilting and acts to enhance comfort. In a hybrid mattress, the comfort layer is usually 1-2 inches thick or lower, depending upon the requirement, and is responsible for the mattress's pressure-relieving properties.
     
  5. Specialized top: The specialized top or quilting in a hybrid mattress is usually either a pillow-top, Euro top or box top. This specialized construction feature is unique to hospitality or Westin-bed style mattresses and some hybrid mattresses. Hybrid mattresses may have either of these construction features added on top of the comfort layer to enhance the plushness and comfort factor and help deliver a sleeping on a cloud experience. In the case of Euro or box top, they help deliver comfort and enhance support while solving the temperature issue. These construction types usually have breathable, medium-density foam such as memory foam or PU foam to offer muscle-relieving and good temperature conditions.

Advantages of Hybrid Mattress:
Although your everyday use best luxury mattress may help offer better sleep and comfort, a hybrid mattress uses multiple layers or varieties to take it a level ahead. The enhanced support, comfort, durability, among other features, make hybrid mattresses a better option for people looking for the best sleeping experience:

  1. More Comfort: The enhanced support of a hybrid mattress is because of how the multiple layers work in tandem. From the base innerspring support to the topmost specialized layer, a hybrid mattress helps deliver more comfort than a traditional luxury mattress. The base innerspring system works with the support and comfort layer to contour your body, take pressure off from your muscles, and align your body correctly. The plushness and feel of immediate relaxation you get are because of the support layer, comfort layer, and the specialized layer working together to make your body feel almost weightless. This effect is brought about by the proper alignment of muscles, skeletal system, joints, and especially your spine. This supportive alignment is, in a way, more comfortable for people using other innerspring or pure foam-based mattresses. A hybrid mattress offers comfort because of multiple layers working together rather than just the comfort and support layers in other mattresses.
     
  2. More Support: In a hybrid mattress, you also experience more support than other mattresses because of the presence of a robust innerspring system complimented by a thick support layer. Additionally, the base layer or edge protection helps offer more support when getting out of bed and helps protect and enhance the support from the innerspring system. The support layer and the innerspring system work together to align your spine and muscles throughout your body in a perfect effortless neutral position. This kind of multi-level support helps protect better against body pain preemptively and offers more relief proactively. Moreover, the support may even be a construction element like Euro top or the support layer that works with the core innerspring layer. The layers beneath enhance support in your hybrid mattress together as the innerspring layer acts as the core, offering full-body support, no matter how or where you sleep on the mattress. The support layer helps contour your body to prevent any sinking or excess firmness that feels better for various body types.
     
  3. Durable: Another factor in favor of a hybrid mattress is its durability, both because of multiple layers protecting each other and the base layer acting as edge support. This edge protection protects the internal elements of your hybrid mattress from environmental factors. Also, it helps prevent abrasion or damage due to mattress movement to the bed and vice versa. Additionally, the layers also tend to be high-density configurations piled up to work together with adequate thickness to last a long time. The high-density foams, innerspring system, high-GSM fabric, and edge protection are multiple elements that enhance your mattress's durability. In some cases, like hospitality mattresses, there might even be the presence of fire retardant material throughout the mattress, enhancing its durability and protection. Since the materials on top and bottom are well thought of in terms of breathability, density, and overall function, a hybrid mattress is also more durable than your standard luxury mattress.
     
  4. General suitability: A hybrid mattress is also one of the best options for back pain or other body pains. As the best mattress for back pain, a hybrid mattress's support system and comfort balance also make it an excellent option for a wide variety of body types. Whether you're fit and leading an active lifestyle needing comfort at the end of the day, want more support as a passive or older person, a hybrid mattress covers all bases. Because it uses multiple layers to enhance support and comfort in your body, your body weight is of little concern when choosing a hybrid mattress. This means more openness regarding weight issues for a hybrid mattress, where a traditional innerspring or ortho foam mattress wouldn't be viable. So, if you're looking for a mattress for you and your partner for the long term, anticipating life events like pregnancy, aging, or other issues that can affect your weight, a hybrid mattress is the best investment. Moreover, a hybrid mattress comes with different kinds of innerspring systems that can be customized as per body weight and overall firmness requirement, making it better in terms of overall suitability. You should use our SleepID tool to find out the kind of mattress that suits your requirement and budget best.
     
  5. Excellent for different sleeping positions: Since the support and comfort layers work better together in a hybrid mattress due to multiple layers and the innerspring core, sleeping in different positions is more leisurely. A hybrid mattress is also suitable for multiple people in different positions. In that case, you can trust the innerspring system and the support layer to work together and provide a horizontal neutral position for your spine while relieving pressure and enhancing support throughout your body. Similarly, if you prefer to sleep on your side in different postures, the pressure points in your shoulders, pelvic area have enough support and comfort to make sleeping feel much better due to combined effort. This benefit of combining multiple layers has more to do with your bodyweight distribution and requirement of comfort and support accordingly. The different layers in a hybrid mattress are better suited for sleeping positions in a hybrid mattress compared to fewer layers in your everyday innerspring or foam mattress.
     
  6. Zero partner disturbance: Not all traditional luxury mattresses offer motion isolation for sound sleep for multiple people. In such mattresses, it comes down to either the innerspring system or the foam material type, and zero partner disturbance relies on either of these two elements. However, in a hybrid mattress, you get zero partner disturbance no matter what. This zero disturbance results from the innerspring system (usually high-density pocket coil) and the upper layers working together to maximize comfort and pressure relief in only the areas of maximum pressure. As a result, all the motion transfer is localized and not transmitted to your partner. The Euro top or pillow top construction further prevents motion transfer by providing pressure relief locally and restricting motion in different mattress types. As a result, you get better disturbance-free sleep every night. Moreover, the edge protection and different layers at the base further help restrict motion whenever you get up or jump into bed. The best scenario for maximum motion disturbance is possible in hybrid latex foam and innerspring pocket coil mattresses. You can also check our ultra-luxury mattresses that prevent motion transfer because of dual, micro innerspring pocket coil layers.

Difference between a Hybrid Mattress and Foam or a Memory Foam or a Latex Mattress:
There is a difference between how hybrid mattresses work and other foam, memory foam, or latex foam mattresses. Although the functioning of other mattresses doesn't mean that they're not suitable for sleep, a hybrid mattress takes the experience up a notch. For example, a latex foam or memory foam mattress would have a foam core, latex foam or memory foam support layer, and a softer yet denser comfort layer. This configuration is perfect for most people looking for comfortable sleep but might lack the dedicated support and comfort a hybrid mattress brings along.

  1. Better focused support and comfort: In a hybrid mattress, multiple layers work together to create a better sleeping experience. The support layer enhances support and enhances contouring support because of better-focused support. This full-body-focused support isn't present in your usual foam mattress and lacks enhanced support and contouring comfort. It also means more support and comfort in your body in a hybrid mattress, as both work together and lesser comfort and support in a foam mattress.
     
  2. Enhanced pressure-relief: Hybrid mattresses also offer enhanced pressure relief because of how the multiple layers work together. This is because the support layer, innerspring layer, and comfort layer offer better comfort and plushness together due to high-density materials. The construction additions like a pillow top or Euro top may also be present on top of a standard luxury mattress but is more efficient in a hybrid mattress.
    There isn't as much dedicated support and comfort in a pure foam mattress, but the multiple comfort layers help with more pressure relief. This is especially true for hybrid mattresses because of multiple comfort layers (comfort layer and quilting in the specialized top), in addition to contouring support from beneath. As a result, you get a better mattress for pressure relief and comfort for your muscles' exhaustion while providing the necessary support.
     
  3. Better pain relief: The standard luxury foam mattresses may have an ortho foam core, but a hybrid mattress has single or multiple layers of the supportive innerspring system offering better support. Additionally, the support layer working together with the innerspring pocket or Bonnell coil offers enhanced support not possible in a foam mattress. A hybrid mattress offers better contouring support and overall robust support for people with chronic pain or looking after preemptive care, making a hybrid the best mattress for back pain. No matter which position you sleep in, a hybrid mattress offers better contouring and overall support than a foam mattress.

List of Top 5 Hybrid Mattresses in India:
You can enjoy enhanced comfort and support with the help of world-class hybrid mattresses in India too. Here are some mattresses that help you sleep better every night:

  1. PostureSense SureSleep: The PostureSense SureSleep is a dual comfort hybrid mattress with one side soft and the other firm. PostureSense SureSleep comes with high-density GSM fabrics that protect both sides and differently configured quilting on each side. The innerspring pocket coil system at the core of the PostureSense SureSleep mattress ensures contouring support perfect for different sleeping positions on either side. It can be challenging to restrict motion in a dual comfort mattress, but the innerspring pocket coil core ensures that you sleep perfectly in bliss without any motion disturbance from your partner. It is one of the best dual comfort mattresses that offer body contouring support and enhanced comfort, and rigid straps on the sides to flip it effortlessly.
     
  2. Physiopedic - Medium Firm Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress: The PhysioPedic is a luxury full-body support hybrid mattress with a medium-firm memory foam quilting. It comes FirmTech pocket spring system at its base, which helps support your spine in different positions, and muscle pain relief thanks to the medium-firm memory foam quilting. The pillow top layer helps enhance comfort and offer pain relief in different positions with highly effective muscle pain relief, while the innerspring system offers contouring support. As the best Dr recommended mattress for back pain relief, the PhysioPedic is ideal for people who need full-body support. The pocket spring core helps keep your body afloat and your spine in perfect neutral alignment, while the upper layers enhance and offer a pain-free sleeping experience. The PhysioPedic gives new meaning to an orthopedic mattress and also has an edge support casing to help keep the mattress and your back in perfect condition for years to come.
     
  3. World Luxury: If you're looking for a hotel-like soft mattress and cannot go back to your everyday bed after your recent luxury hotel stay, World Luxury is for you. This mattress is a soft mattress with a pillow-top construction to enhance comfort with high-density pocket coil BodyTech springs. The PressureSense foam helps contour your body and enhance comfort while keeping your body slightly warm yet prevent overheating and sweating. The pillow-top layer on top and the innerspring systems work together to neutralize your bodyweight and help deliver a soft and weightless sleeping experience. The higher spring count in the BodyTech innerspring base further helps restrict motion and offers the feeling of an ultra-luxury hotel suite right at your home. Because of lesser support, this mattress is ideal for people without chronic pain, more significant bodyweight issues, or injuries. This extra soft designer mattress will feel right at home and make your bedroom the best thing to look forward to at the end of the day.
     
  4. Signature: The Signature mattress is an ultra-soft mattress with a Box top construction and dual innerspring pocket coil layers to deliver an ultra-luxurious and soft sleeping experience. The gem of this mattress is in its dual innerspring pocket coil system that helps with body contouring and comfort like no other mattress. The Euro top helps support and relieve pressure from your body while dispersing temperature and pressure more effectively. At the same time, the BodySink quilting in the Euro top helps your body feel almost weightless. These innerspring layers work together to offer a highly effective supportive yet comfortable experience that is hard to find in an ordinary innerspring or luxury foam mattress. The Signature also feels bouncy, and calling it ultra-comfortable and soft would still be an understatement. The silicone fiber and BodySink neutralize pressure from your shoulders, legs, and back effortlessly and allow you to sleep without a care in the world. Moreover, the innerspring layers are also highly efficient at stopping motion disturbance, and you can sleep without kids or your partner tossing and turning at night.
     
  5. Chiropedic 10000: The Chiropedic 10000 is a back support mattress with a Bonnell coil spring support system and a latex foam support layer. It is an ICA-approved (International Chiropractic Association) mattress for back pain and ideal for overweight or older people with back pain issues and injuries. The Chiropedic 10000 comes with a Box top construction on top for maximum pressure relief and enhanced comfort. The innerspring Bonnell coil system also has double heat tempered high-density and high volume coils to prevent any bed disturbance from triggering your back pain. The Chiropedic 10000 also has multiple layers of BodySink Foam quilting to allow maximum pressure relief and comfort in switching positions, making sleep better in any position. The two-inch thick latex foam layer helps support and contour your pressure points and spine to sleep in different positions, to enhance your core muscle strength while offering a neutral position for your spinal posture.
    These features also make the Chiropedic 1000 ideal for different kinds of body pains, from neck and shoulder to leg pains, as the full-body enhanced support is best for body pain. The mattress also offers a slightly warmer sleeping experience, as the BodySink foam quilting in the box top and comfort layer allow your body to sink marginally without leading to overheating. The Chiropedic 10000 also comes with an edge protection layer that helps protect your mattress from degradation or rough use, protects your back when getting up, and is ideal for preventing seniors from falling off the bed.

Conclusion:
Finding the right mattress for your body type, requirements, and personal preferences is no longer difficult, thanks to our SleepID tool. You can go ahead with a traditional luxury mattress for your bedroom and a hybrid mattress if you're looking to go a step further in improving your sleep. Sleep and comfort are co-dependent factors that cannot be separated, but support is essential and sometimes lacking in pure foam-based mattresses. That is where a hybrid mattress jumps in to save the day and has your back covered from pains, injuries, and muscle degradation. If you're concerned about body pain, you should look into our Dr recommended orthopedic mattresses, and our hybrid mattresses can cover the comfort requirement.

Where other mattresses may lack or not offer as much as you need, a hybrid mattress has the best overall balance of comfort and support, thanks to its unique construction. The specialized quilting or construction enhancements like a pillow top, Euro top, or Box top help drive more comfort and support to your entire body and offer a much better sleeping experience than a traditional mattress. Be it pressure relief, full-body support, or enhanced comfort, a hybrid mattress is a kind you didn't know you need until you test it in person with a home demo or by walking into our stores.

For back pain, injuries, or severe physiological issues, always carry a Doctor's prescription, and our sleep technicians can help with the rest. You can also look into our back support mattresses, or Dr recommended orthopedic mattresses if you're looking for something more focused on support than a hybrid mattress.

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