How To Choose a Mattress in 5 Easy Steps – The Definitive Guide
I think you will agree with me when I say that choosing the right mattress is no easy task?
First, you have to dispose of your old one and then go through a tedious process of selecting a new bed that will serve you well for years to come.
And having couple dozen options, manufacturers and handful types and materials doesn’t help, does it?
Luckily for you, you canfind out exactly how to pick a new mattressand most important thing to consider.
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Step 1: Do You Really Need A New Mattress?
Many people change their beds after just a few years, and that’s perfectly fine if you can afford it. The fact is, it’s not a small investment, so take a moment to determine do you really need a new.
Generally, after seven or eight years you will most likely need a new mattress. Of course, it depends on the quality and material (we will cover the types and materials later in this article). And if you feel back or neck pain it might, your bedding is a good place to start.
Here is the average mattress lifespan in years based on material and type:
Step 2: Determine your Budget
A bit of personal backstory here…
Several years back I went to a store and purchased amattress priced at $2500which was not even the most expensive one there. During the first year or so it was perfect, and I felt rejuvenated, and I slept like a baby during that time.
But, something happened.
My new and awesome mattress started sagging and losing support and needless to say my back and neck suffered.
Another two years had passed until I decided to buy a new oneonline at $850and this is the same one I’m using today after three years. Back to reality.
Not anyone will have the budget to walk into a store and buy something for several thousand dollars. Luckily, these days there are manyonline optionsyou can choose from rangingfrom $500 to $1200. There are also Black Friday bed deals (and Cyber Monday) that can result in additional savings as well.
Don’t get confused here. More money does not mean better quality. If you think that some of these online options are somehow worse than in-store ones, you are badly mistaken.Stores tend to inflate the prices as much as 1000%.
Here are some guidelines for you:
- Don’t always go with the cheapest option you find– This is a rule of thumb for most products you buy online. Spending less than $500 for a queen mattress simply because it means lower durability, more toxins and lower sleep quality in general.
- Higher Price does not mean Higher Quality– I bet you know this one, but it’s worth mentioning.
- Go with $1000 range for Queen size– This is usually where you will find the best bang for your buck.
- King / Cal King will cost slightly more– I would increase the budget for King and California King to $1400-1500 as you will have many more choices in that range.
- Now that you have your new budget set, I’m guessing you are asking yourself“what type of mattress is best for me?”Let’s dig in.
Step 3: Choose Your Ideal Type and Material
Ok, so this is where most people will go with their personal preference rather than anything else. If someone says “latex is the best,” I would not take this as final until I read other opinions and test it myself. Here are the most common options you will find these days.
This is the most traditional form of the mattress, and as of late, it’s received a bad rap. However, it is important to understand the potential benefits you could receive from going the traditional route, as well as the reasons why this option has lost its luster.
An obvious pro to purchasing a bed with springs is that it is one of themost affordable optionson the market, due in part to a decrease in demand and also in part to so many other options that have the potential to be more comfortable andbetter for overall health.
Another consideration is that these mattresses are known to last for decades. Spring beds are exceedingly durable. Being that the springs are typically made from different types of metals, they tend to keep their shape for many years.
Additionally, being that they are the most traditional style, they are also the most familiar. People recognize and understand what they are getting when they purchase a bed with springs. There is no guess work with this option like there may be with memory foam or other newer options.
The last notable advantage to this style of bed is that, because of the amount of space located between the springs, this option allows for the most circulation of air. This flow helps to keep the temperature down, allowing for acooler night’s sleep.
Example of the coil mattresses structure
Ideal for: People who want strong support, durability, cooling and great bounce. It also has an excellent edge support.
These mattresses are known for their fantastic cooling and comfort. Latex has a good bounce, responsiveness too.
Authentic latex foam is made from a tree called Hevea-Brasilenis tree, specifically from the white liquid extracted from it. Latex is harvested, and when the excess water is removed, you end up with raw material fantastic for various products, bedding systems being one of them.
It’s also great because you don’t get off-gassing and odors like with memory foam products.
Example of the latex bed structure
There are two types to choose from:
- Natural – More healthy option and environment-friendly. But it’s also more expensive so expect to pay around $2000 for a good natural latex mattress
- Synthetic – Made by mixing synthetic polymers with natural tree sap. Less expensive of course but less healthy in turn.
Latex is best forpeople who want good cooling, responsiveness, and bounce.
Memory foam was first developed in the 1970’s by NASA as a safety material for seat cushions to protect pilots and passengers during plane crashes. Since then, the material has blossomed into the burgeoning product employed by virtually every mattress maker.
Example of the memory foam bed structure
Why has it become so popular? The answer is that it is said to provide superior comfort and support for the entire body. Anyone who’s pressed their hand into this material immediately understands its appeal.
Memory foam uniquelyconforms to every inch of the bodythat is pressed into it. When you lift your body from the material, it slowly regains its original form, essentially making it perfect for every body type and every sleeper.
Another unique property of memory foam is itsmotion isolationcapabilities. You may have seen those commercials with a lady jumping on a mattress with a glass of wine at the other end. Miraculously, the wine doesn’t spill.
The wine doesn’t spill because the energy from jumping is not transferred to other parts of the mattress. This translates to better sleeping for partners, because the tossing and turning of one does not affect the other, a feature that is not found among any of the other options on the market.
One of the most common issues that people experience is that thematerial retains heat. If you are someone who requires a cool night sleep, the memory foam option may not be the best choice for you. While the manufacturers are coming up with new and better ways to keep the heat down, the jury is still out as to whether or not they’ve succeeded.
Ideal For: People who want body shaping, contour, pressure relief and good support.
The hybrid mattress is an unusual combination of both traditional spring and memory foam. Providing the best of both worlds, this option offers the contouring and lack of motion transfer of foam coupled with the support of springs.
Structure of the hybrid bed- example
The term “hybrid” is very loosely used to describe the combination we just mentioned. However, the amount of foam for these beds varies widely depending on the level of firmness desired. Some options employ less than 1.5 inches of foam, lending to the fact that they more closely resemble that of a traditional spring bed rather than the more modern memory foam option.
To find the most optimal version of a hybrid, it’s best to choose the one that hasclose to 3 inches of foam. Anything above that, and you might as well forego the springs all together.
One negative aspect of these beds is the fact that they are one of the more expensive offerings you’ll find. Purchasing one of these could put you in the multiples of thousands of dollars, a significant investment, but a worthy one if you plan to enjoy it long term.
Good For: People who want best all around product with good support, bounce, cooling and pressure relief.
And now the three less common but still important types:
These beds offer a unique ability tochange the sleeping positionbased on your preference. You can elevate the head or feet giving you more options than traditional products. These beds provide extra comfort for people suffering from chronic lumbar pain or just want to be slightly elevated to prevent snoring. They do look ugly though most of the time.
Perfect for: People with certain medical conditions like snoring, older sleepers and people with lower back pain.
These are usually coil, latex or memory foam beds buthave a layer of soft material sewn into the cover to make it more comfortable. These are also considered more luxurious and usually cost a bit more than standard options.
Good for: People who prefer more padding and softer feel.
A rather weird option, but sometimes very fun especially if you love waterbed sex. Some of the most common reasons for opting in for this type is a backache and arthritis relief. These beds are also great for people with allergies.
Good for: People with back pain, arthritis and allergies and anyone looking for something less conventional.
Step 4. Determine your Ideal Sleeping Position and Firmness
Most of us have a unique way of sleeping every night. No matter if you sleep on your side, stomach or back, or even if you switch throughout the night you will have to consider and choose the ideal type of bed based on your preference. So, take a moment and think, what’s your favorite sleeping position because that determines theideal firmness of your new bed.
The most important factor for back sleepers is firmness and support. If your mattress is too soft, your body will sink and cause back pain. You will need one that’s soft enough to provide pressure relief but still provides enough support. On a scale of 1-10, the perfect range would be 5-7.
According to The Better Sleep Council, only roughly 15% of people are back sleepers. Being that you are unique, it’ll take a special mattress to offer you the night’s rest you are seeking.
It’s the consensus that memory foam mattresses provide the highest level of comfort for people who sleep on their backs. This is because it provides adequate contouring to the spine while maintaining a longevity of proper support and structure.
Many people who often sleep on their sides, endure discomfort and pain in their hip joints and shoulders.It’s usually due to unsuitable bedding.
It’s advised that you go with a bit softer option than for a back sleeper as these they provide for an equal distribution of pressure while you’re sleeping on your side.
Ideally, you want to choose a mattress with firmness level of 3-6 (out of 10) which falls undermedium soft.
This is considered the worst sleeping position. The most important thing for stomach sleepers is to provide equal distribution of weight across your entire body as your torso will apply most pressure. If the mattress is too soft (not enough support) your spine will curve causing back pain.
You will want to look for something in 5-7 range, which falls undermedium to medium-firm. The good thing is that most options are in this range.
Step 5. Consider your Weight as a Factor
On first glance, you might be asking yourself,what does weight have to do with choosing a mattress?
The truth is, support, hug, feel, sinkage and even cooling will depend on your body type and weight. Another harsh truth is that there is no “best” mattress for every one of us.
Let’s take a look at the following guidelines how to choose an ideal firmness level based on your weight:
- Light (Less than 150 pounds)– You will want a medium firm bed around5-6 firmnessthat doesn’t sink too much. If you are lighter than 150 lbs, you can even go with four since most beds are rated for average sleeper of 180lbs.
If you want a softer feel or if you are a side sleeper you can opt for 3-4 firmness range. These are soft orplush options.
- Average (150-200 pounds)– Like with the previous category you can choose industrystandard of 5-7, providing perfect support and comfort.
Some sleepers will want to opt for more softer beds, and that’s perfectly fine, just go with 3-5 range if you sleep on your side and you are all set.
- Heavier Person (200+ pounds)– Heavier people can cause more pressure points on their back, and ideally you want to choose a firmer option to adjust for sinkage. If you are having problems with cooling, you ought to consider coil mattresses.
Ideally, choose a thick (12”) or thicker bed. This will provide good support and soft feel.
How to Select the Right Mattress for You – Summary
Hopefully, you have finished reading the above but even if you haven’t these five steps will ease your task of choosing a mattress for you or your family.
- Do you need a new mattress?– If your current bed is over eight years old, I’d consider replacing it no matter what. If you are having trouble sleeping or experiencing back or neck pain I would start searching.
- What is your current budget?– Don’t go with the cheapest option you find. Aim for $700-1200 range for a standard queen size bed (see top options). Of course, if you are buying smaller ones for your kid or teenager, the price will be considerably lower. Don’t spend less than $400 though. The quality drop-off is huge.
- What are your ideal type and material?– This is hands down the biggest challenge. Memory foam offers good contour and hug but sleeps hot. Traditional coil ones provide good bounce and cooling and are generally more durable. I recommend foam or hybrid to most people except for heavier sleepers who should opt for innerspring.
- What’s your preferred sleeping position?– This determines your ideal firmness level. On a scale of 1-10 (one being soft and ten being very firm), back sleepers will want to opt for a medium firm (4-7), side sleepers for more softer option (3-5) and stomach sleepers will need more support to avoid sinking (6-7 range).
- What’s your body type and weight?– Lighter sleepers (150lbs or less) will want a 1-2 points softer mattress to get the same feel like an average (180lbs) person. On the other hand, if you are a heavier person you will need more support and thicker mattress to support the weight.
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How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress
Ready for a new mattress? Here’s how to find the one that suits you best.
Getting a good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors — comfort, stress level, room temperature вЂ“ but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress and have recently taken a stroll down the aisle of a bedding store, you know that there is a dizzying array from which to choose. How do you know which mattress is best for you?
To start, says Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment
"If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment," Shamie tells WebMD. "If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back." Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning.
Generally speaking, one type or brand of bed isn’t better than another, says Michael Breus, PhD, a WebMD sleep expert and author ofBeauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep.But he does find that a firmer bed seems to be better for people with lower back pain.
In fact, researchers in Spain studied people with long-term back pain and found that on a 10-point hard-to-soft scale people who slept on a medium-to-firm mattress (5.6 on the scale) had less back pain than those who slept on a softer mattress.
Is It Time for a New Mattress?
How do you know if the bed you’re sleeping on is the right one?
"If you wake up in the morning and have some low back pain and can stretch and get rid of it in 15 or 30 minutes, that means you’re on an inappropriate mattress for you," Breus says.
The right mattress, on the other hand, is one on which you feel no pressure, almost like you’re floating in air, Breus says.
If you’re looking for a new mattress, experts suggest testing it in the store and laying down on each mattress in the position in which you normally sleep. Breus suggests spending at least 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And, bring your own pillow! The more you can replicate the way you’ll be sleeping on the mattress once you get it home, the better your chances of picking the right one.
Innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. They support you with coil springs, and in most built today, each coil is individually enclosed. This helps the bed weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. On top of the coils are a wide variety of materials added for comfort, from pillow to latex to memory foam. It’s all a matter of preference.
Salespeople may try to sell you on the idea that more coils mean more comfort, but that’s not necessarily true, Breus and Shamie say.
"You don’t really need a coil count above 390," Breus says. Beyond that, the difference in feel is so small it would be difficult to notice.
Pros:There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit nearly every preference and pocket book.
Cons:There’s no direct relationship in most cases between price and comfort, but Shamie suggests steering clear of the cheapest innerspring mattress. If there aren’t enough springs and cushion to offer you proper support, he says, you’ll likely wake up with an aching back.
Conditions:For someone who is very overweight, spring mattresses may offer a firmer support, making them easier to get in and out of, Breus says. Firmer versions are good for people with back pain. But spring-based mattresses can be comfortable for almost anyone.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body. Memory foam toppers are also available.
Pros:By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points, and relieves pain. Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by his tossing and turning.
Cons:One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that because these mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening and molding with your body heat, they can make you feel extremely hot during the night. Breus also says memory foam mattresses have been known to emit an unpleasant chemical smell.
Conditions:"If you have a hard time getting comfortable, if you have chronic fatigue, or some type of muscle pain, then a memory foam mattress would work well for you, assuming you don’t have temperature issues," Breus says.
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber, and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed.
Pros:"Quite frankly, I think one of the best materials is latex," Breus says. He likes it for being very firm and supportive, but also for providing comfort similar to memory foam. Unlike the memory foam mattresses, however, Breus says latex pushes back, ultimately providing more support.
Cons:If you don’t like the feel of a firm mattress, latex is probably not the right choice for you.
Conditions: Either a latex mattress or latex mattress topper is great for relieving back pain because they offer the best combination of comfort and support, Breus says.
We’re not talking about the blow-up mattresses you put your holiday guests on for a few days. Higher-end air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, and are covered by a foam layer on top.
Shamie notes that air beds have long been used for patients with spinal cord injuries who are lying in bed for a long time. They can be adjusted so they don’t continue to press on the same areas of the body, which helps to avoid skin breakdown in patients who can’t move.
Pros:"Couples who have dramatic differences in their individual preference for comfort and firmness levels might do very well with an air mattress," Breus says. The reason is that the firmness of each side of the bed can be altered. If you like it firmer than your partner, these beds can be adjusted for that.
Like latex and memory foam, you can also find air toppers for your mattress.
Cons:Shamie says people sometimes fail to make their air bed firm enough and wake up with back aches. Less sophisticated air mattresses also pop up on one side when you sit on the opposite end. For that reason Breus says, you want multiple chambers so that doesn’t occur.
Conditions:These beds are particularly useful when sleeping partners have different needs. If one of you has a bad back, one side can be made firmer than the other to provide greater support.
These beds are able to bend and elevate at varying angles. As a result, the mattress has to be flexible. Different types of mattresses can be used on an adjustable bed вЂ“ memory foam, latex, or air, for example. Spring mattresses are more difficult to use, however, because the springs don’t handle the bending well.
Pros:For people who have difficulty getting in and out of bed or who like to watch television in bed, Shamie says, adjustables can make life easier by moving you closer to where you need to be.
Conditions:If you suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping flat can make the condition worse by cutting off airways and causing the tongue to fall into the back of the throat, Shamie says. People who experience acid reflux can also benefit by sleeping in a bed that elevates their upper body.
Shamie also suggests adjustable beds for people with hip or back pain who have a hard time moving from a lying position to sitting up or standing.
When you have guests staying for a night or two, sofa beds come in handy. The mattresses in these beds tend to be very thin so they are flexible enough to fold and collapse into the couch. It’s a great convenience to have a sofa bed, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who raves about their comfort.
Pros:Sofa beds are convenient, especially if you have limited space. But from a health perspective, Shamie and Breus don’t see any advantages.
Cons:A night or two on a sofa bed is OK. But "this is probably the worst kind of bed you can sleep on long-term," Shamie says. The mattresses used in most sofa beds are very thin and the springs quite weak. "It really leads to an uncomfortable situation," Shamie says.
If you’re really tight for space and need a bed that folds up, Shamie says that futons, while not the most supportive, are better for your back than the typical sofa bed.
Conditions:There are no conditions for which a sofa bed will be helpful, according to the experts. But if you have a bad back or hips, these beds will be especially uncomfortable.
When to Part With Your Old Mattress
Today’s mattresses are made to last a lifetime. But you probably shouldn’t plan on keeping yours for that long. Our bodies change over time, Breus says, so the mattress that was once a joy to sleep on may no longer feel comfortable a few years down the road.
In addition, mattresses collect dust mites, fungus, and other germs that can exacerbate allergies and impact your sleep patterns. After 10 to 15 years, it’s time to think about buying a new bed.
Ultimately, the experts say that the best bed for you is the one that feels most comfortable. And remember, Shamie says, "There’s no mattress that’s going to save your body when you get only five hours of sleep." In order to feel your best, you need to get enough restвЂ¦ no matter what type of mattress you’re sleeping on.
Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.
Breus, Michael, PhD, WebMD sleep expert and author ofBeauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep
Kovacs, FM.The Lancet, November 2003; vol 362: pp 1599-1604.
Best Hybrid Mattress Reviews For 2020 – Top 10 Compared
About 40 million Americans suffer from some kind of chronic sleep disorder, so it’s wise to invest in a mattress to help sleep better. There are many types of mattresses for sale right now in 2020, so knowing which to buy can be somewhat confusing, to say the least. For example, the most basic innerspring has been the staple of the bedding industry for a good reason. It offers superior support, and its characteristic springiness are desirable features in a bed. However, it’s hard to beat the pressure point relief that a memory foam mattress offers. Also, there is much choice on the market to rule out, including natural latex, fully customizable inflatable air beds andhybridvariants to choose from too. Today we will discuss in depth a guide for buyers, and conduct 10 hybrid mattress reviews for those interested in purchasing one.
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Top 10 Best Hybrid Mattress Comparisons
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Hybrid Mattress Reviews
When I first came across the Saatva mattress I was intrigued, to say the least. It offers a coil over coil construction which was new to me, and is still rare in today’s market of innovative foams and other materials of the like. However, the Saatva’s success has been immense and proves that spring-based mattresses are still going strong in 2020.
This one is hybrid in the sense that it combinestwo very effective and time-tested methodsof mattress core. The top layer consists of 884 pocket coils which are 14.5 gauge, and supporting all of this below is a Bonnell spring type base which has 416 coils at 13 gauge. All of this is wrapped in an organic cotton cover, and sits proudly at 14.5″ tall. Afree white glove deliveryand mattress removal service, combined with a 120 day home trial and 15-year warranty make this stiff competition for most brands.
As you can see from our buying guide, choosing the best hybrid mattress essentially boils down to a handful of variables. TheHelix Midnightis one of those mattresses which in our opinion meets all the criteria of a top-rated hybrid contender.
It is 10 inches high and has a 4 layer construction which consists of Memory Foam Plus, High-Grade Polyfoam, wrapped pocket coils, and DuraDense Foam. All of these combine to provide a medium feel. The mattress has great airflow and stops the layers from trapping heat and sleeping hot. Edge support is better than most in its class, and body contouring and support is great too.
Available in all the sizes you might need, it’s made in the USA and comes with a 100-night trial and 10-year limited warranty.
Dreamcloud has a surprisingly good luxury mattress which has been gaining popularity in recent times. The 15″ thick product includes an8-layer designwhich is full to the brim of innovation, and comfort. It oozes luxury and quality build from the outset unlike many in its price range.
The Dreamcloud mattress has primarily pocket coil and CERTIPUR-US memory foam layers for maximum comfort and soft cradling. Combining a5 zone pocket coilsystem, it provides an edge to edge support and superior pressure point relief around the whole body. Also cited to work well with adjustable bed frames, this one comes in Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cali King and has a very lengthy365-nightin-home trial, and alifetime warranty.
Latex and memory foamhave always been good together. The Ghostbed mattress takes this to another level. Probably the best hybrid mattress (consisting of latex and gel foam), the 11″ thick beauty is a typical example of high quality and low-cost luxury.
With amedium-firm feel, it is packed with the following layers for your long-lasting comfort: 1.5″ continuous aerated latex, 2″ 4lbs superior technology cooling gel memory foam and 7.5″ extra high-density support foam. There is a zippered removable and washable cover which is not only plush but also durable. Made in the USA, it comes with a 20-year warranty, free returns, and a 100-night sleep trial, which overall makes this a solid contender.
The Bear mattress is possibly one that you may have already heard of, or possibly even seen in Macy’s. It has been around for a while and has gained much popularity.
However, the Bear Hybrid is slightly newer and offers an edge over its predecessor. The luxury hybrid consists of springs and foam plus Celliant® Technology. It provides a luxurious, and traditional mattress feel which is achieved by using individually wrappedpocket coils and premium adaptive foams. At a tall 14.5″, it oozes quality, and with a 100-night risk-free trial, it is well worth placing this on your shortlist.
Olee Sleep Galaxy
The 13″ high Olee Sleep provides the comfort and pressure relief of an expensive memory foam, with the temperature control of gel, to give you the best of both worlds in one. Its construction consists of five layers of foam, fiber, and coils. It consists of 2″ poly jacquard fabric cover, 1″ gel at the top, over 1.5″ standard visco foam, a further 2″ of high-density foam, and 7.5″ of individually encased coils.
The varying combinations providefirm support, a welcome feature for those who prefer a firmer mattress. At all sizes, it is a good value for the price that includes acooling gel, memory foam, and innerspring components. Overall, this is an incredibly comfortable option for those side sleepers and back sleepers who prefer a firm and orthopedic level of pressure point relief.
Signature Sleep Signature
Another with a 13″ profile, the Signature Sleeppocket coil and foamis one of the most popular of our reviews and possibly the best hybrid mattress listed here. Like most of the companies included in this summary, Signature Sleep is part of the CertiPUR-US® program offering certified foam products.
The Signature Sleep is the only that openly talks about meeting the Federal Flammability Standard 16 CFR 1633, a nice alternative to harmful flame retardants. A 10″ set of pocket coil innerspring components provide excellent support, motion isolation, and welcome bounciness. Independently-encased coils minimize motion transfer as opposed to continuous coil bases with coils that are not individually wrapped. There is 1″ of foam, and a further 2″ of fabric which makes the cover, made of a durable bamboo ticking designed to absorb moisture helps the body breathe during those hot nights.
Classic Brands Engage
The Classic Brands 11″gel memory foam and innerspringhybrid oozes comfort in all directions. With its 6″ wrapped pocket coil base, it offers a wise choice for individuals who suffer from chronic back pain with the added support from its multi-layer design. It is a unique combination of 1″ gel foam, 2″ of soft poly foam, 6″ of pocket coils, and 1.5″ of firm poly foam base.
The Classic Brands is naturally resistant to common allergens like mold; the foam provides antimicrobial resistance and is CertiPUR-US certified. This one comes compressed and rolled, and is available in six sizes, which is more than most of the reviews here, as they’re mainly offering the three most popular among the mattress sizes chart being Twin, Queen, and King.
Like Signature Sleep, LinenSpa is also part of the CertiPUR-US® program offering certified foam products. It packs a lot of comfort and support in its 8″ profile that includes a 6″ coil base for improved breathability. Despite its short profile, the LinenSpa has a generous 1.5″ foam layer with an additional foam and felt layers over steel coils.
With its low price, it is a good value for someone new to a hybrid mattress or is on alimited budget. Like Classic Brands, the LinenSpa comes in six sizes that run the gamut between Twin and King—and everything in between. With a ten year warranty and shipping provided as boxed and rolled, this is not a bad option at all.
What Is A Hybrid Mattress?
Hybrid mattresses are a departure from the typical innerspring mattress with which you are undoubtedly well-acquainted. Hybrids take comfort to the next step with a combination of this traditional spring base and other materials like latex, viscoelastic or gel foam. The two are formed together with varying degrees of layers to achieve the so-called hybrid finish.
Hybrids exist to bring together thebest of both worlds. The innerspring has much going for it, so it makes sense to reinvent it rather than simply tossing it aside. In a hybrid, the spring part usually makes up the majority, i.e., the base. Better quality variants will consist of fabric encased pocket coils aka encased coils, whilst the cheap options will typically bebonnellor some type ofcontinuous coilformation. Above the spring base you’ll find the additional layers of choice, varying from model to model, and sometimes consisting of multiple types of foam or latex and sometimes even both.
These layers together with the base are collectively formed to make a hybrid mattress. It’s important to note that although foam over spring is the most common type, another common formation is latex over foam, or vice versa. In our hybrid mattress reviews, we will only be looking at spring and foam variants.
4 Benefits Of A Hybrid Mattress
Every mattress has its own positive points. Below are some reasons why you may want to consider buying a hybrid mattress:
1. Innovative Design
The main advantage of a hybrid mattress is the combination of an innerspring system for the bounce, and the comfort of memory foam that conforms to your natural body curvature. If you are a side sleeper, the addition of the memory foam top layer can provide the additional comfort and supports the contours of your body better, while reducing that feeling of difficulty getting out of bed or moving around too easily, which is what an all-foam mattress can sometimes feel like.
2. Low Cost
In general, spring mattresses tend to becheaper. On the other hand, latex and memory foam mattresses tend to be higher in price. Combine the two, and you get something which is mid-priced and generally affordable for most consumers looking for an intermediate-range product.
3. Improved Quality Of Sleep
A hybrid mattress generally improves the quality of sleep by minimizing the disturbance of partners moving around. If you are a light sleeper, you may appreciate not being disturbed by a restless partner. This is achieved by using a unique construction of coils covered by layers of foam (or latex). A foam top layer can better absorb the motion transfer that occurs between partners, and when combined with pocket coils underneath acting as a base, this enhances motion isolation properties. One partner could be tossing and turning all night while the other wouldn’t be disturbed half as much as if they were both sleeping on a traditional innerspring mattress.
4. Good For Side Sleepers
A good hybrid option is also considered the best mattress for side sleepers. Sleeping on your side creates several pressure points with an innerspring because it doesn’t conform to the curves of your body too well. A variant with a memory foam comfort layer (at the top) can fill in the gaps to help relieve discomfort and pressure points, aiding in creating the perfect spinal alignment. The independently encased coils underneath the comfort layer also act as avenues to conform to the shape of your body.
How To Choose The Best Hybrid Mattress
So we have discussed the benefits of buying one, now we’ll elaborate on how to choose the best option if you’re interested in making a purchase. Here are some tips and advice for your consideration:
A CertiPUR-US certified mattress means that the foam portion doesn’t contain potential carcinogens like formaldehyde, flame retardants, or heavy metals. These also have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions which can affect indoor air quality and thus, respiratory health. Therefore it’s an added reassurance that anything with this tag is safe and purchase-worthy.
Memory foam isthe most popularmaterial used as the top layer above a coil base. It has the contouring properties to fill out pressure points within the body and provide not only good spinal alignment but also pain relief for multiple musculoskeletal conditions. You’ll likely see hybrids with gel infused support systems, especially on the comfort layer. The advantage of gel-infused foam is that it can help keep you cool at night. Warmer temperatures can disrupt sleep which means regulating this temperature is essential for good sleep and long-term health. The coolness of gel against your skin can keep you feeling cool all night long, so you stay in that range of 68 to 72 degrees for the quality of sleep your body requires. This is especially good for hotter climates where temperatures are still high throughout the night.
If you find a latex comfort layer or it’s used anywhere else in the construction, you’ll likely pay a small premium for it.Latex is the choice materialwhen it comes to mattresses due to many reasons, for example, it has hypoallergenic and organic properties. Also, these are great for back pain because of the way latex naturally springs back as opposed to soaks in like various foams. Latex almost acts like a spring, but with much more consistency and spread, with increased durability too.
Independently encased pocket coils serving as a base are better than other types of coils such as continuous coil systems or the more common Bonnell. Pocket coils providebetter motion isolationbetween partners but still provide motion transfer when trying to move around or get out of bed. Plus with some bases coming with over 2000 springs almost an inch apart at times, there is perfect body contouring and spinal alignment.
When conducting any mattress review, it is often difficult to choose any one single winner above the rest. But, on the rare occasion, a clear winner is obvious from the outset.
To conclude, we have chosen theSaatva mattressas the best hybrid mattress in this particular roundup. This one is a combination of foam and spring, like most of the good hybrid mattresses on the market today. The Saatva is a combination of two different types of time-tested cores, which is why it works so well. The build quality is second to none, the comfort is unrivaled, and the customer service is 5*. It may be costlier than others here, but with this, you really do get what you pay for.
Hybrid Mattresses: What You Need to Know
Just when you think you have a handle on the differences between innerspring, memory foam, and latex, along comes another mattress type to know: the hybrid mattress. What is a hybrid mattress, and where does it fit in among the choices?
Technically, a hybrid mattress can be any mattress made from more than one material. But if you go mattress shopping, you’ll see the term most often associated with innerspring mattresses that contain a coil support system along with another material such as memory foam, explains Mary Helen Rogers, a board member of the Better Sleep Council and the organization’s director of mattress education.
That combination of traditional coil support with the contouring comfort of memory foam is what gives a hybrid bed mattress its appeal. “Many will say that hybrids bring the best of both worlds together,” Rogers says.
If you’re in the market for a new bed, here’s why you should get to know the hybrid mattress.
What’s inside a hybrid mattress
So what is a hybrid mattress, exactly? The materials in a hybrid mattress can vary greatly from one to another depending on the manufacturer of the bed and the model. But typically, a hybrid bed include some of the following:
- Asteel support coil system.The best ones feature individually wrapped coils, which move independently and reduce motion transfer. (Saatva’s hybrid mattress includes a “coil on coil” system: a base support layer of tempered steel coils, plus another layer of individually wrapped coils in the top portion of the mattress.)
- Acomfort layermade from memory foam, latex, polyfoam, or another type of foam.
- Cooling materials(including gel or graphite copper materials that are low conductors of heat and help slow down the transfer of body warmth to the mattress), which may be part of the foam comfort layer.
- Apillow topto provide additional cushioning. Pillow tops can be standard or Euro style and are made from foam, cotton, wool, or fiberfill.
Learn More About Saatva’s Hybrid Mattress
Saatva Classic Innerspring
Our flagship luxury mattress is expertly engineered with coil-on-coil construction for durability, a layer of memory foam for enhanced back support, and a cushiony Euro pillow top for extra comfort.
What a hybrid mattress feels like
The specific feel of any individual hybrid mattress depends on the type of materials inside it—but it will usually be different from what you’ll feel if you lie on a traditional innerspring or a pure foam mattress, explains Mark Kinsley, vice president of marketing for the Bedding Group at Leggett & Platt, a company that manufactures bedding components (including some of the materials used in Saatva mattresses).
Initially, you’ll experience that soft feeling that foam provides, but you’ll also feel reinforced support from the coils, making it easier to move around and change sleeping positions than on an all-foam mattress. Instead of sinking down, as you would on an all-foam mattress, the foam-spring combination makes you feel more elevated and buoyant, Kinsley says.
Hybrid spring-foam mattresses also tend to sleep cooler than all-foam mattresses, because more air can circulate through the springs than is be able to circulate through foam layers.
Who a hybrid mattress is ideal for
Whether or not you’ll love a hybrid mattress depends on your body size, shape, sleep preferences, and comfort preferences. But in general, Kinsley says, people who sleep on their sides or their backs tend to like hybrid beds.
For side sleepers, two major pressure points—your shoulders and your hips—are vulnerable as they support you on top of the sleep surface. “Hybrid beds give you the pressure relief of foam, and then you’ve got the elevation that’s provided by the active support of an innerspring,” he says.
Hybrid mattresses are also great for minimizing the amount of movement you’ll feel from your sleep partner (which innerspring mattresses traditionally have not been great at), while still offering the responsiveness of a coil support system.
How to know you’re picking the best hybrid mattress
The first thing anyone buying a mattress should make sure of is that they choose a bed that’s going to feel comfortable to them, Kinsley says. (Here are some tips for how to choose the best mattress for you.)
After that, look at the quality of the materials used in the mattress. Are the coils pocketed or encased? Because this type of coil minimizes the movement you feel from the other side of the bed, you may get a better night’s sleep. Also look for a high-density foam, which won’t wear out as fast, recommends Kinsley.
And remember that all materials come in varying levels of quality, Kinsley says. For instance, when it comes to latex, natural varieties tend to last longer than synthetic ones. (Here’s how to choose the best innerspring, memory foam, and latex mattresses.)
The bottom line: If you can’t decide between an innerspring mattress and a foam one, you don’t have to make that choice. A hybrid mattress will give you the best of both worlds.
How to choose a mattress: Tips on how to buy the best mattress for your bed and budget
Take the right steps to buy a better mattress and get yourself a good night’s sleep
Few things come down to personal preference more than choosing a mattress. What can feel like a cloud to one person can be back pain in the making for another. What makes the decision even harder is the sheer range of options, with mattresses available in practically every budget and type you can think of.
From new-age bed-in-a-box mattresses to the more traditional, feels-like-it-weighs-a-tonne pocket-sprung alternatives only found in specialist bed shops, you’ve got a lot of choice. The good news is that certain considerations make the decision-making process easier – read on to find out what they are.
How to choose a mattress
When should I change my mattress?
The National Bed Federation recommends you change your mattress every seven years (although really good ones can last eight to ten years – in some cases even more). They warn that quite often a mattress has worn out before you realise. Indeed, the Sleep Council points out that after seven years, your mattress will have had over 20,000 hours of wear and tear, to go with the half-pint of fluid lost each night and pound of dead skin cells shed each year.
Tell-tale signs that you need a new mattress include finding that you sleep better in other beds, and realising that you don’t sleep as well as you did a year or so ago. If you start to wake up with stiffness or pain it may also be a sign that you need to splash the cash.
A mattress that’s right for you and not worn out will mean you move about less, awaken less and are less disturbed by your partner. You’re also less likely to wake up feeling groggy or with any aches or pains.
How big should my mattress be?
People don’t buy big enough beds, warns the Sleep Council. Many people, for instance, don’t realise that a double bed is only 135cm wide – that’s not even two single beds and nowhere near enough room for two adults to sleep comfortably without disturbing each other. Even moving up one size to a kingsize mattress – at 150cm – can make a big difference.
The bottom line is that if you share your bed, buy as big a bed as you can fit in your bedroom; disturbance from a partner is one of the most common sleeping problems. Also, don’t forget to match the size of your mattress to your bed frame – European mattress sizes, for instance, differ slightly to standard UK sizes.
Should I try before I buy?
Besides being the right size, your mattress should provide the correct support and comfort levels. That’s why it’s important to either try before you buy or get a mattress with a trial period. That means either trying it out in the shop – taking time to lie on it in your natural sleeping position or, if you buy one online, looking for one that comes with a 100-day trial period.
What are the different types of mattresses?
There are five main types:
Pocket sprung– this is the most traditional type of mattress and has a bouncy, springy feel, thanks to the springs which are sewn into individual fabric pockets. These springs – available with different levels of tension – also make the mattress supportive and durable. Pocket-sprung mattresses can be filled with all manner of different materials to suit your needs, including wool for comfort and breathability. Unlike latex and memory foam, they don’t mould to your body or warm you at night.
Our favourite pocket-sprung mattress: Sealy Nostromo
Memory foam– These don’t have much spring, instead moulding to the shape of your body, which means that you’re less likely to disturb your partner when you move at night. They keep their shape well and many of the ‘new generation’ ones arrive ready rolled (easy to fit in your boot) or even vacuum-packed (and delivered to your door). On the downside, they can hold body heat, making you feel hot and clammy – particularly if they are very soft.
Our favourite memory-foam mattress for front sleepers and restless sleepers: Leesa
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Latex– These are similar to memory foam, but with a bit more spring. Natural latex is superior to synthetic latex, and it’s also antimicrobial and resistant against mould and dust mites. There are two types of latex – the heavier, denser Dunlop latex, and Talalay latex, which is lighter and softer. These are also available in the "new generation" style, with the downside that they’re similarly prone to holding body heat. Some latex mattresses claim to last more than 20 years.
Our favourite latex mattress: Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign
Hybrids– these combos are mix-and-match versions of the mattress types. For example, pocket-sprung core (so you get the buoyancy) with a foam top layer (so you get the moulding effect).
Our favourite hybrid mattress: Otty Hybrid
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Continuous coil or open coil– the first is made from a single looped wire, while the latter is made from single springs fixed together with one wire. While these are the most wallet-friendly of all mattresses, they can be uncomfortable (in the worst cases you actually feel the coils) and the whole thing moves if you move, meaning you are very likely to disturb your partner. Coil mattresses also wear out the quickest, and you might well find you and your partner meet in the middle when the sagging makes you roll inwards.
Should my natural sleeping position influence which mattress I buy?
Yes. Different sleeping positions require different types and amounts of support, so it makes sense to pick your mattress accordingly.
Side sleepers– here you need a mattress with a lot of pressure relief, especially at the points in which your body pushes down the most (you can work these out by imagining yourself lying on a floor). Pocket sprung with a soft top is best, although some memory foam or latex mattresses can also work well. Avoid very firm mattresses, which may cause pain at the key pressure points.
Front sleepers– again a pocket sprung mattress can work well for supporting you in all the right places, whereas with memory foam you might feel restrained. Latex can also work well as there’s more bounce-back.
Back sleepers– any mattress type can work for back sleepers but look for one with good support and some give so your spine stays well aligned while you sleep.
Should I buy a soft, medium or firm mattress?
As a general rule, heavier people tend to prefer firm support, while lighter people find medium or soft mattresses more comfortable. However, you need to consider your sleeping position and personal preference too. In fact, personal preference counts for more than you probably think.
Don’t assume firm mattresses are automatically better for bad backs and older people – that’s a myth (see the link below). And remember that if you and your partner have different preferences, you can get mattresses where each half has a different tension (with or without a zip).
Do some mattresses require a certain type of bed base?
Your bed base can affect both the feel and the performance of your mattress, so always check which type of base the mattress manufacturer recommends you use. Many suggest a base with sprung slats, which provides good support and absorbs movement as you move about in your sleep. A platform base can also support any mattress, providing a firmer foundation. It’s worth noting that a slatted base can cause a mattress to bulge over the years, so you should make sure the slats are no more than 70mm apart to ensure its full longevity.
Do all mattresses need turning?
Most mattresses need to be turned regularly to ensure even wear and tear. Consider this when buying one, particularly as many mattresses are extremely heavy. Some mattresses only need rotating rather than turning, although even that can be a tricky job when it weighs a tonne. You can, however, buy mattresses that don’t need turning or rotating.
How important is the warranty?
Check the warranty, not only for the number of years it lasts, but also for the fine print. Most warranties cover manufacturing defects, which will probably happen quite quickly – for example, a popped spring, or foam not bouncing back. But if something happens and you haven’t used the recommended bed base or have failed to use a mattress protector when they insist you need one, the warranty could be invalid.
How much do I need to spend?
It used to be the case that a cheap mattress was a false economy, but we found that there are exceptions, such as the Ikea Morgedal, which costs just £125 for a single. That’s not to say that mattresses costing thousands of pounds aren’t worth it, though – just make sure to do your research first.