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The Best Hybrid Mattresses of 2022

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a woman reads on the Brooklyn Bedding Hybrid Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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Editor's Choice Product image of Leesa Hybrid
Best Overall

Leesa Hybrid

You can't go wrong with the Leesa Hybrid. It provides enough softness that lets it contour to the body while you sleep. Read More

Pros

  • Comfortable for all sleep positions
  • Balances firm and soft
  • Luxury feel

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Strong initial odor
  • Heavy
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Editor's Choice Product image of Saatva Mattress
Most Like a Traditional Mattress

Saatva Mattress

The Saatva Classic has three firmness options, great edge support, and feels like a traditional mattress. Read More

Pros

  • Multiple firmness levels
  • Comfortable
  • Great edge support

Cons

  • Returns aren't free
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Editor's Choice Product image of Avocado Green Mattress
Best Organic Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

The Avocado Green Mattress is a solid choice for side and back sleepers, and its coolness is ideal for people who sleep hot. Read More

Pros

  • Cool
  • Comfortable
  • Eco-conscious

Cons

  • Bad for stomach sleepers
  • May be too springy for some
  • Hard to move
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Editor's Choice Product image of Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

The Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid has a supportive sleep surface and edge that made it feel like a traditional mattress, and set it apart from others we've tested. Read More

Pros

  • Supportive
  • Good edge support
  • No off-gassing odor

Cons

  • Heavy and difficult to unbox
  • May be too firm for some
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Product image of DreamCloud

DreamCloud

The DreamCloud is a firm mattress that our tester grew to enjoy, but it lacks the polish to be truly phenomenal. Read More

Pros

  • Firm and supportive
  • Comfortable for different sleep positions
  • Cool overnight

Cons

  • Bad odor for weeks
  • May be too firm for some
  • Slow to take shape after unwrapping

Article subhead: Springs and foam are a dream team—still, some hybrid mattresses are better than others.
SEO title: Best Hybrid Mattresses
SEO description: The best hybrid mattresses are Leesa and Saatva, and Avocado. We also reviewed top mattresses by Allswell, Bear, Brooklyn Bedding, and Dreamcloud.
Article summary: Our picks for the best hybrid mattresses available today.

Hybrid mattresses bring the best of both foam and innerspring coil layers to the table. The perfect hybrid gives you enough surface cushion for pressure relieving comfort, paired with a supportive core that lends the mattress a bit of bounce and never leaves you feeling as though you’re sinking through the bed. But as with any mattress, some hybrids are better than others.

After extensive testing, including a staffer sleeping on each mattress for at least 30 days and a series of lab tests, we found that the Leesa Hybrid (available at Leesa) was the best hybrid mattress. It offers an excellent balance of cushion and support, and is everything a hybrid should be. While it comes with a steep price tag, we think it's worth every penny.

These are the best hybrid mattresses we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Leesa Hybrid
  2. Saatva Classic
  3. Avocado Green Mattress
  4. Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress
  5. DreamCloud
  6. Bear
  7. Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid
  8. Allswell Supreme
  9. Helix
Leesa Hybrid
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

We think everyone will love the Leesa Hybrid, and that it's worth every penny.

Best Overall
Leesa Hybrid
  • Mattress materials: Two layers of foam, a top comfort layer designed with holes for breathability, and a regular memory-foam layer that provides contouring. The foam layers sit above a pocket-spring base.
  • Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop-off. A queen size arrives in a box measuring 45 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches and weighing 121 pounds.
  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Return protocol: Leesa will coordinate the pick-up and donation of unwanted mattresses to “charity partners that serve children.”

We think it’s worth investing as much as is feasible for your budget in a mattress—after all, you spend up to a third of your life on it. Based on our testing, it’s hard to beat the Leesa Hybrid if you can afford to spend the cash.

The Leesa is a crowd-pleasing hybrid mattress that’s great for any sleeping position.. Its top two layers are foam, which provide softness and contours the body. As a hybrid mattress](https://www.reviewed.com/sleep/features/what-is-hybrid-mattress/), the foam sits atop pocket springs, which are coils that are individually wrapped in quilted fabric, giving the bed a sturdy yet buoyant base.

This provides adaptable support for all sleep positions as well as combination sleepers, without leaving a stomach sleeper’s back sagging down, or a side sleeper’s shoulder or hip aching the next morning.

For consumers, the Leesa Hybrid’s construction and support aren’t visible. While superficially it has a super-soft and aesthetically pleasing cover (a.k.a. its ticking), it's the inner-workings of the mattress which make this hybrid model shine.

The Leesa Hybrid mattress only had a few downsides during our testing. In the lab, it retained heat—a consideration for people who sleep hot. However, our tester tends to sleep hot, and didn't find herself regularly switching sides of the bed in hopes of finding a cool spot.

In addition, the Leesa Hybrid had a noticeable odor when it was first opened, which lasted several days. The mattress is CertiPUR-certified, so the smell, though annoying, isn’t caused by certain harmful flame retardants, and the bed meets indoor-air-quality requirements for certain types of pollutants.

Also, we found moving the mattress once it’s expanded is quite a task due to its hefty weight.

Pros

  • Comfortable for all sleep positions

  • Balances firm and soft

  • Luxury feel

Cons

  • Pricey

  • Strong initial odor

  • Heavy

a person sits on the edge of the Saatva classic mattress
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Saatva Classic has unbeatable edge support.

Most Like a Traditional Mattress
Saatva Classic
  • Materials: The Saatva Classic pairs a 3-inch piece of foam with coils. The mattress also has a piece of support foam that’s a fraction of an inch tall in the middle of the bed.
  • Delivery and packaging: White glove delivery. Just open the door, and a team will get the mattress set up for you. You can even elect to have your old mattress (and box spring) removed, though the company won’t pick up foundations or bases.
  • Trial period: 365 nights
  • Return protocol: Contact the company, and it will facilitate the return, but you’ll have to pay a $99 processing fee.

Our tester was sad to see the Saatva Classic in Luxury Firm leave her apartment at the end of her month-long sleep trial. Softer mattresses make it next to impossible for her to sleep on her stomach without feeling at least some strain in her lumbar spine. For this reason, she loved the firm sleep surface of the Saatva.

Available in three firmness levels, the mattress uses springs and foam to provide optimal support. The springs are the same regardless of the firmness level you choose; the difference lies in the uppermost level of foam. Denser foams are used in the firm and luxury firm options, whereas the plush mattress has a less dense foam. These options help you find your optimal firmness.

Saatva has unsurpassed edge support. Another final perk? The company does all of the heavy lifting for you: The price includes white-glove delivery.

Pros

  • Multiple firmness levels

  • Comfortable

  • Great edge support

Cons

  • Returns aren't free

the avocado mattress on a brown bed frame
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We tested the Avocado Green Mattress at home and in our Cambridge labs.

Best Organic Mattress
Avocado Green Mattress
  • Materials: Two layers of organic latex rubber foam sandwich pocketed coils and are covered in organic fabric.
  • Delivery and packaging: Avocado’s delivery takes longer than many mattress-in-a-box companies because its products are handmade. Our tester’s mattress arrived at her door after three weeks.
  • Trial period: 365 nights
  • Return protocol: Avocado verifies the mattress’ condition with customer photos before coordinating with a local charity to pick it up.

A fairly well-rounded bed, the Avocado Green mattress doesn’t quite cater to everyone. It stands out temperature-wise: It’s a significantly cooling mattress, even on hot summer nights, and our tester never woke up overbaked. Lab testing confirmed that it’s among the coolest mattresses we’ve tested.

This hybrid mattress has hundreds of coils sandwiched between two layers of latex, and its springy, flexible surface means it quickly responds to pressure or weight. Latex tends to be cooler than memory foam and doesn’t yield a sinking, molding, or cradling sensation.

The material has some plushness but has less give than you'd expect and won't compact beneath body weight. Our tester felt its springiness might be too much for some sleepers, but it’s an excellent option for people who prefer the feeling of coils and don’t want to sacrifice plushness completely.

The Avocado Green Mattress holds more certifications than any other we've tested. Its roster includes three certifications for organic materials and components, one for forest management and sustainability, and four for safe ingredients and limited off-gassing, including Greenguard, which is known for its strict criteria. Avocado is also a Certified B Corporation, meaning its business practices meet certain environmental, social, and community guidelines.

Some cons include its lack of sleeping position versatility. It’s a great mattress for side and back sleepers, but our tester found that her lumbar spine was unsupported when she slept on her stomach for more than one night.

Our test mattress was also two inches short of a standard queen in width and length. This may not be a problem for everyone, but those joined by a partner, kids, or large pets should take note. We asked customer service about the size discrepancy, and the representative said it was something Avocado heard about often. They suggested jumping on the bed to encourage it to expand to its full size, which seemed questionable, at best.

Pros

  • Cool

  • Comfortable

  • Eco-conscious

Cons

  • Bad for stomach sleepers

  • May be too springy for some

  • Hard to move


Other Hybrid Mattresses We Tested

the Awara mattress with its name on a bed frame
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Awara Mattress has great edge support and a firm, but comfortable, sleep surface.

Product image of Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress
Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress
  • Mattress materials: Four layers made up of cotton, latex foam, coils, and wool.
  • Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop off, arrives in a cardboard box that weighs 129 pounds.
  • Trial period: 365 nights
  • Return protocol: Contact Awara’s “sleep concierge” to donate or dispose of the mattress locally.

The Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress is heavy—129 pounds for a queen size, according to the manufacturer. Our tester had to enlist help to drag it up two flights of stairs to her bedroom, which she can usually do alone. Because it’s so heavy, it was also difficult to unbox and get on the bed frame.

After unboxing, though, things turned up. It had no odor when it was first opened. And, perhaps unsurprisingly given its weight, the mattress felt really sturdy, a sign it would be extra supportive. Its coils also give it a pleasant amount of bounce, much like a luxe traditional innerspring mattress.

During the sleep tests, our tester, who usually sleeps on her side and back, felt comfortable, though side sleepers with a propensity for aggravated pressure points may be better off with a softer mattress.

The Awara's dense interior absorbs motion well—which was confirmed by our testing—so it's a good choice for light sleepers often disturbed by the movements of a partner or pet. It also had a strong edge support that resisted collapsing from sitting or lying on the edge of the bed.

Both our tester and lab tests confirmed the Awara doesn’t retain much heat, making it a good option for folks who tend to sleep warm. All in all, it feels more like a conventional mattress than most mattresses that arrive packaged on your doorstep.

Awara also makes a concerted effort in its organic and health-conscious practices. It holds three materials certifications for its latex and the fabric in the mattress’s ticking; a health and low off-gassing certification from Greenguard; and the Rainforest Alliance Seal, which demonstrates the latex in the mattress meets certain environmental, social, and economic sustainability benchmarks.

The Awara hybrid mattress also comes with an unusually long "forever warranty," which is equivalent to a limited lifetime warranty. For the first ten years, the company will replace the mattress at no cost to you if a defect arises. After 10 years, the company will re-cover, or replace the mattress as needed, you'll just be saddled with a $50 fee each way ($100 round trip).

Bottom line: It’s really, really heavy and pricier than many. But if you want something that feels like a classic mattress, with a lot of support, a little bit of bounce, and great heat dispersion, the Awara is worth a serious look.

As a final note, its parent company, Resident Home, has a track record of poor customer service. It has also faced multiple FTC charges for falsely claiming it used materials made in the United States and assembled its products in the U.S.

Pros

  • Supportive

  • Good edge support

  • No off-gassing odor

Cons

  • Heavy and difficult to unbox

  • May be too firm for some

Product image of DreamCloud
DreamCloud Standard
  • Mattress materials: A soft cashmere cover wraps two layers of foam that sit atop a platform of individually wrapped coils. There’s also a base layer to support the ones above.
  • Delivery and packaging: The mattress arrives in a box that measures 43 inches by 18.5 inches by 18.5 inches. It weighs 85 pounds, and comes with a little slicer to help you cut through the plastic.
  • Trial period: 365 nights
  • Return protocol: DreamCloud asks that you donate the mattress to a local charity or organization. Once you’ve initiated the process, it will aid you in finding a recipient. If you incur a cost moving the mattress, it’s on you.

The DreamCloud mattress is firm and supportive, and works well for most sleep positions. Our tester generally avoids sleeping on her back at all costs, but often awoke in the morning facing the ceiling, without the discomfort she usually experiences in that position.

The mattress’s firm surface makes it well-suited to stomach sleeping, as well. (That said, people who want a softer surface, and especially side sleepers, will likely prefer other, more cushiony options.) This mattress also isn’t prone to any heat retention—our tester always woke feeling cool and comfortable, and lab tests corroborated her experience.

Still, the mattress has some issues. All mattresses in a box undergo an expanding process when freed from their shipping confines. However, the DreamCloud’s corners lagged behind the middle.

The foot of the bed didn’t rise to its full height until about three weeks into our at-home testing, just before it was schlepped back to the lab for additional tests. While the sagging foot wasn’t a bother for our 5-foot-9-inch tester, it could leave taller folks’ calves and feet somewhat unsupported, albeit temporarily.

It also took forever to stop smelling. Despite airing out for 24 hours in a decently ventilated room, it reeked the first night our tester tried it. The bed smelled so bad that she had to keep her nose squarely over the pillow or a noxious odor wafted into her face. And it didn’t smell for a couple of days—it lasted every night for over two weeks.

Beyond that, its parent company, Resident Home, has a track record of poor customer service. It has also faced multiple FTC charges for falsely claiming it used materials made in the United States and assembled its products in the U.S.

Pros

  • Firm and supportive

  • Comfortable for different sleep positions

  • Cool overnight

Cons

  • Bad odor for weeks

  • May be too firm for some

  • Slow to take shape after unwrapping

Product image of Bear Hybrid
Bear
  • Mattress materials: The Bear Hybrid mattress comprises five layers, including the cover. Under the moisture-wicking cover is a layer of copper-infused memory foam, a layer of comfort foam, a layer of encased coils, and a base layer of dense support foam.
  • Delivery and packaging: Front door drop off 2-7 business days after placing order. A queen arrives in a box that measures 45 inches by 20.5 inches by 20.5 inches and weighs 110 pounds. Shipping is free, and white glove delivery is available at an additional cost.
  • Trial period: 365 nights (30-night minimum)
  • Return protocol: Returns are free of charge, and Bear will collect the unwanted mattress.

Our tester put the Bear Hybrid in the same league as the Awara—another mattress she loved. The Bear has unique materials that the company claims make it great at helping people, including athletes, recover from intense exercise.

In our testing, it stood out for its firm sleep surface that our tester loved. She was especially complimentary about its cushioning upper layer. “I really liked its plush topper, it made it feel luxurious and like I wouldn’t ever need an additional topper,” she explained.

The Bear Hybrid fell flat when it came to edge support and motion transfer. In lab tests, its edge wasn’t nearly as supportive as the bed's surface, and our heavyweight bag rolled off after passing the mattress’s periphery by a few inches. Our tester also noticed it was more prone to motion transfer than others during her at-home trial—something to consider for those who share a bed with a partner, kids, or pets.

All in all, it’s a solid choice. But we wouldn’t choose it based entirely on the company’s claims about recovery, as they’re hard to verify and may not do much. The mattress could be great for those looking to capture a traditional feel for a hybrid mattress, but it is on the pricier side compared to others we’ve tried.

Pros

  • Comfortable

  • Cool

Cons

  • Noticeable motion transfer

  • Potential durability concerns

Product image of Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid
Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid
  • Mattress materials: Foam, coils, and polyester-cotton blend fabric.
  • Delivery and packaging: The queen size arrives in a box that weighs about 105 pounds.
  • Trial period: 120 nights
  • Return protocol: You must try the mattress for at least 30 days from delivery. If you decide it’s not the bed for you, Brooklyn Bedding asks you to find a local charity and donate it. After you email a copy of the donation slip, the company will issue a full refund.

The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid comes in soft, firm, and medium firm, which is their most popular and what our tester tried. While the innerspring base provides a supportive core, the mattress’s top layer of foam didn’t feel far softer than “medium” firm, which ended up being her biggest gripe.

Her first few nights on the bed were bliss, but after a couple of weeks, it became apparent that the surface was too forgiving for stomach sleeping, which she sometimes favors. She found the mattress more tolerable after she pivoted to sleeping on her side. On a handful of mornings she woke up on her back, and found the mattress struck the right balance in that position, too. (To be fair, Brooklyn Bedding recommends the firm option if you “sleep mainly on your stomach and/or back.”)

To give the edges more structure, the company claims it uses a different type of springs around the perimeter than the interior. Our tester found this was half accurate. The sides of the bed were more supportive than many other mattresses we’ve tested, but the foot of the bed completely collapsed when our tester sat on it. In addition, this mattress retains heat, so it may not be best for folks who run hot.

For the price, it’s not a bad bed by any means—especially for those who want a hybrid, which tend to be pricier. The medium-firm version felt like the softer, squishier counterpart to the ultra-firm, similarly-priced DreamCloud. Many will find this mattress strikes a great balance—but others may find it too soft or too warm for their liking.

Pros

  • Multiple firmnesses available

  • Balances cushion and bounce

Cons

  • Tends to warm up

  • Medium-firm feels soft

  • Inconsistent edge support

Product image of Allswell Supreme
Allswell Supreme
  • Mattress materials: Coiled base topped with two layers of foam and a quilted enclosure.
  • Delivery and packaging: When it’s dropped off at your front door,the shipping box for a queen measures 43 inches long by 18.5 inches by 18.5 inches, and weighs 96 pounds.
  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Return protocol: To return a mattress, initiate a return on Allswell’s site and someone from the company will call you within two days to arrange a pickup. You should get a refund in seven to 10 days.

Setting up the Allswell was pretty simple, as far as boxed mattresses go. Our tester dragged it up two flights of stairs, which few people would find enjoyable, but it was still possible for her to do solo. Once the mattress was unpacked, there was a pungent odor that dissipated after a few days.

Initially, our tester felt that sleeping on the Allswell Supreme was a treat. Because of its soft upper layer, she didn’t think an additional pillow top was necessary (though that may vary based on your own preferences). Plus, the core was sturdy enough to remain supportive throughout the night.

The base layer coils are topped with two layers of memory foam and a plush quilted top, which helps absorb movement. And while our tester sleeps hot, she didn’t find that the mattress retained too much heat.

But the Allswell Supreme has one glaring issue: its poor edge support. Our tester tends to sleep on one side of the bed, often sitting on the same side to put on shoes. After a few months, a faint depression formed—and never fully recovered—giving the mattress a slightly lopsided look and feel.

This was easy to deal with by sleeping on the other side—which felt as comfortable as ever—but it was concerning that there was such a visible impact after a relatively short time. (Though most mattress companies’ warranties would cover this, it seems as though Allswell’s may not. According to its website, “lessening of the gradual recover aspect of the foam ... should it occur, does not reduce the continual pressure reducing and pressure relief properties of the mattress.”)

Pros

  • Soft top layer

  • Supportive core

  • Absorbs movement well

Cons

  • Poor edge support

  • Mattress sags over time

Product image of Helix Midnight
Helix Midnight
  • Mattress materials: The Helix Midnight mattress is constructed from memory foam, polyfoam, wrapped coils, and a hard foam called “Duradense” at the base.
  • Delivery and packaging: Front-door drop-off. The queen arrived in a rectangular cardboard box measuring 48 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches. It weighs about 70 pounds.
  • Trial period: 100 nights
  • Return protocol: Helix’s removal partners come to your house to take away an unwanted mattress to donate or recycle it.

Before ordering a Helix mattress, potential buyers can take a brief survey on its website that uses height, weight, sleeping position, and preferred firmness to determine their ideal mattress. Our tester sleeps on her side and likes medium-to-firm mattresses. Her results yielded the Helix Midnight, a 12-inch mattress with medium support and a hybrid foam–spring composition. It also happens to be the brand’s best-selling mattress.

Overall, our tester slept really well on the Helix Midnight. It balanced its advertised medium-firmness with appropriate give, and a distinctive sensation of deeper support at its core. As a side-sleeper, she would sometimes wake up in her traditional mattress with a sore, crooked-feeling back and aches in her hips where the springs had dug into her pressure points.

On the Midnight, however, she felt aligned while sleeping on her side, and woke up without the familiar, piercing hip pain her old mattress caused. She also found the mattress comfortable in other positions. She tends to sleep hot (and lacks air conditioning), so she was pleased that the mattress didn’t retain too much body heat, even when she sweated at night.

That said, our tester had some difficulties with its delivery. The box that was dropped off outside her door had no handles and weighed about 70 pounds, so she had to enlist two roommates to help her hoist it up the stairs to her bedroom. There was also a strong chemical smell that stuck around, but that dissipated a little bit each day and was fully gone within a week.

All in all, it’s a great mattress at a decent price, particularly for side sleepers—we just wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, and the delivery difficulties hurt our first impression.

Pros

  • Great for side-sleepers

  • Supportive core helps align back and hips while resting

Cons

  • May be too hot for some sleepers

  • Strong chemical smell after unwrapping

How We Tested Hybrid Mattresses

a bowling ball topples off the edge of a mattress into outstretched hands
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We tests mattresses for a range of criteria—from heat retention to edge support—at our labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Testers

I’m Lindsey Vickers, the sleep writer here at Reviewed. I’m the lead mattress tester, but not the only one. Health and fitness editor Sara Hendricks conducts at-home sleep testing and former editors Jessica Teich and Samantha Gordon also contributed to this guide.

When I joined Reviewed in 2020, our mattress testing started to evolve to keep up with consumer preferences. That growth makes it possible for us to provide our readers with all the information you need to pick the mattress that’s right for your life and sleep style.

The Tests

a woman stacks weights on a barbell set atop a mattress
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We use a barbell in lab tests to assess how well a mattress does (or doesn't) curve up under pressure.

We test mattresses the same way you might: We sleep on them for at least 30 nights to see how they hold up. We also subject them to a series of standardized tests in our state-of-the-art labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Between the at-home testing and the lab results, we gather data related to the following attributes:

Subjective experience: For this article, multiple testers considered how supported their body felt throughout the night in different sleep positions. They were mindful of their own sleep habits, even considering whether or not they found themselves rolling around at night to find a cooler spot on the bed, and whether it heated up.

Motion transfer and bounciness: We asked our testers to have another person (or sometimes a pet) join them on the mattress to see how noticeable a bedmate’s movement might be.

For most of the mattresses, we double-checked our assessment of motion isolation by placing a water-filled wine glass or a Newton’s cradle (that famous desk toy with the ball bearings suspended on strings) on one side of the bed, and asking our testers to move around a bit on the opposite side. If the water spilled or the balls clacked together, we concluded the mattress would not be a good pick for a light sleeper.

In some cases, we gauged a mattress’s bounciness by dropping a bowling ball onto the center of the mattress from about waist height and observed its rebound, noting how much air, if any, it gets.

Edge support: Edge support not only matters when sitting on the bed, but also for making sure you don’t roll off in the night. Testers lay down and sit along the bed’s perimeter, noting whether it slopes or sags. In the lab, we lay a bowling ball on the edges and corners of the mattress. If the bowling ball stays in place, or rolls off very slowly, we conclude there’s adequate edge support.

This is especially important for beds-in-a-box. These mattresses are compressed and rolled up for shipping, and don’t have the metal cage that makes innerspring mattresses so supportive.

Heat retention: If a mattress cannot vent or disperse your body heat quickly enough, you might be in for a warmer night than you’d bargained for. While this could be ideal for those who sleep cold, it can disrupt sleep for others. Fortunately, hybrid mattresses aren’t usually as subject to this issue as all-foam options, because the springs allow for greater airflow through the bed.

We test heat retention with an infrared light bulb and two sensors, one directly beneath the light and another on an unheated part of the bed. We leave the heat lamp set at just under 100 degrees for several hours, regularly checking the temperature.

After turning it off, we leave the sensors running for a couple of hours. We measure how long it takes for the sensor directly exposed to heat to fall back to the same temperature as the other sensor. This tells us how much time it takes the mattress to dissipate heat from the light.

Support: While you know your body’s needs best, our lab and home testing can give you a start at understanding a mattress’s level of support. Our home testers lie on their back, side, and stomach on the mattress, noting any gaps between their body and the bed. If gaps are present, the mattress is unlikely to provide adequate support.

In our lab, we place a weighted barbell atop the mattress and observe how much the mattress fills in the gap between the two weights. The barbell mimics the pressure points of a side sleeper’s hips and shoulders. If the foam dramatically contours around the points of contact, we know the mattress responds to pressure points in a localized way. If the foam or surface doesn’t indent much beneath the weight plates, it may not provide adequate pressure relief for comfortable side sleeping.

Memory: Some people want the enveloping memory foam experience of a mattress that conforms to the contours of their body. While all hybrids have foam, only some use memory foam, so check for it if you like this sensation. Typically, memory foam retains the imprint of a person’s body for a longer period of time than an old-school coil-only mattress.

Moving and unboxing: Mattresses in a box are a beast to unpack, and to move once they’re fully expanded. We asked testers to describe how difficult unboxing each mattress is, as well as how feasible they thought it would be for someone to move that mattress by themselves once fully expanded.

Odor: Foam mattresses (including hybrids) aren’t known for smelling like daisies, especially after they first arrive. That [new mattress smell](](https://www.reviewed.com/sleep/features/new-mattress-smell-off-gassing-voc) can be caused by the packaging and manufacturing process, which can trap chemicals within the mattress that are released into the air once the packaging is cut open.

Testers noted the smell of the mattress when they first opened it, and again 24 hours later (the minimum time it’s recommended you let a mattress off-gas before sleeping on it).

Customer experience: We also evaluate the experience of receiving the mattresses. We consider the delivery process, trial periods and warranties, the return process, and more. When our testers chatted with customer service reps about technical specs or returns, they noted how knowledgeable and helpful the reps were, as well.

What To Know About Hybrid Mattresses

Let’s face it: Mattresses are expensive, especially foam hybrids. Fortunately a good mattress can last you a decade—but that also raises the stakes. If you’re spending years on a bed, it’s important to find the right one. To do that sight unseen, you need to know what to ask.

Is a hybrid the right choice for you?

There are lots of mattress types: memory foam, traditional coiled springs, or special cases like Purple’s unique polymer. With hybrids, you get a blend of the benefits of coils and foam, without the compromises (like heat retention and irksome pressure points) that come with either.

Foam is the upper layer of a hybrid mattress, cradling and cushioning you from the springs beneath. Hybrids may use memory foam (for a sink-in sensation), firmer polyurethane foam, latex (which often sleeps cooler), or a blend. There are two main types of latex, Talalay and Dunlop. Talalay is usually softer, but Dunlop takes less energy and fewer steps to produce.

Spring coils usually form the supportive foundation layer of a hybrid bed. Most hybrid mattresses use “pocket springs,” coils nestled within individual fabric bags, which allegedly helps the mattress better adjust to pressure and provide targeted support and compression. The gauge of wire used to make a coil can affect its strength, and while you probably can’t learn gauge information directly, the mattress’s weight limit is a good substitute.

Can you try the mattress in a store before you buy?

Mattress-in-a-box companies traditionally sell direct-to-consumer. However, many of them have begun launching storefronts or partnering with retailers like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and more.

What level of firmness do you want?

Mattresses range from ultra firm, like sleeping on a thinly carpeted floor, to soft and squishy like a cloud. Finding the right firmness for you is essential to getting a good night’s rest. If you’re not sure what you want, you can always visit a mattress showroom to learn your preferred firmness before buying online.

Does the mattress require a box spring or a foundation?

Box springs are fabric-covered wood frames filled with springs that add buoyancy and height to a bed. Many newer mattresses don’t need them, as long as you have a platform bed or adequate slats to provide support and height. Check the support and air flow needs of your mattress before it arrives, both for comfort and to avoid negating your warranty. If you do need a base, many companies sell them to match their mattresses.

Does the mattress require special accessories?

Some extra-thick mattresses may not work well with standard sheets or bed frames. That might mean you need to replace your favorite sheets with a deep-pocket set or, even get a new bed frame, which can get expensive.

Do you have (or plan to get) an adjustable base?

If you have or hope to get a motorized adjustable base, you’ll want to buy a mattress that is compatible. Some mattresses aren’t designed to fold up and using them with a motorized adjustable base could potentially damage the mattress and the base.

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Lindsey Vickers

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Lindsey writes about sleep, lifestyle, and more for Reviewed. In her waking hours, she likes to spend time outside, read, cook, and bake. She holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University and bachelors' degrees in English Literature and Anthropology from the University of Utah.

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