What Is A Hybrid Mattress? Definition, Benefits + Drawbacks

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Purple Staff
Last Updated
April 4, 2022
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The importance of sleep can’t be understated, and yet so many folks struggle with getting a decent night of shut-eye – and this is likely because they’re sleeping on a mattress that doesn’t have the support or heat dissipation features they need. Luckily, a hybrid mattress addresses most of the modern sleeper’s concerns.

But what exactly is a hybrid mattress, and how does it differ from any other type of bed? Read on to find out.

What Is A Hybrid Mattress?

Unlike a traditional mattress, a hybrid mattress has multiple layers. These layers are generally made from a mix of memory foam, latex foam, polyurethane foam, innerspring coils, and gel – resulting in a balance of comfort and flexibility that surpasses other types of mattresses.

At its best, the structure of a hybrid mattress emphasizes both comfort and support while also being more durable than traditional mattresses. This type of mattress can dissipate body heat, help with joint pain, and offer plush comfort while lasting longer than its more traditional counterpart.

What Is A Hybrid Mattress Made Of?

Hybrid mattresses are made of several distinct comfort layers. Each helps with motion isolation and offers quiet support. Hybrid mattresses typically include some or all of the following layers:

  • Polyfoam transitional layer: This transition layer is composed of several types of dense foam to help with motion separation and keep you firmly in place.
  • Core foam: The base foam provides a sturdy, reliable foundation for softer, extra layers of foam above.
  • Gel grid: This matrix of interconnected columns with gel infusions helps evenly distribute body weight and provides pressure relief, regardless of sleep preferences.
  • Responsive coil layer: These coils emulate the motion separation found in traditional innerspring mattresses without the associated body pain.

From its comfort-focused top layer to the supportive foam, coils, and gel underneath, these responsive foam layers all come together to make the perfect mattress.

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Hybrid Premier 3” & 4”

The Hybrid Premier takes the tried-and-true hybrid formula and makes it even better. It has options for three or four inches of Purple Grid, which grants you a balance of pressure relief and comfort for a restful sleep.

Here’s what to expect from our advanced sleep technology:

  • Top layer: Your choice of either 3” or 4” Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material in Purple Grid. Non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder coating gives you more height and provides a softer feel.
  • Foam layer: 1” 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam for a comfortable sleeping experience.
  • Responsive support coils: 7.5” pocketed springs for a sturdy sleep foundation.

Purple Hybrid

The Purple Hybrid mattress uses a unique mix of our innovative gel grid, cushioning, responsive support coils, and transition foam. In addition, it contains two inches of hyper-elastic GelFlex polymer material right beneath the breathable cover, giving it a medium firmness level to support most sleeping positions.

  • 2” Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material in Purple Grid
  • Non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder coating
  • 1” 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam layer
  • 7.5” pocketed springs as responsive support coils

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Comparing Our Hybrid Mattress Options

Choosing a quality mattress is essential, and that’s why Purple has so many options. But regardless of what you pick, you’ll be getting a product designed to make every sleep the best one you’ve ever had. Both the original hybrid and the Premier contain the following layers in this order:

  1. Premium StretchMax cover
  2. Hyper-elastic polymer grid
  3. Transition foam
  4. Responsive support coils
  5. Transition foam

The main difference between the hybrid mattress models is the Gel flex grid thickness. Purple hybrid with 2”. Purple Hybrid Premier 3 with 3”. Purple Hybrid Premier 4 with 4”. More thickness provides a softer feel.

If you need a little bit more help choosing a mattress, we’re here to make things easier. Here are a few of our recommendations, based on your needs:

  • For folks who need a comfortable sleep: The Purple Hybrid mattress is our most firm mattress. For those that prefer a more firm mattress.
  • The perfect balance of comfort and support: The Hybrid Premier 3 is our most popular combination of body-aligning and responsive support.
  • For a luxury sleep experience: The Hybrid Premier 4 just gives you more. With four inches of our proprietary zero-gravity GelFlex layer, you get a luxurious sleeping experience you won’t find anywhere else. Without sacrificing support.

What Is Not A Hybrid Mattress?

Here’s the unfortunate truth about purchasing a quality hybrid mattress: many distributors falsely label non-hybrid latex mattresses as the real deal to inflate sticker price. Fortunately, there are a few ways to identify the non-hybrid options on the market. Here are a few giveaways you’re dealing with a non-hybrid mattress:

  • Lacks the combination of comfort-based elements foam, gel, coils for the explicit purpose of improving support
  • Does not feature transitional foam between its top and core layers
  • Has a single layer of memory foam
  • Doesn’t provide a firm base for coils

Hybrid Mattress vs Traditional Innerspring Mattress

Because of their similarities, it's possible to confuse hybrid mattresses with innerspring mattresses. After all, both mattress types leverage high-quality coil support systems for support and shape retention.

Here are some of the key differences:

Hybrid Mattress

Innerspring Mattress

  • Pocket coils are individually wrapped in fabric or other protective material
  • Top layer is made of thick material designed to hug your body
  • Has a transition layer between top and bottom sheets
  • Evenly disperse weight and minimize bounce and motion transfer
  • Coil systems are grouped together without covering
  • Has a thinner comfort layer to make space for the coils
  • Doesn’t have a transition layer, has more coils between sheets of material instead
  • Is bouncier and has more rebound

Hybrid Mattress vs. Memory Foam Mattress

A memory foam mattress is a popular bed option that people often confuse for a hybrid mattress – mainly because they have a lot in common. However, distinguishing between both types of beds becomes relatively simple when you know what to look for.

Here are some of the main differences between a hybrid mattress and a memory foam mattress:

Hybrid Mattress

Memory Foam Bed

  • Has several layers of different materials for maximum comfort regardless of sleep position
  • Supports weight with pocket coil springs
  • Pocket-wrapped coils are evenly spaced for even support throughout the mattress
  • Is made chiefly from a base foam layer
  • Uses high-density foam for support, which may not be suitable for all body types
  • Best support is in the middle of the mattress, which tapers off toward the edges

Hybrid Mattress vs. All-Foam Mattress

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As the name suggests, all-foam mattresses rely on a foam structure from top to bottom. While both hybrid and all-foam mattresses depend on foam for support, there are a few differences all buyers should be aware of.

Here’s what to look out for:

Hybrid Mattress

All-Foam Mattress

  • Is made of different materials and has thicker comfort layers
  • Base layer is made of pocket coil springs
  • Has a moderate layer of bounce due to the extra layer of offset coils
  • Made entirely of foam from top to bottom
  • No layer of pocket coil support
  • Lacks a coil network and provides a denser feeling without much rebound or bounce

Benefits of a Hybrid Mattress

Whether you’re a hot sleeper who struggles with temperature regulation or a person who can’t find the ideal sleep position, a hybrid mattress can help. Here are some of the chief benefits of sleeping on one of our hybrid models:

  • Premium comfort without sacrificing support for your limbs
  • A breathable sleep experience that maintains a comfortable temperature
  • Edge-to-edge support from one end of the mattress to the other
  • Dampened motion transfer thanks to pocketed micro-coils
  • Haas a soft memory foam layer that cradles your body
  • Reduced pressure on joints and other potential pain points
  • More durable than most types of memory foam beds

Drawbacks of a Hybrid Mattress

As with any mattress type, hybrid mattresses have a few drawbacks. But while the structure of a hybrid mattress is ideal for many individuals, it isn’t perfect. Here are a few of the disadvantages of having a hybrid mattress model:

  • Cheaper models may create higher heat retention than other mattress types
  • Generally have a longer adjustment period for first-timers
  • Higher average price than some all-foam mattress models
  • More bounce than mattresses made exclusively from foam or gel-infused foam

Choosing Sleep Accessories For Your Hybrid Models

Here’s a little-known sleep fact: some issues are actually caused by mismatched sleep accessories rather than the mattress itself. So, make sure you purchase quality pillows, sheets, and any other sleep-assistive items to get the rest you need.

Chasing a good night’s sleep doesn’t end with pillows and sheets. Your bed foundation can also make or break your sleep experience. However, making the right choice can feel overwhelming, so we recommend connecting with your local mattress supplier for an informed recommendation for your sleep style.

Do You Need a Box Spring With a Hybrid Mattress?

At this point, you may be wondering if box springs are the right choice for your hybrid mattress. The short answer: you really don’t need one because of the hybrid mattress’ advanced sleep technology. Purple Hybrid mattresses have built-in coil systems that function better than box spring foundations, so you’d just be wasting money.

Instead, we recommend looking into a high-quality bed frame to elevate your sleeping experience.

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Purple Platform Bed Frame

Strong, simple and storage friendly

The Purple Bed Frame

Purple Bed Frame

Upholstered for stylish addition and comfy feel

How Much Does A Hybrid Mattress Cost?

Buyers should expect to shell out anywhere from $1,200-$5,000 for a queen-size hybrid mattress – a worthy investment for unparalleled sleep.

Purple has three decades’ worth of experience reinventing comfort. Our hybrid models have our proprietary GelFlex Grid top layer, which sets them apart from most sleeping surfaces on the market. Our beds prioritize comfort and support while still ensuring minimal heat retention as you snooze.

Get Your Best Sleep With Purple

Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in the best sleep of your life? Purple has you covered. Check out the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid 3, or the Purple Hybrid 4.

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Purple Hybrid

Our most firm mattress with 2 inches of GelFlex Grid, responsive support coils and cushioning transition foam.

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Purple Hybrid Premier 3

Our best selling mattress with 3 inches of GelFlex Grid. For those that want a more soft but supportive feel.

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Purple Hybrid Premier 4

Our most plush and premium mattress. Providing premium comfort without sacrificing the support you need.