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Hybrid Mattress Shopping: What’s in it for you (and your sleep)?

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, you’ve probably been seeing a lot of ads for hybrid mattress shopping. Without ever having slept on one, you may be a little intimidated by this newer type of bed, but the comfort benefits are worth learning about. To help you with your hybrid mattress shopping, we’d like to give a breakdown of what to look for.  

What is a hybrid mattress?

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A hybrid mattress is built with both coils and foam. Mattress manufacturers began making hybrid mattresses after recognizing that many customers were no longer happy with innerspring beds which broke down quickly and became uncomfortable, nor all-foam beds which were too hot to sleep on and had no bounce. By combining foam and springs, mattress companies have been able to make beds with the contouring pain relieving benefits of a memory foam mattress as well as the the bounce and support of an innerspring bed.

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Why not buy an innerspring mattress?

While choosing a mattress, you’ll probably come across some all-spring beds that seem great. But while these beds do have some benefits, they have disadvantages as well.


  • Coils allow air to flow through, providing a cooler sleep.
  • Coils are durable and supportive all the way to the edges of the bed.
  • Innerspring beds have a better bounce for intimacy in the bedroom.


  • All-spring beds cause your side of the bed to move each time your partner does.
  • Innerspring beds start to squeak after several years.
  • Without some type of foam on top, spring beds can cause a lot of joint pressure.

Why not buy a memory foam mattress?

You may be wondering about the benefits of memory foam vs. a hybrid mattress. Here are some reasons why memory foam alone may not be best choice in choosing a mattress.


  • Memory foam or latex contours to the body, relieving joint pain and pressure.
  • Foam is quieter, allowing you to sleep soundly when your partner rolls over.


  • An all-foam bed doesn’t provide enough bounce for many couples.
  • Closed-cell foams don’t breathe, so an all-foam bed can be really hot.
  • Without the support of coils across the bed, it’s harder to sit on the edge of the bed to put shoes on, get dressed, etc.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Mattress That’s Hybrid

A hybrid mattress combines the advantages of innerspring and memory mattresses and eliminates the disadvantages of both types of beds. The right hybrid mattress will relieve pain and pressure, prevent you from getting too hot, support you across the entire bed, and provide a quiet bounce when you need it but keep you still when you don’t. You just need to watch for the following elements when hybrid mattress shopping:

Foam Quality

You’ll want latex or memory foam in the upper comfort layers of the mattress, and make sure they are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they are made without formaldehyde, ozone depleters, harmful flame retardants, mercury or lead.

Cooling Capabilities

As you fall into deep sleep, your temperature begins to drop, which is when your body undergoes many restorative processes necessary for good health. Since getting too hot can disrupt your sleep and this entire process, you’ll want a bed that keeps you cool. Tempur-pedic foam beds are known to sleep hot, so a great Tempur-pedic alternative is a hybrid bed with cooling foams. Look for natural latex with holes for aeration, and gel memory foam infused with graphite.

Pocketed Coils

Look for a mattress with individually pocketed coils, which allow air to flow through the mattress to keep you cool. These fine, pocketed coils move independently to provide support in any sleeping position, and provide excellent motion isolation for you and your partner (but still give you that bounce when you need it).

Begin Your Hybrid Mattress Shopping at Mark’s

Mark’s Mattress Outlet has the best selection of quality mattresses under one roof. We have luxurious name brand hybrid mattresses perfect for your sleeping needs – for less than any mattress you’ll find at a retail store. Come see us soon to start sleeping your best!

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