Memory Foam vs. Hybrid Mattress

Memory Foam vs. Hybrid Mattress: Which is Better?

If you haven’t shopped for a new bed in a while, then you might not be aware just how much has changed in terms of the technologies being used in today’s mattress designs. In addition to materials science advances that have led to newer-generation memory foam mattresses with a completely different feel, there are also new combinations of materials (such as memory foam combined with springs) that widen the range of options even further. These are what the industry calls a hybrid mattress.

Since no one type of mattress design is ideal for everyone, we thought our customers might find it helpful to have a good foundation of pros and cons at their disposal for two of the most popular emerging mattress design options on today’s market.

Identifying the Differences Between a Memory Foam vs. Hybrid Mattress

Before diving into the differences between a memory foam vs. hybrid mattress, it makes sense to define a hybrid mattress. It’s similar to the way a hybrid car combines a traditional gasoline engine with battery power to get better gas mileage. A hybrid mattress is one that combines more traditional mattress springs with more contemporary memory foam materials to create a “best of both worlds” sleep experience (at least theoretically). But while the sales pitch behind hybrid mattresses would seemingly appeal to an extremely wide group of consumers, the real question is whether or not these beds actually live up to the hype.


Pros and Cons of a Hybrid Mattress

The early 2000s saw a tidal wave of first-generation memory foam brands (like Tempur-Pedic) gaining popularity here in the U.S. But fast forward to 2017, and many consumers have now had the opportunity to own a memory foam mattress long enough for the novelty to wear off. Yes, the feel of traditional memory foam was exciting at first to many with back pain, but just as many found (over time) that there was one very big drawback of first-generation memory foam: bad sex.

As a market response, hybrid mattresses were created by mattress manufacturers looking to capture that same contouring feel of memory foam mattresses without losing the crucial “bounce” of traditional spring mattresses. Unfortunately, very few of these hybrid attempts at the best of both worlds really capture the best aspects of either spring or memory foam beds. When they’re adequately bouncy, they seem to lack the body-cradling quality of memory foam, and when they cradle like memory foam, they lose the advantageous bounce quality spring mattress.

Pros and Cons of a Memory Foam Mattress

To fully understand the current evolution of memory foam mattresses, it’s important to know that recent materials science advances have led to newer-generation memory foams that retain the cradling quality people have loved about the original memory foam beds. While also adding a new sense of elasticity that makes them feel less like quicksand when it comes to intimacy. These newer-generation memory foam designs, in our experience, are a far more accurate portrayal of those “best of both worlds” claims that many hybrid beds are currently struggling to substantiate.

Here at Mark’s Mattress Outlet, we have adopted some of our favorite blends of these newer-generation memory foam materials and even done some further refinement to create our very own line of Sleep Natural™ eco-friendly, memory foam mattresses. By manufacturing these mattresses ourselves, in-house, we’re effectively removing the middleman while also keeping a closer eye on quality and materials purity.Memory Foam vs. Hybrid Mattress: Which is Better?

If this memory foam vs. hybrid mattress comparison helped, we invite you to explore more sleep resources in Mark’s Sleep Center.

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