Hybrid Mattresses: Basics and Typical Layers

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Hybrid Mattresses: Basics and Typical Layers

The term “hybrid” is often used to describe a product that combines two previously-known templates to mix their benefits, and this is exactly how the term is used in the mattress world as well. Hybrid mattresses are those that combine certain elements of other mattresses, from innerspring mattresses to latex and even memory foam in some cases, and they bring a different combination of benefits for many sleepers.

At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re proud to offer a wide range of innerspring and hybrid mattresses to clients, with sizes ranging from full and twin up to queen and king options. What exactly is a hybrid mattress, what makes it up, how does it compare to other mattress types, and what are its benefits and drawbacks? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

Basics of Hybrid Mattresses

As we noted above, hybrid mattresses refer to those that mix different types of mattress technology together. Innerspring mattresses have been around for over a century and they’re still one of the most popular types on the market today, characterized by their steel coils, firmness, and bounciness. Memory foam mattresses, on the other hand, are a much newer innovation and they offer a contouring, pressure-relieving feel.

Latex mattresses are also popular, and they often get lumped in with memory foam mattresses since they offer a similar contouring feeling. However, latex mattresses are actually quite different since they’re made from natural rubber instead of petroleum-based memory foam. This gives latex mattresses a more springy feel.

Hybrid mattresses, however, look to mix the best of both worlds by combining coils with either memory foam or latex (or both). This results in a mattress that has the bounciness and support of an innerspring mattress while still providing the contouring and pressure relief of memory foam or latex.

Typical Layers in a Hybrid Mattress

Generally, hybrid mattresses will be layered as follows:

  • Support (base) layer: The bottom layer will provide support, usually using pocketed coils that are individually encased. This layer is important since it gives the mattress its shape and prevents sagging.
  • Transition layer: Next up is the transition layer, which sits between the support layer and the comfort layer. It’s usually made of some kind of dense foam or latex, and its purpose is to provide a buffer between the coils and the comfort layer while also adding some support.
  • Comfort layer: The comfort layer is where you’ll find memory foam, latex, or a combination of both. This is the layer that’s responsible for contouring to your body and providing pressure relief.
  • Cover: Finally, most hybrid mattresses will come with a pillow-top cover that’s quilted or otherwise padded for extra comfort.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over how hybrid mattresses compare to other options, plus the general pros and cons involved in them. For more on this, or to learn about any of our mattress options or mattress accessories, speak to our team at 2 Brothers Mattress today.

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