With contouring comfort, plus the classic bounciness of a spring mattress, hybrid mattresses fuse the best of sleep technology for the better. For many, these beds strike the ideal balance of soft and sturdy, making them a great option for virtually any kind of sleeper.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, so when it comes to durability, how long do hybrid mattresses last before they need a replacement? We answer that question and more inside this handy guide from your local sleep specialists.
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Hot scoop: mattress materials matter. They’re the literal difference between several years of use and a mattress that you’ll want to replace ASAP. But what is a hybrid mattress made of exactly, and how does its construction hold up?
Take a traditional coil mattress and add the game-changing comfort of memory foam, and that’s what you get with a hybrid mattress. However, the combination is neither entirely an innerspring nor a memory foam mattress, which means you can’t exactly gauge its lifespan based on either of the mattress types. The answer to the question lies in determining how many layers of foam a hybrid mattress has? It’s generally agreed that a minimum of two inches of memory foam are needed for minimum support, but more layers reduce compacting, provide better cushioning, and offer superior weight support, which can extend the life of your mattress considerably.
Overall, the average hybrid mattress lifespan is typically between 7–10 years, but keep in mind the quality of your mattress’s materials. If it’s a budget bed with a minimum layer of foam support, you can expect to experience signs of wear and tear to show after just six years.
This Sealy Calabasas hybrid mattress is a great example of good construction. At the base, encased coils set a foundation of sturdy support, while three additional foam layers above, including a gel memory foam layer, deliver cushioned reinforcement several inches deep to the core with a total of 11 inches of overall support.
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Of course, every mattress is vulnerable to wear, no matter which type it is. It’s just another reason to consider your personal needs and lifestyle when purchasing and using a mattress. Consider the following points:
Hybrid mattresses can carry a lot more weight than innerspring mattresses, and their unique construction withstands more sinking overall, which is ideal for sleepers 200 pounds and over. With that in mind, excessive pressure can affect memory foam buoyancy, leading to compression and slower responsiveness. For sleepers larger in stature—and couples too—a thicker mattress (13 inches is a good benchmark) is the best line of defense against mattress collapse.
Beds are designed to sustain you throughout the proverbial 8 hours of sleep, but extracurricular activities can put in overtime and cause your mattress to lose its durability. Binging your favorite series from bed, reading before sleeping, or lingering long after breakfast in bed can all add up when they’re done frequently.
A good bedroom routine goes beyond simply making the bed every morning. In fact, regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your mattress in tip-top shape and for you to get the most use out of your bed. Without regular mattress cleaning (we go into details below), a mattress begins to accumulate unwanted byproducts, from moisture that leads to mold, to dust mites and bed bugs, and that’s not just bad for your mattress—it’s harmful to your health.
Luckily, there are several ways to keep your hybrid mattress (and yourself) in prime shape. Just follow these tips!
Back in the day, experts would recommend that sleepers flip their mattresses every so often to ensure no single area becomes overused. Nowadays, mattress quality has improved, making the practice obsolete, but a good rotation—swapping where you place your head and feet—is still suggested. Once every three to six months should do the trick.
We repeat, treat your mattress with care and it will care for you. As far as maintenance goes, start with the basics first by using quality bed sheets, making sure to wash them at least once every two weeks. Upkeep also includes occasionally vacuuming the surface and sides of your mattress to collect skin cells, dander, and any pests that accrue in the fibers over time. This is also a great time to aerate your mattress, which is crucial for combating moisture buildup.
For added insurance, invest in a mattress protector for your bedding setup. They’re relatively affordable, easy to use, and protect a mattress from accidental spills, an infestation of unwanted bed mates, and some covers even come with cooling technology for an added perk.
A hybrid mattress has a sturdy bottom that’s best paired with slats. Sold platform beds are also compatible, but for maximum breathability, an open-slat design is preferred. If you enjoy or need a lower bed, consider low-profile bed foundations for your hybrid mattress.
Replacing an old mattress can be a production, but the consequences of sleeping on a mattress that’s outdated can cost you more. If you need further convincing, ask yourself if your current hybrid mattress experiences any of the following:
A dip in a mattress is sneaky. While it might not show when out of use, once you hop into bed, it becomes more than evident. While mattress sinking happens most in the middle of the bed, don’t forget about the edges. Borders that are not reinforced can bow too, and before you know it, you’re rolling off the bed in the middle of the night (we speak from experience).
You’re bound to transfer your natural scent onto your mattress, but red flags include musty, dirty, or mildewy smells. These are indications your mattress has absorbed moisture, which has begun to turn into mildew. Once the onset begins, it’s nearly impossible to rid the mattress of the buildup, posing serious health risks, especially for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Your Body’s Response
Don’t be fooled into thinking your mattress is fine if it doesn’t sag with anyone on it. The real test comes when it’s being used. Let your body do the talking:
❔ Does your body feel aligned, or does it feel bent out of shape?
❔ When you lie down, are there any points on your body that experience pressure?
❔ How about circulation? Tingling, pins, and needles on any part of the body are a sign that your mattress has stop supporting your weight and has become a surface that’s too hard on your body.
Part of the appeal of hybrid mattresses is enhanced motion transfer, which is ideal for sleepers who snooze with a partner. But old bed springs can be notorious for being loud, let alone diminishing motion transfer. If you’re keeping tabs, that’s two ways to wake up your cuddle buddy when you wake up in the middle of the night.
Q: Do you need a box spring with a hybrid mattress?
A: Generally, box springs are exclusively for innerspring mattresses, but using one with a hybrid mattress isn’t forbidden. For best results, use an open bed foundation to increase breathability and ventilation.
Q: Can you flip a hybrid mattress?
A: No, hybrid mattresses should never be flipped. Doing so places the coils over the layers of memory foam, which will speed up compression, drastically reducing the lifespan of your hybrid mattress. Additionally, some manufacturers void their warranty when damage is caused by unnecessary flipping.
Q: Does a mattress’s comfort level influence its lifespan?
A: Generally speaking, plush mattresses have a slightly shorter lifespan than firmer models. In the case of hybrid mattresses, this has to do with foam density. Since a firm hybrid mattress is designed to hold more weight, it will naturally resist more use than a plush hybrid mattress.
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