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Memory Foam & Hybrid Mattresses: Head-to-Head

by Olly Mason

We get it: Between the choice of tossing and turning at night and shopping from the ever-growing market of mattresses, the first option feels like an easier choice. However, studies show that if you want to improve your mental and physical health, a mattress tailored to your personal sleep needs is essential. While options are seemingly limitless, with this quick memory foam vs. hybrid mattress guide, we hope to make your journey a little easier. We’ve even provided a list of our favorites from each mattress type — so there’s no excuse on knowing when and where to start, and every reason to say goodbye to restless nights.

At a Glance:

Best Hybrid Overall: Beautyrest® Black® Hybrid X-Class™ Medium Queen Mattress (700810873-1050)

Best Memory Foam Overall: Nectar Premier Copper 14" Memory Foam Queen Mattress (850008309939)

Best Hybrid Budget: Sealy® Calabasas Firm Hybrid Queen Mattress (52919951)

Best Memory Foam Budget: Nectar Classic 3.0 Memory Foam Medium Firm Queen Mattress in a Box (Nectar3.0-Q)

Best Hybrid Luxury: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-PRObreeze™ Medium Hybrid Queen Mattress (10242150)

Best Memory Foam Luxury: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Firm Queen Mattress (10740150)

Before we dive into the details, we’ve provided a handy comparison of what to expect from memory foam and hybrid mattresses.

Product Attributes
Hybrid
Memory Foam
Support Innerspring Coils Polyfoam
Comfort System Profile Minimal to significant Significant
Comfort System Material Memory foam, polyfoam, latex, and/or micro-coils Memory foam
Pressure Relief Medium to high High
Responsiveness / Ease of Movement Medium to high Low to medium
Motion Isolation Medium to high High
Temperature Regulation Medium to high Low
Durability 6 – 8 years 6 – 8 years
Price Point $899 – $3,999 $499 – $4,999

The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Mattresses

In essence, hybrid mattresses are very similar to traditional innerspring beds, but offer extra layers of soft foam, latex, gel, or even a combination of any of these materials. The idea is to retain the sturdy support from a coil mattress while “softening the edges” for better pressure relief. The memory foam in the top layer of a hybrid mattress provides contouring comfort, but with a durable base, users will enjoy improved maneuverability, so it never feels like the bed is swallowing you.

All in all, hybrid mattresses offer exceptionally balanced support and come in a range of comfort levels from ultra-plush to firm, making them a considerable option for virtually every mattress shopper, but especially for side sleepers and potentially stomach sleepers.

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Pros:

Hybrid mattresses support more weight than memory foam

Easier to get in and out of

Very breathable, which can also help reduce hot sleeping

Cons:

Hybrid mattresses have more bounce, which can be disruptive to sleep partners

Hybrid mattresses tend to be heavy

Often more expensive than memory foam mattresses

Hybrid Mattress Top Picks

Best Overall: Beautyrest® Black® Hybrid X-Class™ Medium Queen Mattress

Front view of Beautyrest 700810873 hybrid mattress

Settle in for plush, premium rest night after night with this best hybrid mattress from Beautyrest. A series of complementary support cushions the body, including T3 Pocketed Coil Technology at the base that provides better energy absorption, and multiple layers of gel and RightTemp memory foam for full-body comfort. The addition of BlackICE Hybrid Technology ensures the surface stays cool all through the night, while the ContourFit design provides flexibility to stretch to every position of your body.

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Best Budget: Sealy® Calabasas Firm Hybrid Queen Mattress

Front view of Sealy 52919951 hybrid mattress

Picture yourself drifting away to sweet slumber on the comfort of this Sealy firm hybrid mattress. A premium combination of SealySupport and SealyCool gel foam balance the body in a cooling sensation of gentle support, the perfect complement to the StableEdge Pro coil system with edge-to-edge reinforcement. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, and with the special antimicrobial cover, this mattress stays fresh, too.

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Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-PRObreeze™ Medium Hybrid Queen Mattress

Front view of Tempur-Pedic 10242150 hybrid mattress

Tempur-Pedic may have created the ultimate hybrid experience with the TEMPUR-PRObreeze mattress featuring a three-level comfort system fit for royalty. All in all, six layers alleviate common sleep problems, such as PureCool+ technology that absorbs heat and promotes breathability, and the unique yarn infused into the cover to draw heat away from the body. Enjoy even more luxury with the plush TEMPUR-CM+ comfort layer and a High-Stretch Performance Panel that adds another level of pressure relief to your sleep routine.

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From Space and Into Your Dreams: Foam Mattresses

For enveloping sleep that truly surrounds the entire body, there’s no beating memory foam. It’s these body-hugging properties that made the material the top choice to cushion astronauts back when it was invented for NASA. In terms of sleep wellness, the polyurethane used in memory foam mattresses cradle the hips, back, and neck as opposed to push against it like traditional mattress springs do. Altogether, this leads to slow compression, significantly reduced motion transfer, and all-around comfort.

Contrary to hybrid mattresses, memory foam models are designed around softness, but shoppers can still find options in firm-level and medium-level comfort along with standard plush options. Regardless of the level of firmness, memory foam mattresses have shown to be great for almost every kind of sleeper, with exceptional results for back sleepers.

Pros:

Superior pressure relief

Improved motion transfer 

Virtually noiseless

Generally more affordable than hybrid mattresses 

Cons:

Can trap heat if not designed with temperature regulating material

Off-gassing can take a while to fade

Users have noted feeling “stuck”

Memory Foam Top Picks

Best Overall: Nectar Premier Copper 14" Memory Foam Queen Mattress

Front view of Nectar 850008309939 memory foam mattress

This best memory foam mattress from Nectar combats toasty sleep sessions by infusing the cover with copper fibers for a boost of dual-action cooling — and with temperature-regulating gel foam, that cooling sensation continues to the core. The inclusion of a Dynamic Response support layer provides ideal sturdiness to reduce motion transfer while resisting the sinking feeling often found in memory foam mattresses.

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Best Budget: Nectar Classic 3.0 Memory Foam Medium Firm Queen Mattress in a Box

Front view of Nectar Nectar3.0-Q memory foam mattress

At nearly half the price of our overall favorite foam mattress, this bed-in-a-box is an affordable alternative with many of the same perks from the Nectar mattress brand. That includes a cool-to-the-touch quilted cover followed by three inches of premium, pressure-relieving gel memory foam, all on the sturdy support of a Dynamic Support layer.

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Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt™ Firm Queen Mattress

Front view of Tempur-Pedic 10740150 memory foam mattress

Your every move is matched by the responsive comfort of this luxury-line memory foam mattress, creating a sleep setting that’s on another level. The experience begins with Tempur-Pedic’s SmartClimate Dual Cover Support that’s fresh to the touch accompanied by TEMPUR-APR+ for deep relaxation down to the base. The result is a complete system of pressure relief and support that does the body good.

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Our Verdict

Ultimately, the battle of memory foam vs hybrid is best decided by your unique needs. That being said, both are superior choices to innerspring mattresses, and are available in a scope of prices and comfort levels. If you find yourself sleeping on your back, we recommend focusing on memory foam mattresses, but also encourage you to keep an open mind about hybrid. Side sleepers and those who need a little more support (e.g. elderly who may struggle getting out of a memory foam mattress), make hybrid mattress your priority.

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The Sleep You Deserve is at Mattress Land

Still not sure which mattress type will satisfy your sleep needs? Give Mattress Land’s BedFIT experience a try! With two convenient trials — either in-store or with the BedFit online experience — this exclusive technology can help pinpoint sleep problems with over 11,000 calculations in as little as five minutes. Once the diagnosis is processed, we’re able to recommend a premium bed that’s tailored to your body with results backed by science. 

Together with our catalog of mattresses from the best brands in the industry, we guarantee to find you a new sleep solution that will improve the quality of your life. Shop online, by phone at 877-477-5337 or at a mattress showroom near you with locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington!