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Innerspring vs. Hybrid Mattresses: What’s the Difference?


3D illustration of the interior of a hybrid mattress with coils covered by layers of foam

As mattresses continue to evolve, you may have noticed that hybrid mattresses are catching on. However, sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a hybrid mattress and a traditional innerspring mattress. In this article, we’ll discuss those differences and help you decide which is right for you.

Innerspring Mattresses

Most people are familiar with innerspring mattresses already. Because of the similarities to a hybrid mattress, though, it’s important to sharply define what an innerspring mattress is. Innerspring mattresses include a strong support layer of innerspring coils. These can be simple or complex, depending on the model and manufacturer. Many innerspring mattresses use foams in their stability and comfort layers, too, which can lead to some confusion.

Innerspring mattress foams are the conventional foams that you’ll find in many types of furniture, as well as automotive seating. They can have different densities for varied levels of comfort. They might also include other fabrics for padding on the comfort layer, such as cotton, wool, microfiber, and more.

Innerspring mattresses come in all sizes, including the most popular ones, such as twin, full, queen, king, and California king. They also come in every comfort level, including firm, plush, and pillow top. Many innerspring mattresses are also adjustable friendly, meaning they can be used with an adjustable bed base.

Innerspring Mattress Examples

The Beautyrest Colfax Medium Plush Mattress fromSimmons Beautyrest is a great example of a traditional innerspring mattress with modern features. Its Beautyrest® 800 Series Pocketed Coil Technology support system is designed to limit motion transfer (one partner’s movement disturbing the other’s sleep), as well as for orthopedic relief. It includes support, comfort, and cooling foams as well.

Just because innerspring mattresses have been around for a long time doesn’t mean they’re outdated. Some of the most luxurious mattresses in the world include an innerspring support core. For instance, Vispring makes luxury mattresses from the finest materials sourced around the globe. Their Diamond Majesty Medium Firm Mattress includes British horsetail hair, shetland wool combined with silk and cashmere, organic cotton, and more. Moreover, Vispring includes a 30-year warranty with their mattresses, something largely unheard of in the industry!

Hybrid Mattresses

In order to be considered a hybrid mattress, a mattress must have an innerspring support layer combined with either memory foam or latex foam. Note that the difference between an innerspring and hybrid mattress is primarily the foam material. Hybrid mattresses marry the comforts of memory or latex foam with traditional innerspring support. 

Like other mattress types, hybrid mattresses come in all sizes, as well as firm, plush, and pillow top comfort levels. Most hybrid mattresses are also adjustable friendly. In essence, any options you find with innerspring mattresses, you’ll also find with hybrid mattresses. See our guide for help choosing the best hybrid mattress for you.

Hybrid Mattress Examples

The Luxury Hybrid Mattress from DreamCloud is an excellent starting point for the world of hybrid mattresses. It includes a layer of individually-wrapped coils for strong support. This is built upon with high-density memory foam, still part of the support layer, which provides adaptive pushback and reduced sinking. The comfort layer includes pressure-activated and pressure relieving gel-infused memory foam, topped with a quilted memory foam and cashmere cover. 

Tempur-Pedic is known for their Tempur-material mattresses. However, they also manufacture premium hybrid mattresses as well, such as the Tempur-Probreeze Medium Hybrid Mattress. An innerspring system of 1000+ individually-wrapped coils provides a foundation of support. This is surrounded and built upon by layers of TEMPUR® materials, including TEMPUR-CM+™, which provides maximum air flow and cool comfort. It’s easy to see here that Tempur-Pedic have married innerspring support and Tempur-material comfort in an excellent hybrid mattress package.

Innerspring vs. Hybrid Mattresses - Which is Right for You?

Whether you choose an innerspring or a hybrid mattress, you’ll get strong innerspring support. The decision between the two comes down to which comfort feel you prefer as well as your budget. Memory foam conforms tightly to the body, creating a “hugging” sensation. Latex foam contours with the body, but retains buoyancy. Conventional foams and padding, like those used in innerspring mattresses, cushion your body with a more generalized response. 

Firmness, regardless of comfort material, is more likely to be the biggest deciding factor in your sleep comfort. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper, firmer comfort levels may suit you best. For side sleepers, a plush comfort level will provide more pressure relief for hips and shoulders. Some stomach sleepers may prefer a plusher mattress as well, to allow some sinking and keep the spine aligned correctly. Pillow top comfort levels are all about softness. If sleeping on a fluffy cloud is your idea of bliss, then a pillow top is for you. 

The best way to determine the best material or mattress type for your needs is to try them out in one of our stores. In any case, you can speak to our Sleep Experts in-store or online. They’ll  answer your questions and help you decide on the best option for you. Trust City Mattress with your next mattress purchase, and you’ll be getting the sleep you deserve in no time. With free local delivery and setup with every mattress we sell, you can leave the hassle of mattress shopping to us!