The best hybrid mattresses combine the lush comfort of memory foam with the support of pocket springs. These days, most popular bed-in-a-box brands such as Emma, Simba and Eve make at least one hybrid mattress, so there’s certainly no shortage of choice on the market.
But, as is often the case with buying a new mattress, deciding which is the best hybrid for you isn’t always an easy task. What might be sleep heaven to one person, may be a nightmare to the next. And while the trial periods offered by most bed-in-a-box mattress brands will allow you to test out a mattress before you’ve made a commitment to it, it helps to do your research first.
This is where we can help. After testing heaps of mattresses, we’ve put together a roundup of the best hybrids below, as well as a short buying guide to help you make the right decision.
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How to buy the best hybrid mattress for you
What is a Hybrid mattress?
Before we get started, it might help to clarify exactly what we mean by ‘hybrid’ mattress, particularly as the term ‘hybrid’ gets thrown around quite loosely. While they might differ when it comes to the finer design details, all hybrid mattresses have essentially one thing in common: they are made from a combination of foam (or other synthetic materials such as latex) and springs. The sprung layer in a hybrid mattress can serve either as a comfort layer (micro springs) or as part of its foundation (full size springs).
What is the benefit of a hybrid mattress?
Many people find it difficult to get along with all-foam mattresses, whether it’s because of the feeling of being enveloped, or because they can feel quite warm. A hybrid can alleviate these problems without sacrificing the comfort that you get with a foam mattress. A layer of springs should improve air flow throughout the mattress and usually gives a more subtle feeling than you get with foam alone.
How much do I need to spend?
Compared with all-foam mattresses, you’ll usually need to splash out a bit more on a hybrid. Take the Emma Hybrid, for instance. This will cost you £919 in a king size, compared to £799 for the all-foam Original. Similarly, Eve’s Original foam mattress also costs £799 in a king size, while the Original Hybrid in the same size will set you back £869. Despite the extra cost, given the benefits outlined above, you might decide that a hybrid mattress is worth the investment.
With the exception of some of the most expensive mattresses we’ve tested, you’ll rarely need to pay over £1,000 for a decent hybrid mattress (in a king size). And if you’re really on a budget, you can get a decent one for as little as £509 (see the Silentnight Studio Eco in our roundup below).
Anything else I need to consider?
If you’re still feeling in the dark when it comes to buying a new mattress, we recommend checking out some of our other pages, listed below:
The best Hybrid mattresses to buy
1. Simba Hybrid Pro: Our favourite hybrid mattress
Price: From £999 (single) | Buy now from Simba
Bed-in-a-box brand Simba has three different hybrid mattresses in its range. Before the Luxe came along, the Hybrid Pro was the most expensive, starting at £999 for a single and rising to £1,419 for a king size mattress.
While it’s not cheap, the Hybrid Pro remains our favorite Simba mattress and one of the best hybrids that we’ve tested. It has not one but two layers of micro springs (an upgrade on the regular Hybrid’s single layer) as well as an upper comfort layer made from wool, which is an excellent temperature regulator.
As such, the Hybrid Pro is a comfortable, cool and supportive mattress. Best of all, though, it comes with a 200-night trial, so you can return it for a full refund if you’re not happy.
Buy now from Simba
|Simba Hybrid Pro | Read our full review|
|Type||Wool, foam and micro pocket spring hybrid|
|Needs turning?||Rotate once/month for the first six months; once every 3/6 months thereafter|
|Sizes||Single to king, arrives vacuum-packed|
|Warranty||200-night trial; 10-year warranty|
In Simba’s current sale, you can save up to 30% on mattresses, including 25% off the Simba Hybrid Pro: our favourite of the brand’s three hybrids. A king size Pro, for instance, is now down from £1,419 to £1,064.25. Alternatively, you can also save up to 35% on bundles, with 30% off a Hybrid Pro bundle (including two pillows, a duvet and a mattress topper).
Save 25%, or 30% on a Hybrid Pro bundle
2. Emma Hybrid: Best for plush comfort
Price: From £589 (single) | Buy now from Emma
The Emma Hybrid is slightly more affordable than the Simba Hybrid Pro, starting at £589 for a single and rising to £919 for a king. It’s rather similar in design to the brand’s all-foam Original, save for the crucial layer of micro pocket springs that gives it a more refined and subtle feel when compared to the Original. Indeed, when we tested the Emma Hybrid, we found it to be very comfortable indeed.
This being said, because of the Hybrid’s slightly thinner foundation level, we do recommend using it on a solid foundation (and not a sprung slatted base) if you want to get the best levels of support.
Read our full review of the Emma Hybrid