The best hybrid mattress in 2022: foam and spring beds tested by experts

Casper Wave Hybrid Snow Mattress
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Today's best hybrid mattresses use layers of different materials to deliver the ultimate in overnight comfort and support. The term is usually applied to mattresses that pair springs with memory foam (or sometimes a different type of foam, or latex). Many of the entries in our best mattress guide are hybrids, because mixing materials is a good way to get the best of two worlds – the body-contouring support of memory foam with some of the bounce and extra breathability of an innerspring, for example. We’ve spent hundreds of hours testing this year’s best hybrid mattresses, and have ranked them here for different sleepers and budgets. 

How we test hybrid mattresses

We personally research and test the latest hybrid mattresses to provide unbiased recommendations. We rate each mattress out of 10 and use the review data to inform rankings. Read our mattress methodology for more.

We’ve included a fantastic affordable hybrid mattress that offers big support for a small price, as well as pricier options that offer a more luxurious or specialized sleep experience. We also have great recommendations for anyone shopping for the best hybrid mattress for couples, for back pain, and for side sleeping.

You can buy softer and firm hybrid mattresses, though from our testing experience medium-firm is the sweet spot for most body types and sleeping positions. When choosing a hybrid mattress, also look for a risk-free mattress trial period. The minimum from big bed brands is 100 nights, but DreamCloud, WinkBeds and Saatva each run 365-night trials, so you can try your new bed out in all seasons. 

Hybrids are typically pricer than foam-only mattresses, but most brands in our list offer regular, generous mattress sales, so you can expect not to pay full MSRP (the Black Friday and Cyber Monday mattress deals can yield especially low prices). Let’s now look at our pick of 2022’s best hybrid mattresses for all budgets and sleepers.

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The Saatva Classic Mattress, our best hybrid mattress pick, sat on a dark wooden low profile bed frame in a room with large green plants

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This year's best hybrid mattress for every type of sleeper

Specifications

Materials: Coils, foam rails, pillow top
Firmness (1-10): Plush soft (3/10), luxury firm (5.7), firm (8)
Best for: All sleepers; back pain; fans of handcrafted luxury
Sizes: 8 (twin - split Cal king)
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime
Price: $935 - $2,450

Reasons to buy

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3 firmness + 2 height options
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Sturdy lumbar support
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A little bounce

Reasons to avoid

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$99 fee to exchange or return
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No memory foam

The Saatva Classic is a luxury, five-layer hybrid innerspring mattress handcrafted in America, and it's perfect for anyone looking to recreate the feel of a luxury hotel bed in their own bedroom. It's our favorite mattress overall, and it's also our best hybrid mattress pick. When we tested Saatva's flagship mattress for ourselves, we were highly impressed by the luxury finish and build quality. We also found it extremely comfortable to sleep on, with a neutral temperature that meant we didn’t overheat or feel cold.

We rank the Saatva Classic as the best hybrid mattress overall because it’s exceptionally well made, a dream to sleep on, and it comes with an impressive number of customization options – you can choose between soft, medium-firm and firm sleep feels, and a depth of either 11.5" or 14.5" – which means it'll suit a wide range of body types and sleep styles. You'll find more detail in our Saatva Classic mattress review, but in short we recommend the Luxury Firm to most people, the Plush Soft for side sleepers under 130lb, and the Firm for heavier bodies, back and stomach sleepers.

Most of our best hybrid mattress picks include a memory foam layer. That's absent here – the only foam in the classic comes in the form of rails around the perimeter to bolster edge support. The main body of the mattress is predominantly recycled steel coils, which offer the benefit of excellent breathability, as air can flow through and around the springs. There's also a plush pillow top to keep things comfy on top, but if you want the body-hugging feel of one of the best memory foam mattresses, check out the DreamCloud at #2 instead.

The Saatva Classic has earned the Seal of Approval from the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations thanks to its back pain relief and support (it's amongst the best mattresses for back pain, by our reckoning). You can thank the additional support added in the lumbar zone for this, as it helps to elevate your hips and maintain healthy spinal alignment. 

Even though regular Saatva mattress sales can take up to $250 off the price of this US handcrafted innerspring bed, it's still on the pricier end, with a queen costing $1,795 at full price. Still, this is more affordable than what you’d pay for a comparable handcrafted hybrid mattress sold in store. You also get some pretty sweet perks for that price, including a full year's trial period, a lifetime warranty, and free white glove delivery and setup in a room of your choice. 

DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress in a light bedroom, with colorful bedding

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The best hybrid mattress for couples

Specifications

Materials: Memory foam and coils
Firmness (1-10): Medium-firm (6.5)
Best for: Couples; better back support; if Saatva is out of your budget
Sizes: 6 (twin - Cal king)
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime
Price: $799 - $1,499

Reasons to buy

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Memory foam absorbs motion well
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Supportive under your back
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Remains cool to the touch

Reasons to avoid

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Too firm for lighter bodies

If the Saatva is out of your price range, the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress in a box is an excellent alternative. After testing it for three weeks, we rate it highly for back and hip support, with consistent pressure relief to reduce pain points in these areas. The DreamCloud achieves this via a mix of memory foam and individually wrapped coils that enable the mattress to contour to your curves. 

This subtle yet effective cushioning is bolstered by a 1.5" quilted foam topper and a 1" layer of gel-infused memory foam. This means it works just as well for side sleepers seeking a little sink-in comfort as for back and stomach sleepers who need to remain more on top of the mattress. You may find it too firm if you weigh under 130lb though, so take advantage of the 365-night trial to make sure the medium-firm feel is right for you. 

We also rank the DreamCloud as the best hybrid mattress for couples thanks to its higher levels of motion isolation. Hybrids are bouncier than all-foam mattresses so it isn't uncommon for them to transfer more motion from one side of the bed to the other. However, in our DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid mattress review, our testers didn't find this to be the case, so we feel confident in recommending this hybrid mattress to anyone who shares a bed with a restless sleeper. An evergreen DreamCloud mattress sale reduces the price of a queen to around $999, making it a more budget-friendly buy than the premium Saatva hybrid above.

The Linenspa mattress on a wooden frame placed next to a black and gold bedside table

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3. Linenspa 10 Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

The best affordable hybrid mattress

Specifications

Materials: Memory foam, innersprings
Firmness (1-10): Medium (5.5-6)
Best for: Small budgets; back and stomach sleepers; kids beds
Sizes: 6 (twin - Cal king)
Trial length: 30-100 nights
Warranty: 10 years
Price: $280 - $470

Reasons to buy

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Affordable for a hybrid
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Good option for child or student room
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Toxin-free foams

Reasons to avoid

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Reports of poor edge support
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Lacks support for heavy bodies
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Short trial period

If you're looking for a good cheap mattress to give you a taste of the support and comfort of a hybrid but without breaking the bank, choose the Linenspa 10 Inch Hybrid Mattress. It’s fairly basic in terms of design (especially compared to the mid-range and luxury options in this guide), but offers a decent amount for a very low price. 

While there are multiple depths available, we feel the 10” version is the best option for most sleepers shopping for an affordable hybrid mattress. 10” is the standard height for a bed-in-a-box, and it’s also the minimum comfort level we recommend for adults. In that Linenspa has layered up body-contouring memory foam and tempered steel coils for bounce and breathability. There are also 'AlwaysCool gel infusions' that promise to help regulate temperature. 

We're in the process of testing this mattress out and will update this guide with our findings, but the existing customer reviews paint a very positive picture of this mattress. On Amazon it has a 4.5 average over 130K reviews, while at Target, there's a much smaller number of reviews, but 79% have given it a 4 or 5-star rating. Customers praise on how comfortable they found it, and it seems to be particularly popular for as an option for children's bedrooms and students. Of the less enthusiastic reviews, there are some complaints about an off-gassing smell, a few found it's not supportive enough for their needs, and is particularly lacking around the edges. Heavier people in particular probably won't get on with this mattress – take a look at the Saatva Classic (number one) or the DreamCloud instead.

The Linenspa 10 Inch Hybrid Mattress won't contour to your body in the way the Helix Midnight would (see below), so we wouldn’t recommend it to side sleepers, but it will offer a decent level of comfort for back and stomach sleeping. 

For that lower price, you'll also need to sacrifice some of the extras you'll get with bigger mattress brands – there’s only a 10-year limited warranty on this hybrid, and if you buy it through Amazon, Linenspa’s official retail partner, you’ll only have 30 to trial it once the mattress has been unboxed. You can read more about this in our feature answering how to return a mattress to Amazon. Still, for the price it’s definitely worth considering.

The Helix Midnight hybrid placed on a grey fabric bed frame next to two green houseplants

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The best hybrid mattress for side sleepers

Specifications

Materials: Memory foam, polyfoam, coils
Firmness (1-10): Medium (5.5-6)
Best for: Side sleepers
Sizes: 5 (twin - Cal king)
Trial length: 100 nights
Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
Price: $799 - $1,549

Reasons to buy

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Designed for side sleepers
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Zoned lumbar support
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Aligns the spine during sleep

Reasons to avoid

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Not for heavier bodies
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Limited warranty

Following extensive testing, we rate the Helix Midnight as the best mattress for side sleepers, so if you want a hybrid to help you sleep comfortably in this position, look no further. The Midnight has a softer sleep surface, with the extra cushioning and pressure relief along your shoulders, hips and knees that you need to lie comfortably on your side.

In our Helix Midnight mattress review we were impressed with the way the mix of contouring memory foam and responsive polyfoam hugs your body, responding to your changing sleep position to deliver good pressure relief all night long. Like the DreamCloud (another good option for side sleepers), the Midnight hybrid mattress was also great at isolating motion, which is good news if you're sharing a bed with a restless sleeper. You may want to upgrade to the Helix Midnight Plus if you weigh above average though, as you'll need more support than what's offered here.

Overall the Helix Midnight is well priced for a mid-range hybrid mattress, and it’s regularly up to $150 off in the Helix mattress sale and sold with two free pillows to boost your value for money. 

The Casper Wave Hybrid Snow photographed on a blue fabric bed frame in a dark blue bedroom

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The best cooling hybrid mattress for back pain

Specifications

Materials: Memory foam, natural latex, innersprings
Firmness (1-10): Medium-firm to firm (7)
Best for: Hot sleepers; back pain relief; people dealing with night sweats
Sizes: 6 (twin - Cal king)
Availability: Online **
Trial length: 100 nights
Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
Price: $2,295 - $3,995

Reasons to buy

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Helps prevent overheating
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Endorsed by chiropractors
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Free shipping and returns

Reasons to avoid

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Limited warranty only

The Casper Wave Hybrid Snow cooling mattress tackles two major sleep disruptors simultaneously: back pain and overheating. It does this via a series of hybrid mattress technologies that you won't find in any other bed in this guide. But that also means the Casper is the most expensive hybrid mattress featured here. But if you’re dealing with chronic back pain and night sweats or overheating at night, it’s worth trialling to see how it can quickly improve your sleep comfort. 

The Casper Wave Hybrid is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, and we rate it very highly (it scored 4.5 out of 5 stars in our testing process) for zoned back support. This is powered by Casper’s own Zoned Support Max and gel pod technology designed to lift your lower back during sleep so that it doesn’t bend or dip out of alignment. There are various ergonomic zones for all-over pressure relief too, with 78 of those gel pods delivering noticeable support. In our Casper Wave Hybrid Snow Mattress review, one member of our testing panel who had back pain felt immediate relief when lying on the Wave Hybrid. 

If overheating at night is your biggest challenge, then the Casper is the best hybrid mattress for you above all others here. The QuickCool cover is infused with phase change material to absorb then dissipate heat to keep the mattress cooler to the touch. We’ve seen similar technology used in the cheaper Cocoon by Sealy mattress (priced $799 for a queen), but the Casper takes this up a gear with the use of HeatDelete Bands and AirScape 3 technology to quickly disperse body heat so that it doesn’t build up in the bed. A good Casper mattress deal will discount the Wave Hybrid Snow by a few hundred dollars, so they’re worth keeping an eye on.

How to choose the best hybrid mattress for you

When researching the best hybrid mattress for you, we recommend taking the following criteria into account before you spend a dime:

  • Your budget
  • The firmness you like from a mattress
  • Your sleep position (stomach, back, side, combi)
  • Whether you sleep alone or with another person
  • If you or your partner are a restless sleeper
  • Whether you overheat during sleep
  • Any health considerations that impact sleep quality

Answering those key questions will help you to quickly narrow down the best hybrid mattress for your budget, your body type, sleep needs and any health issues that may be impacting your ability to sleep through the night. 

We recommend only buying from a hybrid bed manufacturer or retailer that offers a decent mattress trial of at least 30 nights (100 is the standard). A trial gives your body time to adjust to the hybrid mattress so you can be sure whether it suits you or not. This is very important if you're switching from an innerspring or memory foam to a hybrid, as the feel is very different and often firmer at first. It's also worth factoring your frame in when deciding a model – different frames can affect sleep feel more than you'd expect (our best bed base guide offers some recommendations). 

When is the best time to buy a hybrid mattress?

All of the top-rated hybrid mattress brands run regular offers that can save you hundreds of dollars on these supportive, comfy and bouncy mattresses. So it's rare that you'll have to pay full price for any of them if you keep an eye out for offers over a month or two. 

We've been covering mattresses for years on Tom's Guide and what we have noticed is that summer isn't generally a good time to buy a hybrid mattress, as manufacturers tend to increase prices at this time. Couple that with this year's inflation woes and prices are at a high. 

The best time to buy a hybrid mattress is in November when the Black Friday mattress deals arrive. These roll over into Cyber Monday mattress deals, giving you a long weekend of massive discounts and the cheapest hybrid mattress prices we see all year. 

The Labor Day mattress sales in September are another excellent time to snap up one of the best hybrid mattresses for less. We'd recommend looking at Saatva, DreamCloud, Helix Sleep, Casper and Amazon. 

Are hybrid mattresses good for side sleepers?

Yes, hybrid mattresses are good for side sleepers as long as you choose the right firmness level for your body type. So if you weigh under 130lb, we’d recommend looking for a softer hybrid or a medium rating at the most. The other option is a medium-firm hybrid mattress designed with a pillow top for extra cushioning, plus plenty of comfort foam. 

If you’re a side sleeper of average weight, a medium-firm hybrid will offer contouring comfort and support. For bodies that weigh over 230lb, consider a firm hybrid mattress to offer the support you need while sleeping in that position for hours at a time.

Our highest rated hybrid mattress for sleeping on your side is the Helix Midnight (priced from $699 at Helix Sleep (opens in new tab)). It’s the only hybrid we’ve tested that has been designed specifically for this sleep position, and it’s supremely comfortable to dip your shoulders, hips and knees into.

Claire Davies
Sleep Editor, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Claire Davies is a qualified journalist, Sleep Editor and Certified Sleep Science Coach who writes about all things related to sleep, from mattress reviews to the latest sleep techniques and research. Claire has interviewed a wealth of experts, from mattress designers and innovators to neuroscientists and doctors of sleep medicine. Before taking on the role of Sleep Editor, Claire worked as Health & Wellness Editor at Top Ten Reviews, and before that was a Senior Content Editor at T3. Claire is super-passionate about how consistent, good quality sleep can boost our physical and mental wellbeing, and would love to hear from PRs and brands regarding sleep products, services and research that can help our readers sleep better than ever. 

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