5 signs you should buy a hybrid mattress and not a memory foam bed in Cyber Monday sales

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There are some great Cyber Monday mattress deals happening right now, but it can be a minefield deciding which mattress will best suit and your sleeping style. Many of our best mattress options are hybrids (made of coils or springs and memory foam), and these popular mattresses suit a wide range of sleepers. 

If you’ve been struggling to choose between a hybrid or memory foam mattress, here we pinpoint five specific signs that your dream bed is actually a hybrid. That’s not to say, obviously, that memory foam mattresses aren’t great for lots of people. But the best hybrid mattresses are excellent all-rounders and if you’re in the market for one at a reduced price, today is the day to take advantage of some fantastic holiday deals.

Here are the five signs you should buy a hybrid mattress and not a memory foam bed in the Cyber Monday sales. Plus, we round-up today's top three deals on highly rated hybrids...

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1. You sleep hot at night

Hybrid mattresses are made from a combination of foams and springs. The springs are invaluable when it comes to temperature regulation, with their open coils helping to promote airflow through the mattress. This, in turn, helps to keep the foams cool. Most hybrid mattresses use individually wrapped pocketed coils, and these allow for plenty of space between each coil to improve breathability.

In addition, many hybrid mattresses also use cooling elements in their foam layers such as gel or copper infused foam, along with cooling covers that help to wick away moisture and keep sleepers cool at night. Because there’s more bounce in a hybrid mattress, you won’t sink as far into it as you would with a memory foam alternative, and this of course also helps to regulate temperature.

2. You hate mattresses that hug your body

Memory foam mattresses offer a very particular feel to sleepers, with a distinctive ‘hug’ around the body. For some people, particularly side sleepers, this is bliss, with the contouring providing deep pressure relief around the shoulders and hips. But many people absolutely hate the feeling, which can make sleepers feel trapped and swallowed up by the mattress.

If you’re in the later camp, a hybrid mattress is going to be a far better choice. Although hybrid mattresses often contain some memory foam, the feel of this is usually negated by the firmer layer of springs underneath.

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This means you’ll get some gentle contouring around your pressure points but won’t feel like you’re sinking into the mattress. We’d recommend looking for a medium firm hybrid mattress as anything softer might still have too much sinkage for your sleeping style. 

3. You love a responsive bed with a little bounce

Hybrid mattresses have a coil support core that adds bounce to the mattress. This makes it easier to move around on the mattress and change positions throughout the night – ideal for combination sleepers. If you grew up sleeping on an innerspring bed, you’ll be used to the responsiveness provided by springs. 

Of course, the advantage of hybrid mattresses is that they have layers of foam above the springs to provide greater pressure relief. This combination also means that a hybrid mattress can respond quickly where it needs to, making sure particular areas of the body are well supported.

4. You need a bed that’s easy to get in and out of

Coils provide a strong support core in a hybrid mattress, meaning perimeter sinkage is limited. This means that when you sit down on the bed, you won’t feel like you’re going to slide onto the floor. 

In fact, many hybrid mattresses have reinforced coils around their edges to provide even greater stability. As well as making the mattress a safer place to sit, good edge support also allows sleepers to spread out and use the full width of the mattress. This means you’ll have a wider area of sleep space available.  

5. You don’t know what type of mattress you need

It’s very common to move about during the night, changing position. Many of us will start on our back and wake up in the morning sleeping on our side, for example. Hybrid mattresses are ideal for combination sleepers as the coils make it easy to change position. 

Memory foam, in comparison, can make it very difficult to switch position and in the effort of doing so, may wake a sleeper up. A hybrid is also a great choice for a sleeper who isn’t sure what mattress they’ll like as it has a little bit of everything – support and bounce from the coils combined with cushioning comfort from the foam. 

If you're used to sleeping on a memory foam, switching to a hybrid mattress can come with a bit of an adjustment period. Within a few weeks you should be used to the bouncier feel of your new bed, but if not, that's what a good mattress trial is there for. 

Top 3 hybrid mattresses to buy in the Cyber Monday sales

DreamCloud Hybrid:$839$449 at DreamCloud

DreamCloud Hybrid: from $839 $449 at DreamCloud
Made from a combination of memory foam, foams and individually wrapped coils, the DreamCloud mattress is a fantastic all-rounder that’s particularly suited to back and stomach sleepers due to its firmer feel. With plenty of support and pressure relief, this is also a great mattress to consider if you suffer with back pain. Some side sleepers might find it a little too firm. With great temperature regulation and a surprisingly affordable price, the mattress also comes with a 365-night trial, lifetime warranty and free shipping.  

Saatva Classic:$1,095

Saatva Classic: from $1,095 $695 at Saatva
The Saatva Classic is a customizable luxury innerspring mattress available in three firmness ratings (Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm and two height options (11.5” and 14.5”). This means you can pick a mattress to suit your sleeping style, with the Plush Soft being ideal for side sleepers, the Luxury Firm being a great all-rounder and the Firm best suited to stomach and heavier sleepers. Pressure relief is second to none on the Saatva and it sleeps cool to keep you comfortable at night. There’s also free white glove delivery, a 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty. Read our Saatva Classic mattress review for more information.

Emma Hybrid Comfort: $739$295 at Emma Sleep

Emma Hybrid Comfort: from $739 $295 at Emma Sleep
The Emma Hybrid Comfort is made from a combination of memory foam, high-density foam, Emma’s proprietary Point Elastic Airgocell foam and a seven-zoned pocket spring layer. This zoned layer does a fantastic job of promoting spinal alignment and easing aches and pains, making it a great choice for back and stomach sleepers. Lightweight side sleepers may find it too firm though. The mattress has a 365-night trial, 10-year warranty and free delivery. 

Jo Plumridge
Mattress tester and sleep writer

Jo Plumridge is an experienced mattress reviewer with several years' experience covering all things mattresses and sleep, and who tests memory foam, hybrid and organic mattresses. What Jo doesn't know about a boxed mattress isn't worth knowing, so naturally we tasked her with producing a series of features for Tom's Guide looking at all aspects of mattresses, from how to pick between latex and memory foam (it's a tricky one), to the seven mistakes people make when buying a mattress for the first time. When testing the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid for Tom's Guide, Jo said: "I loved the back support and pressure relief it offered. Plus, it looks far more expensive than it is." When she isn’t writing about sleep, Jo also writes extensively on interior design, home products and photography.