Memory Foam Mattress vs Hybrid Mattress
Today I want to talk about what exactly is a memory foam mattress and what is a hybrid mattress, who should get one over the other, and which one is the right one for you.
Now, let’s talk about memory foam versus hybrid.
Memory foam is made out of the polymer called polyurethane. You’re going to find this material in objects like car seats, sofas and, more importantly, like today, mattresses. Memory foam has this soft, slowly moving quicksand feel. You slowly sink into the mattress.
A hybrid mattress, on the other hand, is going to have soft, comfort layers on top, or some type of foam comfort layer on top. That could be latex, could be memory foam or a blend of the two, or some other type of poly foam.
Beneath that, you have supportive coils. For example, I’m on the Casper Hybrid right now. You have a couple layers on top. You’re going to have a latex-like foam, layer of memory foam beneath that, and a zone transition layer beneath that. Beneath that all, you’re going to have your supportive coil. That is a hybrid construction.
What are the differences between a memory foam mattress and a hybrid mattress?
First off, it’s going to be in the construction. Memory foam mattresses, as we’re talking about today, is going to be an all foam mattress. A hybrid mattress, on the other hand, is going to have coils and the coils are going to make it very, very different. It’s going to do is it might dry with the price just a little bit. In general, a hybrid mattress is going to cost more than an all foam mattress, than a memory foam mattress. This isn’t always true, but it usually is. It’s going to do a couple things for your hybrid mattress and it’s definitely worth that extra investment.
It’s going to make it more supportive, so it can handle heavier weight. It’s also going to make it more durable, make it a longer-lasting mattress. You pay more money upfront, but it should last for a longer amount of time. Hybrid mattresses is also going to be more breathable in general than memory foam mattresses.
Last, but not least, ease of mobility. With memory foam mattresses, I’ve had this experience where I sink in too far. I am stuck, I can’t move at all. With hybrid mattresses, you have less chances of that happening. With the coils, they don’t let you sink in too far. The mattresses are usually more responsive overall. It’s easier to move around in general. What are the benefits and drawbacks of memory foam?
First off, memory foam is great with pressure relief. You slowly sink into the mattress. You feel a little pressure on your joint in your key areas. It’s also awesome in handling motion transfer. If you sleep with a partner, you get up in night to go to the bathroom, your moving shouldn’t disturb them. Off of that as well, memory foam is not a noisy mattress. We don’t have coils in the mattress, it doesn’t squeak. If you do move around at night, you shouldn’t disturb yourself or your partner. At the same time, there are some drawbacks.
First off, memory foam is known for trapping heat. This is a big issue for me. I’m a hot sleeper. Lying down on top a memory foam mattress, it traps my heat, directs it back at me and I overheat at night, wake up sweaty and clammy. Not always a great experience. It’s also sometimes harder to move around. Memory foam is not always the most responsive. You can feel stuck in your mattress. I’ve also had this experience.
Last, but not least, memory foam is not always the most durable material. Depending on the density of memory foam, it may sag more quickly than a hybrid mattress. Something to consider.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of hybrid mattresses?
First off, hybrid mattresses are very breathable. You have coils at the bottom there allows for more airflow, shouldn’t trap so much heat as memory foam, shouldn’t sleep so hot. Also, they’re going to be more supportive. The coils add some serious support to the mattress, should be able to handle heavier weights than a memory foam mattress.
At the same time, you have a soft comfort layer on top. It’s going to be a good balance of comfort and support.
For instance, with the Casper Hybrid here, some soft comfort layers on top, beneath that supportive coils. Good for all three sleeping positions.
Finally, durability. The coils are going to add some serious life to your mattress. They may cost a little bit more upfront, but it should last for a longer amount of time. In term of hybrid drawbacks, first off, you have price. In general, hybrid is going to cost more than a memory foam mattress. You have coils in the mattress as well, and comfort layers on top. You’re getting more out of it, but it might cost more upfront. Besides, it can be more cumbersome. Hybrid mattresses can be heavier than the straight memory foam mattresses. Whether you’re moving your mattress across the room, across town or the country, it might be more difficult.
Hybrid mattresses aren’t always as good at handling motion transfer. If you do move around at night, your partner might feel more of your movements on hybrid mattress.
With memory foam, first off, if you want to slowly sink into your mattress, feel that quicksandy slow moving feel, memory foam is right for you. It’s more like you’re sleeping in the mattress versus on top. If you like that, definitely check out memory foam. Besides, it’s usually a better fit for side sleepers. I’m a side sleeper. I love lying down on a memory foam mattress, slowly sinking in, feeling the pressure melt away in my shoulders and my hips.
Side sleepers, those with pain issues, definitely check out memory foam. Also in general, memory foam mattresses are going to save you some money. They’re usually priced lower than a hybrid mattress. If you don’t want to spend quite so much money upfront, definitely check out memory foam. Last, but not least, if you sleep with a partner, memory foam in general is better at cutting out a motion transfer.
Whether you or your partner move around a lot at night, you go to the bathroom a lot at night like I do, you shouldn’t wake up your partner so much on a memory foam mattress. Who should pick a hybrid mattress? If you prefer to sleep on top of your mattress, you don’t want to sink in quite so far, with a hybrid mattress, you usually sleep more on top.
There’s also more bounce to the hybrid mattress, so you have less chance of getting stuck. If you’re usually worried about mobility issues, you get stuck in your mattress a lot, this happens to me on memory foam, hybrids are usually better at addressing this issue. Also, a hybrid mattress usually features a better balance of comfort and support. The support of coils and the comfort of those top layers as well. That makes it a better match for all three sleeping positions. On your back and your stomach, you get the support there. On your side, the comfort layers give you some good pressure relief as well.
It’s also a better match for hot sleepers. In general, you have more airflow from the coils. You don’t heat up quite so much as you do on a memory foam mattress. And then there’s durability. In general, a hybrid mattress is going to be a more durable than the memory foam mattress. The coils add some serious durability. While you spend some more money upfront, it should be a better long-term investment. It’s also a good match for heavier people.
By now you should know which one is right for you, a memory foam mattress or a hybrid mattress. If you want some more help, I’d check out mattressclarity.com. We have a lot of great reviews and comparisons to help you find the right mattress for you.
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