Hybrid vs. Latex Mattress: What’s the Best?

Buying a new bed can be confusing, especially with numerous options flooding the market. Hybrid mattresses are popular for combining the plush, conforming feel of foam with responsive support from…

Last Updated On August 30th, 2021
Hybrid vs. Latex Mattress: What’s the Best?

Buying a new bed can be confusing, especially with numerous options flooding the market. Hybrid mattresses are popular for combining the plush, conforming feel of foam with responsive support from a coil base. Latex beds are popular as eco-friendly, durable mattresses providing a responsive bounce.

While hybrids are defined by the coil base and more than 2 inches of memory foam or latex on top, latex beds are defined by the top comfort layer.

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Let’s compare these two mattress types to help you pinpoint the best mattress for your unique needs.

What Is a Hybrid Mattress?

Hybrid mattresses combine the benefits of a traditional innerspring mattress with a memory foam or latex bed. Mattress manufacturers may use the term “hybrid” to sell any bed with two types of materials, but a true hybrid must have a coil base with 2 inches of foam on top.

Hybrids are also popular because they feel like traditional innerspring mattresses, with reduced motion transfer. Innerspring mattresses were used in most American households before memory foam beds became popular.

The thick comfort layers in hybrid mattresses conform to your body providing even support and pressure-point relief. The pocketed coils in the base layer are individually-wrapped in fabric to reduce motion transfer.

Components of a Hybrid

Hybrids contain several layers leading to many benefits. They have a comfort layer, transition layer, core support structure, and a base layer.

Comfort Layer

The comfort layer in hybrid beds contains memory foam or latex. Memory foam’s body contouring feature provides pressure relief and alleviates pain. Latex also conforms to your body, but not as much as close to the body as memory foam. Latex gives a bounce to your bed, so you stay on top and not “sink-in.”

Transition Layer

Some hybrids may have a transition layer beneath the comfort layer. The transition layer is made of firm polyurethane foam, reducing pressure on the coil system.

Core Support Structure

Beneath the transition or comfort layer lies the core structure of pocketed coils. The coil layer promotes air circulation, for a cooler mattress.

Base Layer

Under the coil layer is a high-density poly-foam layer for enhancing support and shock absorption.

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrids combine the benefits of innerspring and memory foam or latex beds, but in doing so they end up having some drawbacks.

Pros:

  • Promotes breathability
  • Isolates motion
  • Better edge support

Cons:

  • More materials make hybrids heavy
  • Expensive
  • Broken coils cause mattress sagging, affecting durability

Amerisleep’s Hybrid Mattresses

Our hybrid mattresses are designed to alleviate pressure points while providing durable support.

Our plant-based Bio-Pur® foam in the comfort layer conforms to your body reducing pressure points. Partially substituting petroleum with natural plant-based oils makes Bio-Pur® foam cooler than standard memory foam. The soft breathable cover on the mattress wicks away moisture providing a cooler surface.

All of our mattresses come with a risk-free, 100-night sleep trial, where you can try the mattress within the confines of your home. Our hybrids are available in all standard sizes and are backed with a 20-year warranty.

Prices of our Amerisleep Hybrid Mattress

MattressFirmness LevelPrice
AS2hMedium-firm$1329
AS3hMedium$1399
AS5hSoft$1889

What Is a Latex Mattress?

Latex is a milky white fluid extracted from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree, commonly known as the rubber tree. The milky white sap is collected in containers and taken to manufacturing units for processing into latex foam. Liquid latex is processed into foam using the Dunlop and Talalay manufacturing methods.

In both these methods, liquid latex is subjected to extreme heat to harden it into a foam. Talalay foam is bouncier than Dunlop, which feels more springy. Both are available in various firmness options.

Some latex mattresses contain synthetic latex made from petroleum-based compounds called styrene and butadiene. Synthetic latex, also known as Styrene-butadiene Rubber (SBR) may be toxic to the lungs, liver, and brain.

Blended latex, containing a mix of natural and synthetic latex is also used in some latex mattresses. Before buying your new mattress, check on the source and percentage of natural latex used in it.

Natural latex has cooling properties, making these beds a good option for hot sleepers. Latex beds are also hypoallergenic because latex naturally resists dust mites, mold, and mildew.

If you are keen on investing in an organic bed, check for certifications guaranteeing the authenticity of organic raw materials. Certifications such as GOTS and GOLS are recognized globally.

  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)

GOTS certifies raw materials used in your mattress are responsibly farmed and manufactured. Products with a GOTS label are processed, manufactured, packaged, and labeled using at least 70 percent organic natural fibers.

  • GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard)

GOLS is an internationally recognized standard for organic latex. Products with a GOLS certification contain latex from organic rubber plantations, which don’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. A GOLS-certified product must contain more than 95 percent certified organic raw material.

Components of a Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses have a comfort layer and a support structure.

Comfort Layer

Latex mattresses may contain natural, synthetic, or blended latex in the top comfort layer. Organic latex mattresses also contain wool in the top layer as a flame retardant. Wool also wicks away moisture, making the bed cooler.

Support Structure

Latex beds may have a pocket coil or firm poly-foam support structure. Pocket coil support structure lends give to your bed, while a poly-foam base adds firmer support.

Pros and Cons of Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses containing all-natural latex are expensive, but their benefits may be worth the price.

Pros:

  • Sleeps cooler
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Certified organic beds use minimal chemicals
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Similarities and Differences Between Hybrid and Latex Mattresses

Hybrid and latex have more similarities than differences.

Similarities

Both the beds are similar in firmness, temperature-regulation, price, weight, and compatibility with bed bases.

Firmness

Both hybrids and latex mattresses are available in a wide range of firmness options. Memory foam hybrids have a more body-conforming feel to them, while latex hybrids are more responsive.

Temperature Regulation

Coils in the hybrids create air channels promoting breathability in hybrid beds. Latex is naturally cooler, promoting temperature regulation in your bed.

Price

The numerous layers in a hybrid make them expensive. Harvesting and processing all-natural latex can be costly, translating to higher bed prices. High-quality hybrids and latex mattresses range between $900 to $5000.

Weight

Several layers in a hybrid bed make these beds heavy. Natural latex is dense, adding to the weight of the mattress.

Compatibility with bed bases

Both hybrids and latex beds are compatible with adjustable bed bases, platform beds, and foundations.

Differences

There are minor differences between hybrids and latex beds.

ParametersHybrid MattressLatex Mattress
FeelBounce coupled with memory foam’s body-conforming hugContouring with a responsive bounce
Motion IsolationMemory foam comfort layer may have better motion isolation than a latex comfort layerLatex is dense and isolates motion, but not as much as memory foam
DurabilityLasts 8-9 years before coils break causing mattress saggingCan last over 15 years

Other Types of Mattresses

If a hybrid or a latex mattress does not suit you, a memory foam or innerspring mattress may be a better option.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses conform to your body, providing pressure-point relief and reducing pain. Temperature and pressure-sensitive memory foam contours to the natural curvature of your spine, promoting lumbar support. The memory foam comfort layer may contain cooling gels, plant-based memory foam, and copper or graphite infusions for regulating heat. Memory foam beds’ support structure contains dense poly-foam, making them more durable.

Innerspring Mattress

Innerspring mattresses have a thin comfort layer made of natural fibers like cotton or wool. Most innerspring beds have a pillow top or euro top—an extra layer of padding made of foam, fiberfill, natural fibers, or memory foam.  The pillow top layer is sewn on top of the comfort layer leaving a gap between the layers. A euro top looks more uniform as the layer of padding is stitched beneath the comfort layer.

The core support structure in innersprings is made of coils, making these beds cooler. Interconnected coils in the base layer transfer motion causing sleep disruptions in these beds.

What to Look Out for When Buying a New Mattress

Buying a mattress is a long-term investment. You want a bed that suits your body type and sleeping position. Both latex and hybrids are available in various firmness levels for a mattress that suits you best.

Body Type

Hybrid vs. Latex Mattress

Your body weight has an impact on the performance of your mattress. It responds to your body weight, providing you with the perfect balance of cushion and support required for a good night’s sleep.

Lightweight Sleepers

Lightweight sleepers weigh less than 130 pounds. They require a softer sleeping surface that responds to less weight and conforms to their body, relieving pressure points.

Average Sleepers

Average sleepers weigh between 130 to 230 pounds. A medium mattress is perfect for average sleepers providing them with the required balance of comfort and support.

Plus Size Sleepers

Plus size sleepers weigh above 230 pounds. They require a firmer sleeping surface which prevents them from feeling “sinking” into the mattress.

Sleeping Positions

People prefer different sleeping positions to feel comfortable in bed. Some prefer sleeping on their sides, stomach, or back, while others keep changing between all these positions through the night.

Side Sleepers

Side sleeping is the most healthy sleeping position because it promotes better breathing and reduces acid reflux. Depending on body weight, a comfortable mattress for side sleeping can range from soft to medium. These beds conform to the body, supporting the hip and shoulder regions.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers need a medium to medium-firm mattress for enhancing spinal alignment. This way when they sleep on their back, the mattress will not sink in too deep maintaining the spinal alignment.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers require a firmer mattress to prevent their torso from arching unnaturally. Firm support will help in preventing spinal misalignment, which may cause back and neck pain.

Combination Sleepers

Combination sleepers keep changing positions through the night so a medium mattress is perfect for them. This ensures that they get the perfect balance of comfort and support through each of their changing sleeping positions.

FAQs

Do hybrids off-gas?

Off-gassing is minimal in hybrid beds. The coil layer promotes air circulation reducing the chemical-like smell that sometimes occurs with new beds.

What is a natural latex mattress?

A natural latex mattress contains natural materials such as Talalay or Dunlop latex. If you want an eco-friendly bed, be sure to check the latex is not blended with synthetic latex.

How do I find a durable bed?

One way of determining this is to read through the warranty details of your mattress. Most mattress companies offer 10, 20, or 25-year warranties. Some offer lifetime warranties too. Warranties give you an idea of approximately how long the bed is expected to last.

Conclusion

The feel of your bed depends on the materials in its top layer. The coil layer or the poly-foam structure at the base lends the extra support needed for your comfort. Carefully read all mattress reviews, before choosing the best mattress for yourself.


About the author

Mitchell Tollsen is a graduate student and a freelance writer who’s contributed to the Early Bird blog for three years. Mitchell’s always been fascinated by the science of sleep and the restorative processes our bodies undergo when at rest. The self-titled “Sleep Expert” is always looking for ways to improve his shut-eye, and throughout the years has implemented numerous lifestyle changes and tried dozens of sleep-promoting gadgets to determine the best ways to truly get better rest.

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