The wonders of the modern world mean we rarely have to compromise. White bread with all the goodness of brown; sweet and salty popcorn in one bag; and when it comes to the bedroom, a mattress with both comforting memory foam and the support of springs.
Pocket spring mattresses and their all-foam successors have been around for a while, but if you’re looking for something that brings the best of both together, you can find the answer in a hybrid mattress.
What is a hybrid mattress?
Typically made up of layers of supportive foam, cooling gel and strong coiled springs, hybrid mattresses offer all the solutions for a good night’s sleep. Layers can include technology to isolate movement, so if your bedfellow moves around in the night or gets up early, your sleep won’t be disturbed.
Who makes hybrid mattresses?
In recent years, many hybrid mattresses are delivered by bed-in-a-box companies, making it more convenient than ever to have one delivered and maneuvered into position over the bed frame. Depending on the size, you could even manage handling one on your own, although it’s advisable to rope in a friend to help. Big name brands like Simba, Eve, Emma, Nectar, Brook + Wilde and OTTY all offer hybrids as the centrepiece of their offering.
Who is a hybrid mattress good for?
Unless you’re someone who enjoys a particularly hard or soft sleep setting, a hybrid mattress will work for you. That said, your bed is such a sacred space and as such, the mattress you fall for will very much depend on your tastes. We consider a hybrid the Goldilocks of bed situations; they’re great for all kinds of sleepers, whether you prefer slumbering on your front, back or side.
Below we’ve listed our favourite hybrid mattress models. If you prefer to shop by brand, see our list of the best here:
Best Hybrid Mattress Brands in the UK
When you consider that we spend a third of our lives dozed off in bed, it pays to buy the best you can afford. Almost all of our featured brands offer discounts, sales, and bundle packages to help your cash stretch further. Keep an eye on our monthly mattress deals roundup.
Shop the best hybrid mattresses below
Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress
Lions spend up to 20 hours sleeping, so who better than Simba to call on for your sleep needs? No, not Disney’s legendary big cat, but the sleep company that’s taking the UK by storm. All mattresses in its range are of the hybrid variety, and there are kids mattresses too so your own cubs can benefit from a superior night’s rest.
The latest model to launch is its Hybrid Luxe design, and as the name suggests, it’s a far more luxurious affair than its predecessors. We’re talking a lofty 31cm depth, two layers of springs (one 40mm high carbon, the other 25mm Aerocoil) strategically planted between 10 luscious layers. As well as incredible support, improved airflow and movement isolation there’s also a bamboo wool later to help regulate temperature and wick away moisture. No waking up with a sweaty neck here.
On delivery you’ll be astounded at the degree to which it’s been compress packed, and you’ll need to give it a couple of hours to fully expand. Once done though, prepare to have your most indulgent 40 winks yet. There is a 200-night trial period and contact-free delivery included in the price too. All this costs a pretty penny - expect to pay £395.85 for a single - but really, what price can you put on great sleep, night after night?
Bravo for the size range too - Simba offers EU sizes alongside standard UK ones.
Emma Original Hybrid
Emma offers a hybrid model and an original hybrid model, which is slightly superior. It’s made up of five layers, which, while less than some of the others on our list, includes a section of extra tall springs. They’re a double whammy benefit, offering great support and increased airflow through the body of the design. Patented Airgocell foam also helps air to circulate, while pressure-relieving memory foam adapts to the contours of your body forming a hugging sensation. It’s all kept up by a foundation of HRX foam to add further support. All this results in a solid night’s sleep - and Emma has the awards to prove it.
So confident is the company in its product that it offers a 200-night trial and money back guarantee. Price-wise, you’re looking to part with £699 for a standard single size, and options go up to a superking, £1,159.
Eve Sleep the premium hybrid mattress
There are three options in Eve’s hybrid range: the lighter hybrid mattress, original and premium. For the purposes of this roundup of the best, we’ll focus our attention on the premium model.
It more than lives up to its name, pairing 1,500 full-sized pocket springs and five layers of next generation foam, conspiring to give you your dreamiest sleep yet. Dressed in white and light grey with buttercup yellow accents, it looks as good as it feels and you’ve got 100 nights to put all its claims to the test.
Layers include a no-transfer element, so if you share a bed with a mover, you won’t wake when they do. A nice extra includes the top cover knitted with silver which may sound like your kind of boujie, but it has a function too - the fine threaded metal is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial to keep things wonderfully clean.
It comes with a 10 year guarantee and sizes go from double, king and superking.
OTTY Pure Plus Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Premium mattress
Choose from four hybrid options at OTTY. Starting from the cheapest, there’s the Aura Hybrid, Original Hybrid, PURE Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal and the swankiest option, Pure Plus Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Premium mattress.
Reaching Princess and the Pea-depths of 28cm, this model instantly stands out from the crowd thanks to the moisture-wicking zoned top cover. Underneath that lays a mix of seven layers of 4000 pocket springs, memory foam and charcoal (to trap moisture and odours that collect over time) and antibacterial and antifungal bamboo.
OTTY’s engineers have calibrated things so that the mattress keeps you at the right temperature all through the night, leaving you waking up refreshed and recharged. The mattress comes with a 100 night trial.
Brook + Wilde Ultima Mattress
Of the three options boutique company Brook + Wilde have on offer, the Ultima is the newest and most luxurious. Every mattress is made to order and consists of 10 carefully considered layers including 6,000 nano and pocket springs in twin layers for the highest quality support, sandwiched between luxurious layers of premium memory foam and wrapped in a thermic cover which has been tested to lower the temperature by two degrees. That may not seem like much on paper, but on warm summer nights, they’ll count for everything. That’s not all though; a refreshing comfort layer of open-cell memory foam allows for four times the airflow.
The Ultima also boasts Wave Technology, expertly engineered to offer dreamy levels of comfort alongside zonal support for the neck, shoulders, hips and legs. It works to take the pressure off aching joints - whether that’s from exercise or age - making it a superb choice for all ages.
You can even choose your bed’s firmness, from soft to medium and hard - your new bed will be made exactly how you like it. Cool, comfortable and all made right here in the UK.
There are no singles available. Instead, sizes are offered in double, king and superking. Comes with a 100-night trial and 10 year guarantee.