One of the newest terms to describe mattress types is hybrid mattresses. What exactly is a hybrid mattress? Many manufacturers are using this term to describe a combination of all the other types of mattresses. Innerspring, latex foam, memory foam, gel foam even air components with all the above. It is the proverbial kitchen sink of componentry. This is nothing entirely new, it has been done many times before, however this new term appears have taken the mattress industry by storm. Perhaps the term hybrid has been overhyped or on the other hand it is a pretty good word to describe some of the newest sleep products being offered today.
I personally like the combination of innerspring and the different foam types. I actually sleep on a combination of pocket coils and latex. For me it is kind of the “holy grail” of mattresses. On the contrary I have seen many combinations of foam, innerspring and air that are absolutely horrendous. As I have mentioned before in other articles, the proof is in the pudding. I am always skeptical of marketing claims that overhype the story that they have come up with some kind of new and improved sleep product. Don’t get me wrong there have been real advancements in materials. Technology has given us many variations of urethane, latex and innersprings that offer improvements. The challenge is separating real advancements from false improvements. I have seen many claims to that effect that after much scrutiny only were good for the companies touting them, not the consumer.
In conclusion, beware of the claims, but be open to taking an objective view of many of these products. If they say it is a Golden Eagle, but walks like a duck, then it is probably a duck. Anyone who has half a brain can tell the difference.