Best hybrid mattress in 2020: Leesa Hybrid Mattress

How we test hybrid mattresses

For this guide, my Insider Reviews colleagues and I tested several hybrid mattresses. Not only did we spend many nights sleeping on them, but we also ran several tests (see below) consisting of real and technical measurements. We also reviewed recommendations from other reviewers to measure how hybrid mattresses performed when they tested. Some mattresses performed well on all metrics. Some didn’t do that well on certain tests, but not deal breakers. We’ll be refining our testing methods as we continue to test new options for future updates.

What we were looking for:

Motion transmission: Did you wake up due to movements caused by a sleeping companion? A mattress with good movement isolation can prevent this. In our motion transmission test, a 12 ounce can of liquid is placed in the center of the bed. I then drop a 20 pound weight about four feet above the mattress so that it lands 12 inches from the can. If the can falls over, the bed does not have very good motion transmission isolation. If the can stays upright after a few tries, the motion isolation is excellent.

Sleeping temperature: Although hybrid mattresses tend to breathe better and are therefore cooler than full-foam mattresses, there are still significant differences in how heat dissipates. To test this, I simply wrote down how the bed felt when I returned to it after using the toilet at night. I also paid close attention to how hot it felt all night.

strength: There is currently no standardized way to measure mattress firmness, which is unfortunate as it is an important consideration for many buyers. And you can’t always trust the strength of a bed manufacturer. Based on my testing experience and reading countless reviews, I have laid a foundation for an average strength. My main mattress is average by most reports. So I compare the firmness of new mattresses to what I normally sleep on. I’ve also found that I have trouble sleeping on my side when it’s tighter. If it is too soft, sleeping in the stomach is uncomfortable.

maneuverability: Your mattress needs to be easy to move if you want to rotate it regularly to extend its lifespan, or if you move around frequently – you don’t have to flip a hybrid mattress as the coils stay down. I test maneuverability by taking the bed from one room to another and rotating it many times. I take note of how much effort I have to put in.

Edge support: If you sleep with someone who overflows you or if you sit on the side of your mattress to put on your socks and shoes, edge support is crucial. I test the edge support by seeing how close I can lie to the edge of the bed without falling off. I also sit on my side and notice how much give the mattress has.

Sleeping position: Your sleeping position has a major influence on which mattresses feel comfortable for you. Between my wife and me, we covered the three main positions – back, stomach and side. Our experience on a mattress tells us which sleepers will benefit most from it.

We also carefully check whether there is a White Glove service or home delivery (free or for a fee), the trial period and whether there are any fees associated with returning the mattress, what type of foundation is required for best performance and how long the guarantee lasts. Remember that everyone has their own sleeping preferences and needs – some things we mention in our guide are a bit subjective – so being able to try a mattress is a must.

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