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When it comes to picking a comfortable bed, tastes and preferences may vary greatly.
But I think it’s safe to say that hybrid mattresses do a great job of combining the best of the industry materials and uniting them to reach the highest comfort levels.
So, if you feel like a hybrid would be a good fit for you, check my overview of the best hybrid mattresses in Canada. Learn how to pick what works for you and enjoy your restful sleep!
A Quick Preview
- The Tencel cover is cool to the touch, which is helpful for hot sleepers.
- The centre of the mattress uses reinforced foam for better spinal support.
- The mix between coils and foam is balanced, allowing for a full-body hug that is enough for pressure relief.
The Summerhill is my editor's choice due to its coolness, motion isolation, and edge support.
Coolness is crucial to keep temperature from building up at night. The cool cover, open-cell foam, and breathable coils all work together to create a cooler sleep. From my examination and compression tests, I got a feels-like temperature of 28-29 degrees Celsius. This is cool enough to ensure hot sleepers feel temperature-neutral at night.
The Summerhill is cooler than The Osgoode by 1-2 degrees. I would recommend The Summerhill to hot sleepers who want a slightly cooler and more satisfying sleep surface.
Motion isolation is another key feature of some of the best mattresses. In light of my compression tests, I noted that motion didn’t travel farther than 3 inches. This is high enough isolation that couples can toss and turn without disturbing one another.
The Summerhill outperforms the GhostBed Flex by 2 inches. However, The Summerhill does better than The Osgoode by 1 inch. Considering these, I would recommend The Summerhill for sleepers who need the highest level of motion isolation for a restless partner.
“Good motion isolation means you won’t feel it as much when your partner changes positions. You also might not notice it when they get out of bed,” explained Heather Wright, a Pathologist at Sleep Foundation.
The edge support is a key feature that stood out to me regarding The Summerhill. Its perimeter is encased in high-density foam, giving strength and shape to the edges. From my compression tests, I measured a sinkage of around 3.5 inches along the edge. This is shallow enough to provide enough support to sleepers who enjoy using the edges of their mattress.
The Summerhill is slightly firmer in its edges than the Ghostbed Flex by 0.2 inches. I would recommend The Summerhill to sleepers who prefer using the entire width of their mattress and hugging the edges.
Based on Our Tests
From our compression tests, The Summerhill has a wonderful blend of spring and cushioning. It responds quickly, giving me the impression that it won’t let you feel ‘stuck’ if you prefer ease of movement.
- Edge huggers. The edges of The Summerhill are firm and robust, ensuring you don’t feel like you’ll accidentally fall off while lying or sitting along them.
- Active couples. The Summerhill offers a mix of bounce and cradling that frees up movement, making motion across the bed more effortless for active couples.
- Sleepers who prefer spinal alignment. The Summerhill uses firmer foam and coils that push back more firmly, helping improve spinal alignment.
- Excellent motion isolation for restless couples;
- Excellent spinal support for fans of a firm feel;
- Excellent cushioning for fans of a luxury hybrid feel.
- It can be more challenging to keep the bed clean due to a non-removable cover;
- The Summerhill does not come shipped in a box, making transport slightly bulky.
- The soft coils offer deep sinkage for a release from pressure build-up.
- The Osgoode isolates motion well, keeping restless partners from getting jostled.
- The spring coils react quickly to weight, helping you from feeling ‘stuck.’
The Osgoode is my best budget option due to its price, sinkage, and motion isolation.
Price is an important feature when it comes to selecting a mattress. You want to ensure you’re getting as much value for your investment. The Osgoode does excellent for this as its price and some of its features outperform other mattresses. It is $600 cheaper than The Summerhill. However, it still has features that perform better and can offer a comparable sleep quality.
For example, looking at the sinkage of The Osgoode, my compression tests measured a sinkage of 1.87 inches. This is deep enough that I felt sleepers would be enveloped by the mattress and receive excellent pressure relief.
The Osgoode has less sinkage than the GhostBed Flex by 0.08 inches and deeper than The Summerhill by 0.02 inches. I would recommend The Osgoode as it comes cheaper and provides a comparable sinkage to the GhostBed Flex.
Another example is this motion isolation of The Osgoode. It’s made almost entirely of soft, pocketed springs that don’t allow much motion to travel from one coil to the next. In my compression tests, I measured that motion traveled only about 4 inches. This is minimal enough that light sleepers won't feel it if their partner moves around a lot at night.
The Osgoode had better motion isolation than the GhostBed Flex by 1 inch. However, it was less isolating than The Summerhill by 1 inch. I would recommend The Osgoode to sleepers who want to utilize a high level of motion isolation for a cost-effective price. I would also recommend The Summerhill for sleepers who want the highest level of motion isolation at a slightly more expensive price.
Based on Our Tests
From my compression tests, The Osgoode is the type of mattress that cushions and cradles with its springs. This should provide enough pressure relief for side sleepers and encourage spinal alignment.
- Fans of a springy feel. The Osgoode uses pocketed coils that respond quickly to movement, ensuring you feel unrestricted.
- Sleepers who prefer a lot of sinkage. The Osgoode has a softer feel that allows you to sink in, redistributing your weight and providing more pressure relief.
- Fans of a budget-friendly mattress. The Osgoode comes at a budget-friendly price that can make a comfortable sleep surface more affordable.
- Excellent spring for sleepers who prefer ease of movement;
- Excellent price point for sleepers on a budget;
- Excellent softness for sleepers who enjoy pressure relief.
- Too soft for stomach sleepers over 230 pounds
- Not easy to clean as it doesn’t have a removable cover.
- Engineered layers of responsive and supportive memory foam and wrapped coils;
- Firmness level of 6-7 making it not too soft and not too hard, just right;
- Memory foam layer infused with gel to add to the cooling effect.
The GhostBed Flex is my best mattress for couples due to its construction, coolness, and slow-adaptive foam. Its hybrid construct is a combination of an innerspring core for support, a gel-infused memory foam top and transition layer for cooling stress relief, and a proprietary latex layer that enhances mattress responsiveness.
I think the GhostBed Flex would be a good deal for hot sleepers as the mattress exudes an always cool surface even while in use, something I experienced when reviewing the mattress. I recorded a temperature of 30.4 degrees Celsius, and I was cool enough to feel comfortable throughout the night. This is 0.6 degrees cooler than the Hush Iced Hybrid, making the GhostBed Flex better suited to hot sleepers. Furthermore, the mattress contoured my body, creating a weightless sensation that made me feel better and refreshed after rest.
Weightlessness can be mainly attributed to a slow-adaptive foam and the pressure relief inherent in memory foam. From my tests, the GhostBed Flex recovered from impressions after 1.1 seconds. This is slow enough that I felt the foam slowly react to my weight, creating a better mold, contour, and pressure relief feeling. The GhostBed Flex is 0.3 seconds faster at recovering from impressions than the Logan & Cove, making both similar in their slow-adaptive ability.
Based on Our Tests
I think the GhostBed Flex would be a great option for hot sleepers as every layer of the mattress is designed for maximum cooling. While testing the mattress, I particularly liked the edge support that allowed me to sit on the mattress edge without sagging.
- Hot sleepers. The Ghost Ice fabric in the cover of this model draws away heat, helping you sleep cooler;
- Fans of good edge support. The GhostBed Flex’s coils and a Ghost Bounce foam layer reinforce the edges, keeping you secure;
- Sleepers who prefer a responsive feel. The GhostBed Flex uses coils that keep you feeling buoyant and light for easy movement across its surface.
- Mixes the traits of memory foam and latex for the first time in their own unique layer;
- Firmness level is great for people with back pain due to the support it brings;
- The mattress has superb motion isolation, making it great for couples and partnered sleepers.
- It is a one-sided mattress, so you can’t flip it over, and due to being made out of memory foam and coils, needs to be dried every once in a while;
- There is some off-gassing scent present during the package opening.
Why You Should Trust Me
I have tested countless mattresses and analyzed the mattress industry in-depth to understand the latest technological advances and trends. Each mattress is tested to determine how comfortable, pressure-relieving, and supportive it is. Other measurements, such as edge support and coolness, are also examined.
The best hybrid mattresses in Canada must have an excellent blend of bounce and cushioning for comfort, pressure relief, and support. While testing these mattresses, I looked at these factors the closest. The mattresses that excelled the best were placed at the top of my list so you can have more confidence in choosing the right hybrid mattress for your home. I have more methodologies for my mattress tests that you can learn more about here.
Hybrid Mattresses Explained: Construction and Materials Used
When trying to find the best hybrid mattress in Canada, it’s crucial to understand what components and characteristics make a good hybrid bed.
And to do that, we need to dig a little deeper into the construction.
A hybrid mattress is the type that uses multiple materials in one bed. This is done to achieve a balanced feel and minimize the weak sides of each material.
Now, for the base layer, hybrid models typically use coils. They come in various shapes and styles, including:
- Pocketed (encased, individually wrapped) coils. Each coil is fabric-encased, and then the fabric pieces are stitched together to maintain a solid construction of the system. Such a method links the coils together but keeps them isolated from each other simultaneously, resulting in good motion absorption. This construction is also great for targeted support, as each individual coil adjusts accordingly to the pressure (bodyweight) applied to it.
- Offset coils. These are connected to the interior structure of the mattress using a small piece of metal. This coil type is rather flexible and can also offer decent motion isolation (although pocketed coils are still the winner).
- Bonnell coils. These coils have an hourglass shape and are directly connected to the internal structure of the mattress (which holds them together). Bonnell coils aren’t that flexible and can make a mattress feel rather bouncy. That’s why they aren’t that popular among hybrid mattress manufacturers.
- Continuous coils. As the name suggests, such coils are shaped using one single wire. They also tend to be quite bouncy and don’t isolate motion that well. Therefore, if you manage to find a hybrid bed that uses continuous coils, it may be a good idea to avoid buying such a model.
Another factor you need to consider when shopping for a hybrid mattress is the coil gauge. This term implies the thickness of the coils, which means the thicker they are, the more solid support they can provide. Most spring cores range from 12 gauge (the thickest) to 18 (the thinnest). Lower gauge means sturdier, firmer support. Additionally, thicker coils tend to be more durable.
Coil count is also worth looking into, although it isn’t as important as the gauge. The coil count numbers tell you how many coils are used in the construction. Typically, hybrid mattresses use around 800-1,200 coils for the support layer. More coils can offer more support but only if they are thick enough. Higher gauge coils cannot do the trick even if their count is higher. That’s why the gauge numbers are more important.
Some hybrid mattresses can seem too bouncy to some users, especially those who love memory foam. However, if the bed uses pocketed coils as the support system, this issue might be eliminated.
Common Comfort Layer Materials in Hybrid Mattresses
The most popular option these days is undoubtedly foam. It is favored for its gentle hug and pressure-relieving properties. However, you can come across different types, each of which has its special properties:
- Memory foam. Classic memory foam responds slowly to applied pressure and envelopes around your body. This material can adjust to one’s curves quite well, which aids even weight distribution and helps reduce pressure points. However, regular memory foam tends to trap body heat and can make you wake up all sweaty. That’s why many hybrid mattresses use either gel-infused or open-cell foam for the comfort layers. Both types allow for improved thermoregulation. And when combined with the breathable innerspring core, they can keep you pleasantly cool during the night without sacrificing pressure relief.
- Polyfoam. Polyfoam is a bit bouncier than memory foam. Because it has a slightly faster response, it doesn’t allow for too much of that quicksand feeling. Polyfoam is often used as a transition layer between the memory foam comfort layer and the supportive base. It can nicely balance out the construction and give a hybrid mattress a bit of an extra bounce while still allowing for enough cradling.
When shopping for a hybrid mattress that uses foam for the comfort layers, pay attention to its density. Measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF), it determines how the material feels and how it can withstand regular use. Higher density results in a slightly firmer feel and promises increased durability.
Memory foam density varies depending on the brand. Anything below 3.5 PCF is considered low-grade memory foam and might not be the best option if you want a more durable bed. As for polyfoam, the numbers are a bit different. 1.8 PCF (and lower) is considered to be of low density, which can be fine for a transition layer. However, if the polyfoam is used in the comfort layers, it should be at least 2 PCF (preferably).
Another important memory foam characteristic is the ILD, or the Indentation Load Deflection. This is what determines how firm or soft the material feels. The higher the ILD of the comfort layers, the firmer your mattress would be. For memory foam, the numbers range between 8 and 20.
Now, you can also find good hybrid mattresses that use latex for the comfort layers. Latex can be either natural or synthetic (1) (or sometimes the combination of the two). This material is quite responsive and offers bouncy pressure relief. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea due to its natural bounce, but latex can conform closely to one’s body and help with proper spinal alignment without making you feel stuck in your bed (as memory foam sometimes does).
Depending on the production method, there are Dunlop and Talalay latex. Dunlop is typically a bit firmer on one side. It is denser than Talalay, as the latter is quite airy and a bit softer.
If you want to buy a latex + innerspring hybrid, check the ILD of latex. Ranging between 15 and 40 (or higher), it determines the firmness of this material. Typically, anything below 21 is considered soft; the ILD of 24 to 34 means a medium or medium-firm feel; and anything over 34 is firm.
Also read: Best Mattresses in a Box in Canada
One of the biggest advantages of hybrid mattresses is how they combine solid support with pressure relief without sacrificing motion isolation, edge support, and sleeping cool.
How to Pick the Best Hybrid Mattress in Canada: Buyer’s Guide
Looking for a top-rated hybrid mattress may seem challenging, but only if you don’t know what factors really matter:
- Comfort layers. Since different models use various materials and their combinations (2), you need to determine which one would be the most suitable for you. Do you want a combination of sturdy support and gentle cradling? Then an innerspring + memory foam combo would suit your needs. If you prefer a bouncy feel and want resilient pressure relief, choose a coil + latex ensemble. There are models that combine all of the above: coils, latex, and foam. Such mattresses can offer a rather balanced feel for those users who are looking for something in between.
- Coil gauge and foam ILD. As these numbers can determine how your bed would feel and how long it will serve you, coil gauge and foam (or latex) ILD deserve your attention. Remember that lower coil gauge means thicker and more durable coils. As for the ILD, the higher it is, the firmer the material would feel.
- Size. This factor will affect the price of your new bed. Typically, the bigger the mattress, the more expensive it would be. Queen is the most popular choice for partnered sleep as it offers enough space for 2 average-sized adults. If you are a solo sleeper, Full should be enough, even leaving some extra legroom for you (or some space for your pet, because why not?). King is a good option for couples who like to sprawl in bed. There are also split versions of King and Cal King, which allow for 2 different comfort levels for each side. This option is ideal for partners who have different firmness preferences.
- Firmness. To feel comfortable and to maintain the health of your spine, it’s crucial to pick an appropriate firmness level of the mattress according to your sleeping position. Side sleepers require softer beds, back sleepers need medium to medium-firm mattresses, and stomach sleepers are advised to sleep on firm or extra-firm surfaces. Another important aspect is your weight. If you are a petite user (less than 130 pounds), you will need a softer mattress for each sleeping position as the weight of your body might not be enough to sink into the comfort layers. This can cause painful pressure points. Naturally, if you are a larger user (over 250 pounds), you need a firmer bed for any sleeping position described above to enjoy proper support and weight distribution.
- Price. Here’s the deal: hybrid mattresses are quite pricey when compared to regular foam or innerspring beds. If your budget is rather limited, you may settle for a simple model with fewer comfort layers. More luxurious options often have a padded Euro pillow-top for extra cushion and that chic touch.
- Cooling. Generally, hybrid mattresses don’t tend to sleep hot thanks to the unobstructed air circulation between the coils. However, if you are a hot sleeper, you may want to avoid memory foam hybrids, as this material can trap heat (especially if you are heavier and would sink deep into the comfort layers). For an ultimate cooling effect during sleep, you may consider a latex hybrid or a combination of coils and gel-infused memory foam. Another option is charcoal infusion, which might also have a slight cooling effect. More advanced models may also use open-cell foam that tends to be rather breathable. “Cooling mattresses work by lowering heat retention along the surface. They also wick away moisture from your body and promote airflow,” said Logan Foley, an Editorial Director at Sleep Foundation.
- Trial and return policy. Sometimes your body needs time to get used to the new bed. Just like that, some materials take time to adjust to your body and its curves. Depending on the model, it may take you up to 30 days to get used to your new mattress. That’s why a long sleep trial and a fuss-free return policy are a must. Most manufacturers allow for at least 100 days to test their product. But not all brands have a good return policy. Some arrange for the mattress pick-up for free, others need you to pay for return shipping. It may be a good idea to check this info before making a purchase, especially if you aren’t sure what kind of mattress would be perfect for you.
- Motion transfer. If you share your bed with a partner, motion isolation would come in handy. Generally, hybrid mattresses tend to absorb shock quite well, especially if we are talking about the combination of pocketed coils and memory foam. Latex models are a bit bouncier, so if one of you is an extremely sensitive sleeper, it’s probably best to stick with memory foam.
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Who Can Benefit Most from a Hybrid Mattress
Hybrid mattresses are generally helpful for people who want support from their mattress but can’t give up on the soft and bouncy feeling. Partners can enjoy these mattresses a lot since they offer great motion isolation along with a little bounciness and edge support.
Hybrid mattresses are also great for people who like the thick comfortable layers of memory foam but don’t want to sleep hot. The latex or coils will add much more breathability, which is perfect for people who sleep hot.
There are many different types of hybrid mattresses on the market, so there is something to suit everybody. Nevertheless, if you want the best of both worlds and the monotonous feeling of simple foam, latex, or innerspring mattresses isn't’ good enough, a hybrid might just be the best choice.
How much do hybrid mattresses cost?
On average, a good hybrid mattress would cost up to $2,000. You can find cheaper models between around $800 and $1,300, but those would probably have a simpler construction without any bells and whistles. High-end hybrid mattresses can cost around $3,000 and more.
How long do hybrid mattresses last?
Hybrid mattresses typically last for 7-9 years or so. However, this number would depend on the coil type, foam density, and the overall build quality.
Which mattress is better, hybrid or memory foam?
It depends on what you are looking for in a mattress. Hybrid and memory foam mattresses are quite different in the way they feel. For instance, hybrid beds have more bounce and sleep cooler. Memory foam molds to the sleeper’s body and offers good motion isolation.
Should I flip a hybrid mattress?
No, most hybrid mattresses are not designed to be flipped over (unless you choose a model that offers different firmness levels on two sides).
In my opinion, the best hybrid to go with would be The Summerhill. It has a reinforced centre that helps to lift the hips and keep your spine neutral. I enjoyed testing its excellent pushback and firm feel. The Summerhill best suits restless couples who want to utilize its motion-isolating properties while getting pressure relief from its foam layers.
Still have questions about finding the best hybrid mattress in Canada? Alex Savy, the Co-Founder and Chief Editor at Comfynorth has reviewed countless sleep products with over 4 years in the industry and can help you find what you’re looking for. Reach out through email at [email protected]. When emailing Alex, include your full name and phone number or email address.
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