Hybrid Mattress vs Memory Foam

Understanding which option is best for you

Hybrid mattress

A Hybrid mattress is built with two or more different support constructions. Commonly, hybrid mattresses feature a foam set of top layers over an innerspring system or individually wrapped pocket coils.


Memory foam

A memory foam mattress is built with foam layers only. Memory foam (a.k.a. viscoelastic foam) was initially designed by NASA. Commonly, the support layers use a polyurethane foam with higher densities.

Memory Foam vs Hybrid

Understanding which mattress type is best for you

Memory Foam

Memory Foam mattresses are known for their conforming properties. Memory Foam was initially designed by NASA, with various foam types and density levels to create a receptive sleep that adapts to the shape of your body.


Hybrid

A bed with bounce - A Hybrid mattress includes traditional springs, and a memory foam topper. Using 1,600 individually pocketed springs, leading to a slightly softer feel.

Memory Foam or Hybrid

Determining the true winner of the ‘Memory Foam or Hybrid’ debate is tricky, because there is always going to be people who prefer the responsiveness of a spring mattress; and those who can’t wait to sink into the receptive support of a Memory Foam mattress. We are quite sure, however, that our Nectar models offer the right balance of comfort, support, and coolness to keep you sleeping soundly.

Comparing the

Comfort Feels

Why Memory Foam

Many consumers describe the feel of a Memory Foam mattress as body hugging support, while cradling curves and joints.

Couples often prefer a Memory Foam mattress because it helps absorb motion, meaning that if one person moves or gets out of bed, the other will not feel the bounce and accidentally wake up.

Historically, Memory Foam mattresses would sleep hot, but thankfully modern gel cooling foams make it possible for them to sleep just as cool as a Hybrid.

Memory Foam is the best choice for side sleepers, or those with back problems/achy joints.

Why Hybrid

In a nutshell, Hybrid mattresses are known for their firm support; making them a top choice for back sleepers. The mix of memory foam layers and inner coils feels like you're sleeping on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it.

The coils create more bounce than traditional Memory Foam; this rebound naturally reduces pressure point relief, so side sleepers may find these bed types too firm.

With bounce comes more motion transfer as you adjust throughout the night - those that toss and turn naturally may be more likely to disturb their partner when sleeping on a Hybrid.

Hybrid mattresses are the best choice for older back sleepers, or heavier individuals that require more support.

Pros & Cons

Memory Foam


Great for pain relief

Perfect level of support for all sleeping positions, especially side sleepers

Protection against allergens

Budget Friendly

Even weight distribution

Hybrid Mattress


Those that want a firm support feel will enjoy the classic bounce of Hybrids

Extra support when getting in and out of bed

Best for Back Sleepers

If you don't like the "sinking" feeling of Memory Foam

Traditional or older Memory Foam can trap heat

Traditional or older Memory Foam can trap heat

Less edge support

More expensive due to the spring construction

Less pressure point relief

Comparing the

Reviews

Is it comfortable?

Never had memory foam mattress before but have back problems and had been told they were good. This mattress is sooo comfortable. The only negative is trying to get out of bed early for work!

Samantha Robinson

18 May
Great mattress. I found this much more comfortable than the new Simba Hybrid. Prefer the softness of Nectar as opposed to the firmness of Simba Hybrid.

Vikash Mistry

25 April

Does it support you?

Nectar we works for us, the mattress is perfect for us as, we tried other leading mattresses eg Emma but did not find them comfortable with the expected back support.

Manoj Patel

29 April
Having extensively researched the manic mattress market, I came to choose Nectar based (amongst other factors) on customer reviews, price & UK manufacture. I'm now addicted to my bed (more than ever!) & look forward to the sheer comfort that awaits at my day's end! Being a side sleeper, the mattress offers great support on the firmer side which suits me perfectly. Their sheets I purchased I describe as sleeping in "butter", so soft & smooth! I Would highly recommend Nectar products to anyone looking for a mattress upgrade.

Miss Emma Proctor

11 Mar

Was the trial useful?

Why would anyone ever go back to the old way of buying a mattress when companies like this do all the work for you. Easy, fast and safe. And with the trial period, no problem if in the unlikely event that you don't love your new mattress. Highly recommended...now I'm off for a snooze!

Brad

9 May
I'd been struggling with back ache and had put it down to our mattress, so we decided to go for a Nectar. The 365 night trial period sold it to us and we got it for a good price on a black friday deal. After 5 months, we're very happy we made the switch. Delivery was smooth, the mattress really comfortable and back pain is much better!

Natalie

11 May

What’s the service like?

Excellent service from Nectar Sleep from first considering the purchase of the mattress, through to delivery, and then on to the most important part of useage, ie comfort and sleep. My wife and I both consider that the mattress is so comfortable, and agree that it was a great decision that we made when deciding to make the purchase, and very much so in choosing Nectar Sleep.

DEREK FRATER

12 May
I did order from Emma but cancelled and came to Nectar. I’m so pleased I did, great customer service, fast, reliable and I can always get in touch by phone or live chat. I’m so pleased with service and solving any problems. l love bed frame ,mattress bundle .Thank you!

Denise Hegyesi

18 May

Comparing the

Benefits

Memory foam

Memory foam mattresses deliver a comfortable sleep experience at an affordable price. You're able to save money with an all-foam mattress because the polyfoam support layers cost less than coils.

 

Hybrid mattress

Hybrid mattresses feature a familiar bounce, increased airflow and breathability, and generally have better edge support.

Which is best for you?

Hybrid mattress


Excellent for full body support

Superior cooling abilities

Memory foam


Excellent at preventing motion transfer when your partner moves

Superior for side sleepers

Choosing

Why Nectar

Not only are Nectar mattresses made in the UK to the highest standards, but every mattress also comes with a 365 Night trial, and a lifetime warranty. Should you decide it is not for you, we offer free returns - no muss, no fuss!

A Truly Comfortable Mattress Means:

Returning is as easy as sending an email

Trying it out in your own home, for a year

Free replacement or repair if there’s ever a flaw - for life

Choosing

Memory Foam over Hybrid

 

Our Nectar mattresses are constructed with three different types of foam to offer you the same kind of support as a Hybrid, with even more value. The first foam layer is constructed with gel infused memory foam, followed by a layer of softer transitional open-cell memory foam. Both of these are supported by a layer of high density open-cell memory foam. All of which promote air flow, and act as the perfect blend of comfort and support.

At Nectar, we’ve developed cooling strategies for any preference or price point; our mattresses range from Cool, Cooler, to Coolest.

The Nectar Classic: The OG. Our most beloved model comes with a cover made out of a polyethylene poly-blend which provides that cool-to-the-touch sensation.

The Nectar Premier builds on this technology by incorporating gel infused foam with ActiveCool PCM (Phase Changing Materials) which help regulate body temperature.


Finally, the Nectar Premier Copper is the coolest of our mattresses (in every sense of the word) because the poly-blend cover is woven with copper fibers to take a cool night's sleep to the next level. Copper has the proven ability to whisk away body heat, leaving you cool as a cucumber!

Not only are Nectar mattresses built to give you everything a Hybrid does, but every mattress also comes with a 365 Night trial, and a lifetime warranty. Should you decide it’s not for you, we offer free returns - no muss, no fuss!

Determining the true winner of this ‘Memory Foam or Hybrid’ debate is tricky, because there’s always going to be people who prefer the rigidity of a spring mattress; and those who can’t wait to sink into the receptive support of a Memory Foam mattress. We’re pretty sure, however, that our various Nectar models offer the right balance of comfort, support, and coolness to keep you sleeping soundly.

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Memory foam

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Hybrid mattress

forever warranty + free shipping

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Comparing the

Reviews

Is It Comfortable?

Never had memory foam mattress before but have back problems and had been told they were good. This mattress is sooo comfortable. The only negative is trying to get out of bed early for work!

Samantha Robinson

18 May
Great mattress. I found this much more comfortable than the new Simba Hybrid. Prefer the softness of Nectar as opposed to the firmness of Simba Hybrid.

Vikash Mistry

25 April

Does It Support You?

Having extensively researched the manic mattress market, I came to choose Nectar based (amongst other factors) on customer reviews, price & UK manufacture. I'm now addicted to my bed (more than ever!) & look forward to the sheer comfort that awaits at my day's end! Being a side sleeper, the mattress offers great support on the firmer side which suits me perfectly. Their sheets I purchased I describe as sleeping in "butter", so soft & smooth! I Would highly recommend Nectar products to anyone looking for a mattress upgrade.

Miss Emma Proctor

11 Mar
Nectar we works for us, the mattress is perfect for us as, we tried other leading mattresses eg Emma but did not find them comfortable with the expected back support.

Manoj Patel

29 April

Was The Trial Useful?

I'd been struggling with back ache and had put it down to our mattress, so we decided to go for a Nectar. The 365 night trial period sold it to us and we got it for a good price on a black friday deal. After 5 months, we're very happy we made the switch. Delivery was smooth, the mattress really comfortable and back pain is much better!

Natalie

11 May
Why would anyone ever go back to the old way of buying a mattress when companies like this do all the work for you. Easy, fast and safe. And with the trial period, no problem if in the unlikely event that you don't love your new mattress. Highly recommended...now I'm off for a snooze!

Brad

9 May

What’s The Service Like?

Excellent service from Nectar Sleep from first considering the purchase of the mattress, through to delivery, and then on to the most important part of useage, ie comfort and sleep. My wife and I both consider that the mattress is so comfortable, and agree that it was a great decision that we made when deciding to make the purchase, and very much so in choosing Nectar Sleep.

DEREK FRATER

12 May
I did order from Emma but cancelled and came to Nectar. I’m so pleased I did, great customer service, fast, reliable and I can always get in touch by phone or live chat. I’m so pleased with service and solving any problems. l love bed frame ,mattress bundle .Thank you!

Denise Hegyesi

18 May

Find The Mattress For You

Find The Mattress For You

Nectar

memory foam mattress

Nectar

hybrid mattress

Benefits

Good for

After a long day, your body needs support – and memory foam provides it.

Cushiony softness will adapt to your shape and naturally align your spine

Support

Cushioned feel that supports the body with light, floaty, pressure-relieving qualities for your joints and back

Cooling

Open, airy and breathable cover with a light top foam layer

Firmness

6.5

Trial period

365 Nights

Warranty

Lifetime

Features

Depth

25

cm

Layers

3

Cooling Cover

Quilted cooling cover

Memory foam

Open cell breathable foam

Comfort layer

3cm

memory foam

Spring layer

Support layer

7 zoned base

Feel

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Benefits

Good for

The support of memory foam and the reactive flex of springs, all in one mattress? No, you're not dreaming – but you will be once you try out the hybrid, with micro springs that allow you to shift about in comfort until you find the perfect position

Support

Combines a cushioned feel with a layer of springs to give you full ease of movement – effortless whether you're asleep or awake

Cooling

Open, breathable cover and top layer which makes the most of the ventilated airflow that the spring coils provide

Firmness

6

Trial period

365 Nights

Warranty

Lifetime

Features

Depth

25

cm

Layers

4

Cooling Cover

Quilted cooling cover

Memory foam

Open cell breathable foam

Comfort layer

3cm

memory foam

Spring layer

Open coil spring layer.

1600 individually encapsulated micro-springs

Support layer

7 zoned base

Feel

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Benefits

Good for

After a long day, your body needs support – and memory foam provides it.

Cushiony softness will adapt to your shape and naturally align your spine

The support of memory foam and the reactive flex of springs, all in one mattress? No, you're not dreaming – but you will be once you try out the hybrid, with micro springs that allow you to shift about in comfort until you find the perfect position

Support

Cushioned feel that supports the body with light, floaty, pressure-relieving qualities for your joints and back

Combines a cushioned feel with a layer of springs to give you full ease of movement – effortless whether you're asleep or awake

Cooling

Open, airy and breathable cover with a light top foam layer

Open, breathable cover and top layer which makes the most of the ventilated airflow that the spring coils provide

Firmness

6.5

6

Trial period

365 Nights

365 Nights

Warranty

Lifetime

Lifetime

Features

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Depth

25

cm

25

cm

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Layers

3

4

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Cooling Cover

Quilted cooling cover

Quilted cooling cover

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Memory foam

Open cell breathable foam

Open cell breathable foam

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Comfort layer

3cm

memory foam

3cm

memory foam

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Spring layer

Open coil spring layer.

1600 individually encapsulated micro-springs

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Support layer

7 zoned base

7 zoned base

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