The Beautyrest Hybrid mattress belongs to Beautyrest’s premium mattress line. The brand is transitioning to more of a direct-to-consumer sales model, and so far it’s only offering two models online: the Beautyrest Hybrid and the Beautyrest Black. Does the Beautyrest Hybrid deserve to make the cut? Let’s find out!
I recently reviewed the Beautyrest Black, so I was excited to see how the Hybrid compares. I put it through the whole gamut of tests so I could report to you here, and I’m excited to share my findings!
Is the Beautyrest Hybrid worthy of the premium label? Check out my comprehensive review below to see! Or hop on down to my review summary if you’re short on time.
Beautyrest is the flagship brand of Serta Simmons, a major mattress retailer that’s been around since the 1920s (though it’s undergone a variety of changes and mergers since then). The brand merged with bed-in-a-box mattress retailer Tuft & Needle not too long ago, and since then it’s been pivoting toward more of an online sales model. In the process, it’s scaling back a bit on the number of models on offer.
Serta Simmons sells a bevvy of mattresses, including the Beautyrest Black, which I recently reviewed. But for this review, I’ll be focusing exclusively on the Beautyrest Hybrid. Let’s get to it!
What is the Beautyrest Hybrid Made Of?
The Beautyrest Hybrid is a well-made mattress with a medium firm feel. It layers memory foam on top of pocketed coils for a classic hybrid construction. While memory foam tends to sleep hot, this mattress has a couple of features to help keep things cool.
Ready to learn more? Let’s dive into what’s inside of the Beautyrest Hybrid!
Cover – The mattress’s cover is made from a stretchy fabric that does a great job of staying cool to the touch. This is one of the features that helps the mattress sleep cool. The cover is quilted with an inch of memory foam to give you some softness and pressure relief right off the bat.
Contour Layer – Next up is a two-inch gel memory foam layer with a slow response to pressure. In classic memory foam form, the comfort layer lets you sink into the mattress a bit and offers some body-contouring and pressure relief. That will most likely appeal to back, side, and combo sleepers, who need to balance support with comfort. Meanwhile, the gel infusion helps draw heat away from your body.
Transition Layer – Beneath the contour layer, you’ll find a one-inch layer of polyfoam. This section helps ease you from the softer layers above to the firm support of the pocketed coils below. Compared to the memory foam above it, this foam is firmer and has a quicker response to pressure to prevent you from feeling stuck in the mattress. That could appeal to combo sleepers who need to change positions throughout the night.
Support Layer – At the base of the mattress, you’ll find a layer of pocketed coils. As they would in a traditional innerspring, these coils provide the bed with plenty of bounce making it easy to change positions. The coils are also individually wrapped, which means they move independently and do a decent job of isolating motion transfer. This could appeal to couples.
Edge Support – Wrapped around the coils is a firm, high-density polyfoam edge support layer. This section helps support the mattress at the edges so you can utilize the full surface of the bed. This is another plus for couples as it makes the bed feel bigger.
How Firm is the Beautyrest Hybrid?
Now that you know what’s inside of the Beautyrest Hybrid, it’s time to find out what it feels like to sleep on top of it! Let’s kick things off by taking a look at the bed’s firmness.
First, let’s start with my usual note of caution: It’s important to remember that firmness is a somewhat subjective measure. Your body weight, shape, size, and personal feel preferences will all affect your assessment of a mattress’s firmness — and the same is true for me! So keep that in mind as you read through my reflections.
Personally, I ranked the Beautyrest Hybrid at a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5, so I think it’s fair to say this mattress is exactly that!
Why might the Beautyrest Hybrid feel medium firm? It comes down to the hybrid nature of the mattress, which combines the softness of memory foam with the supportiveness of coils. These two elements average each other out to create a medium firm feel. They also provide a nice mix of support and pressure relief in several positions, which is why I think this mattress might appeal to combo sleepers — especially those who switch between their back and side. (People who spend a lot of time on their stomachs might find that the mattress is a little too soft to deliver enough support at the hips.)
Testing the Beautyrest Hybrid
Wow, you’re really picking up steam! You know what’s inside of the Beautyrest Hybrid and that it’s around medium firm. But you don’t have all the info you need yet to make an informed decision about this mattress as we still need to address Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer!
Pressure Relief is one of those factors that can make you fall in love with a mattress or find it uncomfortable. Needless to say, it’s important to consider while assessing any mattress! Basically, this term refers to a bed’s ability to alleviate tension at sensitive areas such as the hips, lower back, and shoulders. It lets you know if a mattress will ease pressure on relevant parts of your body so you can sleep comfortably in your preferred position(s).
To test the Pressure Relief on the Beautyrest Hybrid, I called on my handy pressure map. I put this device on top of the mattress, climb aboard, and let the map track my body’s force as I try out different positions. Low-pressure areas are highlighted in blue, and the highest pressure areas show up as red.
Back – When I lie on my back, I sink into the memory foam just a bit and get some nice body contouring and pressure relief. At the same time, I’m also feeling great support from the pocketed coils. I feel like my weight is evenly distributed and there aren’t any pressure points in this position. I think back sleepers who like a contoured feeling around their body should enjoy this mattress.
Side – It’s easy to move from my back to my side thanks to the mobility from the pocketed coils. I change positions without feeling stuck. When I land on my side, I feel myself sinking into the memory foam layers a bit and once again enjoy nice contouring. So I was surprised to see that the pressure map flagged my shoulder area in yellow. This tells me that broad-shouldered or heavier folks might push through to the pocketed coils and feel like this mattress is firmer than I do. But if you’re a combo sleeper who only spends part of the night on your side, you should do okay.
Stomach – When I move to my stomach, I feel like my weight is evenly distributed, and the pressure map says there aren’t any notable pressure points. That said, I do think this bed will be too soft for most strict stomach sleepers. My hips sink in too far, and I think this could lead to back pain. If you’re a strict stomach sleeper, you might want to check out the firmer Beautyrest Black.
Like Pressure Relief, Motion Transfer plays a major role in determining whether a mattress suits your sleep needs — especially if you share your bed with a partner, pet, or child. This term refers to whether you’ll feel a sleeping partner’s movements if they shift around during the night.
To test motion transfer on the Beautyrest Hybrid, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from three heights: 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches. These heights mimic different movements, from tossing and turning to getting out of bed or jumping into it. Then I measured the disturbance caused by each of these drops. The bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance!
Overall, I was impressed with this mattress’s ability to isolate motion. The memory foam layers on top do a nice job of minimizing movement across the mattress. Combined with the bed’s strong edge support, this factor could really appeal to couples who don’t want to be disturbed by each other’s movements during the night.
Whew! You’ve nearly made it to the end of this review, and that means only one question remains: Is the Beautyrest Hybrid the right choice for you? I can’t tell you that, but I can help you out with a summary of my review!
- This mattress does a good job of sleeping cool thanks to the cool-to-the-touch cover and the gel infusions in the memory foam, which help defend against heat trap. The bed might appeal to people who like the feel of memory foam but are worried about sleeping hot.
- This hybrid could be a great option for couples. It has reinforced edge support so you can utilize the full surface of the mattress, and it does a good job of isolating motion. If you sleep with a partner, you might want to consider this mattress.
- Combo sleepers (especially those who switch between their back and side) might really like this mattress. It offers a balance of support and pressure relief in multiple positions, and it has great mobility so it’s easy to change positions without feeling stuck.
- This mattress might not be ideal for strict stomach sleepers. You might find that your hips bow in and cause your spine to get out of alignment. If you spend all night on your stomach, consider a firmer mattress.
- If you like the feel of a firmer mattress, this probably won’t fit the bill. If you want a super firm bed, check out the Beautyrest Black or firm mattress options from other brands.
- Trial: 100 Nights
- Shipping: Free White Glove Delivery (Includes removal of old mattress)
- Warranty: 10 Years
How Much Does the Beautyrest Hybrid Cost?
|Twin||40" x 76" x 13"||$1,099|
|Twin XL||40" x 81" x 13"||$1,129|
|Full||55" x 76" x 13"||$1,179|
|Queen||61" x 81" x 13"||$1,199|
|King||78" x 81" x 13"||$1,599|
|Cali King||73" x 85" x 13"||$1,599|