Looking for a quality mattress that keeps you feeling on top of the bed every night? If so, the Simmons Hybrid might be the one for you! Its thick layer of pocketed coils gives it a supportive boost that both stomach and back sleepers are likely to appreciate.
To help you decide, read on for my full review. After personally testing the bed, I’m pumped to share all the details I learned — covering everything from the mattress’s construction to how it stacks up when it comes to pressure relief and motion transfer, plus a whole lot more.
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Simmons has been making mattresses in the USA for over 150 years. During that time, it has become one of the biggest names in the industry, with top brands like Serta, Beautyrest, and Tuft and Needle in its portfolio.
While we won’t delve into every Simmons mattress, we’ll check out how the Simmons Hybrid compares to two others in their catalog: The Simmons Foam and the Simmons Beautyrest.
Now, let’s see what this mattress is made of!
What is the Simmons Hybrid Mattress Made of?
When I think of the Simmons Hybrid, one word comes to mind: Support. While it only has two layers, that doesn’t mean it’s sub-par. “Less is more” certainly applies here.
What piqued my curiosity about this bed is how the coils gave the bed a nice bouncy feeling, which meant it had the stability I needed to make switching positions a breeze. So without further ado, let’s dig in these layers!
Cover – Up top is the 1” quilted-foam cover. This is where the bed gives you some softness. I think this layer keeps the mattress from feeling too firm (more on that later). It also helps pad the coils so you’re not hit with pure firmness as soon as you lay down.
Support – Under the thin cover lies a layer of springy, supportive coils. The bed really highlights this layer, given that these coils make up the bulk of its construction. Since its focus is on keeping you aloft (even if you don’t sleep in a loft), it won’t give you the sinking feeling of a lot of mattresses. Instead, this lift will likely help keep your hips, shoulders, and spines comfortably aligned.
How Does the Simmons Hybrid Mattress Feel?
For mattresses, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts (note that this same concept doesn’t apply to people). You have to like the way a bed feels to know whether it’s a keeper. To give you an idea of how it sleeps, we’ll start by taking a look at its firmness.
But before that, I want to note that your firmness preferences are going to depend on factors such as your size, shape, or weight. So my preference may not be the same as yours. For reference, I’m 5’10”, weigh 190 lbs., and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
After kicking back on the mattress, I gave it a 7.5 on the firmness rating scale, in which 10 is the firmest. This means the Simmons Hybrid lands on the firm end of the spectrum, since 6.5 is the industry standard for mattresses with a medium firmness.
I gave it a 7.5 because, while it held me up, I barely sank in. Since there’s only a thin layer of quilted foam over a thick layer of pocketed coils, this didn’t shock me. As a stomach sleeper, I felt like it offered the right level of firmness. But if you’re a side sleeper who prefers a softer mattress experience, you may want something else (click here for our list of the best soft mattresses). We’ll discuss that more ahead!
Testing the Simmons Hybrid Mattress
When hunting for a new mattress, firmness isn’t the only factor at play. That said, let’s see how the Simmons Hybrid performs when it comes to pressure relief and motion transfer. This is where the tests I mentioned up top come in.
To kick us off, we have the pressure relief test. This will show us how well the bed does at relieving tension at sensitive spots, such as in the hips, shoulders, and lower back.
To illustrate my pressure relief tests, I used a handy-dandy pressure map. This lets me track how much force I put on the bed.
As you’ll see on the map, blue means low pressure areas, and red means high pressure areas. Though it shows a lot of blue areas, I actually found that the mattress had some issues with pressure relief, due to the thinness of the cover and the thickness of the support layer.
Back – Despite all the blue in the map, I don’t think back sleepers will feel much pressure relief at their shoulders. However, strict back sleepers looking for a firmer vibe will likely appreciate how well the pocketed coil system lifts the hips up and out of the bed.
Side – Just like when I was on my back, laying on my side made me feel like the pressure relief was lacking. Generally, I recommend side sleepers go with something softer to reduce their likelihood of feeling jammed up in their shoulders. If you’re a side sleeper with your heart set on this mattress, I recommend getting a mattress topper to add some softness.
Stomach – While it didn’t provide much pressure relief when I was on my stomach, I think stomach sleepers will likely enjoy its firmness. I found it firm enough to keep my hips from sinking in too deep, which helped me avoid pesky lower back pain.
The motion transfer test is up next. This measures how much movement was noticeable from one side of the bed to the other. While anyone will want to pay attention to how well a bed does at motion transfer, this may be particularly relevant for folks in the market for a mattress for couples.
Testing out the Simmons Hybrid’s motion transfer meant dropping a 10 lb. steel ball from three different heights: 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches. Then I looked at the resulting disturbance, as the graphic below shows. For reference, bigger lines mean bigger disturbance.
I don’t think the Simmons Hybrid was up to snuff when it came to motion transfer. Each drop resulted in some seriously noticeable motion disturbance across the bed. This could probably be because it just has a thin layer of foam up top. That said, this could be a dealbreaker for couples out there.
Simmons Hybrid vs
Earlier I mentioned Simmons puts out a variety of mattresses. Here we’ll take a look at how the Simmons Hybrid measures up against the Simmons Foam and Simmons Beautyrest.
- It’s a bit softer than the Simmons Hybrid, with a firmness rating of 6.5 as opposed to 7.5. Not only does it have quilted foam in its cover, it has an entire layer of plushy memory foam, supported by two layers of polyfoam.
- As an all-foam mattress, the Simmons Foam will likely contour to your body better than the Simmons Hybrid. Memory foam tends to give that enveloped feeling to folks.
- Like the Simmons Hybrid, the Simmons Foam doesn’t offer a lot of sinkage, so I don’t think it’s the best for side sleepers.
- To learn more about this model, head on over to my full review of the Simmons Foam mattress!
- The Simmons Beautyrest is a tad firmer than the Simmons Hybrid, as it clocks in at an 8 on the firmness scale, as opposed to the Hybrid’s 7.5.
- With two layers of foam (as opposed to the Simmons Hybrid’s one), the Simmons Beautyrest will likely cause you to sink in more. That said, I think the Simmons Beautyrest does a better job at pressure relief than the Simmons Hybrid.
- Unlike the Simons Hybrid, the Simmons Beautyrest does a pretty good job at isolating motion, which will likely appeal to folks who share a bed.
- Want more info on this model? Take a look at my full review of the Simmons Beautyrest mattress!
The Simmons Hybrid provides the firmness that back/stomach sleepers will likely enjoy but is perhaps too firm for side sleepers. And while it doesn’t do a great job at providing pressure relief or isolating motion, it’s an affordable option if you’re looking for something with bounce that allows for good mobility.
Simmons Hybrid Pros
- Like I said earlier, I really liked the price point of this mattress. I think this should especially appeal to folks who are looking for an affordable first mattress to buy.
- Since the Simmons Hybrid’s coil layer is only covered by a thin layer of foam, the mattress has a good bouncy feeling. This bounce is great for folks who prefer resting on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it.
- I think stomach sleepers and/or back sleepers will jive with this mattress. If I stayed on my stomach or back, my hips didn’t feel out of sorts, which is great, since I don’t like back pain (my guess is you don’t either).
Simmons Hybrid Cons
- What I can tell, side sleepers are going to want more pressure relief than what the Simmons Hybrid offers. The lack of sinkage can increase the likelihood of having jammed-up shoulders.
- When it came to motion transfer, I wasn’t impressed with how the Simmons Hybrid did at isolating movement. Folks who share a bed with a restless sleeper might find better rest elsewhere.
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How Much Does The Simmons Hybrid Cost?
|Twin||38” x 74.5” x 8”||39 lbs||$279|
|Full||53” x 74.5” x 8”||57 lbs||$319|
|Queen||60” x 79.5” x 8"||66 lbs||$349|
|King||76” x 79.5” x 8"||83 lbs||$479|
What is the difference between Innerspring and Hybrid mattresses?
Innerspring mattresses traditionally use a grid of interconnected coils under a layer of padding or wool. On the flipside, hybrid mattresses traditionally use a layer of individually pocketed springs under at least one layer of foam.
What is the advantage of a hybrid mattress?
I think the Simmons Hybrid is bouncier than a lot of other mattresses. I also think it’s easier than others to move around on.
Can you flip a Hybrid mattress?
No, because the layers of hybrid mattresses are meant to be experienced in a certain order. So flipping it over could be really uncomfortable.