Are you a budget-savvy shopper looking for a mattress with gentle pressure relief and great body contouring? The Vaya Hybrid mattress might be just what you’re searching for.
The Vaya Hybrid combines foam layers and supportive coils to create a soft mattress that sleepers will really sink into. In this review, I’m going to go over the Vaya Hybrid’s materials, how it’s constructed, and tell you how it performed on some of our tests in the Sleepopolis studio.
Read on below to see my full review, or if you’re short on time, you can skip down to my review summary.
Vaya is an Arizona-based company that offers simple, bed-in-a-box mattresses at affordable prices. Vaya offers two mattresses, the all-foam Vaya Mattress and the Vaya Hybrid. They also have a Vaya Pillow. All Vaya products are manufactured in the USA and are made with materials that are certified by CertiPUR-US®, which means they’re free from harmful chemicals.
The Vaya Hybrid is the brand’s first hybrid mattress. I’ll compare how it stacks up against the brand’s original Vaya Mattress, which is an all-foam mattress. You can also check out my full Vaya mattress review here. I’ll take a look at how the Vaya Hybrid compares to two other hybrid mattresses: the Amerisleep AS3 Hybrid and the Tuft & Needle Hybrid. If you’d like to see how the Vaya Hybrid compares to even more hybrid mattresses, check out my list of the best hybrid mattresses.
Now, let’s take a look at what the Vaya Hybrid is made of.
What is the Vaya Hybrid Mattress Made Of?
The Vaya Hybrid is made of the brand’s proprietary Vaya foam, which is meant to offer sinkage and pressure relief, while motion-isolating coils give it added support and bounce. Like its flagship model, this hybrid mattress is constructed simply in comparison to some other mattresses on the market. This simple construction is how the brand is able to offer their mattresses at such affordable prices. If you’d like to see some of our other best value mattresses, check out the best cheap mattress.
The Vaya Hybrid is also designed to be cooling. Its Vaya foam is more porous than traditional memory foam, which helps air flow throughout the mattress. Its pocketed coils offer more breathability, so if you’re a hot sleeper, this could be a good mattress for you.
Cover – The Vaya Hybrid’s breathable cover is made from a lightweight polyester fabric that’s designed to be both soft and cooling.
Comfort Layer – The Hybrid’s top layer is made from the brand’s proprietary Vaya foam. It’s a cushioning layer that is designed to contour to the body better than traditional memory foam. It also has a high level of responsiveness.
Support Layer – The Hybrid uses a layer of pocketed coils which give bouncy support. The coils also help sleepers achieve spinal alignment to avoid pain.
Base Layer – The foundation layer is made from a HD polyurethane (poly) foam, which reinforces the coils and adds durability.
What Does the Vaya Hybrid Mattress Feel Like?
Now that we know what materials the Vaya mattress is made of, let’s talk about what it really feels like. Firmness is one of the most important factors that determines how a mattress will feel. Keep in mind that your ideal firmness level will depend on your body type and preferred sleeping position. For reference, I’m 5’10”, weigh 190 lbs, and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
After spending time lying on the Vaya Hybrid, I’d give it a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the least firm and 10 being the most firm. This is just below the industry standard for medium firm of 6.5, so I’d call this a medium soft mattress.
The Vaya Hybrid’s layer of Vaya foam gives it a good amount of pressure relief and sinkage. Its pocketed coils give some support, though I’d say it has less support than a typical medium firm mattress.
I’d recommend this mattress as a nice option for side sleepers, who will appreciate the sinkage they’ll get on the Vaya mattress. They’re likely to experience pressure relief at their hips and shoulders. It’s also a great option for budget-savvy side sleepers.
I would also recommend the Hybrid to combination sleepers, who tend to move around a bit at night, since this mattress is bouncier than a traditional memory foam mattress. I also think back sleepers who like to sink into their mattress could do well on the Vaya.
I’d steer strict stomach sleepers to a mattress with a more firm feel. I don’t think the Vaya offers stomach sleepers the support they need to keep their hips in a neutral alignment with their shoulders. I’d also tell anyone over about 230 lbs to go with a mattress with more support. I’d recommend sleepers with a higher body weight check out the best mattress for heavy people.
Testing the Vaya Hybrid Mattress
Now that you know how firm the Vaya is, let’s talk about how well it performed on our pressure relief and motion isolation tests.
Pressure relief refers to how well a mattress alleviates tension at pressure points. Whether you’re a side, back, stomach, or combo sleeper, pressure relief is an important part of how comfortable your mattress feels. You’ll want to make sure your mattress helps relieve pressure at your shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To test the Vaya Hybrid’s pressure relieving ability, I used a pressure map, which gauges how much pressure is applied on the body. I put the pressure map between myself and the mattress and laid on it on my back, side, and stomach. The map uses a gradient from red to blue, with red indicating the highest pressure, and blue indicating the lowest pressure.
Back – I felt some nice pressure relief at my lower back, and felt that my spine stayed straight while lying on my back. I’d recommend the Vaya hybrid as a nice option for back sleepers.
Side – I definitely felt some great sinkage and pressure relief at my shoulders and hips while lying on my side. If you’re a side sleeper looking for a plush new mattress, I’d recommend the Vaya.
Stomach – I felt a bit of pressure at my hips while sleeping on the Vaya. I think it’s too soft for strict stomach sleepers, who will likely want a firmer mattress to give them the support they need. I’d recommend these sleepers check out our best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Motion transfer is a mattress’s ability to absorb movement. If a mattress has high motion transfer, that means that you’ll feel a lot of movement from the other side of the bed. It’s an especially important factor for couples or those who sleep with pets to consider. If you don’t want to be disturbed by your partner getting up for a glass of water or your dog jumping up on the bed, you’ll want to choose a mattress with low motion transfer.
To test the Vaya Hybrid’s motion transfer, I dropped a steel ball from three different heights on one side of the bed and measured the results with a seismometer on the opposite side of the bed. Each height is meant to mimic a different movement you might experience in bed, from tossing and turning to jumping on the bed.
The Vaya Hybrid didn’t perform all that well on our motion isolation test. I saw that a lot of movement transferred from one side of the bed to the other. This means that you might be disturbed by your partner’s movements in the night on this mattress. If you don’t sleep alone, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for couples.
Edge support refers to how well a mattress holds up at the edges. If a mattress has good edge support, you can sleep all the way on the sides and not feel like you’re going to fall off. It’s an important factor for couples to consider, since they’ll want to take advantage of the full surface area of their mattress.
The Vaya Hybrid has great edge support. I felt that it was sturdy and that I wouldn’t roll off the side of the bed. This isn’t surprising, since the Vaya Hybrid is made with extra support around the sides.
Vaya Hybrid Mattress Vs.
If you’re interested in the Vaya Hybrid, it can be helpful to compare it to some other hybrid mattresses from other mattress brands. Below, I’ll compare the Vaya Hybrid to two other popular hybrid models, the Amerisleep AS3 Hybrid and the Tuft & Needle Hybrid.
Amerisleep AS3 Hybrid
- Like the Vaya Hybrid, the Amerisleep Hybrid uses a proprietary comfort foam that is designed to be more cooling than traditional foam.
- The Vaya Hybrid and the Amerisleep AS3 feel quite similar. They’re both plush mattresses that offer plenty of pressure relief; I think both mattresses are great for side sleeping.
- The Amerisleep AS3 and the Vaya Hybrid both offer bouncy support, but the Amerisleep performed better on our motion isolation test, making it a better option for couples.
- Learn more in my Amerisleep mattress reviews.
Tuft & Needle Hybrid
- The Tuft & Needle Hybrid and Vaya Hybrid are both built with cooling properties. However, I’d say the Tuft & Needle is more cooling, since its comfort layer is infused with gel beads and graphite, which help dissipate body heat.
- The Tuft & Needle Hybrid is just a bit firmer than the Vaya Hybrid. I definitely felt more supported on the Tuft & Needle, which I think makes it a better option for heavier sleepers.
- The Tuft & Needle has quite a few more layers than the Vaya model, and I’d say it’s probably a more high-quality mattress overall. That’s also reflected in the price disparity between these two beds.
- Check out my full Tuft & Needle Hybrid mattress review for more information.
If you’re wondering how the Vaya Hybrid compares to the brand’s original foam bed, the Vaya Mattress, look no further. Below, I’ll break down the key differences between these two mattress types.
- The Vaya Mattress is an all-foam bed, while the Vaya Hybrid uses a combination of foam and coils.
- Both beds are more affordable than your typical bed-in-a-box mattress, making them great options for budget-savvy shoppers.
- The all-foam Vaya is probably a better option for back sleepers who like to sink into bed or side sleepers that want added pressure relief at the shoulders.
- Want to learn more? Check out my full Vaya mattress review.
The Vaya Hybrid is a medium soft mattress that’s a good option for side sleepers, back sleepers, and combo sleepers. It comes at a great price, and offers cooling properties as well as great edge support. Still wondering if the Vaya Hybrid is right for you? Here are some quick final thoughts to help you decide.
Vaya Hybrid Pros
- The Vaya Hybrid is a great value, which makes it a great new bed for anyone on a budget.
- Combination sleepers are likely to appreciate its bouncy support that will help them change sleep positions easily.
- It has surprisingly good edge support for a value mattress.
Vaya Hybrid Cons
- It didn’t perform very well on our motion transfer test, meaning that couples or those who sleep with pets should go with another option.
- It doesn’t have the support that heavy sleepers need. Innerspring mattresses are great options for heavier sleepers.
How Much Does the Vaya Hybrid Cost?
Below you’ll find the full Vaya Hybrid pricing details, but be sure to check on our mattress coupon page for a discount!
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Twin||38" x 74" x 12"||$449|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 12"||$549|
|Full||54" x 75" x 12"||$599|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12"||$699|
|King||76" x 80" x 12"||$899|
|California King||72" x 84" x 12"||$899|
Vaya Hybrid Mattress Policies
- Shipping – Free shipping + returns
- Trial Period – 100 nights
- Warranty – 10 years
Does the Vaya Hybrid need a box spring?
No, the Vaya Hybrid does not need a box spring. It was designed to be compatible with most bed frames.
How long will the Vaya Hybrid last?
You’ll want to assess the Vaya Hybrid after three years or so to check if any sagging has occurred.
How long will the Vaya's off-gassing last?
Different mattresses have varying off-gassing periods, but most tend to release all odor within 24-48 hours.
What do I do if I don’t like the Vaya Hybrid?
The Vaya hybrid comes with a 100-night sleep trial, during which you can return the mattress for a full refund.