Side sleepers who are looking for both comfort and support should seek a hybrid mattress. These beds have layers of comfort foams and a supportive layer of coils to keep side sleepers’ spine aligned throughout the night.
My fellow CNET mattress experts and I have tested plenty of hybrid beds over the years, but we know which ones are the best for side sleepers. Here are the top hybrid mattresses for those who favor their side when they sleep.
What is the best hybrid mattress for side sleepers?
Side sleepers need a bed that’s supportive but also pressure-relieving on their hips and shoulders. The Casper Nova mattress is the perfect balance of both. Made of three layers of foam, a layer of flex coils and a soft, knit cover, the Casper Nova mattress has a zoned-layer layer of foam that gives firmer support to the spine and softer comfort to the shoulders. Side sleepers and couples should find this mattress comfortable.
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Best hybrid mattresses for side sleepers of 2024
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Other hybrid mattresses for side sleepers we’ve tested
At CNET, we’ve spent hundreds of hours testing mattresses. With so many beds to test and so few spots on our list, we aren’t able to showcase every quality hybrid mattress for side sleepers. However, we do want to give a few more beds the honorable mention they deserve.
Allswell Luxe: Allswell is known for its affordability, and we found the Allswell Luxe to be both affordable and good for side sleepers. This hybrid mattress is below $400 in a queen size, and a twin is a little less than $290. Despite the low price, the Luxe feels like other mattresses on this list. It’s around a medium-firm and has a bouncy feel to it. The bed uses memory foam and coils to support and help alleviate pressure points.
Read more in our Allswell Mattress review.
Leesa Sapira Chill: Leesa’s new line of cooling mattresses is impressive. The Leesa Sapira Chill is a luxurious pillow-top mattress that has an 8-inch layer of zoned-support pocketed coils. On top of the coils are four more layers of foam to provide extra comfort. The cover is a quilted top that’s cool to the touch. The best part about this mattress is that it comes in three different firmness options: Plush, Medium-Firm and Firm. Side sleepers should like the Medium-Firm option.
Read more in our Leesa Chill Mattress review.
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How we tested the best hybrid mattresses for side sleepers
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When we test mattresses, we have an established process that assesses key factors like firmness, feel and performance. We test how strong the edge of the bed is by sitting and lying on the edge. We test motion transfer by rolling across the mattress with a glass of water by the edge. These are things we do for all beds we test. The best hybrid mattresses for side sleepers have a unique testing process. We dive further into the bed’s construction, paying attention to each layer contributing to the cooling process.
1. Firmness: We lay on each mattress and use our experience from testing over 200 different beds to determine firmness. Compared to other mattresses, we analyze how soft or hard a bed feels. It’s important to wait until the mattress is fully expanded after opening to get the real firmness perspective.
2. Feel: This is where we get handsy with the beds. We touch and feel the mattresses and watch what the material does. Is it light and bouncy like latex foam or slow and dense like memory foam?
3. Durability: We don’t lay on the mattress every day for years, so it’s hard to tell exactly how long each bed will last. We are able to hypothesize a bed’s firmness by looking at its construction. Beds with steel coils are typically more durable and stronger than all-foam mattresses.
4. Best body type: We use construction and feel to determine how accommodating a bed will be for a heavy individual. Hybrid mattresses with steel coils are typically more supportive and longer-lasting; a plus for heavier individuals looking for a quality bed.
5. Best sleeping position: We get real physical and flip around the mattresses, testing each sleeping position: side, back, stomach and combination.
6. Motion isolation: With one or preferably two people on the mattress, we jump and bounce around to see how much movement can be detected throughout the bed. We also use the method where you place a cup of water at the edge of the bed and bounce around to see how much it moves.
7. Edge support: We analyze a mattress’s materials and physically lay on each edge of the mattress to get a feel for how well it’ll keep us feeling sturdy.
8. Temperature: We use hot sleepers to test and determine how cool a bed sleeps. We also take a look at its materials and construction — did a brand add anything to make it sleep more cool?
9. Smell: Some mattresses can off-gas an interesting smell. We use our trusty snouts to test this characteristic.
Read more on how we test mattresses.
What to look for in a hybrid mattress as a side sleeper
If you’re searching for the best hybrid mattress for you, here’s everything you need to keep in mind as a side sleeper.
Side sleepers typically enjoy mattresses that are medium in terms of firmness. If a mattress is too firm, side sleepers might not get the right amount of pressure-relief on their hips and shoulders. However, if you prefer a softer or firmer mattress, that is your choice. Also, be aware that your body type will alter the firmness of your mattress. If you are a heavier person, a medium mattress will feel softer to you. If you are an extra-petite sleeper, a mattress will feel firmer.
You require a mattress that will best support you based on your body type. Heavier people require a mattress that is supportive, durable and firm. If you are a heavier side sleeper, I suggest a hybrid mattress that is firm to extra-firm. This will give you ample support throughout the night and keep your spine in-line. Petite sleepers may need an extra-soft mattress that will allow them enough pressure relief.
Your budget is a big factor when searching for the right mattress. Unfortunately, hybrid mattresses are often more costly than all-foam beds. If you’re someone who requires or wants a hybrid bed but has a tight budget, I recommend waiting to purchase until a major mattress holiday. The best times to buy a mattress are Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Check out our deal’s page for the most up-to-date sales.