Are you thinking about buying a Vibe mattress?
Then you might be wondering what the differences between the hybrid and memory foam versions of this mattress are.
So to make your buying decision a lot easier, my Vibe mattress reviews below compare the 12 inch innerspring hybrid pillow top model and the 12 inch gel memory foam model to help you pick the right choice for your needs.
Let’s jump right in. 🙂
Vibe Mattress Reviews
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To summarise my findings, I think that both mattresses are well suited to back and side sleepers due to the plusher feel and superb pressure relief.
But these same qualities mean that heavier weighted front sleepers in the 200 lbs – 230 lbs range and beyond need to take care because the risk of your hips dropping too far into the materials and causing backache increases in my personal opinion.
Beyond this, I think both models offer good cooling capabilities and capacity to guard against allergies.
With the hybrid being slightly better at helping to regulate your temperature and the memory foam model being better at blocking ambient allergens like pollen thanks to its all foam design.
Both mattresses are suitable for couples in the appropriate sizes, although the hybrid probably has the better edge support to allow for full use of the surface area of the mattress – whilst the all-foam design of the memory foam model is likely superior at minimising noise and movement so that you don’t wake each other up during the night.
And finally, I would say that both Vibe mattresses offer superb value for money because I’ve reviewed mattresses in the past with similar qualities that sell for more than 10x the price!
Check out my Vibe mattress reviews below for a more detailed head-to-head analysis.
Or have a look at my list of the best mattresses to buy online if you’ve already concluded that neither model is suitable for you.
Vibe Design Analysis
Both versions of these Vibe mattresses have a 12 inch profile which puts them at the upper range of the standard mattress thickness bracket – making them collectively more durable, comfortable, supportive, and able to handle more weight when compared to thinner mattresses made of comparatively equal qualities on the whole.
However, the exact construction of each mattress differs significantly – as detailed below.
1) Hybrid Construction
The hybrid model has a padded, plush pillow top that makes the mattress feel soft and supportive when you lie on it.
Beneath this sits several progressive layers of gel-infused memory foam that allows the mattress to adjust to your exact body shape for a super-snug feel whilst working to combat body heat to regulate your temperature.
Whilst the support core consists of individually wrapped coil innersprings to provide contoured support for your spine and joints whilst also minimising motion transfer to help you and your bed partner sleep undisturbed.
Overall, the hybrid model makes for a highly durable mattress that balances comfort and support superbly.
2) Memory Foam Construction
Conversely, the memory foam version of the Vibe mattress has an all-foam construction.
The upper comfort layers combine 2 inches of gel infused memory foam and 3 inches of open celled foam to provide maximal amounts of contoured comfort whilst encouraging air flow and heat dissipation to help you sleep at your ideal temperature.
Instead of springs, the base layer consists of 7 inches of high density foam to keep your spine and joins supported.
Overall, this all-foam version of the Vibe excels in providing contoured comfort that makes you feel like your body is being hugged by the materials.
Vibe Performance Analysis
To summarise, I think that both mattresses provide good levels of comfort, support, pressure relief, mobility, cooling capabilities, and capacity for allergy prevention.
See below for more details on which model has the slight edge in certain areas.
The hybrid model has a medium level of firmness that combines with the plush pillow top to provide a mattress with a medium-plush feel.
This means that when you lie on the mattress, it will feel very soft but with enough ‘push back’ to stop you sinking too far into the mattress (depending on your weight).
The memory foam model differs slightly in my opinion.
Because whilst it’s listed as having a medium-plush level of firmness, I personally think that it has more of a ‘plush’ feel because of its all-foam design that allows for greater sinkage – whilst the resistance of the spring support core bleeds through to make the hybrid feel slightly firmer.
However, the final feel of each mattress will depend on your body weight and dominant sleeping position – which I’ll discuss in more detail in the upcoming comfort analysis section.
Head-to-head, I think that the hybrid model provides the best level of support due to its stiffer spring support core.
So if you’re a heavier weighted sleeper over 200 lbs or you sleep as a couple then I would recommend the hybrid over the foam option if all of the other variables line up for you.
3) Pressure Relief
The pressure relief for both mattresses is very good in my opinion because they both use memory foam that contours to your exact body shape by taking your body heat and using it to reconfigure the molecules of the foam so that it will change shape in response to you switching positions.
However, I think that the plush pillow top of the hybrid gives it the edge in terms of providing the maximum amount of pressure relief.
4) Moving Around
I think that the hybrid version of the Vibe will be the easiest bed to move around and sit up in because even though the top is plush, the spring support core will provide more resistance to guard against excessive sinkage – although the heavier you are the more challenging this will become.
However, I feel that the memory foam top layers of each mattress fall short of the responsiveness provided by latex-topped mattresses due to the slower response time and so would be an inferior choice in an absolute sense if you are a combination sleeper looking for maximum mobility.
I think that the memory foam mattress will be slightly quieter than the hybrid due to its complete lack of springs.
However, the coils in the hybrid are individually wrapped which should still make them fairly quiet.
Make sure that your bed frame is compatible and well assembled – since noise often comes from the frame and not the mattress.
6) Maximum Weight Capacity
I don’t know what the maximum weight capacity for either mattress is so I can only assume that standard conventions apply here – with the twin holding up to 250 lbs and the full, queen, king, and California king sizes holding in the region of 500 lbs.
If weight is a concern for you then I’d expect the hybrid to be the better choice because a spring support core typically tends to be more sturdy than an all-foam construction.
If minimising the impact of the movements of your bed partner is your primary concern then the memory foam model will probably be the best choice for you because the all-foam design will be better at limiting cross-motion transfer – although the hybrid should still do a reasonable job due to the individually wrapped coils working with the foam comfort layers to deaden shock waves.
8) Edge Support
The edge support for both mattresses is surprisingly good.
Although I think the hybrid nicks it here because of the coils that extend to the edge of the mattress and should therefore allow you to make optimal use of the full area of the mattress.
Although both mattresses are listed as being hypoallergenic to resist allergens, bacteria, dust mites, and mold growth – I think the memory foam mattress has the edge when it comes to guarding against respiratory allergies like hay fever.
Because the all-foam design means that ambient allergens like pollen are going to have a harder time getting stuck in the mattress when compared to the hybrid due to the absence of the more spacious spring support core.
10) Temperature Regulation
Both mattresses should be good for regulating your temperature because they use cooling gel to counteract the heat retaining properties of the memory foam in the upper comfort layers.
But I think that the hybrid is the best option if you’re a warmer sleeper because the spring support core is going to encourage air flow better than the high density foam support layer of the memory foam model.
11) Keeping You Dry
I’m not sure if either mattress has any specific moisture wicking capabilities so if you suffer from night sweats, then I recommend buying a cooling bamboo bed sheet set because the bamboo material of the fitted and top sheet will absorb moisture and allow it to evaporate instead of drenching the material like cotton sheets tend to do.
Both mattresses arrive in a compressed box for easier transportation.
So you will probably experience a slight ‘off gassing’ smell upon unboxing as the particles trapped during packaging escape as the mattress expands.
The good news is that because Vibe use CertiPUR-US® certified foams , the VOC count is very low which should limit this ‘new’ smell when compared to mattresses that use non-CertiPUR-US® foams.
13) Pain Management
The contouring properties of the memory foam used in both mattresses means that muscular aches and pains may be relieved in certain sleeping positions.
And I think that if you have back pain then the hybrid is the best option due to the orthopedic support provided by the coils.
However, this is all contingent upon your dominant sleeping position and body weight being well suited to the properties of each mattress – as I’m about to discuss in more detail in the next section.
And in all cases, please make sure to consult with your doctor before buying a bed or mattress for your individual medical conditions.
14) Cleaning and Maintenance
I’m not sure if the covers for either mattress are removable and washable.
So I would advise buying a mattress protector and a high quality fitted sheet to help make cleaning and maintenance easier.
15) Price v Value
I think that both of these mattresses are exceptionally well priced for the level of comfort, support, cooling capabilities, and capacity to guard against allergies that they provide.
I’ve previously reviewed several mattresses that easily cost 10x more than the Vibe with similar qualities.
Vibe Comfort Analysis
To summarise, I think that the hybrid option is suitable for front and back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range and for side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.
Whilst the memory foam model is ok for lighter weighted front sleepers in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs range, back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range, and side sleepers in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs range.
More details below.
1) Front Sleepers
I think that the hybrid should be ok for you if you’re a front sleeper in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range – but any more and the support might not be enough to keep your hips correctly aligned and guard against back pain.
And I would tighten this to the 100 lbs – 200 lbs range for front sleeping on the memory foam model because the plusher feel and all foam design is more liable to sag under a greater weight.
2) Back Sleepers
I think that back sleeping will be comfortable in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs weight range for both models but I would probably choose the hybrid over the memory foam version if I were in the 200 lbs – 230 lbs range just to be on the safe side in terms of support.
3) Side Sleepers
I’d expect the hybrid model to be ok if you’re a side sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.
But I think the memory foam selection is the superior choice for lighter weighted side sleepers due to its plusher feel and all-foam design – opening it up to the 100 lbs – 200 lbs weight range in my opinion.
4) Combo Sleepers
If you’re a combo sleeper under 200 lbs then I think you should be able to move around in either mattress quite well but the hybrid will probably have the edge due to its more supportive core and firmer feel.
5) Edge Sleepers
Both models have reasonable edge support with the hybrid likely being the best – making it the slightly superior option if you’re the kind of sleeper that tends to hug the edge of the bed.
Which Vibe Mattress is the Most Durable?
I think that both mattresses are pretty durable but I’d expect the hybrid to outlast the memory foam model if weight and sleeping positions are equal due to the more resilient spring support core.
I’d estimate that both mattresses could potentially last you up to 5-8 years with the proper care in some instances.
Which Vibe Mattress is the Least Likely to Sag?
The hybrid is the least likely to sag in my opinion due to the extra support of the coils in the base layer but again, this is down to the amount of weight being placed on the mattress.
What Are the Compatible Frames?
Both the hybrid and the memory foam models can be purchased with a compatible platform or adjustable base – or you can go ahead and just buy the mattress if you already have a suitable frame.
Can You Flip Either of the Vibe Mattresses?
The layered design means that you’re supposed to sleep only on the upper comfort layers – which would end up on the bottom if you turned the mattress over.
Is There a Sleep Trial?
I don’t think that there’s a special sleep trial that you can avail of but depending on the retailer that you order from, you may be protected by their return policy.
Is There a Warranty?
Both models are covered by a 10 year warranty.
Vibe Mattresses Compared – Hybrid v Foam
Here’s a handy table that allows you to compare the Vibe hybrid and memory foam mattresses at a glance.
|Vibe Hybrid||Vibe Memory Foam|
|Design||Foam + coils||All-foam|
|Thickness||12 inches||12 inches|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years|
|Edge Support||Very good||Good|
|Pressure Relief||Very good||Very good|
|Temperature Regulation||Very good||Good|
|Pain Relief||Very good||Good|
|Price v Value||Very good||Very good|
|Best Sleeping Positions||Front + back: 100 – 230 lbs||Side: 100 – 200 lbs|
|Worst Sleeping Positions||Front: over 230 lbs||Front: over 200 lbs|
- Great support for your spine and joints in most sleeping positions.
- Plush pillow top for greater pressure relief and comfort.
- Cooling gel and aerated design to help regulate your temperature.
- Hypoallergenic to guard against allergic reactions and inhibit allergen uptake.
- Great value for money.
- Option to buy with compatible platform or adjustable bed base if you desire.
- Front sleepers over 230 lb may not have enough support.
Memory Foam Pros
- Excellent pressure relief and comfort thanks to the memory foam top layers.
- Very quiet due to the lack of springs.
- Excellent for couples due to maximum inhibition of motion transfer.
- Cooling gel and open celled foam design to help regulate your temperature.
- Excellent for guarding against respiratory allergies like hay fever because the all-foam design can help to block pollen and other particle uptake in the materials.
- Good value for money.
- Option to buy with compatible platform or adjustable bed base if you desire.
Memory Foam Cons
- Front sleepers over 200 lb may not have enough support.
Who Should Buy the Vibe Hybrid Mattress?
- Front and back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range.
- Side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.
Who Should Avoid the Vibe Hybrid Mattress?
- Front sleepers over 230 lbs may not have enough spinal support.
Who Should Buy the Vibe Memory Foam Mattress?
- Lighter front and side sleepers in the 100 lbs – 200 lbs range.
- Back sleepers in the 100 lbs – 230 lbs range.
Who Should Avoid the Vibe Memory Foam Mattress?
- Front sleepers over 200 lbs may not have enough spinal support.
Which Vibe Mattress is the Best?
Both mattresses are very good but in my opinion, the best Vibe mattress is the hybrid model overall because it has better support and cooling properties.
However, the memory foam mattress has its strengths too – such as excellent pressure relief and ability to guard against allergies.
But the bottom line is how comfortable the mattress is going to feel for you and that primarily hinges upon how your dominant sleeping position and body weight interact with the qualities and properties of the mattress in conjunction with having a compatible frame.
What Are The Alternatives?
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Sources and References
 CertiPUR-US® – Overview. Accessed 3/4/20.
Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
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