Over the last few decades, the vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) have undergone intensive research mainly due to their design simplicity and independency of wind direction. The drag-based Savonius wind rotor exhibits a better starting capability, whereas the lift-based Darrieus wind rotor achieves higher efficiency over a wider operating range. Thus, in order to capitalize on their advantages, both the rotors are mounted on the same axis to form a hybrid/combined system. In this review paper, an attempt has been made to collect and analyze the past research studies in the field of hybrid wind rotors. An optimization route has also been suggested for the design of such a hybrid wind rotor to ensure that the design complexity is minimized, and at the same time, both the Savonius and the Darrieus rotors are utilized to their fullest potential. In this regard, a few important parameters are identified whose effects on the hybrid rotor performance must be investigated in future studies. Suggestions and direction of research are presented keeping in mind the improvement of the technology.