This paper outlines some modifications to conventional active power filters (APFs) to compensate for the non-linearity of the load current. Since the APFs inject the required non-linearity of the load harmonic current to make the current source sinusoidal, a combination of passive power filters (PPFs) and APFs in series connection are more effective rather than individual usages. The proposed control approach based on sliding mode control (SMC) with a suitable sliding surface selection being applied to the proposed hybrid APF to increase the flexibility and reduce the complexity of the controller. An outstanding tracking process based on the reference current in the rotating dq frame is tested and guarantees the rapid convergence exponentially. An extra control loop is provided for DC link voltage regulation to minimize the DC ripples and control the APF three-phase output voltage levels. The presented solution provides an effective and straightforward load voltage support, maintaining an excellent dynamic performance in load changing and current compensation. The experimental results represent the authenticity of the proposed hybrid APF performance through several different tests, implying a feasible control approach for active filtering systems.