Instead of sticking the conclusion at the end, we thought it might be nice to run through the major points upfront and leave the details below. In that vein, here are the big differences for these two beds.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Nest recently updated and overhauled their Signature Series mattress. It now has two firmness levels on the same mattress (i.e. it’s flippable) and has an organic cotton cover. The video below was published before these most recent changes, but the lion’s share of the video still applies.
UPDATE: In early 2019 Nest Bedding updated their Signature Series mattress so that it’s now flippable (i.e. “Medium” on top and “Firm” on bottom) and has an organic cotton cover.
This the flagship mattress from Nest Bedding, but they do have a budget/cheap mattress called Love & Sleep, a few latex beds, and a few others. What’s notable about this mattress is that it’s in the luxury category, but the price point is way lower than you’d think.
Just based on MSRP, Nest Alexander is the more affordable bed. For a queen size bed Nest Alexander and Loom & Leaf are about $1,300 and $1,500, respectively.
Nest tends to offer promotions and mattress deals, while Loom & Leaf (Saatva) has historically been 100% opposed to the idea. After discount, Nest Alexander is usually in the $1,100 range for a queen size bed.
You can (somewhat) tell that this is a memory foam mattress, but overall it’s more of a fluffy, airy, soft-foam feel. We think individuals that don’t like memory foam might actually like this bed. It’s very comfortable.
This mattress is available in two different firmness levels, on the same mattress. You have “Medium,” which is the most popular and “Firm,” which is best for back/stomach sleepers. The “Medium” side is fine for all types of sleepers. It offers nice pressure relief, but it’s still very supportive.
Remember that all beds soften over time, so if Nest Alexander (or Loom & Leaf) is a little too firm for you at the outset, over the first few months it will soften a decent amount, so just be expecting that.
Anyone that tends to warm up at night, but still wants a memory foam bed, should probably first consider Loom & Leaf. Nest Alexander does use a phase-change material in its cover, but in our opinion Loom & Leaf gets the win for hot sleepers. There’s more info about the cooling strip on L&L’s website.
It actually has a cooling gel pad in the center third of the mattress. The gel material is, interestingly enough, very similar to what burn units at hospitals use. It doesn’t necessarily make the bed cool to the touch the way Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is, but it does a nice job of cooling you down.
Keep in mind that the firmer the mattress, the cooler it will sleep, as well. In other words, temperature regulation isn’t as simple as the materials that make up the bed—there are other factors in the mix.
UPDATE: Nest Alexander Signature now has an organic cotton cover as well—it’s quilted and is very nice.
This isn’t a huge point since we really like the cover on Nest Alexander, as well, but the organic cotton cover on Loom & Leaf is hard to beat. Not only is it super soft and looks great, but also it smells nice. There’s no chemical odor; it just smells earthy.
While Nest Alexander has more of an airy/fluffy soft-foam, Loom & Leaf has a dense, deep memory foam feel. It will give you some of that “stuck” sensation (not much), but that also means it offers nice pressure relief. Really what this comes down to is whether you want a lighter or denser feel to your mattress.
Like Nest, Loom & Leaf is available in two firmness options. The most popular is “Relaxed Firm,” which will be fine for all sleeping positions. And then there’s a “Firm” option, which is best for back and stomach sleepers.
Anytime you buy a bed online, interestingly enough, you should get free shipping, whether through FedEx, UPS, or a local carrier. Both Nest Bedding and Saatva (the company that owns Loom & Leaf) offer completely free shipping with all of their mattresses.
With Nest, the mattress will ship via FedEx and usually arrives within seven business days of you placing your order. It is a proper bed-in-a-box mattress, meaning it is fit (somehow) into a box for delivery. Once it arrives at your house, you just need to drag that sucker inside, tear off all of the packaging, and watch it inflate—it’s actually a pretty fun experience.
The only real downsides to the mattress-in-a-box concept are that the beds tend to take a while to decompress and they could have a “clean plastic” smell since they’re made with all-new materials and have been wrapped in plastic for several days. Even though the bed seems ready to go after just a few minutes, you should let it sit out for about 24 hours to fully inflate/decompress. It’s been tightly wound up for several days and the foams need time to return to their intended shape. Additionally, a plastic or chemical smell will often times accompany the mattress—this is normal and should go away within a week.
For the Loom & Leaf mattress, Saatva uses white glove delivery, which takes longer, but requires little to no effort on your part. All you have to do is set a delivery appointment, open your door, and tell the delivery folks where you’d like the mattress to be set up. You can even have them remove your old mattress at no extra charge (saves you a trip to the dump or the hassle of listing it on Craigslist)
Nest also offers white glove delivery, but it’s not the default option and it costs extra. That said, white glove delivery is particularly helpful if you’re not keen on setting up your new mattress.
In addition to free shipping, both brands also give you a trial period. You get 100 nights with Nest Bedding and 120 nights with Loom & Leaf. Because these mattresses are sold primarily online, the brands know that you haven’t had any time with the mattress. How can you be expected to make an educated decision if you haven’t even felt the mattress? As such, they allow you to sleep on their respective bed for 3+ months before you have to decide yay or nay.
During the trial period, you should take time to allow your body to adjust to be bed. It’s a completely new mattress and your body needs to get used to it. This is the reason that Nest Bedding requires you to sleep on the bed for a minimum of 30 nights before you consider returning or exchanging it.
And speaking of returns/exchanges, Nest Bedding offers completely free returns inside the trail window. All you do is call them up, let them know you want a refund, and schedule a pickup date. It really is that simple.
With Loom & Leaf (Saatva), returns are $99 since they incur more costs with delivery and pickup. For the record, while $99 is clearly not free, it’s still not bad considering many retailers charge $80+ just for exchanges, not even returns.
As for warranties, Nest backs all of their mattresses with a lifetime warranty and Saatva backs Loom & Leaf with a 15-year warranty. Just so you know, the average person replaces their mattress every 7-12 years, so you should be covered either way. You can read the full warranty on NestBedding.com and LoomandLeaf.com.
One last thing that’s worth mentioning with Nest Bedding is their lifetime comfort guarantee. This is a pretty neat system that we’ve only really ever seen from Nest and one other brand (that being WinkBed). This program allows you to purchase a discounted Nest mattress after your trial period expires. Basically, it’s for people that decide they want a firmer/softer/smaller/larger bed, but there’s no option to return their current mattress since the trial period has expired.
While that is all of the big stuff in terms of the comparison, there is a lot more to consider with these two mattresses and pretty much any other bed you are researching. Here are just a few other items that are worth noting with Nest Alexander and Loom & Leaf.
If you sleep with someone that’s forever waking up in the middle of the night to get a midnight snack, you’ll want a bed that’s good at isolating motion. Luckily for you, both Nest Alexander and Loom & Leaf are particularly efficient at limiting motion transfer. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that they’re both in the upper quadrant, among the best beds you can get for motion isolation.
We almost never advise that heavy people (i.e. individuals that weigh over 250 lb) buy an all-foam mattress. It’s not a comfort issue; it’s a long-term support issue. We usually recommend that heavy people try out spring or hybrid mattresses first. If, however, we had to choose two foam mattresses for heavy people to consider, as well, those would be Nest Alexander and Loom & Leaf. This is because they’re thick and clearly very well made. Most foam mattresses are 2-3 layers and are only 10” thick. These two beds, however, are over 12”.