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.
That’s the quick overview. However, as you will find out below, there is a lot more information you’ll want to consider. Keep reading to learn more about Loom & Leaf and the Nest Alexander Signature mattresses.
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.
Based on MSRP, both of these mattresses are priced about the same. You’re looking at around $1,600 for a queen size. With that said, Nest tends to be more aggressive with promo codes and sales. In most cases, you can expect to receive $200-$300 off the bed.
Loom & Leaf doesn’t run sales as frequently, but you will occasionally see the bed discounted by about $100. Be sure to locate the green discount boxes on your screen for current pricing and promotions for both brands.
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.
For those of you who don’t know, Nest Bedding also offers a Signature Hybrid mattress. Here’s a quick video that explains how it compares to Loom & Leaf.
We hope you found the video above helpful. In the sections below, we’ll go into more detail about Loom & Leaf in particular.
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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.