Before we dive into the details, here’s an overview video that discusses all Nest Bedding mattresses, including, of course, the Alexander Signature Series.
I know we covered a lot in that video and didn’t solely focus on the Alexander Signature Series, so below is a full review with even more details.
If you buy a mattress online you should expect four things at minimum. The first thing is free shipping. Some brands ship their mattress inside a box via FedEx or UPS, others use white glove delivery through regional carriers.
Nest Bedding does both. By default, they offer free shipping via FedEx with all of their mattresses. The entire process takes about a week, which is actually remarkably quick considering they’re shipping an entire mattress to you. As you might have expected, the mattress will show up compressed inside of a box.
If you want white glove delivery, you can request it, but it costs more since it’s more expensive to use a regional delivery firm than it is to use FedEx. White glove delivery basically means that someone will not only deliver the bed to your house, but will also set it up for you, remove the packaging, and sometimes even dispose of your old mattress. You can check Nest’s website for more details regarding white glove delivery.
The second thing that you’ll get with any bed-in-a-box mattress is a trial period. After all, how are you supposed to say yay or nay if you haven’t felt, seen, or even laid on the mattress before?
Like Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and a lot of the other mattresses we’ve reviewed, the Nest Alexander Signature Series comes with a 100-night trial period. There is a little wrinkle that you should be aware of, though. For the record, this is not uncommon. Nest requires that you test out the bed for at least 30 nights before you request a return. After the first month, you can exchange or return the bed for free. They will even send an individual to your house to pick up the bed, and that is at no extra cost to you.
If you’re happy with the Alexander Signature Series and want to keep it, Nest backs this mattress, and all of their beds, with a lifetime warranty.
They also offer a lifetime comfort guarantee, which serves as extra protection against buyer’s remorse. Nest basically says that you can buy a new mattress at a discounted rate if—at any point after the trial period—you’re not happy with your current Nest mattress. So, if you want a firmer or softer bed, you can get one. If you want a king size, but you currently have a queen size, you can get one. It’s a pretty neat policy and, to my knowledge, we’ve really only seen one other company (that being WinkBed) that also offers the comfort guarantee.
If price is your only concern, this mattress isn’t for you. We think it’s a nice value, but it’s not the cheapest bed on the market. And that’s where I lost 95% of the college students. Here’s a pricing breakdown for the Alexander Signature Series mattress.
|King / Cal King||$1,399|
|Split King / Cal King||$999/side|
One interesting thing about Nest is that even though they’re a premium, luxury brand, they still offer discounts fairly regularly. They’re not like Saatva or Purple that outright refuse to offer mattress coupons or deals. As such—and as you might have guessed—they offer their best deals during major US holidays. Usually during these big sales events (July 4th, Black Friday, etc.) they’ll give a discount plus throw in sheets or a pillow. You click here to see current offers on Nest’s website. We also should have an evergreen coupon on this page that will work year-round for you.
Before we go through the details of what’s inside the mattress, we need to acknowledge that in early 2019 the bed was revamped to make it two-sided and flippable. If you look closely in the image below you can even see that the top is labeled “Medium” and the bottom is labeled “Firm.”
We think this absolutely was a smart idea by Nest Bedding, as it allows consumers to test two mattresses in one and made the bed that much more interesting.
The bed has four core layers of foam and two quilted covers (top and bottom), in total making Nest Alexander 13″ thick. The bottom is a dense layer of support foam. Next is a 3″ transition layer, 2″ of Energex Foam, and 1″ of gel memory foam. The cover is made of organic cotton and is quilted, which gives it a premium, I-can’t-wait-lay-on-this-bed look.
All of the foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which, in a nutshell, means they’re safe to be around and lay on. This particular mattress is made in Phoenix, AZ at the same facility where Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are manufactured.
To be honest, the bed does actually look a cut above most foam beds, especially the cheap ones like Lucid or Cocoon Classic. It has the quilted cover, stitched perimeter, handles, and little details that a lot of other beds will omit. The Nest Alexander really does belong in that upper tier with the Simmons Beautyrest Black and other beds that typically over $2,000.
While this technically is a memory foam mattress, it doesn’t really have much of a memory foam feel, although it used to in prior generations. Overall, it has more of a soft, yet supportive feel to it with perhaps a hint of memory foam on the “Medium” side. The “Firm” side has a general, firm foam feel.
You end up sleeping more on top of the bed, and eventually the foams contour to the shape of your body. On the “Medium” side in particular you will end up nestling into the bed a little. We find it to be extremely comfortable.
The bed responds quickly to pressure, and, as a result, we’d actually put it in the upper quartile in terms of responsiveness for memory foam beds. You still get ample pressure relief and the foams are really comfortable, but it’s not like sleeping on a latex or innerspring mattress where they feel bouncy.
This depends on which side of the mattress you want to sleep on. Remember, the top is designated as “Medium” and the bottom, “Firm,” so that you can choose whichever you think is better for you. Here’s a breakdown of where we think the Alexander mattress falls on the soft/firm spectrum.
Softness/firmness also fluctuates person to person, which is why we show it on a spectrum. The heavier you are, the softer beds will feel. Conversely, the lighter you are, the firmer beds will feel.
You should be just fine with this bed if you’re a strict back or stomach sleeper. The foams do a nice job of filling the space under the small of your back. In fact, we actually think both sides are just fine for back and stomach sleepers, though, if you are looking for a firmer mattress, clearly, you’ll want to test the “Firm” side first.
The foams contour to the shape of your body, but doesn’t give so much that you feel unsupported.
Side sleepers will definitely want to stick to the “Medium” side. That offers a lot more pressure relief and will be more comfortable for you.
A mattress for side sleepers needs enough pressure relief that you don’t experience pain in your shoulders or hips when you wake up in the morning. It still has to be supportive, though, so you’re looking for a nice balance there—which we think this mattress has.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind that all mattresses will soften over time. As such, if you first experience the “Medium” side to be too firm, rest assured that it will soften, so don’t jump the gun making your final decision.
This is what we call a combo sleeper. Typically, combo sleepers will have a dominant sleeping position, so choosing a mattress is mostly about catering to that dominant position.
If you’re 80% a side sleeper, you’ll want a softer bed and therefore the “Medium” side makes more sense. If you’re 80% a back sleeper, you’ll want to first look at the Luxury Firm side, or as the bed states, the “Firm” side.
Of course, this is all relative. If you’re 80% a back sleeper, but you weigh 100 lb (like Slumber Yard team member Kaite Kale), the “Medium” option is the way to go. So just know that you need to do a little internal calculus before you crown a winner.
For most people, we think the Signature Series mattress will be a great option, but if you want a coil mattress we’d say check out the Nest Alexander Hybrid mattress, which is the company’s most popular bed.
In general, we do not recommend individuals over 250 lb go with all-foam beds, especially the budget ones like Tuft & Needle or Casper Essential. They simply do not have the support that a heavier person requires. With the Nest Alexander Signature Series, however, our rule falls apart a little bit. It’s more of a proceed-with-caution situation.
It’s not our favorite mattress for obese or heavy people, but at 12.5” thick it is a much better alternative than a lot of beds. One mattress that Nest makes that we actually quite like for heavier people is their Hybrid Latex mattress, which combines durable/resilient latex foam with steel coils. Still, we’d much rather you choose Nest Alexander than a lot of memory foam beds on the market right now.
Despite the fact that Nest Bedding uses several breathable materials in the cover and foams, the bed sleeps overall more neutral now that they’ve made some upgrades in the past few years. It is important to note that temperature regulation isn’t just affected by the materials of the bed—there are other factors at play as well.
The firmness level is an important element that is often overlooked. The firmer the bed, the cooler you’ll sleep because you will stay more on top of it versus sink into it. All this is to say that Nest Alexander is not the best cooling mattress, but you can’t outright claim that it sleeps hot. Let’s put it this way: if you told us that you wake up sweating in the middle of the night and wanted a cool-sleeping bed, we would not direct you to this mattress, or most out there. There are very few proper cooling beds on the market since only about 20% of people “sleep hot at night.” That’s according to a survey we ran that involved about 800 people. We think the vast majority of people will be A-OK with the Nest Alexander Signature Series mattress.
A little known, but important, factor to consider when getting a new mattress is edge support. If your mattress is soft and unsupportive along the edges, there’s a chance that it will leave you feeling as if you’re about to roll off of the bed.
If it’s just you sleeping on the mattress, edge support isn’t much of a problem since you have the entire bed to sprawl out on. But if you’re sharing your mattress, that’s where edge support becomes worth investigating more closely. On a smaller mattress such as a full size, the available sleeping surface is limited. As such, you’ll want to be able to use the entire mattress, even the edges, to sleep on.
Unfortunately, Nest Alexander doesn’t have great edge support, on either side. We were expecting it to have well-above-average edge support, but in reality it’s not very good. It’s similar to any softer foam mattress—definitely not a highlight for this bed.
This will be more important for couples, particularly if one partner is a light sleeper. Fortunately, a lot of these modern mattresses are surprisingly good at limiting motion transfer. And since Nest Alexander uses a good amount of softer foams, it’s highly efficient at isolating motion.
If you just look at the video above, you’ll notice there’s very little movement traveling through the mattress—and this is an extreme example. If you were to just roll around on the bed (as an active sleeper would), there would be far less motion transferring.
If you want a luxury foam mattress, it truly is hard to do any better than Nest Alexander. It really is a nice blend of a number of factors. It’s durable, comfortable, well made, and comes with two firmness levels. It’s not for everyone, but we think there will be quite a few people that will love this mattress. The biggest downside is really just the edge support.
There are three major differences between the Signature and Hybrid models. Firstly, the support core is different. The Signature Series has dense foam and the hybrid model has pocketed coils. As a result, the Hybrid would be our pick of the two for heavier individuals. It will also be the bouncier, more responsive bed.
Second, the Hybrid model is available in three different firmness levels—including a Plush model—while the Signature Series only has the two firmness options. As such, if you want a softer bed, the “Medium” and “Plush” versions for the Hybrid are wonderful options. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper, you can choose either the Signature Series or the Hybrid model since both of them offer firm versions.
And third, they feel somewhat different. For instance, the Signature Series feels more like a general soft foam bed while the Hybrid model has a pillow top type feel. If you want a soft-foam feel, go with the Signature Series, but if you want to nestle into your bed, the Hybrid is the way to go. We’ve included the Hybrid model on numerous best lists because we think it’s one of the nicest mattresses that you can buy online.
How did the Slumber Yard get the Nest Alexander Signature Series mattress?
|It was sent to us by Nest Bedding so that we could review it and publish our thoughts. Per usual, we did not accept any money to say good/bad things about the bed. We review products independently and without the input from Nest or other brands.|
Does Nest Bedding sell their products in stores?
|Yes. They actually have numerous showrooms in the United States. They have Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and more.|
Does Nest Bedding sell any latex mattresses?
|Yes. We’ve actually posted reviews of two Nest latex mattresses.|
Why does Nest Bedding have a minimum 30-day trial period before they accept returns?
|There are a number of reasons. First, your body needs time to adjust to a new mattress. Second, they don’t want people rushing to decisions. And third, they probably have data that suggests that this minimum trial period will cut down on the return rates of their mattresses. That’s just speculation, but it seems to make sense.|
Where are Nest Bedding products manufactured?
|They are made in the United States.|
How do you clean this mattress?
|It doesn’t have a removable cover, which means you should spot clean as necessary or get a mattress protector. We aren't huge fans of mattress protectors, though, we understand why you might want one. Mattress protectors can actively fight against the risk of stains, but it also can make a bed feel firmer and (somewhat) harsher. For most adults, we think the spot-clean option will be just fine, unless you're really concerned with keep the bed 100% free of stains.|
What other products does Nest Bedding make?
|In addition to the Alexander Signature Series mattress, they have Love & Sleep (their budget bed), Alexander Hybrid (their coil pillow top bed), Hybrid Latex (their natural/organic option), and a few others. Even more, they sell multiple different sheet sets, duvets, comforters, mattress toppers, pillows, and bed frames. They sell so many different products that it's hard to list them all here.|