This is an in-depth, lengthy review of the Nest Alexander Hybrid mattress. So, in an attempt to make it easy to navigate, here’s a table of contents.
The Nest Alexander Hybrid is widely regarded as one of the best mattresses that you can buy online. It’s made in Phoenix, Arizona and will ship directly to you from that factory. In the video below we review both the Alexander Hybrid and Alexander Signature Series, as well as the other mattresses that Nest Bedding offers.
The Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid ships for free and arrives at your doorstep compressed and rolled up in a box. It usually arrives within 4-8 business days after you purchase online.
Once it arrives, you’ll move the box to your desired room and proceed to remove the plastic and unroll the bed. From there, you’ll want to give the bed around 24-72 hours to fully inflate before using. Truthfully, the setup process is hardly worth dwelling on since it takes about five to ten minutes if you have a partner. We actually think this whole bed-in-a-box concept is amazing—they can fit an entire king size mattress (that has coils) inside a small cardboard box.
If you don’t feel like setting up the bed yourself, you can request white glove delivery for an additional fee. Some companies offer white glove delivery standard, but we don’t see it as a negative that Nest Bedding doesn’t. In fact, white glove delivery takes longer typically, so if you look at it from a glass-half-full perspective, you’re getting your mattress a few days sooner through their current delivery process.
Like most other bed-in-a-box companies, Nest Bedding offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. Basically, they’re giving you three months and some change to decide whether you truly like the mattress. If, after 30 days, you decide the mattress isn’t for you, no problem, just give customer service a call and they’ll take care of everything. You can either exchange the mattress for another Nest Bedding model or get a refund.
If you decide to go the refund route, the company will arrange for the mattress to be picked up and donated to a local charity. You’ll just have to provide proof that the bed has indeed been picked up and the company will issue you a full refund. Fairly painless, right? We think it’s borderline absurd (in a good way) that they offer free returns. Apparently, they’re so confident you’ll love the bed that they’re willing to put up with, and pay for, returns. We’ve seen stats from other companies boasting that over 90% of people end up keeping their new bed. We imagine Nest Bedding has a similar return rate, if not a lower one.
What’s different about Nest compared to other online bedding companies is that they back their mattresses with a lifetime warranty. That’s pretty unusual. You can read more about what the lifetime warranty entails on the company’s website.
In addition to the lifetime warranty, Nest Bedding also offers what they call a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee, which is pretty unique. Basically, once the trial period expires, if you suddenly decide you don’t like the Nest Hybrid, the company allows you to exchange the bed for a firmer, softer, larger, or smaller model. You can read more about the comfort guarantee on the company’s website.
Nest Bedding offers several other mattresses in addition to the Signature Hybrid. If you’re on a budget, the Nest Love & Sleep mattress is a great option. This is an all-foam bed that has a soft, neutral-foam feel. If you’re into latex foam, the company offers two different models to choose from. There’s a Nest Latex Hybrid option and an All-Foam Latex option. Lastly, the company offers the Nest Alexander Signature Series mattress, which is similar to the Signature Hybrid except it’s made entirely of foam. Having said all of that, the Alexander Hybrid is their flagship mattress, and it is the most popular in their current lineup.
The Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid is priced about average for the online mattress industry. Considering the high-quality construction of the bed, we think it’s an absolute steal. In fact, we even put it on our Best Mattresses For The Money list. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$1,499|
|Split King / Cal King||$1,799|
We have some more good news for you. Nest Bedding is very aggressive when it comes to coupon codes and promo codes to make their products even more affordable. They’re almost always running some sort of promotion. Check the box on the right to see what kind of discount you can snag. Typically, after discount, the queen size bed drops down to about $1,100. Again, we consider that an absolute steal.
We make sure to bring up the weight subject in every review, comparison, and buyer guide we publish. That’s because your weight and body type play a huge role in how a mattress feels. Generally speaking, heavier folks (250+ lb) will feel like most beds are quite soft. Big folks exert more force on a bed and as a result feel more of the soft top layers.
On the flip side, lighter people (150 lb or less) usually feel like most beds are quite firm. They exert less pressure and sleep more on top of the mattress.
In our reviews, we generally write through the body of an average sized person, but we will take time to reference all body types. Still, it’s important you keep your weight in mind as you progress through this review.
Just so you know, the Medium model is the most popular and is the one we’ve spent the most time on, though, we have also tested the Plush and Luxury Firm. We should also note that the split options are a fantastic idea that, we think, make this mattress that much more appealing.
The Nest Signature Hybrid is comprised of a combination of materials and totals 13.5″ thick. The bed starts with a layer of 8″ pocketed support coils. This gives the mattress a durable, strong foundation. On top of the coils is a 1″ layer of support foam. This layer simply serves as a transition from the coils below.
The next layer changes depending on which firmness option you select. The Medium option uses a 1.5″ layer of 3.5 pound copper infused Energex foam. The Plush option uses a 1.5″ layer of 2.5 pound Energex foam. The Luxury Firm option uses a 1.5″ layer of 4.5 pound memory foam. As you may have noticed, the primary difference between the three comes down to the density of the 1.5″ layer.
Next is a 1.5″ layer of what the company calls its TitanChill Endurance Foam. This is a proprietary foam.
Finally, on top Nest uses a 1.5″ layer of gel-infused memory foam. This acts the comfort layer for the mattress and a little foreshadowing here… it works. This bed is one of the most comfortable beds on the market.
The Signature Hybrid has a non-removable, soft quilted cover that uses a thermic phase change cooling fabric. The cover is very comfortable and gives the mattress a premium look.
Most covers on online mattresses are removable, but there are very few that are actually machine washable. As such, it’s really not a big deal that the cover on the Nest Hybrid is non-removable.
If you happen to spill something, you’ll just have to spot clean the cover with a mild detergent and some water. If you’re really concerned about keeping the cover clean, you could always look into one of Nest’s Mattress Protectors. Alternatively, you could also check out popular mattress protectors on Amazon.Keep in mind that protectors generally hinder airflow a little.
Due to the top layer, the Nest Alexander Hybrid has a slight memory foam feel, but it’s not overwhelming at all. In actuality, it’s more of a soft, pillow top feel. A couple of The Slumber Yard team members like to say it’s like laying on a mountain of soft, comfy pillows.
It seems like almost everyone that tries this bed absolutely loves it. People who generally like the feel of memory foam dig it and folks who like more of a neutral-foam feel enjoy it, as well. It’s really one of the few mattresses out there that satisfies most material preferences (unless you like latex).
More good news—the bed is actually quite responsive. You wouldn’t think so given the memory foam top layer, but the mattress actually snaps back to position almost immediately after pressure is released (the coils help here giving the bed some bounce). This means active sleepers who tend to move around a lot will find it quite easy to switch between positions.
In terms of firmness, it’s going to depend on which option you select. We think the Medium option sort of straddles medium-soft and medium. The Plush option is obviously a little softer, while the Luxury Firm option lands around a medium-firm on the firmness scale.
All in all, it’s nice that Nest offers various firmness levels. This means every type of sleeper will be able to find a mattress that best suits their particular sleeping habits. Speaking of different sleeper types, let’s go ahead and address that topic next.
Yes, actually double yes because side sleepers really can’t go wrong with either the Plush or Medium options. Both of these models provide ample pressure relief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side.
In fact, the Nest Signature Hybrid even made our list for the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers. We’d recommend petite side sleepers go with the Plush option and average and heavy side sleepers go with the Medium option.
Yes, but really we’d only recommend the Luxury Firm option for strict back and stomach sleepers. These type of sleepers need a good amount of support and the Luxury Firm model will provide just that.
Don’t let the word “firm” scare you away, though. The Luxury Firm option is still extremely comfortable. Back and stomach sleepers will just sleep more on top of this model to ensure your spine is always in proper alignment.
We’d recommend combination sleepers go with either the Medium or Luxury Firm options, depending on your weight. If you’re a lighter person, the Medium option is preferable. If you’re a big dog, the Luxury Firm option would be better.
Regardless of your weight, combo sleepers will find the Nest Signature Hybrid very accommodating in all positions. Not only is the bed very comfortable, but it also finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief.
People with a medium or petite build will find the Nest Hybrid extremely comfortable. We’d say if you’re a petite or medium sized person, go with either the Plush or Medium options. If you’re a primary back sleeper, though, you may also think about going with the Luxury Firm option for a little more support.
Alternatively, small sleepers may also want to check out the Nest Alexander Signature Series mattress. This Nest Bedding model doesn’t contain coils, but it’s still a thick, supportive mattress.
We generally steer heavy folks towards thick beds that contain coils and the Nest Hybrid definitely fits the bill. We like hybrid and innerspring beds for big folks because coils give the mattress a lot of bi-directional support.
This means the coils not only compress, but also push back up against pressure. All-foam beds just don’t provide the same type of support. A coil mattress construction is just better suited to handle the weight heavy people exert on their mattress.
With that said, we’d recommend big sleepers go with the Luxury Firm model. Folks that weigh over 250 lb might find themselves sinking a bit too far down into the Plush and Medium options.
We wouldn’t go as far as saying this bed sleeps cool. Although the company likes to play up the cooling fibers in the cover, we think this mattress sleeps temperature neutral.
Rather, external factors such as what climate you live, what kind of sheets you use, and how often you turn on your air conditioner will play more of a role in determining how cool or warm you sleep. However, if you’re a big person and you choose the Medium or Plush option, you may find yourself warming up during the night since you’ll sink into the mattress a bit more and the top layers will sort of hug you.
Yes. Actually, we would consider this one of the best mattresses for couples, especially since Nest made some updates to it. In early 2019, Nest made the cover removable and added split firmness options. That’s not to be confused with a split king or split California king where you end up with two different mattresses; the new system allows Nest to offer two different firmness options inside the same mattress (i.e. Plush/Medium or Medium/Luxury Firm). We actually prefer it this way so that you’re not simply pushing two twin XL mattresses together.
The bed also provides pretty solid edge support. As you roll over towards the side, there’s really not much compression at all and you never feel as if you’re going to slide right off the mattress.
This is an important topic for partners who share a smaller size mattress and prefer not to cuddle. A bed with good edge support means there is more useful surface area for partners to spread out and get comfortable.
Next, the Alexander Hybrid does a decent job of deadening movement. It’s not the best mattress we’ve ever tested in terms of motion isolation, but it’s certainly not the worst either.
Generally, all-foam beds do a better job in this regard because they don’t get the bounce from the coils, but the Nest Hybrid still does a good enough job, so it’s not an issue.
Motion isolation is important for couples in which one partner (or both) tends to toss and turn or get up a lot during the night. No one wants to be jostled awake every time their partner moves, so the better a bed deadens movement, the more restful night’s sleep you and your partner will get.
Overall, we really like the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid. It’s universally loved by all of our team members. In fact, Slumber Yard team member Owen liked it so much, he requested we bring it to his house so him and his girlfriend could sleep on it every night. All in all, it’s just a premium, very comfortable mattress that sports a very reasonable price tag.
How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?
|Nest Bedding sent the Alexander Hybrid to the Slumber Team for free. However, we are under no obligation to provide a favorable review of the product. We retain full editorial control over the content we produce. We review products independently and have not received any monetary compensation from Nest Bedding to write this post.|
Do I need a special foundation for the Nest Alexander Hybrid?
|The Nest Hybrid mattress should work with most existing adjustable bases, slatted frame, box springs, and foundations. Just make sure your existing frame can support the weight of your new mattress.|
Does Nest Bedding ship to Alaska and Hawaii?
|Yes, but they charge an additional fee. They also ship internationally through a third party vendor. This, unfortunately, is the case with most of the beds we've reviewed—free shipping excluding Hawaii and Alaska.|
Can I test the Nest Alexander Hybrid before buying?
|The company offers a 100-night risk-free trial period if you buy online. Alternatively, you could also visit one of their showrooms that are located across the United States. They have showrooms is Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Miami (coming soon). You won't actually be purchasing the bed at one of these showrooms, but rather testing them out to see if you like them. You will still be purchasing online.|