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Nest Love and Sleep Mattress Review

Love & Sleep is a budget-tier mattress meant to compete with Tuft & Needle.

In this post, we’ll break down the Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress. We'll discuss who it is best for and not best for, as well as some of its more interesting design elements.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Budget shoppers
  • Those who want a neutral-foam feel
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Petite to medium body types

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • People that prefer a memory foam bed
  • Large body types
  • Strict side sleepers

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Nest Bedding is one of the more popular online mattress brands. They make numerous beds, but Love & Sleep is their budget mattress that’s designed to compete head-to-head with Tuft & Needle, Tulo, and a few others.

Like pretty much every other online mattress, Love & Sleep ships for free and is rolled up and compressed in a cardboard box. From there, all you do is cart the box inside and remove all of the packaging. The unboxing process is easy and actually pretty fun. Be sure to let your mattress decompress and air out for about 24-48 hours before sleeping on it.

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Unboxing and setting up the Nest Love & Sleep mattress

From date of delivery, Nest gives you a 100-night trial period to test out the mattress and see if it’s the best bed for you. Remember, it can take your body several weeks to adjust to the new mattress. If you decide that this isn’t the best bed for you and you don’t want to keep it, simply contact Nest Bedding for a complete refund and return. They will also send someone to retrieve your mattress, then remove it and try to donate it to a local charity in need—all for free.

If you love your Love & Sleep bed and decide to keep it, it will be covered by a lifetime warranty and lifetime comfort guarantee. You can read more about these on Nest’s website.

Love & Sleep Price and Coupon Code

While we wouldn’t consider Love & Sleep a luxury mattress, it’s clearly built to a higher standard than a lot of Amazon mattresses, for example. Not only is it manufactured in the United States, but it’s also thicker than a lot of foam beds (more on that below). We mention this because it’s all part of the reason that we think Love & Sleep is a really nice value. Here’s a pricing breakdown before you apply any discounts.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$399
Twin XL$429
Full$549
Queen$599
King / Cal King$749
Split King / Cal King$429/side

We’d consider Love & Sleep affordable as is, but Nest also runs promotions on the bed from time to time. You can check NestBedding.com to see current offers.

What is the Love & Sleep Mattress Made of?

Love & Sleep is an 11” mattress made entirely of foam. For the record, most all-foam beds are in the 9-10″ range. A few examples include Casper Essential and Leesa.

Love & Sleep starts with dense polyurethane foam, which acts as the foundation for the mattress. Next is a transition layer and then Energex foam, which sort of has the pressure relief of memory foam, but is a lot more responsive and doesn’t trap heat as much.

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Construction breakdown of the Love & Sleep mattress

All of the foams are made in the USA and are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’ve been tested by a credible 3rd party for any known harmful chemicals. Nest Bedding mattresses do not contain any flame retardant chemicals. Instead, they use hydrated silica as a fire barrier, which protects the entire mattress. In the event of a fire, this barrier melts onto itself and suffocates the oxygen needed for fire to burn.

The Love & Sleep mattress has also earned a Greenguard Gold Certification and NAAPA (National Association of Academic Psychiatric Administrators) Award.

Cover, Cleaning, and Care

Love & Sleep has a soft cover that incorporates a phase-change material, which helps with temperature regulation (more on this below).

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It’s rare to see a budget bed with a cooling cover

The cover is made of polyester-cotton blend material, and has a nice wavy pattern on it. It is non-removable, so if you have any accidents, just spot clean with some mild soap and warm water.

Nest also sells mattress protectors on their website that help to ward off stains and discoloration caused by the oil from your skin. Our only issue with mattress protectors is that they tend to change the firmness profile of the bed since you’re adding an extra waterproof layer. You can also check out mattress protectors on Amazon and other retailers.

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It’s a nice cover, but we wouldn’t consider it premium

Overall, we like the cover on the Love & Sleep mattress, but it does tend to snag easily. If you look closely in the image above, you can see the lint and snags. It’s not a big deal, but we thought it was worth mentioning since we haven’t really experienced this with many other mattresses.

Feel & Firmness

Unlike a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses, Love & Sleep is available in two different firmness levels: Medium and Firm. The Medium option is, unsurprisingly, in between a medium and medium-firm on the soft-to-firm spectrum. The Firm option is closer to a proper medium-firm.

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As for overall feel of the bed, it’s pretty neutral, but still very comfortable. It doesn’t feel like a memory foam mattress or a latex mattress. Rather, it just feels like a giant slab of softer foam. In other words, it has no distinct feel the way so many of these budget mattresses do.

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Quick to respond to pressure (i.e. no stuck-in-the-mud feeling)

It also responds quickly to pressure being applied and removed. This is important because it indicates that switching sleeping positions on the bed will take very little effort. A lot of memory foam beds will hold their shape and therefore require you to exert more energy to switch from your back to your side, for example. This can leave you feeling restless. The good news is Love & Sleep is highly responsive, so rotating positions shouldn’t be an issue for you at all.

Stomach and Back Sleepers

The Love & Sleep mattress is great for back and stomach sleepers. This is because it’s on the firmer side (especially if you opt for the Firm version), which helps to keep the spine in neutral alignment.

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Ideal for stomach (and back) sleepers

Keep in mind that softness/firmness is relative to your weight. The heavier an individual is, the more they sink into the mattress, so the softer the bed feels. The lighter an individual is, the more they lay on top of the mattress, making it feel firmer.

Side and Combo Sleepers

Love & Sleep is just fine for combo sleepers, especially if they stay predominantly on their back or stomach. Because the bed is so responsive, as mentioned previously, moving around is effortless.

nest bedding mattress review love and sleep combo sleepers and all sleeping positions

We can’t recommend Love & Sleep to strict side sleepers. It just doesn’t offer enough pressure relief under your shoulders and hips. To be fair, though, for anyone in the 250 lb zone, Love & Sleep will likely work if you plan to sleep on your side, it just wouldn’t be our first choice. If you’re a strict side sleeper, make sure to check out our Best Mattress for Side Sleepers list.

Is Nest Bedding Love & Sleep Good for Heavier People?

Eh, not really. In general, we only recommend heavy people look into hybrid/coil mattresses, as these tend to provide more long term support. That’s not a knock on Love & Sleep—it will certainly work for the right person. It’s just not a mattress for heavy people. It is designed for individuals weighing under 250 lb. If that’s you, Love & Sleep should be A-OK.

Nest actually does make several other mattresses that we would recommend for heavy people, however. These include the Nest Hybrid Latex, Nest Alexander Hybrid, and others.

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Does Nest Bedding Love & Sleep Sleep Hot?

We’d call it more temperature neutral. They have the “Thermic Phase Change Cooling Fabric” in their cover, which helps to dissipate body heat through the mattress. We think it works well enough to keep you from heating up excessively, but not enough to actually make it a cooling mattress.

Is It A Good Mattress for Couples?

Overall, we’d say this is a good bed for couples. The edge support is pretty good on this bed. This means when you and your partner share a full size bed and you’re constantly fighting over who gets to hog the middle, the other isn’t falling off the side onto the floor because the edge of the mattress can’t support them.

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Pretty good edge support for a budget foam mattress

The other reason that we say Love & Sleep is suitable for couples is that it’s fairly good at isolating motion. As you can see below, in our very scientific test, motion does transfer through the mattress, but not enough that we worry about light sleepers using this mattress.

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The Coors Light doesn’t lie

Part of the motion that you’re seeing in the clip above is due to the cover stretching and the actual bed frame itself moving. In reality, the bed is even better at isolating movement than the clip shows.

Nest Love & Sleep Review: Verdict

This is a solid mattress for the money, and the name is pretty fantastic, too. We’d specifically recommend this bed for back, stomach, and combination sleepers that want a neutral-feeling bed.

Review Team

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Jon Gomez

Side Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?

We were sent Love & Sleep by Nest Bedding so that we could review it. We retain complete control of our content, however, and do not accept payment for positive or negative reviews.

What can I put my Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress on?

Great question. We recommend mattresses be used on breathable foundations, which allows for proper airflow, which will help keep you cool and keep the mattress mold-free. Go for a bed frame with slats or ventilation boards that are 3-4” apart max. This will make sure your Nest Bedding bed meets warranty and comfort trial expectations.

Do I need to flip or rotate my Nest Bedding Love & Sleep mattress?

You do not need to flip your Love & Sleep mattress ever. It has a specific construction that is meant to go from bottom to top. Also, the cover is non-removable, so make sure the correct side is always up. We do recommend you rotate your mattress every 3-6 months to prevent sagging or permanent indentations.

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