Nest Alexander Hybrid Mattress Review

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The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress combines a spring layer on the bottom with a memory foam layer up top, but is this mattress really the best of both worlds? Find out in our review.

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Note: Nest Bedding is a mattress company that primarily sells its beds online, though it does have a handful of showrooms. Here we review the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed, a mattress with memory foam on top of a layer of pocketed coils. We have also reviewed the Alexander Signature memory foam bed, the Nest Love & Sleep mattress, their entry level foam mattress, and the Nest Latex Hybrid bed, a latex-over-pocketed-coil mattress.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

Mattress Type

Gel Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (queen)

$1,199

Delivery

Free delivery

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund

Warranty

Lifetime warranty. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

13.5 inches

Weight (Queen)

100 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or side sleeper
  • Are a heavier person (over 200 lbs.)
  • Are sensitive to a partner’s movements
  • Prefer a firmer mattress
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a stomach sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Want a removable cover

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Slightly shallower than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
6 Quicker responding than memory foam beds

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 9

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 8 Good among foam beds
Edge Support 9 Excellent
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 6  Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 7 Good value compared to stores

 Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

Overview: Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

Last Updated: July 2018

The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is a 13.5”, five-layer mattress. The mattress is built upon a support layer of 8 inches of pocked steel coils; these are different from traditional innerspring in that they are not connected to each other; each coil compresses independently. Three foam layers top the coils, including a 1.5” layer of gel memory foam infused with copper, topping it off with a plush pillow top cover.

The Alexander Hybrid by Nest Bedding comes in three comfort levels. We tested the Medium version, but it’s also available in softer Plush and firmer Luxury Firm. Overall, this mattress felt very much like a high-end mattress store bed, and its memory foam on coil construction is very popular right now among the major store brands.

If you like to sit on the side of your bed, or lay right on the edge, the Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress is an excellent choice. Our tester felt very stable and supported in both positions. If you have kids or pets that tend to push you towards sleeping right on the edge, this Nest mattress deserves consideration.

The Alexander Hybrid bed also performed well in terms of motion isolation. While not quite is as good as an all-foam bed, we found it better than typical innerspring mattress at not translating movement from one side of the bed to the other.

The company offers a 100-day trial period, giving you a good measure of peace of mind. And if you prefer to try before you buy, Nest does have about a dozen showrooms, mainly in California and Arizona (Nest Bedding store locator).

If you like a mattress with some bounce, you’ll like this Nest mattress. And even though our tester bounced when he plopped on the bed, the mattress’s good motion isolation meant that his partner would not be overly disturbed. For those who tend to sleep hot, this mattress is also a compelling choice; its pocked coil support layer naturally allows for greater air flow than an all-foam mattress. And its memory foam layer includes both gel flecks and copper, both heat conductors that can help channel heat from the body.

On the other hand, the value proposition of the Alexander Hybrid mattress is harder to prove. It’s quality and construction, we felt, was similar to something you would find in a mattress store, but at $1,199 for a queen size bed, it probably does not represent a huge savings over similar mattress store models. (Compare pricing for all sizes on the company website.)

While we found back support, spinal alignment and pressure relief to be very good in our evaluations, we did question whether much lighter individuals than our tester would experience the same excellent support that we did.

Note that the Nest mattress does not come with a box spring or foundation. You can place the Alexander Hybrid mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. Nest sells its own bed frames, but they are not required purchases. Free shipping is included, though in-home setup costs extra.

Overall, the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress performed very well in our testing and evaluations. We judged construction to be of excellent quality and would not have major concerns about longevity or durability.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Gel Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  13.5"

Mattress Weight:  100 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is a 13.5″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1.5” quilted pillow top/cover
  • 1.5” polyurethane foam comfort layer
  • 1.5” gel memory foam comfort layer, infused with copper, 3.6-lb. density
  • 1” polyurethane transition foam in 1.8-lb. density
  • 8” pocketed steel coils

The Alexander Signature Hybrid by Nest Bedding is just that, with some features of a memory foam mattress, coupled with some features of a traditional spring/coil mattress. The quilted pillow top also adds padding and loft to the bed. Not that the cover is part of the bed rather than a zippered cover.

 Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Layers

Cover

The five layers of the Alexander Signature mattress are wrapped in a very plush quilted pillow top and cover. It isn’t removable, so the cover is an integrated part of the mattress. The quilted layer is infused with some gel to help channel heat, and it’s partly made with phase-change fabric, intended to feel cool to the touch.

Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress cover 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress comes in three versions: Plush, Medium and Luxury Firm. We tested the Medium version and found that it felt just to the firm side of medium for us. Compare firmness of all Nest mattresses on their website.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium Firm

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. We found the Alexander Signature Hybrid from Nest to have a bit less than average cushioning, and our tester felt buoyant and floaty on the mattress. Keep in mind that we tested the Medium version of this bed. It also comes in a Luxury Firm version, which we would assume has even less cushioning, as well as a Plush version, which would likely be softer.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Slightly shallower than average cushioning

 Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Cushioning

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid bed does have some memory foam, but it’s just 1.5 inches, and is a fairly quick responding memory foam. That means that there’s not that much of that slow recovering memory foam feel that we see in beds with more memory foam. And because of the coils below, this mattress is quite bouncy. While it contains foam, it really felt more to us like a traditional innerspring mattress.  

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
6 Quicker responding than memory foam mattresses

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress from Nest Bedding afforded very good back support and spinal alignment particularly for back and side sleepers of average size or heavier. We did question whether lighter individuals would be heavy enough to sink enough into the mattress (particularly in the side sleeping position) to achieve that neutral spine position that’s the gold standard.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Alexander Hybrid mattress from Nest:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 9

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a good neutral spine. We feel that sleepers of a wide weight range would have a similar experience. We felt that sleepers of a wide range of sizes and weights would have a similar experience, even those significantly heavier, owing to the supportive coils below.

Side Sleepers:

In our evaluation, side sleepers would also be well supported by the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed. Our 200 lb. tester’s hips and shoulders sank into the bed just enough to create a neutral spinal position. We also felt that average to heavier people would be very supported while side sleeping.

Overall, if you sleep primarily on your back and side, like the majority of people, then we think the Nest bed will suit you very well.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by this Nest mattress to be excellent. This was surprising to us since it only contains 1.5 inches of memory foam. Our tester had no issues with pressure points, and we don’t think many people would have trouble with this.

Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Back Support 

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

Motion isolation was a highlight in our testing. We felt that the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed would be an excellent choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed. Movements on one side of the bed were barely perceptible on the other, something that is sometimes an issue with spring or coil mattresses. In this case, we felt the Nest mattress’s pocketed coils did a very good job working in isolation so that a movements on one side of the bed would not be felt on the other.

Motion Isolation
9 /10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress will feel hot. Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, but in the case of the Alexander Signature bed, there’s only 1.5” of memory foam. Furthermore that foam layer is infused with copper in addition to gel, and both are proven heat conductors.

Spring and coil mattresses in general will naturally provide greater air flow than foam.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, we think the Alexander Hybrid would be a good choice, especially if you don’t want a mattress that’s entirely springs or coils.

Stays "Cool" Rating
8 /10 Good among foam beds

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Edge support is important if you like to sit on the side of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. With the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress, our tester felt very stable sitting on the side of the bed.

When laying on the very edge of the bed, our tester also felt very stable, and did not feel like he was leaning or rolling off the bed at all. If your pets or kids tend to push you towards the side of the bed, we think the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed is worth consideration.

Edge Support Rating
9 /10 Excellent

Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Edge Support 

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. We found the Alexander Hybrid bed to really shine in this area. Our tester had not trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position. The mattress’s shallower cushioning, along with it’s quicker-responding memory foam likely contributed. If ease of movement is an important priority for you, we thought the Alexander Hybrid was excellent in this regard.

Repositioning Rating
10 /10 Exceptional

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.

Nest Bedding does make some natural mattresses, but the Alexander Hybrid isn’t one of them. While the foams are all synthetic, they are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

And steel coils are not known for issues with off-gassing at all. More information on the bed's construction materials can be found on the Alexander Signature Series page.

Green Rating
6 /10 Does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

While we did not test the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress on an adjustable base, but the company says that an appropriate frame will not harm the mattress.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
8 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.


Size Dimensions Mattress Foundation GoodBed Discount
Twin 39" x 75" x 13.5" $799 $344 $150 off
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 13.5" $899 $354 $150 off
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 13.5" $1,099 $364 $150 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 13.5" $1,199 $374 $150 off
King 76" x 80" x 13.5" $1,499 $424 $150 off
California King 72" x 84" x 13.5" $1,499 $424 $150 off

 

What You’re Getting

The Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress from Nest Bedding is a 13.5” mattress that combines supportive pocketed coils with the softness of foam and memory foam. It’s a type of construction that’s very popular today among the major store brands, and it compares well to something you might see in a mattress or furniture store.

Nest does include a couple of surprises with this hybrid mattress intended to help regulate heat. The memory foam layer is infused with copper in addition to gel, both being good conductors of heat. And the pillow top on the mattress includes phase-changing fabric, meaning it’s intended to feel cool to the touch.

In our time testing the Nest bed, we found it to be sturdy and well made. It’s also worth noting that user reviews for Nest Bedding on GoodBed are some of the highest satisfaction ratings we’ve seen for any brand.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we can use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Alexander Hybrid bed, the 3.6-lb. density of the memory foam is certainly not the highest, but it’s similar to the foams used by the major mattress manufacturers. Steel coils, on the other hand, have long been used in mattress and have a very good reputation for longevity and durability.

Taken all together, we think the Alexander Signature Hybrid will hold up well over time, and we would not have serious concerns.

 

Overall Value

We were a little mixed on the value of this mattress. It’s price is similar to other online mattresses, but it’s a fairly common construction, and not made with high end foams or natural materials. We do think it compares well to what you would find today in traditional mattress stores, and the Nest bed’s price is likely lower than a comparable mattress you’ll find in a store. Overall, if you are drawn to the idea of a hybrid bed, that combines aspects of foam mattresses with that of coils, then we do think the Alexander Signature Hybrid represents a good value.

And if you prefer to try a mattress in a store, Nest does have a handful of showrooms, primarily in California and Arizona so you can try before you buy. Otherwise, take comfort that the company offers a 100-night trial, and if you’re not happy for any reason after trying the mattress, you can get a full refund.

Value Rating
7 /10 Good value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

Nest Bedding includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Delivery is by common carrier like FedEx, who will deliver the box to your door. Nest does offer an in-home setup at extra cost, calculated depending on where you live.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund

Nest offers buyers a 100-day trial period, and urges buyers to give the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Upon proof of donation to charity, the company will refund your money. It’s up to you to find a charity that will accept the mattress. See: Nest returns policy.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Nest Bedding has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

This warranty extends to the original owner for as long as they own the mattress and assumes it has been placed upon an appropriate foundation. See: Nest Bedding warranty policy.

 

Summary: Is the Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Right for You?

The Alexander Hybrid from Nest Bedding is a traditional-feeling mattress with some extras. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluations

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or side sleeper
  • Are a heavier person (over 200 lbs.)
  • Are sensitive to a partner’s movements
  • Prefer a firmer mattress
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a stomach sleeper
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner repositioning
  • Want a removeable cover

 

Is the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress? Visit NestBedding.com.

 

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