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Nest Natural Hybrid Latex Mattress (2020) Review

Last updated on March 24, 2020

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The Nest Hybrid Latex bed combines a pocketed-coil support layer with a 3" top layer of natural latex for an interesting combination we don't often see. But does "hybrid" mean "compromise?"

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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 Nest Hybrid Latex mattress, a latex over pocketed coils bed. We have also reviewed the Alexander Signature Hybrid bed, a mattress with memory foam on top of a layer of pocketed coils, and the Nest Love & Sleep mattress, their entry level foam mattress.

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

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Nest Hybrid Latex a Good Mattress?

The Nest Latex Hybrid mattress combines a pocketed coil support layer with three inches of natural latex (a blend of natural rubber and synthetic materials) as the comfort layer. Altogether, the mattress measures about 12.5" in height. The combination of latex and coils is not one we see very often, and we were excited to put it through our tests.

The Nest Hybrid Latex has some interesting available options. Though it has a good amount of eco-friendly materials, it is not 100% natural or organic. (Nest does sell a Certified Organic Latex Hybrid mattress for roughly twice the cost). The wool and cotton cover of the mattress unzips to give access to the latex layer, which can be replaced down the road if your preferences change. You can also order this mattress (king size only) as a dual-comfort model, meaning you can specify one side as medium and the other side as plush, just as an example. That's an interesting option if two partners have very different needs and preferences in terms of softness -- and choosing that option costs the same as a single softness option.

The mattress comes in three softness choices: Plush, Medium, and Firm. We tested the Medium version, which the company says is most popular. On our scale, we found this mattress to be more of a medium-soft, just to the softer side of what we would call medium. In our tests, we thought it would be an excellent choice a wide range of individuals. Back support in all sleeping positions was excellent, in our tests, especially for lighter-weight people (less than about 200 lbs.) but was still good overall (we'd advise those on the higher end of the scale to check out the firm version of the mattress).

Pressure relief across the board was also a highlight in our evaluations.

From a features perspective, the Nest Hybrid Latex performed well in just about all our tests for motion isolation, edge support, ease of repositioning, and adjustable base compatibility. And if you tend to sleep in a lot of positions, our tester found changing from one position to another almost effortless.

If you are interested in a latex bed, green and eco-friendly features may be of importance to you. The Next Latex Hybrid certainly has more natural materials than all-foam or memory foam beds. It's also stacked rather than glued, so there's less chance of off-gassing. However, if you want the "greenest" bed you can buy, you might opt for the organic version of this bed at higher cost. But for those looking for a balance of eco-friendly materials, and latex's pressure-relieving and support properties, combined with the more traditional feel and bounce of pocketed coils, we think the Nest Latex Hybrid mattress ticks a lot of boxes.

Like most online mattress companies, Nest includes a 100-day trial period with full refund should you decide to return the bed. It also includes a "Lifetime Comfort Guarantee" meaning that if your needs change--say you need a different size--or your comfort preferences change, the company will sell you replacement layers or a new bed for 50% off the current price. It's available primarily online, but Nest does have a handful of showrooms where you can try the bed in person.

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.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Nest Latex Hybrid Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Sleep in a range of positions
  • Like a little bit of feeling "hugged" by your mattress
  • Value eco-friendly materials
  • Prefer a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Like a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Are  heavier (200 lbs.+) person (opt for the firm version instead)
  • Have a history of sleeping hot


Comfort & Feel

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)
6 Medium Soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
1 None
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
7 Plenty of bounce

 

Back Support (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 Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 8 7 6

 

Pressure Relief (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 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

Other Features

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 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 7 Good
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 8 Very good
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Very good
Overall Value 8 Very good

 

Key Facts – Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress

Mattress Type

Natural Latex over Pocketed Coils

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

12.5 inches

Weight (Queen)

115 pounds

Materials & Construction

What's in a Next Hybrid Latex Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress as a "Natural Latex over Pocketed Coils" construction type. It is a 12.5″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):
  • 1.5" polyurethane foam quilted into cover
  • 3” natural latex
  • 1" polyurethane foam, 1.5-lb. density
  • 6” pocketed steel coils
  • 1” polyurethane foam, 1.5-lb. density

The Nest Hybrid Latex mattress is just that, with properties of a latex mattress coupled with features of a traditional spring/coil mattress. The quilted pillow top also adds padding and loft to the bed. The latex layer is natural Dunlop latex blend--that means it's a combination of natural latex (made from rubber trees) and synthetic latex (made from petroleum products). The wool fire sock acts as a natural fire retardant (required by law).

You can also opt to order the king size version as a split configuration, meaning you can specify firm on one side and medium on the other (for example) at no additional charge. That's a valuable option for couples that have very different comfort preferences.

Cover

The inside layers of the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress are wrapped in a very plush quilted cover made of organic cotton and wool. The top part of the cover zips off to give access to the latex layer, which is replaceable. The top of the cover is quilted into some super soft foam, which adds a lot of softness and loft to the mattress. The side panels include four sturdy and functional handles -- a good thing since the queen size version of this mattress weighs 115 pounds.

 

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 Nest Hybrid Latex mattress comes in three versions: Plush, Medium and Firm. We tested the Medium model, which the company says is the most popular. In our estimation, we would class this mattress as a Medium Soft on our scale. It’s definitely just to the softer side of what we would define as Medium, and the top quilted cover has a lot to do with that.

Note that you can order the king size of this mattress with two different softness levels. So if you prefer medium but your spouse prefers firm, the company will send you the top layer of latex as two pieces, placed side by side. Don't worry that you'll be able to feel a ridge where the two meet -- the cover is so soft and has so much loft that you won't feel the joint.

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

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

 

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 Nest Hybrid Latex mattress to have a little deeper than average cushioning, with the plush quilted cover having a lot to do with that. Keep in mind that we tested the Medium version of this bed. It also comes in a Firm version, which we would assume has less cushioning, and Plush version, which would likely be deeper cushioning.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average cushioning

 

Responsivenesswhat’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 Hybrid Latex bed doesn’t have any memory foam, so it does not have any of that slow-responding memory feel. But it does have some bounce. The latex layer imparts some surface bounce, and the pocketed coils below kicked in when our tester dropped his weight onto the bed, springing him back into the air.

So if you like some bounce to your mattress, yet don’t particularly like that memory foam feeling of sinking into your mattress, the Nest Hybrid Latex may work for you.  

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
1 None
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
7 Plenty of bounce

 

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 Next Hybrid Latex mattress afforded very good back support and spinal alignment in all sleeping positions (something that’s been comparatively rare in our history of reviewing mattresses). We had some slight concern for heavier sleepers (especially stomach sleepers) however, who we felt would be better served from a spinal alignment perspective by the Firm version of this mattress.

 

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 Nest Latex Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 8 7 6

 

Back Sleepers:

While our 200-lb. tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a good neutral spine. We felt that sleepers of a wide range of sizes and weights would have a similar experience, owing to the supportive coils below.

Side Sleepers:

In our evaluation, side sleepers would also be well supported by the Nest Hybrid Latex 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. Those over about 250 lbs. might look instead to the firm version of this mattress.

Stomach Sleepers:

Stomach sleepers, in our view, would also be well served by this latex/coil hybrid bed. There was ample firmness to support our tester’s hips and midsection while on his stomach, without sinking down too far. (The risk for stomach sleepers is sinking down too deeply into a mattress, creating too much arch in the back which can lead to back pain down the road.) Our tester was well supported, and we felt that most sleepers would also experience good spinal alignment, with the possible exception of those over 200 lbs. who might opt for the Firm version of the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

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 Nest Hybrid Latex mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by this Nest mattress to be very good to excellent. Latex in general has a very good reputation for pressure relief, right up there with memory foam. We thought pressure relief would be very good on the Medium version, regardless of sleeper weight.

 

Other Features

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 )

Generally, mattresses with springs or coils don’t perform as well as foam beds when it comes to isolating movement from one side of the bed to the other. We test this in two ways. With a bowling pin standing upright on one side of the bed atop a small piece of tempered glass, we drop a 16 lb. bowling ball on the other side of the bed. In the case of this Nest mattress, the bowling pin wiggled a little, but didn't fall. Next, our tester drops his whole weight on a mattress to see what happens to the pin. The result was the same -- the pin moved a bit, but didn't fall, even when we repeated the test.

Overall, motion isolation for the Nest Hybrid Latex bed was very good.

Motion Isolation Rating 8/10 Very good

 

Temperature what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress will feel hot for three reasons designed to regulate heat. First, the cover includes wool fibers; wool is a natural heat regulator. Second, the top latex layer has pin-core holes piercing the latex, allowing for air flow. And lastly, the pocketed coil layer is mostly air; the coils allow for lots of air flow.

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

Stays “Cool” Rating 7 /10 Good

 

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 Nest Hybrid Latex 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, though the heavy quilting of the cover did make him feel like he was leaning just a bit due to the domed effect of the cover's undulations.


Edge Support Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

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 Nest Hybrid Latex bed to really shine in this area. Our tester had no trouble at all moving around or rolling into another position.

Repositioning Rating 9 /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.

If you are considering the Nest Hybrid Latex, then low odors, minimal use of chemicals, and eco-friendly materials are likely important to you. Let’s take a closer look.

The cover of the Nest mattress is made of organic cotton and wool.

The latex is natural, but a blend -- companies may call their latex natural if it contains partly natural rubber; the rest is synthetic rubber, made from petroleum products. The latex used in the Hybrid Latex bed is certified by OKEO-TEX, which means it meets manufacturing standards that ensure minimal off-gassing.

Lastly, the support layer of pocketed coils are steel, which does not off-gas, and in the end can be potentially recycled.

There's a small amount of synthetic foam in the bed -- about 3 total inches. When we unpacked the bed and gave it an informal "sniff" test, we noted very little odor - far less than the average 'new mattress smell.'

Taken overall, while the entire mattress is not organic, and its latex isn't all-natural, the Nest Hybrid Latex has many more eco-friendly features than most.

Green Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

We tested the Nest Hybrid Latex bed on top of our standard adjustable base to see what would happen. We found that the mattress conforms fairly well right out of the box, with some lifting at the foot of the bed; this is very normal for new mattresses. With use and after a break-in period, we find that most beds improve in this regard.

We did note that the quilting layer tends to bunch up quite a bit, which can be uncomfortable, especially if you get out of the bed and get back in when the bed is in its articulated position.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress Cost?

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

 

What Are You Getting?

The Nest Hybrid Latex mattress from Nest Bedding is a 12.5” mattress that combines supportive pocketed coils with natural latex that's a blend of real latex from rubber trees and synthetic latex. It's a combination that we don't see very often. You're also getting an interesting "Lifetime Comfort Guarantee" which allows you to buy a new latex layer for the bed at 50% off. Also available is the unique ability to specify different softness levels on each side of the bed at no additional cost (king size only), a neat option for couple that have different preferences.

How Long Will the Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress Last?

We don't have any concerns that the Nest Hybrid Latex won't last an average mattress lifespan. When examining the materials and construction, we noticed no major 'red flags.' The latex layer has a firmness and density we think will be durable, and pocked steel coils have a long reputation for durability. Another feature worth noting: The cover unzips and you could actually replace the latex layer down the road if you need to, giving you more options for the lifetime of this bed.

 

Overall Value

We think the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress is an excellent value. Its construction quality, high customer reviews, performance in our tests for a wide variety of people, and use of eco-friendly materials makes it a standout in its price range.

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 8 /10 Very good

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to the 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: Details of the Nest Bedding return policy

The company also offers what it calls a "Lifetime Comfort Guarantee." If at any point if your needs change -- say you need a different size, or your firmness preference changes--the company will sell you a new model for 50% off the going rate. It's an interesting policy that we haven't commonly seen.

 

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. See: Nest warranty.

This warranty extends to the original owner for as long as they own the mattress, and assumes it has been place upon an appropriate foundation.

Bottom Line: Is the Nest Hybrid Latex Mattress Right for You?

In our view, the Nest Latex Hybrid mattress will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of sleepers.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Nest mattress

BEST if you:

  • Sleep in a range of positions
  • Like a little bit of feeling "hugged" by your mattress
  • Value eco-friendly materials
  • Prefer a mattress with some bounce 

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Like a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Are  heavier (200 lbs.+) person (opt for the firm version instead)
  • Have a history of sleeping hot

Is the Nest Hybrid Latex 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 Nest mattress? Click here to visit their website at NestBedding.com.

 

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