Nest Alexander Signature Series Review

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Nest Bedding is a family-owned, factory-direct online mattress brand that was established in 2011. The company prides itself on selling affordable quality, organic mattresses and bedding products that are made in America. You can rest assured that all the foams used in Nest’s mattresses are CertiPUR certified, so you can sleep with peace of mind knowing that your are not breathing in nasty chemicals. The mattresses are handmade to order. 

In this review, I’ll be focusing exclusively on the Medium firmness of the
Nest Alexander Signature Series.


CATEGORY A: MATTRESS FEATURES

Components of the Mattress

Height
+ Layers

Type of Mattress

Description

Overall Feel

12 inches total
Memory Foam
Combination memory foam for top 3 layers; polyurethane foam for 2 support layers.
Medium
Cover + First Layer
Thermic Phase Change cooling stretch fabric.
Quilted. No lycra or latex.
2 inches of 1.5 pounds
per cubic foot soft foam.
Helps maintain the ideal temperature for optimal sleep.
It ensures the endurance and longevity of the mattress.

Second Layer

4 inches of 4 pounds per cubic foot of Gel Memory Foam
Adapts to body contours for pressure relief. Minimizes motion transfer between partners.

Third Layer
1 inch of 4 pounds per cubic foot Visco-elastic Foam
Maintains the correct balance between comfort and support for neutral body alignment.

Fourth Layer
1 inch of 1.8 pounds per cubic foot SmartFlow Foam (polyurethane)
Allows sufficient airflow
for breathability.
Fifth Layer
4 inches of 1.8 pounds per cubic foot edge support foam (polyurethane)

Prevents sinking and cratering.

Soft - 12.5 inches

  • 1.5 inches Quilted cover
  • 2 inches of 4 pounds per cubic foot gel memory foam
  • 2 inches of 4 pounds per cubic foot visco foam
  • 3 inches SmartFlow Air Flow Foam
  • 4 inches of 1.8 pounds per cubic foot of Edge Support Base Layer

Luxury Firm - 12 inches

  • Same number of layers and components as used in the Medium

Nest Alexander Signature Series Mattress Review

Feel (Firmness) + Comfort

Firmness

The Nest Alexander Signature Series is offered in Soft, Medium and Luxury Firm. The mattress comprises of 5 layers of foam, with the quilted first layer covered in stretched fabric. The height for the Soft is 12.5 inches; the Medium and Luxury Firm are both 12 inches. 

Each firmness level is best suited to a specific sleeping position and the following are
Nest’s recommendations:

SOFT

Side sleepers, especially individuals who prefer to snuggle and experience a hugging feel from their mattress.

MEDIUM

Side and back sleepers. According to Nest, the MEDIUM is preferred by 92%
of sleepers.

LUXURY FIRM

Best for back and stomach sleepers. 

The recommended firmness for you sleep position(s) may differ from the above-mentioned and the only way to know for sure what will work for you is to try the mattress firmness for yourself.

Fortunately, Nest Bedding offers a 100 night risk-free sleep trial, after which you can return it with free shipping for a full refund if the mattress does not work for you.

Once you’ve unboxed the mattress, it may take a couple of days for the bed to expand to its maximum capacity. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to sleep on it the same day that you unbox it.

Depending on the mattress size and weight, setting it up is fairly straightforward and easy to accomplish. Be aware that Nest mattresses range from 100 to 150 pounds, so it may require
two (2) people to set up.

On a scale of firmness out of 10, with 10 being the firmest, I would place each mattress at:

  • SOFT: 3 out of 10
  • MEDIUM: 5 out of 10
  • FIRM: 8 out of 10
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Comfort

The overall comfort of the mattress is due to a good balance of cushiony memory foam and sufficient support. The two (2) inches quilted, covered layer has a definite plush feel to it and rests atop 4 inches of 4 pounds per cubic foot gel memory foam.

The three (3) subsequent layers comprise of good quality foam for support and spinal alignment. Altogether, the five (5) layers make for a satisfying and comfortable sleep experience.

If you find that the mattress is too firm for your liking, using the Alexander Signature Mattress Topper is a good option. Plus, Nest provides it for free to customers who require it for a softer mattress feel!
You simply cannot beat that kind of customer service.

Overall Support

The general consensus among users is that the medium firmness has a soft, yet comfortable feel when you first lie on it, without compromising on support. Both side sleepers and back sleepers would benefit from it. However, if it’s a tad too firm for you, a mattress topper will do the trick. Stomach sleepers may want to consider the Luxury Firm to ensure adequate back support.

​The Gap Test is an accurate way to determine whether or not your spine is adequately supported, especially for the recessed areas of your body (your waist and lower back).

Sleep Metro Tip

To conduct the Gap Test, lie on your bed, check for the areas of your body that are not in direct contact with your mattress (typically your waist
and lower back).

Have your partner slide his or her hand between you and the mattress.
It should be difficult to do so. Make sure to conduct this test for
both the side and back sleeping positions.

Resiliency

Resiliency, or "push back," refers to how rapidly a mattress bounces back after pressure (such as your body when you are sleeping) is applied to it. The Nest Alexander Signature is unquestionably responsive to movement, which is a desirable feature for sleepers who don’t like a “sinking in” feeling on a mattress. It also makes changing sleeping positions easier.

Pressure Point Relief

The mattress is excellent for relieving pressure points. This quality is especially important for side sleepers, who are prone to experiencing hip and shoulder pain. In addition, individuals who have undergone hip or back surgeries reported that either they did not experience any pain or their pain had diminished considerably while sleeping on the mattress. Memory foam is known for its ability to conform to a sleeper’s body, and the Nest Alexander Signature is no exception.

Edge Support + Sinkage

One of the few complaints is that the edge support is not adequate, both in terms of sitting and lying on this mattress. Users reported that sinkage was markedly noticeable.

A Sinkage Test Determined the Following:

The first test involved sitting right at the edge of the mattress with most of the weight concentrated in a limited area. In this test the memory foam sinkage is approximately 4.5 inches to 4.75 inches when compressed.

The second test comprised of sitting farther back, with weight evenly distributed and not concentrated in one specific area of the mattress. For this test, the memory foam sinkage is approximately
3.25 to 3.75 inches.

The third test was conducted by lying stretched out at the very edge of the mattress. In this position, there is the feeling of rolling off the bed. The sinkage in this position is approximately 2 to 3 inches.

The fourth test was to determine the sinkage for side sleeping. The total sinkage is 1.5 to 2 inches. This is important to know, if you’re a side sleeper like me, and have a curvy body shape. Generally, my hips are prone to feel more pressure in a side sleeping position, so some "give" in a mattress is good for pressure relief. The sinkage of 1.5 to 2 inches works well for me.

The fifth test determined sinkage for back sleeping. In this sleeping position, the sinkage is 1.5 inch
to 1.75 inch.

The sixth test measured sinkage in a focused area in the center of the mattress. Here, the sinkage is 5.5 to 6 inches.

Noise Level

As is typical of a memory foam mattress, the Nest Alexander Signature performs exceptionally and does not output any noise. This quality is an advantage when you are sleeping with a partner, especially one who changes positions frequently. Couples who prefer sleeping on memory foam mattresses may also benefit from the lack of noise when engaging in intimate activities.

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​Close up of the Nest Alexander Signature Series 

Motion Transfer

The Nest Alexander Signature is excellent at absorbing motion, so if you’re sleeping with a partner, you will find that you are able to change positions easily without disturbing him or her. If you sleep alone, you’ll be able to change positions easily without experiencing any sagging of the mattress or a
“sinking in” feeling.

Durability + Quality of Materials

The materials used in the Nest mattress are of high quality. The quilted cover comprises 2 inches of 1.5 pounds per cubic foot memory foam, which is the industry minimum standard for pounds per cubic foot. Generally for enhanced durability, I like to see at least 1.8 pounds per cubic foot of high density memory foam when it’s the top layer of a mattress. Nonetheless, it does not significantly detract from the overall durability and quality of the Nest. 

In addition, the subsequent layers of memory foam that make up the support (core), exceed the industry minimum standard for pounds per cubic foot. Overall, on a scale of “Fair,” “Good,” "Above Average" and “Stellar,” I would rate the Nest as “Above Average” for durability and "Stellar"
for quality.

Based on the density of the top 6 inches of memory foam, individuals with a low to normal Body Mass Index, or BMI (18.5 to 24.9), may be best suited to the Medium firmness. Individuals who are heavy or overweight with a high BMI (30 or greater), require more support and may want to consider the
Luxury Firm as a better option for them.

The 2-inch quilted cover is constructed of a stretch fabric that does not incorporate lycra and latex materials and has a soft, plush feel to it. Individuals who prefer their mattresses to “hug” them will appreciate the covers’ luxe feel. The aesthetic beauty and style of the mattress are an added bonus.

Temperature

The subject of temperature seems to elicit mixed feelings. Some users think it sleeps hot, while others think it sleeps cool. Because of its closed cell construction, memory foam is generally notorious for sleeping hot. In this instance, and based on a total of 550 feedback comments from credible sources, including the Nest Bedding website, the majority of users (68%) think it sleeps cool.

Off-gassing

Here again, the users are split as to whether or not they detected any off-gassing. The majority state that they did not detect any chemical smells, and those that did, state that the smell is minimal and dissipates after a couple of days.

What Is The Definition of a Bed Foundation?

A bed base, sometimes called a foundation, is the part of a bed
that supports the mattress.
The bed base itself is held in place and framed by the bedstead (bed frame).

Which Foundations Are Compatible?

Nest recommends resting your Alexander Signature Series mattress on a breathable, non-flexible box spring -- also known as a foundation -- or non-flexible slats with center support. Ensure that if your foundation consists of slats, they are no more than 4 inches apart.

Nest offers 4 types of bases that work with all of Nest’s mattresses: Reverie 5D, Reverie 9T adjustable foundations, Brand Deluxe Adjustable bed and Brand Adjustable Bed Basic Series.
Any one of these supports work well with an Alexander Signature Series mattress.

CATEGORY B: BRAND REPUTATION

Customer Service

Nest has one of the best -- if not the best -- customer service for online mattress purchases. This is a company that highly values its customers and it shows in the way solutions are offered if customers run into an issue with their mattress. What amazes me -- and is almost unheard of for a CEO -- is that Joe Alexander, Nest’s Founder, responds personally to questions from customers.

Even the minimum number of customers who have returned their mattresses after their 100 night trial sing Nest’s praises. It’s important to mention that the returns were not as a result of lack of quality.

The personal attention that Nest’s customer service offers is phenomenal and sets the brand apart as one that genuinely listens. My personal experience in communicating with Joe during my research in writing this review undoubtedly has been positive.

Brand Transparency

Of the 394 reviews on Nest’s website, only 13 users rated the mattress less than 4 stars (3 users rated 2 stars and 10 users rated 3 stars). All of these 13 ratings were split between users’ expectations of the Medium firmness, which is largely based in personal preferences and in no way reflects poorly on Nest. Everyone of the reviewers agreed that the Nest mattress is top-notch quality and that the brand practices integrity and provides exceptional customer service.

The fact that the website clearly states the components of each of the layers within all of Nest’s mattresses as well as lists all of the reviews is proof that the brand practices transparency.

Accurate + Detailed Information on Website

The brand’s site is user friendly and the information is easily found. The Alexander Signature Series homepage provides the following:

  • A short video showing the production process of the mattress
  • Purchase options (mattress sizes + prices)
  • An image showing the mattress deconstructed, so that the layers are visible
  • Explanations of each layer
  • Reviews

Warranty + Return/Refund Policy

Nest offers a 20-year warranty for all Alexander mattresses (the warranty varies for Love & Sleep -- formerly The Love Bed -- and bedding accessories). Bear in mind that the warranty is valid only for mattresses that have not been abused by the purchaser, such as using the proper foundation to support the mattress as well as keeping it protected and free of any moisture. Manufacturing defects are also included in the warranty. NOTE: Mattresses must be unboxed within 30 days of delivery or the return privilege is void.

CATEGORY C: USER FEEDBACK

The following percentages for each point are based on 414 verified reviews from the credible sources, including Nest’s website.

Please note that the lower percentage for value for money is not reflective of bad reviews, rather the users focused their feedback mostly on recommendations and quality of sleep.

The majority of the reviews were 5-star ratings and 99.75% of the users were thrilled with the customer service and personal treatment they received (of the .25% that were not, Joe reached out personally to assist them and make them happy).

Users who expressed that they had the best sleep in a long time

90 %
Positive

Users who highly recommend the mattress to others

90 %
Positive

Users who believe that their mattress purchase is a good value
for money

9 %
Positive

Summary of Mattress Performance

PROS

  • Incorporates above average high-density memory foam for overall comfort (top 6 inches)
  • Incorporates above average high-density polyurethane foam in support layers (remaining 6 inches)
  • Good value for money
  • Stellar customer service
  • Exhibits excellent motion isolation
  • Sleeps cool
  • Little to no off-gassing
  • No-flip (only requires turning)
  • Works with breathable box springs and adjustable bases
  • 100-nights risk-free trial
  • Free shipping
  • Made exclusively in the USA
  • Handmade to order
  • Ships within 2 days
  • CertiPUR-certified foams
  • 20-year warranty
  • Stress-free return/refund policy

CONS

  • Medium may not be firm enough for stomach sleepers
  • May be unsuitable for heavy and/or overweight sleepers with a high Body Mass Index, or BMI (30 or greater)
  • May lack insufficient edge support for
    some sleepers

Sleep Metro Star Rating

Feel + Comfort
Overall Support

Resiliency (Bounce)

Pressure Point Relief
Edge Support + Sinkage

Noise Level

Motion Transfer

Durability + Quality 

Temperature

Off Gassing (Smell)

Value for Money

Customer Service

Warranty + Refund/Return

4.53 STELLAR

The Alexander Signature Series Is Right For You If:

  • You are a side sleeper or back sleeper
  • You prefer memory foam over hybrid or innerspring mattresses
  • You prefer a good balance of comfort and support (not too soft, not too firm)

CONCLUSION

In only a few short years, Nest Bedding has proven that it greatly values its customers. This fact is evident in the exceptional quality of its products and its personable and stellar customer service. 
With its 100 night risk-free trial, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Give Nest a try and experience the products for yourself.