There have been a lot of new mattress companies popping up recently. On this site, I only review the ones that I think have a good chance at sticking around long-term, and I think Nest Bedding is going to be one such company. I turn down the opportunity to review more mattresses than I accept, but after doing a bit of research I decided to work with Nest.
The Alexander Signature is their luxury lineup of four mattresses (soft, medium, and firm memory foam mattresses, plus a hybrid innerspring mattress) and is the focus of this review. They also have a more entry-level mattress called the Love Bed which I review here.
In this review, I will look at how each mattress feels, what they’re constructed of, the customer service polices (like return and warranty) and my overall thoughts on the mattress.
The first three Alexander mattresses are 13″ memory foam mattresses. The mattress comes compressed in a box and expands quickly after opening. The other mattress in the lineup is a “hybrid mattress” which has a similar top layer to the foam mattress but uses a coil system instead of a base foam underneath.
This part gets kind of technical, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t really care about foam densities and the like.
The Alexander comes in three firmnesses (firm, medium, and soft), and each one is constructed a little differently. All three use the same base; 8 inches of 2.0 pound high resiliency poly foam (which is similar to what most foam mattresses use, though some only use 1.8 pound density or less. 2 pounds is above average).
The remaining layers are 4 pound and 5 pound density memory foam. The exact layers depend on which firmness. Most mattresses with memory foam will use something around 3 pound density, so 4 and 5 pound is well above average. The density of the memory foam generally tells you how durable the mattress will be.
Then, the top layer of all three uses a quilted cover, which is something that not every foam mattress uses. The quilt is 1.5 inches thick and uses a soft foam in the soft and medium, and uses a 1 inch thick firmer quilt in the firm version.
I know that was a lot of technical detail, but the takeaway here is that this is a solidly-built mattress. The foams are overall denser and stronger than a lot of the competition, and these mattresses should last a good 10+ years before they start wearing down.
How it feels
The important thing is “how does the mattress feel?” I didn’t have the chance to sleep on all of these mattresses, but I spent 8 hours in the Nest Bedding showroom in San Francisco lying down on these and the Love Beds, so I got a very good opportunity to really feel the mattresses. I will explain how each one feels and who each might be best for.
The Alexander Firm is an ultra-firm mattress. It’s not the hardest one I’ve ever tried, but on a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the hardest, I’d give this one a 2. It feels very hard at first, but contours a little to your body over time. The Firm version will be good for:
- Heavier people, especially those who sleep on their back or stomach. If you’re a heavier side sleeper, I’d recommend this with a mattress topper to go along with it. Otherwise, you’ll have too much pressure on your joints. (In this context, “heavier” means a BMI somewhere north of 35-40+. If you’re just a bit overweight, I’d consider you an average American for the purpose of this review).
- Most people who sleep on their stomach. Stomach sleepers tend to need firmer mattresses in general.
- Anybody that doesn’t have many curves to their body. The mattress just won’t contour to your curves very well, so if you’re a side sleeper with broad shoulders or wide hips, this mattress will hurt you. On the other hand, if you’re a back sleeper, and the curve in your lumbar section is not very pronounced, you should be fine.
- People used to extra firm mattresses. This is common in Asian and European cultures. If you’re used to sleeping on a Japanese futon, you’re likely going to love this mattress.
If you’ve ever tried the Tempurpedic Contour Supreme, this mattress feels somewhat similar, but just a little firmer.
Not surprisingly, the Alexander Medium is a medium mattress. It’s a bit softer than a lot of their direct-to-consumer competitors. It’s roughly a 5 out of 10 on that mattress firmness scale I mentioned. This one was my favorite in the store (and the CEO told me that most of his customers agree with me; this is their favorite too). I’m a side sleeper, so I spent over a half hour lying on one side without moving, and at no point did I feel any pressure in my shoulder. The Medium is best for:
- People of about average weight. If you’re very heavy or very light, I’d recommend the firm or the soft version respectively. I’m about 60 pounds overweight, and this one was just the tiniest bit too soft for my tastes. If I were to lose ~15 pounds, it would probably be perfect.
- Side sleepers and back sleepers. Stomach sleepers tend to need something firmer (unless you’re a particularly thin stomach sleeper)
- People that like soft mattresses but don’t want something you’ll sink into too far. This is similar to what a lot of places would consider “plush,” but it’s kind of on the firmer end of “plush.”
Compared to the well-known Tempurpedic brand, this one is somewhere in between the Rhapsody Luxe and Cloud Supreme in firmness.
I didn’t spend as much time on the Alexander Soft, because it was just too soft for my body type. When I was on my side on this mattress, my shoulder went all the way into it, and I barely needed a pillow. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 the firmest, this one was in the range of 8 or 9. I have trouble feeling the gradations between different soft mattresses (again, because of my body type), but I can say that this is one of the softer mattresses I’ve ever laid on. The Alexander Soft is best for:
- Side or back sleepers of a slim or athletic build. If you sleep on your side and have bony hips and shoulders, you’ll need something that won’t cause pressure, and since you’re so light, you don’t need anything extra firm to keep you in proper alignment.
- People that are used to extra soft mattresses. If you’ve slept very well on extra soft mattresses before, you’ll probably be fine on this one.
Once again comparing it to the more well-known Tempurpedic brand, this is similar in feel to the Cloud Luxe.
The Alexander hybrid is in between the firmness of the Soft and Medium. It’s a little bouncier because it uses coils under the foam instead of the high resiliency foam. On a scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is the firmest, this one is about a 6, which is good if you want something just a little softer than average. The Hybrid is best for:
- People who don’t like memory foam mattresses as much (i.e. you’re afraid of getting “stuck” in one spot on the mattress)\
- Side sleepers who don’t want their mattress to be too soft
The Alexander has a 101 night return policy, so this is a low risk purchase. This is the main reason I can recommend buying this mattress without trying it in a store first. If it doesn’t work out for you, Nest makes it easy to return or exchange the mattress. There is no fee for the return, and they do NOT make you do the work to return it. They will find a local charity for you and donate the mattress.
The Alexander has a 20 year warranty which covers the mattress sagging more than an inch or any seams coming out. The “industry standard” for warranties is 10 years, so this warranty reflects the fact that the Alexander is built to last. However, keep in mind that the warranty doesn’t necessarily reflect how long a mattress will be comfortable. The mattress will become less comfortable long before it physically starts falling apart, so you should expect to get maybe 10 years of good use out of this mattress.
The Alexander mattresses are a little higher priced than the average of the direct-to-consumer mattresses, but they are also some of the highest quality of the group. Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. The Alexander retails for $1199 in a queen, but you can get a $100 coupon by entering the code MATTRESSNERD100 at checkout, which brings the price down to $1099.
Since the mattress is fairly priced for the start, you won’t find any big sales on the mattress, so that $100 off coupon is the best you’re going to find.
The Alexander does not come with a boxspring, so you’ll either need to use a platform bed (and Nest sells a few on their website), use an existing rigid foundation, or put it on an adjustable base (which is my favorite option, but it’s a lot more expensive. Oh, and Nest sells a few of the high end adjustable bases on their site too).
No chemical odor
This is something I didn’t experience first hand since I tried these in a store rather than having them send me 6 different mattresses to my small apartment, but the CEO of Nest Bedding, Joe Alexander, was adamant that there is no chemical smell when unrolling the mattress. That seems like an unreasonably strong claim for a CEO to make about his product, but he doubled-down on it when I said I’d put that in the review. I’ll backpedal for him and say there might be some residual odor from the actual plastic bag that the mattress comes in, but the mattress itself shouldn’t have any scent associated with it.
The Alexander is made in the USA and is both CertiPUR-US certified and Oeko-Tex certified, which means it’s gone through a lot of testing for things like VOCs. It’s not an “organic” mattress, but they do put their foams through some strict testing.
A lot of mattresses coming out recently have been variations on the same theme, that is to say they’re all 10 inch medium-firm foam mattresses. Nest Bedding breaks this mold with their Alexander bed. It’s 13 inches of foam rather than 10, and you have a choice of comfort rather than just giving you one mattress. Though like most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is very fairly priced; at $1099 in a queen (after using MATTRESSNERD100 at checkout) it’s a great value, but it is more expensive than a lot of the other direct-to-consumer options out there. If you just don’t have the money, consider getting their Love Bed instead (and if you’re really short on money, the Tuft and Needle is even less).
If you have the room in your budget for this mattress, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. This is a luxury mattress at a fair price delivered right to your door without the hassle of dealing with salesman. And with the generous return policy, you don’t have much to lose.
Click here to purchase the Alexander, and don’t forget to enter the coupon code MATTRESSNERD100 for $100 off
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