August 16, 2015
Disclosure: By clicking on the product links in this article, Mattress Nerd may receive a commission fee at no cost to you, the reader. Read full disclosure statement.
Nest Bedding has been around for a few years now, but they’ve recently come out with a few new mattresses to enter the direct-to-consumer market. A lot of companies have popped up recently trying to capitalize on the trend of selling mattresses directly to the customers instead of through traditional retail, but Nest Bedding is in it for the long haul. That’s why I decided to review their mattresses. I’ve turned down many companies that I suspect are just looking to make quick money rather than making the best mattresses.
Nest Bedding has two chief lineups they sell directly to the consumer right now: the Alexander which is their luxury lineup (which I review here), and the Love Bed, which is their more “standard” mattress which is the subject of this review.
Here I will look at many factors like construction of the mattress, how the mattress feels, how much it costs, and warranty and return policies.
This part gets a little technical, so feel free to skip it.
The Love Bed lineup has two versions: a firm and a medium. All three use a 6″ thick, 1.8 pound density poly foam support base (which is pretty standard.) The top layer is 1.5 inches of a soft quilted foam. The next layer is a type of foam called Energex. It’s designed to be a quicker response foam than regular memory foam. The Energex layer is 2 inches thick on the medium and 1 inch thick on the firm.
The support layer is convoluted, which means it’s egg crate shaped. This allows the mattress to breathe better and also helps the mattress contour to your body as needed.
The poly foam used is CertiPUR-US certified and the mattresses are made in the USA, so you don’t need to worry about offgassing or quality assurance from China.
If your eyes glazed over at the talk of foam densities and the like, the takeaway here is that the mattresses are solidly built. The difference between the three models is the quilting on the top and how hard the latex is under that.
How they feel
As we like to say in the mattress industry, “the feel is the deal,” so how do the three Love Bed models feel?
(Update: Nest Bedding changed their models, so as of writing this, I have not tried the new versions. Disregard the below statements.)
Love Bed Firm
The Love Bed Firm is one of the hardest mattresses out there. On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the hardest, this is right around a 1. I generally don’t recommend a mattress this hard. You need a mattress that will support your body evenly, which means it needs to take the shape of your body. When you’re on your back, you need the mattress to come up to support the lumbar curve in your spine. When you’re on your side, you need the mattress to go around your shoulder and around your hip to keep your spine straight. That said, the Firm version might be good for: Stomach sleepers who don’t have many curves to their body Very heavy people who sleep on their back or stomach. (If you’re a very overweight side sleeper, consider getting something like this with a mattress topper on the top). People who are used to an ultra-firm mattress like a Japenese futon
Love Bed Medium
The Medium will be the one to fit most of the population. It’s slightly softer than some of the other direct-to-consumer mattresses out there, which is fine because they tend to be on the firmer side anyway. It straddles the border between what most places call “plush” and “cushion firm.” On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the firmest, this is about a 4.5. So it’s slightly firmer than their other medium bed (the Alexander medium), but this is a function of how far it contours. I am on the heavier side, so when I was lying down on my side, I felt like I “bottomed out” a little on the mattress, and I just didn’t feel that on the Alexander. If you’re more average weight, this won’t be as much of a problem. The Love Bed medium should be good for: Most people. If you’re anywhere from a few pounds overweight to average, especially if you’re a side or back sleeper (which are the most common positions), the Medium is the one to get. People who like softer mattresses, but still want some firmness to the mattress
The Love Bed has a 100 night return policy, so you don’t have much to lose. This eliminates the downside of buying a mattress online. 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 Love Bed has a 10 year warranty which covers the mattress sagging more than an inch or any seams coming out. This 10 year warranty is the “industry standard” length. However, keep in mind that the warranty doesn’t necessarily reflect how long a mattress will be comfortable. The mattress will become less comfortable before it physically starts falling apart. I’d expect it to last about 7 or 8 years comfortably before you need to start looking for another mattress.
The Love Bed is a very reasonable price. It retails at $799 in a queen size (and it’s $749 after using my coupon code, MATTRESSNERD50). The twin starts at $599 and the king goes up to $899 (again, before the coupon). It ships in a box free to your door. Nest Bedding doesn’t “play games” with their price, meaning you won’t find big sales; the Love Bed is priced fairly from the start.
No chemical odor
Since I tried these out in the showroom rather than having them deliver a bunch of mattresses to me, I didn’t experience this firsthand, but the CEO of Nest Bedding assures me that there is no odor of “offgassing” with his mattresses. Other reviewers who have had them sent to their houses have confirmed this, and I have no reason to doubt anybody on this. That’s a very bold claim for a CEO to make, and I’m comfortable repeating it here. With many other foam mattresses, you have to air them out after you open them, and the scent goes away after a few days. With the Love Bed, there’s little to no scent at all even right from opening the package.
The Love Bed is a good option for a wide range of people. In general, if you have the money, I recommend getting the Alexander bed over the Love Bed, but the Love Bed makes a good “budget” version of the Alexander. It’s great for college students, guest rooms, young adults just starting out, and people that just can’t afford to spend over $1000 on a mattress.
To buy the Love Bed, click here and select your firmness.
Disclosure: This site receives a payment from Nest Bedding or Amazon when you purchase a product using any links to that company in this article (or use my coupon code)