Nest Bedding Alexander Mattress Unboxing – 2016 Update

With almost a year in the books, Nest Bedding has decided to make some changes to their Alexander Signature Select mattress. I’ve been a big fan of the Alexander since it first launched. The support, comfort, and pressure relief were all among the very best I’ve experienced across a wide range of mattress reviews and tests, but especially for high density memory foam. Within the last 2 weeks Nest has completely updated their entire mattress line (including the Love Bed & Alexander Hybrid – updated reviews on those coming soon), revamping their design, improving material quality, and further enhancing overall performance.

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Watch my updated unboxing of the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Select mattress below.

My Initial Thoughts

After my first night of sleeping on the new Alexander mattress, here are my initial thoughts:

  • Firmness & Feel – once again, this mattress is offered in 3 different firmness levels. The medium strikes a nice balance along the firmness scale. On a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the most firm, the revamped medium Alexander lands at a 5.5 out of 10.  This is a little bit softer than the original medium Alexander, which was closer to a 6. I would expect the new soft Alexander to still be a 3-3.5 out of 10. Nest Bedding tells me the firmest model is a little bit softer than their original version, which should bring it around an 8.5 out of 10.
  • Very good support – the support of this mattress is balanced from head to toe. Edge support for sitting is similar to the original Alexander, which was quite good. Edge support for lying does feel a noted volume better for sleeping vs. the original Alexander. Even lying directly on the edge the mattress does a good job of maintaining support.
  • Aesthetically pleasing – although the original version of the Alexander Signature Select had a nice appeal, the updated version takes the traditional look and brings it up to speed. A more modern cover from start to finish gives the Alexander a modern aesthetic and an inviting feel.
  • Great pressure relief – Nest Bedding’s thick padded cover has been a staple of their entire mattress line. The updated Alexander continues this pattern. The cover has exceptional pressure relief. The original Alexander cover to me felt more like a mini pillow top. However, the new cover feels more like an extra plush memory foam. It creates more of a pronounced hug and a better contouring around sleepers.

Check back in about a week for my full updated mattress review of the new Alexander mattress.

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  1. I purchased the Alexander signature in firm and I now have about 3 weeks on the mattress. It is a well made, high quality mattress and I have no problem recommending it at this point. I am side sleeper but prefer a firmer mattress and the Alexander firm was a pretty good fit for me. It was a bit firmer than I was hoping for but the mattress seems to be breaking in and softening up nicely. I can see why the company says a medium should fit almost everybody. I have no real complaints about this bed and I should have bought a new bed years ago!

  2. The Alexander Sig “soft” arrived yesterday and I spent quite a bit of time on it in the afternoon working and then slept about 9 hours on it. It is more firm than the “medium” with the inclusion of the Alexander topper and certainly more supportive. I completely expected this mattress to be “squishy” and to be almost exclusively supportive for side sleeping. But wow, this thing is very supportive ~ side, back, stomach ~ everything. I can’t believe how supportive it is despite being softer than the medium version. In fact, despite the most notable difference that my pressure points are now relieved, I don’t feel a markedly huge difference between the two versions. IMHO, the soft could easily be passed off as a medium in a different mattress lineup. (And the medium could most certainly be considered a “firm”).

    Obviously you (and Joe at Nest) have exponentially more experience with mattresses than I do, but it is almost impossible for me to believe that the Alexander medium is appropriate for 92% of sleepers, with soft being appropriate for only 5% or so. The level of support is just so much more than expected. I would put money on a bet that, out of a random selection of 100 people, nearly half would prefer the soft to the medium if they had a chance to try each for a couple weeks. I’ll let you know if I still feel this way after a month or more on the mattress.

    • Glad to hear the Alexander soft is working out for you, Dennis!

      Every sleeper is different, both in how they feel in a particular mattress and what they describe as “soft” or “medium”. Describing firmness and feel continues to be one of the most difficult aspects of reviewing and testing mattresses for Sleepopolis.

      That said, as long as everyone finds the mattress that is best suited for them then I will be a happy camper!

      Looking forward to any future updates on your new mattress. In the meantime, happy sleeping!

  3. Hi Sleepopolis,
    Great site! Quick question. We recently got Tuft&Needle mattress. It has good support but feels soft to both me and the wify. We like the firmness of Ikea but that doesn’t provide as much support. Do you think the new Alexander firm will be close to Tuft&Needle(7.5-80? OR we would be better off with say Brooklyn Firm? We both are mostly back sleeper with some stomach.


    • Hi Rishi,

      The Alexander firm is definitely going to be firmer than the T&N mattress. I have had the opportunity of lying on the Alexander firm and it is a very nice mattress. Great balance of comfort and support, and I’m not typically a fan of firm mattresses. All in all, I think the Alexander firm could be a very good next mattress for you to try.

  4. Hi Sleepopolis,

    what’s the name of your black bed frame you use to test all the mattresses? It looks pretty awesome :)

    Thanks for your help!

  5. Hi Sleepopolis, Thanks so much for your fantastic blog! It makes the online shopping process possible! My husband and I (about the same height and 200-240 lbs; one back/side sleeper, and one stomach/side sleeper) are looking to buy a new king-sized memory foam mattress. We have tested Tempur-pedics and both like the Cloud Supreme. In looking online, we’ve narrowed it down to either the Alexander Signature Select or Novosbed in soft firmness. Does the soft sound right to you, firmness-wise? Between the Alexander and Novosbed, do you have a recommendation?

    • Hi Laura,

      Happy to help! Yes, both the Alexander Signature Select and Novosbed soft are the closest in comparison to the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme. With that said, if you’re truly aiming for that deep sinkag and hug, the Novosbed may be the better option for the two of you. On the other hand, if you would like a little less sinkage but still a sharp contour around your body, the Alexander may be the more appropriate route to take. One final note, the Alexander does have a quilted cover and the Novosbed does not. Both still have great pressure relief, but if you’re a fan of the pillow top feel, the Alexander will be the better fit for the two of you.

  6. Sleepopolis, in your opinion which of the nest mattress compares best to the tempurpedic contour elite? The salesman told me the contour elite was the second firmness matress tempurpedic made. I’m looking for something similar. The people from nest told me i probably would like the alexander luxury firm. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Jeff,

      The closest Nest offers will be the Alexander Signature Select in the hard firmness. You might also want to consider the Novosbed in the hard firmness, it’s even more similar.

  7. Sleepopolis,
    I spoke with Joe Alexander yesterday afternoon at Nest Bedding. I hated to ask to return the mattress, but was very happy with my conversation with him. He noted that changes made to the Alexander Hybrid for the 2.0 version should address my concerns I was having and is sending me the 2.0 as a replacement. I am nothing but pleased with the promptness to my inquiry and ultimately the level of service provided. I look forward to receiving the 2.0 version, as after speaking with Joe, I’m confident my concerns will be laid to rest. I work for a major financial institution where my focus is bettering our clients’ experiences, so it takes a lot for me to lay praise on companies. I do not hesitate to do so with Nest Bedding after my interactions with their team.

    • Hi Phil,

      So glad to hear you had such a pleasing experience with Nest’s customer service. My interactions with their company have always been positive so it is good to hear they are spreading the love to their customers as well!

  8. Sleepopolis, what changes have they made to the Alexander Hybrid? I received my Alexander Hybrid the first of March, and a full two months in, I’m having doubts about it. Having visited a local mattress store, my wife and I really liked the Tempur Elite hybrids, and bought the Alexander Hybrid with the expectation it would have a similar feel. From the get go I was disappointed as it is VERY springy. With the Tempur Elite, I never would have known it was a hybrid, had I not already known that. I can live with it being more springy, but what has me most concerned is I sink greatly in it. I’m only 5’10” and 180lbs, and me sinking to where it seems I am touching the springs is unnerving.

    I reached out to them with my concerns last week, and I just got a quick 3 sentence response saying I made a great choice and nothing will come back to bite me (I had mentioned mattress warranties are near impossible to deliver on as you rarely see the depression…you feel them). Earlier this week my wife was out of town, so I decided to sleep on her side of the bed to test things out. There definitely is a difference in the support on the two sides. My side feels like I’m already getting a depression in it. It’s been 2 months, so I just don’t think it’s going to last. Thoughts to my ramblings Sleepopolis?

    • Hi Phil,

      There were a number of construction changes. Changes to foam density, foam layers, and the support structure. The combination is supposed to maintain performance in most areas and improve edge support. I actually just received my new Hybrid today, so I am going to be testing it over the next week and will be updating my review soon enough.

      If you really like the Tempur-pedic Flex Elite you should check out the Voila mattress. It has been designed to be much closer in performance construction to the Tempurpedic and has a feel almost identical. See here:

  9. Thanks again, Sleepopolis! Okay, that’s good to know :) On second thought, I think having a lower profile will make the room seem bigger so that’s definitely a plus! So thank you because we’ll definitely be getting that platform bed!

    Now for the exciting part.. which mattress would you recommend? I think I recall you saying/writing the hybrid might be better for a heavier fellow like myself but if the signature select sleeps cooler and is better for heavier people then I’ll go with that one. I’m really excited to hear your opinion on this!

    • Both the Hybrid and the Signature Select could be good options, as they both do a great job in terms of supporting heavier sleepers. Now with that said, the Hybrid is going to sleep a touch cooler. The pocketed coil base allows for higher breathability compared to an all foam construction. Based off of the information you have shared, I personally believe the Alexander Hybrid would be the better choice for you.

  10. Sleepopolis,

    Thanks so much for your prompt and kind reply!

    You got it haha the signature select and the hybrid are the two I had in mind!

    As for the platform- I love it and will be sure to take a closer look :) I guess it having so many individual slats makes up for it having them slightly further apart? I’m also a little bit nervous because my beds have always been basically at “seating” level where I can sit on them super easily. Are there any advantages to having a lower profile bed? Thanks again for all your help with this! I really appreciate it!

    • My pleasure, Jorge. With regards to the platform bed, there are not necessarily advantages or disadvantages of having a lower profile. The lower profiles have become increasingly popular but all in all, this is more of a preference than anything.

  11. Hi Sleepopolis!

    I hope you don’t mind me commenting here.. not sure if it’s the right place to ask, but I’m torn between this and the Alexander hybrid. My girlfriend and I are upgrading to our first queen size bed (yeah, we’ve been sharing a full XL..) and we love your blog because we’ve learned so much here. :) I weigh about 280lbs and she weighs 115, so I’m looking for something that is obviously supportive enough for me without making the bed lopsided haha

    Which of the two beds would you recommend more? Do you also have a nice frame you’d recommend? She’s really into West Elm things but I’m fairly positive we can find something better at a better price point ;) I’m looking forward to your reply and thanks for all that you do!

    • Hi Jorge,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Would you mind sharing what the other mattress you’re referencing is? I’m assuming one of them is the Alexander Signature select, I just want to be sure of the other before I make a recommendation for you.

      With regards to a frame, there are a few I would recommend. If you’re looking for something more modern, the eLuxurySupply platform bed is a great option. My full review of this foundation can be found here:

  12. Hi Sleepopolis,
    I purchased The Nest Love bed on the Opening Day of Nest’s NYC store and even met Joe….so, far, the Love bed (medium firmness) just seems to soft and I am waking with a slight back-ache…I see that the Love bed & Alexander have just been updated, and they both look a tiny bit firmer…I am 190# and mostly a side sleeper, with occasional stomach sleeping…Any ideas if I should stay with Nest or try something else?….I am trying so hard to like this and even wondering if my current pillow is throwing off my sleeping experience?

    • Hi Tim,

      If you can make a trip back to Nest’s NYC store it would be helpful to try the new mattresses. The Love Bed is a bit firmer, but much much more supportive than the original version. Additionally, you may find the new Alexander or Alexander Hybrid are good options also.

      Since you’re already on a Nest it’d be good to at least try those and see if you think they’ll be a better fit.

      The pillow certainly can have an impact. You might consider trying the Nest Bedding Easy Breather when you’re in the store. That’s my personal favorite and a great all around pillow for all sleeping positions.

    • Not yet, but I have one arriving later this week or early next at the latest. Updated review will be coming soon.

  13. Well now things make a bit more sense. I got my mattress last week (medium firmness) and found it to be a bit softer and “sinkier” than expected. I did sleep exceptionally well on my first night and find the mattress to be extremely comfortable, but discovered upon waking that the mattress was definitely going to need some time to de-gas. So I took all the bedding off that morning and have been sleeping in the guest room for a few days. I was hoping it would have very minimal de-gassing since my experience with a memory foam from was not good and it took over 2 months (yes, months!) for the Slumber Solutions mattress to become bearable in terms of smell. With the Slumber Solutions mattress, I would come home from work and my entire apartment smelled like it was trying to asphyxiate me. I had to leave windows open no matter how cold it was outside. Anyway, the Alexander is clearly nowhere near as bad but, at about 4 days out, it still needs a bit more time and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m still sleeping in the guest bedroom for another week or so. Oh, and customer service with Nest Bedding has been exceptional. They are definitely a very customer-oriented company!

    • Glad to hear the customer service from Nest has been great! I would expect nothing less.

      Sorry to hear the smell is still quite strong. Normally Nest does pretty good in terms of smell, especially compared to many other online companies. However, at the end of the day almost all foam mattresses are going to smell a little bit. Let’s hope it’ll be gone in a few days.

      Thanks very much for sharing your experience!

  14. Hello Sleepopolis,
    I’ve been researching mattresses for months and your thorough reviews really helped me to cinch my decision to get the Alexander Hybrid. I can’t wait for it to arrive!
    The sales rep who worked with me strongly recommended that I purchase a mattress protector for my new mattress. Would you say these are indeed necessary? Do you recommend any that are less expensive than their $140 option? Thank you!

    • Hi Lina.

      Great choice! The Alexander hybrid is a very good mattress and fingers crossed it is a perfect fit for you. With regards to a mattress protector, it truly depends on lifestyle if you have kids, a pet, or enjoy eating / drinking in bed then I would suggest purchasing one. Otherwise, it may not be necessary.

      If you do end up deciding to buy one, there are a few I have reviewed that you can find here:

      Please let me know if there are any other questions I can help answer, thanks!

  15. Hi Sleepopolis. I’ve been checking out your reviews trying to find a good new mattress for the miss and myself. We went with a Leesa but we are finding it to be quite uncomfortable about a month in. We both have athletic builds, average weight, and are side sleepers (she is a stomach sleeper some times). We are both having issues side sleeping on this mattress because it feels like it only conforms to our mid section and not to our shoulders or legs. We are leaning towards returning it in favor of a Saatva, but I am wondering if you have a suggestion? I think we are looking for something with more plush and contour. Thanks!

    • Hi Collin,

      I’m sorry to hear the Leesa is not working our for the two of you. With that said, there are a few other options that may be better fits. For starters, Saatva is a very good mattress but it may end up feeling similar to the Leesa, in terms of firmness. If you’re truly looking for something with a plush top layer and more contour, I would recommend taking a look at the Nest Bedding Alexander hybrid and the Loomm & Leaf. Both of these are high quality mattresses and offer great support in addition to nice, plush top layers.

    • I don’t believe so. I think they made the switch to this edge support foam that has better side / edge support.

  16. One more thing, it would seem that Saatva is similar to Alexander Hybrid as Loom & Leaf is similar to Alexander Signature (non-hybrid). Am I looking at it correctly?

    • Yes, that is correct. They are similar.

      On the Alexander Hybrid vs. the Saatva the biggest difference is the Saatva is a true coil on coil + pillow top. The Alexander is more of a natural hybrid, with support pocket coils + 6″ of foam on top.

      Loom & Leaf and the Alexander Signature are much closer to each other. The biggest difference on this one is simply that the Alexander has a thicker padded cover, which creates a little more of a cloud like feel. Where L&L is more of a classic high density memory foam contour.

  17. Sleepopolis, Thanks for the follow up. You reviews are going to be my deciding factor for my next purchase! I been sleeping on a Sealy Correct Contour Rock Harbor mattress (Costco) since 2006 (overpriced at $3000 never going to pay that much again). Been having some lousy back pain due to the ‘pit’ in the middle of the bed, switched to my other bed, Sleep Innovations (also Costco – bed in a box). This is a much firmer mattress that I have gradually started to like. Pain has been gradually subsiding since the switch (took about 5 nights). I thought I always preferred a soft latex bed but now I’m leaning towards the foam. My top 2 picks are Nest Alexander (hybrid/or non…still have decided) AND Loom & Leaf. I’m not one to return stuff so I really want to pick the right one. Any insight into this particular dilemma is much appreciated.

    • It really depends on your preferred firmness. On a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the most firm, what is your ideal firmness?

    • Alexander Hybrid. Hybrids are almost always better for heavier sleepers (but especially as get above 200 pounds). The Hybrid has better edge support, better cooling, and better deep compression support.

  18. What was the reason for the update? I purchased a Alexander Hybrid a couple months ago and it has been one of the best beds I’ve ever slept on.

    • Joe Alexander (President of Nest Bedding) wanted to push the performance to the next level. In terms of feel, they are slightly different (more of a pronounced hug and a more substantial top layer of memory foam within the cover). The new Alexander also has better edge support for sleeping. The other major change is the style of the cover. There are a few other smaller changes, I’ll be cover all of these in my updated review later this week.

    • Hi Robert, I just heard from Joe Alexander, regarding why they made these updates. Here’s what he said, “We had a chance to add the 5 zone coil and update the fabric.”

  19. I was really excited about this bed because it had talay latex (after watching your review) then I went to their website and saw a different bed!, then saw your updated entry. Do you think they changed to cut costs? I’m bummed because I was about to order.

    • No, I don’t think so. Talalay latex is great stuff, but the foams used in the re-designed version are just as good and better in many ways. The performance is better and the feel is still similar.

      Even though the old Alexander had latex in it did not have a pronounced latex feel as you might imagine due to the thick padded cover on top. If you are looking for that very responsive latex feel you’ll want to go with something that is entirely latex in the comfort layer.

    • Hi Teo, I just heard from Joe from Nest regarding more info on why they made the switch from Talalay. Here’s what he said, “We were going for a feel similar to Tempurpedic, the Talalay early on made the bed sink too much in the lower back region. Talalay is a VERY soft material and we only had it in the soft for a short amount of time and customers didn’t like the feel.”

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