The Love & Sleep by Nest Bedding is aiming to provide all of the benefits of a foam mattress at a price that is a good value. This is Nest Bedding’s least expensive model and it comes in two different firmness levels, Medium and Firm, for this review I took a look at the Medium version to see what it has to offer. Interested in learning more about the Love & Sleep? Read on for my full review!
Due to their belief that no single mattress could be the perfect fit for everyone, Nest bedding carries a line of mattresses that vary in design and feel to help find the perfect fit for you. All of their mattresses are made in the United States and can be shipped directly to your door or purchased in one of their stores across the country. Their other most popular mattresses include the Nest Alexander Signature and the Nest Alexander Hybrid. In this review I take a look at their value model, the Love & Sleep, and put it through our Sleepopolis tests to see how it performs.
The Love & Sleep from Nest bedding is an all foam mattress made up of three layers totalling 10 inches in height. The mattress comes in two firmness levels, Medium and Luxury Firm, but for this review I took a look only at the Medium Version.
Cover – The cover of the Love & Sleep is made with a phase change material, which helps to regulate temperature to ensure you don’t sleep too hot. It is also very thin, making it pretty breathable and allowing air to flow through the mattress, helping the cooling process. I should also note that the cover is pretty stretchy and regains its shape pretty quickly after being pulled, so you shouldn’t worry about it bunching when you change positions in bed.
Comfort Layer – The layer closest to the sleeper consists of 3 inches of 2.8 lb density energex foam. This type of foam is a bit of a mix between latex foam and memory foam, so it provides good pressure relief with some bounce to it. I found it to be soft and to respond quickly to pressure.
Transition Layer – Below the comfort layer sits 1 inch of polyfoam with a 1.8 lb density. This layer acts to more gradually transition the sleeper from the soft comfort layer to the firm base layer below. This layer is interesting in that it is convoluted to allow more airflow through the mattress to help with temperature regulation.
Base Layer – The base of the mattress is 6 inches of high density (1.8 lb) polyfoam. This layer forms the foundation of the mattress, supporting the comfort layer above as well as providing support to the sleeper. This is also the layer that gives the mattress its shape and lends some durability to the structure.
Differences of Luxury Firm – The firmer version of the mattress shares the same cover as the Medium, however the construction of the layers is a little different. Whereas the Medium model has three layers, the Luxury Firm is made up of two layers. The comfort layer is 2 inches of energex foam with a 2.8 lb density. This layer is then immediately supported by 8 inches of high density foam for the base. By shortening the comfort layer and moving directly to the high density base, Nest creates a firmer mattress with similar materials.
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To first get an idea for the feel of the Love & Sleep I pressed down into the mattress, and as I mentioned before I found the top of the mattress to be pretty soft. It also responds quickly to pressure and regains its shape after pressure is removed. This combination should provide good pressure relief, but keep you from feeling stuck in the mattress.
Due to different sizes and body types, everyone will feel firmness a little differently. Rather than just taking my word for it, I brought in three other people to try the mattress and give their opinion on the overall firmness level. The wider range of responses should give you a better sense of the range you can expect from the Love & Sleep.
All four of the Sleepopolis testers found that the Love & Sleep landed between a 5.5 and 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This places the mattress squarely in the medium firmness range, meaning it should be a good fit if your sleeping preferences aren’t too specific.
In my opinion the combination of the contouring and bounce of the mattress create a good general feel for a medium firmness level. This general feel meant that I felt a similar level of comfort when I tested the Love & Sleep while lying on my back, stomach, and side.
Instead of just describing the firmness and feel of the mattress, I wanted to give a visual representation of where you may feel pressure points form while lying on the Love & Sleep. To do this, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
The pressure map shows that while I was on my back the Love & Sleep helps to distribute my weight evenly and no pressure points form in this position. The energex foam top layer provided good pressure relief and I felt a little bit of contouring while in this position. To go along with the pressure relief, the mattress also had a good bounce to it which allowed me to change positions without interference.
Once on my side the results on the pressure map show a bit of increased pressure, which is to be expected as I concentrate more of my weight over a smaller surface area. Side sleepers need to be careful of how a mattress handles pressure at the shoulders and hips as these areas can often cause trouble if a mattress is too firm.
In my test of the mattress I was pretty comfortable in this position and felt that the Love & Sleep kept my back in a good position. I would recommend the Medium version of the Love & Sleep to side sleepers over the Firm version.
Finally, lying on my stomach the pressure map shows that the Love & Sleep has again helped to evenly distribute my weight. I didn’t feel pressure on my chest and was able to breathe easily in this position, and the results confirm this and show blue for low pressure across my body.
I also felt that the mattress kept my hips up so I didn’t have any issues with too much arch in my spine shipped directly to your door or purchased in one of their stores across the country that would cause aches in the morning. Stomach sleepers often prefer a firm mattress and if you primarily sleep in this position I recommend you have a look at the Firm version of the Love & Sleep.
If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when someone gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. The next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion transfer that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The 4 inch drop simulates someone rolling around or adjusting positions in the middle of the night and we see a small disturbance to the other side of the mattress. There is an initial spike, but it the motion quickly dies out and this shouldn’t be cause too much issue for the sleeper.
The 8 and 12 inch drops are meant to show the expected disturbance if someone climbs into or out of bed on the other side of the mattress. We see larger spikes with these drops, as expected, and the tails of the motion last a bit longer than the shorter drop. I should note that the Love & Sleep did not perform as well on this test as the Alexander Signature series, which is a more luxurious model.
In order to get a good idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, an 8 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, and a 50 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 8 lb medicine ball: A little more than 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
If you are going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, then edge support is an important attribute for you to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattress, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the side of the Love & Sleep.
While lying on my back near the edge of the Love & Sleep I felt secure in my position near the side of the mattress and had even support from the mattress. When changing positions I still felt confident that I wouldn’t roll out of bed. Even as I lied hanging over the edge I didn’t feel as though the mattress compressed much under that weight.
This position is meant to simulate putting my shoes on in the morning or getting into bed at night and as you can see from the image above causes a bit more compression to the side of the mattress. This is to be expected as all of my weight is concentrated over a single area and results like this are pretty common among foam mattresses.
- Sleep Trial: 100 night trial period
- Warranty: Nest offers a lifetime warranty!
- Shipping: The mattress ships free to the continental United States and it will arrive compressed in a box.
- Retail: Nest Bedding has 11 stores located around the country.
- GREENGUARD Gold Certified: Production of the Love & Sleep meets Greenguard’s standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air.
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Convinced the Nest Love & Sleep is the right choice for you? Head over to Nest to place your order!
Is the Love & Sleep the right mattress for you?
Now that we’ve discussed the construction and feel of the mattress, and put it through our Sleepopolis review tests, it’s time to say who I would recommend the Nest Love & Sleep to. This would be a good fit if you are:
- Interested in a medium firmness level – If your sleep needs aren’t too specific or you sleep in multiple positions during the night, the Love & Sleep provides a good general feel.
- Looking for a mattress with bounce – The top layer of the mattress responds to pressure quickly to allow you to adjust your sleeping position easily while on the mattress. This bounce helps to ensure you won’t feel stuck in the mattress.
- Want a good deal – The quality of the materials used in the mattress, and the performance on the tests we put it through during this review, make the Love & Sleep a great deal at the price.
If you’re looking for more information on the Love & Sleep mattress, check it out over at NestBedding.com.
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