If you’re on the prowl for a mattress that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive, the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid could be the bed for you. Featuring plush foam layers over sturdy pocketed coils, this model is both cozy and durable. But is it right for your unique slumber needs?
To find out, take a peek at my full review of the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress. After personally conducting a series of tests on the bed, I want to share with you how I think it does when it comes to firmness, pressure relief, and motion transfer. I’ll also delve into the company behind the bed, the materials that go into it, and its pros and cons.
Let’s jump in! If you’re in a rush, I’ve got you covered — head on down to the end of the page for a short summary.
First, let’s take a peek at the place where the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid mattress is made: Nest Bedding. Founded in 2011, the family-owned business sells a variety of different bedding products, such as pillows, blankets, bed frames, and, of course, mattresses. Plus, they help the whole family rest by providing sleeping essentials for pets and children.
While I won’t go over all of Nest’s products, I will quickly compare the Nest Alexander Hybrid to the Nest Love & Sleep and the Nest Hybrid Latex, so you can get a better idea if this mattress is the one for you.
And now, join me as I break down the bed layer by layer.
What is the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Made of?
Nest has designed its Alexander Hybrid mattress with both softness and support in mind. It consists of various layers that combine to create a mattress that’s as comfortable as it is durable. To get an idea of how all this works, let’s take a look inside, one layer at a time.
Cover – To kick us off, we have the cover. It’s thin, but soft, with foam quilted into the fabric, which gives the bed some sinkage from the get-go. Infused within this foam is copper, which is naturally cooling. If you tend to overheat, this feature may appeal to you. Nest refers to the cover’s fabric as Thermic Phase Change Cooling, a name which emphasizes that it’s designed to keep you from feeling toasty when getting some shut-eye.
Comfort – Next up is the comfort layer made of Nest’s TitanChil Endurance foam, which is a polyurethane foam that responds quickly to pressure, so you won’t feel stuck. In spite of the material’s buoyant feel, you’re still likely to experience some nice pressure relief as you press into the structure. Side sleepers will particularly like this layer since it should give them some relief at tense spots in their hips and shoulders.
Transition – To ease you into the sturdier coils below, there’s a transition layer of SmartFlow Support foam. It has punched holes in it to maximize airflow, adding another way for the mattress to help keep you cool.
Support – Moving on down, you’ll land on an eight-inch section of pocketed coils. This tall coil system provides the bed with most of its support, firmness, and bounce. The coils have also been reinforced around the edges to maximize the usable surface area of the mattress. This strong edge support could be a big plus for couples or folks looking for stability from the center of the bed all the way to the side.
Base – All these layers rest on top of a one-inch, three-pound support foam base. You won’t really feel this section while lying on top of the bed, but it does give the coils above something off of which to bounce and react.
What Does the Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress Feel Like?
Now that I’ve taken you through the makings of this mattress, it’s time to answer a very important question: Is the Nest Alexander Hybrid comfortable? I’m glad you asked! Let’s go over how it feels by first checking out its firmness.
But first, allow me to note that your preferences may differ from mine — I’m not talking about something that’s “one size fits all.” Your firmness preference is going to be dictated by your size, weight, shape, and the position you prefer sleeping in. For reference, I’m 5’10”, weigh 190 lbs., and prefer sleeping on my stomach.
After laying on the mattress, I think it’s firmness is right in the middle between soft and firm. Using a scale from 1 (the softest) to 10 (the firmest), I give it a 6.5 out of 10 rating. For reference, the industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5.
I gave it a 6.5 because, while I sank in a smidge because of the softer foams on top, I still felt like it offered fantastic support. I think combination sleepers who switch from laying on their back to their side at night will enjoy this level of support. I also felt like it gives an even amount of sturdiness and softness when in multiple sleeping positions. And speaking of switching positions, I found that to be quite easy due to the mattress’s great bounce and mobility, which made it so I never felt trapped in the foam layers.
I’ll cover how it fairs for strict back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers ahead. For now, I’ll just say that while stomach sleepers who switch positions will likely find this acceptable, strict stomach sleepers may want something firmer to help with spinal alignment.
Testing the Nest Alexander Hybrid Mattress
Firmness isn’t the only aspect of a mattress that matters. With that in mind, I’d like to show you the results of the pressure relief and motion transfer tests I conducted on the Nest Alexander Hybrid.
Let’s start off by checking out the mattress’s pressure-relieving capabilities. When it comes to pressure relief, I’m talking about how well a bed is able to alleviate tension in areas such as the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To test this out on the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid, I decided to use a pressure relief map. This allowed me to monitor the force I was applying on the mattress when kicking back and relaxing on it. Also, it gave a super clear indication of the locations of each pressure spot. When you look at the pressure map, notice that it uses a gradient from blue to red, with blue meaning no discernible pressure and red meaning very high pressure.
Back – I think back sleepers who like having a little softness to their mattress will appreciate the gentle foam layers on top of this bed. As the pressure map indicates, there was blue throughout when I laid on my back, meaning there was no discernible pressure. And while I felt a little sinkage in the bed’s foam layers, I felt well-supported, thanks to the interior section of pocketed coils.
Side – Strict side sleepers will want something with a bit of softness to prevent jamming in the joints, shoulders, and hips. In my opinion, side sleepers who want an extra plush mattress that allows them to sink in for deep pressure relief may want to go with a softer mattress than the Alexander Hybrid. But, folks who switch between their side and another position in the night will likely find plenty of comfort on this bed.
Stomach – If you only spend a portion of your time on your stomach, I think you’ll find the bed offers an adequate level of support. However, stomach sleepers will likely want something a bit firmer in order to keep their hips, spine, and shoulders nicely aligned.
Now let’s look at the motion transfer test and its results. Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement that’s noticeable from one side of the bed to the other. So, if you sleep with someone next to you, you’ll likely want to see as little motion transfer as possible.
To test this out, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball onto the mattress from varying heights that simulated different scenarios. For reference, the four-inch drop simulated tossing and turning at night, the eight-inch drop simulated getting out of bed, and the 12-inch drop simulated what it would feel like if your bedmate started using the bed as a trampoline (side note: I don’t recommend doing that).
After measuring each drop’s resulting disturbance, I was able to create the nifty graphic ahead to show you the results. The bigger the graphic’s lines are, the bigger the disturbance the drop created.
While motion transfer can often be problematic for hybrid mattresses, I was really impressed by the results. The Nest Alexander Hybrid did a great job at isolating motion transfer, due to the upper layers of foam and the lower layer of sturdy coils. This means, if you share a bed, you’re a lot less likely to be stirred awake if your bedmate rolls around or gets up at night. Because of this, I think this would make an excellent mattress for couples.
Other Nest Models
Earlier, I mentioned that Nest Bedding makes more than just the Nest Alexander Hybrid. If you want to see how it holds up compared to the Nest Hybrid Latex and the Nest Love & Sleep, then this section is for you!
Nest Hybrid Latex
- Just like the Nest Alexander Hybrid, I give the Nest Hybrid Latex a 6.5 out 10 on the firmness scale. This support level should appeal to folks who can’t decide between how firm or soft they want their mattress. The support also gives it some bounce that makes it easy for most folks to switch between their back and their side. Unfortunately, the Nest Hybrid Latex doesn’t alleviate pressure quite as well as the memory foam found in the Nest Alexander Hybrid, plus it’s likely to be more expensive.
- The Nest Hybrid Latex has a different feel than the foams found in the Nest Alexander Hybrid. This is because it’s a latex mattress, meaning it has a quicker response to pressure and more bounce than other foams. It also means that you’re likely to sleep more on top of the Nest Hybrid Latex, when compared to the Nest Alexander Hybrid. Finally, latex tends to sleep cooler than other foams, while at the same time being a bit more durable.
- Want more info on this model to see how it stacks up? Head over to my full review of the Nest Hybrid Latex mattress!
Nest Love & Sleep
- Unlike the Nest Alexander Hybrid, the Nest Love & Sleep comes in two levels of firmness. I gave one level a 5.5 firmness rating (Nest refers to this at the Medium model), and the other a 6.5 (Nest calls this the Firm model).
- The Nest Love & Sleep consists entirely of foam, which means it won’t isolate motion transfer as well as the Nest Alexander Hybrid, which uses coils to offset this. So, if you share a bed, you’re more likely to feel your bedmate’s movement with this mattress rather than if you went with one of Nest Bedding’s hybrid models.
- To learn even more about this model, take a look at my full review of the Love & Sleep mattress!
Is Nest a Good Mattress?
The Nest Alexander Hybrid provides great pressure relief for back/side sleepers, and it does a superb job of containing motion transfer. The pocketed coils and various layers of soft foam make this a hybrid mattress that’s smack dab in the middle of the firmness scale.
Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Pros
- I think the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid could be a great pick for back/side combo sleepers. Not only is the mattress bouncy enough to make changing positions a breeze, but there’s enough pressure relief and support to ensure comfort in both positions.
- Because it did such a stellar job with isolating motion transfer, and it’s right in the middle between firmness and softness, I think this could be a solid choice for couples.
- The plush foam layers on top allow your hips to sink in, which could help alleviate symptoms of hip pain.
Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid Cons
- This mattress may not be the best fit for hot sleepers. This doesn’t surprise me, given that memory foam mattresses tend to trap body heat. While the cover will help keep you cool, I don’t think it does enough to keep this mattress from feeling a little too warm.
- From what I can tell, if you’re looking for a mattress for heavy people, you are going to want a firmer mattress than this one. This is because the Nest Alexander Hybrid doesn’t do a great job at supporting your hips, shoulders, and spine, which can lead to waking up with aches and pains that otherwise could have been avoided.
Nest Bedding Policies
- Shipping – Free
- Trial – 100 Night
- Warranty – Lifetime
How Much Does The Nest Hybrid Cost?
Below are the standard prices for the Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid but be sure to check out our Nest Coupon page to learn how to save on your purchase!
|Twin||39" x 75" x 13.5"||$799|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 13.5"||$899|
|Full||54" x 75" x 13.5"||$1,099|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 13.5"||$1,199|
|King||76" x 80" x 13.5"||$1,499|
|California King||72" x 84" x 13.5"||$1,499|
What is the difference between a hybrid and innerspring mattress?
Hybrid mattresses typically offer the same types and sizes of coils found in innerspring mattresses, however, they also use other materials in their construction such as memory foam, gel foam or poly foams.
Can a hybrid mattress be flipped?
Checking with the manufacturer of the specific mattress would be the best way to know if the hybrid mattress purchased can be flipped, but many are designed in a way that they should not be flipped and instead rotated 180 degrees once every 3-6 months. On some hybrid mattresses flipping them would turn the performance side of the mattress upside down.
Will a hybrid mattress sag?
While sagging is not generally an issue with most hybrid models, the memory foam layers on these mattresses are softer creating more sinkage. The performance of a mattress can depend on many factors including the weight of the person sleeping on it. care of the mattress, how often the mattress is slept on and more.
- Edge Support
The Nest Alexander Hybrid is 13.5” deep and constructed from a combination of pocketed coils and foam for great pressure relief and support. I thought this mattress had a slightly softer feel to it, which allows sleepers to sink deep in the foam layers. Still, the pocketed coils keep sleepers from sinking TOO deep, which provides bounce and helps to avoid a “stuck” feeling when changing positions.