Our Nest Alexander Hybrid Review
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The Alexander Hybrid is one of the best-sleeping mattresses for a couple that you can buy online.
Last year, Nest Bedding recently released its third hit, the Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress, and we finally had a chance to give it a thorough review.
There's a lot to review.
The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select has as many advanced technologies in it as it has words in its name, including: gel infused foam, pocketed coils and ventilated foam layers.
It also offers three comfort level choices for any need.
We are going to look at the Alexander Hybrid mattress in a lot of detail in this review, noting areas where the it performs well and a few of the areas where it falls short.
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About Nest Bedding
Nest Bedding was an early entrant in the direct-to-consumer mattress industry. They started in 2011, just when the industry was starting to pick up steam and attract attention.
Today, Nest Bedding has grown to become one of the leading mattress-in-a-box companies.
Nest continues to execute their strategy of selling high-quality products using advanced technology to provide a perfect balance between comfort and support.
Nest Bedding started as a family business and remains so today. They are committed to providing a great sleeping experience to their customers through their wide range of quality sleeping products.
Nest runs six showroom locations, where you can visit and view their products.
Current store locations include Studio City, CA, San Francisco, CA, Santa Monica, CA, New York City, Mountain View, CA, and Berkeley, CA.
To Nest Bedding, the wellness of the community around them matters as much as their business.
One of their most prominent community programs involves a collaboration with Carter’s Kids, a charity dedicated to building community play parks for kids across the United States.
In addition, Nest Bedding keeps its entire production process in the US, thus guaranteeing the highest quality products and playing an important role in boosting their local economy.
The Alexander Hybrid's price is a bit higher than most other online foam mattresses, but it's about the same as its predecessor, the Alexander Signature Select.
But, considering all of the new technology packed into this mattress and the excellent performance, I think the price is warranted.
The cost of an Alexander Hybrid remains far below what you would pay at a brick and mortar store for a similar quality mattress.
Here are the retail prices before discounts are applied.
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Nest Bedding has one online selling point for their Alexander Hybrid Signature Select.
If you are interested in buying this mattress, then go to the product page here.
The Nest site is the only recommended place to buy the mattress.
Unlike the Alexander Signature Series, you will notice that there are three firmness options for the Alexander Hybrid – plush, medium and luxury firm.
After you choose your preferred Feel, then all you have to choose is size.
You will also see an option for an Affirm financing plan that starts at around $50 a month for a Twin (if you qualify). This is a pocket-friendly way to enjoy your Nest Bedding mattress, if your budget is a bit tight.
Shipping & Delivery
Nest Bedding has a fast and efficient delivery system.
For one, it can deliver to all 50 states of the United States, not just the continental part of the country as many other sellers do. They can even deliver to countries outside the US. You'll want to contact the company for a shipping quote for international orders, though.
Every mattress is hand-made to order, a process that takes around 4 to 5 business days. After that, it ships.
Your mattress should be delivered in about a week after you order. For special orders, delivery can stretch to 2-4 weeks.
Upon shipping, you will be provided with a tracking number for your order.
If you need to get your mattress in a shorter time, just contact the team at Nest Bedding, but you may be charged more for expedited shipping.
The mattress is shipped via FedEx, in a compact box. When you receive it, just cut open the box and roll out the mattress on a flat surface.
You can choose white-glove delivery & setup for an up-charge, too.
Nest says the Alexander Hybrid mattress should only be placed on a firm, flat and non-flexible base – not on slats.
Styling / Aesthetics
With regards to styling, the Alexander Hybrid has an elegant, luxurious look.
Though in my personal opinion, aesthetics doesn't matter nearly as much as performance. But still, it's nice to have a good looking mattress, especially if it's for a guest room.
The top half of the mattress is off-white with a blue lip running all around its circumference. This is matched by the blue shade that takes up the bottom half of the mattress.
The soft comfy surface is patterned with grooves and graphics that add to the elegant look of the mattress.
Mattress technology is an area where the Alexander Hybrid really sets itself apart from its rivals, including its sibling the Alexander Signature Select.
While the Signature Select had a lot of great features – especially its SmartFlow and edge support foams – the Hybrid includes four specific technologies that improve temperature control and support.
Let's start with the top most gel memory foam layer. Instead of the usual flat foam strip, the top layer has a convoluted structure (like a tray of eggs). This enhances air circulation, keeping the surface cool and dry.
The second innovation is the incorporation of copper into the same top layer.
Gel-infused foam is common in several other mattress brands. It helps a lot with temperature regulation. But the really innovative aspect is the addition of copper.
Copper is an extremely efficient conductor of heat, and the use of it in a gel foam makes the Alexander Hybrid one of the best mattresses in terms of temperature control. As a bonus, copper is also an antimicrobial.
A fourth advanced feature (shared with the Alexander Select) is the SmartFlow foam layer. This layer consists of punched foam to ensure maximum airflow for maximum breathability and comfort.
Finally, the Nest Alexander Hybrid uses innovative pocketed coil units with a coil edge support system. The 1,620 coils in the Queen provide great overall support for the mattress, while the edge support system ensures the edge does not sink too much when you sleep close to it or sit on it.
Edge support is one area where most memory foam mattresses fail, but not here.
Here is a layer-by-layer walkthrough of Alexander Hybrid’s Medium mattress construction that explains how it achieves its superb performance.
0.25″ of Gel-Infused Memory Foam
When you lie on the Alexander Hybrid, the first thing you'll notice is the ultra-soft quilted top foam layer. This 4 lb foam is 1/4 inch thick and covered in a zippered stretch fabric cover that performs well in temperature control.
3″ TitanChill Endurance Foam Layer (comfort layer)
1″ SmartFlow Foam Layer (support)
This punched-foam layer complements the temperature-control functions of the second and first layers. This layer ensures that your body is well-supported with proper alignment of the spine.
The structure of this layer continues to help air flow freely through the mattress, allowing heat and moisture to be carried away.
8″ of Zoned Pocket Coils with Edge Support
The bottom layer has zoned pocketed coil units for added foundational support.
Around the edges, there is also a perimeter of coils that give the Alexander Hybrid its superb edge support.
The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select has a zippered cover like many other mattresses.
It is woven from a soft stretchy fabric that covers the top comfort foam layer. This smooth, removable fabric sleeps cool and comfortable.
If you need an even more plush sleeping experience, get the optional Alexander Signature Select topper. It sells for $159 on the Nest Bedding website.
This 2-inch breathable topper easily attaches to the mattress and is a great choice for those who find the mattress itself to be on the firm side.
Alexander Hybrid Signature Select has three firmness choices.
The Plush comfort level is the softest, rating about 3 out of 10 on the firm scale, where 10 is the firmest.
The Medium feel is the single best-fit mattress that is ideal for most people. The firmness of this mattress is slightly on the softer side of medium firm, scoring around a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 = extremely soft and 10 = rock hard.
This is firm enough to support back and side sleepers and soft enough to hug stomach sleepers.
The Luxury Firm rates about an 8 out of 10 in firmness, or slightly firmer than most foam mattresses.
Nest Bedding uses CertiPUR-US certified foams, meaning that they are of a high quality with no dangerous chemicals used.
The result is a mattress with minimal to no off-gassing.
Unless you are highly smell-sensitive, you won't notice a new-mattress smell. Your mattress will be good to sleep in as soon as it arrives. No need to air it for hours or days until it the smell dissipates.
OK, the Hybrid Signature Select has a ton of technology.
But how does it sleep?
The answer, supported by our own experience and lots of happy customer reviews, is a resounding “really well”.
The Alexander Hybrid has been described by some customers as the most comfortable mattress on the internet. I'm not sure how anyone really knows this (we haven't tried all of them, yet) – but it's definitely one of the top 2 or 3 we've slept on, so far.
One thing you'll immediately notice about the Alexander Hybrid is the pleasurable bounce it produces, almost like an innerspring mattress. This is an aspect that sexually-active couples will really appreciate.
Surprisingly enough, that bounce does not result in more motion transfer. This combination is rare in any mattress and is perfect for sexually active couples.
In terms of sinkage, the Hybrid Select performs as well as most medium-firm foam mattresses (sorry, we didn't measure the inches of depression on this one).
If you like a bit more of a ‘snug' feeling, then add the 2-inch topper.
Edge sinkage is well-controlled on the Alexander Hybrid, which is different than most other memory foam mattresses. Foam mattress edges often depress far too easily, making the bed unstable as you roll away from the center. The heavier you are, the worse the problem gets.
On this mattress, the edge coil support ensures that the edges hold firm. The Hybrid Select is one of the firmest-edged foam mattresses we've tested.
With regards to motion transfer, the individual pocketed coils do a great job preventing the distribution of motion from one point on the mattress to another.
Which means you and your partner will sleep well, even if one of you is the fidgety type.
The Alexander Hybrid is one of the coolest mattresses we've tested. Which makes sense, given all the features Nest incorporated to help you sleep cool.
From the breathable fabric, to the convoluted foam at the top, to the copper-infused gel foam layer and the ventilated coils, a lot of effort has been put into making sure cool air and moisture flow through, and out of, this mattress.
Bottom-line, you won't need a cooling pad with the Alexander Hybrid.
Nest Bedding has one of the best warranties in the online mattress industry.
The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select is covered by an outstanding lifetime warranty (original buyer only) that covers workmanship issues and defects in material. They also provide a lifetime comfort guarantee.
This is an indication of how much confidence the company has in the quality and durability of its product.
The full trial period is 100 nights, about average in the industry.
Nest Bedding requires that customers try the Alexander Hybrid for a minimum of 30 days before initiating a return request. This gives you and your partner enough time to adjust to the new mattress.
If after 30 days you still feel that the Alexander Hybrid is not to your liking, then you may return it for a full refund or for an exchange with another mattress from Nest Bedding.
To qualify for a return, however, the mattress must not be stained or damaged in any way.
Note that you will not be charged a fee for a return.
The company will coordinate with delivery staff to pick up the mattress and donate it to a local charity.
If you live outside of the normal delivery area, then you may be asked to make the donation yourself and to show proof of donation before being given a refund or a new mattress.
Pros & Cons
- One of the most comfortable mattresses you can buy online.
- Excellent cooling performance: one of the best in the industry.
- Extra-long 20 year warranty.
- Perfect for loving couples: the unusual blend of a bouncy feel plus low motion transfer means this one's great for sleeping AND sex. That combination is hard to find.
- Excellent edge support.
- A bit pricey. But still a strong value.
The Alexander Hybrid Select is Perfect For You If…
You and your partner are looking for a high-quality, cool-sleeping mattress and are willing to pay for quality.
But remember: by ordering direct you'll still pay $1,000 less than TempurPedic and other luxury quality hybrids.
Nest Bedding created a high-tech mattress that is really does offer a perfect blend of support, coolness and comfort to ensure a perfect night's sleep for most people.
If you've suffered from cheap foam mattresses with hot spots and soggy edges, then upgrade to the Alexander Hybrid Signature Select.
You will not be disappointed.
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