Today, looking for the ideal mattress for your bed can be nerve-wracking. The market is full of many suppliers, all claiming how good their products are. On the bright side, most of these suppliers are readily accessible both in physical stores and online. One such supplier is Nest Bedding. The firm is famously known for its long experience in the manufacture of high-quality mattresses. In this review, you will get to find a detailed account of their Alexander Hybrid Mattress. Let’s find out whether this brand lives up to its company’s name.
Mattress Construction, Materials, and Specifications
The Alexander Hybrid mattress is a luxury mattress manufactured in the United States by utilizing eco-friendly materials. It is one of the most popular hybrid pocket coils and foam mattress among users. Its innovative features and comfort have earned this luxury brand respect across the globe.
The mattress has a total thickness of 13 inches, composed of four distinct layers.
The Top Layer – Consists of 2 inches, 1.5 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) quilted foam cover. The cover is well designed to allow airflow within the mattress, enabling you to have a relaxed night’s sleep. The foam cover also significantly reduces pressure at contact points between your body and the mattress.
The Second Layer – It’s composed of 2 inches, 3.5 PCF copper infused gel memory foam. This layer provides extra body comfort and cooling. Copper is a good conductor of heat, enabling the mattress to keep body heat away and maintain the surface temperature of the top layer. The copper-infused gel layer is meant to keep the body heat further away.
The Third Layer – Consists of 2 inches, 1.8 PCF SmartFlow foam. It is a significant support layer but also augments the cooling effect of the mattress.
The Fourth Layer – It’s made up of 7 inches of quantum edged pocket support coils. This layer is the primary support foundation for the whole mattress. While the support coils are resistant to body compression pressure, they also provide push back support to the other layers. This feature enables a balanced, bouncy feel as you sleep. The Queen Size model has a total coil count of 1,872.
Mattress Cover, Feel, and Looks
The mattress cover is made of a combination of polyester and rayon in the ratio 1:4 respectively. Also, there is a polyurethane foam pad that improves comfort by reducing the pressure on your body and the mattress. The three materials provide an excellent combination of cooling ability and breathing ease to the user. It’s also good to note that the three elements are eco-friendly and CertiPUR-US certified.
The cover has a leafy, floral pattern woven on the upper face making the mattress look classy and elegant. The four edges have a blend of blue and white colors making the bed look like a transitional traditional to a modern element, loved by both males and females.
The new hybrid mattress version has a top layer of comfort foam on the cover that creates a more pronounced contoured hug around users. The quilted foam upper layer also provides balanced support and reduced pressure at points in contact with the mattress, further adding on to the comfort as you sleep.
Nest Bedding also updated their support structure system to a five zone coil base from Leggett & Platt. The layer support helps to ensure more comfort is available where you need it and less where you don’t. This feature goes a long way to improving your spinal alignment when sleeping. The Alexander mattress also offers a high bounce as a result of the hybrid support coils. The infused copper gel foam provides a cooling effect within the mattress ensuring you have a good night’s sleep.
Most mattresses are not thick enough and only feel soft to lightweight users. Heavier users tend to press through the upper comfort layers and explore more of the lower support layers. However, the 13-inch thick Alexander mattress does not have this effect. The mattress can support all weights within the top layer, regardless of the number of users on the bed.
Motion Transfer and Sinkage
It is important to note that motion transfer and sinkage for any mattress depends on the weight of the user. However, using an average person as a benchmark and comparing mattresses’ performance, the Alexander Hybrid outperforms most of them.
The edge support for this mattress is also outstanding compared to others on this level. The quantum edge pocketed coils seem to have a similar effect in the middle as well as the sides of the mattress. A lying or sleeping test on this bed did not suffer a “roll off” consequence or excessive compression.
A motion transfer test shows that this mattress is better than memory foam mattresses on the market. It’s evident that the hybrid coils provide a high bounce to the users and the Alexander is no exception. The bed only shakes just a little after continuous usage but not too extreme to disturb your sleep. This feature also makes the Alexander unique and better than most of its competitors.
Regarding sinkage, it’s good to note that most mattress reviewers have their independent sinkage tests. Our tests show that this hybrid coil mattress resulted in a mere 1.5 to 4.0 inches of sinkage. Your exact sinkage value will largely depend on the sleeping position. Sitting on the edge or standing on a particular point on the mattress will result in a higher sinkage value.
Firmness and Support
This mattress comes in two firmness options. On a scale of one to 10, with one being the least firm and 10 being the most firm, the Alexander Hybrid can be rated as a medium mattress. Its exact rating falls between 5.5 and 6.0 for most users. On the luxury scale, this mattress scores a whopping 7.5, reflecting its high quality. The previous version was quite soft and scored 5.0 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
The firm upgraded the mattress to ensure that it suits the comfort levels of many sleepers mainly because it’s available in two firmness levels. However, the challenge was centered on cooling and heat retention of the mattress. The company solution involved the use of low-density comfort foams and a more breathable fire sock.
An ideal mattress should provide enough depth within the top comfort layer to support shoulders and hips while staying firm when a user switches to the stomach or back. Regarding support, the Alexander Hybrid mattress does just that. It can provide a firm, balanced comfort to the user in all sleeping positions. This feature surprisingly remains the same when a heavy person sleeps alongside a light person.
Most users do not have an issue with heat retention in mattresses, but a couple complains by Alexander Hybrid customers have been on record. However, the figure is less than 15 percent and does not cause much concern to potential buyers.
The hybrid mattress does an excellent job of not sleeping hot due to the SmartFlow foam layers, the copper-infused gel foam, as well as the pocketed coils. Sometimes, the individual features may have a specific problem and may not work as intended. The combination of all the elements counters this issue, ensuring the mattress is more relaxed than most of its competitors.
Mattress Smell and Off-Gassing
Apart from the usual “new mattress” smell when you take it out of the packaging box, no other weird smell is associated with the Alexander mattress. The “new mattress” smell disappears in a couple of days even without using the mattress. The Alexander Hybrid matress is made of eco-friendly materials that are certified as safe for use by humans.
Also, the quantum edged support coils and foam layers within the mattress provide ample space to allow air circulation. These air spaces significantly reduce the degree of off-gassing associated with most foam mattresses.
Pros and Cons
The Alexander Hybrid Mattress is a good option if you require the following features in a bed.
- Balanced body bounce – The bed has a layer of quantum edge support pocketed coils that offer a high bounce. It also has a medium firmness feel that suits many types of sleepers.
- Cool mattress – The mattress has a copper-infused gel foam layer, a smartflow layer, and pocketed coils that work together to create a relaxed bed. This combination also ensures heat the mattress does not retain heat, giving you a good night’s sleep.
- Minimal motion transfer – The Alexander outperforms most of its competitor in the motion transfer tests. Motion transfer in this mattress is only noticeable when you move around aggressively. With the hybrid, you do not have to worry about disturbing your partner.
- Perfect edge support – This is one of the best features in the Alexander mattress. The mattress does not have a “roll over” effect when you sit or lie on any of its edges. There is no noticeable difference between lying down in the middle and sitting at the sides of this mattress.
The Alexander Hybrid Mattress may not be for you if:
- You cannot withstand slight heat retention – Although the mattress is well designed, it does not guarantee 100 percent cooling. Some users, although not a large percentage, have complained that the bed retains body heat within its structure.
- You have a very tight budget – While Nest Bedding offers financing options for its products, the Alexander mattress is quite expensive. The costs for the beds start from $800.
- You plan to make your order from overseas – Some of the post-buy features are only available in the US. For example, the 101-nights trial period is not allowed for international purchases.
Company Pricing and Customer Service
The Alexander mattress is available in the typical Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King Sizes. It also comes in split King, and split California King. Any choice works just as well and depends on taste, use, and of course your budget.
With regards to customer services, the Nest Bedding Company is known to be very responsive to their online customers, despite its size. Joe Alexander, the owner, and his team are quite friendly and helpful to customers in their physical stores. This customer focus strategy goes a long way to guarantee you a great purchase experience.
Apart from excellent customer services, the firm also offers many post-buy features. Some include;
- A risk-free trial period of 101 nights. The trial period has a hundred percent money back guarantee and no shipping or hidden charges. However, this feature does not include international orders.
- A 20-year full replacement warranty. However, the warranty does not cover intentional damage claims.
- Free Shipping within the United States. All orders arrive in three to seven days compressed in a box.
- Available financing options if you are working on a tight budget.
- A lifetime comfort guarantee.
This review covers the new revamped version of the Alexander mattress introduced in May 2016. The new version only adopted a more general firmness option. However, the firm still needs to improve by adding more firmness options to suit the different types of sleepers. For now, the mattress is available in two levels, the medium, and the luxury firmness options.