Mattress Ratings
  • Motion Isolation
  • Heatiness
  • Lifespan
  • Warranty
  • Price

Summary

The Alexander Medium Memory Foam Mattress from Nest Bedding is a great alternative to Tempurpedic, offers great support and comfort at a fraction of the price.

Made in the USA with high quality materials, Certified Foams and generous trial period to ensure customer satisfaction, the Alexander mattress has been well-received across most review sites.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Needs a firm foundation
  • Edge support could be better
4.8

Full Nest Bedding Alexander Mattress Review

The Nest Bedding Alexander Memory Foam mattress combines a high quality, high density memory foam and a plush quilted top to offer many of the advantages of name brand memory foam beds without the expense and off-gassing and at a fraction of the cost.

Manufactured wholly in the USA with materials sourced locally, offering well-distributed pressure relief at a great price, the Alexander mattress has been ranked at the top of most review sites as the most comfortable mattress.

What Type of Mattress is the Alexander Mattress?

The Alexander Memory Foam mattress by Nest Bedding is designed to be a less expensive alternative to name brand memory foam beds found in most mattress stores.
Nest Bedding, a small family owned business, has a much smaller overhead so they can build a great quality memory foam mattress at a fraction of the cost usually seen in similar quality beds.

Available in 3 firmnesses, the Alexander Memory Foam mattress provides a comfort selection not often found in other online mattress choices.

The Nest Bedding Alexander mattress has a soft, quilted top that provides cushioning and air flow, above a thick, 4 lb gel memory foam layer. The quilted top accounts for the lack of a “stuck in a hole” feeling usually found in most memory foam beds.

The base of the mattress is convoluted, or more commonly known as “egg crate” foam to allow for airflow. Another noticeable distinction is the lack of a heavy chemical smell found in most foam beds.

How Firm is It?

Nest Bedding elected to give consumers the say in what firmness level they prefer, as opposed to other brands which impose one level. The levels are simply called soft, medium and firm. The Nest Bedding Alexander Select Mattress in a roomThe soft is reportedly very soft while the firm is not recommended for side sleepers.

Nest Bedding reports that the majority of the bed sells in the medium style, though firm is a popular choice for heavier customers.

The 100-day trial period (see below) like most online mattress companies is generous and Nest Bedding offers an exchange if you choose the wrong firmness.

Does the Alexander Mattress Offer Good Motion Isolation?

This is one area the Alexander mattress shines. A read through online reviews shows no complaints in this area and it’s easy to see why: we noticed no appreciable movement between partners on the Alexander medium.

Will It Get Hot?

While this is a common complaint with most memory foam beds, the combination of convoluted layers and the quilted top seemed to adequately allow for airflow in and around the bed.

Nest Bedding suggests a good, breathable mattress protector on their beds. They also recommend putting the mattress on slats or a breathable box spring to allow for maximum airflow. The floor or plywood under the bed would prevent the bed from getting good circulation.

How Long Will the Mattress Last?

Taken care of properly, the Alexander Memory Foam mattress should last a solid 10-12 years. This is achieved by using premium materials: the base foam layer consists of 2 lb foam and the top layer is a 4 lb foam. To put that in perspective, the leading memory foam brand, costing thousands, uses 1.5 lb base foams (which is of much lower quality).

made in USA signA breathable protector will prevent moisture and dead skin cells from accumulating in the foam and prematurely breaking down the foam, cutting short the mattress’ life.

The mattress is entirely manufactured in the USA, which guarantees a certain quality standard.

Does The It Smell When New?

The Alexander Memory Foam mattress has almost no detectable scent upon opening and usually the first night, which is the most subject to complaints, is reported smell-free. CertiPUR-US logoThey use CertiPUR-US certified foams to ensure no toxic off-gassing.

In any case, if you happen to smell a new mattress odor of any kind, you can leave the mattress into open air (like with open windows) after removing mattress protectors or sheets used with it. After a few hours, or at worst a few days, the smell will dissipate. In general, this phenomenon is normal for foam mattresses, within safe standards and not harmful.

How Is The Alexander Mattress Structured?

The Alexander Memory Foam mattress consists of a quilted foam top, a 4-inch 4 lb gel memory foam layer over a 7-inch 2 lb foam base layer, both made of polyurethane foam tested and certified by CertiPUR-US (see above).

The Alexander signature mattress sectionThe comfort foam layer (upper part) is a very high density, high resilience memory foam (4 lbs) that is very durable and helps with cooling. This high density memory foam is also expected to last for many years.

The support foam used for the lower layer is a high density poly foam (2 lbs) which reduces the effect of softening of foam.

The entire mattress is covered in a polyester and cotton blend fabric top with a mesh and suede side that gives it a pleasant, clean look.

How big Is this Mattress? What other sizes are available?

The 13-inch Queen-size mattress measures the industry standard 60 by 80 inches and arrives highly compressed in it’s roll-packed packaging. The mattress expands quickly and is ready for use almost immediately. Other sizes available are:

  • Twin (39″ x 75″ x 10″)
  • Twin XL (39″ x 80″ x 10″)
  • Full (54″ x 75″ x 10″)
  • King (76″ x 80″ x 10″)
  • California King (72″ x 84″ x 10″)

The fact that it comes in a relatively small box allows to place it anywhere in the house without worrying about narrow staircases or other space constraints.

Does It Need A Foundation Or A Bed Frame?

Nest Bedding recommends that you place the mattress on a firm foundation like a box spring bed or slatted frames. Any other kind of foundation that is not firm enough can change the comfort levels for sleepers and also affect the health of the mattress over time.

There are some caveats for users who want to place the mattress on the floor. Nest Bedding uses a special spacer cloth on the bottom for optimizing air flow.

When placing it on plywood, cotton rugs or moist surfaces, air flow can be restricted over time leading to mildew and sleeping hot.

Can I Use A Mattress Pad With the Mattress?

Girl reviewing the nest bedding mattressYes, you can use a mattress pad with this mattress. Nest Bedding recommends the use of a protector to help keep the mattress clean. You can also use zippered encasement-style protectors with allergen filters etc. that can give the sleeper an extra layer of protection as well.

According to the manufacturer, you can even use a heating pad without risking any damage or voiding the warranty.

How Do I Care For the Mattress?

Caring for the mattress, as with other memory foam mattresses, is easy.

The cover cannot be removed.  As mentioned above, Nest Bedding recommends a breathable, waterproof mattress protector.

There is no need to air, flip or rotate the mattress because of its special design. The mattress should always be placed with the gray fabric side down.

Is There a Comfort Guarantee?

The return policy is exceptional: the 100 night free return OR exchange policy. Nest Bedding asks that returned beds be donated locally to obtain a refund, benefiting local charities.

What Is the Warranty Offered by Nest Bedding?

Nest Bedding’s warranty is quite impressive and in keeping with its high standards of customer service.

Sign of the nest bedding shop in New York CityThe mattress comes with a 20-year Limited Warranty that covers workmanship flaws or material defects as long as you have been using the mattress as recommended.

The warranty covers defects such as a visible sag more than 1 inch in the foam when there is no weight on it. Most other mattress manufacturers only process sagging claims of 1.25 inches or even 2, so this makes the Alexander warranty terms impressive. The warranty policy applies throughout the 20 year period after purchase, with no pro-rating of the terms.

Note that to avoid voiding warranty you should make sure the mattress is supported by a proper foundation that can carry your weight as well as that of the mattress with proper weight distribution.

In case of doubt, ask them directly if the foundation complies.

How Much Does the Alexander Memory Foam Mattress Cost?

In comparison with other memory high-quality foam mattresses, the Alexander Memory Foam Queen-size mattress is very affordable, with no compromise on materials, craftsmanship, warranty or return policy. Actually, it delivers more value than the more famous, well established competitors.

Currently available at a price of just $1099 (with our TED100 coupon), this mattress offers real value to well informed people not ready to spend thousands, but also wary of the many over-hyped low quality products on the market today.

As in the case of other new generation manufacturers like Saatva and Casper, Nest Bedding Beds are able to offer such a great price because they eliminate the middleman and ship directly to customers.

In summary, here is a quick list of its characteristics:

Pros

  • A very affordable and comfortable alternative to Tempurpedic or iComfort memory foam mattresses
  • Handcrafted in the USA
  • No chemical smells on unboxing
  • 100 night trial
  • 20 years Limited Warranty
  • Consistently top rated across most online review sites

Cons

  • The mattress requires a firm foundation
  • Not all consumers like a memory foam mattress
  • Like most memory foam beds, not the best edge support