- Stays very cool at night thanks to Phase Changing material
- Great presentation – looks like a luxury mattress
- Thicker construction means it’s dense enough for even heavier people
- Good edge support – no ‘roll off’ sensation
- Free shipping & returns, 100 night trial period, lifetime warranty, comfort guarantee
- More motion transfer than an all-foam bed
- Soft option is too soft for back sleepers
- Heavier and harder to move / make bed
The Nest Bedding Alexander Hybrid Luxury Mattress stays very cool at night and is comfortable overall, but this is not our favorite bed. If, however, you want an innerspring type bed that’s cool and soft, this is a good option.
Like the rest of the bed in a box industry, Nest Bedding offers free shipping and free returns with the Luxury Contour Mattress. The bed will arrive compressed at your doorstep in a box. From there you remove all of the packaging and the bed will spring into shape. You can test the mattress for 100 nights to see if you like it. If you do, keep it. That’s great. If you don’t like it, return it for a full refund (as long as you’re within that 100-night trial period). And if you do decide to keep the bed, Nest offers a lifetime warranty, which is great since the industry average warranty length is 10 years.
They even have a lifetime Comfort Guarantee, which no other brand offers. Essentially what Nest does is allow you some downside protection if you don’t end up loving the mattress after that initial 100-night trial period expires. Lets say you want a firmer, softer, larger, or smaller bed, you can purchase another Nest bed at 50% of the its current selling price. You can learn more about the Comfort Guarantee on Nest’s website.
Nest Luxury Contour Mattress Review – Construction
The Luxury Contour is a bit like the Nest Alexander Hybrid Mattress in that it combines foam and coils to give you a bed that’s soft yet has the bounce that you’re used to with an innerspring bed. The only difference here is that Nest uses 3″ pocketed micro-coils with the Luxury Contour, as opposed to 8″ coils on the standard Alexander Hybrid. Among other things, that makes the bed softer and you won’t feel as much upward support from the 3″ coils.
Additionally, the Luxury Contour starts with a 4″ layer of dense support foam and then you have the pocketed coils, while the standard Alexander Hybrid uses the coils as its base layer. It’s similar to Helix Sleep in that the coils are smaller and are sandwiched between layers of foam.
On top of the coils is 1″ of memory foam, then 2″ of Energex foam, which is supposed to allow for better airflow than memory foam and can be more responsive. The Luxury Contour definitely has a little bounce from the springs, but the Energex foam helps to make it so there’s never any ‘stuck in the mud’ sensation when you’re laying on the bed, even though it does incorporate memory foam. Here’s a video comparing Energex and memory foam.
The final layer is 2″ thick and is Copper Phase Change Gel Memory Foam that helps to soften the bed and keep it supremely cool at night. We saw this Phase Change material on the Nest Love & Sleep Mattress as well as with the Cocoon Chill by Sealy Mattress and it’s remarkably efficient at keeping the bed cool. The cover also helps with this and is honestly cool to the touch, which is great if you sleep particularly hot.
The other thing in terms of construction is that this bed is (and all Nest beds are) actually made in Nest’s factory in Phoenix. So, if you wanted to, you could go see your bed being made before it’s delivered to your house. That’s pretty neat, especially if you care about the origin of your bed. It will be shipped directly from their factory to your house.
In terms of the overall design, the bed looks very premium and luxurious. It’s thick, which makes it great for heavier folks that will typically bottom out other beds. It has handles on the side for carrying it, although one of ours broke unfortunately. Also, since this is a heavier bed, making the bed is a little more difficult than with a lighter all-foam bed. At the end of the day though, the mattress looks great…you can tell Nest spent a lot of time designing and building it.
Here’s something that I only recently discovered after pushing the Hybrid Luxury Contour aside. I leaned it up against the wall and now the layers have shifted around a decent amount. After having it up against the wall for a week, the top layers of foam no longer cover the coils at the right side edge. This is clearly a very knit-picky comment, but if you don’t plan to sleep on the bed right away, make sure that you lay it flat and don’t lean it up against the wall. This also means that the Luxury Contour is one of the most difficult beds to move (after you’ve taken it out of the box). It’s heavy and it bends and folds all over the place such that it can get pretty disfigured in the moving process.
Firmness, Motion Transfer & Responsiveness – Nest Alexander Luxury Contour
The Luxury Contour only comes in one feel, which is soft. We think it’s too soft for back sleepers, as the bed does compress quite a bit below your hips. It’s mostly going to be a bed for side sleepers and some combo sleepers (people that rotate between back, side, and stomach). That being said, it is really comfortable.
As for motion transfer, there definitely is some with the bed since it utilizes coils, but it will still be much better than a traditional spring mattress. Responsiveness is immediate. You’re able to switch sleeping positions easily and never feel like your stuck in the bed.
The overall feel of the bed is soft, but not too soft and it doesn’t feel like memory foam, even though the bed does actually have 2.5″ of memory foam. It feels like a plush innerspring bed. Additionally, the bed has low point elasticity, meaning wherever there is pressure, it does affect the surrounding areas…we also experienced this with the softer Helix mattress.
And this is one of the reasons that we don’t recommend the bed for back sleepers. When sleeping on the mattress, I felt drawn to the center where my girlfriend was laying (and not just because she’s gorgeous). With a firmer mattress, you won’t get as much of that ‘move to the middle’ effect.
Pricing & Coupon Code – Nest Hybrid Luxury Contour
Probably the biggest downside to this bed is that it’s expensive. Pricing is above even the standard Alexander beds, making this one of the most expensive bed in a box mattresses that we’ve tried.
– King: $1,749
– California King: $1,749
– Queen: $1,599
– Full: $1,499
– Twin XL: $1,299
– Twin: $1,099
For reference, the average price for a King size bed in a box mattress is about $1,050 (i.e. cheaper than the Twin size Luxury Contour). That said, you can get 8% off a Luxury Contour Mattress with code RIZ8. So, if you decide this is the bed for you, at least you can save $100 at checkout.
Final Thoughts on the Hybrid Luxury Contour Mattress
There’s a lot to like about this mattress, but it’s really only going to be the right bed for a select group of people. You have to want a little of that ‘bounce’ effect from the micro-coils. You have to sleep hot and want a bed that stays cool. You have to be a side or combo sleeper. And you have to have a decent amount of cash laying around. Bottom line is that I do like the bed. I can tell that Nest worked very hard with developing the mattress and there’s a market for it, but for me personally, it’s not the right bed.