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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 15 Mar 2016 10:09 #11

Well this just proves that you cannot rely on individual reviews (consensus reviews might be another matter).

I personally find the mattress to be too firm for my tastes and that it sleeps too hot. Nest is sending me a wool pad to see if it helps with these. As for edge support, it's sufficient; obviously not as much as my old traditional mattress, but probably better than all foam (idk because I've never had one).

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 15 Mar 2016 10:16 #12

scoaste wrote: Well this just proves that you cannot rely on individual reviews (consensus reviews might be another matter).

I personally find the mattress to be too firm for my tastes and that it sleeps too hot. Nest is sending me a wool pad to see if it helps with these. As for edge support, it's sufficient; obviously not as much as my old traditional mattress, but probably better than all foam (idk because I've never had one).


I also think soft is a relative term and can mean something different to each person. My problem with it is that I feel I am literally sinking all the way into the coils creating pressure points. I know they say it has 6" of memory foam but just feeling the side of the bed where the coils stop and foam begins I get nowhere near 6" foam. I am only 140lbs so if I feel that way I can only imagine for someone heavier sleeps on their side on this mattress.

I will say the mattress slept hot to me for the first week or so, I assumed my body had to adjust to it and I was just getting over a cold. After the first week or so the issue went away and I never thought it was hot again.

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 15 Mar 2016 12:59 #13

Scoaste, that is totally not what I expected to hear! Hopefully it's a breaking-in type of issue. I'll be interested to hear your opinions after having slept on it for a while longer, in addition to the difference the wool pad might make. Very interesting.

Zexpress, I saw your thread about the bed being too soft (the same experience it seems Loiloi had) which is where some of my softness concerns come from. I guess it is such subjective and undefined terminology (soft/firm, etc.) that it really isn't very helpful, as Phoenix says.

Who knew mattress selection could ever be this complicated?? Thank you guys so much for responding, regardless!

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 15 Mar 2016 22:21 #14

Melanie, I'm new here, but I can offer my initial impressions on the Alexander Hybrid. Mine just arrived last week and tonight will be my 4th night sleeping on it.

I bought this mattress to replace a Tempurpedic I bought back in 2006. Back then the Tempurpedic only came in one of two options: original or soft. None of the crazy model variety they have today! I had the original, which I remember a lot of people complaining was "too firm," but I loved it, despite being a side sleeper. But I recently moved into a new house, which has a guest room. And when shopping for a guest bed, I realized I was going to be really bummed out if there was a brand new bed in the guest room and I was still sleeping on a 10 year old mattress, which at this point had the beginnings of a perma-dent in the side where I sleep. So I decided I'd go all out and treat myself to brand new mattress and move the old one to the guest room!

When I started shopping for this bed, I did a lot of research and was attracted by some of the positive blog reviews I'd read about the Alexander Hybrid. I really like the feel of foam, but was intrigued by the idea of the hybrid because it sounded like it would be better for non-sleeping bed activities. And if I'm being honest with myself, I love new manufacturing processes and technology, whether it's in the form of a gadget or in the form of...well..a bed.

So, back to my first impressions:
The first night I slept on it, I enjoyed it but I was afraid it was going to be too soft. It was significantly softer than my old mattress. It also feels very different than the Tempurpedic — I don't have the feeling of being "in" the mattress with the Hybrid the way I did on the Tempur (although I did actually like the in-the-mattress feeling). Being on the Hybrid the first night felt to me like I was laying on a marshmallow!

I don't have any issues with chronic pain, with the exception of a nerve on my right hip that would sometimes feel uncomfortable when I slept on that side in my old bed. And despite my fortunate lack of back issues, I still had this idea in my head that a bed needed to be pretty firm to give me great support.

However, over the past few nights, I've actually felt remarkably supported despite my initial concerns about a softer bed. Additionally, I found that by night 3, the bed had firmed up a bit. It's still softer than my old mattress, but not as soft as it was in those first couple of days. It's pretty close to Goldilocks perfect for me, actually. Now that I'm going on my 4th night, I'm really liking the Hybrid a lot! I like that I sink in just slightly for a tiny bit of body hug, but nothing presses on that nerve in my hip like my old mattress did. It didn't even occur to me that my old mattress was the problem until I slept in this bed and stopped having it.

So far my first impressions are positive. I still need a while before I reach my final conclusion about it, but I like it a lot so far! I'm interested to see how the feel of it changes for me over the next few weeks as I break it in and as my body adjusts.

Also worth noting: I bought 2 new pillows when I purchased the mattress (replacing my Tempurpedic pillows). They're the Easy Breather Natural pillows, and I did have to take some of the stuffing out for them to be right for me. The first night I slept on them as they came and I thought they were uncomfortable. Now that I've reduced the amount of filling in them, they're just right.

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 16 Mar 2016 08:40 #15

I wanted to add my 2 cents here as well - mostly because i also found it difficult to find reviews of the alexander hybrid even though the mattress review sites have all been favorable. Perhaps because it's more of a traditional bed the on-line community is not into that as much as they are memory foam or whatever the purple bed is. I've never had a memory foam bed before and my husband is very sensitive to smell, so I suppose we were open to the more traditional options.

I was initially interested in Alexander because i liked the story of Nestbedding - somehow knowing they were brick and mortar was a plus to me even though I'm not near a store. I also liked that they were not overly invested in sales and marketing (as evidenced by their website). I was leaning toward the Alexander, but after some emails with Joe about being a side sleeper, low back pain, occasionally having my arm fall asleep, and my husband's concern over overheating, he recommended the hybrid. If you have not emailed Joe i definitely recommend it.

We've been sleeping on it just over 2 weeks and i find the top to be soft but cushy/pillowy soft. I tried out another hybrid at a dept. store and found the top to be squishy soft - which i didn't like. I feel like i'm sinking in a little, but that i'm still well supported. Part of me worries it will start to feel too soft but I think that's because i'm used to a firmer mattress (with or without a pillow top). But part of my worry is because i have never had memory foam before and i don't have personal experience on how it holds up. As a female side sleeper in my mid 40s, i realize i need that top softness to better accommodate my body.

I typically roll around at night, but i do that less on this bed. I find myself sleeping longer periods, and waking in the same position. We have 2 little kids and a senior dog, so there's no sleeping through the night regardless of the mattress. It has not relieved my numb arm entirely, but i'm trying to modify my sleep position by holding a pillow and that seems to help. I probably could do with a new pillow to help this too. I had hoped the mattress would entirely relieve my low back pain, and this hasn't happened, but i am much less sore and stiff when i get out of bed. I still have pain- particularly when i roll. Obviously a lot of this is on me because there's no bed that's going to strengthen my core muscles for me.

Side support is pretty decent - just slightly less supportive than our traditional mattress. However, I also noticed the coils come up higher than expected - past the line on the mattress where you think the memory foam starts.. I wondered if this was only on the edge to increase edge support and would be interested in seeing an inside view of the bed.

We have not noticed the bed being hot at all.. Since we purchased a king, i needed new bedding. Anticipating that it might sleep hotter, I purchased a quilt and fleece blanket rather than a fluffy duvet and we've had no heat retention issues. Someone else commented that the stitching on the bed was distracting. My husband did comment on this, but we use a mattress protector under our sheets, which adds an extra layer against the irregular surface we don't find it bothersome.

All in all we're really happy. We have a couple months left to make a final decision and I hope we don't have to, because I have spent a lot of time doing research and don't want to have to start from scratch again. I do think we will think about the lifespan of this bed differently from our old one - we were probably 5-8 years beyond its lifespan when we got rid of it. Coil beds don't last 15 years! We used the 200 coupon and that bought our investment down and responsive feedback from Joe helped make the decision.

Heather

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 16 Mar 2016 08:42 #16

Hi onemillionbucks,

Thanks for taking the time to share your comments and experiences in such detail ... I appreciate it.

It's great to hear that your mattress is working out well for you.

Most importantly ... congratulations on your new mattress :)

Phoenix
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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 16 Mar 2016 17:24 #17

Thanks, onemillionbucks and HeatherinMI, I really appreciate the feedback! Your experiences are closer to what I have been thinking the mattress would be like. This is such a help! Thanks again.

Melanie

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 16 Mar 2016 21:46 #18

I've had the Alexander Hybrid about a month now, so I'll throw in my impressions. This replaced a 10-year-old W Bed spring mattress, The Hybrid does not feel like a foam mattress at all. If I didn't know it had foam, I would assume its another pillow top spring mattress.

It felt slightly warm, but i blame that on my old polyester mattress protector. I got a St. Dormier wool protector to go with my wool comforter, and I now sleep cool. No heat issues here.

I think my hips sink too much when on my back, but when I turn to my side, everything just feels perfectly supported. Sometimes I wake up with shoulder pain, which my old mattress did not do, but I'm going to try some different pillows to see if I can fix that problem. I'm 5'10 and 180.

I wish this thing had handles. Its heavy and moving it without them is a wrestling match and bad on your back.

All in all, I sleep soundly on this mattress and feel I wake up with less stiffness than I used to. The best part is, I didn't have to step into some showroom and deal with a sleazy salesman trying to sell me something inferior for twice the price. I'm going to keep it.

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 16 Mar 2016 22:10 #19

Hi msw_,

Thanks for taking the time to share your comments and feedback ... and congratulations on your new mattress as well :)

Thanks for the comments about your mattress protector as well. As you discovered this can certainly make a difference in sleeping temperature and it sounds like you also did some good research into different types of mattress protectors.

The Hybrid does not feel like a foam mattress at all. If I didn't know it had foam, I would assume its another pillow top spring mattress.


Just for the sake of clarity and for the benefit of others that are reading this ... almost all pillowtop spring mattresses contain some type of foam layers above the innersprings (either polyfoam, memory foam, or latex foam) so I'm guessing that you meant that the Alexander Hybrid Signature Select didn't feel like a typical memory foam mattress that contains one or more layers of memory foam on top of a polyfoam support core ... is that an accurate assumption?

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 18 Mar 2016 19:35 #20

Yes, I meant it has the feel and side support similar to my old traditional mattress (which did not have memory foam). Definitely not a "sunk in" feeling that some people are concerned about.

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