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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 10 Apr 2016 10:17 #41

My plan is to go local with something from one of the two Houston based mattress factories.

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 10 Apr 2016 10:33 #42

Hi BMoney,

Everyone is different so my review is for those sensitive to chemicals. For them, the Alexander Hybrid omits chemicals that smell bad and the off-gassing will certainly bother those that are sensitive.


Every new mattress that contains any foam materials (and many that don't) will contain "chemicals" and will also have some initial smell. Even water is a "chemical" so the real issue is whether any initial smell or offgassing is harmful not whether it contains any "chemicals" or has any odor at all.

Some people are also more sensitive to certain smells than others and a mattress has an initial smell that would be strong or objectionable to some people may be barely noticeable or wouldn't bother others. In most cases ... any initial smell from a mattress will be reduced to levels that most people don't notice over the course of the first few days.

The only reliable way to to assess the "safety" of different materials in more general terms is based on lab tests and the certifications they have for harmful substances and VOCs so that you have some assurance than the VOCs are below the testing limits for the certification (see post #2 here for more information about some of the more reliable "safety" certifications). If the materials in a mattress or the mattress itself has a reliable "safety" certification then for most people they would certainly be "safe enough" ... regardless of the type of material or the name of the manufacturer on the label or any initial smell.

Nest Bedding is CertiPUR certified so they would certainly be "safe enough" for most people.
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In addition, those sensitive to sleeping hot will be miserable in this mattress as it is like being wrapped in saran wrap.


As I mentioned in my previous reply ... I would keep in mind that there are many reasons outside of the mattress itself that could be the reason you are sleeping hot (such as your mattress protector) and a mattress that some people sleep hot on may be fine for most other people. While there are certainly some people who can sleep hot on any type of memory foam ... most people don't have temperature regulation issues on most of the newer generation of memory foams.

While other people's comments about the knowledge and service of a particular business can certainly be very helpful, I would always keep in mind that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and I would be cautious about about using anyone else's suggestions, experiences or reviews on a specific mattress (either positive or negative) or review sites in general as a reliable source of information or guidance about how you will feel on the same mattress or how suitable or how durable a mattress may be for you and in many if not most cases they can be more misleading than helpful because a mattress that would be a perfect choice for one person or even a larger group of people may be completely unsuitable for someone else to sleep on (even if they are in a similar weight range). In other words ... reviews in general won't tell you much if anything about the suitability, quality, durability, or "value" of a mattress for any particular person (see post #13 here ).

I can certainly understand that your mattress doesn't appear to be a good "match" for you in terms of comfort, firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) but I would always keep in mind that your comments would only apply to your own experience and not to anyone else that sleeps on the same mattress and that the only way to know whether a mattress will be a suitable choice for someone else will be based on their own personal experience when they sleep on the mattress.

Phoenix
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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 10 Apr 2016 10:39 #43

Thanks... but maybe chemicals "safe enough" isn't enough. Too bad I don't have chemical testing super powers to report on what is being omitted into my bedroom from the Alexander Hybrid, but my head sure hurts! Keep up the good work posting non-biased reviews in a complicated space full of people saying a mattress is great just to get some cash from the company making the mattress. Glad you aren't doing that! ;)

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 10 Apr 2016 10:49 #44

Hi BMoney,

Thanks... but maybe chemicals "safe enough" isn't enough. Too bad I don't have chemical testing super powers to report on what is being omitted into my bedroom from the Alexander Hybrid, but my head sure hurts!


I would agree with you that it's certainly possible that a small minority of people that have some medical conditions (such as MCS or multiple chemical sensitivities) or that for other reasons are more sensitive than most may still be sensitive to some types of memory foam that would be fine for the large majority of people. You can see the CertiPUR testing limits here so at least you have some assurance that any VOC's would be less than the testing limits which for most people would certainly be "safe enough".
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Keep up the good work posting non-biased reviews in a complicated space full of people saying a mattress is great just to get some cash from the company making the mattress. Glad you aren't doing that! ;)


As I mentioned ... I generally encourage people to disregard reviews (positive or negative) and use more objective, "fact based" and meaningful criteria that would apply to any mattress in the industry as the basis for their choice which is one of the reasons that this site doesn't even have a review section.

Phoenix
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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 02 Jun 2016 11:20 #45

I live near Nest Bedding in NYC, so was able to test their beds. I chose the Alexander Hybrid, which I set up last week. Compared to other hybrids and full latex models, it was fairly economical (plus they gave $200 off as a promo, since they changed the design in March).

I've read the above posts and all I can say is that one opinion can be very different than another! When I opened the bed (it comes in a compact rectangular box), I did not detect any chemical smell, but to be on the safe side, I kept it uncovered with the windows opened for a day. No smell at all (be sure to wash all new mattress covers and sheets) from the first night till today. To my wife and I (130lb and 175lb), the mattress is definitely on the soft side (I couldn't imagine buying a softer mattress) but it feels extremely comfy (note, we are also side sleepers generally). We came off of a 14 year old "Backcare" Simmons, which had started causes some minor back and hip pain in the morning, and have not had any pain since the Nest.

The Hybrid also does not sleep hot in the least (and the weather has been quite warm of late) to either of us.

The only negative for us is that the edge support is nowhere as good as our old mattress or other full innerspring mattresses we have. Nest states that the new design offers better edge support than their old one, so I glad at least that this is better :cheer:

Also bought a pair of their Easy Breather pillows, which while pricey are fantastic.

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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 02 Jun 2016 12:02 #46

Hi GIGmatty,

Thanks for letting us know what you ended up deciding ... and congratulations on your new mattress :)

Compared to other hybrids and full latex models, it was fairly economical (plus they gave $200 off as a promo, since they changed the design in March).


Memory foam is generally less costly than latex but it's also good to hear that you did some local testing to check your original criteria (which included microcoils and latex) to find out that you preferred a memory foam/pocket coil hybrid vs a latex/pocket coil hybrid or a hybrid that included microcoils.

I've read the above posts and all I can say is that one opinion can be very different than another!


Truer words were never spoken ... and this is one of the reasons that I suggest avoiding mattress reviews or other people's experience on a mattress (either positive or negative) as a reliable way to assess whether the same mattress will be a good choice for any particular person in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP (see post #13 here ) because different people can have very different experiences on the same mattress.

Thanks again for your comments and feedback

Phoenix
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The Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress Has Arrived! 11 Jan 2021 16:05 #47

MSW, may I ask how your ASH has held up? We are looking at buying one. Thank you!

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