Nest Bedding Robin Flippable Hybrid Mattress Detailed Review

The Straight Scoop - Our Findings & Highlights

The Robin is Nest’s only flippable hybrid, offering versatility and comfort at an affordable price.  Handcrafted in the USA, this award winning mattress is backed by one of the industry’s strongest guarantees: 1 Full Year free trial and a Lifetime Warranty.  

Mattress Type/Category Hybrid, Flippable
Comfort Styles Medium  Side & Firm Side
Height 10”
Total Layers 5
Cover 1” 4lb. Quilting Foam Cover  (top & bottom)
Comfort Layer Medium Side 1” Cooling Gel Visco Support Foam
Comfort Layer Firm Side 1′ High Density Base Foam
Support Layer 6″ Reinforced Edge Coil Support Pocketed Coils
Tufting Top tufting
Sleeps Cool Yes!
Motion Isolation Very Good
Edge Support Very Good
Budget  Twin-King $624-$949, Queen $849
Feeling when lying down Medium Side, Firm Side
Robin is ideal for Medium Side, Firm Side
Robin is not right for Medium Side, Firm Side
Sleep Trial & Warranty 1 Year Trial & Lifetime Warranty
That one special thing Flippable & Budget Friendly

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Company Overview

Nest Robin Mattress in Bedroom

In 2011, mattress veteran and big wave surfer Joe Alexander, realized that, like a bird when it wants to build a nest, sourcing materials locally was the only way to build his beds.  Hence Nest Bedding, a family owned factory direct mattress company out of Chico, CA was born.  Alexander also knew that offering consumers an opportunity to lay on a mattress was also important and he opened his first store in 2012.  Today, Nest has 9 stores across the States (incl. showroom partners Sandman Sleep in Chicago and Columbus!) offering organic, natural, and certified luxury products.

Sustainability is paramount.  To back it up, they recently introduced a lifetime renewal exchange for its luxury mattresses. The LRE is a one-time comfort guarantee that can be redeemed anytime, even after their industry leading 356 day trial.  You can renew your mattress when it’s right for you. Instead of removing and replacing your mattress, you can breathe new life into your mattress with an exchange for a brand new comfort layer and save the environment from another mattress disposed of and yourself the time and money it takes to shop for a new mattress.

Nest Robin Construction & Materials

Nest Robin Mattress Layers

Before we dive into the Robin’s medium side / firm side comfort levels, let’s have a look at the reason Nest Robin is ranked as one of the most versatile and supportive mattresses on the market.

The Cover

On the medium side, the Robin begins with a plush quilted gel memory foam top that gives a touch of softness without sacrificing the support underneath. 

Nest Robin Medium Top

THERMIC® is Nest’s patented temperature regulation technology that keeps the fabric cool.  It is a phase change material that cools the skin by absorbing heat when the body temperature goes up and releases heat when the temperature cools down to maintain a consistent sleeping temperature.  The special cover is designed so that it will not compress and flatten over time (if you choose the other side of the mattress!).

Nest Robin Firm Top

On the firm side, Nest chose a tighter denser 1 inch top cover.  Similar in nature to the medium side as it will not compress and flatten over time, the fabric is pulled tighter across the mattress which help add firmness to the sense memory foam layers.  The cover still contains the Thermic cooling properties to keep you cool and dry through the evening.

Comfort Layer

Hand pressing on Nest Sparrow mattress cooling gel comfort layerFor comfort, Nest lays down 1″ of cooling visco gel support foam on the medium side.  The viscoe memory foam is infused with cooling gel to help pull heat from the body keeping you cool and dry throughout the evening.  Simultandously, the visco memory foam provides pressure relief as it contours and cradles your hip and shoulder.  You won’t feel that heavy sinking-in-the-sand stuck feeling on the Robin!   

It’s important to note that the foam comes as one solid piece as opposed to multiple layers of gel foam and memory foam because one piece provides greater pressure relief.  Two or more layers compete with each other as the surface friction makes it difficult to provide consistent pressure relief.

On the firm side, Nest chose a 1″ layer of high density base foam as its comfort layer.  The minimal amount of high density firm foam provides additional support and structure giving it that harder feel.  You will definitely be sleeping more “on top” of the firm side.

Support System

Sandwiched in-between both comfort layers, Nest inserted the Robin’s hybrid’s support system consisting of 6” edge reinforced steel individually pocketed coils.  Nest reinforces the edge with stronger gauge coils around the perimeter for greater edge support.  The high grade made in America steel provides superior support throughout the life of the mattress and is guaranteed for 20 years   

Tufting

Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage.  In the Robin’s case, Nest chose top tufting between the cover and the temperature regulating gel, where the cover is sewn into the layer.  Tufting helps keep everything nice and together so there is no unnecessary shifting of the bed materials.  This is just another example of the little details Nest takes care of so you can rest easy.   

Does The Robin Sleep Cool?

Couple happily sleeping cool and comfortable on a Nest Bedding mattress

YES!  We found the Robin to offer a cool to neutral (i.e., not hot) temperature control.  Being cool at night is all about being dry.  The Robin accomplishes the cool factor through a 3 step heat dispersion process: 

  1. The plush polyfoam material sewn into the cover helps wick away moisture thereby reducing skin temperature.
  2. The gel infused comfort layer pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
  3. As the mattress is a hybrid, air is able to flow and circulate in-between the coil system

Final result – the Robin offers a temperature neutral feel and will keep you dry throughout the night allowing your body to get the rest it deserves.  If you naturally overheat at night there might be more factors in play such as geographic location, room temperature and sheet selection.   

How about Edge Support?

Excellent edge support allows you to sleep all the way to the edge of the Nest Sparrow mattress and Robust Handles can help lift the mattress for easy moving

The Nest Robin has very good edge support for being such an affordable mattress.  Nest surrounds the outer edge of the mattress with stronger springs to make sure the mattress edge is “sag free”.  This edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if one partner is a bed hog, the other partner can rest soundly on the edge.  No, well minimal, chance of falling off.    

2 Distinct Nest Robin Comfort Styles in One

Nest Robin Flippable Mattress

Nest is truly made for every-body.  Their flippable Robin mattress is no exception.  Coupled with a 1 year trial and Nest should be on the top of list for everyone who prefers an affordable hybrid solution with maximum versatility.  Perfect for couples on a budget or a great option for a guest bedroom.  Let’s take a closer look at the two  different sides.

Robin Medium Side

The medium side of the Robin feels like the old school mattresses we grew up on.  Not too firm, not too soft.  It’s rated a medium and Sandman feels that it falls right at the 5 on the firmness scale.  Designed as a multi-sleeper, the medium side can support all sleeping positions. There is a little bit of sink on the top layer but not too much that you feel the mattress surround you.  There’s just enough to provide some pressure relief to the hips and shoulders.  That being said, we feel its best for primarily back and stomach sleepers that also tend to find themselves on their sides.  Exclusive sleepers may need a little more pressure relief, especially if they are of medium to larger size.  You will definitely feel more “on” the mattress instead of “in” the mattress.  

At 10″ the Robin can comfortably support individuals up to 200 lbs.  Above that, you may require additional support from two of Nest’s other popular hybrids the Nest Sparrow or Nest Owl.  This being said, average sized sleepers will find plenty of comfort and spinal aligning support from the Robin.  Upon our testing, edge support performs well on the Robin.  You can use the entire surface of the mattress without a feeling of sliding or falling off.  Lastly, motion transfer is minimal in the Robin.  You might feel your partner move a little at night but generally not enough to cause sleep disturbance.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate the Medium a 5 out of 10.
  • This is a MultiSleeper, designed for all sleeping styles, however larger side sleepers may need a little more pressure relief.   
  • The gel infused comfort layer provides a little bit of sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology on the top layer will keep you cool and dry all night long. 
  • Edge support is very good – minimal side sagging here!
Robin Firm Side

Flipping the mattress over to the firm side, we find that it is actually quite similar to the medium in terms of firmness.  A touch firmer, ranging in the 6 to 6.5 firmness level.  Where we see the firmness is more in the hardness of the tight top.  The medium side would be more on the “comfortable” range. 

Exclusive back and side sleepers will get the most comfort from the Firm side.  Side sleepers may also have a comfortable experience but you will lose the softer luxury feel as the medium.  You will definitely not sink as much as you sleep “on top” of this mattress.  The bed still packs in all of the same cooling features as its cousins so you will sleep cool and dry throughout the night.  If you do end up on your side, you won’t have as much pressure relief.  You will, however, have the same cooling factors and of course support. 

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Firmer a 6.5 out of 10.
  • Stomach and back sleepers will get the most benefit out of the Firm side.  Any side sleepers should look more toward the Medium.
  • The firm comfort layer provides very little sink, but even so, the superior airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long. 
  • Edge support is very good – minimal side sagging here!

Motion Isolation - Is Robin Good for Couples?

GIF of man walking on Owl with woman laying downAll Nest Robins have very good motion isolation.  Simply put, you will not feel your partner move at night.  Whether they are a toss and turner, an early riser or using the facilities, it’s not the bed that will wake you.  However, there are differences among the styles due to their construction.  The Medium side will have the lesser amount of motion transfer because the high density gel foam by its very nature does not transfer motion.  It absorbs energy.  Any motion might come from the springs below, but the pocket coil system separates the springs further isolating any motion transfer.  The combo of gel foam and pocketed coils will have minimal transfer.  Now, the firm side, due to its rigid structure is a more responsive material.  However, to counter the additional motion possibility, Nest uses a dense gel foam to provide the extra absorption, mitigating motion transfer as much as possible.  If you need total motion isolation, then look more towards the all foam mattresses.  However, the superior design and attention to detail get the Nest hybrids as close to no motion as possible.

How does the Nest Robin arrive?

All Nest Bedding mattresses come compressed and shipped in a box for easy delivery

The Nest Robin comes in a box. It’s crazy to think that a king size Robin with powerful springs and dense foams can be compressed, but it can.  And, with no sacrifice to quality and durability.  Some people ask if compressing the springs will hurt their integrity.  Nothing could be farther from the  truth.  Springs are actually shipped compressed all over the world (to save space).  The springs integrity is damaged if they are pulled excessively or bent out of position.  But, the way Nest compresses its mattresses, they keep their shape and strength.  The box arrives via Fedex or White Glove Delivery if you choose.  Simply unbos the mattress.  Rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes.  You can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

What is Nest's Return Policy?

Nest Bedding lifetime warranty for all mattresses and Lifetime renewal guarantee for the Owl and Sparrow mattressesMattress Industry leading 365 night free trial of all Nest Bedding Mattresses

Nest offers a full 1 YEAR trial period, certainly one of the best in the industry.  Nest truly makes it hassle free as they do all the heavy lifting.  Here’s how the systems works:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the fedex delivery day).
  2. You can sleep on it for 365 nights.  As there can be a slight break-in period, Nest asks that you not initiate a return during the first 30 days.  
  3. If it’s not the mattress of your dreams, reach out to Nest via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN.  
  4. Returns: Nest coordinates a donation or recycling pickup on a day of your choosing.  They handle everything and there’s nothing you have to do besides letting them know the best pickup date.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 5 days of the pick-up. 

Nest doesn’t stop there!  They offer a lifetime warranty on every mattress.

Dimensions and Weights

Size Height Weight
Twin 10″ 50 lbs
Twin XL 10″ 55 lbs
Full 10″ 65 lbs
Queen 10″ 95 lbs
King 10″ 105 lbs
Cal King 10″ 105 lbs

 

Does Nest Offer Financing?

Yes, Nest offers pay-over-time financing through Affirm.

Where Can I Try a Nest Robin Mattress?

Nest has 9 stores on the West Coast. However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus, OH area, please visit our Sandman Sleep Chicago Showroom or our Sandman Sleep Columbus Showroom to try out the Nest line of mattresses (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!)

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Chicago

415 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60618
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Columbus

44 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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