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Nest Bedding Sparrow Hybrid Mattress Review

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Disclosure by Kristina Hindes: The Nest Bedding Sparrow Hybrid mattress was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed in this article are my own and based on my personal experience with the mattress.

With over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, Kristina Hindes brings a unique perspective to evaluating sleep products. As an associate manager at Aetna Better Health, Hindes oversees a team of case managers, ensuring that patient care aligns with Medicare regulations. Her background in social work and psychology allows her to analyze mattresses through the lens of physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

In this review, Hindes takes a closer look at the Nest Bedding Sparrow, a hybrid mattress designed to provide both comfort and support. The Sparrow features a combination of individually wrapped coils and foam layers, aiming to deliver a balanced sleep experience. Hindes assesses the mattress’s construction, performance, and overall value.

Drawing from her extensive knowledge in healthcare and her personal experience as a mother of two, Hindes provides an in-depth analysis of the Nest Bedding Sparrow. She examines how the mattress’s design and materials contribute to a healthy sleep environment, considering factors such as pressure relief, spinal alignment, and temperature regulation.

Hi, I’m Kristina Hindes, a certified sleep science coach and associate manager at Aetna Better Health. As someone who is passionate about holistic health and quality sleep, I’m excited to share my thoughts on the Nest Bedding Sparrow mattress. Nest Bedding sent me this mattress to try out, and I’m here to provide my honest, unbiased review.

I’m eager to share my experience with you. In the following sections, I’ll dive into the details of the Nest Bedding Sparrow’s construction, comfort, support, and overall performance. You can watch my video review or continue reading for my comprehensive analysis.

  • Customizable Comfort: The Sparrow Hybrid offers a range of firmness options to accommodate various sleeping preferences, ensuring personalized comfort for every sleeper type.
  • Excellent Responsiveness: With its quick response time and dynamic contouring, the Sparrow Hybrid promotes proper spinal alignment and minimizes pressure points, contributing to better sleep quality and overall well-being.
  • Superior Cooling Features: The mattress’s Thermic Phase Change Cooling technology and quilted gel memory foam top layers maintain a cool sleeping surface, preventing overheating and ensuring a comfortable sleep environment throughout the night.
Nest Bedding Sparrow
  • Price Range: See Price
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Mattress Firmness: 3, 5, or 8 out of 10 (Plush, Medium, Firm)
  • Mattress Thickness: 13 Inches
  • Available In: Twin, Twin XL, Split California King, Full, Queen, King, California King



Sleep Trial

365 Nights



Mattress Highlights
  • Cooling pillow top surface
  • Responsive Energex comfort foam
  • Supportive pocketed coil base
Recommended For
  • All sleeping positions
  • Couples with different preferences
  • Hot sleepers

Our Review Process: Each mattress we review undergoes a rigorous evaluation process. We assess comfort, support, cooling, and durability through both subjective experiences and objective tests.

Criteria include pressure relief, spine alignment, mattress responsiveness, motion transfer, edge support, and temperature regulation. This comprehensive approach ensures our reviews are thorough and unbiased.

I. Mattress Layers, Materials and Construction

When the Nest Bedding Sparrow arrived at my doorstep, I was pleased to see that it was packaged in a convenient, compact box.

As with most bed-in-a-box mattresses, I recommend having a partner, family member or friend to help you move the box to your bedroom, as it can be quite heavy. After unboxing the mattress and cutting open the plastic, I was impressed by how quickly it expanded to its full 12-inch height.

One of the first things I always check for when opening a new mattress is any off-gassing odor. I’m happy to report that the Nest Bedding Sparrow had minimal smell, which dissipated quickly. This is a great sign, as I don’t want to be breathing in any harmful fumes while I sleep.

After the mattress had expanded and I observed it for any off-gassing, I then eagerly moved to examining its construction. Based on my personal inspection, this mattress is made with high-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.

The mattress is available in three mattress firmness levels: plush, medium, and firm. From bottom to top, the layers include the following.

Mattress Base

A 1-inch base support foam layer made with 3 lb. density foam. This layer is purely structural and acts as a buffer between your foundation and the mattress when pressure is applied to the coil system.

Coil Support

A 6-inch pocketed coil layer with reinforced edges for enhanced edge support and responsiveness. The individually wrapped coils are made in the USA at Nest Bedding’s factory and are backed by a 20-year warranty.

Coil counts vary by mattress size:

  • Twins have 390 coils
  • Twin XL sizes have 420 coils
  • Split California king mattresses contain 406 coils
  • Full sizes have 494 coils
  • Queen beds have 644 coils
  • King beds have 840 coils
  • California king beds have 812 coils

Transition Foam Layer

A 1-inch SmartFlow support foam layer with a density of 1.5 lb. and an indentation load deflection (ILD) of 30. This high-density airflow foam is used in a minimal amount to transition from the comfort layer to the individually pocketed coils.

Comfort Foam Layer

A 3-inch Energex temperature-responsive foam layer designed for pressure relief and durability. Energex provides a new, energetic alternative to conventional visco memory foam, retaining all of the advantages of visco memory foam without slow recovery.

Energex foam bridges the gap between visco memory foam and latex foam, offering a superior alternative to latex or springs while providing outstanding pressure relief properties.

The foam density and firmness varies by model:

  • Plush: 3 lb. density with a 10 ILD
  • Medium: 3.5 lb. density with a 20 ILD
  • Firm: 4 lb. density with a 28 ILD

Pillow Top Cover

A 2-inch quilted THERMIC® phase change cover with 4 lb. memory foam for cooling and comfort. The cover contains two strategically combined 1-inch layers of quilted gel memory foam to provide added softness on top without compromising the support underneath.

THERMIC® is a patented temperature regulation technology that keeps the fabric from overheating by absorbing heat when the environment or body temperature rises, storing the energy temporarily, and releasing it when the temperature cools down.

Tester Thoughts

During my testing, I found that each layer contributes to the overall sleep quality. The pocketed coils provide a springy feel and isolate motion, while the Energex foam offers pressure relief without the quicksand sensation sometimes associated with memory foam. The quilted gel memory foam top layers keep the sleeping surface cool to the touch.

One unique feature of the Sparrow Hybrid is the dual firmness option in king size mattresses for couples. I personally tested this feature and can attest to its effectiveness in accommodating different sleep preferences.

II. Sleeping Positions

As a side sleeper myself, I was particularly interested in how the Sparrow Hybrid would perform for this and other sleeping positions.

During my testing, I found that the medium firmness option was the most comfortable mattress for side sleeping, as it allowed my hips and shoulders to sink in while providing adequate support. Back and stomach sleepers may prefer the firm option for added support.

The Sparrow Hybrid performed well across sleeping positions during my time testing the mattress. There’s also the fact that Nest Bedding makes it easy if you choose the wrong firmness option for your sleeping style.

Instead of returning the mattress for another model, Nest Bedding simply sends a new comfort layer in a different feel. This is also part of the mattress brand’s efforts for sustainability, as I discuss below.

Here’s a breakdown of the ideal firmness for each sleeper type, based upon my own thoughts and Nest Bedding’s recommended sleep styles for each firmness option.

Side Sleepers

Are you looking for a mattress for side sleepers? The medium or plush options provide enhanced pressure relief for hips and shoulders. I recommend side sleepers under 130 pounds choose the plush model, while average weight and heavier individuals do best with the medium.

Back Sleepers

The firm or medium deliver lumbar support and gentle contouring as mattresses for back sleepers. Lightweight back sleepers typically prefer the medium, average weights can choose medium or firm, and plus-size sleepers should opt for firm.

Stomach Sleepers

The luxury firm keeps hips aligned with the spine. Some lightweight stomach sleepers may like the medium, but most will find the firmest model most comfortable as a mattress for stomach sleeping.

Combination Sleepers

The medium offers the most versatility to accommodate frequent position changes throughout the night. However, significantly heavier people may favor the firm’s added support. The responsiveness of the hybrid’s pocketed coils ensure easy movements, a necessity in mattresses for combination sleeper.

I talk more about this feature in the next section.

III. Mattress Response Time

Mattress responsiveness refers to how quickly and effectively a mattress adjusts to your body’s movements and shifts in weight during sleep. Whether you’re a restless sleeper or someone who values personalized comfort, choosing a mattress with excellent responsiveness can significantly enhance the quality of your sleep and contribute to overall well-being.

To test the Sparrow Hybrid’s response time, I used a 10-pound weight, holding it above my head and dropping it onto the mattress. I was impressed by how quickly the mattress regained its shape buoyed the weighted ball, earning it a 9 out of 10 in my personal scoring.

One of the key advantages of such mattress responsiveness is its ability to promote proper spinal alignment. By dynamically conforming to your body’s movements, a responsive mattress helps distribute your weight evenly, reducing strain on your spine and muscles. Yet the responsiveness ensures no sagging or body impressions result from your body weight.

It contours to your body’s natural curves, providing tailored support and minimizing pressure. This can establish a mattress for pressure points to alleviate discomfort and prevent the development of aches and pains over time. This adaptability is especially beneficial for individuals who tend to change positions frequently during sleep or those with specific comfort preferences.

Additionally, mattress responsiveness enhances airflow and temperature regulation, as it prevents you from sinking too deeply into the mattress, which can trap heat and lead to overheating during the night. I will discuss more of this mattress’s cooling features a couple of sections down, if you want to learn more!

IV. Mattress Motion Isolation

Motion transfer refers to how much movement is detectable from one side of the bed to the other. Because traditional spring mattresses could carry movements across the bed, mattress manufacturers worked to develop motion isolation features. This is particularly important for couples, as a mattress with good motion isolation can minimize sleep disturbances.

To test the Sparrow Hybrid’s motion transfer, I placed a 10-pound weight on one side of the bed and moved around on the other side. The weight remained practically motionless, indicating excellent motion isolation.

Based on my personal testing, I give the Sparrow Hybrid a perfect 10 out of 10 for motion transfer. Along with the dual firmness options, this means the Sparrow Hybrid is one of the best mattresses for couples on the market.

V. Mattress Edge Support

Edge support is another essential factor to consider, as it determines how well the mattress holds up when you sit or sleep near the edges. A mattress with good edge support will make getting in and out of bed easier and provide a larger usable surface area.

During my testing, I sat on the edge of the Sparrow Hybrid and noticed minimal compression. Then, I stretched out and laid down near the side, assessing how much I felt supported versus any fear I had of rolling off the mattress’s edge.

In both tests, the reinforced edges held up well, allowing me to feel secure and supported. I give the Sparrow Hybrid a 10 out of 10 for edge support based on my personal experience.

VI. Cooling and Breathability

During sleep, the body naturally generates heat, and if this heat is not properly dissipated, it can lead to discomfort, restlessness, and disrupted sleep patterns. Cooling features help regulate body temperature by dissipating excess heat away from the body and maintaining a cooler sleeping surface. This prevents you from overheating and allows for a more comfortable sleep experience throughout the night.

As someone who tends to sleep hot, I was curious to see how the Sparrow Hybrid would perform as a cooling mattress. Upon examining the mattress, I noticed that the top layers are made with quilted gel memory foam, which Nest Bedding calls “Thermic Phase Change Cooling.”

During my sleep tests, I found that the mattress remained cool to the touch and did not trap heat, allowing for a comfortable sleep temperature throughout the night. Based on my personal testing, I give the Sparrow Hybrid a 9 out of 10 for cooling and breathability.

This is fine enough for many sleepers, but if you live in a particularly warm area of the country or are prone to hot sleeping, you might want to consider one of the alternative mattresses I’ve personally tested and rewarded a perfect 10 out of 10 for coolness:

VII. Durability and Longevity

Investing in a mattress is a long-term commitment, so durability and longevity are crucial factors to consider. Without a durable mattress, you can be shopping for a new replacement in a few short years.

Upon inspecting the Sparrow Hybrid, I was impressed by its quality and craftsmanship. The stitching was even and secure, and the materials felt sturdy and durable.

Now, I do know that a few weeks of testing a mattress still can’t match sleeping on the mattress for years to observe how well it handles nightly use. However, Nest Bedding’s limited lifetime warranty further reinforces my confidence in the mattress’s longevity.

VIII. Potential Drawbacks

While the Sparrow Hybrid excels in many areas, there are a few potential drawbacks to consider.

Mattress Thickness

Firstly, the mattress is only available in a 12-inch height, which may not suit those who prefer a thinner or thicker mattress height.

While 12-inch mattresses are common and often recommended for how their structures usually balance comfort and support with affordability and durability, they are not necessarily the best mattress thickness for everyone.


Secondly, the Sparrow Hybrid is not the best choice for those seeking an all-foam or all-natural mattress, as it contains a mix of foam and coils. Latex foam mattresses in particular provide a more eco-friendly alternative, though I should note that Nest Bedding includes two such models in their lineup—the all-latex Finch and the latex hybrid Owl.

Mattress Price

Lastly, compared to other 12-inch hybrid mattresses I’ve tested like the Zoma Hybrid, the Helix core series, or even the taller Vaya Hybrid (which stands 14 inches tall), the Sparrow Hybrid has a higher price point, which may not fit everyone’s budget.

However, it’s also not prohibitively expensive, as it’s comparable in price to the 12-inch Amerisleep AS3 Hybrid, which I’ve personally tested and reviewed.

It’s also less expensive than the Nolah Evolution 15 or the Amerisleep AS5 Hybrid, both popular luxury hybrid mattress options.

Strict budget shoppers might consider a lower-priced alternative. However, I believe the Sparrow delivers great value for a luxury hybrid with personalized firmness.

IX. Trial Period, Warranty, Pricing and Sizes

Nest Bedding offers a generous 365-night trial period for the Sparrow Hybrid, which is the longest among the mattresses I’ve personally tested. This gives you ample time to adjust to the mattress and ensure it’s the right fit for your sleep needs, a necessity for all online shoppers buying a mattress without trying it.

The mattress also comes with a limited lifetime warranty, providing long-term protection for your investment.

The Sparrow Hybrid comes in all standard mattress sizes, from twin to California king. Dual-sided firmness is available for king and California king models. However, the twin XL and split California king sizes pair well with adjustable beds, letting each partner set up not only their preferred firmness but their preferred bed angle as well.

Nest Bedding also offers a unique Lifetime Renewal Exchange program, allowing you to replace the comfort layer of your mattress at any point during ownership, ensuring lasting comfort and support. Not only is this good for sustainability, it’s also good for your wallet as it saves you on the full cost of a replacement mattress.

Considering the Sparrow’s quality, generous policies, and customizable features, I think it offers great bang for your buck.

Nest Bedding Sparrow Hybrid Mattress Prices by Size

Nest Bedding Sparrow Hybrid SizeDimensionsPrice
Twin Size38 inches wide by 75 inches long by 13 inches tall$1226
Twin XL Size38 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13 inches tall$1332
Split California King36 inches wide by 84 inches long by 13 inches tall$1332
Full Size54 inches wide by 75 inches long by 13 inches tall$1759
Queen Size60 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13 inches tall$2132
King Size76 inches wide by 80 inches long by 13 inches tall$2452
California King Size72 inches wide by 84 inches long by 13 inches tall$2452

X. Customer Reviews

After personally testing the Nest Bedding Sparrow mattress, I can confidently say that the overwhelmingly positive customer reviews are well-deserved. Nest Bedding proudly notes on their website that the Sparrow has a 4.7-star rating out of five stars, aggregated from more than 7600 reviews, and that more than 97 percent who purchase the mattress model choose to keep it.

Many customers, like Danielle C., have declared that they will never buy a different bed, emphasizing the Sparrow as the most comfortable mattress they have ever owned. The exceptional comfort level has even helped some customers, such as Olivia C., overcome long-standing sleep issues, allowing them to fall asleep and stay asleep with ease.

The mattress’s firmness options cater to a variety of sleeper preferences, with side sleepers like Mica E. appreciating the firm yet accommodating surface that allows their hips and shoulders to sink in comfortably.

Sustainability-conscious customers, like Katianna D., have praised the eco-friendly aspects of the mattress and the company, making it an easy choice for those seeking a comfortable and environmentally responsible option.

While some customers, like TLC, have had to exchange their mattress’s comfort layer to find the perfect fit, Nest Bedding’s customer service has been consistently lauded as exceptional, ensuring that customers ultimately find their ideal comfort level. It’s important to note, however, that the 365-night trial allows for only one exchange, and the Lifetime Renewal Exchange for the new topper may not apply in such cases.

Reviews highlight how personal preferences influence comfort. The Sparrow aims to satisfy a wide range of sleepers, but a test run during the generous mattress trial period remains the best way to judge if it matches your needs.

XI. Environmental Impact

As someone who values sustainability, I was pleased to learn about Nest Bedding’s commitment to eco-friendly mattresses and greener practices. Their commitment to domestic manufacturing makes the Sparrow one of the best hybrid mattresses made in the USA.

Foam Design

As previously mentioned, the Sparrow Hybrid is made with CertiPUR-US certified foams, ensuring that the mattress is free from harmful chemicals and pollutants. Though it does not have eco-friendly natural latex foams, the Sparrow Hybrid takes meaningful steps towards greener sleep here.

The Sparrow Hybrid is also uniquely sustainable with its swappable comfort layer. The comfort layer can be one of the first part of the mattress that wears down, as it’s designed to be conforming and is directly pressed down upon night after night. With many mattress designs, this is sign that it’s time to replace the mattress.

However, with Nest Bedding’s Lifetime Renewal Guarantee, you can order a replacement comfort layer at no cost. As Nest Bedding themselves note on their website, “You won’t have to replace your entire mattress because you can renew it and can reuse it. You’ve helped reduce waste.”

No Fiberglass

Additionally, the Sparrow is a fiberglass-free mattress, making it a safer choice for both you and the environment. Fiberglass has been commonly used in mattresses to meet flammability safety standards.

However, fiberglass use has been challenged by consumers as it’s become evident that the material can cause severe body discomfort and affect the respiratory system and digestion if it escapes the mattress cover. Moreover, cleaning up mattress fiberglass is an arduous task.

By using non-chemical hydrogenated silica in their fire barriers, Nest Bedding prioritizes consumer safety.

XII. Maintenance and Care

To ensure your Sparrow Hybrid mattress lasts as long as possible, Nest Bedding recommends using a waterproof mattress protector. This protects the bed’s materials from any accidents or spills, while also keeping out pests and allergens due to the protector’s tight weave.

Nest Bedding also suggests rotating the mattress 180 degrees every six months to promote even wear. I found this process to be relatively easy, thanks to the mattress’s sturdy handles. Never flipping the mattress upside down, however, as this can flatten the bed’s comfort materials and place undue wear on the support layers.

While the mattress cover is removable, it should be spot cleaned only, not machine washed. Cleaning the mattress involves a minimal use of cold water and mild detergent, ideally sprayed just above the stain to ensure the mattress doesn’t retain water. Air dry the mattress thoroughly before you re-dress it with bedding.

During my testing, I followed these guidelines and found that regular bedding hygiene practices, such as washing sheets often and changing pillowcases frequently, helped maintain the mattress’s freshness.

XIII. Final Verdict – Overall Score: 10/10

I would readily recommend the Sparrow Hybrid to anyone seeking a comfortable, supportive, and cool mattress. The customizable firmness suits a variety of sleeping positions and co-sleeper needs.

While it might not easily fit into the strictest mattress budget, I believe the Sparrow Hybrid delivers a luxurious sleep experience well worth the investment. Its advanced materials and construction provide the ideal balance of cushioning and support for restful sleep.

Final Score Tally

Mattress FeatureScore
Response Time9 out of 10
Motion Isolation10 out of 10
Edge Support10 out of 10
Cooling and Breathability10 out of 10
Final Verdict10 out of 10

XIV. Frequently Asked Questions

How well does the Sparrow Hybrid isolate motion for couples?

The Sparrow Hybrid excels at motion isolation, earning a perfect 10/10 score. The combination of individually wrapped coils and foam layers effectively minimizes motion transfer across the bed. This makes it an excellent choice for couples, as it reduces sleep disturbances caused by a partner’s movements throughout the night.

Is the Sparrow Hybrid a good choice for hot sleepers?

Yes, the Sparrow Hybrid is designed with cooling features to promote a comfortable sleep temperature. The quilted gel memory foam top layers, called “Thermic Phase Change Cooling” by Nest Bedding, help dissipate heat and maintain a cool sleeping surface.

Remember, the mattress remained cool to the touch and did not trap heat during testing, earning a 9/10 for cooling and breathability.

Can I customize the firmness of the Sparrow Hybrid?

Nest Bedding offers three firmness options for the Sparrow Hybrid: plush, medium, and firm. This allows sleepers to choose the level of support and comfort that best suits their preferences and sleeping positions.

Additionally, king and California king sizes are available with dual-sided firmness, enabling couples with different preferences to customize each side of the mattress.

What if I’m not satisfied with my Sparrow Hybrid mattress?

Nest Bedding provides a generous 365-night sleep trial, giving you ample time to adjust to the mattress and ensure it meets your needs. If you find that the firmness level isn’t quite right, Nest Bedding will send you a new comfort layer in a different feel, rather than requiring you to return the entire mattress.

This unique approach to customer satisfaction ensures that you can find the perfect comfort level for your sleep preferences.

How durable is the Sparrow Hybrid mattress?

The Sparrow Hybrid is constructed with high-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship, suggesting a durable and long-lasting mattress. The reviewer was impressed by the even stitching and sturdy feel of the materials during inspection.

Additionally, Nest Bedding backs the mattress with a limited lifetime warranty, further reinforcing its expected longevity.

Is the Sparrow Hybrid an eco-friendly mattress choice?

While the Sparrow Hybrid is not an all-natural mattress, it does incorporate some eco-friendly features. The foams used in the mattress are CertiPUR-US certified, ensuring they are free from harmful chemicals and pollutants.

Moreover, the Sparrow Hybrid is a fiberglass-free mattress, using non-chemical hydrogenated silica in its fire barriers for consumer safety and environmental consideration.

How do I care for my Sparrow Hybrid mattress?

To maintain the longevity and freshness of your Sparrow Hybrid mattress, Nest Bedding recommends using a waterproof mattress protector to guard against spills, pests, and allergens. Rotating the mattress 180 degrees every six months promotes even wear, and the sturdy handles make this process easy.

Spot clean the removable cover with cold water and mild detergent if needed, allowing it to air dry thoroughly before redressing the bed.

As a dedicated mother of two, Kristina places a high value on holistic health and the well-being of her family. She understands the significance of maintaining hormonal balance and cherishes the essential role of sleep in optimizing overall health. In her leisure time, she indulges her love for the outdoors through hiking, fostering a deep connection with nature, and expresses her creativity through various forms of art. Her life is a vibrant canvas, adorned with wellness and inspiration.

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