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50 - 105 lbs
Compressed and rolled in a box
8-10 business days
Trial Period365 Days
Flippable mattresses are becoming more and more popular, but are they really worth the hype?
Today, we will look at a popular flippable mattress by Nest Bedding and decide what it truly has to offer. I’m going to share how this model performs in real life, its key features, and whether the two sides of the Robin will fulfill your needs. Let’s dive right in!
I’d like to start my Robin mattress review with the cover. This part of the mattress is the closest to the body and affects the sleeper’s comfort, so it deserves special attention.
The Robin mattress by Nest Bedding has a quilted cover. It combines smooth and soft fabric with plush polyuretane foam. Since the mattress is flippable, the cover is quilted on both sides.
The cover is pretty thin and pleasant to the touch, in the same time, the seams turned out to be quiet sturdy. So, it’s safe to assume this mattress’s cover is well-made and can handle regular use well.
In addition, I did not notice a significant cooling effect.
Moving on to the construction, which determines the mattress’s durability and plays a key role in its performance.
The Robin mattress by Nest Bedding is a flippable model. It combines medium and firm sides, so its construction differs a bit from standard one-sided mattresses.
The Robin has the following layers (top to bottom, Medium side):
- quilted polyfoam cover that has a cradling yet responsive feel;
- gel-infused memory foam layer, which is meant to provide cushioning for the pressure points without causing heat accumulation;
- pocketed coils, which work as a supportive core of the mattress. They are reinforced around the edges to ensure reliable support across the perimeter;
- dense support foam, which is not very thick and works as a transition layer for the Firm side;
- and last, quilted cover, which gives the Firm side a pillow-top feel to balance its strong support.
The next aspect I want to cover in this Robin mattress review is the firmness level. It’s a crucial factor that determines how supportive the mattress is on both sides, Medium and Firm.
The Robin is a flippable mattress, which means it combines two firmness levels in one. The company decided to pair up Medium and Firm sides to satisfy more types of sleepers, allowing this model to be considered one of the best flippable mattresses on the market.
Right away, I liked how the company labeled each side of the mattress. You don’t have to wonder which firmness level each side has. You can simply read “Firm” or “Medium” next to the brand name on the mattress and make sure you choose the right firmness level. No other mattress brand does the same with their flippable mattresses.
The Medium side has a classic medium feel. I would rate it as 5-5.5 out of 10. Overall, this side feels pretty neutral. The foam layer is fairly thin, so there isn’t a significant sinking feel. This side does offer a bit of a hug, but it’s not enveloping. I would say the Medium side of the mattress is well-balanced, with decent cradling and responsiveness.
As for the Firm side, I would rate it as 6.5-7 out of 10. It’s not that significantly stiff and feels more like medium-firm.
It offers less cradling but feels very comfortable nonetheless. There’s a noticeable amount of bounce, which is somewhat subdued by the dense foam on top.
Overall, the Robin mattress isn’t very hugging on either side.
This mattress might not be soft enough for petite individuals. In this case, you might want to consider one of these amazing mattresses for a lightweight person.
Robin’s use of gel foam, cooling cover, and breathable coils make for a cool sleep. I recorded its surface temperature at around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with a temperature decrease of about 9 degrees after five minutes. That means Robin is well-equipped to disperse heat and I never felt being hot while lying down was an issue.
The sinkage recorded for Robin was a bit less than what I usually like, at around 1.7 inches. Although I experienced a bit less body hugging, Robin still provides more contour than the Plank. The Plank is another flippable mattress where I only recorded about 1 inch of sinkage.
Robin’s lack of excessive sinkage means it has a better response time. I measured a partial recovery from a compression test on this mattress at 0.2 seconds, and a full recovery after just 0.3 seconds. Although it’s not as fast as the Plank, which had a partial recovery on its Extra Firm side after only 0.15 seconds, I still found Robin strikes a good balance between contouring and ease of movement.
I was impressed with Robin’s bounce level, totaling 10.55 inches, with an initial compression at 4.06 inches, and a max height after of 6.49 inches. This is similar to the WinkBed, which I measured for a total bounce of 9.89 inches. This good response to the bounce tests is likely due to the coil systems in both.
To determine if Robin is suitable for couples, I consider its bounce value (10.55 inches) and its edge support (3.4 inches). Robin excelled quite well in these values, meaning that couples will find that Robin can give them enough bounce for fast movements and for getting around the bed. This is actually very comparable with Sparrow, which has a bounce value of 10.7 inches and an edge support of 3.8 inches.
I found Robin’s 5.5 inches of comfort layers, especially its gel-infused memory foam layer, to be more than adequate for pressure relief. I felt my weight re-distributed and tension eased, with a lack of pressure build-up. Robin definitely provides better pressure relief than the Plank, with its Extra Firm side containing only 0.75 inches of comfort material.
My Robin mattress review wouldn’t be complete without talking about edge support. This aspect is important, especially for partnered sleepers. Firm edges can ensure uniform support across the mattress’s surface and, thus, offer more sleeping space for couples.
As a quality hybrid model, the Robin mattress by Nest Bedding can boast of excellent edge support. The coils around the perimeter seem strong and don’t budge when lying close to the edge. In fact, I felt pretty supported, without any uncomfortable sinking or tension build-up.
Sitting on the edge of the bed also felt pretty good. I didn’t slide off and even felt like the coils pushed me when getting up. Needless to say, the Robin mattress can be an excellent solution for people who want more sleeping space. It can also help people with lower mobility get up easier.
With a measurement of 3.4 inches, Robin didn't sink in too much while I was sitting on the edge. Lying on the edge was a similar story, and I felt well-supported. This contrasts the Amerisleep AS3 with an edge support of 5.4 inches, which can feel much less stable.
My measurements are based on quantitative tests I do for all of my mattress reviews, and help me decide which mattresses are the most comfortable and suitable for your bedroom.
The next part I want to discuss in today’s Robin mattress review is motion transfer. It can be a real issue for partnered sleepers, as shock from motion can often travel to the other side of the bed and cause sleep disturbances.
Now, as a hybrid mattress, the Robin feels a little bit bouncy. That being said, it handles motion rather well, especially on the Medium side. The pocketed coils don’t let shock from movement travel in waves to the other side of the bed. Because of that, my wife didn’t notice me moving during the night. As for the Firm side, some motion transfer is noticeable, as its comfort layers are less cradling and don’t absorb shock from movement that well.
I also have a feeling motion isolation might be worse if there’s a big weight difference between the two sleepers. If that’s the case, I would recommend checking our honest review of the Puffy mattress. This model is more cradling and less bouncy. At the same time, it doesn’t feel too enveloping and, thus, won’t restrict movement.
How It Feels for Different Types of Sleepers
It’s not a secret that one mattress cannot work for everyone, no matter how comfortable it is. So, let’s look at how the Robin by Nest Bedding performs for different sleeping styles:
- Side sleepers. This category of sleepers should feel pretty comfortable using the Medium side of the mattress. Only heavier individuals might experience more sinkage and, potentially, misalignment.It can lead to pressure build-up, meaning that heavier side sleepers might require a slightly firmer sleeping sUrface. Also, I think the Firm side is not firm enough for heavier side sleepers.
- Back sleepers. In my experience, the Firm side works better for back sleepers. It offers just the right amount of cradling for the hips, buttocks, and shoulders.At the same time, this side of the Robin is sturdy enough to keep the spine supported and neutral. I didn’t experience any tension build-up and woke up feeling well-rested and pain-free. That being said, I think petite back sleepers can also use the Medium side of this mattress, especially if they prefer a bit more cushioning for the hips.
- Stomach sleepers. Again, the Firm side performs better in this case. I received better support when using firm side, without painful curving of the back. Because the Robin’s Firm side isn’t particularly stiff, it should also suit lightweight stomach sleepers. It’s not likely to cause painful pressure points or discOmfort. As for heavier stomach sleepers, the Robin might not be supportive enough for them, so they might feel more comfortable sleeping on a firmer mattress.
Sleeping Positions: Summary
|Side Sleepers||I felt fairly comfortable as an average-weight sleeper on my side. Sleepers 230 pounds or less should find they’re supported enough while on their side. Heavier sleepers over 230 pounds may find they sink into the layers a bit too much, however.|
|Back Sleepers||I was conformable while on my back, feeling the right amount of cradling. However, light-weight sleepers under 130 pounds may prefer something softer to allow for more of their body to sink into the layers for better cradling. Likewise, heavier sleepers should feel well supported on either side.|
|Stomach Sleepers||Both lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers should feel adequately supported on their side. I felt enough support on either side that kept my spine in proper alignment while lying on my stomach. Heavier sleepers over 230 pounds, however, may find their spine curves back too much, making it uncomfortable.|
Other Important Information
There are a few more things I want to mention in today’s review. Some of these aspects may affect shoppers’ decisions when looking for a new mattress.
First and foremost, I should mention that the Robin mattress took a whole day to expand fully. This means you won’t be able to use the mattress right away. It’s better to wait for a day (sometimes two) for the materials to fully decompress if you want to get the most out of this mattress. Don’t worry, though: this timeframe is normal for most mattress-in-a-box models.
It’s also worth noting that the Robin by Nest Bedding comes with an extra-long sleep trial. The company gives shoppers 365 days to test the mattress, which is relatively rare for the mattress market. Most brands stick to 120 days (occasionally – 180 days). Just to compare, the famous and well-loved Puffy mattress comes with just a 101-night trial.
Alongside the extended sleep trial, the Robin mattress by Nest Bedding comes with a Lifetime warranty. It’s an impressive coverage considering this model’s price. Plus, such warranty conditions aren’t that common on the market. For example, the popular Helix mattresses are covered by 10-15-year warranties.
I personally slept on the mattress for a week and find it quite comfortable for an average weight side and back sleeper. Being a flippable mattress, Robin provides a great choice of 2 firmness variations to satisfy your needs. I think that the mattress has more advantages than drawbacks. So, I have put together a short summary based on my experience.
The Robin by Nest Bedding is a comfortable mattress that can satisfy various users. It’s suited for side, back, and stomach sleeping, making it one of the most universal models on the market. And aside from some minor weaknesses, the Robin is certainly a good find for the money.
- Flippable design to satisfy more sleepers;
- Sturdy construction;
- Strong edge support for extra sleeping space;
- Good motion isolation on the Medium side, should work for couples;
- Can provide reliable support for the back (on both sides of the mattress), aiding proper spinal alignment in sleepers;
- Easier to move, as this mattress weighs less than most hybrid models.
- Moderate motion transfer is possible on the Firm side, especially if one of the sleepers is significantly heavier than the other one;
- The Medium side might be too soft for heavier sleepers;
- The Firm side may not be supportive enough for heavier sleepers, as the mattress is rather thin (however, this would depend on their personal comfort preferences);
- Off-gassing is quite strong (however, it dissipated within 5-6 hours).