The Quail by Nest Bedding is a straightforward and comfortable all-foam mattress that comes in at a price that shouldn’t break the bank. Despite its affordability, in the Quail, Nest Bedding has constructed a GREENGUARD Gold-certified all-foam bed that includes cooling technology as well as multiple comfort levels so you can find the perfect fit.
Our in-depth review of the Nest Bedding Quail Mattress will walk you through all the features that matter the most, including who we think matches best with this mattress.
Who We Recommend the Nest Bedding Quail For:
- Budget shoppers – This company has packed a lot of value into its entry-level mattress. Few products on the market can offer this same versatility of comfort levels, cooling technology, strict environmental certifications, and a Lifetime Warranty for the price of this bed.
- Couples – This bed is built for quality sleep with features like bounce, support, and breathability. Couples should be able to bask in blissful, uninterrupted rest thanks to the Energex™ foam layer that isolates movement.
- Folks who want options – Very few entry-level mattresses offer tailored firmness levels to suit your individual needs. Though this bed’s medium option performs well for multiple position preferences, exclusive stomach sleepers may sleep more comfortably on the firmer choice.
Who We Don’t Recommend the Nest Bedding Quail For:
- Those who like a traditional memory foam feel – The Energex™ foam in the design provides excellent pressure relief and a quick response time that allows you to rest more on top of the mattress, but you won’t experience the slow sinking feeling like with traditional memory foam.
- Folks who prefer innerspring mattresses – There’s plenty to love about this all-foam bed. However, those who enjoy the feel of an innerspring bed may prefer a different option.
- Stomach sleepers – Stomach sleepers often need more robust support due to the position their spines reside in during the night. To avoid pressure on the lower back, they typically require a firmer model.
First Impressions: Firmness & Feel
Firmness Scale: 6/10 (Medium firm)
Please remember that firmness is a subjective characteristic and your shape will dictate how you experience a bed. A heavier person whose weight can more easily push through softer comfort and support layers may experience a bed as softer than a lightweight person. The way you are shaped could also play a role here. Consider your weight, shape, and size when evaluating firmness scores.
Although firmness, which is how hard or soft a mattress feels, is subjective, we have developed a mattress firmness scale, with one being as soft as a cloud, to provide some guidance. The Quail comes in at a 6 out of 10, and this is considered medium firmness. This is a level that should be appealing to a wide variety of sleepers, including those who are lighter and folks who prefer to sleep on their backs and stomachs. This firmness level may also be appealing to many people because it offers a gentle cradle without concern about feeling stuck in the foam.
How Does It Feel?
The cover feels soft and cool when you lay down on it, and your body immediately sinks into the mattress for a comfortable cradle and good contouring. Although this bed has an all foam construction, the Energex™ foam won’t provide the same slow sink feeling that comes with traditional memory foam. The Qual also will keep you from feeling overheated due to cooling technology that Nest Bedding uses.
What We Like About the Nest Bedding Quail
- Affordability – Although the Quail uses quality materials and cooling technologies, it still comes in at a price that should fit many budgets.
- Excellent motion isolation – Couples and those who like to snooze with their pets should appreciate how well this mattress keeps motion isolated, which will help partners sleep undisturbed.
- Versatility – The Quail allows you to choose between two firmness levels so you can select how soft or hard you want your mattress.
Our Nest Bedding Quail Complaints
- Not great for heavyweight sleepers – Heavyweight sleepers may not find that they are adequately supported and may sink through the layers too quickly.
- Stomach sleepers may not be supported – The medium firmness option may not provide enough support around the hips of stomach sleepers which in turn will put their spine in a compromised position. These sleepers may want to choose the firm option.
- Lacks feel of traditional innerspring mattress – People who enjoy the bounce and reactivity that innerspring mattresses provide, may not like the feel of the all from Quail.
Testing the Quail Mattress: How it Performed
To ensure that we provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the Quail mattress, we put it through a variety of tests to not only make sure that the construction is up to par, but to also see how it performs for a variety of body types and preferred sleep positions.
Sleeping Positions for Different Body Types
Nest Bedding states that the Quail can support up to 900 pounds of total weight.
|Weight||Side Sleepers||Back Sleepers||Stomach Sleepers
|Lightweight Sleepers (-130 lbs)||★★☆||★★★||★★★|
|Average-Weight Sleepers (130-230 lbs)||★★☆||★★★||★★★|
|Heavyweight Sleepers (+230 lbs)||★☆☆||★★☆||★☆☆|
- Lightweight Sleepers – Although some lightweight side sleepers may experience too much pressure build up, the majority should enjoy the gentle contouring of this mattress.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average weight side sleepers shouldn’t have much pressure build up around the small joints in the shoulder, making this a pretty good choice for them.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Heavyweight sleepers may push through to the bottom layers.
- Lightweight Sleepers – This bed will do a great job providing lightweight back sleepers with great spinal support and enough contouring so that it doesn’t feel like they are sleeping on top of the mattress.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Average-weight back sleepers are likely to consider The Quail’s supportiveness that will keep their spines aligned.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – Some heavyweight back sleepers may feel enough support sleeping on this mattress, but those who are 250 pounds or more may feel that they sink through the layers too quickly.
- Lightweight Sleepers – The supportiveness of this mattress will keep lightweight sleepers hips from sinking too far into the mattress.
- Average Weight Sleepers – Stomach sleepers are most comfortable when their spines are aligned. This bed will keep their hips from sagging and that will keep their spinal alignment from being compromised.
- Heavyweight Sleepers – The Quail is most likely not a good fit for heavyweight stomach sleepers as the area around their hips may not receive adequate support.
Pressure Relief & Pain
Pressure points are the areas such as your shoulders, hips, and lower back that start to ache under the full weight of your sleeping body. Depending on your sleep position, your pressure points may be your shoulders, hips, or lower back. For this reason, it is essential to have a mattress built with pressure relief in mind. With three foam layers, Quail was designed to alleviate pressure to help you rest well.
Back Pain – The Quail offers support and contouring around the lower back, and this means that this bed should do a good job of alleviating back pain.
Hip Pain – You shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to hip pain when sleeping on the Quail because it will keep your hips supported and your spine aligned which should eliminate a lot of pain around your hips.
Shoulder Pain – Some side sleepers may feel that too much pressure builds up around the small joints of their shoulders, meaning that this mattress may not be the best option.
Good support is equally important when searching for your next mattress because it promotes optimal spine alignment. While you need some sinkage to allow for pressure relief, you also need a supportive base so your back doesn’t bend and bow. Support is also crucial for preventing neck and back pain.
Quail has a high-density, 5-inch supportive base foam that should help support the spine’s lumbar region. With the bed’s ample bounce, you should experience plenty of spring for late-night activities readjusting for comfort. Overall, the Quail should provide great support for a variety of sleepers.
Though there is some bounce with the Quail, it is mostly absorbed in the point of impact and doesn’t shake the whole bed, so motion transfer is minimal, as is expected from all-foam constructions. As a result, those who sleep lightly or share a bed with their partner shouldn’t have to worry about being woken up by movement.
Temperature Regulation / Cooling
If you’re tired of tossing and turning thanks to overheating, Quail has features to keep you cool at night. These include the phase-change cover, convoluted SmartFlow layer, and heat-wicking materials in the Energex foam layer.
Performance for Couples
The Quail has many features that will make it a great fit for couples. With this bed, partners won’t have to worry about being disturbed by the tossing and turning because of the excellent job it does at isolating motion. Additionally, it has excellent bounce so that sexually-active couples will be able to reposition easily.
Multiple Firmness Options
The Quail comes in both medium and firm, giving shoppers the option to choose the firmness level specifically tailored to their pressure relief and support needs.
Optional White-Glove Delivery
You can have in-home delivery of your new mattress, professional set-up, and removal of all packaging for an added fee.
In addition to having two eco-friendly certifications, the bed’s fire barrier is made without chemicals.
Construction: What’s Inside the Nest Bedding Quail?
Quail is available in two firmness levels: medium and firm. Although the construction on the two is similar, we have focused on the medium option and that is the construction breakdown that we are focusing on here.
This mattress stands 10 inches tall and utilizes cooling technology such as Energex™ Temperature Responsive Foam for temperature regulation; this allows the bed to absorb heat, pulling warmth from your body when you’re hot and re-releasing it when you cool down.
- Below the cover is a 3-inch, 2.8-pound Energex™ Cooling Comfort foam layer that was engineered to be more breathable and bouncy than memory materials but without any latex. This quick-responding foam eases repositioning, provides pressure relief, and has an infusion of cooling technology to wick away heat.
- The middle layer is 2 inches of SmartFlow Foam, a layer of exceptionally breathable material with a convoluted structure—meaning it looks like an egg crate—to promote airflow. This layer provides a transition between the comfort and base layers while providing additional pressure relief and promoting a cool night of sleep by helping to dissipate heat. This layer also soften up the mattress considerably.
- The base is made up of 5 inches of CertiPUR-US support base foam that is lightweight and open-celled. This bottom layer gives the mattress its foundational shape and helps individuals rest with their spine well-aligned. Additionally, it provides adequate support for your body without sacrificing comfort.
Unboxing & Off-Gassing
The Quail will arrive rolled and compressed in a box. Once you have removed it from the box, cut away the plastic, and the mattress will start to inflate. As it does this, you may notice a slight chemical smell that is known as off-gassing. Although it may be unpleasant, it is not harmful and should dissipate in a few hours to a day.
- Eco-Friendly Certifications – It has a GREENGUARD Gold certification that reflects the product’s ability to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards, and its eco-INSTITUT® certification, completed by a lab in Germany with 30 years’ experience in the mattress industry, signifies that the company has gone above and beyond to ensure levels of hazardous chemicals are well-below safety regulation requirements.
- The foams in this bed are CertiPUR-US® certified. CertiPUR-US® is a third-party program that ensures the foams meet rigorous health and safety standards. This means they don’t contain harmful substances like ozone depleters, PBDEs, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. They should also have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.”
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping – Free shipping and returns are available within the US. International shipping and shipping to Alaska and Hawaii are also available for an additional fee.
- White Glove Delivery – Professional installation is available for an additional cost.
- Trial – You can try it out for 365 nights, and if you don’t love it, you can initiate a return or exchange.
- Warranty – This company offers an industry-leading lifetime warranty on this product.
- Return Policy – After 30 days of sleeping on the Quail, if you decide that it is not right for you, you can contact Nest Bedding and they will discuss your options with you!
Sizes & Prices
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 10”||$849|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||$899|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||$1,049|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||$1,299|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||$1,499|
|Cali King||72” x 84” x 10”||$1,499|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Quail a good mattress?
Yes, the Quail mattress is an affordable yet solidly constructed all-foam mattress. It is good for a variety of weights, body types and sleep positions.
Does the Quail mattress sleep hot?
Although all-foam mattresses such as the Quail often get maligned for sleeping hot, Nest Bedding has implemented various technologies and design factors to keep those who sleep on this mattress from overheating.
How long is the sleep-trial for the Quail mattress?
You can sleep on the Quail mattress for a full year before you have to decide if it is the right bed for you or not.
The Nest Bedding Quail vs Other Brands
The Quail vs Nectar
- 10-nch profile
- All-foam mattress
- 365-night trial
- 12-inch profile
- All-foam mattress
- 365-night trial
Who We Recommend the Quail For
- People who want more customization
- Eco-friendly shoppers on a budget
Who We Recommend the Nectar For
- Couples who are light sleepers
- Budget shoppers
- Side and back sleepers
Read our Nectar mattress review if you think the Nectar is right for you.
The Quail vs EcoSleep Luxe
- High bounce
- All-foam construction
- Lifetime warranty
- High bounce
- Hybrid construction
- 10-year warranty
Who We Recommend the Quail For
- Sleepers who get hot during the night
- Pressure relief seekers
Who We Recommend the EcoSleep Luxe For
- Eco-friendly consumers
- Folks who want choices in firmness levels
- Sexually-active couples
Read our EcoSleep Luxe review if you think the EcoSleep Luxe is right for you.
The Quail vs Other Nest Bedding Models
The Quail vs The Owl
- Relieves pressure
- Two firmness options
- Eco-friendly all-foam materials
- Relieves pressure
- Three firmness options
- Eco-friendly hybrid materials
Who We Recommend the Quail For
- Those looking for a bed with good bounce
- Folks who sleep with a restless partner
- Back sleepers
Who We Recommend the Owl For
- Stomach sleepers
- Co-sleepers who need motion isolation
- Average-weight individuals
Read our Nest Bedding Owl review if you think the Owl is right for you.
Quail is a well-made bed at an extremely attractive price point that’s designed to keep you cool and comfortable.
Side sleepers can appreciate the medium-depth cushioning that conforms to their curves and alleviates stress from their hips and shoulders, while the supportive base layer aids in keeping their spine level (you can see more about side sleeping in this article).
Most folks who primarily sleep on their back should rest comfortably on the Medium, especially if they enjoy some additional softness, as the comfort materials contour their lower back. At the same time, the base works at keeping their spine in straight alignment.
Stomach sleepers who are lighter in weight should rest comfortably without feeling their spine is arched, which can happen if their hips sink too low. Average and heavier individuals may find that the Medium feels too soft in this position and would be better suited by the Firm.
Sleepers who end up in many different positions throughout the night should feel right at home in this bed, thanks to the ample bounce that helps with repositioning. The Medium should offer a good balance of pressure relief and support while you move around in your sleep.
Most couples should find themselves delighted by the features that the Quail mattress has to offer. Cooling features, motion isolation, and bounce should tick all your collective boxes, along with a nice balance of pressure relief and support.
Unfortunately, the Medium is likely to feel too soft and unsupportive for people with heavier weight considerations. While the Firm may feel a little more supportive, this all-foam lacks the durability and added support that heavier sleepers need. In this case, shoppers may want to consider options designed specifically for bigger folks.
Individuals who weigh less than 120 pounds tend to feel most beds are too firm, so the Medium should be a good fit. Lighter stomach and back sleepers will likely enjoy the gentle cradle with this option, while stomach sleepers may want to consider one of Nest Bedding’s softer options.
Average Weight Sleepers
Average-weight sleepers of almost any preferred sleep position will be well served by the Quail. They should have plenty of support with little worry about too much pressure building up thanks to the soft contouring of this bed's foam layers.
Nest Bedding packs a lot of value into their beds, and their durability promises a return on your investment. Similar beds in retail stores can cost thousands in comparison to what the Quail offers for much less, and you still are getting a luxurious feel and free delivery.
The Quail by Nest Bedding is an excellent memory foam option we think you should buy. The Energex foam layer helps provide soft pressure relief while maintaining temperature control, motion isolation, and bounce. The responsive material is designed to allow combination sleepers to reposition with ease; however, the softer nature of the Medium option may not suit stomach sleepers, in which case we’d recommend the Firm.
Due to the high bounce of this bed, you shouldn’t sink deeply into the mattress. The buoyancy provided by the bed is meant to support the spines of sleepers, keeping backs in alignment so you may wake up rested and rejuvenated.
Sosha Lewis is a staff writer for Sleep Advisor. Lewis is happy that she is able to combine her love of sleep with her love of writing. Lewis also has had articles featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, MUTHA Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, and The Charlotte Observer. Her weekly column, Soshally Awkward, is featured on the nationally-syndicated radio show, Bob & Sheri.
She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, daughter, and lovable trash-panda of a dog, Olive.