We have left no stone unturned in this review, so in an effort to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, here’s a quick table of contents:
We are really into video reviews. We think they show more and allow us to clearly convey what a bed is like. Here is our full video review for the Nolah Original 10 mattress.
Of course, with a video, we’re limited in terms of how long we can make it and still retain an audience. As such, there is an extensive post below that touches on everything we discussed in the video and much more.
Nolah has some very interesting (in a good way) policies for when you purchase their mattress. First, like the rest of the online mattress shopping industry, they ship their mattress to your home for free. As you probably know, it shows up in a box about the size of a small dresser or a mini fridge. It’s about four feet tall and one and a half feet wide.
All you have to do is drag the box inside, remove the packaging, and allow the mattress a few seconds to inflate. Below is a look at how the whole unboxing process goes down. With a buddy, the setup experience is actually really fun and only takes about ten minutes, including clean up.
Once the bed is out of the box be sure to give it a few hours to fully inflate and air out a bit. Since the bed has been tightly wound up inside plastic wrapping for several days, it needs a little extra time to take its intended form off-gas. This is very common and something that we’ve experienced with darn near every mattress that we’ve reviewed.
After the mattress arrives at your house, Nolah gives you a 120-night risk-free trial period to test their bed in the comfort of your own home. Essentially, Nolah is so confident that you’ll like their bed that they allow you to sleep on it without committing to keeping it. But just so you know, most mattresses that you can buy online come with a very similar policy, albeit for a shorter duration—typically 100 nights not 120 nights. Four full months should be more than longer enough to make your mind up about the bed.
If you decide during your trial period that this bed just isn’t for you, no worries. Nolah offers completely free returns. They’ll even send someone to pick it up straight from where it lays in your home, so you don’t even need to figure out how to fit it back in the small box it came in.
They will then usually donate your used bed to a charity in need. Nolah makes the return process as easy as possible.
Something that we think is really cool and unqiue, is that Nolah will adopt one wildlife animal for every bed sold. You can even choose which furry friend to adopt, with options ranging from arctic foxes to jaguars to sharks. By the way, by adopt, they probably mean sponsor. We doubt they have a bunch of bald eagles flying around their mattress warehouse. Anyways, for more information about this, check out Nolah’s website.
If you end up keeping your mattress (which the majority of people must do), Nolah offers an extended warranty of 15 years. Most other companies offer around 10 years for their warranty duration. You should make sure to read that warranty, though, because it will dictate suitable foundations for the bed and what all the company will cover in the way of defects.
The Original 10 is the most affordable mattress that Nolah makes. In fact, as the name states, it is the original Nolah mattress—the first bed they came out with. Since then, they’ve also launched the Nolah Signature 12, which is a double-sided, flippable mattress with an organic cotton cover.
Getting back to the Nolah 10, it’s pretty affordable considering how comfortable it is and the company policies that Nolah holds. There are certainly other cheaper mattresses on the market, but Nolah it’s priced such that pretty much anyone can afford it. Here’s a pricing breakdown before any discounts:
|King / Cal King||$1,069|
Like the rest of the mattress industry, Nolah does set their prices a little high in terms of MSRP so that they have room to offer discounts. You can check Nolah’s website for current offers and discounts.
As you might have expected, they typically run their biggest mattress deals during major holidays such as 4th of July and Black Friday. We also should have a coupon on this page for you to save money on the Nolah 10, regardless of the time of year you’re shopping. After-discount, the queen size bed comes down to around $900, which is affordable but not bottom-of-the-barrel affordable.
We usually categorize mattresses into two different construction types: foam mattresses and hybrid/spring mattresses.
The Nolah Original 10 is an all-foam bed, made with a proprietary foam that makes up the top layer. By the way, this is a trend in the mattress space—a lot of beds will have some sort of unique top layer of foam. We’ve seen it on Puffy, Casper, and many others.
As you might have guessed by now, the Nolah Original 10 is a 10″ thick mattress, as are most bed-in-a-box mattresses. The base layer is 7” of high-density foam (basically just polyurethane foam). You won’t feel this layer, but it’s there for support and to act as the foundation for the entire bed.
Next is a 1” transition layer that’s a slightly softer poly foam. They included this so that you don’t feel the harsh, dense base layer of the bed; it is very common to include a transition layer. The top layer—and the secret sauce to this mattress—is 2″ of “Cooling Nolah AirFoam,” which is unique to Nolah mattresses.
The Nolah AirFoam is more of an open cell foam that helps to circulate airflow. Part of the goal here is to better regulate temperature within the mattress so that you don’t wake up sweating because the mattress has been retaining all of your body heat. We will talk more about feel in the sections below, but the short story is that Nolah AirFoam feels like a memory foam/poly foam hybrid. It’s soft and pressure reliving, yet decently responsive and doesn’t give you a “stuck” feeling.
The Nolah Original 10 is wrapped in an extremely soft cover. The top is white and textured, and the bottom surrounding the sides is a chocolate brown, with Nolah’s cheeky smiley logo printed on it.
It’s made with a combination of viscose fibers and polyester fibers. This cover is removable, but we don’t recommend that you actually ever take it off. It’s not machine washable, so instead just grab some mild detergent and warm water and spot clean where you need to.
If you are particularly worried about keeping your mattress clean, Amazon has plenty of affordable mattress protectors that you can pickup. Just keep in mind a cover may restrict airflow in the mattress, or change how the bed feels. We aren’t the world’s biggest fans of mattress protectors. We understand why you might want one, but unless you’re buying a mattress for kids or seniors, we thick the cons might outweigh the pros.
The Nolah Original 10 falls in between a true medium and medium-soft on our firmness scale. That’s based on the opinion of several average-size people—it will feel softer to heavier individuals and firmer to petite folks. Overall, we’d characterize the feel of the bed as neutral with a hint of soft memory foam. We should also add that it’s ridiculously comfortable, especially if you’re sleeping on your side.
The Original 10 is fairly quick to respond after applying pressure to it, which means you won’t get that dreadful stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Combination sleepers tend to prefer more responsive mattresses such as Nolah. Here’s a look at how responsive the bed is.
You can see that the bed snaps back nearly immediately when you take away the pressure. This makes it a lot easier to rotate positions at night and can help you get more restful sleep since it means that you’re exerting less energy to switch from sleeping on your back to your stomach, for example.
Given that Nolah is a softer mattress, it’s not ideal for strict stomach and/or back sleepers that weigh over 150 lb. Generally, if you sleep primarily on your stomach and/or back you’ll want a firmer mattress. A few good examples of firmer beds are DreamCloud and Cocoon Chill by Sealy. That said, if you’re petite, you can likely sleep on your back/stomach just fine on Nolah.
Keep in mind that firmness is relative based on body weight and size. The more you weigh, the more pressure you’ll be putting on the bed, and thus it will feel softer to you. The inverse is true for lighter individuals—they will typically experience mattresses to be firmer overall.
Because the Nolah Original 10 is on the softer range of the firmness spectrum, it will provide great pressure relief for your hips and shoulders.
When you lay on Nolah you do sink in and the bed sort of hugs you, but it’s very comfortable. Simple put, the Nolah Original 10 is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers that you can purchase online. There are a lot of other mattresses that we like here as well, but Nolah is pretty much the quintessential bed for side sleepers. If you’re looking for soft foam, maximum pressure relief, extra comfort, Nolah is it.
Mmmm, unfortunately, no. The Nolah Original 10 is an all-foam mattress that’s only 10” thick. Heavier people are going to need a thicker, extra supportive mattress—probably one that incorporates innersprings or pocketed coils. If you’re over 230 lb there are a host of other mattresses that we’d rather you try out instead of Nolah.
This is not to say that Nolah is bad, it’s just that it’s not designed to handle bigger folks. This bed is tailor made for petite and medium size individuals. Same story, by the way, for Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and many other 10″ foam mattresses. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers.
Nolah Original 10 doesn’t sleep hot, but it doesn’t sleep especially cold either. We’d say it’s temperature neutral. Honestly, the temperature in your room or whether you’re wearing flannel pajamas will most likely be the dominating factor in determining whether you sleep hot or not.
There are two important factors—on top of what we’ve already mentioned in this review—that couples should consider when selecting a new mattress: (1) how well it isolates motion and (2) how strong are the edges of the bed.
Nolah Original 10 does a very good job of isolating motion, meaning movement on one side of the bed doesn’t really transfer to the other side.
Motion isolation is important for couples with restless sleepers, because no one likes getting woken up every time their partner gets up to use the restroom or grab a snack in the middle of the night.
In regards to edge support, the Original 10 is just average, like a lot of other 10″ all-foam beds. You do get a bit of that roll-off feeling, which can be unnerving. It’s not bad, but we’ve tested plenty of mattresses with better edge support, including the Beautyrest Black and Nest Bedding Alexander Signature. Edge support is truly only critically important for couples that share a smaller size mattress like a twin XL or a full.
If you like Nolah and want to get this bed, but your partner is a mattress hog, there’s an easy solution: get a queen, king, or California king. The bottom line is that edge support is important, but it’s not nearly as important as feel, firmness, temperature regulation, motion isolation, and price.
The Nolah Original 10 is a great option for side and combo sleepers who are looking for a plush foam mattress. We aren’t thrilled about everything with this Nolah, but it’s the best bed for someone, we are certain of that. At the end of the day, it’s comfortable and comes with a trial period so that you can test it for yourself. Plus, we do actually really appreciate that with every purchase they give back to a wildlife animal of your choice.
While the Original 10 is the bed that we focused on primarily in this review, the Signature 12 has a lot going for it. Here’s a quick breakdown of how they compare:
Signature 12 — This is the company’s high-end foam mattress. It’s flippable and has a soft side and a firm side. It also has an organic cotton cover and comes with a lifetime warranty. Basically all the positive things we have to say about the Original 10 apply also to the Signature 12, but it manages to be more ideal for back and stomach sleepers since it’s double-sided. The only real downside with this bed, as compared to the original, is price. After applying a coupon code, it’s about $300 more expensive than the Original 10. Not a huge difference, considering it’s objectively the nicer bed, but it might not be worth it if you’re a medium/petite side sleeper. In this scenario, you could save money and be a happy camper with the Original 10.
Original 10 — We’ve discussed this bed extensively in this review, but here’s a quick summary of why it might be better than the Signature 12 for you. Firstly, it’s more affordable. Check. Secondly, it has just one side and it’s soft. Great for side sleepers. Check. Thirdly, it still has a longer-than-average warranty and is made in the USA. It’s a very nice bed.
How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?
|We were sent the bed from Nolah so that we could review it. We did not accept any payment from Nolah (or any other brand) to say good or bad things about the bed. We review products independently and with our own team.|
Tell me more about this animal adoption thing.
|Okay. Nolah states they have partnered up with wildlife conservation partner, Defenders of Wildlife. For every mattress sold, Nolah will adopt an endangered American wildlife animal. The purchaser of any Nolah mattress can choose from a list of 20 endangered animals, and will be sent an official wildlife adoption certificate as proof that their mattress purchase helped contribute to the protection of American wildlife. Nolah states that some of the most popular animals chosen by customers are bald eagles, snowy owls, polar bears, dolphins, and sea otters.|
Should I be using a boxspring or foundation with my Nolah mattress?
|You can use your Nolah mattress on any flat surface, including the floor. Nolah specifically states on their website to just place the Nolah mattress directly on the floor or other flat supportive surface. Slats in your bed frame should be okay, as long as they are no more than 3 to 4 inches apart. Nolah also sells their own adjustable base bed frames on their website. One of their bed frames even includes a full body massage feature. Check out their website for more information.|
How do I unbox my Nolah mattress?
|Unboxing your mattress is unbelievably easy. First, take your Nolah Original 10 bed out of its shipping box. Next, position it where you want to sleep, then tear away the protective plastic coating. Your mattress should then start to expand and come to life! Just be sure to give it 24-48 hours to fully expand, air-out, and settle before sleeping a full night on it.|
Where are Nolah mattresses made?
|Nolah is a Colorado based company. All of their mattresses are made in the United States. They are made in one of their eight factories across the USA. All the materials used in their mattresses, both foam and cover, are also 100% made in the USA.|