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Nolah Mattress Review

Nolah Mattress Review

This is your ultimate guide to Nolah mattresses, including the Original 10 Mattress.

Last Updated: November 19, 2020

Matt Ross

Nolah is a Colorado-based company that makes two popular bed in a box mattresses. The Nolah Original 10 is a really nice, all-foam bed, especially for side and combo sleepers. The Nolah Signature 12 is double-sided, allowing sleepers to options for comfort. The bed even comes with an organic cotton cover.

Who Is This Best For?

Side sleepers and people that want a soft bed

If you’re looking for a bed-in-a-box mattress

Who Won’t Love It?

People that want a firm mattress

Heavyset individuals

Nolah Mattress Review

Nolah offers a few comfortable all-foam mattresses that competes with the likes of online beds like Casper and Nectar. This review will focus on their flagship Original 10 Mattress, but we’ve also written about the more expensive and flippable mattress, Nolah Signature 12, that you may want to check out as well!

Though, aside from their comfortable and versatile bed options, Nolah is one of the more animal-friendly bed in a box brands in the industry, as they will “adopt” an animal for every mattress sold, and donate to a wildlife preservation charity who’s aim is to save and protect animals that are local to the United States.

We have left no stone unturned in this review, so in an effort to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, below is a quick table of contents. Click the links to jump to whichever section of our Nolah review you prefer:

Honest Nolah Mattress Comparison Video

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.

Keep reading to learn more.

Nolah Mattresses Construction And Design

We usually categorize mattresses into two construction types: foam mattresses and hybrid/spring mattresses. The Nolah mattress is an all-foam bed, made with a proprietary foam that makes up the top layer. A lot of beds will have 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. Here’s a breakdown of the three layers:

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Inside look at the Nolah 10 mattress
  • Base layer – A 7” base layer of high density foam to provide support for the remaining mattress layers and of course, your body
  • Transition layer – A 1” layer of softer poly foam to provide cushion, and prevent you from feeling the dense bottom layer
  • Comfort layer – 2” of “Cooling Nolah AirFoam,” Nolah’s proprietary foam which will provide a bulk of the mattress’ comfort

The Nolah AirFoam is an open cell foam that helps to circulate airflow. Part of the goal here is to better regulate temperature within the mattress so you don’t wake up sweating because the mattress has been retaining all of your body heat.

Nolah 10 Mattress Cover

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.

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Really soft, comfortable cover on the Nolah Original 10

It’s made with a combination of viscose fibers and polyester fibers. This cover is removable, but we don’t recommend that you ever take it off. It’s not machine washable, so instead grab some mild detergent and warm water and spot clean where you need to.

If you are worried about keeping your mattress clean, Amazon has plenty of affordable mattress protectors that you can pick up. A cover may restrict airflow in the mattress, or change how the bed feels.

Firmness And Feel

The Nolah mattress 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 comfortable, especially if you’re sleeping on your side.

nolah mattress review original firmness level

The Original 10 is fairly quick to respond after applying pressure to it, which means you won’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Combination sleepers tend to prefer more responsive mattresses such as Nolah.

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 because it means that you’re exerting less energy to switch sleeping positions.

Temperature Regulation

Nolah Original 10 doesn’t sleep hot, but it doesn’t sleep especially cold either. We’d say it’s temperature neutral. 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.

Learn more about temperature regulation and how we rate it!

Considerations For Couples On Nolah

There are two other important factors 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.

Motion Isolation

The Original 10 Nolah mattress does a good job of isolating motion. Motion isolation is important for couples with restless sleepers.

If you are in a relationship and are not planning to purchase a king-size mattress, you will want to get a bed with good edge support and motion isolation. We have good news if you are looking into purchasing the Nolah Signature 12” mattress: this bed is good with both.

Edge Support

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Soft beds don’t tend to have great edge support

In regards to edge support, the Original 10 is average, like a lot of other 10″ all-foam beds. It’s not bad, but we’ve tested plenty of mattresses with better edge support, including Beautyrest Black. Edge support is only critically important for couples that share a smaller size mattress like a twin XL or a full.

If you like the Nolah Original and sleep with a partner, we think you should get a queen, king, or California king. Though, keep in mind, while support is important, it’s not nearly as important as feel, firmness, temperature regulation, motion isolation and price.

Sleeper Type Analysis For Nolah Original 10

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Back And Stomach Sleepers

Given that Original 10 Nolah mattress 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.

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.

Side Sleepers

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, which makes it ideal for side sleepers. When you lay on Nolah you do sink in and the bed sort of hugs you, but it’s comfortable. Simply put, the Nolah Original 10 is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers you can purchase online. There are a lot of other mattresses that we like here as well, but Nolah is the quintessential bed for side sleepers. If you’re looking for soft foam, maximum pressure relief, extra comfort, Nolah is it.

Combo Sleepers

Combo sleepers typically either need to choose a mattress that falls in the middle of the firmness scale or pick one that’s designed for their most common sleeping position. If you’re a combo sleeper but you tend to sleep more often on your side, the Nolah is a great option for you. 

Because the Nolah has excellent responsiveness, it’s good for combo sleepers that move constantly as well. But if you mostly find yourself sleeping on your back or stomach, you might be better served with another mattress.

Body Type Analysis

Heavy Individuals

Unfortunately, this mattress won’t work great for heavy body types. 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 other mattresses that are going to be more comfortable and durable for you than Nolah. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers if you want to check out a few of our recommendations.

Average To Petite Individuals

This is a best bed for petite individuals and medium size individuals. It’s the same for Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and many other 10″ foam mattresses. You can also compare nolah vs tuft and needle if you are having trouble deciding.

Nolah Mattress Pricing

The Original 10 is the most affordable mattress that Nolah makes. In fact, as the name states, it is the original Nolah mattress.

The Nolah 10 is 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 most people can afford it. Here’s a pricing breakdown before any discounts:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$619
Twin XL$759
Full$879
Queen$1,019
King / Cal King$1,119

Does Nolah Offer Promos And Discount Codes?

Like the rest of the mattress industry, Nolah sets prices a little high in terms of MSRP so the company can offer discounts. You can check Nolah’s website for current offers and discounts.

As you might have expected, the biggest mattress deals are during major holidays such as 4th of July and Black Friday. Make sure to check out our Black Friday bed deals to save some dough! 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.

Nolah Mattress Review Verdict

During our Nolah Mattress review, we found 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 some people will still love it. 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 appreciate that Noah donates to help a wildlife animal of the buyer’s choice with every purchase.

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Nolah Mattress Ratings

  • BBB: Nolah has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau

Nolah Company Policies

Both the trial period and the warranty surpass what is typical for the industry. However, you should read the warranty for more information about what’s covered. With Nolah, you get:

  • Free shipping and completely free returns
  • A 120-night risk-free trial period
  • A 15-year warranty
Why Trust Us

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Review team

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

FAQs

How firm is the Nolah mattress?

It is about a “medium-soft” meaning it’s good for people that want a lot of pressure relief.

Which Nolah Mattress is best for me?

If you’re heavier, or you’re a back or stomach sleeper, the Nolah Signature 12” would be better for you. Petite individuals and side sleepers will likely do well with the Nolah Signature 10”.

Is there a Nolah Mattress discount code I can use?

Nolah frequently provides discount codes on its website. We’ve seen offers for 25 percent off mattresses in the past, so check back frequently.

Does it come with free returns?

Yes! Nolah has a 120-night risk-free trial period and 100% free returns during that trial period.

Does Nolah donate to a wildlife charity?

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.

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.

How did the Slumber Yard get these mattresses?

We were sent the beds from Nolah so that we could review them. We did not accept any payment from Nolah (or any other brand) to say good or bad things about the beds. We review products independently and with our own team.

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.

What type of foundation will work with this 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.

Where do I try a Nolah Mattress?

Nolah operates 100 percent online to keep costs down, so you won’t be able to try before you buy, but you can return it for free within 120 days if you’re not satisfied.