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Nolah Mattress Review

Nolah Mattress Review

This is your ultimate guide to Nolah mattresses, including the Original 10 and Signature 12.

Last Updated: September 11, 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

Outline For Our Review

We have left no stone unturned in this review, so in an effort to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, above is a quick table of contents. Click the appropriate link to go to whichever section you prefer.

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 Original 10 vs. Signature 12

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 because 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-$400 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. Secondly, it has one side, and it’s soft, which is great for side sleepers. Thirdly, it still has a longer-than-average warranty and is made in the USA.

Nolah Mattress Prices

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. 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.

Foam Layers And Design Of The Nolah Mattress

We usually categorize mattresses into two 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. 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:

  • 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
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Inside look at the Nolah 10 mattress

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.

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 relieving, yet decently responsive and doesn’t give you a “stuck” feeling.

Nolah 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.

Nolah Mattress Firmness

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.

Nolah Mattress Feel

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.

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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.

Nolah Mattress Sleeper Types

Stomach And Back Sleepers

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.

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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.

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Nolah is a fantastic bed for side sleepers

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.

Can Nolah Handle People Who Weigh Over 230 lb?

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 other mattresses that are going to be more comfortable and durable for you than Nolah.

This bed is tailor made for petite and medium size individuals. It’s the same for Leesa, Tuft & Needle, and many other 10″ foam mattresses. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese sleepers.

Nolah Mattress Temperature

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.

If you want to learn more about temperature regulation and how we rate it, click here!

Couples Sleeping On The Nolah Mattress

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

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

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. 

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Soft beds don’t tend to have great edge support

If you like Nolah and want to get this bed, 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.

Nolah Mattress Review: Verdict

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.

Nolah Signature 12 Mattress Review

This section is all about the Nolah Signature 12 mattress, a double-sided bed with an organic cotton cover.

The Nolah Signature 12” mattress is a little more expensive than the average bed-in-a-box, but that’s because it’s not average—it’s a unique mattress. 

Like every other online mattress company, Nolah frequently runs promotions, so you could pay a few hundred dollars less than the MSRP. You can check Nolah’s website for current discounts and deals or we should have a coupon code on this page for you.

Inside This Nolah

The Nolah Signature 12 is a four-layer, double-sided mattress. As you can see from the graphic below, both sides of the mattress utilize a layer of the proprietary “Cooling Nolah AirFoam.”

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Inside look at the construction of the Nolah Signature 12″ mattress

The mattress is comprised of:

  • A 1” base layer of Cooling Nolah AirFoam, which provides support and pressure relief for all sleeping positions
  • A Reinforced High-Density Core Foundation made with 7” of an “ultra-grade” core foundation foam
  • A 1.5” soft yet supportive layer of Deep Supportive High-Resilience Foam
  • A 2.5” top layer of Nolah’s Cooling AirFoam

Nolah AirFoam is a “fast responsive temperature-neutral ‘Memory Foam’ with the bounce of Latex.” However, it’s technically a high resilience polyurethane foam that is made without the heat-trapping chemicals that is normally found in memory foam. The best way to explain it is that it feels like a mix of traditional memory foam and latex.

Nolah is included on the CertiPUR-US list of companies that guarantees their products are free from formaldehyde and cancer-causing substances.

Nolah Mattress Cover

The Nolah Signature 12” mattress is wrapped in an unbleached, thick, organic cover that does not have any harmful chemicals in it. It’s a nice cover that smells good, especially as compared to the cover on most other mattresses.

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Organic cotton cover on the Signature 12 mattress

While the cover is technically removable, we don’t recommend throwing it in the wash. It may shrink and be impossible to get back on your mattress, Instead, if you spill something on your bed, we recommend spot cleaning. The easiest and best way to do this is to dampen a soft cloth with water and some detergent, and dab at the stain until it is gone.

Softness/Firmness Scale

The Nolah Signature mattress has a different firmness level on either side of the bed. In other words, one side is softer (we’d call it “medium” firmness), and the other is firm (we’d call it “medium-firm”). This essentially provides you with two mattresses, so you can choose which one is most comfortable for your specific sleep style.

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Nolah Signature 12 Feel

Both sides of the Signature 12” mattress are equally responsive. In fact, we’d say this is a very responsive bed, which makes sense because the Signature 12” is made of a soft neutral-foam.

As you can see, the mattress pops right back into shape after pressure is removed. This is particularly helpful for combination sleepers that rotate positions during the night. In fact, a more responsiveness mattress can help combo sleepers to get more restful sleep because rotating positions requires less effort.

Different Sleeping Styles

Given that the Signature 12 mattress has two sides, each with a different firmness level, one side is naturally going to be better than the other for certain sleeper positions.

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Good option for back and stomach sleepers

Back/Stomach Sleepers

The firm side of the Signature 12” will work well for back and stomach sleepers. It provides enough support and won’t allow you to sink too far in. If you’re petite, you might find that the softer side also offers enough support and is more comfortable for you. 

Side Sleepers

The soft side of the Signature 12” mattress should provide enough pressure relief and comfort for side sleepers. If you’re heavier, you might try out the firm side as well. 

Combo Sleepers

The Nolah 12” is a responsive bed, so combo sleepers who move around a lot will find it meets their needs. Depending on your dominant sleeping position, you can choose the firm or soft side of the mattress, or just go with whatever feels right to you.

A lot of this depends on your weight. If you’re on the heavier end of the spectrum, you may find the firm side provides enough pressure-relief.

How Is The Signature 12 For Heavier People?

For heavier individuals, we think the firm side of this mattress will be the best choice. We generally don’t recommend all-foam mattresses to heavy or obese people, but if you want a bed made entirely of foam, Nolah Signature 12 is not a bad option.

Because it is flippable and slightly thicker, it will probably last longer than your average bed-in-a-box mattress. That said, if you weigh more than 250 lbs (what we consider heavy), you may want to look into a spring or hybrid mattress, which tend to be most durable than their all-foam counterparts.

Will Couples Like This Nolah Bed?

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.

Actually pretty good edge support

Edge Support

A variety of people from our team tested the Nolah Signature 12” bed for edge support, and we all found that it performed well. You can comfortably sleep on the edge of this bed and not feel like you’re going to end up on the floor.

Motion Isolation

The Nolah Signature 12” performed well in this category. While typically the best motion isolating mattresses are made with memory foam, the Signature 12” holds its own well. Basically, the Nolah Signature 12” mattress is a good choice if you sleep in the same bed as a partner or large animal.

Nolah Mattress Signature 12 Performance Ratings

  • Off-gassing: Some amount of off-gassing is normal with nearly every mattress, but this should dissipate within a few days.
  • Durability: That this mattress is both thick and flippable means it’s likely to hold up beyond a typical bed-in-a-box mattress, especially for heavier people who want an all-foam bed.
  • Pressure relief: The Nolah Signature 12 provides excellent pressure relief for all sleeping positions.
  • Motion isolation: Though it’s not memory foam, the Nolah Signature 12 isolates motion remarkably well.
  • Temperature neutrality: This bed sleeps neutral. 
  • Edge support: You can sleep comfortably on the edge of this mattress without feeling like you’ll fall off.
  • Noise: The Nolah doesn’t have springs, so it should remain relatively quiet.
  • Sex: The Nolah Signature 12 is responsive, and you won’t sink into the mattress, but it may not provide as much bounce as some other mattresses.

Nolah Signature 12 – Final Thoughts

All in all, the Nolah bed is an accommodating mattress that we think will be a good choice for people who sleep on their back, stomach, side or a combination of the three. Furthermore, this mattress is flippable so people with a wide variety of body types should be able to sleep comfortably. If you are in a relationship or sleep with a partner, the Nolah Signature 12” mattress will be a good choice.

Pros And Cons Of The Nolah Mattress

Pros

  • The Nolah is the optimal mattress for side sleepers.
  • The Nolah Signature 12 is flippable, providing two options for firmness and feel.
  • The Nolah Signature 12 is the best option for heavier people who want an all-foam bed.

Cons

  • The Nolah Signature 10 can’t handle heavier folks over 230 pounds.
  • The Nolah Signature 10 isn’t ideal for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Both Nolah mattresses are pricier than some others on the market.

Overview Of Delivery, Setup & Returns

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

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

Company Info

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does it come with free returns?

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

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.

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.

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”.