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Stumbling across the Nolah online, you may notice that the manufacturer makes many promises. They use proprietary AirFoam and claim that the Nolah sleeps cool without sacrificing pressure relief. Sounds like the perfect deal, doesn’t it? In today’s review of the Nolah Mattress, we find out whether this model meets expectations. Let’s see how it performs for different types of sleepers, what’s hiding beneath the cover, and what kind of value for money the Nolah offers.
Weight (Queen size)
Compressed and rolled in a box
2-8 business days
The Nolah mattress is 10 inches thick, which is the standard height for the modern market. Its construction may seem rather simple at first, but there’s a twist: the company uses its own patent-pending materials.
So, let’s review the Nolah mattress layers:
- Comfort layer. The Nolah uses two inches of its proprietary AirFoam. This material is free from heat-sensitive viscoelastic chemicals (unlike traditional memory foam), which means the top layer will not trap and store your body heat. At the same time, the AirFoam provides excellent body contouring, which makes this mattress suitable for sleepers seeking immediate relaxation.
- Transition layer. Measuring one inch in height, this polyfoam layer is more resilient than the top AirFoam layer. It serves to support the comfort layer and adds a bit of bounce to the construction, preventing you from feeling stuck.
- Support layer. With high-density polyfoam, this seven-inch layer offers sturdy support and helps with proper weight distribution. It also plays a role in motion isolation by providing a stable, reliable foundation and helping absorb the movement from the top layers.
The first thing you might notice about the cover is its stylish texture and white color. There’s also a gray part on the bottom, which will be in direct contact with the foundation. You will notice it only if you flip the mattress, otherwise the Nolah looks snow-white. The cover is made of Tencel, a natural fabric derived from wood pulp. Tencel is breathable and does a great job of wicking moisture away from your skin. As a result, the Nolah cover doesn’t sleep hot. Plus, it feels super soft and smooth to the touch, which is a great bonus, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you need to, you can remove the cover thanks to the handy zipper. However, you can’t remove only the top section as the cover comes off all in one piece. Therefore, if you do take it off (to wash, for example), you will have to place all of the layers into the cover, which may be a bit of a struggle. It’s probably a better idea to use a mattress protector. It will save you both time and effort in this case.
Another important aspect I want to mention in my Nolah mattress review is how this bed feels. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that different types of sleepers may experience different comfort levels when using this mattress. I was testing the Nolah with my wife, and we are 190 and 110 lbs respectively.
We both agreed that the Nolah has a Medium feel. I would rate it around 5 on the firmness scale (with 10 being the firmest), while my wife felt like it was somewhere around 5.5.
The Nolah has a rather quick response to pressure (probably thanks to that resilient polyfoam transition layer). It is quite conforming and offers a generous hug with minimal bounce. At the same time, the base layer provides enough support for the spine (for average and petite sleepers, I should say).
As you probably know, foam mattresses aren’t that impressive when it comes to edge support. As for the Nolah, it showed decent results. If you tend to sleep close to the bed edges, you are not likely to roll off the mattress as the Nolah doesn’t collapse that much around the edges. It will compress more if you sit with your legs down on the floor, which is natural for foam mattresses.
I’d like to note that my wife (110 lbs) felt more comfortable lying on the edge. I personally experienced more compression of the mattress layers and felt like my body didn’t get enough support needed for a 100% comfortable sleep. Still, I wasn’t scared of falling off. The Nolah’s edges did manage to support my body weight (190 lbs).
Motion TransferGood motion transfer is a key feature of every high-quality mattress. Let’s see how the Nolah mattress performs. Common for restless partnered sleepers, motion transfer is one of the main issues couples experience that stops them from getting quality sleep. Now, it’s safe to say that the Nolah is a reliable option for couples who want to minimize night time disturbances. My wife is smaller than me, so she often gets disturbed when I toss and turn during the night. However, with the Nolah, she didn’t have a problem. I also did the jumping test almost right next to her, and she didn’t feel much bounce either.
The durability of mattress components is a good indication of how it will hold up with time. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to this aspect. After all, you don’t want to invest in a new bed just to replace it within the first few years.
Judging by the Nolah’s material quality, we can assume that this mattress is fairly durable. The foam is high-density and the cover is superbly stitched. Overall, the Nolah seems rather sturdy.
Keep in mind that foam mattresses sag faster when used by heavier sleepers. As there’s more pressure applied to the material every night, the foam compresses more and loses its elasticity faster.
The new mattress smell is common for foam models, and the Nolah is no exception. However, the off-gassing wasn’t that bad. I didn’t notice any particularly strong chemical smells, just that new “factory” odor. Best news is, It disappeared completely within a few days.
A quick note: if you want to get rid of the smell faster, it may be a good idea to leave your mattress in a well-ventilated room for a day before putting the sheets on. This can also help your new mattress expand properly.
In terms of being sex-friendly, the Nolah has both advantages and drawbacks. As this is a foam mattress, it lacks bounce and springiness, which may be an issue for some couples. Because of the deep hug the comfort layer provides, the Nolah may also restrict movement when changing positions.
At the same time, this mattress produces zero noise, which makes it ideal for discreet sexual activities (if you share your living space with others, for example). Additionally, the mattress surface offers solid traction thanks to its contouring properties, which can prevent you and your partner from sliding across the bed surface.
How It Feels for Different Types of Sleepers
Are you a side sleeper? a back sleeper? or maybe you're a stomach sleeper? Let’s find out if the Nolah mattress is the right option for you.
I was reviewing the Nolah Mattress with my wife. She is a 110-lbs stomach sleeper, and I am a 190-lbs combination sleeper (side and back). Here’s what we have discovered in the process:
- Side sleepers. When lying on her side, my wife (a lightweight sleeper) felt very comfortable. She enjoyed how the mattress gently supported her lower back while cradling the hips. If you are a combination sleeper like me, when you sleep on your side, you are also likely to enjoy the pressure relief the Nolah has to offer. The mattress is more on the softer side and allows for enough sinkage for the protruding parts of your body on average individuals. Heavier users may sink deeper into the comfort layers and hit the firmer support base, which can create pressure points in the shoulders and hips. Of course, you can try to make the mattress firmer if you are a larger person, but I think it’s safer to invest in a firm model from the beginning.
- Back sleepers. The Nolah has a medium feel, which should be ideal for both lightweight and average-weight back sleepers. I experienced a bit more sinkage in the hip area than my wife did. However, I didn’t experience any tension in my back and felt like my spine was supported properly.
- Stomach sleepers. As a lightweight stomach sleeper, my wife felt very comfortable sleeping on the Nolah. As for me, I also found the mattress supportive enough in this sleeping position. So, it’s safe to assume that the Nolah Original is suited for petite and average stomach sleepers. Larger users may experience too much sinkage in the hip area and, consequently, it may create an unhealthy curve in the spine.
Other Important Information
If you’re considering the Nolah mattress, you are probably curious about its warranty, trial period, and price range.
The Nolah Original is covered by a 15-year warranty. It also comes with a 120-night trial and includes free shipping and returns. However, you will have to use your mattress for at least 30 days before you can return it (as you may require some time to adjust to your new foam mattress).
Another cool thing is that the Nolah offers 0% financing. Plus, since the Nolah costs less than $1,000, it won’t cause too much stress budget-wise.
The Nolah mattress is made in the USA. It is CertiPUR-US certified, which means it was made without ozone-depleting chemicals, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals and harmful chemicals.
For those of you who are eco-warriors, and like supporting charities with your purchase, you’ll like this one. The company makes donations to wildlife conservation charities for every mattress purchased. This makes Nolah one of the most eco-conscious brands on the market.
The Nolah is a medium mattress that offers good pressure relief and uses proprietary temperature-neutral foam in the comfort layer. This model is more on the softer side and would be ideal for lightweight back, side, and stomach sleepers. It would also work well for average-weight users who prefer sleeping on their side.
The Nolah has a Tencel cover, which is naturally breathable and provides a slight cooling effect. It is removable, but you can take it off all in one piece. Therefore, it might be a good idea to use a mattress protector instead of washing the cover itself.
The bottom line? This is an all-round comfortable, quality mattress that offers impressive value for money. While similar models can cost twice as much, the Nolah combines a reasonable price with quality materials and can satisfy a wide range of sleepers especially side sleepers.