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Nolah Mattress Review

Nolah is an online "bed-in-a-box" mattress brand that has been in business since 2015. The company's flagship mattress, known as the Nolah Original 10 or the Nolah Original, is an all-foam model. Its comfort layer is composed of an adaptive polyfoam comfort layer that conforms closely to the body, along with denser foam support layers to prevent sleepers from sinking too much.

Standard Nolah Original 10 mattresses are encased in a viscose cover, and Nolah also offers a Limited Edition model with a cover made from Tencel lyocell. Altogether, the mattress – as the name implies – measures 10 inches thick. Its feel is considered medium, or a 5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Nolah offers an additional mattress model, the Nolah Signature 12, which measures 2 inches thicker than the flagship bed. This mattress also features a flippable design with a sleep surface on each side, one medium soft (4) and the other firm (7). The Nolah Original 10 is ideal for sleepers who want a mid-level feel and a lower profile, but those who prefer softer or firmer sleep surfaces may want to consider the Signature 12 instead.

Below, you'll find a side-by-side comparison of both Nolah models. We'll also take an in-depth look at the flagship Nolah bed in terms of firmness and construction, pricing, and performance, as well as Nolah's shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Nolah Mattresses At-A-Glance

Nolah Original 10 Nolah Signature 12
Firmness Medium (5) Side 1: Medium Soft (4)
Side 2: Firm (7)
Mattress Type All-Foam All-Foam
Height 10" 12"
Price (Queen) $1,049 $1,599

Nolah Mattress Review: Our Verdict

Choose the Nolah Original if...
  • You prefer noticeable body-contouring from your mattress. The adaptive foam layer conforms closely but won't sink or hug the body quite as much as memory foam.
  • You sleep on your side. The deep conforming offers optimal cushioning for side sleepers, particularly those who weigh 230 pounds or less.
  • You share your bed with a partner. The foam layers absorb motion quite well and the mattress is completely silent, so couples and co-sleepers can sleep soundly without disruptions.
  • You tend to sleep hot on all-foam beds. The comfort layer is composed of open-cell polyfoam that won't absorb much body heat as memory foam.
Keep Shopping if...
  • You want a responsive, springy mattress. Like other all-foam beds, the Nolah Original 10 provides limited bounciness on the surface.
  • You're looking for a mattress with strong edge support. Deep sinkage is likely along the perimeter due to the bed's all-foam construction.
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds. After testing the mattress, we found people in this weight group sink deeply beneath the surface – often to an uncomfortable extent.

How Much Is the Nolah Original Mattress?

The Nolah Original 10's price-point is in line with the average all-foam model, which costs between $900 and $1,100 in a queen size. The Limited Edition model with the Tencel lyocell cover shares the same price-points with the standard Original 10. Customers also have the option of adding sheets or a mattress protector to their purchase during checkout.

Unlike most competing mattress brands, Nolah allows customers to forego their sleep trial in exchange for a discount off the bed's sticker price, with the amount of the discount varying depending on the selected size. You can also opt for White Glove delivery that includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal for an added fee.

With every mattress purchase, Nolah adopts an animal through the Defenders of Wildlife program and donates money to that organization.

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 39” x 75” x 10” 44 lbs. $649
Twin XL 39” x 80” x 10” 47 lbs. $445
Full 54” x 75” x 10” 58 lbs. $899
Queen 60” x 80” x 10” 70 lbs. $1,049
King 76” x 80” x 10” 87 lbs. $1,149
California King 72” x 84” x 10” 85 lbs. $1,149

How Does the Nolah Original Mattress Feel?

Due to its all-polyfoam composition and medium feel, the Nolah Original 10 contours closely but will not hug the body like a memory foam mattress. Most sleepers will feel ample cushioning but the comfort layer won't sink too deeply. The polyfoam is also somewhat responsive, resulting in a light bounce on the surface.

People who weigh 230 pounds or less shouldn't sink too much and have a relatively easy time moving across the mattress. For folks who are heavier, the mattress will probably not provide enough support. This is particularly true for back and stomach sleepers.

What Is the Nolah Original 10 Made Of?

Cover Material

Customers can choose from two cover materials for their Nolah Original 10. The standard model comes with a cover made of viscose. The Limited Edition model's cover is composed of Tencel lyocell, a rayon-like material derived in part from eucalyptus fibers. These materials each offer a silky-soft hand-feel. Both are also highly breathable, though the Tencel lyocell cover sleeps slightly cooler and wicks away more moisture.

Comfort Layers

The mattress contains a 2-inch comfort layer of Cooling Nolah AirFoam, a proprietary type of adaptive open-cell polyfoam. The material contours like memory foam without sinking too much or hugging the body closely. The Nolah Original 10 also includes a 1-inch layer of transitional polyfoam. This material is denser than the comfort layer and prevents you from sinking too deeply into the mattress.

Support Core

The Nolah Original 10's support core consists of a high-density polyfoam layer measuring 7 inches thick. This material, along with the transitional polyfoam, stabilizes the mattress and prevents you from sinking excessively. That said, some owners will notice significant sinkage when sleeping near or sitting on the edges.

Does it Isolate Motion?

Rating: 4/5

Motion isolation is a major strength of the Nolah Original 10. Like other all-foam models, this mattress absorbs movement from sleepers and eliminates most transfer across the surface. The polyfoam is somewhat responsive, but not enough to produce disruptive springiness.

Motion isolation is important for couples. On bouncy mattresses, changing positions or getting in and out of bed can create ripples of movement that travel across the surface. These movements can disrupt sleep for people who wake up easily. Generally, memory foam mattresses offer the best motion isolation, but all-polyfoam models like the Nolah Original 10 are also standouts in this category.

Does it Sleep Cool?

Rating: 3/5

Like other all-foam models, the Nolah Original 10 may trap heat for some as it conforms to the body. People who weigh more than 230 pounds are most likely to feel uncomfortably warm because they'll sink deeper into the mattress. However, the open-cell polyfoam comfort layer won't trap as much heat or sleep as hot as memory foam.

The cover also helps the Nolah Original 10 sleep cool. Whether you choose the standard viscose or limited edition Tencel lyocell, both materials are exceptionally breathable and will wick moisture away from your body. Thanks to the cover and comfort layer components, this mattress is suitable for anyone who normally feels too hot on other all-foam mattresses.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating: 3/5
When owners get on and off the Nolah Original 10, they'll notice some sinkage along the edges. The polyfoam used in the bed's support core is fairly dense but it does not withstand compression like other mattress base layer materials such as latex or steel coils. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds will notice the most sinkage, while lighter individuals may sink a bit but shouldn't have too much difficulty getting in and out of bed. Sleeping near the edges may also feel unstable for some people depending on their weight.

Is It Good for Sex?

Rating: 3/5

While the Nolah Original 10's polyfoam composition makes the mattress somewhat responsive, the surface is by no means bouncy. This may be problematic for couples who prefer more springiness for sex. As the foam sinks, this can create the feeling of fighting against the mattress. The bed may also feel weak around the edges during sex, leaving couples confined to the middle rather than being able to use the entire surface.

However, the adaptive polyfoam offers good traction during sex. The mattress is also completely silent, making it discreet for amorous activities.

What About Off-gassing?

Rating: 2/5

Off-gassing refers to "new mattress smells" left over from the manufacturing process. Initial odors are particularly strong with all-foam bed-in-a-box models after they are removed from their packaging. The Nolah Original 10 is no exception – off-gassing is strong at first – but the smells should dissipate in a matter of days. Owners may want to leave the mattress in a well-ventilated room before sleeping on it for the first time.

What Type of Sleeper Is the Nolah Mattress Best For?

Side Sleepers: Thanks to its medium feel, the Nolah Original 10 is very well-suited to side sleepers. The adaptive polyfoam provides ample cushioning for the shoulders and hips. This ensures good spinal support and even alignment for those who use the side position. The mattress may sink too much for those who weigh more than 230 pounds, but lighter side sleepers should find the mattress comfortable.

Combination Sleepers: While the Nolah Original 10 is suitable for most side sleepers, those who use the back or stomach position will probably not find the mattress supportive enough unless they weigh less than 130 pounds. Combination sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more and sometimes use the back and/or stomach positions will likely prefer the Nolah Signature 12, specifically the firm side of this mattress. Less sinkage is likely to occur and these sleepers shouldn't feel too much added pressure.

Back Sleepers: Most back sleepers will find the Nolah Original 10 too soft. This position promotes even alignment without cushioning for the shoulders and hips, so back sleepers generally need more support to maintain a flat, even surface for their body. Back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds probably won't sink too much but heavier people who prefer this position may need more support. The firm side of the Nolah Signature 12 should be more suitable.

Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers – like back sleepers – often prefer firmer mattresses because they don't sink too deeply. Most people carry a disproportionate amount of weight in their midsection, so sleeping face-down can pull the body into the mattress. Stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds shouldn't sink excessively, but those who weigh more should consider a firmer, more supportive mattress like the Nolah Signature 12.

How Does Body Weight Impact Performance?

In addition to sleep position, your experience with the Nolah Original 10 will likely depend on how much you weigh. The mattress has a medium feel and will conform closely to the body. For people who weigh less than 130 pounds – side sleepers in particular – the bed will cushion and alleviate pressure quite well. Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds should also feel reasonably comfortable.

Those who weigh more than 230 pounds will probably find the Nolah Original 10 too soft and prefer a firmer, more supportive mattress. This is true of all sleep positions, but especially so for back and stomach sleepers. The Nolah Signature 12, a flippable mattress with one firm side, will probably feel more comfortable by comparison.

Is the Nolah Original Good for Couples?

The Nolah Original 10 offers some advantages for couples, as well as a couple of drawbacks. The mattress isolates motion very well and does not produce any noise, making it a great choice for co-sleepers who wake up easily when their partner moves in bed. And while some will experience bothersome heat retention, the mattress sleeps fairly cool for an all-foam bed and shouldn't feel too hot with two people sleeping on it.

The mattress tends to sink along the edges. This may be problematic for couples because they'll be forced to sleep near the middle of the mattress. Due to the Nolah Original 10's medium feel, moving across the surface may be difficult for some – particularly people who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

Availability The Nolah Original 10 can only be purchased online directly from Nolah. The company doesn't operate any brick-and-mortar locations and the mattress is not available through any online retailers or marketplaces, including Amazon.com.
Shipping Nolah offers free ground shipping to the contiguous U.S., but does not deliver mattresses outside the lower 48 states. For orders with standard ground delivery, the mattress will be compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed. This process – known as "roll-packing" – allows the bed to fit inside a more compact shipping box.

The mattress will be delivered to your doorstep. Most beds reach their destination within 10 days. On the arrival date, carry the mattress to the room of your choice, unbox it, and remove the plastic with a knife. The bed will immediately begin to expand but full shape recovery can take up to 48 hours.

Additional Services Nolah offers White Glove delivery to all customers in the contiguous U.S. Full mattress setup in a room of your choice costs $150, and removal of your old mattress costs $150. Those who select both services pay $300.
Sleep Trial Nolah offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Original 10. This trial requires a break-in period of 30 nights, so you won't be able to return the mattress for a full refund until you've tested it out for this length of time. Nolah issues a full refund and provides free shipping for all mattresses returned after 30 nights.

Customers can opt out of the sleep trial in exchange for a discount on their mattress, which will knock $50 to $100 off of the sticker price (depending on which size you choose).

Warranty Nolah's warranty covers the mattress against material defects for 15 years. This warranty is completely non-prorated, meaning Nolah will cover all costs for repairing or replacing a defective mattress (including shipping and transportation fees).

Defects covered under this warranty include indentations or impressions in the surface measuring 1 inch or deeper, physical flaws that affect the materials or craftsmanship, or cover defects such as unraveled seams or broken zippers. Other issues are not considered defects and will not warrant a free repair or replacement.

The warranty is non-transferable. Only original owners who buy their mattress from Nolah or an authorized retailer will receive warranty coverage.