Nolah Signature Mattress Review

Nolah Signature 12

Materials Foam
Firmness Medium (5)
Sleep Trial 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty Lifetime, Limited
Price (queen) $1,299

As a direct-to-consumer mattress company, Nolah offers a simplified shopping experience and competitive pricing. Nolah produces four mattresses designed for adults. In this review we’ll look at the Nolah Signature 12, an all-foam mattress with a medium (5) feel. This mattress previously featured a reversible design with a sleep surface on each side, but current versions of the Signature 12 are one-sided.

The all-foam construction of the Nolah Signature 12 includes a high-density polyfoam support core and an AirFoam comfort layer. AirFoam, a proprietary foam blend exclusive to Nolah, offsets heat retention while relieving pressure points. While the mattress will contour to the shape of your body, the foam layers prevent sinking in excessively. The mattress also contains a second polyfoam comfort layer and a transitional layer made of AirFoam that’s denser than the material in the comfort layer.

We’ll break down our verdict on the Signature 12, review how the mattress feels, and detail how it performs. We’ll also help you decide if this mattress is the right fit for you, based on your preferences, sleep position, and body type. Lastly, we’ll take a closer look at company policies, including shipping, returns, and warranty coverage.

Nolah Mattresses At-A-Glance
Nolah Signature 12 Nolah Original 10
Firmness Medium (5) Medium (5)
Material Type Foam Foam
Height 12" 10"
Price (queen) $1,299 $1,149
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Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Our Verdict

The Nolah Signature 12 is an all-foam mattress with a balanced medium (5) feel. The foam layers cradle the spine and contour evenly to the body, which can be a benefit for both side and back sleepers. The AirFoam material also helps the mattress prevent heat buildup and maintain a temperature neutral feel.

For those with sharp pressure points, the Signature 12 provides top-notch pressure relief. This is especially true for people who weigh 230 pounds or less. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds may find they prefer a firmer, more robust mattress.

Couples will likely appreciate the balance of motion isolation and ease of movement the Nolah Signature provides. This helps minimize sleep disturbances for those who share the bed, while also preventing sleepers from feeling restricted by the foam layers. That said, the Nolah Signature 12 lacks sturdy edge support, so couples may feel they have less usable surface area.

Choose the Nolah Signature 12 if…

  • You are a side sleeper or you have sharp pressure points
  • You weigh up to 230 pounds
  • You share the bed with a partner
  • You are a sensitive sleeper

Keep Shopping if…

  • You want a firm mattress
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds
  • You often sit on or sleep near the edge of the bed

How Much Is the Nolah Signature Mattress?

The price-point of the Nolah Signature 12 is higher than that of the Nolah Original 10 and many competing foam mattresses, but it does have a thicker profile. The Signature 12 is also constructed with high-density foam for above-average durability. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, which adds value for shoppers.

Shoppers on a limited budget may find that the Nolah Original 10 is a better fit, but Nolah offers frequent promotions that discount the retail price of the Signature 12.

Nolah Signature 12

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 38" x 75" 55 lbs. $849
Twin XL 38" x 80" 58 lbs. $899
Full 54" x 75" 73 lbs. $1,099
Queen 60" x 80" 86 lbs. $1,299
King 76" x 80" 105 lbs. $1,499
California King 72" x 84" 104 lbs. $1,499
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Nolah Original 10

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 39" x 75" 44 lbs. $649
Twin XL 39" x 80" 47 lbs. $799
Full 54" x 75" 58 lbs. $899
Queen 60" x 80" 70 lbs. $1,149
King 76" x 80" 87 lbs. $1,249
California King 72" x 84" 85 lbs. $1,249
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How Does the Nolah Signature Mattress Feel?

The Signature 12 provides excellent pressure relief. It cushions areas that press into the mattress, namely the shoulders and hips, without feeling restrictive. People who weigh up to 230 pounds shouldn’t expect to sink in too deeply, as the transition polyfoam layer and the high-density core prevent excessive sinkage.

The mattress has a medium (5) feel. The foam layers conform to the body without the close hugging sensation you might receive from memory foam. There is also less heat retention thanks to the AirFoam’s open-cell composition.

The Signature 12 is relatively easy to move around on since it is constructed with polyfoam instead of memory foam. While memory foam tends to respond to heat and pressure to conform closely, slowly returning to its original shape when pressure is removed, the AirFoam layer of the Nolah Signature 12 springs back to shape more quickly.

What Is the Nolah Signature Made of?

The Nolah Signature 12 is an all-foam mattress. Its components include a top layer of AirFoam, a second polyfoam comfort layer, a transitional layer of denser AirFoam, and a support core of high-density polyfoam. The cover is made of organic cotton. Since the mattress has a 12-inch profile, deep pocket sheets won’t be needed.

Cover Material

The cover of the Nolah Signature 12 is composed of unbleached organic cotton. Cotton is highly breathable, and allows air to circulate throughout the mattress. It also wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable throughout the night.

Comfort Layers

The Signature 12 contains a 2.5-inch comfort layer of AirFoam, which conforms to the shape of your body while fighting heat buildup. Beneath the AirFoam layer is 1.5 inches of supportive high-resilience polyfoam. This latex-like layer adds bounce and prevents sinking in excessively. The mattress also includes a 1-inch AirFoam transitional layer, which is denser and more supportive than the AirFoam in the bed’s comfort layer.

Support Core

The Nolah Signature 12’s 7-inch support core is composed of high-density polyfoam. This material the polyfoam comfort layers and adds durability to the mattress. It’s also a thicker support base than you would find in many all-foam mattresses, which helps the mattress resist sagging and deep impressions over time.

Does it Isolate Motion?

Rating 4/5

The Nolah Signature 12 isolates motion well, due to the thickness and softness of its comfort layer. Though the foam springs back to shape when pressure is removed, it still isolates most motion from movements like changing sleep positions and getting in and out of bed. This may be a selling point for couples, since strong motion isolation can reduce nighttime disruptions for anyone who tends to wake up when their partner moves around in bed.

Does it Sleep Cool?

Rating 3/5

Foam mattresses are notorious for sleeping hot, but the Nolah Signature 12 features design elements to combat this trend.. While it may not feel cool to the touch, it generally maintains a temperature neutral feel throughout the night.

The cotton cover of the Nolah Signature 12 wicks away moisture and encourages airflow, while the AirFoam comfort layers help circulate air and dissipate body heat. Hot sleepers will likely find that the Signature 12 sleeps cooler than many of its all-foam competitors.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating 2/5

The Signature 12 offers fair edge support and the high-density polyfoam support core helps prevent sagging over time. The mattress does not have the same amount of edge support that a hybrid mattress with a reinforced perimeter would provide.

Edge support is a common issue with foam mattresses. This is an important consideration for couples, as a sturdy perimeter increases the amount of usable space on the mattress and prevents the need to crowd towards the center of the bed. Those with mobility concerns also benefit from sturdy edges, as it makes it easier to get in and out of bed.

Is It Good for Sex?

Rating 3/5

The Nolah Signature 12 is conducive to sex. The polyfoam layers allow for better ease of movement, especially when compared to memory foam mattresses. The foam layers also provide some traction when changing positions, and the AirFoam springs back to shape when pressure is removed. The mattress is also virtually silent when bearing weight.

That said, each couple is unique and has different preferences. Couples who prefer more bounce may want to consider a hybrid model instead.

What About Off-gassing?

Rating 3/5

Off-gassing is to be expected with the Nolah Signature 12, especially when the mattress is first unboxed, but the smells won’t linger for too long. This is especially common with foam mattresses, as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a byproduct of the manufacturing process. The odor is caused by the release of VOCs as the mattress airs out, which is amplified by bed-in-a-box packaging.

Expect the off-gassing odor to last 24 hours or more, and avoid putting on bedding right away. Keeping the bedroom well-ventilated can also help expedite the process.

What Type of Sleeper Is the Nolah Signature 12 Best For?

The Nolah Signature is an excellent choice for most side sleepers, as it offers top-notch pressure relief. Back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds may also find the mattress comfortable thanks in part to its balanced medium feel.

Side Sleepers

The shoulders and hips of side sleepers press into the mattress, so these sleepers need ample contouring and pressure relief. The Nolah Signature 12 is a great fit for side sleepers, especially those who weigh less than 230 pounds. The AirFoam layer conforms to the shape of the body, cushioning areas where pressure is likely to build. The balance of contouring foam and a supportive core helps keep the spine aligned. Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, however, are unlikely to receive adequate support from this mattress.

Combination Sleepers

Combination sleepers shift positions throughout the night, so they benefit from a mattress that is easy to move around on. The Nolah Signature 12 is not as restrictive as a memory foam mattress would be, as the polyfoam layers spring back to shape and allow for better ease of movement. Combination sleepers should consider their primary sleep position, if they have one. The Signature 12 should accommodate most side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds, but stomach sleepers may find the mattress too soft.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers will benefit from the conforming foam layers of the Nolah Signature 12, as these layers cushion the lumbar region and help back sleepers maintain a neutral posture. The medium feel of the Signature 12 should be suitable for back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds, as well as those who want a mattress that provides pressure relief.

Stomach Sleepers

Most stomach sleepers require sturdy support to prevent their midsections from sinking too deeply and causing strain on the spine. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds may enjoy the soft feel of the Nolah Signature 12, but stomach sleepers who weigh more will probably need a firmer mattress to feel comfortable.

How Does Body Weight Impact Performance?

Sleep position and body weight both impact how a mattress performs, how firm the mattress feels, and whether or not it provides proper support. The Nolah Signature 12’s medium feel is best suited to side and back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds.

The AirFoam comfort layer and subsequent foam layers cushion the body and keep pressure from building in key areas like the shoulders and hips. People who weigh more than 230 pounds may find the Signature 12 comfortable, depending on their personal preferences, but many will probably find the mattress too soft and prone to uncomfortable sinkage.

Is the Nolah Signature Good for Couples?

Overall, the Nolah Signature is a good choice for many couples. Shoppers should consider their personal preferences and individual needs, but the Nolah Signature stands out in key categories that are important for couples.

If you or your partner are a sensitive sleeper, you’ll likely appreciate the motion-isolating properties of the Nolah Signature. The foam layers absorb movements and prevent sleep disturbances, especially if one of you regularly tosses and turns or gets up throughout the night.

And while many foam mattresses sacrifice ease of movement for better motion isolation, the Nolah Signature balances these properties. This means it is not as restrictive as other foam mattresses, making it easier to change positions during intimate activity.

The main cause for concern will be the lack of proper edge support in the Nolah Signature. Foam mattresses tend to lack edge support, and the Nolah Signature is no exception. Sturdy edges give couples more usable surface area, which is beneficial for sleeping and for sex. The Nolah Signature has a high-density core that prevents sagging, but couples may still feel as if they are rolling off the edge of the bed.

Nolah’s Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

Availability

The Nolah Signature 12 is available exclusively online through Nolah. Nolah ships to the contiguous United States. The mattress cannot be shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, or international destinations.

Nolah does not currently operate any brick-and-mortar locations or partner with third-party retailers.

Shipping

Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S. The Nolah Signature 12 is compressed, vacuum sealed in plastic, and shipped as a bed-in-a-box.

Each mattress is made to order, and shoppers should allow 3 to 5 business days for the mattress to ship. Once shipped, an email with tracking information is sent to the purchaser. Standard shipping takes 2 to 5 business days depending on the destination. Expedited shipping is not available.

Assembly is not required for the Nolah Signature 12. The mattress should be taken out of the box and positioned on the bed frame before removing the plastic wrap. Allow the mattress to fully expand before using it.

Additional Services

Nolah does not offer any additional services, such as White Glove delivery or old mattress removal.

Sleep Trial

Nolah offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Nolah Signature 12. This includes a 30-night break-in period before a return can be initiated. It is common for sleep trials to include a minimum break-in period, as it encourages shoppers to adjust to the new mattress before making a decision.

Purchasers can request a return after 30 nights. Nolah arranges pick-up of the mattress and issues a full refund. Returned mattresses are donated or recycled.

Please note the sleep trial is optional. Customers may forgo the trial period to reduce the overall cost of their purchase, but those who do so won’t be able to return the mattress for a refund.

Warranty

Nolah backs the Nolah Signature 12 with a limited lifetime warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and materials.

This warranty is split into two parts. For the first 15 years of the warranty, Nolah will repair or replace a defective mattress free of charge.

After 15 years, Nolah will repair a defective mattress at the cost of handling to the purchaser, or replace it at a prorated charge plus a $75 shipping fee. If the replacement occurs in years 15 to 25, the purchaser is responsible for 50% of the original purchase price. After 25 years, the purchaser is responsible for 60% of the original purchase price.

The mattress must be used on a supportive base, and the warranty only applies to the original purchaser.