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Nolah Signature Mattress Review

As a direct-to-consumer mattress company, Nolah offers a simplified shopping experience and competitive pricing. Nolah produces two mattresses: the Nolah Signature, which we’ll cover in this review, and the Nolah Original. Both are foam mattresses, though the Signature has a reversible design with a medium soft side and a firm side, while the Original has a medium firmness. The Signature also has a higher profile, more expensive price-point, and is covered by a lifetime warranty.

The all-foam construction of the Nolah Signature includes a high-density polyfoam support core with AirFoam comfort layers. 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.

We’ll break down our verdict on the Nolah Signature, review how both sides of the mattress feel, 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 Side 1: Medium Soft (4)

Side 2: Firm (7)

Medium (5)
Mattress Type Foam Foam
Height 12” 10”
Price (Queen) $1,599 $1,049

Nolah Signature Mattress Review: Our Verdict

The Nolah Signature is a flippable foam mattress that offers shoppers two firmness options in one. This is great for shoppers who are unsure of their firmness preferences, and for those whose needs may change. Both sides cushion pressure points with a layer of Nolah’s proprietary polyfoam blend, AirFoam. This unique foam also helps the mattress prevent heat buildup and maintain a temperature neutral feel.

For side sleepers and those with sharp pressure points, the Nolah Signature provides top-notch pressure relief. It’s also a good fit for sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, as the softer side hugs the body. 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 lacks sturdy edge support, so couples may feel they have less usable surface area.

Though the Nolah Signature offers two firmness options, shoppers looking for a medium firmness may want to consider the Nolah Original instead. The Nolah Signature has a medium soft (4) side and a firm (7) side.

Choose the Nolah Signature if...
  • You are a side sleeper or you have sharp pressure points
  • You weigh less than 230 pounds
  • You share the bed with a partner
  • You are a sensitive sleeper
Keep Shopping if...
  • You want a medium firmness (consider the Nolah Original)
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds
  • You are sensitive to off-gassing
  • 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 is higher than that of the Nolah Original and other foam mattresses, but it does have a higher profile and a flippable design. The Nolah Signature is also constructed with high-density foam for above-average durability. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, which adds value for shoppers.

The company also currently produces a limited edition Nolah Signature with a white Tencel cover, which is available for the same price. Shoppers on a limited budget may find that the Nolah Original is a better fit, but Nolah offers frequent promotions that discount the retail price of the Nolah Signature.

Sizes Dimensions Weight Price
Twin 38” x 75” x 12” 55 lbs. $1,099
Twin XL 38” x 80” x 12” 58 lbs. $1,199
Full 54” x 75” x 12” 73 lbs. $1,399
Queen 60” x 80” x 12” 86 lbs. $1,599
King 76” x 80” x 12” 105 lbs. $1,799
California King 72” x 84” x 12” 104 lbs. $1,799

How Does the Nolah Signature Mattress Feel?

The Nolah Signature provides excellent pressure relief. It cushions areas that press into the mattress, namely the shoulders and hips, without feeling restrictive. You shouldn’t expect to sink in too deeply, even on the softer side of the mattress, as the transition polyfoam layer and the high-density core prevent excessive sinkage.

Each side of the Nolah Signature has a distinct feel. The medium soft side rates as a 4 out of 10 on the firmness scale, while the firm side is considered a 7. The medium soft side has a plush feel that hugs the body, with some bounce from the comfort system. The firm side is less conforming but still cushions the shoulders, back, and hips. Sleepers on the firm side will likely feel more support, coming from the high-density core.

The Nolah Signature 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 layers of the Nolah Signature spring back to shape more quickly.

What Is the Nolah Signature Made Of?

The Nolah Signature is an all-foam mattress with a 12-inch profile. The flippable construction, which includes two comfort systems, gives this mattress its higher than average profile. Deep pocket fitted sheets may fit the mattress more comfortably.

Cover Material

The cover of the Nolah Signature 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.

Shoppers can also choose a limited edition version of the Nolah Signature, which differs only in the fabrication of the cover. This option includes a white Tencel cover instead.

Comfort Layers

The flippable design of the Nolah Signature means that the mattress has two different comfort systems. On the medium soft side, there is a 2.5-inch layer of AirFoam, which conforms to the shape of your body while fighting heat buildup. Beneath the AirFoam layer is 1.5 inches of deep supportive high-resilience polyfoam. This latex-like layer adds bounce and prevents sinking in excessively.

The firm side of the Nolah Signature has a 1-inch layer of AirFoam. This side still relieves pressure points by gently contouring to the shape of your body, but it has significantly less hug. This results in a more supportive feel for many sleepers.

Support Core

At the center of the Nolah Signature is a 7-inch core of high-density polyfoam. This support core reinforces 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: Medium Soft: 4/5, Firm: 2/5

The Nolah Signature's ability to prevent motion transfer varies noticeably between its two sides. The medium soft side 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.

However, the firm side does allow for more transfer due to its thinner, firmer comfort system. This means that sleepers who select the firm side may feel their partner's movements, especially if they are a sensitive sleeper.

Does it Sleep Cool?

Rating:  Medium Soft: 2/5, Firm: 4/5

Foam mattresses are notorious for sleeping hot, but the Nolah Signature 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 wicks away moisture and encourages airflow, while the AirFoam comfort layers help circulate air and dissipate body heat. That said, the soft side conforms more closely, which can result in a slightly warmer feel. Hot sleepers may prefer the firm side, which does not have the same body-hugging feel.

Will It Sag Along the Edges?

Rating:  Medium Soft: 2/5, Firm: 4/5

The Nolah Signature offers fair edge support and the high-density polyfoam support core helps prevent sagging over time. While the firmer side will feel more supportive along the edges, the Nolah Signature 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: Medium Soft: 2/5, Firm: 4/5

The Nolah Signature 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.

Couples may find that it is easier to move around on the firm side of the Nolah Signature, though the transition layer on the soft side prevents excessive sinkage. The Nolah Signature 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: 2/5

Off-gassing is to be expected with the Nolah Signature, especially when the mattress is first unboxed. 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. As an added benefit, the mattress has two firmness options, allowing it to suit a variety of sleeping positions and body types. Shoppers can try both sides out and choose the best fit based on their preferences.

  • 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 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 soft side especially hugs the body, making it preferable for side sleepers under 130 pounds and many in the 130 to 230 pound range, as well. 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 either side of 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 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, when choosing which side of the Nolah Signature to sleep on. The firm side of the Nolah Signature is less conforming and more supportive for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Back Sleepers: Back sleepers will benefit from the conforming foam layers of the Nolah Signature, as these layers cushion the lumbar region and help back sleepers maintain a neutral posture. The firm side may be preferable, especially for back sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds, but both sides offer sleepers plenty of pressure relief.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers of all weights will likely be better served by the firm side of the mattress, since stomach sleepers require sturdy support to prevent their midsections from sinking too deeply and causing strain on the spine.

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 soft side of the Nolah Signature stands out for sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, but it should still provide adequate support for heavier sleepers.

Those who weigh less than 130 pounds benefit from the conforming foam layers of the Nolah Signature. These sleepers put less pressure on the mattress, so the softer side will be a better fit. The AirFoam comfort layer cushions the body and keeps pressure from building in key areas like the shoulders and hips.

Sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will likely find the firm side of the Nolah Signature more supportive and comfortable – especially back and stomach sleepers. Side sleepers in this weight range may find either side of the mattress more comfortable, depending on personal preference.

Those who weigh more than 230 pounds tend to need a firm mattress with robust support, especially if they primarily sleep on their backs or stomachs. The all-foam construction of the Nolah Signature may not be enough for these sleepers. A sturdier model, such a hybrid, may be a better fit.

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, if you choose the soft side. 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, especially on the soft side. 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 is available exclusively online through Nolah. Nolah ships to the contiguous United States. The Nolah Signature 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 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. 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. 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.

Warranty Nolah backs the Nolah Signature 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.