- This article has been written by the site owner Dan Cartwright – a mattress testing expert who has been testing products and writing online reviews since 2015 to help buyers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs.
I have now been sleeping on the Noa mattress for more than 30 nights continuously.
This means that the initial break-in period has passed so I’ve got a good idea of how this mattress feels and how it’s likely to feel relative to different sleeping styles and physical characteristics.
So is the Noa mattress a good mattress to buy?
Based on our extensive testing and analysis, the Noa mattress is a good purchase for front, back, combination, and edge sleepers – as well as sleepers with back pain, allergies, and those who sleep hot and need to regulate their temperature at night.
The rest of this Noa mattress review reveals my detailed personal insights regarding my experience sleeping on this mattress – as well as who I think should buy it and who should not.
These are just my own personal opinions of course and each sleeper is different.
But I’ve been testing mattresses for many years and I feel that the results of my experiments later in this review will really help you to decide if the Noa mattress is right for you or not.
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What’s the best Noa mattress alternative? If the Noa mattress is too firm for you then I recommend the Puffy Lux Hybrid as the best alternative because it’s softer and more adaptive to better suit lighter weighted side sleepers – click here to see my full review. If you live in the US and can’t buy the Noa mattress then go for the DreamCloud (see my full review here) – it has very similar properties.
Noa Mattress Review: Bouncy and Supportive
The Noa mattress provides exceptional support and bounce that is ideal for front, back, and combination sleepers.
Check out my Noa mattress video review above to watch me perform several tests and experiments, and get an in depth look at the materials inside the mattress – plus find out the pros, cons, and who I think should buy or avoid the Noa.
See the summary below or keep reading to find out all the details in my complete Noa mattress review:
- Front and back sleepers – if you sleep on your front or back and weigh between 130 and 230 lbs then you should feel well supported and comfortable in the Noa mattress.
- Combination sleepers – the Noa mattress is very bouncy and highly responsive, which means that if you switch positions often during the night you won’t feel stuck in the materials.
- Edge sleepers – the excellent support provided by the Noa extends all the way up to the edge of the mattress which means that if you hug the edge of the bed as you sleep, you won’t feel like you’re going to slip out.
- Warmer sleepers – if you tend to sleep hot then the Noa can help to keep you cool via its gel-infused cooling beads, breathable foams, and spacious coil design.
- Sensitive sleepers – the hypoallergenic cover, lack of fiberglass, and certified foams makes the Noa a good choice if you have hayfever, a dust mite allergy, sensitive skin, and/or asthma.
- Sleepers with back pain – if you have upper or lower back pain that gets worse when sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft, then the support provided by the Noa can help to keep you in good posture and potentially alleviate such discomfort.
Not Recommended For
- Side sleepers under 130 lbs – if you sleep on your side and weigh less than 130 lbs then the Noa may feel a bit too firm – in which case the Puffy Lux Hybrid is the best alternative due to its exceptional pressure relief.
- Very well priced – the Noa is significantly cheaper than some of the other high-quality medium-firm hybrid spring mattresses on the market (like the DreamCloud) which means that you can get a great quality mattress without breaking the bank.
- Available in multiple continents – the Noa is available in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Singapore; making it a great option if you’re unable to get the big US bed-in-a-box brands to deliver to you.
- Fiberglass-free – the Noa mattress does NOT contain fiberglass (a substance included by some manufacturers that when released can cause irritation, allergic reactions, and be very difficult/expensive to remove from your home (learn more about fiberglass free mattresses here).
- Not yet available in the US – the Noa mattress isn’t yet available to buy in the United States. However, the DreamCloud mattress is very similar and can be bought in the US (click here to read my full DreamCloud mattress review).
- The cover can’t be removed – the cover for the Noa mattress can’t be removed so it’s best advised to use a mattress protector.
Below are the key specifications for the Noa mattress:
|Design||Hybrid: foam + springs|
|Materials||Synthetic latex, gel memory foam, polyfoam, springs|
|Fiberglass content||No fiberglass|
|Max weight capacity||75 kg per sleeper|
|Comfort layer||Polyfoam, gel memory foam, synthetic latex foam (‘AirCell’ foam)|
|Support core||Pocket coils|
|Availability||UK, AU, CA, SG|
|Sleep trial||100 nights|
|Price range||£629 – £949 (click here for discounts)|
|Overall support||Very good|
|Edge support||Very good|
|Temperature control||Very good|
|Allergy control||Very good|
|Pain relief||Good – fair|
|Indentation risk||Very low|
|Sagging risk||Very low|
|Value for money||Very good|
|Best sleeping positions||Back and front|
|Worst sleeping positions||Side (under 130 lbs)|
Noa Mattress: Detailed Analysis
Below I have provided a detailed breakdown of the specifications, design, and sleeping position suitability for the Noa mattress.
1: Key Specifications
Here is an explanation of the most important aspects of the Noa’s specifications in terms of how they will affect you as a user:
- Hybrid design – the 4.5 inches of foam in the upper comfort layer combines with the 6.5 inches of pocket springs to offer more pressure relief and support than what a regular spring mattress can typically provide.
- Medium-firm firmness – the Noa is rated as a 7/10 by the manufacturer in terms of firmness which means that the mattress has a medium-firm level of firmness; making it ideal for front and back sleepers.
- 11-inch thickness – the Noa is 11 inches thick, putting it slightly above the industry average of 10 inches. This means that the greater depth of materials provides more capacity for support and pressure relief for heavier weighted sleepers.
- Can’t be flipped – the Noa is a one-sided mattress that can’t be flipped over. Instead, you should rotate the mattress 180 degrees once every 3 months to help distribute the weight more evenly to limit the chance of indents and sagging.
- The max weight capacity is flexible – although the advised weight limit for the Noa mattress is 75kg (165 lbs) per sleeper, the mattress can handle heavier weights. The only thing is that the heavier you are, the softer the mattress is likely to feel.
- Non-removable cover – the cover of the Noa isn’t removable. This means that you should invest in a mattress protector and a high-quality bed sheet set to guard against spills and stains.
The design and material composition are important factors in assessing how the mattress is likely to perform before you actually sleep in it.
I have cut open my Noa mattress to show you exactly what is inside and I’ve provided an explanation of what the material means for you in terms of comfort and feel below:
The cover of the Noa mattress is made from Tencel – which means that it is soft, breathable, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic.
This means that if you are a warmer sleeper you will be able to stay cool and dry, whilst the antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties can help to prevent allergic reactions and ensure that your skin isn’t irritated.
Comfort Layer: Polyfoam (1″), Memory Foam (0.5″), Synthetic Latex (0.5″)
Beneath the Tencel cover sits 1″ of polyfoam that’s stitched together in the form of two layers to add pressure relief and responsiveness.
This means that when you lie on the Noa mattress, you will sink into the top layer slightly but you will also feel a bit of push-back that allows you to move around without getting stuck because polyfoam springs back to its original shape quickly.
Under the polyfoam top layer, you’ll find 0.5″ of cooling gel memory foam (the white foam with blue specks in it).
This gel memory foam has a slower response time than the polyfoam and is put there to add more pressure relief by conforming to the shape of your body more precisely than the polyfoam.
The blue specks are gel beads that serve to keep you cool by off-setting the heat retention properties of the memory foam.
The subsequent 0.5″ of AirCell foam is actually a blend of synthetic and natural latex foam.
The AirCell layer is multi-functional: it has some of the conforming properties of memory foam to provide more pressure relief, but it’s slightly more responsive to add more buoyancy to the mattress so that you can move around easily, whilst the aerated structure allows for effective heat dissipation and air circulation to help keep you cool.
Transition Layer: High Density Polyfoam
The 2.5″ block of white polyfoam sits between the upper comfort layer and the lower support springs to act as a responsive barrier that facilitates good posture whilst also allowing you to move around without feeling the springs below.
Support Layer: Pocket Coils (6.5″)
The support core of the Noa mattress consists of 6.5″ of individually encased support coils that allow for individualized support whilst also isolating movements so that you can’t feel your bed partner moving around as much.
3: Sleeping Position Suitability
Below is a table summary and detailed explanation of how the Noa mattress is likely to feel for different sleeping styles relative to the main sleeping positions and body weight ranges:
|Position/Weight||Under 130 lbs||130 – 230 lbs||Over 230 lbs|
|Side||Too firm||Firm – quite firm||Quite firm|
|Combo||Easy to move||Easy to move||Fair mobility|
|Edge||Good support||Good support||Fair support|
Front Sleepers – Ideal Support Over 130 lbs
The Noa mattress is an excellent choice for front sleepers over 130 lbs because the firmer feel and outstanding support will keep you in good posture to help guard against back pain.
And whilst I personally thought that there was a fair amount of pressure relief on my ribcage (I’m around 180 lbs with about 20% body fat), I’d expect that front sleepers under 130 lbs may feel that the mattress is a bit too firm – especially if you have a lower body fat percentage.
Heavier weighted front sleepers over 200 lbs should have a decent amount of support and a reasonable amount of pressure relief.
Back Sleepers – Maintains Good Posture
If you are a back sleeper in the 130 – 230 lbs range then you should have no issues with comfort in the Noa mattress because you’ll be well supported and the pressure relief will be enough on your shoulder blades, spine, and hips.
I think that back sleepers under 130 lbs will feel the firmness more but there’s still a high chance of remaining comfortable since pressure points don’t tend to be emphasized as much in this sleeping position when compared to the front and side sleeping positions.
And whilst the risk of excessive material compression increases beyond the 230 lbs mark, I think that you will still more than likely remain in good posture unless you are very heavy.
Side Sleepers – Take Care Under 130 lbs
Whilst I felt a sufficient amount of pressure relief on my hips and shoulders as a 180 lbs side sleeper, I think that lighter weighted side sleepers under 130 lbs may find the Noa a bit on the firm side.
In such a case, I would instead recommend the Puffy Lux Hybrid (click here to see my full review) for side sleepers because the pressure relief is the best that I’ve ever felt whilst sleeping on any mattress.
Combo Sleepers – Easy to Move Around and Switch Positions
If you are a ‘combination sleeper’ that switches positions often during the night, then the Noa mattress is ideal because it’s highly responsive – meaning that you won’t get bogged down in the materials as you move (even at heavier weights over 200 lbs).
I personally found it very easy to switch between the front, back, and side sleeping positions in the Noa mattress – much easier than an all-foam mattress.
Edge Sleepers – Good Support Up to the Edge of the Mattress
I personally found that I was able to sleep right up to the edge of the Noa mattress without feeling like I was going to roll out due to sagging – which is good news for edge sleepers that hug the edge of the bed as they sleep.
I was also able to sit on the edge of the mattress without it compressing too far.
4: Body Type Suitability
Below is a table summary and an explanation of how the Noa mattress is likely to feel relative to different body types:
|Slight build||Firmer – less pressure relief|
|Average build||Fairly firm – good pressure relief|
|Soft build||Less firm – good pressure relief|
|Athletic build||Fairly firm – good pressure relief|
Slight Build – Firmest Feel
If you have a lower body fat percentage (under 15%) then the Noa mattress is going to feel firmer to you – especially in the side sleeping position.
Whilst not a definite deal-breaker, you might like to consider buying the Puffy Lux Hybrid instead if you have a skinnier build to avoid uncomfortable pressure points.
Average Build – Moderate Firmness
If like me, your body fat percentage is in the average range (15-25%) then the Noa won’t feel as firm – especially if you sleep on your back – due to the extra cushioning that your body naturally provides.
Soft Build – Least Amount of Firmness
If you have a higher body fat percentage (over 25%) then the Noa will feel less firm and you will experience less pressure than a sleeper with a lower body fat percentage – meaning that positions such as sleeping on your side will be more comfortable.
Athletic Build – Fairly Firm
If you have a fair amount of muscle mass and a lower body fat percentage then the density of your muscles and more prominent bones means that the Noa will likely feel a bit firmer to you in all sleeping positions but you should still be pretty comfortable.
Noa Mattress: In-Depth Testing Results
I tested the Noa mattress by sleeping on it for 30 nights continuously to allow the break-in period to pass.
In addition to considering how the Noa felt in various sleeping positions relative to my 180 lbs 5’8″ frame, I also performed a series of experiments to gauge how the Noa is likely to feel for different sleeping preferences and needs.
See below for my in-depth findings and what they mean for you as a sleeper – and check out the video above to see me perform the tests and experiments first-hand:
1: Excellent Support in All Sleeping Positions
The 6.5 inches of pocket coils, firmer feel, and responsive foam means that the Noa provides excellent support in the front, back, and side sleeping positions when I slept on it.
Due to the properties of the materials and the structure, I would expect this high level of support to still apply to both lighter weighted sleepers around the 130 lbs mark and heavier weighted sleepers up to 230 lbs and even beyond.
2: Very Good Edge Support
The high-quality support extends right up to the edge of the Noa mattress – I tested it by rolling as close to the edge as I could and I found that the sinkage was limited.
And as you can see from the picture above, the edge of the Noa mattress hardly sinks in at all when I push down on it with a fair degree of force.
I also found that when sitting on the edge of the Noa, not only was the level of compression limited, the materials returned to their original position very quickly without leaving an indent.
This means that the Noa is a highly responsive and supportive mattress that will benefit edge sleepers and allow all sleeper types to make full use of the mattress area.
3: Good Pressure Relief – Caution for <130 lbs Side Sleepers
Upon lying on the Noa mattress in all sleeping positions, I felt that the pressure relief was pretty good overall.
However, the firmer feel means that side sleepers under 130 lbs may prefer a mattress like the Puffy Lux Hybrid with more adaptive memory foam for better pressure relief.
4: Very Responsive and Easy to Switch Positions In
The Noa mattress excels at providing a responsive and bouncy sleeping surface – I was able to turn over easily and not feel like I was being swallowed up by the materials.
This means that the Noa is a good choice for anyone that wants a bouncy bed – such as restless and combination sleepers.
5: Good Motion Isolation
I could feel my partner moving around in the mattress as she turned over during the night more so when compared to other mattresses like the Puffy Lux Hybrid that I’ve tested.
However, I would still say that the Noa provides good motion isolation overall.
6: Very Quiet
Thanks to the foam and the encased springs, the Noa didn’t make a sound when I turned over in it – this is good news for couples and single sleepers alike.
7: A Good Choice for Couples
If you sleep as a couple and you don’t have issues with restlessness then I think the Noa is a good choice because it does soak up movements relatively well whilst still retaining a good amount of bounce and responsiveness.
But if you are very sensitive to your partner’s movements, then I would recommend the Puffy Lux Hybrid instead.
8: Doesn’t Cause Overheating
It’s summer at the time of writing and I’m naturally a warmer sleeper.
Yet I’ve not felt too hot in the Noa mattress – which is likely due to the breathable latex foam, gel beads, and coil core that allows for heat dissipation and air circulation.
So if you are a warmer sleeper, then I recommend the Noa mattress for sleeping cool.
9: Unlikely to Trigger Allergies
I have hay fever and a dust mite allergy – yet I didn’t experience any additional triggering of my symptoms whilst sleeping in the Noa mattress.
10: May Help With Back Pain
I have upper and lower back pain from sporting injuries and I felt that this discomfort was eased when sleeping on my back due to the support and pressure relief provided by the foams and springs.
However, I found that my shoulder pain was a bit worse when sleeping on my side due to the firmer feel.
If back pain is a major issue for you, then I recommend having a look at my list of the best mattresses and compatible adjustable beds here for more options.
11: Hardly Any Off-Gassing
Most mattresses in a box have a distinct chemical smell immediately after unboxing.
However, I didn’t really notice any odors after opening the Noa – which is definitely a plus.
But I would still advise keeping your bedroom well ventilated for at least 24 hours after unpacking to allow any particles to clear.
12: Limited Risk of Indentations and Sagging
Due to the high-quality foams and the more responsive design, I think that the Noa mattress has very little chance of exhibiting premature sagging or surface indents.
13: Expected Lifespan of 6-8 Years
The Noa mattress should last for at least 6-8 years with the correct care thanks to the presence of the high-quality foams, robust pocket coils, and firmer feel that can guard against excessive sinkage.
14: Very Good Value for Money
Compared to the rest of the market, the Noa mattress is one of the most competitively priced – with a king costing £829 (even less if you buy at a discount here), which is less than the cost of a single-sized DreamCloud mattress!
Here is some of the key information regarding the Noa mattress:
Prices and Sizes
|UK Size||Dimensions||Price (No Discount)|
|Single||90 x 190 x 28 cm||£629|
|Small double||120 x 190 x 28 cm||£719|
|Double||135 x 190 x 28 cm||£799|
|King||150 x 200 x 28 cm||£829|
|Super king||180 x 200 x 28 cm||£949|
100 Night Sleep Trial
The Noa comes with a 100-night sleep trial which means that you can return the mattress up to 100 nights after purchase for a full refund if you’re not happy with the product for any reason.
15 Year Limited Warranty
The 15-year limited warranty covers you against manufacturing defects such as visible indentations greater than 1″, splits, cracks, and sagging.
Below is a summary of how the Noa mattress compares to other mattresses that I’ve personally tested:
Noa v Puffy Lux Hybrid
The Noa is much firmer and more bouncy/responsive than the Puffy Lux Hybrid – even though they are both hybrid mattresses.
This means that I would recommend the Noa over the Puffy Lux Hybrid if you are a combination sleeper or heavier weighted front or back sleeper.
However, due to the same design differences, I would recommend the Puffy Lux Hybrid over the Noa for side sleepers (especially lighter weighted side sleepers under 130 lbs), lighter weighted sleepers, those with shoulder pain, and restless couples that want to dampen motion transfer.
Noa v DreamCloud
I personally found that the Noa and the DreamCloud were very, very similar in terms of feel and comfort – which makes sense because they are both medium-firm mattresses with a similar thickness.
However, the Noa is significantly cheaper and the presence of the latex and gel beads means that it may be even more cooling than the DreamCloud.
But I encourage you to click here to read my full DreamCloud mattress review so that you can compare and contrast in detail to help you find the best choice for you.
Conclusion: Ideal For Front and Back Sleepers
Based on my in-depth testing and analysis, I think that the Noa mattress is ideal for front and back sleepers over 130 lbs because of the brilliant support that it offers.
However, I also think that the bounce and high level of responsiveness will suit combination sleepers and those that want to avoid a mattress that feels like it’s swallowing you up.
The breathable design and cooling capabilities also makes the Noa a great mattress if you tend to sleep hot.
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Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
Through in-depth research and analysis, Dan’s goal with this website is to help others avoid such pitfalls by creating the best online resource for helping you find your ideal mattress, bedding, and bedroom furniture.
Dan is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor with 6 years’ experience helping clients improve their health through diet, exercise, and proper sleep hygiene.
He also holds several college and university-level qualifications in health sciences, psychology, mathematics, art, and digital media creation – which helps him to publish well researched and informative product reviews as well as articles on sleep, health, wellbeing, and home decor.
Dan also has direct personal experience with insomnia, anxiety, misophonia (hypersensitivity to sounds), and pain from both acute and long-standing sporting injuries – he enjoys writing insightful articles around these subjects to help fellow sufferers of such conditions.
Learn more about Dan here.