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Nolah Mattress Reviews – Signature 12 And Original 10 Compared [2020]

Are you thinking about buying a Nolah mattress?

Then you might be wondering which model is right for you – the Signature or the Original.

In which case, you should check out my Nolah mattress reviews below for a full analysis and comparison of both models.

Nolah Mattress Reviews

Here’s an overview to help you if you’re in a rush.

So which Nolah mattress is the best for you to buy?

Based on my research, I’d say that the Nolah Original is the best option if you’re a front, back, or side sleeper in the 130 – 230 lbs range and you want a medium firmness level, great pressure relief, adaptive support, and a mattress that sleeps cool.

But the double-sided capabilities of the Nolah Signature means that it might be the better option for you if you’re a lighter or average weighted side sleeper because the soft side has excellent pressure relief for your hips and shoulders.

Beyond this, there’s a lot of cross-over that makes both Nolah mattresses a great option for couples, sleeping cool, and managing muscular aches and pains.

That’s my quick analysis but I recommend checking out my full review and comparison of each Nolah mattress below to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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Nolah offers high-quality mattresses at a reasonable price point, a 120-night sleep trial, 15 year and lifetime warranties, free shipping and returns in the US – plus the option to pay monthly to make your mattress more affordable.

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1: Nolah Signature Mattress Review – Best For Side Sleepers

To quickly summarise, the Nolah Signature is suitable for front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range.

More specifically, you should use the ‘soft’ side if you’re a side sleeper because the extra layers and greater pressure relief will feel more comfortable on your shoulders and hips.

Conversely, you should use the firmer side if you’re a front or back sleeper because the better support and surface tension will help to keep your hips aligned and guard against back pain.

If you sleep as a couple then you will enjoy how quiet the mattress is and how well it absorbs the feelings of your partner moving around – just make sure that you can each share the same side of the mattress without a clash of sleeping styles.

See my full Nolah Signature mattress review below for a detailed analysis.

Or click the button below to buy the Nolah Signature directly from the Nolah website now.

Where you can benefit from a 120-night sleep trial, lifetime warranty, free shipping and returns, and the option to pay monthly – if you live in the US.

The Nolah Signature 12 Inch Double Sided Mattress.
The Nolah Signature 12 Inch Double Sided Mattress. Image used with permission from Nolah.

How is the Nolah Signature Constructed?

The Nolah Signature is a double-sided, all-foam mattress with a 12 inch profile.

The ‘soft’ side has a medium-soft level of firmness that makes it better for side sleeping and pressure relief, whilst the ‘firm’ side actually has a medium-firm feel that makes it better for stomach and back sleeping.

The Nolah Signature does NOT contain memory foam.

Instead, Nolah use their own proprietary AirFoam™ which is designed to help you sleep cooler, provide better comfort, and be more durable when compared to traditional memory foam.

If you’ve slept on a memory foam mattress before, then you’ll probably find that Nolah’s AirFoam™ feels similar in the sense that it takes a little time to adjust to your body shape as you switch between sleeping positions.

However, the AirFoam™ follows a more open celled design – meaning that it has better airflow than memory foam and therefore helps to regulate your temperature better.

DesignAll-foam – double-sided
Total No. Layers4
FirmnessMedium-soft + medium-firm
Thickness12 inches
CoverOrganic cotton
Comfort Layer (soft side)2.5 inches of AirFoam™
Transition Layer1.5 inches of high-resilience foam
Support Core7 inches of high-density support foam
Comfort Layer (firm side)1 inch of AirFoam™

Layer-by-Layer Analysis

The individual foam layers of the Nolah Signature 12 Inch mattress

The cover that you’ll be sleeping on is made from unbleached organic cotton – which feels a bit thicker and more snug than the typical polyester covers that top most mattresses on the market today.

Crucially, if you want to flip the mattress over so that you can sleep on the other side, you’ll have to remove the cover and turn it so that the white, textured material is on the side that you’re going to be sleeping on.

The soft side of the Nolah Signature begins with a 2.5-inch layer of AirFoam™ that acts as the comfort layer to take away the pressure on the more angular areas of your body.

This gives way to the transition layer – which consists of 1.5 inches of a latex alternative, high resilience support foam that’s designed to make moving around in the materials easier.

Beneath the transition layer, you’ll find the 7 inch layer of high density support foam that’s designed to keep your spine aligned whilst providing adaptive support for your joints.

If you flip the Nolah Signature over, you’ll be sleeping on the ‘firm’ side – which consists of 1 inch of AirFoam™.

But unlike the soft side, there’s no transition layer – the AirFoam™ comfort layer backs directly on to the high-density support foam.

This is one of the factors that makes the ‘firm’ side of the mattress feel firmer than the soft side.

It’s also important to note that the 12 inch profile makes the Nolah Signature around 2 inches thicker than the average mattress – which gives it more capacity for comfort and support simply due to the greater depth of the materials.

How Good Are the Features?

The stand out feature of the Nolah Signature is quite clearly the fact that it’s double sided.

Because the medium-soft feel of the ‘soft’ side makes it well suited to side sleepers, lighter and average weighted sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range, as well as providing a high amount of pressure relief if you’re of a slighter build with prominent bones and joints that tend to feel sore when sleeping on a firmer, spring mattress.

Conversely, the medium-firm feel of the ‘firm’ side makes it better for stomach and back sleepers because the greater surface tension helps to keep your hips and spine in a more neutral position to better guard against back ache.

I’ll explain more about how different sleeping positions and body weights are likely to feel on the Nolah Signature in the upcoming ‘comfort’ section.

Custom inforgraphic showing the firmness ratings for both sides of the Nolah Signature 12 mattress.

Great Pressure Relief on Both Sides for Better Comfort

Interestingly, pressure relief mapping has revealed that both sides of the Nolah Signature offer very similar levels of pressure relief for the side, back, and front sleeping positions.

So regardless of the side that you choose, I think that you’ll enjoy how the AirFoam™ dissipates the pressure on the more angular areas of your body better than a traditional spring mattress might.

I feel that the pressure relief on the firmer side is sufficient if you’re a front or back sleeper, whilst I think that you’ll be more comfortable on the softer side if you’re a side sleeper because the thicker comfort layer and the presence of the latex alternative transition layer gives you more material to sink in to – which is critical in order to remove the pressure on your hips and shoulders.

Good Support for Average and Lighter Weighted Sleepers

The high-density support core takes up 58% of the total mattress profile – with a positioning bias towards the firmer side of the mattress.

This means that if you’re a front or back sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range then you should find that the firmer side provides the support that you need in these positions to keep your spine correctly aligned.

But if you’re a side sleeper in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range then you’ll want to leverage the support in conjunction with the better pressure relief of the softer side to keep you comfortable.

The Edge Support Could Be Better

All-foam mattresses have a reputation for having poor edge support.

And whilst I don’t think that the edge support for the Nolah Signature is terrible – it’s not great either.

However, because the support provided by the high-density support core also extends all the way to the edges of the mattress, you’ve got some backup.

I think that if you’re below 230 lbs then the risk of roll-off is around average, although you may find that you can’t make full use of the mattress area.

However, I wouldn’t recommend that you spend a long time sitting directly on the edge of this mattress – such as when doing your hair/makeup, watching TV, or playing games – because the excessive compression may not do the materials any good.

Not the Best Mattress For Heavier Weighted Sleepers

Although the pressure mapping test revealed that both sides of the mattress offer similar pressure relief for the front, back and side sleeping positions – MORE pressure was felt by heavier weighted sleepers than lighter weighted sleepers in the same positions.

Also, the all-foam design and absence of springs means that once you start to get over 230 lbs, sinkage becomes an issue.

However, flipping the mattress over to the firm side may give you more of a buffer.

But overall, it’s my personal opinion that the Nolah Signature is not the best choice of mattress for sleepers over 230 lbs as a rule.

Moving Around is Harder Due to Lack of Bounce

Although I do feel that the latex-alternative foam found in the transition layer of the softer side makes it easier for sleepers under 150 lbs to move around, I personally think that this mattress is more challenging to move around in if you’re above 150 lbs.

This is due to the all-foam design and the AirFoam™ that has a slower response time in my view.

This means that if you’re used to the bounce of a spring mattress then you’ll probably be quite surprised at how ‘dead’ this mattress feels and the effort you have to put in to move around.

Now, having switched from a spring to an all-foam mattress myself, I can say that I personally got used to it in time.

Beyond this, I would say that the hampered mobility of the Nolah Signature is only going to be an issue if you’re an active combination sleeper who is over 230 lbs.

A Great Mattress for Compatible Couples

If you sleep as a couple then I’d say that the Nolah Signature is a great choice of you both have sleeping styles that are compatible with one side of the mattress.

Because the lack of springs make the mattress very quiet, whilst motion isolation tests reveal that the all-foam design helps to dampen cross-mattress movement to lessen the chance of you waking each other up as you shuffle around.

But I advise taking a look at the tables in the next section to ensure that you both have body weights, body types, and sleeping positions that fit with either the firm side OR the soft side – since it’s no good if one of you needs the firm side but the other needs the soft side.

One more thing to keep in mind is that you may need to upgrade to a king or a California king over a queen if you both like to spread out because the lack of reinforced edge support may otherwise limit the amount of lateral space that you can leverage.

This is something that you should consider especially if one or both of you are close to 230 lbs or more since the extra weight is more likely to lead to sinkage.

Sleeps Cool

One of the biggest problems with regular memory foam is that it retains heat and can cause you to feel uncomfortable.

However, this shouldn’t be an issue with the Nolah Signature because it doesn’t contain memory foam and the AirFoam™ is specifically designed to encourage air-flow and dissipate heat to help regulate your temperature.

How Comfortable is the Nolah Signature?

This is the big one.

Just how comfortable is the Nolah Signature?

The answer to that question depends on your body weight, body type, your dominant sleeping position, and which side of the mattress you decide to sleep on.

There’s a lot of variables here and the final comfort level is going to be unique to you, but I’ve done my best to try and distill the comfort levels for each side of the mattress with the tables below and a descriptive summary.

Instructions:

Pick your main sleeping position from the left-hand column in table 1 first (FIRM side), then read across to your weight range. After that, look at the table below to factor in how your body type will affect the final comfort level. Repeat for the SOFT side to see if this is the better option for you.

FIRM SIDEUnder 130 lbs130 – 230 lbsOver 230 lbs
FrontFirm – idealIdeal – softSoft
BackFirm – idealIdeal – softSoft
SideToo firmToo firm – firmFirm
ComboQuite easy to moveChallenging to moveDifficult to move
EdgeFair supportLimited supportNot enough support
Slight BuildAverage BuildSoft BuildAthletic Build
Likely uncomfortable in front or back – more so in side Fairly comfortable in the front and back position – less in sideComfortable in the front and back position – less in sideFairly comfortable in the front and back position – less in side

The firm side of the Nolah Signature is best suited to front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range who have a softer build.

This is because the medium-firmness and bias towards support helps to keep your hips and spine aligned to guard against back pain.

The firm side of the Nolah Signature should be avoided by side sleepers generally speaking because it will typically feel too firm on your hips and shoulders – especially if you’re under 130 lbs too.

If you are of a slighter build then you will probably find this mattress uncomfortable in the front and back sleeping position at a lighter weight – especially in the side sleeping position and/or if you’re under 130 lbs.

Average and athletic builds should feel comfortable in the back and stomach sleeping positions – depending on your body weight.

If you’re of a softer build then you’re in the best position to be comfortable in the front and back sleeping positions – again being weight dependant.

SOFT SIDEUnder 130 lbs130 – 230 lbsOver 230 lbs
FrontSoftSoftVery soft
BackIdeal – softSoft Very soft
SideFirm – idealIdeal – softSoft
ComboChallenging to moveChallenging – difficultDifficult to move
EdgeFair – limited supportLimited supportLimited – low support
Slight BuildAverage BuildSoft BuildAthletic Build
Comfortable in all positionsComfortable in all positionsPossibly too envelopingComfortable in all positions

The soft side of the Nolah Signature is best suited to side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs – especially if you have a slighter build.

Front sleepers need to take the most care because sinking too far into the mattress may put you at risk of backache.

Back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range should find the balance between comfort and support sufficient.

The greater pressure relief of the soft side makes it great for most body types – but especially if you have prominent bones because it will remove the pressure points that typically arise when you sleep on a firmer mattress.

However, if you’re of a softer body type then you may find that the mattress hugs the contours of your body very closely – which you may or may not like the feeling of.

What Are the Compatible Bases?

You can use the Nolah Signature with a platform, slatted, or adjustable base – box springs are ok too. If you use a slatted frame, make sure that the slats are no more than 4 inches apart.

The Nolah Signature is not designed for floor use.

Do You Need a Box Spring?

No – you don’t have to use a box spring with your Nolah Signature mattress but you can if you want to.

How Durable is the Nolah Signature?

I’d say that the Nolah Signature is more durable when compared to other all-foam mattresses on the market that use cheaper foams.

With the proper care, I’d estimate that you could get up to around 5-7 years or more of use out of the Nolah Signature.

Will the Nolah Signature Smell When Opened?

There have been some reports that the Nolah Signature does produce a slight off-gassing smell after unboxing – which should go away in a few hours or days.

At the time of writing, Nolah Sleep is registered on the CertiPUR-US® website as using Certified Foam [1] that has a lower VOC count – meaning that it is less likely to produce the VOCs that typically leads to a strong smell after unboxing.

Is There a Sleep Trial?

Yes – your Nolah Signature comes with a 120 night sleep trial when you order through the Nolah website.

How Long is the Warranty?

The Nolah Signature comes with a lifetime warranty.

Is This Mattress Good Value For Money?

Discounts aside, you’re looking at just over $1,000 for a twin and around $1,500 for a queen.

This is higher than average for an all-foam mattress.

However, I personally think that the Nolah Signature provides excellent value for money because it’s double-sided to appeal to a wider range of sleepers, is durable, comes with a lifetime warranty, and is made of decent materials.

And whilst you may be tempted by a budget mattress from an online retailer, I’ve personally found that you basically get what you pay for – with cheaper foams being more likely to degrade faster and encounter problems like the mattress not expanding fully after unboxing.

I think that it’s worth going for a Nolah if you want a mattress that’s going last you longer.

Also, if you click the button below, you can buy the Nolah Signature on finance so that you can spread out your monthly payments to make paying for your mattress more affordable.

Pros

  • Double-sided for flippable comfort.
  • The soft side is great for side sleepers because it takes way pressure on your hips and shoulders.
  • The firm side is better for front and back sleepers because of the better support.
  • Sleeps cool – doesn’t contain memory foam and the AirFoam™ works to regulate your temperature.
  • Organic cotton cover is softer than polyester and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.
  • Thicker 12 inch profile for a greater capacity for comfort and support.
  • Uses CertiPUR-US® to limit harmful chemicals and VOCs that could otherwise cause skin irritation and lead to off-gassing.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • 120-night sleep trial when bought directly from Nolah.
  • Compatible with most frame types.

Cons

  • If you want to flip the mattress over, you have to manually remove the cover and switch it around so that the textured side is facing the side that you’ll be sleeping on – this takes a fair bit of effort.
  • The edge support is ok at lighter weights but somewhat lacking under exposure to 150 lbs of weight or more.
  • Heavier sleepers over 230 lbs will probably find the mattress too soft and forgiving – even with the firmer side in play.
  • Those who prefer the bounce of a spring mattress might not like the all-foam design which makes it feel more ‘dead’.
  • Only ships to the contiguous states of the US.

Who Should Buy the Nolah Signature?

  • Front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range (firm side).
  • Side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs weight range (soft side).
  • Couples of similar weights sharing sleeping positions that are compatible with one side of the mattress will also enjoy how quiet the mattress is and its excellent motion isolation – which allows you to move around without waking each other up.

Who Should Avoid the Nolah Signature?

  • Heavier sleepers over 230 lbs range will probably find the Nolah Signature too soft regardless of the side that you use.
  • Unless you are below 130 lbs, edge sleepers will probably find the edge of the mattress too soft when you hug the edge of the bed.
  • Combo sleepers over 230 lbs may find the Nolah Signature too difficult to move around in due to the slow recovery foam.
The Nolah Signature is highly rated by several mattress review sites. Image used with permission from Nolah.

Where’s the Best Place to Buy the Nolah Signature?

The best place to buy the Nolah Signature is directly from the Nolah website.

Because you’ll get the 120 night sleep trial to make sure that the mattress is right for you (and return for FREE if it isn’t), with the option to pay on financing to make getting your new mattress more affordable.

Click the button below to buy the Nolah Signature now and see if there are any discounts running now.


2: Nolah Original Mattress Review – Most Affordable

To quickly summarise, the Nolah Original is a very simple, 3 layered, all-foam mattress that has a medium feel that makes it a great choice for front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 – 230 lbs range.

The inclusion of AirFoam™ and the absence of memory foam means that you also get great pressure relief, adaptive support, and temperature regulation for a very reasonable price.

Couples of a similar weight and complementary sleeping styles will enjoy how quiet this mattress is and its ability to stop you from feeling your bed partner shuffling around during the night.

Check out my detailed Nolah Original mattress review below for more details.

Or click the button to buy the Nolah Original now on the Nolah site – allowing you to take advantage of the 120 night sleep trial, 15 year warranty, free shipping and returns, plus the option to pay monthly for better affordability.

The Nolah Original 10 Inch Mattress From the Front.
The Nolah Original 10 Inch Mattress. Image used with permission from Nolah.

How is the Nolah Original Constructed?

The Nolah Original is a single-sided, all-foam mattress with a 10 inch profile – which makes it a medium thickness mattress.

Although this mattress does have a memory foam-like feel, it does NOT contain memory foam.

Instead, Nolah use their own proprietary AirFoam™ to avoid the overheating issues that are common with most regular memory foam mattresses.

See below for a full layer-by-layer breakdown.

DesignAll foam – single-sided
Total No. Layers3
FirmnessMedium
Thickness10 inches
CoverPolyester + viscose
Comfort Layer2 inches of AirFoam™
Transition Layer1 inch of high-resilience foam
Support Core7 inches of high-density support foam

Lay-by-Layer Analysis

The 3 foam layers of the Nolah Original mattress.

The Nolah Original is topped with a cover that’s made from a blend of polyester and viscose – which allows it to wick away moisture much like bamboo bed sheets do to help you stay cool and dry as you sleep.

The comfort layer consists of 2 inches of AirFoam™ that’s designed to keep you cool, take away the pressure on the more angular areas of your body, and minimise motion isolation.

Beneath this is the transition layer which consists of 1 inch of higher density foam to make the mattress more responsive so that you can move around without getting trapped in the materials whilst also providing a barrier so that you don’t crash directly into the support core below.

The support core is made from 7 inches of foam that has the highest density rating out of all of the foam used in the mattress so that you don’t sink too far into the bed and to also ensure that your spine and joints are properly supported.

The inclusion of CoolFresh™ foam helps to release excess heat through the bottom layers of the mattress to help regulate your temperature.

The PRZ™ zones also help to provide pressure relief around the hips and shoulders for adaptive comfort and to help reduce discomfort if you have joint or muscular pains.

Overall, I’d say that these layers and materials combine to provide a mattress that feels cooler and more responsive than memory foam – but not as bouncy as a latex or spring mattress.

How Good Are the Features?

I mainly like the fact that the Nolah Original is a single-sided mattress that has a medium level of firmness – which gives it the potential to appeal to the widest range of sleeping positions in the average body weight range.

This means that sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range will feel a nice amount of pressure relief on the more prominent areas of their body when initially lying down on the mattress before you start to feel the transition and support layers kick in and cradle your body.

In my view, having a straightforward medium level of firmness on a non-flippable mattress makes the Nolah Original a lot easier to deal with than the Nolah Signature because you don’t have to worry about turning the matter over constantly to find the ideal level of firmness and support.

Custom image that shows the firmness rating of the Nolah Original mattress

Very Similar to the Nolah Signature in Terms of Features

Once you subtract the double-sided design and factor in the medium level of firmness, then the Nolah Original behaves very similarly to the Nolah Signature in my opinion.

This means that you can expect great pressure relief, adaptive support, fantastic temperature regulation, a quiet mattress, and good motion isolation so that you and your partner don’t wake each other up as you shuffle around.

And I think that the Nolah Original is easier to move around in because of the medium level of firmness coupled with the responsive transition layer.

But because the Nolah Original is 2 inches thinner than the Nolah Signature, I would express even more caution at exposing it to excessive weight and keep in mind that the limited edge support may impede your ability to make full use of the mattress area.

How Comfortable is the Nolah Original?

The medium level of firmness makes the Nolah Original ideally suited to average weighted front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.

Side sleepers will likely find the Original a bit firmer when compared to the soft side of the Signature but not as firm as the firm side.

And whilst the thinner profile makes it less suitable for heavier sleepers over 230 lbs, the excellent pressure relief may help if you’re of a slighter build with prominent joints and bones.

I also think that the more responsive feel makes the Nolah Original better for combination sleepers who switch positions frequently in the night – although it won’t feel as smooth as moving around on a regular spring mattress or even a hybrid bed.

Overall, testers describe the Nolah Original as feeling quite soft for a mattress with a medium level of firmness – whilst the materials conformed fairly closely to their body but not as extreme as that of a traditional memory foam mattress.

Under 130 lbs130 – 230 lbsOver 230 lbs
FrontFirm – idealIdeal – softSoft – too soft
BackFirm – idealIdeal – softSoft – too soft
SideToo firm – firmFirm – idealSoft
ComboEasy to moveQuite easy to moveChallenging to move
EdgeModerate supportFair supportLimited support
Slight BuildAverage BuildSoft BuildAthletic Build
Comfortable in front and back position – possible discomfort in side position <130 lbsComfortable in all positions unless very heavy or very lightComfortable in all positions unless very heavy or very lightComfortable in all positions unless very heavy or very light

What Are the Compatible Bases?

You can use your Nolah Original mattress with a flat platform, slatted, box spring, and adjustable bases.

Do You Need a Box Spring?

No – but you can use one if you wish.

How Durable is the Nolah Original?

This is quite a durable mattress when compared to other all-foam mattresses on the market due to the quality of the materials used and the densities of the foam.

However, I would say that the Nolah Signature has the slight edge here because the extra 2 inches of foam may lend itself to the better handling of compression forces.

It’s important to note that heavier weights and unbalanced loads created by couples with a large weight difference can impact the durability of the mattress.

Rotating your mattress every 3-6 months can help to guard against the formations of indentations, dips, and peaks when one person is much heavier than the other.

Will the Nolah Original Smell When Opened?

Users reported a light off-gassing smell that dissipated fairly quickly after opening.

The use of CertiPUR-US® foam inside Nolah’s mattresses helps to minimise the VOCs that lend themselves to this off gassing effect.

Is There a Sleep Trial?

Yes – your Nolah Original comes with a 120-night sleep trial when you order through the Nolah website.

How Long is the Warranty?

The warranty for the Nolah Original is 15 years.

Does the Nolah Original Offer Good Value for Money?

Yes – I think that one of the strongest points of the Nolah Original is its affordability.

$619 for a twin is very reasonable, whilst $1,019 for a queen puts it pretty much smack in the middle of the average price point when compared to the rest of the all-foam mattress market.

But what pushes up the value is the 120-night sleep trial, 15-year warranty, high-quality materials, and the option to pay monthly when you order your mattress through the Nolah website using the button below.

Pros

  • Medium level of firmness and all-foam feel make it ideal for front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.
  • The viscose cover helps to keep you dry by actively wicking away moisture from your body and forcing it to evaporate to minimise drenching of the materials.
  • Sleeps cool thanks to the absence of memory foam and inclusion of AirFoam™ and CoolFresh™ foam.
  • PRZ™ zones help to alleviate pressure on your hips and shoulders.
  • Responsive transition layer makes it easier to move around in the mattress.
  • 7-inch support core provides adaptive support for your spine and joints.
  • Suitable for a wide range of bases.
  • Minimal off-gassing.
  • Easy to set up.
  • 120-night sleep trial when you order from Nolah directly.
  • 15-year warranty.
  • Pay monthly when ordering directly from Nolah.

Cons

  • Thinner profile and lack of springs make it unsuitable for heavier sleepers over 230 lbs.
  • Edge support could be better.
  • Only ships to contiguous states of the US.

Who Should Buy the Original?

  • Front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 lbs – 230 lbs range.
  • Couples with sleeping styles that are compatible with the mattress.

Who Should Avoid the Original?

  • Heavier sleepers over 230 lbs may find the Nolah Original to be too soft and the profile to be too thin.

Where’s the Best Place to Buy the Original?

The best place to buy the Nolah Original is directly from the Nolah website.

Because you’ll get the 120-night sleep trial and have the options of paying monthly to make buying your mattress more affordable – plus free shipping and returns.

Click the button below to buy the Nolah Original now and to check for discounts.


Nolah Mattresses Compared – Signature v Original

In terms of sleeping positions, the Nolah Original is best suited to front, back, and side sleepers in the 130 – 230 lbs range.

The double-sided design of the Nolah Signature also makes it suitable for front, back, and side sleepers but the softer side also opens it up to lighter weighted side sleepers and sleepers with a more angular body type that need more pressure relief.

The Original is probably easier to move around in if you’re a combination sleeper.

See the table below for a head-to-head comparison of the features and qualities of the Signature and the Original.

SignatureOriginal
DesignAll-foamAll-foam
No. of Layers43
Flippable?YesNo
FirmnessMedium soft + medium firmMedium
Thickness12 inches10 inches
WarrantyLifetime15 years
Sleep Trial120 nights120 nights
Overall SupportGoodGood
Edge SupportAverage – poorAverage – poor
Pressure ReliefVery goodVery good
Moving AroundAverage – poorFair
CouplesGoodGood
NoiseVery quietVery quiet
Allergy ControlAverageAverage
Temperature ControlGoodGood
OdourMinimalMinimal
Pain ReliefGoodGood
Durability5-7 years or more (approx)5-7 years or more (approx)
Sagging RiskModerate – lowModerate – low
Price v ValueGoodVery good
Price Range$1096 – $1769$619 – $1119
Pay monthly?YesYes

Which Nolah Mattress is the Best?

There’s certainly a lot of cross-over between the two models making either mattress a viable option if you’re a front, back, or side sleeper in the 130 – 230 lbs range.

But if simplicity and saving money are your main priorities then I personally think that the Nolah Original is the best Nolah mattress because it’s cheaper and the medium level of firmness and single sided design makes it easy to work with whilst having a broad appeal.

The Nolah Signature might be a better option for you if you’re a lighter weighted side sleeper because of the exceptional pressure relief on the softer side.


Nolah FAQs

Hopefully, I’ve answered most of your questions already.

But I’ve also addressed some more specific questions that are directed to the services provided by Nolah and their mattresses below.

If there’s anything else that you need to know then drop it in the comments section at the end of the post and I’ll do my best to help. 🙂

What is AirFoam™?

Nolah are keen to make it clear that their mattresses do NOT contain memory foam.

Instead, they made a big deal out of their proprietary AirFoam™ because as the video above explains, this foam bypasses the common problem of memory foam heating up too much and causing discomfort.

For the most part, the AirFoam™ does seem to do a good job of helping to keep you cool and regulate your temperature.

Is There a Sleep Trial?

Yes – if you buy either Nolah mattress directly from the Nolah website using the links and buttons on this page then you can take advantage of Nolah’s 120 night sleep trial.

Sleep trials are BETTER than trying out a mattress in a store because 5 – 10 minutes lying on the thing isn’t a good enough representation as to how the mattress will feel once it’s adjusted to your body type, shape, weight, and dominant sleeping position – which can take 30 days or more.

And if it turns out that you don’t like your mattress Nolah will pick it up for free if you’ve given the mattress a shot for at least 30 days.

Timeline visualising the return policy for Nolah mattresses.
If you don’t like your Nolah mattress you can return it after 30 – 120 days. Image used with permission from Nolah.

Is There a Warranty?

Yes – the Signature comes with a lifetime warranty and the Original comes with a 15 year warranty.

Does Nolah Offer Free Shipping and Returns?

Yes – Nolah offers free shipping and returns if you live in the US.

Where Does Nolah Deliver To?

Nolah ONLY deliver their mattresses to the contiguous states of the US – Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and the rest of the world are out of luck.

Does Nolah Have Physical Stores?

No – you can only buy Nolah mattresses online at the time of writing.

Where Can You Try a Nolah Mattress?

You can’t try a Nolah mattress in store because you can only order Nolah mattresses online.

So the best way to try a Nolah mattress to make sure that you like it is to buy it directly from the Nolah website using the links on this page because you will be able to take advantage of the 120 night sleep trial.

This means that you can try a Nolah mattress for up to 120 nights with the option to return it for free if you don’t like it.

How Do You Unbox a Nolah Mattress?

Your Nolah mattress will arrive in a compressed box to make delivery and transportation to your room more manageable.

Once the box is in your room, clear away pets and children before opening the box and placing the rolled up mattress on your bed.

Then cut away the packaging and allow your mattress to expand to its full size.

How Long Does it Take For a Nolah Mattresses to Expand?

Your Nolah mattress should expand to its full size within minutes.

But it’s advised that you wait a few hours before putting your sheets on so that the off gassing can clear faster.

Where Are Nolah Mattresses Made?

Nolah mattresses are made in the US.

Do Nolah Sell Other Sleep Products?

Yes – Nolah mattresses sell compatible adjustable frames to go with your Nolah mattress, as well as pillows and mattress protectors.

You can add them to your order as you buy your mattress – or click the button below to see them for yourself now.


Sources and References

[1] CertiPUR-US® – Companies Selling Products Containing Certified Foam. Accessed 4/5/20.

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