- 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 recently been testing a lot of mattresses that contain memory foam so I decided to switch things up by reviewing the Nolah Natural hybrid mattress that contains natural Talalay latex, organic cotton, and pocket coils.
I’ve slept on the Nolah Natural long enough now for the break-in period to pass and I have also run several tests on the bed so that I now have a better idea of how this mattress performs and who it’s best suited to.
So is the Nolah Natural 11 inch a good mattress and who should buy it?
The Nolah Natural 11″ mattress is an excellent mattress that’s highly durable and should last at least 6-8 years – its hybrid design, robust coils, breathable natural latex comfort layer, and lack of synthetic chemicals makes it ideal for all sleeper types that need to sleep cool.
In the rest of this review, I have detailed who exactly is best suited to the Nolah Natural and I’ve also included the results of my detailed testing so that you can see for yourself how this mattress performs.
There are very few cons to this mattress as you’ll see, but I do feel that there are a couple of potential limitations that you should be aware of.
I’ve also proved suitable alternatives where appropriate to help you make the best buying choice possible.
Nolah Natural 11″ Mattress Review
Watch my Nolah Natural 11″ mattress review above to see me test this mattress in-depth first-hand.
The Nolah Natural is a luxury firm mattress – which means that it has a medium-firm level of firmness but feels softer and more adaptive than other types of medium-firm mattresses.
This means that the Nolah Natural has the support to keep front and back sleepers comfortable, whilst also providing enough pressure relief and ‘give’ to allow side, lighter weighted, and skinny sleepers to sink into the materials for deeper comfort.
The hybrid design and breathable Talalay latex means that the Nolah Natural excels at dissipating heat to keep you cool, whilst also providing a nice bounce so that you can switch positions easily.
The only area of concern is the edge support that may not be sufficient for heavier weighted edge sleepers over 230 lbs – in which case the Nolah Evolution 15″ or the DreamCloud are better options.
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- Back sleepers – the zoned support and latex foam provides a blend of pressure relief that’s ideal for back sleepers because it keeps your spine in good posture whilst aleviating the pressure on your shoulder blades and hips.
- Front sleepers – the firmer coils in the center third of the mattress can help to keep your hips well supported and your lower back free from pain as you sleep on your stomach.
- Side sleepers – the softer coils in the upper third of the Nolah Natural mattress work with the natural talalay latex to provide pressure relief on your shoulders in the side sleeping position whilst your hips are also kept in the correct alignment and free from excessive pressure.
- Warmer sleepers – the breathable Talalay latex combines with the spacious coil core to create a mattress that excels at dissipating heat and regulating your temperature.
- Sleepers with allergies – the natural latex, organic cotton, and absence of harmful chemicals means that the Nolah Natural is ideal for those with hay fever, dust mite allergies, sensitive skin, eczema, and other allergies.
- Lighter weighted sleepers – if you weigh less than 150 lbs then the Nolah Natural should feel comfortable for you in any position because the softer feel allows your body weight to be distributed evenly across the mattress to take the pressure away from your joints.
- Heavier weighted sleepers – the Nolah Natural is capable of holding up to 350 lbs per each half of the mattress (700 lbs total). Back and side sleepers over 230 lbs should be fine, but front sleepers may feel more pressure on their lower back if you are significantly over 230 lbs.
- Skinny sleepers – if you have a body fat percentage of less than 15% then the latex foam will help to lessen the pressure on your more prominent bones and joints to reduce discomfort.
- Combination sleepers – the bounce of the coils and the responsiveness of the latex foam makes this a mattress that’s very easy to switch positions in.
Not Recommended For
- Edge sleepers over 230 lbs – if you weigh more than 230 lbs and tend to hug the edge of the bed as you sleep, then you may find that the Nolah Natural doesn’t provide enough edge support. I recommend the DreamCloud Hybrid with its reinforced edge support for heavier weighted sleepers but the Nolah Evolution 15″ Mattress should also work for you too.
- Fiberglass free – mattresses that are genuinely fiberglass free can be difficult to find due to the lack of transparency from manufacturers but the Nolah Natural is 100% free from fiberglass (a harmful irritant).
- Natural materials – the natural latex, GOTS certified organic cotton cover, and lack of synthetic chemicals means that this is a healthy mattress that’s ideal for sensitive sleepers with allergies.
- Very cooling – the combination of the pocket coils and the light Talalay latex with its pinhole design means that the Nolah Natural is one of the most breathable mattresses on the market which makes it ideal for warmer sleepers.
- Luxury firm feel – the luxury firm feel means that the Nolah Natural has the support and pushback of a medium-firm mattress for exceptional support, but retains a degree of bounce and softness thanks to the latex foam that means that lighter weighted and skinny sleepers will still feel comfortable.
- Some motion transfer – whilst not terrible, the bounce and mobility of the Nolah Natural means that couples may feel thier partner moving around a little more when compared to an all-foam mattress with thick layers of memory foam in the top layers.
The table below outlines the key specs for the Nolah Natural 11″ mattress:
|Design||Hybrid: natural latex + coils|
|Materials||Talalay latex foam + springs|
|Firmness||Luxury firm (medium-firm with soft feel)|
|Max weight capacity||700 lbs total (350 lbs per side)|
|Zoned support?||Yes – 3 zones|
|Comfort layer||Talalay latex|
|Transition layer||Talalay latex|
|Support core||Pocket coils|
|Sleep trial||120 nights|
The table below summarizes the performance of the Nolah Natural 11″ mattress:
|Overall support||Very good|
|Pressure relief||Very good|
|Pain relief||Very good|
|Value for money||Very good|
|Best sleeping position||Back and side|
|Worst sleeping position||Edge sleeping over 230 lbs|
Nolah Natural 11″ Mattress: Detailed Analysis
Below is a detailed analysis of the key specifications, design, sleeping position suitability, and body type suitability for the Nolah Natural mattress:
I’ve highlighted the key specifications below to help you better understand what the features of the Nolah Natural mean for you as a sleeper:
- Hybrid design – 3″ of natural talalay latex foam over 8″ of zoned pocket coils to provide custom pressure relief, support, and superior airflow.
- Natural talalay latex foam – provides pressure relief and excellent air circulation. More responsive than memory foam and less sweaty. Contrasts with Dunlop latex which tends to feel denser and synthetic latex that is less durable and may not be as healthy.
- Luxury firm feel – slightly firmer than a medium, but with a soft and adaptive feel thanks to the cover and natural latex comfort layer. This means that the mattress has good support but doesn’t feel too firm.
- Zoned support (3 zones) – the coils around the center third of the mattress are firmer than the coils in the upper and lower thirds of the mattress to provide more support around the hips and better pressure relief around the shoulders and knees.
- Fiberglass free – the fire barrier is made from wool rather than harmful fiberglass.
The design of the mattress in relation to the materials used and how they are layered directly influences how the mattress will feel overall.
That’s why I’ve cut open the side of my Nolah Natural 11″ mattress and taken the photo below so that you know exactly what you are getting.
See my explanations below to help you understand what this means for you as a sleeper.
Organic Cotton Cover
I did find that the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton cover feels soft to the touch as Nolah claim.
The absence of toxic chemicals – as confirmed by the OEKO-TEX 100 Class 1 certification – and the inclusion of natural materials means that I experienced no allergic reactions when sleeping on the mattress.
However, the cover cannot be removed – so you should use a mattress protector to prevent any stains or damage to the cover.
Wool Fire Barrier (No Fiberglass)
When I cut open the Nolah Natural mattress, I could clearly see that the fire barrier is made out of natural wool and there was no fiberglass inside the mattress at all.
This is good because the absence of fiberglass means that there is no chance that this harmful irritant can come into contact with your skin or escape into your home.
Comfort Layer: Talalay Latex (2″)
The inclusion of the natural Talalay latex in the upper comfort layer gives the mattress a light and bouncy feel that dissipates heat and allows for the influx of cool air thanks to the pinhole design.
The Talalay latex foam provides more pressure relief than the typically denser Dunlop latex foam but is less conforming than memory foam – meaning that there is less of a hot and sweaty feeling that you often get with memory foam mattresses and even mattresses that contain synthetic latex.
Transition Layer: Talalay Latex (1″)
The 1″ of natural Talalay latex in the transition layer is slightly denser than the latex foam in the upper comfort layer so that you can’t feel the coils beneath, whilst also providing a degree of bounce and responsiveness to aid with mobility and movement.
Support Layer: 8″ Pocket Coils (3 Zones)
The support core of the Nolah Natural consists of 8″ of individually encased pocket coils arranged in a 3 zone configuration to help isolate movement and provide adaptive support.
This contrasts with the connected coil core that you typically find in regular spring mattresses that do not isolate movement as effectively and cannot provide more support around your hips and lower back as the Nolah Natural can.
3: Sleeping Position Suitability
The Nolah Natural mattress will vary in the feel and comfort that it provides relative to how much you weigh and your main sleeping position.
The table below summarizes these differences and I have provided a more in-depth explanation below.
|Position/Weight||Under 130 lbs||130 – 230 lbs||Over 230 lbs|
|Combo||Easy to move||Easy to move||Fair mobility|
|Edge||Fair support||Some support||Less support|
Front Sleepers – Good Blend of Pressure Relief and Support
If you sleep mainly on your stomach and weigh less than 230 lbs then you will find that the Nolah Natural mattress will keep you in good posture whilst also removing the pressure on your ribs, hips, and knees.
I personally found the Nolah Natural mattress to be surprisingly comfortable in the front sleeping position – I normally struggle with this sleeping posture due to the arthritis and limited range of movement in my shoulders.
And whilst heavier weighted stomach sleepers over 230 lbs may still be perfectly comfortable in the Nolah Natural mattress, your extra body weight means that you are more prone to lower back pain in this position.
However, the zoned support means that this risk is reduced because the coils are firmer around the hip and lower back region to help keep you in good posture.
Back Sleepers – Cradles Your Body and Maintains Good Posture
If you sleep on your back then the Nolah Natural mattress is ideal because the zoned support and natural latex combine to help keep you in good posture whilst softening the pressure points on your spine and shoulder blades.
Personally, I found that sleeping on my back was the most comfortable position in the Nolah Natural mattress.
When compared to a memory foam mattress, I would say that the Nolah Natural mattress has less of a smothering and conforming feel, and provides more of a bouncy and cradling sensation.
Side Sleepers – Excellent Pressure Relief Around the Shoulders
If you are a side sleeper then you will be pleased to know that the latex foam and adaptive zoned support of the Nolah Natural mattress allows for sufficient ‘give’ around your shoulders to avoid a build-up of pressure in your joints whilst simultaneously providing enough support around your hips to guard against back pain.
I have bad arthritis in both my shoulders for my age and I’m very sensitive to mattresses that don’t provide enough pressure relief in this position.
However, I found that my shoulder pain wasn’t aggravated when sleeping on my side in the Nolah Natural mattress and I was able to sleep comfortably in this position throughout the night.
Combination Sleepers – Very Easy to Switch Positions
If you are a combination sleeper that switches positions often during the night then the Nolah Natural mattress is perfect because the springs and latex foam provide a high degree of bounce that makes it very easy to turn over and shuffle around.
Lighter-weighted sleepers will be able to glide through the positions easily.
Heavier-weighted sleepers up to 230 lbs and even beyond will experience more drag but still have a much easier time moving around when compared to softer memory foam mattresses that tend to swallow you up more at heavier weights.
Edge Sleepers – Lacks Support at Heavier Weights
If you sleep close to the edge of the bed then this might not be much of an issue for you in the Nolah Natural mattress if you weigh less than 230 lbs, but due to the lack of edge support, there’s a risk that the mattress will sag too much at the edge if you weigh more than 230 lbs.
4: Body Type Suitability
Your body type will also have a degree of influence over how the Nolah Natural mattress feels – the potential differences are as follows:
|Slight build||Firmer – good pressure relief|
|Average build||Moderate firmness – good pressure relief|
|Soft build||Less firm – more pressure relief|
|Athletic build||Moderate firmness – good pressure relief|
Slight Build – Good Pressure Relief
If you have a body fat percentage of less than 15% then the latex foam will do a good job of ensuring that the more prominent regions of your body are kept free of painful pressure points by taking the edge off the contact points along the mattress surface.
Average Build – Good Pressure and Support
If you have a body fat percentage between 15% and 25% then the Nolah Natural mattress will feel a touch softer but pushback from the coils will ensure that you are kept well supported in the mattress.
Soft Build – Closer Contouring
If you have a body fat percentage over 25% then the Nolah Natural mattress will feel softer and the materials will contour more closely to your body.
Normally, this hugging effect would increase the risk of overheating in a memory foam mattress but this won’t be as much of an issue in the Nolah Natural mattress thanks to the exceptional breathability of the natural latex foam that is supported by the spacious coil core.
Athletic Build – Good Pressure Relief
If you have a lower body fat percentage but a higher amount of muscle mass, then the adaptive latex foam and zoned support of the Nolah Natural mattress will combine to provide a good amount of pressure relief on your muscles and joints whilst also keeping you in good posture.
Nolah Natural 11″ Mattress: In-Depth Testing Results
Below are the conclusions I have drawn relative to the key performance areas of the Nolah Natural mattress based on my own experience of sleeping in this bed and the tests I have performed on it.
You can also watch my video review above to see me perform the tests on the Nolah Natural.
For reference, I’m 5’8″ and weigh 180 lbs but I have used my extensive knowledge of mattresses and several experiments to accurately assess how the mattress will feel for other types of sleepers.
More details below.
1: Very Good Overall Support
I tested the support of the Nolah Natural mattress by lying on it in the front, back, and side sleeping positions at different angles, and I discovered that I felt well supported in all of these positions almost up until I reached the edge of the mattress.
I would expect the Nolah Natural mattress to be comfortable for all of these positions for sleepers at least up to the 230 lbs mark and likely beyond (especially for back sleepers) due to the zoned support system that caters to the contours of the body.
Although this is a ‘luxury firm’ mattress, the softer feel doesn’t mean that it lacks support – far from it – the 3 zoned system works brilliantly to keep you in good posture in all sleeping positions.
2: The Edge Support Could Be Better
Although the central support of the Nolah Natural mattress is very good, the edge support is lacking a bit in my opinion.
It’s definitely not the worst edge support on a mattress that I’ve tested, but I did find myself sinking in a bit more when I sat on the edge of the Nolah Natural mattress.
This means that heavier weighted edge sleepers may need a mattress with reinforced edges like the Nolah Evolution 15″ Mattress or the DreamCloud.
3: Very Good Pressure Relief
Pressure relief refers to how well a mattress is able to reduce friction points on your body.
I tested the pressure relief of the Nolah Natural mattress by sleeping in it in the front, back, and side sleeping positions at various angles and I found that the latex foam did a great job at lessening the pressure points on the more angular regions of my body.
I felt that whilst the Talalay latex wasn’t quite as conforming as some types of high-density memory foam, it still provided an excellent amount of pressure relief.
I was particularly surprised to find that I was able to lie on my front for extended periods in the Nolah Natural mattress without my shoulders hurting.
4: Easy to Move Around In
The Nolah Natural is easy to move around in.
This is due to the bounce of the springs that combines with the responsiveness of the latex foam that will suit combination and restless sleepers alike.
However, if you weigh more than 230 lbs then you can expect it to be more challenging to move around in the Nolah Natural mattress.
5: Fair Motion Isolation
Because the Nolah Natural is such a bouncy and responsive mattress, it does come somewhat at the cost of motion isolation (the ability to stop/lessen shock waves going through the mattress).
By this, I mean that when I slept in the Nolah Natural mattress with my partner, I was able to sense her moving around a bit more when compared to some of the other all-foam and memory foam topped mattresses that I’ve tested.
Whilst I don’t think this will be much of an issue for most couples, if you or your partner are very light/sensitive sleepers, then you might be better off going for an all-foam mattress like the Puffy Original or the Nolah Signature 12″ Mattress for better motion isolation.
6: Fairly Quiet
Because the coils of the Nolah Natural are individually encased this means that they don’t make the sort of noise that you typically encounter when sleeping on a spring mattress where all of the coils are joined together.
However, because this mattress is so bouncy and the latex foam is so responsive, I did hear the springs a touch more when moving around compared to other hybrid mattresses like the Puffy Lux Hybrid where the coils are buried beneath thick layers of denser memory foam.
I don’t think this will be much of an issue for most sleepers, but if you are ultra-sensitive to sounds then you might prefer an all-foam mattress like the Puffy Original because there are no springs at all.
7: A Good Mattress for Couples
Unless you are a very restless couple and/or you are very sensitive to sounds, the Nolah Natural should be suitable for most couples that have compatible sleeping styles.
For example, I am a very light sleeper that wakes up easily but I was able to sleep pretty well with my partner in the Nolah Natural mattress without getting woken up during the night.
But if you do want a silent mattress with very good motion isolation then you can try my suggestions above or go for the all-foam Nolah Signature 12″ Mattress.
8: Regulates Your Temperature With Exceptional Efficiency
I am a warm sleeper that’s highly sensitive to mattresses that retain heat.
But I can honestly say that the Nolah Natural is the most cooling mattress that I’ve tested to date so far – it’s even better than the DreamCloud, Noa, and Avenco mattresses in my option (which are also excellent choices for hot sleepers).
This is because the coil core works with the Talalay latex to allow heat to dissipate and cooler air to circulate into the mattress.
This airflow is somewhat unique to hybrid mattresses with latex in them that have a pinhole design like the Nolah Natural because as illustrated in the video above, the hot air is pushed out of the mattress and replaced with cooler ambient air when you move around.
Memory foam containing mattresses typically can’t do this as well unless they have air channels or perforations in the foam.
9: Good for Sensitive Sleepers With Allergies
I have hay fever and a dust mite allergy but I didn’t experience any kind of flare-up when sleeping in the Nolah Natural.
The natural materials means that the Nolah Natural is a good choice for sensitive sleepers with conditions like asthma, eczema, and other conditions that are triggered by chemicals or other allergens that are found in mattresses with lots of synthetic components.
10: Very Good Pain Relief Potential
I suffer from arthritis in my knees and shoulders which is made worse when I lie on a mattress that’s too firm and/or doesn’t offer enough pressure relief or support.
However, I was able to sleep relatively pain-free in the Nolah Natural because the latex foam and zoned support did a good job of removing the surface pressure points on my body whilst allowing me to be supported optimally in all sleeping positions.
I feel that these beneficial qualities will extend to sleepers with other conditions like sciatica that are aggravated by pressure, whilst sufferers of conditions that are worsened by poor posture – like disc problems in the upper or lower back – may also be able to find relief.
Of course, you should always talk to your doctor first before buying a mattress or sleep aid to help with your condition.
11: Low Risk of Indenting or Sagging
The Nolah Natural has a very low chance of sagging or displaying indents prematurely because the hybrid design, resilient foam, and quality materials means that it should resist wear and tear very well.
12: 6-8 Year Lifespan (Or More)
The highly durable nature of the latex foam and the pocket coils means that I’d expect at least 6-8 years of use out of your Nolah Natural – probably more.
13: Good Value for Money
The Nolah Natural is actually very well priced when you consider that it contains natural Talalay latex – a material that typically pushes up the price point of these types of mattresses considerably.
Also, given the highly durable nature of the materials used in this mattress, you can expect to pay less per each night of sleep when you factor in the extra years’ of use that you will get out of it when compared to cheaper mattresses that won’t last as long.
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Below, I have summarized some of the key information for the sizes, price, warranty, and sleep trial for the Nolah Natural.
Sizes and Prices
The sizes and prices for the Nolah Natural without any discounts applied are as follows:
|Size||Price (Without Discount)|
120 Night Sleep Trial
The 120-night sleep trial means that you can return the Nolah Natural for up to 120 nights after purchase if you don’t like it for a full refund – this gives you time for the mattress to adjust to your body.
The key thing to note, however, is that you can only return the mattress AFTER 30 nights have passed for an opened mattress because this is the amount of time that is deemed acceptable for the ‘break in’ period to have passed.
The lifetime warranty means that you can get a repair or a replacement at Nolah’s discretion in the case of a faulty or defective mattress.
Below I have summarized the differences between the Nolah Natural and some of the other mattresses that I’ve reviewed – you can click through to read more about each mattress if you feel that they are more suitable for you.
Nolah Natural v Puffy Lux Hybrid
The Puffy Lux Hybrid is a 12-inch thick hybrid mattress that’s topped with memory foam.
This means that the Lux has a less bouncy but more adaptive feel than the Nolah Natural.
I would suggest choosing the Lux over the Nolah Natural if you are looking for maximum pressure relief as a side or lighter weighted sleeper that may also need to manage pain.
However, I would recommend the Nolah Natural instead of the Puffy Lux Hybrid if you sleep hot and want the maximum cooling potential and/or you are a combination sleeper that needs a mattress that’s easy to move around in.
The Puffy Lux Hybrid is my personal mattress choice – it’s the one I sleep in when I’m not currently reviewing a mattress.
Nolah Natural v Puffy Original
The Puffy Original is a 10-inch thick mattress that’s made entirely of foam and has gel memory foam in the top layer.
This means that the Puffy Original might be a better choice for you if you want a mattress that’s silent and maximizes the dampening of movement if you sleep as a restless couple.
Otherwise, the Nolah Natural is the better choice overall in my opinion due to the more robust design and its cooling capabilities.
Nolah Natural v DreamCloud
The DreamCloud is a 10 inch (UK) or 14 inch (US) thick hybrid mattress topped with memory foam that comes with edge support and feels firmer and more bouncy than the Nolah Natural.
Therefore, I would recommend the DreamCloud over the Nolah Natural if you are an edge sleeper or a heavier weighted combination sleeper that needs a mattress with a lot of pushback and bounce.
Otherwise, the Nolah Natural is the better choice for lighter weighted sleepers and sleepers with a lower body fat percentage that need more pressure relief and a softer sleeping surface.
Conclusion: Durable, Cooling, and Well Rounded
In summary, based on my extensive personal testing of the Nolah Natural, I would say that this long-lasting mattress excels at regulating your temperature whilst also having the right qualities to make it suitable for front, back, and side sleepers over a wide range of weights.
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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.