Nolah and DreamCloud are both mattresses that are sold online. They are very different mattresses in terms of firmness, price, and construction. Nolah provides an all-foam, fairly soft sleeping surface, while DreamCloud provides more of a luxury, traditional spring mattress feel.
We’ll break down how they compare in greater detail in this post. We’ll go over the main similarities and differences as well as who we think should get each one over the other.
- Both incorporate foam in the construction
- Both offer free shipping and have great customer service.
- Both companies have a similar business model.
- Nolah is all-foam, while DreamCloud incorporates springs in the support layer.
- DreamCloud is thicker by a significant margin (Nolah is 10″; DreamCloud is 15″.).
- DreamCloud is more expensive ($549 to $1,069 for Nolah; about $1,000 to $1,700 for DreamCloud).
- DreamCloud is firmer.
- DreamCloud offers a 365-night trial, which is longer than Nolah’s 120-night trial.
- Wrapping the mattress is a cover made of a thin, soft, breathable viscose that doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The top layer is 2″ of a proprietary “AirFoam” that has been shown in studies to relieve pressure better than standard memory foam. This foam is also formulated to stay cool.
- The middle layer is 1″ of Avena foam, which gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive. Avena foam is also highly durable.
- A 7″ layer of high-density polyfoam sits at the base, similar to most foam mattresses available online.
- DreamCloud has more layers than most mattresses, and many of these layers are of relatively narrow thickness.
- DreamCloud has a True Tufted™ Cashmere Top, which features hand-sewn tufts and has a Eurotop feel.
- The top layer is 1 cm (0.39″) of gel-infused memory foam, which gives the mattress extra pressure relief and body contouring.
- Below that is a pair of quilted memory foam layers that are 2 cm and 2.5 cm in thickness, respectively. Together, they’re 1.77″ (4.5 cm).
- Below the two memory foam layers is a 0.39″ (1 cm) layer of natural latex, which gives the mattress some bounce and resilience.
- Next is 5 cm (1.97″) of “Dreamplush” supporting memory foam.
- Before the thick layer of pocketed coils is a 1.5-cm (0.59″) layer of super-dense, super-soft memory foam.
- The thickest layer is a 20-cm (7.87″) layer of individually pocketed “BestRest” coils. The coils come in two levels of resistance and are placed in different ways across five comfort zones to ensure the right kind of support for the right part of your body.
- The base layer is 5 cm (1.6″) of high-density, super-soft memory foam base that the steel coils can rest on.
- Both mattresses should be fairly durable, but DreamCloud probably has the edge because of the steel coils.
- DreamCloud has coils, while Nolah is all-foam.
- Nolah is much softer and has more of a quicksand-like feel.
- DreamCloud is firmer and has more spring to it.
- DreamCloud has more layers and is thicker and supportive overall.
The videos below show differences in firmness and feel. Nolah is softer and slower moving. DreamCloud is firmer and more responsive, and it springs back into shape more quickly.
Motion Transfer Differences
The videos below show how well the mattresses isolate motion. Nolah, being softer and slower moving, prevents motion transfer better than DreamCloud. That said, DreamCloud does a respectable job at isolating motion for a mattress as firm as it is.
Pick Nolah If …
- You need extra pressure relief. Airfoam is particularly good at relieving pressure, and Nolah’s overall softness also helps.
- You sleep on your side. Nolah is great for side sleepers because it conforms to contours well and is on the softer side.
- You are on a budget. Nolah costs a good bit less than DreamCloud, so if people really can’t decide, Nolah might be the better way to go.
Pick DreamCloud If …
- You need extra support. DreamCloud is thick and firm, making it a great option for sleepers who need extra support. This means it’s a good option for heavier-weight sleepers, too.
- You sleep on your stomach or back. DreamCloud’s firmness means it gives back and stomach sleepers the right kind of support.
- You want luxury. If you want luxury and can afford it, you might enjoy spending your money to sleep on DreamCloud’s hand-tufted cashmere pillow-top.
Both companies offer quality products, but these mattresses feel very different and are available at different levels of expense. I hope this comparison was helpful and welcome your questions in the comments below. Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their preferences and needs, and then make a more informed decision.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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