Nolah Mattress Review

Nolah Mattress Review

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The Nolah mattress is a bed-in-a-box foam mattress that is sold exclusively online.

At first glance Nolah didn’t seem too different from other mattresses on the market, but after sleeping on it for a few weeks I think it does have some unique features that should intrigue some mattress shoppers (see how Nolah compares HERE) and is great for someone looking for something cooler and bit softer.  I think it offers a great value and has a pretty cool feel to it that I think a lot of people will like.

Overall I liked the mattress, but had some complaints as well.  Read on for my full Nolah mattress review.

You will love Nolah if you…

  • Are a side sleeper – I found Nolah to be softer than the average bed-in-a-box (note firmness is subjective, but that’s my take), making it ideal for side sleepers.
  • Want good value – Nolah sells only online, using the ecommerce mattress model to provide as much value to consumers as possible.
  • Want to sleep cool – I’m not sure what makes up the proprietary Air Flow foam they use in the top layer, but in my experience it did sleep quite cool (for a foam mattress).
  • Want a little bit of bounce – the second layer of foam is Avena foam, which I’ve only seen used in the Leesa before.  This is a latex-like foam, which has more bounce than memory foam.  When used as the second layer, it gives the mattress just a little bit of bounce.

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Nolah Mattress Construction

You may not like the Nolah mattress if you…

  • Want a mattress with a lot of bounce – though the mattress has Avena foam, the top layer feels most like memory foam.  If you want a full latex foam feel, this is not the right choice.
  • Want a firm mattress – firmness is subjective, but I think most fill find the Nolah to be softer than average (aka not my choice for stomach sleepers)

Firmness and Feel

Firmness is always a subjective measure (every mattress will feel different to each person based on their sleeping position, weight, etc), but generally I feel the mattress to be softer than average.

As you can see in the video, it’s fairly easy to push down on the mattress, I think it’s a good option for side sleepers, but maybe not the best option for stomach sleepers.

The mattress also feels mostly like a memory foam mattress, but has more resilience due to the Avena foam as the second layer.  This might be best for a person that likes the memory foam feel, but wants to avoid a little bit of the “stuck in the mattress” feeling.

Motion Transfer

Though the foam is a proprietary make-up, in terms of feel and motion transfer it feels the most similar to memory foam.

As expected, the mattress performs very well in the motion transfer test, this will be a fine mattress option for couples.

The mattress size shown in the video is a Queen, but I expect motion transfer should be similar across all other sizes.

Mattress Construction

The mattress is 10.25 inches thick in total, consisting of three foam layers:

  • 2 inches of Air Foam comfort layer (2.75 lb/sqft)
  • 1 inch of Avena foam transition layer (4 lb/sqft)
  • 7.25 inches of polyfoam (1.8 lb/sqft)

The cover is a knitted viscose cover (non-removable), I found it to be soft to the touch.

Nolah mattress cover

My Experience

First thing to note is that for every mattress purchased, Nolah “adopts” a wild animal, which means they spend some money to help protect wildlife communities (7% of their profit).  During the checkout process, you choose an animal to protect – I chose the Bison.  Very unique and very cool in my opinion.  Check out my adoption certificate below:

Nolah Mattress Animal Adoption

I slept on the Nolah for two weeks in the NYC summer heat, a great (and pretty extreme) environment to test!  I’m a side sleeper myself, so the softness of the mattress really resonated with me.  I think it does a great job of pressure relief, especially on my shoulder, which tends to be a problem spot for some mattresses.  I would absolutely recommend this mattress for side sleepers.

Nolah Mattress Complaints

Though I was in hot conditions, the mattress does sleep cool, and it will do a better job than a lot of the other bed-in-a-box options in the market.

I originally reviewed this mattress as the company was started, and now I can say that their customer service is really great.

Other things to note

  • Nolah has a 120 night sleep trial (100% refund for returns during this time)
  • The mattress is made 100% in the USA
  • 15 year warranty and free shipping
4.5 Reviewer
Nolah is a very comfortable mattress made with proprietary foam and Avena foam. It's a bit softer than average, so I think its a great fit for side sleepers. Sold only online, its a strong value and has a unique donation proposition that I think will resonate with a lot of mattress shoppers.
Value (Price)4.5
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.5
Edge Support4
Company Reputation4.3
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4.6

Final Recommendation

Overall I think the mattress is good quality and is great at pressure relief, making it a great choice for side sleepers.  I really like the animal protection donation (very unique and cool), though I don’t think that should make/break a mattress purchase, but a good cherry on top for those of you that already are looking to buy Nolah.  Overall I think if you’ve made it this far, Nolah is worth a try.

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This post was last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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Jennifer Kloch-Davis says April 22, 2017

Love the coolness factor

Calshondra Williams says April 22, 2017

Awesome review on the Nolah Mattress. It has some awesome features. Fingers crossed that I win. Thanks again for the opportunity and chance.

Angela Mason says April 22, 2017

I saw that this is a good mattress for side sleepers. I was shot in a car jacking incident years ago and developed side sleeping because I can’t lay on my back becuase I get back spasms and I can’t lay on my right side due to injuries on that side. I am so glad you offer give aways. because I am disabled and can not work. The money I recieve from disability pays for my rent and bills with not much left over. I can’t even save for my future or my daughters let alone trying to find a good quality mattress. I don’t sleep well, and I honestly know that a lot of it is me. But, my 20 year old mattress does have it’s drawbacks. Thank you for the opportunity to own one, and Enjoy life!

Tina Parsons says April 22, 2017

Seems worth trying!

Alicia Hewitt says April 22, 2017

This sounds like a great mattress!! I struggle with chronic pain and fatigue and I’m sure this mattress could help me get better quality sleep.

Marsha says April 22, 2017

This looks like a great mattress.

Deborah P. says April 22, 2017

Great review very helpful and I too appreciate the support for Defenders of the Wildlife!

Jan Bostrom says April 22, 2017

Nice review. Thank you. Looking for a good mattress for a stomach sleeper.

Gabrielle says April 22, 2017

Thanks for this review. It’s really nice to get a detailed breakdown of how the mattress would work for different sorts of sleepers.

Michael Leslie says April 22, 2017

I Think this would Be Very Well for My Muscles !!! The Nolah Mattress !

Charity Caldwell says April 23, 2017


jeanette sheets says April 23, 2017

thanks for the great review ,really loving this mattress

Liz M says April 23, 2017

As a side sleeper, this sounds amazing… However I worry about the durability.

Krystle says April 26, 2017

I definitely love the cool air flow technology! My husband needs this!

Laura says April 30, 2017

This sounds like such a great mattress. So comfy!

Ally Swanson says May 5, 2017

Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about this mattress!

betty crawford says May 6, 2017

I’m a side sleeper, so this is for me!

Kevin says May 6, 2017

Why did you rate the durability as average?

Candice East Sheets says May 7, 2017

Great review! Much appreciated from a novice mattress buyer! Thanks!

Robert Grieco says May 11, 2017

Seems like something I would enjoy.

Rob says July 17, 2017

Joe, this looks great for two of my concerns, sleeps cool and as I am a dedicated side sleeper with major pressure point in hips and sometimes shoulders. However, I can not find any info on weight limitations. I am 6’2″ and 245lbs with the lower body of of a 170lb runner with no hip/butt padding at all and have the upper body of a 300lb beer guzzling redneck with broad shoulders. I am concerned it will not provide enough support being less than 11 inches. I am also considering the Helix and Novosbed as well as the Amerisleep Colonial. Any advice?

    Joe Auer says July 18, 2017

    The company says it can support up to 350 lbs. on each side. I think that’s probably about right.

Kristy Taylor says August 11, 2017

I’m looking at getting a hybrid foam mattress and my husband sleeps hot so I was drawn to this one. My question is – I am light, only 115 pounds. Are softer mattresses better for me since it will give enough to allow me to sink a bit? I was originally interested in the Purple mattress but am not sure its for me since I think you mentioned that lighter sleepers won’t get much “hug” from it – but will float more on top of it. Would this be better at giving me a bit of a “hug”-type feel? I mostly sleep on my back, but do sometimes switch to my stomach if I’m having trouble falling asleep.

    Joe Auer says August 12, 2017

    Yes, I think the Nolah should be a good fit for you.

Rick Bailey says August 22, 2017

Your reviews have helped me in consideration for purchasing a bed in a box. Thank you for taking the time to research and write about your findings to help others like myself. I truly appreciate all you do to help others. Thank you!!!

Karen McClure says September 12, 2017

our current mattress is 24 years old and for the last four or five years I have been having extreme hip pain during the night. I am a side sleeper and my husband is a side- and back-sleeper. He LOVED our current mattress (not sure the brand but it is firm) when it was new, doesn’t seem to have any issues with aches and pains in the morning, so I expect he’ll resist getting a new mattress for fear that it won’t measure up to the one we have. I, on the other hand, hate the hip pains that I have each night and think a softer mattress that tackles pressure points would be great. I have even tried a 4″: memory foam topper on it for a couple of years – doesn’t really help. Your suggestions? We don’t need to worry about budget, but don’t want to spend a fortune either 🙂 Your suggestions will be most welcome!

    Joe Auer says September 14, 2017

    That’s one old mattress! I do actually think the Nolah could be a good choice for you based on what you described.

Todd Heinz says September 17, 2017

Thanks for reviewing the Nolah- you’re one of the few websites that I found that had it reviewed and it caused me to consider it. I bought it and love it. I am a side and back sleeper and I’ve found it works great in both positions. Additionally, it has relieved pain from my lumbar disk herniation which alone makes it worth the investment. Honestly, I haven’t slept this well in years. Absolutely no pressure points. I don’t have to work to find a comfortable position- as soon as I lay down, it’s instant comfort. I was a little worried when I first got it because it feels a little soft on top compared to other mattresses I tried in stores, but it has been the perfect balance of plushness and firmness.

Tim Powell says September 23, 2017

Only concern is the 10″ thickness. I’m 6’2″ 220 side sleeper and partner is 5’10” 180 side sleeper…would we be better considering a deeper mattress like Loom and Leaf or Amerisleep in your opinion? Otherwise the Nolah seems like a great value.

    Joe Auer says September 25, 2017

    It should be fine. If you were more like 250 or higher I think it could be a concern but you should be fine.

Brett says September 23, 2017

We just purchased a king size mattress and slept on in for the first night, last night. We previously had a store bought pillow top before and I can tell the Nolah is a great mattress. Usually I toss and turn because my hips and shoulders are in pain from the pillow top mattress. Not this morning. Both my wife and I are side and back sleepers. I weigh 210 and she weighs 125 and the mattress conforms and supports our bodies perfectly, does not suck you into it, does not make you sweat, and has a slight bounce to it with almost immediate recovery. I recommend this to anyone that sleeps like we do, on our sides and back. The price is the lowest we have found as well.

Carole says September 29, 2017

I bought this mattress and can tell you that it’s VERY comfortable. The first night I slept on it, I didn’t wake up at all! I slept all the way through until time for my alarm to go off. I slept very soundly and very comfortably. No over heating at all! This was an excellent choice for me, a confirmed side sleeper.

    Joe Auer says October 2, 2017

    Glad you like it, Carole! I agree it’s really comfortable!

Tim says October 6, 2017

I’ve had my Nolah mattress for a week now. Customer service and the shipping/delivery process was great. Off-gassing was minimal- I un-boxed it and set it up in the afternoon and by the time I went to bed I didn’t notice any smell. It doesn’t sleep hot in the slightest for me- and I’m coming from years and years of sleeping on innerspring mattresses. It is very comfortable, and I will stick it out for this initial 30 day period, but I think it’s going to be too soft for me. I’ve realized that I sleep on my back much more than I sleep on my side. The first 2 nights were really comfortable, but the last several nights I’ve woken up during the night and in the morning with back pain. I’m thinking I might need something more firm? The other thing is I wish it had a little higher profile- I don’t get why so many of these mattresses are 10″ deep instead of 11″ or 12″. It’s a great value but even aesthetically it looks and feels more like a “spare bedroom” mattress instead of one I will want to sleep on long term.

    Joe Auer says October 6, 2017

    It’s definitely on the softer side and has awesome pressure relief, which makes it great for side sleepers. I agree that if you sleep mainly on your back, you might want something firmer.

Blur says October 12, 2017

After reading the top picks for side sleepers and looking at each individual website/price, I think I will try a Nolah. I have a cali king bed. currently a foster and sterns pillow top that i bought second hand and it was comfy at first. I started to toss and turn and my neck/back hurt. my chiropractor suggested new pillows at first, and after trying that, we think it is my mattress. The number one thing that sold me on Nolah was that a portion goes to help animals. silly to some, but I knew that was the bed for me.

Kelly says November 29, 2017

Thank you for helping me decide on a new mattress purchase with your extensive research. I am a 54 yr old female and I am sleeping on a 9-year old mattress. I am a side sleeper and have been having issues with hip/leg pain that keeps progressively getting worse which I am attributing to my old mattress. I chose the Nolah because I am looking for an affordable mattress that is great for side-sleepers, sleeps cool and can be used with my current foundation. I just ordered the Nolah today in Queen and I am very excited to receive it. Thank you so much for all of your help!!

    Joe Auer says November 29, 2017

    Thanks for the kind words, Kelly! I think you’re going to love it, but let me know what you think after you’ve tried it out!

John Rarick says December 1, 2017

Thanks for your website, we did find it helpful. We dec46ided on and received a Layla and chose the firm side. After a week it still seems to soft for us. We will more than likely return it and would like your thoughts on a firmer mattress in the under $1000 category

Charles says December 23, 2017

I like that it doesn’t sleep hot, but wish it was a little softer/plusher on top. Too bad they don’t make a version with thicker Air and Avena foam. Do you know of a mattress like Nolah, but is a little softer?

    Joe Auer says December 27, 2017

    Maybe take a look at the Tomorrow Sleep Medium Soft.

Steve Davis says January 14, 2018

I have been through the online mattress ringer, but even with wife complaining lets go back into a retail store, I feel too ripped off going back to that retail model. My wife and I are both tall and fairly thin and side sleepers. We tried the Helix to start because we could customize it as I like a little more firm (my side came in super firm and her side I could sleep on but she couldnt). We tried an Alexander Hybrid in Medium. It was good for two months and then foam started breaking down and my hips sank in too much to be a comfortable side sleeper bed. We then got a Wink bed. It is really more like a 6.5 on firmness scale. We put a 2 inch latex topper on top of it to make it kind of tolerable (but I really think it would be too firm for all but very heavy side sleepers), but after 7 mos its now sitting out in garage and we ordered this Nolah. We like it as a side sleeper and have slept better on it than any of these other online mattresses but major complaint is a lack of bounce / spousal relations mattress. Its not as bad as a Tempurpedic we had bought and tried 8 years ago, but its worse than all the mattresses above. I think the Nolah’s support will hold up ok (e.g. foam wont break down too bad and start sagging), but too early to call on that. Hard to find comparison reviews out there that are unbiased, so hope this helps

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