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.
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.
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.
The mattress is 10.25 inches thick in total, consisting of three foam layers:
The cover is a knitted viscose cover (non-removable), I found it to be soft to the touch.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This post was last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 10:47 am
Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.