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
Nolah
4.5 Reviewer
Summary
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.
Comfort4.7
Support4.2
Value (Price)4.5
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.6
Motion Transfer4.5
Edge Support4
Materials/Durability4.6
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 July 18th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Jennifer Kloch-Davis says April 22, 2017

Love the coolness factor

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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.

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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!

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Tina Parsons says April 22, 2017

Seems worth trying!

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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.

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Marsha says April 22, 2017

This looks like a great mattress.

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Deborah P. says April 22, 2017

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

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Jan Bostrom says April 22, 2017

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

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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.

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Michael Leslie says April 22, 2017

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

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Charity Caldwell says April 23, 2017

Awesome

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jeanette sheets says April 23, 2017

thanks for the great review ,really loving this mattress

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Liz M says April 23, 2017

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

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Krystle says April 26, 2017

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

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Laura says April 30, 2017

This sounds like such a great mattress. So comfy!

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Ally Swanson says May 5, 2017

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

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betty crawford says May 6, 2017

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

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Kevin says May 6, 2017

Why did you rate the durability as average?

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Candice East Sheets says May 7, 2017

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

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Robert Grieco says May 11, 2017

Seems like something I would enjoy.

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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?

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    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.

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