Nolah and Brooklyn Bedding are both popular online sellers of all-foam mattresses that use proprietary materials. In this article, I will go over the similarities and differences between the Nolah flagship mattress and Brooklyn Bedding’s #bestmattressever mattress (yes, the hashtag is part of the name), to help you decide which one is better for you.
- Both are all foam mattresses that are 10” thick.
- Both have a dense foam base layer.
- Both sleep cool and are very breathable.
- Both are more durable than the average all-foam mattress
- Similar price range
- Both offer a 120-night trial, though Brooklyn Bedding requires you keep the mattress at least 30 days before returning it.
- Both offer free shipping and great customer service.
- Brooklyn Bedding offers different firmness options, while Nolah just has one firmness option.
- Nolah is softer than Brooklyn Bedding’s medium option, but I think the soft Brooklyn Bedding option is about equally as soft as Nolah.
- Nolah has a thicker support layer.
- Brooklyn Bedding is more bouncy and elastic.
- Brooklyn Bedding has thicker comfort layers.
- Nolah has a viscose cover.
Here’s a description of Nolah’s construction with a picture to illustrate:
- The top is a thin, soft, breathable viscose cover that doesn’t really affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- A top 2 inch layer of a proprietary “AirFoam” keeps cool and has been shown in studies to relieve pressure better than standard memory foam.
- Below that is 1-inch of latex-like Avena foam, which gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive. It is also highly durable like the foams found in latex mattresses.
- The base layer is 7 inches of high-density poly foam, similar to most foam mattresses.
Brooklyn Bedding Construction
Here’s a breakdown of the constructiuon of the #bestmattressever mattress:
- The top layer is 2 inches of proprietary “TitanFlex” foam, which uses a special gel to conform to your body and pull heat away from the body. This foam has an elastic quality to it.
- The next layer is another 2 inches of TitanFlex foam, but this layer is firmer than the top layer.
- The bottom layer is a pretty standard 6 inches of high density polyfoam.
- The mattresses are roughly equally durable in my opinion, with Brooklyn Bedding perhaps having a slight advantage.
- Both are made of three layers, with a middle layer that adds elasticity.
- Brooklyn Bedding’s top layer has more elasticity.
- Both sleep cool — Nolah because of its proprietary foam top layer, Brooklyn Bedding because of the proprietary gel in its foam (and the foam is actually a little cool to the touch)
- Nolah is softer than the medium firmness version of Brooklyn Bedding.
Nolah generally has more of a quicksand-like sinking quality than Brooklyn Bedding’s options, but the soft version of Brooklyn Bedding is about as soft as the Nolah mattress. Brooklyn Bedding has a little more bounce to it and more of a pillow-like quality. Watch the videos below to get a better idea of what to expect from each mattress.
Motion Transfer Differences
Nolah isolates motion a little better than Brooklyn Bedding, so for couples where at least one person is a light sleeper, Nolah might be the better option. That said, Brooklyn Bedding does an okay job isolating motion. Watch these videos to see the difference.
Pick Nolah If:
- You like to sink into your mattress — Nolah has a semi-quicksand feel to it, so it’s a good choice for people who like to feel like they are sleeping “in” their bed rather than “on” it.
- You’re a side sleeper – Nolah is very soft, making it a good at conforming to contours and relieving pressure and thus a great pick for sleeping on your side.
Pick Brooklyn Bedding If:
- You’re a stomach or back sleeper — Brooklyn Bedding offers firmer options that are more supportive for people who sleep on their bellies or backs. Between the two, it should be the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
- You like a little more bounce in your mattress — Brooklyn Bedding’s #bestmattressever mattress has more of an elastic quality.
Both mattresses are good choices, and you’ll have a trial period to commit to your choice. The medium and firm versions of Brooklyn Bedding differ quite a bit from Nolah, but those looking for softer mattresses might find the soft version of Brooklyn Bedding comparable to Nolah. Leave any specific questions you have as comments.
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.