Nolah and Saatva are both online purveyors of mattresses that incorporate foam. Nolah sells only one all-foam flagship mattress, while Saatva offers three firmness levels of its combination spring and foam mattress design. I’ll go over the similarities and differences here to help you better understand how they compare.
- Both offer soft options and are both good options for couples.
- Both use unique constructions or formulations.
- The mattresses fall in similar price ranges. ($600-$1,245 for Helix, $549-$1,069 for Nolah.)
- Both offer free shipping, a 120-night free trial, and great customer service.
- Saatva offers different firmness options.
- Nolah has more of a quicksand feel than Saatva’s softest option.
- Saatva is a spring mattress and incorporates a unique coil-on-coil technology.
- Saatva has a pillow top that gives the mattress a more traditional spring mattress feel.
- Nolah is uses temperature neutral material, though the use of springs allows for good airflow in the Saatva mattress.
- Nolah offers a 120-night trial, while Helix offers only a 100-night trial.
The illustration below shows how the construction comes together.
- The cover is a thin, soft viscose and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The top layer is comprised of 2-inches of a proprietary “AirFoam” that sleeps cool and relieves pressure.
- The middle transition layer is 1-inch of latex-like Avena foam, which gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive.
- A 7-inch layer of high density poly foam sits at the base, similar to most foam mattresses.
Saatva comes in thicknesses of 14.5 and 11.5 inches and has a more complex construction than Nolah.
- The mattress uses an organic cotton cover and an extra cushion-y Euro pillow top.
- Individually wrapped comfort coils and a layer of memory foam in the middle layer of the mattress adapt to the contours of your body, relieving pressure.
- A steel coil base made with tempered steel coils gives the mattress support and durability, and prevents sagging.
- The edges of the mattress are encased in supportive foam that reinforces the structure and durability of the mattress.
- Saatva uses springs in the support layer.
- Saatva incorporates memory foam, while Nolah uses a proprietary foam that resembles memory foam but is more responsive and doesn’t trap heat.
- Nolah is more temperature neutral throughout, though Saatva’s springs also help with airflow.
- Saatva is thicker overall
- I’d anticipate the durability of the two mattresses to be about equal, with Saatva having a slight edge.
Nolah is a remarkably soft mattress, while different Saatva offers different degrees of firmness. The Luxury Firm model of Saatva, which is Saatva’s middle firmness option and is shown in a video below, is firmer than Nolah. Watch the videos below to see a demonstration of Nolah’s softness and learn more about Saatva mattresses.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both Saatva and Nolah isolate motion well; however Nolah, being especially soft and lacking springs, has an edge.
Pick Nolah If:
- You sleep on your side — Nolah conforms well to contours, relieving pressure well. It’s a great pick for side sleepers.
- You like to sink into your mattress — Nolah is made with a very soft foam, giving it a quicksand-like feel. You really sleep “in” this mattress.
Pick Saatva If:
- You like spring mattresses — Spring mattresses are still the most popular form of mattress. If you like spring mattresses, you might want to stick with what you know.
- You sleep on your back or stomach — Saatva is more on the firmer side of the spectrum than Nolah and has stronger support, so it’s good for those who sleep on their back or stomach.
Saatva and Nolah have very different offerings. I hope this comparison has helped you determine which is the better option for you. If you have specific questions, please leave them in the 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.
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