Nolah and Tempur-Pedic are very different companies – one is new on the market, the other a mattress industry veteran with brick and mortar stores. But when it comes to their products, there’s certainly a basis of comparison, and depending on what you’re looking for you might have to weigh some pros and cons before choosing one over the other. In this article, I will go over the similarities and differences between the two options to help you decide which one is better for you.
- Both are all foam mattresses (with the exception of the Flex collection)
- Both have a dense foam base layer.
- Nolah has a quicksand-y feel and so do options from Tempur-Pedic.
- Both offer free shipping.
- Tempur-Pedic offers a number of mattress designs and firmness options, while Nolah only offers its one flagship mattress.
- Tempur-Pedic offers thicker options, with some mattresses as thick as 14 inches. Nolah’s mattress is 10 inches thick.
- Tempur-Pedic mattresses are significantly more expensive.
- Nolah is available only online, while Tempur-Pedic is available online and in stores. That’s one reason Nolah is so much cheaper.
- Nolah is more temperature neutral, though Tempur-Pedic has over time added features to keep its mattresses cool.
- Tempur-Pedic has been around a lot longer and has gone through more reviews and scrutiny.
- Nolah offers a 120-night trial, while Tempur-Pedic offers only a 90-night trial.
Here’s a description of Nolah’s construction with a picture to illustrate:
- The cover is made of a thin, soft, breathable viscose.
- On top is a 2-inch layer of a proprietary “AirFoam” that keeps cool and has been shown in studies to relieve pressure better than standard memory foam.
- Below the AirFoam is a 1-inch of latex-like Avena foam. This layer gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive. The Avena foam is also highly durable.
- A 7-inch layer of high density poly foam sits at the base, similar to most foam mattresses.
Tempur-Pedic’s various mattresses have different constructions. One of its least expensive mattresses, the 11-inch thick Tempur-Cloud Supreme, is especially similar to Nolah in feel. Here’s how its layers break down for comparison.
- It has a soft, durable zip-off cover.
- The top layer uses special fibers and Tempur-Pedic’s “SmartClimate” system to wick away moisture and help you sleep cool.
- Next are the comfort and support layers, which use Tempur-Pedic’s formulations of memory foam. The comfort layer uses a TEMPUR-ES material that is especially soft to conform to the contours of the sleeper’s body. The support layer below the comfort layer uses the original TEMPUR memory foam material.
- Underneath it all is a base layer similar to the base layers in other foam mattresses, which Tempur-Pedic has formulated to help keep the mattress cool.
- Tempur-Pedic has more layers.
- Tempur-Pedic has more models and firmness options.
- Nolah is more temperature neutral throughout.
- Tempur-Pedic’s memory foam is more of a standard memory foam, so it retains more heat. The Nolah specialty foam has memory foam qualities but it faster to respond and is temperature neutral.
The Nolah and Tempur-Cloud Supreme have similar responsiveness to pressure. If you watch the videos, you’ll notice the similarities. Remember though that the Cloud Supreme is just one of Tempur-Pedic’s models, and other models may have very different responsiveness.
Motion Transfer Differences
Both the Tempur-Cloud Supreme and Nolah mattresses isolate motion really well and would be good options for couples. Other Tempur-Pedic mattresses are also good at isolating motion, though there may be some variation in response to pressure depending on the model.
Pick Nolah If:
- You change positions a lot and like to sleep cool — While both mattresses have a quicksand feel, Nolah is easier to move around in. Both also make efforts to ensure cool sleeping, but Nolah is actually temperature neutral.
- You want to save extra money — Nolah’s direct-to-consumer business model allows the company to charge lower prices for its mattresses with less compromise on quality. If your preferred Tempur-Pedic mattress feels a lot like the Nolah, definitely take price point into consideration.
Pick Tempur-Pedic If:
- You’ve had success with memory foam – People tend to either love or hate memory foam. If the material has worked for you in the past, Tempur-Pedic is probably a safe bet for comfort.
- You want a specific firmness level– Tempur-Pedic has a mattress for just about every firmness level you could want, something newer online mattress sellers don’t yet offer. You can also try out different Tempur-Pedic mattresses in a brick and mortar store, so it’s easier to bring home a mattress you’re pretty sure will be the right choice.
It’s hard to compare the whole Tempur-Pedic line to online sellers of single models, but I hope these similarities and differences have helped you determine which option is better for you. If you have any specific questions, please ask 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.