Nolah and Zenhaven are both versatile foam mattress choices for those who aren’t certain about the exact type of support they need, but each is best suited to a very different type of sleeper. Here’s a rundown of the similarities and differences, so you can make an educated decision.
- Both are all-foam mattresses and 10 inches thick
- Both have free shipping, 120 night sleep trials, and great customer service.
- Zenhaven is about twice as expensive. ($1,299-$2,499 for Zenhaven, $549-$1,069 for Nolah)
- Zenhaven is flippable, with a firmer side and a softer side.
- Nolah is noticeably softer than the soft side of the Zenhaven.
- Nolah uses a proprietary foam that is similar to memory foam but does not contain all the same chemicals. Also unlike standard memory foam, Nolah’s material is temperature neutral.
- Zenhaven is made of all-natural latex, while the Nolah is comprised of proprietary foams.
- Zenhaven has much more bounce than the Nolah has.
Nolah has three layers. Here’s how they break down:
- A thin, soft viscose is used for the breathable cover that doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The top layer consists of 2 inches of a proprietary “AirFoam.” Studies show this foam can relieve pressure better than memory foam while also being temperature neutral.
- There’s a 1 inch layer of highly durable Avena foam below the AirFoam comfort layer. Avena foam is latex-like and gives the mattress good bounce and response.
- The base layer is comprised of 7 inches of high-density poly foam and is a pretty standard base layer amongst all-foam online mattresses.
Zenhaven has two sides. We’ll start with the top of the soft side.
- The softer side comfort layer is made up of 1.5 inches of soft, breathable latex made from tree sap.
- Next are two 3-inch layers of denser natural latex to support each comfort layer.
- On the flipside is a firmer comfort layer which consists of 1.5 inches of a firmer breathable latex.
- Each side of the mattress is topped with a layer of flame-retardant organic New Zealand wool.
- The mattress is wrapped in a cotton cover. The cover and the wool comprise the inch of thickness that brings the mattress to its 10 inches of depth.
- Nolah’s foam is less springy than Zenhaven’s, though it also has some spring to it.
- Nolah is temperature neutral, although Zenhaven does a good job of addressing the issue of sleeping hot by not using memory foam. Both are about equal in terms of sleeping cool.
- In anticipate the durability of the Zenhaven to be better overall than the Nolah because of its use of natural latex throughout the mattress.
- Because Zenhaven is flippable, you get more options for firmness, but both sides are firmer than Nolah.
Nolah is very responsive and quicksand-y, while both sides of Zenhaven have a good amount of spring to them and have less give than Nolah.
Motion Transfer Differences
Nolah isolates motion better than Zenhaven because of the differences in materials used. The latter has a little more spring and tightness to it, although it’s probably still a suitable option for couples.
Pick Nolah If:
- You sleep on your side — Nolah is soft and will offer conform better to your contours, making it a better type of support if you sleep on your side. I think it’s softer than even the soft side of the Zenhaven.
- You’re on a budget — Nolah is about half the cost of Zenhaven and is an excellent value overall.
Pick Zenhaven If:
- You want all natural materials — Only a few brands use all natural materials, and Zenhaven is one of them.
- You are a back or stomach sleeper — Zenhaven is on the firmer end of the spectrum, so it’s a good choice for back and stomach sleepers. Even the soft side of the Zenhaven is softer than the Nolah.
Both these mattresses have something to offer for the right sleeper, buy they’re pretty different. If you’re still not sure which is the better choice for you or you have other questions, please ask 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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