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Nolah Original 10
Firmness: Medium (5)
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Price Range: $549 – $1,398
Warranty Lifetime, Limited
- Plush comfort layers allow sleepers to sink into the mattress’ surface
- Great motion isolation reduces movement transfer across the bed
- Medium firmness appeals to a range of sleepers
- Side sleepers under 130 pounds
- Those who share a bed
- Value-seekers shopping for an affordable all-foam mattress
Nolah Mattress: Our Verdict
The Nolah Original is a 10-inch thick, versatile all-foam mattress designed to suit the needs of a wide range of sleepers. Our team found that the Original’s combination of AirFoam comfort layers and a dense polyfoam support core offers a great mix of comfort and support, especially for sleepers under 130 pounds.
Side sleepers will sink into the Original’s plush top layers, finding an ideal level of contouring to cushion pressure points while still having enough support to maintain healthy spinal alignment. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate the use of CertiPUR-US certified materials.
Overall, we found the Nolah Original to be a well-priced mattress for lighter individuals. It comes with free shipping and a generous 120-night sleep trial, so shoppers have time to fully evaluate the mattress and decide if it’s right for them.
Nolah Mattress: An Introduction
Nolah launched in 2015 and offers several lines of all-foam and latex hybrid mattresses. Nolah manufactures each mattress in the United States and sells direct-to-consumer through their website. In addition to mattresses, Nolah offers bed frames, comforters, sheets, duvet covers, pillows, and blankets.
The Nolah Original Mattress is designed to improve upon traditional memory foam using Nolah’s trademarked AirFoam, which is engineered to sleep cool while still contouring to the body and relieving pressure. In addition to the Original, Nolah offers the Original Hybrid, which uses micro-cut foam layers to mimic the feel of traditional coils, as well as the Evolution, Signature, Natural, and Nurture mattresses.
We examine the Nolah Original’s construction and design, explore what it feels like to sleep on this mattress, and discuss how the Original performed in our team’s sleep testing.
How We Review
Our team tests each mattress in our sleep lab using state-of-the-art equipment. We consider a range of performance characteristics, including firmness, temperature regulation, and motion isolation. We also consider how the mattress will perform for different sleep positions and body weights so people can shop with confidence and find a mattress that fits their unique needs and preferences.
What’s It Like to Sleep on the Nolah Mattress?
The Nolah Mattress is constructed of four layers of foam that provide a medium (5) firmness level. Although the AirFoam comfort layers offer significant cushioning, our testers noted that there is still enough support to satisfy a wide range of sleepers.
While some foams can trap body heat and aren’t the best fit for those that sleep hot, we found the Tencel cover and foam comfort layers on the Original breathable and cool. Beneath the cushiony comfort system is a support core composed of two layers of denser foam, which give the mattress structure and ensure that sleepers don’t sink too deeply.
The Nolah Original Mattress is an adaptable all-foam model that has both strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the performance of this adaptable mattress can help you understand if it’s right for you.
Nolah Mattress Pros and Cons
- Mid-level firmness performs very well for side sleepers
- Good edge support for an all-foam mattresses
- Foam construction is silent during movement
- Plush comfort layers may be too soft for stomach sleepers and people over 130 pounds
- Significant off-gassing due to all-foam design
- Not currently available in Alaska or Hawaii
Sleeping Positions, Body Weight, and Firmness
Our team assigned the Nolah Original 10-inch Mattress a 5 on our 10-point firmness scale. This is a medium rating, which indicates that the mattress felt soft on the surface, but still provided enough support for lighter individuals.
Generally, mattresses between a 5 and 7 level of firmness have wide-ranging appeal. They tend to achieve a balance of support and contouring for all sleeping positions, including stomach sleepers that need a lot of support, side sleepers that need more cushioning, and back sleepers who need a mattress with the right combination of both.
In addition to sleep position, the right level of firmness also depends on a sleeper’s body weight. Individuals over 230 pounds typically need a firmer mattress without much sink, while lighter people usually prefer a softer mattress that offers more cushioning. To account for the needs of different sleepers, our testing team includes a range of body types and sleep positions.
Nolah Mattress Ratings
|Under 130 lbs.||130-230 lbs.||Over 230 lbs.|
Our testers found that side sleepers under 230 pounds had the best experience on the Nolah Original. The comfort layers and dense foam support core were ideal for our side sleepers under 130 pounds, who found that the mattress provided gentle contouring and support under their shoulders and hips. Our testers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds found the mattress average for an all-foam model, while our side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds found the bed’s medium firmness level too soft to provide the necessary support.
Back sleepers need a balance of light cushioning and firm support. The back sleepers on our team that weigh less than 130 pounds liked the Nolah Original, which offers just enough give to contour to their lower back. Those weighing over 130 pounds found that the all-foam construction lacked the necessary support to prevent the hips from sinking too deeply.
Stomach sleepers benefit from slight contouring under the midsection without so much sink that the back arches uncomfortably. Our stomach sleepers under 130 pounds found the support and comfort of the Nolah Mattress to be about average for a foam mattress, while our testers over 130 pounds found that it allowed the hips to sink too far.
Our Performance Ratings
We tested the Nolah Original Mattress in our sleep lab and evaluated it in several performance categories. We used a five-point scale to quantify the results, with 1 being poor performance and 5 being excellent performance.
While lying down, pressure points may form in areas like the shoulders and hips. The Nolah Original’s top layer of AirFoam conformed to our testers’ bodies and prevented pressure points from forming among our sleepers under 130 pounds. Though the Original performed well in this category, shoppers looking for enhanced pressure relief may prefer the Nolah Evolution with its range of support options and plush Euro-top.
A common drawback of foam mattresses is their tendency to get too warm during the night. The Tencel cover and AirFoam comfort layer in the Nolah Original are designed to dissipate heat faster than memory foam, which our team found to be true. Although the Nolah Original sleeps cooler than what we would expect from a memory foam model, the mattress is about average for models with an all-foam construction.
Motion isolation helps reduce disturbances when a pet or sleeping partner moves around or gets out of bed. Our sleep testers found that the Nolah Original kept movement to a minimum, absorbing most motion in the comfort layers rather than transferring it across the bed’s surface.
Edge support is important for people who sleep close to the edge of the bed, use their mattress for sex, or sit along the perimeter while getting ready in the morning. The Nolah Original Mattress provides good enough edge support that our testers didn’t sink significantly into the sides, but not enough to satisfy those who prefer reinforcement along the perimeter.
The Nolah Mattress seems well suited for the long haul. We believe that this mattress should last the typical six to seven years if cared for according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Ease of Movement
Foam mattresses conform to the body under pressure, which can make it harder to move around the surface and change positions. The Nolah Mattress allows for better movement than memory foam mattresses, making it a reasonable choice for active sleepers who change sleeping positions throughout the night and don’t want to feel stuck in their mattress.
A mattress with a bouncy, responsive surface is often the preferred mattress for sex. Our testers didn’t find the Nolah Mattress to be particularly bouncy, so it may not be responsive enough for people looking for a mattress suited for sex. On the other hand, people who like deep contouring and a silent mattress will find it comfortable and quiet when bearing weight.
Foam mattresses often have an odor when unboxed. This is referred to as off-gassing, and although the scent can be unpleasant, it’s not known to be dangerous. The Nolah Original Mattress had more odor than other foam mattresses we’ve tested, but the smell cleared out within a few days in our well-ventilated sleep lab.
What Is the Nolah Mattress Made Of?
The Nolah Original Mattress has a four-layer construction, topped with a Tencel cover that gives it a smooth feel. The comfort system includes a 2-inch layer of breathable AirFoam, designed to contour the body and relieve pressure for added comfort, as well as a 1-inch layer of dense polyfoam to add support and slight responsiveness.
The Original’s support core is a thick 7-inch layer of high-density foam which gives the mattress a durable and stable foundation. The foam layers in the Nolah Original are all CertiPUR-US certified, which means they are made without potentially harmful compounds, like ozone depleters, flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals.
Nolah Construction Layers
|Comfort Layers||2” Polyfoam (AirFoam)|
|Support Core||7” High-Density Polyfoam|
How Much Does the Nolah Mattress Cost?
The Nolah Original Mattress is a mid-range mattress when compared to other foam mattresses on the market. The Original’s below-average cost combined with free shipping, 120-day sleep trial, and a limited lifetime warranty make this model a bargain for sleepers looking for a versatile all-foam mattress.
|Twin||$549||38” x 74.5”||10”||44 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$699||38” x 80”||10”||47 lbs.|
|Full||$799||54” x 74.5”||10”||58 lbs.|
|Queen||$899||60” x 80”||10”||70 lbs.|
|King||$1,099||76” x 80”||10”||87 lbs.|
|California King||$1,099||72” x 84”||10”||85 lbs.|
|Split King||$1,398||38” x 80” (2 pcs.)||10”||73 lbs.|
Which Nolah Mattress Is Right for You?
Although the Nolah Original is a versatile model that suits the needs of a range of sleepers, some may find that one of Nolah’s other offerings is a better fit. Considering the construction and performance of each model can help you find the Nolah model that’s right for you.
For children, the Nolah Nurture is a two-sided mattress designed to feature a soft (3) side and a firm (7) side to help meet a child’s needs as they change over time. Nolah’s Natural is a medium firm (6) latex hybrid made for eco-conscious shoppers, constructed of natural latex, organic wool, and organic cotton.
The Nolah Signature is a medium (5) model similar to the Original, but with an additional layer of AirFoam for increased pressure relief. Finally, the Evolution is Nolah’s most popular mattress, available in several firmness options. The Evolution is a foam hybrid composed of five layers with a plush Euro-top.
Nolah Mattresses at a Glance
|Model||Firmness||Mattress Type||Height||Base Price (Queen)|
|Nolah Original||Medium (5)||Foam||10”||$804|
|Nolah Nurture||Soft (3) or Firm (7)|
|Latex Hybrid||10”||$1,259 (Full)|
|Nolah Natural||Medium Firm (6)||Latex Hybrid||11”||$1,329|
|Nolah Signature||Medium (5)||Foam or Foam Hybrid||12″||$1,119 (Foam)|
$1,189 (Foam Hybrid)
|Nolah Evolution||Medium (5), Medium Firm (6) or Firm (8)||Foam Hybrid||15″||$1,609|
Discounts and Coupons
Nolah offers seasonal sales as well as special discounts around major holidays, including Memorial Day, President’s Day, July 4th, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The brand’s website also has a sale section tab with featured offers on sleep products.
Nolah often bundles a gift or offers steeply discounted products like pillows, comforters, or bases with a purchase of a mattress.
Where Can You Buy the Nolah Mattress?
The Nolah Original Mattress can only be purchased online through Nolah’s website. It’s available to be shipped anywhere within the contiguous U.S.. Nolah does not currently ship to Canada or other international destinations.
|Buying Information and Customer Policies|
|Availability||Nolah sells direct-to-consumer, so the Nolah Original can only be purchased online through Nolah’s website. It’s available to be shipped to the contiguous United States and is not currently available to customers in Alaska and Hawaii.|
|Shipping||Shipping for the Nolah Mattress is free. It is wrapped in plastic and compressed after being manufactured and sent directly to your home. The queen size Nolah Original is packaged in a box that measures 20″ x 20″ x 45”.|
Once the mattress arrives at your door, you can unbox it, position it where you plan to sleep, unwrap it from the plastic seal, and wait for it to expand.
|Additional Services||Nolah offers White Glove Delivery through a third party who will set up your mattress for a fee of $125. For an additional $125, they will also haul away your old mattress. You can even bundle these services for a discounted price of $225.|
Nolah offers an additional service, called the Don’t Lose Sleep program, which allows customers to replace their old Nolah Mattress once it has been used for three or more years. As part of this program, customers can enjoy a substantial discount on the same or a comparable model.
|Sleep Trial||Each Nolah Mattress purchase includes a 120-night at-home sleep trial. Try out your mattress for at least 30 days and if you opt not to keep it, you can email Nolah directly to start the return process. A $99 flat fee is deducted from your return amount to cover pickup and transportation.|
|Warranty||Nolah offers a limited lifetime warranty to customers, which provides a remedy in case a mattress is found to be defective. The specific coverage and terms of the warranty depend on the length of time that the customer has had their mattress before submitting a claim.|
For instance, Nolah allows for free replacement of faulty mattresses within the first two years after purchase. If a customer needs repairs after this two-year period but within 10 years of purchase, they will be charged a $99 shipping fee. The details of the warranty change over time, but customers can take advantage of available options for the entire lifetime of their mattress.
It’s important to note that the warranty doesn’t cover small indentations, damage caused by improper use, or minor softening of foams from regular use.
Nolah Mattress FAQ
The Nolah Mattress is made in the U.S. and ships directly from one of the company’s U.S. factories to your door.
Yes, simply email Nolah support or use the contact page on the website. After the 30-night break-in period, you can return the mattress for a refund, but you must do this before the 120-night trial expires.
The Nolah Mattress takes 24 hours to fully decompress, but you can sleep on it the first night after delivery. Once the mattress is unboxed just position it, unwrap it, and let it expand.
You do not need a box spring for the Nolah original. The mattress can be placed on any flat surface, including any slatted base with no more than 5 inches between slats, a platform, an adjustable base, or a box spring.