An average person spends roughly 26 years of their life sleeping, so it’s safe to say that choosing the right mattress is a big deal.
In this review, we’ll take a look at the Nolah Original mattress to help you decide whether it’s a good match for your sleeping needs.
Nolah Sleep, the Nolah mattress company, aims to improve widely used materials and designs by introducing innovative technology.
I’m sure you’ve heard about memory foam. Well, Nolah Sleep made it its mission to create something better—their proprietary Nolah AirFoam™, which the company asserts keeps everything we know and love about foam but eliminates its shortcomings.
The company offers three mattress models:
This review will focus on the Nolah Original, briefly comparing the other models towards the end.
The Nolah Original is a 10” all-foam mattress consisting of four layers:
The Nolah Original is a medium-firm mattress. The company gives it a score of around 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.
But some reviewers say the AirFoam feels a lot softer than most mattresses. Of course, this is subjective and depends on the sleeper’s weight—the heavier you are, the softer it feels.
This mattress may not provide enough support for people with a higher weight, as they might press through the softer layers and feel the firmer ones below. We recommend it for people with a lower/average body weight.
Despite being soft and contouring, the Nolah mattress is responsive—more so than a regular memory foam mattress but less bouncy than an innerspring or latex one. So it won’t “swallow” you to the point where it’s difficult to move.
The Nolah Original is also very quick to recover its shape and respond to pressure, making switching sleeping positions almost effortless.
The ability to stay calm throughout the night and day is one of the most vital selling points of this mattress.
Even though foam mattresses are notorious for trapping heat, the Nolah Original is touted as 100% temperature neutral. Here’s how it achieves this:
The open-cell, low-density Nolah AirFoam™ is designed with temperature regulation in mind—it dissipates heat 20% faster than memory foam.
The Nolah Original outperforms many similar all-foam mattresses in temperature regulation, making it perfect for hot sleepers.
Although the Nolah Original mattress passes the temperature neutrality test with flying colors, it may still be unsuitable for heavier people. As we mentioned earlier, they are likely to sink into the mattress, which may interfere with its airflow and ability to regulate temperature.
So for sleepers heavier than 230 pounds, we recommend looking at other options.
The Nolah Original mattress has above-average edge support for a foam mattress, but it’s still not its strongest suit.
Because of its softness, you might feel unstable when sleeping towards the rim of the bed or getting in and out of it.
Although you may experience some sinkage when sitting or lying close to the edge, sleepers don’t report feeling like they might fall off.
If you are a couple looking to buy this mattress, we recommend opting for a larger size to make it easier to avoid the edges.
Like other all-foam mattresses, the Nolah Original has minimal motion transfer.
This means that you will barely feel any movement from the other side of the bed. This is great news for couples, especially the light sleepers, as their sleep won’t be so easily disturbed by their partners moving around.
As Nolah Sleep is a fairly new company (it was launched in 2015), we don’t have any first-hand information from customers about Nolah mattresses’ durability.
We can, however, make an educated guess based on the average lifetime of a typical all-foam mattress. We can expect the Nolah Original to have above-average durability as it’s made from high-quality materials, so its lifespan should be around eight years.
To prolong the life of your mattress as much as possible, you must maintain it properly.
First and foremost, keep your mattress clean. That means that you should avoid doing things like eating and drinking on it. You might even consider getting a mattress protector for some extra shielding. Wash your bedding and the removable cover regularly.
Another good idea is to vacuum your Nolah mattress from time to time. Rotating your mattress every few weeks is also important to let the foam breathe and get back to its original form. The Nolah Original is not flippable, but the Nolah Signature 12 is.
As soon as you open Nolah’s website, a small live chat window greets you with a message from their support team offering to answer any burning questions you might have.
I decided to give it a try and asked them a question. I didn’t have to wait long—I got a reply in just a few seconds. Natasha, the person I spoke to, replied to my question and followed up to make sure I’d gotten a satisfactory answer.
So, it’s safe to say that their live chat feature works like a charm.
You can also contact the company via email through a contact form on their website.
Finally, if you don’t feel like typing, you’re in luck because they also have a phone number on their website. If you have any questions or issues, you can call them at 1-866-403-6615.
As is the case with many mattress companies, Nolah offers a trial period to test their product and decide whether it’s the right one for you.
Nolah offers a 120-night trial. The company describes the first 30 days as “the break-in period” and encourages you to wait at least that long to make your final decision about the mattress. You actually can’t return it during this first month.
If after those initial 30 days you still feel like you made the wrong decision, that’s okay. You have until the end of the 120-night trial to contact the company, and a driver will come to pick up your mattress free of charge. You will also receive a full refund, and your mattress will be recycled or donated.
What’s more, you don’t have to worry about your warranty expiring since all Nolah mattresses come with a lifetime warranty.
Some terms apply to this warranty, though. If your mattress gets damaged during the first 15 years of owning it, Nolah will repair or replace it for free. After that, there are some additional costs, either for the repair or transport of the mattress.
The Nolah Original is relatively affordable.
Its prices start at $649 for a Twin, moving on to $799 for a Twin XL, $899 for a Full, $1,049 for a Queen, and $1,149 for the biggest ones—the King and Cal King sizes.
Although the regular prices are pretty good already, you can often find deals and discounts on their website. In fact, at the time of writing, they’re offering $150 to $250 off on all sizes of the Nolah Original.
If you don’t want to pay the whole sum upfront, that’s not an issue. You can choose to pay for your Nolah mattress in monthly installments.
The Nolah Original’s 100% temperature neutrality may be just what you need if you’re a hot sleeper.
This is the perfect mattress for people who usually sleep on their side because of its excellent pressure relief properties.
With solid motion control, high responsiveness, and low to non-existent noise, the Nolah Original is perfect for couples, especially those that sleep light.
The Nolah Original would be a significant upgrade if you currently sleep on a memory foam mattress.
This mattress gets you a real bang for your buck and proves that good mattresses don’t have to come with a premium price tag.
The AirFoam’s ability to relieve pressure points may be beneficial for chronic or acute back pain.
Bounciness isn’t typical for the Nolah Original, or any all-foam mattress for that matter. If this is something you’re looking for, we recommend looking at some innerspring mattress options instead.
As noted, this mattress might not be supportive enough for heavier people.
The Nolah Original is definitely on the softer side, so it may not suit those looking for more firmness.
Below we compare the pros and cons of the Nolah Original to the other two mattress models offered by the company.
The Nolah Signature 12” mattress is another all-foam model, but it’s slightly taller and has a different design.
The Nolah Evolution is the company’s latest launch. It differs from the other two models in that it isn’t all-foam but a 15” hybrid mattress.
It seems the Nolah Original mattress has more than a few strong points.
It’s soft and comfy and definitely an upgrade from a regular memory foam mattress.
Its trademarked AirFoam achieves tremendous results in temperature regulation and pressure relief. If you’re a hot sleeper or a side sleeper, you may have found your best mattress.
If you like all-foam mattresses, don’t overlook this one.
Because it’s made of different types of foam and has no coils.
2. Do I need a foundation or a box spring for this mattress?
No, a foundation or box spring is not necessary for the Nolah mattress. You can place it on any firm surface.
3. Do I have to pay for shipping when I buy the Nolah Original?
No, the company offers free shipping for its mattresses.
4. Where does the company ship?
Shipping is currently available in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.
5. Does Nolah Sleep make their mattresses in the US?
Yes, all Nolah mattresses, as well as their materials, are made in the US.