- Ideal for side sleepers
- Very soft and comfortable
- Good at limiting motion transfer
- Moderately priced
- Free shipping, free returns, 120-night risk-free trial, 15-year warranty
- Wish it provided a little more support
- Not the coolest sleeping mattress we’ve tested
Nolah is one of the best mattresses out there for side sleepers.
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First, let’s just cover shipping, customer service and all that, which by the way Nolah excels at. First, like pretty much all bed in a box companies out there, Nolah ships their mattress in a surprisingly small box directly to your door. From there, Nolah gives you a 120 night trial to truly test out the bed. If you decide you don’t like it at any point during the those first four months, just call up the company and they will refund your money and send someone to come pick it up. That’s a pretty long trial period – most other companies only offer 100 nights. And then on top of that, Nolah backs their mattress with a 15 year warranty, which is 5 years longer than the average bed in a box company. Also, not that this really has anything to do with mattresses but Nolah actually donates 7% of its profits towards protecting wildlife, which is kind of cool and unique.
Mattress Materials & Construction
The Nolah mattress starts with a 7″ layer of high-density foam on the bottom, which acts as the foundation for the bed. On top of that is a 1″ layer of Avena Foam (some of you might remember that name from our Leesa mattress posts). Basically, it’s supposed to be a little stronger than traditional latex foam and provide a little bounce. For the top layer, Nolah goes with a 2″ layer of their proprietary Cooling AirFoam. At the end of the day, it’s just memory foam but without viscoelastic chemicals.
The company claims that by removing these chemicals, it’s supposed to help with airflow and temperature regulation – more on that later on. Also, infused within this top layer is billions of microscopic air pockets for shock absorption purposes. As a result, Nolah likes to claim the mattress places 4x less pressure on your hips, shoulders and lower back. I don’t know about all that fancy, scientific talk but I will tell you the bed is very soft. I’ll address the feel of the mattress more in a minute.
For the cover, Nolah went with a natural viscose material that is very soft. It’s actually pretty thin and it is removable but the company recommends you do not remove it and machine wash it. Rather, if you happen to get it dirty somehow, they recommend you just spot clean it.
Feel, Softness and Coolness
The Nolah bed is definitely one of the softer mattresses we’ve tested thus far. We’d give it a 4.5/10 on our soft-to-firm scale – picture 1 like laying on a bed where you immediately sink to the bottom and 10 like laying on pavement. The mattress has that traditional memory foam feel (which you may or may not like) and you do get a very slight stuck-in-the-mud feeling. But still, it’s very comfortable – it’s one of those beds where you let out an audible “aaahhh” as you lay down on the bed.
I’m just not so sure it provides the necessary support for back and stomach sleepers. To be frank, if you’re a strict back or stomach sleeper, I think there are better options out there. The Nolah mattress wouldn’t be bad by any means for you, I just don’t think it’s the best when it comes to support. However, side sleepers, on the other hand, are a completely different story.
If you’re a side sleeper or a combo sleeper that spends a lot of time on your side, the Nolah mattress is one of the best options out there. The mattress is very soft, very accommodating and does a great job of cradling your heavier body parts (hips, shoulders, trunk, etc.). I think there is a very good chance it ends up on our list for Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers 2017.
In terms of coolness, Nolah likes to market that their AirFoam and natural viscose cover help with this, but we think the mattress is just in line with most other bed in a box mattresses out there. It doesn’t sleep hot or anything nor did we notice it actively keeping us cool – it’s just neutral. As such, we put it in our tier 3 category, along with the likes of Leesa and Casper but behind Purple, Cocoon Chill by Sealy, etc.
Motion Transfer & Mattress Responsiveness
Nolah performs quite well when it comes to motion transfer. We put a beer can at one end of the bed and then proceeded to start walking/rolling around on the other end and we barely noticed any motion transfer. If you and/or your partner tend to roll over or move around a lot in your sleep, I don’t think you’ll have any issues as far as waking up. Moving on to mattress responsiveness, it is a memory foam top layer we are talking about so it’s not immediate or anything but it’s still fairly quick. Nolah does recommend you rotate the bed every ~6 months so you don’t wear down one particular part of the mattress over time.
Nolah Mattress Price + Coupon Code
The Nolah mattress is priced pretty moderately. All of their mattress sizes are priced below the $1,000 mark, which is pretty awesome. Here’s the breakdown:
Pus, you can often take advantage of a Nolah mattress coupon code or Nolah Mattress promo code to make it even cheaper. In fact, we can hook you up with a pretty good discount – Use code RIZKNOWS for $125 of any mattress. That would make the king size fall below the $850 mark, which is pretty incredible.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about the Nolah mattress. They offer a long trial period, a super long warranty and the mattress itself is very soft and comfortable. As I mentioned above, I’m not sure it’s the most supportive mattress for back and stomach sleepers; however, if you’re a side sleeper, this is one of the best mattresses out there for you. Combine that with the fact that all their mattresses are under $850 (with a coupon code) and you’re looking at an awesome value.