The Nolah mattress was launched in February 2015 by entrepreneurs who sought to bring a new type of foam to the mattress industry.
Some of the key strengths of the Nolah mattress include:
- Innovative foam: the Nolah uses a proprietary type of foam that may offer a unique option to sleepers who have been frustrated by other models on the market.
- Latex-like support layer: underneath the Nolah AirFoam is a layer of latex-like material, which should contribute additional support and bounce to the overall mattress performance.
Potential drawbacks for the Nolah mattress include
- Mattress specifications are not disclosed: we don’t know the detailed specifications for the Nolah mattress including the density of the individual foam layers. This takes away from our ability to evaluate this mattress, and we generally can’t recommend a mattress without knowing its specifications.
- Limited track record: the Nolah mattress has only been on the market since 2015 and as a result, we don’t have enough data to confidently know how well this mattress will perform or how well the company will meet its goals for customer support.
Nolah Mattress Pricing
The Nolah mattress is offered in 6 different sizes. Prices for each size are listed below.
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About the Nolah Mattress
Nolah Mattress Specifications
The Nolah mattress is built with 3 layers of foam. The top layer is 2” of a foam developed by Nolah that they call AirFoam. The second layer is 1” of a latex-like foam, and the bottom layer is 7” of support foam.
The Nolah Air Foam is not a viscoelastic foam (memory foam). Instead, it is a type of pneumatic foam, which means that it is filled with many tiny air pockets. These pockets collapse and expand based on the pressure applied.
Nolah Sleep does not disclose the density or ILD of the foams that are included in the layers of their mattress. Foam density is an important indicator of the quality of the foam and its likely durability. Without knowing these specifications, it is hard to assess the Nolah mattress, and it is also difficult for consumers to comparison shop.
Where It’s Made
The Nolah mattress is manufactured in the USA.
Where To Buy
The Nolah mattress is available directly from the company’s website and through the online retailer Houzz.
Sleep Trial / Refunds
Nolah offers a 120 night sleep trial for their mattress. The company requires that you sleep on the mattress for 30 nights, but after that, you have up to the 120th night to request a return and full refund. If you return the mattress, Nolah arranges to pick it up and haul it away.
It is important to be aware that Nolah mattresses purchased from a third party, like Houzz, typically do not have this same extended sleep trial. It is necessary to check the retailer’s terms and conditions before purchasing.
The Nolah mattress is shipped for free to the contiguous United States. It typically takes up to 7 business days for the mattress to be delivered after ordering.
No haul-away or installation services are offered as part of the Nolah mattress delivery. Instead, the mattress is compressed within plastic packaging and then shipped inside a box to your front door. Once you have removed the mattress from the packaging, it will expand to reach its full size.
The Nolah mattress comes with a 15-year warranty that covers defects in materials or workmanship. In the event of a defect, the company will repair or replace the mattress; however, the customer is responsible for any shipping or transportation charges. Full warranty details are available at https://www.nolahmattress.com/pages/warranty.
The Nolah Sleep company has not been in the industry long enough to have a true measure of its commitment to quality customer service. To date, there are limited reports — either good or bad — about this. The company does not have a rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Like a number of other new entrants to the mattress market, the Nolah mattress, utilizing the Nolah AirFoam comfort layer, attempts to create a feel that is similar to memory foam but without its drawbacks.
Unfortunately, there is a dearth of independent customer reviews of the Nolah mattress, which limits the ability to confidently conclude about how well the Nolah AirFoam achieves this lofty goal.
The Nolah AirFoam is a type of responsive foam, which means that it is built to compress and expand based on the amount of pressure that is applied. This is layered on top of a latex-like foam, and these types of foams are typically more firm and resilient. The goal of this type of layering is to create a sleeping surface that offers the right amount of support for each part of the body without causing someone to sink into the mattress. To date, though, there is insufficient evidence about whether the Nolah mattress has adequately achieved this balance.
One potential concern with the comfort layer in the Nolah mattress is that there is only 3” of combined foam in the comfort and transition layer. This may provide less support for heavier sleepers or people with major pressure points.
It is very challenging to assess the durability of the Nolah mattress for two reasons. First, they are using a new type of foam, but that foam has not been on the market for anywhere close to the normal lifespan of a mattress. As a result, it will be several years before the long-term durability of the Nolah mattress can be determined. Second, we don’t know the density of the foam layers in the mattress, which can often be a good indication of the likely durability of a mattress.
The Nolah mattress comes in only one firmness option, and this falls at about a 5 on the typical firmness scale. For people who prefer a very firm or plush mattress, this is likely not going to mee that comfort preference.
Though customer reports are limited, one of the potential benefits of a foam with properties similar to memory foam is in motion isolation. Foams that are highly responsive and only in the areas where pressure is applied often help to prevent disruption of other sleepers in the night.
As with most foam mattresses, you can expect some initial new mattress smell after a Nolah mattress is unboxed. However, this is not harmful and usually should go away within a few hours or days. Customers who place a high priority on avoiding smells may prefer a more traditional innerspring mattress without significant foam layers.
One downside of many memory foam mattresses is that they sleep hot, and the Nolah mattress was designed in large part to try to avoid this. The material in the Nolah AirFoam does not change its properties when it warms up, and this is is different from traditional memory foam, which becomes softer as it gets warmer. In avoiding this issue, the Nolah mattress was built largely to avoid sleeping hot.
Mattresses that are highly responsive can obstruct sexual activity if people feel as though they are getting stuck in the bed when the foam compresses. Because the Nolah mattress is less firm than some other responsive foams, it may have slightly more of an impact on sex; however, this should not be a major problem for most people.
The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the Nolah mattress in terms of construction and feel.
|Brand||Mattress Type||Support Layer||Comfort Layer||Price (Queen)||Where to Buy|
|Nolah||Foam||Foam||AirFoam||$849||Online (direct) + some online retail|
|Lull||Foam||Foam||Memory Foam||$850||Online only|
|Purple||Foam||Foam||Hyper-Elastic Polymer||$999||Online only|
|Casper||Foam||Foam||Memory Foam + Poly foam||$950||Online + some retail|
|GhostBed||Latex Hybrid||Foam||Memory Foam + Latex||$795||Online only|
|Leesa||Foam||Foam||Avena Foam||$940||Online only|