Nolah Signature 12" Mattress review
- Side and back sleepers offering 2 different firmness options
- Lightweight (130 lbs. and under) sleepers
- Chronic pain sufferers, especially for those with hip and shoulder pain
Type – AirFoam™
Firmness – Double-Sided (Soft/Medium-Firm)
Sleep Trial – 120 Night
Warranty – 15 year limited
Shipping – Free Shipping & Returns
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The Nolah Signature 12″ mattress could be a great match for any type of sleeper because of their perfect fit, 2 sided comfort. If you’re a side sleeper you’re likely going to want something a bit softer to help alleviate pressure on your hip and shoulder joints. Back sleepers, however; will find themselves wanting something a bit firmer to offer support to keep the spine in alignment. We felt Nolah was especially good for side sleepers. They achieve this with their patented AirFoam, which is said to have 4 times better pressure relief than memory foam while also offering enhanced breathability for a cooler sleeping experience. Pressure relief can be a big concern for side sleepers because of the weight being mostly distributed on your shoulders and hips. Nolah performed outstanding in this area. When we were on our sides on this bed, we did not feel the bed pressing into us rather the bed conforming around our curves to provide amazing pressure relief where we needed it.
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Nolah Signature 12" Construction
The Nolah bed has two choices in mattress thickness, either 10” or for around $550 more you can get an additional 2”. Their trademark “AirFoam” has 4 times more pressure relief and temperature balancing allowing for a more comfortable, cooler nights sleep. We tested the 12” Signature mattress that has 2 sides of comfort.
The construction of the first side, which is recommended for side sleepers is:
- 2.5” of Nolah AirFoam for cooling and pressure relief
- 1.5” of high resilience foam for soft support
- 7” of ultra-grade core foundation foam for structure and longevity of mattress
- 1” of the Nolah AirFoam
All you have to do is flip the mattress so that the 1” of Nolah AirFoam is on top. This side is recommended for back sleepers, stomach sleepers or those who prefer something more firm.
Another great benefit of Nolah is all of the foam used is CertiPUR-US, which means it is made without heavy metals, formaldehyde, or chemical retardants. It will also have a low VOC emission and will not be harmful to breath when first unpackaging the bed. Overall, this means the mattress is safe for your health and the environment. On top of all the foam they use an organic Viscose cover to wick away moisture.
Nolah Signature 12" Dual-Sided Comfort & Feel
Since this mattress has two sides and we are both side sleepers we have been testing out the 2.5” AirFoam side. When you first get in the bed you feel support yet you are able to sink enough to relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips. My mother, who has fibromyalgia, which can make you very sensitive to pressure, said this mattress was wonderful to lay on and she didn’t feel anything pushing against her causing painful pressure buildup. That being said, this is a true side sleepers dream and we felt this is one of the best mattresses for side sleepers.
Flipping the mattress to the other side could be a solid choice for back and sotmach sleepers. Heavier sotmach sleepers, however, may find that the Nolah Signature 12″ doesn’t provide adequate support. We would recommend plus-sized stomach sleepers take a look at the WinkBeds Plus or Helix Plus, both mattresses are designed specifically with heavier individuals (230+ lbs) in mind. Overall, we have had some great night’s sleep on the Nolah mattress!
Nolah Signature 12" Firmness
The Nolah mattress has two different sides and two different firmness ratings. We rate the softer side of the mattress around a 5 out of 10 and the firmer side around an 7-8 out of 10 on the firmness scale. This is a very versatile mattress with the ability to flip it and have a firmer or softer feel.
Most memory foams are made with viscoelastic chemicals to make the foam conform and retain its shape. This chemical, although great for the feel of the memory foam, typically stores heat causing you to sleep hot. Nolah does not use this chemical in their foam. The Nolah mattresses are said not to store heat and will cool down 20% faster than the typical memory foams. The foam also does not get hard when it’s cold which is great for falling asleep faster.
That being said we did find that we sank into the mattress quite a bit which did cause some heat buildup. Hot sleepers may wish to consider the Nolah Original 10″ mattress or take a look at our top picks for best cooling mattress.
Another great option is pairing your Nolah mattress with a great cooling accessory like the Pod Thermo mattress cover, it’s our favorite bedroom accessory and a must-have for hot sleepers.
Is The Nolah Signature 12" Mattress Good for Couples?
We felt that the Nolah mattress performed very well in the motion transfer category. The AirFoam in the bed helps dampen any movement from your partner. Memory foam, which typically does really well to isolate motion, is what the AirFoam is made of. Not being able to feel your partner move around at night is a great benefit for couples. It’s also great for those who have sneaky kids crawling into your bed at night, as well as dogs who tend to run in their sleep.
Edge support is important because if you roll to the edge of the bed you don’t want to feel like you are falling off. In addition, you might want to use the edge of your bed to sit on. We felt the edge support was surprisingly good. Most memory foam mattresses don’t do well in this category. With Nolah you won’t get that falling off the bed feeling and when you sit on the edge you are supported.
Nolah Signature 12" Overview
Nolah offers a 120 night sleep trial. Only stipulation is you must try it for a minimum of 30 days, if you don’t like it they will send someone out to pick it up free of charge and donate it to a local charity or recycling program. Having a good sleep trial, as well as free shipping and returns, is important because often times it’s very difficult to know how exactly the mattress will feel. Even if you had the chance to try out a mattress in the store, you still need a few nights of sleeping on it to really know if it’s the right fit for you.
Nolah offers a 15 year limited warranty. This is a little longer than average for a foam mattresses.
It can also be a pain to return a mattress, but Nolah makes it easy by offering hassle free shipping and returns.
How Much Does the Nolah Signature 12" Cost?
Nolah is a little more expensive than some of the other foam bed-in-a-box mattresses, with a Queen costing around $1599 before any discounts. Nolah frequently runs promos, see coupon in sidebar or visit our mattress deals and discounts page for more great savings.
Looking to save even more money? Nolah lets you opt out of their risk-free sleep trial. Passing on this option will save you up to additional $169 (depending on the mattress size)! Additionally, Nolah does offer as low as 0% APR financing through Affirm.
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Is Nolah Right For You?
We recommend the Nolah Signature 12" mattress if:
- You prefer a soft to medium-firm mattress firmness. Nolah is flippable with different firmness options on either side.
- You are a side sleeper: Nolah’s soft side is one of the softer mattresses we have reviewed so far. It offers excellent pressure relief and body contouring, making it an great fit for side sleepers.
The Nolah Signature 12" might not be the right fit if:
- You are a strict stomach sleeper. Though Nolah offers a firmer side, we didn’t experience the support needed for comfortable stomach sleeping.
- You prefer to sleep “on” the mattress. We did notice a bit of a “stuck-in-the-mud” feeling with Nolah, particularly on the soft side.