Our Nolah Signature Bed Review for 2020

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Is it possible to find the perfect balance between memory foam and latex? Can side sleepers and stomach sleepers be satisfied by a single bed?

By working with sleep experts and devoting themselves to learning everything they could about the science of sleep, Nolah designed their dream bed with their Signature 12-inch model.

This Nolah Signature mattress review will explore the company’s exclusive foam and its properties and look at the various benefits of this item’s double-sided options. You’ll learn about Nolah’s wildlife initiative that lets you support your chosen wildlife creature. You’ll also find ratings based on cooling, edge support, value, and more.

Read through for a detailed analysis of all the bed’s materials and features, or skip to the end for an overview and final score.

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Who Do We Think Matches With Nolah Signature?

  • Couples – The double-sided nature of the bed allows couples to choose the comfort level that best suits both of their needs. Isolated air pockets also help to minimize motion transfer for fewer sleep disruptions.

  • Side sleepers – Most side sleepers should find the deep cradle and enhanced pressure relief found on the Softer side provide a comfortable experience that removes pressure from heavier areas like the hips and shoulders. Those looking for a Firmer feel can flip the mattress.

  • Hot sleepers – The company’s proprietary foam does not contain any viscoelastic chemicals, which should prevent the foam when heating up when it comes in contact with body heat. This should help you stay cool throughout the night.

Possible Nolah Signature Complaints:

  • It doesn’t have a medium feel. – Either side of the Signature could feel a little Softer or Firmer than most memory foam beds that fall in the Medium range. Those looking for a Medium comfort level may want to opt for the Nolah Original 10”, instead.

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Brand Overview

For more about this brand, click here

All about forward-thinking, Nolah decided that enough was enough. They believe that memory foam and latex are outdated materials and that consumers deserve something made with new technology. After testing hundreds of different foams, they landed on the all-original Nolah AirFoam™, what they believe is the answer to stopping pressure buildup in its tracks.

The company not only stands for using the latest technology in their beds but also helping the world to be a better place. Nolah donates a portion of their profits to the environment, teaming up with the Defenders of Wildlife to foster endangered animals. When you purchase a mattress from this company, you get to choose an animal to adopt.

Plus, the mattresses are shipped in eco-friendly boxes, which they say reduce shipping volume by 80 percent, and beds that are returned are donated to local charities or recycled.

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Construction: What’s inside Nolah Signature?

The Signature is a bed-in-a-box product made of a proprietary foam that is meant to contain more of a bounce and cooling effect than traditional memory foam. This item can be used on any frame, though the company recommends slats be no more than 4 inches apart to provide adequate support to the foam. The mattress is compatible with adjustable frames and proprietary adjustable frames are available through the company’s site.

The cover is an unbleached, diamond-pattern, ivory-colored cotton cover that should feel soft and cool to the touch.

This bed measures a total of 12 inches.

  • The first layer working with the Soft side on top, is comprised of 2.5 inches of Cooling Nolah AirFoam™. You should find yourself feeling cool and comfortable as this proprietary foam should not heat up on contact.
  • The second layer is made up of 1.5 inches of Deep Supportive High-Resilience Foam. This should provide a Softer comfort level and pressure relief, but should offer enough support that you don’t sink all the way to the foundation core beneath.
  • The third layer contains 7 inches of Reinforced High-Density Core Foundation. Shoppers should find this layer provides enhanced edge support and a Firmer sleep experience when opting to sleep on the Firm side.
  • The fourth layer consists of 1 inch of Cooling Nolah AirFoam™. Those who choose the Firm comfort level should feel well-supported, which should help to keep the spine neutral.

Note: This overview works from the Soft side down. Layer order would be reversed when sleeping on the Firm side.

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First Impression: How Does It Feel?

After you order your Signature, it will arrive in a few days vacuum-sealed and rolled up in a box. Here comes the fun part: you get to unwrap it and watch as it expands to its full glory. This should only take a few minutes, but the company recommends that you wait a few hours before putting on your sheets to help any off-gassing dissipate more quickly.

You’ve waited for it to ship, unwrapped it, watched it as it inflates—finally, you get to jump on and see how it feels (probably for the first time ever)! You’ll first come into contact with the luxurious organic cotton cover. Assuming you’re trying out the Soft side, you should feel the plush, Cooling Nolah AirFoam™ on the top conform around you.

Firmness Scale: 4/10 (Soft), 8/10 (Firm)

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Pressure Relief

If you’re feeling achy and sore after waking up on your old mattress, pressure relief is probably your top priority—and for good reason. You might feel this in your hips, shoulders, neck, or core area. Side sleepers are especially susceptible because the hips and shoulders take on a lot of weight.

Using the Soft option for reference, sleepers should sink into the top layer and experience a deep cradle effect, which should help to relieve pressure from heavier areas of the body. The 2.5 inches of AirFoam™ provide a plush feel that should conform around your curves.

Hot sleepers should feel cooling relief due to the proprietary foam’s lack of viscoelastic materials, which tend to heat up upon contact with body heat.

Support

On the other side, you need good support to remain comfortable—this is where a good, high-density layer comes in. The support core in the third layer of the mattress should help keep your spine aligned and neutral. Your body should remain in a comfortable position, so you shouldn’t feel cramping or pains in your back.

Traditionally, memory foam does not have a lot of bounce, but because Nolah works with their own exclusive foams that have been pressure blasted to create inner air pockets, this foam acts like traditional latex, but with more bounce. This should keep you from feeling stuck in the mattress so that you can still move around easily when repositioning.

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Preference-based Features

At-Home Customization

This product can be flipped on either side for a Soft or Firm feel.


Bed-in-a-box

Signature comes rolled up in a box and shipped to your door, so you can avoid those obnoxious mattress salesmen and coordinating delivery.


Zoned Support System

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Cooling

The company claims that its Nolah AirFoam™ is 100 percent temperature neutral so that heat doesn’t get trapped next to you. This should help you sleep better—no more waking up due to night sweats!


Great Motion Isolation

While there is a little more bounce than traditional memory foam thanks to the latex-like nature of the AirFoam™, the material should prevent motion from traveling too much throughout the bed. This is ideal for co-sleepers or those who share their mattress with children and pets.

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Environmental Initiatives

Nolah will adopt an animal in need with each mattress sale. Buyers may choose their preferred animal from a list provided with purchase. Nolah will donate or recycle mattresses returned to the company.


Adjustable Base Compatible


Handcrafted in the USA

Certifications

CertiPUR-US® Certified

All of Nolah’s proprietary foams are certified to be free of harmful materials like lead and formaldehyde.

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Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping

  • Shipping - Nolah ships for free within the continental United States.
  • Trial - Shoppers can get a feel for their Nolah mattress for up to 120 days.
  • Warranty - The company offers a lifetime warranty.
SizeDimensions (inches)Price (w/o discount)
Twin38” x 75” x 12”$1069
Twin XL38” x 80” x 12”$1169
Full54” x 75” x 12”$1369
Queen60” x 80” x 12”$1569
King76” x 80” x 12”$1769
Cali King72” x 84” x 12”$1769

Overall Summary

Shoppers interested in a hybrid feel should love the bounce and cool nature of the Nolah’s AirFoam™, but should still be able to enjoy the motion isolation and pressure relief usually present in traditional memory foam.

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Side Sleepers

4/5

Most side sleepers should be happiest with the Soft side, with the enhanced pressure relief offered by the deep cradle of the first and second layers. This should help eliminate aches and pains from pressing the shoulders and hips into the mattress as you sleep. For more a greater understanding of the special considerations for side sleeper mattresses, click here.

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Back Sleepers

4/5

Back sleepers get the best of both worlds, as they should be able to find the right feel for their needs between the two sides. Those who prefer a cloud-like experience can opt for the pressure relieving hug of the Soft side and those who prefer a Firmer feel can choose to flip the bed as needed.

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Stomach Sleepers

4/5

Stomach sleepers will likely prefer the Firm comfort level, which should offer less sinkage and ample extra support to keep their spine neutral. Read more about picking a solution for stomach sleepers.

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Combination Sleepers

4/5

Combination sleepers who spend a lot of time on their stomachs or prefer a Firmer back support may sink deeper into the top layer than is their preference, but as this mattress offers both a Soft and Firm option, this shouldn’t be an issue. See more beds for combination sleepers.

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Couples

4/5

If you’re sharing a bed with a partner, you should love the motion isolating foams and the option to flip for a different firmness. The only problem you may have is the need to compromise on whether you want a firm or soft bed.

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Heavy Sleepers

3/5

Sleepers who are significantly heavier than average may prefer the Firm side for its enhanced support. The company recommends a weight limit of 350 pounds for Twin, Twin XL, or Full beds and 700 pounds for Queen, King, or Cali King sizes.

Light Weight Sleepers

Light-Weight Sleepers

5/5

The Soft side of Signature should feel excellent for lighter sleepers—the foams should easily compress so that you can feel both the comfort and support layers.

Overall Value

4/5

Community-minded sleepers can rest easy knowing their purchase is helping to give back to the world around them through charity donations of returned mattresses and adopting wildlife creatures in need.

Sleepers of all kinds should be able to find something to love about this double-sided bed with multiple firmness options. And the unique nature of Nolah’s exclusive foam should offer a hybrid feel for those who like the feel of both memory foam and latex.

These qualities, combined with a lifetime warranty, lend a lot of value to this luxury bed.

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