If you’re looking for the best cooling mattress for hot sleepers, with really great cooling features, you’ve come to the right article.
Here I will be talking about the Nolah Evolution hybrid mattress.
We’re going to take a look at its construction, my experience with it, who it’s a good fit for and who it’s not a good fit for.
Let’s get started.
As the name suggests the Nolah Evolution comes from Nolah, producer of some very high quality and good value mattresses,
I’m a big fan of the Nolah Original mattress and the Nolah Signature mattress.
The Nolah Evolution is their new hybrid mattress. It’s very luxury, very high quality, has some very advanced cooling components.
How does it all work?
Let’s find out.
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Let’s take a look at the construction of the Nolah Evolution mattress.
It’s going to be 15 inches tall.
I’ll start off on top and work our way down.
On top, the cover is something called ArcticTex fiber. It’s very soft, very cool to the touch, great with heat dissipation.
On top you have plush pillow top, it’s going to be quilted with two inches of foam as well.
Below that is a layer of AirFoamICE. It’s infused with graphite for cooling. It also adds some nice resilience to the mattress. A little bit of bounce as well and some good pressure relief.
Below that is a layer of high resilience foam, for a little bit more bounce as well. It acts as a transition layer.
You’ll see around these top layers is something called AirBreath Heat Escape Gusset. It allows for air to pass through the top of the mattress. It helps with some cooling, helps with some breathability as well.
Below that are zoned coils. They are so actually firmer towards the center of the mattress, making a good match for all three sleeping positions.
That’s the idea behind the design.
It will also add some airflow through the mattress.
It all rests on a little bit of base foam.
What does all that mean?
First off, speaking of cooling, that’s what this mattress is all about: cooling cover, graphite infusion, heat escape gusset, the coils with a lot of airflow.
This is really a great match for hot sleepers!
Speaking of durability, this is a very high quality mattress, a very luxury mattress. It’s going to last well over 10 years.
Last but not least, speaking of the zoning, the mattress is a little bit firmer towards the center, making it a better match for all three sleeping positions.
Firmness & Feel
Let’s talk about firmness and feel.
In terms of firmness, the Nolah Evolution is close to a six out of ten, a little bit softer than average.
You have these very plush layers on top. When I press my hand in, it goes quite far.
Speaking of feel, it definitely has more of a bouncy hybrid feel with a plush top on top of the mattress.
So when I push my hand in, it bounces back into place pretty quickly.
This means that it should be easy to move around on this mattress.
Let’s talk about how I feel in all three sleeping positions on the Nolah Evolution Hybrid.
Starting on my back, a very good match for me, a great balance of comfort and support. My hip sink in the right amount, good overall support, good contouring as well.
Moving to my side, it is not too firm of a mattress so. Good pressure relief on my shoulders and my hips. It also contours to my body, fills in my gaps as well.
However moving to my stomach, it’s a little bit too soft for me. As a stomach sleeper, my hips are bowing in a little bit and I’m getting out of alignment.
I like to make subjective opinion with objective tests and one of those tests is the pressure map.
I lie down on my back, side and stomach. I am able to see anywhere from blue for no pressure, all the way up to red for high pressure.
In all sleeping positions, it’s mostly blue, with a little bit of green. This means great pressure relief.
If you sleep with a partner, you also want to think about motion transfer.
Basically you’re lying down on one side of the mattress and your partner moves around on the other side, are you going to feel that motion or not?
To test out the motion on this mattress, I placed the glass of water in the center. When pushing in the areas around the glass, it’s just a little bit of disturbance in the water. It is a bouncier mattress, not too surprising.
But I also laid down on one side of the mattress and my wife moved around on the other side, she changed positions, and I didn’t feel too many of her movements transferred to my side of the mattress.
Overall a decent handling of motion transfer.
If you sleep with a partner or you like sleeping towards the edge of the mattress, you also want to think about edge support.
Basically when you’re sitting down or lying down to the edge of a mattress, do you feel secure or are you gonna roll off and onto the floor?
To test out the edge support, I’m sitting down near the edge of the Nola Evolution, it is collapsing just a little, bit but not too much.
It definitely feels very secure in this position. I could lean over and tie my shoes very easily.
Lying down on this mattress very close to the edge, I’m not collapsing the edge too much, I feel quite secure.
Overall, it has very good edge support.
Let’s talk about the pros, who I think the Nolal Evolution might be a good fit for.
First off, it’s a great option if you want a luxury mattress. It’s definitely what the Nolah Evolution is.
Supportive coils, multiple layers of high density foam, a plush top, cooling features. Overall a nice luxury pick.
Speaking of cooling, a great match for hot sleepers.
With the coils, a lot of room for airflow, breathable foams right on top, infusions for cooling and a cooling cover. It is an excellent match for hot sleepers.
Last but not least, a great choice for side sleepers. This is definitely a plusher mattress, so when you’re on your side, almost no pressure on your shoulders and your hips.
Overall an excellent choice for side sleeping.
Let’s talk about the cons or who I think the Nolah Evolution might not be the best fit for.
First off, if you want something more affordable, it might not be the best option for you.
At full price, around $2200, it is a very good deal for what you’re getting, but it might be outside of some people’s price ranges.
At the same time they do often offer some great discounts.
Also if you want a firmer mattress overall, that’s not what you get here. This is definitely a softer than average mattress.
If you want something a little bit more supportive so you don’t sink in quite so far, I would look elsewhere.
Last but not least, probably not the best choice for stomach sleepers. Again it is a softer than average mattress so you might not get quite enough support under your hips. You could bow in and get out of alignments.
If you’re taking a look at the Nolah Evolution mattress, you might want to know how it compares to the Nolah Signature 12-inch mattress.
Let’s do that right now.
There are some construction differences. With the Nolah Evolution, it is a hybrid design, with the Nolah Signature mattress, it is all foam.
Also the Signature is flippable and the Nolah Evolution is not.
Speaking of firmness, Evolution is going to be a little bit firmer than the soft side of the Signature and a little bit softer than the firm side of the Signature mattress.
Speaking of feel, with the Evolution mattress, it is more of a plush hybrid feel. With the Signature mattress, it is more of a balanced foam feel.
Lastly speaking of price, the Nolah Evolution does cost more than the Nolah Signature.
Who should get one and who should get the other?
In terms of who should get the Nolah Evolution mattress, a better match for fans of more luxury options. Also it is a better match for side sleepers.
The Nolah Signature is better match for people who want something more affordable and those who want two firmnesses in one mattress.
The Nolah Evolution is an online mattress. It’s going to come to your house in a cardboard box.
How do you unbox it?
It’s easy to follow the instructions.
First off ask a friend for help. These boxes can be quite heavy. You don’t want to hurt or strain yourself.
Bring that box inside and into your bedroom. Open up the top of the box and take out your rolled up mattress.
Place it on your favorite foundation and slowly and carefully cut through the layers of plastic. You don’t want to damage your brand new mattress.
Then give it about 24 to 40 hours to off gas and expand and you’re good to go.
Now I have to give you some additional information about the Nolah evolution mattress.
It comes with free shipping and returns, the 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.
Now I can answer some frequently asked questions about the Nolah Evolution mattress.
Is the Nolah Evolution a good mattress?
The quick answer is yes. It is definitely a good mattress. But it’s more about what you’re looking for in particular. If you want something with more luxury design overall, you’re more of a side sleeper, also a back sleeper and a hot sleeper, it is a great option for you.
However, if you want something more affordable, something a little bit with more of that firm feel overall, I probably would look elsewhere.
Can you flip a Nolah Evolution mattress?
The answer is no. You cannot flip this mattress. It’s only designed to lie one way, with the coils on the bottom and the foams on top and the cooling cover right on top of the mattress.
What if I don’t like my Nolah Evolution mattress?
You have 120 nights to find out if it’s the right fit for you. If it’s not, you can return it for a full refund.
In the end I think the Nolah Evolution is a great match for back sleepers, side sleepers, hot sleepers and those who like something more luxurious.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.