Nolah’s proprietary AirFoam plus high density base foam, that goes together just like peanut butter and jelly.
Here I’m taking a look at the Nolah Signature mattress. I’ll look closely at its firmness feel and unique features to help you figure out whether it’s the bed for you.
Nolah sells a wide variety of different mattresses, including their eco-friendly Nolah Natural and the super luxurious Nolah Evolution Hybrid, but here I’m looking at the Nolah’s Signature.
This mattress used to be flippable with two firmness levels in one. It is no longer flippable, but I think they’ve done a really great job of making this mattress work for a variety of people.
So let’s see what it’s all about.
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Underneath the first comfort layer you’ll find a layer of Nolah’s supportive high resilience foam.
Underneath that is a firmer layer of the same AirFoam at the top.
These two higher density foam layers really help you get that support that you need and they also aid a little bit in body contouring.
Underneath this is a thick layer of their high density base foam. This is what keeps your back in a good neutral alignment throughout the night. It also helps extend the lifespan of your mattress.
Overall I expect this bed to last about 10 years. But remember it is backed by a lifetime limited warranties, which is also great information to have.
Firmness & Feel
When you’re shopping for a new mattress, you always have to pay close attention to its firmness and its feel.
So let’s see what the Nolah Signature is all about, starting with its firmness.
We use a firmness scale that goes from one to ten with six and a half being the industry standard for medium firm beds.
That just so happens to be exactly what the Nolah Signature feels like. It’s got a classic medium firm feel.
You’re going to sink into the top of it a little bit thanks to its nice AirFoam. But the high density base foam gives you that lumbar support that you need.
Speaking of what this mattress feels like, it’s actually a bit more responsive than traditional memory foam mattresses you’ll find out there.
Whenever I press my hand into the top layer, it snaps back into place pretty quickly. That means that you’re not going to get that quicksand feel and it’s still really easy to move around on top of this bed.
Another way I test this is with my squash ball. As I drop it onto the mattress from shoulder height, I can see how much it bounces. It’s not bouncing super high. So you’re gonna get that nice balanced foam feel.
Let’s see how it suits different sleeping positions.
When I rest on my back, I feel a really great balance of comfort and support. There’s some great body contouring happening from these top layers, plus the high density base foam keeps my back in a neutral alignment.
Moving over to my side, I feel really great and comfy as well. The nice medium firm feel keeps me in a good alignment, but this plush foam at the top helps absorb pain along my shoulders and my hips, which is exactly what you need if you rest on your side.
The Nolah Signature isn’t the best choice for stomach sleepers. Generally stomach sleepers need a very firm mattress.
Otherwise you could feel your hips dip out of alignment, which could create some pain over time. If i were to do this for a very long period of time, I would really start to feel that strain right along my lower back.
If you share a bed with a partner, you definitely want to think about your mattresses motion isolation.
What this means that if you’re resting on one side of the bed and your partner gets in on the other, and they start switching sleeping positions in the night, are you gonna feel that movement come over to your side of the bed?
One way we test this is with a glass of water. You just need to press into the comfort layers around the glass. If you see a lot of disturbance in the water, that’s a good indication that this mattress doesn’t isolate motion well.
When I’m pressing into it, there’s a little bit of movement happening in the glass, but it’s not too bad . This is pretty standard for all foam mattresses. They tend to absorb motion really well, so that you don’t feel it on the other side of the bed.
Overall I would say this has great motion isolation.
Let’s not just leave it with this test. Let’s also try it out in real life. So I’m going to get in on one side of the mattress and my wife is going to get in on the other.
As she switches sleeping positions and moves around, I really don’t feel a whole lot of that movement come over to my side of the bed. Again, this mattress does a really great job of isolating motion.
Another thing you want to think about if you share a bed with a partner is your mattress’s edge support.
What this means is if you’re sitting or lying down near the side of the bed, are you gonna feel secure or are you gonna feel like you might roll off?
As I’m sitting on the side, there’s a good little bit of collapse underneath me. But I still feel pretty secure. There’s a nice thick layer of high density base foam at the bottom that prevents me from totally bottoming out.
Overall I would still say it has pretty good edge support. I can even bend down and tie my shoes and still feel right where I should be.
It’s a similar story when lying down on this mattress. There’s a little bit of a collapse underneath my knee, but overall I’m feeling very secure. It should not be a problem feeling like I’m going to roll off of this mattress.
Let’s go over some of the pros and cons of the Nolah Signature mattress, starting with the pros.
First of all this is a great choice for couples. This mattress isolates motion really well, so if you’re a sensitive or a light sleeper, you shouldn’t feel disturbed by your partner’s movements in the night.
Also this mattress works really well for side sleepers. You’re gonna get some nice pressure relief along your shoulders and your hips, which is right where you need it most.
And finally if you’re on a bit of a budget, this is a great way to go. This is one of Nolah’s more affordable mattresses, so you’re not going to end up spending a whole bunch of money here.
And of course I have to talk about some of the cons of the Nolah Signature mattress.
This isn’t gonna be the best pick if you’re looking specifically for a flippable mattress. It could be a bit confusing because the previous Nolah Signature was a flippable bed, but this new model is not. It is a classic medium firm feel with one firmness level.
Also this isn’t the best choice for stomach sleepers. It has that medium firm feel so stomach sleepers are probably gonna feel their hips sink out of alignment, which could lead to lower back pain over time.
And finally the Nolah’s Signature is not a great pick if you are an especially hot sleeper. Some of the foams are ventilated, which helps with air flow, but in my experience if you already run hot at night, you might still run into that problem on this mattress.
When you’re shopping for a new bed, it is always super smart to weigh your options.
Let’s see how the Nolah Signature compares to another popular all foam bed in a box mattress, Nectar
Both of these beds have a similar construction. They have lower density foams at the top for body contouring and high density foams at the bottom to help you maintain a neutral alignment.
Also they both have a classic medium firm feel coming in at six and a half out of ten, which is the industry standard.
The main difference between the two is what they feel like.
Nolah has a more responsive feel, so when you press your hand into it, it’ll snap back into place. Nectar has more of that traditional slow moving feel. So if you like to sink into your mattress, Nectar might be the way to go.
When it comes to price, these two mattresses are also very similar.
The mattress comes with free shipping and return. It also includes 120 nights trial period.
I should mention that Nolah has a pretty unique option when you’re checking out that other mattress brands do not offer.
You actually have the option to waive the trial period, if you’re confident you’re going to like the bed. This way you can save about $130.
Before I wrap up I’m going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Nolah Signature mattress.
First of all, is Nolah a good company? I’m a big fan of Nolah mattresses. Not only are all of their products made right here in the United States, but their beds are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Second question, are Nolah mattresses flippable? No this mattress is not flippable and it’s a little bit confusing because the Nolah Signature used to be a flippable mattress that had two firmness levels in one.
Now it is not flippable and it has a classic medium firm feel all around. In my opinion though, this works for a wider variety of people and I’m a big fan.
Last question how much do Nolah mattresses cost? Nolah mattresses are sold at great value prices especially the Signature that I just reviewed.
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.