Here I have a solo review of the newly updated Nolah Signature 12-inch mattress.
They made quite a few changes to the bed inside, despite it looking pretty much the same.
In this review I’m going to talk about what’s new with the Signature 12-inch and then everything else you need to know about it, if you’re thinking about picking one up for yourself.
Like what this bed is actually made of, what it feels like to sleep on, what kind of sleeper types it’s going to work for, how much it costs and who should ultimately look into getting the bed.
Table of Contents
Let’s dive right into it by quickly running through the general policies you’re going to get with the Nolah Signature 12.
This is stuff like shipping, returns, trial periods and warranties.
If you decide to buy it for yourself, you’ll start with free bed in a box shipping.
The unboxing process for pretty much all these online beds, except for the select few that ship to you full size, it’s really quick and easy to do.
You just bring it inside open up the cardboard, rip off the plastic and watch the thing inflate. It’s a pretty cool process, but there are a couple things I want to mention.
If you struggle to lift things, you’re probably going to want a friend to help you out because the beds can get heavy.
Oftentimes right after you unbox a mattress it can sometimes look a little misshapen. It can have an odor to it and it can take a couple days to fully inflate and reach its proper firmness level.
If you unbox a bed and it looks weird and it feels funny, don’t worry that’s totally normal.
And you definitely shouldn’t worry about it because Nolah offers a 120-night trial period with all their beds. You can actually sleep on it at home with your bedding in your bedroom to decide if you actually like it or not.
If you happen to not enjoy it within those first couple months, you can get a full refund and free returns with this bed which is pretty great.
But should you decide to keep the bed, which most people end up doing, you’re looking at a lifetime warranty with this mattress.
The warranty information is actually pretty quick to read and I do suggest reading it because it does stipulate certain things like what kind of foundations you can put your mattress on. Spoiler alert, it works for pretty much all foundations. But it’s still worth checking out if you buy the bed.
That’s all the policy stuff related to this mattress.
Let’s get into the more interesting stuff, like what this mattress is actually made of.
Given the name Signature 12, this is a 12 inch thick mattress.
You’re going to have a very thick layer of dense support foam at the bottom and then above that is where the comfort layers start.
You have transition foam that is there for comfort, but also to make sure you don’t feel the super hard foam underneath that’s holding you up.
But then you have the primary comfort layer of the Nolah Signature 12, which is a thick layer of Nolah AirFoam.
This foam is proprietary to Nolah and a lot of brands do like to talk about their proprietary foams and how they’re super special.
This stuff does actually have some unique qualities I should talk about.
It shares a lot of the same characteristics to a memory foam, in that when you lay down on it, it is going to conform to your body’s shape pretty nicely and offer you some nice pressure relief, especially for your hips and your shoulders.
However the traditional dense sinking feeling of a memory foam does put some sleepers off. Some people really love it, some people don’t.
The Nolah AirFoam does sort of bridge that gap.
When you relieve pressure from the AirFoam, it does snap back into place a lot more quickly than most memory foams out there.
So it kind of is a blend of a memory foam and a more responsive neutral foam.
I think this foam is really nice and gives the Nolah Signature 12 inch mattress a pretty interesting mixed or blended foam feel.
When you’re comparing the Signature 12-inch to the Original 10-inch, the basic difference is you’re going to be getting more of that AirFoam in the 12-inch.
You’re going to be feeling that memory foam quality a little bit more on this mattress in comparison to the 10.
Nolah also likes to talk about on their website the breathability of their AirFoam. That’s in part why it’s called AirFoam.
I can’t really say it’s going to sleep significantly cooler than a lot of other beds that I’ve tested. However I don’t see anyone having serious temperature concerns on this mattress. It should sleep fairly temperature neutral.
In general the temperature in which you sleep has a lot more to do with your environment and your bedding and just who you are as a person, rather than the mattress itself.
Let’s move over to the subject of firmness and this is where the biggest difference is between the new model and the old model.
In the past the Nolah Signature 12 was actually a flippable mattress, which means both sides were designed to be slept on. It came with a soft side and a firm side.
The updated one is no longer flippable!
You have one firmness level and that’s going to be somewhere between a medium and a medium soft.
This means that this bed should provide you with a lot of pressure relief for side sleepers.
Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses that help relive pressure points like hips and shoulders. I think this mattress will do that really well.
It’s not going to be so soft that you can’t spend some of the night on your back or your stomach for you combination sleepers.
But if you are a strict back or stomach sleeper, I can’t really recommend this bed. You might want to check out the Nolah Evolution hybrid.
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing that the new Nolah Signature isn’t flippable anymore.
Because on the old bed you had to take the cover completely off and then flip it over and then put the cover back on.
It was kind of a hassle and Nolah decided that this was just a more streamlined approach and they’re definitely trying to appeal more towards side sleepers with this mattress.
When it comes to price, the Nolah Signature 12 inch bed is a bit more expensive than your average online bed in a box.
You’re looking at about $1600 for the queen size when it comes to the MSRP.
However Nolah is generally pretty aggressive with their discounts. After discount you should be paying close to $1300 for the Nolah Signature 12, which I think isn’t too bad.
The Nolah Original 10-inch is a more affordable option and I really like that bed as well.
One thing I should mention though is that Nolah has a pretty unique option when you’re checking out that I haven’t observed with any other mattress brand.
You actually have the option to waive the trial period, if you’re confident you’re going to like the bed. You can save about $130.
Having that trial period for buying a bet online is super important. It’s one of the reasons people are buying beds online these days because it comes with a risk free trial.
So unless you are positive you’re going to like this mattress I wouldn’t really recommend waiving the trial period, but it is just a nice option to have.
That’s pretty much going to do it for this review of the updated Nolah Signature 12-inch mattress.
I could get into a few other things like edge support and motion isolation, but it performs pretty well in both those categories.
The bottom line is if you’re looking for a mattress that’s going to be good for side sleepers, that’s somewhere between a medium and medium soft when it comes to firmness, and you like the idea of having that somewhat unique mixed foam feel of that AirFoam, then I think this is a really solid mattress option.
Personally I think most people should probably look at the Nolah Original 10 inch mattress first, because it has a very similar feel and firmness and it’s going to be a bit more affordable.
And then if you have more of a budget and you want to look at the Nolah Evolution hybrid, that bed is fantastic.
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.