Nolah Signature Mattress Overview
Nolah’s niche is making mattresses for side and back sleepers. The company’s two models, the Nolah Signature and the Nolah Original, are made with their own AirFoam material instead of memory foam, with the goal of even greater pressure relief.
AirFoam is a high-resilience polyfoam that’s designed to sleep cooler than traditional memory foam. The Nolah Signature uses AirFoam in the comfort layers on both sides of the mattress, with a support layer of high resilience foam on the softer side and a core layer of high-density base foam beneath, next to the comfort layer on the firmer side.
Read on for our review’s detailed look at the Nolah Signature Mattress. We’ll cover its construction, overall performance, and pricing. We’ll see how the Nolah Signature Mattress compares to other popular foam mattresses, and we’ll cover Nolah’s policies for shipping, returns, and warranty coverage.
Table of Contents
Meet Our Testing Team
- Pressure relief. The Nolah Signature’s multilayer foam construction conforms closely to sleepers, relieving pressure points.
- Lightweight sleepers. The mattress does a very good job of supporting side, back, and stomach sleepers under 130 lbs.
- Couples. Nolah’s AirFoam limits motion transfer for fewer sleep disturbances.
- Sleepers who want an adjustable/flippable mattress.
Not Recommended for...
- Sleepers who are sensitive to chemical odors. This mattress has a fairly noticeable odor out of the box as a result of off-gassing.
- Sleepers who frequently sit or sleep on the edge of the mattress. This may not be the best option for those who like to sleep all the way to the edge of the bed without feeling they might roll off.
- Heavier sleepers. The Nolah Signature may not be supportive enough for people over 230 lbs.
Tuck's Video Review
Tuck’s testing team tried out the Nolah Signature Mattress to evaluate its pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, temperature neutrality and other factors. See their experiences and learn more about the Nolah Signature in this detailed video review that features sleep testers with different preferred sleeping positions in a range of body weights.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Nolah Signature Mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
Our ratings show that the Nolah Signature Mattress is a standout option for pressure relief and motion isolation. Sleepers who are sensitive to odors should note the mattress only rates fair for off-gassing.
Want a more detailed look at the ratings? Read on.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Nolah Signature Mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
Nolah Signature Mattress Awards
Due to positive ratings from our testing team and owners in general, the Nolah Signature Mattress has earned the following awards in Tuck Mattress Guides:
How Is the Nolah Signature Mattress Constructed?
The Nolah Signature’s cover is made of unbleached organic cotton to help dissipate body heat and moisture while you sleep. This is a helpful feature on a foam mattress, because foam tends to trap more body heat than other mattress materials.
If you flip the mattress, you’ll first need to unzip the cover and remove it, then replace it so that the quilted fabric covers the sleep surface.
This flippable mattress has a comfort layer on each side. On the softer side, there’s 2.5 inches of Nolah’s high resilience polyfoam, AirFoam, to conform to sleepers and relieve pressure without creating too much of an “in the mattress” feeling. On the firmer side, there’s a 1-inch layer of the same AirFoam polyfoam for conforming and pressure relief with a less plush feel.
Just beneath the comfort layer on the softer side is a 1.5-inch layer of high resilience foam for support and motion isolation that Nolah describes as a more durable alternative to latex.
Beneath that layer, just above the firm comfort layer (or below it, when the mattress is firm side up) is another support layer. This one is a 7-inch core of high-density foam. The core layer is reinforced to support the comfort layers and maintain their ability to conform properly to sleepers.
The Nolah Signature’s layers add up to a mattress that’s 12 inches tall, putting it in the high-profile category. The height is in part due to the 7-inch thick layer of HD support foam as well as the presence of comfort layers on each side of the mattress.
|Product Name||Firmness||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Nolah Signature Mattress||4 (medium-soft), 6 (medium-frm)||12″||1.5” high-resilience foam
7” HD base foam
|2.5” AirFoam polyfoam (softer side)
1” AirFoam polyfoam (firmer side)
|Quilted unbleached organic cotton|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The Nolah Signature Mattress is flippable, so sleepers have a choice between its medium-soft side and its medium-firm side. In between the two foam comfort layers are layers of high density and high resilience foam to provide support no matter which sleep surface is up.
Nolah rates the softer surface at 4-5 on the firmness scale and the firmer side at 7-8. All of our testers felt that the soft side let them sink too far into the mattress for comfort and proper support. Regardless of weight and preferred sleep position, they preferred the firmer side.
We rate the Signature’s durability as good. Nolah hasn’t been in business long enough to evaluate the long-term durability of their mattresses just yet. So, we’ve based our current durability rating on the materials in the mattress and quality of construction. What makes the Nolah Signature Mattress stand out for durability is that all four of its polyfoam layers are high-density polyfoam, which is more durable than lower-density foams.
Most foam mattresses have a practical lifespan of 6 to 7 years, especially for lightweight sleepers who are less likely to create permanent body impressions in the foam over time. However, unlike the Signature, most all-foam mattresses use lower-density foam in their comfort layers and save the more durable HD foam for their support and transition layers.
The Nolah Signature Mattress provides excellent motion isolation, with virtually no transfer of movement from one side of the mattress to the other. To determine this, we had two of our testers rest on the Signature at the same time. One moved around while the other stayed alert for any sense of movement traveling across the surface of the mattress. Tuck’s external testers reported similar results with the Nolah Signature at home with their partners.
Our team found that there was some noticeable off-gassing from the Signature when they unboxed it. This is typical for foam mattresses, and the odor did diminish over time. Airing the mattress out in a room with good ventilation can help remove the “new mattress smell” more quickly.
It’s worth noting that although the mattress had some odor fresh from the factory, the Signature’s foam materials are all CertiPUR-US certified to be free of hazardous chemicals like flame retardants and formaldehyde.
We used Tuck’s 2D and 3D sensory mapping technology to measure the Signature’s pressure relief for each sleep tester. To do this, our testers rested on a sensory pad atop the mattress that monitored pressure build-up. By doing this, we could get a picture of how much pressure the mattress relieved, especially for contact points like the shoulders and hips.
Surprisingly, both sides of the Signature delivered about the same level of pressure relief for our sleepers, which was slightly better for our light and medium weight testers than for our heavy weight tester.
Foam mattresses tend to trap body heat, especially thicker foam comfort layers that let sleepers sink in. That was the case for the Signature. Our testers found that both sides of the mattress trapped some heat, but there was more of a heat effect on the softer side with its thicker comfort layer. The Signature’s cotton cover is designed to help dissipate some body heat, but sleepers who don’t sleep well if they’re warm should keep this finding in mind.
To gauge the Signature’s edge support, each of our sleep testers took turns sitting on the mattress edge, like they would if they were getting in or out of bed. The Signature’s edge sank markedly beneath each tester during the sit test.
The other edge support test involved our testers sleeping close to the mattress edge. All three said they felt like there was enough support along the edges. However, our heavy weight tester reported feeling a slight “roll-off” sensation due to the edge compressing.
The Signature is an all-foam mattress, so there are no innersprings, air channels or adjustable mechanisms to generate noise. The result is a silent mattress that won’t disturb sleepers with creaking noises as they or their partners move while asleep.
The Signature’s softer side has a thick comfort layer that lets sleepers sink into the surface, and the 4-layer foam construction isolates motion. It also makes the Signature very unresponsive to movement, so it doesn’t have a lot of bounce.
On the other hand, the Signature’s foam comfort layers offer more traction than a typical innerspring mattress. And the Signature is very quiet, a plus for couples who share a house (or an apartment wall) with others and want to be discreet.
Now, let’s discuss our sleeper ratings for the Nolah Signature 12 Mattress.
The ideal firmness and thickness settings for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the Tuck team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
The Signature ranks very well for lightweight sleepers, with very good pressure relief and spinal alignment for side, back, and stomach sleepers. Individual preferences will determine which side of the mattress to use, but light sleeper generally prefer softer surfaces.
Although many lightweight sleepers prefer a soft, highly conforming mattress for proper pressure relief, our tester felt that she sank too much into the softer side and that the firm side gave her better support. But a sleeper who likes the feeling of sinking into the mattress might prefer the softer comfort layer.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs
The mattress rates as a very good option for sleepers in the average weight range, whatever their preferred sleep position. Our average weight tester, like the others, said he preferred the firmer side because the soft side felt too soft.
That feedback aligns with the preferences of most average weight sleepers. People in this weight range typically sleep best on a medium-firm surface that balances support with pressure relief.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Overall, the Signature rates fairly well for heavier sleepers, although they may find the softer side too soft for ideal temperature neutrality and pressure relief. Our tester found that the firmer side of the mattress provided better spinal alignment support than the softer side, although not as much support as he prefers.
Because the firmer side’s comfort layer is thinner, it allows for less sinkage into the mattress for heavier sleepers. This is in line with what most heavyweight sleepers prefer, since softer comfort layers may not provide enough support for proper spinal alignment.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $769
- Twin XL $869
- Full $1069
- Queen $1269
- King $1469
- California King $1469
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How Does the Nolah Signature Mattress Compare to Other Beds?
Comparison shopping is the key to finding the best mattress for your needs. Here’s how the Nolah Signature Mattress fares against the Nolah Original Mattress and some similar mattresses from competitors.
Nolah Signature vs. Nolah Original
The Nolah Original is a 10-inch height mattress with a 7-inch HD polyfoam support core beneath two polyfoam comfort layers, topped with a viscose cover. Both of Nolah’s mattress models are made with the company’s proprietary AirFoam, a memory foam alternative designed to relieve pressure points and avoid trapping heat the way memory foam mattresses can. Both the Nolah Original Mattress and the Signature are very quiet, with very good motion isolation, which makes them ideal for couples who don’t want to disturb each other during sleep.
In terms of firmness, the Original ranks as a medium, between the softer and firmer sides of the Signature. Both performed well for lightweight and average weight sleepers, especially those who sleep on their side or back. The Original may be a better choice for sleepers on a budget because it’s priced several hundred dollars lower than the luxury Signature.
Nolah Signature vs. The Casper
The Casper Mattress, like the Nolah Signature, is a foam mattress that delivers good support and pressure relief for lightweight and average weight side sleepers. Both are high-profile, 12” tall mattresses. The Casper’s construction includes a 7.5-inch HD polyfoam support core topped by a polyfoam transitional layer, a memory foam comfort layer and an upper 1.5-inch polyfoam comfort layer, wrapped in a polyester and spandex cover.
Both models are extremely quiet and isolate motion well, thanks to their all-foam construction. The Casper’s firmness rating of 5 places it between the softer and firmer options on the flippable Signature.
The Casper is not a bargain option, but the Nolah Signature Mattress still carries a higher price point, in part because of the materials used in its construction. For example, the Nolah Signature’s cover is made of unbleached organic cotton fabric, while the Casper’s cover is polyester. However, White Glove delivery is an option for the Casper, while the Nolah Signature is only shipped via UPS for customers to unbox.
One area where Casper has a clear advantage is shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. The Nolah Signature doesn’t ship to those locations.
Nolah Signature vs. Loom & Leaf
The Loom & Leaf Mattress and the Nolah Signature are both premium, high-profile foam-construction mattresses with organic cotton covers and different firmness options, yet there are some key differences. The Loom & Leaf incorporates a thin foam layer into its quilted organic cotton cover. The Loom & Leaf’s two comfort layers are made of memory foam rather than polyfoam like the Signature, and the Loom & Leaf’s support core has two HD polyfoam layers, compared to the Signature’s one.
While the Nolah Signature is a flippable mattress with softer and firmer sides, the Loom & Leaf’s firmness choice is made at checkout. Buyers must choose either the Loom & Leaf in Relaxed Medium (5.5 firmness) or Firm (8 firmness) model.
Like the Nolah Signature, the Loom & Leaf’s foam layers result in very good motion isolation, quietness and pressure relief for sleepers, especially lightweight and average sleepers. However, the Loom & Leaf outperforms the Signature for heavyweight side sleeper support.
The Loom & Leaf costs more than the Signature, but Loom & Leaf buyers also get free old mattress removal and White Glove Delivery for free. Signature mattresses arrive boxed, via UPS. And while the Signature only ships to the contiguous 48 states, Loom & Leaf mattresses also ship to Ontario and Western Canada, as well as to Alaska and Hawaii via freight forwarder.
Nolah Signature vs. MemoryLux
The MemoryLux Mattress is another premium foam mattress with multiple firmness options. It has a quilted, gel-infused polyfoam filled Tencel cover over an open-cell memory foam comfort layer, a polyfoam transitional layer that’s zoned for firmer support under the back and hips, and a HD polyfoam support core.
Like the Nolah Signature, it performs well in terms of pressure relief, motion isolation and noise. Both mattresses perform well for lightweight and average sleepers, but the MemoryLux rates better for heavyweight side and back sleepers using the firmest of the mattress’ three options. While both of the flippable Signature’s firmness options are built in, MemoryLux offers medium-soft, medium, and firm options at checkout.
Both mattresses come with a 120-night trial period that includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period during. And while both companies offer a lifetime warranty on these mattresses, the Signature warranty is pro-rated, while the MemoryLux warranty is not. Both mattresses ship for free in a box, but MemoryLux also offers White Glove Delivery of an uncompressed mattress for an additional fee. MemoryLux customers can also purchase old mattress removal, a service that Nolah doesn’t provide.
Nolah Signature vs. Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
The Mint Mattress is a newer offering from Tuft & Needle, and it’s one of the best values among memory foam mattresses. This mattress features a gel- and graphite-infused polyfoam comfort layer over a polyfoam transitional layer infused with ceramic gel beads and a high density polyfoam support core. The Mint Mattress and the Nolah Signature both provide very good pressure relief for lightweight and average sleepers, and both are quiet mattresses that isolate motion so couples can sleep undisturbed.
One clear area of difference is price. The Mint lists for several hundred dollars less than the luxury Nolah Signature. Both mattresses are shipped ground for free in the contiguous US. Only the Mint is available for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii for an additional charge. White Glove Delivery and old mattress removal are available for a fee with the Mint Mattress, but not for the Nolah Signature.
Nolah Signature vs. Bear Mattress
The Bear Mattress, like the Nolah Signature, has all-foam construction for optimal pressure relief, quietness and motion isolation. The Bear has a comfort layer of gel-infused graphite memory foam over a polyfoam transition layer atop a high-density polyfoam support core. Both mattresses perform well for average weight sleepers, although the Nolah Signature is rated better for lightweight sleepers.
However, the Bear Mattress has a unique feature that may make it a better choice for athletes and people who normally sleep hot on a foam mattress. The Bear’s cover is made of Celliant, a patented fabric (and FDA-determined medical device). Celliant uses embedded minerals to absorb sleepers’ body heat and reflect it back to them as easily absorbable infrared energy for better workout recovery.
The Bear Mattress costs much less than the Nolah Signature. However, its warranty period is ten years, while the Signature carries a lifetime warranty.
Loom & Leaf Mattress
|SLEEP TRIAL||120 nights||120 nights||100 nights||120 nights||120 nights||100 nights||100 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||Lifetime||15 Year||10 Year, Limited||15 Year||Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Limited|
Nolah Signature Mattress FAQ
Sleep Trial 120 nights
Shipping Contiguous U.S.
Warranty Lifetime limited warranty
Made In USA
Where Can I Buy the Nolah Signature Mattress?
Nolah mattresses are sold exclusively online.
Where Do They Ship?
Nolah ships mattresses to the 48 contiguous US states only.
White Glove Delivery?
White Glove delivery is not available for Nolah mattresses.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is not available from Nolah.
Full Delivery Policy
Nolah mattresses are shipped free via UPS and arrive within 10 days of order. (All Nolah mattresses are made to order, which takes 3-5 days.) Customers can’t pre-select their delivery date, but they can make delivery requests on their order form.
Returns are free. Nolah will send a driver to remove the mattress and donate it to a local charity or take it to a recycling center.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period and Guarantee
Nolah’s 120-night trial allows customers to fully try out the mattress before committing to it. The trial period includes a 30-night break-in period, during which the mattress can’t be returned. After the first 30 nights, customers have until the 120th night to make a return.
The Nolah Signature Mattress has a limited lifetime warranty. The warranty is valid only for the original buyer of the mattress and guarantees that if the mattress is defective, Nolah will repair or replace it, under these terms:
- Nolah will cover all repair, replacement and shipping costs if the mattress is found to be defective during the first 15 years.
- After 15 years, Nolah will either repair the mattress with the owner paying a handling cost, or the company will replace the mattress at a prorated price plus $75 shipping.
- The owner will pay 50 % of the original price if the mattress is replaced by Nolah between years 15 and 25.
- After year 25, the owner will pay 60% of the original price if Nolah replaces the mattress due to defects.
7 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Nolah, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Nolah launched in 2015.
Nolah has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Nolah does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations.
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