NOLAH ORIGINAL 10" MATTRESS REVIEW
Have you heard all of the hype about Nolah’s AirFoam™ and their Original 10″ mattress being a Best Mattress for Side-Sleepers? If you’re coming to check whether all of it is true and if this would be a good mattress for you, you’re in the right place. We have been sleep testing the Nolah Original mattress and are giving you our honest opinion about it and who this mattress could be a good option for!
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Nolah Company Policies
- Free shipping and returns
- 120-night trial
- Lifetime warranty
- 100% made in the USA
What's Inside The Nolah Original 10"
In a nutshell:
- 2″ AirFoam™
- 1″ supportive foam
- 7″ high-density base foam
- Botanic-origin Tencel™ cover
In more detail...
Nolah’s AirFoam™ is NOT memory foam and not made with any of the heat-trapping chemicals present in memory foams. AirFoam™ is proven to be 300% more durable, provide 4 times better pressure relief, while sleeping cooler than high-end memory foam. This top layer provides incredible pressure relief and prevents hip, shoulder, and lower back pains.
1″ Supportive Foam
The Nolah Original 10″ has a 1″ layer of high-resilience foam under the AirFoam™ that provides extra support to the back and ensures a comfortable night of sleep. This foam is more durable than latex and gives the Nolah Original 10″ a longer life than most mattresses on the market.
7″ High-Density Base Foam
Nolah uses CertiPUR-US certified foam in its mattresses, making them healthier for our bodies and the environment. The 7″ of high-density foam is a breathable foam that intensifies the support below the contouring upper layers.
Botanic-Origin Tencel™ Cover
This mattress uses a cellulosic cover of botanic origin. It is a natural option and one of the softest mattress covers I have ever laid my body on. It does not feel cold to the touch since the foam used throughout the mattress is enough to keep you cool at night. It is however soft and has a thick plush to it.
Nolah Original 10" Sleep Tests
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The Nolah Original mattress sits right in the middle of the firmness scale. I'd rate it about a 5 out of 10, with a fair amount of softness and contouring, but with a supportive base that ensures support throughout the night.
The Nolah Original 10" mattress is the first to use the technologically-advanced AirFoam™, that comes filled with billions of air bubbles that help dissipate the heat and looses very little thickness year after year, meaning that your body doesn't get trapped in its own heat-trapped shape. We found the Nolah Original mattress to remain temperature-neutral throughout the night, even though it is 100% foam. We tested it in hot Florida weather and my hot-sleeping husband did not complain about heat.
The cover of the Nolah Original 10" mattress should not be removed. You can spot clean the mattress with mild detergent, clear water, and a cloth. Try blotting the stain, instead of rubbing it.
The Nolah Original 10" works extremely well for side sleepers and is a good option for back sleepers. Stomach sleepers would probably find it too soft, especially around the hips. The Nolah AirFoam™ has billions of microscopic air bubbles within its foam, providing a pressure-relief system that targets peak pressure areas and provide more comfort to reduce pain in the hips, shoulders, and lower back area.
The Nolah Original 10" mattress can be laid on any flat surface: flat platform beds, slatted beds, boxsprings or foundation, adjustable beds, or even the ground.
Soft —————- Firm
Hot —————- Cool
Non-Washable – Washable
Nolah Original 10" Prices & Discounts
Nolah has been able to come up with an impressive product, priced very competitively! While the Queen is currently priced at $1,049, it is available for $799 after discounts. That places the Nolah Original 10″ well under the $1,000 tag, which is amazing value for this cool sleeping mattress!
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Price List updated: November 2020 – PRE-DISCOUNTED PRICES
Detailed Nolah Original 10" Review Conclusion
The Nolah Original 10″ mattress is an incredible option for side-sleepers and quite the technological advance in the mattress industry. They’re disrupting a 40-year old technology with a product that is more durable, provides 4 times better pressure relief, and sleeps cooler than memory foam. In terms of lifespan, Nolah’s lifetime warranty speaks for itself!
The snow-white Tencel cover is one of my favorite sleeping surfaces of all of the mattresses I have ever tested. It is amazingly soft and plush and I honestly wish I did not have to cover it with a sheet. The Nolah Original’s 3 layers of foam / AirFoam™ help release all of the pressure from a long day’s work and send you to a comfortable cloud that will leave you rejuvenated and rested by morning. You will enjoy cool sleep night after night, and realize that consistent rest leaves you better armed for the day ahead.
Why don’t we look at how all of the pieces come together in the Nolah Original 10″ and what that means for your rest and sleeping experience.
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Who Is Nolah?
Nolah calls itself a “sleep technology company.” It is an online bed-in-a-box company that launched in 2015. All of their products are designed in Denver, CO, and made in the USA. Yet, they are able to keep their prices down and pass on their savings to their consumers – you!
Nolah’s aim is to create tomorrow’s mattress. After realizing that latex was invented in the 1920’s and that the memory foam we still use in mattresses today, had not evolved since the 1970’s, they decided to design a superior mattress by leveraging the latest technologies.
AirFoam™ was born. The Nolah AirFoam™ is 100% temperature neutral, as it does not contain viscoelastic chemicals commonly found in memory foam. It sleeps so cool that it does not require the use of cooling gels in its layers, and has been scientifically-proven to be more durable and provide more pressure relief than its older sister, the memory foam.
Lastly, Nolah cuts the middle man and truly passes on the savings to its buyers, with all Nolah Original 10″ mattresses well below $1,000 after discount.
What Is Inside The Nolah Original 10"?
The Nolah Original 10″ is made of 3 distinctive layers of foam working together to bring support and soft contouring. Each layer has a purpose and works to keep the body cool and comfortable.
The bottom layer is 7 inches of high-density foam. That base grounds the mattress with the firmness that balances out the upper 2 layers’ contouring and plushness. It is the foundation layer that brings support to your back, while being breathable enough to channel your body heat down and outwards.
The center layer is 1 inch of high-resilience foam. That foam is stronger and more durable than latex, eliminating sagging over time. It also provides a healthy and responsive bounce so you never have the feeling of being stuck in a thick memory foam. That inch of foam makes turning around easy and adds years of life to the Nolah Original.
The upper layer is 2 inches of the famous Nolah AirFoam™. That AirFoam™ is the layer that allows your body to rest with low pressure under the shoulders, hips, and lower back. For side-sleepers especially, the AirFoam™ allows your hips and shoulders to sink in a little deeper, aligning your body without pressuring areas that could cause pain when laying flat on one level. This new material has scientifically proven to relieve 4 times more pressure than regular memory foam. The AirFoam™ is fairly low density, with billions of air bubbles trapped in it, keeping you cool by channeling the heat emitted by your body through and down to the lower layers. And since there is less sagging than with regular memory foam, the heat does not get trapped underneath and around you, making this mattress ideal when living in hot climates or for hot sleepers.
Lastly, the snow-white Tencel™ cover has a beautiful stitched rainbow pattern that is soft and plush to the touch. Once covered by a bed sheet, it remains cozy and extremely comfortable. I like that the cover is of botanic origin, making it a sustainable and natural material that makes you feel good about laying on it all night.
How Does The Nolah Original 10" Sleep?
The Nolah Original 10″ mattress is a medium soft mattress. The top 3″ of foam are soft and provide a bouncy, yet cozy contouring, while the bottom 7″ bring firmness and support to the spine. I am rating this mattress a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
The Nolah Original is ideal for side-sleepers. The low pressure applied to the hips and shoulders means that, when laying on your side, you will find your body in a very natural position, where the hips and shoulders sink a little deeper than the rest of your body. This makes the mattress a good option for people suffering from back pain as well.
Back-sleepers under 200 lbs will find a good option in the Nolah Original. Above that weight is when you might start feeling your hips and lower back sinking a little too deep for comfort.
I do not recommend the Nolah Original 10″ for stomach-sleepers, as you would be lacking the support you need to prevent your back from arching uncomfortably.
Many memory foam mattresses use cooling gel as a way to keep sleepers cool at night, since memory foam lacks breathability and traps the heat around and below its sleepers.
Nolah’s foam and AirFoam™ allow the heat to escape and provide a temperature-neutral sleeping experience. We sleep tested the mattress during hot Florida nights and felt neither hot, nor cold. The Nolah Original’s temperature is best described as neutral and comfortable, without the need to use cooling gel.
The Nolah Original 10″ did really well with motion transfer. While it is made of 10 inches of foam, it does have an inch of fairly responsive foam, which means that it does not 100% absorb motion, but I don’t expect a partner’s movements to disturb or wake you up. I am very sensitive to motion as my husband moves around a lot at night, and I was never woken up during our test nights.
How Do I Care For The Nolah Original 10" Mattress?
The cover of the Nolah Original should not be removed, and cannot be thrown in the washing machine. The best way to attend to a stain is to use water, a mild detergent, and blot the stain with a cloth. Do not rub the stain as you’d risk making it larger. A gentle blot on fresh stains should help you clean them up.
How Does The Nolah's Return Policy Work?
While some might criticize Nolah’s return policy, I think it is a smart one. Getting used to a new mattress can take some time, especially if you switch to foam from a previous pillow-top for example.
Nolah has a 120-night at-home sleep trial. In other words, it allows free returns within 120 days if you are unhappy with your Nolah Original mattress. But returns aren’t allowed until after you have passed a 30-night testing period. Nolah asks that you give their mattress a full night of sleep before returning it, and I agree that it could take a couple of weeks for your body to adapt to a new sleeping shape.
If, after 30 days, you are still unhappy or uncomfortable with your Nolah mattress, you have until 120 days to return it, free of charge, no questions asked.
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Nolah sent us this Nolah Original 10″ for testing purposes. This review is not sponsored and all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
No, but fortunately it has a sleep trial so you can test it at home for 120 nights!
Nolah’s mattresses are 100% made in the USA
Yes, Nolah has a premium mattress as weel – the Nolah Signature 12″ with 12 inches of foam, instead of 10, and flippable firmness.
Yes, Nolah sells pillows, mattress protectors, and cotton sheets