If you love the feel of memory foam but find that it tends to overheat, you might be happy on the Nolah Signature mattress. The Signature is Nolah’s flagship product, and uses the brand’s proprietary AirFoam™ and high density poly foam to achieve a soft yet supportive feel. An added bonus is that it’s flippable, with a soft side and firm side, so sleepers with different needs can find a side that suits them.
In this review, I’m going to discuss which sleepers I think this bed-in-a-box mattress is best suited for, its materials, and how it performed on our tests for pressure relief and motion transfer.
Let’s get started with my full Nolah Signature bed review. Short on time? Skip ahead to my review summary and come back later for more.
Double-sided, the Nolah signature could be a good fit for a wide range of sleepers.
Is the Nolah Signature a Good Mattress for You?
Before we dig into the review, let’s discuss if the Nolah will suit your individual needs. Whether or not a mattress works for you will depend on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position. To help you figure out if the Nolah Signature is right for you, I’ll share some recommendations.
Who I recommend the Nolah Signature mattress for
- I really like the soft side of the Signature for side sleepers. I’m a side sleeper myself and I felt some really nice pressure relief at my hips and shoulders.
- I think couples would be happy on this mattress since it has low motion transfer, which means you’re unlikely to feel your partner moving at night.
- Hot sleepers are likely to appreciate the Nolah, since its AirFoam™ is specifically designed to be cooling.
- I think stomach sleepers could be happy on the firm side of the Nolah, which has some nice support and only a bit of sinkage.
Who I don’t recommend the Nolah Signature mattress for
- I would steer combination sleepers to a mattress with a bit more bounce. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out the best mattresses for combination sleepers.
- I think anyone looking for an “on top of the bed” feel probably won’t like the deep sinkage you get on the Nolah Signature, which feels similar to memory foam mattresses.
- I think the soft side of the Nolah is a bit too soft for back sleepers, and at the same time the firm side might be a touch too firm. I’d recommend these sleepers check out our best mattresses for back sleepers.
- I’d recommend heavier sleepers (those over 250 lbs) go with a mattress with a bit more support. If that’s you, I’d read through our best mattresses for heavy people.
What Does the Nolah Signature Mattress Feel Like?
One of the first things I like to note when discussing a mattress’s feel is its firmness. How firm a mattress is will give you a pretty good idea of whether or not it will work for your needs. However, firmness level can be subjective, so to give you the best idea possible, I polled a range of folks in the office to come up with a final number.
The flippable Nolah has two firmness options: a soft side and a firm side. I rated the soft side a 5.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. I gave the firm side a 7.5. I’d say the soft side of the Nolah is a true soft mattress, while the firm side of the Nolah is a firm mattress.
The reason for the difference in firmness ratings comes down to the thickness of the AirFoam™ layers on either side of the Nolah mattress. On the firm side, there’s just 1 inch of AirFoam™ before you hit the supportive polyfoam layer, while on the soft side there’s 2 inches of AirFoam™ and a layer of supportive foam before you reach the polyfoam layer. I’d say the firm side is a nice choice for stomach sleepers, who will get the extra support they need from a firm mattress. On the other hand, the soft side will suit side sleepers best, since it has enough sinkage to offer some nice pressure relief at pressure points at their hips and shoulders.
Testing the Nolah Signature Mattress
Next up, I’m going to share how the Nolah mattress performed on our pressure relief and motion transfer tests.
Pressure relief refers to a mattress’s ability to alleviate tension at pressure points found at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. Depending on your preferred sleeping position, you’ll want pressure relief for different parts of your body.
To test the Nolah’s pressure relieving abilities I used a pressure map, which measure how much pressure is exerted on the mattress. I laid the map on top of the mattress and lay on it on my back, stomach, and side. The map turns blue and green for low pressure, and yellow to red for high pressure. For the purpose of this review, I tested the soft side of the Nolah with the pressure map.
Back – I felt some nice pressure relief on my back, as you can see from the mostly blue firmness graphic. However, since I’m a light sleeper (about 110 pounds) I do tend to see a bit less pressure overall.
Side – Though there’s some green on the map, I felt some great pressure relief on my side on the Nolah. I really sank into it and could feel that my hips and shoulders were aligned, which leads to proper spinal alignment.
Stomach – The map is mostly blue for my stomach, but I think over a longer period of time stomach sleepers would find their hips sinking too far into this mattress. I’d recommend stomach sleepers go with the firmer side of the Nolah.
A mattress’s motion transfer is how much movement travels from one side of the bed to another. A mattress with good motion isolation is best for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet, since they’ll be less likely to feel movement from one side of the bed on the other.
To demonstrate motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from three different heights on one side of the bed and measured the movement on the other side of the bed using a seismometer.
These are pretty great motion transfer results! I’m not all that surprised, since the Nolah’s AirFoam™ has a slow response to pressure and isn’t bouncy. I would recommend the Nolah as a good option for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet.
Edge support refers to how well a mattress holds up on its edges. If it has good edge support, you’ll feel just as supported on the side of the bed as you do in the middle. Good edge support can make a mattress feel larger, since you’ll have more usable space.
I tested the Signature’s edge support by rolling all the way to the side of the bed. I think this mattress has decent edge support. I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen worse.
What is the Nolah Signature Mattress Made Of?
To help you learn even more about the Nolah, I’m going to discuss the materials that give it its unique feel. The Nolah is an all-foam mattress that’s 12 inches tall. Its foam layers consist of the brand’s proprietary AirFoam™, high resilience foam, and high-density poly foam to achieve a soft, cushiony feel on its soft side and a firm, supportive feel on its firm side.
Cover – The Signature has an organic cotton cover that helps wick away moisture.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is 2 inches of cooling Nolah AirFoam™, which has a slow response to pressure. It has the contouring feel of memory foam, but has more airflow than traditional memory foam, which can tend to trap body heat.
Transition Layer – Next up is 1.5 inches of supportive high-resilience foam, which acts as a buffer between the AirFoam™ and the base layer.
Support Layer – This layer is made from 7 inches of high density foam, which gives the Nolah some nice support and stops you from sinking too far into this mattress.
Firm Comfort Layer – This 1-inch layer of AirFoam™ is on the bottom when turned to the softer side of the mattress, but when the Nolah is flipped to its firmer side, this foam acts as the top layer, and offers a bit of pressure relief to the firm mattress lovers out there.
Before we finish up this review, let’s recap what we’ve discussed about the Nolah Signature mattress.
My favorite things about the Nolah Signature mattress
I found a lot to love in the flippable Nolah. I think its soft side is great for side sleepers, who will appreciate the sinkage they’ll feel at their hips and shoulders. I’d recommend the firm side to stomach sleepers, who will get the firm support they need to keep their hips and shoulders aligned. The Signature performed really well on our motion transfer test, so couples aren’t likely to feel their partner moving at night. Finally, I found the Nolah to be quite cooling, so hot sleepers are likely to be happy on the Nolah.
My complaints about the Nolah Signature mattress
I definitely felt more in this bed than on top of it, and felt very little bounce. I think this makes the Nolah a not so great option for combination sleepers, who need to feel mobility to move around at night. I also think the Nolah might not be the best option for back sleepers, who are likely to find the soft side too soft, and the firm side too firm for their needs.
Double-sided, the Nolah signature could be a good fit for a wide range of sleepers.
How Much Does the Nolah Signature Cost?
Below you’ll find up-to-date pricing information about the Nolah Signature. Be sure to check out our Nolah coupon page for a nice discount.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 12"||45 lbs||$1,099|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 12"||47 lbs||$1,199|
|Full||54" x 75" x 12"||59 lbs||$1,399|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 12"||71 lbs||$1,599|
|King||76" x 80" x 12"||90 lbs||$1,799|
|California King||72" x 84" x 12"||89 lbs||$1,799|
Nolah Signature Mattress Policies and FAQs
What are Nolah’s shipping policies?
Nolah offers free shipping and returns.
Does the Nolah Signature come with a sleep trial?
Yes, Nolah offers a 120-night trial.
What is Nolah’s warranty?
Nolah offers a lifetime warranty, which is a nice perk for anyone worried about durability.
Is the Nolah Signature mattress made in the USA?
Yes, the Nolah Signature is 100% made in the United States.
Do I need a box spring with the Nolah Signature?
Nope, the Nolah can be used on any hard, flat surface.
Can I flip the Nolah Signature mattress?
Yup! The Nolah Signature is a flippable mattress with different firmness levels on each side.
Does the Nolah Signature have an off-gassing period?
Yes, this Nolah will need to off-gas for a few hours, but after that any smell should dissipate.
Nolah Signature Mattress Vs.
It can be helpful to compare a mattress with its competitors to give you a better idea of whether or not it will suit your needs. Below, I’ll compare the Nolah Signature to the Purple mattress, which also uses a proprietary material in its comfort layer.
Nolah Signature vs Purple
- The Purple uses a proprietary hyperelastic polymer grid to help it sleep cool and provide zoned pressure relief for different parts of the body.
- Overall, the Purple has a medium-firm feel in multiple positions and good bounce/mobility.
- The Purple is a little cheaper than the Nolah Signature.
- Check out my full Purple mattress review here!
Other Models from Nolah
Want more from Nolah? Check out how the Signature compares to the brand’s other models.
Nolah Signature vs Nolah Original
- The Nolah original is 10” to the Signature’s 12” and uses Nolah’s AirFoam™ tech as well.
- The Nolah original is not flippable, and its profile is a bit firmer than the softer side of the Signature. With that in mind, I’d recommend the Nolah Original for back sleepers and people who need pressure relief and support.
- The Nolah original is a bit cheaper than the Nolah Signature.
- Check out my full Nolah mattress review here!
Nolah Signature vs Nolah Evolution
- The Nolah Evolution is a hybrid mattress that uses pocketed coils, while the Signature is an all-foam mattress.
- The Evolution is a better option for combination sleepers, who will appreciate the bounce in the Evolution’s coils.
- The Evolution is a bit more expensive than the Nolah Signature.
- Read my full Nolah Evolution mattress review here.
Take a look at our mattress performance ratings for the Nolah Signature mattress below
Nolah Signature Mattress
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