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Nolah Signature Mattress Review

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Lauren Fountain

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Ideal for:

  • Those who want to choose between a soft and firm mattress
  • Most sleeping positions and body types
  • Sleepers who need ample pressure relief
  • Couples

Considerations:

  • The Signature is not ideal for those who know they want a medium firm mattress
  • Sleepers who are sensitive to odors may notice the initial off-gassing
  • The medium soft side of the mattress does not provide as much edge support as the firm side
Price Range:
$849 - $1,499
Mattress Type:
Foam
Firmness:
Reversible: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7)
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A flippable mattress gives sleepers the chance to try out two firmness levels in one. Such is the case for the Nolah Signature, also known as the Nolah Signature 12, a flippable foam mattress with a sleep surface on each side. One of these surfaces has a medium soft feel that rates as a 4 on the 1-10 firmness scale, while the other surface has a firm (7) feel. Both sides feature comfort layers made of AirFoam, Nolah’s proprietary polyfoam material.

The company has an extensive product line, including mattresses, bedding, pillows, and bases. Nolah offers two mattress other models: the all-foam Nolah Original 10 and the hybrid Nolah Evolution 15. The Signature, which we focus on in this review, has a mid-range price-point. Its flippable design sets it apart from the other two Nolah models.

The AirFoam used in the comfort layers of the Nolah mattress combines the contouring of of memory foam and the responsiveness of latex. The Nolah Signature conforms to the shape of the body without causing the sleeper to sink excessively.

Our comprehensive breakdown of the Nolah Signature includes details on its construction and pricing. We’ll highlight how both firmness options perform and make recommendations based on body weight and sleeping position. This review includes verified customer feedback and details on the company’s policies.

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Nolah Signature Mattress Review Breakdown

The Nolah Signature has an all-foam construction with four layers altogether and an organic cotton cover. Since it has a flippable design with two comfort systems, it has a slightly higher-than-average profile of 12 inches.

The organic cotton cover of the Nolah Signature wicks away moisture. The cotton is unbleached and is not treated with any other harsh chemicals.

The medium soft (4) side of the mattress has a thicker comfort layer and a transitional layer on top of the support core, which help the mattress relieve pressure and conform closely. The 2.5 inches of plush AirFoam cushions the body and reduces tension. AirFoam is more resilient than memory foam, so it returns to its original shape more quickly. The 1.5-inch polyfoam transition layer adds extra reinforcement to prevent sleepers from sinking into the support core, which helps keep the spine aligned.

The firm (7) side has a single comfort layer that does not conform as closely. This side is more supportive, as sleepers can feel more of the high-density support core beneath the AirFoam. The high-resilience AirFoam comfort layer makes it easy to move around or change positions as needed. AirFoam has an open-cell structure that allows both sides to regulate temperature better than traditional viscoelastic memory foam by dissipating heat.

The support core of the Nolah Signature is in the center of the mattress. The seven-inch core of high-density polyfoam reinforces the comfort system on each side.

Firmness

Mattress Type

Medium Soft Side – 4
Firm Side – 7

All-Foam

Construction

The Nolah Signature is flippable, with four polyfoam layers and an organic cotton cover.

Cover Material:

Organic Cotton

Comfort Layer (Medium Soft Side):

2.5″ polyfoam (AirFoam)

1.5″ transitional polyfoam

Comfort Layer (Firm Side):

1″ polyfoam (AirFoam)

Support Core:

7″ polyfoam

Mattress Prices and Sizing

The Nolah Signature’s sticker price is considered above-average for an all-foam mattress, but is on par with other flippable models due to their specialized construction. The Nolah Original 10 costs less than the Signature, while the Evolution 15 costs more.

The Nolah Signature is available in standard sizes twin through California king.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin 38" x 75" 12" 55 lbs. $849
Twin XL 38" x 80" 12" 58 lbs. $899
Full 54" x 75" 12" 73 lbs. $1,099
Queen 60" x 80" 12" 86 lbs. $1,299
King 76" x 80" 12" 105 lbs. $1,499
California King 72" x 84" 12" 104 lbs. $1,499
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Discounts and Deals

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Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation
Motion Isolation

Medium Soft side: 4/5, Firm side: 2/5

Foam easily absorbs impact from movements. Since the Nolah Signature has an all-foam construction, it isolates motion as well as many foam models on the market. That being said, there is a difference in performance between the softer and firmer sides of the Signature mattress.

The medium soft side of the Nolah Signature is plusher and conforms more closely, resulting in more of a “body hug.” This allows the comfort layer to absorb motion and prevent transfer across the bed. Those who share the bed should not feel their partner’s movements.

The firm side is not as highly rated due to the thinner, firmer foam comfort layer. This contributes to ease of movement but can result in more motion transferring across the bed. Sleepers who choose the firm side may feel their partner get in and out of bed or shift positions throughout the night. The foam still isolates motion to a certain extent, but it does not perform as well as softer foam does.

Pressure Relief
Pressure Relief

Medium Soft side: 3/5, Firm side: 2/5

Foam models are often sought after for their pressure-relieving properties. The Nolah Signature is crafted with AirFoam, which contours to the shape of the body and relieves pressure.

This is more noticeable on the medium soft side of the mattress, which has a thicker layer of AirFoam in its comfort system. The plush polyfoam conforms closely for deep pressure relief. This side is beneficial for side sleepers, as the foam cushions the shoulders and hips while the transition layer prevents sinking in too deeply.

The firm side of the Nolah Signature relieves pressure for back and stomach sleepers and those who weigh more than 130 pounds. Side sleepers are more likely to feel pressure build at their shoulders and hips on a firm mattress.

Temperature Control
Temperature Control

Medium Soft side: 3/5, Firm side: 4/5

Most foam mattresses retain heat to some extent. Nolah crafted AirFoam to be more temperature neutral than viscoelastic memory foam. It includes microscopic air pockets that help the foam dissipate heat and regulate temperature. The cotton cover of the mattress helps wick away moisture for added comfort.

The medium soft side conforms closely, which can restrict airflow around the body. Sleepers sink more deeply into the mattress and may feel it retains heat. The firm side, on the other hand, does not conform as closely and offers better temperature control. This allows air to circulate and prevents sleeping hot.

Edge Support

Medium Soft side: 2/5, Firm side: 3/5

Foam mattresses often lack edge support, as they do not have reinforced perimeters. The amount of edge support the Nolah Signature provides depends on which side of the mattress is used.

The softer side of the mattress has less edge support. The thicker comfort layer compresses easily. This is most noticeable when sitting on the edge of the bed. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds may not feel supported when sleeping near the edge of the bed. This can lead to the feeling of rolling off the edges.

The firm side of the Nolah Signature has a thinner comfort layer right above the high-density polyfoam support core. This gives the firm side more edge support than the average foam mattress. Sleepers should feel more supported when sitting and sleeping near the edge of the bed.

The high-density support core should help prevent sagging over time.

Ease of Movement

Medium Soft side: 3/5, Firm side: 4/5

Most foam mattresses lack bounce and some can restrict movement. Nolah’s AirFoam is not as restrictive as memory foam, as it returns to its original shape faster when pressure is removed. This helps when changing positions. The layers of high-density foam also prevent sinking in excessively.

Sleepers are more have difficulty moving on the medium soft side of the Signature mattress. This side conforms closely for pressure relief, so sleepers sink in more deeply.

The firm side provides better ease of movement, as it does not conform as closely. Sleepers can change positions easily. This is beneficial for combination sleepers who shift sleeping positions throughout the night. It also is better for couples.

Sex

Medium Soft side: 2/5, Firm side: 4/5

The Nolah Signature mattress is silent when bearing weight. This is one of the main benefits of a foam mattress, as it ensures the mattress is discreet during sexual activity. The foam comfort layers provide traction, which helps when changing positions.

That being said, the medium soft side of the Nolah Signature may be too soft for some couples. The plush AirFoam comfort layer allows users to sink into the mattress and may inhibit movement. The transition layer of polyfoam has qualities similar to latex, which adds some bounce to the mattress, but it may not be enough.

The firm side does not inhibit movement. Couples can change positions more easily, while still benefiting from the traction provided by the foam. This side also has better edge support, so couples can use the entire surface area of the bed.

Off-Gassing

Off-gassing is to be expected with any foam mattress, and the Nolah Signature is similar in this regard to most all-foam models. Since the mattress is made with four layers of synthetic foam and is compressed and vacuum-sealed for shipment, there is an initial odor when the mattress is unboxed. However, unpleasant smells should dissipate in a matter of days.

Off-gassing is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are not considered to be harmful, especially as the Nolah Signature is CertiPUR-US certified. This means it is low in VOCs and made without the use of harmful chemicals, formaldehyde, or heavy metals.

The initial odor of the Signature mattress should dissipate within a couple of days. Keeping the room well-ventilated will help expedite this process.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Side Sleepers: Side sleepers press their hips and shoulders into the mattress. Foam responds proportionately to pressure, which cushions these areas and keeps the spine aligned.

The medium soft side of the Nolah Signature is excellent for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. Sleepers in this category need a soft to medium soft mattress in order to sink in enough and experience the conforming benefits of the mattress. This reduces pressure on the shoulders and hips. Side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds also benefit from the bed’s softer surface. The transition layer keeps sleepers from sinking in too far, while the comfort layer provides good cushioning for the shoulders and hips. Side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds will likely find this side is too soft.

The firm side of the Nolah Signature has a thinner layer of responsive AirFoam, which cushions the shoulders and hips enough while keeping the spine aligned. This is good for side sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds, but is too firm for those who weigh less than 130 pounds. Sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds will feel more of the support core beneath the comfort layer.

Back Sleepers: Back sleepers keep a neutral posture as they sleep but need an even, supportive surface to maintain spinal alignment. Conforming foam, like the AirFoam used in the Nolah Signature, benefits the lumbar region and relieves pressure on the back.

The softer side is a good fit for back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. It conforms enough to reduce tension and keep the spine aligned. This side is likely too soft for those who weigh more than 130 pounds. If the lower back presses into the mattress too much, it can lead to spinal misalignment.

The firm side is more supportive, which is excellent for back sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. It conforms enough to relieve any pressure on the lower back and keeps sleepers from sinking in. This is beneficial for back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds too. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds are less likely to experience any conforming and may find this side is too firm.

Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers usually prefer a firmer sleep surface to keep the hips from sinking in excessively. Stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, though, may prefer the softer side of the Nolah Signature. For sleepers in this weight category, the medium soft surface will cushion the shoulders and chest while properly supporting the hips.

The firm side of the mattress is better for stomach sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds. This side keeps the hips lifted and prevents pressure on the lower back. The spine is kept in alignment. The AirFoam still offers moderate contouring and cushions the chest and shoulders for comfort.

Nolah Signature – Medium Soft Side

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Excellent Good Fair
Back Sleepers Good Fair Fair
Stomach Sleepers Good Fair Fair
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Nolah Signature – Firm Side

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Fair Good Good
Back Sleepers Fair Good Excellent
Stomach Sleepers Fair Excellent Good
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Awards for the Nolah Signature Mattress

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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    The Nolah Signature is available online through Nolah, who ships exclusively within the contiguous United States.

  • Shipping

    Nolah offers free shipping to all 48 contiguous U.S. states. Shipping is not currently available to Alaska, Hawaii, or international destinations.

    The Nolah Signature is made to order within three to five business days. Shipping takes two to five business days depending on the destination.

    The mattress is compressed, vacuum-sealed, and wrapped in plastic. It is shipped in a box. Assembly is not required, though the mattress must be unboxed and positioned on the bed frame before the plastic wrap is removed. Once the plastic is removed, allow 24 hours for the mattress to fully expand.

  • Additional Services

    Nolah does not currently offer White Glove delivery or old mattress removal.

  • Sleep Trial

    The Nolah Signature includes a 120-night sleep trial. There is a 30-night required break-in period before a return can be initiated. This gives the customer time to adjust to the mattress before making a decision.

    There are no return or restocking fees. Nolah coordinates the pickup and return of the mattress and issues a full refund.

  • Warranty

    The Nolah Signature is covered by a lifetime limited warranty. This warranty is prorated.

    In the first 15 years, Nolah will repair or replace a defective mattress at no cost. In years 16 through 25, the company will repair the mattress for the cost of handling, or replace it at 50% of the purchase price. After year 25, Nolah will repair the mattress at the cost of handling or replace it at 60% of the purchase price. There is a $75 shipping fee for all repairs and replacements after year 15.