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Nolah Signature Mattress Review

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Lauren Fountain

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Ideal for:

  • Those who enjoy beds with deep contouring
  • Side sleepers
  • Sleepers who need ample pressure relief
  • Couples

Considerations:

  • The Signature is not ideal for those who prefer a firm or medium firm mattress.
  • Sleepers who are sensitive to odors may notice the initial off-gassing.
  • Sleepers who tend to sleep near the mattress edge may prefer a bed with stronger edge support.
Price Range:
$849 - $1,499
Mattress Type:
Foam
Firmness:
Medium (5)
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Nolah sells an extensive line of mattresses, bedding, pillows, and bases, with mattresses varying in profile height, firmness level, and construction. The Nolah Signature, also known as the Nolah Signature 12, is one of the company’s all-foam models and has the plushest feel of all Nolah mattresses. With a medium (5) firmness level, the Nolah Signature features layers made of AirFoam, Nolah’s proprietary polyfoam material that combines the contouring 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.

Nolah offers several other mattress models, including the all-foam Nolah Original 10 and the hybrid Nolah Evolution 15. The Nolah Signature, which we focus on in this review, has a mid-range price-point and a plushness that sets it apart from the other Nolah models.

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

Nolah Signature Mattress Review Breakdown

The Nolah Signature has an all-foam construction with four layers and an organic cotton cover, adding up to 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 mattress has a thicker-than-average comfort layer and a transitional layer, which help the mattress relieve pressure and conform closely. The 2.5 inches of plush AirFoam cushion the body and reduce tension. AirFoam is more resilient than memory foam, so it returns to its original shape more quickly. The 1.5-inch polyfoam layer beneath adds extra reinforcement to prevent sleepers from sinking too deep, which helps keep the spine aligned.

Beneath the comfort layer is a 1-inch transition layer made of polyfoam that is firmer than the foams used higher up. This enhances reinforcement to prevent excessive sinkage. The support core is a 7-inch layer of high-density polyfoam that provides durability and support for the entire bed.

AirFoam has an open-cell structure that allows the mattress to regulate temperature better than traditional viscoelastic memory foam by dissipating heat. As a result, the Nolah Signature runs cooler than the average all-foam bed.

Firmness

Mattress Type

Medium – 5

All-Foam

Construction

The Nolah Signature has four polyfoam layers and an organic cotton cover.

Cover Material:

Organic Cotton

Comfort Layer:

2.5″ polyfoam (AirFoam)

1.5″ responsive polyfoam

Transition Layer:

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 all-foam models due to its thoughtful construction and cooling features. 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

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. The medium surface is plush and conforms closely, resulting in a generous “body hug.” This allows the comfort layer to absorb motion fairly well and minimize transfer across the bed.

You may feel some movement when your partner gets in and out of bed or shifts positions throughout the night, especially if you are a light sleeper. However, the foam should absorb motion effectively enough to greatly reduce these types of disturbances.

Pressure Relief
Pressure Relief

Foam models are often sought after for their pressure-relieving properties, and the Nolah Signature is no exception. It is specifically crafted with AirFoam, a proprietary type of polyfoam that contours to the shape of the body and relieves pressure.

The thick layer of AirFoam in the Signature’s comfort system conforms closely to the body, resulting in a fair amount of pressure relief. This is beneficial for side sleepers, as the foam cushions the shoulders and hips while the transition layer prevents sinking in too deeply. Though polyfoam typically does not perform as well as memory foam when it comes to pressure relief, the AirFoam is engineered to provide pressure relief comparable to that of memory foam.

Temperature Control
Temperature Control

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 also helps wick away moisture for added comfort.

That said, the surface conforms closely, which can restrict airflow around the body. Sleepers sink into the mattress and may feel it retains heat. The transition layer is meant to prevent excessive sinkage, which can help minimize the trapping of heat around the body.

Edge Support

Foam mattresses often lack edge support, as they do not have reinforced perimeters. However, the transition layer and high-density support core in the Nolah Signature provide better-than-average edge support compared to other all-foam models. Sleepers who weigh under 230 pounds are especially more likely to receive sufficient edge support.

The Nolah Signature does not provide the level of edge support offered by mattresses that are made with firmer materials. Due to the bed’s medium feel, sleepers may notice sagging on the edges when getting in and out of bed. This may be an issue especially for those who weigh more than 230 pounds, as sleepers in this weight group may not feel supported when sleeping or sitting near the edge of the bed.

Ease of Movement

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 transition layer and higher-density foam in the support core also prevent sinking in excessively.

As with many beds, body type will affect ease of moment on this bed. Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds should be able to move across the bed with ease. The medium feel of the surface is most likely to inhibit movement in sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more.

Sex

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 feel 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.

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 Nolah Signature is excellent for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. Sleepers in this category need a soft to medium 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 medium feel. The transition layer keeps these 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 bed is too soft.

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.

With its medium firmness level, the Nolah Signature is a good fit for back sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds. It conforms enough to reduce tension but the firmness of the AirFoam keeps the spine aligned. The bed is likely too soft for back sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. If the lower back presses into the mattress too much, it can lead to spinal misalignment.

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 should find enough support from the Nolah Signature to keep their bodies on an even plane. The medium feel will cushion the shoulders and chest while properly supporting the hips. However, stomach sleepers who weigh 130 pounds and more may find the mattress is too soft to promote healthy body posture during sleep. Their bodies may sink deeper into the surface, which can result in misalignment of the spine and other areas.

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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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.

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About Our Editorial Team

author
Lauren Fountain

Certified Sleep Coach

Lauren is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with extensive experience researching and testing a wide variety of sleep products.

About Our Editorial Team

author
Lauren Fountain

Certified Sleep Coach

Lauren is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with extensive experience researching and testing a wide variety of sleep products.