Not sure if the Nolah or Bear mattress is the right bed for you? We’ve tested both of these beds and compared them so you can find your best mattress.
Nolah and Bear are two highly regarded online mattress brands. Their all-foam and hybrid bed-in-a-box mattresses are competitively priced and made from high-quality foams. In this review, we’re going to compare the flagship Bear memory foam mattress and the Nolah Original AirFoam mattress so you can figure out which one was built with your needs in mind.
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Temperature neutral AirFoam mattress known for offering great pressure relief
Medium firm: 5 - 6 /10
Known to help relieve pressure points and aid in muscle recovery
Medium firm: 7.1/10
Memory foam with graphite gel
10-year limited warranty
Both the Bear and Nolah mattresses are 10 inches thick and come in the standard mattress sizes.
|Twin||38” x 75”||39” x 75”|
|Twin XL||38” x 80”||39” x 80”|
|Full||54” x 75”||54” x 75”|
|Queen||60” x 80”||60” x 80”|
|King||76” x 80”||76” x 80”|
|California King||72” x 84”||72” x 84”|
Learn more about mattress sizes.
Nolah and Bear both have competitive price points, but Bear’s pricing is more affordable, costing over $200 less for a queen-size mattress. If you’re on a tight budget, the Bear mattress may be the better choice.
Nolah and Bear are both all-foam mattresses made using high-quality CertiPUR-US Certified foams. They each measure 10 inches thick and have a medium-firm feel, although the Bear is firmer than the Nolah mattress.
The Bear boasts a medium-firm memory foam top layer that provides the balance of contouring and support that most stomach and back sleepers need. Nolah doesn’t contain any memory foam but instead uses proprietary polyfoams for a unique feel. The top layer of the Nolah mattress has billions of microscopic air pockets that bring a buoyant feeling along with cushion. The softness and support of the Nolah work for all sleeping positions.
The Nolah Original is a three-layer all-foam mattress that provides excellent cushion and support paired with an almost floating feeling. Here’s what makes up the Nolah mattress.
The Bear mattress is a three-layer memory foam mattress that cushions pressure points without allowing the body to sink in too far. Let’s take a look inside.
We had our mattress experts test the Nolah and Bear mattresses in-person. Take a look at how they scored in our 14-point evaluation, paying close attention to the tests that matter most to you.
Learn more about our review and scoring process.
|Motion Transfer Test||9||7.75|
|Edge Support Test||8.5||8.5|
|Pressure Relief Test||7.25||7|
|Spinal Alignment Test||9.5||8.5|
|Customer Service Score||9||9|
|Social Impact Score||6||6|
Have you ever woken up to your partner’s movements? If you share your bed with someone who has a different sleep schedule than you or who tosses and turns a lot, it can seem inevitable. However, some mattresses do an impressive job dampening motion rather than spreading it.
During our in-house testing, the Nolah mattress earned a 9/10 for motion isolation, compared with a 7.75/10 for the Bear mattress. If you sleep with a spouse, child, or pet, the Nolah may help you get deeper, more restorative sleep.
One of the most common complaints that we hear about all-foam mattresses is that they trap heat. Depending on how hot your room is and how hot you run personally, heat retention can be a major factor when finding your best mattress.
While most innerspring and hybrid mattresses are cooler than foam beds, there are exceptions to this rule. Since memory foam mattresses became popular in the 1990s, companies have spent tons of money to engineer foams that don’t sleep hot.
The Bear mattress is one of the coolest memory foam mattresses that we’ve come across. They utilize cooling technologies in both their cover and foam layers, helping most hot sleepers stay cool and dry. While the Nolah is cool enough for the average sleeper, it may sleep too hot for people who tend to wake up hot and sweaty.
Your mattress is responsible for your posture while you slumber away at night. When your spine is properly supported, you’re less likely to wake up with back or neck pain, a big win for people who struggle with this type of pain.
Both the Nolah and Bear mattresses earned high scores in our spine alignment test, with the Nolah scoring a 9.5/10 and the Bear an 8.5/10. If you’re someone whose primary concern with a mattress is back pain, the Nolah Original is likely the better choice.
The Bear is an exceptionally cool memory foam mattress whose firmer medium-firm feel is excellent for back and stomach sleepers. The Nolah Original’s unique AirFoam balances pressure relief and support in a way that works for all sleeping positions. The Nolah’s superior motion isolation makes it a better couple’s mattress.
Whether you choose the Bear or Nolah mattress, you can expect healthy spine alignment, a responsive feel, and sturdy edges. They’re also both backed by risk-free sleep trial periods so you can test your new mattress out at home.
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