The Nolah Original 10 Vs Bear Mattress

Shopping for a new mattress can be a confusing experience. With so many brands and so much choice available. We compare and contrast the Nolah Original 10 mattress against the Bear Mattress to help you make an informed decision on your next mattress. 

Disclaimer: This comparison is based on publicly available information sourced from www.nolahmattress.com and www.bearmattress.com on the 11th day of December 2019.

Comparison Table 

 

Nolah 10” Original

Bear Mattress

Type of Mattress

High-Resilience Pressure Relief Foam

Conventional Memory Foam

100% Made in the U.S.A.

Yes – 100% made in the U.S.A.

Yes – 100% made in the U.S.A.

Materials and Construction

3-Layer / 100% High-Resilience Foam

3-Layer / Conventional Memory Foam

Price for Queen Size

$894

$840

Trial Period

120 Nights

 100 Nights

Free Shipping & Return

Yes

Yes

Length of Warranty

15-year

10-year

Firmness

Medium

Medium-firm

Nolah Original 10 Vs Bear Mattress - What to Compare? 

The Type of Mattress

The type of mattress you choose ought to come down to your sleep needs. First, determine what kind of sleeper you are. Do you sleep on your side or your back? Do you sleep on your stomach and then on your side? Once you discover your sleep style, mattress shopping will become a lot easier. The Bear mattress is designed to suit all sleep styles; back sleepers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combi sleepers. However, the Nolah Original 10 is designed with side sleepers in mind and to provide extra pressure relief on the hips and shoulders for an overall comfier sleep. One-size does not fit all, choosing a mattress that is tailored to your individual sleep needs ensures far greater comfort and improved sleep health than an ‘off-the-rack’ mattress made for anyone.    

The Country of Origin

With consumers becoming more ethically minded when shopping, buying American made products is an act of patriotism. Supporting local businesses ensures a healthy local economy, therefore, buying American made salutes your friends, neighbors and local businesses. You will be pleased to know that Nolah’s Original 10 is 100% American made. All the materials used in their mattresses, foam, and cover are 100% made and assembled in the USA. The Bear mattress is also made in the U.S.A. 

Nolah 10 Original

Bear Mattress

100% Made in the U.S.A.

100% Made in the U.S.A. 

Materials and Construction

The Bear mattress is made from gel-infused memory foam, conventional memory foam, and poly-foam. The Bear mattress stands 10 inches tall. The Nolah Original 10 is made of an innovative new AirFoam™ this pneumatic (air-filled) foam is made under high pressure and then crushed to blast billions of microscopic air pockets inside the foam, hence the name, AirFoam™. The billions of tiny air pockets act as individual shock absorbers creating a truly personalized sleep comfort. The Original 10 sleeps cooler because it’s temperature neutral – meaning that it does not absorb and store heat. It stands 10 inches tall and is built in 3 layers with a breathable natural viscose zip-off cover. 

Nolah 10 Original

The Bear Mattress

High-resilience pressure relief foam (AirFoam™)

Gel-infused Memory Foam / Conventional Memory Foam / Poly-Foam

Pricing and Sizes

Consider your budget carefully when shopping for a new mattress. Only buy what you need and can afford. However, if the mattress you’re after is slightly out of your budget, your mattress provider ought to have an easy payment system in place, such as Klarna so you can pay for your new mattress over time. The Bear mattress is available from Twin to Cal King size with a Queen size Bear mattress priced at $840. The Nolah Original 10 costs $894 for a Queen size mattress and comes with 2 free pillows worth $158. Bear offers 0% financing with Affirm over a 6, 12, or 18 month period. Nolah offers 0% APR financing with Klarna over a 6, 12, or 24 month period.

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Sizes

Nolah Original 10 Mattress Prices

Bear Mattress Sizes

Bear Mattress Prices

Twin

$499

Twin

$540

Twin XL

$634

Twin XL

$640

Full

$754

Full

$740

Queen

$894

Queen

$840

King

$994

King

$940

Cal King

$994

Cal King

$940

 

Learn more about Mattress Sizes here: Mattress Size Guide

Delivery and Packaging

Bear offers free delivery and return anywhere in the United States and Canada. Bear also offers a ‘White-Glove’ service that delivers and sets up the mattress in your desired room for an additional fee of $100 and will dispose of your old mattress for an additional $50. Nolah also offers free delivery and return in 48 states but does not deliver to Alaska and Hawaii. The packaging dimensions of Nolah and Bear mattress are:   

Nolah Original 10

Bear Mattress

Twin 38" W x 75" L x 10" H

Nolah 10” Original: 54 lbs

Twin 39" W x 75" L x 10" H

Bear Memory Foam: 50 lbs

Twin XL 38” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 57 lbs

Twin XL 39" W x 80" L x 10" H

Bear Memory Foam: 50 lbs

Full 15” W x 15”x L x  41” H

Nolah 10” Original: 68 lbs

Full 54" W x 75" L x 10" H 

Bear Memory Foam: 60 lbs

Queen 60” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 80 lbs

Queen 60" W x 80" L x 10" H

Bear Memory Foam: 70 lbs

King 76” W x 80”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 97 lbs

King 76" W x 80" L x 10" H

Bear Memory Foam: 90 lbs

Cal King 72” W x 84”x L x 10” H

Nolah 10” Original: 95 lbs

Cal King72" W x 84" L x 10" H

Bear Memory Foam: 90 lbs


The Bear mattress is shipped from one of their US warehouses within 7 days of ordering. The Nolah Original 10 (and Signature 12) is a bespoke mattress. Therefore, every customer receives a mattress that is made especially for them. The Nolah Original 10 goes into production within 3 days of ordering and leaves the US factory within 3-5 business days. Once it leaves the factory it will take a further 2-5 days before it reaches the customer. The Nolah Original 10 bespoke production and delivery take 5-10 days in total. 

Trial Period and Return Policy

Bear offers a 100-night trial while Nolah offers a 120-night trial. Both Bear and Nolah will pick up the mattress from your home for free should you decide to send it back. Nolah will recycle the returned mattress where possible and refund the cost of the mattress in full. Bear mattress also offers a full refund when the mattress is returned within the trial period.  

Nolah 10 Original

Bear Mattress

120-night trial

100-night trial

Length of Warranty

Bear mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty while the Nolah Original 10 is covered by a 15-year warranty.

Nolah 10 Original

Bear Mattress

15-year warranty

10-year warranty

Firmness Level

The firmness of your new mattress will depend on the material used in its construction. The Bear mattress is made from gel-infused memory foam, conventional memory foam, and poly-foam. Bear mattress says the firmness level is 7.1 of 10 but acknowledges that certain independent reviews would class the Bear mattress firmness at 6.5 of 10. Nolah AirFoam™ guarantees a perfect medium firmness for the duration of its lifespan as it’s made from AirFoam™, an innovative new mattress material. 

Nolah 10 Original

Bear Mattress

Medium 5.5 of 10

Medium Firm 7 of 10

Ideal for Which Sleeping Position?

Your new mattress ought to be tailored to your individual sleep needs. Bear mattress is designed for every type of sleeper; back, side, stomach, and combi sleepers. Nolah AirFoam™ mattresses are made specifically for side sleepers because it’s designed to support not just every muscle but the sensitive hip and shoulder areas in one unanimous layer of AirFoam™. Though Nolah provides excellent support and comfort for all sleepers, it's particularly well-suited for side sleepers where the hips and shoulders are the most vulnerable areas. Therefore, requires a special type of supportive mattress designed especially for side sleepers.

Check out Nolah’s Guide to Sleeping Positions and Guide to Side Sleeping.

Pressure Point Relief

The Nolah Original 10 mattress provides 4 times greater pressure relief than memory foam. Muscles and joints receive far greater support which benefits your quality of sleep and could also benefit your health. Nolah conducted heat-mapping tests to prove this which can be found on their website.

Cooling and Breathability

The Nolah Original 10 is made from a breathable AirFoam™ that is a modern material made without the heat-trapping viscoelastic memory foam chemicals used in the traditional memory foam mattress. The breathable AirFoam™ does not absorb or store heat and ensures a cooling sleep experience for the duration of the mattress lifespan.   

Durability

Nolah’s Original 10 proved to be a 300% more durable than high-priced memory foam mattresses and 26 times more durable than their cheaper counterparts. Throughout a 100,000 cycles durability test, Nolah AirFoam™ loses a mere 0.03 of an inch in thickness. Most memory foam mattresses lose 300% in thickness during the same cycle.

Off-gassing

The Bear mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress are both odorless and CertiPUR-US® certified. Although when removed from the box, allow them to breathe for a few minutes to off-gas. This is perfectly harmless, it simply means to briefly air-out after being released from the air-tight box. The new mattress smell ought to dissipate within 24-hours.  

Comparison Summary

Both Bear and Nolah are respected mattress providers and you ought to expect a high level of customer care from each company. Mattress durability and price are two major concerns for anyone shopping for a new mattress. Memory foam mattresses are not as durable as AirFoam™.

While The Bear Memory Foam mattress is reasonably priced (for a conventional memory foam mattress) Today, a memory foam mattress is not the best investment for sleep health. Newer foam technologies offer better quality and price than conventional memory foam.

The Nolah Original 10 mattress is 100% free from memory foam and designed to offer extraordinary support and comfort for side sleepers. Therefore, offering a more bespoke mattress.

Nolah mattresses are made of 100% American materials in Nolah’s US factories and are made to order. Therefore, your mattress will only be produced after you place your order. Shopping for a new mattress doesn't need to be an arduous task.

Allow this comparison of The Bear mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress to help you make an informed decision.

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