Setup involved releasing the compressed bed from its cardboard box onto my slatted bed frame and cutting through the many layers of tightly wrapped plastic to let it expand to its full size (with how thick the mattress is, I was shocked it had been able to fit in its rather modestly sized box). The whole process took under 10 minutes, though Nolah suggests waiting a full 24 hours for your bed to reach peak firmness (thankfully there was no off-gassing odor to deal with). Once a day had passed, I performed an initial flop test to see what the bed was giving.
My immediate impression was that the Evo15 and I were going to be fast friends. The brand ranks the bed a squarely medium mattress (a 5 to 6 out of 10 on its own firmness scale), but I’d even up that rating to a 7.5. I had chosen the middle “luxury firm” firmness level, an in-between for the plush and firmer option that exist and highly recommend it for anyone else looking for the Goldilocks-ean “not too soft but not too hard” feel.
Falling asleep in this bed feels like a treat, especially after a long day. In the past I’ve experienced adjustment periods where my body needs time to get used to a mattress, but not with Nolah, which let me get a full night of solid sleep from the get-go.
Combining both the comfort of foam and the support of innerspring coils, hybrids are generally a desirable option for most sleepers. Though lots of memory foam mattress opponents criticize the material for being too hot, the Evo15 features several cooling elements such as a heat-dissipating cover and multiple memory foam layers designed to draw excess heat away from sweaty sleepers (like its proprietary graphite-infused AirFoamICE and AirBreath foams). Throughout most hot nights, I really feel these materials working together, so I’m not kicking off the covers in a stuffy fit.
The Evo15 lives up to its medium firm rating (if not slightly firmer), and as a devoted side sleeper, I appreciated how the cushioning pillow top and upper foam transition layers hug and support my body. Prior to testing the Evo15, I had slept on both a too-firm mattress and a too-soft all-foam mattress that just didn’t do any favors for my back. As someone who’s suffered chronic joint and back pain, I found this design’s contouring quality was top-tier for pressure relief, but I still had ample support thanks to the coils.
The Evolution hybrid mattress also excels in suppressing motion transfer, which I tested by placing a bottle of water in the middle of the mattress and bouncing a 50-pound weight along the sides to monitor the water level. Thanks to a reinforced perimeter of support coils lining the interior, the Evo15 also has great edge support and durability. The mattress didn’t sag when I sat on the edge, plus I feel extremely secure when laying down and rolling around from side to side.
New mattresses are, in my humble opinion, a splurge-worthy item. The Evo15 definitely isn’t cheap, but with promotions that put the price tag nearly 30% off its usual $2,000-plus on a regular basis (and an added discount right now for AD readers), I’d say the mattress is definitely an accessible option for the masses. Nolah even has a generous 120-night trial to decide whether the bed is right for you, or your money back.
Easy setup, a generous sleep trial period, and emphasis on quality aside, with the Evo15, I genuinely look forward to bedtime. This luxury hybrid mattress is the definition of versatile. It can easily accommodate all types of sleeping positions—including back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers—thanks to its foam comfort layers that target pressure points and its innerspring coil system that allows just the right amount of sinkage. With multiple design features geared towards airflow for hot sleepers, like graphite-infused memory foam and fibers to release body heat, it’s also a very cooling mattress that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable or sticky.
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