Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review in brief
The Lola Cool is a hybrid mattress that combines bouncy foams and pocket coils, and is designed to offer a supportive sleep experience with superior temperature regulation. We called in a double sized mattress to see how it compares to the rest of today’s best mattresses. Our lead reviewer slept on it for over a month, and also enlisted the help of a panel of other testers of different body types and with different sleep preferences to share their thoughts too. You’ll find a detailed overview below, along with the results of our tests to assess things like motion isolation and edge support. In a rush? Here’s the sort version.
Lola Cool Hybrid specs
Materials: Foams, pocket springs
Firmness: 6.5 (we rate 7.5-8)
Depth: 23cm / 9 inches
Trial period: 100 nights
Warranty: 5 years
Price bracket: Mid / upper-mid range
This mattress is billed as being 6.5 out of 10 in terms of firmness. We judged it to be more like a 7.5-8. The upper levels of foam are springy and responsive, rather than having the slow-moving feel of memory foam. We were impressed with how well this mattress regulated temperature and had no issues with the foams trapping body heat or leading to sweaty nights.
Our testers found the Lola Cool was best suited to back or stomach sleeping, with even support and comfortable cushioning in this position. Most of our panel found it a little too firm for side sleeping, with the springy surface causing pressure to build up in their shoulder in this position.
The benefit of the bouncier surface is that this mattress is nice and easy to change position on, but a down-side is that it means there is some motion transfer. If you share a bed, you might feel your partner’s movements reverberating across the surface. It should only be an issue if you’re a light sleeper, though.
Price-wise, you can expect not to have to pay full RRP. With the regular discounts, the Lola Cool sits somewhere on the border between mid and upper-mid price brackets, making it competitive in the wider market. However, we were disappointed by the warranty – at just 5 years, it’s the shortest we’ve seen, and less time than we’d expect a mattress to last for, given normal use. Want some more detail? Read on for our full Lola Cool mattress review.
Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Price
- On the cusp between mid-range and upper mid-range price brackets
- Double is £1,199 at RRP but usually discounted to £599
You shouldn’t have to pay full price for the Lola Cool Hybrid. Discounts of 50% off are common, and take this mattress down into the mid-range price bracket (right at the cusp of mid/upper-mid). When we were researching for this Lola mattress review, a popup offered us an extra 15% off with email signup, so it’s probably worth keeping an eye out for that if you’re purchasing.
Here’s a run-down of the RRPs for each size, and how much you can expect to actually pay:
- Single size: Out of stock at time of writing, no pricing available
- Double size: RRP £1,199 (usually sold at £599)
- King size: RRP £1,299 (usually sold at £649)
- Super King size: RRP £1,399 (usually sold at £699)
This is a relatively new mattress brand so we aren’t familiar with its particular deals patterns yet. However, if it fits with when you need to buy, the Black Friday mattress deals are a good bet for a bargain – this event traditionally delivers the lowest prices of the year. Depending on the mattress sale happening at the time, this model is roughly in line with the Otty Original Hybrid mattress and REM-FIT 500 Ortho Hybrid.
Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Design
- Hybrid mattress with layers of different foams alongside pocket springs
- Well designed handles on the edges for easy maneuvering
- Cover can be removed and machine-washed
The Lola Cool is a 23cm tall hybrid mattress, made in the UK. The uppermost inside layer is 5cm of foam, infused with gel to promote cooling (in reality, such infusions are unlikely to have much, if any, effect on how a mattress behaves in practice, but they’re widespread across the market anyway). This sits on top of a layer of support foam. It’s described as ‘open cell’, but all mattress foams are open-cell. Neither of these is described as memory foam.
Below the two layers of foam you’ll find the layer of 15cm pocket springs. Springs allow air to circulate through a mattress, boosting breathability, and because they’re individually wrapped, they should promote motion isolation too.
Beneath the springs is a layer of ‘high density’ foam. This is zoned to provide extra softness and support just where it’s needed. (On the diagram, there looks to be an extra layer of foam between the springs and zoned foam, but there’s no mention of this on the written description.)
The honeycomb-textured top cover can be zipped off and machine washed, and the bottom cover is non-slip, to keep your mattress in place on your bed frame. On the edges you’ll find looped handles, to make maneuvering the mattress easier.
Everything feels well-made and secure, and the lower cover fabric and loop handles in particular are nicely designed and constructed. The upper fabric is fine but doesn’t feel especially high-end. It’ll be covered by a sheet anyway.
The size range covers the main four options: single bed size, double bed size, king bed size and super king. There’s no small double here, and the single had been out of stock for a while during the writing of this review.
Mattress foam isn’t very environmentally friendly, so it’s good to see Lola making an effort towards sustainability. Delivery is carbon-neutral, it says it’ll plant a tree for every product sold, and the whole thing is (theoretically) recyclable at the end of its life too. Lola also promises that any waste foam from production will be recycled into new types of foam.
Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Support and comfort
- Springy, slightly bouncy sleep surface that’s easy to move around on
- We rate an 8 out of 10 in terms of firmness (Lola rates it 6.5)
- A little firm for some side sleepers
This mattress has a responsive surface – so when you press on it, it springs back immediately, rather than taking a few seconds to re-expand. If you’re looking for a sink-in, slow-moving memory foam, this isn’t it. The foam layers are thick enough that you can’t feel the springs beneath, and the feel is uniform all over. There’s a little bounce, and the responsive foams make it easy to change position on.
When we placed a 10kg weight in the centre of the mattress, it sank in 2.6 inches. We’d rate this around an 8 out of 10 in terms of firmness. That’s a fair bit firmer than Lola’s assessment of 6.5. Note: when this mattress was first delivered, it felt firmer, but it softened up a little over a week or two.
Our petite, lightweight tester found it most comfortable for back or stomach sleeping, but too firm for side sleeping. Our average weight tester found fairly comfortable in all positions, although over time felt pressure building up in her shoulder when lying on her side. The best mattresses for side sleepers tend to be on the softer side, to allow the shoulders an hips to sink in a little. More of a slow-moving memory foam can also be a good choice for this sleep style, as it helps with pressure relief – the Lola’s foams are perhaps a little too buoyant for this.
Our panel all agreed the Lola Cool Hybrid was most comfortable for back or stomach sleeping, offering a nice balance of cushioning and support, with nice even distribution of body weight. However, our average weight back sleeper felt she was on the cusp on their hips sinking too low into the mattress, and would be wary of recommending it to much heavier people who like to lie on their back (in that case, look for a firmer option).
Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Performance
- Some motion transfer across the surface of the mattress
- Good temperature regulation, no issues with overheating
- Edge support is also sturdy enough for most use cases
As well as our general comfort assessment, we also tested this mattress in other key areas of performance, including motion isolation, edge support, and cooling, and awarded individual scores for each. Read on for our results with the Lola Cool.
Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress absorbs movements on its surface. This is especially important if you have a restless bed-mate, or one on a different sleep schedule to you. To gain an objective idea of the level of motion isolation offered by the Lola Cool, we placed a wine glass in the centre of the mattress and dropped a 10kg weight at various distances away. The glass fell over at 4 inches, wobbled at 10 and didn’t budge at 25 inches away.
When there were two people sleeping in the bed, we did feel a little motion transfer across the surface. While it wasn’t a problematic amount for our testers, if you’re a light sleeper and share a bed, you should look for a less bouncy option.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
For a mattress with ‘cool’ literally in the name, you’d expect this Lola model to excel when it comes to temperature regulation. The design includes gel-infused foam and ‘open-cell’ foam, but in reality these don’t mean much – the proof of how well a mattress regulates temperature is really only clear when you sleep on it.
We were pretty impressed with this mattress’ cooling powers. We slept on it during a fairly dismal UK summer with a few muggy nights, and never felt the mattress was contributing to us feeling too warm. It warms to a neutral temperature overnight but doesn’t cling on to body heat as we have experienced with other models.
Score: 4 out of 5
When we placed our 10kg weight on the edge of this mattress, it sank in 2.5 inches. That’s slightly less than the sinkage in the centre, which is a good result. That was reflected in our real-world experience – we could confidently sit on the edge of the Lola Cool without fear of rolling off, and lying near the edge was similarly comfortable.
However, if you want a super-sturdy edge – for example if you have mobility issues and need to be able to press up on the edge of the mattress to get up – you might be better looking for a mattress with either a firmer overall feel or a higher proportion of springs.
Score: 4 out of 5
Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Delivery & setup
- Free two-person delivery to room of choice
- 5 year warranty is the shortest we’ve seen
- Option to add old mattress disposal for a small fee
As a bed in a box mattress, the Lola Cool Hybrid is compressed, rolled and boxed for delivery. That makes it suitable to delivery into building with cramped stairwells or narrow hallways, for example. But don’t make the mistake of thinking small = light, because typically it’ll still be a two-person job to maneuver a boxed mattress into place.
Happily, Lola takes care of some of the of hard work by including two-person delivery to your room of choice for free. You can also pay an extra £20 to have your old mattress collected and recycled, which is cheaper than most other brands that offer this add-on.
This mattress comes with a 100-night trial period. The warranty info is well hidden on the Lola website, which is never a great sign, but on reaching out to a customer service rep the brand confirmed the model comes with a five-year guarantee. That’s the shortest we’ve seen, and less than we’d expect a mattress to last for. Elsewhere, the brand’s website states that the mattress is stress-tested to mimic 10 years of use.
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Lola Cool Hybrid mattress review: Customer reviews
- A suspiciously perfect 5* average based on 89 review (Aug 2023)
- Lots of praise for the delivery service in particular
At time of writing, the Lola Cool was fairly new out, so there weren’t loads of reviews to consult. We’re also suspicious because of the 89 reviews currently available (August 2023), every single one is five stars.
There’s not much to pull out in terms of specifics – plenty of people praise how comfortable this mattress is and how it has improved their sleep. We also spotted a few reviews from people who said it had helped with their back pain (for more advice, head to our guide to the type of mattress that’s best for back pain). One thing that did stand out was that a lot of people were enthusiastic about the delivery service in particular.
Should you buy the Lola Cool Hybrid mattress?
We’d recommend the Lola Cool Hybrid mattress to back or stomach sleepers of light or average weight, who will appreciate the springy cushioning, with even support across the whole body. Good temperature regulation means it’s suitable for those who run hot at night, and it also offers decent edge support and some useful design touches – the removable and washable cover and neat loop handles are convenient.
Our review panel found pressure built up in their shoulders while lying on their sides, so if you’re a habitual side sleepers you might be better off with something softer, or that offers more pronounced contouring. An exception might be heavyweight side sleepers who need that bit more firmness. The Lola Cool also wouldn’t be our first choice for light sleepers who share a bed, as they’ll likely be disturbed by their partner’s movements. Overall though, a decent all-rounder for a reasonable price.