Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Complaints
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 3 inches of copper infused memory foam (3.5 lb density). This is a fairly thick layer of memory foam, which is a soft material that will allow the sleeper to sink in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to pressure and provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring a tiny bit of support to the mattress and functions as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support core below. I should also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compressed pretty readily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the building of the Layla and could feel that the memory contouring to my palms.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there’s still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing to the firm side is the rapid transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Due to differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for either side of the mattress. Generally a mattress with a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale is considered moderate firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, revealing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be advertised.
There was a fairly large range on the firmness of the firm side of the Layla, with scores ranging from 5.5/10 to 7/10. I feel the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they felt they were sinking to the support layer of the Layla. Personally, I felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it allowed me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a enormous gap between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there will be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does seem to sit just on either side of medium firmness.
Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to provide a visual representation of where somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Complaints
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this place my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show only slightly raised levels of stress in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers as they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to like firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a little on this side of the mattress, so if you are a strict stomach sleeper you may prefer the firm side of the Layla.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of shape from the memory foam layer however, with the rapid transition into the firm support layer, this side of the Layla did a good job of keeping my spine aligned. Even though there was a slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
As soon as I rolled onto my side I quickly pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and started to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is usually not great for side sleepers and I think strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched to lying on my stomach and found that the firm side of the Layla did a fantastic job of keeping my buttocks from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my chest for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Complaints
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like when another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the larger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
I performed this test on the soft side of the Layla first and was really impressed with the results on the four inch drop. This drop simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was slightly larger disturbance felt for the 8 and 12 inch drops, but these are some of the best results I’ve seen while doing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the movement transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the average disturbance compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from the sinkage test I measured the results for the soft side of the Layla.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 pound steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
Next up in the sinkage test was the firm side of the mattress.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share a mattress with a partners and will need to use the whole surface then edge support is something you are going to need to have a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of this a thick layer of soft foam.
Once I flipped the mattress firm side up I lied down on my back again and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition to the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
As soon as I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression through the comfort coating, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression throughout the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Complaints
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla provides a lifetime guarantee on this mattress.
- Shipping: Shipping is free to the continental United States. The Layla will arrive compressed in a box.
Size and Pricing
|Twin||38″ x 74″ x 10″||50 lbs||$499|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||55 lbs||$599|
|Full||54” x 74” x 10”||70 lbs||$799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10″||80 lbs||$899|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$999|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs||$999|
Is Layla Right for You?
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s time to discuss who it would be a fantastic fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla utilize aluminum infused memory foam to provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink and provides the classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the copper infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and need just two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.