Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Which Side Is Firm
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 3 inches of aluminum 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 for pressure relief. This substance has a slow response to stress and provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla comprised the aluminum infusion to aid with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort layer is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a little bit of support to the mattress and acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center below. I must also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compacted pretty readily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the construction of the Layla and could feel the memory contouring to my hands.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is 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 centre beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion also. This gives 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, showing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 believe the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they believed they were sinking into the support layer of the Layla. I personally felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it enabled me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a massive gap between the firmness levels of both sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there will be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does appear to sit just on either side of medium firmness.
Instead of merely describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone 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 picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Which Side Is Firm
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this position my weight was fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show only slightly raised levels of pressure in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the soft side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure 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 pressure map again shows low pressure across my body. There was a small 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 in too far so I did not feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I quickly pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and began to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is usually not great for side sleepers and I think strict or larger 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 good job of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my torso for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Which Side Is Firm
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress to another.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the larger the disturbance.
I performed this test on the soft side of the Layla first and was really impressed with the results on the 4 inch drop. This fall simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes picture above shows the Layla did a excellent job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally bigger 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 part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. So as to get a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and put 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 people to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in the sinkage test I measured the results for the soft side of the Layla.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 pound 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 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you are going to share a mattress with a partners and need to use the whole surface then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved 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 from a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I 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 somewhat, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected out of this a thick layer of soft foam.
After 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 into the firm support layer is much quicker.
As soon as I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression throughout the comfort layer, but the support layer held up pretty 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. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Which Side Is Firm
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers 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 have taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it is 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 give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of unique components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the copper extract in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is ideal for you and want just two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.