Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Bear
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of copper infused memory foam (3.5 lb density). This is a pretty 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 offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam may have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla comprised the aluminum 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 add a tiny bit of support to the mattress and acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support core below. I must also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered 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 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 that the rapid transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support centre beneath it, which is a noticeable change 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. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This gives you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from either side of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides of the mattress. Generally a mattress with a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale is considered medium 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 a result of the amount they believed they were sinking into 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 massive 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 appear to sit just on both sides of medium firmness.
Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to give a visual representation of where somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Vs Bear
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this position my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to pressure, so that 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 started to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in these 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 found this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did find 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 slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the quick 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 small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I immediately pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and began to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is generally not great for side sleepers and I think strict or larger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my belly and found that the firm side of the Layla did a fantastic job of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my chest for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Bear
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish to know what it will feel like if 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 one side of the mattress to the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be quite intuitive: the bigger 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 4 inch drop. This drop 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 slightly 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 motion transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show 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 drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel like 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 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 pound 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’re going to share a mattress with a partners and 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 live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the top of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that’s expected from 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 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 throughout the comfort coating, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Eventually, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the top of the mattress, there was nevertheless some total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Vs Bear
- Sleep Trial: There is 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 good fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla use copper infused memory foam to provide 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 different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the copper extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is right for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.