Layla Mattress Review Layla Memory Foam Mattress Review
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 provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam may have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: beneath 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 functions as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center below. I should 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 could be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides 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 pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compressed pretty easily. 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 is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing into 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 everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my view on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion also. This will give 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 either side 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, showing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be advertised.
There was a pretty 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 reaction from testers is a result of 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 allowed me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a massive difference between the firmness levels of both sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does seem 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 someone may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Memory Foam Mattress Review
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft 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 reaction to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal only slightly raised levels of stress in these regions. 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.
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 enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can lead to lower back pain. I did find that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you might 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 shape from the memory foam layer but, with the rapid transition into the firm support layer, this side of the Layla did a good job of keeping my spine aligned. Despite the fact that there was a small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I did not feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
When I rolled onto my side I immediately 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 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Memory Foam Mattress Review
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress to the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the other 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 four inch drop. This drop simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the results graphic above shows the Layla did a excellent job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally 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 motion transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the normal disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel as though they are sitting on top of 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 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to quantify 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 outcomes 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 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
Next up from 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 lb 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 want 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’d feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus all my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected from such 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 through the comfort coating, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Finally, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was still some total compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Memory Foam Mattress Review
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla provides a lifetime warranty 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 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 utilize aluminum infused memory foam to give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the traditional memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there will be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.