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Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the softer 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 in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to stress 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 layer is a 2 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 (using an egg crate design) to allow 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 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part 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 building of the Layla and could feel the memory contouring to my palms.
When pressing to 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 quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable change from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my view on the overall 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 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 feel the variance in reaction from testers is due to the amount they believed 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 underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a massive difference between the firmness levels of the two 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 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 Order Status
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft 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 place I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to pressure, so that 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 started to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal only slightly raised levels of pressure in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the soft side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers as they permit 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.
Eventually 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 keep their hips from sinking, which can lead to 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 might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again shows low pressure across my entire body. There was a small feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the rapid transition to 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 slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink 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 started to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is generally not great for side sleepers and I believe strict or larger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed 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 torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Order Status
If you are 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 one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified 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 four inch drop. This drop simulates somebody changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the results picture above shows the Layla did a great 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 have 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 show similar effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to have 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 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to quantify how much they compress the surface.
These various sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in the sinkage test I quantified 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 lb 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 lb 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 entire surface then edge support is something you are going to want to have a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to take a look at how I’d 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 as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected from 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 into the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
When 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 still some total 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 Order Status
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers 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 fantastic fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla use copper 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 which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit 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 event.