Layla Mattresses

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Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattresses


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During this review I take a look at the double-sided Layla mattress which allows sleepers to choose between different firmness levels, depending on which side they choose to face up. During this review I will explain the operation of the Layla for both the firm and soft sides of the mattress. If you are interested in learning more about the Layla mattresses, read on for my whole review! Layla Mattresses

 

Structure

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The Layla is an all foam mattress consisting of four different layers. As I mentioned before, it is a double sided mattress that allows the sleeper to choose between a firm or soft texture depending on their preference.
Cover:  The Layla cover is made from a soft polyester blend that I found to get a tiny cozy feeling to it. Together with the soft feel, the cover has a gel infusion to aid with temperature regulation and cooling. I should also note that the cover is fully removable for dry cleaning.

Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 for pressure relief. This substance 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 aid 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 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 center 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 fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.

Firm Comfort: The comfort layer of the firm side of the Layla is made of 1 inch of the same copper infused memory foam as the soft side of the mattress. With only an inch of memory foam, the sleeper won’t sink far into the layla on this side up, but will still feel some contouring. Another reason this side will feel firmer is that there is not any transition between the comfort and support layers.

 

Firmness


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As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered 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 hands.

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 quick 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.

Due to 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 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 both sides of the mattress. In general 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 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 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.

It’s notable that there isn’t a massive difference 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.

 

Pressure Map


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 on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattresses

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First up from the pressure map test 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 position I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to stress, so that I felt like changing positions took a small amount of additional 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 higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes 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, like 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 quite comfortable while lying on my side.

Finally 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 lead to lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you may prefer the firm side of the Layla.

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After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of contour from the memory foam layer but, with the quick 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 small memory foam feeling, I did not sink in too far so I did not feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.

As soon as 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 believe strict or bigger 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 good 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 believe that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattresses

 

Motion Transfer


If you’re sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want 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 useful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress into another.

With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks 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 larger 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 somebody changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 have seen while performing 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 when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.

 

Sinkage Test


For many 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. In order to get a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.

These various 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 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 from the sinkage test was the firm side of the mattress.

  • 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
  • 10 pound steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.

 

Edge Support


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 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 top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this position, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.

Once I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat 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 is expected from softer foams.

By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus 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 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 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 border 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 total compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattresses

 

Standard Information


  • Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for 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


Size Dimensions Weight Price
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 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 classic memory foam feel 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 the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
  • Flippable Choice:  The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not sure 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 will be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.

Click here to learn more about the mattress on Layla’s website.