Layla Mattress Review Reviews Of Layla Mattress
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer 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 stress 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: Below the comfort coating 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 functions 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 (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 made from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is 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 gives the Layla its shape.
When I pushed 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 building of the Layla and could feel that the memory contouring to my hands.
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 that 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 everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the general 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 graph above shows the resulting scores from the testers for either side 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 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 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 is notable that there isn’t a massive difference 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 seem to sit just on both sides 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 put a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Reviews Of Layla Mattress
First up in the pressure map test was the soft side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this place my weight was fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire 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 pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a little bit 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 because there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal only slightly raised levels of pressure in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like 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 found 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 may 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 might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
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 shape from the memory foam layer however, 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 didn’t sink in too far so I did not feel stuck in 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 usually not great for side sleepers and I believe strict or bigger 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 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 likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Reviews Of Layla Mattress
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish 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 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 quantified the disturbance on the opposite 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 fall simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes graphic 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 performing 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 effects on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of 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 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place 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 individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from 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 lb 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 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 need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you’re going to need 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 would feel close to the side 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 position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When I shifted positions to my side I 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 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 place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected from such a thick layer of soft foam.
Once I flipped the mattress firm side up I lied down on my back and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition to 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 throughout the comfort layer, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Finally, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Reviews Of Layla Mattress
- 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’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 provide 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 substances used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great 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 to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.