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Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of copper 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 for pressure relief. This substance has a slow response to pressure and offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla comprised the aluminum 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 acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support core below. I should also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is made from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compacted 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 hands.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there’s still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing into the firm side is that the rapid transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support centre beneath it, which is a noticeable shift 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. Rather than 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 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 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 believe the variance in response from testers is due to 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 allowed me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t a enormous 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 appear 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 stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Customer Service
First up from the pressure map test was the tender side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this place 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.
After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as 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 pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach 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 discover 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.
Once 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 slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side 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 think strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched 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 likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Customer Service
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 throughout the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty 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 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 slightly 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 movement transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the very 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 like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. So as to get a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound 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 people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in the sinkage test I quantified 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 pound 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 pound 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 need to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to take 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 moved pretty close to 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 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 layer compress somewhat, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one place. I did see a fairly 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 to the firm support layer is much 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 border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the top 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 whole side down. Layla Mattress Customer Service
- 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
|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 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 which 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 sure which firmness level is ideal 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.