Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Reviews
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 in for pressure relief. This substance has a slow response to stress and provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring 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 should 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 constructed from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed 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 into the firm side of the mattress there’s still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing to the firm side is that the rapid 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.
Due to differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat 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 gives 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. 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 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 believe the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they believed they were sinking into 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 beneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a enormous 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.
Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to provide a visual representation of where somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Reviews
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this position my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire 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 response 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 started to dig a bit further into the mattress because 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 only slightly raised levels of pressure in these regions. 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 quite comfortable while lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again shows low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, 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 slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink in too far so I did not feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I immediately 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 think 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 fantastic job of keeping my hips 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 prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Reviews
If you’re sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish to know what it will feel like if 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 is detectable from one side of the mattress into the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be quite intuitive: the larger 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 4 inch drop. This fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results picture 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’ve 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 reveal 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 fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of 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 a person might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb 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 individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from 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 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb 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 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share a mattress with a partners and will 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 close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic 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 somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but this 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 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 throughout the comfort layer, 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 overall 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 Mattress Reviews
- Sleep Trial: There is 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 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 give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink 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 in addition to the copper extract in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not certain which firmness level is right for you and need just two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.