Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Canada
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of aluminum 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 pressure and offers 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 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 (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 pounds ) 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 fast 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 easily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the construction of the Layla and could feel that the memory contouring to my palms.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing to the firm side is that the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion 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 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 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 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 allowed me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a enormous gap 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 seem 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 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 back, side, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Canada
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 position I could feel myself sinking into 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 added 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 stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show just 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 since 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 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 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a small feeling of shape 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. 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 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 larger 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 good 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 favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Canada
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 high degree of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation 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 drop simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes picture 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 motion transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
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. In order to get a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put 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 people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from the sinkage test I quantified 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 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 are 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 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’d feel near 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 surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border 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 out of this 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 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 pretty well.
Finally, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression throughout the top of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall 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 Canada
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period with 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’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 utilize aluminum 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 couple of different components in the substances 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 the relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is right for you and want just two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.