Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Nyc
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of aluminum 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 material has a slow response to pressure and provides 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 help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring a tiny 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 should also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered 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 hands.
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 centre 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 general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This gives you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from either side of the mattress.
The graph 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 moderate firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, revealing the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 reaction from testers is due to the amount they felt they were sinking to the support layer of the Layla. I personally 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 isn’t a enormous gap between the firmness levels of both sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll 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 in addition to the mattress and lied on my backside, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Nyc
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I started 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 started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, so 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 bit further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal just slightly raised levels of pressure in those 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 permit the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be quite 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 have a tendency to like firmer mattresses as they maintain 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 might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, with the rapid transition to 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 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 generally 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Nyc
If you’re sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like if the other 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 into another.
For this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified the disturbance on the other 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 4 inch drop. This drop simulates someone 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 slightly 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 portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of or 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 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 individuals to show 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 pound 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 whole surface then edge support is something you’re going to want 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 side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty near the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
When I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that’s expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected out of such a thick layer of soft foam.
After 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 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 layer, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression throughout the surface of the mattress, there was still some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Nyc
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period with 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’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s 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 sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of unique 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 their relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not sure which firmness level is ideal for you and need 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 unique tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.