Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Video
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to stress 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: 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 center 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 could be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When 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 building 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 into the firm side is the quick 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 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 either side of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides of the mattress. In general 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, 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 reaction from testers is a result of the amount they believed 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 massive gap between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll 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 provide 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 back, side, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Video
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 fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my 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 stress, so that I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added 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 sometimes have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal just slightly raised levels of stress in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to like firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which may lead to lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a little 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 shows low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer but, 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 small memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I did not feel stuck in the mattress on this aspect.
As soon as 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 changed 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 prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Video
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, 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 another.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb 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 bigger 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 fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 doing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the motion transfer portion 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 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 many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though 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 chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound 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 people to demonstrate 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 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’re going to share a mattress with a partners and need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are 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’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I started 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 top of the mattress a good amount in this place, 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 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 is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but this is to be expected from this 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 to 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 throughout the comfort coating, 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 top of the mattress, there was still some total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Video
- 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’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 different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the aluminum extract in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure 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’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.