Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the softer 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 for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to stress 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: beneath the comfort layer is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring a little bit of support to the mattress and functions as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center 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 would be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When 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 hands.
When pressing to 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 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.
Due to differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion 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 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 into the support layer of the Layla. I personally felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it enabled 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 massive 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 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 somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map in addition to 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
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 entire body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little 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 pressure in these 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which may lead to lower back pain. I did find 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again shows low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the quick 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 small memory foam feeling, I didn’t 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 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 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 believe that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other 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 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be quite 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 4 inch drop. This drop simulates someone 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 movement 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 normal disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good 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 or sinking into bed. In order to have 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 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 measured 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 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 pound 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 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 take a look at how I would feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like 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 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. When I hung of this 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 border of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, 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 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 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. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress
- 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 utilize aluminum infused memory foam to give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink 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 as well as the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.