Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Reviews Sleepopolis
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 in 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 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 add 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 (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 made from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compressed 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 the rapid 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 everybody 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 view as well. 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 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 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 response from testers is due to the amount they felt 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a enormous gap between the firmness levels of the two 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 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 put a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Reviews Sleepopolis
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I began 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 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 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 greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal just slightly raised levels of pressure in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like 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 pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to like 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 little on this side of the mattress, so if you are 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 small 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 small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in 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 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 chest for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Reviews Sleepopolis
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress into the other.
With this test 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 graphic above shows the Layla did a excellent job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally 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 show similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to have a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound 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 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 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 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 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 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 pound 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’re 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 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 surface of the mattress a fantastic 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 somewhat more. In this place I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. As soon as I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of this 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 pretty 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 nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Reviews Sleepopolis
- Sleep Trial: there’s 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’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 use copper infused memory foam to give 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 substances used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the copper extract in the memory foam of their 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 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 event.