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Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 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 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 (using 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 of 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 quick 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 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 palms.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there’s 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 center beneath it, which is a noticeable change 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. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall 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 either side 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 that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be 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 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 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’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 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 Ad
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this place my weight was fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, so that 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 began to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show only slightly raised levels of stress in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 found this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can 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 may prefer the firm side of the Layla.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of shape 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. Despite the fact that there was a slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
When I rolled onto my side 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 think strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my stomach and found that the firm side of the Layla did a fantastic job of keeping my buttocks 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 Ad
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like when another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress into the other.
With this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be quite 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 four inch drop. This fall simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results 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 reveal similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of 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 pound 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 individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in 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 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 entire surface then edge support is something you’re going to want 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 would feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once 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. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but this is to be expected from 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 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 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 Ad
- 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 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 classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few 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 infusion in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not sure which firmness level is ideal 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 unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.