Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Side Sleeper
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 pressure 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 coating is a two 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 core below. I should also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s 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 gives the Layla its shape.
When 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 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 that 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 everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than 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 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 medium firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, showing 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 feel the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they felt 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 is notable that there isn’t a massive 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 either side 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 placed 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 Side Sleeper
First up in 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 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 pressure, so that 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 began to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal just slightly raised levels of stress in these areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the soft 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 pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to like firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, with the rapid transition into 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 aspect.
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 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Side Sleeper
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish 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 useful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress to the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the opposite 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 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 excellent 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 movement transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of 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 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 quantify how much they compress the surface.
These various 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 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 lb 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 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 whole surface then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When I shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When 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 focus 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 again and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition to the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
When I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression throughout the comfort layer, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Eventually, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless 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 Side Sleeper
- Sleep Trial: There is 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 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 few unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which 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 for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.