Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Company
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of copper 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 pressure and offers 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 aid with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort layer 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 functions 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 could be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is 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.
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 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 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 everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion also. This will give 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 either side 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, revealing 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 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam beneath 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 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 give a visual representation of where somebody 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 backside, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Company
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this place my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response 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 bit further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure 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 as 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.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain 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 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 shows low pressure across my 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. Despite the fact that there was a small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side I immediately pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and started to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is generally 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 fantastic job of keeping my buttocks 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 probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Company
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish to know what it will feel like if the other 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 is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the opposite 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 fall simulates somebody changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was slightly bigger 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 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 drop 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 as though 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 lb 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 people to demonstrate 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 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb 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 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 take a look at how I would feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that 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 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 through the comfort layer, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Finally, 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. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Company
- Sleep Trial: There is 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’ve 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 in and provides the traditional memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few 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 aluminum extract in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not certain 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 will be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the event.