Layla Twin Mattress

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Layla Mattress Review Layla Twin Mattress


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During this review I take a look at the double-sided Layla mattress that allows sleepers to select between different firmness levels, depending on which side they choose to face up. During this review I will describe the operation of the Layla for both the firm and soft sides of the mattress. If you are interested in learning more about the Layla mattresses, continue reading for my full review! Layla Twin Mattress

 

Construction

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The Layla is an all foam mattress consisting of four different layers. As I mentioned previously, it is a double sided mattress which allows the sleeper to choose between a firm or soft texture depending on their preference.
Cover:  The Layla cover is constructed of a soft polyester blend that I found to get a bit of a cozy feeling to it. Along with the soft texture, the cover has a gel extract to aid with temperature regulation and cooling. I should also note that the cover is fully removable for dry cleaning.

Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 for pressure relief. This substance 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 (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.

Support:  What could be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.

Firm Comfort: The comfort layer of the firm side of the Layla is made of 1 inch of the same aluminum infused memory foam as the soft side of the mattress. With just an inch of memory foam, the sleeper won’t sink far into the layla on this side up, but will still feel some contouring. Another reason this side will feel firmer is that there’s no transition between the comfort and support layers.

 

Firmness


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When 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 into 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 shift from the soft side of the Layla.

Due to differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view also. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides of the mattress.

The graph above shows the resulting scores from the testers for either side 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 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 believe 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’s notable that there isn’t a enormous difference between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does appear to sit just on either side of medium firmness.

 

Pressure Map


Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to provide 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 backside, and stomach. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Twin Mattress

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First up from 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 body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it started 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.

After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show only slightly raised levels of pressure in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, such as 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.

Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency 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 bit on this side of the mattress, so if you are a strict stomach sleeper you might prefer the firm side of the Layla.

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Once 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 contour 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. Despite the fact that there was a slight memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.

As soon as I rolled onto my side that 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 believe strict or larger 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Twin Mattress

 

Motion Transfer


If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is useful 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 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty 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 four 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 doing 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 over and both are well below the average disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.

 

Sinkage Test


For lots of 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. So as to get a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and put 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 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 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 pound 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 pound steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.

 

Edge Support


If you are going to share a mattress with a partners and will need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are 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 close to the face of the Layla mattress.

I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near 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 shifted 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 the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.

By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of 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.

As soon as 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.

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. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Twin Mattress

 

Basic Information


  • Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period with this mattress.
  • Warranty: Layla provides a lifetime guarantee on this mattress.
  • Shipping: Shipping is free to the continental United States. The Layla will arrive compressed in a box.

 

Size and Pricing


Size Dimensions Weight Price
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 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 materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the copper 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’re not sure which firmness level is right for you and want 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 different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.

Click here to find out more about the mattress on Layla’s site.