Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Forum
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 for pressure relief. This substance 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: Below the comfort layer is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring a tiny 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 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 base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found 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 hands.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there’s 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 shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everyone 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 opinion also. This gives 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 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 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 a result of the amount they believed they were sinking into the support layer of the Layla. I personally felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/10 as it allowed me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a enormous difference 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 appear to sit just on both sides of medium firmness.
Instead of just 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 back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Forum
First up in the pressure map test was the tender 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 position 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 little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit further into the mattress as 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 stress map results reveal just slightly raised levels of stress 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 allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found 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 entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which may 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 may prefer the firm side of the Layla.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the pressure map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight 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. 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.
As soon as 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 believe strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched to lying on my stomach and found that the firm side of the Layla did a good 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 favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Forum
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 during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress to another.
With this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty 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 4 inch drop. This drop simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes picture 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 have 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 many 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. So as to get a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks 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 measure 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 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 pound 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 are 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 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 near the edge. I definitely felt like 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 shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When I hung of this 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 border of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected from such a thick layer of soft foam.
Once 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 throughout 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 throughout the surface 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 Forum
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for 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
|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 use copper infused memory foam to provide 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 different components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not sure which firmness level is ideal for you and need 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 occasion.