Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Uk
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 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 in 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 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 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 foundation or support center 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 portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pushed 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 that the memory contouring to my hands.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is 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 a bit differently. Rather than giving just my view on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view 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. 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, showing 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 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 somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s 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 give 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 back, side, and stomach. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Uk
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 fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction 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 little 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 at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show just slightly raised levels of stress 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.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain 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 find that my hips sank in a bit 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 body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer but, with the quick transition into 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 did not feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
As soon as 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 believe 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 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 believe that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Uk
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want 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 useful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress into another.
With this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified 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 drop simulates somebody 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 part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. So as 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 various sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up from 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 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 entire surface then edge support is something you’re going to want 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 have a look at how I would feel near the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When 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. When 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 edge of the Layla I concentrate 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 this 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 to the firm support layer is much quicker.
As soon as 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 fairly well.
Finally, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression throughout the surface of the mattress, there was still some total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Uk
- 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 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 provide 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 unique components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the copper infusion in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.