Layla Mattress Review Helix Mattress Vs Layla
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to pressure and provides 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 aid with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort coating is a 2 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) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
When I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found 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’s still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing into the firm side is that the rapid transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support centre beneath it, which is a noticeable change 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 view 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 either side of the mattress.
The graph above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides 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, showing 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 felt they were sinking into 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 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 appear 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 placed a pressure map on top of 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). Helix Mattress Vs Layla
First up in the pressure map test was the tender side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this position my weight was fairly evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire 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 little 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 reveal just slightly raised levels of pressure in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they permit the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable while lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep 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’re a strict stomach sleeper you may prefer the firm side of the Layla.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of shape 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 didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
When I rolled onto my side that I quickly 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 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 believe that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Helix Mattress Vs Layla
If you’re 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 throughout the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress into another.
For this test I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified 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 four inch drop. This fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results 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 have seen while performing 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 effects on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the average disturbance when 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.
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. In order to get 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 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure 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 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 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 pound 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 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 began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and proceeded 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 again dug into the mattress a bit 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 coating squeeze somewhat, but again that’s expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of 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.
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 into the firm support layer is much quicker.
When 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 total compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Helix Mattress Vs Layla
- 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’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s 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 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 as well as the aluminum extract in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal 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’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.