Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Casper
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress includes 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 substance has a slow response to stress and offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla comprised the aluminum infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a little 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) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is made from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as 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 construction 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 centre 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 general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides 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 pretty 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 reaction from testers is due to the amount they felt 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t a massive difference 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 either side 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 someone 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 Vs Casper
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 into 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.
After I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in these areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as 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 quite 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 keep their hips from sinking, which can 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 pressure map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, 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 in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at 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 larger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my belly 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 think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Casper
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 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 other 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 four inch drop. This fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes picture above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally larger 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 motion transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar results 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 larger 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 like they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. So as 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 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put 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 measured 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 lb 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 will need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you’re 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 have a look at how I’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to 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 dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected from this a thick layer of soft foam.
Once 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 into 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 through the comfort layer, but the support layer held up fairly 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 top of the mattress, there was still some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Vs Casper
- 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
|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’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 classic memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of different 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 aluminum infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure 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’ll be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.