Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Rating
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 fairly 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 provides 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 aid 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 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 must also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compacted 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 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 quick 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 a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my view on the general 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. Generally 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, revealing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 feel the variance in response from testers is a result of the amount they believed they were sinking to 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a enormous gap 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.
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 put 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 Mattress Rating
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I started on my back. In this place 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 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 as there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show only slightly raised levels of pressure in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can lead to lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you might 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 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 did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
As soon as I rolled onto my side that 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 bigger 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 chest for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Rating
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is useful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the larger 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 graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 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 show similar effects 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 fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel as though 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 balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb 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 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 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 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound 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 will need to use the whole 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 have 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 close to the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
Once I shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit more. In this place 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 layer compress somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus 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 out of 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 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 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 top of the mattress, there was still some total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Rating
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla provides 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 utilize aluminum infused memory foam to give 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 which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not certain which firmness level is right 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 event.