Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Height
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 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 would be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compacted pretty readily. 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 palms.
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 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. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This gives 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 medium firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/10, showing 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 reaction 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 enabled 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 massive gap between the firmness levels of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there will be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does seem 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 someone 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 backside, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Height
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 that I felt like changing positions took a little bit of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a bit 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 pressure map results reveal only slightly raised levels of stress in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers since they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when 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 like 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 bit on this side of the mattress, so if you are a strict stomach sleeper you might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again shows low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, 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 small memory foam feeling, I did not sink in too far so I did not feel stuck at 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 think strict or larger 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 think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Height
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like if another 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’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress to another.
For 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 bigger 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 great 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’ve 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 results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
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 have a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put 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 show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in the sinkage test I measured 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 lb 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’re going to want to take 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’d feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When 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 shape to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected out of 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.
As soon as I rolled onto my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression through 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. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Height
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers 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’s time to discuss who it would be a fantastic 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 in and provides the traditional 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 which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the copper infusion in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is right 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 unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.