Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress In A Box
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 material has a slow response to stress and provides 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 help with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort layer is a two 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) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made of 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 part 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 that the memory contouring to my palms.
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 center beneath it, which is a noticeable shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody 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 also. 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 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 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 believe the variance in response from testers is a result of the amount they felt 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a massive 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 both sides of medium firmness.
Instead of just describing what it feels like to lie on a Layla mattress I wanted to provide 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 backside, and stomach. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress In A Box
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the tender 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 entire body. When lying in this place I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began 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 at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal only slightly raised levels of stress in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers as they permit 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 belly 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 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 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 entire body. There was a slight 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. Even though 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.
When 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 usually not great for side sleepers and I think strict or bigger 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress In A Box
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want 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 another.
With this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be quite 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 fall simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a excellent job isolating motion. As expected there was slightly 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 motion 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 same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to 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 lb 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 individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in 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 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 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 have a look at how I would feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this place 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 layer compress somewhat, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but this is to be expected from such a thick layer of soft foam.
Once 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 to the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
When 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.
Eventually, I sat up on the border of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression throughout the top of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress In A Box
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for 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 is 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 provide 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 unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the copper extract in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not sure which firmness level is right for you and need two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.