Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Depth
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder 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 material has a slow response to pressure and provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam may 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 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 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 whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compressed pretty easily. 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 to 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 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 everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the overall 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 either side 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 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 believe the variance in response from testers is a result of the amount they believed 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 underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not 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 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 back, side, and stomach. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Depth
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft 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 entire body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to pressure, so that I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
After 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 sometimes have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal just slightly raised levels of pressure in these areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like 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 pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach 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 may result in lower back pain. I did find that my hips sank in a little on this side of the mattress, so if you are 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 entire 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. Even though there was a slight memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I did not feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side I quickly 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 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 buttocks from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Depth
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish to know what it will feel like when another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is useful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress into another.
With this test I dropped a 10 lb 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 pretty 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 fall simulates somebody changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the results 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 have seen while doing 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 over 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 fall.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of or 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 pound medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to quantify 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 quantified 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 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 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share a mattress with a partners and need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are going to need 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 would feel near the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
When I changed positions to my side I 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 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 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 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 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 top of the mattress, there was still some total 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 Depth
- 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’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 and provides the classic memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few unique 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 copper extract in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great 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 for use in a guest room where there will be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.