Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Box Spring
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder 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 offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help 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 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 (with an egg crate design) to allow 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 of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support regardless of 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 pushed 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 building of the Layla and could feel the memory contouring to my hands.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing into the firm side is that the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center 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 somewhat 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 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, revealing 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 feel the variance in reaction from testers is a result of the amount they felt they were sinking into the support layer of the Layla. Personally, I 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 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 will 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 put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Box Spring
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this position 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 into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, 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 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, such as 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 found this side of the mattress to be pretty 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 maintain 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.
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 contour from the memory foam layer however, 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 didn’t sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
As soon as I rolled onto my side that I immediately 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 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 fantastic job of keeping my hips 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 Box Spring
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like if the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb 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 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 results picture 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 movement transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. So as to have a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb 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 measure how much they compress the surface.
These different 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 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 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 pound 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’re going to want 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’d feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I started 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 surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, 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 contour to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that’s 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 from this a thick layer of soft foam.
After 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.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the top of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Box Spring
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for 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’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 couple of unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the copper infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not sure 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 will be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the event.