Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Wikipedia
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 in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to stress 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 two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add 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) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides 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 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 into the firm side is the rapid 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 everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. Rather than giving just my view 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 both sides of the mattress.
The graph above shows the resulting scores from the testers for either side 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 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 feel the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they felt 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 somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not 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 give a visual representation of where somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of 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 Wikipedia
First up in the pressure map test 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 body. When lying in this place 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 added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show only slightly raised levels of stress in those 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 allow 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.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can 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 pressure map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight 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. 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 aspect.
As soon as I rolled onto my side 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 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 fantastic 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 Wikipedia
If you’re 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 is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be quite 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 4 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 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 doing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the motion 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 when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get 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 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure 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 quantified 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 pound medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 pound 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 are 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 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 milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a good amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position 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’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus all my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of 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 significantly quicker.
When 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 pretty 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 base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Wikipedia
- 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 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 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 as well as the aluminum extract in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is ideal for you and need just 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.