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Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 3 inches of aluminum 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 can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to aid with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort coating is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add 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 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 foundation 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 whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a quick 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 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 hands.
When pressing to the firm side of the mattress there is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing to the firm side is that 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 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 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, revealing that 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 believe the variance in reaction from testers is due to the amount they believed 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 allowed me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath 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 either side 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 on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Reviews Yelp
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 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 stress, so 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 began to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results reveal only slightly raised levels of pressure in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as 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 found this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally 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 enjoy firmer mattresses as they keep their hips from sinking, which can 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 may 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. Despite the fact that there was a small 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 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 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 probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Reviews Yelp
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish 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 helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into another.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the larger 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 someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar effects on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the normal disturbance 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 many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to have a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and put 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 individuals to demonstrate 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 pound 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 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb 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’d feel near 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 surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this position, which is to be expected out of 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. When I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that’s 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 position, but that 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.
When 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.
Eventually, 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. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Reviews Yelp
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for 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 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 give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the copper extract in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is right for you and need 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 tastes on the mattress depending on the event.