Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Firmness
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: beneath 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 acts as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer above to the firm support center below. I must 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 would be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
When I pressed 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 the memory contouring to my palms.
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 the rapid 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.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall 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 chart 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 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 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 reaction from testers is due to the amount they believed 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 somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a massive gap between the firmness levels of both sides of the Layla. With some flippable mattresses there’ll be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does seem 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 someone 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 Firmness
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 fairly 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 started 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.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal only slightly raised levels of pressure in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the 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.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend 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 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 strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of shape 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. Even though there was a small memory foam feeling, I did not sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
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 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 buttocks 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 Firmness
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to another.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured 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 somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes 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’ve 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 results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. So as 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 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb 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 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 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 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’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 fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I’d feel close to the face 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 top of the mattress a good amount in this position, which is to be expected out of a softer foam.
When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. As soon as I hung of the 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 border of the Layla I focus all my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but that is to be expected from this 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 into 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 coating, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Finally, 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 still some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Firmness
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with 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’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 use copper infused memory foam to provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the traditional memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few different components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the copper infusion in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: 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 advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.