Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Amerisleep
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 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 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 bring a tiny bit of support to the mattress and acts 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 (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 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compacted pretty easily. As I pushed further into the mattress my hands sunk pretty far into the building of the Layla and could feel that 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 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.
Because of differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. Rather than giving just my view on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion also. 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 both sides of the mattress. Generally 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 as 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 due to 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 allowed me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a enormous difference between the firmness levels of the two 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 someone 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 picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Vs Amerisleep
First up in 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 place I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a bit further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration within 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 just slightly raised levels of pressure in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to like firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which may 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 may 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 small feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, 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 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 immediately 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 fantastic 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 believe that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Amerisleep
If you are 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 useful 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 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 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 marginally bigger disturbance felt for the 8 and 12 inch drops, but these are some of the best results I’ve seen while performing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the movement transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average 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 many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel as though 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 balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place 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 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 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 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 will need to use the whole 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 take a look at how I would feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I began 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 position, 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 position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus all my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that is to be expected out of this 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 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 throughout the comfort layer, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Eventually, 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. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Vs Amerisleep
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers 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’ve 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 use copper 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 couple of different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the aluminum 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 sure which firmness level is right for you and need two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.