Layla Mattress Review Try Layla Mattress
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 pressure 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 help 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 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) 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 made from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion 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 discovered 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 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 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 shift from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my view on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view also. This gives you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides 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 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 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 response from testers is a result of the amount they felt 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 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’ll be a much wider variance in firmness, however the Layla does appear to sit just on both sides 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 somebody 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 back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Try Layla Mattress
First up in the pressure map test 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 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.
After I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes 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 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 permit 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 stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a little on this side of the mattress, so if you’re 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 pressure map again reveals low pressure across my 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. Despite the fact that there was a small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
When 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 think strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my stomach 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 torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Try Layla Mattress
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if 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 1 side of the mattress into another.
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 other side of the mattress. This should be quite 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 drop 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 doing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the motion transfer portion of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops show similar results on the seismometer readout over 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 fantastic result for this fall.
For many 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 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 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb 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 show 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 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 pound 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 will need to use the whole surface then edge support is something you’re going to want to have 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’d feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, 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 shape to my body. When I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that’s expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one place. I did see a pretty 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 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 fairly well.
Eventually, 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 total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Try Layla Mattress
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with 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 have taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s 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 provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink and provides the traditional memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few unique 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 copper infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and need two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the event.