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Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 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 can have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort layer is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a tiny bit of support to the mattress and functions 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 could be considered the base or support center of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. 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 that 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 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.
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 view on the overall 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 both sides of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides 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, showing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 a result of the amount they believed they were sinking into the support layer of the Layla. I personally 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 beneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a massive gap between the firmness levels of the two 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 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 picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress In Stores
First up in the pressure map test was the tender 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 into the memory foam and it began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to stress, 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 began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with pressure points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in these 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 permit 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.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my whole 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 find that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you’re 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 shows low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of shape 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 didn’t sink too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I quickly 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 fantastic 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 prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress In Stores
If you’re sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want 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 1 side of the mattress into another.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb 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 quite intuitive: the larger the lines, the bigger 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 results picture above shows the Layla did a excellent job isolating motion. As expected there was marginally larger 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 reveal similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
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 sinking into bed. In order to get 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 lb 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 various sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people 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 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 in 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 are 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 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 have a look at how I’d feel near the face 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 top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit 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 from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but that 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 into the firm support layer is significantly quicker.
As soon as 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 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 overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress In Stores
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period with 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’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it’s 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 couple of different 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 infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not certain 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 will be sleepers with different tastes on the mattress depending on the event.