Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Leesa
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of aluminum 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 for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to stress 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: Below the comfort layer is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a little 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) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides 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 construction of the Layla and could feel the memory contouring to my hands.
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 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 everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view also. 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 either side of the mattress. In general 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, showing 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 believe the variance in reaction from testers is a result of 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 enabled 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 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 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 someone may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my backside, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Vs Leesa
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft 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 reaction to stress, 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 greater 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 just slightly raised levels of stress in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like 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 pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my 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. Even though there was a slight memory foam feeling, I did not sink in too far so I did not feel stuck in the mattress on this aspect.
When I rolled onto my side that 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 changed to lying on my stomach 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Leesa
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress into the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty 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 four inch drop. This drop simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results graphic 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 portion 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 very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic 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 or sinking into bed. In order 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 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 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 lb 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 lb 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 whole surface then edge support is something you’re 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 would 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 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 place I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of the 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 focus all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this 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 into the firm support layer is much quicker.
As soon as 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 pretty 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 surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some total compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Vs Leesa
- Sleep Trial: there’s 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 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 feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few 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 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 sure which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.