Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Cocoon Chill
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 substance has a slow response to stress and offers a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam may have a reputation for trapping body heat, so Layla included the copper 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 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 must 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 centre of the Layla mattress is made 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 gives the Layla its shape.
When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compressed 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 into 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 centre 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 view on the general 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 both sides of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for either side of the mattress. Generally 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 the Sleepopolis testers found it to be 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 believe the variance in reaction from testers is a result of the amount they felt they were sinking to 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 somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a massive difference 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 put a pressure map on top of 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). Layla Mattress Vs Cocoon Chill
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 pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking to 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 little bit of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming at the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show only slightly raised levels of pressure in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Finally 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 keep their hips from sinking, which can lead to lower back pain. I did find that my hips sank in a little 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 pressure map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, with the rapid 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 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 I quickly 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 think strict or bigger 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 good job of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress and my spine aligned. This combined with the low pressure on my torso for easier breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Cocoon Chill
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, 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 useful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger 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 fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 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 average disturbance compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. So as to have a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and place 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 individuals to demonstrate 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 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 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 entire 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’d feel near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder 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.
Once I shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this place 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 layer compress somewhat, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, but this 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.
As soon as 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 through the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Vs Cocoon Chill
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for 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’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 utilize aluminum infused memory foam to provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink and provides the traditional memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few unique components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the aluminum extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which assist 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 to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the occasion.