Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Loom And Leaf Comparisons
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress includes 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 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 comprised the aluminum infusion to help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a 2 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 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 could be considered the foundation 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 portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pressed 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 that the memory contouring to my palms.
When pressing into 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 the rapid 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 everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion 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 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 moderate 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 believe the variance in reaction from testers is due to 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 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 give a visual representation of where someone 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 backside, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Vs Loom And Leaf Comparisons
First up from 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 reaction to pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount 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 because there was a greater weight concentration within 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 those 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 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.
Finally I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy firmer mattresses as they maintain their hips from sinking, which may lead to lower back pain. I did discover 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 entire body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer however, with the quick transition into 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 didn’t sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
As soon as I rolled onto my side I quickly pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and began to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is generally not great for side sleepers and I believe 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 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 believe that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Loom And Leaf Comparisons
If you are 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 helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb 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 quite intuitive: the bigger 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 four inch drop. This drop simulates somebody changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the results graphic 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’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 show similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well below the normal disturbance when compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will 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 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 quantify how much they compress the surface.
These different 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 from the sinkage test I quantified the results 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 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 pound 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 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 fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to take a look at how I’d feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved 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 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. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress somewhat, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected out of such 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 coating, but the support layer held up fairly well.
Finally, 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. Since the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Vs Loom And Leaf Comparisons
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for 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 have 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 utilize aluminum infused memory foam to provide 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 unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re 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 for use in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique tastes on the mattress depending on the event.