Layla Mattress Review Tomorrow Mattress Vs Layla
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder 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 pressure 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 aid 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 tiny 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 must also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) to allow 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.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found 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 that 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 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 a bit 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 graph 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 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 response from testers is a result of the amount they believed 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a massive difference between the firmness levels of both 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 just 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 picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Tomorrow Mattress Vs Layla
First up in the pressure map test was the tender side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this position my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire body. When lying in this position I could feel myself sinking to the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to stress, so 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 started to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally 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, like 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 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 result in 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 contour from the memory foam layer however, with the rapid transition into 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 in too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this aspect.
When 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 believe strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched to lying on my stomach 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 probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Tomorrow Mattress Vs Layla
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, 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 intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress into the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then measured 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 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 marginally larger 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 part 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 fall 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 or 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 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 pound 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 from the sinkage test I quantified the outcomes 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 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 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 entire surface then edge support is something you are going to need 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 began on my back on the milder side of the Layla and moved pretty near the edge. I definitely felt like 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 somewhat 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 a bit, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, 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 and I found there to be less compression through the top as the transition to the firm support layer is much 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 surface of the mattress, there was still some overall compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Tomorrow Mattress Vs Layla
- 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’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 use copper infused memory foam to give 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 few different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the copper infusion in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Option: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is right for you and want just two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage 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 occasion.