Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Australia
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 in for pressure relief. This material 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 aid with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring 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 foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed 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 building of the Layla and could feel that 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 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.
Because of differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my opinion on the overall 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 either side of the mattress.
The graph 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, showing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be 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 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there is not a enormous gap 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 seem 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 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 tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Australia
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I started 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 into the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow response to pressure, so I felt like changing positions took a little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
After 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 occasionally have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show just slightly raised levels of pressure in those areas. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 while lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to like 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 little on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
Once 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 however, with the rapid 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 at the mattress on this side.
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 generally not great for side sleepers and I think strict or larger 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 believe that stomach sleepers would probably favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Australia
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into another.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other 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 opposite side of the bed and the results graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 reveal similar effects on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they will feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get 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 people to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in the sinkage test I measured 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 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 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 are going to want to have a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to take a look at how I’d feel near the face 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 top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I shifted positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. As soon as I hung of the 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 focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that 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 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 fairly well.
Finally, I sat up on the edge 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 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 Australia
- Sleep Trial: There is 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’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 give 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 couple of different components in the substances 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 their 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 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 preferences on the mattress depending on the event.