Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Too Firm
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the softer side of the mattress includes 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 provides a contouring feel to the mattress. At times memory foam can 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 add 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 should also note that this layer is convoluted (using an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What could be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from 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 portion of the mattress has a fast 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 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 palms.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is 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 shift 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. As opposed to giving just my opinion 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 either side of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides 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 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 believed 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 enabled 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 massive gap 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 just 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 on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Too Firm
First up from the pressure map test was the soft 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 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 I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress because 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 stress map results show only slightly raised levels of stress 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 as they permit the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers tend to enjoy 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.
After I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a slight feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, 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 slight memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink too far so I did not feel stuck in 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 larger 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 fantastic 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. Layla Mattress Too Firm
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress into the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound 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 pretty 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 fall simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes picture 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 movement transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal 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 drop showed a bigger 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 as though they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. So as 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 pound 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 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 pound 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 close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer 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 good 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 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 coating squeeze somewhat, but again that’s expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate 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 throughout the comfort coating, but the support layer held up pretty 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 total compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Too Firm
- 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 have taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it is 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 give pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of 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 the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you are not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and need just two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is for use in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the event.