Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Vs Tuft And Needle
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder 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 in for pressure relief. This material has a slow response to pressure and offers 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: beneath the comfort layer is a 2 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 center below. I must 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 foundation or support centre of the Layla mattress is constructed of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion 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 readily. 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 into the firm side is the rapid 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.
Due to 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 general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion also. This will give 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. Generally 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, revealing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be as 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 feel 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t 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 both sides 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 someone 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 backside, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Vs Tuft And Needle
First up in the pressure map evaluation was the soft 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 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 reaction to stress, so I felt like changing positions took a small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal just slightly raised levels of stress in these areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually 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 like 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 bit 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 shows low pressure across my entire body. There was a slight feeling of contour from the memory foam layer but, 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 small memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this aspect.
As soon as I rolled onto my side I immediately 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 believe strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to lying on my stomach 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 prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Vs Tuft And Needle
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish 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 helpful in showing the high degree of motion that is 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 quite 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 4 inch drop. This drop 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 slightly 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 portion 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 very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this fall.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order 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 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put 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 show 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 lb 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 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you are going to share a mattress with a partners and need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are 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 would feel close to the side 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.
When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat 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 a bit, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected from such 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 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.
Eventually, 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 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 entire side down. Layla Mattress Vs Tuft And Needle
- Sleep Trial: there’s a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla offers 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 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 and provides the traditional memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which help with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want 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 occasion.