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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 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 provides 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 layer 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 functions 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 would be considered the foundation 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 chosen. This part of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
When I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compressed pretty readily. 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 into the firm side is that 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 somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my view 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 both sides of the mattress.
The chart 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, showing 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 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. I personally 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 isn’t a enormous gap between the firmness levels of both 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 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 image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Better Business Bureau
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I began 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 began to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow reaction to pressure, so that 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 started to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration over 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 only slightly raised levels of stress in these 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable when lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure 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 lead to 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.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of shape from the memory foam layer but, with the rapid transition to 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 did not 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 began to interact with the support layer. This firmer feel is usually 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 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Better Business Bureau
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like if another person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is useful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from 1 side of the mattress to the other.
With this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and quantified the disturbance on the opposite side of the mattress. This should be pretty 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 somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results 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 have 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 compared to the same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel as though they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. In order to have a better idea of how a person might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 pound medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb 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 people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in 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 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 pound 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 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 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 near 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 changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this place 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 is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all of 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 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 layer, but the support layer held up pretty 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 top of the mattress, there was still some overall 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 Better Business Bureau
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: Layla provides 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 fantastic 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 classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a couple of unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress that have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the copper extract in the memory foam of their relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is right for you and need 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 unique preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.