Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Too Soft
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the softer 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 material 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 help with cooling.
Transition: Below 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 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 would be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compressed 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 the quick 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.
Due to differences in size and body type everybody will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit 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 gives 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 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, revealing 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 due to the amount they believed they were sinking into 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 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 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 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 Too Soft
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the tender side of the mattress and I began on my back. In this position my weight was fairly 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 pressure, so that I felt like changing positions took a small amount of additional effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal only 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 as they permit the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found this side of the mattress to be pretty comfortable while lying on my side.
Eventually I moved onto my stomach 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 keep their hips from sinking, which can result in lower back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a little on this side of the mattress, so if you’re 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 pressure map again reveals low pressure across my body. There was a small feeling of shape from the memory foam layer however, with the quick 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 in the mattress on this side.
As soon as I rolled onto my side that I immediately 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 think strict or bigger side sleepers will prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I switched 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 prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Too Soft
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you will want to know what it will feel like if the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from 1 side of the mattress to another.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights 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 four inch drop. This fall simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the outcomes 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 have seen while performing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the movement 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 drop showed a larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For many people buying a mattress it will be important to know whether they are going to feel like they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get 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 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 individuals to show 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 pound 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 will need to use the entire 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 started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty close to the edge. I definitely felt like I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I again 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 this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze somewhat, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one area. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this position, 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 again 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.
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 total compression of the mattress. Because the soft comfort layer is currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the entire side down. Layla Mattress Too Soft
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period for 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 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 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 in addition to the copper infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which help 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 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 unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.