Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Topper
Soft Comfort: The comfort 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 for pressure relief. This substance 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 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 functions 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 (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 centre of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that provides support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has chosen. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam compacted 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 to 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 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 as well. 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 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, revealing that the Sleepopolis testers found it to be 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 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 somewhat, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t a enormous difference 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 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 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 Topper
First up in the pressure map test was the soft 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 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 additional effort on this side of the mattress.
After I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit further into the mattress because there was a higher weight concentration over 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, like the one on the side of the Layla, are generally a positive for side sleepers as they allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief. I found this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable when lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my stomach and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my whole body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to like firmer mattresses as they keep 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 might 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 shape from the memory foam layer but, 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 did not sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck at the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side that I quickly pushed through the thin layer of memory foam and started 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 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 torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Topper
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you may wish to know what it will feel like when the other 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 into the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be quite intuitive: the larger 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 drop simulates someone changing positions on the other 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’ve seen while performing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the motion transfer part 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 bigger 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. So as 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 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 from the sinkage test I measured the outcomes 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 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 pound 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’re going to share a mattress with a partners and need to use the whole surface then edge support is something you’re going to want to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I’d feel close to the side of the Layla mattress.
I started 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 top of the mattress a good amount in this place, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
When I changed positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer contour to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress 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 fairly good amount of compression in this place, but that 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 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 fairly well.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge 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 now at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Topper
- Sleep Trial: there’s 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 fantastic fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla use copper infused memory foam to provide 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 few unique components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover as well as the copper infusion in the memory foam of their 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 ideal for you and need just two shots at getting it right. Another possible benefit of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with different preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.