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Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the milder side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of aluminum 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 substance has a slow response to pressure 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: beneath the comfort coating is a two inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to add a little 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 (with an egg crate design) to allow air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the foundation or support center of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It’s a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure and provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed 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 construction of the Layla and could feel that the memory contouring to my hands.
When pressing into the firm side of the mattress there is 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 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 somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my view on the overall 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 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, 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 felt 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam beneath provided good support.
It’s notable that there isn’t a massive difference 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 provide a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map in addition to the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Facility Location
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 pretty evenly distributed and the results above show low pressure across my entire 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 response 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 because there was a higher weight concentration within a lower surface area. Side sleepers can occasionally have issues with pressure points forming at the shoulders and hips but the stress map results show only slightly raised levels of pressure in these areas. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the 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 belly and with my weight evenly distributed the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers tend to like firmer mattresses as they keep 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 may 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 small 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 did not feel stuck at the mattress on this aspect.
When 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 believe 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 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 probably prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Facility Location
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, 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 one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound steel ball from heights 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 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 fall simulates someone changing positions on the opposite side of the bed and the results graphic above shows the Layla did a great 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 reveal similar results 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 larger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this fall.
For many people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they will feel as though they are sitting on top of sinking into bed. So as to get a better idea of how a person 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 lb medicine ball, and a 100 pound medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to measure 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 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 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 whole surface then edge support is something you are going to want to have 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 near the face of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the milder side of the Layla and proceeded pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the surface of the mattress a fantastic 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. When I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that is expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I focus 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 from such 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 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 layer, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Eventually, I sat up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the surface of the mattress, there was nevertheless some overall compression of the mattress. Since the soft comfort layer is currently at the bottom of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Facility Location
- 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’ve taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it is time to discuss who it would be a good 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 and provides the classic memory foam feel 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 which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover as well as the copper 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’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and want two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there’ll be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.