Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Consumer Reports
Soft Comfort: The comfort layer for the milder side of the mattress includes 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 for pressure relief. This substance 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 help with cooling.
Transition: Below the comfort coating is a 2 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 must also note that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate design) allowing air to flow through the mattress for temperature regulation.
Support: What would be considered the base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 pounds ) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support regardless of the firmness that the sleeper has selected. 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 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 somewhat differently. Rather than giving just my opinion 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 medium 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 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 response from testers is a result of the amount they felt 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam somewhat, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a massive 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 seem to sit just on either side of medium firmness.
Instead of merely 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 picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Consumer Reports
First up from the pressure map test was the soft 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 body. When lying in this place 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 stress, so that 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 bit further into the mattress because there was a greater weight concentration over a lower surface area. Side sleepers can sometimes have issues with stress points forming in the shoulders and hips but the pressure map results show just slightly raised levels of stress in these regions. Thick layers of memory foam, such as the one on the 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 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 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 can lead to 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 shows low pressure across my body. There was a slight 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 slight memory foam feeling, I didn’t sink in too far so I did not 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 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 stomach and found that the firm side of the Layla did a good 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 think that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Consumer Reports
If you’re 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 during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the high degree of motion that’s detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this evaluation I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from peaks of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and then quantified 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 4 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 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 motion transfer part of the review. The 4 and 8 inch drops reveal similar results on the seismometer readout above and both are well below the normal disturbance compared to the very same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch fall showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a fantastic result for this drop.
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 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 lb steel ball, a 50 pound medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized individuals to demonstrate how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in 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 pound medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb 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 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 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 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 out of a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I 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 this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort coating squeeze a bit, but again that’s expected from softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I focus all of my weight over one place. I did see a pretty good amount of compression in this place, 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 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 layer, but the support layer held up pretty well.
Finally, 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 currently at the base of the mattress my increased weight pushed the whole side down. Layla Mattress Consumer Reports
- Sleep Trial: There is a four month trial period with 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 good fit for.
- Memory Foam: Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla utilize aluminum infused memory foam to provide pressure relief. This material allows the sleeper to sink in and provides the classic memory foam sense of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few unique components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel infusion 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 good fit if you are not certain which firmness level is right for you and want just 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 different preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.