Layla Mattress Review Layla Mattress Queen
Soft Comfort: The comfortable layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 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 pressure and offers 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 coating is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer begins to bring 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 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 centre of the Layla mattress is constructed from a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that provides support whatever the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This portion of the mattress has a quick response to pressure and gives the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pressed into the soft side of the mattress I discovered that the memory foam compacted pretty easily. 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 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 that the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the firm support center beneath it, which is a noticeable shift 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 also. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from either side of the mattress.
The graph 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 feel the variance in response from testers is a result of 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 a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there isn’t a enormous difference 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 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 somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I put a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Mattress Queen
First up in the pressure map evaluation 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 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 small amount of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I started to dig a little further into the mattress as there was a higher weight concentration within 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 just slightly raised levels of stress in those regions. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft 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 discovered this side of the mattress to be quite comfortable while lying on my side.
Finally I moved onto my belly and with my weight evenly distributed the strain map shows low pressure across my entire body. Stomach sleepers have a tendency to like 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 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 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 I immediately 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 believe strict or bigger 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 torso for easier breathing, leads me to think that stomach sleepers would likely favor the firm side of the Layla. Layla Mattress Queen
If you are sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like when another 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 into 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 other 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 fall simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the outcomes picture 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 above and both are well below the average disturbance when compared to the 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 will 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 someone might sink into a mattress, I use four chunks 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 place 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 individuals to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
First up in 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 pound 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 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’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 near the side of the Layla mattress.
I began on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty close to 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.
When I shifted positions to my side I again dug into the mattress somewhat more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of this mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that is expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the border of the Layla I concentrate all my weight over one area. I did see a fairly good amount of compression in this position, but this is to be expected from 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.
When 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 nevertheless 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 Queen
- 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 have taken a deep dive into the Layla mattress it is time to discuss who it would be a fantastic 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 and provides the classic memory foam feel of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool: The Layla has a few different components in the substances used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the aluminum infusion in the memory foam of their comfort layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a good fit if you’re not certain which firmness level is ideal for you and need 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 unique preferences on the mattress depending on the occasion.