Layla Mattress Review Layla Vs Lull Mattress
Soft Comfort: The comfortable 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 in for pressure relief. This substance 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 aid with cooling.
Transition: beneath the comfort layer 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 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 base or support centre of the Layla mattress is made of a high density (2 lb) poly foam. It’s 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 provides the Layla its shape.
As soon as I pushed 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 construction of the Layla and could feel 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 centre beneath it, which is a noticeable change from the soft side of the Layla.
Because of differences in size and body type everyone will feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. As opposed to giving just my view on the general firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other people to give their view as well. This gives you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from both sides 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 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 as 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 feel the variance in response from testers is due to the amount they believed 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 enabled me to sink into the memory foam a bit, but the dense poly foam underneath provided good support.
It is notable that there is not a enormous 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 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 somebody may feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my backside, and tummy. On the picture below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Layla Vs Lull Mattress
First up from the pressure map evaluation was the soft side of the mattress and I started 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 place I could feel myself sinking to 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 little bit of added effort on this side of the mattress.
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a bit 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 in the shoulders and hips but the stress map results reveal only slightly raised levels of stress in these 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 quite comfortable when 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 discover that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you’re a strict stomach sleeper you might prefer the firm side of the Layla.
Once I flipped the mattress and lied down on my back the strain map again reveals low pressure across my entire body. There was a small feeling of contour 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 did not sink in too far so I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress on this side.
As soon as I rolled onto my side that I quickly 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 changed 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 believe that stomach sleepers would likely prefer the firm side of the Layla. Layla Vs Lull Mattress
If you’re sharing the mattress with a spouse, you may wish to know what it will feel like if 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 one side of the mattress to the other.
With this evaluation I dropped a 10 pound 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 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 drop simulates somebody changing positions on the other side of the bed and the results graphic above shows the Layla did a great job isolating motion. As expected there was slightly bigger disturbance felt for the 8 and 12 inch drops, but these are some of the best results I’ve seen while doing reviews.
The firm side of the mattress also performed well on the movement 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 same drops on other mattresses. The 12 inch drop showed a bigger disturbance, but this is still a good result for this drop.
For lots of people buying a mattress it’ll be important to know whether they are going to feel as though they are sitting on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get a better idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 pound steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb 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 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 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 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 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 need to take a look at. Foam mattresses can struggle at times to fulfill the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to take a look at how I would feel close to the face of the Layla mattress.
I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and proceeded pretty near the edge. I definitely felt as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a fantastic amount in this position, which is to be expected from a softer foam.
Once I changed positions to my side I dug into the mattress a bit more. In this position I could feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. As soon as I hung of the mattress a bit I could feel the comfort layer compress a bit, but again that’s expected out of softer foams.
By sitting up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all 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 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 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 through 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 throughout the top of the mattress, there was nevertheless 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 Vs Lull Mattress
- Sleep Trial: there’s 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 have 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 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 couple of different components in the materials used in the construction of the mattress which have cooling properties. These include the gel extract in the cover in addition to the copper extract in the memory foam of the relaxation layers, which assist with temperature regulation.
- Flippable Choice: The Layla could be a great fit if you are not sure which firmness level is right for you and need just two shots at getting it right. Another possible advantage of a flippable mattress is to be used in a guest room where there will be sleepers with unique preferences on the mattress depending on the event.