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Layla Mattress Review 2019 Update – Which Firmness is More Comfortable?

Logan: What’s up everybody? It’s Logan from Sleepopolis.com. Today I’ll be taking a look at the Layla mattress. I previously reviewed the Layla in late 2017. They’ve recently gone through a slight redesign, so I’m going to take another look today. I’m going to go over the materials used in the mattress, what it feel it feels like to actually lie on a Layla, run a few tests and give some recommendations at the end of the review. If you are interested in reading the full review of the updated Layla mattress you can Google Sleepopolis and mattress reviews. It’s going to have the Layla review as well as all of our other reviews right there in one location for you.

Right now, let’s jump in and take a look at the construction of the Layla mattress. Logan: Now that we’ve got the cover of the Layla off, it’s time to talk about the materials used inside the mattress. As you can see, the Layla is an all-foam construction. It’s made of four different layers. Something to note about the Layla and what makes it different than a lot of bed in a box mattresses is that it’s a flippable mattress.

Depending on what side of the mattress you have up, you’re actually going to get a different feel. Right here we have the softer side of the mattress on top right now. The comfort layer for the soft side of the mattress is a three-inch piece of copper-infused memory foam. Memory foam is known for being a soft material allowing you to sink into the mattress. You get that contouring feeling, a little bit of a hug around your body. As you can see, it has a really slow response to pressure, so you’re going to feel more inside the mattress on this side than on top of it.

Something to note about memory foam though, is that it’s known for trapping a bit of body heat causing you to overheat a little bit during the night. They’ve included this copper infusion to help draw heat away from the sleeper help and you sleep a bit cooler. Below that, we have a transition layer of polyfoam. As you can see, it’s got a quicker response to pressure. It’s a bit of a firmer material. It’s really meant to transition you from the soft memory foam on top, a little bit firmer polyfoam here into the high-density polyfoam support center of the mattress here. You get a little more cradling support on this side. This support portion of the mattress is a firm high-density polyfoam. It’s a really common material used in a lot of bed in a box mattresses to provide support to the sleeper, give the mattress its shape. On the bottom of the mattress here is actually the comfort layer for the firm side of the mattress. If you do prefer a firmer mattress, you can flip the mattress over.

You don’t have to change the cover or anything like that. It is the same copper-infused memory foam as on top. It is only an inch layer. You will sink in pretty easily to an inch of the material here, get a little bit of pressure relief, but there’s no transition. It’s going to be a really quick switch to that really firm, high-density polyfoam for a much firmer feel. Now that we’ve seen what materials actually go into making the Layla mattress, it’s time to get an idea of what it feels like to actually lie on top of one. Because the Layla is a flippable mattress, I’m going to talk about both the soft and the firm sides.

We’re going to start with the soft sides of the Layla. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest, I give the Layla a 5 1/2 out of 10. Generally, I think of a medium firmness as being a 6 1/2 out of 10. This is to the softer side of that firmness scale. As I was lying on my back, even with my weight pretty evenly distributed, I could feel myself sinking in pretty quickly to that three-inch memory foam comfort layer.

You get that contouring hug around my body that you might expect out of the memory foam. It fills in the space beneath my lower back. Now, as I was changing positions, a lot of times on a memory foam mattress, because of that slow response you can feel a little bit stuck in the mattress. I wouldn’t say that the Layla has a lot of bounce to it. Even with that slow response of that memory foam that we saw during the construction portion, I would say that I was able to change positions pretty easily on the Layla. As I moved onto my side, I would say that this is where the soft side of the Layla mattress really shines.

I was able to sink into the mattress, which is nice for side sleepers who want to avoid pressure points forming at the shoulders and the hips. We are going to take a closer look at pressure later on in the review. I did just want to point out that I thought the soft side of the mattress is really great for side sleepers. I would warn thought that if you are a stomach sleeper, the soft side of the mattress is not recommended for you. I felt my hips sinking into the mattress really quickly in this position, which can cause issues with an arch in the lower back, giving you a little bit of aches and pains in your lower back.

Again, if you are going to use the soft side of the mattress, I’d say that’s better for side sleepers. Probably the firm side of the mattress is going to be better for the stomach sleepers out there. Now, let’s talk about what it actually feels like to lie on the firm side of the Layla mattress, which in my opinion, has a dramatically firmer feel to it. Coming in at a 7 1/2, bordering on an 8 out of 10 on a firmness scale. There is that inch of copper-infused memory foam. There is a little bit of give, but really not that much. Lying on my back, I definitely felt more on top of the mattress than in it. You don’t get that same foam feeling in the space beneath your lower back like you do on the soft side. There’s really not a lot of give on the firm side because of that quick transition into the firm high-density polyfoam support.

As I was changing positions, again, because I felt more on top of the mattress on this side, really easy. No stuck feeling at all as I rolled onto my side. I would not recommend the firm side of the mattress for side sleepers because there really isn’t any give on the mattress. That one inch of memory foam, you push right through it into the firm high-density polyfoam support. That can cause issues with pressure points forming. I would say that when I rolled onto my stomach, it’s a much better feel for stomach sleepers than the soft side of the mattress. I think it did a good job of keeping my hips from sinking into the Layla, keeping my spine aligned in a good position. I do want to make a quick note on the edge support of the Layla mattress. If you do sleep with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, edge support can be great. With a strong edge on a mattress, it can allow you sleep all the way to the sides of a mattress without worrying about collapsing it, rolling out of bed.

I would say that the edge support on the Layla is kind of what I expect out of a foam mattress. It’s OK. You push through the softer layers of the mattress pretty easily. If you do sleep near the edge of the bed or anything like that, especially on the soft side of the mattress, you will push through that soft layer. I would say overall it’s an average edge support on the Layla mattress. Instead of just describing the feel of the Layla mattress to you, I wanted to give you a visual representation of where pressure points might form while lying on the mattress. To do that, I placed a pressure map on top. I lay down on it in a few different positions. You’ll see the results ranging from blue for low pressure to red for high pressure. I did this test on both the soft and firm sides of the mattress. As you can see, as I was laying on the soft and firm side while I was on my back, it’s pretty much blue pressure across the board.

You can see that the soft version of the mattress has a little bit of fuzz to it. That’s because you’re sinking into the mattress. That comes from the contouring around your body, that soft memory foam feel. The difference you’re going to see when I roll onto my side here is that the firm version of the mattress does have a little bit of a greener or yellow color to it around the shoulder portion there. There is lower pressure on the side for the soft side of the mattress, which is what we’re going to expect out of a softer mattress, which is why I think the soft side of the mattress is better for side sleepers. As I roll onto my stomach, again you can see that’s mostly blue across the board for both the soft and the firm versions of the mattress. That’s because my weight’s pretty evenly distributed. Nothing much new to see there. A lot of people buying a new mattress are going to want to know if you feel like you are sitting on top of or sinking a bed.

To test this I set up a sinkage test, in which I use four balls of varying sizes, weights and densities to simulate different body parts and check to see how far into the mattress they sink. I ran this test on both the soft and firm sides of the Layla. We have here the six-pound medicine ball. It’s filled with sand. It’s kind of a lighter body part. It sinks into the firm side of the mattress for about an inch, which is about average in the bed in a box market when I’m running this test. On the soft side of the mattress it sinks in about two inches which is well above average. The soft memory foam on the comfort layer, that three-inch memory foam layer, means you’re going to really sink into the Layla pretty quickly. The 10-pound steel ball here is the densest ball used during this test. On the firm side of the mattress, it sinks in about an inch and a half, which is below the average of two inches for that ball.

On the soft side of the mattress it sinks in about two and a half inches, which again, is above average. You’re going to really sink into that soft memory foam layer pretty quickly. Here we have the 50-pound medicine ball filled with sand. It’s a heavier portion of your body, think maybe your shoulders or your hips, something like that. It sinks into the firm side about four inches, which is the average when running this test across the board. On the soft side of the mattress, which we’re on right now, it sinks in about five and a half inches. That’s well above average. You’re really going to sink pretty quickly into the soft side of this mattress. You’re sinking all the way through that soft memory foam comfort layer into the transition layer. You’re starting to interact with that high-density polyfoam support. Over here on the left, we have the heaviest ball we use during this test.

It’s a 100-pound medicine ball filled with sand. If you’re a bit bigger, it’s like the center mass on your body. On the firm side of the mattress it sinks in about six and a half inches, which is a little bit above the average of six inches, which means at some point you just push through the firmer feel of that high-density polyfoam support. You’re pushing further into the mattress than you might expect. On the soft side of the mattress, it sinks in about seven and a half inches. That’s more sinkage than we see in a lot of these mattresses that I run this test on. In terms of what that means for the support, if you are a bit heavier I do think you’re going find that the Layla might lack the support you’re looking for to support your center mass of your body, your shoulders or your hips, something like that.

It is a softer feel. You’re definitely going to feel more in the Layla on the soft side of the mattress, probably more on top of the Layla on the firm side of the mattress. I also ran a quick motion transfer test. Basically, I had that same 10-pound steel ball. I dropped it from heights of 4, 8, and 12 inches onto the mattress. On the other side of the mattress where someone might be sleeping, I have a seismometer, which measures the disturbance transferred across the bed. I was really impressed with the motion transfer results for those drops of 4, 8, and 12 inches simulate someone getting into and out of bed or rolling around in the middle of the night. I thought that the memory foam on both the soft and firm side of the Layla mattress did a really good job of dulling that disturbance that’s transferred across the mattress. I do briefly want to talk about some of the competitors of the Layla mattress. We’re going to start with the Nectar mattress. If you have been searching for a memory foam mattress online you’ve probably come across the Nectar.

It uses a lot of memory foam on top of it. It’s not flippable like the Layla is, so it’s more similar to the soft side of the Layla mattress. It provides a lot of sinkage into the mattress, which I think is great for side sleepers. In my opinion, the Nectar does sleep a bit warmer than the Layla. However, it does also come in at a bit less expensive with the queen-size version of the Nectar coming in at $699. Next up let’s talk about the Nolah Signature mattress, which is similar to the Layla. It has a flippable construction, so soft on one side, firm on the other. Nolah uses a proprietary material called AirFoam, which is a memory foam substitute, but is a bit more breathable.

I think the Nolah Signature does a really good job of relieving pressure and also isolating motion transfer. It does come in at a bit more expensive than a Layla with a queen-size version coming in at about $1,500. If you are thinking about buying yourself a Layla mattress, I want to give you a little bit of purchasing information. In terms of a trial, there is a 120 night trial period for the Layla mattress, which is a little bit longer than the industry standard for a bed in a box mattress, which comes in at about 100 nights. In terms of a warranty, most mattresses in the bed in a box market have a 10-year warranty, but Layla actually has a lifetime warranty. Of course, you want to check out exactly what that covers on their website, but it is pretty impressive. In terms of shipping, it ships for free. It will arrive compressed in a box. In terms of price, a queen size version of the Layla mattress comes in at about $899. I really like the Layla mattress.

Some of the reasons I might recommend it to you is if you’re looking for that memory foam feel, but are worried about overheating in the middle of the night, the copper infusion does a really good job of drawing heat away from the sleeper helping you sleep a bit cooler. I would also say I was really impressed with the ability of the Layla to isolate motion transfer. The memory foam on both sides of the mattress does a good job of dulling that motion transfer. If you do sleep with a restless sleeper who rolls around in the middle of the night, this should help to dull that a little bit.

Finally, positionally, I would recommend the soft side of the mattress to side sleepers because you’re able to sink into the mattress for pressure relief and the firm side of the mattress for stomach sleepers because I though it did a good job of supporting my hips and keeping my spine aligned in a good position. Some of the reasons I would say the Layla might not be the best choice for you is if you are looking for a mattress with bounce. The memory foam on both side of the mattress just dulls that and kills bounce.

If you are a calmer sleeper that is really looking for a springy mattress, you’re not going to find it here. Also, I would say I was pretty unimpressed with the edge support on the Layla. If you do sleep towards the end of the bed and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, you may be a little disappointed and feel that you’re collapsing the side of the Layla. That’s it for my review of the Layla mattress. If you do have any questions on anything I didn’t cover during the video today, please leave a note in the comments section below.

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