The Layla mattress comes to solve one of the biggest fears that hold people back when purchasing a mattress online: feel. Different people have varying sleep needs. While some of us prefer the feeling of snoozing in the clouds, others like sleeping on a firm bed. Still, some aren’t exactly sure what to go with- and that’s where this Layla mattress review comes in.
What we have for you today is a flippable mattress that offers you two firmness levels. On the one hand, this 10-inch mattress has a firmer, more supportive feel that corresponds to a 7 on our firmness scale. When you flip it, you get a fantastic medium-soft feel that we’d describe as a 4.
So, is the Layla mattress good? Does its two firmness settings really work? Hopefully, this is what we’ll help you to understand in this Layla mattress review.
Layla brand at a glance
The Layla is the brainchild of a seemingly small but top-rated mattress manufacturer called Layla Sleep. This is a US-based brand with its headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. One thing that gets most people hooked to this manufacturer is that it designs and manufactures its mattresses right here in the USA. So, if you are worried about the integrity of the construction, perhaps this should make you feel at ease.
Layla Sleep currently offers two mattresses; the Layla memory foam mattress, which is its flagship product and the Layla hybrid bed.
Worth mentioning, the Layla mattress that we are reviewing here is the updated version that debuted in 2019. The previous model was also flippable. However, this process was hectic since you had to remove the cover, flip the mattress, and then put the cover back again. With the new 2019 Layla mattress, both sides of the cover are usable, so you just flip the mattress and get some shut-eye.
Who do we recommend it for?
After analyzing Layla mattress reviews and feedback from current users, this mattress seems to interest;
- Lightweight and average weight sleepers (less than 230 lbs) – the firm side will interest most people who snooze on their stomach. Side sleepers are more likely to appreciate the pressure relief of the soft side. Most back sleepers tend to enjoy either side.
- People who aren’t sure what firmness level they’ll like most– by combining two firmness levels in one mattress, the Layla eliminates the fear of getting a bed that is either firmer or softer than one would want it.
- Growing children– the Layla is a relatively durable bed. Thanks to its dual firmness options, our mattress review team finds it as a good bet if you want a mattress that will ‘grow’ with your child.
- Anyone who wants good value from an affordable memory foam mattress– the Layla is relatively cheaper than most of its competitors across all sizes. This makes it a perfect choice for anyone who wants to enjoy the comfort and pressure relief attributes of memory foam without taking a second mortgage.
Layla Mattress Awards
Layla Mattress Construction- Know why it’s different
The very first thing that you notice when you first see the Layla mattress is the contrasting colors of its cover. The darker side indicates the firmer side, while the brighter panel covers the soft side of the bed. It also has a clear Firm-Soft label attached to show you which firmness level is up.
This cover consists of a blend of polyester, viscose, and lycra with ThermoGel-infusion. Thermogel is a food-grade cooling agent that adheres to different surfaces to cool and protect them from heating.
Another impressive aspect of this cover is that it’s removable for dry cleaning. Replacements are also readily available from the manufacturer’s site.
With the medium-soft setting up, the comfort layer of this mattress is a 3-inch copper-infused memory foam layer with an ILD (Indentation Load Deflection) of 10. This layer has an incredible deal of sinkage that will allow you to sleep IN the mattress. Our mattress review team scored this side a 4/10. Since it features a viscoelastic material, this layer will also cradle you in a cozy hug. Note that this cradling feeling also minimizes mobility to some extent.
Flipping the mattress over, the comfort layer is a 1-inch layer of 10 ILD memory foam infused with copper. Owing to its thickness, this layer lets you hit the base layer almost instantly. As such, this side is considerably firmer and feels like a 7. Unlike the softer side, this setting has more support, so you’ll tend to sleep ON the mattress not IN.
When the mattress is on the soft side up, the transition layer is a 2-inch convoluted foam with an ILD of 30. This foam is a tad denser than the comfort layer and, therefore, offers some amount of support besides protecting you from feeling the firm base layer below. Importantly, the transition layer has grooves that allow any trapped heat to escape.
When using this mattress on the firmer setting, you’ll be getting direct support from the dense base layer. There’s no transition layer to act as a buffer, and that’s what gives this side a firmer feel.
The Layla mattress has one base layer that serves the two firm settings. This is a 4.5-inch high-density polyurethane foam with an ILD of 36. This block has an essential role in this bed’s configuration. First, it delivers the overall support that is otherwise not available from the other layers. This layer also holds all the other blocks together, thereby giving the entire mattress its shape.
What is the height of the Layla mattress?
In total, the Layla memory foam mattress is 10″ thick. The mattress review experts at SleepSharp tend to recommend a 12-inch bed most of the time. However, we find that 10-inch mattresses also offer above-average support and comfort for most people. Mattresses in this height range are relatively affordable too, which is great if you’re on a budget. Worth pointing out, if you struggle to get ON and OFF a low sitting bed, the Layla may present some issues.
Layla Mattress Specifications
|Firmness level||Soft side up: 4/10Firm side up 7/10|
|Cover||Blend of Polyester, Viscose, and Lycra with ThermoGel infusion|
|Comfort System||Soft side up: 3-inch Copper-infused 10 ILD Memory Foam|
Firm side up:1-inch Copper-infused 10 ILD Memory Foam
|Transition layer||Soft side up: 2-inch ILD 30 Convoluted Polyfoam|
|Base Support||4.5-inch 36 ILD High-Density Poly Foam|
How Firm does the Layla mattress mattress feel?
The Layla memory foam mattress uses different foam settings on both sides. That’s to say that it offers a distinct firm feeling on either side. To understand how this mattress feels, we need to understand Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) first.
ILD is a measure of firmness levels in mattresses. It ranks foams on a scale ranging from 12 to 50. An ILD of 12 signifies a very soft foam that you’d sink through. On the other hand, ILD 50 is a very firm layer that won’t sink beneath the sleeper.
Now, with its soft side up, the comfort system of the Layla mattress is a 10 ILD 3-inch block. This means that it’s very soft (4/10). This side will interest lightweight people who prefer sleeping on a cloud. It also tends to accommodate all sleeping positions.
On the firm side, the comfort block is a 1-inch 10 ILD block. Owing to its size, laying on this layer puts you squarely on the dense base block. The base has an ILD OF 36 and, therefore, feels very firm (7/10). The comfort layer on the firm setting also offers the classic cradling feel of memory foam only that it’s lesser than on the other side.
Performance Ratings- Layla Mattress in Action
The next section of this mattress review paints a much clearer picture of how the Layla performs in different aspects.
As a memory foam mattress, the Layla may trap some heat in the pockets that if forms when contouring to your body shape. This might be an issue for people who generally sleep hot. However, we have to acknowledge that it performs much better in controlling heat retention compared to most of its competitors. All the credit here goes to its ThermoGel-infused cover, the copper-infused comfort layers, and the convoluted transition block.
Our mattress review experts found this mattress to perform exemplarily in this aspect. This is usually a strength of pretty much all all-foam beds and minimizes the transfer of movement energy across the sleeping surface. This is partly what qualifies the Layla as a recommendable mattress for couples and people who share their bed with another person or pet.
The Layla mattress does not have any moving parts that would creak or squeak when moving across the surface. As such, it’s apparent that it won’t emit any form of noise in pretty much any condition. This further cements it as a mattress that people who share one bed will enjoy.
Edge support is a big issue with memory foam beds, and the Layla isn’t different. Generally, you’ll experience a notable compression when sitting on either side of this mattress more so on the softer side. Although this will be an issue if you sit on the edge of your mattress a lot, most reviews from current users affirm that they don’t feel like rolling off the bed when lying on the edge. The 4.5-inch 36 ILD base block seems to help a lot in this.
Memory foam mattresses generally score the lowest marks in this aspect. This is because these beds lack the bounce and quick responsiveness that comes with innerspring and hybrid mattresses. As such, switching positions and maintaining rhythm may not always be so easy.
The upside, however, is that the sinkage in this bed offers more traction. Also, it offers a great deal of discreteness that is necessary when making love.
Both sides of this memory foam mattress are going to offer excellent pressure relief to individuals below 230 lbs. When sleeping on the soft side, you’ll experience an airy hug as the memory foam responds to your body temperature. Eventually, you’ll sleep inside the mattress, and the comfort layer will cradle your hips, shoulders, and back to relieve pressure.
Most average weight sleepers tend to prefer sleeping on the firmer side since there’s more support from the base layer.
There will be an unusual new mattress smell when you remove this mattress from its cover. This smell is typical in new all-foam beds and comes from the breakdown of Volatile Organic Compounds. Credit to its thickness and relatively low-dense foams, the chemical smell from the Layla isn’t as overpowering as you’d expect from, let’s say, a 14-inch Firm bed. Again, the odor from this mattress tends to dissipate much faster.
The model that we are reviewing here is relatively new on the market. So, perhaps the best way to gauge its durability is to look at its construction details. Judging from the density of foam that Layla uses, our mattress review team expects this mattress to offer longevity of between 6 and 8 years. Note that heavier people tend to cause deeper indentations on the bed than lightweight individuals. As such, we expect this mattress to last longer if the user is on the lower end of the weight spectrum.
Performance Rating Score Table
|Performance||Our rating (out of 5)|
Layla Mattress vs. Your Weight and Sleeping Position
Light sleepers- less than 130 lbs
Most lightweight sleepers across all sleeping positions are going to appreciate sleeping on the medium-soft side. This group finds it easy to push through the soft comfort layer on this setting, which creates a comfortable cradle that relieves pressure points around the shoulders and hips. However, some stomach sleepers also tend to go with the firmer side since it offers more support.
Average weight sleepers- 130 lbs to 230 lbs
Individuals in this group are going to experience excellent body-contouring as well as support with either of these sides. If you are looking for maximum pressure relief, the medium-soft side is going to offer more of that. The thick comfort layers does a great job at accepting your curves for a near-natural cradle.
Heavyweight sleepers- above 230 lbs
We’d only recommend the Layla mattress to heavyweight sleepers if they are going to spend most of the time on the firm side. Individuals over 230 lbs are going to sink through the 1-inch comfort layer to sleep directly on the base block, which is firmer. However, the Layla won’t make a long-lasting bed for sleepers in this group as it’s going to sag much faster.
Sleep Position Ratings (1-5)
Less than 130 lbs
|Average weight |
130 to 230 lbs
Above 230 lbs
How much does Layla Mattress Cost?
|Size||Mattress Dimensions||Mattress Price|
|Twin||38” x 74” x 10”||$599|
|Twin xl||38” x 80” x 10”||$699|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||$899|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||$999|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||$1099|
|Cal King||72” x 84” 10”||$1,099|
Layla Mattress Return and Return Policy
Layla Sleep offers free shipping to buyers within the contiguous USA. For consumers in Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska, you’ll need to part with an additional shipping fee of $125. When you buy this mattress, you’ll receive a 120-day trial period, within which you can receive a refund if you choose to return the bed. Buyers in Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska won’t get a refund of the shipping fees, though.
Layla Mattress Warranty Analysis
If the mattress meets your needs, Layla extends a lifetime non-prorated warranty to cover defects on the cover and zip. This warranty also covers indentations that are one inch or deeper. When you make a claim, Layla Sleep may choose to either repair the mattress or replace it. However, be informed that you may need to pay around $50 as shipping fees. Read more about how the Layla memory foam mattress warranty works here.
Regular Complaints about Layla Mattress that we’ve come across
- Bed has no bounce – All-foam mattresses have almost nonexistent bounce compared to hybrid and innerspring bed, and the Layla is not different. So, if you are moving from an innerspring-based mattress, you might require some time to get used to this model.
- Mattress is very soft on both sides – Although our review team rates the firm side of the Layla as a 7, note that it won’t feel as hard as a rock, especially if you weigh over 230 pounds. This is attributable to the size and ILD rating of the base block as well as the softer layers that go beneath it.
- Poor edge support – If edge support means a lot to your bedroom needs, you might not get enough of it from the Layla. Although you won’t roll off the bed at night, the edges tend to collapse a lot when you sit on them.
- Mattress has a chemical smell – As an all-foam mattress, expect the Layla memory foam to have a chemical odor when you remove it from its packaging. This mattress uses CertiPUR-US certified foams, though. So, you don’t need to worry about the chemical smell being toxic to your family.
Layla Sleep has an incredible approach to ensuring that you get a mattress with the right firmness level with this bed. With its dual firmness options, it’s not a surprise that most people end up keeping it even after the 120-day trial period. If you’re a combo sleeper weighing less than 230 pounds, there are high chances that you are going to like this mattress.