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Layla Mattress Review

Last updated on June 22, 2022

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Our look at the latest version of the Layla two-sided (flippable) mattress.

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Note: This review is for the Layla mattress, available exclusively online. The Layla company boasts memory foam infused with copper as a big benefit. Read on for our evaluation of this mattress according to our battery of tests, and for our assessment of the copper foam.

If you'd rather watch than read, see our Layla Mattress Review video

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Layla a Good Mattress?

We first reviewed the Layla mattress back in 2017, when it was introduced. (If you are interested in our very first review of the Layla, you can find it here). We also took another look when the company made some updates in 2019 (that video can be found here). The mattress got some more significant revisions -- including updates to the foams (and the amounts used) in late 2021, which affects how the mattress feels and performs. Our latest in-depth review (above) covers this very latest version--the one currently available.

Notably, the Layla mattress can be flipped -- something that's rare these days. One side of the mattress is softer, while the other side is quite a bit more to the firm side. That could be a benefit if you're not sure which you'll prefer, or if you needs and preferences change over time. We mainly evaluated the Layla bed on the soft side--the side we think most people will use--but we add comments about the firm side as well.

There isn't a HUGE difference between the two sides, but the soft side is definitely notably softer.

Layla Memory Foam Firm

Overall, we found a lot to like about the Layla mattress. We found it to be a good fit in terms of back support and spinal alignment for our tester, and felt it would suit a wide range of individuals particularly average weight back and side sleepers, along with lighter-weight stomach sleepers. Pressure relief, mainly an issue for side sleepers, was good for average and lighter side sleepers as well.

The memory foam used in the comfort layers, compared to the prior version of the mattress, is quicker responding, meaning it springs back into shape after you get out of the bed. So there's less of that "melting" sensation with this version of the mattress. You do get some of that memory foam feel, but not so much that you feel stuck or like you're in quicksand.

One particularly outstanding feature was the mattress's performance on our adjustable base. Whether firm side up or soft side up, and even right out of the box, the Layla mattress conformed extremely well when we moved it in and out of "bent" positions. We noticed no weird bulges, no bulky cover, and nothing uncomfortable at all. If your plan is to use your mattress on an adjustable base, the Layla mattress would be an excellent choice.

Of note, the Layla mattress is available only online. While several of its competitors have begun opening showrooms, or entering partnerships with existing brick-and-mortar stores, you won't be able to try the Layla before you buy it. The company does offer a 120-night trial period with a full refund, so that should give peace of mind to those uneasy with buying a mattress sight unseen.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Layla Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Like the option of two softness levels
  • Are an average sized back or side sleeper
  • Want excellent motion isolation
  • Plan to use an adjustable base

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Prefer lots of 'memory feel'
  • Have a known issue of sleeping hot

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level (Soft side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Softness Level (Firm side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium Firm
Cushioning Depth (Soft side)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
7 Deeper than average
Cushioning Depth (Firm side)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallower than average
Memory Feel (Soft side)
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 Almost no bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Soft side up:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 7
6
5

 

Firm side up:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 5
5
5

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 10 Exceptional
Stays 'Cool' 5 Okay
Edge Support 7 Good
Ease of Repositioning 7 Good
Green Features 4 Fair
Adjustable Base Compatibility 10 Exceptional
Overall Value 8 Very Good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam over Foam

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

120-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

Lifetime. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

10.5 inches

Weight (Queen)

69 pounds


Materials & Construction

What's in a Layla Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Layla mattress as a "Memory Foam over Foam" construction type. It  is a 10.5″ thick mattress comprised of 4 layers (listed below from top to bottom). The company calls this a 10.5" mattress, but you'll note the layers don't quite add up; the extra .5" is the bit of loft from the cover.

  • 3" copper and gel infused memory foam, 3.5-lb. density
  • 2" polyurethane foam transition layer, 1.8-lb. density
  • 4" polyurethane support foam, 2.0-lb. density
  • 1" copper infused memory foam, 3.5-lb. density

It's important to note that the Layla mattress can be flipped.The top layer (3 inches of memory foam) and the bottom layer (1 inch of memory foam) are made of the same copper-and-gel-infused memory foam in a 3.5-lb. density. This accounts for the softness difference on each side of the mattress. Under the 3-inch layer of memory foam is a 2-inch layer of polyurethane foam, meant as a transition layer in between the softer memory foam and the 4-inch block of support foam below.

The Layla mattress's memory foam includes copper flecks; copper is a proven conductor of heat, so the concept of including it in the foam means it may have a benefit in drawing heat away from the body. Copper's conductivity is a proven fact, but other claims about copper are more anecdotal. On the Layla website, copper is said to have anti-microbial benefits that keeps your mattress fresher.

We took a close look at the actual foam in the Layla mattress. Aside from subtle copper flecks in the foam, you really can't feel any kind of hard metal particles.


Layla Memory Foam Firm

 

Cover

The four layers of the Layla mattress are wrapped in a fairly tightly woven cover that's removable via a zipper. The cover is well marked with "soft" and "firm" so you'll know which side is which. The soft side gets the lighter cover, while the firm side gets the darker fabric.

The cover can be removed, but the manufacturer recommends dry cleaning if needed.

Layla Memory Foam Firm

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

The Layla mattress comes with two sides; the company calls them simply "Soft" and "Firm." On our scale, we judged the soft side to be more of a Medium, maybe a little to the softer side. The other side does feel more firm, but it's pretty subtle. We would call it a Medium Firm on our scale.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level (Soft side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Softness Level (Firm side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium Firm

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

As you might expect, we found the soft side of the Layla mattress to have deeper than average cushioning depth, and this side may be a good fit if you enjoy more of a hugged or cradled feeling from your mattress. On the firm side, the story was the opposite, with more of a floating-on-top of the mattress feeling.

Interestingly, there is more of a difference in cushioning depth than overall feel/softness between the two sides.

Cushioning Depth (Soft side)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
7 Deeper than average
Cushioning Depth (Firm side)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallower than average

 Layla Memory Foam Firm

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

The copper-infused memory foam is fairly quick responding, so there isn't that super-slow, melting-into-the-bed feeling that you associate with memory foam. We would say there's an "average" amount of memory feel, and perhaps a good balance for those who want the pressure-relieving qualities of memory foam but don't want to feel like they are slowly being swallowed by their mattress.

All foam mattresses are not known for bounce, and the Layla is no exception. We experienced very little bounce on either side; perhaps a tiny bit more on the firm side.

Memory Feel (Soft side)
(1=Least, 9=Most)
5 Some memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
2 Very little bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Layla mattress had a good solution for all sleeping positions, depending on whether we were on the soft or firm side. If you have a partner with different preferences and needs than yours, that could be an issue. Generally, we felt that the softer side was an excellent choice for most back and side sleepers, while stomach sleepers would experience better support and spinal alignment from the firmer side of the Layla bed.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Layla mattress with the softer side up, noting where we felt the firm side would be a better choice:

Soft side up:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 7
6
5

 

Firm side up:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7 6
Heavier >250 lb 5
5
5

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress would be a good choice for most back sleepers, especially with the soft side up. Normally you might assume that heavier back sleepers would be better off on the firmer side. But we had concerns. With the firm side up, the soft layers of the mattress are on the bottom, meaning that for heavier sleepers, there just isn't enough support under the hip area. The result could be what we might call a "V" with hips sinking too far, yet legs and shoulders not sinking enough.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester was also very good when on his side, and again we felt most people would have a similar supportive experience in this position, particularly on the soft side. Heavier side sleepers might have the same issue we anticipate for back sleeping: Particularly on the firm side, hips might sink in too far, and legs/shoulders not enough.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far. This is even more of a concern with all-foam mattresses, which don't have a spring support system to push up against the sleeper. With the exception of very light stomach sleepers, we did not feel that the Layla mattress (or really, any all-foam mattress) would be the best choice for those reasons, whether using the firm side or the soft side.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Layla mattress, with the soft side up:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 7 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 6

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Layla bed to be very good. Our tester experience no hot spots. Those that are quite a bit heavier than our 200-lb. tester might "bottom out," sinking through the mattress's 4 inches of comfort material. This may also be true if you are a curvy person.

Layla Memory Foam Firm


Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Layla bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

That bowling pin barely moved at all, in either scenario. If you are concerned about feeling the motions of a partner, kids, or pets on the mattress, the Layla would be an excellent choice in our view.

Motion Isolation Rating 10 /10 Good

 

Temperature what’s this )

If sleeping hot is a known issue for you, foam beds in general are likely not the best choice. Rather, something like an innerspring or pocketed coil hybrid bed might offer better natural air flow. But overall, we did not think most people would have much trouble on the Layla bed.

This is not a mattress with super deep cushioning, so more of you will stay on top of the bed rather than sinking deeply. The manufacturer touts some channels carved into the transition foam for air flow, but when we examined the mattress, these channels are not very pronounced, and they are also glued to the layer above it.

Just generally, foam and memory foam mattresses like the Layla are not going to be the best choice if you have experienced sleeping hot previously and know that this could be a big priority for you.

Stays “Cool” Rating 5 /10 Okay

 

Edge Support what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. But the Layla mattress performed pretty well in this respect. Our tester felt stable both sitting and laying on the edge of the bed, even though there was a lot of "dip" when sitting.

Laying on the bed, it performed a bit better with the soft side up. With the firm side up, you can see the softer layers collapsing below our tester. But for a mattress with no specific edge-support features, it performed better than expected.

Edge Support Rating 7/10 Good

 Layla Memory Foam Firm

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

On both the soft and firm sides of the Layla mattress, our tester did not find movement/changing sleeping positions terribly difficult. It was certainly easier on the firm side. On the soft side, it was a little more difficult owing to the slow-responding memory foam. For those with acute mobility issues, the Layla bed (or any memory foam mattress) might not be the best choice, but for most people, we do not think movement will be difficult.

Repositioning Rating 7 /10 Good

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Layla mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials; its foams are petroleum-based.

All of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. This certification is the standard among mainstream foam mattresses.

The company does assert that returned mattresses will be recycled or donated to charity. In fact, should you choose to return your Layla bed, the company will send a charity to your home to pick it up.

Green Rating 4 /10 Fair

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Layla mattress is a great choice. We tested the Layla bed with a standard adjustable base and found that right away, the mattress conformed nicely, regardless of which side was up. 

Nothing weird happens when the Layla bed is articulated -- no strange bulges, no uncomfortable bunching of the quilt cover. It really was one of the best mattresses we've seen out of the box in terms of use on an adjustable base.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 10 /10 Excellent

 Layla Memory Foam Firm

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Layla Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.


What Are You Getting?

The Layla bed is an 10.5-inch mattress with a unique copper-infused memory foam on both the top and bottom of the mattress, intended to promote heat dissipation. One side is "Soft" and the other is "Firm" meaning the mattress can be flipped to best suit your needs and preferences. With a price that's right in line with competing mattresses, these features to help Layla stand apart.

 

How Long Will the Layla Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Layla mattress, the memory foam has a density of 3.5-lbs. The remaining foams are of a standard 1.8-lb. and 2-lb. density. Overall, we expect the Layla bed to hold up about as well as competing mattresses; these are all solidly good, though perhaps not outstanding, foam densities.

 

Overall Value

On balance, we feel that Layla mattress is a unique product that’s exceptionally supportive for the majority of individuals. The dual-sided mattress also offers options for those who might not be sure what type of bed they prefer, or for those whose needs and preferences change over time.

Value Rating 8 /10 Good

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to your door

Layla includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. Note that orders shipped to Canada, Alaska or Hawaii do incur a delivery charge.

 

Returns

  • 120-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Layla offers buyers a 120-day trial period, and suggests that buyers try the mattress at least two weeks before returning it. Returns within the trial period are free, with free pickup. The company says that returned mattresses will be donated to charity. See: Layla return policy

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: Lifetime
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions — the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Layla has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

 

Bottom Line: Is the Layla Mattress Right for You?

Overall, we found a lot to like about the Layla mattress.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Layla mattress:

BEST if you:

  • Like the option of two softness levels
  • Are an average sized back or side sleeper
  • Want excellent motion isolation
  • Plan to use an adjustable base

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Prefer lots of 'memory feel'
  • Have a known issue of sleeping ho

Is the Layla mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Layla mattress? Click here to visit their website at Layla.com.

 

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