Layla Mattress Review (2019 Update)

Last updated on May 2, 2019

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The Layla mattress boasts copper-infused memory foam as a solution for sleeping cool and preventing illness with anti-microbial properties. Did we notice a difference?

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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. We also cover recent changes to the cover and to the top memory foam in our 2019 updated Layla review video.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Layla mattress video review above.

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?

The Layla mattress is a memory foam and foam bed with a couple of interesting properties. Most noteworthy (and about which the company talks a lot about) is the bed's memory foam, which is infused with copper. 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, a bonus if you "sleep hot" or even for women experiencing hot flashes. 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 could keep you from getting sick. And the company also notes that some using its mattress experience better energy and improved circulation, which the company admits are hard to prove.

We took a close look at the actual foam in the Layla mattress. Aside from a subtle copper color of the foam, you really can't see or feel any kind of hard metal particles, so there's no worry that there are actual metal bits in the mattress. We gather the company uses copper dust or very minute particles of it. The company has a whole page on its copper technology.

Another interesting feature is the Layla mattress's cover, which includes infused gel. This is supposed to make the cover cool to the touch, and indeed, in our tests, we really did note a difference. The mattress cover was notably cooler than other items in our test room. Again, this could be a benefit for those concerned about getting hot while sleeping. The cover can be removed but it is dry-clean only.

Lastly, 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, but we add comments about the firm side as well. Note that with the original Layla bed, the cover had to be removed and replaced when flipping the mattress, but the latest version no longer requires this.

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 variety of individuals in most sleeping positions. In circumstances where we questioned the suitability for a type of sleeper, we thought simply flipping the mattress to the other side would solve concerns.

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.

The price of the Layla mattress is very competitive, right in line with its online peers.

You can place the Layla mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support, a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. The company sells an inexpensive matching wooden box frame, but it's not a required purchase.

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:

  • Prefer a mattress with deeper cushioning
  • Like the option of two softness levels
  • Are curious about the benefits of copper
  • Want good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are sensitive to a partner's movements
  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Would like to try a mattress in person before buying


Layla Mattress


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)
6 Medium Soft
Softness Level (Firm side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 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
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
6 Slower responding, 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.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 Choose firm side
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 Choose firm side
Heavier >250 lb Choose firm side Choose firm side Choose firm side

 

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 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

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 7 Good
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very good
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 7 Good
Green Features 5 Not natural, but does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Very compatible
Overall Value 8 Very good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$999

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

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

80 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 11″ thick mattress comprised of 4 layers (listed below from top to bottom). Note that the company calls this a 10" mattress. We measured 11 inches.

  • 3" copper infused memory foam, 3.5-lb. density
  • 2" polyurethane convoluted (egg crate) foam transition layer, 1.8-lb. density
  • 5" 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-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 convoluted (egg crate) polyurethane foam, meant as a transition layer in between the softer memory foam and the 5-inch block of support foam below.

Layla Mattress layers

 

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.

As a cooling feature, the cover is infused with gel, and we did feel that it felt notably cool to the touch.

Layla Mattress Cover

 

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." The soft side is most popular, and by default the mattress comes set up with the soft side on top. On our scale, we judged the soft side to be a bit softer than what we would call medium. The firm side is quite firm, and we'd call it a true firm.

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)
6 Medium Soft
Softness Level (Firm side)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 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.

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 Mattress Cushioning Depth

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

The copper-infused memory foam is quite slow responding, and it takes some time for it to come back to shape after being compressed. It's worth noting that our look at the original Layla bed in 2017 found the foam to be quick responding. Layla has since substituted a slower responding foam for the top and bottom layers.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
6 Slower responding, no 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:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 Choose firm side
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 Choose firm side
Heavier >250 lb Choose firm side Choose firm side Choose firm side

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress to be excellent while on his back, and he felt a wide variety of people would experience similar support. Hips sunk in just enough, and his lumbar area felt well supported. Heavier individuals might find hips sinking too deeply into the mattress, and might be better supported on the firm side of the Layla bed.

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. And once more, heavier individuals may find the firm side to bet a better fit, as hips and shoulders could sink too deeply into the soft side of the mattress.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, and that was the case for our tester when trying the soft side of the Layla mattress. When he switched to the firm side, he felt very supported, however. For those who predominately sleep on their stomachs, the firmer side is likely a better fit, with the exception of those who are very light.

 

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 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Layla bed to be excellent on the soft side. Our tester experience no hot spots. When he tried the firm side, however, he quickly noticed pressure in his shoulders and hips. Those that are quite a bit heavier than our 200-lb. tester might "bottom out," sinking through the mattress's 5 inches of comfort material.

 Layla Mattress Side Sleeping

Layla Mattress Topper

In our video update of the latest Layla mattress, published in April 2019, we took a look at the new Layla Mattress Topper, an optional accessory that can be used with the Layla mattress, or with any mattress. It's made of a 2" layer of the same copper-infused memory foam used in the Layla mattress, and is wrapped in the same cover fabric.

We tried the mattress topper on both the soft and firm sides of the Layla bed. On the Firm side, we felt the topper basically made the mattress feel like the soft side, so there's little advantage. When used on the soft side, however, the topper gives the mattress quite a lot of extra softness and cushioning. While the soft side of the mattress, on its own, we classify as a Medium Soft, adding the topper made it more of a straight-up Soft. The topper also added deeper cushioning, with more of a hugged/cradled aspect.

Current pricing for the mattress topper is $299 for the queen size. Get more info on the Layla website.

Layla Mattress Topper

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.

With the bowling ball, the pin wiggled a bit; because the cover on the Layla bed is quite a tight fit, we noticed it pulling just a bit, enough to affect the standing pin. In practical use, this might mean you could feel a partner repositioning a bit, but we did not think it would be an issue for most people.

When our tester dropped his full weight on the bed, however, the pin did not move at all, so we did not think that most people would be bothered by a partner (or kids/pets) getting in and out of bed.

Motion Isolation Rating 7 /10 Good

 

Temperature what’s this )

For most people, we think the Layla mattress will not feel hot, especially because of the copper infused into the memory foam, and the cooling cover. 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 bed might offer better natural air flow. But overall, we did not think most people would have any trouble on the Layla bed.

Stays “Cool” Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

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 very well in this respect. Our tester felt stable both sitting and laying on the edge of the bed.

Edge Support Rating 8 /10 Very good

 Layla Mattress Edge Support

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, however 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.

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 5 /10 Not “natural” but does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Layla mattress is a very good choice. We tested the Layla bed with a standard adjustable base and found that right away, the mattress conformed nicely.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 9 /10 Very compatible

 Layla Mattress on an Adjustable Base

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. Note that Layla officially calls this a 10-inch mattress, while our measurement was 11 inches.

Size Dimensions Mattress Box Foundation - Wood GoodBed Discount?
Twin 39" x 75" x 11"  $599 $199 Yes
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 11" $699 $229 Yes
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 11" $899 $229 Yes
Queen 60" x 80" x 11" $999 $249 Yes
King 76" x 80" x 11" $1,099 $349 Yes
California King 72" x 84" x 11" $1,099 $349 Yes

 

What Are You Getting?

The Layla bed is an 11-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. The cover of the Layla bed also has cooling properties, and we found that this did seem effective. 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. When we first reviewed the mattress, density was 3 lbs., so this is a recent improvement that should boost expected longevity. 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.

 

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 Very good value

 

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 pickup of the mattress by a charity. Proof of donation is required to process the return. 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. See: Layla warranty policy.

 Unboxing the Layla Mattress

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:

  • Prefer a mattress with deeper cushioning
  • Like the option of two softness levels
  • Are curious about the benefits of copper
  • Want good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are sensitive to a partner's movements
  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Would like to try a mattress in person before buying

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 Luxi mattress? Click here to visit their website at Layla.com.

 

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