DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla Mattress Comparison
At Mattress Nerd, our sleep scientists put the performance and construction of the market’s top mattresses to the test. In this article, we’re comparing the luxury, hybrid DreamCloud Premier to the all-foam Layla. While you’re here, stop by our mattress reviews page to learn how we test and rate the mattresses we receive.
DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla Overview
If you’re in the market for a luxury mattress, the DreamCloud Premier is worth every penny. Its hybrid construction of foam and coils, plus a euro pillow top helps it accommodate a large range of sleeper sizes and preferences. But at half the price, the flippable Layla has some noteworthy features for lightweight to average-weight sleepers.
|DreamCloud Premier is best for…||Layla is best for…|
|Heavyweight Sleepers||Value Shoppers|
|Combination Sleepers||Memory Foam Lovers|
|Couples||Lightweight to Average-weight Sleepers|
Who Should Choose the DreamCloud Premier Mattress?
- Heavyweight Sleepers: Mattresses constructed with coils best meet the needs of those over 230 lbs, with the ability to support your spine’s natural “S” curve. The DreamCloud Premier’s base layer does just that, while its comfort layers cushion and relieve pressure in your shoulders, hips, and lower back.
- Combination Sleepers: If you toss and turn, you need a mattress with a balanced feel that can accommodate all sleeping positions. The DreamCloud walks this line of contouring support quite well, while also being responsive and easy to move around on.
- Couples: This robust mattress appeals to a wide range of sizes and preferences. It also delivers top-notch edge support, pressure relief, plus decent motion isolation and temperature control—all important features if you share the bed.
Who Should Choose the Layla Mattress?
- Value Shoppers: At half the price, the all-foam Layla offers quite a bit of value for those under 230 lbs, especially since it performed similarly to the luxury DreamCloud Premier in a lot of categories.
- Memory Foam Lovers: If you’re looking for that medium-soft, doughy feel…that hug from your mattress each night, you’re going to love the Layla’s soft side.
- Lightweight to Average-weight Sleepers: As most all-foam mattresses go, the Layla isn’t recommended for heavyweight sleepers. Instead, look at hybrids or mattresses with coils.
DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla: Top Similarities
- Firmness: The DreamCloud Premier and the firm side of the Layla mattress both land at medium-firm, that “universal” feel suited to most sleepers.
- Temperature Neutral: With some unique cooling technology, the all-foam Layla performs as well as the hybrid DreamCloud Premier when it comes to keeping you cool and dry.
- Edge Support: Our testers agreed that both mattresses felt firm up to the perimeter, with the smallest dip noted for the Layla. This might affect those in the heavyweight category (>230 lbs).
DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla: Top Differences
- Price: The luxury DreamCloud Premier will cost a pretty penny, but it does have an impressive performance. For many, the Layla’s lower price point is more attractive, but it won’t be worth the lower performance for heavyweight sleepers if you weigh more than 230 lbs.
- Firmness: The soft side of the Layla feels more like old-school memory foam with its Pillsbury doughboy feel and slow-to-respond material.
- Construction: The hybrid DreamCloud Premier has a variety of materials: cashmere blend, high-loft memory foam, soft foam, dense foam, and coils. The all-foam Layla has many foam types stacked in a special way to provide the option of flipping to a soft or firm feel.
DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla: Firmness & Feel Differences
Firmness describes how soft or sturdy a mattress feels at first touch. At Mattress Nerd, we rate mattresses from 1 to 10, 1 being soft as a pillow and 10 being as hard as the floor.
What’s the Firmness Of the DreamCloud Premier & Layla Mattresses?
While the DreamCloud Premier is a medium-firm 6.5/10, the Layla offers two options: soft on one side, firm on the flip side. We rated the soft side as a medium-soft (4/10) and the firm side as a medium-firm (6.5/10). Medium-firm is a well-liked firmness because the mattress usually offers a cushiony comfort layer atop a firmer coil or dense foam layer. This balance meets the needs of most back, front, and side sleepers.
The hybrid DreamCloud Premier’s materials and construction allow it to meet your body’s needs in all sleeping positions, as well as support sleepers of all sizes. Only lightweight side sleepers might desire a softer mattress to sink into for pressure relief. The Layla offers some choices in firmness. Its firmer side is 1″ of copper-gel memory foam atop the denser base foam. The flip side is a plush 3″ of the same type of memory foam, resting on 2″ of polyfoam before getting to the denser support foam. We don’t recommend the Layla for heavyweight sleepers.
What Do the DreamCloud Premier & Layla Mattresses Feel Like?
The DreamCloud Premier cradles your body with the pillow top and contouring memory foam, but you’ll feel lifted on top of the mattress’ firmer sections—no sinking down to the coils. The Layla’s firm side has a thin layer of memory foam for pressure relief, but the soft side feels like the traditional doughy material that gives you a cool, copper-infused gel hug each night.
What’s It Like to Sleep On the DreamCloud Premier & Layla Mattresses?
The DreamCloud Premier successfully balances cushion with support, enabling your spine to rest in its natural “S” curve for back and stomach sleepers, or a straight line for side sleepers. The luxury price gives you great versatility and range, accommodating sleepers of all sizes, as well. Combination sleepers will appreciate the transition foam and coils’ slight springiness which make it easier to change positions.
For lightweight and average-weight sleepers, the firm side of the Layla performs similarly to the DreamCloud Premier, serving a nice balance of cushion and stability for back and stomach sleepers. Our pressure map did show some yellows and oranges for side sleepers, but it was evenly distributed which helps prevent hip or shoulder pain.
The Layla’s softer side doesn’t cancel its ability to foster spinal alignment in back and stomach sleepers—it does quite well. Side sleepers, our pressure map showed some yellow and orange in the hips, but it was spread out nicely—this shouldn’t cause new hip pain. We wouldn’t recommend this side for combination sleepers because you’ll sink in too much. This makes movement more difficult which might wake you.
The DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla Mattresses By Body Type
DreamCloud Premier Performance By Sleeping Position:
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||5||3|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||5||5|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||4||3||5|
Layla Performance By Sleeping Position:
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||4||5|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||4||3||4|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||2||2||3|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
Average-Weight Sleepers (130–230 lbs)
Sleepers in this weight category will benefit from the DreamCloud Premier’s euro pillow top and pressure-relieving memory foam, as well as experience great support from the coil base layer. This mattress performs well, whether you prefer sleeping on your back, stomach, side, or even a combination.
For back sleepers, the Layla mattress’ firm side provides the best support for a healthy spine. Stomach sleepers might experience some sinkage in the hip area, even on the firm side of the mattress. Side sleepers will feel cushion and pressure relief when resting on the softer side.
Heavyweight Sleepers (> 230 lbs)
This is one of the benefits you’re paying for with the luxury DreamCloud Premier. Its hybrid construction of foam and coils provides a balanced feel for heavyweight sleepers who prefer your back or side. Stomach sleepers might experience some hip sinkage and could benefit from a slightly firmer mattress. We don’t recommend the all-foam Layla for sleepers over 230 lbs.
Lightweight Sleepers (< 130 lbs)
On the DreamCloud Premier, the lightweight sleeper benefits from the pillow top as you lie on your back or stomach though side sleepers might like a mattress with a softer base layer.
The soft side of the Layla received superior scores during our testing, for every sleeping position. The thicker comfort layer gives great pressure relief while not compromising spinal alignment for those under 130 lbs. If you prefer a firmer mattress, flip the Layla over for good rest on your back or tummy, too.
Differences In Mattress Construction
The luxury DreamCloud Premier is a thick 14″ bundle of foam and coils that should meet the needs of most sleepers of any size. The shorter 10″ profile of the Layla is comprised of various layers of foam and is flippable, offering both a soft and firm side.
|DreamCloud Premier Mattress Materials||Layla Mattress Materials|
|Mongolian Cashmere Blend Cover||Thermo-Gel Cooling Cover|
|Euro Pillow Top (2″)||Copper-Gel Memory Foam (3″ for soft side)|
|Memory Foam Layer (2.5″)||Transition Support Foam (2″ polyfoam)|
|Foam Transition Layer (1″)||Support Core Base Foam (4″)|
|Coil Layer (8.5″ individually wrapped steel coils)||Copper-Gel Memory Foam (1″ for firm side)|
|Foam Base Layer|
DreamCloud uses a Mongolian cashmere blend for their mattress covers. This soft, breathable material is thin and feels luxurious. The Layla mattress has a special cooling cover with proprietary Thermo-Gel technology. This reacts to your body heat to offer a cool-to-the-touch feel.
Picked as one of the best pillow top mattresses, the DreamCloud Premier has a 2″ euro pillow top with an inch each of high-loft memory foam and soft foam. This is followed by 2.5″ of contouring memory foam to aid pressure relief.
The comfort layer of the Layla is memory foam infused with copper gel, which helps cool this all-foam bed down. On the soft side of the Layla, this 3″ layer feels doughy and you’ll sink right in for that traditional memory foam hug.
The DreamCloud Premier has an 8.5″ coil base as its primary workhorse. These individually wrapped coils increase airflow and help prevent motion transfer. Additionally, the coil base is sandwiched between an inch of transition foam on both sides.
Because the Layla is flippable, we’re detailing the layers top-down with the soft side on top. After the doughy, soft comfort layer, there’s a transition support layer of responsive polyfoam. This all-foam bed has a sturdy 4″ core base of high-density foam. Lastly, there’s another copper-gel infused memory foam layer, but this one is only 1″ thick. This is the firm side, which gives some cushion before you rest on the springy polyfoam layer.
DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla Pricing
|Size||DreamCloud Premier Prices||Layla Prices|
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DreamCloud Premier vs. Layla Mattress Performance Ratings & Differences
While not DreamCloud’s most cooling bed, the Premier does a decent job thanks to the airflow from the coil layer. It should be satisfactory for all but the hottest sleepers. Looking at memory foam vs hybrid, you’ll learn that all-foam beds get a bad rap for retaining body heat. But the Layla actually breaks that mold due to some features they included to combat this problem: the Thermo-Gel cover and copper-gel infused memory foam.
Unless you’re shopping for one of the best waterbed mattresses, you don’t really want to feel motion (yours or a partner’s) while you sleep. Mattresses that isolate motion at its source are key for undisturbed rest. The DreamCloud Premier’s memory foam layers do a decent job of keeping felt motion at its source. And with so many other perks, we rated this our top Nerd Pick for best mattresses for couples.
The Layla’s firm side performs similarly to the medium-firm Premier, though our testers noted the memory foam has a slightly delayed response to change. The soft side, like most traditional memory foam, excels at preventing motion from making it to the other side of the bed.
If you like to spread out, or roll around a lot like me, you want to use your entire mattress surface. Edge support provides that. It’s also helpful for those who need stability when slowly getting on and off the mattress. Mattresses with a coil base are known for sturdy perimeters, and the DreamCloud Premier received high marks. Check out our list of best mattresses for seniors, where edge support is one important factor considered.
All-foam mattresses generally can’t compare, but our testers observed the Layla’s high-density foam to be pretty stable. There was the slightest sag when sitting on its edge, so heavyweight sleepers might notice poorer performance in this category.
With 5″ of foam on top, it should come as no surprise that the DreamCloud Premier’s euro pillow top and comfort layers provide superior pressure relief. This is why it made it on so many of our “best mattresses” lists.
The firm side of the Layla has 1″ of the copper-gel memory foam so there’s a little cushion. But the Layla’s soft side showed nothing but blues and greens (no pressure collection) on our pressure relief mat, earning it a perfect score and a spot on our list of best soft mattresses.
For back and stomach sleepers, back pain can come from incorrect spinal placement on a mattress. You need the firmness of your mattress to support your spine’s natural “S” curve. Side sleepers, your hips and shoulders could be sore if your spine doesn’t keep a nice straight line through the night.
The DreamCloud Premier offers a balance of cushion and support that appeals to most sleepers, big and small, no matter your favorite sleeping position. Lightweight side sleepers might find more cushion in a softer mattress. The flippable Layla is great for back sleepers on both sides (firm and soft) and also helps keep your spine straight if you sleep on your side. We feature it on our list of best mattresses for arthritis because the firmness choices could help when your arthritis flares up.
The luxury, hybrid DreamCloud Premier is a good investment and should last you around a decade. The all-foam Layla isn’t quite as durable because memory foam begins to leave permanent body impressions as it ages. But Layla’s Limited Lifetime warranty covers anything over 1″.
Shipping, Returns, & Warranties
If you buy your DreamCloud online, versus at a participating retailer, it ships free to 48 states (extra charge for Alaska and Hawaii). The company also provides an unusually long, 365-night sleep trial period which is nice when you’re shopping luxury mattresses. And their Lifetime warranty is one of the best out there, offering full, free replacement for the first 10 years, which is when you should think about replacing old mattresses anyway.
Layla also ships your mattress free of charge, as long as you’re in the lower 48 states. They allow you to try your mattress for a 120-night sleep trial period and offer a Limited Lifetime warranty that covers any permanent body impressions over 1″.
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Our Final Take
That the luxury DreamCloud Premier comes at a steep price, but it’s likely to exceed the expectations of most sleepers. It’s just not for someone who sleeps hot or sleeps super lightly. The all-foam, flippable Layla, on the other hand, gives you two firmness options (firm and soft). And its performance is on par with the DreamCloud Premier in many areas, at a fraction of the price.
DreamCloud Premier & Layla FAQs
Is the Layla mattress good for hot sleepers?
All-foam mattresses typically perform below average in this area, retaining body heat. But the Layla mattress cover has cooling Thermo-Gel technology that reacts to your body heat, as well as a comfort layer made of copper-infused memory foam which counteracts overheating. It provides a reasonably temperature-neutral night of sleep.
How many years does the DreamCloud mattress last?
The DreamCloud Premier’s hybrid construction with high-quality foams and coils should last you around a decade. This is longer than an all-foam bed, which begins to break down sooner, lasting closer to 7 years.
Is the Layla mattress good for back pain?
When we rolled out our pressure mat on the Layla, both the firm and soft sides showed even pressure distribution as our testers laid on their backs and stomachs, meaning it’s a great fit for those sleeping positions. Side sleepers also had good spinal alignment which helps prevent back pain.
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