Materials: Memory foam and coils
Firmness: Soft, Medium-Firm
Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 120 nights
Price Range: $1,249–$1,849
Materials: Memory foam and coils
Firmness: Soft, Medium-Firm
Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 120 nights
Price Range: $1,249–$1,849
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: Lazy Saturday mornings aren’t just for flipping pancakes anymore: We’re convinced that Layla’s flippable hybrid mattress, complete with a soft side and a firmer side for more support, will keep some sleepers in bed longer than brunch.
Designed with a 6” layer of supportive coils sandwiched between layers of foam on each side, the Layla hybrid’s softer side will work well for side sleepers and lightweight back sleepers. Likewise, the bed’s firmer side should appeal to lightweight and average-weight back sleepers. Though the firmer surface might not be ideal for larger stomach sleepers––the bed generally won’t work well for heavyweight people––the Layla Hybrid is a high-value pick that will relieve pressure and offer a good mix of support and comfort.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||5||4||4|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||5||3||4|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||4||2||3|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
The soft side of the mattress offers a plush sleeping surface and great pressure relief for lightweight back sleepers. Still, we found a bit of pressure buildup in the hips when an average-sized back sleeper laid down on the bed. The firmer side of the Layla hybrid offers much better pressure relief for average-size back sleepers, but plus-size back sleepers might not get the support they need in this bed.
Average-weight and lightweight stomach sleepers should feel supported on the “firm” side of this mattress. When we tested the Layla Hybrid in our lab, we found a bit of pressure buildup in the chest for stomach sleepers. Because stomach sleepers need a firmer bed to keep the hips elevated and aligned, we recommend the Layla hybrid’s “firm” side for this sleep position. Plus-size stomach sleepers should look for a mattress that has just a bit more density and support, like the Titan from Brooklyn Bedding or the WinkBed.
Side sleepers should look for optimal pressure relief when shopping for a new mattress. If a mattress is too firm, side sleepers risk excess pressure buildup on delicate joints like the shoulders and hips. When we tested the Layla hybrid, we found the soft side of the bed to be great for lightweight and average-weight side sleepers. Our average-weight side sleeper experienced some dipping in the hips on the soft side, but we saw excellent pressure relief overall in the hips and shoulders. If you’re a plus-size side sleeper, you’ll want to use the firmer side of the bed to achieve an even mix of support and pressure relief.
If you start the night on your back and wake up on your stomach, twisted up in your sheets, you’re probably a combination sleeper. “Combination sleeper” is our fancy term for those who switch positions and move around often in their sleep. Since this bed is responsive to movement and bounces back quickly, it’s a great choice for those who want to move around in their sleep without feeling constrained. Plus-size combination sleepers might have difficulty getting enough support from the Layla hybrid, particularly those who spend any part of the night on their stomach. Still, this is a responsive bed that’s great for lightweight and average-weight combination sleepers.
Since the Layla hybrid is made with a 6” support layer of coils in the middle of the bed, each side is bouncy and responsive: perfect for those who like to move around often during the night. We expect the firmer side to feel slightly more responsive to the average-weight sleeper, mostly because the bouncy coils are covered by only 2.5 inches of foam instead of the soft side’s 4.5” foam comfort layers. Even the most responsive foam design can stifle the bounciness of coil, so consider using the “firm” side of the Layla hybrid if ease of movement is your main concern.
What differentiates the softer and firmer sides of the Layla hybrid? It all comes down to foam thickness and foam density. The softer side of the mattress is made of a 4.5” layer of Copper Gel memory foam and Max Airflow support foam, compared to the firmer side’s 2.5” foam layer. Though the two sides of the mattress use almost-identical foam types, the foam layers on the firmer side are higher-density than the ones on the softer side.
This unique construction creates a mattress with two different firmness levels. The “soft” side is a true soft mattress according to our testing measures. We rate it a 3/10 on our softness scale, with 10 being the firmest mattress. The “firm” side is more of a medium-firm bed in our view, achieving the 6.5/10 mark on our firmness scale.
The Layla hybrid works best for different sleepers depending on which side of the mattress faces up. The soft side is great for lightweight and average-size side sleepers who need cradling on the hips and shoulders, while the firmer side is better for heavier sleepers and those who sleep on their back.
Like with a lot of sleep factors, the answer to this question depends on whether you sleep on the “soft” or “firm” side of the Layla hybrid. Because the hybrid has a layer of coils, each side will sleep far cooler than a traditional memory foam mattress. Even though the hybrid’s coils are individually wrapped, they allow for greater airflow and breathability than foam. Though the copper infusion in the bed’s Copper-Gel memory foam certainly helps with overheating, hot sleepers will most appreciate the bed’s coil construction.
Still, we expect the firmer side of the Layla Hybrid to sleep ever-so-slightly cooler than the softer side. While the softer side covers the breathable coils with 4.5 inches of foam, the firmer side uses thinner layers of foam, allowing the body to lie around 2 inches closer to the coils. Here at Mattress Nerd, we think that closer proximity could mean a cooler sleep experience.
Couples who sleep in the same bed will appreciate mattresses with high marks on motion isolation. After all, nobody likes to be awakened by a partner’s midnight snack run. Bouncier innerspring beds typically receive lower marks on motion isolation, but the Layla hybrid encases the coils with layers of foam on each side. The resulting bed offers some bounce but keeps motion transfer to a minimum. Your partner’s shifting positions on the Layla hybrid shouldn’t disturb you unless you’re a light sleeper.
A double row of reinforced coils around the edge of the Layla hybrid gives it great edge support. Edge support is important if you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and like to sit along the edge of the bed, or if your partner’s wide sleeping stance displaces you to the very edge of the bed. Since the Layla offers reinforced edges, you can sit or lie alongside the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re going to slide off onto the floor.
Like the Original Layla mattress, the Layla Hybrid mattress offers two firmness options in one because it’s flippable: One side has a firmer setting and the other side is soft. The coils in the middle of the mattress ground the construction and add bounce and support. The result is a responsive, cool bed that works well for a variety of sleeping positions, including side sleepers and back sleepers. Starting from the soft side and moving down into the construction of the bed, here’s our take on the Layla hybrid’s layers:
Layer #1: Cover: The cover of the Layla hybrid is made with a blend of polyester, lycra, viscose and a cooling ThermoGEL material. It’s also zippered and removable, complete with several handles so that it can be flipped easily from the soft side to the firmer side. Our team likes the grey hexagonal design, but we love the cool-to-the-touch material even more.
Layer #2: “Soft Side” Comfort Layers: The soft side of the Layla Hybrid features a 2.5” layer of copper-infused memory foam, which helps draw heat away from the body and provides a slow-responding, contouring feeling. Below this copper layer is a zoned polyfoam transitional layer that’s a bit firmer to provide support around the hips and lower back while cradling the shoulders.
Layer #3: Coil Support System: Between the soft and firmer sides of the mattress is a pocketed coil support system that provides bounce and support. The coils are individually wrapped, meaning they move independently and help improve motion isolation. While most of the coils in the bed are 14-gauge, the outer band of coils is made with thicker 16-gauge wire to help with edge support.
Layer #4: “Firm Side” Comfort Layers: The firm side of the mattress has several top layers: 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam followed by 1.5 inches of Max Airflow support foam. These foam layers are similar to the soft side’s foam layers, but with two differences: Each foam slab is cut thinner than its counterpart on the soft side, and each type is a bit denser than the soft side’s foams. Back sleepers will find more support on the firmer side, and they’ll sleep closer to the bed’s breathable coils.
|Twin XL||$1,349||38″x80″||13”||72 lbs.|
|California King||$1,849||72”x84”||13”||143 lbs.|
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If you live in the continental U.S., you’re in luck! Layla ships for free to the lower 48 states. However, those who live in Alaska and Hawaii will have to pay $125 to ship each mattress, and shipping to Canada will cost $225 per bed.
If shoppers from Alaska, Hawaii or Canada choose to return a Layla mattress, they won’t receive a refund on shipping costs.
Layla offers a Lifetime warranty that covers sagging, cracks in the foam and any loss of height over time. Layla will repair or replace the bed at its discretion if any of these issues arise, as long as the original purchaser still owns the mattress. Since the industry standard is a 10-year warranty, we’re pleased with Layla’s coverage.
If you’d like to keep the warranty intact, be sure to take it out of its box within a few days of its delivery to your home. Also, don’t use it for an AirBnb property or for any other commercial purpose.
The warranty is non-transferable, meaning that coverage won’t extend to someone who receives the mattress secondhand. To us, this is important because the Layla hybrid is a prime candidate for gifting to a family member or friend after it’s been used for a while, especially because of its dual-sided construction and accessibility to multiple sleeping types. But if you choose to give this adaptable mattress to your roommate or friend, know that you’ll void the Layla warranty in the process.
Layla offers a 120-night sleep trial for the mattress, which is standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. If you’re unsatisfied for any reason with the bed and would like to return it, just email email@example.com to begin the return process and receive a full refund: Just be sure to include your order number.
When it’s available in your area, Layla will coordinate with a local nonprofit to give the unwanted mattress to a person in need. If such a nonprofit isn’t available near you, or if mattress donations are against the law in your area, Layla will simply remove the mattress and give you your money back.
Still, you’ll need to keep the Layla hybrid for at least two weeks before you’re able to begin the return process. Though it might seem like a hassle, here at Mattress Nerd we’re big fans of policies like this. The reason? It can take around a month for your body to adjust to a new mattress.
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The Purple hybrid bed combines Purple’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer grid with supportive coils for extra breathability and bounce. The Purple hybrid isn’t a flippable mattress like the Layla hybrid, and it’s priced just above the Layla hybrid in every available mattress size.
Because the Layla hybrid’s coils are covered on either side by at least 2.5” of foam, we think the Layla hybrid does a better job of motion isolation than the Purple hybrid. If you sleep with a partner and are worried about being awakened in the middle of the night from a partner’s tossing and turning, the Layla hybrid might be your best bet.
The crown jewel of the Helix Midnight Luxe is its layer of zoned support coils, which run the length of the mattress. This zoned support allows the shoulders to dip down farther into the mattress while giving the hips more support. Conversely, the Layla hybrid simply offers thicker, more reinforced coils around the edge of the mattress for better edge support. The coils in the middle of the Layla are all the same thickness.
The Helix Midnight Luxe is a bit more expensive at its everyday price than the Layla hybrid. However, Helix sales can bring the price lower than Layla’s. The Helix Midnight Luxe is mostly geared toward side sleepers, but lightweight back sleepers can find a comfortable night of sleep on the Luxe as well.
Though the GhostBed Luxe is an all-foam mattress, it is designed to offer the advanced cooling that’s typical in hybrid mattresses. It’s priced just a bit higher than the Layla hybrid, but sales could easily knock the price down to below the Layla hybrid.
The GhostBed feels cool to the touch, thanks to its gel memory foam layer and Ghost Ice fabric in the cover. If you’re looking for an all-foam bed but worried about sleeping too hot, the GhostBed is a great option.
Can the removable Layla Hybrid mattress cover be washed?
The Layla hybrid cover is washable, but Layla recommends that customers bring their cover to a dry cleaner in order to retain the cover’s original softness.
Are extra mattress covers available for purchase?
Yes, Layla offers extra covers for purchase. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process.
Should Layla customers rotate the mattress?
Layla surprised us with this answer: The company recommends rotating the mattress from head to toe at least once a month. Since this rotation routine is a bit more often than we’d expect, we’re grateful for the hybrid’s side handles.
The Layla hybrid’s flippable design (a relatively unique construction among the current offerings on the mattress market) mixes responsiveness and soft comfort. We wouldn’t recommend this bed if you’re looking for an ultra-firm mattress, as the Layla’s firmer side is really only a medium-firm level. And while we think the bed is a great value, it’s not the best for those who want to keep a strict budget. Still, it’s great for side and back sleepers who are looking for excellent relief on delicate pressure points and the convenience of purchasing two beds in one.
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