Firmness: Soft, medium-firm
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Trial Period: 120 Nights
Price Range: $649–$1,149
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Firmness: Soft, medium-firm
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Trial Period: 120 Nights
Price Range: $649–$1,149
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The mattress industry has grown by 20 percent during the past five years (thanks in part to the proliferation of foam beds being condensed into boxes). And the Layla mattress is a prime example of such innovation. With the Layla, you’ll receive a two-sided, flippable bed with a softer feel on one side and a firmer feel on the other. The foam also features a copper infusion to conduct heat away from the body, keeping warm sleepers cool at night. Most average-weight to lightweight sleepers will find the Layla comfortable regardless of sleeping position. But if you are looking for a truly firm mattress, you may find that neither side of the Layla offers enough support to keep you satisfied.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||4||3||4|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||3||3||4|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||2||2||3|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
We don’t recommend the softer side of the bed for back sleepers because proper firmness and support is required to keep the spine aligned, but the firm side of the mattress may give enough support for lightweight and average-size back sleepers, ensuring proper spinal alignment and helping to ease back pain. Still, the bed is not ideal for plus-size back sleepers because of the mattress’s all-foam construction. Even the “firm” side of this mattress is more of a medium-firm feel and might not give enough support for heavyweight back sleepers.
Some average-weight and plus-size stomach sleepers might experience sinking in the hips on this bed, even on the more supportive firm side. Lightweight sleepers should find enough support on the Layla, but we recommend that stomach sleepers use the firm side to offer maximum support and keep the neck, hips and spine aligned.
This mattress truly shines when it comes to accommodating side sleepers. We recommend the “firm” side of the Layla for plus-size side sleepers who need more support for spinal alignment, while lightweight and average-weight sleepers should try the softer side of the bed. Each individual’s sleeping preferences are different, but side sleepers should look for beds that cradle pressure points like the hips and shoulders. If a bed is too firm, it may put too much pressure on a side sleeper’s joints. The soft side of the Layla mattress could offer enough pressure relief to help those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Combination sleepers (our word for sleepers who change position throughout the night) need a responsive bed that allows for easy movement and position changes. If you are an average-weight or a lightweight sleeper, this mattress should feel easy to move around on and relatively responsive, especially on the firmer side of the bed. Still, some heavier sleepers have reported feeling “stuck” in the Layla mattress.
Like many facets of this mattress’s performance, the bed’s responsiveness changes between the soft side and the firm side of the bed. The softer side offers more of a hugging, traditional memory-foam sensation as you lie down, while the firmer side gives more responsiveness and bounce thanks to its higher-density foam.
If you’re a combination sleeper who moves around often during the night, or if you simply don’t want to feel stifled in your mattress, the firmer side could be for you. If you love the comforting hug of an all-foam bed, the softer side will be ideal.
Layla calls the two sides of the Layla original mattress the “soft” and “firm” sides, but we could more accurately label the sides as “soft” and “medium-firm.” The Layla’s more plush soft side is great for lightweight and some average-weight side sleepers who need cradling around the hips and shoulders. Layla’s firm side is more like a medium-firm, good for back sleepers and average-weight side sleepers. The soft side of the mattress is a great stand-alone bed in its own right: In fact, it ranks on our comprehensive list of the Best Soft Mattresses.
Though all-foam mattresses have amassed a bad reputation for heat retention and for making people feel stifled or trapped in bed, the Layla includes several advanced cooling measures to keep hot sleepers comfortable throughout the night. Thermo-Gel cooling technology in the cover helps the bed feel cool to the touch, and Layla says the bed’s cooling capabilities are activated by a change in body temperature. What’s more, the comfort layer for each firmness level features copper-infused foam that’s antimicrobial and helps with cooling.
While the Layla is an all-foam bed, we think it will be great for those who sleep temperature-neutral or mildly hot. If you sleep like a furnace at night, it might be best to choose an innerspring or hybrid mattress with breathable coils, such as the Layla hybrid mattress.
If you wake up easily from a partner’s late-night tossing and turning, motion isolation could be a top concern. Because the Layla is an all-foam bed, it earns generally high marks for motion isolation, or the ability to trap movement on one side of the bed. In fact, the bed made our list of the best mattresses for couples. The soft side of the Layla shows just slight motion transfer from one sleep partner to another, especially when a sleeper gets out of bed or adjusts their sleep position. Still, this level of motion transfer isn’t enough to disturb a co-sleeper or to force them out of deep sleep.
Our team found that the Layla’s edge support, or strength of the mattress around its perimeter, is decent for an all-foam bed. During testing, we noticed that the Layla’s edges will depress a little when you sit right on the edge of the mattress with your legs hanging over the side. Still, unless you are a heavier sleeper, you should be able to use the full surface of the mattress without feeling like you’re about to fall off. Even when we lay right along the edge of the bed, nobody on our team felt like they were at risk of sliding off the Layla.
The Layla mattress is flippable and comes with a color-coded cover that provides visual cues for which side is which. Because it’s an all-foam mattress that’s not specifically ultra-firm, it probably won’t provide enough strength and support for plus-size back or side sleepers. However, side sleepers of varying body types should find a side that feels great on their sensitive joints. Below, we’ve broken down how the mattress is built as if you’re looking at a cross-section, with the soft side on top.
Layer #1: Cooling Cover: The Thermo-Gel technology in the cover of the bed reacts to your body temperature and gives sleepers a soft, cool feel. It’s also removable and washable.
Layer #2: Copper-Gel Memory Foam: Sleepers will feel like they’re sleeping “in” the Layla’s soft side rather than “on” it with this contouring 3” top layer of foam. The brand added a cooling copper infusion to counteract the traditional overheating of memory foam. When we unzipped the Layla’s cover and took a look at the mattress layers in our lab, we could easily see the shiny copper flecks in this foam level.
Layer #3: Max Airflow Support Foam: This 2” support layer of polyfoam is designed to add a bit more responsiveness and bounce to the memory foam layer above it. The foam has been cut into a surface-level design to help with breathability.
Layer #4: Support Core Foam: The support core foam is 4” tall and adds to the stability and durability of the flippable mattress. According to the brand, the extra-thick layer helps with motion transfer and prevents sinkage.
Layer #5: Copper-Gel Memory Foam: Don’t worry: You’re not seeing double. The Layla uses an identical layer of copper-gel memory foam in the firm layer of the bed, except this second layer is just 1” thick. This thinner layer keeps the body closer to the firm support core, meaning that you’ll get more bounce and responsiveness in the firm side than the softer side.
|Twin||$649||38″ x 75″||10”||50 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$749||38” x 80”||10”||55 lbs.|
|Full||$949||54” x 75”||10”||70 lbs.|
|Queen||$1,049||60” x 80”||10”||80 lbs.|
|King||$1,149||76” x 80”||10”||90 lbs.|
|California King||$1,149||72” x 84”||10”||90 lbs.|
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Layla ships for free to all of the 48 lower states and doesn’t charge shoppers for shipping if they return a mattress within the 120-day window. You can expect it to arrive in four to seven business days. Anyone from Hawaii, Alaska or Canada wanting to buy a Layla product should call the company to discuss delivery options, but keep in mind that Layla might ask you to hand over $100 if you want to ship to Hawaii, Alaska or Canada.
Shoppers can expect the new mattress to come compressed and rolled in a box, and ready for unboxing as soon as it arrives. Because the Layla is an all-foam bed, you may smell a chemical-like scent that we call “off-gassing” when you roll the bed free of its plastic wrapping. The smell isn’t indicative of a defect, isn’t harmful and is almost guaranteed to dissipate within a day or so. But if it bothers your nose, you can open a window and get some indoor fans whirring to help disperse the scent faster.
Layla offers a limited Lifetime warranty to the original buyer as long as they have followed the terms of the warranty. For instance, if they haven’t abused the mattress and have used a firm, rigid and smooth surface to support it. The warranty covers indentations of greater than 1 inch, loss of mattress height or shape, seams that are coming apart, splitting or cracking of the foam, and issues that result from a manufacturing problem.
Keep in mind that customers will void the warranty if the mattress is stained, abused or infested with bugs. You’ll also void it if you don’t take the mattress out of the box within two weeks, or if you’re using a weak box spring or any bed frame with weak center support. If you need a new one, Layla sells both a foundation and a bed frame on their website.
Layla’s 120-night sleep trial allows you to test the mattress for about four months. If you don’t like the mattress, you can return it for a full refund anytime after two weeks and before the four months are up. Why the two-week waiting period? The body typically takes up to 30 days to adjust to a new mattress, so it’s best to wait at least two weeks to make sure your body has become acclimated to a new bed. If you decide to return the mattress, Layla will pick it up and donate the returned mattress to a charity.
Before purchasing a new Layla mattress, be sure to read our Common Layla Mattress Complaints.
Though both the Layla and the GhostBed are all-foam mattresses, the GhostBed has only one firmness level: medium-firm, similar to the Layla’s firm side. The Layla is a good mattress for back sleepers who require the firmer side, and those who need more cushioning with some support on the softer side.
Like the Layla, the GhostBed’s construction focuses on cooling, with gel infusion throughout the bed and the GhostBed “Ice” fabric in the cover. It’s cool to the touch when you lay your hand on it, and should be great for those seeking a less-expensive all-foam mattress with some cooling capabilities.
At first glance, the main similarity between the Layla and Nectar beds are stellar warranty policies: Both offer Lifetime warranties that protect the original owner of the mattress as long as it’s in their possession.
The Nectar uses gel in its layers of foam to ensure cooling, and it has a medium-firm feel that’s great for back sleepers and lightweight stomach sleepers. We also think the Nectar earns high marks in edge support, meaning you won’t feel as if you’ll fall off the bed when you sit along the edge.
Casper is one of the most well-known bed-in–a-box brands on the market, and for good reason. The Zoned Support in these beds make it a great neutral mattress for a variety of sleepers. Though the flagship Casper is all-foam and might not be ideal for plus-size sleepers, it’s still a great pressure-relieving choice for average-weight and lightweight individuals.
Though the original Casper only has one firmness option compared to the Layla’s flippable firmness-changing design, it’s still good for those with pain in sensitive joints like the back and hips.
Do I need to remove the Layla’s cover before flipping the mattress over?
Nope, you’ll keep the cover on when you flip the Layla. Just take any bedding off the bed and get a friend or a family member (if needed) to help you flip the mattress.
Can the Layla’s mattress cover be washed?
Yes, the cover can be washed, but Layla recommends that you take the cover to be dry-cleaned instead of washing it in a washing machine.
Is the Layla resistant to fire?
Yes, the Layla uses a fire-blocking sleeve made of rayon and polyester. There are no chemicals added, and the fire-blocking elements are within the fabric itself.
With Layla, you get two mattresses in one: It’s perfect for modern shoppers who want a great mattress with a little flexibility. You may be unsure whether a softer or a firmer mattress is what you are looking for, or you may know you’ll only use the bed for a few years before passing it on to a sibling or a friend. Either way, the Layla offers flexibility and a high-quality mattress for a relatively low price. Though the memory foam mattress might not work perfectly for larger people or those who sleep as hot as furnaces, it’ll be great for side sleepers and anyone who wants a flexible, modern mattress.
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