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Layla vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

Purple and Layla are unique beds in their own right. Discover which online mattress will be a better fit for your needs in this review.

The Layla is a double-sided, flippable, memory foam mattress with copper-infused top layers to help with cooling. The Purple Original is technically an all-foam mattress, but it doesn’t feel like one. It has a unique Hyper-Elastic polymer Smart Grid top layer that’s responsive yet comfortable.

The Layla feels like a traditional memory foam bed, so you’ll like it if you enjoy how memory foam contours around the body for a quicksand-style feel. It’s also the better choice for shoppers on a budget: The Layla and Purple have similar price points, but Layla runs promotions more often throughout the year. If you’re a combination sleeper, the Purple’s bouncy top layer will make it easy to change positions throughout the night. The Purple mattress also sleeps exceptionally cool, thanks to that Purple grid, making it our pick for those who sleep hot.

Comparing Layla & Purple Mattresses

The Purple and the Layla are both one of a kind: The Purple has a patented gel-like top material that gives it a distinctive feel, and the Layla is a double-sided, flippable bed, with two firmness levels in one bed. The best mattress of the two comes down to a few things for most shoppers: feel, price and sleeping position. We explore them all below.

Differences

  • Price—The MSRP for the beds is roughly the same in all sizes, but Purple offers discounts infrequently, while Layla almost always has a mattress discount special.
  • Sleeping Positions—All sleeping styles will find comfort on the Layla, but the soft side is particularly ideal for side sleepers who want deep contouring at the hips and shoulders. The Purple can also technically work for all sleeping positions, but its firm, responsive surface makes it especially appealing to back, stomach and combination sleepers who prefer sleeping “on” their mattress rather than “in” it.
  • Feel—Both sides of the Layla have a traditional, airy, memory foam feel, but you’ll sink in less on the firmer side. The Purple has a unique, stretchy, responsive feel that’s similar to silicone, surprisingly comfortable and unlike anything most sleepers have tried.
  • Temperature Regulation—The Layla’s memory foam is infused with copper, so it traps less heat than other memory foam beds but does not sleep noticeably cool. The top layer of the Purple is laid out in a grid, so there is plenty of room for airflow for hot sleepers.

Similarities

  • Support—Neither bed is supportive enough for heavyweight sleepers, who typically need a mattress with an innerspring or pocketed coil core to support their body weight.
  • Pressure Relief—Both mattresses have layers designed to alleviate tension and pressure. The Purple has the Smart Grid top layer, and the Layla uses memory foam.

Layla

Who Should Buy this Mattress?

  • Shoppers on a strict budget
  • People who love memory foam
  • Side, back and stomach sleepers
  • Couples
Firmness

0

Trial period

120 days

Warranty

Lifetime Limited Warranty

Price

$$

Who the Layla Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Shoppers on a strict budgetThe Layla and the Purple cost roughly the same before discounts are applied, but there’s hardly any time of year that you won’t be able to find a Layla coupon. 
  • People who love memory foam—The soft side of the Layla has a thick top layer of memory foam, and even the firm side of the mattress has a memory foam feel with a little less sinking. If you love the viscous, deep sink of memory foam beds, you should enjoy this mattress.
  • Side, back and stomach sleepersThe Layla’s double-sided design makes it adaptable to most sleeping styles for people who are lightweight and average-weight. Side sleepers will love the cradle of the softer side, but we recommend the firmer side for strict back and stomach sleepers.
  • CouplesThe Layla isolates motion and noise across its surface, so it’s a safe pick for couples who are easily disturbed by one another’s movements throughout the night.

May Not be Best For…

  • Combination sleepers—The soft, viscous top layer of the Layla gives the bed very little bounce, so combo sleepers who change positions often may have trouble moving around on this mattress.
  • Heavyweight sleepers—Neither side of the Layla is truly supportive enough for heavyweight individuals or couples. If you weigh more than 230 pounds, we recommend an innerspring or hybrid mattress instead.

Read our full Layla mattress review to learn more! 

Purple Mattress

Who Should Buy this Mattress? 

  • Hot sleepers
  • All sleeping positions, but especially back and combo sleepers
Firmness

5

Trial period

100 nights

Warranty

10 year limited warranty

Price

$$

Who the Purple Mattress is Best For 

Best For…

  • Hot sleepers—The comfort layer, which uses Hyper-Elastic polymer, sleeps very cool. The grid structure promotes airflow throughout the top layer, which is normally a problem spot for all-foam beds. The cover is made from Lycra, which is a breathable material often used in sports clothing.
  • All sleeping positions, but especially back and combo sleepers—As long as you like the unique feel of the Purple bed, you should be able to sleep on it comfortably, but it’s best for back and combination sleepers. The feel is firmer than average, giving it an even, supportive surface that will prevent back sleepers from sinking at the hips or shoulders. The Smart Grid is also very responsive, so combination sleepers will never find themselves feeling “stuck” in the mattress as they change positions throughout the night.

May Not be Best For…

  • Strict Side Sleepers—While the soft-yet-strong polymer grid top layer can work well for side sleepers, most people who sleep exclusively on their sides prefer a plush mattress with more contouring. There’s only 2″ of the grid, allowing little space to sink into the bed.
  • Heavyweight sleepers—The Purple Hybrid and Purple Hybrid Premier are supportive enough for individuals and couples who weigh more than 230 pounds, but heavyweight sleepers and couples will sink too deeply into the Original Purple bed.

Read our full Purple mattress review to learn more! 

Deciding Between Layla & Purple

Firmness / Feel

On the soft side, the Layla is about 5.5/10 on the firmness scale, which is softer than average. The firm side of the Layla is about 6.5/10, or medium-firm. Both firmness options will provide a nice hug when you lie down, but there’s more sinkage on the soft side. On the firm side, you’ll feel as though you’re on top of the mattress.

The Purple is about as firm as the firmer side of the Layla, but the beds don’t feel the same. When you press down into the top layer of the Purple and release, the grid will respond and bounce back quickly. This doesn’t mean it’s not comfortable, though: The grid collapses where pressure is applied but remains supportive elsewhere, which gives the Purple a distinct feel that people tend to either absolutely love or really dislike.

Motion Isolation

Most all-foam beds dissipate motion fairly well, but the Purple is an exception. Its bouncy, responsive top layer makes it easy to feel movement throughout the mattress. The Layla’s dense foam layers absorb both motion transfer and noise exceptionally well, especially on the soft side, making it a better pick for sensitive sleepers or couples looking to rest undisturbed.

Edge Support

Like most all-foam mattresses, neither the Purple nor the Layla offer much edge support. Sinkage is likely to occur when people sit on the edge of the mattress or sleep near the perimeter of these beds.

Pressure Relief 

Both mattresses offer pressure relief for sleepers but in different ways. The Layla’s top layer of memory foam will cradle areas of tension, with the softer side better suited to side sleepers and the firmer side better suited to stomach and back sleepers in need of pain relief. The Purple’s adaptable Smart Grid alleviates pressure points by cushioning where pressure is applied. 

Overall, the Purple is firmer in general, and the grid’s responsive, comfortable-yet-strong feel tends to appeal more to back, stomach and combo sleepers. If you spend a lot of time on your side, the Purple will probably be too firm to alleviate pressure buildup in the shoulders and hips.

Spinal Alignment

A bed’s ability to keep your spine aligned depends on your sleeping position and body type. The Purple and Layla are both supportive enough for lightweight and average-weight sleepers, but your sleeping position will ultimately dictate which mattress is best for your spine. Side sleepers will sink nicely at the hips and shoulders on the soft side of the Layla for lateral spinal alignment, and the firm side offers great support for back and stomach sleepers. On the Purple, people in any sleeping position can technically get healthy support, but some side sleepers may end up hunching at the shoulders as a result of the bed’s firmer setting. To reduce the chance of lower back pain, we recommend the firmer side of the Layla or the purple for most stomach and back sleepers

Durability

Layla and Purple are relatively new mattress companies, so it’s difficult to predict how long they’ll last with accuracy. The quality of their materials and construction is on par with other high-quality memory foam mattress models, so we expect them to last six to nine years.

Cooling / Temperature 

The copper infusion of the memory foam on both sides of the Layla helps it sleep cooler than competing all-foam beds, but it sleeps temperature neutral at best. If you sleep hot on a regular basis, the Purple can provide you with a truly cool night’s sleep. The Lycra cover aids in temperature regulation, but the star player is the Hyper-Elastic polymer Smart Grid, with an open nature that provides ample airflow throughout the night.

LAYLA VS. PURPLE: We compare the Layla construction (left) to the Purple (right).

Layla Mattress Construction

The Layla is a double-sided, flippable memory foam mattress that’s 10” thick. It has a soft side and a firm side, and the top comfort layer on either side is infused with copper.

Layer
Cover Polyester-blend, Themo-Gel infused
Comfort Layer  3” copper-infused memory foam (soft side)

1” copper-infused memory foam (firm side)

Transitional Layer 2” convoluted polyfoam (soft side)
Support Layer 4.5” high-density polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The Layla is encased in a polyester-blend cover with the brand’s signature hexagonal design. It zips off and can be dry-cleaned. The Thermo-Gel in the cover is body-heat activated, meaning it cools when your body temperature rises. Thus, the cover is supposed to keep you cool when you need it. The comfort layers of the bed features copper-infused memory foam in different thicknesses on either side. The softer side features 3″ of memory foam; the firmer side features 1 inch of memory foam.

Only the soft side of the Layla has a transitional layer, which is 2″ of convoluted polyfoam. This prevents the sleeper from sinking into the bed’s firmer support core and aids mildly in airflow. Both sides of the mattress share the same support layer, which is 4.5″ of high-density polyfoam.

Purple Mattress Construction

The Purple Original is a 10” tall mattress with a medium-firm setting (6.5/10 on a 1–10 scale). It offers support via transitional layers of high-density polyfoam and a proprietary Hyper-Elastic polymer comfort layer.

Layer
Cover Polyester-viscose blend
Comfort Layer  2” Purple Smart Grid (Hyper-Elastic polymer)
Transitional Layer 3.5” high-density polyfoam
Support Layer 4” high-density polyfoam
Mattress Thickness  10”

The cover on the Purple is a knit blend of polyester, viscose and Lycra spandex, which has a stretchy feel and complements the bouncy nature of the top layer nicely. The second layer is 2″ of Purple Smart Grid, which is Hyper-Elastic polymer in a grid design. This material cushions where pressure is exerted without compressing elsewhere, giving sleepers a floating sensation on the mattress and providing additional comfort.

The transitional layer of the Purple is 3.5″ of high-density polyfoam, which acts as a buffer between the grid and the support foam. The base layer is 4″ of high-density polyfoam, which stabilizes the bed, contributes to its firmer feel, and reinforces the mattress.

Sizing & Price Comparisons 

Mattress Size  Purple Price Layla Price
Twin $649 $649
Twin XL $799 $749
Full $999 $949
Queen $1,149 $1,049
King $1,449 $1,149
California King $1,598 $1,149

For the best price on a new mattress, check out our Purple Mattress Coupons & Layla Mattress Coupons.

Shipping and Returns for Layla & Purple

Layla Mattress

Layla also offers free shipping to customers located in the contiguous U.S. and ships as a bed-in-a-box. You’ll have 120 nights to test the Layla, and you can return it within the trial period for a full refund after you’ve tested the bed for at least two weeks. The Layla comes with a Lifetime warranty policy, which protects against defects and is entirely non-prorated. 

It is common for most bed-in-a-box mattresses to have a distinct off-gassing smell when removed from the box. Do not be alarmed; once the mattress takes its full shape and is given time to air out, the smell should dissipate.

Purple Mattress

All Purple mattresses ship free to the contiguous U.S., and the Purple Original will arrive compressed and rolled as a bed-in-a-bag on your doorstep. After it arrives, you’ll have 100 nights to test it, with the option to return for a full refund minus any shipping fees.

If you decide you don’t like it during the 100-night sleep trial period, Purple’s return policy states that Purple will coordinate the return. The Purple mattress is covered by a 10-year warranty that protects against defects, but the mattress cover and its zipper are only covered for two years.

More Layla Mattresses

Layla Hybrid

The Layla hybrid mattress resembles the original Layla in temperature neutrality, comfort and dual-firmness. In addition, the hybrid's pocketed coil core improves edge support and responsiveness.

Like the Original, the Layla Hybrid is also flippable with two firmness levels and a copper-infused first layer. However, the support core features pocketed coils to provide better airflow and edge support.

See our full Layla Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more.

More Purple Mattresses

Purple Hybrid

The Purple Hybrid features the Original Purple mattress’s comfort grid but adds responsive support coils at the core for improved airflow, responsiveness and durability.

The Purple Hybrid has a 2” comfort layer like the Purple Original, but it’s a slightly firmer mattress. It offers better body heat regulation and edge support thanks to the pocketed coil support core.

See our full Purple Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more.

Purple Hybrid Premier

The Purple Hybrid Premier, like the Purple Hybrid, features a transitional layer and a support core of pocketed coils that sit atop a thin polyfoam base layer. This mattress was previously marketed as the New Purple, which included what is now the Purple Hybrid (formerly the Purple 2) and the Purple Hybrid Premier (formerly the Purple 3 and Purple 4).

This luxury mattress is built with the Purple comfort grid layer in 3” or 4” options, and both feature a pocketed coil core. It’s Purple’s top-notch offering for people who sleep hot and need additional support.

Read our full Purple Hybrid Premier mattress review to learn more.

Our Final Take

If you’re still torn between the two mattresses, here’s the bottom line: The Layla’s our choice for sleepers who want a traditional memory foam feel and cradling, and the Purple is our pick for sleepers who want a bed with an outside-the-box, bouncy feel. Either bed can work for any sleeping position, but we think side sleepers will be happier on the Layla, while strict back, stomach and combo sleepers will enjoy the firmness of the Purple.

If price is a factor for you, we recommend the Layla: The brand runs discounts practically year-round, so you’ll almost always be able to get your mattress for several hundred dollars less than the Purple Original. Finally, the Purple is a clear winner for people who sleep hot. The Purple Smart Grid will provide excellent airflow and cooling, but the Layla’s Thermo-Gel cooling cover and copper-infused memory foam only keep the bed temperature neutral.


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