Layla Mattress Review: Two Firmness Options in One Mattress

Updated August 14, 2019

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We cover a lot of aspects that contribute to good sleep with each mattress we review. One of the most important is the firmness. There are so many different body types, and each has its own recipe for the right firmness setting.

The trouble is, with most mattresses, you only have one option. This means, if it’s not right, you either have to go through a return process if one’s available or suffer from a mattress that’s not the best fit.

Today, we’re taking a look at the new and improved Layla mattress, and it’s flippable. This allows you two firmness options instead of just one. We took a look at the Layla mattress about six months ago, and you can see they have done a lot in terms of changing their branding:

  • The purple color scheme has been changed to a combination of orange, grey, and green.
  • The voice of the company has transitioned from a sleep focus to one of encouragement to be a better person when you’re awake.
  • You even get a goody box filled with a drawstring bag, wrapper opener to help with unboxing, brochures, stickers, and a t-shirt.

Let’s take a look at some of the other changes you can expect and how this product worked out.

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Same Great Layer Lineup

To give you an idea of how this mattress works, we’ll start by taking a look at what’s inside. The main change is found in the cover. It’s now double sided so you don’t have to remove it to switch firmness. They also changed their cube design to a hexagonal one, giving the Layla mattress a more modern look. I love that you can clearly distinguish soft from the firm.

To give you an idea of how this mattress works, we’ll start by taking a look at what’s inside. The main change is found in the cover. It’s now double sided so you don’t have to remove it to switch firmness. They also changed their cube design to a hexagonal one, giving the Layla mattress a more modern look. I love that you can clearly distinguish soft from the firm.

3-inches of copper-infused memory foam

  • Keeps your mattress clean and cool
  • Offers comforting contour
  • Can help those who don’t carry much weight with lumbar support

2-inches of convoluted AirFlow foam

  • Grooves allow for an easier escape for otherwise trapped heat
  • 4-inches of base support foam

Primary base layer serving both soft and firm settings

  • Keeps motion transfer at bay
  • 1-inch of copper-infused memory foam

When we flip this around, we get a look at the firm option. You still benefit from memory foam, but there is 66% less of it than the plush setting, giving you much more direct contact with the firm base layer.

Layla Mattress Performance

Now that we know what’s inside, let’s take a moment to talk about what this layer lineup feels like. I love the softness of the cover. It almost feels silky, and this has to do with the softening process Layla uses on their fabric.

Regardless of the firmness you choose, you can feel the structural support provided by the copper in the memory foam, and this really helps a lot in keeping you aligned. As copper compresses, it strengthens, and this makes for excellent support for areas prone to pressure points like the hips and shoulders.

When your hips and shoulders are properly supported, this automatically works to keep your spine aligned, and Layla calls this Variable Support. It works to keep stomach, back, and side sleepers comfortable.

Firmness and Sinkage Expectations

We have pretty well established that there are two firmness options, so let’s take a look at each to see a little more specifically where on the spectrum each one falls.

Nothing has changed with the layer lineup in terms of indentation load deflection. This is a measurement that helps us gauge firmness, and you can learn more about how it works in our complete ILD guide. Just know that 12 is very soft and 50 is very firm. Going through the layer lineup on the plush setting, we find:

  • 3-inch Memory Foam Layer- 10
  • Convoluted Foam Layer- 30
  • Support Base Layer- 36
  • 1-inch Memory Foam Layer- 10

To give you a visual, I stood in the middle of the mattress on both the firm and soft settings and measured the sinkage.

A standard medium will typically sink 6 ½-inches. The soft side of the Layla mattress sinks in 7 ¼-inches, so this is very typical of a medium soft.

Flipping over to the firm setting, we see a sinkage of 5 ½-inches, which is pretty firm. If you check out our Layla topper review, you can see how it opens up two more options, allowing for a total of four firmness possibilities in a single sleep unit. I think this shows once again the efforts Layla has put into accommodating a wide array of sleepers.

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Motion Transfer Reduction

A big part of restful sleep involves peace and quiet without disturbance. When you can feel your sleep partner’s every move, this can be hard to achieve, so let’s look at the Layla mattress’s ability to reduce motion transfer.

This is where the all foam construction works to our advantage. With no springs or internal frame to bounce, you can see in the video above that there is minimal motion transfer when I drop a 20-pound medicine ball next to a resting one.

While motion isolation is very high, this does come at the expense of good bounce to help you transition in and out of bed, so, if you have mobility limitations, this may be an issue. However, if you’re more concerned with taking advantage of a traditional, conforming memory foam feel, I think this is an excellent option.

Heat Transfer Performance

Body temperature is quite a bit higher than comfortable room temperature, so, when your mattress absorbs heat and can’t distribute it properly, it can be difficult to enter REM sleep.

To put heat transfer to the test, I lied on the mattress for a half hour and monitored the cooldown process. Here are the results:

  • Plush side
    • 13 ½ minutes
  • Firm side
    • 13 minutes

Although this is higher than our 10-minute average, I think it’s pretty good considering nearly 40 percent of the layers are composed of memory foam. The fact that the soft side with the thicker memory foam took just a little longer further contributes to this theory.

Layla took three measures to keep heat buildup minimal. If you don’t typically have issues with hot sleeping, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. However, those who do may want to check out some of our latex mattresses.

  • In the cover, thermoGEL is woven into the material. It’s a cooling agent that helps you from overheating through the night.
  • The very tiny copper particles infused in the memory foam work to pull excess body heat away from the mattress surface.
  • The convoluted foam has grooves that allow for easy air flow.

So, yes, it did take a little longer to cool off, but you do get to enjoy that more traditional memory foam feel.

Edge Support

Edge support helps keep you supported when you sit or lie on the edge, and it can also help you get in and out of bed more easily. In many foam products, edge support is lacking, but the Layla mattress does pretty well.

Like most foam mattresses, you do bottom out on the very corner, so this is an area on which you won’t want to sit. However, for the purposes of extending your sleep surface, especially for those of you with sleep partners, I think you’ll be pretty well accommodated.

Will the New Layla Mattress Stand the Test of Time?

Anyone who has ever suffered from mattress indents knows how important good durability is, so let’s discuss how long you can expect your Layla mattress to last.

The best indicator to check out is the density of each layer. The memory foam is the most important since the comfort layer is where most wear and tear takes place. Ideally, you want this number to be between four and five pounds per cubic foot, but this rating gets pretty expensive. On the other hand, a density of three pcf is pretty low.

Both memory foam layers of this mattress weigh in at 3.5 pcf. This is lower than super high-quality products, but, for these, you would typically have to pay much more than a thousand dollars.

In the two middle layers, we find excellent densities. In polyfoams, you want a density of between 1.5-1.8. The convoluted foam weighs in at 1.8 while the base layer goes above and beyond at 2.0 pcf.

Unless you have a BMI over 25, the increased density of the two inner layers helps make up for the slight compromise in the memory foams. However, if you do have a higher BMI, you may start to notice indentations over time.

The Layla mattress is made in the USA. For the price, you’re getting a pretty decent value.

Maintenance, Protection, Care, & Warranty

To make sure your mattress lasts as long as possible, Layla suggests you dry clean your cover to maintain the softness. Replacements covers are available if you ever want to refresh your mattress after a few years. You should also rotate your mattress from head to foot each month.

Firmness options are not the norm when it comes to mattress shopping, and I love that Layla gives you the chance to explore your preferences. If you think this sounds like a good option for you, here are some things that are good to know once you’re a customer:


Although the improvements made have increased the price by one hundred bucks, check out our Layla mattress coupon page. We’ll keep that money in your pocket, allowing you access to the new and improved version at the same great cost. Financing is available for qualified buyers through Affirm. Pricing is as follows:

New Layla Mattress Reviews & Feedback

The Layla mattress was rated the best mattress in a box by Good Housekeeping and the best memory foam mattress of 2018 by Forbes, and this was before they made any improvements. I love the fact that the copper helps keep your mattress clean, and I think anyone who likes the more traditional memory foam feels with plenty of contours will appreciate the comfort layer. I’m also loving how easy they’ve made it switch firmness.

I want to make sure you get a well-rounded idea of what to expect, so I took a moment to see what others have to say about the new and improved Layla mattress:

Who We Recommend the Layla Mattress For

Layla allows you to try their mattress for 120 nights. If you aren’t happy with it, they’ll arrange for you to donate the mattress to a local charity. Once you provide them with the donation receipt, you get a full refund with no hidden fees. You’re also backed with an impressive Lifetime Warranty. I think it might be for you if you:

  • Have a sleep partner and need to reduce motion transfer
  • Have difficulty finding the right firmness
  • Have allergies
  • Enjoy the sinky and enveloping feel of traditional memory foam

I like that Layla is branching out and thinking of new ways to keep their customers sleeping well, and they have a number of exciting new product ideas on the horizon including:

  • Bed sheet line
  • Weighted blanket
  • Adjustable base
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Perhaps sleepwear or even a Layla Hybrid in 2019

The people have spoken, and Layla listened. I appreciate a company that incorporates consumer feedback quickly, and I’m excited to see what they come up with next. I think they have created a sleep product that does a great job in accommodating a wide array of customers in a single sleep solution at an affordable cost. We’ll be keeping an eye on Layla, so check back for possible future reviews.

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