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Layla Memory Foam Mattress Review

Materials: Memory Foam Firmness: Soft (5/10) & Firm (8/10) Price: $1,099 (Queen) Trial: 120 Nights Lifespan: 10 Years

Mattress shopping is a big deal. It’s a decision that will likely affect the next 8-15 years of your life. That’s why, when it comes to buying a mattress, you need to have a clear view of your sleep needs and habits.

The Layla Memory Foam Mattress may meet those needs. 

Layla is best known for its flippable mattresses. Laylas feature a plush and firm side for each bed, dramatically expanding the consumer pool.

When it comes to memory foam, most sleepers default to thinking of those old commercials of the wine glass on the bed. However, memory foam technology has come a long way since. Layla has been a significant part of that evolution.

Layla offers its customers two mattresses to choose from:

  • Layla Memory Foam: An all-foam mattress with a plush side and flippable firm side that is designed to optimize cooling
  • Layla Hybrid: A flippable memory foam that offers the same cooling features of the original Layla while providing firmer support on both sides

In this review, we’ll dive into the original Layla Memory Foam Mattress to determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Materials & Construction

The Layla Memory Foam Mattress is composed of four foam layers designed to offer different levels of support depending on which side of the mattress you’re sleeping on.

Let’s take a look, layer by layer, at what the Layla Memory Foam mattress is really made of. 

Cover

Both sides of the Layla Memory Foam feature a ThermaGel-infused top layer to optimize cooling. It does so by displacing heat as you sleep at night. Memory foam tends to absorb heat, so a quality mattress should provide you with a way to keep cool and counteract the foam’s natural heat absorption. 

Comfort Layer (Soft Side)

The softer side of the Layla Memory Foam contains 3-inch thick copper-gel memory foam. In addition to helping to keep the bed cool, one of the best benefits of copper infusions is the antimicrobial properties.

Bacteria from touching, sneezing, and coughing can build up over time, leading to an unpleasant odor. However, copper is, by nature, an antimicrobial material, so as the copper infusion releases ions, it kills more than 99.9 percent of bacteria on contact.

Support Layers 

The Layla Memory Foam mattress features two support layers, one for each side of the mattress. The soft side of this Layla features a 2-inch thick layer of MaxAirflow Support Foam. Its channeled design is meant to displace heat by letting it escape through the mattress rather than trapping it inside. 

Underneath is a 4-inch support core designed to firm up the underside of the mattress. Its high-quality materials promote longevity, and its motion isolation will leave you and your partner undisturbed at night. 

Comfort Layer (Firm Side)

For those in need of a firmer mattress, you may be interested in flipping your new Layla Memory Foam bed to the firm side. A 1-inch layer of the same Copper-gel foam will provide all the freshness and cooling of its plush counterpart while giving you the support you need. This Comfort layer rests right on top of the support core without the support foam padding.

Firmness

With Layla boasting its dual-firmness bed, let’s talk about what each side feels like. On their website, Layla considers the soft side of their mattress a 4/10, making it pretty soft. However, some reviewers would call it more of a 6/10. Of course, the feeling of a mattress is subjective in most cases, so it depends on your definition of soft and firm.

The firm side of the Layla Memory Foam ranks between a 7 to 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The single inch of copper foam between you and the support core is what stiffens this bed up (in a good way).

The versatility to go from 4/10 to 8/10 in firmness with just a flip of your mattress is this product’s key selling point, making it a great choice for a guest room or for someone who just likes having options.

Sleep Position & Pressure Relief

Your preferred sleep position is one of the most important factors in buying a new mattress. The Layla Memory Foam’s flippable capabilities make it a viable option for all, but let’s dive into who will benefit most from a new Layla.

Side Sleepers

The soft side of the Layla Memory Foam will be a side sleeper’s paradise. They’ll feel all the pressure relief they need around their shoulders and hips.

Are you suffering from neck and shoulder pain? The Layla Memory Foam might be for you. Side sleepers will want to stick to the soft side of the mattress as flipping it will likely prove too firm.

Back Sleepers 

Back sleepers require lumbar support above all else, and the soft side of the Layla won’t provide it. They’ll sink too deeply into the soft foam layers and do more harm than good. Lightweight back sleepers (<130) might be able to get away with it as they aren’t heavy enough to sink too deeply. However, average (130-230) to heavyweight (230+) back sleepers should stick to the firm side.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers are in the same boat as back sleepers. Lightweight stomach sleepers will find the support they need on the soft side of the mattress. Anything above 130 pounds and stomach sleepers will want to flip to the firm side. 

In all, the Layla Memory Foam is one of the best available for lightweight sleepers (<130) as all sleep positions can take advantage of it.

Temperature Control & Breathability

Memory foam, no matter how technologically advanced, is always going to trap some heat. Those who sleep hot by default, especially in warm climates year-round, will want to stay away from all-foam mattresses. The Copper-gel infusions in Layla’s foams do what they can to alleviate heat, but there’s only so much that can be done.

Expect the Layla Memory Foam mattress to perform at an above-average rate when it comes to temperature control.

Feel and Bounce

The softness of memory foam makes it difficult to move in, especially on the soft side of this Layla, and neither side of the mattress would be considered bouncy. Couples may struggle to move freely against the soft foam during intimacy.

That being said, the Layla Memory Foam Mattress is very quiet. You shouldn’t hear anybody moving around on top of it. It’s these differences between foam, hybrid, and innerspring mattresses that make it a give-and-take relationship when buying a new bed.

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Motion Isolation

Like most all-foam beds, the Layla Memory Foam Mattress shines when it comes to motion transfer. That old glass of wine commercial will work on this Layla. When sleeping on the soft side especially, you shouldn’t be disturbed by your partner getting up to use the bathroom, waking up in the morning, or simply rolling around in bed. 

The firm side performs well. It’s not as good as the soft side, but that’s to be expected. Overall, motion transfer is a key deciding factor when couples go shopping for a new mattress, and the Layla won’t disappoint.

Edge Support

You won’t be sitting comfortably on the edge of your Layla Memory Foam Mattress, especially not on the soft side. This is to be expected with all-foam beds as the soft foam collapses under focused pressure (i.e., when sitting on the edge of the bed).

While this may not be an issue for some, those who need help getting in and out of bed rely on a firm edge. Elderly individuals should stay away from this mattress and opt for something with a higher firmness level and better all-around support.

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Durability

You should expect 10 good years out of your Layla Memory Foam Mattress. Made with high-quality foam, sleepers who treat it right shouldn’t have to worry about mattress shopping for a while. Layla also offers a lifetime warranty covering natural damage to the foam, such as splitting, tearing, and sagging. 

With a 120-night sleep trial, you should have plenty of time to determine if the Layla Memory Foam Mattress is right for you.

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