- Motion Isolation
The Layla mattress is the first of the new generation to offer both a firm and a soft side, plus an innovative way to remain cooler than its competitors.
- Soft and Firm in the same mattress
- 120-night risk-free trial
- Strong 10-Year Warranty
- Great price - only $799 with our TED100 coupon
- Free shipping
- A bit of first-day smell
- Relatively young company
Full Layla Mattress Review
Layla was started by two young Silicon Valley brothers who actually grew up in the mattress business. Combine technology, two lifetimes of experience in mattress crafting, and a partnership with some of the greatest bedding experts in the business and you’ve got the Layla mattress.
But the Layla is not just another copycat mattress company. On the contrary, this mattress sets itself apart from the rest for these three reasons:
- Layla is the first mattress to combine copper with memory foam. Keep reading to find out why this is so important.
- The Layla mattress offers two firmness levels in one mattress so to truly be the one mattress to fit all.
- The mattress cover is lined with THERMOgel technology causing the bed to react to your bodies sweat in order to keep you cool all night.
What Type of Mattress is the Layla?
Most mattresses you buy in stores or see online advertising memory foam will use anywhere between half an inch to two inches of a basic mid-density viscoelastic memory foam. The Layla is equipped with a total of four inches of high-density premium memory foam infused with copper cell technology.
Your Layla mattress will have two firmness levels – soft or firm. This is different from other mattresses that we have reviewed because both options are available within the same mattress.
That’s right, with the other brands you would have to order your mattress with the specified firmness level, however the experts at Layla have brought double sided (or flip) mattresses back. One side is soft, and the other is firm.
After interviewing foam manufacturers we have found that the so called “gel” infused foams are little more than a marketing gimmick to fool people into thinking that their memory foam mattress won’t get hot.
It looks like the creators of Layla also realized this and for that reason have developed a copper infused memory foam.
In addition to improving blood circulation and reducing pain resulting from joint inflammation, it looks like Layla has figured out a way to actually keep you cool while sleeping on a memory foam mattress.
Copper is a good thermal conductor, meaning that it’s good at transferring heat from a hot place (your body) and dissipating it into a cooler place (the room), with the result of providing a constant cooling sensation.
How Firm is It?
As said above, many new brands offer one mattress at one firmness level claiming to be the perfect fit for all body types. Layla reports that they disagree with this assumption. For this reason, you will have a choice with your Layla. Soft or Firm.
The creators of Layla have a simple message for their valued customers:
Try one side for a month or two and if it is too soft or too hard, just flip the mattress and try that side for another month or two. If you still don’t absolutely love your Layla, we’ll give you all of your money back!
According to our research, the soft side of the Layla is often reported by users as the softest yet most supportive sleep. On a scale from 1 to 10 in terms of firmness, this site would be between 3 and 4, slightly softer than other popular mattresses on the market.
While the firm side is often compared to Brooklyn Bedding‘s or Tuft & Needle‘s feel or firmer, it is still comfortable and supportive. On the same scale as above, this side is around a 6 or 7 out of 10, 10 being the firmest.
How Can I Change the Layla’s Firmness?
Changing the firmness level on the Layla is not as simple as just flipping the mattress. There is a little work involved.
When first taking your Layla out of the box you should know that the mattress has been configured to the soft side. If this is not to your liking and you want to use the firm side, you must:
- Unzip and remove the Layla mattress cover;
- Flip the actual mattress (core) so the top part that was facing the ceiling is now facing the floor;
- Place the cover back on with the soft fabric side facing the ceiling and zip.
Afterwards you can enjoy a different firmness level without having to buy a different mattress or a mattress pad.
When we asked Layla about making this process easier, they said that a future model may not require the removal of the zipper cover which would be great.
But for now, it seems like users gladly spend the ten minutes it takes to remove and replace the cover in order to get the right feel for their sleep.
How Is The Layla Mattress Structured?
Layla tried their best to make a mattress with as few layers as possible. Essentially the Layla is three sections and only two types of foams.
We start at the center of the mattress. Six inches of high density convoluted base foam to support you and keep everything together. The base foam is a very important part of the mattress and keeps you from sinking through. This layer was also made while keeping cooling in mind.
On both sides of the base foam are the copper infused, highly resilient premium memory foam layers: The soft side is three inches thick while the firm side is just one inch thick. The soft layer sits on the convoluted side of the base foam, while the firm side sits on top of the solid portion of the base layer making it even firmer.
A nice cover wraps everything up.
Does the Layla Offer Good Motion Isolation?
Yes. We looked for complaints specifically on the motion transfer of the Layla, and instead we found raving reviews from customers and a bowling ball test that someone did showing almost zero motion transfer.
So if you have a sleeping partner that tosses and turns, or is bothered by your movement, this mattress is a good choice.
Will It Get Hot?
As mentioned above, Layla has developed a copper infused memory foam mattress that blows the “gel” foams out of the contest. Copper acts as a cooling agent which is why copper pipes are used for many mechanical cooling systems.
In addition to the copper, the Layla is also made with a convoluted base layer or egg crate foam which allows for breathability and airflow in and around the bed.
But the most impressive feature of Layla’s focus on cooling is the THERMOgel cover. We have found that no matter what mattress makers do to keep you cool, over time during the night, mattresses will get warm and cause you to sweat. Check out this short video:
Layla is the only mattress we have seen so far with a solution specifically for this problem. The THERMOgel cover reacts to your body’s sweat and activates a cooling agent which will then reduce your body’s temperature giving you a better and deeper sleep.
We found reviews online showing this in real time with a heat camera which proved the Layla to be among the coolest or quickest to cool down.
How Long Will the Mattress Last?
We found that Layla uses premium foams and higher quality materials than most of the other online brands. The company states that the expected lifetime is between 10 and 12 years.
We were puzzled by this because we know what it costs to make, and we understand that businesses exist to make a profit. With this in mind the Layla mattress should be considerably more expensive than what it is.
Does The It Smell When New?
Like many foam mattresses, Layla does have a slight “new mattress” scent upon opening and usually the first night, which is the most subject to complaints.
However after the first night or so, the mattress is reported smell-free. Layla goes to great lengths to make sure that their foams, and their partners are all CertiPUR-US certified to ensure no toxic off-gassing.
While others may use petroleum based foams, Layla makes sure to use water or food based solutions.
In any case, if you happen to smell a new mattress odor of any kind, you can leave the mattress in the open (with open windows). After a few hours, or at worst a couple of days, the smell will dissipate.
In general, this phenomenon is normal for foam mattresses, within safe standards and not harmful.
How Large Is this Mattress? What Other Sizes Are Available?
All Layla’s are 10 high in profile. The most popular Queen-size mattress measures the industry standard 60 by 80 inches and arrives highly compressed in it’s roll-packed packaging. The mattress expands quickly and is ready for use almost immediately. Other sizes available are:
- Twin (39″ x 75″ x 10″)
- Twin XL (39″ x 80″ x 10″)
- Full (54″ x 75″ x 10″)
- King (76″ x 80″ x 10″)
- California King (72″ x 84″ x 10″)
The fact that it comes in a relatively small box allows to place it anywhere in the house without worrying about narrow staircases or other space constraints.
Does It Need A Foundation Or A Bed Frame?
Like many of the online bed in a box mattresses, you can place your Layla on the floor, on top of a box spring, a platform bed, a slatted bed, etc. As long as the surface is flat, it works fine. It even works fine on an adjustable bed.
Can I Use A Mattress Pad With the Layla Mattress?
Yes, you can use a mattress pad with this mattress. Layla recommends the use of a protector to help keep the mattress clean. You can also use zippered encasement-style protectors with allergen filters etc. that can give the sleeper an extra layer of protection as well.
According to the manufacturer, you can even use a heating pad without risking any damage or voiding the warranty.
How Do I Care For the Mattress?
Caring for the mattress, as with other memory foam mattresses, is easy.
The cover can be removed and dry-cleaned. But as a first line of defense Layla recommends a breathable, waterproof mattress protector.
Again, one of the unique features of Layla is that it can be flipped. So feel free to flip the mattress as much as you like. However, Layla does recommend you rotate the mattress (ie switching head and foot keeping the same side) at least once every three months for a longer lasting bed.
Is There a Comfort Guarantee?
The return policy is very strong: 120 night free returns. Layla will coordinate your mattress to be picked up by a local charity. Once your mattress is in the hands of someone needy (we found usual wait times to be as early as 1 day but no longer than 5 days), you will receive your full refund instantly.
What Is the Warranty Offered by Layla?
Layla’s 10-year warranty policy is pretty comfortable. According to them, you don’t really need a rhyme or reason for a warranty claim, they will pretty much service you no matter what as long as you haven’t mistreated the mattress.
From what we found, the only reason why you may be denied a mattress replacement is if your Layla was purchased for commercial use, in other words rental properties, motels, hotels or other non-authorized non-personal use.
How Much Does the Layla Cost?
For what you’re getting the Layla mattress is very attractive. Actually, it delivers more value than the more famous, well established competitors.
And of course, Layla offers free shipping and free returns.
We also appreciate that Layla contributes a portion of all sales to the San Francisco homeless shelters.
In summary, here is a quick list of its characteristics:
- Soft and Firm in the same mattress (double sided)
- 120 night risk-free trial
- Strong 10-Year Warranty
- Handcrafted in the USA
- The mattress cover is not double sided, and therefore needs to be removed and then zipped back on after flipping the mattress
- A bit of initial smell
- Relatively new company