Are you considering the memory foam mattress from Layla? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place for an honest and in-depth look at all the pros and cons based on the findings from multiple professional testers and reviewers.
This all-foam mattress is unique due to its dual firmness. We’ll tell you just how it stacks up in terms of its versatility and suitability across a range of tests, and by the end of this review, you’ll have all the information you need to be able to make an informed decision.
The Layla is an affordable all-foam mattress that is flippable and has dual firmness. The first thing you’ll notice is its striking two-tone hexagonal-patterned cover. The different colors on the cover signify different firmnesses.
The dual firmness of the Layla means sleepers have the option of the more cushioned and plush softer side that comes in at a medium-firm feel or the opposite side that sits at a medium-firm to true firm feel.
The cooling-gel-infused cover and copper-gel-infused memory foam means the Layla may be a good choice for those who typically find memory foam mattresses sleep too hot.
One important thing to note is that the Layla foam mattress is not designed for heavyweight people — it is relatively thin at just 10 inches high, and neither side is designed to support weights of around 230lb or more.
But, for lighter to average-weight sleepers, the Layla represents a mattress that, thanks to its versatility, will be a great match for a wide range of sleepers regardless of their sleeping position or preferences.
To top it off, its quality of materials and construction give it a decent expected lifespan, and an affordable price means it represents superb value for money.
- Light to average in weight (<130-230lb)
- Those who prefer a thin mattress
- Back pain sufferers
- Those who like the slow response and melting-into-the-mattress feeling of memory foam
- Those who like to have the option of variable firmness
- Budget-conscious shoppers
Not Recommended For:
- Heavy sleepers (>230lb)
- Those who sleep hot
- Those who like to sleep near the edge or sit on the edge of the bed a lot
- Those who prefer a highly responsive mattress
- Those who prefer a mattress with a lot of bounce
- Dual firmness; Flippable with a soft side and a firm side
- Has built-in cooling properties; ThermoGEL cover and copper memory foam
- Versatile; accommodating for all sleeping positions and most preferences.
- Good for aches & pains, including back pain
- Durable and affordable, representing great value for money
- Minimal smell and off-gassing
- Has a traditional memory foam feel
- Not built to accommodate heavy individuals
- Is relatively thin — only 10”
- Average edge support
- May be too firm or too soft for those who prefer a medium to medium-firm mattress
- Very low bounce — may not suit some couples for sex
Ratings by Point of Concern for the
Ratings by Sleeping Position or Body Frame for the
Layla offers a fairly decent 120-night no-risk sleep trial for their mattresses. There is a minimum 2-week trial period where they ask you to keep it for this adjustment period as brand new mattresses usually have a short ‘break-in’ period, and it can take some time to adjust to the feel of a new mattress.
If, for any reason, you decide the Layla mattress is not right for you at any time during the 120-night trial. After the 2-week minimum period, all you need to do is contact Layla, and you can return it for a 100% refund with no restocking or shipping fees charged.
Refund & Return Policy
Returns are easy; all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and reason for return. There is no need to repackage or prepare your mattress; it will be picked up from you as-is.
Like many other online mattress companies, Layla partners with local charities across the country, to which they donate returned mattresses.
Returns are 100% free, and no shipping charges apply. However, shipping fees to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada are non-refundable. So if you live in one of these areas and return your mattress, you will only be refunded for the mattress purchase price.
Layla mattresses are covered by the Layla Mattress Lifetime Warranty. The warranty affirms that mattresses “will be free from defects in material and workmanship that may compromise sleep quality for the life of the product.” This covers the original purchaser for as long as they own the mattress.
The warranty covers manufacturing defects, i.e., seams coming apart, and permanently-visible compression of the mattress of greater than 1-inch.
For the warranty to be valid, the mattress must be used properly, as defined by Layla. It must be used on a firm, rigid, smooth surface that supports the entire mattress and allows air circulation, cared for properly and not abused, e.g., free of moisture.
In the event of a defective mattress or component, Layla will repair or replace it. There may be a shipping fee of up to $50 for warranty repairs or replacement, but Layla evaluates this on a case-by-case basis.
Shipping within the 48 mainland US states is free. A delivery fee of $125 applies to deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii, and $225 to Canada.
Layla mattresses are made to order, and once your order is received, it takes 2-3 business days to be manufactured and packaged. It then takes an additional 2-5 business days for delivery, depending on location.
Each mattress is delivered compressed, rolled, and packaged in a box that, depending on the size of the mattress, will measure either 42” x 15” x 15” or 45” x 19” x 19”.
Layla does not offer a white glove (in-home delivery and set up) delivery service. This means that the mattress will be delivered to your door, but you are responsible for moving it to your desired room, unpacking and setting it up, disposing of the packaging, and getting rid of your old mattress if required.
Being a relatively new company, Layla does not have a long-established track record of customer service and satisfaction, but it has performed well in the time it has been operating.
Positive reviews vastly outnumber negative reviews, and the majority of negative reviews are to do with the mattress itself as opposed to the company’s service.
Research undertaken by testers and reviewers suggests 7/10 customers rate Layla’s customer service positively regardless of their experience with the mattress.
Layla has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Customer reviews on the Layla website average 4.7/5 and 4.⅖ on Amazon.
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How Is The Layla Different?
The most obvious thing that stands out about the Layla memory foam mattress is its dual firmness. It’s a flippable mattress with a firm side and a soft side, meaning it is versatile and made to suit a wide range of people.
It also stands apart from other memory foam mattresses in that it is designed to be cooling — it’s stretchy knit cover is infused with cooling gel, and the memory foam is copper-gel infused. These gels are designed to draw in and then dissipate body heat, avoiding the heat build-up and retention typical in memory foam.
Layers & Materials
- Cover: Thermo-gel cooling cover, 66% polyester, 30% viscose, 4% poly/lycra; white & grey
The first thing that stands out about the cover is the striking hexagonal knit pattern and two-tone color scheme. The color difference is to identify the different firmnesses — white & grey on the soft side and black & grey on the firm side.
The luxurious-feeling knit fabric is made from 66% polyester, 30% viscose, and 4% poly/lycra, infused with “thermo-gel cooling technology” that, according to Layla, offers reactive cooling — that is, it is activated by body temperature.
The cover comes with a zipper for easy removal.
- Soft Comfort Layer: Copper-gel infused memory foam 3.5 lb density / 12 lb ILD with variable support and antimicrobial odor control; 3” thick
The comfort layer on the soft side of the Layla mattress consists of three inches of copper-gel infused memory foam.
The copper infusion serves two purposes. Firstly, copper is a good conductor of heat and provides a cooling effect when infused into foam — it draws in heat and transfers it away from the body. In contrast, regular memory foam tends to absorb and hold onto body heat.
Secondly, copper has antimicrobial properties, which means it prevents unpleasant odors.
The memory foam used in the Layla mattress is 3.5lb density with 12 lb ILD and has variable support, which is good for areas of deep compressions, such as the hips and shoulders.
- Transition Layer: Max Airflow support foam 1.6 lb density / 30 lb ILD — Tri-zoned SMT Polyurethane for zoned support; 2” thick
The soft side includes a two-inch layer of “Max Airflow” polyfoam that is 1.6lb density with 30lb ILD. It is channeled to promote airflow and cooling and also has zoned support.
- Support Core: 1.5 lb density / 35 lb ILD Polyurethane; 4” thick
Being a two-sided mattress with variable firmness, Layla has a support ‘core’ rather than a base — the firm support foam is in the center of the bed.
The 4-inch thick support core consists of 1.5lb density polyfoam with 35lb ILD, is low-bounce, motion transfer, and is durable.
- Firm Comfort Layer: Copper-gel infused memory foam 3.5 lb density / 12 lb ILD with variable support and antimicrobial odor control; 1” thick
The firm side’s comfort layer consists of the same copper-infused memory foam as the soft side, but only 1-inch thick, with no transition layer to separate it from the support core.
- Cover: Thermo-gel cooling cover, 66% polyester, 30% viscose, 4% poly/lycra; black & grey
It’s basically the same cover as the one used on the other side of the mattress.
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|Thickness||10” thick||13” thick|
Ratings by Point of Concern
Motion Isolation: Great
Being memory foam, it’s not really a surprise that the Layla mattress performed excellently when it came to motion transfer/isolation.
Both sides showed equally good performance across a range of movement tests, including dropping weights, rolling over, etc. The memory foam does a good job at deadening movement, vibrations, and sound.
It won’t prevent all movement, and the tightness of the cover means some small movements may be transferred. Still, anyone who has a restless partner or is a light sleeper will not find much to complain about — any movement felt is minimal.
Temperature Regulation: Good
The Layla boasts features like the thermo-gel infused cover that dissipates heat, the copper-gel infused memory foam, and the channeled Max Airflow support foam.
These all seem to be great counters to the heat-retaining property that memory foam is known for — but do they work?
The majority of testers seemed to feel the Lyala is a fairly temperature-neutral mattress and that the cooling elements like the copper-infused foam and cooling-gel cover do make a difference in reducing heat retention.
If you are a naturally hot sleeper, then the Layla still might not be the best choice for you, but some testers did find it holds a lot less heat than other memory foam mattresses.
One point to note is that the firm side will feel cooler than the soft side; the soft side is plusher, envelops the body more, and contains more memory foam than the firm side, which has a much thinner layer of memory foam and provides more of an ‘on top’ sleeping experience, which exposes more of the body to the air.
Firmness is always a fairly subjective area. While there was some variation in opinions among professional testers and reviewers, the majority of firmness scores were within a small range with few outliers.
The consensus is that the ‘soft’ side of the Layla memory foam mattress has a medium-soft feel, while the ‘firm’ side sits at the lower end of the firm range — some may consider it a true ‘firm’ while others may see it as sitting between a medium-firm and firm.
Either way, it is noticeably and significantly firmer than the soft side, thanks to the thin (1”) comfort layer that sits directly on top of the dense support core with no transition layer.
The soft side compresses very easily and has that traditional slow-melting memory foam feel. Its thick cushioning with the 3-inch thick comfort layer and 2” thick transition layer means it allows for some relatively deep sinkage, and it has very much a ‘hugging,’ enveloping feel.
The firmer side still gives some of that memory foam contouring, but the 1-inch comfort layer transitions quickly to the firm, high-density support polyfoam beneath. This side feels more responsive and has more of an ‘on top’ feel as opposed to the classic memory foam feel that can sometimes make sleepers feel a bit ‘stuck’ in the mattress.
Support & Comfort: Good
The versatility the Layla memory foam mattress offers thanks to its variable firmness means many sleepers will find the level of support they need regardless of sleeping position or bodyweight.
Although, as will become evident further on, we wouldn’t recommend this mattress for very heavy people (>250lb).
Lighter people and side sleepers will probably find the soft side better suited to them — the comfort and transition layers on this side together make up a full half of the mattress’s 10-inch thickness, meaning there’s a lot of cushioning.
Being memory foam, the soft side will offer a lot of body contouring, and along with the zoned support, it will provide most people with very good spine alignment and support.
However, it may prove too soft for heavier people, who may find their hips or shoulders sinking too deep, causing misalignment.
Heavier people and stomach sleepers are likely to be a good match for the firm side. The thin (1-inch) comfort layer and absence of any transition layer on this side mean sleepers will get the cushioning and contouring of the memory foam top layer along with a feeling of firm support from the Polyfoam core.
This contouring while still feeling ‘on top’ of the mattress without too much sinkage means stomach sleepers should find good support and lift under the hips, which is essential for spine alignment and support in this position.
Heavier individuals (in this case up to ~230-250lb) should appreciate the firm support without heavier areas of the body sinking too deeply.
Edge Support: OK
Due to their soft, cushiony, unreinforced construction, all-foam mattresses traditionally do not have the best edge support.
While the Layla memory foam mattress is no exception to this rule, it is not exceptionally bad and pretty on-par with other foam mattresses.
None of the testers who tried it out for edge support found it bad to the point of extreme instability or feeling like they would roll off the bed — but this could be the case for heavier people.
Of course, the soft side allows for greater compression, so the edge does collapse more on this side, so if you are someone who sits on the edge of the bed a lot or sleeps close to the edge, the soft side may be too unsupported at the edge for you.
Even the firm side probably lacks enough edge support for people who like to sleep right near the edge, especially those on the heavier side.
Being a memory foam mattress, it should come as no surprise that the Layla rated well for pressure relief among testers and reviewers. Both sides provide very good pressure relief thanks to the contouring and even weight distribution of the memory foam comfort layers.
However, side sleepers will likely find better pressure relief on the soft side, as pressure mapping showed some slight build-up of pressure at the hips and shoulders on the firm side.
Due to the mattress’s relatively thin construction, heavy individuals (>230lb) may find that Layla does not provide adequate pressure relief as they are likely to compress the comfort layers far enough that they come into contact with the firm support core.
Smell & Off-Gassing: Good
Being an all-foam mattress, it’s inevitable that there will be some off-gassing and smell from the Layla mattress.
However, the testers all found the level of smell from the brand new mattress once unpacked to be on par, if not better than most foam mattresses in a box.
The finding of the testers and reviewers is consistent with customer reviews — that there is an initial smell right out of the box. Still, it will dissipate within a day or two, especially if left in a ventilated room. Not only that, but there was also no obviously-noticeable lingering smell after a couple of days.
Bounce & Sex:
Memory foam has a very slow response, meaning it does not spring back into place quickly. This, along with its contouring properties, makes for both pros and cons when it comes to sex.
The fact that memory foam allows bodies lying on it to sink into the mattress and be somewhat enveloped by it means that it does provide good traction, which is helpful when it comes to sex.
However, this slow responsiveness can also mean moving around, and changing positions can be challenging, and couples could feel a bit ‘stuck’ in place.
The firm side will still give the same traction, but sinkage is a lot less pronounced on this side, meaning couples should feel a bit more ‘on top’ of the bed on the frim side, making movement a bit easier.
Lack of bounce is another negative of memory foam for some people. The Layla does not have much bounce at all, thanks to both the memory foam and the dense, firm support core. For couples who like a mattress with some bounce, an innerspring or hybrid mattress may be a better option.
The current version of the Layla memory foam mattress is a step up in foam quality — the memory foam used is denser than that used in the previous version.
Foam density is the best measure of expected durability and longevity. Both the memory foam and support core are high-density, and while the Layla has not been on the market long enough for any reliable data on longevity to be available, the majority of the testers and reviewers see it as being at least on par with other similar all-foam mattresses, and that it should have a lifespan of seven to ten years.
Memory foam mattresses are prone to developing permanent impressions over time (permanently-visible indentations over 1” are covered by the warranty), and heavier people especially are likely to cause wear and tear more quickly.
Rotating the mattress occasionally may help prolong the mattress’s lifespan, as will flipping between the soft and firm sides.
Ease of Movement:
The soft side of the Layla is thicker, more cushioned, and allows deeper sinkage than the firm side, meaning it gives more of a ‘stuck’ in the mattress feel, which may make it harder to roll around and change positions.
The lighter an individual is, the less they will sink, so lighter individuals should feel less resistance to movement on the soft side.
Heavier people or those who prefer a more ‘on top’ feeling will find better ease of movement on the frim side, thanks to the thin memory foam layer, which does not allow for as much sinkage.
Ease of Setup: Good
Surprisingly, Layla does not offer a white glove delivery service, even as an optional paid extra.
This means that your mattress will be delivered by the postal service to your door, but from there, you’re on your own; shifting it to its room, unpacking it, setting it up, and disposing of the packaging and your old mattress.
This would typically drop the rating down to just “Ok,” but, being a thin all-foam mattress, the Layla is not overly heavy. That means while it’s still recommended to have two people to unpack and set up the bed, carrying and handling will not be too much of a problem.
The weight of the Layla memory foam mattress ranges from 50lb for the Twin to 90lb for the King and California King.
Value for Money: Great
The high-quality and durable materials that mean a good expected lifespan, the unique built-in cooling features, the versatility of variable firmness options, and the affordable price of the Layla memory foam mattress all add up to great value for money.
If you’re a fan of memory foam mattresses, then it’s hard to go past the Layla in terms of value for money.
Ratings by Sleeping Position
Suitability for Side Sleepers:
Lighter side sleepers, especially those who like a firm mattress, may prefer the firm side of the Layla, but generally, the soft side is going to be a better choice for side sleepers as the thicker, more cushioned comfort and transition layers are going to provide better pressure relief while still offering good support and spine alignment.
Suitability for Stomach Sleepers:
Given the Layla is not a mattress made for heavy people; stomach sleepers should find adequate support and spine alignment regardless of the side they choose to sleep on, though those on the heavier side of average will likely prefer the firm side, as there are less compression and sinkage, meaning sleepers’ hips and midsection will be well supported and aligned, which is a must for strict stomach sleepers.
Suitability for Back Sleepers:
Regardless of side, back sleepers will be very well served by the Layla memory foam mattress. Lighter individuals may prefer the soft side to get the full memory foam contouring advantage.
In contrast, those who prefer a firmer feel will still find the level of contouring and alignment more than satisfactory.
Besides alignment and support, back sleepers will experience exceptional pressure relief from both sides of the mattress, as their weight is distributed evenly by the memory foam.
Suitability for Combination Sleepers:
Memory foam is not the best material for allowing ease of movement due to its slow responsiveness and hugging properties.
Ease of movement is essential for combination sleepers, as they need to be able to change positions regularly with little effort.
Lightweight sleepers may not have too much issue with freely changing positions on the soft side, but in general, combination sleepers will likely prefer the firm side thanks to the firmer feel of the thin memory foam that rests on top of the dense support core.
The firm side allows for far less sinkage, so rolling over and changing position during the night will not require much effort, making for a more comfortable, unencumbered experience for combo sleepers.
Ratings by Body Frame Type
Suitability for Heavy People:
The Layla is not a mattress that is designed for heavy people, plain and simple.
It is a thin mattress at only 10” thick. This means that heavy people (~230-250lb+) are likely to compress the mattress to its limit on the soft side, with heavy parts of the body sinking in, causing spine misalignment and coming to rest on the dense support core, which will cause pressure build-up as well as general discomfort.
This feeling will be exacerbated on the firm side, with only a 1” thick layer of memory foam between the sleeper and the dense support core.
Heavier people will likely be better off with a thicker, firmer all-foam mattress or an innerspring or hybrid mattress.
Suitability for Average People:
People in the average weight range (130-230lb) should have a similar experience to lighter individuals, given they are in the target weight range the Layla is aimed at.
The side that is most appropriate will really come down to firmness preference. Support, alignment, and pressure relief should all be adequate for average-weight individuals on both sides.
Those at the heavier end of average may prefer the firmer side, especially if a back or stomach sleeper, while side sleepers may find the soft side provides better pressure relief.
The soft side will also be a better option for those who like to sink in to and feel enveloped by their mattress, while the firm side will suit those who prefer a more responsive, ‘on top’ feel.
Suitability for Light People:
The Layla memory foam mattress is a great choice for sleepers in the lightweight range (<130lb). Regardless of side, light sleepers will get the superior contouring of memory foam along with excellent support, spine alignment, and pressure relief.
As to which side is best for light sleepers, it really comes down to preference. However, the firm side may be too firm for very light individuals who may end up feeling too ‘on top’ of the mattress and not able to compress the comfort layer enough for adequate contouring.
In this case, the soft side may be best. It may feel closer to a medium rather than a medium-soft to very light individuals.
Does Layla offer financing?
Yes. Finance is available through Affirm. Applying will result in a soft credit check. Rates range from 0-30%. Application takes place at checkout; you simply need to select the Affirm Financing option, and once approved, you can select your finance term.
Can I track my shipment?
Yes. You will be sent an email with your tracking number once your mattress ships. You should allow 3 business days to receive this email after you place your order to give it time to be manufactured and leave the factory.
If you don’t receive this email or have other queries regarding delivery, you can contact Layla at email@example.com or use the website chat function.
Is the Layla Memory Foam mattress fire resistant?
Yes. Although it has no added chemical fire retardants — the fire-blocking elements are in the Ventex fire blocking sleeve itself, made from 48% FR Rayon Allesandra and 52% FR Rayon Polyester.
What base should be used with the Layla Memory Foam mattress?
The Layla Memory Foam mattress is compatible with any type of base/frame/platform that is covered by the warranty — that is, any surface that is a “firm, rigid and smooth surface that allows air ventilation and supports the entire mattress, INCLUDING THE CENTER, such as a slatted bed platform or box spring.”
The Layla Memory Foam mattress is also compatible with adjustable bases.
Can I pay extra for white-glove delivery service?
Unfortunately, no. It is unusual for an online mattress-in-a-box company to not offer white glove delivery (in-home delivery and setup, removal of packaging, and optional disposal of your old mattress), but Layla does not.
It only offers standard free to your door shipping, or $125 to Alaska and Hawaii, and $225 to Canada.
Can I try the Layla memory foam mattress out in a store?
No. Currently, Layla mattresses are only available online. We recommend taking advantage of the no-risk 120-night trial to see if the Layla memory foam mattress is the right fit for you if you are unsure.
What is the star rating for The Layla mattress?
According to our algorithm that calculates the average star rating for each mattress based on how well it was rated for different points of concern, The Layla has scored 3.8 out of 5 stars.