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Layla Mattress Review: Our Take
An affordable flippable all-foam mattress with great support, excellent cooling and in-home comfort choice. If you love soft foam mattresses, this is one of the best we've tried.
Great Choice for: Anyone looking for an affordable soft foam mattress that sleeps cool and provides solid support for the back and neck.
Avoid if: You need extra-soft, extra-firm or a split or custom-fit mattress. They only sell one.
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Layla is a 3-year-old mattress manufacturer aiming to take its place among the top online mattress brands.
To set itself apart from the ever increasing crowd, Layla highlights three unique features:
- Their all-foam mattress is infused with copper and gel to improve cooling
- the cover also uses gel-infused memory foam which makes it super-comfy and further improves cooling
- It is two mattresses in one: by flipping the mattress you can select a soft or firm comfort level.
The other way Layla stands out is with their lifetime warranty, something we've only seen so far with the Nectar mattress.
Based on the many positive online reviews we uncovered during our initial research, Layla seems to be quickly gaining traction with buyers and making them very happy.
So we reached out to Layla and asked if we could test one of their queen sized mattresses in our guest room.
In this 10-minute deep dive, I will review how Layla mattress is constructed, how it felt and slept during our in-home trial and how it compares with Layla's major competitors.
To cut to the chase, this is one of the comfiest soft foam mattresses we've ever tried in our home. We put this one in our guest room, and every person who's slept on it over the past few months has told me (mostly unprompted) how remarkably comfortable it sleeps.
If you like a softer memory foam feel, then definitely consider buying a Layla.
Table of Contents
- What's In This Mattress Review
- About Layla
- Financing Options
- Coupons and Discounts
- Purchase Process
- Shipping, Delivery & Unboxing
- Aesthetics and Styling
- Mattress Construction
- Gel-Infused Memory Foam Cover
- Sleeping Experience
- Motion Transfer
- Hot/Cold Issues
- Return Policy
- Layla Praises
- Layla Complaints
- The Layla Mattress is Perfect for You If…
- Shop Now
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Layla launched in 2015 by a team steeped in the Silicon Valley startup scene and with years of experience in the mattress industry.
The recently re-branded their product line with a new look and feel, new packaging (free t-shirt and welcome kit) and price changes.
The Layla mattress ranges from $499 to $999 after discounts, which right now are $100 or more.
Here are their prices AFTER deducting their recent $100-off offer (click price to claim):
Layla offers Affirm financing (credit approval required) for more flexible payment options.
Coupons and Discounts
Right now, all SleepDelivered readers can take $100 off any Layla mattress by clicking the button below:
The best place to buy the Layla Mattress is on their official website.
This ensures that you get all the benefits they provide to customers including their outstanding lifetime warranty and 4-month in-home trial.
Because there is no choice in firmness levels (you get soft + firm in one), the only choice you need to make is size:
Remember to check their site for the latest discounts before ordering.
Layla also offers Affirm financing (pending credit approval) to spread your payments over several months.
Shipping, Delivery & Unboxing
Since Layla's mattress is made in the USA and ships to the USA and Canada.
Layla provides free shipping to 48 states; shipments to AK and HI cost $125. Shipping to Canada costs $200. Shipping costs include all duties and fees.
There are, however, no special delivery options such as expedited shipping or white glove delivery.
The mattress will arrive at your door in an easy-to-open tall orange box with clear step-by-step instructions written right on the side.
Remember to lay it down on the right surface – such as a box spring, a slatted bed or directly on the floor…
Then you'll cut the outer wrapper and let the shrink-wrapped mattress unfold…
Finally, you'll use the included cutter tool to remove the wrapper and let the mattress expand in place (takes about 15 minutes)…
Aesthetics and Styling
With regards to styling, Layla uses a simple hexagon pattern on both sides and differentiates the Soft side from the Firm side using colors. I really like their geometric patterns better than others. Nice look.
The simple gray and white zippered cover, trimmed in purple thread, gives the Layla a clean, simple and elegant look.
You can remove the cover to wash it, too.
Layla uses three key pieces of technology in their mattress.
1. Convoluted foam (in the middle)
First, there is the convoluted Max Airflow foam structure on the second layer, a technique that has become more common in online mattresses.
This is an open cell design resembling an egg crate. The individual pillars help provide proper ergonomic support to the body, holding up the back, shoulders, hips and spine in the correct alignment.
This open structure also helps provide free flow of air within the mattress. This is crucial for cooling purposes.
2. Copper-infused gel foam (top and bottom)
The second piece of technology is in the copper-infused gel foam used in the first and last layer. I have only seen this revolutionary cooling technique in a few mattresses including the new Alexander Hybrid Signature Select Mattress and the Amore mattress.
The cooling prowess of the copper-infused foam is visible under an infrared camera. After placing a hand on the mattress, most of it dissipates away within 10 to 15 seconds, leaving the surface cool.
This is a big advantage for sleepers who cannot stand a hot mattress and is especially beneficial for those living in hot and humid areas.
Layla also adds medical grade gel to this layer, which keeps it cool and comfortable. The copper and gel combined with the convoluted foam structure is plenty enough to keep heat at bay.
3. 2-in-1 comfort option
Finally, we have one of the most interesting features of the Layla mattress: it is two mattresses in one.
In acknowledging that different sleepers have varying firmness preferences, Layla did not attempt to create two different mattresses, but instead provides two firmness options in a single mattress. You just flip the mattress.
It works really well, too. And it reduces the chance you'll need to return the mattress due to the wrong comfort level (smart business move, on their part).
If you love a soft feel, the top default side of the mattress is for you. But if you find this to be too soft, the underside has a firmer feel.
Just unzip the cover, flip the mattress over and zip the cover back on. This is important because of the gel memory foam layer in the cover.
In keeping with its minimalist look, the Layla mattress uses simple 4-layer foam construction to deliver a great sleeping experience.
It is not just a bunch of layers thoughtlessly glued together.
Each of its four layers has been carefully designed to achieve specific objectives.
Whether on the soft side or the firm side, the layers work together to provide just the right amount of support and comfort.
Here is a breakdown of Layla’s construction:
1. Top layer (soft): Copper-infused gel memory foam
The first layer of the Layla mattress takes comfort to a completely new level. The copper in this layer helps prevent heat from building up on the surface of the mattress. Excess body heat is quickly conducted away.
The foam itself is on the soft side in terms of firmness, providing more hug and sinkage to sleepers. When you lie on the mattress, it feels plush and cool; perfect for a long night’s sleep. This layer is 3 inches thick.
2. Support Layer: Convoluted Max AirFlow Foam and Support Core Foam
At 6 inches thick, this is the core support layer of the mattress.
The top of this layer, which is in contact with the underside of the soft-side (top) copper foam layer, resembles an egg crate. This 2″ thick open cell memory foam makes the soft side more compliant and improves air flow.
The other firmer side of this layer does not have the egg shell design, which provides more support. It is 4″ thick.
4. Bottom layer (firm): High-density copper infused gel foam
This is the top layer when the mattress is flipped into the “firm” position. The foam in this layer is high-density, which helps reduce sinkage and increase support while providing a firmer feel to the sleeper.
To ensure that the firm side also sleeps cool, copper is also infused into this foam layer, as well.
Gel-Infused Memory Foam Cover
Layla does something no other mattress does with its cover: they've added a layer of gel-infused memory foam directly into their cover.
This makes their cover really soft, compliant and super comfy – adding to the overall comfort of the mattress.
The North Carolina-made cover is zippered meaning you can remove it. But Layla recommends that you only dry clean it to maintain the integrity of the fabric.
This 1-minute video explains the benefits of using a gel-infused foam cover:
More than a few Layla customers have complained of a new-mattress smell after unboxing.
But we didn't experience ANY of that.
If the ‘new foam smell' bothers you, then air it out in your garage or your back deck for 24-48 hours. Pretty much eliminates it.
But don't worry about the smell, there are no harmful gases emitted.
Like the rest of the memory foam mattress industry, Layla uses CERTI-PUR certified foam, ensuring there are no dangerous chemicals or substances in the foam.
Layla scores high when it comes to the overall sleep experience. It is a simple but effective product.
In the aspects that matter most – support, comfort and temperature control – it performs better than most others, both in soft and firm positions.
The soft side produces a cushy hug that most sleepers love.
The firm side has more of a ‘floating’ feeling.
Your sleeping experience will vary, of course, depending on your preferred sleeping position, body weight and which side of the mattress you are sleeping on.
Which makes it nice that you to get two firmness options in this one mattress.
Layla ensures you don't have to choose a soft or a firm mattress. Just flip the mattress over to pick the feel you like best.
To change comfort level, just unzip the cover, flip the mattress over and put the cover back on.
The soft side is not too soft, really, more of a medium-soft. It's ideal for side and back sleepers. It also works well for lean people with sharp bones and joints.
The firm side is definitely firmer than the medium-firm you'll find in a Casper or a Leesa. It's best for stomach sleepers and heavier individuals.
Sinkage will depend a lot on which side you are sleeping on. The soft side has more sinkage than the firm side.
For both sides however, the sinkage is not outrageous and does not affect the sleeping experience.
As for motion transfer, the Layla mattress scores a “minimal” thanks to the convoluted structure in the second foam layer.
Motion transfer from one point to another is minimal, a big plus for couples.
As a bonus, the mattress also has a decent amount of bounce in the firm position, which is surprising for an all-foam mattress.
No temperature issues have been experienced by the majority of users.
The convoluted structure of the middle foam layer and the copper-infused gel foam in the top and bottom layers work together to keep heat and moisture away from the mattress.
Layla mattress comes with an outstanding lifetime warranty. There is no catch. You mattress is covered for as long as it is in your possession and under proper use.
This is not a prorated warranty, either. You won't pay anything in the event that the mattress needs to be replaced or repaired.
To enjoy the lifetime warranty, make sure you only shop at the official Layla mattress website.
Layla provides a 4-month (120 day) test period for the mattress. This is more than enough time for you to decide whether this is the right mattress for you.
However, the company recommends that you give yourself at least 2 weeks to acclimate to the mattress before deciding to return it.
If you decide to return it, all you have to do is contact the staff at Layla Sleep. The company will collaborate with a local charity to pick up the mattress at no cost to you.
Just photograph the pickup receipt issued by the charity and send it to Layla. They will then issue you with a full refund.
As with the warranty, the generous return period is only available if you buy from the official Layla mattress website and not from any other third party website.
Once an order is dispatched from the company’s facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, you will be issued with a tracking number.
Shipping is free to all 50 states. Delivery generally takes around 4 to 5 days.
No special shipping or delivery options are provided but feel free to contact customer care to see if they can accommodate your request.
- A very affordable price range. None of the sizes go over $1,000 and the cheapest starts at $499.
- A truly great sleeping experience (on either side). The Layla performs well in almost all metrics including temperature control, support and overall comfort.
- Generous warranty and a stress-free return policy.
- Free shipping.
- Edge support is lacking. If you sleep or sit too close to the edge, support will not be as robust.
- A bit of off-gassing in the first couple of days, though it is harmless.
The Layla Mattress is Perfect for You If…
You are looking for a high quality memory foam mattress at an affordable price, but you're not sure what comfort level is best for you.
This actually describes a LOT of people, based on the emails we get… hmmm, maybe Layla really is on to something here.
With the Layla mattress, you get all the best features of a high end foam mattress without the high price tag.
I am a medium-firm sleeper, and I liked the Layla.
My husband likes his mattress softer, and he LOVED it.
The copper infused gel foam sleeps cool through the night. It is very comfortable, regardless of which side you sleep on.
Not to mention the lifetime warranty and 120-day trial.
The downsides are minor: it might smell a bit when new and the edge support could def. be better.
But overall, the Layla mattress is very well made and sleeps great.
If for some reason you don't feel Layla is a good choice, then here are a few alternatives in the same price range:
- for maximum coolness at night, take a look at Bear mattress. It uses Celiant fabric and graphite-infused foam and is designed for athletes.
- for a great memory foam mattress that sleeps really well and costs very little, Leesa remains my top choice.
The best deals right are on Laylasleep.com.
In addition, the warranty and return policies are generally better if you buy from their site vs. from a 3rd party like Amazon.
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