Keep reading this page for our in-depth review of the Layla mattress.
Layla is a Silicon Valley startup aiming to take its place among top online mattress brands.
To set itself apart from the ever increasing crowd, the Layla mattress offer three unique features:
- First, this all-foam mattress is infused with copper, to improve heat transfer
- Second, the cover has gel-infused memory foam in it, which makes it super-comfy and further improves cooling
- Third, by flipping the mattress over, you can select either a soft or firm comfort level. Two mattresses in one!
The other way they stand out is by providing a lifetime warranty, something we’ve only seen with the Nectar mattress. So far.
Based on the many positive online reviews we uncovered during our research, it seems like the Layla mattress is quickly gaining traction with buyers – most likely because of their friendly price and convenient purchase process.
In this 10-minute deep dive, we’ll look at how Layla mattress actually performs, sleeps and compares against its major competitors.
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Layla launched in 2015, with a team steeped in thr Silicon Valley startup scene and with years of experience in the mattress industry.
In addition to its online storefront, Layla owns 6 showrooms located in Berkeley, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Mountain View.
Layla handles all of their production in the US, providing jobs and helping to grow the economy. Layla is also made with the highest quality materials to ensure safety for the users and the environment.
Layla has a social commitment, too. The recently partnered with Homeless Shelter in San Francisco in an effort to provide mattresses to those in need. This 2-minute video explains more:
Like most online foam mattresses, Layla can be had for an extremely affordable price.
Their mattresses range from $499 to $999, before discounts. Here is their full price list:
Layla also offers Affirm financing (credit approval required) for more flexible payment options.
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 and firm in one), the only choice you need to make is size:
Remember to check for the latest discounts before ordering.
Layla also offers Affirm financing (pending credit approval) to spread your payments over several months.
Delivery & Unboxing
Since Layla’s mattress is made in the USA, shipping is quick.
Layla makes it even easier by providing free shipping to all 50 states, no exemptions.
There are, however, no special delivery options such as expedited shipping and white glove delivery.
The mattress will arrive at your door in an easy-to-open box. You can easily setup the mattress on your own.
Remember to lay it down on the right surface such as a box spring, a slatted bed or directly on the floor.
Aesthetics and Styling
There is not much to say about the Layla mattress in regards to styling. It is a simple, minimalist design much like Casper, Leesa and many others. I do like their geometric patterns better than the others, though.
The simple gray and white zippered cover, trimmed in purple thread, gives the Layla a clean, simple and elegant look.
Layla uses three key pieces of technology in constructing their mattress.
1. Convoluted foam (in the middle)
First, there is the convoluted 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 foam (top and bottom)
The second piece of technology is in the copper-infused 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.
Interestingly, Layla does not use gel-infused foam, which has become something of a standard feature in so many mattresses.
Yet even without the gel, the mattress is able to stay cool and comfortable. The copper, combined with the convoluted foam structure, is enough to keep the 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 construction to deliver a great sleeping experience.
It is not just a bunch of layers thoughtlessly glued together. Each of the three layers has been carefully designed to achieve specific objectives.
Whether on the soft side or the firm side, the three foam 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 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. Comfort and Support Layer: Convoluted 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 open cell design makes the soft side more compliant and improves air flow.
The other, firm, side of this layer does not have the egg shell design, which provides more support.
3. Bottom layer (firm): High-density copper infused 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 owners have complained of the new-mattress smell after unboxing the Layla mattress. I can confirm: it is there.
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 on our ratings, 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 far 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 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.
Pros and Cons
- A very affordable price range. None of the sizes go over $1000 and the cheapest starts at $499. Compared to store-bought mattresses of the same quality, this is quite the bargain.
- A great sleeping experience. The Layla performs well in almost all metrics including temperature control, support and overall comfort.
- Generous warranty and a stress-free return policy.
- Easy and convenient purchase process with free shipping.
- Edge support is a bit lacking. If you sleep or sit too close to the edge, the support will not be as robust.
- A bit of off-gassing though it is completely harmless.
This 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 might be best.
This actually describes a LOT of people, based on the emails we get. Maybe Layla 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 really like the Layla.
The copper infused 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 only downsides are minor: it smells a bit when new, and the edge support could be better.
But overall, this 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 more firmness choices and a split configuration option, check out Dromma Bed.
- for a great memory foam mattress that sleeps really well and costs very little, Leesa remains my top choice.
The best deal right now is found on Laylasleep.com. Plus, the warranty and return policies are generally better if you buy from their site vs. from a 3rd party like Amazon.