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Memory Foam Mattress
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|Layla is a flippable bed with a Soft and Firm side. This gives you two chances to find the firmness that's right for you.|
Soft Foam Mattress
|Casper is perhaps the most popular mattress online, and for good reason. It has a soft, neutral feel to it that most people will find comfortable.|
Here are the main elements that make Casper and Layla different:
We can’t squeeze all the juicy details into a brief video, though, so read through this most for more information.
Many people are pretty familiar with Casper, and we aren’t talking about your neighborhood’s friendliest ghost. We’re talking about the bed-in-a-box brand that is arguably one of the most popular of its kind and has sold over one million mattresses worldwide.
In the other corner is the brand Layla, which also has its fair share of Layla mattress lovers because of its unique flippable construction. How often do get to choose between a soft or firm mattress every single night before you go to sleep? If the versatility of a Layla is particularly attractive to you, then head over to our Best Flippable & Double Sided Mattress list once you’re done reading up on Casper vs Layla.
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Both the Layla and Casper mattresses have a MSRP of around $1,000 (based on a queen size). However, after taking their promotions into consideration, Layla usually comes out to be a bit cheaper.
It’s usually around a margin of $50 to $100 or so, but if you’re pinching pennies, Layla might be the pick you want to lean towards. You can always stay up to date on current promotions for many different mattress brands over on our Mattress Deals page to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
Layla is a flippable, double-sided mattress and the more flexible option between the two choices. It has a light grey side which is softer and best for side sleepers or combo sleepers because it provides pressure relief to the shoulders and hips. The black side is firmer, and accommodates back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers. Also, with the most recent updated model of the Layla, you don’t have to take the cover off to flip the mattress. It’s ready to go the moment you or a loved one want a change in firmness.
The main components of a Layla mattress include different layers of supportive poly foam and memory foam. To get the dimensions and a more in-depth explanation of the foams’ purpose, check out our full Layla review, linked in the green box on the right of this page.
In this post, we want to focus more on the copper-infused memory foam and its unique properties. Since copper is a conductive metal, infusing it in the material allows the foam to efficiently regulate temperature better than your standard memory foam. So if you’re like me (Slumber Yard team member McKenzie) and will wake up at three o’clock in the morning to open a window in the dead of winter to cool down, the Layla mattress could offer a better cooling option.
Another benefit of copper that’s worth mentioning is that it’s antimicrobial, meaning it will kill microorganisms trying to make a home out of your mattress and stop others from trying to move in. Copper was also thought by the Ancient Egyptians as having health and wellness benefits, so they used to carry it around in their garments. No scientist has come out to say if this is true or not, but if you’re a history buff or enjoy positive ions, we definitely don’t blame you if you choose to believe the Ancient Egyptians.
If you prefer beds with more of a memory foam feel, then the Layla may be the mattress for you. Layla has really soft, airy memory foam, and feels almost as if you’re nestled in a cloud. You don’t get the same viscous feeling you may get with other dense memory foam mattresses, but the foam definitely contours to your body so it’ll give you a snug feeling when you lay down.
On our firmness scale, the grey side lands at a medium-soft and the black side is around a medium-firm. However, do keep in mind that the more you use a bed the softer it gets. So don’t be alarmed if you begin to notice your mattress is a little softer than you remember it being on night one.
Your weight also has an affect on how firm or soft a mattress might feel to you. For example, a 6’3” man who’s 250 lbs will sink into the memory foam a lot more than, say, a 5’0”, 100 lb petite woman. So naturally, the heavier guy will think the mattress is much softer than the 100 lb woman. With that being said, we don’t necessarily recommend either of these mattresses to folks who are heavyset. Mattresses that are only constructed with foam will begin to wear out a lot faster than a hybrid or coil mattress. If this applies to you, check out our list of the best beds for heavy people and big guys.
When we ripped open Casper’s mattress cover (please don’t try this at home), we saw four different layers of foam (unless it’s the Casper Hybrid or Wave Hybrid which have a coil layer as well). The base layer is a thick slab of support foam, and has a layer of zoned transition foam above it. Next comes a layer of memory foam, then an open-cell layer of foam at the top. So you can still find memory foam inside a Casper, but it’s considerably less noticeable since it’s underneath that open-cell foam layer.
Casper is one of a handful of mattress companies who have been building “zoned” layers in their mattresses. This means that different areas of the mattress have different levels of softness or firmness to them. The middle third of the mattress is a slab of firm foam, and the top and bottom third are slabs of soft foam to provide support to shoulders and hips. The difference in firmness may not be incredibly noticeable, but Casper’s popularity suggests it’s comfortable to many different sleepers.
Similar to the Layla mattress, the original Casper isn’t the best option for larger individuals because again, the foam won’t be able to support that extra weight in the long term. We want you to enjoy your mattress for as long as you can, especially since you’re spending a good chunk of change on a good mattress. If you’re a more heavy set individual, we suggest you look into the Casper Hybrid or Casper’s Wave Hybrid.
Since the layer of memory foam isn’t at the very top of a Casper mattress, it has more of a neutral-foam feel than Layla’s memory foam. On the spectrum from soft to firm, it lands around a medium and works well with all different kinds of sleeper types. This helps make a Casper an incredibly accommodating mattress, which is party of why it has been dubbed the “safe pick” by many on our team—most people would generally consider it to be pretty comfortable.
If you’re a person who can go to sleep with your head at your pillow and wake up with your feet where your head was supposed to be, Casper may be the better mattress for you. In other words, the neutral feel of Casper’s foam and its medium firmness level allow you to switch positions in bed with little effort, as opposed to a memory foam bed where there’s a slightly slower response time, which makes you feel more settled into the mattress.
If you’re trying to decide between Casper or Layla, we suggest you consider these points before you pull the trigger.
At the Slumber Yard, we understand that buying a mattress is a bigger purchase, so you probably don’t want to rush into purchasing a mattress unless you’re absolutely sure it’s what you want. For those times you aren’t 100% certain, we’ll be right here to give you more insight on your nighttime needs.
Luckily with Casper and Layla, you won’t have to worry about lugging a mattress through your front door because they’ll both be delivered to your house for free in—you guessed it—a box. Once you unbox either mattress, you’re going to want to leave it sitting by itself for 48 hours before you dive into bed, so the foam can have time to expand after being confined in a box for several days.
Both Casper and Layla will give you a trial period to test out the mattress, which makes purchasing a mattress a little less stressful since you aren’t permanently tied to it. However, Layla’s policy is a few weeks longer. Casper offers 100 nights and Layla offers 120, but you’ll ultimately get over three months to return your mattress with either choice.
Casper offers their customers a 10-year warranty and Layla will give you a lifetime warranty with your purchase. Layla will cover sagging over an inch, loss of shape, cracks, and loss of height the entire time you own the bed. Not many bed-in-a-box brands offer a lifetime warranty, so this is something that Layla holds over many other mattress brands. Head to the Casper website or Layla website to get more in-depth information on their warranty policy.
Now you know the basics of opening a bed-in-a-box (if you didn’t already) and the different policies Casper and Layla have when it comes to trying out your new bed. Next, we’re going to explore the reasons why you might want to purchase a Layla over a Casper, and vice versa.