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Layla vs. Purple Mattress Overview
When you’re having a conversation with a friend, and they mention that they recently purchased a new mattress, your brain likely won’t be envisioning a mattress like these. Purple mattress vs. Layla are two brands that we’d describe as “nontraditional” because they don’t follow the precedent that coil and foam mattresses have been setting for so long. While Layla contains foam and coils can be found in the newer Purple Hybrid models, these materials definitely aren’t the centerpiece to their uniqueness.
Not only does Layla have a lighter memory foam than other memory foam mattresses, but it’s also flippable. And we aren’t talking about the ability to turn your mattress over when you get a bad stain on one side. The Layla mattress features a grey Soft side and a black Firm side, making it one of the more flexible beds on the market.
Instead of using foam, the founders of Purple went ahead and made their own material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s patented, so no other mattress brand has it. It’s probably like nothing you’ve ever laid on before, which could be a good or bad thing depending on who you’re talking to. It takes a second to get used to, but we’ve heard from a lot of people who say they like it (including many of us here at the Slumber Yard office). Like we said before, it all depends on your preferences, so keep reading to determine which mattress might be more appealing to you.
Before we explore the ins and outs of the Purple vs. Layla mattress, these are the main points that differentiate the two mattresses.
- Price — Layla is usually the cheaper option, even if you get the Original Purple mattress.
- Material — Layla is flippable and made from memory foam, while Purple uses their own patented gel-like material.
- Body Type — Layla is best for petite to average body types, but Purple has better options for heavy set individuals.
- Warranty — Layla offers a lifetime warranty for your mattress and Purple offers a 10-year warranty.
Layla vs. Purple Video Comparison
Price Difference Between Layla And Purple
If you’re looking for a mattress with a lower price tag, but don’t want to sacrifice quality, Layla might be the better choice between the two. The Original Purple queen size mattress retails at about the same price that Layla does, which is around $1,000-$1,100 for a queen, but they don’t generally provide customers with any mattress coupons codes.
Layla often offers discount codes that can drop your total price by around $100 or more. If you start looking at the Purple Hybrid models, the price difference is even greater. Note: Purple recently discontinued the Purple Hybrid and Premium models. In their place, Purple has released three new collections of beds — Essential, Premium and Luxe. The Premium and Luxe collections are frankly expensive, with price tags ranging from $2,000 to $7,500.
You can credit the higher price tag to their construction because they’re made with a blend of coils and Purple’s additional layers of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. While Purple isn’t big on promoting coupon codes, occasionally the company will run specials, bundles, and sales.
Design & Construction
Layla’s most dominant feature is its flippable design, and it’s the primary characteristic that sets Layla apart from other mattresses. It’s made from four layers of foam, starting with a layer of copper-infused memory foam on the soft side, then a layer of egg crate support foam, a thick layer of support foam, and then another copper-infused memory foam on the firm side.
When it comes to the inside of a Layla mattress, the focal point is definitely memory foam. It’s actually infused with copper, which is one of the most conductive metals found on the planet. What does this mean for you? If you’re a hot sleeper, the copper inside the foam will attract your body heat and pull it away from you. With all things considered, it’s still memory foam, so it’s not the coolest bed on the market. It’ll certainly help to regulate temperature better than a regular memory foam mattress would, though.
It’s also hygienic and helps fight microorganisms that are trying to share the mattress with you. If you want to learn a little more about the construction of a Layla mattress, you can find an in-depth explanation in our full review of Layla by following the “See Full Review” link.
Purple, on the other hand, is made from Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. This material can stretch up to 15 times its size, so, as you could imagine, it’s incredibly durable. Not only that, the gel-like feel makes a Purple mattress super soft and supportive at the same time.
Some of you may be wondering what Hyper-Elastic Polymer looks like. Well, for starters, it’s purple (did you see that coming?). We like to describe it as looking like an ice tray or a three-dimensional grid, so imagine rows and rows of open cubes made out of a gel-like material. One of the benefits of this material and design is the great airflow it provides. It’s most likely going to be cooler for you than a Layla because Hyper-Elastic Polymer is naturally cooler than foam.
Feel & Firmness
When you press your hand down on either side of a Layla mattress, you’ll notice that the bed doesn’t immediately snap back into shape. While the material may be quicker to bounce back than other memory foam mattresses because it’s very light and airy, you’ll still feel yourself nestling into the foam when you lay down. If you’re seeking a unique mattress that still has a soft memory foam feel, a Layla mattress could be right for you.
The grey side is softer and lands at a medium-soft on our scale, and the black side is placed between medium and medium-firm. A Layla mattress will allow you to switch from a softer mattress to a firmer one in about fifteen seconds, so we name it the more flexible option in this comparison.
If you’re looking for a material that functions differently than memory foam in just about every single way, Purple is the one for you. Purple mattresses are very soft, but they don’t leave any body indentation when you lay down. If you pressed your hand down on it really hard, it would bounce back the moment you took your hand away.
It was a little difficult to judge the firmness of this mattress because it’s so different, but in the end, we put the Original Purple mattress at a medium. As the guys over at Purple say, it’s “soft where you want it, firm where you need it.”
Other Factors to Consider
Because the Layla is flippable, you’re getting different amounts of edge support on each side. The support on the firm side is pretty good, but on the soft side, it’s not great. Purple Hybrid mattresses, on the other hand, has a wall of dense foam around the mattress to provide ample edge support.
Both mattresses perform well in terms of motion isolation. You won’t feel too much movement from a partner while sleeping on either of these mattresses.
The copper-infused memory foam of the Layla provides some assistance in keeping the memory foam from sleeping too terribly hot, but it’s still by no means a cooling mattress. Purple is the clear winner in regulating temperature. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer is an excellent promotor of airflow and keeps you cool while you sleep.
Body Type Analysis
Either one of these mattresses will be comfortable for someone petite. With the foam of the Layla, a petite person won’t sink in too much to feel stuck, and Purple’s all-foam design is perfect for sleepers under 230 lbs.
Similarly, we think either bed is a fine option for the average-size person, and it comes down to more of a preference and a matter of sleeper type for which bed is better.
The Purple Hybrid mattresses will provide more support for heavy-set folks than Layla because of their coil construction.
For anyone who is 230 lb or more, we would recommend looking into the Purple Hybrid models (formerly known as the New Purple 2, 3& 4), which have coils in their construction and will provide that extra reinforcement you need. You can check out more information about all of the models in our Purple Hybrid vs. Original comparison. They are more expensive, but in the long run, it’ll be more beneficial to purchase a mattress that will be more durable and better for your body type.
- Side Sleepers
Since the mattress is double-sided, Layla can be accommodating for all sleeper types, but the Soft side is best for side sleepers, while the Firm side is just fine for all sleeping positions. Additionally, Purple is also great for side sleepers and provides a sufficient amount of pressure relief.
- Combo Sleepers
Both beds are fine for combo sleepers, but combo sleepers who dislike memory foam might like the feel of Purple mattress better.
- Back & Stomach Sleepers
The Firm side of the Layla is great for back sleepers because it provides just the right amount of pressure relief. Like combo sleepers, though, the Layla isn’t great for heavier back and stomach sleepers. Purple will provide great support for back and stomach sleepers as well, but for those who are heavier, the Purple Hybrid will be better.
Layla Hybrid vs. Purple Comparison
Layla also offers a hybrid mattress as well (aptly named the Layla Hybrid). This bed is double-sided and flippable, just like the company’s flagship memory foam mattress, except it uses pocketed coils for its support foundation as opposed to dense foam. Below you’ll find a short video that outlines how the Layla Hybrid directly compared to Purple beds.
As you probably gleaned by watching the video, there are several distinct differences between the Layla Hybrid and Purple mattresses. Hopefully, our comparison video helped you narrow down which bed is best for your situation. Keep reading for more information regarding Purple beds in particular.
Final Verdict For This Comparison
If you’re trying to decide on Purple compared to Layla, it ultimately comes down to your preferences.
- Do you like, or dare we say, love memory foam? You should go with a Layla mattress.
- Do you get uncomfortably hot during the night? Purple might have Layla beat this time.
- Do you like the idea of a flippable mattress? Layla is sort of like two different mattresses in one.
- Are you a heavier individual? You might want to lean towards a Purple mattress, and depending on your size, maybe take a look at the newer hybrid models that Purple has to offer.
We can’t tell you which mattress is better than the other because that’s purely subjective. With either choice, give yourself some time to get acclimated to the bed so your body can adjust accordingly. You should rest assured that these mattresses wouldn’t be so popular if they weren’t well-received, and you get a risk-free trial period to try them out yourself.
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