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|Layla is a soft memory foam mattress with a fluffy feel. It comes with a "Soft" and "Firm" side so that you can choose which firmness level best matches your personal sleeping preferences. It even comes with a lifetime warranty.|
Soft Foam Mattress
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|Tuft & Needle is the original "affordable mattress" online. It retails for under $600 for a queen size bed and is still really comfortable.|
We like to start our mattress reviews by discussing the main points so you know what you’re getting yourself into with the post. With that in mind, here are the key differentiators for Layla and Tuft & Needle as they relate to each other.
Now, that’s just a quick overview of the main points, but you can continue reading to find out more about how these two beds compare.
Tuft & Needle was one of the original pioneers in the online mattress space, alongside Casper, Purple, and a few others. The company has been around since 2012 and was acquired by Serta-Simmons in 2018. The bed was, and continues to be, one of the most sought after budget/cheap mattresses on the market. But just because it’s “cheap” doesn’t mean that it’s bad—there are thousands of people that love the Tuft & Needle mattress, and we can understand why. It’s a no frills bed that’s comfy, making it perfect for young professionals, college students, teens, kids, guest rooms, etc.
Layla has quickly become one of the most popular memory foam beds out there, especially when you’re looking at double-sided flippable mattresses. There just aren’t that many beds with two sides, offering you essentially two chances to get things right.
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The headline feature about Layla is that it’s a two-sided bed. In fact, it’s such a big deal to them (and consumers) that the bed literally has two colors on either side. The white/grey side is the “Soft” side and the dark grey/black side is the “Firm” side.
In the past, Layla had a different color scheme and the company required you to remove the cover before you flipped the bed. Not any more. All you do is flip the mattress to test out either the “Soft” or “Firm” side.
But that’s just the outside of the mattress, let’s take a look at what’s inside the Layla mattress. As you can see below, it has multiple layers of foams in different colors. When we look inside the bed, it makes sense how the “Soft” side is indeed soft and the “Firm” side is firmer. Not only is there more memory foam on the “Soft” side, but also there is a transitional layer of soft foam (“Egg Crate Support Foam” as labeled below) in the middle to prevent you from feeling the support foam.
On the “Firm” side you have less memory foam (about 1″ thick in total) and nothing to transition from the main support unit to the comfort layer. As such, the “Firm” side is a good deal firmer than the “Soft” side.
One thing that we should also point out is that Layla doesn’t just use standard memory foam. The bed has copper-infused gel memory foam, which is helpful in regulating temperature. Standard memory foam can tend to trap heat, but these gel memory foams try their best to help keep you at a comfortable temperature throughout the night.
By now you must be wondering what is the relative firmness rating for the “Soft” and “Firm” side. The “Soft” side we’d rate in right at a medium-soft, a bit like the overall firmness of the Nolah mattress. It’s really great for side sleepers and those that need/want a boatload of pressure relief.
In fact, because of the plush nature of the “Soft” side, we have Layla on plenty of our buyer guides, including our Best Mattress For Side Sleepers and Best Soft/Plush Mattress lists. The “Soft” side just feels like a big fluffy layer of memory foam. It conforms to your body, but doesn’t have that viscose, typical memory foam feel. Think of it like a new-age memory foam that’s more cloud-like.
As for the “Firm” side, it’s not quite a true firm on our soft/firm scale, but it is firmer than the other side. We rate the “Firm” side at about a medium to medium-firm, meaning it’s just fine for all sleeping positions, but not as pressure reliving and soft as the “Soft” side.
For people with a medium build, the “Firm” side will probably be your preferred sleeping surface, whereas lighter individuals tend to gravitate towards Layla’s “Soft” side. So, one distinction for Layla is that if you want a truly soft bed, they have that option, and yet they still offer something on the firmer end of the spectrum as well.
Typically, we reserve policy talk to the very end of our posts, but in this instance we felt that it was worthy of calling out the fact that Layla has a lifetime warranty. It’s fairly rare to a see an-foam bed backed by a lifetime warranty. We’ve seen coil beds such as Nest Alexander Hybrid and WinkBed offer the lifetime warranty, but very few foam beds are willing to take that risk.
To be fair, Tuft & Needle still offers the industry standard warranty of 10 years, but that definitely gets eclipsed by Layla’s lifetime promise. Make sure to read the warranty of whichever bed you ultimately select as well since it will spell out the types of bed frames that are compatible with your mattress, among other things. In this case, both beds are widely compatible with bed frames, but it’s still a smart idea to read that warranty.
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While we consider Layla to have a “fluffy memory foam feel,” Tuft & Needle basically just feels like a big slab of softer foam. It’s really comfortable, but there’s no signature, completely unique feel. And we actually view that as a strength of the mattress. Given that it’s design for, and marketed to, the masses, the bed needs to be extra accomodating—and indeed it is just that.
But why does Tuft & Needle have such a generic soft foam feel? As you’d expect, it all comes down to construction. Unlike most online beds, Tuft & Needle is comprised of just two layers—both of which are polyurethane foam. Here’s a side view of the mattress with the fire sock cut back (don’t do this to your bed).
Like with Layla, the support foam is the main foundation for the bed. Nothing different there. The “T&N Adaptive Foam” is poly foam with graphite infused to help draw away body heat. And it does so fairly well.
Tuft & Needle also has a breathable, ribbed cover that’s quite nice. It’s not as fancy or soft as that of the Layla mattress, but it serves its purpose just fine and we don’t have any complaints.
As we touched on above, Tuft & Needle is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the soft/firm spectrum. Some on our team consider it a medium+, meaning it’s a tad bit firmer than Casper, but we try to account for the subjective nature of firmness in our graphics.
Given Tuft & Needle’s firmness level, it should be fine for all sleeping positions (side, stomach, back), but as is the case with all foam beds, it’s not really made to handle heavier individuals. If you’re over about 230 lbs, you might want to check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy & Obese People or our list of the Best Hybrid & Innerspring Mattresses.
When it comes to mattress prices, the baseline that you can expect to spend is something like $1,000, however, both Layla and Tuft & Needle are below that mark. After discounts, Layla will set you back about $850-900 for the queen size—not bad.
Tuft & Needle, however, retails for just about $600 for the queen, making it obviously cheaper than Layla and extremely hard to beat on price.
The only difference is that Layla offers agressive discounts and Tuft & Needle only really runs specials during major holidays—and even then they typically don’t lower the price of the bed. They usually just throw in a pillow or some other accessory. You can check T&N’s website for those current promotions.
In any case, if you’re curious about the deals being offered today, make sure to visit our Mattress Deals & Coupons page. We try to list all of the deals that we see there and keep it updated on a daily basis.
So which bed wins? It’s not that simple. It all comes down to what you prefer in a mattress, just like anything else. Here are the key points to think about:
At the end of the day, like many of our mattress comparisons, feel, firmness, and price are the major factors to consider. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us. Thanks for visiting the Slumber Yard!