Before we get into the juicy details, here is a quick video that explains the basics of what you need to know about the updated Layla mattress.
However, we can only fit so much detail into one video. Keep reading to learn more about the Layla bed-in-a-box.
Given that Layla is a bed-in-a-box mattress, it follows (and in some cases exceeds) standards set forth by the online mattress industry. The first of which is completely free shipping.
After you make your purchase, you can expect it to arrive at your doorstep rolled up and compressed in a cardboard box the size of a mini fridge. Try to unpackage your Layla bed as soon as possible, as it’ll need 24-48 hours to fully decompress and air out. To make the process as easy as possible, unpackage your bed on the foundation that you plan on using.
From the day of delivery, you’ll have a 120-night in-home trial period, so that you can really test out your new bed to see if it’s the right fit for you. If you decide that it isn’t, no worries. Layla will give you a full refund and even send someone to come remove the bed for you, at no extra cost to you. In other words, Layla offers 100% free returns inside the trial period just like the rest of the online mattress shopping industry.
The only wrinkle with Layla is that they require you test the mattress for a minimum of two weeks before you initiate a return. This policy is becoming more and more popular because it takes a few weeks for your body to adjust to a new bed (and companies want to cut down on returns, clearly).
If you decide to keep your Layla mattress, it comes with a lifetime warranty that covers, among other things, manufacturing defects. You can read the full warranty on LaylaSleep.com.
Layla is priced affordably, but we would not consider it a cheap, budget mattress. It doesn’t look like the type of bed that belongs in a luxury hotel, but there are plenty of people that will really like this mattress. The MSRP for a queen size bed is under $1,000, which puts it in the same tier as Nectar, Casper, and plenty of other brands.
|King / Cal King||$1,099|
Keep in mind that since this whole bed-in-a-box industry is highly competitive, most companies offer mattress deals, especially during holidays. Layla typically offers discounts in the $100 range, but it does change from time to time. You can check here on LaylaSleep.com for current promotions.
Layla is a 10” all-foam mattress, but what really sets it apart is the fact that it’s flippable and double-sided.
The main support structure for the bed is a 4.5″ slab of dense poly foam. Under this layer is 1” of copper-infused memory foam. This is the firmer side of the mattress because there is less memory foam between you and the support core.
On the other side of the support layer is 2” of convoluted poly foam (it kinda looks like egg crate foam). This acts as a transition layer to soften up the mattress. On top of this is a 3” layer of copper-infused memory foam. As you might have guessed, this is the softer side of the mattress.
In early 2019, the Layla mattress got a major overhaul. In previous models, you had to remove the cover, flip the bed, and the put the cover back on to try out both the Soft and Firm side. Not anymore—all you need to do now is flip the bed and lay down. We really like the new system.
Getting back to the copper-infused memory foam for a second, though. In addition to its cooling benefits, copper was used in the mattress because of some old folklore. Apparently, the Ancient Egyptians thought copper released positive ions, and they would wear it in their garments to promote health and wellness. This isn’t really an actual, scientific fact, but more of a fun fact for anyone that’s into positive ions.
All foams in the Layla are safe and certified by CertiPUR-US, which means the mattress is made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants, mercury, lead, other heavy metals, formaldehyde, or phthalates.
Layla has a thick, soft cover made of polyester, viscose, poly/lycra, much like the cover on the Leesa mattress. It also has a thermoGEL cooling agent woven in to help reduce heat buildup. We really like the look of the Layla cover, with its geometric grey pattern. In fact, we sort of hate putting sheets on the mattress because the cover is just so cool and unique. You probably should, though, if you’re sleeping on it every night.
While the Layla cover is removable, it’s dry clean only. To make things much simpler, we recommend not even removing the cover if you have a spill. Just mix some warm water and mild soap and spot clean the area.
If you want to make absolutely certain that you’re mattress doesn’t get stained, however, you might want to look into a mattress protector on Amazon or at some other retailer. They’re usually breathable and washable, but completely waterproof. The only real downside with mattress protectors is that they can change the feel of the bed since you’re adding more material. All this is to say that you have a few cleaning options with the bed, but if you’re really concerned, a mattress protector might make sense.
In prior models of the Layla mattress, both sides of the bed were pretty soft. Now, however, we’ve found the Firm side to be, well, more firm. We put it at about a medium to medium-firm on our firmness scale, and the softer side to be about a medium-soft. Basically, you have a choice between a soft side and a slightly firm side.
Given that Layla uses quite a bit of memory foam, naturally, it has a memory foam feel, on both sides, but more so on the Soft side.
Laying down on this bed feels like a soft and airy hug because you’ll sink into the material and it’ll cradle your body. Because it is a soft memory foam, you’re going to see slower response times than with, say a latex mattress. Despite the fact that you can tell this is a memory foam bed, there’s no deep, quicksand-like feel—it’s actually really comfortable and reminds us quite a bit of the Puffy mattress.
As you can see, it offers great pressure relief, but still responds back relatively quickly, at least on the Firm side. It’s not your typical memory foam mattress and for some people that might be a really good or bad thing.
Since the Layla mattress was updated in January 2019, we’ve changed our stance with regard to back sleepers and stomach sleepers. We now hold that Layla is a suitable mattress for back and stomach sleepers, so long as you weigh under 225 lb and you don’t want a truly firm mattress. Remember, the Firm side is between a medium and medium-firm on the soft/firm scale.
Having said all of that, if you’re really petite (i.e. under 150 lb), the bed will feel even firmer to you since softness/firmness is a relative measure that depends on your height-to-weight ratio.
Both sides of the Layla are good for side sleepers, although, if you want maximum pressure relief, you’ll prefer the Soft side. Side sleepers need a soft mattress that will be pressure relieving enough for their hips and shoulders. Layla does a good job of being accepting of curves, instead of fighting against them.
As for combo sleepers, we’d say yes, if you’re medium or petite. The more you weigh, the more you’ll sink into the bed and the softer it’ll feel, versus the lighter you are, the less you’ll sink down and the firmer the bed will feel. More petite combo sleepers might like this bed more than heavier combo sleepers, because they’ll be less “stuck,” making it easier to switch positions.
No. This is a soft, 10”, all-foam bed that has a layer of convoluted foam. For heavy people, it’s just not going to be supportive or durable enough over the long run for. We usually recommend heavier individuals go for beds with coils, or that are at the least much firmer and/or thicker. If you’re over 250 lb, make sure to check out our list of the best mattresses for heavy people.
We think this bed is a great option for children and teens, especially if they love the feel of soft memory foam. If they’re super petite (like Slumber Yard team member Kaite Kale), they’ll probably even get away with sleeping on their back or stomach. Just make sure they’re on the firmer side of the mattress and that their hips and shoulders aren’t dipping into the bed enough to make their back arch.
We also think this bed is a nice option for pregnant women, who need to sleep on their sides once they start showing. They can sleep on their back/do some combo sleeping on the firmer side, then flip the mattress to the softer side while pregnant, then flip it back post pregnancy.
Not really. It’s fairly good at regulating heat, especially for such a soft memory foam bed. This is because it uses copper-infused memory foam, which helps to pull heat away from the body. This is not the best cooling mattress for hot sleepers, but it’s certainly not the hottest bed we’ve tried. Bottom line though, if you sleep especially hot during the night, Layla isn’t the bed bed out there.
Depends how you and your partner tend to sleep. The edge support on this mattress is good on the Firm side and ok on the Soft side. This is to be expected.
To be fair to Layla, in a lot of our mattress reviews—particularly for foam beds—we complain about edge support. It tends to be just average on a lot of all-foam beds with, perhaps, the exception of Nest Alexander Signature Series and a few others.
On a more positive note, you might like Layla if you’re a sensitive sleeper. Layla does a very good job of isolating any movement, so if your partner has one of those nights where they get up to pee five different times, their movement probably won’t wake you up.
As you can see, there’s little to no movement transferring through the bed. This is to be expected since we’re dealing with such a soft memory foam bed. Layla is so good at motion isolation, however, we put it on our list of the best mattresses for light sleepers.
Layla is a great all types of sleepers who want a softer memory foam mattress. Plus, it has the added benefit of being double-sided and flippable, so you have two chances to get things right with Layla. All-in-all, we really like the Layla mattress, especially the updated 2019 version.
How did we get this bed?
|Layla sent it to us so that we could publish this review and others. But don’t worry, we are in no way obligated to say good (or bad) things about it and, as always, all opinions are that of the Slumber Yard team.|
How is the Layla pillow?
|It's nice. We also posted a review about it.|
Where is the Layla mattress manufactured?
|It's made in the USA. In fact, according to the label on the mattress, it's made in Phoenix, AZ.|
What carrier does Layla use for shipping?
|They ship via FedEx. Shipping in the contiguous United States is free. If you want the mattress shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada it will cost $125, plus any taxes and duties.|
Does Layla offer financing?
|Yes. They use a company called Affirm that's commonly used in the mattress industry.|