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Claiming that this mattress is suitable for all types of users (including those who twist into a pretzel shape when sleeping), Layla introduces their flippable hybrid. This mattress comes with 2 firmness levels in one model and gives users a chance to experiment with different comfort levels.
But does it really work for everyone? Can the Layla be called a universally comfortable mattress?
That’s what we are going to look into. In today’s review of the Layla Hybrid mattress, we will check the components of this bed and what makes it special. We are also going to see how each side works for different body types and sleeping positions. Let’s check whether the manufacturer’s bold claims correspond with the reality.
Compressed and rolled in a box
Delivery (Price & Time)
1-3 business days
Here’s the part I was the most excited about: the layers. As the Layla has a flippable design, it has different layer configurations on two sides. So, let’s check them one by one:
- Soft side comfort layer. It is 2.5 inches tall and uses copper-gel memory foam. This layer has a plush feel and offers a generous hug. Since it is infused with copper, the foam in this layer is antimicrobial and odor-resistant. Plus, copper has a cooling effect, which is ideal for hot sleepers.
- Soft side transition layer. Measuring 2 inches in height, this layer uses denser polyfoam that features different support zones. The convoluted foam is softer in the areas where your head, neck, and shoulders should rest. It is firmer in the sections that support the back and hips. This design is supposed to help maintain proper weight distribution and improved spinal support.
- Core support system. This layer is 6 inches thick. It uses individually wrapped coils for targeted support and reduced motion transfer. As each coil is encased separately, they all adjust to the applied pressure individually, allowing for a more balanced support (more compression for the heavier body parts). The core system also has reinforced edges and uses a double row of coils around the perimeter.
- Firm side transition layer. Measuring 1.5 inches in height, this AirFlow Support layer is made of polyfoam. Just like the soft side of the bed, it features a zoned system. However, it has a firmer feel.
- Firm side comfort layer. This 1-inch layer of copper-gel memory foam has a slow rebound and allows for a decent amount of cushioning. This layer is less dense than the transition foam, therefore it has a plushier feel when compared to it. But since the comfort layer is quite thin, this side of the mattress has a stiffer feel.
Even though we’re not trying to judge the book by its cover here, let’s start with the first thing we notice about the Layla. Unlike most mattresses, it has a non-standard cover color. The Layla uses a gray blend of polyester, viscose, and lycra. The cover is very soft and pleasant to the touch. It has a honeycomb-like pattern that makes this mattress look modern and even a bit unusual.
Since the cover is quite thin and has natural viscose among its components, it is breathable and doesn’t sleep hot. There are conveniently placed handles for easier flipping. Additionally, the cover is zippered, so you can remove it easily whenever you feel like your mattress needs a bit of freshening up.
Another interesting part of my Layla Hybrid mattress review is the overall feel of this bed. Since it is flippable, we are going to discuss two comfort levels the Layla offers. As always, I was testing the mattress with my wife. She is 110 lbs while I weigh 190 lbs, which means we often have slightly different opinions concerning the firmness levels.
Let’s start with the Soft side. We both agreed that it should be rated around 5 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 the firmest. The Soft side conforms closely to one’s body and feels quite plush. However, thanks to the sturdy base, you get to enjoy responsive support as well (while your body is cradled by the top layers).
Now, moving on to the Firm side. I personally felt like it was somewhere around 7 on the firmness scale. My wife, a petite sleeper, rated the Layla Hybrid 8. This side does not conform to one’s body as closely and has a more resilient feel. It offers firm support with a moderate amount of cushioning.
Let’s talk about edge support as this aspect can play an important role for some sleepers. Decent edge support can expand the usable area of the mattress, which may come in handy if you plan to invest in a smaller-sized model. Additionally, robust edges make it easier for sleepers to get out of bed (since they can provide a good bounce and support when you press your hands into the bed to get up).
Now, edge support is unquestionably a strong suit of the Layla Hybrid. The mattress is reinforced with 16-gauge coils around the perimeter, which makes its edges quite sturdy. My wife and I both felt perfectly comfortable (and supported) when sleeping near the edges (on both sides, Firm and Soft). The mattress didn’t compress that much even when I was sitting on the edge with my feet down on the ground.
Motion isolation is crucial for couples, especially if one of them is a sensitive sleeper. Generally, hybrids tend to be bouncier than more traditional foam mattresses. That’s why my wife (110 lbs) and I (190 lbs) felt a little skeptical before testing the Layla Hybrid for motion absorption levels.
However, this model pleasantly surprised us. The Soft side showed great results and managed to absorb shock quite well despite its bouncy coil core. The foam comfort layers are quite thick on this side of the bed, so they provide enough cushioning for every movement without transferring it to the other sections of the bed.
As for the Firm side of the Layla Hybrid, its comfort layers are thinner and therefore don’t absorb motion as effectively as the softer side. I would say that the Firm performs similar to most hybrid mattresses. There is a bit of a bounce when the movements are more active, but overall, my wife did not experience much disturbance when I was tossing and turning.
When reviewing the Layla Hybrid, I noticed that the mattress appeared as a very well-made bed. The encasement is high-quality and nicely stitched, the handles seem to be strong and reliable, and the materials feel rather expensive.
However, I do have one concern. The Layla uses lower-density foams for the comfort layers to provide a plushy hug. But here’s the thing: low-density foam tends to start sagging faster than high-density materials.
The good news is, the foam layers are reinforced by durable, sturdy coils. Such a combination makes me believe that the Layla Hybrid could serve for up to 10 years before needing a replacement.
Most mattress materials emit initial off-gassing, especially foams. And since the Layla uses memory and polyurethane foams for the comfort layers, I expected the bed to have a noticeable smell upon arrival.
I did detect some odor when unpacking my Layla Hybrid, but it was rather moderate. My wife, who is more sensitive to smells, wasn’t bothered by it at all. The odor disappeared within the first 2 days.
Now, let’s start with the Firm side, as it showed better results. This side is bouncier and more responsive, which is suited for easy shifting and would allow couples to change positions effortlessly. Additionally, the natural bounce of the coils facilitates movement.
As for the softer side, it does provide good traction but may be too cradling for easy movement.
Both sides allow for zero-noise activities. Additionally, the reinforced edges would let couples use the entire surface of the mattress.
Overall, it’s safe to assume that the Layla Hybrid is a rather sex-friendly mattress, especially the Firm side.
How It Feels for Different Types of Sleepers
Now, moving on to the overall feel of this mattress. Frankly, it’s hard to believe that the Layla Hybrid can be universally comfortable for all types of sleepers. After all, the bed’s comfort level is always subjective. It will depend on your favorite sleeping position and body weight, plus your personal preferences, of course.
Now, I am a 190-lbs side and back sleeper. My wife is a 110-lbs stomach sleeper. We tested both sides of the Layla Hybrid, so let’s take a closer look at them, starting with the Soft side:
- Back sleepers. As a back sleeper, I found the Layla Hybrid rather supportive. I experienced some moderate sinkage in the hip area but it didn’t cause any discomfort. My wife also enjoyed sleeping on the Layla and noted that her back felt supported and relaxed all through the night.
- Side sleepers. I found the mattress very comfortable when sleeping on my side. I enjoyed the way the comfort layers enveloped around my body and adjusted to its curves. However, I didn’t feel stuck and appreciated the sturdy support provided by the coils. My lightweight wife also found the Soft side to be rather comfortable for this sleeping position. It seems like the Layla would work for heavy side sleepers too, but they might reach the supportive coils and experience some pressure on their shoulders in this case.
- Stomach sleepers. As a stomach sleeper, my wife enjoyed the Soft side of the Layla. The comfort layers cushioned her chest while supporting the lower back. As for me, I experienced some sinkage in the hips and felt a bit of a strain on my spine. So, in terms of stomach sleeping, I would say that the Soft side of the Layla would work for petite users the best.
Now, moving on to the Firm side and how it works for different sleeping positions:
- Back sleepers. This is when my wife and I had different opinions. To me, the Firm side seemed very comfortable, while my wife felt like it was a tad too stiff for her liking. Therefore, it’s safe to say that this side of the Layla Hybrid would work for average and heavy back sleepers the best.
- Side sleepers. Again, I felt rather comfortable sleeping on my side. The shoulders experienced less cushioning, but overall, the comfort foams nicely adjusted to the curves of my body. I also assume that it would work for heavier users as well (above 230 pounds) as they would sink deeper into the comfort layer. My wife found the Layla too firm for this sleeping position.
- Stomach sleepers. The Firm side is suitable for stomach sleeping regardless of the weight category. It provides sturdy support and can help your spine remain neutral during the night.
Other Important Information
Now let’s cover the factors that can be deal-breakers for some. After all, mattress materials and comfort levels aren’t the only aspects we should consider when shopping.
The Layla Hybrid is covered by a 10-year warranty. It comes with a 120-night sleep trial, which also includes a mandatory 2-week break-in period (which is common for most mattresses).
Here’s the good news for value seekers: this mattress comes with 2 Layla pillows. They have shredded memory foam filling and come in 2 sizes, Queen and King.
Another cool thing about the Layla Hybrid is that this mattress works with adjustable foundations. Because each coil is individually wrapped, the mattress itself is adaptive and can be used on a reclining base.
Keep in mind that hybrid mattresses are typically quite heavy, and the Layla is not an exception. And while it is shipped compressed, it might be a bit challenging to transport in its full size in the future (if needed).
When reviewing the Layla Hybrid mattress, I realized that this model can satisfy a wide range of users. It combines 2 firmness levels in one mattress, which can be perfect for uncertain shoppers.
The Layla Hybrid would work for all sleeping positions and different body types. Additionally, it’s a good option for couples. The Layla has reinforced edges (ideal for partners who need to utilize more sleeping space) and shows good results in motion isolation tests.
Considering all of these factors, it’s safe to assume that the Layla Hybrid is an interesting find. It can offer a bit more than most competitors while remaining in the average price category (for hybrids).