Are you ready to rest your head on a luxurious and cooling pillow? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Here I’m reviewing two of Layla’s pillows – the memory foam and the Kapok. But what’s the difference between the two and which one is right for you?
In this article I’ll go over all of their unique features and feel.
Layla has been a long time favorite for hot sleepers. Their mattresses have copper gel inside the foam, which is both anti-microbial and heat resistant. And just like their mattresses, their pillows promote comfort and breathability.
Layla has two pillow options.
They’ve got the soft and affordable memory foam pillow and the super luxurious Kapok pillow made with tree fibers. Both of them have their merits but to fully understand which one is right for you, I’ll need to unzip the covers and take a look at their constructions.
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One of the main differences between these two pillows are their weights. The memory foam pillow is slightly lighter at 3.7 pounds, while the Kapok pillow is a little bit more dense and this comes in at four pounds.
They both have the quintessential Layla hexagon stitching, but their covers are slightly different.
The memory foam pillow has a thin polyester cover. It’s a little bit simpler in design, but still very soft and breathable. And the Kapok pillow is a little bit more advanced. It still has a thin polyester cover, but it has the addition of copper fibers and this helps the pillow stay breathable and cool.
To get a better idea of what these pillows feel like, I unzipped the cover and checked out their comfort layer.
Starting with the memory foam pillow, inside you’ll find there’s another section that holds all of the filling and what it has inside are little pieces of memory foam and poly fiber and these help keep the pillow soft and pliable. And because it’s made with open-celled memory foam, this pillow should be very, very breathable.
Let’s see what the Kapok pillow is all about. You’ll see when you unzip this, it has a little bit of a different construction. Right away you’ll see all of that soft Kapok fibers and open-celled memory foam.
You’re probably wondering what is Kapok.
Kapok fibers are harvested from the seeds of Kapok trees. They are naturally and responsibly sourced. So what does this all mean?
First, let’s talk about the pillow’s height or loft.
Both of these pillows have an adjustable loft. That means that you can take out the filling and get it to the perfect height for you.
Next let’s talk about cooling because these pillows have loads of great cooling features. They both have thin breathable covers and they are filled with open-celled memory foam and because this memory foam has tiny pores throughout, it won’t trap heat like other foams do.
If you’re especially worried about sleeping hot at night, I recommend checking out the Kapok pillow. This one has a cover that’s filled with copper fibers and this helps pull heat away from the body and it’s anti-microbial.
Last but not least, both of these pillows are super well made. They’re very durable and they should last you for years to come.
Firmness & Feel
When reviewing pillows I always look closely at firmness and feel.
Starting with firmness, straight out of the box, these pillows feel medium firm, but you can always adjust it if you want to make it a little bit softer. Just take out some of the filling and you’ll get it right to your liking.
And when it comes to feel, these pillows are very similar. I will say I think the memory foam pillow is slightly more responsive when you press into it. It pops back a little bit faster than the Kapok. You kind of sink into the Kapok pillow a little bit more when you press into it, it’s a bit slower to respond.
And of course I’ve got to talk about sleeping positions.
When you’re looking for a new pillow, you want to make sure that it helps you stay in a neutral alignment and what this means is that your ears are in line with your shoulders and your chin is in line with your sternum.
Because both of these pillows have a similar firmness level and loft, they feel the same in every sleeping position. For back sleepers, this will be a really great choice. However some people may want to take out some of the filling so that they get that nice neutral alignment.
I think most side sleepers will feel comfortable with these pillows right as they are, but if you’re a stomach sleeper you typically want to sleep on a super flat surface. So if this is your preferred sleeping position, you’ll want to take out a good chunk of the filling.
Now I’m going to take a close look at who these pillows are a good fit for and who they’re not a good fit for.
Who Should Get The Layla Pillows?
Starting with the pros.
The Layla pillows are fantastic if you’re a hot sleeper. They’ve got some incredible cooling features built in, like the thin covers and the open-celled memory foam. You shouldn’t worry about sleeping hot at night.
Also these pillows are great for a variety of different sleepers. Whether you’re a back, side or stomach sleeper, you can adjust the filling and get it to your liking.
Who Shouldn’t Get The Layla Pillows?
Moving on to the cons of the Layla pillows.
First of all, this pillow does have a slight off-gas and expansion period. What this means is when you take it out of the box, you may notice a slight chemical smell at first. This is completely normal and it will fade after two days.
Second of all, these pillows are not a great pick if you’re a fan of a firmer pillow. They both have a medium firm feel and you can easily make them softer by taking out the filling. But if you’re looking for something on the firmer end of the scale, these aren’t for you.
Before I wrap up I’m going to touch on some additional information about the Layla pillows.
First of all they do offer free shipping, they have a 120 sleep trial period, a five-year warranty and different bedding accessories are available.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.