Are you deciding between Layla and Leesa mattress? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to be telling you what’s similar about these two mattresses, what’s different.
I’m going to go for what you really need to be thinking about to pick one over the other.
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Let’s talk about what’s similar between these two mattresses.
- They’re both 10 inches tall.
- They’re both all-foam mattresses.
- They both incorporate memory foam somewhere in the mattress. The top layers of the flippable Layla mattress or in the second layer with the Leesa.
- They both do a good job of addressing the issue of sleeping hot.
Let’s talk about what’s different between these two mattresses.
- The Layla is flippable so it contains a firm side and a soft side, whereas Leesa just has the one firmness.
- The placement of the memory foam. Layla has that on top, no matter which side you’re on. Leesa has it in the second layer.
- The feel is going to be different. Layla has that true classic slow-moving memory foam feel, whereas Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel where it’s a little bit easier to move around.
- There’s also going to be some firmness differences here as well.
Now, let’s talk about the construction of both mattresses and what the differences are.
Starting with the cover, not too different with each one. They’re both soft, have a nice texture to them. They’re pretty thin as well. It’s not going to really affect the overall feel.
Moving on to the mattresses now.
With the Layla, you’ll have the soft side which is three-inches of copper-infused memory foam, very squishy, soft material. Then you have two-inches of a transition foam. Then the base layer. Then one-inch of that copper-infused memory foam again which would be the firm side. You just have to flip that over.
With the Leesa, you have two-inches of foam which is a latex-like foam. It’s pretty bouncy, quick to respond to pressure. Then you have two-inches of memory foam underneath that and then a base layer.
The feel is going to be quite different.
You’re going to sink in. Really have that true memory foam feel with the Layla. Definitely squishy, softer overall. You’re going to feel like you sleep more in the Layla than you do with the Leesa.
Leesa is a little bit firmer. You have a little bit more bouncy experience, more of a balanced foam feel, where you’re going to feel more like you sleep on the mattress rather than in.
So there are definitely some feel differences.
Even if you have the firm side on the Layla, it’s going to be more of that memory foam feel.
As far as breathability is concerned, I think both do a pretty good job of addressing this issue. Leesa’s foam has holes punched into the foam. That’s going to allow a lot of air to flow through.
The Layla has a Thermogel-infused cover. It also uses copper in the memory foam which helps to draw heat away.
They’re both going to do a pretty good job of being breathable.
As far as durability is concerned, it should be about the same. I can’t really test that, but from my experience I think it should be about the same.
There really are going to be some pretty substantial feel differences. Breathability, I’d, maybe, give the edge to Leesa just by a little bit. I think durability should be about the same.
Firmness and Feel
Let’s talk about differences in firmness and feel.
As far as firmness is concerned, I put the Layla soft-side at about a 5.5 out of 10. In the firm side an 8 out of 10.
I put the Leesa at about a 6.5 out of 10.
I, definitely, think that the Layla is softer on the soft side than the Leesa is and firmer on the firm side.
I think most people will want to be on the soft side. Generally, I think that the Layla is softer than Leesa.
As far as feel is concerned, it’s really just a difference of a more balanced foam feel with the Leesa versus a true sinking in, slow-moving memory foam feel with the Layla.
If you want to really just sink into your mattress, that’s what you get with the Layla. If you want a little bit more of a responsive, easier to move around sleeping surface, that’s more what you get with the Leesa.
Really just understand the true memory foam feel versus more of a balance foam feel. That still has pretty good pressure relief, but it’s just easier to move around and you don’t sink into it as much.
I’ve been talking about construction differences. I’ve given my subjective opinion about firmness and feel.
Now I want to give you an objective test that shows you exactly how well each mattress relieves pressure.
To do that, I have a pressure map. I lie down on my back, side, and stomach. The results show anywhere from blue for no pressure, all the way up to red for high pressure.
In this particular case, the Layla does have less red. In this case, between the two, it actually relieves pressure just a little bit better, which to me makes sense. It has nice memory foam on top and the soft side is softer than the Leesa.
What about heavier people? You should think about that when you’re looking at a mattress.
To test that I called my friend who is 230.
On the Layla, on his side, really nice pressure relief on his shoulder and on his hips. On his back, nice overall support, might need a little bit more. On the stomach though definitely didn’t get enough support. He felt himself bowing in at the hips.
Over on the Leesa, a little bit of pressure on his shoulders and hips. OK pressure relief but still a little bit of firmness. On his back, good overall support. On his stomach, he still needed more support so he wouldn’t bow in.
Comparing these two mattresses, if you’re 230 or more, and you’re a side sleeper, you should lean towards the Layla. If you’re this size and you’re a back sleeper, you should lean towards the Leesa.
However, if you’re this size and a stomach sleeper, you might need something firmer overall, even more supportive than the firm side of the Layla.
Do you sleep with a partner? There’s two additional things you may want to consider when looking at a mattress.
Motion isolation and edge support.
Motion isolation is, basically, if your partner is moving around on that side of the bed, is that motion going to be isolated, or is it going to transfer over to you and bother you at night.
Edge support is, basically, can you sit on the edge of the bed, tie your shoes without falling off, or can you sleep all the way towards the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re going to fall off.
This particular case, motion isolation, I would give the advantage to Layla. The memory foam on top just does a very good job of isolating motion.
As far as edge support is concerned, I think because the Leesa is a little bit firmer it just seems to do a little bit better of a job as far as edge support is concerned.
Let’s talk about who should pick the Layla over the Leesa and who should pick the Leesa over the Layla.
As far as the Layla is concerned, I think if you’re looking for something that’s softer, it’s definitely the softer of the two.
If you’re a side sleeper, it relieves pressure and it relieves pressure better on the side with the pressure map results a little bit less red than the Leesa was.
If you’re looking for more of a memory foam feel where you slowly sink in and you’re sleeping more in the mattress rather than on top the mattress, that’s more of the feel I can get with Layla.
As far as the Leesa is concerned, it is firmer than the Layla, other than the firm side.
If you’re looking for something that is little bit firmer, more of an average firmness, this is going to be a more appropriate choice for you.
If you’re a back and stomach sleeper overall, the supports can be just a little bit more.
Also, if you’re looking for more of a balanced foam feel where you get nice pressure relief, but it’s also easier to move around, it responds to pressure more quickly, more of a balanced foam feel, that’s more what you get with the Leesa.
Hopefully, I’ve given you a good overview of what the similarities and differences are between these two mattresses. I think the firmness and the feel differences are pretty big. The choice should be pretty clear.
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.