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Let’s just cut right to the chase. This is what you came here for. Below is a short synopsis of the differences between these two mattresses.
- Feel – The Layla mattress has a soft memory foam feel, while the Leesa mattress has more of what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel.
- Firmness – The Layla mattress is double-sided and flippable. One side of the bed is soft and the other side is firm. The Leesa mattress is single-sided and comes in just one firmness option (medium).
- Price – Both mattresses are similar in terms of MSRP but the Leesa mattress tends to be slightly more affordable after discounts.
Those are the three big differences, however, when considering a major purchase like a mattress, there’s always more information you’ll want to consider. Keep reading to learn more about each online bed. If you’re looking for more information about how the Layla Hybrid compares to Leesa, you can use the link below to jump directly to that section.
For now, let’s get dive into the major reasons why the Original Layla mattress may be the right choice for you.
It’s no surprise that Layla Sleep has climbed the ranks to become one of the most popular online mattress brands. Their flagship mattress is comfortable, versatile and fairly inexpensive. Here’s how the Layla mattress compares to the Leesa mattress.
What Is The Layla Mattress Made Of?
The Layla mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed that is comprised of four different layers. While that might not sound special, the Layla mattress is actually quite unique in that it’s one of the few online beds that is flippable. That’s right you can sleep on either side of the mattress.
When covering construction we usually start from the bottom and move our way up, but in this case, let’s start with the middle, which is a 4.5″ layer of dense support foam. This layer is essentially the foundation of the mattress. Now from the middle and working you way toward the dark gray portion of the bed is a 1″ layer of copper-gel infused memory foam. This is the firm side of the bed.
If you start from the middle layer and move towards the light gray portion of the bed, there’s two additional layers. First is a 2″ layer of convoluted foam, which serves as a soft transition from the firm support foam in the middle. On top of the transition layer is a 3″ layer of the same copper-gel infused memory foam mentioned above. As you’ve probably already gathered, this is the soft side of the bed.
Effectively, with the firm side you have an inch of memory foam on top of the support foam. With the soft side, you have a transition layer and then an additional 2″ of memory foam on top of the support foam.
Feel & Firmness Analysis
The Layla mattress has a memory foam feel overall, but the two sides do differ slightly. The soft side is very plush. In our opinion, it lands around medium-soft on the firmness scale. As you lay down on the soft side, you immediately sink down a little and the top layers conform to your body’s curves. However, we wouldn’t say the soft side of the Layla mattress has a prototypical memory foam feel. It actually has a lighter, more airy feel to it.
The firm side, on the other hand, lands closer to a medium-firm. It still has a memory foam feel, it’s just not as distinct as the soft side, which isn’t a huge shock considering the memory foam layer on the firm side is only 1″ thick.
Regardless of which side you choose, the Slumber Yard team thinks the Layla mattress is extremely comfortable. Bottom line, if you like the feel of memory foam, we’d bet you’d agree us.
Which Side Of The Bed Is Best?
All in all, the soft side is going to best for side and combo sleepers. Thanks to the transition layer and extra 2″ of memory foam, this side offers a good amount of pressure relief for sleepers. The top layers do a great job of cradling your hips and shoulders. In fact, we were so impressed with the level of pressure relief, we included Layla on our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers. Back and stomach sleepers are better off sleeping on the firm side. Given the comfort layer on this side is only 1″ thick and thus closer to the firm middle layer, it just provides a little more support.
However, we realize there is no one size fits all mattress. Everyone is a little different. Some side sleepers actually prefer firmer mattresses and some back sleepers actually prefer softer mattresses. The nice thing about Layla is that all you have to do is flip the mattress over and give the other side a try. It’s like you’re getting two mattresses for the price of one.
Layla Hybrid vs Leesa Comparison
In addition to the flagship Layla mattress, the company also offers a double-sided hybrid bed aptly named the Layla Hybrid. In the video below, JD on our team outlines how the Layla Hybrid compares to Leesa mattresses.
We hope you found the video above helpful. As you most likely gleaned by watching the video, the decision between the Layla Hybrid and Leesa mattresses ultimately boils down to price sensitivity, feel preference and your dominant sleeping position.
Leesa was one of the early players in the bed-in-a-box space and as a result has built-up tremendous brand equity with consumers. Their flagship bed is a very safe pick. It’s hard to find many negatives with the mattress. Here’s how it compares to the Layla mattress.
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Leesa Is More Affordable (Usually)
From an MSRP standpoint, both mattresses are in the same price range. You’re looking at about $1,000-$1,100 for a queen size bed. However, both companies are aggressive when it comes to sales and discounts.
Leesa typically offers anywhere from 10-15% off plus they occasionally throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc) with each mattress purchase. You can check Leesa.com to see what the current promotion is. After discounts, a queen size will usually end up running you about $850-$900.
Layla typically offers $100-$135 off and they too will occasionally toss in a free gift as well. After coupon codes and discounts, the final price of a queen size Layla usually ranges from $1,000 -$1,100. It might be a good idea to check LaylaSleep.com to see what they’re currently offering. Sometimes around major holidays like Black Friday they’ll up the discount in a big way.
Leesa Mattress Layers
Like Layla, the Leesa mattress is a 10″ thick all-foam bed. Unlike Layla though, the Leesa mattress is single-sided and comprised of three separate layers. For the bottom, the bed uses a 6″ layer of dense support foam. In the middle is a 2″ layer of memory foam and on top is a 2″ layer of what the company calls its LSA200 foam.
The special LSA200 foam was first introduced in early 2019 after months and months of testing and iterations. It’s softer and more pressure relieving than the previous generation foam yet it’s also more responsive.
What Does The Leesa Mattress Feel Like?
Although the Leesa mattress does in fact use a layer of memory foam, we wouldn’t consider it a true memory foam bed. That’s because the top layer of LSA200 foam actually has more of a neutral feel to it. What this means is that the LSA200 foam is more responsive than memory foam and doesn’t quite conform or contour to your body like memory foam. It’s just more neutral in nature.
By the way, a neutral-feel isn’t a negative thing. There’s actually a lot of people out there who prefer beds that have more of a neutral or pillow top type feel. The conforming sensation that memory foam provides isn’t for everyone. As such, we see Leesa as a very safe pick. The majority of consumers out there seem to like beds that have a neutral-foam feel. They’re just a little less divisive at the end of the day than memory foam beds.
What Types Of Sleepers Will Like Leesa?
Overall, we think the Leesa mattress lands around a medium on the firmness scale. The bed is soft and comfortable yet it still provides a good amount of support.
With that being said, we think the Leesa mattress is a great option for all types of sleepers. Side sleepers will find the memory foam/LSA200 foam combination very accommodating and back and stomach sleepers will find the area under their lower back and trunk are properly supported. Plus, given the high level of responsiveness of the LSA200 foam, combo sleepers will find it effortless to switch between positions.
Quick Note On Body Types
Before we conclude, I just want to point out that we think both the Layla and Leesa mattresses are best for small and medium sized individuals. That opinion is primarily based on the construction of each bed. In general, heavier people (250+ lb) are better off with hybrid or innerspring beds. That’s because coils tend to be more durable and supportive than the dense foam foundations that all-foam beds (like Leesa and Lalya) utilize. Extra support and durability are key for large body types since they exert much more pressure on beds than smaller sized individuals.
If you fall into the heavy person category and liked what you’ve read about Leesa or Layla so far, don’t fret, here a a couple solid alternatives. First, if you like the sound of Leesa, you might want to check out the Leesa Sapira (also known as the Leesa Hybrid) mattress. This is the premium bed in Leesa’s lineup. Like the Original Leesa mattress, it too has a soft, neutral-foam feel except it also has pocketed coils for added support.
If you’re a big guy and you like the feel of memory foam, we’d recommend taking a look at the DreamCloud mattress. This is a premium hybrid mattress that incorporates several layers of memory foam.
Layla Mattress vs Leesa Review Verdict
You made it to the end. If you’ve read this far, you hopefully now have a better grasp of the differences between Layla and Leesa. If you’re still struggling with which bed to purchase, though, here is a quick recap of what we think are the major decision points.
- Feel – If you like the feel of memory foam, Layla is the clear winner. If you’re not a big fan of memory foam, Leesa is the winner.
- Price – If you just want the cheapest bed period, Leesa is likely the winner. However, the discounts both companies offer change frequently so you might want to check the table at the top of this post to see what the current promotions are.
- Options – If you’re not entirely sure whether you want a soft or firm bed, you might want to opt for Layla since you can test both sides of the mattress to see which is a better fit.
That’s it for this comparison. We hope it was helpful. Thanks for visiting The Slumber Yard.