The Casper is one of the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress brands on the market, and the Layla is one of the most unique. Memory foam is an important aspect of both products, but each bed uses it slightly differently. Both companies update their product lines relatively often, and this comparison will keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest!
Which mattress is the better buy for you? I’m going to compare their similarities, differences, and special properties to find out. Keep reading below to get the details, but if you don’t have time for the full article you can click here to skip to the summary.
- Memory foam – Both the Layla and the Casper feature memory foam for pressure relief and a classic feel of sinking into the mattress.
- Diverse materials – The Layla and the Casper are both all-foam, but they utilize a wide variety of materials to achieve their unique feels (the Layla uses memory foam very close to the sleeper while the Casper separates the sleeper from memory foam with an open-cell foam).
- Polyester cover – In both mattresses, a breathable thin polyester cover helps the mattress dissipate heat away from the sleeper. Memory foam tends to sleep hot, and the cover separates it from the sleeper without losing the comfortable sinkage and body contouring.
The Layla and the Casper also have important differences to consider! I will go through both of them layer by layer to see how the construction in each mattress creates the unique feel.
[Note: The Layla is flippable. The order of the layers below is with the soft side up.]
Cover – As mentioned in the Similarities section, the Layla uses a cover of thin polyester to separate the sleeper from the memory foam comfort layer. It’s breathable, which helps with temperature control.
Soft Comfort – Right below the cover, I come to a 3” layer of copper-infused memory foam. This layer is soft and contours around the body because of its slow response to pressure. The copper helps to cool the layer, because memory foam is known to sleep hot on its own.
Transition – After the memory foam, 2” of high-density poly foam serves as the transition layer. This layer is typical in many bed-in-a-box beds to transition the sleeper from the softer comfort layer to the firmer support layer of the bed.
Support – Another layer of firm high density poly foam gives the Layla its shape and provides foundational support. This material is also typically used in the bed-in-a-box structure.
Firm Comfort – With the soft side up, the bottom layer of the Layla is 1” of copper-infused memory foam. Sleepers won’t feel this layer in this configuration, but when the mattress is flipped, it provides pressure relief while retaining more firmness than the soft comfort memory foam layer.
Thoughts: The Layla uses memory foam on its soft and firm sides for pressure relief and body-contouring. Copper infusions help the mattress sleep cooler on both sides as well. The other elements are somewhat typical of the bed-in-a-box structure, but they don’t necessarily take away from the feel of the Layla. If you like a classic memory foam feel, you should be right at home here.
Cover – The cover on the Casper is a polyester blend that is easily removable by zipper. Like the Layla, it is thin and breathable, helping the mattress sleep a bit cooler.
Comfort – Underneath the blended cover, the Casper has a layer of open-cell foam that is made to feel like latex. Open-cell foam naturally cools and has a faster response to pressure than the Layla’s memory foam. Combo sleepers should enjoy the mobility in this layer, which helps sleepers switch positions more easily.
Contour – The open-cell foam layer between the sleeper and the contour layer helps to mitigate the heat trapping properties of memory foam. Memory foam has a slower response to pressure than open-cell alt-latex, so this layer adds comfortable sinkage and body contouring.
Transition – Let’s talk zoned support! This is the unique section of the Casper that features two poly foam types — one softer in the shoulders and firmer in the hips. This is usually a great set-up for side sleepers who may need pressure relief in the shoulders and more support for the lower body.
Base – Like the Layla, the Casper uses a common type of heavy duty poly foam to shape the mattress and provide foundational support.
Thoughts: The Casper’s most unique feature comes in its zoned support layer of poly foam. The mattress also uses a mix of different foams for a balance between support and pressure relief in its top layers. The result is good mobility for easy movement without the loss of that soft, sinking feeling of comfort.
Layla vs. Casper
Now that I’ve compared similarities and differences, we can put the Layla and the Casper directly against each other in this section. Which mattress is better for you? This comparison should definitely get you closer to an answer!
The flippable Layla has a soft and firm side (more on that later), but sleepers get some good sinkage and contour on either side because of the memory foam comfort layers. Strict back sleepers should be ok on both sides, but strict side sleepers will probably prefer the softer side because of the pressure relief in the shoulders. All sleepers, however, should go into the Layla looking for a classic memory foam feel, not necessarily staying on top of the mattress.
The zoned Casper appeals to a wider variety of sleepers through its zoned support layer. Its comforting sinkage comes from the combination of open-cell foam and memory foam. Combo back-side sleepers should find both positions quite comfortable because of this array of features.
Between the two, the Casper is slightly firmer than the Layla, especially when the Layla is flipped to its soft side. However, the profile of both mattresses is a balance between support and pressure relief. Because of this, strict stomach sleepers will probably need more support than either bed can give. In the stomach position, the hips need more support to keep the back from bowing uncomfortably. The sinkage and slow response to pressure of the memory foam in both beds probably has a lot to do with this.
Which Mattress Has the Best Feel?
I’ve gone through the construction of the Layla and Casper. Now it’s time to go through how these mattresses actually feel! I have a few tests that are very effective in quantifying “feel,” which is of course very subjective. The most important of these tests is Firmness, which I will go into below.
My scale for firmness ranges from 1 (soft) to 10 (hard), with 6.5 being the industry standard for medium firmness. I also consider that different body types may experience the firmness of a bed differently. To simulate this, I conduct my firmness test with colleagues of different body types, shapes, and sizes. The firmness rating below is an average between our individual assessments.
The Layla came in at a 5.5/10 with its soft side up. This is significantly softer than the industry standard. Although it is quite soft with a good deal of sinkage in every position, strict back sleepers should still find enough support to keep the spine properly aligned. Side sleepers should appreciate the pressure relief in the shoulders, but combo sleepers should note that switching positions may be difficult because of the bed’s softer profile.
I gave the “firm” side of the Layla a 6.5/10. This is right in line with the industry standard for medium firmness. Sleepers who want to feel a bit more on top of the mattress will appreciate the thinner layer of memory foam (1” as opposed to 3”) without giving up some much-needed pressure relief in the hips and shoulders. Although the Layla has a firmer profile, strict stomach sleepers may still find that they need more support in the hips to keep the spine aligned.
I gave the Casper a firmness range of 6.5/10. This puts it at around the same level as the firm side of the Layla. However, this rating is not the whole story because of the zoned support layer of poly foam with different firmness levels in the shoulders and hips. Strict side sleepers often need pressure relief in the shoulders with firmer lower body support, so this firmer mattress can work for them.
Combo sleepers should enjoy the good levels of mobility in the Casper despite the softer top layers of open-cell and memory foam. Back sleepers should also be quite comfortable because of the balance of pressure relief and support. Strict stomach sleepers may need more support in the hips, but combo stomach sleepers may find the firmer profile of the Casper agreeable in short spurts.
Both the Layla and the Casper feature soft, comforting memory foam and a construction that works for different types of sleepers when more support is necessary. Strict stomach sleepers probably have better options, however. Other sleepers have a choice between the comfortable contouring of the Layla and the slightly firmer constitution of the Casper.
To understand more about what you really get from the Layla and the original all-foam Casper, it is good to compare them both to the Casper Essential, Wave, and their hybrid options. (Hybrid mattresses are stereotypically bouncier because of their coils with better mobility). It’s also good to compare flagship models to a company’s budget (the Essential) and luxury (Wave) options to see how much value you’re getting from the bed you choose. Without further ado!
- This is Casper’s base model with three layers of no-nonsense construction and a feel that is firmer overall than the original Casper. This makes it firmer than the Layla as well.
- Poly foam and memory foam provide a good balance between pressure relief and support, which makes this mattress good for strict back sleepers and combo sleepers.
- The price of the Casper Essential ($395-$795) is slightly lower than the original Casper.
- Get the details about the Casper Essential in my full review here!
- The Wave is Casper’s luxury option, featuring five plush layers. It’s closer to the Layla’s soft side in firmness than the original Casper.
- The Wave uses a layer of latex that has a quick response to pressure and helps regulate temperature.
- The price of the Casper Wave ($1345-$2995) is more expensive than the original Casper.
- Here are the details about the Casper Wave in my full review!
- The Hybrid is basically the original Casper with a layer of coils, which makes it bouncier than it and the Layla.
- Combo sleepers should love the Hybrid because of its mobility and ease in switching positions.
- The Casper Hybrid ($795-$1495) is more expensive than the original Casper.
- Take a look at the deep details about the Casper Hybrid in this full review!
Casper Wave Hybrid
- The Wave Hybrid is bouncier than its all-foam counterpart.
- The softer profile of the Wave Hybrid means that most side sleepers will find good pressure relief in the shoulders.
- The Casper Wave Hybrid ($1495-$3295) is more expensive than the original Casper.
- Here’s my full review of the Casper Wave Hybrid!
For even more information on the other Casper models, check out my HUGE comparison of every Casper on this list, or simply Google Sleepopolis + Casper Review!
We are finally at the end of our comparison of the Layla and the Casper! I have gone over the feel and the construction of both beds and compared them to the litany of products that Casper has in its inventory. Which one is your personal winner? Only you can say, but I will sum up everything here to make your decision easier.
If you love to sink into your mattress, the soft side of the Layla has the softest profile in this comparison. The mattress doesn’t have very much bounce, however, so combo sleepers should take note. Strict stomach sleepers will probably need a mattress that is firmer to keep the spine aligned properly during the night. Flip the Layla for a slightly firmer profile, but it’s my opinion that most sleepers will prefer the softer side.
The original Casper is slightly firmer than the Layla, but it still has plenty of pressure relief for side sleepers. Most sleepers will still sink into the mattress, but there is a bit more mobility and some bounce for combo sleepers. The zoned support is definitely an advantage that gives strict side sleepers more comfort and good spinal alignment. Combo back-side sleepers may also have a winner because of this bed’s adaptability!
I will end this comparison with a few of my biggest takeaways. If you are still on the fence about the mattress that you want, this should give you a final word one way or the other!
- Strict side sleepers should enjoy the pressure relief on the softer side of the Layla.
- Anyone who loves the classic memory foam feel of sinking into the mattress will appreciate the copious amount in the Layla!
- Combo sleepers should love the balance between support and pressure relief as well as the mobility when switching positions.
- Sleepers with back pain will find a lot to love in the Casper — there is support for the back and gentle pressure relief when necessary to keep the spinal column properly aligned.
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