The Layla and Leesa are both all-foam mattresses that feature a comfortable balance between temperature control and body contouring, hopefully leaving sleepers more energized after a full night’s sleep.
Is the Layla or the Leesa better for you? I will go through their similarities, differences, and unique properties to get the answer in this mattress comparison. You’ll get all of the details below, but if you’re short on time you can skip to the review summary.
Leesa vs Layla: Similarities and Differences
Let’s kick things off with an overview of these beds’ main similarities and differences. I’d also encourage you to read my full Layla mattress review and full Leesa mattress review for a more in-depth look at each of these mattresses.
- The Layla and the Leesa are both all foam mattresses, which means there are no coils in the support layer of either bed. This means neither bed will feel very bouncy.
- The Layla uses anti-bacterial copper infused foams, and the Leesa’s foams are certiPUR-US certified, so both these beds might be a good choice for sleepers interested in avoiding chemical-heavy foams.
- Both of these beds are too soft for stomach sleepers. I’d recommend these folks check out our best mattresses for stomach sleepers to find a more supportive option.
- These beds are in a similar price range
- The Leesa sleeps cooler than the Layla because it’s constructed with less memory foam.
- The Layla is a flippable mattress that includes a soft and a firm side. The Leesa is not a flippable mattress.
- The Layla isolates motion better than the Leesa (more info on what that means below), so it may be a better choice for couples.
Which is Better for You?
So what exactly do these similarities and differences mean for you? Take a look below to find out.
- If you’re a combination sleeper you might prefer a mattress with more bounce than either of these beds. Check out some of the best mattresses for combination sleepers to see some other options.
- If you’re a back sleeper looking for a firmer feel you’ll probably prefer the Leesa. If you’d prefer a medium-firm feel, the firm side of the Layla is a better choice for you.
- If you’re a side sleeper the soft side of the flippable Layla is probably best for you. It will offer the pressure relief you need to feel comfortable.
- If you sleep with a partner the Layla is the better choice for you. You’ll feel less disturbed by a partner’s tossing and turning on the Layla than you would on the Leesa.
- If you sleep hot you’ll likely prefer the Leesa. It uses a bit less memory foam than the Layla, so it sleeps just a tad cooler.
- If you’re a heavier sleeper (over 230 lbs) neither of these mattresses will offer quite enough support for you. I’d suggest opting for an innerspring mattress instead.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
Now that you know which sleeping positions these beds might work best for, let’s talk about how they feel. I tested the firmness of each bed, and you can see my results on the scale below.
Firmness is subjective, and varies depending on your body size and preferred sleeping position. In order to account for this, I had a few colleagues of different body sizes and shapes test these beds. The numbers you see below are the averages of our responses.
With the soft side up, I gave the Layla a 5.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. This is quite soft when compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness. Sleepers in all positions (back, side, and stomach) should experience quality body-contouring on this side of the bed.
I can recommend the soft side of the Layla to strict side sleepers because of the pressure relief it provides at the shoulders. Combo sleepers may prefer the firmer side of the Layla because switching positions is easier on that side of the bed. But combo sleepers looking for a super bouncy feel might want to opt for a hybrid or innerspring mattress.
The firm side of the Layla felt medium firm to me. I’d say it would be comfortable for back sleepers, but not firm enough enough to keep the spine aligned if you sleep on your stomach. I think this medium firm side might also be a hit with couples. The Layla does a great job isolating motion, so you won’t be disturbed by a restless partner on this bed. The different firmness levels in the Layla are also a nice perk for couples who want to try out both sides before deciding on one.
I gave the Leesa a 7 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. This mattress will feel firmer than either side of the Layla. Strict back sleepers should definitely feel supported at the hips on this firm mattress. Stomach sleepers, however, may need even more support.
The Leesa offers less sinkage than the Layla, so you’ll feel more “on top of” than “stuck-in” this bed. So combination sleepers may prefer it over the Layla, which offers a lot of deep sinkage. However, I’d recommend combo sleepers looking for a new mattress opt for a bed that’s more responsive than either the Leesa or the Layla.
Cost is an important factor when choosing between any mattresses. Take a look at the chart below to compare prices. Note that prices listed will be before any discounts or offers on each size.
Size Leesa Layla Twin $799 $649 Twin XL $849 $749 Full $999 $949 Queen $1,099 $1,049 King $1,299 $1,149 California King $1,299 $1,149
What are These Mattresses Made Of?
Below, I’ll go through each of these beds layer by layer, describing their materials and how they work within the bed.
I’ll describe the Layla from the soft side down.
Cover — The Layla starts off with a cover of thin, breathable polyester. It helps with temperature control by separating the sleeper from the heat-absorbing memory foam layer below it.
Soft Comfort Layer — After the polyester cover, a top layer of memory foam provides pressure relief and body-contouring. A copper infusion helps keep this later from trapping too much body heat.
Transition Layer — A layer of poly foam gives the Layla a transition layer between the softer comfort layer into a firmer support foam below.
Support Layer — A layer of high-density poly foam gives foundational support to the Layla. HD poly foam is a common material used in the base of most online mattresses.
Firm Comfort Layer — Under the second layer of HD poly foam, the Layla features a thinner copper-infused memory foam layer. This layer doesn’t affect the soft side of the mattress’s feel. With the firmer side up, this memory foam provides a bit of pressure relief with less sinkage.
Cover — The Leesa cover is made of a cozy twill fabric that’s soft to the touch.
Comfort Layer — This foam bed’s top layer is a breathable poly foam. It’s a cooling layer that hot sleepers should appreciate.
Transition Layer — Up next, you’ll find a memory foam layer that offers some sinkage around your pressure points.
Support Layer — At the bottom of the Leesa is a thick layer of high-density support foam for stability and shape.
And now we come to the end of our head-to-head comparison of the Layla and the Leesa! Let’s conclude with a few of my most important takeaways.
Layla Best Features
- Strict side sleepers should enjoy the softer side of the Layla because of the pressure relief it offers in the shoulder area.
- If you love to sink into your mattress, this classic memory foam feel of the Layla should have you sleeping quite well!
- Couples should really appreciate the Layla’s ability to isolate motion.
Leesa Best Features
- Back sleepers should really appreciate the balance of pressure relief and support the Leesa offers.
- If you have a tendency to overheat during the night, the Leesa sleeps much cooler than most mattresses that feature memory foam!
- If you prefer a firmer feel, the Leesa might be the right fit for you.
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Sleepopolis Customer Service Ratings
A brand’s customer service may be the deciding factor between two mattress choices. We reviewed both customer service teams so you don’t have to! Below, we give them a score of Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor based on our own experience interacting with each team.
Leesa Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
I gave Leesa a Satisfactory score because they didn’t have someone manning their phones or chat feature when I called. Their customer service team emailed me a very thoughtful response to my question (and returned my call), but I did have to wait for a response.
Layla Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
I gave Layla a Stellar score because they immediately paired me with a helpful agent who addressed my questions quickly and thoroughly. Their live chat feature also suggests some common questions, which I thought was a nice touch.
More from Leesa and Layla
Both these bed-in-a-box brands offer few other models. You can find a little info on each below.
- The Leesa Hybrid is bouncier than both the all-foam Leesa and the Layla. This mobility should appeal to combination sleepers.
- The Leesa Hybrid also has good motion isolation and edge support, which make it a good choice for couples.
- The Leesa Hybrid is more expensive than the all-foam Leesa and the Layla.
- Learn more in my full Leesa Hybrid mattress review.
- The Leesa Legend is the softest mattress in the Leesa line. It has a super plush feel that side sleepers might enjoy.
- The Legend is also nice and responsive, a bonus for combo sleepers.
- The Legend is a luxury mattress, so it’s a bit more expensive than all the other Leesa beds.
- Learn more in my full Leesa Legend mattress review.
Studio by Leesa
- The Studio is the brand’s budget-friendly bed, and is cheaper than all the other Leesa mattresses.
- The Studio is firmer than the original Leesa and the Layla, so stomach sleepers might prefer this mattress.
- You can learn more about this bed in my full Studio by Leesa mattress review.
- The Layla Hybrid is a little bouncier than the original Layla, so combination sleepers might prefer this bed.
- The Layla hybrid is also flippable, so a range of different should be able to find a firmness level that works for them.
- Want to find out more? Check out my full Layla Hybrid mattress review.
Other Common Comparisons
Below you can find a few other mattress comparisons to check out!
- Leesa vs Layla
- Leesa vs Casper
- Leesa vs Leesa Hybrid
- Leesa vs Brooklyn Bedding
- Leesa vs Helix
- Leesa vs Ghostbed
- Leesa vs Purple
- Leesa vs Loom and Leaf
- Leesa vs Tempurpedic
- Leesa vs Tuft & Needle
- Leesa vs Yogabed
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