Pillow Reviews: Leesa vs. Layla

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The Leesa pillow and the Layla pillow may sound similar when it comes to their names, but their fillings set them apart. Fortunately, they’re both made in the USA and have soft knit covers. What else should you know about each of these pillows? Read on for our full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Products of mattress companies
  • Made in the USA
  • 100+-night trial periods available
  • Best fits for back and side sleepers
  • Soft knitted covers
  • Comparable in price (depending on size)

Key Differences

Leesa: 

  • Standard size: 18” x 26” x 5”
  • Filling: solid piece of 100% Avena foam (ventilated)
  • Cover: 70% Polyester, 17% Viscose, 13% Nylon
  • Comes in King and Standard size
  • Removable cover that is washable and dryer friendly
  • Designed for all styles of sleeper and all body types
  • Price: $75 for Standard size, $95 for King size
  • Included in Leesa’s One-Ten Program, one pillow will be donated for every ten sold
  • 100-night trial

Check out the complete Leesa pillow review. 

Layla:

  • Dimension: 18″ x 26″ x 4″ (one-size)
  • Filling: 30% natural, organic and pesticide-free Kapok fibers/ 70% pieces of responsive memory foam
  • Cover: Blend of polyester, rayon, viscose, and Lycra and is woven with Copper fibers to add coolness and antimicrobial protection
  • Sizes: One size available
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for all sleep positions
  • Price: $99 (one size)
  • 5 year prorated warranty
  • Dry cleaning recommended
  • 120-night trial

Read the Layla pillow review in full.

You Might Choose…

Leesa If…

  • You want a pillow that won’t potentially fall flat. The Leesa pillow is a solid piece of Avena foam (a latex alternative performance foam). It won’t change shape or fall flat on you at night. It’s got a bouncier feel so it should regain its shape very quickly after you lift your head off the pillow.
  • You like a charitable aspect to shopping. The pillow is part of Leesa’s One-Ten Program, which means one pillow will be donated for every ten pillows sold.

Layla If…

  • You want to be able to manipulate your pillow filling. The Layla pillow is filled with a unique mix of Kapok fibers and shredded memory foam. The Kapok fibers (seed pod fluff from a rainforest tree) have a fibrous feeling to them. When combined with the pieces of foam, you can still move the filling around the pillow but it lessens the chance of gaping during the night (based on my experience, at least!).
  • You want a hypoallergenic option. Not only are the Kapok fibers inside the pillow all natural and pesticide-free but the entire pillow is hypoallergenic. Of the two pillows, only the Layla pillow is hypoallergenic.

Either If…

  • You are a back or side sleeper. The Leesa pillow and the Layla pillow have 5″ and 4″ height profiles respectively, which is pretty good for back and side sleepers (stomach sleepers are going to want to go with something 3″ or lower). They both have foam or partial-foam fillings, which give them good support and decent firmness.

Related: Best Pillows for Back Sleepers

Overall

These pillows are similar in terms of who they are a good fit for (back and side sleepers over stomach sleepers). So deciding between the two will really come down to personal preference and feel. If you like a solid piece of foam then Leesa is a good fit – plus you can remove the cover and easily launder it. The Layla pillow is intriguing with its Kapok fiber and shredded foam filling and copper infused outer fabric.

You can give one – or both- of the pillows a try and have risk-free returns with 100-night (Leesa) and 120-night (Layla) trial options.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.