Choosing the right all-foam mattress can be difficult. It is especially hard when you’re deciding between two quality mattresses like the Bear and the Layla.
If you can’t make up your mind, I’m here to make your life easier. I have the information you need to make the right decision for you.
Which will it be: the Bear or the Layla? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are similarly priced.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They have similar base layers.
- They both have memory foam in their top layer.
- Layla is flippable, while the Bear is not.
- The comfort layer is thicker on the Layla.
- Layla has a classic memory foam feel, while Bear has a balanced foam feel.
- The soft side of the Layla is softer than the Bear.
- They have some differences in terms of their materials.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and is woven together with Celliant, a unique fiber that is said to improve sleep and athletic performance. (It’s a good idea to do your own research to see how you feel about these claims.)
- First, there is a 1.5” layer of graphite-gel memory foam.
- This is followed by 1” of a latex-like comfort foam.
- Next, there is 1” of a transitional performance foam.
- Finally, the base layer is 6.5” of a high-density support foam.
- The Layla is 10” tall.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling.
- From the soft side down, there are first 3” of a copper-infused memory foam.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam. It has channels to help with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2-lb base foam.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam.
- They both have soft covers, and they each use materials that boast special properties. The Layla has Thermogel, which is cool to the touch. The Bear has Celliant, which may help with recovery and blood flow.
- The soft side of the Layla has a thicker comfort layer than the Bear. This means Layla will probably be a better choice for side sleepers.
- Also, because of this thick comfort layer, you will sink into the Layla and sleep “in” the mattress. That said, the soft upper layer is fast to respond, so you get good pressure relief without feeling stuck.
- The Bear doesn’t let you sink in too far because there is only a 1” comfort layer. If you prefer to sleep “on” the mattress, the Bear is the better choice.
- Bear should be more breathable because of the Celliant cover and the graphite-gel. You should be sleeping cooler on the Bear.
Firmness and Feel Differences
The Bear felt like a 6.5 out of 10 in terms of firmness, or about average. The soft side of the Layla felt like 5.5 (softer than average), and the firm side felt like an 8 (firmer than average).
On the Bear, I feel best when I am on my back. Since it is medium-firm, this does not surprise me. On my side, I feel some pressure on my shoulder and hips, but not too much. On my stomach, I need a bit more support.
On the Layla, I feel great pressure relief when I am on the soft side of the mattress. This side is not supportive enough for me when I am on my stomach, but I feel decent support when I am on my back. The firm side of the Layla gives me the support I need when I am on my stomach.
In terms of feel, the Bear has more of a balanced foam feel. The comfort layer isn’t very thick, so you don’t sink into the mattress too far. It is quite easy to move around, and it feels more like you sleep “on” the mattress.
The Layla has more of a classic memory foam feel where you really sink into the mattress. The comfort layer on the soft side is very thick, so you sleep more “in” the mattress.
See what I thought of the Bear’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Watch what I thought of the soft, classic memory foam feel of the Layla mattress.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between the two mattresses, I think the Layla handles motion transfer better. Memory foam is often quite good at isolating the motion you may feel when your partner moves around.
That is definitely the case here, which means Layla is probably the better mattress for couples.
See how the Bear mattress handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, see how well the thick memory foam layer of Layla cuts down on motion transfer. If you sleep with a partner, this is the way to go.
Edge Support Differences
I believe that Layla features better edge support than the Bear. When I sit near the edge of the Layla, I feel less like I am going to fall forward, and I feel more comfortable tying my shoes.
In addition, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress when I lie near the edge of the Layla.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these two mattresses:
I said the Bear was a 7/10, and the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side.
Lying on my back on the Bear, I feel good overall support. On my side, I feel a little bit of pressure on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I am bowing in at my hips and getting out of alignment.
On the soft side of the Layla, I’m feeling okay support on my back, but not really enough. On my side, I’m feeling barely any pressure on my shoulders and my hips. On my stomach, I’m bowing in at the hips on this mattress as well.
If you’re a heavier back sleeper, you should lean toward the Bear. If you’re a heavier side sleeper, I would lean toward the soft side of the Layla. Finally, if you’re a heavier stomach sleeper, I would lean toward the firm side of the Layla.
Marten thought the soft side of the Layla and the Bear were a bit firmer than I did. However, other than that, we agreed on what types of sleepers these mattresses are best for. We both think the soft side of the Layla is better for side sleepers, the Bear is best for back sleepers, and the firm side of the Layla is best for stomach sleepers.
Pick Bear If …
- You prefer a medium-firm mattress. The Bear felt about average in terms of firmness. If you want something right down the middle (that isn’t too firm and isn’t too soft), this could be the way to go.
- You are a back or combination sleeper. If you like to sleep on your back or change positions throughout the night, the Bear might be the better choice. Because it is medium-firm, it could suit all three positions. If you sleep primarily on your back, you should get the support you need.
- You want to sleep “on’ your mattress. If you don’t want to sink into your mattress and sleep “in” the mattress, the Bear is probably the better choice. You will sleep on top of the mattress rather than sinking in.
Pick Layla If …
- You are a side sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your side, the softer side of this mattress is the better choice for you. It has nice pressure relief, so you shouldn’t feel too much pressure on your shoulders or hips.
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, the firm side of this mattress should be the right pick for you. It should be supportive enough to ensure your hips don’t sink in very far and take your spine out alignment.
- You like a classic memory foam feel. If you want to slowly sink into your mattress and sleep “in” the mattress, the Layla is the way to go. You get that slow compression with this mattress.
With the information above, your decision should be an easy one.
If you are a side sleeper and like a classic memory foam feel, the Layla is the way to go. Also, if you sleep only on your stomach, the firm side of the Layla could work for you. If you are a combination sleeper and prefer to sleep “on” your mattress, the Bear is a clear choice.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Bear in the comment section below.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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