Deciding between two quality mattresses like the Layla and Casper can be difficult. These all-foam mattresses have a lot to offer different types of sleepers.
To make your decision easier, I have broken these mattresses based on their constructions and who I think would benefit more from one or the other.
Which mattress is best for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They are both 10” thick.
- They both incorporate memory foam in their construction.
- The Layla is flippable, and the Casper is not.
- The Casper has zoned support, and the Layla does not.
- Layla has memory foam in its top layer, and Casper has it in its second layer.
- Layla has a classic memory foam feel, and the Casper has a balanced foam feel.
- The Casper is firmer than the Layla.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling.
- From the soft side down, first, there are 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.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a breathable, latex-like foam.
- Next, there are 1.5” of a high-density memory foam.
- Then, there are 1.5” of a zoned transition foam.
- Finally, there are 5” of a durable support foam.
- Both mattresses have soft thin covers. They make it easy to feel the layers beneath.
- The transition layer of the Casper has zones that will be firmer. This means it is firmer under key areas of your body. The Layla does not have this.
- The Layla is flippable, so you have a soft side and a firm side. The Casper is not flippable.
- The Layla has memory foam in its top layer, while the Casper has it in its second layer. This gives the Layla a more classic memory foam feel and the Casper a more balanced foam feel.
- Both these mattresses should be good at keeping you cool. They are both breathable mattresses, but the Casper may be a bit better with cooling. It has an open-celled top layer which will make it more breathable than that top memory foam layer on the Layla.
- They should both be about the same in terms of durability.
For me, the soft side of the Layla was a 5.5/10, and the firm side was an 8/10. The Casper felt more like a 6/10 in terms of firmness. I definitely think the Casper is the firmer than the soft side of the Layla.
The Casper also has a zoned construction. This means that it is firmer under heavier areas like the hips. At the same time, under your shoulders, the mattress is softer.
Because of this, the Casper felt better when I was on my back and stomach. That zoned support kept my hips from sinking and taking my spine out of alignment.
I did feel nice pressure relief on the Casper, but I think the Layla was better in this position. I felt very good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips.
In terms of feel, the Layla has more of a classic memory foam feel. Lying on the mattress, I slowly sink and sleep more “in” the mattress. The Casper has a balanced foam feel in which I sleep “on” the mattress. It is easier to move around on the Casper.
You can see Layla’s great pressure relief in the video below.
Is Zoned construction right for you? Watch me discuss Casper’s supportive design in the video below.
Motion Isolation Differences
Memory foam is usually quite good at preventing motion transfer. Since the Layla has memory foam in its top layer, I expected the motion isolation to be better than the Casper.
Between the two mattresses, the Layla is indeed better motion isolation. You should feel less of your partner’s movements on your side of the mattress. Because of this, the Layla could be the better mattress for couples.
You can see the motion isolation differences in the videos below.
The Casper is a bit firmer than the Layla and doesn’t have that super soft memory foam on top. This helps give it better edge support in my opinion.
Sitting on the side, I felt more secure when I leaned over to tie my shoes. Also, with the Casper, I felt like I could lie closer to the edge without falling off.
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 felt like the Layla was a 6/10 for firmness, and the Casper was more like a 7/10.
On the Layla, I felt better on my side. I felt good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. Between the two mattresses, when I was on the Casper I felt better on my stomach and back.
So, if you’re my size and a side sleeper, I would lean toward the Layla. If you’re my size and a back or stomach sleeper, between the two, I would choose the Casper.
While Marten found both mattresses to be a bit firmer, he did agree that the Layla was the softer of the two mattresses. Because of this, he actually came to similar conclusions about this mattress. The Layla was the better pick when he was on his side, and the Casper was better when he was on his stomach and back. I think that zoned support really went to work for him on his back and stomach.
Pick Layla If:
- You prefer a softer mattress. The Layla has two sides, and the soft side is definitely softer than average. If you like a mattress with extra pressure relief, this could be a good choice.
- You are primarily a side sleeper. The soft side of this mattress does a good job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips. If you mainly sleep on your side, this should be the better pick for you.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like to sink into your mattress and sleep more “in” your mattress rather than “on” the Layla should be better for you. It has that soft, quicksandy feel that comes with classic memory foam.
Pick Casper If:
- You prefer a medium-firm mattress. While it is not very firm, the Casper is definitely firmer than the Layla. If you need a bit more support, this might be the mattress to go with.
- You are a back or stomach sleeper. The mattress is designed to be more supportive under key areas like your hips. If you sleep primarily on your back or stomach, this firmer mattress with its zoned support may be better for you.
- You prefer a balanced foam feel. If you like a foam feel where it is still easy to move around on the mattress, the Casper may work for you. You will have less of that feeling of getting “stuck” on this mattress.
I think both these mattresses could be a great choice, depending on what kind of sleeper you are. If you sleep on our side or like a classic memory foam feel, I would choose the Layla. If you sleep on your back, stomach, or prefer a balanced foam feel, the Casper could be the way to to go. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Leesa 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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