The Layla and Leesa mattresses have a ton to offer consumers, but they really are fit for different types of sleepers.
This article will break down everything consumers need to know about each mattress in order to make the right decision for them, and it will go over the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main similarities and differences between them. At the end, the article will discuss what type of sleepers are most appropriate for each mattress as well.
- They are both 10” tall and are both all-foam mattresses.
- They both incorporate memory foam somewhere in their construction.
- They should both keep people from sleeping hot throughout the night.
- The Layla is flippable while the Leesa is just a standard mattress.
- Layla has memory foam on top, and the Leesa has it in the second layer, giving the mattresses slightly different feels.
- Layla has a memory foam feel, and the Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel.
- The Leesa is firmer than the Layla by a significant amount.
- The Layla is 10” tall and features a flippable construction with four separate foam layers.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling and is actually cool to the touch.
- From the soft side down, first, there are 3” of a copper-infused memory foam, which is a very soft material that has great pressure relief.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam, which has channels to assist with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2 lb. base foam, and it is pretty standard for an all-foam mattress available online.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam, which is the same material as the soft side of the mattress.
- The Leesa is 10” tall and features three separate foam layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- Next is a 2” layer of a latex-like Avena Foam that gives the mattress bounce, resilience, and breathability.
- Then there is a 2” layer of contouring memory foam, which gives the mattress great pressure relief and lumbar support.
- The support layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam Base that is pretty standard in the industry.
- They both have soft, thin covers that allow people to interact directly with the layers beneath.
- With the top layer of copper-infused memory foam on the Layla, sleepers will sink in more, but the top layer of the Leesa is latex-like and has more bounce, which makes it easier to move around on the mattress.
- Also, with the Layla’s construction, people will feel more like they are sleeping “in” the mattress while, with the Leesa, it is more like sleeping “on” the mattress rather than being enveloped by it.
- Both mattresses have cooling components and should keep people from overheating – the top layer of the Layla is copper-infused, which is designed to dissipate heat. However, the top layer of the Leesa has holes which make it a bit more breathable.
- The Layla and the Leesa should be about the same in terms of durability, with no noticeable differences.
On the soft side of the Layla, the firmness felt like a 5.5./10 and the firm side felt like an 8/10 – the Leesa felt like a 6.5/10.
On the soft side of the Layla, the mattress offers better pressure relief – it definitely is the softer mattress, and I think it is the better choice for side sleepers as a result.
In comparison to the Layla, the firmer Leesa should offer better support on one’s back and stomach.
In terms of feel, the Layla has a memory foam feel, while the Leesa has more of a balanced foam feel; on the Layla, people should slowly sink into the mattress, and on the Leesa, people get more bounce and it is easier to move around on the mattress.
People can see more of what I thought about Layla’s memory foam feel in the video below.
People can check out the firmness and feel of the Leesa with the video below.
Because the Layla has memory foam in its top layer, it isolates motion a bit better than the Leesa. People should feel less of their partner’s movements during the night as a result.
People can see how the Layla handles motion transfer in the video below; if someone sleeps with a partner, this may be the better choice.
While the Leesa doesn’t handle motion transfer quite as well as Layla, it may still work if you sleep with a partner.
The Leesa is the firmer of the two mattresses, so I think it has better edge support. Sitting on the edge, I felt less like I was going to fall off and, on my back, I felt like I could lie closer to the edge.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type: 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 and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers.
I thought the Layla was a 6/10 in terms of firmness and the Leesa was more like a 7.5/10. Joe and I both agreed that the Layla is the softer of the two mattresses.
On my side on the Layla, I felt really nice pressure relief on my shoulders and my hips. On my back, nice overall support, but I maybe needed a bit more and, on my stomach, I definitely needed more support and felt myself bowing in.
On the Leesa, I felt a little bit of pressure on my shoulders and my hips when I was on my side. On my back, I felt good overall support, and on my stomach, I still needed more support so I wouldn’t bow in.
So, comparing these two mattresses, if someone is my size and a side sleeper, I would lean toward the Layla and, if they’re my size and a back sleeper, I would lean toward the Leesa.
However, if you’re my size and a stomach sleeper, you may need something more supportive overall, even more supportive than the firm side of the Layla.
While Marten and I are a different size, we agree that the Layla is the softer of the two mattresses. However, while I thought the Leesa could be a good fit for some stomach sleepers, a stomach sleeper Marten’s size probably needs more support than the Leesa has to offer.
Who Should Pick Layla:
- Side sleepers – Out of the two mattresses, the Layla definitely relieves pressure better, and I felt less firmness on my shoulders and hips when I was on this mattress.
- Those who prefer a softer mattress – This is the softer of the two mattresses so if someones prefers a less firm mattress, this is the clear choice.
- People who like a memory foam feel – If someone likes the feeling of sinking into their mattress, this might be the better choice for them – it feels like sleeping “in” the mattress rather than “on” it.
Who Should Pick Leesa:
- Those who prefer a medium-firm mattress – If someone likes a mattress that is a little bit firmer, is the better pick; it is medium-firm, so one gets a bit more support than they would get on the Layla.
- Back or stomach sleepers – Between the two mattresses, the Leesa is going to be the more supportive without question – it is the firmer mattress, and sleepers are going to get better support on their hips.
- People who like a balanced foam feel – This mattress gives nice pressure relief without making sleepers feeling “stuck” in the mattress so, if someone prefers sleeping “on” their mattress rather than “in” it, this could be a good choice for them.
The differences between these mattresses are quite clear. If someone is a side sleeper or prefers a memory foam feel, the Layla will probably be a good choice and, if they are a back or stomach sleeper or like a balanced foam feel, they should look at the Leesa. Consumers should read through this article a few times, assess their own sleeping preferences, and then make a more informed decision.
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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