Are you having trouble deciding between the Layla and Leesa mattresses? While both these mattresses have a lot to offer, they really are fit for different types of sleepers.
I have broken down their construction, firmness, and feel. With this information, you should be able to easily choose between the Layla and the Leesa.
Which one is right for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They are both 10” tall.
- They are both all-foam mattresses.
- They both incorporate memory foam into their construction.
- They should both keep you from sleeping hot.
- The Layla is flippable while the Leesa is not.
- Layla has memory foam on top, and the Leesa has it in the second layer.
- Layla has a memory foam feel, and the Leesa has a balanced foam feel.
- The Leesa is firmer than the Layla.
- The Layla is 10” tall.
- 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 Leesa is 10” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- Next is a 2” layer of a latex-like Avena Foam.
- Then there is a 2” layer of contouring memory foam.
- The support layer is 6” of a Core Support Foam Base.
- They both have soft, thin covers that allow you to interact with the layers beneath.
- With the top layer of copper-infused memory foam on the Layla, you are going to sink in more. The top layer of the Leesa is latex-like and has more bounce. This makes it easier to move around on the mattress.
- Also, with the Layla’s construction, you feel more like you are sleeping “in” the mattress. With the Leesa, it is more like sleeping “on” the mattress.
- Both mattresses have cooling components and should keep you 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.
On the soft side of the Layla, the firmness felt like a 5.5./10. 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.
In comparison to the Layla, the firmer Leesa should offer better support on your 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, you should slowly sink into the mattress. On the Leesa, you get more bounce and it is easier to move around on the mattress.
See more of what I thought about Layla’s memory foam feel in the video below.
Is a balanced foam feel more your style? See if the Leesa is the right fit for you.
Because the Layla has memory foam in its top layer, it isolates motion a bit better than the Leesa. You should feel less of your partner’s movements during the night.
See how the Layla handles motion transfer quite well. If you sleep 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. Likewise, on my back, I felt like I could lie closer to the edge.
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 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. On my stomach, I definitely needed more support. I 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. On my stomach, I still needed more support so I wouldn’t bow in.
So, comparing these two mattresses, if you’re my size and a side sleeper, I would lean toward the Layla. If you’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.
Pick Layla If:
- You are a side sleeper. Out of the two mattresses, the Layla definitely relieves pressure better. I felt less firmness on my shoulders and hips when I was on this mattress.
- You prefer a softer mattress. This is the softer of the two mattresses so, if you prefer a less firm mattress, this is the clear choice.
- You like a memory foam feel. If you like the feeling of sinking into your mattress, this might be the better choice for you. It feels like you are sleeping “in” the mattress rather than “on” so, if this is your preference, the Layla might be the mattress for you.
Pick Leesa If:
- You prefer a medium-firm mattress. If you like a mattress that is a little bit firmer, is the better pick. It is medium-firm, so you get a bit more support than you would get on the Layla.
- You are a back or stomach sleeper. Between the two mattresses, the Leesa is going to be the more supportive. It is the firmer mattress, and you are going to get better support on your hips.
- You like a balanced foam feel. This mattress gives nice pressure relief without you feeling “stuck” in the mattress. If you prefer sleeping “on” your mattress rather than “in” it, this could be the good choice for you.
The differences between these mattresses are quite clear. If you are a side sleeper or prefer a memory foam feel, the Layla will probably be the good choice for you. If you are a back or stomach sleeper or like a balanced foam feel, you should look at the Leesa. 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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