Making the final decision between two mattresses isn’t always easy. It is even more difficult when you have to choose between two great mattresses like the Layla and Lull.
If you’re feeling stuck, don’t worry. I have the details you need to make an informed decision. Which will be the mattress for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- The mattresses are similarly priced.
- They are about the same in terms of height.
- The mattresses have similar base layers.
- Both mattresses have memory foam in their top layers.
- The Layla is flippable, while the Lull is not.
- The mattresses incorporate different types of foam, and their constructions are quite different.
- The Layla has a classic memory foam feel, while the Lull has more of a balanced foam feel.
- The Lull is firmer than the soft side of the Layla. The Lull is softer than the firm side of 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.
Read my full review of the Layla mattress.
- The Lull is 10” tall.
- The cover is thin and soft.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a gel memory foam.
- Next, is a 1.5” layer of transition, latex-like foam.
- The final layer is 7” of a base support foam.
Read our full review of the Lull mattress.
- The Layla is a flippable mattress. One side has 3” of memory foam and the other has only 1”. The soft side is made for side sleepers, and the firm side is made more for stomach sleepers.
- The memory foam layer on the Lull is half as thick as the Layla’s memory foam layer. Because of this, the Lull feels firmer than the soft side of the Layla. Also, this gives the Layla a classic memory foam feel and the Lull more of a balanced foam feel.
- The Layla’s cover is infused with Thermogel. This makes the mattress cool to the touch. The top memory foam layer is infused with copper. The Lull features a gel memory foam which also helps with cooling. Both mattresses should address the issue of sleeping hot.
- Both mattresses should be about equal in terms of durability.
Firmness and Feel Differences
In terms of firmness, I thought the Layla felt like a 5.5/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side. The Lull was closer to a 7/10.
Here’s an overview of my experience sleeping on the Layla:
- Back sleeping on the soft side of the Layla, I feel decent support. My hips sink in a bit, but I feel supported overall.
- The Layla feels best when I am on my side. There are 3″ of memory foam on the soft side, so I really sink into the mattress and feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- On my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me. I feel my hips sinking into the mattress. The firm side offers an alternative, but I do think the Lull should feel better when you are on your stomach.
Here’s a look at my experience on the Lull:
- I feel better support on the Lull when I am on my back. The 1.5″ layer of gel memory foam allows my hips to sink in the perfect amount, and the firm transition layer keeps me well supported.
- On my side, I am feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. Again, that memory foam layer is thin on the Lull, so I am definitely pressing into the transition layer.
- When I am on my stomach, the transition layer gives me good support.
In terms of feel, both mattresses have a memory foam feel, but the thickness of their comfort layers does affect this feel somewhat. The thick comfort layer on the Layla allows you to sink in, so you get that classic memory feel. The thinner comfort layer on the Lull gives the mattress more of a balanced foam feel.
See more of what I thought of Layla’s classic memory foam feel in the video below.
Compare this to the firmer Lull mattress.
Motion Transfer Differences
If you sleep with a partner, you’re going to want to know if you can sleep soundly when they’re moving on the other side of the mattress. You want to consider how motion transfers across the mattress.
The soft side of the Layla has a thick layer of memory foam, which is usually quite good at handling motion transfer. While the Lull has a layer of gel memory foam on top, it isn’t very thick.
During my tests, the Layla performed better with motion transfer. The glass moved less when I press into the mattress. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I barely felt his movements.
See why the Layla is a better mattress for couples in the video below.
Now see how the Lull performs with motion transfer.
The Lull is the firmer of these two mattresses, and it definitely features superior edge support. It does compress a bit when I sit near the edge, but I feel more secure on the Lull than I did on the Layla. Also, lying down near the edge of the Lull, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress.
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:
In terms of firmness, I said the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side. The Lull felt like an 8/10 for me.
On the soft side of the Layla, I need more support when I am on my back. I’m feeling my hips sink in too far. On my side, I feel great pressure relief. There is barely any pressure on my shoulders and my hips. On my stomach, I do need more overall support.
On the Lull, I feel well supported when I am on my back. I feel held up by the mattress. When I am on my side, I am pushing through the mattress and feeling the support layers beneath. I am feeling some firmness on my shoulders and my hips. On my stomach, I also need more support.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, I would lean toward the Lull. If you are a heavier side sleeper, I would consider the soft side of the Layla. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I would look elsewhere.
Marten and I agreed that the soft side of the Layla is better when you are side sleeping. Even with his larger size, Marten felt proper pressure relief on the Layla. However, while he felt good support back sleeping on the Lull, he did need more support when he was on his stomach. Larger stomach sleepers will most likely need to find another, firmer mattress.
Pick Layla If …
- You are looking for a softer mattress. Between these two mattresses, the soft side of the Layla is softer than the Lull. If you prefer a soft mattress, the Layla is probably the right choice for you.
- You are a side sleeper. The soft side of the Layla is also a better fit for side sleeping. The soft comfort layer allows you to sink in, and it does a nice job of relieving pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You prefer a classic memory foam feel. If you like to sink into your mattress and like the slow, quicksand feel of memory foam, the Layla should be the way to go. Between the two mattresses, you definitely feel more like you are sleeping “in” the mattress (rather than “on” it).
Pick Lull If …
- You are an average-weight back or stomach sleeper. The Lull is the firmer and more supportive mattress. If you sleep on your back or stomach, and you aren’t a heavier person, the Lull should work for you. I personally felt well supported when I was on my back and stomach.
- You prefer a bit firmer mattress. Even though the Layla has a firm side, I do think the Lull is a better choice if you like a bit of firmness in your mattress.
- You like a balanced foam feel. If you prefer to sleep on top of your mattress, the Lull should be the better choice for you. The thin comfort layer allows you to sink in just a bit, but you really stay on top of the mattress. It is definitely easier to move around on the Lull.
If you think about all this information, choosing between the Layla and Lull should be simple.
The Layla is going to be best for side sleepers who like a classic memory foam feel. The Lull will be better for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those who like a balanced foam feel.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Lull or the Layla 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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