Making the final decision between two mattresses isn’t always easy, and it is even more difficult when consumers have to choose between two great mattresses like the Layla and Lull.
This article will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main similarities and differences between them in order to help consumers make a more informed decision.
- The mattresses are similarly priced and are about the same in terms of height.
- The mattresses have similar base layers and 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 and features four separate foam layers.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- From the soft side down, first, there are 3” of a copper-infused memory foam, which is soft and relieves pressure exceptionally well.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam, which has channels to help with airflow and breathability.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2-lb base foam and is pretty standard for an all-foam mattress.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam, which is the same material used on the soft side.
Read my full review of the Layla mattress, available here.
- The Lull is 10” tall and features a simple construction with three distinct foam layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and also doesn’t really affect the feel of the mattress overall too much.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a gel memory foam, which gives the mattress some softness, pressure relief, and body contouring.
- Next, is a 1.5” layer of transition, latex-like foam, which gives the mattress some bounce, responsiveness, and breathability.
- The final layer is 7” of a base support foam, which is a pretty standard base foam on the market.
Read our full review of the Lull mattress, available here.
- The Layla is a flippable mattress, where 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, which makes the mattress cool to the touch. The top memory foam layer is infused with copper, which can bring certain health benefits and also makes the foam cooler overall. The Lull features a gel memory foam which also helps with cooling. Both mattresses should address the issue of sleeping hot, a common complaint for memory foam mattresses.
- Both mattresses should be about equal in terms of durability.
Firmness and Feel Differences
In terms of firmness, 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, a little bit firmer than average.
Here’s an overview of how it felt to sleep on the Layla in different positions:
- Back sleeping on the soft side of the Layla, there is decent support. My hips sink in a bit, but I feel supported overall.
- The Layla feels best when I am on my side because of the softness and pressure relief. 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, and I feel my hips sinking into the mattress. The firm side offers an alternative, but the Lull should feel better when people are on their stomach.
Here’s a look at how it felt to sleep on the Lull in different positions:
- 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 the 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 overall 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 people to sink in, so they 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 with the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, they’re going to want to know if they can sleep soundly when they’re moving on the other side of the mattress. Consumers in that case will 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, perhaps because it has a thicker layer of memory foam. 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 with the video below.
The Lull is the firmer of these two mattresses, and it definitely features superior edge support as a result. 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 and 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 and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
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, definitely firmer than average.
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 and 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, because the comfort layers are probably too thin. On my stomach, I also need more support.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, they should lean toward the Lull. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, they should consider the soft side of the Layla. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should look elsewhere.
Marten and I agreed that the soft side of the Layla is better when people 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 people who need a mattress for stomach sleepers will most likely need to find another, firmer mattress that provides more overall support.
Who Should Pick Layla…
- People who are looking for a softer mattress- Between these two mattresses, the soft side of the Layla is softer than the Lull. If someone prefers a soft mattress, the Layla is probably the right overall choice for them.
- Side sleepers- The soft side of the Layla is also a better fit for side sleeping. The soft comfort layer allows people to sink in, and it does a nice job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips.
- Those who prefer a classic memory foam feel- If someone likes to sink into their mattress and likes the slow, quicksand feel of memory foam, the Layla should be the way to go. Between the two mattresses, people will definitely feel more like they are sleeping “in” the mattress (rather than “on” it).
Who Should Pick Lull..
- Average-weight back or stomach sleepers- The Lull is the firmer and more supportive mattress without question. If someone sleeps on their back or stomach, and they aren’t a heavier person, the Lull should work for them. I personally felt well supported when I was on my back and stomach.
- Those who 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.
- People who 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 people think about all this information, choosing between the Layla and Lull should be simple because the differences are pretty big.
The Layla is going to be best for side sleepers who like a classic memory foam feel, while the Lull will be better for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and those who like a balanced foam feel.
Consumers should look through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and sleeping positions, 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.