If you are choosing between the Layla and Purple mattresses, you may be having a hard time deciding. They are both very popular, quality mattresses.
This comparison will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main takeaways that consumers should know about before making a purchase.
- They have similar base layers that are pretty standard in the industry.
- They are both popular mattresses with great customer service.
- Their top layers both relieve pressure well.
- The Layla is cheaper than the Purple by a noticeable amount.
- The Layla is flippable, but the Purple is not.
- They have very different materials in their comfort layers that give the mattresses very different feels.
- Layla has a classic memory foam feel, while Purple has a unique, responsive gel feel.
- The soft side of the Layla is softer than the Purple by a noticeable amount.
- The Layla is 10” tall and features an innovative construction with four separate foam layers.
- 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, which gives the mattress great softness, pressure relief, and body contouring.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam that has channels to help with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2 lb. base foam, which is a fairly standard base layer for an all-foam mattress.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam, which is the same material as that used in the soft side.
- It is 9.5” tall and features two foam layers and a gel grid.
- The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
- The first layer is 2” of a Purple Smart Comfort Grid, which is a hyper-elastic polymer with a squishy feeling.
- Next there are 3.5” of a Plush Comfort Foam that act as a buffer between the comfort and support layers.
- The base layer is 4” of polyfoam, which is a pretty standard base layer in the industry.
- They have similar covers, but Layla has Thermogel woven in, which is cool to the touch.
- The gel grid, unlike foam, is designed to collapse at a certain weight threshold. This keeps the mattress flat under the lighter parts of the body and it collapses under areas like the butt. This makes it an especially good choice for combination sleepers.
- The Layla has a very thick comfort layer on the soft side, which allows people to sink in, so they get that memory foam feel as well as good pressure relief when they are on their side.
- The Purple should be more durable than most mattresses at its price range. The gel grid material is designed to fight sagging, so this mattress should last quite a while.
- Because of the gel grid, the Purple should also be more breathable. While the Layla shouldn’t be sleeping very hot, the Purple has a lot of room for air to flow through the mattress.
For me, the soft side of the Layla felt like a 5.5/10 and the firm side felt like an 8/10. The Purple was closer to a 7/10, a bit firmer than average.
On the Layla, I felt great pressure relief when I was on the soft side. Lying on my side, I felt almost no pressure on my shoulder and hips. On my back, I felt decent support and the firm side also supported me well when I was on my stomach.
On the Purple, I felt better support when I was on my back and stomach. The gel grid collapsed under my butt when I was on my back, but the rest of my body was supported. On my stomach, I did not feel my hips sinking in, so it was an excellent match in that position.
In terms of feel, the Layla has that classic memory foam feel where people will sleep more “in” the mattress. The Purple has more of a unique squishy, responsive gel feel that is more like sleeping “on” the mattress and it is easier to move around.
See what I thought of Layla’s soft classic memory foam feel in the video below.
Watch how Purple’s gel grid responds to pressure in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between the two mattresses, the Layla handled motion transfer better than the Purple did. Layla has a very thick layer of memory foam which is quite good at isolating motion.
Because of the memory foam in the construction, the Layla is probably the better choice for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how the Layla performed during my motion transfer tests in the video below.
Watch how the Purple doesn’t isolate motion quite as well as the Layla with the video below.
The Purple features better edge support than the Layla for a few different reasons. Sitting near the edge, I feel more secure if I need to lean over and tie my shoes. Also, I feel like I can lie closer to the edge without the feeling that I will roll off.
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 said the Layla was a 6/10 and the Purple was a 6.5/10. While Joe and I had different scores, we did agree the Purple is the firmer of the two mattresses. We also had similar experiences in terms of how we felt in different sleeping positions.
On the Layla, I felt very nice pressure relief when I was on my side, and I felt barely any pressure on my shoulders and hips. I didn’t feel quite enough support on my back and stomach.
On the Purple, I felt good pressure relief when I was on my side but it was not quite as good as I felt on the Layla. I felt a lot better support on my back and my stomach. The gel collapsed under my butt, but kept me supported when I was on my back. On my stomach, I felt like I was in good alignment and it was an excellent fit.
If someone is a heavier sleeper and sleeps on their side, they should lean toward the Layla. If someone is a heavier sleeper and sleeps primarily on their back and stomach, they should lean toward the Purple.
While Marten thought the Purple was a little softer than I did, we both agreed it is firmer than the soft side of the Layla. We also felt better support on the Purple when we were on our back and stomach. The Layla, for both of, was the more pressure relieving mattress.
Who Should Pick Layla:
- Those who want a softer mattress- The soft side of this mattress is softer than the Purple, so if people want something a little less firm, they should choose the Layla.
- Side sleepers- The Layla has very nice pressure relief, and I felt barely any pressure on the shoulders and hips and our pressure map also showed little pressure. If someone sleeps primarily in this position, the Layla may be the way to go.
- People who prefer a classic memory foam feel- If you like the slow, sinking feeling of memory foam, the Layla is the better choice. I definitely sunk in a good bit and sleep more “in” the mattress rather than “on.”
Who Should Pick Purple:
- Hot sleepers- This mattress is temperature neutral and breathable overall. The gel grid allows for very good airflow, so people shouldn’t be overheating on the Purple.
- Those who want a bit firmer mattress- This mattress is firmer than average compared to other mattresses on the market. If someone wants some more firmness in their mattress with some more support, the Purple may be the way to go.
- Back, stomach, or combination sleepers- If someone changes positions during the night, this mattress could be a good fit because of the way the gel works. It is supportive when people are on their back and stomach and relieves pressure when they are on their side.
If someone is choosing between these two mattresses, the decision should be easy because the differences are quite clear. Layla has a classic memory foam feel and is a better choice for side sleepers, while Purple has a unique, responsive gel feel and is better for combination sleepers. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Purple in the comment section below. Consumers should read through this article a few times, assess their own needs and 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.