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. How do you choose?
I have compared these mattresses based on their constructions, feels, and who I think each mattress is best suited for. Which will be the mattress for you? Read on for my full comparison.
- They have similar base layers.
- They are both popular mattresses.
- Their top layers both relieve pressure well.
- The Layla is cheaper than the Purple.
- The Layla is flippable, but the Purple is not.
- They have very different materials in their comfort layers.
- 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.
- 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.
- It is 9.5” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin.
- The first layer is 2” of a Purple Smart Comfort Grid. It is a hyper-elastic polymer with a squishy feeling.
- Next there are 3.5” of a Plush Comfort Foam.
- The base layer is 4” of polyfoam.
- They have similar covers, but Layla has Thermogel woven in. This 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 your body and it collapses under areas like your butt. This makes it a good choice for combination sleepers.
- The Layla has a very thick comfort layer on the soft side. It allows you to sink in, so you get that memory foam feel as well as good pressure relief when you are on your side.
- The Purple should be more durable. The gel grid material is designed to fight sagging, so this mattress should last quite a while.
- Because of this 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.
In terms of feel, the Layla has that classic memory foam feel where you sleep more “in” the mattress. The Purple has more a unique squishy, responsive gel feel. It 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.
Watch how Purple’s gel grid responds to pressure in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
Between the two mattresses, I think 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.
I think the Layla is perhaps the better choice for couples.
See how the Layla performed during my motion transfer tests.
Watch how the Purple doesn’t isolate motion quite as well as the Layla.
I believe the Purple features better edge support than the Layla. 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.
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 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. 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.
If you’re a heavier sleeper and you sleep on your side, I would lean toward the Layla. If you are heavier sleeper and you sleep primarily on your back and stomach, I would 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.
Pick Layla If:
- You want a softer mattress. The soft side of this mattress is softer than the Purple. If you want something a little less firm, I would choose the Layla.
- You are a side sleeper. The Layla has very nice pressure relief. I felt barely any pressure on my shoulders and hips and our pressure map showed little pressure. If you sleep primarily in this position, the Layla may be the way to go.
- You 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.”
Pick Purple If:
- You are a hot sleeper. This mattress is temperature neutral. The gel grid allows for very good airflow, so you shouldn’t be overheating on the Purple.
- You want a bit firmer mattress. For me, this mattress was a firmer than average. If you want some more firmness in your mattress with some more support, the Purple may be the way to go.
- You are a back, stomach, or combination sleeper. If you change positions during the night, this mattress could be a good fit. It is supportive when you are on your back and stomach and relieves pressure when you are on your side.
If you are choosing between these two mattresses, the differences are quite clear. Layla has a classic memory foam feel and is a better choice for side sleepers. 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.
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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