If someone is looking at the Layla and Saatva mattresses, they may have trouble choosing between them because they are both comfortable, well-made mattresses.
This comparison will go over the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main takeaways consumers should be aware of in order to make a more informed purchasing decision.
- These are both very popular mattresses and have great customer service and terms.
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- The Layla is more affordable than the Saatva by a noticeable amount.
- The materials and construction are very different, and the Layla is flippable, while the Saatva is not.
- The Layla has a memory foam feel, while the Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel with a pillow-top.
- The Saatva is firmer than the soft side of the Layla, and the firm side of the Layla is firmer than the Saatva.
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- The mattress is 10″ thick and features a unique construction with four separate foam layers.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling, but it ultimately 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 gives the mattress softness, pressure relief, and great body contouring.
- Next, there are 2” of a convoluted support foam, which has channels to help with airflow.
- The support layer is 4.5” of a 2-lb base foam, which is a pretty standard base layer amongst bed-in-a-box mattresses.
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam, which is the same material that is used in the softer side of the mattress.
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- The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall and also features four unique layers of coils and foams.
- The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro-top and to give the mattress its softness and pressure relief.
- The next layer is a thin memory foam layer that gives extra support to the lumbar area.
- This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils, which provides additional body contouring, support, and breathability.
- High-grade coils make up the bottom layer and are very supportive, breathable, and durable.
- There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support, so sleepers can utilize the full surface area of the bed.
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- The Layla is a flippable mattress, with a firmer and also a softer side. One side is quite soft and is a better choice for side sleepers because of its exceptional pressure relief. The firm side has a thinner layer of memory foam and is more supportive, making it a better option for stomach sleepers.
- The covers are quite different in their feel and what they are trying to achieve. The Layla’s is soft and thin, while the Saatva’s is tufted and quilted with a polyfoam. This gives it a pillow-top feel on top of the mattress that a lot of hotel mattresses have.
- The Saatva has two layers of coils and a pillow-top, a construction that it a great option for all three sleeping positions. The coils will support people on their back and stomach, and the pillow-top should relieve pressure when people are on their side.
- These coils should also make the Saatva a more durable mattress, and it should be longer-lasting than the Layla.
- The Saatva should also be the more breathable mattress, because the coils leave a lot of room for air to flow through the mattress. The memory foam on the Layla could trap some heat, even though it has some measures in its construction that make it somewhat breathable.
In terms of firmness, the Layla felt like a 5.5/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side, and the Saatva felt more like a 7/10.
Here is how it felt sleeping on the Layla in different positions:
- I believe most people will opt for the soft side of the Layla, because the firm side’s comfort layer is just too thin.
- On the soft side, I felt decent support on my back, but my hips did sink in a bit too far.
- On my side, I feel great pressure relief, as there was barely any pressure on the shoulders and hips.
- When I am on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me. I can feel myself bowing in at the hips.
This is how I felt on the Saatva:
- I felt very nice when I was on my back. I definitely felt more supported on this mattress than on the Layla. I felt my hips sinking into the pillow-top just the right amount, and the mattress supported my lower back quite well.
- On my side, the pressure relief was good (considering this is an innerspring mattress). The pillow-top did a good job of relieving pressure on my shoulders and hips, but I felt better side sleeping on the memory foam Layla.
- When I was on my stomach, the Saatva also supported me better. I felt comfortable, but my hips didn’t sink too far into the mattress and take my spine out of alignment.
In terms of feel, the Layla has a classic memory foam feel with little bounce where sleepers will sink in and feel like they are sleeping in the mattress. The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel with the softness of a pillow-top where it has some good bounce, and it feels more like you are sleeping on the mattress.
See more of what I thought about the memory foam Layla in the video below.
Now, compare this to the innerspring feel of the Saatva mattress with the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, they will want to make sure their movements won’t disturb them at night. In terms of motion transfer, the Layla is superior. It has a thick layer of memory foam on its soft side, and this material is known to isolate motion very well. During my tests, I saw little motion transfer, and when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I could barely feel his movements.
On the other hand, innerspring mattresses are not known for their handling of motion transfer.
See how the Layla is a better mattress for couples in the video below.
Watch how the Saatva deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Edge Support Differences
Between these two mattresses, the Saatva definitely has better edge support, because it is an innerspring mattress with a built-in edge support encasement. Compared to the Layla, it barely compresses when I sit near the edge. While lying down close to the edge, I feel less like I am going to roll off or be ejected from the bed.
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 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 mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I thought the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side, while the Saatva felt like a 7/10.
Lying on my back on the soft side of the Layla, I don’t feel enough support, and my hips are sinking in too far. On my side, I feel great pressure relief, as there is barely any pressure on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I do need more support, as I am bowing in at the hips and getting out of alignment.
Back sleeping on the Saatva, I feel very good support. My hips sink into the pillow-top just a bit, but I am supported everywhere else. On my side, I feel good pressure relief, but not as good as I felt on the Layla. On my stomach, I feel supported overall and felt it was a solid match in that position.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, they should lean toward the Saatva. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, they should consider the Layla. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should choose the Saatva.
Marten and I had very similar experiences sleeping on these two mattresses. We both thought the Layla was better for side sleeping, and the Saatva was better for back and stomach support. However, while the Layla could work for me on my back, Marten needed more support because of his added weight.
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Who Should Pick Layla…
- Those who prefer a memory foam feel- If someone likes a soft mattress that allows them to sink in, this is the better option. It has that classic, quicksand, memory foam feel, and people will sleep more “in” the mattress than “on” it.
- Side sleepers- Between the two mattresses, the soft side of the Layla should be better for side sleepers. It is softer, and the memory foam does a nice job of relieving pressure on the shoulders and hips.
- People who are on a tighter budget- The Layla is the more affordable mattress, so if money is a major issue for someone, the Layla is the better choice.
Who Should Pick Saatva…
- Heavier people- If someone is a larger person, support should be a real consideration when they are looking for a mattress. The Saatva is the firmer and more supportive of these two mattresses. Also, its durable materials should stand up to wear and tear caused by extra weight.
- Back or stomach sleepers- Again, this is the firmer and more supportive mattress, so it should give people the support they need on their back and stomach. Also, the pillow-top should allow someone’s hips to sink in just a bit when they are on their back. If someone likes a little bit more firmness in their mattress, this is the way to go.
- Those who prefer a traditional spring mattress- While the Layla is an all-foam mattress, the Saatva incorporates two layers of coils. If someone is a fan of hotel mattresses or likes the feel and contouring of coils, the Saatva should work well for them.
If people think about this information, it should be easy to choose between the Layla and Saatva mattresses. Side sleepers and fans of memory foam should choose the Layla, and back and stomach sleepers who like innerspring mattresses should look at the Saatva.
Consumers should take a look at this article multiple times, assess their own preferences and preferred sleeping positions, and then make a more informed buying 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.
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