Layla Vs. Saatva – Which Is Right For You?

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If you are looking at the Layla and Saatva mattresses, you may have trouble choosing between them. They are both comfortable, well-made mattresses.

So which one is right for you? Will it be the soft, memory foam Layla or the pillow-top, innerspring Saatva? Read on for my full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • These are both very popular mattresses.
  • Both brands have good customer service and terms.

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Key Differences

  • The Layla is more affordable than the Saatva.
  • The materials and construction are very different.
  • 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. The firm side of the Layla is firmer than the Saatva.

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The cover is removed to show the inside of a foam mattress.

Layla Construction

  • The mattress is 10″ thick.
  • 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 our full Layla mattress review.

A spring mattress sits on a foundation.

Saatva Construction

  • The custom slim Luxury Firm version is 11.5” tall.
  • The cover is quilted with foam to create a Euro-top.
  • The next layer is a thin memory foam layer.
  • This is followed by a layer of individually wrapped micro-coils.
  • High-grade coils make up the bottom layer.
  • There is a foam encasement which helps with edge support.

Read our full Saatva mattress review

Construction Differences/Notes

  • The Layla is a flippable mattress. One side is quite soft and is a better choice for side sleepers. The firm side has a thinner layer of memory foam and is more supportive, making it better for stomach sleepers.
  • The covers are quite different. 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.
  • The Saatva has two layers of coils and a pillow-top. This construction makes it a great option for all three sleeping positions. The coils will support you on your back and stomach, and the pillow-top should relieve pressure when you are on your side.
  • These coils should also make the Saatva a more durable mattress. It should be longer-lasting than the Layla.
    The Saatva should also be the more breathable mattress. The coils leave a lot of room for air to flow through the mattress. The memory foam on the Layla could trap some heat.

Firmness/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 Saatva felt more like a 7/10.

Here was my experience on the Layla:

  • 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. There was barely any pressure on my 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. You sink in and feel like you are sleeping in the mattress. The Saatva has a traditional innerspring feel with the softness of a pillow-top. 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.

Motion Transfer Differences

If you sleep with a partner, you want to make sure their movements won’t disturb you 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.

 

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. 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.

You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.

A man sits on the edge of a foam mattress.

A man is sitting on an innerspring mattress.

Marten’s Take

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 mattresses:

In terms of firmness, I thought the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side. The Saatva felt like a 7/10.

Lying on my back on the soft side of the Layla, I don’t feel enough support. My hips are sinking in too far. On my side, I feel great pressure relief. There is barely any pressure on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I do need more support. 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.

If you are a heavier back sleeper, lean toward the Saatva. If you are a heavier side sleeper, I would consider the Layla. If you are a heavier stomach sleeper, I would choose the Saatva.

Marten and I had very similar experiences. 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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Pick Layla If …

  • You prefer a memory foam feel. If you like a soft mattress that allows you to sink in, this is the better option. It has that classic, quicksand, memory foam feel, and you will sleep more “in” the mattress than “on” it.
  • You are a side sleeper. 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 shoulders and hips.
  • You’re on a tighter budget. The Layla is the more affordable mattress. If money is a major issue, the Layla is the better choice.

Pick Saatva If …

  • You are a heavier person. If you are a larger person, support should be a real consideration when you 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.
  • You are a back or stomach sleeper. Again, this is the firmer mattress. It is more supportive and should give you the support you need on your back and stomach. Also, the pillow-top should allow your hips to sink in just a bit when you are on your back. If you like a little bit more firmness in your mattress, this is the way to go.
  • You prefer a traditional spring mattress. While the Layla is an all-foam mattress, the Saatva incorporates two layers of coils. If you are a fan of hotel mattresses or like the feel and contouring of coils, the Saatva should work for you.

Overall

If you 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. Back and stomach sleepers who like innerspring mattresses should look at the Saatva.

Please leave any specific comments or questions about the Layla or the Saatva in the comment section below.

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Joe Auer

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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