If people have been looking to buy a mattress online, they probably have come across Tuft & Needle and Layla in their search. These are two very popular mattresses and the companies have both seen great success over the past number of years.
This comparison will go over the construction of both mattresses in detail and then highlight the main similarities and differences between them to help consumers make a more informed purchasing decision.
- They are all-foam mattresses that are both very popular.
- They both have great customer service terms and customer-friendly policies such as long sleep night trials and warranties.
- They are similar in terms of thickness and also have a similar base layer.
- The Layla is more expensive than the Tuft & Needle by a noticeable amount and also has a more complex design.
- They incorporate some different materials in their construction, such as copper-infused memory foam for Layla and proprietary Adaptive foam for Tuft & Needle
- The Tuft & Needle is firmer than the soft side of the Layla and softer than the firm side of the Layla, so there are definitely noticeable firmness differences as well.
- The Layla has a classic memory foam feel, and the Tuft & Needle has a balanced foam feel overall.
- The Layla is 10” tall and features four separate layers.
- The cover is infused with Thermogel to help with cooling, but the cover doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress signficantly.
- From the soft side down, first, there are 3” of a copper-infused memory foam, which relieves pressure very well and gives the mattress a nice soft feel overall.
- 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 a pretty standard base layer for bed-in-a-box mattresses
- On the firm side, there is 1” of copper-infused memory foam, which is the same material as that used in the softer side of the mattress.
Check out our full Layla mattress review, available here.
Tuft & Needle Construction
- The Tuft & Needle is 10” tall and has a simplified construction that features two layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and also doesn’t really affect the feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer is 3” of an Adaptive Foam and mixes in latex and memory foam qualities into one layer of foam.
- 7” of standard base polyfoam makes up the base and is a foam that is seen in many other bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Check out our full Tuft & Needle mattress review, available here.
- The Tuft & Needle incorporates a proprietary Adaptive Foam in its top layer. This foam is pressure relieving and responsive, so people should feel comfortable without getting stuck.
- The Layla has a more complex design than the Tuft & Needle. It has a thin layer of copper-infused memory foam on the firm side and a thick layer on the soft side, so people can flip the mattress depending on what position they sleep in.
- The Layla’s soft copper-infused memory foam makes it so people sleep in the mattress, especially on the soft side, rather than on top of the mattress. The responsive Adaptive Foam makes it so people sleep on top of the Tuft & Needle.
- Both mattresses should be about the same in terms of durability.
- The Tuft & Needle should be the more breathable mattress, so people should have less trouble sleeping hot.
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On the soft side, the Layla feels like a 5.5/10 in terms of firmness, whereas on the firm side, it feels like an 8/10. The Tuft & Needle is right in between these two numbers and is closer to a 6.5/10.
Here is how it felt on the Layla:
- Back sleeping on the soft side of the Layla, I feel decently supported. That being said, I would not choose this side of the mattress if people only sleep on their back. Also, the firm side might be too firm if people sleep on their back.
- I feel the best side sleeping on the soft side of the Layla. I really sink into that soft copper-infused memory foam, and there is barely any pressure on the shoulders and hips.
- When I am on my stomach, the soft side of the Layla does not give me enough support. The firm side would be better if people sleep primarily on their stomach.
Here is how it felt on the Tuft & Needle:
- On the Tuft & Needle, I feel great when I am on my back. I feel better support on this mattress, so I feel less like I am falling into the mattress.
- However, I don’t feel the pressure relief I felt on the soft side of the Layla. The Tuft & Needle is a decent match, but I would choose the Layla if someone is a side sleeper.
- Like the soft side of the Layla, the Tuft & Needle is too soft for me when I am on my stomach.
The Layla has a classic memory foam feel. Lying on the mattress, I slowly sink in, and it feels like I am sleeping in the mattress. There is very little bounce, so it might be more difficult to move around on this mattress.
The Tuft & Needle has more of a balanced foam feel. The Adaptive Foam is soft but responsive I feel nice pressure relief, but I never fell stuck. Overall, it feels like I am sleeping on top of the mattress.
See what I thought of Layla’s classic memory foam feel in the video below.
Now, watch what I thought of Tuft & Needle’s balanced foam feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
Memory foam is often a great choice when motion transfer is concerned. This material does a very good job of isolating motion so that it does not transfer from one side of the mattress to the other.
So, it’s not surprising that the soft side of the Layla handles motion transfer better than the Tuft & Needle. This side of the Layla has a thick layer of soft memory foam, and it cuts down on motion transfer very well.
If someone sleeps with a partner, Layla is the way to go and is the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how well the Layla handles motion transfer in the video below.
Compare this to Tuft & Needle mattress’s motion transfer in the video below. See that the Adaptive Foam is not quite as effective at dealing with motion transfer.
I did not feel secure sitting near the edge of either mattress, because both mattresses collapsed quite a bit when I sat down. Also, lying down near the edge of both mattresses, I did have that feeling that I might roll off or be ejected from the mattress.
While the Layla is a bit better when it comes to edge support, this is not a highlight of these two mattresses.
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 I do: 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:
I said the Layla was a 6/10 on the soft side and an 8/10 on the firm side, whereas Tuft & Needle felt like a 6.5/10.
When on my back on the Layla, I’m not getting quite enough support on the lumbar area and am falling into the mattress a little bit. On my side, I feel good pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. When I’m on my stomach, I feel my hips sink in too far, so I’m getting out of alignment.
On the Tuft & Needle, I”m not getting enough support when I am on my back. I feel good pressure relief when I am on my side. Also, when I lie on my stomach, I need more support.
If someone is a heavier back sleeper, both mattresses are probably too soft for them. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, both mattresses could work. If someone is a stomach sleeper, neither mattress will probably be firm enough for them, and they might want to look at the firm side of the Layla or a firmer mattress overall.
If someone is a heavier person like Marten and sleeps on their back, both these mattresses might be too soft for them. At the same time, the firm side of the Layla will most likely be too firm. However, the firm side of the Layla could work if someone is a heavier stomach sleeper. It appears that both of these mattresses could work for a side sleeper of Marten’s size. However, I will warn you that, if someone is even larger, they may press further into these mattresses and feel some more pressure on their shoulders and hips.
Who Should Pick Layla:
- People who prefer a soft mattress- Between the two mattresses, the soft side of the Layla is definitely softer. If you like a little more give in your mattress and want some extra comfort, the Layla should be the way to go.
- Side sleepers- The Layla is a softer mattress, and it should be the better choice for side sleepers. I felt better pressure relief on this mattress than I did on the Tuft & Needle.
- Those who like a memory foam feel- If you like to slowly sink into your mattress, the Layla should work for you. It has that slow-moving quicksand feel, so if you prefer to sleep in your mattress, choose the Layla.
Who Should Pick Tuft & Needle:
- Those who prefer a medium-firm mattress- This mattress is right down the middle in terms of firmness. If someone likes a balance of comfort and support, the Tuft & Needle could work well for them.
- Back sleepers- The Tuft & Needle is the firmer of these two mattresses. If someone sleeps primarily on their back, they should get better support on this mattress.
- Those who like a balanced foam feel- Between these two mattresses, the Tuft & Needle has more of a balanced foam feel where it feels more like people are sleeping on top of the mattress rather than sleeping in it.
If people consider the information above, the choice between Layla and Tuft & Needle should be an easy one because the differences between the two mattresses are so big. The Layla is a great choice if people like memory foam and sleep on their side. If people sleep on their back and prefer to sleep on top of their mattress, the Tuft & Needle is a better choice. Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, 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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