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Layla vs. Purple – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Bill Fish.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Purple has a medium firmness (6.5) while the Layla is double-sided and offers medium-soft (4) and firm (7.5) options.
  • Both mattresses sleep relatively cool, with good motion isolation.
  • The Layla is a good choice for side and back sleepers under 230 lbs, while the Purple works for all sizes and sleeping positions.

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170 Hours of Lab Testing

8 Sleep Experts Consulted

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Purple vs Layla Mattress Overview

Founded in 2015, Purple sought to improve on the memory foam mattress with its flagship model, the Purple Mattress. This medium-firm mattress uses the brand’s signature ‘Purple Grid’ comfort layer, made of a buckling-column gel dispersed over an elastic polymer grid, atop its transitional and base polyfoam layers.

This construction offers a unique sleeping experience, as it not only closely conforms to the body and relieves pressure in sensitive areas like the shoulders and lower back, but it also sleeps cooler than most memory foam mattresses.

Launched in 2016, Layla Sleep offers one mattress: the Layla Mattress, a 10-inch thick double-sided memory foam bed with a firm and a medium-soft side.

The mattress features a support core made from 4.5 inches of high-density polyfoam, topped on the medium-soft side by 3 inches of copper-infused memory foam and a 1-inch transitional layer of convoluted polyfoam. The firm side of the mattress is topped with a 1-inch layer of copper-infused memory foam.

The Layla offers better temperature neutrality than many competing all-foam beds due to its layers of copper-infused memory foam. The egg-crate like shape of the convoluted polyfoam transitional layer on the medium-soft side of the mattress also helps to disperse heat and allow air to circulate.

Please note: Purple also offers two additional models, the Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier. This comparison only refers to the original Purple mattress.

Both the Purple and Layla mattresses received high marks from our testers for their comfort and durability.  Following is a head-to-head comparison of these two mattresses, looking at their construction, comfort, pricing, and performance. You’ll also find an overview of each company’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Ratings Comparison

Purple Mattress

Layla Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
FIRMNESS 6.54, 7
PRICE RANGE $999$999
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 100 nights120 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 10 Year, Non-proratedLifetime
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  • Layla Mattress
  • Purple Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
  • Layla Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
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Durability

Durability appears to be on par with other high quality memory foam mattress models and should last at least 6-8 years with regular nighly use.

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Durability

Durability appears to be on par with other high quality memory foam mattress models and should last at least 6-8 years with regular nighly use.

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Motion Isolation

The Layla Mattress isolates motion to a significant extent, say owners, and many report fewer nighttime sleep disruptions as a result.

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Motion Isolation

The Layla Mattress isolates motion to a significant extent, say owners, and many report fewer nighttime sleep disruptions as a result.

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Off-gassing

Layla Mattresses really shouldn't emit much odor compared to other all-foam mattresses and our testing shows this to be the case.

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Off-gassing

Layla Mattresses really shouldn't emit much odor compared to other all-foam mattresses and our testing shows this to be the case.

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Pressure Relief

The Layla Mattress conforms closely for added pain and pressure relief, and the copper-infused foam can also improve circulation in sleepers.

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Pressure Relief

The Layla Mattress conforms closely for added pain and pressure relief, and the copper-infused foam can also improve circulation in sleepers.

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Temperature Neutrality

Given the higher quality foams used, the Layla mattress can trap heat but no more than your average memory foam bed

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Temperature Neutrality

Given the higher quality foams used, the Layla mattress can trap heat but no more than your average memory foam bed

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Edge Support

Edge support is a common issue with memory foam mattresses, buyers should expect some sinkage around the perimeter of the bed where people tend to sit.

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Edge Support

Edge support is a common issue with memory foam mattresses, buyers should expect some sinkage around the perimeter of the bed where people tend to sit.

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Noise

The Layla Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Layla Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Sex

Like most memory foam models, the Layla Mattress is not particularly bouncy, and may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Sex

Like most memory foam models, the Layla Mattress is not particularly bouncy, and may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Pressure Relief

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

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Pressure Relief

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is fairly responsive thanks to its unique comfort layer, and provides better springiness for sex than most competing all-foam beds.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is fairly responsive thanks to its unique comfort layer, and provides better springiness for sex than most competing all-foam beds.

The Purple Mattress is Good for...
  • Lightweight sleepers of all preferred sleep positions.
  • People who sleep hot.
  • People who want extra pressure relief.
The Layla Mattress is Good for...
  • Those who weigh less than 230 pounds.
  • People who want a silent mattress that isolates motion.
  • Sleepers who like the feeling of sinking into their mattress.

Sleep Position Ratings

Purple Mattress 

Our testers found that the Purple mattress is a good choice for people who sleep on their back, regardless of their weight. Our lightweight testers found the mattress comfortable across all sleeping positions (side,  back, and stomach).

Heavyweight sleepers, on the other hand, found that the mattress did not offer consistent enough support to sleep on their side or stomach without experiencing sagging that lead to pressure build-up around the hips and aches in the shoulders and neck.

Layla Mattress 

The Layla mattress is a good option for back sleepers of lighter or average weight. Our average-weight testers who prefer to sleep on their side also found that the Layla offered an adequate balance of pressure relief and support.

However, the mattress isn’t ideal for those who weigh more than 230 pounds — regardless of preferred sleep position — as they will likely sink too much, though the firm side received better scores than the medium-soft side. Average and heavyweight stomach sleepers will also most likely find that the Layla doesn’t offer enough support for a comfortable night’s sleep.

  • Layla Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Purple if...

  • You sleep on your back, regardless of your body size.
  • You sleep warm and want a mattress that stays cool.
  • You want a mattress that limits motion transfer when sleeping with a partner.
  • You want a mattress that conforms to your pressure points, especially in your shoulders and back.

Choose the Layla Mattress if...

  • You weigh 230 pounds or less.
  • You want the flexibility of a mattress with both softer and firmer sides.
  • You want a mattress that provides pressure relief; you want to feel like you’re sleeping “in” the mattress.
  • You want a mattress with a lifetime warranty.

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $649 Purple $599 Layla
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $749 Purple $645 Layla
  • twin-bed
    Full $949 Purple $899 Layla
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1099 Purple $999 Layla
  • twin-bed
    King $1399 Purple $1099 Layla
  • twin-bed
    Cali King $1399 Purple $1099 Layla
  • twin-bed
    Split King $1489 Purple

Mattress Construction

Next let’s look at how the Purple and Layla Mattress models are made. The table below lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both beds.

Specification Purple Mattress Layla Mattress
Firmness 6.5 (Medium) Double sided: 4 (Soft) and (7.5) Firm
Thickness 9.25″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 110 lbs. 80 lbs.
Support Core Components 3.5” 1.8 lbs density polyurethane foam
4” 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam
4 1/2″ 2 PCF Polyfoam (36 ILD)
Comfort Layer Components 2” Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material in Purple Grid™
Non-toxic polyethylene copolymer powder coating
Side 1: 3″ 3.5 PCF Copper-infused Memory Foam
2″ 1.8 PCF Convoluted Polyfoam
Side 2: 1″ 3.5 PCF Copper-infused Polyfoam
Cover Composition Knit fabric: 29% Viscose, 67% Polyester, 4% Lycra 66% polyester, 30% viscose, 4% poly/Lycra

How Is the Purple Built?

The Purple Mattress is unique in that it tops two layers of polyfoam with a supportive grid made from elastic polymer reinforced with buckling column gel. This creates a medium-firm (6.5) mattress that closely conforms to the body’s most sensitive pressure points. Although Purple guarantees their mattresses for 10 years, because the company is relatively new, it’s still too soon to determine the long-term durability of the bed.

That being said, we predict that the mattress should hold up for at least seven years with normal usage due to the materials used and the quality of the construction.

Our testers found that the Purple is virtually silent when bearing weight, and offers exceptional motion isolation. It also offers good temperature neutrality, and stays relatively cool throughout the night, especially when compared to memory foam mattresses.

However, the Purple Mattress doesn’t offer much in terms of edge support, leaving heavyweight sleepers feeling at risk for feelings of “roll-off.” The bed’s unique materials also may not offer enough bounce or responsiveness for sex for some couples.

How Is the Layla Mattress Built?

The Layla mattress is 10 inches thick, and offers two sides so sleepers can select the firmness they prefer. The softer side is rated a 4, or medium-soft, while the other side is firmer, and rated a 7.5.

The soft side is constructed with a 3-inch layer of copper-infused memory foam, which allows sleepers to sink deeply into the mattress. This sits on top of a 2-inch transitional layer, which acts as an additional buffer between the sleeper and the support core.

The firm side is constructed with 1 inch of copper-infused memory foam directly on top of the 4.5-inch support core. This results in a more supportive feel for heavier sleepers, but may not provide enough pressure relief for smaller individuals.

Our testers gave the Layla high ratings for durability, pressure relief, off-gassing, motion isolation, and noise. However, like most memory foam mattresses, the mattress does not provide very much edge support, so sinkage will occur when people sit around the perimeter of the bed.

Also typical of memory foam beds, the Layla offers an average amount of temperature neutrality, and may not provide enough bounce or responsiveness for sex for some couples.

Purple Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping Free within Contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 10-year non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    According to Purple’s website, you can try any of the company’s mattresses risk-free for 100 nights. If you decide you don’t like the mattress at any point during that period, you can return it for a full refund, minus any discounts or shipping fees.

    The 100-night trial period begins on the night of delivery, and you must sleep on the mattress for a minimum of 21 nights before you initiate a return. The mattress must also be clean and undamaged to be returned.

  • Warranty

    Purple offers a 10-year warranty on their mattresses, covering any defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty on the mattress cover zipper is only two years. The warranty does not cover damage to the mattress caused by the user, nor normal wear and tear.

    If there is a problem with the materials or workmanship of the mattress, the company will provide a free replacement or cover the costs of repairs. However, you will be responsible for any costs associated with inspecting the mattress and transportation to and from the repair provider. If you use your Purple mattress outside of the U.S., the warranty is voided.

  • Delivery Details

    Purple ships their mattresses free anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. For deliveries to AK, HI, and Canada, the company charges a fee. All shipments are via FedEx. The mattresses are shipped to your door in a compressed and rolled package that is about the size of a small filing cabinet. The company recommends unrolling the mattress within two weeks of receiving it.

    Purple does not offer White Glove delivery or removal of old mattresses when you purchase the original Purple Mattress. If you opt for one of their hybrid options, you can arrange for White Glove delivery/old mattress removal for a fee with the Purple Hybrid mattress, and it’s included in the price of the Hybrid Premier.

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Layla Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 120 nights

  • Shipping Free within contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty Lifetime

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Layla offers customers the opportunity to try the mattress for up to 120 nights risk-free. If you determine it’s not the right mattress for you during that period, you can return it for a full refund. You will not be charged any shipping or restocking fees, either, but if you live in AK, HI or Canada, you will not receive a refund for the original shipping fees.

    Layla does require that you try the mattress for at least two weeks before deciding whether to return it. They will pick up the mattress from you and donate it to a local charity or nonprofit organization.

  • Warranty

    Layla offers a lifetime warranty on all of their mattresses, provided they are purchased directly from their website or an authorized marketplace. The warranty covers defects in the materials or workmanship, including sagging of more than 1 inch, foam that cracks or splits, and loss of mattress height.

    The warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, dissatisfaction with the comfort or the mattress, or mattresses that have been used without the proper support (a platform or box spring).

    If you have a problem with your Layla and it’s determined to be a defect, the company may opt to repair or replace the defective component, or the entire mattress with an equivalent model. There may be a $50 fee for the repair or replacement, charged at the company’s discretion.

  • Delivery Details

    Your Layla mattress will ship via FedEx within three days of your order, and you can expect it to arrive within 2-5 business days, depending on your location. The mattresses are compressed, rolled, and shipped in boxes.

    The largest mattress (California king) ships in a box that is 45” x 19” x 19”. Shipping to the contiguous US states is free; deliveries to Alaska and Hawaii incur an additional $125 fee, while deliveries to Canada are $225.

    Only standard shipping is available. Layla does not offer White Glove delivery or removal of your old mattress.

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