Live and Sleep is an online only retailer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. While they offer three different foam mattresses, I took a look at their Classic model.
Is the Live and Sleep Classic the right mattress for you? Read on to find out!
The first thing I noticed about the Live and Sleep Classic is its straightforward, no frills design. This is true of both the cover and the layers underneath.
Cover – The cover is stretch knit and very light and breathable. I found it to be pretty resilient and to snap back to its shape quickly when moving on the mattress.
Top Layer – The top layer is 2.5 inches of memory foam. It’s a very soft material meant to handle the pressure relief for the mattress. It has a slow response time when pressure is applied.
Because this top layer is the only comfort layer in the Live and Sleep Classic, it truly has a memory foam feel and conforms to your body when lying down.
Bottom Layer – The base layer of the mattress is made of 7.5 inches of Polyurethane foam. The layer is made of very dense foam and meant to support you so you don’t fall through the mattress. It’s a pretty common layer in foam mattresses but I found that since this layer sits directly beneath the soft memory foam it is a pretty noticeable part of the mattress.
People of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect.
As you can see from the chart above, our testers found the Live and Sleep Classic to be on the firmer side, however this may vary depending on your size and preferred sleeping position. Due to the the direct transition from the memory foam top layer to the dense base layer below, sleepers that sink through the memory foam will find this mattress on the firmer side.
To give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on a Live and Sleep mattress, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
While lying on my back my weight is pretty evenly distributed, meaning I’m not sinking through the memory foam layer, and it is able to relieve pressure as intended. The pressure map shows that in this position most of my back is feeling low pressure and I could definitely feel that while on the Live and Sleep Classic in this position.
When I rolled onto my side I start to get through the memory foam and can feel the change to the firmer polyfoam base layer. Side sleeping can cause an increase in pressure because you are concentrating more weight over a smaller area and you can start to see a little more pressure in the shoulder area here. If you’re a bit heavier or strictly a side sleeper you may start to feel pressure.
Once on my stomach my weight is once again evenly distribute and I don’t sink in too much. I generally sleep on my stomach and I found this mattress to be pretty supportive in that position.
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The Live and Sleep performs well, as I expected, on the motion transfer test. Memory foam does a great job in reducing motion transfer and, thanks to the 2.5 inch layer of it on top of the Live and Sleep Classic, it keeps the smaller disturbances of the 4 and 8 inch drops to a pretty minimal level on the other side of the mattress.
We see a larger spike in the motion transfer for the 12 inch drop as the ball gets through to the base layer.
In order to get a good idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, an 8 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, and a 50 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball sinks in about 1 inch.
- 8 lb medicine ball sinks into the mattress about 1 inch.
- 10 lb steel ball causes about 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- With the 50 lb medicine ball we see about 4 inches of sinkage.
Foam mattresses have a tendency to compress more at the edges than many innerspring mattresses, so it was important for me to check the support near the sides of the Live and Sleep Classic.
While lying down I found that I felt supported near the side of the bed and even when hanging off the mattress I didn’t feel like I would roll off. I feel like I could share this mattress and use the entire surface without worrying about falling out of bed.
When I sat on the side of the mattress I did experience some compression, about average performance for an all-foam mattress.
- Live and Sleep is an online only retailer
- The mattresses are made in the United States
- There is a 30 day sleep trial for the Classic mattress
- There is a 20 year warranty on all Live and Sleep mattresses
- A portion of each purchase goes to charity
Size and Pricing
Here you can see some standard size and pricing information for the Live and Sleep Classic. Please note that the prices may vary slightly based on available discounts – such as the exclusive $100 Coupon with code “SLEEPOPOLIS”.
|Twin||39” x 75”||50 lbs||$399|
|Twin XL||39” x 80”||51 lbs||$399|
|Full||54” x 75”||67.5 lbs||$479|
|Queen||60” x 80”||77 lbs||$499|
|Short / RV Queen||60” x 75”||76 lbs||$499|
|King||76” x 80”||98 lbs||$599|
|California King||72” x 84”||93.5 lbs||$599|
Is the Live and Sleep Classic right for you?
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Live and Sleep Classic mattress, it’s time for the most important question: Would the Classic be a good fit for you? I think the Live and Sleep Classic would be a good choice if you:
- Are Looking for a No Frills Mattress – The Live and Sleep Classic is a straightforward memory foam mattress and would be a good fit if your needs aren’t too specific.
- Don’t Need the Mattress for 10 Years – This would be great for those looking for an affordable mattress needed for only a few years. Maybe that’s for a student heading off to college or for someone moving to a new city that isn’t setting down roots just yet.
- Sleep on Your Back or Stomach – Because of the quick transition from the memory foam to the polyfoam base layer this mattress has a firmer feel which is better for back and stomach sleepers. Firm mattresses do a good job of keeping your back in line when in either of these positions.
For more information on the Live and Sleep mattress visit LiveandSleep.com. Also, if you decide to give the Live and Sleep a try make sure to grab the Sleepopolis promo code. You can use code “SLEEPOPOLIS100” to save $100 instantly on the Live and Sleep.