Live and Sleep is one of the newest mattress start-up companies to join the direct-to-consumer mattress industry this year. Despite their newness, they are quickly making a splash with an attractive, quality, and well designed mattress.
But how will it fair vs. the Sleepopolis sleep test? Read on to find out. Don’t have time to read the full review? Click here to skip to the review summary.
The Live and Sleep mattress is 10″ thick and constructed from 3 different layers of foam.
Top layer (comfort and cooling) – the top layer is 2″ of premium memory foam. This more advanced memory foam is designed with a larger open cell structure. More open cells within memory foam improve the breathability and cooling of the mattress. It has also been designed to be more responsive than traditional memory foam, which helps prevent that “stuck” feeling that can accompany some memory foam mattresses.
Middle layer (support and transition) – the mid layer is a 1″ layer of Energex Performance foam. This foam is designed to conform and contour to the unique shape of your body. It also helps relief pressure by working together with the top layer of memory foam to provide proper transitional comfort and support.
Bottom layer (foundation) – the bottom layer is 7″ of high-density support foam. This is a basic, but breathable support foam. It acts as a foundational base for the mattress.
The cover is constructed is polyester blend. The white piece of fabric on top is built from polyester, rayon, and Lycra blend. The grey side panel is constructed from polyester and polypropylene. The side panels are quite sturdy feeling. The white piece of fabric on top is fairly thin, which aids to cooling and breathability. It has a good softness and stretch to it.
What makes this cover really cool is how easy is it to remove. The green trim that runs along the edge between the top and side panel pieces is actually a heavy grade zipper. This allows you to completely unzip and remove the white piece of fabric from the grey in about 30 seconds. Once off, you can drop it in the washer for easy cleaning (use delicate settings). The quick removable cover is a fairly rare feature in the mattress industry. It’s a nice extra benefit and will make cleaning and taking care of your mattress that much easier.
Aesthetically the cover has a modern look. I like the selection of the green zipper. It adds a nice pop to the mattress and makes the contrast between the side panel and top piece of fabric that much sharper.
Firmness, Comfort, & Support
The Live and Sleep mattress has a medium firmness at a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). The Live and Sleep mattress has what I would describe as a balanced memory foam feel, hug, and contour. When you first lie on the mattress there isn’t an immediate softness, more of a push-back really. However, after a few moments the foams begin to contour to your body, while also softening.
The Live and Sleep has a fairly typical response time for modern memory foam mattresses. It’s not instantaneous (like you would see with a latex), but it’s not uncomfortably slow either. During my sleep test I never felt “stuck” in the foam layers. However, there is certainly a more pronounced hug around your body. For heavier sleepers this will create a deeper body contour, which could increase the response times and enveloped feeling.
The Live and Sleep mattress has an interesting combination of slightly firm support, while still providing great body contour and shaping. At 150 pounds, I generally don’t sink deep enough in most mattresses to create a significant contour (especially at this firmness level), but with the Live and Sleep I noticed a more pronounced contouring hug. The hug was particularly pronounced when I slept on my side (which is ideal, as side sleepers need deeper contour to be properly supported). This combination of firmness, hug, and contour creates great support in all sleeping positions.
Cooling was fine. The foams do a good job of cycling heat and keeping it away from the sleeping surface.
Sinkage Tests & Motion Transfer
All mattress reviews on Sleepopolis go through a short series of sinkage tests. I created these tests to help give my readers a real and natural ideal of how the mattress performs under various pressures and positions. Bear in mind, I’m about 150 pounds.
Lying position – in a normal lying position where my weight was evenly distributed across the mattress I saw 1-1.5″ of sinkage and hug around my body.
Sitting position (conservative) – in a conservative sitting position where I was sitting a bit further back on the mattress (but still with my feet on the floor) I saw 2-2.5″ of sinkage. This is average compared to other 10″ foam mattresses.
Sitting position (aggressive) – in a more aggressive sitting position where I was sitting directly on the edge of the mattress, putting maximum pressure on the edges, I saw 4-4.5″ of sinkage. This is average compared to other 10″ foam mattresses.
Standing position – in a standing position, where I am standing in the center of the mattress with all of my weight placed on a single point I saw 4.5″ of sinkage. This is average compared to other 10″ foam mattresses.
Motion transfer – the Live and Sleep mattress does a good job of minimizing motion transfer. The combination of memory foam and Energex foam dissipate much of the energy, without creating that typical “quick sand” type of a feeling you can find with other memory foams.
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- Shipping – free shipping, ships anywhere in the US (except Alaska & Hawaii), compressed in a box (20″ x 21″ x 40″),
- Trial Period – 75 nights
- Refunds – 100% money back guarantee, very easy
- Built in the USA
- Warranty – 20 years
- Discounts – use code “SLEEPOPOLIS100” to save $100
The Live and Sleep has a fairly unique combination of great contour and hug, while still being slightly firm (6-6.5 out of 10), and providing great support. It has a feel similar to that of Tempurpedic’s Flex line of mattresses, but at a significantly lower price.
I would recommend the Live and Sleep mattress to those sleepers who fall into the following categories:
- You want a medium firmness – the Live and Sleep mattress is a 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness (scale), it has good contour and a slight degree of push-back.
- You want deeper contour, with slight firmness – what makes this mattress unique is its ability to contour and hug your body, while still maintaining a certain degree of push-back and supportive feel. This allows the mattress to provide good support and good shaping.
- You want adequate responsiveness – the primary comfort layer of the Live and Sleep is memory foam. The response time isn’t quite instantaneous, but it’s not uncomfortably slow either. The mattress rides a very fine line of deep contour with just enough responsive time to keep it from creating that stuck / enveloped feeling. If you enjoy a deeper contour, you’ll likely love the Live and Sleep. However, if you absolutely cannot stand the feeling of non-instant response foam this probably isn’t the right choice for you.
- You want a removable cover – the Live and Sleep is one of a small number of mattresses that offer an easy to remove cover. I certainly wouldn’t make this your primary reason for purchasing, but it’s definitely a nice extra to have.
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