Lucid Mattress Review of 2018 & Buying Guide

Lucid might seem like a Jack-of-all-trades, but this company hones its focus and specialties well.  Thought it offers anything from mattresses to convertible sofas, all are made from high-quality foam (bonus: the even sell upholstered headboards!).  It makes sense to expand their wheelhouse a bit and give customers more options for their entire home—so much so, we wonder why other companies don’t do the same.

Even more impressive, Lucid neither oversimplifies nor stymies the process of choosing the best mattress; rather, they walk customers through complicated decisions in transparent, easily understood language.  With open cell designs, breathable materials, resilient latex, and plus memory foams, their products boast superior construction and promise a better night’s sleep for everyone.

Our buyer’s guide will explore some popular product options from Lucid, as well as answer questions about the brand and its materials.  We hope we can help readers start their search armed with the knowledge necessary to find their very best mattress.

Product

Quality

Our Rating

Price

Lucid 8

A+

Lucid 4

A+

Lucid 14

Lucid 10

A-

Buying Guides

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What’s their customer service like?  Are their mattresses made in America?

Email response via the brand’s website was achieved within 12 hours.  The representative was friendly and helpful, and offered an extension if we wished to speak over the phone with any further questions.

Their return policy is standard for the industry; customers can return the product within 30 days of purchase. Admittedly, it’s not as generous as the 100+ night trial periods some companies offer, but its long warranty (25 years, limited) will help in the case of manufacturer defects.

Lucid mattresses are manufactured and shipped from China (with the exception of American-based retailers).

What makes Lucid different from other mattress manufacturers?

Lucid offers a 25-year limited warranty on their mattresses, which is over double the industry standard.  They offer 13 different models (including youth sizes), rather than only a few—which can be too limiting for customers outside the “one size fits all” approach—or 20+, which can overwhelm customers.  You simply choose your material preference, latex or memory foam, then models suited to your sleeping position and price range.

This simplified approach and transparent language have made Lucid very popular with customers; as one of the top-rated companies on Amazon, they stack up against big brands like Tempurpedic, but without the dent to your wallet.

They do not offer hybrid models—but shoppers seeking the balance of firm support and pressure relief might want to consider Lucid’s latex models.  These are firmer than memory foam, but don’t sacrifice the comfort that’s made memory foam so popular.

Speaking of which: should I get memory foam, or latex? What’s the difference?

Memory foam conforms to your body’s curves and positions to absorb pressure and ease joint pain.  It molds to your shape and returns to normal slowly, providing a soft, cradling surface that suits side sleepers and fans of plush beds well.

Latex, on the other hand, has a faster resiliency.  It molds to the body just like memory foam, but springs back more quickly and puts up more resistance—so instead of “sinking in” gradually, users immediately feel the mattress conform to their shape.  When they move, the mattress pops back into place.

Both have their advantages, like better pressure point relief than innerspring models of the past, and ideal support.  In general, latex models are firmer and more suitable for back or stomach sleepers, while memory foam is best for side sleepers.  Mostly, it comes down to your personal preference.

Latex is natural (whereas memory foam can be made from natural materials, but is just as often synthetic; some have harsh chemicals) and disperses body heat better, so hot sleepers should seriously consider it.  Memory foam runs hotter, but can be equipped with cooling gels and ventilated designs to combat this; they also don’t prohibit circulation as much as latex, and can alleviate aches and pains much more effectively.

Fortunately, Lucid offers both latex and memory foam models—and we’ll showcase some from each category in this guide.


Lucid Mattress Review

1.Lucid 14″ Memory Foam Review

Lucid 14

Lucid’s 14″ memory foam model is one of its softest, with a very plush comfort and generous contour.  Crafted with bamboo foam and renewable Tencel (an alternative to cotton), it should suit those with allergies or sensitivities very well.  It offers comfortable “sinkage” to sleepers who prefer or need a cradled feeling, and is suitable for those of both lighter and heavier weights.

Pros

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    Tencel cover, a natural material derived from wood pulp.  Highly breathable, good at wicking away moisture like cotton, but more durable and cooler.
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    1″ bamboo fiber memory foam layer for natural comfort and softness.
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    Memory foam treated with activated charcoal to fight bacteria and odor without harmful chemicals.
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    Transition foam layer is ventilated and infused with gel for a cooler night’s sleep than solid, regular foam cores.

Cons

  • Price falls between budget-friendly and pricey; fair for its value, and cheaper than many comparable mattresses.
  • The cover is sewn in and not removable.
  • Might have a “foam smell” for up to a week after unpacking.  However, note that this is common for almost all memory foam models, and will dissipate with time and ventilation.

2. Lucid 8″ Memory Foam Review

 Lucid 8

Back and stomach sleepers, rejoice—this one for you!  The 8″ memory foam model still has the keen pressure relief of more plush models, without the excessive give that suits side sleepers, but can leave non-side sleepers with aches and pains.  With a denser design and shorter stature, it offers more support for your spine, hips, and neck than softer versions.

Pros

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    Memory foam and core provide the perfect balance of contour and support; the medium-firm feel is good for multi-positional sleepers and couples with mismatched preferences.
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    Removable microfiber cover for easy cleaning and quality comfort.
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    2″ memory foam layer is infused with gel to dissipate body heat effectively.
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    The core is ventilated and breathable.
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    Very affordable compared to 14″ and 16″ models; will work with most budgets.

Cons

  • Not suitable for side sleepers—will put undue pressure on shoulders and hips.

If you desire (or need) a firm sleeping surface, consider the 8″ model.  It has the same breathable comfort Lucid’s plush memory foam mattresses, but with better support for stomach and back sleepers.  Its thinness also makes it light enough (51 lbs.) for one person to unpack it alone, if need be.

3. Lucid 10″ Latex Review

Lucid 10

The 10″ latex model from Lucid reduces pressure on your joints, but doesn’t have the give of memory foam.  With a quicker response time (how long it takes to bounce back after applying pressure), it gives the feeling that you’re on the mattress, rather than in it—which won’t appeal to everyone, but will be a pleasant change for current memory foam owners who dislike that “sinking” feeling.

Pros

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    Tencel-blend cover; natural and more durable than cotton, with comparable or better breathability for a cool, dry sleep.
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    Ventilated latex layer for comfort and optimized airflow.
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    Solid base foam for additional support.
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    Mid-range price.
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    Excellent material for heavier individuals, especially those who feel memory foam sinks too much under their weight to be comfortable.

Cons

  • Medium-firm and lack of “give” will make this uncomfortable for many side sleepers.

4. Lucid 4″ Folding Convertible Mattress Review

Lucid 4

You might be wondering why we’d include a piece like this in our review, but the fact is, we just couldn’t resist!  The convertible mattress combines Lucid’s high-quality technology with a unique, practical design that can work in any home.  While it’s probably not ideal as an every-night mattress, the company claims it can be used long-term.  Regardless, this product does provide a comfortable surface for naps and guests—and can also convert into a small sofa or lounger.

Pros

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    Can convert to a sofa, lounger, mattress.  Ideal for guests or small spaces where convertible furniture is needed to preserve floor space.
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    4″ foam make for a comfortable but firm sleeping surface.
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    Very frugal option for those furnishing new homes or first apartments.
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    Available in all sizes, from twin to king.  Also comes in XL sizes for dorm-regulation beds.
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    Handles for easy travel.
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    Removable, washable cover.

Cons

  • Has a 3-year warranty; Lucid’s actual mattresses have 25-year coverage.
  • Can be used long-term, but will likely be uncomfortable for side sleepers.  Can be paired with traditional mattress toppers.

Those with traditional beds and plenty of space probably won’t make the Lucid 4″ convertible mattress their primary one, but could still find plenty of uses for this clever design.

Students and new renters, campers and travelers, and people who entertain guests will enjoy the versatility—as well as the handles and low weight that make this easy to move.  We suspect to find more of these in studio apartments and tiny homes than standard ones, but could also see them in kids’ rooms and playrooms for slumber parties.

Another bonus: kids love these and can set them up on their own; if your child frequently climbs into your bed during the night, consider adding this convertible sofa-bed to your room.

To Conclude

Lucid is an impressive company, with options for all sleeping positions and preferences—as well as some cool convertible furniture you never knew you needed!  Their customer service is friendly and prompt, and their 25-year warranties exceed the industry norm.

Perhaps our favorite aspect of the company is their easy-to-understand language in product descriptions—and the fact choosing a mattress is as easy as latex or memory foam and desired thickness.  Their website ranks them by softness and firmness levels, as well, and even indicates which sleeping position will find it most comfortable.

All in all, Lucid has definitely earned its heft Amazon following and popularity.  Customers consistently rate their products as comfortable, durable, and affordable—and in the mattress world, word of mouth and customer satisfaction are worth a lot.

We hope our buyer’s guide has been helpful for those considering a Lucid brand mattress (or any of their well-crafted, cleverly designed products).