Lucid Memory Foam Mattress Review
Lucid has been around since 2010, so they are pretty much old timers in this recent explosion of “mattress in a box” companies. The ten inch mattresses (there are three) I’m reviewing in this Lucid Memory Foam Mattress review are high up the Amazon top sellers list, alongside popular mattresses from their sister brand: Linenspa. The company must be doing something right then, for the mattresses to be so popular and for so long?
In this Lucid Memory Foam Mattress Review, we will take a walk through all the “need to know” info to help you decide if this mattress is worth parting with your hard earned cash for. I’ve read through all the questions and reviews to save you having to sift through the thousands of answers on Amazon. I’ll look at:
- The Mattress Features
- Pros and Cons
- Is this Mattress Right for You?
- Is this Mattress High Quality?
- Is this Mattress Easy to Use?
- What Are The Alternatives?
- What are the Experiences of those Already using this Mattress?
- Is It Worth Buying?
Lucid Memory Foam Mattress Features
The 10 inch Lucid Memory Foam mattresses come in at a very competitive price point, making them appealing for those on a budget or looking for mattresses for guest or child’s rooms. Available in firm, medium-firm, or medium plush, you can choose your preferred comfort level something that isn’t common at this price point.
Another option you have when purchasing your mattress is to buy it alone, or as a package with an “encasement” – as Lucid calls it – or mattress protector in more common language. The package with the protector adds around $40 to a California King size, so it’s a good deal since the mattress cover (20% tencel, 80% polyester) is not removable.
Here’s the breakdown of the layers inside each of the three mattresses:
– Firm: 3 inches of latex (a natural and synthetic blend of dunlop latex, read more about latex as a mattress material here) as the comfort layer+ 7 inches of support base foam
– Medium-firm: 2.5 inches of ventilated and gel infused memory foam as the comfort layer + 7.5 inches of support base foam
– Medium-plush: 3 inches of ventilated and gel infused memory foam as the comfort layer + 7 inches of support base foam
These mattresses come with a 10 year warranty. I noted something good in the wording of the warranty that I think is important to point out: Lucid considers body indentations of 0.75 inches or greater to be defective.
Many of their competitors, particularly at this lower price point, won’t repair or replace until the indent is 1 inch deep, which is actually pretty deep and uncomfortable in my opinion. Please note: the warranty period is not 25 years, as per some older reviews on other sites, or answers to older questions on Amazon, it is definitely 10 years, which is pretty standard. There are mattresses out there with 25 year or even lifetime warranties, but not at this price point.
- Strong warranty
- Range of firmness options
- Can choose memory foam or latex
- Well established company with customers who have been using the mattress for years
- Generally felt to be good value for money
- Not always available in each mattress size: get in quick
- Mixed reviews of durability
- Made in China
Is this Mattress Right for You?
As is the case with most mattresses, I think these three mattresses suit specific needs and situations. The medium firm option is a good all round one though.
The softest mattress will be best suited to:
- Light people (you usually need a soft mattress to allow the mattress to contour and support your body)
- Side sleepers (you usually do better on a softer mattress to allow adequate contouring for your shoulder, to avoid a numb arm from a too firm mattress)
It will NOT be suited to:
- Heavy people (you need something firmer to ensure that you get adequate comfort AND support)
- Stomach sleepers (you need something firmer to make sure your hips don’t drop, which can put your spine out of alignment)
The medium-firm mattress will be best suited to:
- Most people, actually. I think this is a great all round option. However, I don’t think the comfort layer is quite thick enough to ensure adequate support for people over 230lb so that’s one group of people who should try something else.
The firm mattress will be best suited to:
- Those looking for latex at a reasonable price
- Those wanting a mattress with a little more bounce (latex is bouncier than memory foam)
- Stomach sleepers (up to 230lb) – you need a firmer mattress to support your hips and spine
- Heavy people who sleep on their back or sides (this mattress should be firm enough and the latex offers good durability)
It will NOT be suited to:
- Heavy stomach sleepers (I don’t feel this mattress would be supportive enough for you)
- Very light people (this mattress is not soft enough)
- Lighter side sleepers (too firm for your shoulder)
Is this Mattress High Quality?
In my opinion latex is one of the best mattress materials, so I’d say that of the three, the firm mattress (with the latex comfort layer instead of memory foam) is going to be the best quality and the most durable. Of course if you’re not looking for a firm mattress, that isn’t going to help you much. You can always add a topper to make it softer: read about my favorite mattress toppers available on Amazon here.
There are mixed reviews from long time owners (2 years plus) on whether this mattress is durable and does not sag. Some say it’s holding up great, others not so much. I find it hard to tell if there is some user error involved here, or a genuine issue with the mattress. To rule out user error, I always recommend you rotate mattresses at least every 3 months, and make sure you have it on a stable base such as a slat base rather than an old box spring. ANY mattress will sag if it is not on a worn out base that can’t support it, so always keep this in the back of your mind when thinking about mattress sagging.
The fact that these mattresses are relatively light indicates the foam inside them is of a lower density, which will not last as long as a higher density foam (for a bigger price tag), but you do have your 10 year warranty to back you up.
Is this Mattress Easy to Use?
Setting up your Lucid memory foam mattress will be pretty easy. As I said above, it’s quite light, so one person should be able to maneuver it alone. Simply take it out of the box, remove the plastic, and watch it expand! Like all mattresses in a box, you should unbox your Lucid Memory Foam Mattress as soon as possible, as this minimizes the risk of any decompression issues (i.e. the mattress not expanding to its full ten inches).
Do not remove the mattress cover, as you risk exposing the fiberglass fire barrier, which is part of the inner. Federal law dictates all mattresses have a fire barrier: fiberglass is commonly used in lower priced mattresses and more preferable alternative to chemicals. This is no problem unless you remove the cover! This is another reason to buy the package with the protector, which you can remove and wash. If you want to buy the mattress alone and are happy to spot clean any spills or marks (which can void your warranty), you can read my tips for cleaning memory foam mattresses here. You’ll see conflicting information from Lucid about whether this mattress has fiberglass in it. After seeing pictures of the tags, I say its conclusive that this is the material used as the fire barrier.
If you decide to return your mattress within the 30 day returns window, you’ll have to package it up yourself to return it. You won’t be able to get it back into its original box. Lucid recommends you contact a local shipping company and ask them for some packaging. I think this is a bit of a pain but it’s the norm for mattresses at this price point.
What Are The Alternatives?
You may like the sound of the Lucid Memory Foam Mattress I’ve reviewed in this post, but there are similar options out there for around the same $$. I’ve taken an in-depth look at some of them, and here are some options that are worth your time to consider:
– Want a different mattress height from the same company? Lucid also make 8 and 12 inch high memory foam mattresses. See their full range here.
– Want to see something that’s slightly cheaper but has quite similar specifications? You might like to read my reviews of the Zinus Green Tea Mattress here or the AmazonBasic mattress here.
– Want to read about a memory foam mattress with an amazing cooling system and made in the USA? Read about Snuggle-Pedic here.
What are the Experiences of those Already using this Mattress?
Since Lucid has been in business for a number of years now, you can take advantage of opinions of people who have been using these mattresses for a long period of time. Here is a summary of what people have said. I exclude complaints people make of a mattress being too firm or too soft as this is too subjective to substantiate.
– Although the quality of the materials may sound a little questionable due to their weight and density, there are many people who report sleeping on this mattress for 2-5 years and beyond and are still happy with it. They report it has softened a little over time, as memory foam does.
– People have been happy with the solutions provided by Linenspa if they didn’t like the feel of the mattress, for example Lucid provided a free topper to make it more comfortable. Great service!
– Many customers find that this mattress is good value for money.
– There were several customers who reported problems with mold growing on their mattress after a period of time. While this wasn’t a common issue, there were enough people reporting it for me to need to pass it along to you. The best way you can avoid this happening with any memory foam mattress is to use a waterproof mattress cover and a sturdy slat or metal grid base that allows air circulation.
– There were also quite a few reports of the mattress sagging beyond the usual softening you would expect. I’m unsure about this one, after all the people making these reports never say what sort of base they’re using the mattress on (the wrong base will make any mattress sag) or if they rotated the mattress. It’s certainly a mixed bag between the people finding it lasting well and the people finding it not.
Is It Worth Buying?
I think that particularly the firm model is good value for money, as latex is the most durable material on offer here. That said though, I think the medium firmness mattress would be well suited to a wide range of people, which isn’t always easy to find for the price.
The cooling gel in the memory foam models is a nice feature and Lucid offers a reasonable warranty for their mattresses. There is quite a lot to like here, in my opinion.
I probably wouldn’t buy it myself, as I would favor a mattress with 100% natural latex such as this one, but that comes with a higher price tag. But for those with budget as a top priority, I believe this mattress deserves your hard earned $$. I think you’ll be happy with your choice in this Lucid mattress, along with thousands of others.