In a world of few objective certainties, there is one reassuring truth. Science will never announce that humans function best with 3-6 hours of fitfully interrupted sleep. Understanding that, purchasing a mattress can become a frustrating bit of self-experimentation with few objective certainties available.
However, when you see *any* memory foam mattress that packs 16 inches of foam and 4 layers of variable-density, temperature-controlled support, you can be assured at the very least that it’s worth a careful look. Particularly if it’s priced at a third of what a comparable mattress costs.
Product Features and Specifications
Materials: Lucid’s offering here is composed of CertiPUR-US certified memory foam, with a top layer infused with bamboo charcoal for temperature control and odor elimination. There is also a support layer of natural latex for quicker memory response.
Sizes: The mattress measures 80 inches by 60 inches, with 16 inches of depth. It weighs 115 pounds and uses layers of varying density.
Thickness: The 16 inches of depth is comprised of, from top to bottom, 1 inch of quilted bamboo charcoal memory foam, 3 inches of plush memory foam, 2 inches latex comfort layer, and ten inches of high-density base foam.
Comfort: Each layer is designed to build unrivaled support. The top layers mold to the contours of your body as the layer of latex creates directed support held up by the firm base foam. The result is a medium-firm experience with excellent overall support and response.
Durability: Lucid’s offering carries a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty to ensure any issues or problems that may pop up are handled promptly and with minimal fuss.
Safety: With the CertiPUR-US certification, this mattress has been voluntarily tested at an independent laboratory to maintain a strict standard for safety, performance, environmental impact, and indoor air quality.
Weight Limit: As the upper weight limit of memory foam mattresses is likely measured in tons, not pounds, it’s necessary to rely on anecdotal evidence to gauge real performance. Users have reported excellent function with up to 650 lbs nightly.
Pros and Cons
- Though bearing all the hallmarks of a useless gimmick, the top layer of bamboo charcoal foam controls odors and regulates humidity through chemistry and design respectively. However, the side effect of infusing the foam with charcoal is that it turns the foam itself into something of a conductor of heat, rather than simply an insulator. The result is a memory foam mattress found to actually be *cool* to the touch, with excellent heat management throughout the night.
- The use of natural latex in the third layer genuinely changes the response time of the memory foam layers. The latex has a more immediate reaction to weight, and its placement on top of the main support layer means that the top layers of softer foam rebound remarkably quickly. Without losing support, you get a memory foam mattress that doesn’t hold onto grudging memories of that divot you made with your elbow when you shift around.
- The 25-year warranty is something of an anomaly in the market, and the CertiPUR certification is always a welcome companion to this sort of guarantee.
- The size and cost are excellent, and the thickness is such that a box-spring isn’t an absolute necessity. Lucid offers a very simple folding frame that perfectly support this mattress, making immediate and affordable comfort possible on a budget.
- It’s a heavy mattress that arrives compressed for height, but rolled up at its normal width. Your delivery person may resent playing furniture-mover, but it does still offer a measure of compact flexibility that spring mattresses never could.
- Reports vary on smell. The charcoal layer may be excellent at neutralizing biological smells, but you’ll want to give it 1-6 days before you should expect the foamy aroma to dissipate completely.
- It is a firm mattress for those who are keen for that sort of sleep experience. If you are seeking the classic “sinking into a marshmallow” sensation, this isn’t the mattress for you.
Reports from customers have been almost uniformly-positive. This seems to be a mattress that inspires a bit of poetic fervor in its owners, and they present some pretty compelling arguments for its performance and value. Body indents fill quickly thanks to the foam/latex design, and its temperature is compared favorably to conventional spring mattresses. And while firm, the contouring response of the top layers still creates a “soft” experience.
The only real common complaint is the initial smell, which was noted by many and is a good consideration to be aware of prior to purchasing. To be clear, the CertiPUR certification ensures that the smell should carry absolutely no ill-effects. However, some companies have adjusted their production strategies enough to virtually eliminate this experience for the customer, and for now it appears that Lucid has not. On the other hand, the final quality still had users carefully detailing every stage of their purchase while trumpeting its success, so perhaps you should simply try to enjoy the “out-gassing” phase. Like a new car smell, but not so formaldehyde-y.
In the constantly-escalating arms race of memory foam mattresses, it’s great to see an offering that isn’t afraid to pack on thickness, while very intelligently designing each layer to maximize the effect of that extra depth. And while it’s unusual to see the incorporation of latex, its use here perfectly captures and harnesses the unique qualities of the material to elevate the overall experience. The bamboo charcoal, too, smartly continues this philosophy of capitalizing on real-world material science and practical applications. To do all this at the price point it’s sitting at is fairly unheard of, and doing it to the delight of so many deal-starved mattress purchasers speaks volumes towards the potential for you to find the same.