With its large selection of mattresses,?Lucid?has made quite a name for itself in the bed-in-a-box world. While the brand claims to have a bed to satisfy every sleeper’s unique needs, today, I’m taking a look at its best-selling model: the Lucid 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress. Could this mattress be the bed of your dreams? I won’t know until I put it through my series of tried-and-true tests, designed to figure out exactly how it sleeps, how it feels, and whether or not it could be the perfect mattress for you.
As the name suggests, this?Lucid?model is built with 10 inches of foam for a deeply pressure-relieving sleep. The no-fuss construction not only helps to keep this bed super affordable but to also highlight all of the great benefits of memory foam, namely its body contouring and sinkage properties. But enough chatter! Let’s dive on into these different layers.
The cover is crafted with?Tencel, an eco-friendly material made from wood cellulose that’s often used as a cotton substitute. It’s soft and breathable, creating a pleasant cool feel.
Comprised of three inches of gel memory foam,?the bed’s gentle comfort layer responds slowly to pressure, allowing the sleeper to sink in for some immediate pressure relief. While memory foam has a reputation for overheating, the gel infusion coupled with a cross-section of perforations along the surface help to?encourage airflow and cooling throughout the structure.
Directly below the layer of plush memory foam, you’ll find a foundational layer of high-density poly foam. This material is firm, providing the mattress with its shape and stability.
After taking a look at the construction of the?Lucid, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and found that I was immediately interacting with the gel memory foam up top. I sank snugly into this section and could really feel the material contouring to my hand. Pushing in further, I plunged even deeper into the memory foam before finally encountering the firm poly foam in the base. Since folks of different sizes and body types are going to feel firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other testers to help me figure out the Lucid’s unique feel. We each took a turn lying on the mattress and gave it individual firmness ratings, which we then compiled on the graph below. While feel is always going to be a personal thing, this will hopefully give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress. While there was a bit of discrepancy among our results, my testers and I landed on an average firmness rating of 7.6 for the Lucid. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that?this bed is fairly firm. I personally gave the mattress a firmness rating of 7, which some might find surprising given the thick layer of memory foam in the top layer. While this soft section does produce some deep body contouring for relief and comfort, the high-density poly foam in the base works to counteract this sinkage with some firm support.?The result is a balanced feel that should satisfy a wide range of sleepers. Keep in mind that Lucid sells a number of different mattresses, so if you’d like a softer feel, you might want to check out the brand’s ultra-plush?16 Inch Natural Latex + Memory Foam Mattress.
No conversation about a bed’s feel would be complete without taking a look at pressure, specifically where tension is likely to build up while lying on top of it. While a description would probably suffice, I’d rather give you a visual representation of where these pressure points might form. To do this, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lay on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure). Back:?Lying on my back, I felt as though my weight was pretty evenly distributed. I detected some initial firmness from the bed as I waited for the memory foam to conform to the curves of my body; once it did, I sank into the material and experienced quality pressure relief at my lower back.?While this sinkage made for some nice comfort, it did make it difficult to move around and change positions. Side:?As you can see in the graphic above, once I rolled onto my side, I felt very little pressure at my shoulders and hips, typical problem areas for side sleepers. The memory foam did an excellent job of contouring to these sensitive spots, providing me with a lot of relief in this position. Stomach:?Stomach sleepers typically prefer firmer mattresses, as they keep their hips lifted on top of the structure for even spinal alignment. That being said, I did feel my hips sinking into the bed slightly, which caused?a bit of discomfort in this position. For a more comfortable sleep, I’d suggest that stomach sleepers check out one of the firmer models in the Lucid mattress line.
Now, let’s chat a bit about motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance you’re likely to experience from one side of the bed to the other. This test will be especially important for those of you who plan on?sharing your bed with a partner, as it’ll let you know whether or not you’ll be bothered by your bedmate’s midnight movements. To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10-pound steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: The bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance. Though memory foam is usually pretty good at absorbing motion and dispersing it evenly throughout a mattress, the?Lucid?didn’t perform that well on this motion transfer test. I’d attribute this to its simple design, which lacks any sort of fabrication geared toward containing movement. Unfortunately, this means?you’re likely to feel your partner tossing and turning in the night.
When buying a new bed, you’ll probably be curious to know whether or not you’re going to feel like you’re sinking into the mattress or lying on top of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6-pound medicine ball, a 10-pound steel ball, a 50-pound medicine ball, and a 100-pound medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface. The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different-sized sleepers. These are fairly above average results for a mattress of this design but consistent with the other tests I’ve conducted in this review. What this tells me is that you’re likely to sink deep through the memory foam top layer for some satisfying contouring. This will leave you with a bit of a stuck feeling, which will be ideal for anyone who wants to feel as though they’re sleeping in their bed as opposed to on top of it.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide. Lying on my back near the edge of the?Lucid, I felt about as supported as I did in the center of the bed. As I scooted closer to the side of the mattress, I did begin to notice some compression through the top memory foam layer, which you can clearly see in the photo above. This is to be expected from an all-foam mattress like this, so it wasn’t that surprising, nor did it make me feel less secure at the edge. Rolling onto my side, I felt even more compression through the top memory foam layer. You can really see how this material conformed to the curves of my body, especially at the shoulders and hips. While I didn’t necessarily feel as though I’d fall out of bed in this position, I wouldn’t say that I felt totally solid, either. In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of foam mattresses experience severe compression in this position, and the Lucid was no exception.