Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

Last updated on May 2, 2019

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Lucid sells mattresses directly, and through big-box stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Amazon. Will this budget mattress fit your needs?

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Note: Lucid sells almost a dozen mattresses, differentiated by mattress height and materials. Here, we review the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress, made of three layers of foam and memory foam.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Lucid mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam a Good Mattress?

Lucid sells a number of mattresses of different heights and materials. Here, we take a look at the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress, made of three layers of foam. It competes against a dozen similar all-foam mattresses found mainly online, but has a couple of standout features. First, the bed is made in China, and is less expensive than many all-foam beds made in the United States. The Lucid mattress also employs higher-density (better quality) foams that we typically see in a mattress of this price range.

You can find Lucid mattresses online through Amazon and the company's own website, as well at big-box stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Prices, return policies, and delivery policies all differ depending on where you buy the mattress. While the MSRP for queen size bed is $700, we saw it available for sometimes $100 or $200 less at various stores, so it could pay to shop around.

A downside, however, of buying a mattress that's available in many places is uniformity of policies. We found stores listing anywhere from a 10-year to a 25-year warranty. The company's own website offers a 30-day return policy, but that's much shorter than the 100- or 120-day trial periods we have seen for competing online brands, and if you do need to return the bed, you are more than likely on the hook for return shipping. Depending on your needs, and comfort with your store, these might not be deal breakers, but they're worth bearing in mind.

As the name suggests, the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress is indeed about 14" tall, with 5" of memory foam comfort layers. And the memory foams are very slow responding, with a lot of that slow, melting memory foam feel most people associate with memory foam. Down below is a standard block of polyurethane support foam.

In our evaluations, the Lucid mattress would be a good choice for back and side sleepers of a wide weight range. We gauged this to be a medium mattress in terms of softness, and with slightly deeper than average cushioning depth. The mattress also worked well on our adjustable base.

Being an all-foam mattress, motion isolation was excellent in our tests, meaning this mattress could be a good choice for couples sensitive to each other's movements.

Among our concerns: In our view, the Lucid Gel Memory Foam mattress would not be ideal for those who sleep primarily on their stomachs; our tester felt his hips sinking a little too much into the mattress, creating less than ideal spinal alignment, which would be exacerbated for those heavier than our 200-lb. tester.

If you tend to sit or sleep right on the edge of your mattress, the Lucid bed isn't a great choice. Our tester felt himself starting to slide off the bed.

Value is the real story for the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress; given the higher-than-average densities of its memory foams, it costs less than competing models, even though Lucid's warranty and returns policies fall short.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can always visit the company's website for more on the Lucid bed.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Prioritize value
  • Like a lot of slow-responding memory feel
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Are primarily a back or side sleeper

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a stomach sleeper
  • Need the best edge support
  • Have a known issue of overheating
  • Have movement or mobility issues


Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam Mattress

 

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
1 Very slow recovery

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 9 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 9 5

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 6 Average for a foam mattress
Edge Support 5 Average among foam mattresses
Ease of Repositioning 7 Average for memory foam
Green Features 5  Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Very good compatibility
Overall Value 8

Very good value

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Gel Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$700

Delivery

Free delivery

Return Policy

30-day returns with refund

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

China

Thickness

14 inches

Weight (Queen)

60 pounds

 

Materials & Construction

What's in a Lucid Memory Foam Mattress?

Overall, we classify this mattress as a "Gel Memory Foam over Foam" construction type.

The Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress is a 14″ thick bed comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 3" gel-infused memory foam, 5.3-lb. density
  • 2" charcoal-infused memory foam, 3-lb. density
  • 9" polyurethane foam support layer, 1.6-lb. density

The Lucid mattress is made of four foam layers stacked and glued together. The top layer of gel memory foam is a 5.3-lb density; we usually see densities of between 3 lbs and 5.5 lbs for memory foam (a higher number indicates better quality and durability). It's a soft, very slow responding foam.

Below that is a 2" layer of charcoal memory foam in a 3-lb. density. (Charcoal is thought to have anti-microbial properties.) This layer of foam is also very soft, and is also a very slow responding foam.

The final layer of support foam is a standard polyurethane foam.

Casper mattress layers

 

Cover

The layers of the Lucid mattress are wrapped in a soft cover with some stretch. The cover is relatively thin compares to the plush covers we have seen in some of the more expensive competition. We pulled and tugged at the cover, and it appears to be solid and well made.

Lucid mattress cover

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the Lucid mattress as a Medium mattress. The feeling you get is a blend of a floating-on-top sensation and sinking deeply into the mattress.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. This is definitely more of the latter. When we place our 16-lb. bowling ball atop the mattress, it did not sink in as much as it did with some of the other mattresses we’ve recently tested. And our tester, lying on top of the Lucid bed, felt cushioning was a bit deeper than average.

If you like feeling like you are snuggling into your mattress, the Lucid bed gives you some of that feeling without feeling like you're being swallowed.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 Slightly deeper than average

Lucid Mattress Cushioning Depth 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The Lucid Gel Memory Foam mattress is one of the slowest-responding mattresses we've seen. When we pressed down on the bed, it took around five seconds for the foam to return to its original shape. If you're a fan of that slow, slow memory foam feel, there's lots of it here.
As you might expect with foams that respond this slowly, there is no bounce to this bed, something to keep in mind if you like some bounce in your mattress.
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
1 Very slow recovery

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Lucid mattresses afforded very good back support and spinal alignment, particularly for back and side sleepers. We did have some concerns (as we do for many all-foam mattresses) for stomach sleeping.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Lucid gel memory foam mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 9 6
Heavier >250 lb 7 9 5

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a perfectly neutral spine, while he felt the mattress did a nice job reaching up to support his lumbar curve. We feel that sleepers of a wide weight range would have a similar experience. We had some concerns about those significantly heavier than our tester (over about 250 pounds) who might find their hips sinking too much, but for most back sleepers, we thought the Lucid mattress would support them very well.

Side Sleepers:

Our tester also felt side sleepers would do well with the Lucid mattress. He felt his shoulders and hips sinking nicely into the bed, and felt good conformance, with the mattress hugging his body. We felt that sleepers in a wide weight range would have a similar experience in terms of back support.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, and that is the case with the Lucid Gel Memory Foam mattress. There just was not enough support in the hip area for our tester, and it would be even worse for those heavier than our 200-lb. tester. If you sleep predominately on your stomach, a hybrid or innerspring mattress is generally a better choice than all form.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 9

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Lucid mattress to be very good, owing at least in part to its 5" of premium memory foam on top. Our tester didn't feel any issues with shoulders or hips, and we felt that most sleepers would have a similar experience. If hot spots or pressure points have been an issue for you before, the Lucid mattress may work well for you.

Lucid Mattress Side Sleeping

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Lucid bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

In both tests, the bowling pin barely wiggled.

We felt that the Lucid bed would be a good choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed.

Motion Isolation Rating 9/10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, and if overheating in bed is an issue for you, and you’ve experienced it with other mattresses, a hybrid or innerspring mattress will generally have better air flow.

The Lucid mattress does have gel infused into the top memory foam; gel is a known heat conductor, and in mattresses is meant to help a mattress feel cool. The company also pierces the top foam layer with holes to help improve air circulation.

If you've never had an issue with overheating, we don't think you will with this mattress.

Stays 'Cool' Rating 6/ 10 Average for foam

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. With the Lucid mattress, our tester did experience a substantial amount of dip when sitting on the edge of the mattress, but he did feel stable.

When laying on the very edge of the mattress, however, our tester felt his body starting to lean off the edge once he began to warm up and soften the memory foam layer. Overall, if you spend a lot of your sleep time right on the edge of the bed, other mattresses might be a better fit.

Edge Support Rating 5/10 Average among memory foam mattresses

 Lucid Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

Slow responding memory foam mattresses can often make movement and changing sleeping positions more of a challenge; some describe it as feeling like you're trying to roll out of a hole. Even though the Lucid mattress has a lot of memory foam, our tester did not find movement as challenging as it could have been. For most, we do not think movement will be an issue.

Repositioning Rating 7 /10 Good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Lucid mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

Green Rating 5 /10 Not “natural” but does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We tried the Lucid mattress on top of our adjustable base, and found that it conformed well. It will, however, need some break-in time. When our tester got out of the bed while in the raised position, the middle of the bed lifted from the base. This is quite normal, and should improve over time.

Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers. 

Size Dimensions Mattress MSRP
Twin 39" x 75" x 14" $450
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 14"  $450
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 14" $650
Queen 60" x 80" x 14" $700
King 76" x 80" x 14" $800
California King 72" x 84" x 14" $800

 

What Are You Getting?

The Lucid is a 14-inch mattress made of foam and memory foam, with 5" of premium high-density comfort foam. The Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress is available in a number of stores, online and off, and while prices vary by retailer, prices are generally lower than mattresses of similar construction. The top foam is infused with gel and is pierced with pin-core holes to help regulate heat.


How Long Will the Lucid Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Lucid mattress, the two memory foams are 5.3 and 3.0 lb. densities, higher than we typically see in a mattress of this price.

 

Overall Value

Value is the big story when it comes to the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam mattress. The queen size mattress sells for $700, but depending on where you look, you may see prices $100, $200, or even $250 less. Keep in mind, however, that Lucid's trial and returns policies currently lag far behind the competition. While Lucid's competitors offer 100- or 120-day trials with full refunds, Lucid offers just 30 days. And while most online mattress companies cover return shipping or will pick up the mattress should you return it, Lucid requires owners to pay for return shipping. Plus returning a mattress in general is no easy proposition; you won't be able to get it back in the original box. And keep in mind that the store you buy from may have different policies.
However, if the mattress's characteristics and properties fit your needs and budget, and you don't anticipate needing to return in, then we do think the Lucid mattress is a good value.
Value Rating 8 /10 Good value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Depends on store

If you order from the Lucid website, delivery is free. But if you purchase the mattress elsewhere, policies may vary.

 

Returns

  • 30-day trial period
  • Full refund; buyer pays return shipping

The Lucid website offers a 30-day return policy, but if you purchase elsewhere, be aware the policy may differ.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for foam mattresses is generally between 1”. Lucid has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1.5”-- higher than average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

 

Bottom Line: Is the Lucid 14" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Right for You?

The Lucid mattress is made with high density comfort foams for the money. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluations

BEST if you:

  • Prioritize value
  • Like a lot of slow-responding memory feel
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Are primarily a back or side sleeper

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a stomach sleeper
  • Need the best edge support
  • Have a known issue of overheating
  • Have movement or mobility issues

Is the Lucid bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range. 

Looking for more on the Lucid mattress? Visit LucidMattress.com

 

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