Lucid has made a name for itself in the bed-in-a-box world with its wide range of mattresses and accessories aimed at satisfying every individual’s specific sleep needs. I’ve taken a look at several of their products before (including adjustable bed base), but today I’m honing in on the brand’s 10 Inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress.
As with most hybrid designs, this one is aimed at creating an all-encompassing sleep experience that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive. But is it up to the task? I won’t know until I put it through a few tests, which will help me figure out how it feels, how it sleeps and whether or not it could be the mattress of your dreams!
Continue reading below for my full Lucid Hybrid Mattress review. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
As I mentioned up top, this mattress is outfitted with a hybrid design, which features memory foam, high-density poly foam and pocketed coils. The aim here is to combine the relief of soft foam with the bounce of coils for a sleep that truly does it all.
I should note that Lucid offers up a few different hybrid options, with height variations (either 10” or 12”) as well as different design makeups (either memory foam or latex). You can combine these characteristics to your heart’s delight until you land on a bed that’s perfect for you.
But enough chat! Let’s poke around this bed’s different layers to see what’s going on below.
Cover – The thin cover is made up of Tencel, an eco-friendly cotton substitute known for its moisture-wicking properties, which help with temperature regulation and cooling throughout the mattress.
Comfort Layer – Comprised of 1.5” of Bamboo Charcoal memory foam, the gentle comfort layer has a slow response to pressure, which will allow you to sink in for some pleasant relief up top. While memory foam has a reputation for overheating, the infusion of bamboo charcoal into the material mitigates this to keep things cool.
Pressure Relief Layer – Below the comfort layer, you’ll find an inch of Aloe Vera-infused foam, which Lucid says will leave you feeling refreshed and energized when you wake up in the morning.
Transition Layer – Next up, we’ve got an inch of high-density poly foam, which begins to transition you from the softer materials above into the firmer sections of the mattress.
Support Layer – The main support system of this Lucid bed is built with 5.5” of pocketed coils. This layer will bring some fantastic bounce to the structure, which will help to position the sleeper on top of the bed. Since these coils are individually wrapped, they’re also going to be great at isolating motion and encouraging airflow throughout the mattress. I should add that these coils are surrounded by a section of high-density poly foam edge support, which will allow you to use the entire surface area of the bed.
Base Layer – And finally, the base, which is made up of a single inch of high-density poly foam. This layer mainly functions as a springboard for the pocketed coil support system.
Latex v. Memory Foam – Since you can opt to include either latex or memory foam in your Lucid Hybrid, I wanted to take a quick minute to talk about these materials’ key differences:
- Bounce – Latex is typically much bouncier than memory foam, so if you want a bit of extra lift to your bed, I’d suggest going with the latex hybrid.
- Contouring – Conversely, if you’re in need of deep pressure relief, you’ll be best served by memory foam, which will contour to the curves of your body for some immediate comfort.
- Cooling – Generally speaking, latex produces a much cooler sleep than memory foam, which tends to trap body heat as opposed to dissipating it. That being said, if the memory foam’s been modified with a specialized cooling infusion (as it is in this hybrid), you should be good to go with either material.
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 soft memory foam comfort layer, which contoured pleasantly around my hand. Pushing in further, I encountered the support system of the mattress, which lifted me up and out of the structure.
At this point I’d like to note that people of different body types and shapes are going to feel firmness differently, so instead of just giving my opinion on the overall firmness of the Lucid, I brought in three other testers to help me figure it out. We each took a turn lying on the hybrid, gave it an individual firmness rating and then compiled them on the graph below.
While feel’s 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.
Though there was a bit of discrepancy among my testers, we landed on an average firmness rating of 6 for this Lucid Hybrid. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, this bed appears to be a touch softer than medium firm.
I personally gave the mattress a 6.5, finding it to be a pretty solid example of medium firmness. While you do sink through the soft top layers of foam for immediate pressure relief, the pocketed coils in the support layer do a good job of lifting you up and out of the structure. This combination makes for a sleeping experience that should satisfy a wide range of sleepers, especially those who want a memory foam feel without feeling stuck.
If you’re in the market for something a little firmer or softer, remember that the hybrid can be outfitted with different heights and material makeups!
Another important component of feel is, of course, pressure, specifically where pressure points are going to form while you’re lying on top of a bed. To help you visualize where these pesky tension spots might crop up on the Lucid, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied 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 across the surface. I found that I was mainly interacting with the soft foam up top, which filled in the space at my lumbar region for some pleasant pressure relief. While I did experience some slight sinkage in this position, I never felt stuck in the bed and was able to change positions easily.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I continued to feel some nice relief from this hybrid. As you can see in the graphic, I didn’t really experience too much pressure at my shoulders or hips, which are typical problem areas for side sleepers. Considering that this bed is just a touch softer than medium firm, I’d say it could make a great pick for those who doze primarily on their sides.
Stomach – Unlike side sleepers, stomach sleepers tend to prefer a firmer mattress that’ll keep their hips and shoulders in an even alignment. Since this bed is a little soft, I did notice that my hips were sinking into the structure a bit too much for my comfort.
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If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll want to know what it’ll feel like when the other person crawls out of bed in the morning or tosses around at night. This next test is intended to demonstrate the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. 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.
FYI: Each drop is associated with a common movement you might experience in bed, from tossing and turning (4” drop) to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to jumping (12”).
While there’s a healthy amount of bounce in this mattress, I’d say these are pretty solid results. The memory foam does an excellent job of dampening motion across the surface of the bed while the individually wrapped coils in the support layer work to further isolate and contain disturbance. That being said, you’re not likely to be too bothered by your bed mate’s movements, which makes this hybrid a great pick for couples.
Want to know whether you’re going to feel like you’re sinking “into” the Lucid memory foam mattress or lying “on top” of it? I thought you might, which is why I set up this next test to reveal how much sinkage you’re likely to experience with this mattress.
To visualize this, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb 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.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
Overall, I’d say these results are pretty much what I was expecting from this mattress and they tell me that while you’re likely to experience some satisfying sinkage from the memory foam comfort layer, the pocketed coil system is going to keep you lifted on top of the structure. What this means is that you’re going to get great pressure relief without that stuck-in-the-bed feeling you might get from other memory foam mattresses.
And last but certainly not least, let’s talk edge support. In this section, I’m going to figure out how much of the bed’s surface area you’ll be able to comfortably use, which will be important for anyone planning to share their bed with a partner.
As I mentioned earlier, Lucid added in a special layer of edge support to expand this usable space, so I’ll be especially interested to see how it holds up!
In this position, I noticed a pretty even feel from the center of the mattress to the side. As I scooted closer to the edge, I began to interact with the high-density poly foam edge support, which did a great job of bearing my weight. This section coupled with the supportive coils kept me buoyed on top of the structure so I never felt like I’d roll out of bed.
As you can see in the photograph, once I rolled onto my side, I began to detect some compression through the soft foam top layers as they contoured to the curves of my body. This sinkage didn’t really affect how I felt at the edge, though, as I continued to feel solid support.
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 mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Lucid actually held up really well. Overall, I’d say that I’m pretty impressed with this bed’s edge support!
- Warranty: 10 years.
- Shipping: Free, arrives compressed in a box.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Lucid bed is right for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||$339|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||$349|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||$459|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||$529.99|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||$669|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||$659|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Lucid mattress, it’s time for me to tell you who I think would like it most:
- Anyone on a budget – As with other Lucid mattresses, this model would be great for anyone on a budget. With a Queen size coming out to just $529.99, you’ll be able to get a bevy of high-quality materials at a price that’s not going to break the bank.
- Couples – Considering how well the bed did on the edge support and motion transfer tests, I’d say it would make an excellent pick for couples.
- Want memory foam without feeling stuck – And finally, the Lucid would be a solid choice for anyone who wants a classic memory foam vibe without the stuck-in-the-bed feeling that’s often associated with the material.