If you’re thinking to yourself, “Lucid…that sounds familiar”, it’s very likely because you’ve already seen Lucid products online. Lucid has quietly been changing the way sleepers shop for mattresses, bedding, pillows, and more for the last 5 years online. They are one of the largest and most established online mattress and bedding companies, with a sizable presence on Amazon.com.
For this review we’ll be looking at Lucid’s ultimate mattress, their super thick ultra plush 16″ memory foam and natural Latex mattress. This is one of the softness mattresses I have tested to date. Can Lucid’s 16″ mattress titan pass the Sleepopolis gauntlet? We put it to the test!
Continue reading below for my full review of the Lucid mattress.
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The Lucid mattress is a 16″ memory foam + natural Latex mattress built from four different layers.
- Top layer (comfort + cooling) – this is a 1″ Bamboo Charcoal memory foam layer. This layer is ultra soft, creating a plush cloud-like feeling. The bamboo helps to reduce heat retention (works in coordination with the bamboo infused cover), while the charcoal helps to eliminate odors in the mattress.
- 2nd Layer (support) – this a 3″ memory foam layer that provides much of the support for sleepers. It still has a soft feel, but it is primarily responsible for ensuring great support, pressure relief, and deep compression support.
- 3rd layer (transitional + bounce) – this a 2″ layer of natural Latex. Latex provides great bounce, responsiveness, and in the Lucid acts as a transitional support layer between the base foam and the top comfort layers.
- Bottom layer (foundational) – this is a 10″ high density foam layer that acts as the foundational base for the mattress. It provides shape and a strong stable foundation.
The cover of the Lucid mattress is a blend of polyester (60%) and rayon (40%) that has been extracted from bamboo. This combination gives the padded cover on top a super soft and cool feel. The extra coolness from the bamboo rayon is especially important. The more pronounced sinkage / hug from the ultra plush softness would naturally create a build up of heat (due to the increased amount of material on the sleeper). The cooling top layer and bamboo help to counteract this heat retention (more on cooling below). The side panels on the Lucid are a bit sturdier and are constructed from a blend of polyester (60%) and viscose (40%). They work with the foundational foam to provide good shape and protect the mattress from potential damage.
Aesthetically, this is one of the bolder mattress covers I’ve seen. The green, blue, and white color palette gives it a unique style, as do the varied patterns and textures. The cover is removable, which makes it easy in the event you ever need to spot clean (spot clean only, don’t machine wash the cover).
Firmness, Comfort, & Support
The Lucid mattress is one of the softest mattresses I have tested and reviewed to-date. It comes in at a 3 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. From the first moment you lie on the Lucid you’ll feel the softness, pressure relief, and hug. Even a sleeper of lighter size such as myself (at 140 pounds) sinks into the foam layers, creating a pronounced hug around all of your body. On my back I experienced 1-2″ of sinkage and hug, while on my sides it was in the 1-2.5″ range (with my hips finding the deeper sinkage).
The biggest concern with any ultra soft mattress is that the pronounced sinkage can sometimes mean pronounced heat retention as well. The more enveloped your body is within the mattress the greater the potential for heat build up. In general, I would say the Lucid mattress does a pretty good job of managing heat issues. Is it the absolute coolest mattress I have tested to date? No. However, I was impressed that it is able to offer this level of softness and hug, while still remaining comfortable.
Many older and more traditional memory foams are notorious for heat retention issues due to the sinkage and heat absorptive properties of the foam itself. The foams and bamboo cover do a good job of cycling heat away from the sleeper. The only negative cooling aspect is due to the deeper sinakge itself. At the most basic level, you have more material along the sides of and touching your body. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is absolute sublime cooling and 1 is extreme heat retention, I would give the Lucid a 6-6.5. If you are the type of sleeper who gets extremely hot during the night it’s likely not going to be right for you. However, if you have average / modest cooling needs during the night I don’t think the heat retention is enough that it would create an uncomfortable experience.
Support on the Lucid mattress was quite good, which I would expect from a 16″ thick mattress. The thicker profile makes this mattress ideal for larger sleepers who need better deep compression support. While the support is strong it’s important to make sure the firmness level meshes well with your support needs. For side sleepers, this type of mattress will perform very well, as it allows deeper contouring support along the curves of your body. Additionally, back sleepers can do well with this mattress. The softer feel wouldn’t necessarily be good or bad for back sleepers, as it becomes much more of a personal preference. Stomach sleepers should be careful with this mattress. Most stomach sleepers need something in the medium to slightly firm range to get adequate support (due to the increased pressure that sleeping on your belly creates).
All things considered, the Lucid is a very comfortable mattress. The ultra plush feel creates great pressure relief across the body, while the thick profile and large 6″ comfort layer hugs and contours to the sleeper.
Every mattress reviewed on Sleepopolis goes through a series of sinkage and hug tests. I created these tests to help you make comparisons between mattresses and better understand the feel, hug, sinkage, and body contour of each mattress.
- Lying on my back – in a normal lying position with my weight evenly distributed on my back I saw 1.5-2″ of sinkage. There is a pronounced hug and body shaping in all positions with this mattress.
- Sitting on the edge (conservative) – in a conservative sitting position where I am sitting a bit further back on the mattress (with my feet on the floor) I saw 3-3.5″ of sinkage.
- Sitting on the edge (aggressive) – in a more aggressive sitting position where I am sitting directly on the edge of the mattress (with my feet on the floor) I saw 5-5.5″ of sinkage.
- Standing in the middle – standing in the middle of the mattress with all of my weight in the center focused on a single point I saw 6-6.5″ of sinkage. This gives an idea of how the mattress performs under maximum stress.
All tests considered, the sinakge results were significant. For reference, I am 6’1″ and 140 pounds. You’ll want to adjust these sinkage depths based on your size and weight. Despite the higher levels of sinkage, the mattress still maintains good support due to the extra thick 16″ profile.
- Shipping – free shipping
- Trial Period – 30 nights (standard Amazon mattress refund policy)
- Refunds – standard Amazon.com refund policy
- Warranty – 25 years
- Smell – there is a strong smell for the first 7-10 days. If smells bother you I would recommend letting the mattress air out for the first few days in a separate room. After 2 weeks the smell is virtually 100% gone.
So the big question then…who is the Lucid mattress best for?
I would recommend the Lucid 16″ memory foam latex mattress to sleepers who:
- Want an ultra soft / plush feel – the Lucid 16″ mattress is a 3 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. This makes it one of the most soft mattresses I have ever tested. The ultra soft feel delivers deep contouring support and body shaping.
- Want a pronounced hug / sinkage – the soft feel of the Lucid mattress gives it a pronounced hug and deeper sinkage. A normal lying position will yield 1-2.5″ of sinkage depending on position (a bit more if you’re heavier). You absolutely must like more hug and a cloud-like comfort in order to feel comfortable and well supported by the Lucid mattress.
- Want a thicker profile mattress – at 16″ thick the Lucid mattress is quite thick. This gives it a very different weight (literal and visual) and aesthetic within the room. Additionally, you may need deeper pocket sheets and a new protector in order to fit the larger size.
- Only need an average level of cooling – considering the level of sinkage / hug the Lucid does a pretty good job of minimizing heat retention. However, at the end of the day deeper hug means more mattress coming into contact with your body, which means a warmer feel. The Lucid minimizes heat, but the level of hug is going to mean it’s not the absolute coolest mattress on the market. If you are a sleeper who needs absolute maximum cooling, I would not recommend it. If your cooling needs are average then the Lucid can still be a great fit.
- Want to keep your costs low – at $719 for a Queen the Lucid is one of the least expensive options on the market, especially for a memory foam latex hybrid that’s 16″ thick.
For more information Lucid’s mattress visit Amazon.com.