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|Firm Memory Foam||Check Current Price||Extremely affordable memory foam mattress that is ideal for back and stomach sleepers. This mattress is slightly firmer than the typical memory foam bed in a box.|
|Industry Favorite||Check Current Price||Popular 10" budget mattress that has more of a neutral-foam feel. If you dislike memory foam, this mattress might be right for you.|
|Soft Memory Foam||Check Current Price||Cheap mattress that has a soft memory foam feel. This bed is especially good for people that sleep primarily on their side.|
Before we begin, you may find the video overview we published helpful. Slumber Yard team member Matt breaks down the major items you should know about each bed.
There’s only so much detail we get fit into one video though. Keep reading to learn more each each of these budget beds.
Before we jump into the meat and potatoes of this comparison, let’s first quickly talk about each company’s policies. Tuft & Needle, like most traditional bed-in-a-box companies, offers free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial, and a 10-year warranty. Basically, the company allows you test out the bed for three months and if you decide you don’t like it, they will send someone to your house or apartment to pick up the bed and issue you a full refund, no questions asked.
Lucid and Zinus, on the other hand, are a little different. Yes, you’ll obviously get free shipping, but when it comes to a trial period, you’ll get 30 days (basically Amazon’s return policy). And it’s worth mentioning that the return process with Amazon can be a little more challenging than going through the brand. We’ve heard you have to jump through a few more hoops when returning a mattress via Amazon. Each company offers a solid warranty, though. With Zinus, you’ll get a 10-year limited warranty and with Lucid you get a 25-year limited warranty.
That’s just a short overview of how these beds compare. Keep reading more for details on Zinus, Lucid, and Tuft & Needle.
The Lucid mattress starts with a thick 7.5″ layer of dense support foam on the bottom. On top of that is a 2.5″ layer of gel memory foam, which is supposed to have better cooling properties than traditional memory foam.
Overall, we found the Lucid 10″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress to be extremely comfortable and surprisingly more responsive than other memory foams beds we’ve tested. That means you’ll find it easy to switch between sleeping positions without feeling like you’re “stuck in the mud.”
Overall, we’d put it around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. Of course, that’s for the body of an average sized person. A heavier sleeper (250+ lb) might find it to be softer than that since they sort of sink into the mattress more. Therefore, a heavier sleeper might also find that they do actually get a little bit of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling.
Also, we could see this bed sleeping a little warmer for heavier individuals since it will sort of hug them. On the other hand, a lighter sleeper (150 lb or less) might find it slightly firmer because they exert much less pressure on the bed.
Given the firmness level, we see this bed being best for back and stomach sleepers. It provides a good amount of support for light and average sized sleepers. If you’re a combo sleeper (i.e. rotate between side, stomach, and back throughout the night), you’ll be just fine, but if you’re a strict side sleeper, there are better options out there that provide more pressure relief for your hips and shoulders.
When it comes to limiting motion transfer and edge support, the Lucid mattress performs well. These are two important features for couples to consider. This is an all-foam mattress with a thick layer of memory foam on top so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it does a good job of deadening movement. This means if you sleep with a partner who tends to move around or get up a lot during the middle of the night, you probably won’t even notice.
The Lucid mattress also performs well in terms of edge support. It’s not as good as an innerspring or hybrid mattress in this regard, but there’s actually not much sinkage around the edges and you won’t feel like you’re going to fall right off the bed.
Overall, we see this bed being best for budget-minded shoppers who prefer a firmer memory foam feel.
Like the Lucid mattress, the Tuft & Needle mattress is also 10″ thick and is comprised of just two layers. On the bottom is a thick layer of support foam, which provides the foundation for the bed. On top is a layer of what the company calls its T&N Adaptive Foam.
This is a proprietary foam that is sort of in-between memory foam and latex foam. It shares characteristics from both. It’s soft and somewhat contouring like memory foam, but it’s much more responsive like latex foam.
As such, we’ve found that the Tuft & Needle mattress has more of a neutral, light foam feel compared to the likes of Lucid and Zinus. Some people don’t like the feel of dense memory foam like you get with Zinus and Lucid. So if you fall into that category, Tuft & Needle is going to be your best bet out of the three. It’s also on the firmer side of the spectrum. We’d say it’s about a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale (again, depending on your weight).
Given the firmness level, this mattress is going to best for back and stomach sleepers. There’s very little sinkage and it’s going to be able to keep your spine properly aligned (for most sized sleepers). Combo sleepers should be just fine as well as long as don’t spend too much time on your side.
The Tuft & Needle mattress is soft, but it just doesn’t provide a ton of pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’re better off going with Zinus or a mattress from our Best Mattress For Side Sleepers list.
In terms of temperature regulation, the Tuft & Needle is probably the best option out of three for keeping you cool. We think it gets the slight edge over Lucid, mainly because its top layer is not memory foam, which is traditionally known for trapping heat.
Now, we’re not saying Tuft & Needle is the coolest sleeping mattress on the market… it’s not. It’s not cool to the touch and it doesn’t actively cool you down. However, given its firmness level, you’ll sleep more on top of the bed, which should help keep you from heating up at night.
Now let’s talk couples — like Zinus and Lucid, the Tuft & Needle mattress also performs well in terms of limiting motion transfer. The mattress passed our test with flying colors. We don’t envision couples having any issues with this bed.
Its edge support is also pretty good for an all-foam bed. Again, an innerspring or hybrid mattress would be better, but the Tuft & Needle bed will get the job done. As you migrate towards the perimeter of the bed, you won’t feel like you are about to slide right off.
Overall, the Tuft & Needle is a fantastic option for budget shoppers who aren’t a big fan of memory foam. There’s a reason why it has such good ratings on Amazon and why it’s always on the shortlist for Best Value Mattress by Consumer Reports.
The Zinus mattress starts with two 3.5″ layers of high-density support foam on the bottom. In the middle is a 2″ layer of what the company calls its Comfort Foam. On top is a thick 3″ layer of straight memory foam. Wrapping all these layers is a thin, removable cover, but one thing we would add is that it’s a bit loose and it can sort of bunch up under your sheets, which can be annoying.
In terms of feel, the Zinus Green Tea mattress has a softer and lighter memory foam feel compared to Lucid and Tuft & Needle. You sink in a little more as you lay down. As such, we’d say it belongs in the medium-soft range on the firmness scale. But again, that depends on your weight. Lighter sleepers will feel like it’s more of a medium, while heavier folks will feel like it garners more of a straight soft rating.
We see this bed being best for side sleepers and lighter or average sized combo sleepers. For these types of people, the mattress provides a good amount of pressure relief for your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side, yet still provides enough support when you’re on your back or stomach.
However, heavy individuals are another story with this bed. Truthfully, we wouldn’t recommend this bed if you’re 250 lb or more. We just don’t think the durability will be there long term.
We do realize, though, that this is a budget bed. Many people who buy this mattress aren’t expecting it to last for 8-10 years. Heck, for the price Zinus charges, you could buy a new Zinus every two or three years and still come out ahead. So in that regard, we guess it’s really not that big of a deal.
Given how soft this bed is and how you sink in a bit, we’d say this bed sleeps warm. It will depend on your weight a little, though. Lighter weight sleepers will lay more on top of the mattress and might think it sleeps at a neutral temperature. However, average and heavy weight sleepers nestle into the mattress quite a bit, so it will feel like the mattress is hugging them and the temperature will warm up a little.
One category in which Zinus excels, though, is motion transfer (or lack thereof). This Green Tea mattress passed our test with flying colors. It’s an all-foam mattress with a thick memory foam top layer, so it comes as no surprise.
The last point we’d bring up here is edge support, which is just okay. We think the edge support with the Lucid and Tuft & Needle is slightly better. When you’re near the edges of the Zinus, it compresses quite a bit and it’s sort of hard to roll back to the center of the mattress due to that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. if you’re a couple that shares a mattress, this is an important consideration.
Overall, we see this bed as a great value play for side sleepers. It’s so cheap, it’s hard to argue with the value you’re getting.