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Zinus vs Tuft and Needle vs Lucid Review

See which of these beds should be considered the best Amazon mattress

Last Updated: March 14, 2020

The three mattresses we’re comparing (Lucid vs Tuft & Needle vs Zinus) are budget-friendly mattresses that sell extremely well on Amazon. However, don’t let the budget title fool you, all three of these beds perform well. There’s a reason why each have solid ratings on Amazon with thousands and thousands of reviews.

Lucid 10" Gel Memory Foam Memory Foam See on Amazon Applied in CartIf you need a cheap mattress, Lucid Gel Memory Foam is worth exploring further. It comes in multiple firmness options and is more affordable than most beds you’ll find online and in-store.
Tuft & Needle Original Soft Foam 15% Off Discount In CartTuft & Needle is quite possibly the most popular budget mattress online. The bed is comfortable and accommodates all types of sleepers.
Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam See on Amazon Applied in CartZinus Green Tea is a budget memory foam bed that offers ample pressure relief for side sleepers.

Tuft and Needle vs Zinus Video Review

Before we dive in, you may find our video review below helpful. Slumber Yard team member Owen breaks down the major items you should know about Zinus and Tuft & Needle.

There’s only so much detail we get fit into one video though. Continue along for more information about each of these budget beds.

Lucid vs Tuft and Needle Comparison Video

Below is our short video the summarizes the main differences between Lucid and Tuft & Needle.

Now that we have the videos out of the way, it’s time to discuss each mattress in more detail.

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.”

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The firm option is great for back and stomach sleepers

Overall, for the firm model, 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 of the firm model, 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, make sure to look into their plush-medium option.

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You can choose between the medium-plush, medium, and firm model

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 to select the firmness level of their mattress.

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.

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A peek inside the Tuft & Needle mattress

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).

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Soft, neutral-foam feel

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.

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Tuft & Needle performs well in terms of motion isolation and edge support

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’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.

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The Zinus Green Tea mattress provides ample pressure relief

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.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper