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Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

The Lucid 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam mattress is a budget bed in a box that is highly rated on Amazon and Walmart.

In this post, we break down the Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam bed. This is a budget bed in a box that has some strict criteria concerning who will sleep best on it. Read this post to learn who we think this bed is best for, if couples will like it, if it sleeps hot, and more.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Anyone looking for a memory foam feel
  • People that want to select the firmness level of their mattress
  • Petite to average sized sleepers
  • Budget shoppers

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • People that want a luxury-tier bed as opposed to a cheap one
  • Individuals that only buy American-made products

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Lucid Memory Foam Mattress Review: Outline

We’ve tried to make this review as comprehensive as possible, so here’s an outline that will allow you easier navigation. We’ve only included the major sections in the outline, but if you scroll down further you’ll see that we get into the minutiae quite a bit.

Quick Overview Of The Lucid Memory Foam Mattress

Lucid is a budget mattress brand that predominantly sells through Amazon, where they (as of late 2018) have a 4.1 star rating and over 5,000 reviews. They also offer Amazon Prime, so that free expedited shipping is an option for Prime members.

They also sell through Walmart, including physical Walmart stores, but it looks like the vast majority of people buying online are going through Amazon.

Unboxing And Time To Expand

This bed will arrive on your doorstep rolled up and compressed in plastic, inside a cardboard box. Try to unpackage your mattress right away and in the room you intend to use it. It’ll need 24-48 hours to fully inflate and air out any chemical smells from being packaged. Depending on how long the mattress has been roll-packed, it could take as long as 72 hours to expand entirely. Whether it’s 24 or 72 hours, however, that’s really standard. We see this all of the time with memory foam mattresses.

Unfortunately, Lucid does not offer traditional trial periods with their bed when you order through Amazon. Most other bed-in-a-box brands offer trial periods of around 100-nights and free returns during this period, but they also cost a couple hundred dollars more. If you’re looking at this bed because of the price, check out this list of Best Mattresses Under $500.

If you are unhappy with your Lucid mattress and want to return it, contact Amazon for their policies. You can also look for information on the bed’s Amazon product page. You might not be eligible for a full return, so be sure to do your research and read this whole post before you buy. Amazon has a 30-day return window. Of course, if you purchase through another retailer such as Walmart or eBay, you’ll have to deal with their respective return policies.

Where To Buy Lucid Mattress (And Pricing Overview)

Congratulations! You have found one of the most affordable mattresses on the market. While prices tend to fluctuate on Amazon, we’ve seen a Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam mattress in a queen size for around $200. If you’re not a picky sleeper and don’t need any bells and whistles (like cooling technology) with your bed, this is a good bang for your buck. Here’s a current pricing breakdown by size:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin XL$275
King / Cal King$425

Again, keep your eye on this bed for a little bit, as prices on Amazon change frequently. As we mentioned above, Amazon isn’t the only place to find this mattress. You can also shop for Lucid products at Walmart, eBay, Wayfair, Home Depot, Groupon, and Overstock.

What’s Inside The Lucid Memory Foam Mattress

As the name clearly describes, this is a 10” all-foam bed (they do offer different thicknesses, as well) with a memory foam feel. Its construction starts with 7.5″ of High Density Support Foam, and is then topped with 2.5″ of Gel Memory Foam that contains microscopic gel beads and is ventilated. It’s a simple foam construction, similar to that of Nectar or AmazonBasics.

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An inside look at the 10″ Lucid Gel Memory Foam mattress

All of Lucid’s foam in the bed is CertiPUR-US certified, which means the foam has been independently tested for safety of materials used, physical performance, and environmental stewardship. Careful construction guarantees no prohibited phthalates, no ozone depleters, no CFCs, no mercury, no formaldehyde, no PBDEs, and low emission (VOCs) for indoor air quality. They also state that this mattress does not contain synthetic or natural latex of any kind.

About The Cover On The Lucid Mattress

The cover of the mattress is a tencel blend fabric. It’s made with 10% tencel lyocell, and 90% polyester. This is a very thin cover. So thin that it’s almost see-through, so you can see the foam construction of the bed. It’s also a bit loose and it tends to bunch up. It’s not the best cover we’ve seen, but that’s mostly an aesthetic problem.

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A closer look at the cover

This cover is removable, but we don’t recommend that you ever actually remove it. If you have any spills or stains, just mix some mild detergent with warm water and spot treat the area.

We recommend you rotate your mattress every 3-6 months to prevent against permanent indentations or sagging in the bed. This mattress is not flippable, so there is no need to flip it.

Relative Firmness Of The Lucid Gel Memory Foam Bed

The Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam mattress has a dense memory foam feel and is available in three firmness options:

Medium-Plush — The softest version that they make. This bed sits at about a medium-soft and feels similar to the Green Tea mattress from Zinus. In other words, it has a soft, sink-in memory foam feel.

Medium — This is likely the most popular version from Lucid. It sits at about a proper medium on our firmness scale and is able to accomodate most sleeping positions for medium and petite individuals.

Firm — This particular model is quite firm. We’d grade it at about a medium-firm to firm on our scale. You do get some pressure relief, but, for the most part, you remain on top of the mattress, and you do not have the opportunity to nestle in like you do with the other two models.

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Keep in mind that firmness is relative to the weight of the sleeper. Usually, the heavier someone is, the more they’ll sink into the bed and the softer the bed will feel. Whereas a lighter person won’t sink into the bed as much, so the bed will feel firmer to them.

It doesn’t immediately respond to pressure, but it’s actually fairly quick by memory foam mattress standards. You can sort of expect that the firmer the bed, the quicker it will be to respond since the foam layers are more dense.

Sleeper Type: Stomach And Back

The Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam mattress is a great bed for back and stomach sleepers if you get the Firm model. This bed is so firm that it does a great job of supporting the hips and shoulders so that they don’t sag into the mattress, causing the spine to arch. It’s important to keep your spine in neutral alignment to prevent waking up with aches and pains.

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You can also try the Medium option—and we think it will work for most people—but, certainly, the Firm version is designed with stomach and back sleepers in mind.

Sleeper Type: Side And Combo

The Medium-Plush and Medium options are best for side and combo sleepers. Side sleepers need a softer bed that is pressure relieving for their hips and shoulders.

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A budget-tier memory foam bed that comes in three firmness levels

You’ll notice a true, sink-in feel with the Medium-Plush version that will do a good job of cradling your body when you lay on your side. If you’re a petite side sleeper, the Medium-Plush version is the one to get. Anyone that’s around 160 lb or more might want to first consider the Medium version, unless you’re looking for a soft bed.

Is This Lucid Bed Good for Heavier People?

Not really. Because this is a 10” all-foam bed, it won’t have great durability for heavier people. It will be pretty supportive, though, because it’s just so firm. If you’re a heavier person who needs a bed for only a year or two, it should be fine. If you want something more long term, check out our list of Best Hybrid Beds.

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Will This Lucid Mattress Sleep Hot?

We’d say temperature neutral, partially because it uses gel memory foam as opposed to traditional memory foam. Usually memory foam beds tend to sleep warm because you sink into the mattress and the surrounding material heats up from your body, but because this particular memory foam bed is so firm and dense, you’ll sleep more on top of the bed instead of down in it. This means you’ll get better airflow. The top layer of memory foam in this bed is also ventilated for airflow, which keeps it more temperature neutral.

lucid gel memory foam mattress review temperature regulation

If you have a preference on whether you like to sleep warm or cool, external factors will have more of an influence. We recommend consulting your thermostat.

Having said all of that, the Medium-Plush option will sleep the warmest due to its firmness profile. Generally speaking, the softer the bed, the warmer you can expect it to sleep since you nestle into the materials more at night.

Will Lucid Be Ok For Couples?

The Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam mattress is a good option for couples on a really tight budget. The edge support on the Medium and Firm versions is pretty good, which means that you can go for a smaller size to fit in your tiny apartment, and neither of you will fall off the side of the bed because the edge can’t support your weight.

The Medium-Plush option won’t quite have the edge support that the other two models do. As such, if you plan to share a full size mattress, you might want to stick to the Medium or Firm models.

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Firmer beds tend to have better edge support

As you’d expect given that this is a memory foam bed, it does a wonderful job of isolating motion. If you take a look at the video below, you can see that there’s almost no motion traveling through the mattress whatsoever.

This means when your partner thinks it’s a good idea to drink coffee at 5pm (rest tip: it’s not), and tosses and turns all night, they won’t wake you up with all their motion.

Review Verdict: Lucid Gel Memory Foam Mattress

In summary, we think this mattress is a fair deal considering the price. Just be aware that it’s not the most aesthetically impressive bed on the market, but that’s what sheets and blankets are for. We think this bed is a great option for kids, teens, and college students, and couples looking for a 4-5 year mattress should be fine on it, as well. We do, however, appreciate that it’s available in multiple firmness levels, so you get to pick whichever best matches your sleeping preferences.

Review Team

Tharon Green

Stomach Sleeper


Jack Reynoso

Combo Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper


How did we get this bed?

This bed was sent to us for free to try out. As always, we are under no obligation to give good or bad reviews of this mattress. All opinions are purely that of the Slumber Yard team.

What other products does Lucid sell?

They have numerous other mattresses, as well as bed frames, mattress toppers, and other sleep accessories.

Does this bed come in multiple sizes?

Yes. They make the standard memory foam bed in a 5", 12", and 14" varietal. They also make latex beds, hybrid beds, and more.

Where is this Lucid mattress manufactured?

According to Lucid, the bed is designed in the United States, but is made in China. That said, it still has the CertiPUR-US certification that you should absolutely make sure your bed has (at least if you're buying in the US).

Who makes this mattress?

Not sure. The tag says one thing, but when we search around, we can't find the exact company that makes it.