[Updated January 2018]
If you have shopped for memory foam mattresses or latex mattresses on Amazon, you probably have seen the brand name Lucid. Now the brand has a website of its own, https://www.lucidmattress.com/, but in early 2014, this brand was identified as Linenspa (mattress name) by Lucid, and the company site to visit was that of Linenspa. Lucid is still a Linenspa brand, but the current trend is for manufacturers to give key brands websites of their own.
Linenspa is a division of Malouf Fine Linens of Logan, Utah, which also produces and distributes bedding and other household linens, as well as a variety of household and hospitality goods under the Linenspa and Malouf brand names. The mattresses are primarily sold online, but some items, such as Malouf Bed Protectors, are also available in stores, such as Walmart and Costco.
Made in China
Most Malouf merchandise, though designed here, is made overseas. All of their Lucid mattresses are made in China. While the quality of some products made in China has been improving, overall it is still not up to the same quality as products made in the USA, Canada, or Europe. This is still true for foams, especially memory foam. Differences in quality of the foam are seen when reading customer reviews of foam products.
Ten Lucid bed mattresses were listed in March 2014. Eleven bed mattresses were listed in 2016. Today, Lucid lists fourteen mattress models. On their site,
Besides these, Lucid has what they call Foam Furniture. In this group is a 3-Inch Folding Mattress, three folding mattress-sofas, a roll-away bed with a memory foam mattress, and an 8-Inch Convertible Mattress-Sofa. Here, were are concerned with mattresses for beds.
The bed mattresses listed in 2016were:
- 5” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 6” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 8” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 10” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 10” inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress
- 12” Memory Foam Mattress
- 12” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 14” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 14” Plush Memory Foam Mattress
- 10” Latex Mattress
- 16” Natural Latex and Memory Foam Plush Mattress
These were listed in two categories: Memory Foam Mattresses and Latex Foam Mattresses. The 16” model is listed in both categories, since it has both memory foam and latex.
Sometime between mid-2016 and January 2018 Malouf/Linenspa changed the way Lucid mattresses were listed. The current layout is more mobile-friendly. It is no longer a long page with all the models listed and displayed. Instead, the shopper can shop by category:
- Shop By Comfort
- Medium Firm
- Medium Plush
- Shop By Bedroom
- Kids Bedroom
- Guest Bedroom
- Master Bedroom
- Shop By Material
- Gel Memory Foam
The mattresses, according to comfort level (firmness) are:
- 6 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 8 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 10 Inch Latex Foam Mattress
- 10 Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress
- 12 Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress
- 10 Inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress .
- 14 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 12 Inch Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- 10 Inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress
- 12 Inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress
- 14 Inch Plush Memory Foam Mattress
- 16 Inch Natural Latex + Memory Foam Mattress
Materials and Construction
Lucid stresses the open-cell structure of their memory foam, citing two benefits – (1) airflow for freshness and cooling, and (2) better support while still being conforming. By now, open-cell foams are the norm, especially for memory foam, mostly for cooling. As to cooling, Lucid goes farther. Their top memory foam layers are vertically ventilated with pores placed in a grid pattern. As is shown in a video demonstrating Relief Mart’s patented Airflow Transfer System (ATS), ventilation has several times the flow of air as open-cell foam.
What Lucid is lacking is a more positive sideward flow of air to pass through the border (side cover) of the mattress. This is found in mattresses with ATS and echoed in some other brands. ATS has channels cut into the top surface of the support core foam. Some other manufacturers use convoluted foam, horizontal scoring, or channels with a different crosscut profile than the patented ATS to provide for airflow to the sides. This video shows how this provides for even more airflow.
All models but the latex mattresses have gel-infused memory foam. The gel is for cooling. There is a limit to how long gel can provide cooling, since there is a limit to how much heat it can absorb. With Lucid mattresses, the ventilation lets some of the heat absorbed by the gel dissipate. This would be greater if these mattresses had the sideways airflow, too.
Six Lucid mattresses have bamboo charcoal infused into memory foam. The stated purpose of the charcoal is to control odors, to control moisture, and to cool.
Four Lucid mattresses feature latex. One is a latex foam mattress, two are latex hybrid mattresses (with coils), and the fourth is a latex-memory foam hybrid with a polyfoam support core. As memory foam is valued for its conformity and pressure relief, latex is valued for its resilience.
Firmness levels of Lucid mattresses range from “firm” in the 5” and 6” mattresses to “plush” in the 14” Plush and the 16 Inch Latex + Memory Foam. The densities of foams are not given except for two models. Amazon reveals that the top layer is 4 lbs. in the 12” Memory Foam Mattress and 5.3 lbs. in the 14” Gel Memory Foam Mattress. Since each of these is the firmer of a pair of models the same height, this seems to indicate that the foam in the other model of each pair is less dense. However, these two models each have a second memory foam layer, which may be firmer than in their “plush” counterparts.
The implication is that, with the exception of these two models, the memory foam is lighter than 4 lbs. In 2016, Sleep Like The Dead listed the memory foam density of Lucid mattresses as 2.5-5.3, lighter than all the other memory foam mattresses on the comparison chart except Comfort Dreams (2.5, 3, 4). As of January 2, 2018, Lucid is no longer on their chart, Memory Foam Mattress Brands: Ratings and Comparison. In all fairness, the chart seems to cover eleven of the brands with the highest sale volumes.
The very firm polyurethane foam bases/support cores of Lucid foam mattresses vary by model, from 4” in the 5” and 6” models to 10” in the 16” latex + memory foam model. They are a large percentage of the total mattress height in each model. This level of support is to keep the lighter foams above from bottoming out. Malouf has a 25-year warranty on its Lucid mattresses, suggesting that they are depending on the firmness of the bases to provide durability.
Lucid lists four hybrid mattresses: two 10” and two 12” models. A fifth model, the 16 Inch Natural Latex + Memory Foam Mattress, could be called a latex-memory foam hybrid, but Lucid reserves the term “hybrid” for foam mattresses that have coil support. These are individually wrapped pocket coils. They are 5.5” high in the 10” models and 6.5” in the 12” ones.
Coils provide the traditional feel familiar to users of innerspring mattresses. Pocket coils, invented 90 years before the introduction of memory foam, are the first providers of conforming pressure relief and motion isolation. However, coils still press upward on the sleeper’s body. The advantage of memory foam is its “memory.” It does not bounce back right away. Since it is temperature-sensitive, it softens under larger body parts until matching their contours, which means less pressure.
The cover materials vary by model. Most are straightforward fabric covers. The cover of the 5” Gel Memory Foam Mattress is polyester. Most of the others have a blend with Tencel and another fiber (usually rayon from bamboo or microfiber). All the covers can be machine washed except those with foam quilted in.
Two of the Lucid mattress models feature aloe vera extract added to the cover fabric. Its intent is to freshen the fabric.
Lucid mattresses can be ordered directly from the company on the brand’s website. They are also available on several retail sites, such as Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, Walmart.com, Home Depot, and Macy’s.
Warranty and Shipping
The warranty on Lucid mattresses is for 25 years. The return period is for 30 days. All mattresses are compressed, sealed, rolled and put into boxes for shipping. Lucid includes a letter-opener type device to facilitate opening the package. No sleep trial/return period is mentioned in Lucid listings, but Linenspa has a 30-day return policy, after which the warranty kicks in.
On Sleep Like The Dead, Lucid had an owner satisfaction rate of 77%, higher than Sealy Optimum (76%), Serta iComfort (74%), and Sleep Science (76%). It is the same as Sleep Innovations, and lower than the rest (13 brands), including BedInABox (83%), Casper (80%)*, DreamFoam (80%)*, Leesa (80%)*, Novosbed (82%), Signature Sleep (78%), Tempur-Pedic (81%), and Zinus (80%). The probable reasons for this are (1) light density memory foam, and (2) foam made in China. 77% is the equivalent of 3.85 of 5.0 stars.
* No longer on this chart.
On Amazon the aggregate average rating, of all verified customer reviews (as of Jan. 12, 2018) is 4.13 stars (82.52%), higher than the customer satisfaction rate on STLD. There is negligible difference in ratings between verified customer reviews and all reviews, probably because a very high percentage of the reviews are by verified customers.
Pros and Cons
Some of the outstanding pros and cons on Lucid mattresses are below:
- Motion isolation
- Expands quickly
- Relieves pressure
- Not hot
- The smell when opening the package
- Questionable durability