Last Updated on 09/21/2021 by Foam Globes
This article takes a look at the LUCID line of folding mattresses, specifically the 3-inch, 4-inch, and the rollaway folding guest bed with a 4-inch memory foam mattress. Also, read our latest guide about the best folding mattress.
1. LUCID 3-Inch Folding Mattress Review
Epitome Of Practicality
The LUCID 3-inch folding mattress is a tri-fold mattress, meaning it folds into thirds. It is stuffed with three inches of polyurethane foam encased in a polyester cover. One of the thirds is further foldable in half, which allows for slightly more utility. At three inches, this is not the thickest folding mattress available. Besides, there is no layer of memory foam to provide that extra bit of comfort. However, these sacrifices mean that the mattress is very light – you can easily carry it with you without breaking a sweat. To further help matters, the cover sports two carry handles that make it even easier to carry the mattress. The double-stitched handles seem durable enough to withstand the daily grind.
The polyester cover is removable. Also, it is machine-washable, which is always a great feature to have. However, we advise you to follow the wash instructions carefully – we experienced a bit of shrinking that made it hard to fit the mattress in again. Speaking of hard to fit in, the mattress itself is anything but difficult. It measures 75″ x 39″ x 3″ when flat and 39″ x 26.75″ x 9″ when folded. These are extremely compact measurements, and you can store the mattress in just about any nook or cranny you find. By extension, it also fits in pretty much any car, which is good news if you frequently need to carry your bedding during travel. It is not a hassle to carry on camping trips or a quick solution for your child’s dorm needs.
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Jack Of All Trades
When we consider comfort and the overall sleeping experience, the LUCID 3-inch folding mattress does decently well. Its single layer of polyurethane foam isn’t the cutting edge of comfort, but it isn’t uncomfortable. As there is no memory foam layer, the mattress sinks in noticeably after heavy usage. And since it is relatively thin, you will be able to feel the surface underneath, which is usually your bed frame or your floor. This feeling is not desirable, and if you are looking for a permanent option, this mattress is probably not the right choice. For light or occasional use, however, it does great. In our opinion, its main feature is how convenient it is to transport. It seems a small amount of comfort had to be sacrificed to achieve this portability.
Another nifty feature is that extra segmentation on one of the thirds of the mattress. This additional segment can be used to derive extra utility from the mattress when you aren’t sleeping. The mattress can be folded in a few different ways – you can use it as a mini-couch or a lounge chair. We also found that it can serve as a yoga mat or a play-mat for children when needed. The base of the mattress finds purchase on most surfaces, so it is quite suitable for camping trips.
Unfortunately, the features of the LUCID folding mattress do not justify its price enough. At just under $100, this mattress finds itself competing against models that are far more feature-heavy. There is inevitably going to be a better option at this price or even lower. However, the build quality of the mattress is quite good and could justify this price.
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The LUCID 3-inch folding mattress is an exciting product. It promises sheer ease of use and delivers the same with aplomb. Understandably, one mattress can’t have it all, so it does have its drawbacks. For example, the lack of memory foam might be a deal-breaker for some of you. The relatively thin stuffing can get worn out pretty quickly too. If it had been priced a little more aggressively, it might have been a no-brainer in the budget department. Useful features that some other models lack, like the carry handles, maybe its only saving grace. Overall, you should buy this mattress only if your sole requirement is convenience.
2. LUCID 4-Inch Folding Mattress Sofa Review
Though the 4-inch folding sofa might seem like a direct upgrade over the 3-inch version, they are meant to serve different purposes. The 3-inch folding mattress is the quintessential take-me-anywhere mattress. On the other hand, the 4-inch folding mattress is three inches thicker when folded. So it occupies a bit more space and is a lot clunkier to transport. It still has the carry handles and is light enough to carry with one hand. But if you need to move it around a lot, you are probably better off choosing the 3-inch model. One reason it is listed as a folding sofa instead of a mattress maybe because it makes a much better sofa when folded than its 3-inch sibling. Just like the smaller version, it can be used for a variety of purposes. It is available in sizes ranging from twin to king.
A Lot More Comfort
The extra inch of foam and comfort means additional cost. This mattress is available for under $110 for the twin size, going up to $200 for the king size. Again, the price is not very aggressive, and whether you decide against it depends on your budget.
Customer care is something that a lot of people overlook when choosing a mattress. While mattresses are usually long-term investments, choosing a brand that offers excellent customer service is a good idea. LUCID ships their folding mattresses in vacuum-sealed packages. When you unpack the mattress, you have to leave it in the open till it fully inflates and loses any odor. LUCID’s customer service is quite prompt and takes care of issues like incomplete inflation or deformed foam. They even offer free replacements if the damage is too severe.
When it comes to sleeping on the mattress, that extra inch of foam makes its presence felt. The mattress feels a lot firmer than the thinner variant. As a result, it provides much better support to your body, helping you sleep better. The more or less inevitable sink-in also happens a little slower. The additional padding does wonders all around, whether you use it as a mattress, a sofa, or anything else. If you are willing to put in extra effort transportation-wise, this mattress can be useful on camping trips. For the most part, this will likely be good as a spare to accommodate overnight guests. And also as a sofa when you need extra furniture for friends and guests.
Though the differences between the 3-inch and 4-inch LUCID folding mattresses are minor, they excel in entirely different aspects. The 3-inch version is the lightweight portability champ, while the 4-inch one focuses more on providing a comfortable sleep. With only $10 separating the two in cost, which one you buy comes down entirely to your requirements. Camping trips and yoga? 3-inch. Spare mattress or low-budget permanent mattress? 4-inch.
3. LUCID Rollaway Folding Guest Bed With 4-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Review
The LUCID rollaway folding bed goes an extra step past folding mattresses with its folding frame. It is also helpful for people who don’t like sleeping on the floor. The frame is made of heavy-duty steel. An arrangement of springs and synthetic canvas supports the folding mattress. The frame measures 73″ by 36″ and has a floor clearance of 11″. When folded, it is 44″ tall and 10.5″ wide. This size makes it easy to store in most walk-in closets when not in use. The wheels of the bed feature dual locks, which will prevent unintentional rolling.
The 4-inch mattress consists of one inch of medium-firm memory foam and three inches of high-density foam. It has a cover made of rayon sourced from bamboo. The cover is soft and breathable. The memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified and is free of harmful toxins and chemicals. When you fold the bed, the frame and mattress fold as one. When you purchase the bed, the assembly required is minimal. Assembly is easy and does not require any particular expertise or heavy tools.
The LUCID rollaway folding bed is extremely convenient to use. Storage should seldom be a problem with its dimensions, assuming you own a walk-in closet. It is especially suitable for guests, as the clearance between the floor and the mattress provides plenty of space to store luggage. The mattress is also very comfortable, with the memory foam layer doing its job quite well. With its supposed orthopedic benefits, it helps you sleep deeply and comfortably. The rayon cover is quite breathable and keeps the mattress cool even on hot nights. The underside of the mattress is anti-slip and prevents it from sliding during use or folding the bed. The innovative spring support also supposedly provides superior comfort when compared to traditional wooden slat arrangements. This is another use for the floor clearance, apart from providing storage space.
Unlike other memory foam mattresses, LUCID ships the mattress in this bed fully inflated. So you don’t have to let it decompress and can start using it right away. Also, while the memory foam is certified safe, there is a definite new-foam odor when unpacking it for the first time. We advise you to air the mattress until the smell disappears. Make sure you get the right size of sheets for the best experience. The frame does not require too much effort to fold and unfold. Though the bed is lightweight overall, it has a specified hold weight of 350 pounds, which is quite usable. The dual-lock wheels provide safety, preventing the bed from rolling when in use or storage. Overall, this bed, along with the mattress, is very comfortable and can be used permanently if you are on a budget.
The LUCID rollaway folding bed retails for just under $220 for the single cot size and goes up to $250 for the twin XL size. This price is reasonable, considering the quality of the product. Also, you get access to LUCID’s excellent customer care. So you can easily take care of any problems that crop up.
LUCID’s rollaway folding bed is a useful alternative to just folding mattresses. While folding mattresses fulfill the requirements, sleeping on a bed is different from sleeping on the floor. This bed’s unique hammock-style support arrangement ensures that you get maximum support from the mattress without any interference by the frame. Coming to the mattress itself, the layer of memory foam provides all the comfort you need. The soft rayon cover plays its part too. The setup of the bed after purchase does not pose any problem at all, as it is very user-friendly.
Overall, this is an excellent product from LUCID. The extra support that the frame provides is well worth the extra money you pay when you compare it to buying just the mattress. The fact that you do not have to remove the mattress from the frame before folding it is also very convenient. Depending on one’s budget and situation, this could either be a glorified temporary sleeping solution or a genuine hospitality gesture towards one’s guests.