The Lucid 3-inch Memory Foam Topper: Best-in-Class Breathability
- Very comfortable
- Superior breathability an heat regulation
- Moves around on the mattress, need to use a tight cover
- May have a mild memory foam odor
If you need to soften up an existing mattress, the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper is a pretty effective addition to your sleeping arsenal. While there were a few flaws uncovered during our extensive review process, overall we were pretty satisfied with it. So where does it exceed expectations, and where does it fall short? Read on to find out!
For queen-size orders, the topper will be shipped in a 24 ½” x 16” x 16 ½” box weighing roughly 26 lbs.
The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper is 3 inches thick and has a 3lb pcf density. The product is made from resilient memory foam with open cell construction.
According to the 200 current owners we interviewed, the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper is quite comfortable. Most of them give it a soft to medium firmness rating.
If you aren’t very heavy (under 230 lbs) the topper should have a medium firmness for you.
Out of 200 current owners, 55% of them noticed an odor that ranged from no smell to light (lasting 3 days).
Due to its open cell construction and improved airflow and breathability, the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper does not get too hot.
The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper has been reviewed using the Zen Score System, which gives a score out of 100 based on 6 main factors: Unpacking (20pts), Smell (20 pts), Feel & Firmness (20 pts), Durability (20 pts), and Heat Regulation (20 pts) .
- Unpacking the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper
- Feel & Firmness
The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper comes shipped in a 24 ½” x 16” x 16 ½” Amazon shipping box weighing approximately 26 lbs (this is for the queen-sized version).
The topper is rolled up and placed in a separate, airtight packaging within the shipping box. Upon opening this packaging the topper will begin expanding immediately, so take note of the following advice:
Linenspa is the company that sells the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper. The topper is manufactured in China.
Linenspsa produces their memory foam products in accordance with the strict standards of the CertiPUR-US program, which means their mattresses are :
– Made without ozone depletes
– Made without PBDE flame retardants
– Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy materials
– Made without phthalates regulated by Consumer Product Safety Commission
– Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality
The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper has a thickness of… you guessed it! – 3 inches. The foam carries a 3 lb pcf density, which is a good balance between durability and comfort.
Total points awarded for Unpacking: 18 / 20.
Most first-time purchasers of memory foam sleeping products may notice a “memory foam smell” upon unpacking and setting up the product. In most cases, there’s nothing to worry about! The smell is only temporary and will disappear anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Sometimes, however, the smell can be stronger and linger for a lot longer. That’s why we dedicate a whole section to the smell of every memory foam product – to best predict what your experiences will be.
We interviewed over 200 current owners of the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper, asking them about smell and how long it lasted (if at all). Here’s what we found out:
- No Smell - 21%
- Light odor, gone in 3 days - 34%
- Mild odor, gone in 5 days - 40%
- Strong odor, gone in 7 days - 5%
In our opinion, these results are average. They aren’t super amazing, and not alarming by any means. 55% of owners thought the topper had no odor or a light one that disappeared within 3 days. 40% said it had a mild odor that disappeared within 5 days, and 5% said it had a strong odor that disappeared within a week. We like to see the overwhelming majority of respondents saying the product in question has either no odor, a light one, or a mild one. Therefore, we are generally happy with these results.
Verdict: Your Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper will most likely have no odor, a light one, or a mild one. As a worst-case scenario, budget 5 days’ time for the possible smells to disappear.
Total points awarded for Smell: 15 / 20
No amount of words on a website can replace actually trying out a specific mattress for yourself. But in lieu of having that option, we provide our own professional testing and back it up with data and statistics from over 200 current owners of the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper.
We placed the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper on top of a quite firm and uncomfortable spring mattress, and had two individuals sleep on it for a week. Our sleeping subjects were a 200 lb male, and a 150 lb female. Here are our major observations:
For both testers, the Lucid 3-inch topper was comfortable and had a soft to medium firmness. Here are some other major observations:
- No feelings of sinking through
- Topper did not feel overly gooey or doughy during sleep
- Moving around on the bed was not very easy (this is the memory foam effect), but it wasn’t any worse than other memory foam products
- Both testers noted that the topper felt comfortable in both side and stomach sleeping positions
- Topper kept moving around, wasn’t as stable on the bed as it was supposed to be
To expand on the last point – this topper seemed to be a bit “loose” on the mattress that we placed it on. We believe this could have been due to the difference in materials between the topper and the mattress. It could also have been the cover we used. To make sure you don’t have the same issue, make sure you use an appropriately sized cover (make sure it’s as snug as possible) and that the sizing of the topper and your mattress fit well.
Overall, both testers were quite satisfied with the topper.
In the second part of our feel and firmness test, we interviewed current owners of the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper to see their level of comfort with this product. Here’s what we found out:
- Felt soft - 57%
- Medium firmness - 34%
- Medium-hard firmness - 9%
57% of our respondents said the topper felt soft. 34% said the topper had a medium firmness, and 9% said the topper had a medium-hard firmness. 87% of owners said the Lucid 3-inch topper felt comfortable and was a great addition to their sleep setup.
Verdict: the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper has between a soft to medium firmness, and will make your current sleeping experience more comfortable and softer.
Total points awarded for Feel: 18 / 20
Durability is quite an important factor, but how can we measure it? Typically, there are 3 important factors we at Zen Sleeping prefer to consider: adequate density, high-quality garment construction, and resistance to surface/ edge abrasions. In this section, we dive into each and every one of them.
A memory foam topper has to be dense enough to promote durability and last long, but not so dense that the foam gets overly gooey and uncomfortable when you’re lying on it. This gooey feeling occurs because the human body transfers heat to the memory foam, and if the foam is dense enough, it starts to become uncomfortable and gooey. This seems to happen most often with memory foam products that have a density of 4lb or more.
With a density of 3 lb per cubic foot, the Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper is within the optimum density range for durability whilst staying low enough to prevent any gooeyness.
Garment construction refers to how resistant the mattress topper cover and actual mattress topper are to tearing at the sides, seams, and edges.
The Lucid 3-inch doesn’t come with a cover, but from interviews with 200 of our current owners there doesn’t seem to be any complaints at all regarding tearing.
Surface and edge abrasions are basically when the surface of any material starts wearing away after repeated usage. Memory foam products made from low-quality materials are especially susceptible.
Again, the overwhelming majority of our interviewed owners had no complaints regarding surface / edge abrasions. There were a few, but they were low enough in occurrence that we would deem them as malfunctions (which Linenspa completely covers under its warranty) rather than actual systemic issues with the product.
Linenspa claims their Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper will last up to 3 years. From our review and questionnaires from current owners, we completely agree.
Total points awarded for Durability: 19 / 20
Memory foam products sometimes get a bad reputation for “capturing heat”, which happens when heat from your body transfers to a badly-ventilated mattress and has nowhere to flow. This does occur, but mostly with lower-quality memory foam products, so it’s important for us to review this factor for every memory foam topper.
Before actually getting into the nitty-gritty, we do have some initial good news. The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper contains hundreds of evenly sized and spaced ventilation holes, which serve to improve airflow and breathability of the mattress. Therefore, as long as the foam itself is high-quality, there should be no issue with regard to heat regulation.
We asked 200 current owners of the Luci 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper to give us their opinions regarding heat regulation. This is what we found out:
- Cool temp - 23%
- Neutral temp - 18%
- Warm temp - 42%
- Hot temp, uncomfortable - 7%
Amazing results. 93% of users reacted very positively (either cool temp, neutral temp, or warm temp) to the heat regulating abilities of the topper.
Verdict: The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper has some of the best heat regulating foam in the game.
Total points awarded for Heat Regulation: 20 / 20
A memory foam mattress must pass a Zen Score of 70 in order to be recommended by us at Zen Sleeping. The Lucid 3-inch Ventilated Memory Foam Topper passes our benchmark with a total Zen Score of 90!
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