Zinus vs Lucid – How to pick one over the other?[2020]

Zinus and Lucid: this side by side comparison will help you identify the best online mattress brand for your needs. Zinus and Lucid are two of the biggest brands that have been selling tons of mattresses online. Thus, we decided to dig deeper and identify points and features that can help you with shopping. So, read on to see how our comparison went with these brands after selecting one mattress from each brand.

Zinus Mattress

  •  At a glance:Affordable Mattress Options 
  • Headline: Zinus established its brand by creating stylish, comfortable, and affordable mattresses. So if you want a soft memory foam feel to cushion your pressure points, Zinus got your back. With a combination of natural extract, its mattresses combat bad odor while its combination of different foams supports different sleeping positions.

Lucid Mattress

  •  At a glance: Wide Range of Mattress Options 
  • Headline: Lucid is a widely-known mattress brand that offers not just one but multiple mattress options with different firmness levels and materials. Whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper; hot or cold sleeper, Lucid can offer a mattress that fits your budget.

Quick Synopsis:

Before we start, here’s a breakdown of the 2 major points that you should know about each mattress:

Quick Comparison

Price – Zinus is the best option if you’re on a tight budget.

Cooler Sleep – Lucid maintains a cooler surface which is ideal for those sleepers who sweat a lot in sleep.

Since there are more points and details to know, keep reading to learn more about these Zinus and Lucid mattresses.

Zinus Mattress

Best For:

  • Providing pressure-relieving comfort
  • Couples who are looking for a thick mattress
  • Considering a quality mattress at an affordable price
  • Those who sleep on their side most of the time
  • Anyone who wants an extra-plush mattress

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch

Since Zinus offers different types of mattresses that are divided into memory foam and hybrid mattresses, we’ll focus on one only. For this comparison article, we decided to pick the 12-Inch Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress.


Zinus Pressure Relief Cloud Memory Foam Mattress comes in 4 different sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, and King. It also comes in 8 and 10 inches thick mattresses but we’ll focus on the 12 inches for now. Upon checking its core composition its first layer is its 1 inch cover. This is a microfiber quilted soft knitted jacquard cover that’s set on top of 1 inch Viscolatex responsive foam. This foam layer can gradually respond to your weight and blend with your body curves to experience ultimate comfort. For its next layer, it has a layer of 2 inches memory foam that can reduce pressure on your body. Together with its 3 inches comfort foam, these layers can provide efficient support to your entire back. If you want to feel a more supportive mattress for your spine, this Zinus mattress can help prevent back pain. For its final and thickest layer, it has 5 inches high-density base foam for support. This layer has a wave design that promotes an excellent airflow. Instead of trapping heat in the mattress which causes sweating, it allows the air to flow freely through the mattress. Thus, this HD foam doesn’t only guarantee a durable and supportive layer but also a cooler sleep. Whether you use it regularly or occasionally, it can prevent the mattress from sagging fast over the years.


This Zinus mattress is composed of CertiPUR-US Certified foams that give it an extra-plush feel. At the same time, this certification guarantees its durability and its materials’ overall quality. Based on its comfort guide that reflects the personal experience of customers and ratings of Zinus in-house experts, its rate is 7.3. So if you want a mattress that can give you conforming and customized support, grab this Zinus mattress. Its firmness level is just enough to match different sleeping positions to enhance your sleep. Even its fabric cover can make it feel softer since it is made of quilted microfiber.

Eco-Friendly Materials

Since smell is one of the common issues in memory foams, Zinus made sure that this issue is solved smoothly. Thus, Zinus infused it with green tea and natural oil plant extract to keep its smell fresh and clean. Also, it doesn’t contain chemicals that release strong and harmful odors so you can relax and put your mind at ease. However, we still recommend airing it out for at least 3 days especially if you are sensitive to smell.

Edge Support

Are you planning to share your bed? If yes, then you better check its edge support. This mattress is one of the best options out there but its edge support is not that impressive. If you’re a side sleeper who doesn’t move a lot in sleep, buying this mattress can help you save big. But if you’re the opposite especially if you share your bed, its edges may lose its support easily. Regardless, Zinus offers up to 30 days of night trial. This means that you can test its performance and decide whether it is meant for you or not.


Lucid Mattress

Best For:

  • Anyone who wants a cooler mattress to sleep on
  • Alleviating pressure points to reduce tossing and turning in bed
  • Customers who seek an affordable mattress for guest rooms or master bedroom
  • Anyone who wants a medium-plush mattress for comfort
  • Side sleepers who need an extra cushioning on their shoulder, hips, and knees

LUCID 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Just like in Zinus, we decided to pick just one product only from Lucid. It’s called the Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress which is 12 inches thick to be fair with the other brand’s mattress.


Compared with Zinus Cloud Memory Foam Mattress, Lucid Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress is available in various sizes. These sizes include the Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, and California King. It also has fewer layers but this doesn’t mean that it is not enough to provide your needed comfort and support. First things first, its outermost layer is made from TENCEL lyocell blend which is breathable and moisture-regulating fabric cover. As its name suggests, it also contains a layer of 3 inches memory foam that is infused with a cooling gel. This layer also prevents permanent indentations to the mattress which can cause discomfort while you’re in bed. Indentations occur once the foam failed to bounce back into its original shape which leaves hollow spots on the mattress. Aside from its infused gel beads, its memory foam also features open-cell technology which allows better airflow. Most importantly, this layer is meant to alleviate pressure points as it contours to your natural body curves. For its next layer, it has a 1 inch of ventilated memory foam that is made of natural bamboo charcoal. It’s not that thick compared with its main foam layer and base foam layer but it plays a significant role. This acts as an additional support layer that can promote proper spinal alignment while you sleep. So now, let’s move on to its final and thickest layer which is the 8 inches HD base foam. This provides support to its previous layers and holds your weight.


This Lucid mattress has a medium-plush feel which we pretty much expected by reading its name alone. Since it offers more cushioning, it is ideal for back, side, and stomach sleepers for a more comfortable sleep. But according to some customers, it feels too firm to be a medium-plush mattress. Thus, it is not that comfortable for other sleeping positions.

Cooling Technology

As mentioned above, this Lucid mattress is infused with cooling gel beads. These gel beads prevent the mattress from overheating to improve the quality of your sleep. This is thanks to its ability to regulate temperature by absorbing heat off your body and mattress for a cooler feeling.

Edge Support

Compared with the Zinus mattress, this Lucid Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress provides better edge support. If you share your bed, it has enough support to keep you from falling off the bed. Whether you need it for the master bedroom or guest room, 86% of customers find this mattress


Now that we’ve already covered the features of each mattress, let’s get down to their differences. First, Zinus has a bigger advantage in the pricing department though both brands are known for their budget-friendly products. For instance, you can already get its 12-Inch Queen mattress at $249 only while the Lucid mattress costs $419.99. However Lucid feels cooler to sleep on compared with Zinus due to its ventilated gel memory foam. Even its bamboo charcoal ventilated memory foam adds to its overall offered comfort. When it comes to smell, Zinus got the spotlight with incorporated natural castor seed oil and green tea extract. Thus, it prevents the buildup of bacteria that causes bad odor aside from being one of the most eco-friendly mattresses. On the other hand, Lucid’s natural bamboo charcoal gives it an anti-bacterial layer which is ideal for those sensitive users with asthma or allergies.


Are you still having a hard time deciding which mattress to pick? In that case, then try to answer these questions to choose the best mattress that suits your needs.

  • First, how much budget do you have?

If you want a 12-inch mattress that costs less than $300, it is clear that Zinus is the best option. But if money is not an issue, we recommend the Lucid mattress.

  • Next, do you tend to sweat a lot in your sleep?

If you’re a hot sleeper then Lucid is the best choice to stay fresh even when you’re asleep.

Regardless of the brand you choose, both companies offer a 10-year limited warranty. Thus, you can sleep better without worries.


I am Linda Jones 26, editor of Matress1000. Our mission is to help people sleep better.