As you browse through your many options in the mattress industry, have you stopped to wonder why there are so many products out there? In a nutshell, it all boils down to supply and demand. With so many preferences, body types, needs, and problems when it comes to sleeping for the individual, innovative companies have worked hard to focus on areas that will be of benefit for specific demographics.
While you can often pick your firmness, you can expect that your mattress will lay flat. I recently had the chance to check out the Lucid 300 Series adjustable base, and I’ve found that it has a lot to offer to help the consumer personalize their bed as well as take advantage of health benefits to allow them to truly enjoy their sleep. With the ability to evenly distribute your weight across your mattress, you can enjoy completely customized settings that best suite your needs.
The base arrives in a large box which includes all the components you’ll need for assembly. If you suffer with back pain, edema, arthritis, digestive problems, or sleep disturbances through the night, keep reading to see how this product can offer you the ability to manipulate your ergonomic positioning to facilitate more comfortable sleep. It’s also convenient if you want to read or watch tv in bed, so let’s see how you get started and then delve into the cool features you can enjoy.
Lucid 300 Series Adjustable Base Specs
Materials : Steel, Polyester
Height : 15 inches
Weight Limit : 750 pounds
Cost : Twin XL- $599.99; Queen- $799.99
Warranty : 10 year limited
Dimensions : Twin XL – 37.5 inches x 79.5 inches;
Queen – 59.5 inches x 79.5 inches
Lucid doesn’t offer white glove delivery service, so you’ll need to do assemble it yourself. The good news is that it’s relatively simple. You’ll want to have someone to help you as the base is pretty heavy, and you don’t want it to fall over and break any of the electrical components.
Inventory of Materials Needed
- Remote (2 triple-A batteries included)
- Two retainer bars to keep mattress from slipping off the frame when adjustments are made
- Four detached legs, two pre-attached
- Power cord
- Supply box
One you’ve rounded up all your materials, the base is pretty simple to assemble. Unfold it carefully and set it mattress-side-down on the floor. Next, attach the legs by manually screwing them in. You’ll have two locations per leg to suit your preferences. Next, you’ll uncoil the power cord connected to the underside of the base and plug it into the power supply box.
Taking a quick look at the bottom of your Lucid 300 Series, you have the head and foot motors, the pairing button cord, and the control box. Uncoil the power cord and attach it to the power supply box opposite the cord attached. On the power supply, you’ll notice an area to install two 9-volt batteries. You don’t need batteries to operate your base, but it can be convenient backup in the event of a power outage.
Next, carefully flip the base over. Finally, attach the retainer bars by sliding the left side of the bar to the opposite bracket and secure the right side using light pressure.
Programming Your Remote
The remote that comes with your base should already be programmed, and this was the case with mine. However, if yours isn’t for some reason, just press and hold the head control raise and foot control raise buttons simultaneously. You’ll then also hold the blue button on the control box cord until you hear two beeps. This indicates you’re paired up.
Easy-to-Use Remote Control
If you appreciate simplicity, I think you’ll like the Lucid 300 Series remote control. There aren’t very many icons, and they are clear and self-explanatory. To the left, you’ll see where you can raise and lower the head, and foot controls are to the right. The “M” you see beneath the head controls allows you to program your favorite position simply by pressing the memory and flat buttons at the same time. The flat button, as the name implies, returns your bed to a flat position. Finally, you’ll see the flashlight button that turns your remote into a low power flashlight.
Your Lucid 300 Series adjustable base is comprised of three primary components:
- Steel foundation
- Polyester side cover
- Head and foot motors
With the polyfoam reinforcement found along the edges of the base, you can avoid the pain associated with the impact we’re all prone to from time to time when you hit your shin on the side the bed frame. From an operational standpoint, I have found this construction to be basic and viable for ease-in-use. The product quietly moves from one position to the next, and I especially appreciate that it only takes one click of the Flat button to return the base to a neutral position. This makes it simple to make the bed in the morning.
Positions for Specific Scenarios
The beauty of adjustable bases is that they allow the functionality to put the power in the hands of the user to allow them to use it in a way that best accommodates them. Let’s take a look at certain scenarios to give you an idea of how this product could be specifically beneficial to you.
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Not a No-Go for Side Sleepers
Many hold to the misconception that adjustable bases aren’t suitable for side sleepers. However, there are certain configurations of the head and foot elevations that can be very comfortable. I find elevating the head slightly and keeping the foot flat to be really comfortable while sleeping on my side.
Viable Sleep Solution for Those With Lower Back Pain
It’s actually recommended that people suffering with lower back pain to recline with their legs raised and torso flat, as pictured below. Laying in this position allows for a tilt in the pelvis that relieves pressure on the lower back. It can also help you build lower back strength. The pelvic tilt created puts reverse pressure on your lower back and helps build its strength. The slight elevation of the legs causes movement in your vertebrae that can relieve pressure on spinal nerves.
Upper-Back Pain Solutions
For upper back problems, try elevating the head and keeping your legs flat as this eases pressure on the upper back, neck and shoulders.
Chronic Back Pain Suggestions
If you’re getting older and experiencing chronic back pain, this is likely because our vertebrae move closer together as we age. Your Lucid adjustable base allows you to perform an exercise that works like traction to apply gentle pull between each vertebrae. Just start flat and elevate the head and foot all the way, and then return flat. The complete stretch along your entire back feels great.
For everyday strains, you have the freedom to play around with various combinations of head and foot elevations. Again, if you find one that really works for you, just program it in your remote.
USB Port Convenience
One of my favorite features of this base is that it has two USB ports located on each side near the head. This allows you to charge up to four devices on the base simultaneously. I think it’s safe to say a lot of us rely on our mobile devices as alarm clocks, so you never again have to worry about hunting down a reliable charger so you can get to bed. If you live with other people who are prone to running off with your charging equipment, I’d recommend keeping your charger cord plugged in the port and tucked in between the mattress and the side of the base.
I found the Lucid 300 Series base to offer me adequate support in all three primary sleeping positions. Leaving my back flat and elevating my feet helps alleviate pressure on my lower back, and I enjoyed the ability to program this setting onto my remote control to quickly resume this exact position whenever I like.
Special Warranty Considerations
The Lucid 300 Series adjustable base comes with a 10-year limited warranty. In order to ensure you don’t void yours, there are a couple of tips to consider:
- This product is designed to hold up to 750 pounds of total weight including your mattress. Exceeding this limit can cause damage to the base or injury. It will also void your warranty.
- Make sure you don’t operate the motors continuously for more than two minutes in an 18-minute time frame as this will shorten the life of base and void the warranty.
Potential Downsides of Lucid 300 Series Adjustable Base
For the price, I think this product has a lot to offer. However, there are a few downsides that may be deal breakers for you.
- No foot decline
- No anti-snoring feature
- No massage feature
- No A/C outlets
- Relatively slow transition speeds
- No option to illuminate beneath the base
- Single presetting can be limiting
- No zero-gravity feature20px
- No adjustable height ability
- Only available in twin XL and queen
- Independent adjustments for sleep partners not an option
Conclusion Is the Lucid 300 Series the Base for You?
While there were a few potential downsides to this product, it’s able to offer the basic features of an adjustable base at a much more affordable rate than more complex products on the market. If you’re on a budget and suffer from back pain, I think this could offer the solution you’ve been looking for. It’s also worth considering if:
- You want to save space in your bedroom as this product is designed to fit against the wall without rubbing it while making adjustments.
- You enjoy the ability to program your own settings.
- You like to charge your mobile devices near your bed.