Zinus Mattress Review

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The Zinus mattress is one of the most popular memory foam options on Amazon (very reasonable price, lots of good reviews) so I was excited to try it for myself.

Overall I liked this bed-in-a-box mattress, but had some complaints as well.  A lot of people want to get a memory foam mattress but they are on a tight budget. For that reason, I eagerly anticipated getting this mattress as it aims to be that great memory foam mattress at a very affordable price.

See my experience in my full Zinus mattress review.

You will like the Zinus mattress if you…

  • Are looking for great value – Zinus is priced incredibly low for a mattress of its quality, between $100-$300 depending on size and model
  • Want lots of reviews – Zinus has been on Amazon for quite a while, with many positive reviews (and a few negative reviews for good measure)
  • Like the pure memory foam feel – Zinus has a pure memory foam feel (they also have spring and hybrid options available which I didn’t try)

See How Zinus Compares To Other Brands Here

Zinus Mattress Review

You may not like Zinus if you…

  • Want a luxury mattress – Zinus is great value, but it’s not the best memory foam mattress available on the market.  If you’re willing to pay significantly more, you can get more
  • Want a long trial period – many of the bed-in-a-box options will offer free refunds for a long period (eg 100 days).  Zinus offers 30 days, though note these other options are usually at least 2x the price as well

Feel and Firmness

See the feel of the Zinus mattress below:

There are a variety of Zinus options to suit different firmness and feel preferences, this is the average firmness model. As you can see, it has a very slow reaction time, which is typical for memory foam mattresses.

This model is probably the best option for the majority of sleepers.  You may want to choose one of the softer or firmer mattresses if you are a side sleeper or stomach sleeper.

Motion Transfer Test

The Zinus mattress I tested was memory foam, so we expect it to perform very well in terms of motion transfer.  See the results below:

I haven’t tested the hybrid or innerspring mattresses from Zinus, but I expect that the memory foam options will perform the best in terms of motion transfer.

Construction and Materials

The Zinus mattress I tried is four layers of foam totaling 12 inches thick.  These layers include:

  • Top comfort layer: 3 inches of 2 lb density memory foam
  • Transition layer: 2 inches of 1.7 lb density pressure relief memory foam
  • Base layer: 3.5 inches of 1.7 lb density comfort curve memory foam
  • Base layer: 3.5 inches of 1.7 lb density comfort curve memory foam

The densities for memory foam can loosely used to gauge durability.  At these densities, I wouldn’t expect the mattress to last a lifetime, but at this price point it should be fine to replace the mattress every 5-10 years.  See a close-up of the mattress cover below:

Zinus Mattress cover

Other things to note

  • The mattress is available on their own site or Amazon (more popular)
  • Zinus has a number of other value products, including toppers, foundations, and pillows
  • Products are not made in the USA
Zinus
4.1 Reviewer
Summary
Zinus is perhaps the best valued mattress I have tried at the lower price point. I had a very comfortable sleep experience on this memory foam mattress.
Comfort3.8
Support4.2
Value (Price)5
Doesn't Sleep Hot3.7
Motion Transfer4.3
Edge Support3.5
Materials/Durability3.2
Company Reputation4.5
Return Policy/Warranty4.3
Overall Sleep Experience4.3

Final recommendation

I had a good sleeping experience on the mattress, and I think one of the Zinus options could be good for anyone, depending on their sleeping preferences (see our other reviews).  Zinus is definitely a great value for the price.  With so many reviews on Amazon, I would say this is definitely a good option for people with a lower budget (less than $400).

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site. He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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34 thoughts on “Zinus Mattress Review”

  1. Hey Joe,
    So happy i came across your video and post. I am having the HARDEST time with purchasing a memory foam mattress because i was unsure on its firmness and reviews some people say firm some say soft. Online (walmart) its considered medium. Currently we have a memory foam mattress thats from Wal-mart and we’ve loved it but its 10yrs old so its time for a new one. When i lay on our current mattress it forms to my body a bit and comfortable.
    Problem is we’re unsure what the firmness of this mattress is https://www.walmart.com/ip/Spa-Sensations-by-Zinus-12-Inch-Eco-Sense-Memory-Foam-Mattress/285021324. Would you say the Spa Sensations by Zinus 12 Inch Eco-Sense Memory Foam Mattress would be close to my current mattress based on my amazing description (lol) ? For example the one you’re on would you say its firm but soft? I hope im making sense.

  2. I have just ordered the comfort memory foam mattress off of Amazon. I bought one back in June, however, this mattress is so firm it feels like I’m sleeping on a board. I’m ordering a new one and if isn’t any better, I’m sending it back. I’m an older person and had a hip replacement years ago, and I get up in the mornings and every bone seems to be hurting.

  3. Advice please! We purchased an Serta icomfort plush and got about 2 years out of it before it started hurting both of our lower backs. I ended up getting a lower priced memory foam mattress about a year ago as a short term fix but have been waking up with Sciatica pains again the last couple of weeks. I recently slept on a Zinus memory foam mattress as a guest and absolutely loved it. My only concern is what it’s longevity will be. So is there something you could recommend that would have a very similar feel to a Zinus but maybe a little higher quality? I am a side sleeper but think I do better with a mattress a little more on firmer or med/firm spectrum.

  4. I have a12” green tea Zinus. I pt a cotton mattress cover on it that fits pretty snug and feel less like I am being enveloped by it. Comfortable sleep. Had it just over a month.

  5. I am currently sleeping on a Zinus Green Tea 12 inch mattress in our guest room and I LOVE IT! However, I would like to purchase something more durable for our master bedroom. Can you recommend a brand and firmness level that would feel the closest to a Zinus Green Tea 12 inch?

  6. Please can you tell me what they use on the mattress what chemicals does it have is it free of formalities and other chemicals ans what model is good for a mostly side sleeper thank you are signature mattress good to

  7. Don’t order from their website!
    Ordered 8″ Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress.
    Tried for couple days and it was very soft for us.
    But the huge problem is the return policy. On the web site they say –
    “Please submit this form for return authorization. We’ll send you a prepaid return label and instructions for arranging a FedEx pick up.”
    Turned out it’s only for unopened boxes, which is not mentioned on the site. They don’t even have return policy for opened mattress on their web site. After contacting them they told me to arrange return pick-up by myself, donate mattress to charity organization. The problem is most of charity don’t pick-up used mattress and none of them will pick up free in our area. Very disappointed!

  8. Hello Joe, I bought a twin, medium, 8 “… want to return it for an 8” firm… have had it for 2 weeks…
    I was told to, either, donate it to the Salvation Army and send copy of donation receipt or take pictures of it being put into the waste management truck and send pictures and invoice to Zinus for a refund. Does this sound right to you ? I ordered directly from Zinus. Thank you for your time

  9. In the review under the Construction and Materials section, you state that you tested the 10″ mattress. Yet, the one you describe is the 12″ mattress. Which did you actually test?
    Here is a cut & paste from the description you gave:
    Construction and Materials
    The Zinus mattress I tried is four layers of foam totaling 10 inches thick. These layers include:
    Top comfort layer: 3 inches of 2 lb density memory foam
    Transition layer: 2 inches of 1.7 lb density pressure relief memory foam
    Base layer: 3.5 inches of 1.7 lb density comfort curve memory foam
    Base layer: 3.5 inches of 1.7 lb density comfort curve memory foam

  10. Thanks for your review. Considering this mattress in queen but not sure what thickness to get. I prefer a firmer feel, and sleep both on my side and my back. Should I go for 8, 10, or 12″?

  11. Have you done reviews of other cheap matresses? Like Qomfort? Trying to determine if I want to go with an old fashioned memory foam or opt for a more latex like feel for the responsiveness…. Thanks!

  12. Puzzled by the difference between Zinus green tea and Zinus green tea with gel. Considering 12 inch. Can you explain?

  13. Joe, Thanks for the detailed review, sounds like I should consider Zinus. Which Zinus model did you review? Appreciate your information, very helpful.

  14. I ordered the 10″ queen plush and received barely 8″ after expansion. Zinus never answered the phone. Left message and they didn’t call back. Amazon wants to charge return s/h charges for their screw up. So hopefully you all keep that in mind before your next purchase. I do not trust Zinus or Amazon.

  15. When one is sitting in the bed there is greater pressure and weight placed in that area. what factor should I focus on when shopping for the mattress? Is it the density, ILD, pounds of foam per cubic in, or anything other than that? Any particular direction I should be looking that would be helpful.

  16. I am looking for a mattress for adjustable base. I would like a supportive mattress that would feel supported even in the incline position. I would like to have the opportunity to return it if it does not work for me without a charge and I would like to get the best value and price. . Can you make a recommendation?

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