Zinus Mattress Review

Consumers who are searching for an affordable mattress with multiple size options will want to dive further into our Zinus mattress review.

The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress averages around $350 for a queen, and features four firmnesses: 8”, 10”, 12”, and 14”, meaning consumers can chose based off of what fits their personal sleeping preferences.

We received the 12” mattress, the company’s second-softest model, and were interested to see how well the price point of the Zinus aligns with its quality.

We have reviewed Zinus mattresses many times before, and we have been generally impressed by their comfort and value, so we were excited to try out the Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress.

Can consumers save money and sleep well on the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress? In this review, we’ll detail the construction, firmness and feel, edge support, motion transfer, whether or not it’s good for couples and more.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This model is no longer available. See our Zinus Hybrid mattress review for more on Zinus.

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Zinus has a wide selection of mattresses that are really great values: customers can get the best current deal on Zinus mattresses simply by clicking the link below.

Who Might Want the Zinus Mattress?

  • Sleepers looking for a good mattress for couples. The Zinus has a thick layer of memory foam on top, and this material does an excellent job of isolating motion, so sleepers shouldn’t feel their partner’s movements on their side of the bed.
  • Buyers searching for a value mattress. Considering how comfortable the mattress is, the Zinus is very affordably priced. While it might not be the longest-lasting mattress, it is a very good deal for a nice memory foam mattress. In fact, it’s one of the best mattresses for the money!
  • Side sleepers. The 12” Zinus model is a great match if you sleep on your side. It features good pressure relief, and it is very comfortable overall, so side sleepers should sink into the memory foam and feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips.
  • Consumers who like options. Zinus offers four firmness options: an 8”, 10”, 12”, and 14” mattress. Each mattress has a different firmness, so there are a multitude of options for every variety of sleeper. We tried the 12”, which is ideal for side sleepers; however, sleepers searching for more support could look at the 8” or 10” models.

Who Might Not Want The Zinus Mattress?

  • Those looking for a long-term investment. The Zinus is not constructed with very durable materials, so while the mattress is very affordable, it might not last for a very long time. Buyers hunting for a longer-lasting mattress should consider a luxury mattress with higher-density foams and possibly coils.
  • Heavy weight sleepers. The Zinus might not offer the proper support for larger sized people because it is an all-foam mattress without coils or other supportive features. Heavier people should think about a hybrid or one of our best innerspring mattresses.
  • People who don’t like a classic memory foam feel. When sleeping on the Zinus mattress, expect to slowly sink into the mattress. It really has that quicksandy, memory foam feel, so sleepers who don’t like the feeling of slow-reacting foam might want to look elsewhere.

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Zinus Construction Overview

  • The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t have much effect on the overall feel of the mattress.
  • The mattress is 12” tall, which is about average in this space.
  • The top layer is 3” of gel memory foam, which should help dissipate body heat and keep people from sleeping too hot.
  • Next, there is a 2” transition layer to ensure sleepers don’t push through to the firmer layers underneath.
  • The transition layer is followed by a 3.5” layer of high-density foam before meeting a 3.5″ layer of high-density base support foam.

Zinus Mattress Construction

  • There are four firmness options: the 8”, 10”, 12, and 14”. All the mattresses are available in Twin, Full, Queen, and King, and the 12” and 14” are also available in California King.
  • The base foam layers are manufactured so that they have air channels cut into them, allowing for air to flow through the mattress. The top layer is infused with gel, which also helps with cooling. Altogether, people shouldn’t shouldn’t sleep too hot on the Zinus.
  • Adding together the top layer of gel memory foam and the transition layer, there is about 5” of comfort material. This means most sleepers will sink pretty far into the mattress.
  • The gel memory foam is slow to respond. Pushing into the mattress, it will take a few moments for it to return to its original shape because of its classic memory foam feel.
Zinus Deals

Zinus has a wide selection of mattresses that are really great values: customers can get the best current deal on Zinus mattresses simply by clicking the link below.

Zinus Firmness and Feel

It is worth noting that each version of this Zinus mattress is going to have a different firmness, and looking specifically at the 12” model, the firmness is close to a 6/10.

This model specifically features 3” of gel memory foam on top followed by a transition layer. There’s a lot of sinking into the mattress, so the Zinus feels softer than average.

Our experience on the Zinus detailed:

  • While back sleeping, there’s decent support. The memory foam conforms to the shape of the body, and the hips don’t sink too far down into the mattress. However, we will say that heavier back sleepers might prefer the 8” or 10” models, using the transition layer to support their hips more.
  • Side sleeping on the Zinus offered noticeable pressure relief. Again, there is about 5” of comfort layer, so sleepers will really sink into the mattress and feel the pressure on their shoulders and hips melt away. This model is really a great fit for side sleepers. Sleepers who want even more pressure relief, the 14” is worth the consideration.
  • This mattress is too soft for stomach sleepers. With 5 inches of memory foam, people aren’t going to get the support they need, causing their hips to bow in somewhat, so stomach sleepers might want to look at one of the firmer models.

This mattress has that classic memory foam feel. While it feels a bit firm at first, the mattress slowly responds to body weight and allows the sleeper to sink in. There is no real bounce, so it is a bit difficult to move around on the mattress.

Motion Transfer

When it comes to handling motion transfer, memory foam is really one of the best materials. Because of this, we were not surprised by how well the Zinus mattress performed during our tests.

We placed a glass of water on the mattress and pressed into the surrounding area. The water was barely disturbed, and when our reviewers moved around on the other side of the bed, they could not feel the other’s movements.

People who sleep with a partner shouldn’t feel them moving around at night, which makes the Zinus a great mattress for couples.

Edge Support

While memory foam is great with motion transfer, it doesn’t always have the best edge support. After lying down and sitting down near the edge of the Zinus, we can say this is true for this bed-in-a-box.

When sitting down on the edge, the mattress collapses quite a bit, and we don’t feel very secure. Also, when lying down, there is the feeling that one might roll off the mattress, so overall, the edge support is not great on the Zinus.

Zinus Mattress for Heavy Sleepers

Our staff writer, Marten, is heavier than average and has a different body type than Joe. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb, while our average weight reviewer, Joe, is 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here’s what we found regarding heavy weight sleepers and the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress:

In terms of firmness, our average weight reviewer, Joe, said the Zinus was a 6/10, while Marten thought it was firmer and closer to a 7/10.

Because heavier people have more weight, they generally press further into the top foam layer of mattresses, and because the Zinus has a thick comfort layer, there was more firmness for Marten than for Joe.

For heavier people back sleeping, this mattress isn’t quite supportive enough, with the hips sinking in a little too far. There is some support support from the memory foam in the lumbar area, but overall, there’s too much sinking into the mattress.

While side sleeping, there’s a little pressure on the shoulders and hips. The amount of pressure isn’t outrageous, but extremely large sleepers could feel even more pressure than our heavy weight reviewer.

Finally, the Zinus 12″ simply isn’t firm enough for heavier stomach sleepers. Bowing in at the hips occurs and there’s a clear sensation of being out of alignment.

For heavier back sleepers that are on the lighter end (around 190lbs to 220 lbs) this bed could work for you, but if you are heavier than 230lbs, we recommend searching for a firmer option. Heavier side sleepers, the Zinus could be a good option, but heavier stomach sleeper should definitely look for a mattress with more firmness.

Both our average weight sleeper, Joe, and our heavy weight sleeper, Marten, thought the mattress was too soft for stomach sleeping. Also, as a larger person, Marten could have used a bit more support on his back and pressure relief on his side. People of Marten’s size or larger should look at one of the firmer Zinus models for a more supportive mattress in general.

How To Unbox The Zinus

The Zinus is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to the buyer’s home. Begin the unboxing by removing the rolled up Zinus mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the compressed mattress on the bed.

Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Zinus will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow the mattress to breathe and fully expand.

What Makes The Zinus Mattress Stand Out?

  • There are many firmness options to choose from, so interested buyers should be able to find the right the ideal firmness for them.
  • The Zinus is a very affordable mattress with a thick comfort layer that is definitely very comfortable.
  • The 12” model should be a great option for side sleepers because of the pressure relieving memory foam in the comfort layer.
  • The Zinus has a classic memory foam feeling where sleepers slowly sink into the mattress.
  • The memory foam cuts down on motion transfer, so couples shouldn’t feel their partners moving around at night, which is why we think this is a great mattress for couples.
4.1 Reviewer
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.
Value (Price)5
Doesn't Sleep Hot3.7
Motion Transfer4.3
Edge Support3.5
Company Reputation4.5
Return Policy/Warranty4.3
Overall Sleep Experience4.3

Final Recommendation

Consumers who are looking for a comfortable memory foam mattress, and want to save some money, should find the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress to be a great choice for them; however, those who want a long-term investment and/or prefer to sleep on top of their mattress should look elsewhere.

The mattress comes with free shipping and returns, a 100-night trial, and a 10-year limited warranty.


Is the Zinus mattress any good?

Yes. We think the Zinus mattress is a good value for people prioritizing price. The Zinus also performed well while side sleeping and for couples.

How much is the Zinus mattress?

The Zinus 12″ Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is about $350 for a queen. However, with discounts or during sales, this price could go up or down.

Is the Zinus mattress good for couples?

Yes, the Zinus mattress performed very well our motion transfer tests. Keep in mind that memory foam does an excellent job of isolating motion.

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 takes a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 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.