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5 Best Zinus Mattresses – 2020

Zinus have a lot of mattresses for sale.

And I’ve already reviewed quite a few of them, so I’ve provided you with this quick list of what I personally think are the 5 best Zinus mattresses in 2020 for specific sleeping positions, body weights, and needs (like sleeping cool and allergies) below.

This is just a summary post, so you can click through on all but the top selection to read more detailed reviews and comparisons for each Zinus mattress.

And I’ve also included a secondary section that answers some of the common Zinus mattress buying questions.

But if you don’t find the right mattress for you, be sure to check out my list of the best mattresses that you can buy online for a more diverse range of options.

Otherwise, let’s jump in. 🙂

5 Best Zinus Mattresses – Review Summaries

Woman sleeping on a Zinus mattress.

Image source: stock photo used with permission.

The following summary reviews are based on my extensive research combined with my knowledge of how mattresses tend to perform based on their qualities and properties relative to the dominant sleeping positions and weights.

If you have any questions or would like to share your experience sleeping on these mattresses then please do leave your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post.

1: Zinus Support Plus Mattress

I personally think that the 12 inch king version of this Zinus Support Plus mattress will be an excellent choice for you if you weigh over 200 lbs and sleep on your front or back.

Because the extra firmness, high density foam, and individual iCoils® combine to provide enough surface tension and support to keep your hips properly aligned and your spine sufficiently supported to guard against back ache.

Similarly, I think that front and back sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range will find the support sufficient – whilst combo sleepers above 130 lbs should be able to switch positions without getting bogged down in the mattress.

However, side sleepers of all weights will probably find this mattress to be uncomfortable because the extra firmness probably won’t allow your shoulders to sink far enough into the mattress to allow for sufficient pressure relief – especially if you weigh less than 130 lbs because you’ll tend to lie ‘on top’ of the materials which naturally increases pressure and discomfort.

If you sleep as a couple then the iCoils® should do a decent job of minimising the feeling of your bed partner moving around.

I would expect this mattress to sleep fairly cool due to the spring layer which should encourage air flow, whilst the comfort foam layers are not so thick that they retain massive amounts of heat.

And whilst I’m always cautions when saying that a mattress can help with any specific medical condition, the extra firmness and excellent support might help if you have a bad back – or other orthopedic issues – and tend to sleep on your front or back.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front and back sleepers above 130 lbs.
  • Combo sleepers above 130 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers of all weights will probably find the Zinus Support Plus mattress too firm on their shoulders.

Benefits

  • 7.5 inches of iCoils® provide excellent, customised support for front and back sleepers by individually adjusting to your body shape and weight.
  • High maximum weight capacity of 600 lbs for the 12 inch king version of this mattress.
  • Good for couples because the iCoils® limit motion transfer to help prevent the feelings of your bed partner wriggling around.
  • 1.25 inches of comfort foam provides individualised comfort by adjusting to your exact body shape to relieve pressure and discomfort.
  • All foams are CertiPUR-US® certified to minimise the presence of harmful chemicals and improve indoor air quality.

Considerations

  • Although the CertiPUR-US® certification means that the foams are less likely to irritate your skin – which is great news if you have eczema – I would encourage you to check out my list of the best hypoallergenic mattresses if you have hayfever or a dust allergy because some of the pure foam mattresses that I’ve listed are better at blocking ambient allergens like pollen and dust mites to lower the chance of a flare up when you lie down.
  • If you’re a side sleeper under 200 lbs then you should go for a medium-soft or soft/plush mattress so that you can sink more into the mattress to get better pressure relief on your shoulders which will be more comfortable for you – check out my list of the best mattresses for side sleepers for several options.

2: Zinus Gel Infused Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

The 14 inch king version of the Zinus Gel Infused Memory Foam Hybrid mattress is a ‘Goldilocks’ bed that should feel just right if you weigh between 130 lbs – 250 lbs and sleep on your front, back, or side – or you’re a combo sleeper that likes to shuffle around from position to position.

This is also a decent mattress if you sleep as a couple because the individually wrapped iCoils® and foam should do a good job of limiting motion transfer.

If you tend to sleep on the warmer side then the gel infused foam and aerated coil support core should help to keep you cool.

If you’d like to learn more about the Zinus Gel Infused Memory Foam Hybrid mattress then check out my Zinus Hybrid Mattress Reviews where I go into greater detail and compare this mattress directly with the Zinus Euro top.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Front, back, side, and combo sleepers between 130 lbs and 250 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers under 130 lbs will probably find that this mattress feels too firm on their shoulders.

3: Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Mattress

The Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Universal Comfort 10 inch mattress is designed to appeal to a wide range of sleepers and I personally think that if you’re a back, front, side, or combo sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range then this mattress will provide enough support for you and feel very comfortable.

If you’re heavier than 200 lbs then I would avoid this mattress because I think that the 10 inch thickness and the lack of a coil core means that there won’t be enough support for you.

You should also take care if you’re a hot sleeper because the all-foam construction and lack of cooling properties will probably contribute to you overheating.

Check out my Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Reviews for more details and to see my personal ratings for this mattress.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Side, front, back, and combo sleepers in the 130 lbs to 200 lbs weight range.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Sleepers over 200 lbs.

4: Zinus Cloud Mattress

The 12 inch Zinus Cloud mattress is a fantastic mattress if you’re a side sleeper under 200 lbs because the plush feel and deeper comfort layers will allow you to sink further into the mattress and experience individualised pressure relief to take away the discomfort that you’d normally feel when sleeping on a firmer, thinner mattress.

However, these same qualities make this a poor mattress if you’re a side or combo sleeper over 200 lbs because the greater sinkage can put you at risk of back ache due to your hips falling too far into the mattress, whilst the greater ‘give’ can make it harder to switch positions.

Check out my Zinus Cloud Mattress Review for more details.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers under 200 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Front sleepers over 200 lbs.

5: Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

The 12 inch Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress is suitable for back, front, and side sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs in my opinion due to the pressure relieving qualities of the foam to keep you comfortable.

However, I think that combo sleepers will find this mattress difficult to move around in whilst front sleepers over 250 lbs will probably sink too far into the mattress and possibly end up with back ache.

And whilst I would typically recommend hybrid and innerspring mattresses over pure foam mattresses for sleeping cool due to the better breathability of the materials, the gel infused foam and corrugated foam layers may help to keep you cool.

Have a look at my Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Reviews for a more detailed analysis of this mattress.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Side, front, and back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Front sleepers over 250 lbs.
  • Combo sleepers over 200 lbs.

Zinus Mattresses Buying Guide and FAQs

To help you find your ideal Zinus mattress, I’ve provided answers to some key questions below.

Feel free to post your own thoughts, questions, and experiences with Zinus’ mattresses, products, and customer service in the comments section at the end of this post.

Who Are Zinus?

Zinus are in the business of manufacturing various mattresses, mattress toppers, platform beds, bed frames, bed foundations, sofas, and other items of furniture.

You can buy these products online directly from their website found at Zinus.com or through other retailers.

Zinus was founded by Youn Jae Lee in 1979 with a focus on building and selling tents.

But after launching their first bedding products in 2004, Zinus are now one of the most popular names in the bed in a box industry thanks to their patented compression technology that allows you to order a mattress online and have it appear at your door a short while later in a neat box that you can carry to your room.

This removes much of the hassle associated with dragging a fully decompressed mattress up your stairs, bending it around door frames, and wiping out your picture and ornament collection in the process!

What Types of Mattresses Do Zinus Sell?

Zinus focus mainly on memory foam, spring, and hybrid mattresses for your bedroom and RV truck.

Here’s a brief overview of each type of mattress so that you’ve got a better idea of which type is right for you.

i) Memory Foam – Good For Pressure Relief, Couples, and Allergies

You should look to buy one of Zinus’ pure memory foam mattresses if you’re a front, back, or side sleeper looking for pressure relief on key areas such as your shoulders and hips, and you weigh under 250 lbs.

Pure memory foam mattresses tend to be pretty good if you have allergies triggered by dust mites or pollen since memory foam naturally tends to repel these ambient allergens.

A high quality memory foam mattress can be a good option for you if you sleep with a bed partner who moves around a lot because the foam naturally tends to absorb the shock waves better than a traditional spring mattress.

However, I would caution against memory foam mattresses in general if you weigh over 250 lbs because even with high density support foam, you’re probably going to sink too far into the mattress and it will feel uncomfortable.

And I would instead go for a hybrid mattress with a strong spring support core and a memory foam top layer for pressure relief and comfort.

Also, memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hot.

So if this is a concern for you, you should either look for a hybrid or spring bed, or go for one of Zinus’ gel infused memory foam mattresses because they are designed to regulate your temperature better.

Oh, and I would also invest in a set of cooling bed sheets too.

And if you suffer from night sweats then I would specifically buy a set of cooling bamboo bed sheets because they can wick away moisture in addition to regulating your temperature much better than other types of cotton and synthetic bed sheets.

ii) ViscoLatex Foam – Good For Comfort if You’re a Wriggly Sleeper

If you’re a ‘combo sleeper’ that moves around a lot during the night then you’ll need a firmer mattress with a higher degree of surface tension so that you don’t get bogged down in the materials.

This naturally makes hybrid and innerspring mattresses superior to pure memory foam mattresses since there’s typically less sinkage.

But what if you’re a lighter weighted combo sleeper that’s less than 130 lbs and need the pressure relieving qualities of memory foam too?

Then go for one of Zinus’ foam mattresses that contains ViscoLatex Foam.

Because this makes the mattress feel more ‘bouncy’ like a latex mattress so that you can move around more easily without getting trapped in the materials like you might with a pure memory foam mattress.

iii) HybridBest For Most Sleeping Positions and Weights Overall, and Sleepers Over 200 lbs

Hybrid mattresses are some of the best beds that you can buy because they combine the superior support of coils with the comfort relieving properties of memory foam.

This means that hybrid beds are suitable for the widest range of body weights and are typically suitable for front, back, side, and combo sleepers.

With firmer selections being better for heavier weighted sleepers over 200 lbs due to the better support and greater surface tension to keep your hips and spine correctly aligned.

Whilst lighter weighted side sleepers should look for a softer hybrid mattress with good pressure relief to take the discomfort away from your shoulders.

Look for Zinus’ mattresses with their patented iCoils because not only do they individually adjust to your body shape and weight for greater support and spinal alignment, they are better if you sleep as a couple because they limit motion transfer so that you won’t wake each other up as you shuffle around.

Hybrid beds are typically better than foam mattresses for combo sleepers – look for a firmer mattress or Zinus’ ViscoLatex Foam to provide better responsiveness so that you can move around more easily.

Also, if you tend to sleep hot then a hybrid bed may be able to help because the spring support cores are typically better aerated when compared to pure foam mattresses.

When it comes to allergies, hybrid beds are a bit of a coin flip because whilst the top foam layers are typically resistant to dust and pollen, the more spacious spring core can actually house these allergens which may lead to a flare up when you lay down for the night.

Similarly, if you have sensitive skin or eczema then you’ll want to check that the foams are CertiPUR-US® certified because this means that the foams are less likely to contain chemicals that may cause irritation.

At the time of writing, Zinus are listed on the CertiPUR-US® website as selling products that contain certified foam [1].

iv) Spring – Good For Sleeping Cool on a Budget

Many of Zinus’ spring mattresses are actually hybrid beds with memory foam top layers and an extensive spring support core that have a massive range of benefits as outlined above.

However, Zinus’ more basic spring mattresses that contain a quilted and foam top layer with a spring support core tend to allow for great airflow and are typically very well priced

This makes them a great choice if you’re looking to sleep cool and want to save money in the process.

v) Bunk Bed Mattresses

Zinus also sell a couple of good quality bunk bed mattresses that contain memory and comfort foam.

vi) RV, Camper, and Trailer Mattresses

You can also purchase various Zinus mattresses that are designed for use in your RV and trailer that feature various foam and spring versions and combinations.

What Makes Zinus Mattresses Special?

I’ve reviewed quite a few different Zinus mattresses now and I keep seeing the following special features popping up over and over again:

  • BioFoam – natural seed oils are used in the foam to replace some elements that are usually made using petroleum to reduce odours and improve eco friendliness.
  • Green tea – infused into the foams to help keep your mattress fresh.
  • ActivCharcoal – designed to wick away moisture to help you stay dry whilst also creating a more hygienic mattress to control odours.
  • iCoils – used in Zinus’ hybrid and spring mattresses to improve support and minimise motion isolation to make the mattress better for your back health and to stop you and your partner waking each other up as you move around.
  • Jacquard knitted cover – this cover is designed to be soft but also breathable to aid cooling.
  • CertiPUR-US® certified foams – ensures that the foams used are made without ozone depleters, mercury, lead, formaldehyde, certain flame retardants and phthalates, whilst also minimising VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to improve indoor air quality [2].
  • Compression technology – Zinus use their own patented compression technology to fit your brand new mattress into a neat box that will arrive at your door ready to be transported to your room with relative ease.

What Sizes Can You Buy Zinus Mattresses In?

It depends on where exactly you decide to order your mattress from and the precise model that you choose.

But you’ll typically be able to order your Zinus mattress in a range of sizes that include queen, twin, full, king, and California king – whilst others may only be available in a fixed size.

Mattress thicknesses vary too – with 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 inch options being available for some models.

I’ve found that the thicker the mattress then the better the comfort and support tends to be overall because of the extra materials – so you’re better going for a thicker mattress that’s also on the firmer side if you’re over 200 lbs.

Also, if you opt for a mattress that’s 14 inches thick (or more) then make sure to buy a deep pocket fitted sheet to ensure that the fitted sheet will stay in place on your mattress.

Be sure to check the exact dimensions of the mattress against those of your bed frame to ensure compatibility before buying.

Which Frames Do Zinus Mattresses Fit?

The Zinus mattresses that I’ve reviewed all seem to be fine with boxspring, platform, slatted, bunkie board, and even adjustable bed bases.

If you’re going for an adjustable base look for one with a lip to stop the mattress sliding around too much.

Also, thinner mattresses (below 12 inches) tend to work better with adjustable bases on the whole because they tend to be more resistant to fold marks.

But remember that a thinner mattress will tend to feel firmer and may not provide enough support and comfort layers if you’re over 200 lbs.

Do Zinus Offer a Sleep Trial?

It depends.

If you order directly through the Zinus.com website you’ll typically be able to avail of Zinus’ 100 night sleep trial.

But if you order through a different retailer then you’ll probably find that the sleep trial isn’t valid – although there may be a different return policy that you can take advantage of depending on the company.

Do Zinus Offer a Warranty?

Yes.

Zinus mattresses will come with a 10 year limited warranty.

What Are the Common Zinus Complaints?

When it comes to buying a mattress, the biggest complaint is that the mattress doesn’t feel comfortable.

This is usually because most people don’t understand how different mattress firmnesses and materials will feel relative to their body weight and dominant sleeping position.

Hopefully, my individual Zinus mattress reviews listed above will have helped clear much of this confusion up for you.

But beyond these generic complaints, here are some specific Zinus mattress complaints that I keep encountering.

  • Mattress doesn’t fully expand – it’s really important that you open your mattress as soon as possible so that your mattress doesn’t remain compressed for longer than is necessary; doing this should limit the chance of your mattress not decompressing to its maximum volume.
  • Chemical smell after opening – it’s pretty much standard to expect an ‘off gassing’ smell to arise after you cut away the packaging of just about any mattress in a box due to the particles escaping from the mattress; so be sure to keep your room well ventilated until the smell goes away over the next few days.
  • You should NOT remove the Zinus mattress cover – because this can release particles into the air that may irritate your airways and could compromise the fire resistant barrier in some models.

Can You Flip a Zinus Mattress?

No.

You shouldn’t flip your Zinus mattress over because the mattress has a unilateral design which means that you’d end up sleeping on the less comfortable base layers.

You should however, rotate your Zinus mattress once every season to distribute the cumulative load that it’s exposed to more evenly to better guard against indentations, valleys, and ridges that can pop up if you keep sleeping on the same spots night after night.

How Long Do Zinus Mattresses Last?

It depends on the type of mattress that you’ve bought, how well you look after it, your body weight, and if you sleep alone or as a couple.

But for guidance purposes, most high quality hybrid memory foam mattresses can last up to 7 – 10 years, with traditional innerspring mattresses usually needing replacing after 5 – 8 years.

Are Zinus Mattresses Easy to Set Up?

Compared to lugging a full sized mattress up your stairs and into your room – yes, Zinus mattresses tend to be relatively easy to set up.

This is because after you’ve ordered your Zinus mattress online, it will turn up at your door in a compressed box that’s easier to move around – although it can be quite heavy depending on the model that you ordered so you might need a second (or third) body to help you out.

The next step is to lie the box on its side and open it up – making sure that there are NO pets or children around because the mattress has a tendency to spring out quite forcefully.

After you’ve used your scissors to remove the first layer of packaging, lie the mattress on your bed frame and cut away the rest of the packaging so that the mattress can begin to expand.

Full decompression can take around 48 – 72 hours but you can usually sleep on your Zinus mattress the same night.

What is the Best Zinus Mattress?

Based on the reviews I’ve provided above, it’s my personal opinion that the best Zinus mattresses are as follows relative to specific body weights and sleeping positions:

  • Zinus Support Plus Mattress – best for front and back sleepers over 200 lbs.
  • Zinus Gel Infused Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress – best for front, back, side, and combo sleepers between 130 lbs and 250 lbs.
  • Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Mattress – best for side, front, back, and combo sleepers in the 130 lbs to 200 lbs weight range.
  • Zinus Cloud mattress – best for side sleepers under 200 lbs.
  • Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress – best cooling memory foam mattress for side, front, and back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

What Are the Best Zinus Mattress Alternatives?

If the mattresses above aren’t a good fit for you then click the button below.

And you can see some of the best mattress in a box alternatives from several different brands that are suitable for a range of different needs such as allergies and sleeping cool.

Check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂


Sources and References

[1] CertiPUR-US® – Companies Selling Products Containing Certified Foam. Accessed 18/3/20.

[2] CertiPUR-US® – Overview. Accessed 18/3/20.

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