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Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Reviews – 3 Beds Compared

A memory foam mattress can be an excellent choice if you’re looking for individualised comfort and pressure/pain relief on your hips, shoulders, and back.

And a memory foam bed is generally pretty good for couples because the material can absorb the feeling of your bed partner moving around so that you can both get a better night’s rest.

Plus some of the best hypoallergenic mattresses are made from memory foam because the materials tend to be resistant to ambient allergens like pollen and dust mites to stop a flare up.

But slight differences at the individual level can make or break a memory foam mattress.

That’s why I’ve gone into great detail in these 3 Zinus memory foam mattress reviews to help you discover which one is the best for your sleeping needs without having to try before you buy.

There’s also a handy comparison table at the very end of this review to give you the answers that you need quickly.

But if these mattresses aren’t suitable for you then you might have more luck with the top 5 mattresses to buy online that I’ve reviewed instead.

Let’s jump straight in!

Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

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Here’s a full analysis of three of Zinus’ most popular memory foam mattresses.

I’ve formulated these reviews based on my own research and knowledge of how mattresses tend to behave based on their qualities and properties.

If you have any experience sleeping on these mattresses or have any questions please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post. ­čÖé

1: Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Universal Comfort

To summarise, the Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Universal Comfort 10 inch mattress is a well rounded mattress that should feel very comfortable for back, front, side, and combo sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.

This mattress is unsuitable for sleepers/couples that weigh more than 500 lbs.

I wouldn’t buy this mattress if you’re a hot sleeper or have night sweats because the foam tends to retain heat more than most innerspring/hybrid beds do.

See below for my full Zinus Responsive Memory Foam Universal Comfort 10 inch mattress review.

Design Analysis

The first step to predicting how a mattress is going to perform and feel is to fully understand how it’s structured.

And this 10 inch mattress is topped by a soft, luxurious knitted jacquard cover that gives way to 2 inches of proprietary Viscolatex┬« foam that’s specifically designed to combine the pressure relieving qualities of memory foam with the bounce and responsiveness of latex.

This means that you’re getting a mattress that provides individualised comfort and also allows you to move around in the mattress without feeling like you’re getting stuck in the materials.

Beneath the Viscolatex® layer sits 1 inch of memory foam that provides the bridge to 2 inches of high density foam and a further 5 inches of high density base support foam.

These layers combine to provide enough support to stop you sinking too far into the mattress whilst keeping your spine correctly aligned to guard against back pain and discomfort.

Zinus have also infused natural green tea, plant oils, and charcoal to help guard against odors and to help keep your mattress smelling fresh.

The foams are also CertiPUR-US┬« certified which means that this mattress is better for you if you have sensitive skin and airways because it’s made without ozone depleters, certain flame retardants, mercury, lead, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and some phthalates – whilst also ensuring that the emission levels are at an acceptable standard [1].

Performance Analysis

Here’s how I personally think the features and qualities of the Zinus 10 Inch Responsive Memory Foam mattress translate in terms of performance and thus the potential suitability of this mattress for your needs.

Firmness

This mattress has a ‘universal’ firmness rating.

This means that the mattress is designed to suit the widest range of sleepers as possible.

So unless you are very heavy or incredibly light, you can expect this mattress to have a balanced, ‘medium’ feel whilst also adapting to your body shape to ensure that you feel comfortable in a range of sleeping positions.

Support

One of the biggest concerns with mattresses that are made entirely from foam is the risk that they don’t provide enough support.

However, unless you are very heavy then you shouldn’t have to worry too much about sinking too far into this mattress because there’s a total of 7 inches of support foam to help keep your spine correctly aligned.

Pressure Relief

The combined 3 inches of top foam can mould to your exact body shape to help relieve the pressure on key areas such as your hips and shoulders better than a traditional innerspring mattress would.

This combined with the universal comfort firmness means that you’ve got a really good chance of feeling super comfortable in this mattress.

Moving Around

If you’ve ever slept on a lower quality mattress that’s made out of pure foam then you probably noticed that moving around wasn’t that easy.

Thankfully, the Viscolatex® foam is designed to combat this problem by increasing the responsiveness of the mattress so that you can move around without getting bogged down in the materials.

Weight Capacity

I believe that the maximum weight capacity for the Zinus 10 Inch Responsive Memory Foam mattress is around 500 lbs.

This should be enough for most folks and couples.

Couples

As long as you’re under the 500 lbs weight limit combined, this is actually a really good mattress for couples.

Because the foam can absorb the feelings of movement better than an pure innerspring mattress might, whilst the responsive top layer makes moving around easier and can help to guard against ‘valleys’ forming on either side of the mattress – a common issue with low quality foam mattresses.

Edge Support

I would rate the firmness of the edge of the mattress as being ‘fair’ because whilst the mattress doesn’t have any apparent edge firming features, the high density support layers don’t ‘squish in’ a massive amount but there’s some ‘give’ when you sit on the edge of the bed.

Allergies

This mattress isn’t specifically listed as being hypoallergenic but the CertiPUR-US┬« certification means that if you have sensitive skin then reactions are likely to be minimised.

Similarly, the foam layers mean that if you have a dust mite or pollen allergy then this could be a good mattress for you because the foam forms a natural barrier to these kinds of ambient allergens to stop them getting lodged in the mattress and causing a reaction when you breathe them in.

Temperature Regulation

If you suffer from night sweats or tend to sleep hot then I would express caution with this mattress.

Because memory foam tends to cause you to warm up – since the foam is only able to change shape by actually absorbing and using your body heat to reconfigure the molecules of the foam.

However, if the Viscolatex® layer is more like latex than memory foam then this will be better for you because latex tends to be more breathable and areated than memory foam.

But if you’re a temperate sleeper, I would invest in some high quality cooling bed sheets to go with this mattress just to be on the safe side.

Keeping You Dry

The infusion of charcoal means that this mattress may have some moisture wicking qualities but again, because this is a foam mattress, then I wouldn’t recommend it if you are a hot sleeper and/or experience night sweats.

Odor

Because this mattress arrives in a neatly compressed box, you should expect a mild to strong chemical smell to hit your nose right after cutting away the packaging.

This is because as the mattress expands, it will release particles that were trapped during the manufacturing process.

The good news is that this smell should go away in a few days – be sure to keep your room well ventilated in the meantime.

Pain

This mattress shouldn’t cause any pain if you are in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range and you place the mattress on a sturdy base that provides good support.

On the flip side, this mattress may be able to help alleviate some types of muscular discomfort due to the pressure relieving qualities of the memory foam.

Sleeping Position and Weight Analysis

The bottom line here is finding out if the Zinus 10 Inch Responsive Memory Foam mattress is comfortable to sleep on or not.

And whilst I can’t tell you with absolute certainty, I would be inclined to say that this mattress will be comfortable for just about all sleeping positions if you weight between 130 lbs and 200 lbs and you sleep alone due to the universal firmness rating.

If you weigh more than 200 lbs and require a firmer bed, are a combo sleeper, or even looking to sleep cool – then check out my Zinus iCoil mattress review for a more suitable option.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of how comfortable this mattress is likely to feel in the following sleeping positions relative to the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.

Back Sleepers

This mattress should be ideal for you if you sleep mostly on your back and weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs due to the adequate support layers and pressure relieving qualities of the upper foam layers.

Front Sleepers

If you sleep alone, and unless you weight more than 250 lbs then you should be ok with this mattress because the support and surface tension should be enough to keep your hips aligned when sleeping on your front.

However, I would express greater concern if you sleep on your front and have a bed partner.

Because the presence of another person can make the mattress more uneven and increase the cumulative downward force on the bed – increasing the risk of back ache due to the mattress feeling uneven.

Side Sleepers

If you sleep on your side and weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs then you should be very comfortable in this bed because the foam will contour to take away pressure on your hips and shoulders.

Combo Sleepers

This is actually a great bed if you’re a combo sleeper that changes positions frequently during the night because the latex feel of the upper comfort layers provides the responsiveness that you need to be able to move around without getting bogged down.

I would only express caution if you weigh more than 250 lbs and/or you and your partner are approaching the 500 lbs weight limit for the bed.

Pros

  • Universal firmness rating makes this a comfortable mattress for most sleeping positions if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Viscolatex┬« foam provides individualised pressure relief on key areas such as your hips and shoulders.
  • More responsive than other memory foam mattresses so that you can move around more easily.
  • CertiPUR-US┬« certification means that you’ve got less chance of your skin or airways reacting to the materials.
  • Good if you have hayfever or a dust mite allergy because the foam is naturally resistant to ambient allergens.
  • May be suitable for the relief of muscular pain when sleeping thanks to the foam that adjusts to your exact body shape.

Cons

  • Maximum weight capacity of 500 lbs makes this mattress unsuitable for heavier couples.
  • Although the Viscolatex┬« foam may help to keep you cool, solid foam beds aren’t the best if you’re a hot sleeper as a rule.
  • Expect the mattress to smell of chemicals for a few days after opening due to ‘off gassing’ – crack a window in the meantime.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Couples with a collective weight of less than 500 lbs.
  • Side sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Front sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Combo sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Sleepers/couples over 500 lbs collective weight.
  • If you naturally sleep hot or have night sweats.

Final Ratings

In order to give you the best possible impression at a glance of my thoughts on the Zinus 10 Inch Responsive Memory Foam mattress, here are my individual scores out of 5 on the key performance areas.

My Score
Construction4
Durability4
Sagging4
Comfort4.5
Support3.5
Temperature Regulation2.5
Allergies3.5
Edge Support3
Couples3.5
Weight Capacity3
Sleeping Positions4.5
Off Gassing2.5
Value vs Price4
Brand Reputation4
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.5

2: Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

To summarise, I think the 12 inch Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress is best if you’re specifically looking to buy a memory foam mattress with good pressure relief, decent support, can guard against allergies, and has better cooling properties than most other types of foam mattresses.

I would give this mattress a miss if you’re a combo sleeper over 200 lbs because you may find it too difficult to move around in, or if you’re a font sleeper over 250 lbs because you may be at risk of back ache due to your hips dropping out of alignment.

My Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress review below goes into more specific details.

Design Analysis

The Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress is 12 inches thick – although there may be the option to order this mattress in 10, 8, and 6 inch thicknesses too depending on where you buy from.

As a general rule, I advise going for the thickest option because it will provide the maximum amount of support.

The comfort layers for the 12 inch version of this mattress comprise of 2 inches of gel infused memory foam with 3 inches of Comfort Foam® to help keep you cool whilst also providing individualised pressure relief on areas like your hips, shoulders, and legs.

Below this sits a combined total of 7 inches of high density foam and high density base support foam to keep your spine in its natural alignment.

This mattress is also specifically listed as being hypoallergenic which makes it a good choice if you have sensitive skin or have asthma.

Performance Analysis

Here’s how I personally think that the Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress is likely to perform in the key areas.

Firmness

I think that this is a medium mattress that may have a bias towards being slightly softer in the 12 inch version of the mattress.

This means that it will be suitable for most sleeping positions if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Although if you are more than 250 lbs and you sleep on your front you may find that you sink a little bit too far into the mattress.

Support

The combined 7 inches of support foam should provide adequate support if you weigh under 250 lbs and sleep alone.

However, if you sleep as a couple and are approaching the collective 500 lbs mark then you may find that the support isn’t enough.

Pressure Relief

The memory foam top layer means that you should experience excellent pressure relief unless you are very heavy and sink too far into the mattress.

Moving Around

This isn’t the best mattress if you’re a combo sleeper because the memory foam comfort layers don’t have the same surface tension as innerspring and latex topped mattresses and so moving around might feel somewhat laborious – especially if you’re over 200 lbs.

Weight Capacity

I think that the maximum weight capacity for the 12 inch version of the Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress is 550 lbs.

Couples

If you sleep as a couple, then the memory foam should do a good job of absorbing the feeling of your bed partner moving around so that you can get a better night’s rest.

The foam appears to be quite resilient to indentations and the formation of valleys even after years of use.

Edge Support

For a pure foam mattress, the 12 inch thickness seems to have pretty good edge support – but don’t expect it to be anywhere near as good as that provided by innerspring and even hybrid mattresses with a coil support core.

Allergies

If you have sensitive skin, allergies, asthma, or eczema, then this might be a decent mattress for you because the foam is CertiPUR-US® certified and is naturally resistant to ambient allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.

However, allergies are a very individual thing and so whilst one person may be able to sleep just fine in a certain type of mattress, another may experience a bad reaction – just keep that in mind.

Temperature Regulation

Although foam mattresses aren’t typically as good as innerspring or even hybrid beds at keeping you cool, the inclusion of the cooling gel and corrugated foam layers to enhance the airflow make this a pretty good choice if you’re set on buying a memory foam mattress and want some protection against sleeping hot.

I would certainly recommend this mattress over the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress that doesn’t have the cooling gel infusion.

Keeping You Dry

This mattress includes active charcoal to help wick away moisture which can be useful if you tend to sweat a lot at night.

Odor

With this being a memory foam bed-in-a-box mattress some off gassing is pretty much guaranteed upon unboxing it.

Pain

The contouring properties of this mattress make it a fair option if you’re trying to sleep around various aches and pains.

I wouldn’t expect this mattress to cause major discomfort unless you are a front sleeper over 250 lbs since this position is the most liable to trigger back pain due to your hips dropping out of alignment – especially if you sleep with a partner that makes the bed surface more uneven.

Sleeping Position and Weight Analysis

To summarise, I think that if you weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs you should be comfortable in this mattress sleeping on your front, back, or side.

Combo sleepers and heavier weighted sleepers over 200 lbs are likely to experience the most discomfort due to the give of the foam.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown.

Back Sleepers

If you sleep on your back then you should be ok with this mattress unless you are very heavy because the foam layers combine to provide a nice balance between comfort and support.

Front Sleepers

Front sleepers need to take the most amount of care due to the risk of your hips dropping out of alignment in this precarious sleeping position.

However, I personally feel that this shouldn’t be an issue unless you are approaching the 250 lbs mark, or your bed partner is also very heavy and causes a valley that may make the surface of the bed more uneven and therefore create a gap under your hips that could trigger back pain.

Side Sleepers

The foam layers should provide enough pressure relief on your shoulders and hips if you sleep on your side and weigh between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Combo Sleepers

I don’t think that this is the best bed for you if you’re a combo sleeper because the foam can make it difficult to move around in – especially if you weigh more than 200 lbs.

Pros

  • Uses cooling gel and aerated foam layers to improve airflow and keep you cool.
  • Excellent pressure relief and individualised comfort thanks to the foam that moulds to your exact body shape.
  • Better for couples because the foam can absorb the feelings of movement caused by your bed partner turning over and moving around.
  • Relatively good edge support for a foam mattress.
  • Better if you have sensitive skin, asthma, or allergies to dust and pollen because the mattress is hypoallergenic and resistant to ambient allergens.

Cons

  • Although designed to be cooling, foam mattresses tend to have a bias towards sleeping warm when compared to innerspring and hybrid mattresses.
  • Off gassing highly likely.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Couples with a collective weight of less than 500 lbs.
  • Side sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Front sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.
  • Back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Sleepers/couples over 550 lbs collective weight.
  • Combo sleepers over 200 lbs.
  • Front sleepers over 250 lbs.

Final Ratings

Here’s a summary of my thoughts in numerical format for how I personally think that the Zinus Gel Infused Green Tea Memory Foam mattress performs in the critical areas in terms of ratings out of 5.

My Score
Construction3.5
Durability3.5
Sagging3.5
Comfort4
Support3.5
Temperature Regulation3.5
Allergies3.5
Edge Support3.5
Couples3.5
Weight Capacity3.5
Sleeping Positions4
Off Gassing2.5
Value vs Price4
Brand Reputation4
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.5

3: Zinus Foam Mattress

Simply called the Zinus Foam mattress, this very basic and relatively thin mattress gives it limited appeal in my personal opinion.

I feel that back sleepers in the 130 lbs to 200 lbs weight range should be comfortable on this mattress.

But I think that if you’re a side sleeper you should avoid this mattress because there’s a strong possibility that it may not provide enough pressure relief on your shoulders in my view.

A possible alternative for side sleepers is the Zinus Cloud with its plush feel for greater comfort on your shoulders.

See my Zinus foam mattress review below for a more detailed explanation.

Design Analysis

At 8 inches in total thickness, this is quite a thin mattress with a very simple layered foam design.

The knitted jacquard cover gives way to 1.5 inches of memory foam that sits on top of a 2 inch high density foam layer and a 4.5 inch high density support foam base layer.

This construction gives it a bias towards being a firmer mattress in my opinion that also may feel too thin for sleepers over 200 lbs.

More on this below.

Performance Analysis

Here’s how I think this Zinus Foam Mattress performs in the key areas based on my own opinions.

Firmness

I believe that this is supposed to be a medium firmness mattress, but because the mattress is just 8 inches thick in total – of which only 1.5 inches is memory foam – I think that this mattress will feel firm for most people.

Support

This mattress has 5.5 inches of foam in total that provides support which may not be enough if you weigh more than 200 lbs.

Pressure Relief

The 1.5 inch memory foam top layer should provide enough pressure relief for sleepers under 200 lbs who sleep on their front or back.

I think that side sleepers need to be careful here though because I suspect that there’s not enough foam to comfortably provide pressure relief if you weigh more than 200 lbs.

Moving Around

The low amount of memory foam relative to the support layers and overall thickness makes me believe that this mattress is fairly easy to move around in if you weigh less than 200 lbs due to the firmness.

Weight Capacity

I believe that the combined maximum weight capacity for this mattress is 450 lbs.

Couples

Due to the lower weight capacity, this mattress is probably better for lighter weighted couples who don’t fidget that much because the thinner foam layers won’t absorb the shock waves as well as a thicker foam mattress might.

Edge Support

The edge support for this mattress seems to be fair – probably as a consequence of its thinner construction and greater firmness.

Allergies

The CertiPUR-US® certification means that this might be a reasonable mattress for you if you have sensitive skin, whilst the foam should also be somewhat resilient to ambient allergens like pollen and dust.

Temperature Regulation

With this being a foam mattress, it’s not the best option if you’re a hot sleeper – even though the high density foam sub-layer does appear to be corrugated to improve airflow.

Although it might be a better option when compared to thicker memory foam mattresses that have not been specifically designed to be cooling since thinner foam mattresses tend to retain less heat by comparison.

Keeping You Dry

This might not be the best mattress for keeping you dry since I cannot see any evidence of this mattress being treated with anything to wick away moisture.

However, with this being a thin mattress, this could work in your favour because thinner mattresses tend to be more breathable when compared to their thicker and denser counterparts.

Odor

Again, with this being a foam mattress that arrives in a compressed box, you should expect some off gassing after unpacking it.

Pain

The thinner nature of this mattress could be a double edged sword.

Because on the one hand, it may feel firmer to some sleepers and therefore help to alleviate pain in some sleeping positions such as on your front or back.

Whilst other sleepers may find the mattress to be too thin and firm – thus resulting in discomfort if you sleep on your side.

Sleeping Position and Weight Analysis

I think that because this is a thinner mattress, it’s going to be best suited to front and back sleepers who weigh less than 200 lbs.

Side sleepers of all weights are probably going to be pretty uncomfortable on the whole, and I would express caution for all sleeping positions if you weigh more than 200 lbs due to the relatively thin support core and comfort top layers.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs are probably going to be best suited to this mattress because the support and comfort levels are likely to be adequate.

But if you weigh more than this, you may find yourself sinking too far into the mattress – whilst lighter sleepers may find themselves sitting more ‘on top’ of the materials which can make the mattress seem too firm.

Front Sleepers

It’s a similar story for front sleepers in the 130 lbs to 200 lbs range – you should be ok due to the firmness and support working together to keep your hips and spine properly aligned.

But if you fall outside this weight range then the mattress may feel too firm or you may find that you sink too far into the support core.

Side Sleepers

I don’t think that this is a good mattress for side sleepers of any weight because I suspect that the foam comfort layers are too shallow to provide enough pressure relief on angular areas such as your shoulders.

Combo Sleepers

If you move around a lot in the night then this might be a reasonable mattress for you if you weigh less than 200 lbs because the surface tension and thickness of the mattress combine to create a firm feel that may allow you to transition between sleeping positions without getting bogged down when compared to a thicker memory foam mattress.

Pros

  • The thinness of this mattress may be good for pain relief when sleeping on your back if you weigh less than 200 lbs.
  • When compared to thicker memory foam mattresses, combo sleepers may find this mattress easier to move around in.

Cons

  • Likely not enough pressure relief for side sleepers of all weights.
  • Sleepers of all positions over 200 lbs may sink too far through the 1.5 inch memory foam top layer and hit the support core underneath – which may feel uncomfortable.

Who Should Buy This Mattress?

  • Back sleepers between 130 lbs and 200 lbs.

Who Should Avoid This Mattress?

  • Side sleepers of all weights.

Final Ratings

Here are my final ratings out of 5 for this Zinus Foam Mattress.

My Score
Construction3
Durability3
Sagging3
Comfort3
Support3
Temperature Regulation3
Allergies3
Edge Support3
Couples3
Weight Capacity2.5
Sleeping Positions2.5
Off Gassing2.5
Value vs Price3
Brand Reputation4
Refunds3
Sleep Trial3
Warranty3
Overall Score3.0

Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Comparisons

Hopefully, my Zinus memory foam mattress reviews have helped you decide which option is right for you.

But if you’re still undecided, here’s a handy comparison table to help you out.

Zinus Universal Comfort Zinus Gel InfusedZinus Foam Mattress
My Score3.53.53
FirmnessUniversalMediumMedium – firm
SupportGoodGoodFair – poor
Pressure ReliefGoodGoodFair – poor
Moving AroundGoodFair – poorFair
Weight Capacity500 lbs550 lbs450 lbs
CouplesGoodGoodFair
AllergiesModerateModerateModerate
Temperature RegulationFair – poorGoodModerate
Pain ReliefModerateGoodModerate
Best Sleeping PositionsAll: 130 lbs – 200 lbsFront, back, side: 130 lbs – 200 lbsFront, back: under 200 lbs
Worst Sleeping PositionsAll: over 500 lbs collective weightCombo sleepers: over 200 lbsSide sleepers: all weights

Which Zinus Memory Foam Mattress is the Best?

Based on the 3 selections above, I’m inclined to say that the Zinus Responsive Memory Foam mattress is going to be the best option for most sleepers because of its universal comfort rating and adaptability for just about every sleeping position in the 130 lbs to 200 lbs weight range.

However, mattress selection is a highly personal thing and you may see benefits in the gel and standard memory foam options listed above that make either one a better choice for you based on your needs.

What Are The Alternatives?

I hope that my Zinus Memory foam mattress reviews have helped you decide which mattress is the right selection for you.

But if you don’t fancy any of them then click the button below to see more mattresses that I’ve reviewed for different needs.

They include hybrid and other types of mattresses that may be better suited to you.


Sources and References

[1] CertiPUR-US┬« – Overview. Accessed 12/3/20.

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