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Zinus Memory Foam Mattress Review

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In the market for a new mattress, but don’t want to break the bank? Fear no more, the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress is here!

Zinus has been producing low cost bedding products for quite some time and this week Sleepopolis decided it was time to put them to the test. Will this mattress meet the needs of a restricted budget and restless sleeper? Continue reading below to find out!

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Construction

Layers

The Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress is built from 3 foam layers and totals 12″ in height.

  • Top layer (comfort) – 3″ of memory foam. This top layer of memory foam provides the initial soft feeling and contour for the sleeper.
  • Middle layer (support) – 3″ of transition poly foam. This layer is designed to provide support. It also acts as the transitional layer from the comfort foam to the base foam.
  • Bottom layer (foundation) – 6″ of base poly foam. This layer acts primarily as the foundational base for the mattress, but also serves to provide a level of deep compression support as well (mostly for heavier sleepers only).
Zinus memory foam mattress layers

Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress layers (top to bottom) – 3″ memory foam, 3″ transition foam, 6″ base foam

Cover

The cover of the Zinus memory foam mattress is pretty good, but does leave something to be desired. My main concern with the cover is the elasticity of the top white piece of fabric. Personally, I have found that it is a little looser than I would have liked to see. This created bunched up areas anywhere you grabbed the cover.

Aside from that, the mesh portion of the cover was a nice addition. It wrapped tightly around the side panel of the mattress and gives the mattress a little more of a modern appeal.

Close up shot of the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress cover

Close up shot of the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress cover

Firmness, Feel, & Support

The Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress comes in at a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.

Zinus memory foam mattress firmness - 6 out of 10

Zinus memory foam mattress firmness – 6 out of 10

As I first lied down on the Zinus mattress, I noticed nice degree of softness and sinkage. Yet, the sinkage was not an overbearing level by any means. Instead, I felt as if the sinkage was balanced all throughout the mattress, meaning my lighter limbs were able to sink into the mattress as well.

The only support issue I noticed with the sinkage was the support wall below the top layer of foam. Zinus placed a transitional foam underneath the top layer of memory foam to act as the more supportive layer for the sleeper. Yet, even at 140 pounds, I felt as if this layer was too abrupt in the way it supported me. This leads me to believe that as sleepers increase in weight they will begin to increasingly notice the abrupt support from that second layer.

This may be a positive for the heavier sleepers who want to avoid feeling trapped by the foams, but it could also result in less than ideal support for the same group of sleepers.

Despite these issues, overall support with the mattress was still very good. During my sleep test I slept on my stomach, side, and back. In each position I felt well supported. Sleeping on my stomach and back the support wall issue was less noticeable, however, while sleeping on my side it was more of a prominent problem.

Pressure relief was perhaps the biggest benefit to the Zinus mattress. Memory foam as a material really excels in this area and having a healthy 3.0″ layer on top does a nice job of creating that very classic cloud-like type of comfort, hug, and sinkage. It does a nice job of alleviating pressure through this sinkage, but still supports sleepers through 9″ of combined support poly foams.

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Bounce and motion transfer were two other categories I wanted to touch on. As expected, there was virtually no bounce associated with the Zinus. The memory foam construction soaked up a majority of the energy as I moved around on the mattress. While this can come off as a bit of a negative for some sleepers, it does translate into as positive with regards to motion transfer.

During my sleep test, this mattress did an excellent job of dissipating any motion between my wife and I. If one of us rolled over or even got out of bed, the movements went virtually unnoticed. This is a huge plus for those who sleep with a restless partner. Even though you lose out on bounce, you do dramatically reduce motion transfer.

My final note about the Zinus has to do with the cooling properties. I won’t say the mattress slept hot, but there were times where Samantha and I felt warm. This is more than likely due to the top layer of memory foam. Memory foam as a material isn’t great in its ability to breathe or remain cool. This fact, in combination with no other cooling features on the mattress means that it sleeps warmer.

Therefore, if you tend to sleep on the warmer side, you’ll definitely want to keep that in mind. Additionally, heavier sleepers may find that the sinkage level of the memory foam creates a warmer sleeping environment as well.

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All things considered, I’m a fan of the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress. Although there are no outstanding qualities about this mattress, it still represents an impressive value at $310 (Queen). 

Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress, King size

Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress, King size

Sinkage Tests

All mattress reviews on Sleepopolis go through a short series of sinkage tests. These tests are designed to provide you with insight on how the mattress will perform under various conditions.

  • Lying on back – while lying flat on my back with all of my weight spread evenly across the mattress, I saw 2.5″ of sinkage.
  • Lying on side – as I rolled over onto my side, I saw 3.5″ of sinkage.
  • Sitting on the edge (conservative) – while sitting close to the edge of the mattress with my butt slightly further back on the mattress, I saw 4″ of sinkage.
  • Sitting on the edge (aggressive) – after moving towards the immediate edge of the mattress, in a normal sitting position, I saw 6″ of sinkage.
  • Standing in the middle – as I stood in the middle of the mattress with all of my weight focused at one point, I saw 6″ of sinkage.

Keep in mind, sinkage results may vary based on body weight and body type. As a reference point, I weigh 140 pounds.

Angled view of the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress

Angled view of the Zinus memory foam pressure relief mattress

Pricing

SizePrice
Twin$200
Full$270
Queen$310
King$380
California King$380

Other Details

  • Shipping – free, compressed in a box, arrives in 4-8 business days
  • Warranty – 10 years
  • Trial Period – 30 nights
  • Weight – Queen size mattress weighs 70 pounds
  • Discounts10% off with this link

Who should buy the Zinus memory foam mattress?

 I would recommend the Zinus memory foam mattress to sleepers who:

  • Want a medium firm feel – the Zinus mattress comes in at a medium 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.
  • Want a memory foam mattress – constructed with a memory foam comfort layer, this mattress is designed to have more of pronounced levels of sinkage, hug, and body contour. This also means slower response time, lower bounce, and very little motion transfer. If you’re considering this mattress, you will want to make sure enjoy the memory foam style.
  • You aren’t a hot sleeper – if you’re a hot sleeper you will likely find this mattress to be too warm. The combination of the sinkage + memory foam top layer can create a warmer feel for many sleepers.
  • You have a tighter budget – at $310 for a Queen, the price of this mattress is hard to beat. There are no fancy bells and whistles with this mattress, but if money is tight or you would rather not spend a lot on a mattress, then this is certainly a good choice.

For more on the Zinus mattress visit Zinus.com.

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