Who doesn’t want to sleep like the dead? The zombiebed mattress from Zombie Beds certainly draws attention with its name, but we take sleep seriously around here! This review will take the Zombiebed through its paces as we quite literally peel back the mask to see what lies beneath.
We’ll test the Zombiebed for important features like firmness, motion transfer, bounce (are dead mattresses allowed to have springs in their step?), and pricing. And by the end, you’ll know for sure if it’s the mattress of your undead dreams!
For my full take on the Zombiebed mattress, continue reading below! If you don’t have time for the whole shebang, click here for my review summary.
A Zombie Beds Brand Snapshot
Zombie Beds claims to have 30 years of experience in mattress building. The company offers a full suite of products that center around its mattress. Although it offers a choice of frames and accessories, the Zombiebed is its only mattress so far.
As such, we will focus on the Zombiebed namesake mattress in this text. Let’s talk first about the bare bones of the Zombiebed (the materials in the mattress) and then put some meat on the discussion (how those materials performed during my various sleep tests).
What is the Zombiebed Made Of?
Ok, enough with the really bad jokes about how dead things like zombies can’t have spring in their step. The Zombiebed mattress has springs in it! I really need to get over that.
Let’s pull back the cover and see what makes the Zombiebed tick.
Cover – The cover is knit for a thick, cozy feel. It’s nothing to write home about, but it provides adequate separation between the sleeper and the first foam comfort layer.
Comfort – Under the cover is a layer of poly foam. It’s meant to provide a balance between pressure relief and support. Most people will sink into the mattress a bit, but its quick response to pressure maintains its mobility.
Transition – The thin layer of memory foam is thinner than the poly foam layer above it. Its slow response to pressure is meant to provide contouring for the body, but its positioning so low down in the mattress reduces this effect. However, it does supply a bit more room for comfortable sinkage and pressure relief.
Transition – The layer of microcoils is a unique feature in bed-in-a-box construction. This layer gives the mattress a bit of bounceback, but it isn’t meant to make the Zombiebed feel like a full innerspring mattress. You do, however, get a bit more spring than the average foam mattress.
Base – Unlike the microcoils, the thick high-density poly foam at the base of the Zombiebed is used commonly in bed-in-a-box mattresses. This layer gives the Zombiebed shape and durability.
Thoughts: Compared to most bed-in-a-box foam mattresses, the Zombiebed is actually quite a lively mattress (undead jokes aside). The microcoils and poly foam layering provide this response. This construction keeps the Zombiebed from feeling flat and lifeless, but it still maintains the comforting contours of a foam mattress.
Important note: I was initially skeptical about the purpose of the microcoils, but I found this layer adds quite a bit of liveliness to the Zombiebed. Most importantly, it allows for good mobility when moving and switching positions, a feature that many foam mattresses lack. This mobility is great for combo sleepers, who tend to shift more during the night than others.
How Firm is the Zombiebed?
Now that we’ve seen what’s inside the Zombiebed, it’s time to find out exactly how a deadbed feels! Let’s start with firmness.
Mattress firmness is different for everyone. The shape, size and weight of your body can make a mattress feel softer or firmer. Keeping this in mind, I tested the Zombiebed myself and with coworkers. The firmness ranking just below is the average of what we felt the Zombiebed to be:
The average of our ratings was a 6.5/10. 6.5 is the industry standard of medium firmness. The description below is how the mattress performed on my body size at 5’10”, 190 lbs.
On initial contact with the Zombiebed, I felt a bit on top of the mattress. I did sink into the comfort layer somewhat, which is to be expected. Combo sleepers should like this balance, because the comfort that most people want when first touching a mattress doesn’t get in the way of the support they need in sensitive areas of the body.
I was impressed with the mobility on the Zombiebed when moving around, especially considering that zombies usually aren’t too coordinated. (Sorry — I had to!) I expect switching positions to be fairly easy on a medium firmness mattress and the Zombiebed lived up to this expectation. We’ll go over positions in more detail below, but here’s the final verdict: The Zombiebed works well for back and combo sleepers. However, side sleepers may find that it’s a touch too firm for the relief they need at the shoulders and hips.
Testing Out the Zombiebed
So that’s how the Zombiebed feels to me and my coworkers, but let’s see how it fares on my more scientific tests. Below, I’ll walk you through my assessments for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
Many sleepers experience added pressure at the shoulders, hips, and lower back in certain positions. A good mattress gives the right amount of relief in these areas without losing support for the rest of the body. A Pressure Map device tracks the pressure that a mattress puts on the body with a color coded map. Blue is low pressure, green is medium pressure, yellow is moving into uncomfortable pressure, and red represents high pressure.
Back – The pressure map shows blue everywhere, which is what you should expect from a mattress like the Zombiebed.The body is in a pretty flat position here, so anything other than blue means possible shoulder and back misalignment. We didn’t find any of that, though!
Side – I was actually impressed with the pressure relief in the hips and shoulders on the Zombiebed. At the shoulders, the pressure map moves into light green, but this is usually doesn’t translate to discomfort in short time periods. Combo side sleepers shouldn’t feel too much pressure.
Stomach – My weight was evenly distributed across the Zombiebed here, so I expected to see all blue. I did, but this isn’t the whole story. Most sleepers, especially heavier ones, need support rather than pressure relief at the hips to keep the back from bowing. I did feel my hips sink into the mattress here, which means there may not be enough support for stomach sleepers. Strict stomach sleepers may need more hip support than the Zombiebed provides.
I run Bounce and Motion Transfer tests after my Pressure Map test. I use a 10 lb. steel ball for both tests. The Bounce test is the simpler of the two; I simply bounce the ball on the mattress to see if you will feel stuck in the mattress when you change positions.
I found the quick response to pressure from the poly foam and microcoil layers great for preserving mobility. Most sleepers won’t have a problem moving from back to side, stomach to side, etc.
The Motion Transfer test involves dropping the same 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4, 8 and 12 inches. The 4” drop simulates a sleep partner shuffling around at night; the 8” drop represents that partner getting out of bed; the 12” drop is like that partner jumping into bed with you. I measure how much of the motion transfers to the other side of the bed with a seismometer.
The Zombiebed brought back some impressive results in terms of motion isolation. Most bouncy mattresses also transfer a lot of energy from side to side. This is not the case with the Zombiebed. Even from the 12” height, there were no noticeable spikes in energy from the seismometer. This tells us that a partner changing positions or being a restless sleeper during the night wouldn’t really bother you.
We’ve taken the Zombiebed apart, we’ve critiqued its feel, and we’ve run the tests to quantify its most important features. I can’t say if the Zombiebed’s feature set sounds good to you, but I can make some recommendations based on the performance of this mattress with certain sleepers.
- Combo sleepers will get a good balance of pressure relief and support with the Zombiebed in all positions.
- If you sleep with a restless partner, the motion isolation is a feature that people who sleep with partners should love.
- The mix of microcoils and poly foam layering gives the Zombiebed a liveliness that helps combo sleepers switch positions more easily.
- The edge support on the Zombiebed was not impressive. When the edge gives way too much, partners cannot use as much of the bed as they should.
- If you tend to sweat during the night, you should know that the Zombiebed sleeps a little hot.
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Warranty – 10 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed to anywhere in the continental United States via FedEx ground
How Much Does the Zombiebed Cost?
|Twin||38" x 75" x 10"||$499|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 10"||$550|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||$699|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||$899|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||$999|
|Cal-King||72" x 84" x 10"||$1,050|