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Zinus very likely could be the #1 best selling mattress on Amazon. It’s really cheap and that’s the primary reason that people buy it.
Like most other online mattresses, Zinus comes with free shipping, whether you purchase through Zinus.com or Amazon. It also ships compressed inside a box and will usually arrive within three to five business days of when you place your order, at least if you’re in the contiguous United States.
When the package arrives, all you have to do is drag that sucker inside and tear off all of the plastic wrapping. The unboxing process takes less than 15 minutes start to finish. You will want to give the bed 48-72 hours to fully inflate. Because it uses a lot of memory foam, it needs some extra time to return to its intended form. This is common with a lot of memory foam mattresses.
The Zinus Green Tea mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty. As an FYI, most beds come with at least a 10-year warranty.
As mentioned previously, this bed is cheap. In fact, depending on the height that you choose (6″, 8″, 10″, or 12″) the Green Tea mattress might be the cheapest bed available. Here’s a pricing breakdown for the 12″ model.
|King / Cal King||$420|
Keep in mind that prices tend to fluctuate seller to seller on Amazon. For example, typically, when Amazon is the actual vendor for the mattress, we see it more heavily discounted than when Zinus is selling the mattress themselves. Regardless, though, you can usually find the 10″ model for around $200 on Amazon.
The Green Tea mattress is made entirely of foam, but the exact construction depends on which height you choose. Below is a construction breakdown for the 12″ Green Tea mattress.
The 6″ bed has only two layers. It has egg crate support foam on the bottom and memory foam on top. The 8″ and 10″ models both have three layers. They have support foam on the bottom, transition foam in the center, and memory foam on top. The 12″ model just adds a second layer of egg crate support foam on the bottom.
All of the foams in this mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. This assures you that the mattress has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to meet specific criterion for physical performance, indoor emissions, and environmental stewardship, and is made without ozone depleters, heavy metals, or formaldehyde. Also, the Green Tea mattress has been tested and passed the requirements of the Cigarette Smoldering Test and the Open Flame Test.
The cover for this mattress is made of a knitted jacquard fabric. It’s white and soft, but to be honest, it’s not our favorite cover. It’s thin and bunches up easily. You can actually grab the cover and pull it up in the air a good six inches.
The cover is removable, but Zinus actually states that removing it can affect your warranty, and we agree that you should not remove it, because it’s just a pain. If it gets a stain that you must remove, just use some warm water and mild detergent to spot clean. That should do the trick.
Also, to extend the longevity of this bed, you’ll want to rotate it every three months as a preventative measure to protect against sagging or permanent indentations. Egg crate foam is probably the least durable foam that you’ll find inside a mattress. As such, we would implore you to rotate it regularly if the bed sees a lot of use. If it’s just your Airbnb mattress, rotate it as needed, not necessarily at set intervals. And this bed is not flippable.
The Green Tea mattress is a medium-soft on the soft-to-firm scale, and has a pure memory foam feel. By this, we mean that you’re going to slowly melt into the material as it surrounds you, like a big hug, or like super comfortable quicksand.
We also noticed that the firmness of this bed changes per season because of the temperature. This bed seemed to be firmer in colder weather and softer in warmer weather.
Given that the Green Tea mattress has a true memory foam feel, you get a good amount of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Switching positions does take extra effort and could leave you feeling restless if you tend to rotate between sleeping positions frequently during the night.
That said, we do think the Green Tea mattress is comfortable, it’s just that you have to really like memory foam to get this mattress.
Typically, back and stomach sleepers prefer firmer mattresses—that’s not the Zinus Green Tea mattress. We do not think this will be a good mattress for back sleep and stomach sleepers unless you’re on the lighter side (i.e. under 140 lb).
If you sleep predominately on your back, make sure to check out our list of the Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers. Same thing for stomach sleepers—see our list of the Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers.
Why yes, it is. The Green Tea mattress is best for side sleepers. It’s soft enough to offer great pressure relief for the hips and shoulders when you’re on your side.
As for combo sleepers, because you get that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, you’ll face a little resistance while moving around on the bed. If you’re of a lighter build, it’ll be easier for you, while heavier people will sink into the mattress more and get that quicksand feeling.
To answer your question, though, yes, Zinus will work for combo sleepers, but it wouldn’t land anywhere near our list of the Best Mattresses for Combo Sleepers.
Short answer: No. We usually recommend heavier individuals go for a hybrid or spring mattress as opposed to an all-foam bed. While the 12″ bed is better than the 6″ bed for heavy people, overall, we can’t recommend the Zinus Green Tea mattress for individuals that weigh 250 lb or more. Foam beds just don’t typically have the long term support that coil beds do.
As we’ve discussed, memory foam beds generally allow for a nice amount of pressure relief. The material kind of swaddles you as you sink into the bed. The downside of this is the temperature. As your body warms while you sleep, the memory foam surrounding you will absorb that heat and maintain it through the night.
If you live in Alaska and don’t bother with a heater, this is great. If you’re a small person who is cold all the time, this is great. If you’re a chronic hot sleeper, this isn’t the bed for you. Instead, make sure to peruse our list of the Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot Sleepers.
Since the Green Tea mattress has a classic memory foam feel, it does a great job of absorbing movement. Just take a look at the glass of water in our very scientific test below. As you can see, next to no motion transfers through the bed.
This is perfect for couples where one partner is active in their sleep or tends to get up in the middle of the night. A lot of the memory foam beds are superb at isolating motion.
As for edge support, we found it to be just average. You will get a bit of that roll-off feeling along the perimeter of the mattress.
If you and your partner like to battle over the middle of the bed while you sleep, go for a size up. In other words, if you were planning on cramming two people onto a full size mattress, you might want to think about going up to a queen.
The Zinus Green Tea mattress is one of the most affordable beds on the market today. To be honest, there’s nothing overly special about it, beyond the shockingly low price point. That said, we actually think it will make a great mattress for kids, college students, and guest bedrooms, so long as you definitely want a memory foam bed.
How did the Slumber Yard get this bed?
|We purchased this mattress on Amazon.|
What if my mattress doesn't reach its intended thickness?
|As we stated, it can take anywhere from 48-72 hours to fully decompress, but sometimes with memory foam, this process can take up to a week. We actually recommend that you sleep on your mattress during this time though, because it will help air flow into the mattress and will aid in the decompression process. If after a week and a couple of days your mattress hasn’t expanded to its full intended thickness, contact the company to claim your warranty. If you bought through Amazon, they should also be able to accommodate your claim.|
How long can I keep my mattress in a box?
|We recommend you take your mattress out of its box as soon as you can, preferably the same day as delivery. Remember, you need to give your mattress time to inflate and off-gas, and the sooner you start, the sooner you can sleep on it. If you must wait to unbox your new bed, try not to wait longer than a week from the day the bed was delivered.|
|No, but it does come in different thickness options. We reviewed the 12” option here, which is their thickest option, but they do come in other options that are even cheaper. The other thickness options are 6”, 8”, and 10”. We’re not sure how firm the other beds are, but keep in mind the thicker the bed, the more durable it will be over the long run.|
Where is the Zinus Green Tea mattress made?
|It is made in China. Interestingly enough, Zinus makes beds for several other companies in their facility in China.|