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February 5th, 2020: I’ve been using my beloved Zinus mattress for 1 year and 4 months now, and it truly has been the best mattress I’ve used! At this end of this post, I’ve included an update to this post.
When I first started my blog a few years ago, I wrote a fairly elaborate mattress guide on buying the perfect mattress in-store. I was suffering from back pains and shied away from purchasing mattresses online because I wanted to be sure that it was the perfect one for me. Unfortunately, after 2 years of waiting for it to “break in” we concluded that this mattress was yet another dud for us. Another $1,500 down the drain, I decided it was finally time to stop playing it safe and finally got a mattress online from Zinus.
Memory foam mattresses in a box have quickly become the new standard of mattresses, replacing overpriced mattress brands like Sleep Number and Tempurpedic: they’re simple, require no pick-up truck to bring home, and are much more affordable than the mattresses you may see at your local furniture stores. So with the many mattresses on the market to choose from, why did I wind up choosing Zinus?
More Mattress Options
Unlike most online mattress brands, Zinus carries several different types of mattresses from memory foam mattresses to hybrid spring mattresses along with varying thicknesses, so you can pick the perfect one. Many online brands only offer one type of mattress to keep production and retail costs low, but unfortunately, mattresses aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of item, and I definitely did not want to take on the risk of buying a mattress that was too soft or too firm for me.
Zinus has an interesting selection of mattresses, one of which actually smells like green tea to combat that funky morning smell (you know, the one that smells like drool and eye boogers) and help you feel refreshed when you wake up. And by the way: it’s also the most reviewed mattress on Amazon.
Affordable Price Points
As much as I love a good bargain, I know it’s not always wise to skimp on things like whole foods, a functional car, and a mattress that doesn’t give me back pain. However, I still consider my last $1,500 mattress to be a bit of a splurge since it didn’t completely take away my back pain.
On the other end of the spectrum, I don’t think you should expect much from a $99 king-sized mattress either, and that’s where Zinus brings quality, innovation and value altogether. Their prices aren’t too-good-to-be-true, but they have honest pricing that slashes a lot of the retail markup off the price.
Free Delivery to Your Door
It’s also worth mentioning that you don’t have to rent a truck to pick up your item at a warehouse or worry about exorbitant delivery prices commonly associated with most mattress brands. Zinus products ship free to your door via FedEx Ground, so you just have to place your order and wait a few days for your doorbell to ring!
If you purchase a memory foam mattress, it arrives compressed and rolled in a tall box. All you have to do is open the vacuum-sealed bag, unroll the mattress and give it some time to fully expand. Pro tip: I recommend opening the mattress where you intend to put the bed so that you don’t have to drag it around the house when it’s fully expanded. Pro tip #2: if the corners are still curled, try jumping on the mattress to allow the foam to spring up.
An Extensive 100-Night Return Policy
I don’t think it’s possible to see if a mattress is the right match for you in under 30 days. If you’re new to memory foam mattresses, your body might need time to adjust. Sometimes there are “break-in” periods involved as well. Luckily, Zinus mattresses come with a 100-night return policy and 10-year warranty. So if you’re frightened by the off-chance that the mattress isn’t a perfect match, you don’t need to worry. As long as the mattress is in good condition with no stains or damage, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label and instructions on returning the item. After they receive your return, you’ll receive a full refund just 2-3 days afterward.
You can also buy Zinus products from Amazon; however, buying directly from Zinus ensures that you get the full 100-day return policy.
My Pick: The Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress
After much debate, I decided on the Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress. Since I live in the inland desert of Southern California, we get about 8 months of hot weather. At nights it’s still fairly warm to the point where I’ve woken up sweaty with my previous memory foam mattress.
Memory foam mattresses can sometimes feel hot to lay on because the foam needs to be dense enough to be supportive, which means there isn’t any airflow between your body and the mattress. The Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress has a heat-resistant cooling layer and cooling fabric to regulate your temperature throughout the night. This combination definitely takes the edge off the nighttime heat and lets me drift off to sleep.
In regards to the thickness of the mattress: I prefer a plush feel but also need a firm support underneath to keep my spine aligned, so I felt the 14″ mattress was the way to go. There are several layers in this mattress that offer support, but the topmost layer is so plush that I knock out in less than 15 minutes.
Coordinate With Zinus Furniture
Something many people don’t know is that Zinus has been around for many years – probably even longer than some of the popular mattress-in-a-box brands you see all over social media. With many successful years under their belt, they’ve expanded to offer a wide array of furniture, from beautiful platform beds that match your Zinus mattress to easy-to-assemble sofas. And if you’re a dog person like me and want to spoil your fur child, you can also get them a Zinus pet bed of their own. If that isn’t innovative, then I don’t know what else is.
Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the pricing, variety, and quality of my Zinus mattress. I’d gladly get another one for my guest bedroom – maybe the Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress for when my best friends who drink a little too much and stay the night?
If you’re looking for a new mattress, want to save some money, and don’t want to compromise on quality, try Zinus out for 100-days! It’s risk-free and convenient to find the perfect mattress match for you. Let me know if you plan on trying Zinus out – let’s chat in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get more blog posts delivered by email!
2/5/2020 1-Year Update: How My Zinus Mattress Has Held Up After 365 Days
It’s been a year and some months since I originally published this post, and I’m sure you want to know how the mattress has held up after so many days! To date, it’s been the most comfortable mattress I’ve owned. It hasn’t sunken in or gotten progressively uncomfortable, and each morning I still wake up feeling well-rested. I haven’t had any back pains or discomfort at all, which means this mattress has truly held up to the test of time. I will gladly be purchasing another Zinus mattress for our guest bedroom when we begin furnishing it. As for the one we already have, I’ll check back in another year with a 2nd update!
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If you pick the right one, even affordable mattress in a box might work. Great tips, thanks for sharing