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unbiased Zinus Mattress Review, Ratings & Comparisons (Spa Sensations, Slumber 1, Sleep Master, Best Price, Night Therapy)

Based on 2,765 Actual Consumer Experiences

November 30, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Ultra-low price • very high value potential • model variety.

THE BAD: Spring models too firm for some side sleepers • below-average longevity for spring models • support fair at best for couples and large people.

THE MATTRESSES: Zinus sells foam and spring China-made mattresses priced $100 to $800. They ship compressed / sealed, expanding when opened.

THE COMPETITION: Main competition is likely Signature Sleep. Learn how Zinus compares to competing brands in the mattress price comparison, the foam mattress reviews – summary, the spring mattress reviews – summary and the side-by-side mattress comparison.

THE RETAILERS: Zinus.com as well as a number of online retailers. (See buying a mattress online: what to know.)

Contents

Zinus Mattress Ratings – Overall As A Group
Zinus Foam Mattress Model Ratings, Prices, Specs
Zinus Spring Mattress Model Ratings, Prices, Specs
Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability
Zinus Company Ratings
Zinus Retailer Comparison
Zinus vs Signature Sleep

Zinus Mattress Ratings

The ratings – based on 2,700+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Zinus mattresses rate in comparison to the average mattress.

FOAM Models SPRING Models  
Owner satisfaction for everyday adult use C+ D Zinus foam mattresses have 76% owner satisfaction when used regularly by one or two adults. Spring mattresses have 62% owner satisfaction when used in this manner. (The average mattress has 74% satisfaction.)
Owner satisfaction for limited adult use or everyday child use B C Zinus mattresses are used in 30-45% of cases for limited adult use (e.g., guest use) or everyday child use. When used like this, foam models have 90% owner satisfaction and spring models 88% owner satisfaction. (The average mattress when used like this has 88% satisfaction.)
Durability / longevity C- D As many as 30% of spring model owners report sagging / loss of support with three years of ownership compared to about 15% of foam model owners. As a result, spring models are perhaps best suited for child use or temporary, occasional adult use.
Support C C Neither a clear strength nor clear weakness of either type. They may lack strength to properly support a large person (230+ lbs) or couple especially over the long term.
Less (back) pain C C+ Foam models may cause (back) pain mainly due to softening support. Spring models may cause pain mainly due to sagging. (See mattress pain for general analysis.)
Conforming ability B- C- Foam more so than springs conforms to the contours of a person's body resulting in above-average pressure point relief. Excessive firmness and pressure, however, cause pain for 12% of owners, especially side sleepers.
Easy to move on c B As the beds wear, the sleeper (especially heavier ones) may sink far into the mattress which can make moving on the bed and getting up off of it somewhat difficult.
Motion isolation B+ B- Foam models especially keep motion localized so as to not disturb another person. (General analysis: mattress motion isolation.)
Edge support D+ d Support may be inadequate for lying or sitting near the edge of the bed, especially for heavier people.
No initial odor / off gassing D+ B- Zinus foam models are 2 to 3 times more likely to off gas than spring models. About 12% of foam model owners report a significant problem. (See memory foam off gassing for general analysis.)
No sleeping hot C- B Foam models are more likely to retain heat than spring models. Some foam models have gel-infused foam which sleep about 20% cooler longer than regular foam especially if at least two inches of the material is present.
Good for sex c+ B See mattresses and sex for general analysis.
Large person friendly D+ D Neither type seems to perform strongly in this area due mainly to a lack of support. And large people (230+ lbs) should likely avoid models less than 10" thick. More.
Small person friendly B- D+ People under 130 lbs may find the beds too firm (unless a topper is added), especially spring models. More.
No noise b+ C- Foam models are almost entirely silent, while about 6% of spring model owners report noise coming from the coils.
No topper needed C+ D+ About 15% of spring models owners need to buy a topper to improve comfort vs no more than 8% of foam model owners. The thicker the model, the less likely a topper will need to be added.
Fast break in B C+ Average break-in time is no longer than two weeks.
Easy to maintain C C- The mattresses are "no flip." Head to foot rotation is likely needed two to three times a year to minimize wear.
Easy to lift, move, handle B- C+ The mattresses weigh 30-135 lbs depending on model and size. Spring models overall tend to weigh at least 10% more than foam models of equal thickness. But foam models are more wobbly when moving.

Zinus FOAM Mattress Model Ratings, Prices, Specs

The models below are sold under different brand names by different retailers as indicated. See the Zinus retailer comparison. Prices are for a mattress only; models with a frame or folding foundation will add $70-$250.

  Owner Satisfaction Avg Price Retailer
(Brand Name)
Firmness* Comfort/ Support Layer
(density)**
Base Layer (estimated density)
6" Memory Foam 70% for everyday adult use

88% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$105 tw

$130 full

$142 qn

$192 kg
Amazon
(Best Price

Sleep Master)

Walmart.com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med-firm 1-1.5" memory foam (3 lb/ft)

0-2" support foam
3-4.5" base foam (1.6 lbs/ft)
8" Memory Foam 76% for everyday adult use

89% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$140 tw

$180 full

$191 qn

$251 kg
Amazon
(Best Price

Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med-firm 2" memory foam (3 lb/ft)

2" support foam
4" base foam (1.6 lbs/ft)
10" Memory Foam 77% for everyday adult use

90% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$170 tw

$210 full

$241 qn

$323 kg
Amazon
(Best Price

Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med to med-firm 2.5-3" memory foam (3 lb/ft)

2-3" support foam
4-5.5" base foam (1.6 lbs/ft)
12" Memory Foam 78% for everyday adult use

91% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$235 tw

$320 full

$330 qn

$353 kg
Amazon
(Best Price

Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med 2-3" memory foam (3 lb/ft)

2-3" regular support foam
5-7" base foam (1.6 lbs/ft)
Gel Memory Foam (8", 10", 12") 76% for everyday adult use

90% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$160- $280 tw

$150- $360 full

$230- $510 qn

$235- $450 kg
Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart.com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med to med-firm 1-3" gel memory foam (3 lb/ft)

1-1.5" memory foam (3 lb/ft)

2-3" regular foam
4-6" base foam (1.6 lbs/ft)

* The firmness indicates what tends to be true for owners; your personal evaluation may differ. The most common phrase describing Zinus foam mattress firmness by owners is "soft but firm" – meaning that the mattress has a soft comfort layer and firm support.
** See memory foam density comparison to learn about characteristics of 3 lb/ft density.

Zinus SPRING Mattress Model Ratings, Prices, Specs

The models below are sold under different brand names by different retailers as indicated. See the Zinus retailer comparison. Prices are for a mattress only; models with a frame or folding foundation will add $70-$250.

  Owner Satisfaction Avg Price Retailer
(Brand Name)
Firmness* Comfort Layer Springs
6" Youth 55% for everyday adult use

87% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$134 tw

$150 full
Walmart .com
(Slumber 1)

Zinus.com
firm .5" regular foam 5" pocket coils
8" Spring 62% for everyday adult use

88% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$121 tw

$155 full

$170 qn

$207 kg

Amazon
(Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart.com
(Slumber 1)

Zinus.com
firm 1" regular foam 7.5" pocket coils
10" Spring 63% for everyday adult use

89% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$162 tw

$188 full

$250 qn

$255 kg
Amazon
(Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Walmart.com
(Slumber 1)

Zinus.com
firm 2.5" regular foam
7.5" pocket coils
12" Spring 64% for everyday adult use

89% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$150 tw

$200 full

$245 qn

$273 kg
Amazon
(Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Zinus.com
med-firm 3.5" regular foam
7.5" pocket coils
13" Spring 63% for everyday adult use

90% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$220 full

$300 qn

$355 kg
Amazon
(Sleep Master)

Samsclub.com
(Night Therapy)

Zinus.com
med 4.5" regular foam 7.5" pocket coils
10" Hybrid 63% for everyday adult use

89% for limited adult use or everyday child use
$160 tw

$220 full

$250 qn

$310 kg
Walmart.com
(Spa Sensations)

Zinus.com
med 1" memory foam

1" regular support foam
7.5" pocket coils

* The firmness description indicates what tends to be true for owners; your personal evaluation may differ.

Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability

The table below evaluates Zinus models for person size and sleep position. It shows what tends to be true for owners; your personal evaluation may differ. See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type. And people of below- and above-average weight, see the mattress guide for large and small people.

  Average-Sized People
(130-230 lbs)
Large People
(230+ lbs)
Small People
(under 130 lbs)*
6" Memory Foam Back Sleep Friendly B- c- B
Side Sleep Friendly C- D C-
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- D+ B-
8" Memory Foam Back Sleep Friendly B C+ B
Side Sleep Friendly C+ C- C-
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C B-
10" Memory Foam Back Sleep Friendly B C+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B C C
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C B
12" Memory Foam Back Sleep Friendly B C+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B C C+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C- B
6" Spring Back Sleep Friendly C C- C-
Side Sleep Friendly d+ D+ D
Stomach Sleep Friendly C- D+ C
8" Spring Back Sleep Friendly C C C-
Side Sleep Friendly d+ C- D+
Stomach Sleep Friendly C- C- C
10" Spring Back Sleep Friendly C+ C+ C-
Side Sleep Friendly C- C D+
Stomach Sleep Friendly C C C+
12" Spring Back Sleep Friendly B- C+ C+
Side Sleep Friendly C+ C C-
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C C+
13" Spring Back Sleep Friendly B C+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B C B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C B
10" Hybrid Back Sleep Friendly B C+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B- C C+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B C B

* A topper can often improve comfort for smaller people.

Zinus Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Zinus Inc. compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty coverage C- Foam models have 5- to 15-year coverage, while spring models have 5- to 10-year coverage. This is similar to that of other value-priced beds. The steel frame / foundation that comes with some models has a 5-year warranty. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Return policy C Most Zinus mattress retailers offer at least a 30-day return window. Return fees are possible. Method of return depends on retailer.
Customer service C Limited available owner data suggest Zinus customer service is about average.
Marketing accuracy B+ Claims made by Zinus about their mattresses are essentially factual with limited hyperbole.
Specs disclosed B- Disclosing mattress specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them comparison shop.
Time in business B+ Zinus began in 1987 according to the Better Business Bureau.
BBB rating A+ Zinus, Inc. has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. 28 complaints have been filed against the company in the past three years. This number is about average for a mattress company of its size.
SLTD rating B- SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating of "B-" for Zinus Inc. is determined by averaging the above company ratings.

Zinus Retailer Comparison

The same or very similar Zinus mattresses are sold at various retailers often under different brand names.

  Amazon Zinus.com Wal-Mart / walmart.com Sam's Club / sams club.com
Mattress Price* $ $ $$ $$$
Models offered most all most most
Return Policy 30 days 30 days 90 days at least 90 days
Return Method shipped shipped return to store return to store
Zinus Brand(s) Sold Best Price Mattress
(foam models)

Sleep Master
(foam and spring models)
Zinus Spa Sensations
(foam and spring models)

Slumber 1
(spring models)
Night Therapy
(foam and spring models)

* True as of this writing for most but not necessarily all models.

Zinus vs Signature Sleep

Zinus's main competition is likely Signature Sleep. While the two brands are similar, they differ in the ways indicated below.

  ZINUS SIGNATURE SLEEP
Reversible no yes for 8" coil model
warranty 5-15 years 1 year
Firmness foam models: med to med-firm

spring models: firm
foam models: med-firm to firm

spring models: med to med-firm
% of owners adding topper to improve comfort foam models: 7%

spring models: 15%
foam models: 9%

spring models: 7%
BBB rating A+ no rating
SLTD Company Rating B- C


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About our unbiased Zinus mattress review and research

Ratings are based on 2,765 consumer reviews for the various Zinus brands including Spa Sensations, Night Therapy, Slumber 1 and more. Learn more about our research methodology and why you can trust our mattress reviews.

Sleep Like The Dead receives no compensation of any kind from any company, organization or individual to affect in any way or degree the content of our research and ratings.

Remember

– Zinus mattresses are available in limited firmness variety, mostly medium to firm.

As many as 30% of spring model owners report sagging / loss of support with three years of ownership compared to about 15% of foam model owners.

– Each mattress comes compressed and vacuum sealed for cost savings and convenience. About 4% of owners report that their mattress fails to fully decompress or evenly expand.

– Essentially the same Zinus mattress models are sold under different brand names by different retailers.

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