Zinus 14 Inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress Review
Comprised of Swirl Gel Memory Foam, ViscoLatex Memory Foam and iCoil Springs
Foam and Fiber Quilted Jacquard cover
Requires 48 hours for expansion
10 years limited warranty
Wonderfully Thick and Luxurious
This mattress’ 14-inch thickness makes it one of the largest on the market, especially for the Zinus brand. If you ask me, that’s a plus for any hybrid mattress, since the extra layers of foam between you and the springs is ideal for an extra smooth surface to sleep on.
That’s right — no springs poking you in the back years down the line!
Not to mention that a 14″ thick mattress is almost unheard of at this price point. It’s something you’d be more likely to find with one of the luxury legacy brands like Serta or Tempur.
But if you’re worried about sinking into a cloud of softness with the Zinus Hybrid, don’t be — it’s got a good amount of firmness to it that support isn’t compromised. It should be a great fit for back and belly sleepers in particular.
Good Amount of Support
Leading on from my last point, the Zinus Hybrid is definitely supportive all over, including the edges. I’d be very surprised to see any premature sagging in the mattress and am optimistic about its longevity.
The hybrid nature of the mattress ensures that neck and spine are in alignment all night long (regardless of what position you manage to contort yourself into) and pressure points are well eased by the layers of soothing memory foam.
When you first receive this mattress, it is tightly packed and rolled into its own shippable box. Gone are the days of buying a new mattress and having to strap it to the roof of your car in order to get it home!
How I love a bed in a box… 😍
Be aware though that the box the Zinus arrives in is massive and, at over 120 lbs, pretty darn heavy. We’d recommend getting a friend or neighbor round for a hand if you’re home alone.
Once you’ve received it, all that’s left is to remove it from the box and lay it out on your bed frame. Give it a good 48 hours to fully expand and air out.
Very Little Motion Transfer
Both the high-density foam layers and the pocketed spring layers are designed to reduce motion transfer so that if you are sleeping next to somebody, you won’t be bounced around every time they lay down or get up.
This is a huge perk for those with partners who are prone to taking bathroom breaks during the night.
The layers do their job very well; you can barely feel any motion transfer on this mattress! This is a godsend for couples, especially when one or both of you tend to toss and turn in your sleep.
Excellent Low Price
For a mattress of this size and quality, the price tag on the Zinus Gel-Infused Memory Foam Hybrid is downright miniscule!
If you’re familiar with the Zinus brand, this should come as no surprise. While the prices do vary depending on dimensions, I think it’s safe to say all of them are a bargain for a mattress this innovative and comfortable.
After all, the physical and mental price you would pay after losing sleep due to a sore back or being jostled around by a restless partner is much steeper.
Great Material Quality
In addition to great prices, Zinus is known for being very eco-friendly and conscientious about what materials are put into their mattresses.
For one thing, there’s the layer of latex foam that reduces potentially-harmful chemicals. Zinus have also managed to reduce chemicals in the other layers by replacing as much material as possible with organic plant oils.
The foam is also infused with charcoal to keep out unwanted moisture, making for a more comfortable and safer experience, while the iCoil springs relieve pressure in order to increase support. Plus all the foam is CertiPUR-US certified.
The mattress’ gel infusion also adds quality to the experience. The gel promotes circulation throughout the product, working to keep you cooler overnight.
Cheap it may be, but they definitely haven’t compromised on material quality.
I mentioned this earlier but it bears repeating — the box is huge.
This is the only part of the setup process that I didn’t like. While the company does a great job of compressing the mattress into a small space, I wish they could’ve made it a bit smaller.
In fairness, the 14-inch configuration does create some extra bulk, which can make hefting the box around a bit of a hassle.
On the plus side, the box makes for a killer fort 🤷🏽♂️
Not Best Suited to Side Sleepers
As mentioned, the iCoil springs relieve pressure and increase support. However, because this mattress is on the firmer side, it might cause side-sleepers to wake up with a few aches and pains.
Generally, side sleepers prefer a softer mattress.
Those who prefer to sleep on their sides need a softer bed with some leeway for their shoulders and hips in order to keep the spine straight.
Don’t get me wrong — this mattress is definitely soft and comfortable enough to fall asleep on, and those of you who sleep on your stomach or back are in for a treat, but after a few nights of sleeping on your side, you may find yourself rethinking things — or changing your sleeping position.
If there is a foam mattress that lets off zero odors on unpacking, I unfortunately haven’t found it yet. Like with a brand new car, a scent is usually expected upon opening up a product like this.
While this one does a good job of reducing the amount of chemicals contained in the foam layers, there is still a distinct “new mattress” chemically smell when you first unbox it. Luckily, the smell should leave completely within two days, so long as you air it out in a room with decent airflow.
Zinus Gel-Infused Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress: The Details
Here are the details for the Queen-sized configuration:
Product Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 14 inches
Item Weight: 121 pounds
Other Depth Configurations: 10 and 12 inches
Available in: Twin (10 and 12″ only), Full (10 and 12″ only), Queen, King and California King
To say a lot goes into a Zinus Hybrid Mattress would be an understatement – in terms of both the product’s materials as well as the innovative thought that went into its creation.
At the very bottom is a half-inch of high-density foam, which provides sturdiness and support for the rest of the mattress.
The same high-density foam also surrounds the sides and the top of the next layer, which is 7.25 inches of Zinus’ signature pocketed iCoil springs. These springs are what make this foam mattress a hybrid, giving it the bounce and support of a more traditional mattress while still keeping the comfort of memory foam. Each individual spring is encased in a “pocket” of soft material to prevent the springs from poking you in case something happens to the layers of foam above them.
Which brings us to the next layer: 2.5 inches of ViscoLatex foam. Like the iCoil springs, ViscoLatex is unique to the Zinus brand. This is another hybrid aspect of the mattress, since ViscoLatex combines latex foam with traditional memory foam, creating a layer that is both durable and low on chemicals, like latex, while keeping the comfortable feel of memory foam.
Gel-Infused Memory Foam
Above the ViscoLatex is two inches of gel-infused memory foam. The gel distributed throughout the foam material in this layer serves to improve circulation in the foam, alleviating the problem of overheating that crops up all too often with standard memory foam.
The last layer is 1.25 inches of comfort foam. This layer is nice and plush, topping off all the good stuff going on in the middle and lower layers with an extra bit of comfort.
Zinus: The Brand
Zinus’ history as a company is as varied as the layers in their mattresses!
It all began in 1979, with the brand specializing in outdoor equipment, such as sleeping bags. Zinus officially branched off in 2003 to take on indoor sleep products, such as mattresses, pillows, and bed frames.
Until recently, their products were only available through online retailers like Amazon.
In 2016, however, they completed their own eCommerce website, where their wide (and growing!) range of sleep products can be found. No worries for those of you who prefer to buy through online retailers, though – they’re still available there as well.
As the company has grown, they’ve lived up to their slogan of “pioneering comfort” by developing new ideas that quickly gain traction and become popular in the world of mattress selling, making it easier for consumers to find sleep products that are innovative, convenient, and comfortable.
For instance, Zinus was one of the first businesses to use the technique of compressing mattresses into smaller sizes in order to make shipping easier. The company also does its best to make products as safe and organic as possible.
We expect to see some of their other ideas, like hybrid mattresses and green-tea-infused foam, continue to become more and more popular as well.
There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind why the Zinus Gel-Infused Memory Foam Hybrid mattress is so popular. Luxurious comfort, a great degree of support and made from excellent quality materials — all for a rock bottom price.
With its affordable price and its arsenal of new twists on classic mattress features, this product is sure to make a good night’s sleep easier for buyers of all budgets, especially couples or those caught between choosing a classic spring mattress vs. a fancy foam one.
It’s not perfect — side sleepers will likely find it a little firm and I can’t get over the huge size of the box that the Queen configuration arrived in (having palpitations at the thought of fitting the California King through my apartment door 😱) but I’d still strongly recommend it if neither of those are a deal-breaker.
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