Before I started reviewing mattresses for Real Homes, I thought memory foam mattresses were too soft and broke down easily. It only took a couple of reviews to realize that I had been wholly wrong.
Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress At a Glance
Firmness: My rating is 8 out of 10 on a firmness scale.
Type: Memory foam
Construction materials: Knitted cover, memory foam, comfort foam, high-density base support foam
Sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King
Thickness: 6", 8", 10", or 12"
After five mattress reviews on my belt, I was presented with the opportunity to try the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress. After browsing through the website, I concluded the foam in this mattress would feel similar to the other memory foam mattresses that I had tested. Once again, I was wrong. But then again, that's not a bad thing.
In this guide, I’ll explain how the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress differs from the other memory foam mattresses I’ve tried, but also what makes it rank among the best mattresses. I’ll delve into what it's like to sleep on, the firmness rating, as well as logistics like the shipping and warranty information. And of course, I’ll answer the first question you had upon seeing the title of the mattress itself – can you smell the green tea extract?
Who will the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress suit?
- Ye olde side sleepers: Neither your shoulder nor your hips will collapse into this mattress, making side sleeping super comfortable.
- Sleepers who like a firm mattress: This mattress is firm with a capital 'F.'
- Sleepers with aches and pains: The memory foam relieves aches and pains from a long day.
- Folks with any type of bed: Pop this mattress on a box spring or a slatted bed frame. It works well with all types of beds!
Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress: Construction
Whether you choose the 6", 8", 10" or 12" the Zinus Green Tree Memory Foam mattress is made with the same three different layers of CertiPUR-US Certified foam, but the amount of foam used, and how the bed will ultimately feel, changes with each thickness increase. The 6" and 8" models are recommended for back sleepers and those of average weight, the 10" and 12" mattresses are recommended for side sleepers of petite to average weight.
The base high density foam is sturdy and provides support along the edges and even pressure relief. The middle layer of foam is known as “comfort foam” and is the thinnest and softest of the layers of foam. Natural green tea extract and purified charcoal have been added to the top layer of foam, which is about an inch thicker than the middle section. Although you can’t smell the green tea or charcoal infusions, they’re working hard to maintain a fresh mattress over time. Everything is contained in a soft woven jacquard cover.
What is the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress like to sleep on?
The 10" Queen-sized Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress I tested arrived quickly. It was wrapped and packaged in a box, and took little effort to carry to my guest room. After carefully cutting away the plastic wrapping, I set the mattress on my slatted platform bed and let it unfurl and expand. Although the website says that this mattress can be placed on any kind of bed frame, in the research I’ve done, it seems that memory foam mattresses hold up better over time when they’re used on beds with slates as it offers a better base of support.
I allowed the mattress to expand for about six hours before I slept on it. The first thing I noticed about the mattress was that it was pretty firm and over time, it seemed to maintain the same level of firmness. In my opinion, it rates at about a 7/8 on the firmness scale (I’m inclined to lean toward an 8). Zinus does not offer a firmness rating on its website.
After my first full night of sleep on the mattress, I realized that the mattress responded to my body in a way that other memory foam mattresses do not. In the past, I’ve described memory foam mattresses as feeling "cloud-like" or softening around your body in a way that’s supportive, but still gentle. When I laid on the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress, the memory foam shaped around the curves and angles of the position of my body in which I was lying. It was almost as if the mattress was molding to my position to offer support. When I moved around, I could feel the imprint of my previous position – the small bumps and dips – for a few minutes until the memory foam readjusted to my new position.
Although I would have liked the memory foam to respond a little quicker to my movements, I can see why customers like the way this contouring-type of memory foam feels as they sleep. It’s akin to being cradled and supported. This was especially nice when I laid on my side. I find that many memory foam mattresses aren’t as supportive to side sleepers but this one does a really good job of supporting your hips and shoulders.
The memory foam in this mattress is also described as being pressure-relieving. For the price of this mattress, it does a decent job at this. I wouldn't say it's the best pressure-relieving mattress I've slept on, but better than most.
What I really loved about the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is that it allowed for great airflow and remained cool throughout the night. ActivCharcoal and Green Tea extract are infused into the memory foam to help maintain the freshness of the mattress. I could not smell the green tea extract (and Zinus doesn’t advertise that you can), but I’m glad it’s there, keeping my bed fresh for years to come.
Ordering, delivering, and warranty
Not only is the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress extremely budget-friendly but shipping is free! Although they’re working on making their shipping speeds faster, it currently takes about 5-12 business days for the mattress to reach your door. Take note that if you live in California, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, there will be a state-related recycling fee for mattresses and box springs ordered through Zinus.
Once your Zinus mattress arrives at your home, you have 100 days to try it out. If you’re not satisfied for any reason, you can return it in good condition for your full money back. Zinus will arrange for FedEx to pick it up from your door.
As for the warranty, every Zinus mattress is covered for 10 years, as long as you provide proof of purchase and don’t remove the outer cover or mattress tags. The warranty only covers defective workmanship or structural defects, not normal wear or softness in foam. So for instance, the mattress would need to have an indentation that is over 1.5 inches deep (and is not associated with the foundation of the bed frame) to be considered faulty workmanship. Zinus will replace your mattress with a new one or provide a prorated refund.
How does the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress rate online?
On the Zinus (opens in new tab) website, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress has a 4.3-star rating out of five stars from 1,500 reviews. On Amazon (opens in new tab), customers gave it a higher average rating of 4.5 out of 115,000 reviews. I’m inclined to give this mattress a 4.0 rating.
Is the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress worth it?
Zinus has managed to create a quality mattress in the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress – and more surprisingly, they sell it at an affordable price with free shipping! That alone is enough for me to say – yes, go buy it.
However, if you prefer softer mattresses, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress probably isn’t for you. Though if you are on a budget, you can check out our best cheap mattress guide for more affordable picks. I prefer 5-7 on a firmness scale, so I found this mattress to be too firm for me. Perhaps, if I had slept on it for 30 days (which is the suggested time for your body to adjust to a new mattress), my body would have gotten used to it.
If you’ve read this review and think, "Okay, I don’t love firm mattresses but I'm a big fan of the price," then I encourage you to take the leap and buy the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress. They let you try it out for 100 days – and if you don’t like it, you receive your money back! There is no harm in trying it out.
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About this review and the reviewer
Alex's Sleep Stats
- Sleep position: I usually fall asleep on my stomach, but you could call me a Flexi-sleeper because I do occasionally sleep on my back and side.
- Insomnia: not usually, though sometimes it can take me an hour to go back to sleep if I have a lot on my mind
- Sleep problems: I have difficulty getting a deep rest with someone else in the bed. I also can't sleep on a mattress that is too soft.
- Average sleep time: 8-9 hours
Alex Temblador is one of Real Homes' mattress experts — which is a good role for someone who needs over 8.5-hours of sleep each night. The Dallas-based freelance writer has covered home, design, architecture, and art in publications like Real Homes, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Artsy, Neighborhoods.com, Culture Trip, among many others. She recently bought her first home, a green Sears & Roebuck house that's over 100 years old, sits on half an acre of land and features a stunning wraparound porch, original hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a butler pantry. In addition to her mattress reviewing duties, Alex loves to try other products for Real Homes buying guides and reviews so that she can continue to expand the richness of her first-time homeowner life. When she's not sitting on her porch with a cup of tea and her laptop, you'll find the Mixed Latinx writer scrounging through estate sales and vintage shops looking for unique objects to bring 'The Starlight House' to life.
As with all our reviews, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress has been tested first-hand in our home, using it just as you would so you know exactly what you are buying. The products are given to us free of charge and we test them for as long as possible before sending them back to the brand unless we are able to keep it as we are with this mattress. This means that we can continue to use the product which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it's fared over a period of time.