Zinus Mattress – My Top Picks Reviewed

Have you landed here because you've heard that a Zinus mattress represents good value for money? Or maybe you've been overwhelmed by the thousands of Amazon.com reviews and want quick answers to your questions? Shopping for a new mattress can be a time-sucking and confusing experience. ​So let me take the pain away. I'll explain all the mattress features and if they can make a serious difference to a good nights sleep for you.

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In this post, I will be reviewing two Zinus memory foam mattresses that come in 3 different sizes (8,10 and 12 inches):

  1. The Green Tea mattress; and
  2. The Premium Ultra Plush Cloud-like mattress.

Both these products have green tea infused inside the mattress. So for the rest of the post, I will refer to these mattresses simply as the Airflow and the Ultra Plush. These names highlight a key difference between them.

If you want to buy a memory foam mattress, the Zinus Airflow and Ultra Plush offer several advantages compared to a normal memory foam mattress.​

Value for money

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Both mattresses

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  • Safer to sleep on (less toxic)
  • Stays fresh and clean
  • Good value for money
  • May support injuries whilst sleeping

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Airflow

  • Best suited to a SIDE SLEEPER who prefers a softer firm surface to sleep on. 
  • Firmer than the Plush because of more high density foam towards he bottom of the mattress.
  • Down-size to the 8 inch mattress to make the mattress harder.
  • Up-size to the 12 inch mattress to make the surface softer or add a mattress topper.

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Ultra Plush

  • Best suited to a SIDE SLEEPER who prefers a softer surface with a feeling of sleeping on marshmellows or clouds. 
  • Softer than the Airflow with the addition of Viscolatex Responsive Foam at the top of the mattress.
  • Down-size to the 8 inch mattress to make the mattress harder.
  • Up-size to the 12 inch mattress for a greater plush experience.

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What I didn't like: Although Zinus have made this less toxic than a normal memory foam mattress, it's still a mattress made from memory foam which is a synthetic product.

Table 1 - What I liked and didn't like about these 2 Zinus mattresses. All images provided courtesy of Zinus.com

Short on time? Click the item in the table below to get to what you're most interested in reading or continue to read my detailed Zinus mattress review.

Feature Overview

Airflow

SIDE SLEEPERS

BACK SLEEPERS

Adults, teenagers, children & toddlers

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and Calc King

Memory foam

  • Antimicrobial
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Certi-PUR certified
  • No formaldehyde
  • Infused with green tea
  • Infused with charcoal
  • Infused with natural plant oil 
  • Hypoallergenic

Mattress

  • 6, 8, 10 or 12 inches thick
  • 5 different foam layers
  • Washable cover
  • Sleep trial available

Made in China

10 year warranty

 Under $500 (Queen)

Plush

SIDE SLEEPERS

STOMACH SLEEPERS

Adults, teenagers, children & toddlers

Twin, Full, Queen and King and much 

Memory foam

  • Antimicrobial
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Certi-PUR certified
  • No formaldehyde
  • Infused with green tea
  • Infused with charcoal
  • Infused with natural plant oil
  • Hypoallergenic

Mattress 

  • 8, 10 or 12 inches thick
  • 5 different foam layers
  • Washable cover
  • Sleep trial available

Made in China

10 year warranty

Under $500 (Queen)

Table 2 - Overview of the features of the Zinus Airflow and Plush mattresses

Why Is This Mattress Safer To Sleep On?

Normal memory foam is 100% synthetic. It's made from crude oil. It may also be sourced from oils from renewable sources. 

If you want to sleep on something more natural, read my Savvy Shoppers Guide to Natural Mattresses.

Even though it's made from synthetic materials, memory foam is naturally antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.

Zinus have made 2 enhancements to make their memory foam safer to sleep on compared to your normal memory foam mattress.​

  • Certi-PUR Certification
  • Added natural plant oil.

If you are looking for a mattress that is healthier to sleep on but thought you could not afford one, these enhancements Zinus have made to their memory foam mattresses will be good news for you. The big benefit to you as a sleeper is that the quality of the air you breathe around a Zinus memory foam mattress is better, compared to a normal (more toxic) memory foam mattress.

​CertiPUR certification

The CertiPUR certification means a mattress is U.S. Certified for performance, durability, and content. It's all explained in the video below.

Only quality mattresses are CertiPUR certified. And we only review CertiPUR certified mattresses here at Better Bed Solutions.

Image source: certipur.us​

CertiPUR

Added natural plant oil

Zinus replaced between 2%-15% of the petroleom content with natural plant oil to make the Airflow and Plush mattress safer to sleep on.

They call this memory foam "Biofoam". Not being 100% petroleum makes the mattress less toxic and reduces the chemical smell (called off-gassing) when you unpack your mattress.

Image courtesy of Zinus.com ​

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How Are These Mattresses  Fresher and Cleaner?

​Compared to a normal memory foam mattress, Zinus have added items into the memory foam, to make it fresher and cleaner.

Green Tea Extract

The Airflow and Plush Zinus Mattress is infused with a natural green tea extract

infused with green tea

Green Tea Extract is a safe and trustworthy anti-oxidant and will maintain the freshness of your mattress.

Image courtesy of Zinus.com ​​

Green Tea keeps that moist, muggy feeling at bay and ensures that fresh, clean feeling stays for longer.

ActivCharcoal 

Activcharcoal

Zinus added charcoal into their memory foam to control odors and help with absorption of any moisture.

Image courtsey of Zinus.com​

A Bonus For Sweaty Sleepers

Because of the nature of memory foam, people can feel hot when sleeping on it. This is especially true if you don't feel the cold and generally sweat when you sleep. This is called "sleeping hot". The addition of the green tea extract and the charcoal is a bonus for sweaty sleepers.

Plus the addition of the Airflow foam in the Zinus Airflow memory foam mattress will make the mattress more comfortable for people who sleep hot.​

Why Is Mattress Construction So Important?

The inside of a mattress is important for 2 reasons:

  1. What materials are towards the top of the mattress that you will be breathing in?
  2. How are the materials layered to deliver the comfort and support you need.

Table 3 shows the different layers of materials that construct the 12 inch Airflow and Ultra Plush Zinus mattresses.


LAYER/MATTRESS


AIRFLOW


ULTRA PLUSH


Layer 1-Cover

Washable polyester 

1 inch microfiber quilted top with a removable knitted jacquard cover


Layer 2-Viscolatex Responsive Foam

Not applicable

1 inch 

Layer 3-Memory foam

3 inches 

2 inches 

Layer 4-Comfort foam

2 inches 

3 inches 

Layer 5-Airflow high density foam

3.5 inches 

Not applicable

Layer 6-High density foam base support foam

3.5 inches 

3 inches 

TOTAL THICKNESS

12 inches

12 inches


Table 3 - The layering of materials inside the 12 inch Airflow and Ultra Plush mattresses

The Airflow Mattress Construction

This mattress starts with a polyester cover which is removable and washable. Polyester is a combination of petroleum, water, coal and air. This is the part of the mattress that will be closest to your body and mouth. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to synthetic fibers in mattress fillings, give this mattress a miss. If this doesn't bother you, let's move on.

After the polyester cover comes the foam layers, shown in Table 3. These layers start soft and get progressively denser and firmer down towards the bottom of the mattress. To be more specific:

  • ​3 inches of memory foam makes the mattress conform to your body
  • The 2 inches of Comfort Foam gives you a lush sleeping sensation. People who purchased their Zinus Airflow mattress from Amazon, described this feeling as "sleeping on a cloud" in their reviews;
  • 3.5 inches of Airflow high-density foam allows your bed to stay well aerated;
  • 3.5 inches of Airflow high-density base support foam keeps your mattress sturdy for the long haul. 

Image of the Airflow Zinus mattress courtesy of Zinus Inc.

So you get your traditional memory foam soft feeling with the first 5 inches of memory foam at the top. Then additional 7 inches of high-density foam underneath stop you sinking further into a squishy abyss of memory foam, never to be seen again! That's why customers describe this mattress as "soft and firm" at the same time.

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Cut through of the Airflow Zinus mattress, courtesy of Zinus Inc.

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The Plush Mattress Construction

Starting at the top, the Plush cover is softer than the Airflow mattress (according to some customer reviews on Amazon). You can zip if off and wash it, helping you keep your mattress fresh and clean. The cover is made with 100% synthetic fibres.

The order of those foam layers shown in Table 3 is deliberate. The layers are designed to shape the mattress to your body:

  • As with the Airflow mattress, high-density foam provides good solid support for your entire body;
  • The Viscolatex layer is described as "responsive" because it will bounce back after you lie or sit on it, making the mattress last longer. It also helps with motion transfer so when your sleeping partner moves around, you are not left feeling as though you are a boat out on rough seas!

​How Much Support Is Provided?

The Airflow Mattress

This mattress is firmer than the Plush.

In general, the thicker the mattress, the softer/plusher it will be. This is a 12-inch mattress, yet remarkably firm for such a thick mattress. The reviews I found on Amazon said this mattress had a nice balance between firmness and plushness. 

The Plush

Reviewers often describe the Plush sleeping experience with the words "marshmallow" and "cloud". This can be explained by Zinus putting 1 inch of Viscolatex Responsive Foam right under the cover and then adding an extra inch of Comfort Foam.

In contrast to the "marshmallow" and "cloud" effect, some slide sleepers found the Plush firm, supportive and comfortable. It seems the extra 1.5 inched of high-density memory foam could be making a difference here.

In the reviews I read on Amazon.com, more stomach sleepers found the Plush comfortable compared to the Airflow.

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Why These Mattresses Suit Side Sleepers Better

If you prefer a soft to medium sleep experience, memory foam could be the right option for you. 

Memory foam mattresses suit side sleepers best. This is because the sleeping surface is softer when you lay on the side of your body. Memory foam is especially comfortable for people looking to support their shoulders or hips. Is the Airflow or Plush better for the side sleeper? It depends...

Airflow

Ultra Plush

Side sleeper

  • Prefer to sleep on softer hard surface
  • Make it harder with the 8-inch mattress
  • Make it softer with the 10-12 inch mattress or add a mattress topper.
  • Prefer to sleep on a softer surface
  • Select the 10 or 12 inch mattress for the perfect plush experience.
  • Try a soft-hard experience with the 8-inch mattress.

Back Sleeper

  • Preferred

Stomach sleeper

  • Preferred

Table 4 - Which Mattress To Select?

If you are a side sleeper​ and prefer a softer mattress, go with the Ultra Plush. This is because the 1 inch Viscolatex Responsive Foam provides more padding and softness at the top of the mattress when sleeping.

Fine Tuning Your Perfect Sleep

​Both the Airflow and Ultra Plush come in an 8, 10 or 12 inch thick mattress. This gives you the flexibility to "fine tune" your perfect sleep. Less thickness means less foam.

If you buy a 12-inch mattress and a topper, be mindful of the extra height created by a 2 inch or 4-inch topper so your mattress doesn't become too tall!

Back and Stomach Sleepers

Fewer back and stomach sleepers provided a review about their Airflow or Ultra Plush experience on Amazon. I have included their recommendation in Table 4 above.

How To Slow Down Your Mattress Sagging Over Time

A memory foam mattress will sag over time. To slow down this sagging, I recommend you rotate the mattress (e.g. move the end at the top to the bottom) every month. 

Pros and Cons

Table 5 represents what the majority of reviews I found on Amazon said about both mattresses. These reviews came from people who were verified as genuine buyers of either the Zinus Airflow or Plush memory foam mattress.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • CertiPUR certified
  • 10 year warranty
  • Suits people who describe themselves as "big"
  • Off-gassing chemical smell is faint or non-existant
  • Responsive customer service
  • Does not sleep hot
  • May assist sleepers with injuries, chronic aches and pains
  • Versatile to suit the whole family

Cons

  • Mattress does not fully expand when unpacked
  • Memory foam is made from synthetic materials
  • Need a spare bedroom or big space on floor to let the mattress fully expand after unpacking
  • Expect some restlessness and soreness for the first few nights you sleep on your new mattress if you are a first-time buyer of a memory foam mattress.

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Table 5 - Pros and Cons of the Airflow and Plush

Pro - Good Value For Money

Go to a furniture or mattress store and price up a basic box spring and a mattress.

You will find the store option more expensive than your Zinus Airflow or Plush mattress. Towards the end of this post, I price up a Queen-size package from Amazon.com for the Zinus Airflow or Plush mattress, 4 standard memory foam pillows, the Zinus SmartBase and a SmartRest Mattress Protector for between $500-$600.

If you go to Zinus.com, they compare the Airflow mattress to a Tempurpedic mattress: both have the same features but you pay 10 times less for the Airflow.

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Pro - The 10 Year Warranty Period

Consider the same 10 year warranty period is provided on mattresses that cost far more than the Zinus Airflow or the Plush. This is another way Zinus delivers plenty of value for a smaller price.

Pro - Yes for the"Big" Person

Many reviewers on Amazon.com liberally shared their size and weight when describing how "big" they were and how comfortable the Airflow Zinus memory foam mattress was for their shape and frame:

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Source: Amazon.com

The reviewers of the Plush did not share their size and shape as often as the Airflow owners. But consider the couple between 220-250 pounds; the boyfriend, weighing in at 235 pounds and the girlfriend at 130 pounds who "sleep nicely" on their Plush; and finally, the pregnant wife 5'7 and her husband (6'3) with 470 to 500 pounds between them happy with a comfy bed.

Pro - No Chemical Smell

Most buyers did not complain of a chemical smell. Some said it was there but disappeared after a week.

To ensure your mattress does not smell, I recommend you air the mattress for about 48 hours (after it's expanded) before putting sheets on it. Air it preferably in the sun or leave the windows wide open in the room with the mattress inside.

This odd chemical smell relates to "off-gassing". Both the Airflow and the Plush mattress comes all rolled up when and vacuum-sealed when delivered. This offers you extra protection and more compactness for when you need to move it around and unpack it. However, it also means that your brand new memory foam mattress has been contained in a very confined space during the time it left the factory to arriving on your doorstep. And so, when you unpack it, it gives off a chemical smelling gas.

Sample of the box your Zinus Mattress will arrive in.

Image courtesy of Zinus Mattress.

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Pro - Responsive Customer Service

When things go wrong, it's reassuring to know that the Customer Service team from either Amazon or Zinus are there to look after you. Some examples of responsive customer service are coming up.

Pro - Does Not Sleep Hot

Based on the reviews I read, people living in warmer climates claimed this mattress felt cool when sleeping on it.

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Compared to the Plush and other memory foam mattresses, there are 2 features of the Airflow Zinus memory foam mattress that help keep you cooler when sleeping:

  • 3.5 inches of Airflow high-density foam
  • 3.5 inches of Airflow high-density base support foam.

The Airflow foam technology Zinus uses in this mattress keeps your mattress cool, aerated and sturdy for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Image courtesy of Zinus Mattress.​

If you still feel hot and sweaty with your Zinus memory foam mattress, place a cooling pad or on the mattress for a more comfortable sleep.

Pro - May Assist With Injuries

Remember this won't be the same for everyone, but plenty of people who made a review that had an injury reported that their Zinus memory foam mattress helped them. This included people:

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Source: Amazon.com

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Pro - Versatile

Customers who purchased an Airflow or Plush Zinus green tea mattress mentioned in their reviews that they bought the mattress for their toddler, child, teenager, motor home, a weekend cabin, guest room and, most often, their own bedroom. Offering all the mattress sizes is more versatile to whatever your needs are.

Being so affordable means you can buy multiple mattresses for the cost of one brand-name mattress. Here's an example. One couple were so impressed with their first purchase of the Plush, they came back and bought another mattress for a different purpose:

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The other side to versatile is that people who purchased the Plush said their mattress catered to the soft and the firm needs of both sleepers. 

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Con - The Mattress Doesn't Fully Expand (Decompress)

Overwhelmingly, the most popular complaint about this mattress is that the mattress did not fully expand to it's stated thickness e.g. a 12-inch mattress expanding to 11 inches. This could happen in the middle or the corners for the mattress.

To lessen the chance of your mattress doing this:

  1. Move your old mattress into another room or living room floor;
  2. Move the box with the Zinus Mattress inside into your bedroom;
  3. Open up the box ASAP after arrival. Leaving it in the box longer than 72 hours, can lead to decompression issues. Follow instructions in the video above to open the mattress inside the box;
  4. Place the mattress on your bed frame
  5. As soon as your mattress is free of its compression packed wrapping, let the mattress expand for about 3-5 days before sleeping on it. Leave it flat in a spare bedroom. Close the door. Don't let the kids bounce on it. Don't let the cat or dog sleep on it - just leave it alone. You won't maximize your comfort or that hard-earned cash you invested in this mattress unless it is fully expanded and that, can take some patience;
  6. After that 3-5 days, you may want to move the mattress outside into the sun. Alternatively, during those 3-5 days, lift up the window in the room where the mattress is expanding;
  7. Only when you feel there is no chemical smell and the mattress has fully expanded, should you put the sheets and pillows on it.

Remember how I said that customer service is responsive? In the reviews from December 2016, I noticed when people rated a Zinus memory foam mattress poorly for the lack of decompression, Zinus customer service responded with this comment:

Zinus mattress customer service

Based on what buyers shared in their Amazon reviews, I believe Amazon.com was more responsive than Zinus with this issue of the mattresses not expanding to their full size. This is another good reason to buy your mattress online from Amazon.com. Some of the reviews said:

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Now I'm not including these reviews to scare you! On the contraray, if this is the first time you are buying a mattress online, you may be nervous or unsure. Be confident that when you buy from amazon.com, you will be looked after.

Con - Temporarily Uncomfortable First Time Memory Foam Sleepers

A number of customers remarked in their review that if you are transitioning from a non-memory foam mattress (like a spring-loaded pillow top mattress especially) to your first memory foam mattress, you may experience some temporary stiffness. One reviewer provided this tip:

"People who are not used to a memory foam mattress will think it is firmer than it really is because memory foam lets you s-l-o-w-l-y sink into it."

Can You Trust Zinus Inc.?

20 Years Strong

Zinus have been around for 20 years

Founded in 1979, Zinus believes that quality and comfort are the key to restful sleep. They are known for innovations that combine naturally sourced materials for a healthier mattress. They hold over 150 patents for those innovations.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an independent third party organization in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They assess companies selling products in terms of the amount of how much confidence should a consumer have when dealing with those companies. One of the key elements they research is the volume and nature of complaints received from the public.

                                                                                                                                                                     

The A+ rating is the highest rating awarded by the BBB. You can be confident that Zinus is a reputable company to buy your mattress from.

Final Verdict

The Zinus Airflow and Plush memory foam mattresses would suit a side sleeper best of all. But depending on your individual preferences for comfort and support (refer to Table 4), it may also support a back and stomach sleeper. 

These mattresses pack alot of benefits and represents a good deal for the price:

  • ​Althought it's a synthetic mattress, the CertiPUR certification and addition of natural plant oils, reduces it's toxicity and tendency to off-gas, which is better for your health.
  • They will stay fresher and cleaner than an ordinary memory foam mattress with the green tea, ActivCharcoal and a removable cover you can wash regularly.
  • It's manufactured by a company with a Better Business Bureau A+ rating.
  • It may assist people with injuries with their sleep.

Why Buy Your Zinus Mattress From Amazon?

A couple of reasons:

  • Many people who bought a Zinus memory foam mattress confessed they were extremely nervous and skeptical about buying a mattress online but they purchased it through Amazon.com anyways. Remember Amazon is a widely known and trusted e-commerce site;
  • If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you qualify for free two-day shipping;
  • If something goes wrong, it's good to have a 3rd party between you and the manufacturer helping to reach a solution. I have included examples of Amazon's responsive customer service a few times in this post;
  • You can make purchase with your Amazon store card; and
  • Amazon run discounts every now and then. This means often you will find the manufacturers mattresses cheaper on Amazon.com than on the manufacturers website.

Zinus Airflow

For more information about the Queen 12 inch

Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress 

Zinus Plush

For more information about the Queen 12 inch

Zinus Premium Ultra Plush Cloud-Like Memory Foam Mattress 

5 Handy Tips To Improve Your Mattress Unpacking Experience

  1. If you can, move your old mattress into another room.
  2. Place your new Zinus memory foam mattress (still in the packaging) on the bed frame you will be sleeping on. That way you won't have the inconvenience of moving it around after;
  3. Opening and setting up the mattress requires 2 people or if it's just you, grab a friend or a luggage cart to help;
  4. Be careful when opening the package with the mattress wrapped inside. Oddly enough the all the instructions you need to open and care for your mattress are inside the wrapping. Don't tear through those instructions with a knife! And don't tear through your mattress either!
  5. Don't rip up the box until you are convinced this is the mattress for you.

Take a look at this unboxing video from Zinus.

Recommended Accessories For Your Mattress

Customers who bought either the Airflow or Plush Mattress also recommended or purchased the following accessories. So if you want a new bed, mattress and some bedding, here are some options for you to consider.

BED FRAME

Amazon best seller

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King & Cal King

13 inches clearance for under-bed storage

Easy assembly

Folds away for easy storage

5 year warranty

Under $100

Queen size

2 PILLOWS

Memory foam

CertiPUR certified

Infused with green tea

Infused with ActiveCharcoal

Cover removable and washable

21 inches x 15 inches

Under $50

Standard size

PROTECTOR

Number 1 seller on Amazon.com

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King & Cal King

Fitted sheet style

Hypoallergenic cotton material

Protects against

  • Dust mites
  • Urine
  • Sweat
  • Fluids
  • Allergens
  • Bacteria

10 year warranty

Under $30

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Queen size

Table 6 - Accessorize Your Zinus Memory Foam Mattress 

Zinus Bed frame

The Zinus 14-inch Smartbase Mattress Foundation is made of steel. As another Zinus product, you know it's going to fit a mattress made by the Zinus company. This mattress is quiet and there's plenty of space for under-bed storage. The SmartBase is a 4.5 star best-selling bed frame on Amazon.com and available for under $100 to suit a queen-size mattress.

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Image courtesy of Zinus Mattress

For a more premium bed base, check out the Deluxe Faux Leather platform bed. You pay under $200 for this Zinus bed frame. This platform bed is not available in the Twin XL and Cal King size. 

Feel like living it up a little more? Bring luxury into your bedroom with the Zinus Upholstered Square Stiched platform bed for under $300 for the queen size.

Zinus Standard Memory Foam Pillows

Did you know you need to change your pillows every 18 months for the best sleep hygiene?

Zinus offers a set of 2 standard memory foam pillows for under $50. The memory foam in these pillows are infused with green tea and ActiveCharcoal, just like the Airflow and Plush mattress.

If you are a back or side sleeper and can afford to spend up to $60 on pillows, consider these two gel infused memory foam pillows, designed for ventilation:

SmartRest Mattress Protector

Since you've invested your money in a new mattress, you want to protect it, right?

The SmartRest Mattress Protector​ is the number one selling mattress protector on Amazon.com. It's waterproof. It's hypoallergenic, protecting your new mattress from fluid, sweat, bacteria and allergens like dust mites. It's available in all sizes. All of those features and benefits for under $50 (Queen).

Mattress protectors are especially useful if you have babies, toddlers or pets in bed with you.

COMPLETE PACKAGE JUST OVER $500

  • 1 Airflow or Plush Zinus Queen memory foam mattress
  • 1 Queen Zinus SmartBase bed frame
  • 2 Zinus Standard memory foam pillows
  • 1 Queen SmartRest Mattress Protector

 

 

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