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Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

We compared, tested and rated more than 75 foam mattresses on The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is one of the most competitively priced memory-foam mattresses we have tested to date. See how the Zinus measured up in our product testing and who this mattress is best for.

Customer Rating: 4.3/5
Mattress Advisor Score:       7.5/10

In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress, including how it scored in our Mattress Advisor test. Read on to learn all about how the Zinus mattress could help you get your best night’s sleep.

Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Highlights

  • The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is made of varying memory foam layers and offered at four thickness levels (8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches, and 14 inches). The thickness level directly correlates with the firmness of the mattress with 8 inches being the firmest option and 14 inches being plushest.
  • Zinus offers some of the most budget-friendly mattresses on the market, with the cooling gel memory foam models starting as low as $172 (the price of an 8” twin).
  • The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is made with heat-resistant fabric that’s designed to regulate body temperature.

Mattress Advisor Score for the Zinus

Here’s how the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress scored on different tests and evaluations. Our score is a weighted average out of 10 that incorporates functional and performance characteristics of the mattress, as well as a social responsibility score, which takes into account social mission, community involvement and charitable partnerships.


How quickly the mattress ships to your home. (Free shipping = better score!)

Trial Period:

The length of time offered to help you decide if you want to keep the mattress.

Return Policy:

Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.


Length of mattress warranty and what is covered.

Set-up Test:

How easy it is to set up the mattress and move it.

Motion Transfer Test:

How well the mattress performs at isolating motion.

Edge Support Test:

The level of support offered on the edges of the mattress.

Pressure Relief Test:

How well the mattress relieves pressure, particularly around the hips, shoulders, and thighs.

Spine Alignment:

How well the mattress helps keep your spine in proper alignment while you’re sleeping.

Responsiveness Test:

How well the mattress adjusts to different movements or sleeping positions throughout the night.

Cooling Evaluation:

How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, or offers special cooling properties.

Durability Evaluation:

Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.

Customer Service Score:

How helpful and responsive the customer service team is.

Social Impact Score:

A measure of social mission, community involvement and charitable giving/partnerships.

Total Score for the Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress:

Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

See how the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress performed in our mattress tests to help you determine if this could be the mattress for you.

Score Breakdown

Setup Test

It took us just under a minute and a half to unbox the Zinus Cooling Gel mattress. This mattress was super light and had a very minimal smell. However, it was pretty flat when we opened it. It took a couple of hours to take its full shape. In fact, Zinus acknowledges it can take their mattresses a full week to completely decompress.

So we scored the Zinus an 8 for our setup test.

Motion Transfer Test

Motion transfer is just a fancy way of saying how much movement you feel if your partner is moving around. You want this to be pretty minimal.

Part A – The Humans

The Mattress Advisor motion transfer test is a two-part test. We start by asking both sleep subjects to lie on the bed, blindfolded, and rate on a scale from one to ten how much movement they felt when their partner was moving around with 10 being no movement at all.

While our sleep subjects were testing motion transfer on the Zinus, they noticed they could barely feel their partner moving around. So for the first part of our motion transfer test, they gave the Zinus a 9.5.

Part B – The Wine Test

Next, comes our wine test. This is a great visual indicator of how much motion is being transferred from one side of the bed to another.

We had one of our sleep subjects lie down and roll back a forth a few times. We then took a look at how much the wine inside of the glass moved.

While on the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress, the glass of wine did pretty good. It scored an 8 for our wine test.

So for a total motion transfer score, the Zinus gets an 8.75 out of 10.

Edge Support Test

When choosing a mattress, you may not think to consider how much support the edge provides. But if you find yourself sleeping on the edge of your bed or use the end to get ready in the morning, you should definitely consider the edge support.

When conducting this test, we ask our sleep subjects to sit and lay on the edge of the bed and rate the support and structure the edge provides on a scale from one to 10.

Our sleep subjects felt like the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress had virtually no edge support. When they both sat and laid on the edge of the mattress the immediately felt give and began to slide off.

So for edge support, the Zinus gets a 3 out of 10.

Pressure Relief Test

When shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to find something that puts minimal pressure on your hips, thighs and shoulders. This is especially important for athletes when it comes to joint pain. Let’s take a look at how well the Zinus Cooling Gel mattress provides pressure relief.

We measure pressure relief by using a pressure mapping film that shows areas of high pressure. Here’s what you need to know: the cool spots are good and the warms spots are bad. The warmer the color, the more pressure is being placed on that area of the body.

We saw hardly any trace of red on our sleep subject’s pressure map results. Meaning there was little pressure put on their joints.

So the Zinus scores an 8.75 out of 10 for pressure relief.

Spine Alignment Test

Did you know your sleeping posture is just as important as your posture when you are awake?  For every mattress we test, we take a look at how well it keeps your spine in a straight line.

We took a close up of both of our sleep subjects backs to see the alignment. You’ll want to see a straight line from the neck all the way to the tailbone.

While on the Zinus Green Tea, we were pleasantly surprised to see straight spines on our mattress testers. However, they noted that while this mattress supported their back nows, they felt as if the middle would sag over time.

For spine alignment, the Zinus gets an 8 out of 10.

Responsiveness Test

When it comes to getting comfortable on your mattress, responsiveness becomes very important. Responsiveness is just a fancy way of saying how well the mattress adjusts or responds to your sleeping positions while you sleep.

We had our mattress testers lie in each sleeping position, side, stomach and back. As they changed positions and got settled in, we asked them to rate on a scale from one to ten how quickly and easily the mattress responded to their movement.

The Zinus mattress did okay in our responsiveness test. Our testers noted that rather than cradling and supporting their body’s simultaneously, they felt like they were “stuck in the mud.” When they sunk into one position, it took a long time for the mattress to “bounce back” to its normal position.

As a result, Zinus scored a 7 out of 10 for responsiveness.

What to Watch Out For

  • Beware that the durability and support of mattresses under $500 won’t stand up over time. This doesn’t mean these mattresses aren’t comfy to sleep! Their lifespan is just shorter than most.
  • The Zinus took longer than most to attain its full shape. In fact, the company acknowledges it could take up to 7 days for their mattresses to fully decompress.
  • Be aware that your Zinus mattress may have a mild scent when you unbox it – this is normal and should go away within a few hours.
  • It may take up to 30 nights to get used to sleeping on your new Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress – particularly if your previous mattress was a traditional innerspring mattress.

Customer Reviews of the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress

A little over a week ago I received my 14 inch cooling memory foam mattress. I wanted to wait a few days to give it a fair opinion. I must say I was amazed! In less than 48 hours it reached its full size and I have been sleeping so much better. I did some store shopping before deciding to go with this mattress. For a king size stores were selling mattresses upwards of $3,000, so I was a bit skeptical but I took a chance and I’m so glad I did. So much so, I’m buying one for my mom. It’s really soft but doesn’t make you feel like you’re in a hole and the cooling gel is such a bonus. Thank you Zinus for being a standup company. Cory
My body morphs into the bed instead of laying on top, its feels like a cool cloud, for once Im actually sleeping through the night. Kenny
We have had our need for about a week now; at first I was skeptical since I have slept in other memory foam mattresses and they were way to stiff. But I was very surprised to find this bed was very comfortable... and you can’t beat the price. We paid less than half the price of what we paid for out previous king size mattress. Skyler

Product Information


59.9 lbs. for queen




Medium-soft: 5/10


Memory foam

Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 39” x 75” $172
Full 54” x 75” $284
Queen 60” x 80” $341
King 76” x 80” $411
Cal King 72” x 84” $411

*Prices listed are standard without sales or Mattress Advisor exclusive discounts. Check price using the button below for the best Zinus deals. 

Foundations The Zinus Cooling Memory Foam is compatible with

The Zinus mattresses are pretty low maintenance. They’ll do fine on any firm, flat surface like a platform bed frame or even the floor. However, the more supportive your foundation, the better.

Slatted Platform
Box Spring
Bunkie Board w/ Box Spring
Slatted Foundation
A Look Inside the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The 12” Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is made of four layers of various foams:

  • 3” Gel Memory Foam – the top layer of the Zinus Cooling Gel mattress is made of gel-infused memory foam that regulates body temperature and works to contour to the shape of your body and relieve pressure points
  • 2” Comfort Foam – memory foam with added bounce to help cradle pressure points and provide extra cushion
  • 3.5’’ High-Density Foam – this firm layer of foam helps support sleepers and evenly distribute their body weight
  • 3.5’’ Base Foam – reinforces the entire mattress structure

Purchase Experience


Compressed and rolled in a box; delivered in 8-10 business days

Trial Period

100 days


10-year limited warranty

Return Policy

Free returns


Available through Affirm

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Zinus Mattress FAQs

How does the 100-night trial work?

Simple. For 100 nights you get to sleep on a Zinus mattress risk-free. If at any time during that trial period you decide the mattress is not for you, simply contact the customer support team at Zinus to initiate a return and receive a full refund.

How do I choose which thickness level to go with?

Base your decision on your preferred firmness level. The lower the thickness, the firmer the mattress will be.

How long can the Zinus stay in the box?

Does the Zinus have a break-in period?

It may take your body some time to adjust to sleeping on a new mattress, especially if this is your first memory foam mattress. Generally, within 30 days you should be adjusted to your new mattress.

Is the Zinus eco-friendly?

Yes. The foams used to make the Cooling Gel mattress are CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they meet the most rigorous standards for quality. However, these mattresses are manufactured in China, meaning they are most likely lower quality than those manufactured in the U.S.

Can I can finance my Zinus mattress?

Yes! Zinus has partnered with Affirm to allow customers to pay for their mattress on a month by month basis. Approval for financing is based on a soft credit check.

Should I rotate my Zinus mattress?

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