Zinus cooling gel memory foam mattress in a studio

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Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

Read our review to learn more about this competitively priced memory-foam mattress.

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

The Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress is one of the most budget-friendly memory foam mattresses we’ve seen on the market. The good news is, it’s also super comfortable!

Keep reading our in-depth Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress review to learn all about the benefits this budget-friendly bed can bring to your 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.

Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

Zinus cooling gel memory foam mattress in a studio

Score Breakdown

Check out our score breakdown to learn how the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress performed in each of our tests.

Learn more about our review process.

Mattress Advisor Test Score (Out of 10)
Shipping 8
Trial Period 9
Return Policy 7.5
Warranty 9
Set-Up 8
Motion Transfer 8.75
Edge Support 3
Pressure Relief 8.75
Spine Alignment 8
Responsiveness 7
Cooling 7
Durability 7
Customer Service 8
Social Impact 2
⭐Total Score for the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress⭐

Testing Highlights

Check out these moments from our testing day for the Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam mattress to learn more about its performance. 

Unboxing the Mattress

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.

Testing Motion Transfer

While our sleep subjects were testing motion transfer on the Zinus, they noticed they could barely feel their partner moving around. This will be really great for couples sharing the mattress!

The Wine Test

We even performed the wine test to see just how much movement transfers through the bed. The answer? Not much! Watch how still the wine glass stays in our video below.

Pressure Relief Test

We saw hardly any trace of red on our sleep subject’s pressure map results. Meaning there was little pressure put on their joints. This is great for athletes or active people who need to recover in their sleep, or just people who generally experience pain. 

Check out our pressure mapping results below.

Spine Alignment Test

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.

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

“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 too 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

“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

Product Information


59.9 lbs. for queen




Medium-soft: 5/10


Memory foam

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

What’s 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 Information

Purchase Experience

Policy Details
Delivery Compressed and rolled in a box; delivered in 8-10 business days
Trial Period 100 days
Warranty 10-year limited warranty
Return Policy Free returns
Financing Available through Affirm

Sizes and Prices

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. 

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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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