Lived-In Review: The Zinus Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress

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* Breathable, comfortable, memory foam mattress starts at under $200
* Shipped directly to your door and assembles in minutes
* One of the best-reviewed mattresses online with all 5-star reviews

Summer is for snoozing, and if you’re ready to catch some better zzz’s this season, you might swap out your sheets, sure, or maybe even try a new pillow. But what if we told you the problem could be your mattress?

Most of us have had our mattresses for years, and while we change our sheets, and pillows, and even our bed frames, we rarely think about changing out mattresses. After a while though, old mattresses get saggy, lose their structure and lose their support. That comfortable mattress we used to fall asleep to is now the thing that keeps us awake.

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If you’re in the market for a new mattress — and trust us, you just might be — allow us to introduce you to Zinus. There are a ton of new mattress providers out there, but we think we’ve found one of the best. Here’s why…


I’m a tall guy (over six feet) and a bigger guy (I work out) and I’ve never quite found a mattress that I’m fully comfortable with. Since I was young, I’ve been sleeping on a spring mattress, and though they’ve been from one of those big box mattress stores, I have never found one that 100% supports my frame.

Another problem: it’s hot in LA and without central AC in my room, the summer nights can get muggy, making for an uncomfortable sleep (think tossing and turning). My back would feel hot all night and my mattress would feel damp in the morning from sweat – gross.

I guess I’ve always known that I should get a new mattress, but I also didn’t have the budget to get some of the new ones I’ve read about. “If I’m spending so much time sleeping,” I thought to myself, “I should wait until I have thousands of dollars saved up to get a really good mattress to sleep on.” Turns out: I didn’t need to save as much as I thought to get a solid mattress.

The Cooing Gel Memory Foam Mattress from Zinus is one of the newer mattresses to hit the market, and, at just $168 for a twin-size, it’s also one of the cheapest (I got a full-size mattress, which starts at $215 online). With its “cooling gel” technology and plush memory foam, it’s also one of the most comfortable mattresses you’ll own.

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Regardless of your preferred sleeping position, the Zinus Memory Foam Mattresses will conform for added comfort. The Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress features layers of foam and “iCoil” springs to not only keep you cool during the night, but to also relieve pressure.

The top layer of gel foam contours perfectly to your shape and helps to regulate your temperature all night long with its cooling foam technology. To compliment the gel foam, this mattress features cooling fabric that’s stretchable, soft-knit and allows breathability to not trap heat from your body. We’ve had a heatwave here in Los Angeles and I had gotten used to sweaty nights on my old mattress. But that wasn’t the case anymore with my Zinus mattress.

Manufactured to be free of formaldehyde, phthalates and other harmful chemicals, I also liked that this CertiPUR-US certified and tested foam mattress has met strict standards for emissions and durability. You spend so much time on a mattress, it’s nice to know it’s not full of chemicals y’know?

Although this is a memory foam mattress, I was surprised at how firm this mattress feels – giving you all the support your body needs and contouring to “cradle” my body shape. If you’re like me and accustomed to only sleeping on spring mattresses, this Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress may be great for your transition into the world of foam.

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Like other mattresses you can purchase online, this mattress is also delivered in a box. This soft marshmallow-like mattress fits snug into an easy-to-open box which is a little under 6′ for the full size mattress – and best of all, it was delivered right to my door and ready for me when I got home.

I will say that the package was rather heavy and I highly recommend having a second pair of hands to help you schlep this box to your bedroom.

Once I was able to get this to my bedroom, unfurling the mattress was relatively easy and within an hour or so, I was ready to test this baby out. I was surprised at how this tight little package unfolded into a thick and plush mattress in less than 60 minutes.

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This foam mattress was created not only for your support and comfort in mind, but also created to help your significant other rest well without being disturbed by your tossing and turning. I’ve had people sleep over who are usually light sleepers, but neither of us woke up or were distracted by the other person during the night.

One other thing to know: not only does Zinus produce super comfortable foam mattresses, but they also manufacture traditional spring mattresses for those who are creatures of habits.

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Admittingly, I was very skeptical about making the big switcheroo to a foam mattress from a spring. It was a big adjustment for me as I am not accustomed to my mattress contouring to my body, but alas, I wanted a change and was curious if this mattress would help me sleep better at night.

I can confidently say that I am staying in deeper sleep for longer and just sleeping longer in general (not sure if that’s a good or bad thing – you’ll have to ask my boss).

For the price I paid, it was surprisingly affordable to get a high-quality mattress, and I’ve already talked to my parents about helping them switch out their old mattress too. With hundreds of five-star reviews online, it’s clear I’m not the only one who feels this way about Zinus.

Zinus is so confident in their mattresses, that they offer 100 risk-free nights to try out any Zinus mattress. The company also has 10-year limited warranty, so you can sleep safe and sound knowing Zinus has your back, literally.

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