When you want to buy a mattress, the natural action is to search online to find what a suitable mattress is for you and your home. More often than not, this may leave you more confused than before! With so many manufacturers and each having multiple products, this is only natural. How do you go about making an informed choice? What are the key elements you should look for when you make that choice? Where to find reliable information?
This guide strives to answer that question by highlighting one of the best manufacturers in the market and their range of Zinus Ultima Comfort memory foam mattresses. It is our fervent hope that after reading this article, you are clear about your choices and able to make a purchase that is not only economical but also one that suits you and your family’s needs in every way.
Zinus Company History
Lee Youn Jae founded in the year 1979 by Lee Seoul. Since then, Zinus has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the “great outdoors” as its employees call it. The launch of its first bedding product was in 2004. Having moved into home products, the company and its people haven’t looked back ever since. Two years after its first bedding products were released in 2006, the company developed its compression packing technology. They called it SmartBase and patented it. It is their own simple metal framework used in bedplates, which is quite strong (hence the patent).
A year later, they stepped into research infested areas of foam production and produced their own BioFoam. This contained seed oil, green tea, and active charcoal. They did not stop here, however, and introduced their next product – EcoFoam – using all-natural products. Expanding their operations exponentially since then, they have been growing in the US and China markets. With an area of over 3.8 million square feet being used for production and operations, the company is one that has managed to earn a name for itself since its inception.
Work Ethics And Product Range
Another excellent attribute of the company is what they stand for. With commendable ethics with respect to their products and customer interactions, they believe in delivering only the best. They state that they’re looking to evolve with the changing trends of today’s world while being experts at what they do. Certainly, being efficient at their domain, it is needless to say that they’re true to their word.
As for the products they produce, these can be broadly classified into five – platform beds, bed foundations, mattresses, sofas, and loveseats. This article will mainly focus on the mattresses – especially the Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress – and their special features with some mention about beds, occasionally.
The product, as is evident from the name, is a memory foam mattress that is designed to give you the best comfort possible while resting. Being the best product out there for its price range, the mattress is something you’re surely bound to fall in love with and you’ll find out why, as you read on.
The mattress is available in four thicknesses – them being 6 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches. You’re welcome to choose the thickness of your liking depending on what you’re looking for in the mattress. If you’re someone who needs the mattress to be completely caved in when you sleep, then the thicker mattresses are the ones you should go for. However, if you like to feel the stability of the frame, and want to be cushioned, but in a subtle manner, then the thinner mattresses should be your go-to options.
One other aspect you should look into before buying the mattress of your choice is the material the mattresses are made of. Now, considering the thickness range that is available in this product, it is quite clear that materials used will differ in quantity drastically, and some new materials may also be used in the thicker ones. Read on, and by the end of this article, you should be able to figure out on your own if these mattresses are your cup of tea or not.
Materials and Design
For you to fall in love with any mattress and for it to serve its purpose well, it is necessary that it cushions you very well, and does not give you any kind of a pain in the name of cushioning. The Zinus Ultima Mattress does this by providing a good thickness of memory foam as its topmost layer, enabling the mattress to be molded temporarily in the position you have settled in. However, considering that the mattress is available in different thicknesses, it is obvious that the thicknesses of the different materials used will also vary according to the thickness of the mattress itself.
However, one thing that is common among all the mattresses is the quality and nature of the foam used. Every kind of foam used in the mattresses is certified for durability, performance, and content by the US certifying board, CertiPUR in other words. The usage of Zinus’ own BioFoam and EcoFoam is also noteworthy in these mattresses. Constantly trying to better the foams of their mattresses, the company does try to deliver the possible combination of foams in the mattresses that their customers purchase.
Zinus Ultima Comfort 6-inch Memory Foam Mattress Review
The mattress comprises of two materials – memory foam and high-density base support foam, with the former being 1.5 inches thick and the latter being 4.5 inches thick. The memory foam used is BioFoam, which uses plant oils instead of petroleum, which keeps these mattresses fresher than your average mattress from other companies. Placement of the memory foam above ensures that you feel genuinely comfortable and the high-density foam layer right below ensures that the mattress does not cave too much either.
Zinus Ultima Comfort 8-inch Memory Foam Mattress Review
Considering the increase in thickness by 2 inches, the manufacturers have added another foam between two mentioned in the previous thickness, and this is done rightfully so. This bed consists of 2 inches of memory foam as the topmost layer, 2 inches of pressure-relieving comfort foam right underneath, and the lowermost layer is high-density base support foam. As mentioned prior, the memory foam conforms to your body shape while sleeping, thus making way for a very cozy sleep experience, and the high-density base foam keeps the mattress from caving in too much.
The new component here – the pressure-relieving comfort foam – aids the memory foam in conforming to your shape, and keeps you from feeling the hardness of the base layer below. In essence, it acts as the perfect bridge between the two edge layers and increases comfort. The foam, like the other kinds of foam that are majorly used by Zinus, also uses a number of plant products in place of the normally used fossil fuel.
Zinus Ultima Comfort 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress Review
This mattress also uses the same materials as an 8-inch Zinus Ultima, but with differing thicknesses. The memory foam layer is 3 inches thick, while the pressure-relieving comfort foam layer is 2 inches thick. With the high-density base support foam being 5 inches thick, this bed is one of the best combinations of the foams used, and its users attest to the same. The pressure-relieving foam used Viscolatex Responsive Foam, which has managed to carve a name for itself among its countless counterparts available in the market.
Read our complete guide about the best 10-inch memory foam mattresses.
Zinus Ultima Comfort 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress Review
Again, the three materials used – memory foam, pressure-relieving comfort foam, and high-density base support foam – only differ in thicknesses from the models mentioned before. With the memory and pressure-relieving layers being 3 inches each, the base support foam is 6 inches thick. Best for those who like to sink into the bed deeply and sleep, this bed is one that is sought after by a substantial amount of clients.
As you would have probably noticed, the three foams are uniform; distributed across the area of the bed, and the foam sandwich is one that gives you a good sleep. Another trend that adds to the functionality of these mattresses is the thickness of the high-density base support foam. If you notice, you’ll find that the thickness of this layer, when compared to the thickness of the mattress, is always more than or at least half the thickness of the mattress. This ensures that the mattress does not cave extensively (making for a suffocating sleep), but instead hardens in the sweet spot where the bed does not feel too rigid or too flexible.
Also read our reviews about the best 12-inch memory foam mattresses.
Support and Comfort
Every mattress has at least two layers – the memory foam layer which comes on top and the high-density base support foam which is the lowermost layer sitting on the bed frame and the one which sits on the bed frame. The layer in between, present in thicknesses greater than 6 inches, essentially acts as a bridge between the two layers and helps in increasing the comfort of the user.
The lowermost layer is responsible for supporting the weight of the mattress and for softening the hardness of the frame which the user can feel. This is the layer responsible for stability and support if the layers are to be divided on that basis.
The top two layers (or one layer) are the ones that are present in the mattress to ensure the comfort of the user. The memory foam layer adjusts its imprints according to the form that the user is taking at the moment, while the pressure-relieving comfort foam layer ensures that the pressure from the bed frame is not felt by the user in places where their bones are pressed hard against the mattress.
The memory foam and the pressure-relieving comfort foam layer ensure that you are free from any pain during sleeping, along with removing any residual pain from earlier in the day. The memory foam conforms to your shape and makes sure that you do not wake up sore after your nap or sleep.
The lowest layer, the high-density base support foam, also plays a minor role in the sense that it keeps the hardness of the bed frame from getting to you. This is more of an indirect relieve of pain that acts at a stage where pain hasn’t even gotten to you but is stopped midway.
The Zinus Ultima mattresses of each thickness are also available in a number of sizes, keeping in sync with the company policy of placing the customer first. The sizes available are listed below with their measurements.
Narrow Twin – 30” x 75”
Twin – 38” x 75”
Twin XL – 38” x 80”
Full – 53” x 75”
Queen – 60” x 80”
King – 76” x 80”
California King – 72” x 84”
Price And Affordability
The mattresses, as mentioned multiple times before, are available in four thicknesses. Now, it’s only logical that the thinnest of them be the cheapest, and the thickest be the priciest in rate. Also, the 6-inch mattress does not have the pressure-relieving comfort foam layer which also substantiates the point of the 6-inch mattress being humble in price.
The price range for the ZInus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattresses is a wide one, ranging from around US $130 going all the way up to around US $290. With every increase in the thickness by two inches, the price of these mattresses increases by around US $50. However, the difference between the 8 inch and 10-inch mattresses is a little low, around US $30, a discrepancy we can ignore in the math, at the price rise from a 10-inch mattress to a 12 inch one is real, at US $70.
However, on noticing the price versus performance of the mattress, the price to be paid seems more like an investment. The 10 year warranty that the manufacturer gives the buyers is rock-solid, and you can rest assured that it’s the best money you’ll have spent. Also, with the quality promised, the trend of doing away with mattresses every five years itself can be done away with, thus paving the way for less wastage of mattresses.
Good For All Sleeping Patterns And Benefits
1 – Back Sleeping
Although this sleeping position is rarely the one that people sleep the entire night in, it is often the pose in which they start sleeping. Thus, it is necessary for any mattress to make sure that the user feels comfortable while lying on his or her back. The Zinus mattresses deliver very well on this front as they ensure maximum lumbar comfort.
2 – Side Sleeping
The memory foam layer conforms to your shape and caves in where your shoulders press against it and doesn’t do so where it is not necessary. Needless to say that this applies to those who hug a pillow and sleep with one leg on the pillow as well.
3 – Stomach Sleeping
The memory foam is suitable for sleeping this way as well and ensures maximum comfort while it’s at it.
In a nutshell, the mattress will prove to be comfortable no matter how you choose to sleep.
4 – Chronic pain
The comfort ensured also reduces chronic pain and alleviates you from any kind of discomfort.
5 – Value For Money
For the price range that these mattresses are available in, they are a steal, everything said and done. Sure to stay with you for a minimum of 10 years, ZInus Ultima will deliver on its time for sure.
Durability & Warranty
For any product that we purchase in the market today, the warranty provided is not particularly long, especially for items that are extremely prone to physical damage, for example, tech. Now, each manufacturer may have his or her own reasons for stating a certain period of time as their warranty, but it takes guts and insane amounts of confidence to state a period of warranty at all when it comes to bedding.
Considering that beds and mattresses are some of the most used things in our daily lives, they are also the most prone to physical wear and tear. Companies do not generally give a period of warranty for these products considering their personal nature of use.
But this is where Zinus stands out, magnificently at that. The ZInus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattresses come with a warranty of 10 years. Also, the company has a return policy of 100 days wherein if the mattress is not to your liking, you can return the mattress. There is no way any manufacturer would make such a promise if he/she didn’t know the product and its capabilities inside out.
Apart from the above-listed virtues, these mattresses come with other perks as well, some of which are listed below for you convenience. If you come to use these mattresses and discover that there are more perks or gripes to them, then do remember that the door to spread the word is always open.
As Natural As Possible
Zinus has been trying to replace the fossil fuel in their foam with plant oils and other plant residues for a decade and change, and are succeeding in a stellar manner at it. Having introduced two of their flagship foams – EcoFoam and BioFoam – the company is striving to deliver the best possible product to its consumers without settling for anything less than that.
Reliable Customer Service
With a customer service that puts online retail customer services to shame, the employees here genuinely care about their customers. There are various accounts that can be found online that attest to this. From grievances to expressing concern about the quality of the mattress (these are extremely rare cases), you can call their number and get in touch, or hit them up online through their website or social media handles, which are also surprisingly active. A review on Amazon particularly stands out as the customer writes about the wrong size of bedding delivered to her, which on being decompressed couldn’t be repacked the way it was delivered. She got in touch with the employees through Facebook, and two days later, the product of her dreams reached her.
Active Social Media Handles
Most companies these days know the importance of active social media handles, and the impact it can have on their business. However, very few companies put this knowledge to use and maintain their media handles. More often than not, when you hit up an organization with a grievance on their social media handles, it takes ages for them to even acknowledge your message, let alone address it.
This is where Zinus is markedly different. With an active page on Facebook and an equally active page on Instagram, the company is literally a call or message away, striving to give you the best possible shopping and sleeping experience.
Tie-up With FedEx And International Shipping
One other notable feature of this manufacturer is the fact that they have a tie up with FedEx Ground. This ensures that their products can be shipped to just about anywhere in the world without a sweat. Thus, it really is no wonder that they have managed to carve a good name among the various other manufacturers of bedding products.
The compression packing technology developed by the company is such that the size of the resulting package is a small fraction of the volume of the mattress when it is in use. However, as against popular belief, the packaging does not diminish the cushioning capacity of the mattress in any way. Also, the packaging is extremely easy to unwrap and set up. Resulting in positive customer experience for the most part (except for the cases where the wrong size is delivered by mistake), this feature is one that draws people to Zinus as well.
In a nutshell, these mattresses are a catch for the price they’re available at. And with sales like Black Friday, there are a good number of discounts from the manufacturer as well. Get your mattresses now, for they will definitely prove to be a worthy investment that will last you a good while, and will give the best nights of sleep in your entire life. What are you waiting for? Get your mattress, now!