Zinus Green Tea Mattress Overview
Zinus is a U.S.-based company that has been selling bedding products since 2004. Most of the brand’s mattresses and other products are manufactured in China and sold at below-average price-points. For this review, we’re going to profile one of Zinus’s best-selling models, the Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress, or simply the Green Tea Mattress.
The Green Tea Mattress is constructed with a memory foam comfort layer, polyfoam transitional layer, and support core made of high-density polyfoam. The mattress cover is knit from a jacquard fabric blend. Customers can choose a 6-, 8-, 10-, or 12-inch profile for their Green Tea Mattress. Firmness levels depend on thickness, and vary between soft and medium soft, or 3.5 to 4.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.
Zinus offers 14 different mattresses, including the “Cooling Green Tea” gel-infused memory foam model. This review will focus solely on the Pressure Relief Green Tea Mattress. Read on to learn more about this model in terms of construction and material composition, pricing, and performance ratings. We’ll also compare this mattress to other similarly constructed beds and provide an overview of Zinus’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
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Meet Our Testing Team
- People who weigh less than 130 pounds. All versions of the Green Tea Mattress are fairly soft and will conform somewhat closely, making them ideal for lightweight sleepers.
- Side sleepers. The mattress is especially well-suited to this position because the foam contours closely to align the spine, cushion the body, and alleviate pressure associated with side sleeping.
- Couples. The Green Tea Mattress isolates motion very well due to its softer surface feel and all-foam construction. The mattress is completely silent, as well.
- Value seekers. All versions of the Green Tea Mattress are exceptionally low-priced compared to the average memory foam model.
Not Recommended for...
- People who weigh more than 230 pounds. For most heavyweight sleepers, the Green Tea Mattress – regardless of profile – will be too soft and susceptible to deep sinkage.
- Hot sleepers. The mattress tends to absorb and trap body heat, which can make some sleepers feel excessively warm.
- Those with a sensitive sense of smell. The Green Tea Mattress is associated with above-average off-gassing odor that typically takes several days (if not longer) to completely dissipate.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Zinus Green Tea Mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
As you can see, the Green Tea Mattress has earned positive ratings in some categories and less favorable ratings for others. Check out our full breakdown below for a detailed description of each rating.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Zinus Green Tea Mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
How Is the Zinus Green Tea Mattress Constructed?
All Green Tea Mattress models are encased in a cover made from knitted jacquard fabric. The cover should not be removed or laundered in any household machine, as this can compromise the bed’s overall construction.
The Green Tea Mattress has a memory foam comfort layer. The thickness of this layer depends on the profile, but will range between 1 inch thick for the 6-inch model and 3 inches thick for the 12-inch model (detailed measurements are found in the construction table below).
The memory foam is infused with green tea extract, which has antimicrobial and odor-reducing properties to help keep the mattress fresh.
All Green Tea Mattress models contain a transitional polyfoam layer, which measures 1 inch thick for the 6-inch profile and 2 inches thick for the other profiles. The transitional layer is intended to prevent sleepers from sinking too deeply into the mattress and coming into contact with the denser support core. That said, each Green Tea Mattress has a relatively soft feel and many sleepers will sink nonetheless.
The support core in Green Tea Mattress models is composed from high-density polyfoam. This layer measures between 4 and 7 inches thick, depending on the selected mattress profile. The support core stabilizes the bed to help maintain an even sleep surface and minimize sinkage along the perimeter. However, the softer feel and all-foam construction of these mattresses mean that overall support is fair at best.
The Green Tea Mattress is available in four thickness options. These include 6-inch and 8-inch low-profile models, a 10-inch medium-profile model, and a 12-inch high-profile model. The 10- and 12-inch mattresses contain more memory foam, resulting in close body-contouring and a softer overall feel. The 6- and 8-inch mattresses feature more base polyfoam and less memory foam, so their feel is slightly firmer – but even then, these models are considered medium soft and do not feel much more supportive than their thicker counterparts.
|Product Name||Firmness Options||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|6″ Green Tea Mattress||Medium Soft (4.5)||4″ HD Polyfoam||1″ Green Tea Memory Foam
1″ Transitional Polyfoam
|Knitted Jacquard Fabric Blend|
|8″ Green Tea Mattress||Medium Soft (4)||4″ HD Polyfoam||2″ Green Tea Memory Foam
2″ Transitional Polyfoam
|Knitted Jacquard Fabric Blend|
|10″ Green Tea Mattress||Soft (3.5)||5.5″ HD Polyfoam||2.5″ Green Tea Memory Foam
2″ Transitional Polyfoam
|Knitted Jacquard Fabric Blend|
|12″ Green Tea Mattress||Soft (3.5)||7″ HD Polyfoam||3″ Green Tea Memory Foam
2″ Transitional Polyfoam
|Knitted Jacquard Fabric Blend|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
The Green Tea Mattress offers a traditional memory foam feel. The comfort foam responds slowly to the body, creating a deep, pressure-relieving cradle. Many people liken this sensation to sleeping “in” – as opposed to “on” – the mattress.
However, each profile for the mattress offers a distinct experience. The 6-inch model has the firmest feel, which equates to a medium soft (4.5). The comfort layer won’t conform as closely, but since the mattress has such a low profile, it does not feel particularly supportive, either. The 8-inch model is also medium soft, but added support foam provides a bit more reinforcement.
The 10-inch and 12-inch models are both considered soft, so most sleepers – even those weighing less than 130 pounds – will sink rather deeply beneath the surface. Added thickness in the transitional and support core layers ensures more overall stability, but the exceptionally soft feel of these mattresses is best suited to lighter individuals.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the durability ratings for the Zinus Green Tea Mattress. These ratings are based on verified experiences from mattress owners, as well as our own product testing and research.
Based on a combination of owner experiences and in-house product analysis, we expect the average Zinus Green Tea Mattress to perform for about five to six years before a replacement is needed. This expected lifespan is a little below-average compared to other all-foam models. Given the bed’s low price-point, the lifespan is fairly reasonable.
All Green Tea Mattresses have relatively soft feels, which often means their surface materials will probably wear out and lose support somewhat quickly. Over time, the lack of edge support can make getting in and out of bed increasingly difficult, as well. Owners can rotate their mattress periodically to protect the surface and perimeter from deep impressions (Zinus recommends doing so “every season”).
To evaluate the mattress for motion isolation, we asked two of our testers to lie side-by-side in bed. One moved around while the other felt for this motion transferring across the surface. During these tests, the Green Tea Mattress performed very well. Profile does not appear to be a factor, as the foams absorb movement and eliminate most transfer regardless of how thick or soft the mattress is.
Couples may experience fewer movement-related sleep disruptions if they use this mattress. That said, the lower-profile models do not provide as much support for co-sleepers.
Our testers noticed a large amount of initial off-gassing once the Green Tea Mattress was unboxed. These odors were still noticeable several days later, and it’s possible that owners may need to wait a week or longer before the smells completely dissipate.
Most mattresses release off-gassing odor when new, but all-foam models like the Green Tea Mattress are associated with the strongest and most persistent smells. Owners can place the mattress in a well-ventilated room for a few days prior to using it for the first time. This can help flush out unwanted smells. While this particular mattress is infused with green tea extract to minimize odor, owners may have a difficult time sleeping on it during these initial stages.
To evaluate the Green Tea Mattress for pressure relief, we asked testers in different weight groups to lie on a sensory pad that tracks pressure buildup in different areas of the body. They also shifted their positions to see if pressure increased or decreased on their sides, back, and stomach.
The Green Tea Mattress provides very good overall pressure relief, though specific ratings for this model depend on the thickness of the mattress, how much the sleeper weighs, and which position they use. The 10- and 12-inch models alleviated the most pressure for testers, and this is due to their thicker memory foam layers. Some people may also feel less pressure on the 6- and 8-inch models. For a detailed breakdown of Green Tea Mattress ratings based on body weight and sleep position, check out the Sleeper Ratings section below.
All-foam mattresses with softer feels have a high potential to sleep hot, and the Green Tea Mattress is no exception. The memory foam and polyfoam layers absorb and trap body heat. As sleepers sink into the mattress, they’ll feel less surface airflow and likely reach an uncomfortable temperature. Although some Green Tea Mattress models are firmer than others, the temperature neutrality for this mattress is fair at best regardless of the selected profile.
To evaluate the Green Tea Mattress for edge support, our testers sat along the perimeter as an owner would do when getting in and out of bed. They also took turns lying near the edges to check for feelings of “roll-off.”
None of the Green Tea Mattress models felt particularly stable along the perimeter, and most testers experienced excessive sinkage that made getting on and off the mattress more difficult. Lying near the edges also proved problematic for many. Owners may feel confined to the middle of the mattress as a result.
All versions of the Green Tea Mattress are completely silent when bearing weight. This is not surprising, as most all-foam mattresses share this attribute. In addition to consistent motion isolation, the noise-free design of this mattress is another potential benefit for couples – though as we’ve stated, some profiles provide better support for co-sleepers than others.
The Green Tea Mattress will probably not be responsive enough for couples who prefer a springy surface for sex. The deep sinkage provides good traction to help couples maintain the same position, but this can also restrict movement when relocating to a different area of the mattress. The weak edge support may be another issue for couples. Without much stability near the perimeter, they may not be able to use the entire surface of the mattress.
Some people very much prefer this type of mattress for sex. However, the general consensus among couples is that bouncier, more supportive beds are preferable for most.
The ideal firmness and thickness for a mattress largely depend on a sleeper’s body weight, shape, and preferred sleep position. In order to better inform our readers and avoid subjectivity in our review, the Tuck team evaluated the bed with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Our testers in the lightweight group were somewhat mixed when it came to the Green Tea Mattress. Side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds awarded this model a very good rating. The soft to medium soft surface delivers ample cushioning for the shoulders and hips, which can promote even spinal alignment and reduce pressure throughout the body.
Back and stomach sleepers in this weight group also found the mattress reasonably comfortable, particularly if the profile was 8 inches or thicker. They didn’t sink too much but the mattress conformed closely enough to alleviate pressure in different areas – particularly the lower back.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Side sleepers in the average weight group did not feel as comfortable on the Green Tea Mattress as their lighter counterparts, but the foam contoured closely enough to improve spinal alignment and reduce pressure. Many said the mattress sank a bit too deeply around the shoulders and hips. Additionally, they did not receive as much support from the 6-inch model due to its thicker profile.
Back and stomach sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds did not find any of the Green Tea Mattress models particularly supportive. Lower-profile models did not offer enough base layer reinforcement to keep their bodies on an even plane, while the 10- and 12-inch models felt a bit too soft. Sinkage between the shoulders and hips was a common issue for these testers.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Our testers agreed that the Green Tea Mattress is not very well-suited to heavyweight sleepers, regardless of their preferred position. Side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds gave the mattress a fair rating. The beds sank too deeply to improve their spinal alignment, and added pressure occurred for some.
Back and stomach sleepers sank excessively on the 10- and 12-inch models, and experienced feelings of “bottoming out” on the 6- and 8-inch models. For people who use these positions and weigh more than 230 pounds, we recommend a mattress with a firmer feel and a stronger support system.
Pricing and Discounts
Prices for the Green Tea Mattress in each available profile and size are listed below. Please note that some profiles are not sold in certain sizes.
- Twin $112 (6") $164 (8") $187 (10") $209 (12")
- Twin XL $199 (8")
- Full $142 (6") $209 (8") $245 (10") $278 (12")
- Short Queen $157 (6") $254 (8")
- Queen $156 (6") $238 (8") $278 (10") $344 (12")
- King $186 (6") $267 (8") $366 (10") $410 (12")
- Cal King $410 (12")
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How Does the Zinus Green Tea Mattress Compare to Other Beds?
We encourage mattress shoppers to compare different brands and models before deciding which bed to buy. In the next section, we’ll see how the Green Tea Mattress stacks up to memory foam models from leading Zinus competitors.
Zinus Green Tea Mattress vs. Layla
The Layla Mattress is a flippable all-foam model. One side has a medium soft (4) feel, and the other has a firm (7) feel. Both comfort layers are constructed from memory foam infused with copper. The material conforms very closely and evenly – especially on the medium soft side – while the copper has cooling properties to help each surface maintain a comfortable temperature.
Sleepers will notice many similarities between the Green Tea Mattress and the medium soft surface of the Layla Mattress. These include very good pain and pressure relief, improved spinal alignment for side sleepers, and consistent motion isolation. The firmer side of the Layla Mattress provides stronger edge support and won’t sink as much, promoting more surface airflow and better cooling for sleepers in the process.
The Layla Mattress has an affordable price-point, but the Green Tea Mattress costs much less regardless of profile. Each model is versatile in its own way. The Layla Mattress offers two distinct feels for those whose desired firmness tends to fluctuate, while the Green Tea Mattress is available in four profile options to accommodate sleepers with different thickness preferences.
Zinus Green Tea Mattress vs. Leesa Original
The Leesa Original flagship mattress is a mixed-foam model containing a polyfoam comfort layer and memory foam transitional layer. These components create a balance of responsiveness and conforming. The polyfoam gives the surface a light bounce while the memory foam contours rather closely. The Leesa Original has a medium (5) feel, making it firmer than the Green Tea Mattress in any profile.
In some performance categories, such as motion isolation and noise potential, the Leesa Original and Green Tea Mattress have earned comparable ratings. One area where the Leesa Original outperforms is temperature neutrality. The surface foam is more breathable and won’t trap body heat quite like the memory foam found in the Green Tea Mattress. Off-gassing levels are lower for the Leesa Original, as well.
The Green Tea Mattress costs less, but this model is best suited to lighter people who want an exceptionally soft feel from their mattress. For those who prefer a firmer, more supportive design, the Leesa Original will likely be the better option.
Zinus Green Tea Mattress vs. Nectar
The Nectar Mattress is constructed with two comfort layers of memory foam, along with a memory foam transitional layer. Although the mattress has a medium firm (6) feel, sleepers experience a deep and even body contour comparable to that of the Green Tea Mattress. Pressure relief for side sleepers and very good motion isolation are shared strengths of these models.
The Nectar Mattress outperforms the Green Tea Mattress in some areas, as well. Edge support is one example. Although the Nectar Mattress tends to sink a bit when owners get in and out of bed, its support core reinforces the edges to prevent excessive sagging. The Nectar Mattress also sleeps fairly cool due to its breathable surface foams. That said, neither mattress is responsive enough for couples who prefer bouncy beds for sex.
The Green Tea Mattress is a good option for shoppers on a tight budget. However, the Nectar Mattress still has a low price-point. Shoppers also receive a 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty for the Nectar Mattress, both of which are much longer than the same offerings from Zinus.
Zinus Green Tea Mattress vs. Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud
The TEMPUR-Cloud is Tempur-Pedic’s only “bed-in-a-box” mattress model, meaning it is directly shipped to the customer’s doorstep. This model features two layers of high-density TEMPUR memory foam over a high-density polyfoam base. The TEMPUR-Cloud has a medium (5) feel, making it slightly firmer than any Green Tea Mattress model, but deep body-contouring is a shared trait between these beds.
Since the TEMPUR-Cloud’s foams are a bit denser, the mattress has a much longer expected lifespan – at least seven years, according to our estimates. The mattress also delivers excellent motion isolation and provides more support for average weight sleepers. That said, the TEMPUR-Cloud also shares some limitations with the Green Tea Mattress. These include high odor potential, below-average temperature neutrality, and weak edge support.
The TEMPUR-Cloud has a rather expensive price-point whereas the Green Tea Mattress is highly affordable, so price will likely be a factor for most shoppers. Otherwise, buyers should base their decision on firmness preferences – and those seeking a firm mattress may want to look elsewhere altogether.
Zinus Green Tea Mattress vs. T&N Original
The T&N Original from Tuft & Needle is constructed with an open-cell polyfoam comfort layer over a high-density polyfoam base. The comfort layer is fairly breathable and shouldn’t trap much body heat compared to the Green Tea Mattress. The all-polyfoam design also gives the T&N Original a more responsive feel, whereas the Green Tea Mattress has a memory foam comfort layer that responds slowly.
The T&N Original is considered medium firm (6.5), so it will deliver more support and sink less for people who weigh 130 pounds or more. At the same time, the mattress might be too firm for some people who weigh less than 130 pounds – side sleepers in particular. The Green Tea Mattress and T&N Original have earned comparable ratings in other performance areas, such as motion isolation isolation, edge support, and noise.
The T&N Original has a very low price-point that makes it a high-value purchase. The Green Mattress costs less, but for many sleepers it will not offer the same balance of support and comfort as the Tuft & Needle flagship mattress.
Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
T&N Original Mattress
|FIRMNESS||3.5, 4, 4.5||4,7||5||6.5||5||6.5|
|AVAILABILITY||online, in-store||online||online, in-store||online, in-store||online, in-store||online|
|SLEEP TRIAL||100 nights||120 nights||100 nights||365 nights||90 nights||100 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||10 Year, Limited||Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||Limited Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Non-prorated|
Zinus Green Tea Mattress FAQ
Sleep Trial 100 nights
Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.
Warranty 10 years, non-prorated
Made In China
Where Can I Buy the Zinus Green Tea Mattress?
The Green Tea Mattress can be purchased directly from Zinus on the company’s official website. This model is also available for sale on Amazon.com and through a wide range of brick-and-mortar and online retailers, including Target and Home Depot.
Where Do They Ship?
Zinus ships mattresses within the contiguous U.S. only.
White Glove Delivery?
Zinus does not offer White Glove delivery at this time.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is not available with any Green Tea Mattress orders.
Full Delivery Policy
The delivery policy for Zinus mattresses is as follows:
- Standard ground shipping is free for all customers. Expedited shipping is not available.
- All deliveries are coordinated through FedEx. Expected wait times vary by location. Please note that FedEx couriers do not deliver on weekends.
- A customer’s signature is not required for delivery, and an adult does not need to be on the premises when the mattress arrives.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Zinus offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Green Tea Mattress:
- Zinus does not require customers to break in their mattress for any length of time before initiating a return. Mattress returns are accepted anytime during the 100-night trial.
- Full refunds are issued for all returns within the 100-night window, provided the mattress is still in good condition and the customer has retained proof of purchase. Zinus will ship a prepaid shipping label to customers and provide instructions for coordinating a FedEx pickup for the mattress.
- After Zinus receives the returned mattress, most customers receive their refund within two to three business days.
- Customers who purchase their mattress from a retailer – rather than buying directly from Zinus – should defer to the seller’s sleep trial and return policy.
Zinus offers a 10-year warranty for the Green Tea Mattress:
- This warranty is completely non-prorated. Zinus will pay all repair or replacement costs for defective mattresses within the coverage period.
- Under this warranty, sagging and body impressions in the sleep surface are considered defects if they measure 1.5 inches or deeper. Other defects may not be covered. These include impressions of less than 1.5 inches, physical damage due to abuse or improper foundational support, and issues that arise due to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences.
- This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from Zinus or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer do not receive warranty coverage.
6 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Zinus, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Zinus was initially founded in 1979, but began selling beds and bedding products in 2004.
Zinus currently holds an ‘F’ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Common complaints include excessive sagging within months of purchase, poor customer service, and confusing return policies.
Zinus does not operate any dedicated locations, but the company’s products are sold in brick-and-mortar retail stores across the country.
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