In sleep medicine clinic one of the more common and easily solvable problems interfering with good sleep is an old, bowing, uncomfortable bed. After spending thousands of dollars at a department store mattress department or a bed store in a strip mall, people are reluctant to discard their investment and spend thousands more with a high pressure salesperson. Buying a mattress has been about as fun as buying a used car. They are pleasantly surprised when I tell them that buying a mattress in 2018 is much easier and much less expensive than it has been in the past. After reviewing and recommending mattresses for patients and Twitter followers it was finally time to upgrade my own bed. Our 10-year-old Spring Air pillow top mattress has served us well. But now even with a memory foam mattress topper Holly and I have been feeling stiff in the morning. It was time to follow my own advice and buy a comfortable mattress at a good price. The advice I offer to my patients is to research the available products online by first checking Consumer Reports for their comprehensive, objective reviews. Other online mattress reviews can be biased by payments from mattress manufacturers. Beginning in 2006 online mattress companies have been taking over the mattress industry with high quality, value-priced mattresses that can meet nearly everyone’s needs. The hard part is choosing the best mattress for our own bedroom.
The Black Friday sales this year brought the already great prices on many of these mattresses even lower. I decided that now was the time buy. You have probably heard of many of the highly rated brands such as Tuft & Needle, Casper, Tempurpedic, and Purple. The luxury brand Duxiania makes wonderful, well-designed beds, but at $5000-15,000 they are well out of my price range. A few months ago my daughter needed a new mattress for her apartment at college. I wanted a comfortable mattress for her, but cost was also an important factor. The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Pressure Relief Mattress was available on Amazon.com and was available for Prime shipping. She found it to be “comfy” and her roommate (her sister) needed a mattress, to replace her lumpy, second hand mattress so I bought the same mattress for her. Not to be left out, my third daughter got the same mattress.
A few days ago our new Zinus Pressure Relief Memory Foam Cloud Mattress arrived at our front door. Today we opened it up. This is my first “bed-in-a-box” and I found that the process could not have been easier.
The interior flap of the box cheerfully greeted me with, “Hello, wonder has arrived.” Opening the box revealed the mattress wrapped in clear plastic and an envelope with instructions that describe the process of unpacking the mattress. Less than 5 minutes later the mattress was unfolded and expanding on my Zinus SmartBase Platform Bed Frame. The mattress was already taking shape 60 seconds later. The cover is made of attractive, soft quilting and quality edge piping. It already seemed like this was $300 well spent for this queen sized mattress.
It can take a bed-in-a-box 4 – 6 hours to expand to 90% of its full size and then another 4 – 6 hours to expand to its full size. We left the mattress to do its thing for the afternoon. Then we made the bed. It is always a good idea to use a mattress protector to keep dust from accumulating in the quilted cover of your new mattress. We are using the SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector.
Then it was time to take the mattress for a spin. The mattress is “plush” and soft. It cradles pressure points when lying on my side and is supportive when lying on my back. Both of us tend to have back pain and we prefer to sleep on a bed that is in that Goldilocks zone of neither too hard nor too soft. The old wisdom that having an extra firm mattress if you have a back pain is simply false. The best mattress for people with back trouble is one that is supportive and yields to the body’s contours. This mattress does that very well. Movement on one side is stabilized when one person rolls over the other side does not feel vibration.
Even though Consumer Reports does not rate Zinus beds, my verdict on the Zinus Pressure Relief Memory Foam Cloud Mattress is positive. Not only is it better than the Spring Air Mattress it is replacing, but it is simply an excellent bed. It is too early to tell how durable this mattress will be.
I will be recommending this bed to my patients who want a comfortable, inexpensive replacement to their old bed. If you want a comfortable mattress at a great price, I suggest that you consider Zinus.