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Prime Day mattress deals: is the Zinus Green Tea Mattress worth buying?

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress with a Tom's Guide deal tag
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The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is Amazon’s best-selling mattress, and right now you can get a queen size 12” Zinus Green Tea for $279 (opens in new tab) (was $369). At first glance that’s an absurdly low price for such a popular bed-in-a-box, so how good is that sale price compared to what we’ve seen the Zinus sell for the rest of this year? And price aside, is it actually worth buying in the first place or are you wasting your money?

Let’s look at the sale price first, then we’ll answer those burning questions to help you make the right decision - either to buy, or to walk away and choose another bed in the Amazon Prime Day mattress deals

The good news is that many of this year’s best mattresses are on sale today, though we’d recommend shopping direct with the brands rather than Amazon if you want the cheapest prices and free bedding. 

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Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress: from $229 $176 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save up to $90 - Today you can get a Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress from just $176, with a queen size for $279 (was $369). Pay closer attention and you’ll see that this isn’t an official Prime Day deal. We’ve also seen a queen size sell for $279 at numerous points throughout this year, including on Presidents’ Day. So you aren’t saving any extra here, but there hasn’t been a price increase either, so it’s still a good time to buy.

Is the Zinus Green Tea Mattress worth the money

Now that we’ve looked at the deal, it’s time to answer the other burning question: is the Zinus worth buying or is it too cheap to function? When writing our Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress review we were honest about a couple of points. Here’s a quick recap:

Pros:

  • It’s one of the best cheap mattresses in America
  • The 12” version (it comes in other sizes) offers good pressure relief
  • It delivers a decent hit of sink-in memory foam comfort

Cons:

  • It sleeps hot so we wouldn’t recommend it to people who overheat
  • It’s firmer than you think (though arguably this could also be a pro)
  • Some customers have questioned its long-term durability

It’s easy to write off cheap beds as inferior, yet the 12” Zinus Green Tea is a tale of two cities: it punches above its weight in certain areas, while limping along in others.

Ok so it won’t hold a candle to more premium models in terms of build quality, cooling, comfort and support, but if you have a small budget, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam might be a good choice for you.

There are three layers of foam to this sought-after memory foam mattress, plus a knitted cover designed to be breathable. When we slept on it we didn’t get that and felt as though heat remained in the mattress. That’s why you won’t find the Zinus in our selection of the best cooling mattresses and we would caution anyone prone to overheating at night to consider an alternative. For example, the Cocoon by Sealy Chill ($799 for a queen at Cocoon (opens in new tab)) or the Brooklyn Bedding Chill ($393 for a queen at Brooklyn Bedding (opens in new tab)).

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress on a wooden bed frame

We slept on the Zinus for over three weeks and while it slept hot, it was very comfy for the cheap price (Image credit: Future)

The foam layers fare better. They’re all CertiPUR-US certified for a start, meaning they’re free from toxins, and they work together to deliver a surprisingly comfortable and supportive feel. That’s impressive for such a cheap bed.

The layer of comfort foam molds to the body in just the right way - it won’t suck you in, but it will cradle you - and the green tea-infused foam layer keeps the entire mattress fresher for longer. You’ll still need a good mattress protector though. 

So if we were to round this up to help you make a decision this Prime Day, we’d say this: 

Don’t buy the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress if you like much softer beds, you want cooler sleep, or you want a mattress that will last for several years or more. 

But do buy the Zinus if you have zero temperature issues during sleep and want a comfy all-foam mattress to help you sleep better for less. The 12” version is a great side sleeper mattress, but there are three other heights available (6”, 8” and 10”) and those are better for stomach and back sleepers. 

Is the Zinus out of your price range? Then take a look at this year’s best mattress toppers to help you get a new bed feel for less.

Claire Davies
Claire Davies

Claire Davies is a qualified journalist, Sleep Editor and Certified Sleep Science Coach who writes about all things related to sleep, from mattress reviews to the latest sleep techniques and research. Claire has interviewed a wealth of experts, from mattress designers and innovators to neuroscientists and doctors of sleep medicine. Before taking on the role of Sleep Editor, Claire worked as Health & Wellness Editor at Top Ten Reviews, and before that was a Senior Content Editor at T3. Claire is super-passionate about how consistent, good quality sleep can boost our physical and mental wellbeing, and would love to hear from PRs and brands regarding sleep products, services and research that can help our readers sleep better than ever.