Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $549-$1,148
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Warranty: 10 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $549-$1,148
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Zoma mattress, designed for those with active lifestyles, is an all-foam, medium firm bed that’s great for back sleepers and some side sleepers. The Zoma is also designed with zoned support that delivers a softer feel for the head, neck and legs, while supporting the shoulders and torso with a firmer foam. Zoma advertises an extra-breathable and cool mattress – and includes several cooling features, like a breathable thin cover and gel memory foam – but at the end of the day, we weren’t all that impressed with the all-foam bed’s cooling capabilities. Still, if you’re looking for a soft and supportive mattress that helps recovery, the Zoma could be a great choice for you.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||4||3||4|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||4||3||4|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||3||2||4|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
For back sleepers, it’s important to have body weight evenly distributed across the mattress to prevent spinal misalignment. Here at Mattress Nerd, our pressure test for an average-weight sleeper revealed a bit of pressure concentrated on the lower back. Still, that pressure build-up didn’t seem to be enough to pull the spine out of alignment. In lighter-weight sleepers, we saw an evenly distributed pressure that kept the hips and shoulders supported. That even distribution of pressure makes it seem likely that lightweight back sleepers will have a supportive, comfortable night’s sleep on the Zoma.
We don’t recommend the Zoma for stomach sleepers. While the mattress cradles pressure points in back sleepers, it is simply too soft to allow the hips of stomach sleepers to stay elevated for proper spinal alignment. Instead, the hips could dip down into the mattress and disrupt the spine’s natural curve. To prevent back pain, stomach sleepers need to look for a bed that’s firm enough to keep their hips elevated and their spine aligned properly. Unfortunately, that mattress just isn’t the Zoma.
If a mattress isn’t soft enough, side sleepers sometimes feel like their shoulders and hips dig into their mattress, causing discomfort. Even pressure points like the ankles and elbows can become painful with a too-firm mattress. While some lightweight side sleepers can find the pressure relief they’re looking for in the Zoma’s upper memory foam layers, others might not be able to sink into the mattress enough to have contouring around the shoulders and hips. The Zoma is not soft or plush enough to keep average-weight or heavyweight side sleepers comfortable: we think it’ll put too much pressure on the shoulders.
If you toss and turn throughout the night, moving from one position to another, you’re a combination sleeper. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to combination sleepers, but if you are an average-weight or lightweight sleeper who spends a large portion of the night on your back, you might find the comfort you need in this mattress. For the Zoma, the main thing to keep in mind is whether you spend a lot of time on your side throughout the night. If you do, you might want to look for a more cradling mattress. And if you’re a heavyweight sleeper, this softer all-foam mattress might not be the best fit. Try looking for something more firm and supportive, like an innerspring or hybrid mattress.
If you hate the feeling of being “stuck” in a bed, you should be looking for a highly responsive mattress that makes you feel like you’re sleeping “on” the bed rather than “in” it. The Zoma isn’t very responsive: when we pressed our hands into the mattress, it took awhile for the mattress to return to its original shape. It even took some core strength to move from a back-sleeping position to sitting upright in the bed. That’s because the top layer of the Zoma is memory foam. Bottom line? You’ll feel like you’re being cradled by the mattress, which might make it a little more difficult to change positions at night.
After laying on the Zoma, we give it a medium-soft rating: that’s around a 5.5 on our firmness scale, which spans from 1 to 10. The softer top two layers of the mattress – a memory foam zoned layer and a Reactiv foam layer – make it feel soft on the joints: better for some side sleepers and back sleepers. Still, it has a thick base layer at the bottom that adds some support and durability to the design. Heavier sleepers should look for a more firm mattress, while lightweight and average-weight sleepers could find just what they need in the Zoma.
The Zoma implements cooling measures in its breathable cover and open-cell foam in its top layer, but we still think it’ll sleep fairly hot. The mattress is noticeably warm to the touch, and you’ll find that the temperature increases as you sink into the mattress. The dense memory foam layers make it difficult for the heat to find somewhere to go.
This problem isn’t just particular to the Zoma. No matter how much memory foam mattress companies advertise a breathable, cool design, the science is clear: memory foam is a harder material for air to travel through. If you want a top-notch cooling mattress, you may want to go with a hybrid or innerspring mattress that allows for better airflow.
If you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns at night, you’ll want a mattress that isolates motion to the other side of the bed and allows you to get an uninterrupted, better sleep. The memory foam construction of the Zoma mattress helps stifle the feeling of movement.
In our mattress testing experiments, the “sleeping” partner felt a bit of jostling and movement when their other partner changed positions on the other side of the bed. Still, we don’t think the bed movement is enough to wake a sleeping partner.
Does the edge of the mattress provide adequate support? Lie down at the edge and take note of whether or not you feel like you’re going to fall off the edge of the mattress.
If you have trouble getting in and out of bed in the morning, proper edge support will help you balance on the edge of the mattress without feeling like you’re about to slip right off. We test edge support in two ways at Mattress Nerd: by sitting upright on the edge of the mattress and by laying right along the edge, where you might sleep if a partner had taken up more than their fair share of the bed.
When we sat on the edge of the Zoma in our testing lab, there wasn’t a lot of edge support. Many of our team felt the bed frame as we sat on the corners of the mattress, and there’s some folding when someone sits on the edge of the bed. Still, the edge support is solid when a light-weight sleeper lays near the edge of the bed. But we anticipate problems if larger sleepers try to lay near the edge.
Ultimately, edge support might not matter that much to you. The comfort of this mattress – especially if you sleep by yourself in the middle of the bed – might outweigh any issues in the edge support department.
Ultimately, this unboxing experience left our team satisfied. We didn’t notice an off-gassing smell (a chemical scent that comes from foam) after the bed was unboxed, and the mattress was light enough to be easily maneuvered on the bed frame. The mattress, like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, didn’t take too long at all to inflate and to reach its normal size.
The Zoma mattress is an all-foam mattress with three layers: a top memory foam layer, a secondary responsive layer and a base layer. The top layer offers contouring cradling for joints, while the second layer allows for more responsiveness and ease of movement. Finally, the bottom layer supports the mattress and allows for extra support. The Zoma’s breathable, athletic-feeling cover (seriously: it feels like a shirt you’d wear while running) adds some extra breathability. Still, it’s a pressure-relieving foam mattress that we don’t expect will keep ultra-hot sleepers cool.
Layer #1: Cover
The cover of the Zoma mattress isn’t exactly wrinkly, but it definitely feels loose around the bed. It’s thin, like a soft sports shirt rather than the thick cotton or wool covers we see on some other mattresses. Though this mattress isn’t cool to the touch, we think this breathable cover adds a bit of cooling power to the construction. But even with a breathable mattress cover like this one, an all-foam bed like the Zoma won’t represent the pinnacle of cool sleep.
Layer #2: Triangulex Zoned Gel Memory Foam Comfort Layer
Egg crate foam with a really cool triangular design. Having an egg-crate design can enhance airflow throughout the top layer of the mattress, contributing to extra cooling.
The top foam comfort layer of this mattress is by far its most unique design element. This breathable, open-cell foam has triangular designs cut into the head and foot of the mattress to create a zoned firmness layer. It’s softer around your head, neck and legs while remaining firmner and supportive on your torso and shoulders.
This egg-crate design can also lead to extra cooling because it allows hot air to travel through those channels and away from the body. Though this breathability isn’t as great as the airflow through metal coils, it still adds a cooling effect.
Layer #3: : Reactiv Transitional Layer
Though the bed isn’t the most responsive one we’ve tested (read: it’s easier to feel “stuck” in the mattress and tough to move around), the Reactiv transitional layer adds an extra bit of bounce and responsiveness to the bed. There’s no cooling function within the Reactiv Layer, so it might add to the overall hot feel of the bed. Still, extra foam like this can help with motion isolation, so you don’t get awoken by a partner or restless pet during the night.
Layer #4: Support + Core Foam
This foam layer, the thickest and densest of them all, helps with support and stability as you lay on the Zoma. A great support core like the one on the Zoma can help with durability, too. All the foams in the Zoma are CertiPUR-US certified and made without ozone-depleters and flame retardants.
Like most mainstream bed-in-a-box mattress companies, Zoma offers free shipping to the continental United States. customers in Alaska and Hawaii might incur extra delivery fees.
Zoma also offers a 100-night sleep trial wherein you can decide whether the mattress is a good fit for your sleep style and body type. If you decide to return your mattress within the 100-night trial, Zoma will take care of the return shipping cost.
Zoma customers enjoy a 10-year warranty from the company. That means they’ll get a full repair or replacement of the mattress for the entire 10-year period if workmanship or structural defects are found in the mattress. We’re confident that the team at Zoma will be ready to help with those warranty claims, too: a Zoma representative got back to our team’s online message within minutes.
Though the GhostBed is a bit firmer than the Zoma flagship mattress, its affordability is similar to the Zoma. It also has a latex layer at the top of the mattress and comes as shipped to your door for free as a bed-in-a-box.
Read our full GhostBed mattress review to learn more.
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Read our full Casper mattress review to learn more.
The Zoma mattress is designed for athletes and people on the move. Though we’re not convinced it’ll sleep as cool as some may desire, – it’s made of memory foam, after all – it’s a good fit for most side and back sleepers. It’ll likely be too soft to keep the hips elevated for stomach sleepers, but it offers a mixture of softness and support that’s great for other sleep types.
Is the Zoma mattress made in the USA?
Yes, the Zoma is manufactured in the United States.
Is the foam in the Zoma mattress safe?
The foam in the Zoma mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, which means it’s made without ozone depleters or formaldehyde. To ensure air quality, it has low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emission.
Should the Zoma mattress be placed on a box spring?
Zoma doesn’t recommend that the Zoma mattress be placed on a box spring. Unless you place a piece of plywood between the mattress and the box spring, you could void the mattress warranty.
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