- Mattress doesn't get hot (great heat regulation)
- Very durable material
- Knit cover is washable
- Back sleepers will find this mattress most comfortable
- Medium-hard to hard firmness for side/ stomach sleepers
- Will most likely come with a smell
Back sleepers, check out this mattress! The Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress is a great solution to back sleepers who need a mattress that will softly contour around their body but also provide a medium-level firmness. And at a $200 price tag for a Queen (sold online at Walmart), you really can’t find a better deal at the moment!
The Queen-size Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress arrives in a box that weighs roughly 60 pounds with dimensions 5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 ft. Once opened, you will find the mattress rolled up in an airtight plastic bag.
The top layer contains biofoam-specialized memory foam, is 2 inches thick and has a density of 3 lb pcf.
As we always say, comfort is in the back (or sides/stomachs!) of the beholder. Our professional opinion here at Zen Sleeping is that the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress has a medium firmness for back sleepers.
Side sleepers will find this mattress to have a medium-hard firmness.
It could be. If you don’t like medium-hard to hard firm mattresses, then the Spa Sensations 8-inch will be too firm for you out of the box. Luckily, you can make the mattress much softer (at least a medium firmness) very easily – we even have a section to show you how.
Yes, it comes with a washable knit cover.
This mattress is likely to have some kind of smell; the majority of purchasers will observe a light or medium odor.
The Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress has been reviewed using the Zen Score System, which gives a score out of 100 based on 6 main factors: Unpacking (20pts), Smell (20 pts), Feel & Firmness (20 pts), Durability (20 pts), and Heat Regulation (20 pts) . We have also conducted interviews with over 300 verified purchasers of the mattress to give you very relevant statistics for all these categories.
As with most packaged memory foam mattresses, the Queen-size Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress arrives in a box that weighs roughly 60 pounds with dimensions 5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 ft. Once opened, you will find the mattress rolled up in an airtight plastic bag.
The mattress was manufactured in China by Zinus. We do not recommend mattresses made in China unless they are certified by one of two organizations, and in this case the Spa Sensations passes the test.
Yes, the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, which means their mattresses are :
– Made without ozone depletes
– Made without PBDE flame retardants
– Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy materials
– Made without phthalates regulated by Consumer Product Safety Commission
– Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality
The Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress contains 3 layers. For an 8-inch thick mattress, that’s quite a lot of layers, and not necessarily something I would consider a “positive”. When it comes to memory foam mattresses, more layers doesn’t really translate to more comfort. On the contrary, a sub-par memory foam mattress with a lot of layers may feel unstable to move around on, especially if the layers are not held together uniformly.
The first layer is the top, meaning you should never flip this mattress over. The top layer is made from bio-foam specialized memory foam, is 2 inches thick, and has a density of 3 lb pcf. The thickness is on the lower end for a top memory foam layer, but since there are 3 other layers in this mattress, you’ll see that this is not a big deal. The density is great, as we like to see anything above 2.5 lb pcf. Note that density does not imply anything regarding firmness; the more dense a mattress is, the more its able to retain its proper shape over years of use. In other words, a more dense mattress will be more durable.
The middle layer is 2 inches thick and contains super soft foam. This definitely makes up for the relatively thin 2-inch memory foam top layer, so we’re all good there!
The bottom layer is 4 inches thick and contains a high-density polyurethane foam base. While that’s pretty thin as far as base layers go, since the mattress is 8 inches thick in total, it makes sense ratio-wise.
Total points awarded for Unpacking: 16.5 / 20
When it comes to smelly mattresses, memory foam frequently reigns king. Not all mattresses are created equally, though – some, on average, smell much less than others. To give you a good idea of how much the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress smells (on average), we polled 300 verified purchasers. Here’s the result:
- No Smell - 34%
- Light odor, gone in 3 days - 15%
- Mild odor, gone in 5 days - 14%
- Strong odor, gone in 7 days - 27%
- Strong odor, never went away - 10%
63% of all purchasers noted either no smell, a light odor, or a medium odor… not good. Usually we like to see a number closer to 75-80%, so it’s not very thrilling to see this result. The silver lining is that those 63% of consumers noted that the memory foam smell went away within 5 days maximum.
On the other hand, you also have 37% of purchasers who noted a strong smell, and 10% of total purchasers said the smell never went away. Luckily, no one reported any chemical smells of the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress, so while it may be bothersome for a minority of buyers, it is in no way harmful.
Verdict: If you are sensitive to smell, do not purchase this mattress. For an 8-inch mattress with similar feel but no smell, check out the Best Price 8-inch Memory Foam Mattress (you can check out our review here).
Total points awarded for Smell: 14 / 20
Before diving into this section, it’s important to remember that the feel, firmness, and general comfort level of any mattress can differ a lot from person to person. One person’s firm-as-stone deathtrap of a bed could very well be another person’s heavenly sleeping surface! That being said, I and the Zen Sleeping team feel that we have done the best job in deciding the feel and firmness of this mattress, and that’s for one reason: we use both our professional opinion as well as the opinions of 300 verified purchasers who sleep on the mattress every night. So without further ado, read on to see how comfortable the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress really is!
As of the date of this post, the manufacturer has not updated us with the ILD rating of the mattress. We will provide the ILD rating here as soon as we figure it out.
To provide you a valid professional opinion, my wife and I personally tested the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress for 7 nights. My wife is a natural side/stomach sleeper, and I’m a back sleeper. She weighs 140 pounds, and I weigh roughly 200 pounds. We both tried out different sleeping positions as well as our typical ones, and here’s what we found out:
Regardless of weight, this mattress has a medium firmness for back sleepers. Typically the comfort level of a mattress can change depending on how heavy you are – the lighter a person is, the more firm the mattress will feel. However in this case, both my wife and I felt that the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress had a medium-level firmness.
For side and stomach sleepers, however, we have some not-so-great news
While sleeping on our sides/stomachs, the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress felt medium-hard for me and hard for my wife. Now, if you’re a natural side/stomach sleeper that prefers medium-hard to hard firmness sleeping surfaces, you will have a very comfortable sleep on this mattress. However, for all other side/stomach sleepers, this mattress will feel way too firm for you.
However, just because it may feel too firm, doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. If you prefer to sleep on your side/stomach and like soft-medium or medium firmness mattresses, then definitely check out our tips section further along in this review.
To supplement our professional opinions on comfort level, feel and firmness, we have data points on over 300 verified purchasers of the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress. Here’s what they had to say:
- Comfortable feel - 88%
- Too firm - 10%
- Too soft - 2%
88% of our verified purchasers find the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress to be a comfortable sleeping experience. 10% believe it is too firm, and 2% too soft.
Verdict: if you’re a back sleeper of any weight and prefer medium-firm mattresses, the Spa Sensations 8-inch is a perfect fit for you.
Total points awarded for Feel: 17 / 20
Contrary to what many think, it is very possible – and actually quite easy – to make a firm mattress feel softer. If you’re interested in making the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress feel softer (especially if you’re a side/stomach sleeper), here’s one foolproof way to do so: use a memory foam mattress topper.
For best results, look for a mattress topper that is 2-3 inches thick and has a density of 3 lb pcf or less. This is key, because a lower density topper will eventually sink more, therefore giving you more of a soft feel.
How can you tell if a mattress will be durable and last long? Well, there are 4 main things to look for: adequate density, high-quality garment construction, resistance to surface/ edge abrasions, and stain release capabilities. In this section we dive into each of these factors.
The density of a memory foam mattress’s top layer is arguably the most important factor in determining how long it will last. Mattresses with low memory foam density will literally “give out” and start sinking in a few months to a year, so we can’t stress enough the importance of density.
With a density of 3 lb pcf, the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress is well-equipped to handle the stress of being used every night for years. We typically like to see a density ranging between 2.5 – 4 lb pcf, so a 3 lb pcf density is good.
Garment construction refers to how resistant the mattress cover and actual mattress are to tearing at the sides, seams, and edges. We asked our 300 verified purchasers if they’ve noticed any tears in their mattress or cover, and here’s what we found out:
98% reported no tears of the mattress foam, and 97% reported no tears of the mattress cover. Also, the average ownership length of the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress is 2 years.
A durable mattress will be more resistant to surface and edge abrasions; these basically occur from the repeated rubbing of the mattress/ cover surface to sheets, your body, etc over many nights of use. Here’s what our 300 verified purchasers said when asked about the existence of surface/edge abrasions on their Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress:
90% reported no wearing of the mattress cover surface, and 98% reported no surface or edge abrasions of the foam material.
Lastly, a mattress and cover are more durable when they are better able to release stains. Of the 300 verified purchasers, 86 had experienced stains on the mattress at some point. Of those 86 cases, the stains were easily removed for 75% of them; the other 25% of stains were not removed at all.
Given the performance of the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress on these 4 factors of durability, we believe it will last for more than 5 years.
Total points awarded for Durability: 17 / 20
Heat regulation tends to be a “hot topic” (pun intended!) for memory foam mattress buyers because of the fact that these mattresses have a tendency to trap heat more than other mattress types. While this can be true, a high-quality memory foam mattress will be very efficient at regulating heat and preventing heat from getting trapped in the mattress. To get a better sense of the Spa Sensations 8-inch memory foam mattress’s ability to regulate heat, we asked our 300 verified purchasers for their feedback. Here’s what we found out:
- Slept cool - 25%
- Slept neutral - 40%
- Slept warm - 16%
- Slept hot - 9%
Pretty great results in my opinion! 91% of respondents said they felt either cool, neutral, or warm, while only 9% felt hot.
Total points awarded for Heat Regulation: 19 / 20
A memory foam mattress must pass a Zen Score of 70 in order to be recommended by us at Zen Sleeping. The Spa Sensations 8-inch Memory Foam Mattress passes our benchmark with a total Zen Score of 86.5!
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