Want to know who’s leading the box spring category in Amazon today? It’s this Zinus Armita 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring. It’s been in the No. 1 spot for several years now. We’re not complaining since Zinus has already proven the quality of their products, and we agree that this one deserves to be crowned as No. 1 on its category. But let’s still examine it part by part just to be sure we’ll get what we paid for.
Well, the first time we’ve seen it leading the box spring category in Amazon was last year, and when we checked it again today, it’s still in the No. 1 spot. So, the question is, what’s in it that keeps it to the top?
Is it made of wood or steel?
It has the traditional box spring style, but the difference is, it uses steel tubes all over its body. You won’t see other materials except for the metal frame and metal slats.
It’s strong and could support heavyweight. But what caught our attention is, it’s not that thick. Even though it did not meet our expectations on the metal’s thickness, if you’ll hold it tight, you could feel its solidity. We don’t know yet how long it could stay this way. But we’re hoping for the best.
We’ve heard several reports that the slats bend after some time. That’s everybody’s nightmare, right? If this thing will bend, then we have no choice but to replace it, which also means another expense for us, and we don’t want that.
Well, even though the metal they used is not that thick, we’re not losing our faith in this Zinus Box Spring. Why? Metal is still metal. No question about it. It means, its solidity is still trustworthy, and more reliable than wood box springs.
How many slats are there for the queen size?
There are 10 slats on the package. Yes, we understand. We have the same question as yours. Why only include 10 slats knowing that the metal tubes are not thick?
It might not have the number of slats you expect it to have, but the foundation erased this flaw. The solidity of the base made us forget that the distance between the slats is almost half afoot. But for this size (queen), we think it’s better if they add more slats because more slats mean better support, right?
Why do we trust the base so much?
The reason behind this is the cross support they created for this piece. These two bars that act as the center support gave us the connotation that it could hold the mattress and our weight, even though the slats are far away from each other.
Aside from these two crossed bars, they also made sure that the sidebars of this Zinus Armita 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring, which is the frame, are also well-made to prove that it could stand any significant weight. This part compensates the flaws you’ll see on the slats.
Also, we love how they put several bolts to connect each bar. It might look tedious to fasten each bolt for someone who’s not so handy on assembling things. But after doing this piece, you’ll even thank the manufacturer for the number of bolts they used. It makes this base so sturdy.
How far are the slats from each other?
For the queen-size that we have in our room, the space between the slats is around 7 to 8 inches. It’s not that astonishing, right?
Well, it made us question its reliability when we first saw it. How will it hold our mattress, if there’s a huge space in between slats? Our mattress will just sink in those spaces. But we’re wrong. It did not sink in-between spaces.
Since they evenly distributed the distance between each space, our mattress also received an evenly distributed support. That’s the reason it did not sink to those spaces. It still has the right amount of help even though the slats are far away from each other.
Is it okay to use memory foams?
If you are a fan of memory foams, this might not be the best box spring for you. Why? One requirement of memory foams is a frame with lots of support or slats. This means, to achieve this requirement, you need to get a frame or box spring that only has 2 to 3 inches’ space in-between slats.
Since we now know that this piece has 7 to 8 inches’ space in between bars, do you still think it’s worth the risk? Well, we still have trust on this one because just like we’ve mentioned earlier, the base is solid, and the slats, too.
If you’re worried about the space, you can use plywood or thick cardboard to better hold your mattress. Don’t worry, it won’t mess up with the cloth covering. Just make sure your plywood won’t exceed the box’s body. Also, you need to smoothen the plywood’s edges so it won’t tear its fabric.
Does it squeak?
No. It doesn’t.
Yes, just like you, we’re glad, too. Who wants to sleep in a noisy bed? No one, right?
You might think, it used metal bars, how come it doesn’t squeak? We understand why you are confirming this part because steels/metals are prone to annoying noise. But this one can falsify that belief. How? Well, they will require you to insert each slat in a half tube metal they welded on the base. This will keep the slats steady on this Zinus Armita 9 Inch High Profile Smart Box Spring.
Also, for you to be able to attach it, you need to press it hard to insert it, which only means, it won’t get loose or there’s no tiny space between the carrier and the slats. It’s so tight.
Well, you have an important part in preventing this Zinus Smart Box Spring from producing annoying sounds. Make sure you lock all the bolts tightly. If there’s a loose bolt, even one, it will squeak, so better tighten each bolt.
What’s the overall dimension?
This Smart Box Spring is available in 6 sizes. Below is the list of their overall dimensions for your reference.
- Twin: 38” L x 74” W x 9” H
- Twin XL: 38” L x 79” W x 9” H
- Full: 53” L x 74” W x 9” H
- Queen: 59.5” L x 79” W x 9” H
- King: 75.5” L x 79” W x 9” H
- California King: 71.5” L x 83” W x 9” H
Why is it smaller than my bed?
We bet you noticed something on the dimensions listed above. It’s shorter than the normal measurement of mattresses, right? Does this small discrepancy affect the box’s performance? No!
Well, there’s a reason behind this. We place our box springs on our bedframes, right? Bedframe’s insert is just almost at the same size as our mattresses, not every time but mostly. So, for us to insert our box springs on top, it needs to be smaller than our mattress. This justifies the reason they cut it shorter than the usual size of mattresses.
The Box Spring Cover
Just like most box springs you’ll see out there, this one also has a fabric covering. You’ll like how breathable the cover is. This protects this Zinus High Profile Smart Box Spring from dust, moist, and dirt.
Well, what’s amazing is, it covers this whole thing—from top to bottom. Also, the zipper doesn’t look cheap, unlike other items out there that break after some time. We stressed it by playing with it, and yes, it didn’t break.
How long do I need to assemble this one?
For some who are used to assembling things, this might only take you 30 minutes. But for people who are not that handy, it might require you to work on this for about an hour.
Well, don’t get overwhelmed. Assembling this thing is so easy to do. They included all the tools needed, such as Allen Wrench in the package. By the way, you might need a rubber mallet to push the slats to the insert. This will also help you not to damage the paint.
So, why do they called it a Smart Box Spring? It’s because you’ll receive it in a compact box, which means you could carry it even in a narrow lobby and door.
Aside from all these good things, you’ll also get a 5-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. But the catch is, it’s quite difficult to contact the manufacturer. This is bad because it’s one of the most important things we look for a product, reliable customer service.
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