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Brooklyn Bedding is one of the most established mattress manufacturing companies in the US. Brooklyn Bedding started as a single retail store, selling mostly close out mattresses. They have grown sizably since those beginnings, most notably through their BME “Best Mattress Ever” mattress model.
Their new mattress is the culmination of 20 years of expertise in the mattress industry and is being pitched as the “#BestMattressEver“. Can it really live up to those expectations? Sidesleeperreviews decided to find out! Continue below for our full review of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress or click here to jump to the review summary.
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The Brooklyn Bedding mattress is made of three layers of foam and totals 10” in height. Brooklyn Bedding has recently updated the layers of the mattress to use their proprietary TitanFlex foam, which delivers a latex like feel. The new type of foam is designed to deliver bounce, cooling and provide some improved durability to the mattress.
By far the most unique and intriguing part of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress simply comes down to construction. Brooklyn Bedding is one of a small number of online mattress companies that actually owns and operates their own factory (most other online mattress companies contract with manufacturers). Their headquarters in Phoenix AZ is a massive 145,000 square foot operation that can crank out upwards to 1,600 mattress a day.
Owning their own factory gives Brooklyn Bedding extraordinary control over their materials, cost, and assembly specifications. It also allows them to further eliminate middlemen, resulting in a truly impressive cost savings for the consumer. If you were to buy a comparable mattress in a traditional mattress retail store you can be sure you’d be paying considerably more.
The cover is made of a cotton polyester blend and is very soft. I also found the material to be pretty breathable. A unique part of the cover is that it has a thin layer of foam quilted into it that gives it a bit of a pillow top feel.
Top Layer – This layer is 2” of Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary TitanFlex foam which has 18ILD. It has a latex like feel to it so it has good bounce to help move around and change positions. It is also is infused with titanium beads to aid in the cooling of the mattress. This top layer of TitanFlex foam is also a bit softer to provide some pressure relief.
Middle Layer – This is another 2” of TitanFlex foam but is a bit firmer, 28ILD, to provide some support. This layer acts as a transition from the soft pressure relief of the top layer to the firm base below. Again this foam provides a springy feel and temperature regulation.
Base Layer – 6” High density poly foam base layer has a firmness of 36ILD and lends support to the comfort layers above. This layer forms the foundation of the mattress and helps give it its shape. It also ensures that the sleeper doesn’t fall through the mattress and provides some durability to the structure.
Differences in Construction
The constructions of the Soft and Firm versions are slightly different than the medium feel tested. These mattresses consist of:
2” TitanFlex Comfort Layer- Soft 13ILD
2” TitanFlex Transitional Layer – Medium 18ILD
6” 1.8lb 36ILD HD Base Foam
4” TitanFlex Comfort Layer – Firm 28ILD
6” 1.8lb 36ILD HD Base Foam
Many people reading this review will wonder, “What firmness level do I need?” If you aren’t sure of exactly what to order I would recommend the medium firmness (this is true for any mattress, not just Brooklyn Bedding). The majority of sleepers prefer a medium feel, so unless you know for sure you like or need a different firmness level I would recommend the medium option. The Brooklyn Bedding mattress also comes in soft and firm models.
For more specific information and some help selecting the correct firmness, check out the mattress firmness guide.
Because of differences in size and body type people can feel the firmness of a mattress in different ways. Instead of just giving my opinion on the overall firmness I brought in three other testers to try out the Brooklyn Bedding mattress as well. Hopefully this gives you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from this mattress.
There was not much variance in the opinions of our testers with regards to the firmness of the mattress with two feeling this as a 7 on our firmness scale and the other two experiencing 6.5.
When pressing into the mattress you initially feel the quilted layer on top provide some pressure relief. Once through the quilted layer you begin to feel the springiness of the top layer of foam responding pretty quickly to the pressure applied.
When lying on the mattress I definitely felt more like I was on top of rather than sinking into the mattress. The springiness of the TitanFlex foam keeps you from feeling like you’re stuck when changing positions. We’ll go over the sinkage into the mattress a bit later in the review.
Rather than just describing how the mattress feels, here at Sleepopolis we also wanted to provide a visual representation of where you may feel pressure points form while lying on the mattress from Brooklyn Bedding. To do this, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
While on my back you can see that there aren’t any pressure points that form. My weight is pretty evenly distributed in this position. The quilted layer in the cover does a good job of filling in the space beneath my lower back, which is important if you are mostly a back sleeper. Back sleepers tend to be able to sleep comfortably on a wider variety of mattresses, so while I tested the medium version, I suspect the soft and firm versions would also work well depending on personal preference.
Rolling onto my side we see some increased pressure in the hips and shoulders, which happens due to the increased weight concentration in this position. Strictly side sleepers tend to like softer mattresses as they can sink into the mattress a bit more for added pressure relief. If you are a side sleeper I’d suggest considering the medium or soft options.
Changing positions onto my stomach again we see even weight distribution on low levels of pressure. As I mentioned before, I felt more on top of than in this mattress which is good for stomach sleepers because it keeps the back in a better position. Personally I though the medium firmness model performed well while I was lying on my stomach, but some stomach sleepers may want to consider the firmer version.
The ability to isolate motion can be a very important attribute of a mattress if you plan on sharing it with a partner. It’ll be good to know how intensely you will feel it when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the disturbance that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other. I’m expecting this mattress to perform well on the motion transfer test as latex-like foams tend to perform well, second only to memory foam.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The mattress performed well on the motion transfer test from the 4 inch drop showing minimal disturbance and a small spike. This means that if the other person in bed is changing positions or moving around a bit you wouldn’t feel much on the other side of the bed.
The 8 and 12 inch drops do have higher spikes and cause more disturbance. These drops simulate someone getting into or out of bed and I was expecting to see more motion transfer here.
In order to get a good idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, an 8 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, and a 50 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage
- 8 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage
- 50 pound medicine ball: 3.5 inches of sinkage
Please note that these sinkages are for the medium version and you can expect different outcomes for the soft and firm models. In general you should make your choice of firmness level based on things like your body type, weight, sleeping position and overall sleep preferences.
If you’re going to share a mattress and need to use the entire surface then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Foam mattresses sometimes struggle to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the side of the mattress.
While lying near the edge of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress I felt evenly supported from the center of the mattress to the edge. I didn’t feel as though I was about to roll out of bed due to compression on the side of the mattress when I was changing positions. Also, when I was lying on my side with a leg hanging off the bed, the mattress still performed well and didn’t give under my weight.
When sitting on the side, with all of my weight over one area, the mattress from Brooklyn Bedding performs well. Many foam mattresses can have issues with edge support in this area when compared to innerspring mattress but I found that I didn’t feel myself going through the mattress to the bed frame here, and in my opinion performed better than the average all-foam mattress.
This position is really to simulate if you are getting ready in the morning or going to bed at night, maybe not the most important aspect of the mattress, but it could be something to think about.
- Sleep Trial – 120 nights
- Warranty – 10 year
- Shipping – Ship free in the continental US and arrive compressed in a box
- Made in the USA
Size and Pricing Information
Brooklyn Bedding offers great value (in my opinion) since they own their own factory and sell directly to consumer, just cutting out another step in the sales process where they can pass savings along to the consumer.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 10”||58 lbs|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 10”||60 lbs|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||85 lbs|
|Full XL||54” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||100 lbs|
|Queen Short||60” x 74” x 10”||100 lbs|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||120 lbs|
|California King||72” x 84” 10”||120 lbs|
|Split California King||(2) 36” x 84” x 10"||120 lbs|
Is the Brooklyn Bedding Mattress right for you?
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into Medium version of the mattress from Brooklyn Bedding it’s time to talk about who this would be a good fit for.
- If you are looking for more bounce – The TitanFlex foam does a good job of cooling and responds quickly to pressure so you can move around more easily on the mattress. I found that it had more bounce than memory foam and kept my hips from sinking too far into the mattress. In terms of bounce, I would say Brooklyn Bedding is comparable even to a hybrid mattress.
- If you know the firmness level you want – We reviewed the medium version of the mattress today but Brooklyn Bedding also offers softer and firmer options. Depending on your sleeping position and preferences you may want to take a look at the other firmness levels.
- If you are a value seeker – As I mentioned before Brooklyn Bedding is one of only a small number of mattress companies that owns their own factory. I cannot stress enough how much of an advantage this is when it comes to providing shoppers with a fair price. By cutting out the middleman in the mattress sale and shipping directly to the consumer they lower the cost of the mattress. To go along with the low price, this is also one of the more durable mattresses in the foam market.
- Looking for an established brand name – Brooklyn bedding has been in the mattress industry since 1995 and began producing their own mattresses soon after. They entered the bed in a box market in 2009 and have continued to produce solid mattresses at fair prices, keeping a strong relationship with both consumers and mattress industry people.