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Does a choice of six models priced $700-$2000 (queen) with most having three firmness options sound good? Then Brooklyn Bedding might be for you.
But if you seek a mattress that is proven and time tested, then you may want to look elsewhere.
All things considered, Sleep Like The Dead rates Brooklyn Bedding a C+.
The ratings – based on consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how the various Brooklyn Bedding mattress models rate compared to the average mattress.
|All of the models are fairly new or fairly recently redesigned meaning that long-term owner satisfaction is largely undetermined. But Sleep Like The Dead estimates satisfaction for the six models to be fairly similar and generally above average. More.|
|Time tested and proven||C-||C-||D||D+||D||D|
|Brooklyn Bedding mattress models are fairly new to the market and or have limited owner experience data available, at least in their current configuration. This means that their real-world performance is at least partially unproven.|
|Durability / longevity||C||C+||C+||C||C+||C+|
|The above ratings are estimates as long-term owner experience data is unavailable. Data for other innerspring mattresses suggest no better than fair durability / longevity. More.|
|Prices range $500-$2400 depending on model and size. More.|
|Support appears to be similar for most models. Medium and Firm versions of the models likely perform better than Soft.|
|Consumers looking to maximize pressure relief should avoid Firm versions of the models.|
|Less (back) pain||B-||B-||B||c+||B-||B|
|The at least fair degree of support and conforming ability of the mattresses result in at least average potential for back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Easy to move on||C+||C||C||C||C+||C+|
|None of the mattresses tend to conform to a degree to make moving on the bed and getting up especially difficult. Soft versions of the models will perform worst.|
|The mattresses to a significant extent prevent one person's movement from disturbing another person on the bed, but do not eliminate such disturbance.|
|No initial off gassing||B||B-||B-||B||B||B|
|About 5% of owners (1 in 20) have reported a significant and enduring unpleasant initial off gassing odor.|
|No sleeping hot||B-||C+||C+||C+||B||C+|
|Significant and bothersome heat retention has been reported by about 6% of owners (1 in 17). Soft versions of the models are most likely to retain heat.|
|Medium and firm versions of the models will tend to offer better support for sitting and sleeping near the mattress edge.|
|Good for sex||B||B-||B-||C||B-||B-|
|The mattresses tend to provide both comfort and some degree of bounce. (See mattresses and sex for general analysis).|
|Tall person friendly||B||B+||A||C-||C-||B+|
|All models except the Bowery models have above-average thickness. Above-average thickness can make it easier for a taller person to get on and off the mattress. More.|
|Short person friendly||C-||d||D-||B||B||d+|
|All models except Bowery models have above-average thickness. Above-average thickness can make it somewhat difficult for a shorter person to get on and off the mattress. More.|
|Like most pocket coil mattresses, Brooklyn Bedding models are quiet with only occasional squeaking, creaking or clunking of their spring system.|
|Easy to lift, handle, move||C-||C-||D+||B||C||D+|
|The mattresses weigh 73 to 110+ pounds (queen) depending on model. Signature, Aurora, Spartan have handles. More.|
|This rating is determined by averaging the performance ratings.|
* previously known as #BestMattressEver.
Brooklyn Bedding mattresses – made in USA – are mostly spring-based mattresses with foam-based comfort layers. The ratings – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how their construction compares to that of the average mattress.
|The main purpose of a cover is to protect the mattress and ideally help to minimize moisture buildup / heat retention.
– Signature: stretch knit cotton with quilted 1 inch gel memory foam.
– Aurora: weave with phase change material beneath to help manage temperature.
– Spartan: coating that transforms body heat into far infrared rays and reflects them back to body possibly resulting in better sleep and recovery.
– Bowery: smooth weave.
– Bowery Hybrid: stretch knit cotton with 1 inch quilted gel memory foam.
– Bloom: quilted wool and organic cotton.
|The main purpose of a top layer is to provide comfort by minimizing pressure points. Greater thickness tends to mean greater pressure relief.
– Signature: 2 inches gel-infused foam (2 lbs/ft).
– Aurora: 1.5 inches copper-infused foam (2 lbs/ft estimate), 2 inches foam;
– Spartan: 1.5 inches copper-infused foam, 2 inches foam (2 lbs/ft).
– Bowery: 3 inches foam (2 lbs/ft estimate).
– Bowery Hybrid: 2 inches foam.
– Bloom: 3" talalay blended latex.
|The main purpose of a middle layer is to provide a transition from comfort to support. With a thin layer or no layer there can be somewhat of an abrupt transition.
– Signature: 2 inches gel-infused foam.
– Aurora: 1 inch memory foam.
– Spartan: 1 inch memory foam.
– Bowery: 2 inches foam.
– Bowery Hybrid: no middle layer.
– Bloom: no middle layer.
|The main purpose of a base layer is to provide support / keep the body on a level plane. Thicker support and higher coil count tend to provide better support.
– Signature: 6-inch pocket coils (800 count), 1" base foam.
– Aurora: 8-inch pocket coils (about 820 count), 1" base foam.
– Spartan: 8-inch pocket coils (about 820 count), 1" base foam.
– Bowery: 5" base foam.
– Bowery Hybrid: 6-inch pocket coils (800 count), 1" base foam.
– Bloom: 8-inch pocket coils (820 count), 1" base foam.
|This rating is determined by averaging the specification / construction ratings.|
The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Brooklyn Bedding compares to the average mattress manufacturer.
|Warranty||C||The mattresses have a 10 year non-prorated warranty – very similar to that of main competitors. (See mattress warranties: what to know.)|
|Return policy||B-||Brooklyn Bedding provides a 120-day, no-fee, 100%-money-back trial period. You must keep the mattress at 30 days. To receive a refund, you will likely need to locate a local pickup service to donate the mattress.|
|Customer service||B||Customer service quality appears to not be fully consistent in its responsiveness, speed, quality, and helpfulness.|
|Marketing accuracy||C-||In general, hyperbole is minimal. The company, however, refers to several of its models as hybrids, but given that they contain zero to one inch of memory foam, this description is a stretch in the opinion of Sleep Like The Dead; they are probably more accurately categorized as innerspring mattresses. Also, the company says its Bloom model is "made from natural Talalay rubber," but this is only about half accurate as the rubber is blended, not all natural. Finally, Brooklyn Bedding repeatedly refers to several mattress review websites as seemingly unbiased sources of praise but does not disclose that it has a financial / commission relationship with these sites.|
|Access to customer reviews||B||At its website, Brooklyn Bedding allows access to positive and negative reviews posted there. Reviews, however, cannot be sorted, and all neutral to negative reviews are deeply buried. And only five appear at a time which can slow reading. Reviews for Signature and Aurora are also at Amazon.|
|Integrity of customer reviews||C||The good: Ratings in total at brooklynbedding.com are only moderately higher (about 9 percentage points) than those at independent sources; this means that Brooklyn Bedding performs better on this issue than most competitors. The bad: Brooklyn Bedding appears to use a large number of customer reviews for the previous iteration of the Signature as reviews for the current iteration. In the opinion of Sleep Like The Dead, the reviews for the previous iteration should be deleted or Brooklyn Bedding should make its visitors aware that many of the reviews are for a different iteration.|
|Specs disclosed||C-||By openly disclosing mattress specifications, a company lets consumers know what they are paying for and helps them comparison shop. Layer thickness is often provided but not foam density or cover composition. Dimensions and weight are not provided for some models.|
|Time in business||B+||R&S Mattress (the parent company of Brooklyn Bedding) began in 1995. Brooklyn Bedding LLC began in 2009.|
|BBB rating||A+||Brooklyn Bedding has a "A+" with the Better Business Bureau. At least eight complaints have been filed against the company in the past three years, a number that is about average for a mattress company of its size.|
|OVERALL RATING||C+||This rating is determined by averaging the above company ratings.|
|SLTD RATING||C+||SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) rating is determined by averaging the performance, specification, and company ratings. This rating shows how Brooklyn Bedding and its mattresses perform against all other mattress companies and their mattresses.
In the charts below, "all beds" refers to all mattresses on the market, and "main competition" refers to Brooklyn Bedding's main and closest competitors which are mostly innerspring mattresses. Compare Brooklyn Bedding to competitors in the side-by-side mattress comparison.
Owner satisfaction is helped by the three firmness options available for most models. It is also helped by some owners reporting that Brooklyn Bedding sent them a (thin) topper free of charge to improve comfort. (Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.)
* partial estimate.
Prices for the Brooklyn Bedding models range considerably. (See how Brooklyn Bedding compares to other mattresses in the sortable price comparison.)
Long-term owner experience data is mostly unavailable. Data for other innerspring-based mattresses suggests no better than fair durability / longevity.
Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are 10 inches to 13.5 inches thick depending on model.
With the exception of the Bowery models, Brooklyn Bedding mattresses tend to weight somewhat above average.
For the Signature, Aurora, Spartan, and Bloom, three firmness designations are offered: soft, medium, and firm. Owners almost universally regarded soft and medium to be firmer than their stated designation (including after break in).
In other words, a "soft" model is on average evaluated to be medium / medium-soft or about 4.5 on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being very soft and 10 being very firm. A "medium" model is on average evaluated to be medium-firm or about 6.5 to 7 on a 1 to 10 scale. A firm model is on average evaluated to be, in fact, firm or about 8.5 on a 1 to 10 scale.
* partial estimate.
The tables below evaluate the Brooklyn Bedding models for person size and sleep position. It shows what tends to be true for owners; your own personal evaluation may differ. See the mattress firmness guide for details based on body type. And people of below- and above-average weight, see the mattress guide for large and small people.
(under 130 lbs)
|Soft||Back Sleep Friendly*||B-||C+||B|
|Side Sleep Friendly*||B1||B-||B|
|Stomach Sleep Friendly*||C||C-||B-|
|Medium||Back Sleep Friendly*||B||B||B-|
|Side Sleep Friendly*||B2||B-||C+|
|Stomach Sleep Friendly*||B||B||C+|
|Firm||Back Sleep Friendly*||C+||B-||C|
|Side Sleep Friendly*||C-||C+||D+|
|Stomach Sleep Friendly*||C+||C||C-|
(under 130 lbs)
|Back Sleep Friendly*||B-||C+||B|
|Side Sleep Friendly*||B||C||B-|
|Stomach Sleep Friendly*||C+||C||B-|
* Partial estimate.