The Aurora is the newest mattress from industry veteran Brooklyn Bedding. The hybrid design of the Brooklyn Aurora uses a mix of foam and coils to create a combination of comfort and support with an emphasis on cooling. Interested in learning more about the Aurora? Read on for my full review!
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Brooklyn Bedding started as a single retail store, selling mostly close out mattresses, and have since grown to do much of their business online. One of the things that sets Brooklyn Bedding apart is that they are one of a small number of online mattress retailers to own and operate their own factory.
By owning their own factory, Brooklyn Bedding has a higher level of control over the materials used and construction of their mattresses. This setup also allows for true factory direct delivery, which helps to lower the cost to consumers.
Brooklyn Bedding also produces an all foam mattress known as the Signature mattress. I have previously taken a look at the Brooklyn Signature and you can find that review here.
The Brooklyn Aurora comes in Soft, Medium, and Firm firmness levels. I took a look at the Medium version for this review but have included some notes below on the differences in construction between the options.
Cover – The cover of the Aurora is a stretchy mixture of Rayon and Polyester. It is also made with phase change material, which is known to help with temperature regulation, and it is actually cool to the touch. The cover is thin to help with the breathability of the mattress and to not interfere with the feel of the foam layers beneath it.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is made of a 1.5 inch layer of medium TitanFlex foam, which is Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary foam and has a latex-like feel, and is supposed to be more durable and breathable than latex foam. This layer is soft to provide pressure relief, but responds quickly to pressure to defend against feeling stuck in the mattress. The comfort layer is also made with a phase change material and has a cooling surface component to help with temperature regulation.
Compression Layer – Below the comfort layer is 2 inches of medium firm TitanFlex foam, which allows the sleeper to sink in a bit to provide pressure relief for side sleepers.
Transition Layer – A 1 inch layer of gel memory foam sits between the TitanFlex foam on top and the coil support system below. While this layer is a bit too far into the mattress to allow for much contouring, which is a strength of memory foam, it does help limit motion transfer. This is a nice addition to the construction as responsive foams, like latex, can sometimes cause large amounts of disturbance to be transferred across the bed.
Support – The support center of the Brooklyn Aurora is made of 8 inch pocketed coils. Pocketed coils provide support and bounce to the mattress, while helping to limit motion transfer because they are individually wrapped. The coils also help with temperature regulation and cooling by creating space in the mattress for improved airflow.
Base – The foundation of the mattress is made of 1 inch of high density poly foam. This is a firm layer that the coils rest upon and supports the structure as a whole.
Differences in Construction – As I mentioned before, the Brooklyn Aurora comes in three different firmness levels, and they have slightly different constructions to achieve their different feels.
1.5 inch Ultra Plush TitanFlex Foam with phase change material and cooling surface component
2 inch Plush TitanFlex Foam
1 inch gel memory foam
8 inch pocketed coils
1 inch high density poly foam
1.5 inch Luxury Firm TitanFlex foam with phase change material and cooling surface coating component
2 inch firm TitanFlex foam
1 inch gel memory foam
8 inch pocketed coils
1 inch high density poly foam
When I first press into the Aurora the initial feeling is of the soft TitanFlex foam on top. This allows me to press in but has a quick response to pressure, providing some bounce to the mattress. As I push in with more weight and added pressure I begin to interact with the pocketed coil system, which helps to show the support provided by the mattress and added bounce that layer provides.
I found that, as designed, the mattress had a medium firmness to it. The TitanFlex foam allowed me to sink in a bit to provide pressure relief, but had a quick response so I was able to adjust my position easily. The pocketed coil system provided good support and, because they are individually wrapped, provided some good contouring to the body.
Instead of just telling you what the Aurora felt like I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on it. 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 lying on my back my weight is evenly distributed and, as you can see in the graphic above, there was low pressure across my entire body in this position. I felt that the TitanFlex foam did a good job of filling in the space beneath my lower back, which is important for back sleepers. I felt like I was able to sink in a little bit for pressure relief, but the foam is highly responsive so I was able to adjust my position without feeling stuck.
Once I rolled onto my side the pressure map shows a slight increase in pressure at the hips, but overall a very good performance by the Aurora. Side sleepers often experience pressure points form at the hips and shoulders, due to increased weight concentration, but the Aurora does a good job of of allowing me to sink in to reduce pressure in those areas. If you are a strict side sleeper you may prefer the softer version of the Aurora, for increase pressure relief, but I found that the medium allowed me to comfortably lay on my side.
When I change positions to lay on my stomach, my weight is again evenly distributed, and the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. Many stomach sleepers prefer firmer mattresses as they can help keep their backs in a better position. I found that the coils and responsive TitanFlex foam did a good job of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress in this position, which is good for stomach sleepers. While I felt the Medium did a good job of keeping my spine aligned, strict stomach sleepers or those a bit heavier may find the Firm version to be a better fit.
If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like 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 intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
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.
In my opinion, the Aurora performed incredibly well on the motion transfer test. The 4 inch drop simulates someone adjusting their position on the other side of the bed and caused a small disturbance. The 8 inch and 12 inch drops are meant to simulate someone getting into or out of bed and, while the disturbance is a bit bigger, show excellent results when compared to other mattresses I have tested.
Many people will want to know if they will feel like they are on top of the mattress or sinking into it. In order to get a better idea of how someone might sink into the Aurora mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 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: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 7.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner, and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Bed in a box 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 Brooklyn Aurora.
While lying on my back near the edge of the Aurora I felt even support from the edge of the mattress to the side. The image above shows some compression through the softer foam layers on top, which is to be expected, but the coil layer does a good job of supporting my body all the way to the edge.
The image above shows how the Aurora allows my body to sink in to provide provide pressure relief and support while lying on my side near the edge. There was some compression through the top layers when hanging off the side of the mattress, but I still felt secure in my position on top.
By sitting up on the side of the mattress, think putting your shoes on in the morning, I concentrate all of my weight over one location. This might not be the most important position when picking a mattress, but does provide a good visual of what happens to the structure of the mattress when increased weight is applied to the side. As you can see from the image, the Brooklyn Aurora held up so well that my feet didn’t even touch the ground when I was sitting in this position. Overall I would say that the coil support layer of the Aurora provides excellent edge support.
- Sleep Trial: 120 Day Trial Period
- Warranty: 10 Year Warranty
- Shipping: Free to the continental United States and arrives compressed in a box.
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Size and Pricing Information
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13.5”||58 lbs||$999|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13.5”||60 lbs||$1,199|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13.5”||85 lbs||$1,499|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13.5"||110 lbs||$1,699|
|King||76” x 80” x 13.5”||135 lbs||$1,999|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13.5”||120 lbs||$1,999|
Brooklyn Signature vs. Brooklyn Aurora
If you’re trying to decide between the Brooklyn Signature and Brooklyn Aurora mattresses here are a few key differences.
- Foam vs Hybrid: The clearest difference between the two mattresses is in the construction. The Brooklyn Signature is an all foam mattress while the Aurora uses a hybrid construction, mixing both foam and coil layers. The choice between foam and hybrid construction comes down to personal preference, as both the Signature and Aurora provide great bounce and support.
- Sleep Cool: Both the Signature and Aurora use TitanFlex foam in their constructions, which has latex-like cooling properties and helps defend against sleeping too hot. However the Aurora goes a few steps further by using phase change material in the cover and adding a cooling surface component to the comfort layer. These additions to the construction, as well as the coil layer, provide an added focus on cooling to the Aurora.
- Cost: While both the Signature and Aurora provide great sleep environments, the Aurora is more of a luxury option. The Aurora comes in at more than double the cost of the Brooklyn Signature at the same size.
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress, it’s time to discuss who I think it would be a good fit for.
- Looking to sleep cool: As I mentioned in the beginning of the review, Brooklyn Bedding designed the Aurora with a specific eye towards cooling of the mattress. The materials used in the construction of the mattress, as well as the setup of the layers, provide for a breathable mattress with great temperature regulation. While many companies try to address this, Brooklyn Bedding has gone above and beyond, with quality materials and design, to defend against sleeping to hot.
- Looking for a mattress with bounce: The TitanFlex foam used in the comfort layer allows you to sink into the mattress for pressure relief, but it’s also a responsive latex-like foam so you won’t feel stuck in the mattress. Along with that, the support layer of the mattress is made of pocketed coils, which provide further springiness to the structure.
- Couples: I saw excellent results on both the Motion Transfer test and the Edge Support test portion of the review for the Aurora. These are the two tests that I generally associate as being important to people that sleep with a partner.