If you’re a hot sleeper looking to snuggle down into a super soft bed, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora could be the right new mattress for you. Designed with gentle foams and innovative cooling properties, this hybrid bed packs a serious comfort punch.
Intrigued? Then you should keep reading! In this mattress review, I’m going to give you the skinny on this bed’s construction, feel, and competition so that you can decide whether or not it’s the one for you.
In a rush? Skip to the end for my review summary.
N.B. The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress comes in three firmness levels: soft, medium, and firm. In this review, I tested the medium version.
Is the Brooklyn Aurora a Good Mattress for You?
Brooklyn Bedding is a popular destination for everything from bed-in-a-box mattresses to sheets, pillows, and foundations. While we won’t be getting into all these different products today, we will take a little time later on to compare the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora to a few other mattress models.
But before we get to that, let’s talk about the Aurora! The Aurora is Brooklyn Bedding’s most popular mattress model, and it actually made our best mattresses of 2021 list. It won’t be perfect for everyone, but it will probably work for the sleepers listed below.
Who I recommend the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress for
- First and foremost, I’d recommend this mattress to hot sleepers. This bed sleeps nice and cool thanks to special Phase Change technology and gel infusions.
- The Aurora is also a nice pick for side sleepers. This mattress is tremendously soft, which means it’ll provide plenty of space for you to sink in for pressure relief at the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
- Sleepers who struggle with shoulder or hip pain might also appreciate the soft feel of this mattress.
Who I don’t recommend the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress for
- Unfortunately, this mattress doesn’t have the best edge support. This could be a particular bummer for heavier folks and couples. Heavier folks might want to check out the Brooklyn Titan mattress review, which gives an overview of Brooklyn Bedding’s heavy-sleeper friendly option.
- This bed is probably too soft for stomach sleepers, no matter which firmness option you choose. These folks need firmer structures to keep their hips aligned with their shoulders. I’d recommend they check out our best mattresses for stomach sleepers instead.
How Firm is the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress?
Let’s talk about firmness to kick off our feel conversation. Like any feel factor, firmness is subjective, and can change a lot depending on your body size and preferred sleeping position. So, my read of this bed’s firmness could differ from your own. For reference, I’m about 5’3”, 110 lb, and prefer to sleep on my side.
I decided to give the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress a 5.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this is a soft mattress.
I’ll be honest — I was kind of surprised by how gentle this mattress is! When I was first assessing the construction, I assumed the pocketed coils would bring a lot of support and heft to the structure, but the top layers of foam really set the tone here. And the tone is one of plush pressure relief, especially at the shoulders and hips.
Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Performance
Now that I’ve given you my personal opinion of the Brooklyn Aurora, I’d like to share a more objective look at this bed. To do so, I’ll go over how it performed on some of our Sleepopolis tests, including motion transfer, pain/pressure relief, cooling, and more. But first, I’ll share how it performs for sleepers of different weights, which should give you further information to decide if it might work for your needs!
Testing the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Sleepers of different weights need different levels of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t need as much support as heavy sleepers. Additionally, your preferred sleeping position will affect how a mattress feels to you. Take a look at how I think this bed performs for sleepers of different sizes and sleep positions.
Is the Brooklyn Aurora a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – These sleepers will feel this bed slightly firmer than advertised. I think this bed is a nice choice for these sleepers, especially if they prefer a softer feel.
- Light Side Sleepers – I think this bed is a great choice for these sleepers. They’ll get some nice sinkage at their hips and shoulders, providing great pressure relief.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – This mattress is too soft for these sleepers. They need a firmer bed to help prevent their hips from sinking out of line with their shoulders, which can lead to back pain.
Is the Brooklyn Aurora a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think this mattress could work for some average weight back sleepers, but generally I’d steer them towards something just a bit firmer. If you’re an average weight back sleeper with back pain you’ll definitely want to go for a firmer bed.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I think these sleepers will really like this soft, cuddly mattress. I’d especially recommend it to those suffering from hip and shoulder pain, as this bed will really cradle those joints.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – This bed isn’t going to offer the support these sleepers need. I’d steer them to one of our best firm mattresses instead.
Is the Brooklyn Aurora a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – Due to its sub-par edge support and low firmness level, I’d say this bed isn’t the right fit for heavy people. I’d tell them to check out the Brooklyn Titan, the brand’s heavy sleeper-specific bed, or one of our best mattresses for heavy peopl
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Pain Relief Performance
When it comes to mattresses, pain relief is intertwined with pressure relief. To alleviate or prevent pain, you’ll want to alleviate as much pressure as possible, especially at sensitive pressure points at the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To test how well a mattress relieves pressure, I used a handy pressure mat. I placed the mat on top of the mattress, and hopped abroad. It then created a “map” of how much pressure was exerted as I rolled onto my side, stomach, and back. Blue to green indicate areas of low pressure, while yellow to red indicate high pressure.
Back Pain – Overall, the map is pretty much all blue, and that’s good! However, I would note that I am a light sleeper, and heavier sleepers will exert more pressure. I think that back sleepers and stomach sleepers who suffer from back pain will definitely need a firmer bed to keep their spines aligned. On the other hand, side sleepers with back pain should be quite happy here!
Shoulder Pain – I think the Aurora is a really nice choice for most sleepers who suffer from shoulder pain, since they’ll need a softer bed to cushion that sensitive joint. The one group I’d say might not benefit from this bed is stomach sleepers with shoulder pain, who will need a firmer bed to keep pressure from forming in other areas.
Hip Pain – Similar to sleepers with shoulder pain, these sleepers need a soft bed that won’t put pressure on a sore hip joint. I think the Aurora does a great job of that! But again, stomach sleepers will need a firmer bed to prevent their hips from sinking out of line with their shoulders, which can lead to back pain over time.
Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Performance for Couples
If you share your bed with a partner, you’ll want to consider a few additional factors before purchasing a new mattress. You’ll want to think about how well it absorbs movement, if it’s good for sex, if it has strong edges, and if it sleeps cool. Take a look at how the Brooklyn Aurora stands up in these categories below.
Motion transfer tells us how likely you are to feel your partner’s movements in the night. Ideally, a bed would have low motion transfer, which means it isolates and dissipates motion evenly across a structure. This factor is important for all sleepers, but especially for couples.
To illustrate motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
These are pretty good motion transfer results. Though there is some bounce from the system of pocketed coils, the top layers of foam do a great job of absorbing and dissipating motion evenly across the structure. You’re not likely to be too disturbed by your bed mate’s movements in the night. However, if you’re partner moves a lot getting up at night or if you have a large dog who likes to jump on your bed, you’ll probably feel it.
For a mattress to be good for sex, it needs a bit of bounce — this will help you move around and prevent you and your partner from feeling “stuck” in the mattress. I’d say the Brooklyn Aurora is a pretty good mattress for sex! Its hybrid structure gives it some nice bounce and responsiveness, so you shouldn’t have trouble moving about.
Two people overheat more easily than one, so you’ll definitely want to look for a bed with at least some cooling technology if you sleep with a partner.
If you’re looking for a cooling mattress, look no further than the Aurora. This bed is full of cooling tech; from a cooling cover, to specially formulated foams, to breathable pocketed coils, this mattress has everything you’ll need to stay cool throughout the night.
Edge support is a measure of whether or not you’ll feel supported if you sleep all the way on the side of your mattress. Unfortunately, the Aurora did not have great edge support. I felt like I might slip off the edge of this bed.
This isn’t a big surprise because the Aurora is such a soft bed. If you’re on the hunt for a mattress with a stronger edge, I’d check out our best mattress for couples roundup.
What is the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Made Of?
The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid was built to feel pressure-relieving and cooling. Let’s dive underneath the cover to see if the brand pulls this off!
Cover — The mattress cover is made of a special Phase Change Material. This fabric is cool to the touch, and works to dissipate body heat.
Comfort Layer — Beneath the Phase Change Material, you’ll land on a 1.5-inch layer of the brand’s CopperFlex foam. This copper-infused foam is antimicrobial and treated with TitanCool, another Phase Change Material that promotes airflow throughout this hybrid mattress.
Contour Layer — Next is a 2-inch layer of TitanFlex foam. This foam offers some additional cushioning around your pressure points, but is also very responsive.
Transition Layer — Below the TitanFlex foam, you’ll find a transition layer made of 1 inch of visco-elastic gel memory foam. It will ease you down onto the pocketed coil section of the bed.
Support Layer — An 8-inch tall section of pocketed coils offers some responsiveness to this bed. This coil system supports the foam layers above and promotes even more airflow throughout the mattress, helping it sleep cool.
Base Layer — And finally we arrive at a 0.75-inch section of high-density foam. This material is mainly here to give the coils something to bounce off of as you move around at night.
Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Brooklyn Aurora is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will ship compressed. You’ll have to unbox it at home. I’d recommend unboxing it in the room you will be using it in, and doing so with another person, since the mattress can tend to expand quite quickly after unboxing.
The mattress may emit a smell after unboxing — this is known as off-gassing and it happens as the foams release trapped gasses from compression. It happens with most bed-in-a-box beds; I’d recommend leaving your unboxed mattress in a well-ventilated room for at least 24 hours to ensure the smell dissipates entirely.
Well folks, we’ve officially arrived at the end of this review. After examining every inch of this mattress, it’s time for you to decide whether or not it’s the one for you. While I can’t make that decision for you, I can leave you with a few final pros and cons to help you get there on your own.
My favorite things about the Aurora mattress
My favorite thing about this bed is how cooling it is. Even some of the best soft mattresses tend to sleep a little hot because of the snuggly foams they use. The Aurora really solves this problem with Phase Change Material and breathable pocketed coils. So hot sleepers who enjoy a soft feel should definitely check it out.
I also appreciate how soft and cuddly this bed is. It feels similar to a lot of luxury hybrids on the market right now, but is a little cheaper than these beds. Side sleepers should really appreciate the pressure-relieving sinkage this mattress offers. I also think the Aurora could be a good solution for anyone who struggles with stiffness around the shoulders or hips.
My Aurora mattress complaints
My main complaint about the Aurora is that it could offer stronger support. Because it’s so soft, it does sacrifice some of the supportiveness a firmer mattress might offer. If you’re a heavier sleeper or someone who needs some extra lumbar support this mattress probably won’t work for you. I’d encourage you to check out the Brooklyn Signature mattress review, Brooklyn Bloom mattress review, or Brooklyn Plank mattress review to find a few more supportive options from this brand.
How Much Does the Brooklyn Aurora Cost?
Take a look at the chart below to find sizing and pricing information. And be sure to visit our Brooklyn Bedding mattress coupon page or click one of the coupons in this article to get a discount!
Note that prices listed are before offer or discount on each size.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13.5”||$999|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13.5”||$1,249|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13.5”||$1,599|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13.5"||$1,749|
|King||76” x 80” x 13.5”||$2,199|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13.5”||$2,199|
Brooklyn Bedding Policies and FAQs
Does the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress come with a sleep trial period?
Yes, Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial with this mattress. They do ask that you test out your new bed for at least 30 days before beginning the return process. You should also note that shipping charges to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada are non-refundable.
Does the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora come with a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Aurora comes with a 10-year warranty.
How does the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress ship?
All Brooklyn Bedding mattresses ship for free. Your new Aurora mattress will arrive compressed in a box. You’ll want to allow a few hours for off-gassing and decompressing before putting sheets on your new bed.
Which Brooklyn Bedding mattress is the best?
It depends on how you sleep! If you’re a side sleeper looking for a cooling mattress, the Aurora could be a fantastic bed for your unique needs.
Where is the Brooklyn Aurora mattress made?
The Aurora Hybrid (and all other Brooklyn Bedding mattresses) are made in the USA. Brooklyn Bedding manufactures most of its mattresses in Phoenix, Arizona.
Does the Brooklyn Aurora need a box spring?
Only if you want one! The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress works totally fine on a traditional bed frame. But, if you’d like a little extra height, you can always set it up on a box spring.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Vs.
Now that we understand what the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress is all about, let’s see how it stacks up against some of its biggest competition!
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress vs WinkBeds Mattress
- The WinkBed is a pillow top mattress built with high-quality materials that pack a one-two punch of pressure relief and support.
- Though both beds are technically hybrids, I would say the WinkBed has more of a traditional innerspring feel that could work well for back sleepers or heavier folks.
- For more on this bed, check out the full WinkBed mattress review.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress vs Saatva Mattress
- The Saatva is firmer and bouncier than the Aurora. This springy firm to medium-firm feel might appeal to combination sleepers.
- The Saatva offers better support for heavier people and stomach sleepers.
- The Saatva may offer a bit more durability than the Aurora thanks to its firmer build.
- Find out more in the full Saatva mattress review.
Other Models from Brooklyn Bedding
As promised, I’m going to briefly compare the Aurora to a few different mattresses in the Brooklyn Bedding collection.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress vs Brooklyn Signature Mattress
- The Brooklyn Signature also features a hybrid build, but it’s much more supportive than the Aurora.
- Couples might appreciate the firm edge support and good motion isolation on the Signature mattress.
- And when it comes to price, the Signature is less expensive than the Aurora.
- For more, take a peek at my full Brooklyn Signature mattress review.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress vs Brooklyn Bedding Sedona Mattress
- The Sedona is just a little bit firmer than the Aurora, but it’s still definitely a soft mattress.
- Like the Aurora, the Sedona features a hybrid build.
- Side sleepers who struggle with hip or shoulder pain should like the Sedona.
- Learn more in the full Brooklyn Bedding Sedona mattress review.
Still not sure if the Aurora is the best mattress for you? Take a look at how we rated it below to decide!
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress
- Edge Support
The Brooklyn Aurora is a hybrid bed-in-a-box mattress with a focus on sleeping cool. The Aurora features numerous construction elements for temperature regulation, including an innovative cover made of rayon, polyester, and phase change material which feels cool to the touch and helps to dissipate body heat. The Aurora has a soft feel that’s great for pressure relief, and the pocketed coils provide a good amount of bounce.