Today I’m taking a look at American-made mattress company Brooklyn Bedding’s Signature mattress, a hybrid model that combines the best of foam and pocketed coil technology for a sleep that aims to be as pressure-relieving as it is supportive.
This is an updated version of the brand’s flagship model, but Brooklyn Bedding also has the Bowery and Aurora mattresses available. The high-density polyfoam base of the original has been replaced here with a pocketed coil system, so I’m excited to see how this new layer affects the overall feel. I should note that this hybrid comes in three different firmness levels, and today I’m reviewing the medium option.
Continue reading below for my full review of the Brooklyn Signature mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
The Brooklyn Signature is built with a hybrid design, meaning its 11.5” of comfort are composed of both foam and pocketed coil layers. Instead of using traditional materials, the company has developed its own suite of foams, which are intended to produce both cooling and bounce.
Now let’s dive right into these layers to see how this tech mingles within the hybrid construction.
Cover – The cover is made of a polyester and cotton blend. It’s got a soft feel, which is aided by the fact that it’s quilted with foam. This provides some immediate pressure relief and allows the sleeper to start sinking into the mattress right away.
Comfort Layer – Below the cover, you’ll find a comfort layer composed of 2” of Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary TitanFlex Foam. The latex-like material has great bounce and responds quickly to pressure to ensure that you’ll never feel stuck in the bed. The brand’s TitaniumGel is also incorporated into the layer, which keeps things nice and cool.
Transition Layer – The next section is built with a firmer variant of the TitanFlex Foam, which helps to transition between the soft top layers and the pocketed coil system below.
Foundation Layer – The base of the mattress is comprised of 6” of pocketed coils. This layer infuses the hybrid with a pleasant bounce that helps to lift the sleeper up and out of the bed. I should add that the space between the coils encourages air flow throughout the structure, working in tandem with the cooling comfort layer to regulate temperature. The coils are also individually wrapped, which helps to isolate motion throughout the mattress.
As I noted above, the biggest update in this model is the foundation layer, which swaps high-density polyfoam for the pocketed coil system. The change brings extra bounce to the bed as well as some quality cooling.
After taking a look at the construction of the Brooklyn Signature, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying some light hand pressure to the mattress and was immediately interacting with the soft quilted cover and top foam layer. I felt some nice sinkage, but as I continued to press in, I could really feel the rebound from the buoyant TitanFlex foam and pocketed coil system.
Different body types are going to experience feel and firmness differently, so I’ve enlisted three other people to lay on the Signature and report back their reactions to me. All four of us will give the bed a firmness rating from 1-10 and I’ll assemble them on the graph below. That way, you’ll be able to get a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
As you can see on the graph above, my testers provided a pretty wide range of firmness ratings, landing on an average of 6.1. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed is a touch on the softer side.
As to why there was such discrepancy among the ratings, I’d say it primarily has to do with how different sleepers interact with the various materials in a hybrid. A side sleeper, for example, may find the bed softer because their shoulders and hips are sinking into the quilted cover while a back sleeper may find it firmer as their lumbar region responds to the supportive coil system.
I’ll remind you that this is Brooklyn Signature’s “medium firm” model, so if you have a preference for either a softer or more firm feel, you might want to consider one of its other iterations. That being said, I think this particular variation would be great for side sleepers as the soft top layers provide immediate relief at the shoulders and hips.
Rather than just describing the feel of the Brooklyn Signature to you, I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points form 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. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, I didn’t feel very much pressure at all as the quilted cover did a great job of filling the space in my lumbar region. The pocketed coil system also gave my back a supportive lift and kept me feeling like I was on top of the bed.
Side – As you can see in the graphic, the Brooklyn Signature performed super well on this pressure test. I hardly felt any tension at my shoulders and hips, thanks in part to the gentle and supportive top foam layers.
Stomach – Given that the bed is a bit soft, once I rolled onto my stomach, I began to feel my hips sink into the mattress. Stomach sleepers usually prefer firmer mattresses as they help to keep their spines in alignment, so the sinking that occurred with this hybrid did cause some discomfort in this position. However, not to despair! If you’re a stomach sleeper and have liked everything you’ve read about the Signature thus far, remember that it comes in a firmer version that would be a great fit for your sleeping preferences.
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If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll want to know what it’ll feel like when the other person crawls out of bed in the morning or tosses around at night. This next test is intended to demonstrate the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
To illustrate this 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.
While the 4 inch drop showed a surprisingly small amount of disturbance, the 8 and 12 inch drops showed the average amount of interference that I’d normally expect from a hybrid design. Given the bounce of the TitanFlex foam and pocketed coil system, it’s no surprise that there was some slight motion disturbance across the surface. That being said, the motion transfer is nothing major and means you probably won’t be too bothered by your partner tossing and turning at night.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or laying “on top” of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed 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) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
These results are pretty striking as they show more sinkage for all weights than almost all the mattresses I’ve tested, which I’d attribute mostly to the softer quilted cover and top foam layers. I’ll reiterate that I’m only looking at the line’s medium firm mattress, so if you’re looking for something with more or less sinking, make sure to check out the other two Signature models.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide.
Lying on my back near the side of the bed, I felt that my weight was evenly distributed. I was as secure at the edge as I was in the center and didn’t feel like I would roll out of the bed. You’ll also notice that I experienced a lot of excellent body contouring in this position, with the top foam layers conforming nicely to my hips.
On my side, I noticed a bit of compression in the top foam layers, but nothing too extreme. I continued to feel well supported and secure at the edge. Once again, you can see how the TitanFlex foam layers contoured to my body, providing fantastic relief to my shoulders and hips.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of foam mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Brooklyn Signature actually held up fairly well.
As we’ve discussed throughout the review, the Brooklyn Signature is actually an update on Brooklyn Bedding’s original all-foam mattress, the #BestMattressEver (their hashtag, not mine).
Below, I’m going to highlight some of the key differences that set this update apart from its predecessor.
Foundation layer – The most noticeable change is found in the Signature’s base layer, which swaps high-density polyfoam for pocketed coils. This update imbues the structure with more support and bounce, resulting in a mattress with a bit more lift.
Cooling – The individually wrapped coils in the Signature’s core also help to keep things cooler in this update than in the original by encouraging airflow throughout the entire structure.
- Sleep Trial: 120 days.
- Warranty: 10 years.
- Shipping: Free and arrives compressed in a box.
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SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Brooklyn Signature is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Please note that these prices reflect standard pricing, but coupons are often available.
|Twin||38” x 75” x 11.5”||60 lbs||$599|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 11.5”||70 lbs||$649|
|Full||53” x 75” x 11.5”||90 lbs||$799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11.5"||115 lbs||$949|
|King||76” x 80” x 11.5”||140 lbs||$1,149|
|California King||72” x 84” x 11.5”||140 lbs||$1,149|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Brooklyn Signature mattress, it’s time to discuss who it’d be a good fit for.
- Pressure relief without feeling stuck – If you’re looking for pressure relief but don’t want to feel too stuck, this hybrid would be a great pick for you! The soft top layers give a nice cushiony vibe while the pocketed coil system provides plenty of support.
- Side sleepers – These soft top layers also make this bed great for side sleepers. The hybrid performed super well on the side pressure test, which tells me it could help to alleviate the tension side sleepers often feel at their shoulders and hips.
- Sleeps cool – The proprietary TitanFlex foam in the comfort and transition layers helps to keep the mattress cool while the individually wrapped coils encourage air flow throughout the structure.
Price + Bounce + 3 Options = Awesome
- Edge Support
Brooklyn Bedding’s 4″ of TitanFlex foam offers wonderful bounce in a foam mattress. They combine hug, body contour, with great cooling, all while giving the sleeper 3 different firmness level options. The fact they own their own factories makes a big difference in terms of the price, customization, and quality they are able to offer. The Brooklyn Bedding mattress gets high marks across the board…3 firmness options, bounce, hug, materials, good service, shipping, and pricing.
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