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Brooklyn Bowery Mattress Review

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Brooklyn Bedding has just released the Brooklyn Bowery, the company’s second all-foam mattress after their flagship #BestMattressEver model was replaced with the hybrid Signature. This mattress comes in as the lowest priced in the Brooklyn Bedding line and combines Energex Foam with high-density polyfoam for a sleep that’s as cozy as it is pressure-relieving.

Today, I’m diving into the Bowery to see how comfortable it actually is and to figure out how it stacks up against its hybrid sisters, the Brooklyn Signature & Aurora. And of course I’ll be keeping an eye out for what kind of sleeper would benefit from it most.

Continue reading below for my full review of the Brooklyn Bowery mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.


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CONSTRUCTION

As I mentioned up top, the Brooklyn Bowery is made up of three distinct foam layers, measuring up to a solid 10” of comfort. This all-foam construction is a first for the company, which has previously focused on hybrid designs.

I’m excited to see how Brooklyn Bedding uses foam to achieve the same support of its tried-and-true pocketed coil system, so let’s jump right into these layers to find out!

Cover – The cover is constructed with a stretch-knit cotton blend. This means it’s not only soft to the touch, but snaps right back into place to prevent bunching at the corners as you move around.

Brooklyn Bowery Cover

Close up of the cover of the Brooklyn Bowery

Comfort Layer – Below the cover, you’ll find the comfort layer, which is comprised of 3” of Energex Foam. It’s a soft material, so it’ll allow you to sink in for immediate relief. However, it responds quickly to pressure, so you’ll still be able to move around the mattress without feeling too stuck. This foam also dissipates body heat super well, creating a pleasantly cool sleep.

Transition Layer – Next up we’ve got the transition layer, composed of 2” of polyfoam. This material is firmer than the Energex Foam above, which makes sense as its main function is to connect the soft top layers with the heavy-duty base below.

Foundation Layer – The base is made up of 5” of high-density polyfoam. This section gives the bed its structure and stability.

Brooklyn Bowery Constuction

Showing the layers of the Brooklyn Bowery

Bowery v. Signature v. Aurora

The biggest difference between the three Brooklyn Bedding mattresses is the foundation layer. The Signature and Aurora both implement a pocketed coil system, which lends the frame bounce and support. Here, the base is comprised of high-density foam, with the bounce mostly coming from the Energex Foam comfort layer.

FIRMNESS

After taking a look at the construction of the Brooklyn Bowery, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and was immediately interacting with the soft yet buoyant Energex Foam in the comfort layer. There was a bit of sinking, but also some really good rebound that kept me on top of the mattress. Pressing in further, I encountered the denser transition layer, which provided quality support on my way down to the base layer.

Brooklyn Bowery Hand Press

Pressing into the Brooklyn Bowery

At this point I’d like to note that people of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Brooklyn Bowery, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.

Brooklyn Bowery Firmness Graph

The firmness ratings for the Brooklyn Bowery from four testers

As you can see in the graph above, my testers were mostly in agreement about the firmness of the Brooklyn Bowery, giving it an average rating of 6. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this mattress is a touch softer than medium firm.

I personally gave the Bowery a 6 and would agree that it’s got a soft feel to it. This makes sense given its all-foam construction, which definitely produces a gentle sinking feeling. While this may not be a great fit for back or stomach sleepers, the extra pressure relief from the foam will do wonders for those who doze on their sides.

I should note that unlike Brooklyn Bedding’s other two beds, the Bowery only comes in one firmness option. If you like an ultra-soft or more firm feel, you should check out the line’s Signature or Aurora hybrid mattresses.

PRESSURE MAP

Rather than just describing the feel of the Brooklyn Bowery 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).

Brooklyn Bowery Pressure Map Template

Showing the pressure map results for the Brooklyn Bowery

Back – Lying on my back, I felt a lot of great pressure relief from the Bowery. I experienced some sinking from the Energex Foam and also noticed that the cover helped to fill in the space at my lumbar region, providing a nice bit of support.

Side – Rolling onto my side, I felt very comfortable. As you can see in the graphic, I didn’t experience very much pressure formation at all, thanks to the foam design. I’d highly recommend the Bowery for side sleepers as it helps to alleviate the tension they often experience at their shoulders and hips.

Stomach – I’m not sure I can say this comfort carried over once I switched to my stomach. The soft foam caused my hips to sink in, which created some tension in my spine. I should note that a smaller sleeper than myself would likely not experience this same problem.

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MOTION TRANSFER

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.

Brooklyn Bowery Motion Transfer Template

Motion transfer results for the Brooklyn Bowery

As you can see in the graphic, the Bowery experienced increasingly larger spikes in disturbance with each drop, all of which I’d say were a bit above average. This isn’t that surprising when you consider how much bounce there is in the Energex Foam top layer and is often the sacrifice you’ll make when choosing a bed with more lift.

SINKAGE TEST

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.

Brooklyn Bowery Sinkage

Sinkage test on the Brooklyn Bowery using 6 lb, 10 lb, 50 lb and 100 lb balls

  • 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
  • 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
  • 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
  • 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.

This is a pretty average amount of sinkage for an all-foam mattress. While heavier parts of your body will definitely sink into the top foam section, the supportive transition and foundation layers will help to keep you from feeling too stuck in the mattress.

EDGE SUPPORT

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.

Brooklyn Bowery Edge Support Back

Lying on my back on the Brooklyn Bowery

While lying on my back at the side of the bed, I felt as supported as I did in the center. As I scooted closer to the edge, I noticed some light compression in the top foam layers, but nothing that made me feel insecure.

Brooklyn Bowery Edge Support Side

Lying on my side on the Brooklyn Bowery

Rolling onto my side, I continued to feel well supported at the edge. There was a bit more compression here, but nothing too extreme. As you can see in the image above, the top layers did a fantastic job of contouring to my body.

Brooklyn Bowery Edge Support Seated

Sitting on the edge of the Brooklyn Bowery

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. While I felt secure sitting at the edge, I’d say the Bowery performed just okay for a foam mattress in this position. I experienced deep compression through the soft comfort layer, but the firm base did a pretty good job of supporting my weight.

BASIC INFORMATION

Brooklyn Bowery Corner View

Corner view of the Brooklyn Bowery

  • 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 Bowery 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 available.

SizeDimensionsWeightPrice
Twin38” x 75” x 10”35 lbs$449
Twin XL38” x 80” x 10”40 lbs$499
Full53” x 75” x 10”55 lbs$599
Queen60” x 80” x 10"70 lbs$649
King76” x 80” x 10”80 lbs$849
California King72” x 84” x 10”80 lbs$849

IS THE BROOKLYN BOWERY MATTRESS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Brooklyn Bowery Front View

Front view of the Brooklyn Bowery

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Brooklyn Bowery mattress, it’s time to discuss who it’d be a good fit for.

  • Pressure relief – If you’re looking for pressure relief, you’ll find a lot to love in the Brooklyn Bowery. The all-foam construction provides quality comfort and helps to prevent the formation of pressure points in the body.
  • Side sleepers – Going along with the pressure relief rec, I’d also say the Bowery would make a fantastic option for side sleepers. The top layer of Energex Foam cushions the shoulders and hips, all without producing too much sinkage.
  • Bounce – Don’t be fooled by the all-foam design: this bed has some serious bounce to it! If you enjoy sleeping on top of your mattress and want to be able to move around easily, the Brooklyn Bowery could be great for you.

For more information on the Brooklyn Bowery, check it out here!

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Logan Block

Logan Block

Logan is the Director of Content at Sleepopolis and the main mattress man around these parts. A Buffalo native, Logan spent several years working in project management in both Boston and New York City. In his free time Logan likes walking his dog, lifting weights, and searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.

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