Wanderlust is the first mattress from the RVmattress.com brand, which is part of Brooklyn Bedding. As the name suggests, this mattress is designed with travelers in mind, so it comes in several heights and a wide range of sizes tailored to RVs. Could this mattress take your RV trips to the next level?
The Wanderlust is a unique mattress from Brooklyn Bedding, so I was eager to take it for a spin. I ran it through the whole gamut of tests, and I’m excited to share what I learned with you here!
Ready to learn more about this RV mattress? Then read on for my comprehensive review! Or jump down to my review summary if you just want the nuts and bolts.
Brooklyn Bedding is making a splash in the RV mattress market with its RVMattress.com brand. In addition to the Wanderlust, the company also sells other RV mattress models and accessories such as sheets, pillows, blankets, and mattress protectors. All of Brooklyn Bedding’s products are made in the U.S.
We won’t get into all of these products here, but we will compare the Wanderlust to two more of the company’s RV-friendly mattresses. Before we do that, let’s get up close and personal with the Wanderlust!
What is the Wanderlust Made Of?
The Wanderlust is an all-foam mattress that layers body-contouring memory foam over firmer poly foam. This no-frills build creates a relatively firm mattress that could appeal to back or stomach sleepers. The mattress comes in several RV sizes, which is great news for folks who are looking to outfit an RV with a comfy bed. (Regular mattress-in-a-box beds don’t offer these sizes.) It also comes in three heights — 6”, 8”, and 10” — but we’ll focus on the 10” version here.
Let’s take a gander at what’s inside the Wanderlust!
Cover – First up is a thick, polyester cover. The thickness enhances durability, but it also makes the cover less breathable and could trap some heat.
Comfort Layer – Next, there’s a 2.5” layer of gel-infused memory foam. (This layer is 2” on the 6” and 8” versions of the mattress.) True to memory foam form, this layer offers some body-contouring, pressure relief, and sinkage.
Support Layer – Finally, there’s a 7.5” base layer made from high-density poly foam. (This layer is 4” and 6” on the 6” and 8” models, respectively.) It has a firm feel and a quicker response to pressure than the memory foam above. The supportive nature of this mattress means it could be a good fit for back and/or stomach sleepers, who need plenty of support to keep their hips elevated and aligned with their spines.
How Firm Is the Wanderlust Mattress?
Now that we’ve looked inside the Wanderlust, we can start to understand how it feels to sleep upon it! Let’s kick things off by looking at this bed’s firmness.
First, a quick note: Keep in mind that firmness is a bit subjective. Your body weight, shape, size and personal preferences will affect how firm a mattress feels to you – and the same is true for me! So keep in mind that you and I might have slightly different perceptions of a mattress’s firmness.
After spending time on the Wanderlust, I ranked it around a 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5, so this mattress is fairly firm.
Why might the Wanderlust be on the firmer side? It all comes down to the two-layer construction. While the memory foam comfort layer is fairly soft, it’s also pretty thin. Once sleepers sink into the memory foam, they’ll meet the firmer, high-density poly foam beneath it. This feel could appeal to stomach and back sleepers, because it helps support spinal alignment. That said, it’s worth noting that heavier folks might feel like this thin, all-foam mattress is firmer and less supportive, because they might press through the memory foam comfort layer and feel only the firmer poly foam. If you’re looking for a thicker layer of comfort foam then check out our best memory foam mattress list for some other great options.
Testing the Wanderlust Mattress
Firmness provides valuable insights into a mattress, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. To really determine whether a mattress is a good fit for you, it’s also important to consider Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer. So let’s do that now!
Need a quick primer on pressure relief? Here you go! It’s all about whether a bed will help alleviate tension at sensitive areas such as the hips, lower back, and shoulders. This term tells you whether a mattress will ease pressure so you can enjoy comfortable sleep in your preferred position.
To test the Pressure Relief on the Wanderlust, I used a helpful tool called a pressure map. I position this device on top of the mattress, climb aboard, and let the map track my body’s force as I try different positions. Low-pressure areas are highlighted in blue, and the highest pressure areas show up as red.
Back – When I’m lying on my back, my weight feels evenly distributed. I sink into the memory foam comfort layer just a touch and enjoy some body-contouring, while the firmer support layer ensures my hips stay elevated and aligned with my spine. Back sleepers should appreciate the support on this bed.
Side – Changing positions is a little laborious due to the lack of bounce on this mattress. When I arrive on my side, I do experience a bit of sinkage and pressure relief from the memory foam layer. But, overall, the bed feels a little too firm in this position, and I’m feeling some pressure around my shoulder. If you’re a strict side sleeper, you’ll probably want to look for a plusher, softer mattress. But if you only spend part of the night on your side, you might do okay here.
Stomach – When I’m on my stomach, my weight feels evenly distributed, and I’m not experiencing any notable pressure. The firm support of the poly foam base layer keeps my hips in line with my spine. This could be a good choice for stomach sleepers.
Like Pressure Relief, Motion Transfer can affect whether a mattress suits your sleep needs. This term refers to whether you’ll feel a sleeping partner’s movements if they shift around during the night. Knowing whether a mattress will help minimize motion transfer is extra important for folks who share a bed with a partner, child, or pet.
To test out motion transfer on the Wanderlust, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches. These heights mimic various movements, from tossing and turning to getting out of bed or jumping on top of it. Next, I measured the disturbance caused by each of these drops. The bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance!
The Wanderlust combines motion-absorbing memory foam with firmer poly foam, which has a quicker response to pressure. So I was curious to see which material would have the biggest impact! During the 4” drop, the memory foam did a great job of absorbing motion. With the 8” and 12” drops, the steel ball went through the memory foam and hit the firmer poly foam beneath it, which didn’t absorb motion as well. Bottom line? This mattress could isolate smaller movements, but it’s likely that you’ll feel a partner getting in and out of bed or a kid hopping into it.
If you’re considering the Wanderlust, then you’re probably curious about other RV mattresses. So let’s take a look at how the Wanderlust compares to other mattresses from the brand RVMattress.com line!
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid
- The Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid is a 10” mattress-in-a-box.
- While the Wanderlust is an all-foam bed, the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid is a hybrid mattress that uses a mixture of foam and coils for support. The coils make the Bowery Hybrid bouncier than the Wanderlust.
- The Bowery Hybrid is a medium firm bed, which makes it a touch softer than the Wanderlust. (I ranked it around a 6.5 out of 10.) I found this to be a great fit for back sleepers, because it provides a touch of pressure relief along with adequate spinal support.
- The Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid is more expensive than the Wanderlust, but it’s still a pretty good value for a hybrid mattress.
Want to learn more about the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid? Check out our detailed review!
Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid
- The Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid is Brooklyn Bedding’s most popular mattress. It’s a 13.5” hybrid, mattress-in-a-box.
- The Aurora Hybrid is specifically built to sleep cool. It has a temperature neutral cover made from phase change material, and it uses the brand’s proprietary Titanflex foam to help dissipate body heat.
- The Aurora Hybrid comes in three firmnesses. The medium version is soft enough to provide adequate pressure relief for side sleepers.
- While the Wanderlust doesn’t have much spring to it, the Aurora Hybrid offers nice bounce and mobility thanks to its coils. It’s easier to change positions on the Aurora, and sleepers shouldn’t feel stuck in the bed.
- The Aurora Hybrid is more of a luxury mattress, so it’s significantly more expensive than both the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid and the Wanderlust. You can save 20% off any Brooklyn Bedding purchase with code SLEEPOPOLIS20.
Curious about the Brooklyn Aurora? Learn more about this bed in our full review!
Hooray, you’ve nearly made it through this full review! Now just one question remains: Is the Wanderlust the right mattress for you? I can’t answer that for you, but I can share an overview of my pros and cons for this mattress!
- This is a great option for folks who need an RV mattress. The Wanderlust comes in a variety of RV-specific sizes, which isn’t the case for all mattresses-in-a-box. I wouldn’t recommend this mattress for at-home use, but it’s well suited to RVs.
- This could be a nice choice for back sleepers. The mattress’s firm support does a nice job of keeping the hips elevated and aligned with the spine.
- Memory foam lovers might appreciate the feel of this bed. While firm, it offers some of the sinkage and body contouring that’s characteristic of memory foam.
- The mattress sleeps a little hot. The thick cover makes the bed less breathable, and the memory foam comfort layer might trap some body heat.
- The bed lacks bounce, and it will probably have a slow response as you try to move around and change positions. If you like a mattress with a springy feel, consider a latex or innerspring option.
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- Shipping & Returns: Free
- Warranty: 10 Years
How Much Does the Wanderlust Cost?
|Size||Dimensions||Price of 6" Version||Price of 8" Version||Price of 10" Version|
|Twin||39" x 75"||$149||$179||$209|
|Twin XL||39" x 80"||$169||$189||$229|
|Full||54" x 75"||$199||$249||$299|
|Queen||60" x 80"||$249||$299||$349|
|King||76" x 80"||$319||$379||$419|
|California King||72" x 84"||$319||$379||$419|
*Please note that the Wanderlust comes in a wide range of sizes not listed here. For full size and pricing options head click the button above to head to their site.
Is Brooklyn Bedding a Good Mattress Company?
Yes. Brooklyn Bedding makes a wide variety of quality mattresses with different feels and builds. Together, these options appeal to many different types of people.
Is Brooklyn Bedding Non-Toxic?
Yes. Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are made with CertiPUR-US certified foams, which means they’re free of a variety of harmful chemicals and are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Where is Brooklyn Bedding Made?
Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are made in the USA. The company is one of the few mattress companies to own their own factory, so it controls the entire production process of its products.
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