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Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Review

Last updated on July 9, 2019

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The Brooklyn Aurora mattress has many features intended to prevent overheating, from gel and copper infused foam, to phase-change cooling fibers on the cover and top layer. But is it the right mattress for your needs?

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Note: Brooklyn Bedding was early to the online-mattress game, and now has a variety of models in its lineup. This review covers the Brooklyn Aurora mattress, a hybrid bed made of foam and memory foam over pocketed coils, and with several specific features to keep you cool. We have also provided our review of the Brooklyn Signature mattress, a less expensive hybrid bed made with foam over pocketed coils. Additionally, the company's Brooklyn Bowery bed is an all-foam entry-level mattress.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Brooklyn Aurora mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Brooklyn Aurora a Good Mattress?

Brooklyn Bedding was one of the early players among mattresses available mainly online. Here we review the Brooklyn Aurora hybrid mattress, made with foam and memory foam over pocketed coils. The Aurora is similar in construction to the Brooklyn Signature mattress we have also reviewed, but the Aurora is a thicker mattress, with several additional features intended to prevent overheating and to promote heat dissipation.

Brooklyn Bedding uses it proprietary foams in this mattress, meaning that the actual formula of each foam is specific to the company; you won't see them used in competing beds. The top layer of Energex foam on the Brooklyn Aurora is a polyurethane foam that's intended to feel like latex and has been infused with gel and copper; both are proven conductors of heat, and here they're intended to help channel heat away from the body. The layer of TitanFlex foam below is also proprietary to the company.

Brooklyn Bedding calls this a 13" mattress, but we measured 13.5" -- it's a very tall mattress compared to most of the competition among online beds. The Brooklyn Aurora mattress comes in three firmness levels: Firm, Medium, and Soft. We evaluated the most popular version, the Medium.

While Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are available primarily online, the company does have a number of showroom locations, as well as some partner mattress stores where you can see their mattresses in person before buying, a nice bonus if you're not completely comfortable buying a mattress sight-unseen, and assuming you live near a showroom. Otherwise, Brooklyn Bedding has a free delivery and trial period that matches most of its online-mattress competition. Also note that Brooklyn Bedding offers a substantial discount to active military and veterans, first responders, teachers, and students--worth checking out if you fit into one of those groups and decide that the Brooklyn Aurora mattress is a good fit for your needs. (See the bottom of the Brooklyn Bedding website for special-group discount details.)

In our evaluations, we found the medium version of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress to have what we would describe as a medium-soft comfort level on our scale. In our view, the mattress combines a feeling of floating on top of the mattress with a fairly deep cushioning effect, giving it a cozy and soft feeling without a deep sinking-in effect. We thought it would appeal to those who prefer a traditional mattress feel as opposed to today's trend of memory foam, with its slow-response and feeling of being enclosed or cradled by the mattress.

In our evaluations for back support and spinal alignment, we felt that the Medium version of the Brooklyn Aurora would best suit lighter-weight individuals that primarily sleep on their backs or sides. For most everyone else, we felt that the Firm version would likely provide better spinal alignment.

Temperature regulation was a real highlight of the Brooklyn Aurora, and if you have a history of sleeping hot, or perhaps experience hot flashes or other temperature-related issues, the Aurora is worth a close look. The phase-change fibers in the cover really did feel notably cool to the touch, plus it's coil unit has no foam surrounding it, meaning hot air can easily travel out the side of the mattress while cooler air can flow in.

East of repositioning was also very good; our tester had no trouble moving from position to position. Edge support was also good. While sitting on the edge was not the best, laying on the very edge felt extremely stable--a consideration if you find yourself pushed to the very edge or your bed by kids or pets. Lastly, the Brooklyn Aurora mattress conformed very well to our adjustable base, so if you plan to use one, we were impressed at how well the Aurora adjusted itself right out of the box to our base unit.

As we did with the Brooklyn Signature mattress, we had some questions about durability and longevity with the Brooklyn Aurora mattress, not because we experienced any obvious issues, but mainly because the foams used in the mattress are proprietary without an industry track record. While we can typically use the density of polyurethane foams and memory foams as a clue to durability, in the case of Brooklyn Bedding's TitanFlex material, we don't know if its stated 3.5-lb. density will be comparable from a durability standpoint to foams that have a longer track record.

On the plus side, Brooklyn Bedding does offer a 10-year warranty with a 1-inch body-impression depth, so any significant breakdown in the bed's foams should be covered under that policy, giving consumers peace of mind.

You can place the Brooklyn Aurora mattress atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support (a proper support is required or you can void the warranty), a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. Brooklyn Bedding does sell its own box frame, metal frame, and adjustable base, but none of these are required purchases.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Brooklyn Aurora Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Like a blend of "floating" and "sinking" into your mattress
  • Are of average weight or less
  • Have a history of overheating or sleeping hot
  • Like a mattress with some bounce

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Weigh more than about 200 pounds (choose Firm)
  • Are a stomach sleeper
  • Don't particularly need cooling features



Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium soft
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Quick recovery, with some bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 8 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 6 5 5

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 7 Good but not the best
Stays 'Cool' 10 Exceptional
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 7 Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 9 Very compatible
Value rating 6 Average value

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Comfort Foam + Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,699

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

120-day trial, full refund and return shipping included

Warranty

10-years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

13.5 inches (including cover)

Weight (Queen)

105 pounds

 

Materials & Construction

What's in a Brooklyn Aurora Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Brooklyn Aurora mattress as a "Foam and Memory Foam over Pocketed Coil" construction type.

The Brooklyn Aurora mattress is a 13.5″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1.5" copper gel Energex foam with phase-change coating, 3.5-lb. density
  • 2" TitanFlex foam, 3.5-lb. density
  • 1" gel memory foam
  • 8" pocketed steel coils
  • 1" foam base for coils to rest on

The five layers of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress progress from softest to firmest from top to bottom. The topmost layer of foam is the company's proprietary Energex foam, infused with gel and copper; both are conductors intended to help conduct heat. Next is a layer of the company's TitanFlex foam, followed by 1" of gel-infused memory foam. The main support layer is an 8" pocketed coil unit with stronger coils around the perimeter to provide edge support. The lower foam layer at the bottom doesn't serve a comfort purpose; its there to serve as a base and protector for the coils. 

Cover

The five layers of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress are wrapped in soft but tightly stretched cover that includes phase-change fibers that make it feel noticeably cool to the touch. The side panels are nice-feeling (and nice looking in our opinion) faux suede with cording along the lower edge of the mattress.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

We classify the Brooklyn Aurora mattress as a Medium Soft mattress, just to the softer side of what we'd call medium. At the same time we felt more of a floating-on-to feeling rather than one of a sinking or cradling feeling. So overall, the Aurora bed was a very interesting soft of hybrid feeling. While the overall effect is not one of sinking deeply, we did note that you can get very deep into the mattress when you walk or push down through it with your hands--not that you would typically do this on your mattress, but it made for an interesting sensation that's worth noting. Note that there are two other versions of this mattress, a "Firm" version and a "Soft" version. More on that in the Back Support section below.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

As noted earlier, we didn't sink deeply into the Brooklyn mattress except when we really pushed down into it with our hands or feet. If you like to really sink into a mattress, the Soft version of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress is probably a better choice for you.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning

 

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

We look at responsiveness in two ways. First, we examine how quickly a mattress springs back after being depressed, then we take a look at bounce qualities. Since the Brooklyn Aurora mattress includes very little memory foam (just an inch, and it's three layers down), we were not surprised to find that it did not have any of that slow-responding melting quality of memory foam. Rather, the Brooklyn Aurora mattress sprung back into position quickly. As for bounce, we would expect some springiness due to the layer of pocketed coils, and that was indeed the case. While the top layers of foam didn't impart much surface-level bounce, we did feel the bed pushing our tester back into the air when he dropped his weight onto the bed. If you like a mattress with a traditional amount of bounce, the Brooklyn Aurora would be a good choice.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
8 Quick recovery with some bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Remember, we tested the Medium version of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress. Overall, we felt that for many individuals, this bed might be too soft to give them support needed to promote the best spinal alignment. We felt that for back and side sleepers lighter in weight than our tester, the Aurora would be sufficient. But for heavier individuals than our tester, and particularly for stomach sleepers, we felt that the Firm version of the bed would likely be a better fit.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 7 5
Heavier >250 lb 6 5 5

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt this mattress to be good for his body weight in terms of lumbar support and maintaining a neutral spine position, but we did feel that anyone even a little heavier would want to go with the Firm version of the mattress, as our tester could sense his hips sinking in just a bit too much, an issue that would exacerbated for a heavier person.

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester in the side position was similar; good for his weight, but he felt he would likely also be good on the Firm version of the mattress, and that anyone heavier that our tester would also be better served by the Firm version. On the Medium version, our tester felt his hips sinking in just a little too much. Very light people would likely be just fine on the Medium version.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, and that was the case with the Medium version of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress. Our 200-lb. tester felt his hips sinking too deeply, creating some over-arching in the back, something that can lead to back pain down the road. Once more, we felt that the Firm version of the bed would likely be a better choice for all but the very lightest individuals who are stomach sleepers.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 8 8

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Brooklyn Aurora mattress to be very good. The progressive layering system--where the mattress progresses from soft layers to firmer layers gradually--worked very well, allowing our testers' shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress without "bottoming out" on firmer layers. Overall, we experienced no issues with joint or pressure issues.

However, while pressure relief was very good with the Medium version of the Brooklyn Aurora, we felt spinal alignment and support would be better for most side sleepers with the Firm version.


 

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Brooklyn Aurora bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester. The pin wiggled, but did not fall when we dropped our bowling ball. It did fall, however, when our tester dropped his weight on the bed.

In the case of the Brooklyn Aurora, we felt that the bed's tight cover was more responsible for that pin dropping than the layers below. We have sometimes seen this with other beds that have a tightly stretched cover--pressing down pulls the cover from the other side of the bed, creating surface-level disturbances.

In practical use, this would likely only be an issue if you are very easily disturbed by the movements of others, or of you have kids or pets that are in and out of the bed a lot. If motion isolation is a priority, then the Aurora is probably not your best choice.

Motion Isolation Rating 7 /10 Good, but not the best

 

Temperature what’s this )

This is an area where the Brooklyn Aurora mattress really shines. If you have a known history of sleeping hot, or are dealing with heat regulation issues (hot flashes come to mind), the Aurora has a number of specific features intended to help.

First, this is not a mattress with deep cushioning, and there's no memory foam on top, so more of your body is exposed to air. Next, pocketed coils in general allow for a lot of air flow. Some mattress will place a perimeter of foam around the bed for edge support, but instead, the Aurora uses a firmer gauge of coil spring, allowing for unimpeded air flow.

Several of the foam layers include features to prevent overheating. The topmost Energex layer includes both gel and copper; both are known conductors, and here they're intended to help channel heat away from the both. Lastly, the cover as well as the top foam layer include phase-change material, meaning they feel cool to the touch. We've seen some models include such phase-change treatments where we could not tell much of a difference, but the Brooklyn Aurora feels notably cool to the touch.

Stays “Cool” Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Edge Support what’s this )

The coil unit on the Brooklyn Aurora mattress includes a perimeter of firmer gauge coils to help with edge support, and in our testing, edge support was very good, particularly while laying right on the edge of the bed. We didn't feel the coil edge support worked quite as well for sitting on the edge of the bed, but for laying prone, it was very good and our tester felt very stable.

If you find yourself being pushed to the very edge of your mattress by kids or pets, the Brooklyn Aurota mattress would be a good choice.

Edge Support Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

One of the highlights of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress, for our tester, was ease of movement, which was almost effortless. If you tend to change positions a lot, the Brooklyn bed performed extremely well in our view, despite the bed's average cushioning depth.

Repositioning Rating 9 /10 Excellent

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Brooklyn Aurora mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

Steel coils, by their very nature, do not offgas, so that is another bonus. We gave the mattress an unscientific "sniff test" right out of the box, and while we noticed a faint 'new mattress' smell when we pushed our noses right into the bed, we didn't noticed a small while sitting on it. This is the type of odor that typically dissipates in a day or two.

Green Rating 7 /10 Not “natural” but does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

If you plan to use your mattress atop an adjustable base, the Brooklyn Aurora mattress is a very good choice. In fact, the company even sells its own adjustable base (optional). We tested the Brooklyn bed with a standard adjustable base and found that right away, the mattress conformed nicely.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 9 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress Std. Foundation / Adj. Base GoodBed Discount?
Twin 38" x 75" x 13.5" $999 $189 / NA Yes
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 13.5"  $1,249 NA / $300 Yes
Full (Double) 54" x 76" x 13.5" $1,549 $209 / NA Yes
Queen 60" x 80" x 13.5" $1,699 $225 / $400 Yes
King 76" x 80" x 13.5" $2,124 $299 / NA Yes
California King 72" x 84" x 13.5" $2,124 $299 / NA Yes

 

What Are You Getting?

The Brooklyn Aurora mattress is a 13.5-inch mattress that's a hybrid of several foams (5.5 inches) and pocketed coil springs (8 inches). The Aurora stands out for its inclusion of many features intended to help regulate heat. For those with the frustrating issues of sleeping hot, we have not seen many online mattresses with as many features to address this, including copper and gel in the top layer of foam, phase-change treatments and fibers in both the top layer of foam and the mattress cover, gel-infused memory foam, and coil edge support (instead of foam) to ensure that hot air can leave the mattress.

 

How Long Will the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. The foams used in the Brooklyn Aurora mattress, however, are proprietary, meaning no other company uses them. For that reason, we are left without a track record by which to take an educated guess at longevity. Steel springs, however, certainly have a long track record for durability. While overall durability is a bit of a question mark, Brooklyn Bedding does offer a solid warranty, which should give consumers peace of mind.

 

Overall Value

On paper, the Brooklyn Aurora mattress does not appear to be a screaming value compared to its online competitors., or even Brooklyn Bedding's other models. However, for those who suffer with the frustrating issue of tending to sleep hot or overheat in bed, or those that have other heat-regulation issues like hot flashes, there are few competitors in this space with the Aurora's many features intended to combat sleeping hot, and that may ultimately tip the scales in its favor assuming its other performance and priority aspects fit your needs. Keep in mind that overall, we did feel that most people would be better served by the Firm version of the Aurora bed.

Value Rating 6 /10 Average value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to your door

Brooklyn Bedding includes free delivery to your door, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors.

 

Returns

  • 120-day trial period
  • Full refund, including return shipping within trial period

Brooklyn Bedding offers buyers a 120-day trial period, and requires that buyers try the mattress at least 30 days before returning it. Returns within the trial period are free, with return shipping included. See: Brooklyn Bedding return policy

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Brooklyn Bedding has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Brooklyn Bedding warranty policy.

Bottom Line: Is the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Right for You?

The Brooklyn Aurora mattress is a hybrid mattress with many heat-regulating features.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Brooklyn Aurora mattress.

BEST if you:

  • Like a blend of "floating" and "sinking" into your mattress
  • Are of average weight or less
  • Have a history of overheating or sleeping hot
  • Like a mattress with some bounce

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Weigh more than about 200 pounds (choose Firm)
  • Are a stomach sleeper
  • Don't particularly need cooling features


Is the Brooklyn Aurora bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Brooklyn Aurora mattress? Click here to visit their website at BrooklynBedding.com.

 

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