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Brooklyn Titan Mattress Review

Last updated on May 13, 2020

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The Titan is designed for plus-size sleepers. See how it performs in our in-depth review.

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Note: The Titan mattress, available exclusively online, is made by Brooklyn Bedding. We have also reviewed the company's Brooklyn Signature and Brooklyn Aurora mattresses. The same company makes the Plank, an extra-firm mattress.

To watch rather than read, check out our Titan Mattress Video Review


Table of Contents

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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, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Titan a Good Mattress?

The Titan mattress by Brooklyn Bedding is one of a growing number of beds designed for plus-size individuals and couples. By using heavier weight steel wire for the springs, it's meant to be supportive and longer lasting than a standard mattress for those on the higher end of the weight scale.

Other than the heavier gauge coils, the Titan is simply constructed, with a layer of Brooklyn Bedding's proprietary foam atop the pocketed-coil support unit, and an inch of memory foam quilted right into the mattress cover.

In our evaluation, we considered the Titan for all sleepers -- not just for heavier people. And while we did think it was slightly more suitable for heavier folks from a support perspective, we found it to be at least good to very good for a wide range of people. That means it could be an option for couples where one person is a very different size than the other. While spinal alignment was very good in our test for most people, pressure relief was not the very best (though still good), so if you have acute joint issues, that might be a consideration.
We rated the Titan mattress a Firm on our softness scale, and this isn't a mattress you'll sink into very deeply. And although it does contain a small amount of memory foam, it's not enough to give you that 'melting into the bed' sensation. So overall, you'll more of a floating-on-top experience than one of sinking deeply into the mattress.

One notable characteristic is this mattress’s bounce; for those who like that springy feel (as opposed to the sinking/melting feel of memory foam), the Titan sprung our tester right back up when he plopped onto the bed. But at the same time, motion isolation was very good -- meaning than movements on one side of the bed are unlikely to be felt on the other.

One small concern was this mattress's out-of-the-box performance on our standard adjustable base. While the mattress is safe to use (it's made to bend), it wasn't great at conforming to our base as we bent it into a fully articulated position. The foot of the mattress lifted up, and so did the mid-section. We do think both of these small trouble spots would improve after a break-in period.

The Titan, though made by Brooklyn Bedding which does have some showrooms, is available exclusively online, which means you can't try it before you buy it. However, it does come with free shipping and a 120-night trial period. Returns are free (no shipping cost) if you decide to return the mattress within that time.
 

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

BEST if you:

  • Are a heavier combination sleeper
  • Need a mattress with a higher weight capacity
  • Prefer a traditional mattress's feel and bounce
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a lighter side sleeper
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Like the slow-melting sensation of memory foam
  • Need the very best pressure relief


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)
3 Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than Average
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
3 Very little
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Quite bouncy

 

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 7 10
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 10
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 10 8 9

 

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 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

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 9 Excellent
Stays 'Cool' 8 Very good
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 6 Pretty good
Adjustable Base Compatibility 7 Good
Overall Value 8 Very good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price

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Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

120-night trial, full refund

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

100 pounds

 

Materials & Construction

What's in a Titan Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Titan mattress as a "Foam over Connected Coils" construction type. This innerspring mattress is 11" tall and is comprised of 4 layers, listed from top to bottom:

  • 1" gel memory foam quilted into cover
  • 2" TitanFlex polyurethane foam
  • 6" pocketed coil support unit, 13.5 gauge wire
  • 2" polyurethane foam
The Brooklyn Titan is designed to support higher weights than a typical mattress. The steel wire used in most mattress coils is 14 or 14.5 gauge (coil gauge is an indication of coil strength, with a lower number meaning a stronger coil), but the Titan uses 13.5-gauge wire. That's not the very strongest we've seen, but it's definitely stronger than a typical mattress. In addition, there are even firmer edge support coils around the perimeter of the bed.

On top of the coil unit is a combination a layer of Brooklyn Bedding's proprietary TitanFlex foam, which it also uses in other mattresses. This petroleum based foam is meant to have some of the pressure-relieving qualities of latex. Then at the very top, there's a small one-inch layer of gel memory foam that's quilted right into the cover.


 

Cover

The cover of the Titan mattress is quilted into the top layer of memory foam -- you can see it's quite thick and soft. The side panels are sturdy; we tugged and pulled at the cover and it felt well made. There are no handles (a feature we sometimes see on mattresses).

An option for the Titan is a cooling top cover; when you order you can opt for it. The fabric has phase-change materials in it to make it feel cool to the touch. We did not test the cooling cover.

 

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 )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

The Titan mattress is available in one comfort level. On our scale, we call it a firm. There's some softness at the top of the mattress due to the memory foam quilted into the cover, but its much firmer below, balancing out to a feel that's more firm than the average mattress.

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

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 Firm

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

Cushioning depth refers to how deeply you sink into a mattress, and how closely it conforms to your body's curves. Some people really enjoy sinking in a lot, and like the feeling of being hugged or cradled. Others prefer more of a floating feeling you get from shallower cushioning, where you're not sleeping "in" your mattress as much as on it.

The Brooklyn Titan mattress does not offer a lot of soft and squishy cushioning, so the feeling is more floating. It also does not conform very closely to the curves of a person's body. Overall we call this shallower than average cushioning.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average cushioning

 

Responsiveness ( what's this )

Compared to a memory foam mattress, innerspring mattresses are general very responsive. Instead of a slow, melting into the bed feeling, the coils spring back into place very quickly. The Titan mattress does have a very small amount of memory feel from that 1" layer of memory foam quilted into the cover, but practically speaking, we did not notice any of that melting into the bed sensation you associate with memory foam.

You can see bounce demonstrated in our video when we toss our bowling ball on the Titan mattress; it bounces several times before coming to rest. Our tester dropped onto the Titan and felt the springs push him right back up.

This springiness and bounce is characteristic of innerspring mattresses, so if you like that feeling, you’ll probably appreciate the Brooklyn Titan.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
3 Very little
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
6 Quite bouncy

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.

For a firm mattress designed for the support needs of heavier people, we were surprised that in our view, the Titan would suit a wide range of sleeper types and body shapes. Overall, we did feel it was a better for those on the heavier end of the spectrum, but we thought performed well enough to make it a good choice for couples where (for example) one partner is of a very different size and/or weight than the other.

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 Titan mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 7 10
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8 10
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 9
Heavier >250 lb 10 8 9

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt very well supported while on his back, with very good spinal alignment and lumbar support. We might have expected this to be the case for heavier people, for whom the Titan is designed, but we also thought spinal alignment would be very good for lighter people too.

Side Sleepers:

Likewise, we also found spinal alignment and support for side sleepers to be good to very good, though not quite as good for very light people, whose hips and shoulders might not be able to compress the mattress enough to create a neutral spinal position.

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, but our tester felt well supported in this position, and his back was not forced to over-arch. We felt that neither heavier nor lighter stomach sleepers would have trouble with spinal alignment.

Pressure Relief

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 Titan mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 7
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Titan mattress to be good, but not the very best for those who need the highest degree of pressure relief. For those who don't have acute or chronic joint issue, we think the Titan will be good for side sleepers of most sizes and weights.

 

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 Titan bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the full weight of our 200-lb. tester. In both tests, the bowling pin moved a little, but it never fell, even after repeating the tests multiple times.

In general, innerspring mattresses are not the best choice if motion isolation is a top priority, but the Titan performed very well in this respect.

Motion Isolation Rating
9 /10 Excellent

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

If you are a “hot” sleeper, or perhaps a woman who experiences hot flashes, how a mattress affects your body temperature may be a concern. Innerspring mattresses in general do not tend to feel hot, and the Titan has a couple of other factors in its favor. First, the innerspring unit is topped by only 3" of foam. The top one-inch layer of memory foam includes some gel, a known conductor of heat which is intended to help pull heat from the body. The Titan also uses heavier coils for edge support -- some competing mattresses use a foam edge support, which can inhibit air flow.

Lastly, you don't sink into the mattress super deeply, so more of your body is exposed to the air. Overall, we think the Titan is a great choice for those concerned about sleeping hot.

Note that you can order the bed with an optional cooling top, which has some phase-change material in it designed to help it feel cooler. We did not test the optional cooling cover, but even without that option, we think the Titan is a good choice for those with concerns about sleeping hot.

Stays "Cool" Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

If you like to sit on the edge of your mattress, or if you tend to sleep right on the edge of your mattress, you want a model that has good integrity and stability around the edges. To that end, the Titan mattress has firmer edge-support coils all around the perimeter of the bed.

In our tests, which you can see in our video review above, there was quite a bit of dip or sinking when our tester sat right on the edge; even so, he did not feel unstable.

Laying right along the side of the mattress also felt very stable, but he did feel himself starting to lean a tiny bit. Overall we felt that the Titan would be a very good choice -- if not quite the best we've seen - in terms of edge support.

Edge Support Rating
 8 /10 Very good

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

For those with joint and mobility issues, ease of movement -- changing positions and getting in and out of bed -- is a priority. Our tester, however, did not have any trouble moving on the Titan mattress.

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. 

The Brooklyn Titan mattress does not use natural materials. However,  its construction type does minimize chemicals in our view.

The foams used in the bed are petroleum based, but the foams 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.

Furthermore, most of the mattress is comprised of steel coils, which won’t off-gas or impart any weird chemical smells.

We gave the Titan an initial 'sniff test' when it arrived, and thought it had a little less of a 'new mattress smell' than other mattresses we've tested.

Green Rating
6/10 Pretty good

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We tested the Brooklyn Titan mattress on the same adjustable base we use with all the mattresses we evaluate. The mattress is certainly safe to use on an adjustable base - doing so will not damage the mattress in any way.
We always look at conformance, or how well the mattress adjusts to the base when it's raised and bent into a fully articulated position. We noted that the foot of the mattress lifted up, and the center of the bed also lifted in the middle, especially when our tester got off the mattress. We would expect both of those areas to relax as the mattress breaks in.
We also noticed bunching of the cover when in the raised position. We often see this with thick and heavily quilted covers, and it can feel uncomfortable, especially if you are not sitting it when it's fully bent.
Adjustable Base Use Rating
7/10 Good

 

Price, Value, Durability

What It Costs

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

 

What Are You Getting?

The Brooklyn Titan is designed to be a more durable option for plus-size consumers. That's accomplished by using stronger than average wire for the coil unit, combined with about 3" of comfort foam and a heavily quilted cover.

 

How Long Will the Titan Mattress Last?

In general, innerspring mattresses have a good reputation for longevity; steel holds its integrity for a very long time, and we feel especially confident in the coils used in the Titan. If there were a weak spot, we have some concern over the memory foam used in the cover, but it's such a small amount we don't have any major worry. So we would not expect that the Brooklyn Titan would have a shorter lifetime than other beds.

 

Overall Value

If you are a person or couple that requires a mattress with a higher weight limit, or are a couple with different needs, the Titan sits in a relatively unique position among competing mattresses, and its price is right in line with the majority of online mattress brands -- whether they are intended for plus-size individuals or not.

Overall, assuming the Brooklyn Titan mattress fits your needs and preferences, we think it's a solid value.

Value Rating
8 /10 Very good

 


Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

Brooklyn Bedding includes free shipping to your door, a policy that is the industry standard. Keep in mind the bed weighs about 100 pounds (queen size), and depending on your home setup, is probably a two-person job to maneuver the box into your bedroom, particularly if stairs are involved.

 

Returns

  • 120-day trial period
  • Full refund

Brooklyn Bedding offers buyers a 120-day trial period, and requests that owners try the mattress for at least 30 days before requesting a return to allow your body to get used to the new bed. 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 Titan Mattress Right for You?

Overall, we found the Titan mattress to provide excellent support to most sleepers.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Brooklyn Titan mattress.

BEST if you:

  • Are a heavier combination sleeper
  • Need a mattress with a higher weight capacity
  • Prefer a traditional mattress's feel and bounce
  • Are easily disturbed by a partner's movements

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a lighter side sleeper
  • Enjoy being ‘cradled’ by your mattress
  • Like the slow-melting sensation of memory foam
  • Need the very best pressure relief

 

Is the Titan 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 Titan mattress? Visit TitanMattress.com

 

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