Brooklyn Bedding vs Loom & Leaf Synopsis
There are a heck of a lot of mattresses that you can buy online nowadays, and to be frank, all of them seem to blend together, at least if you just pay attention to their ads. Luckily for you, we’ve tested pretty much every bed available today and have a good idea of how each of these mattresses compare. For this post specifically, we are going to focus on the key differences between Loom & Leaf and the Brooklyn Signature mattress, which are:
- Feel Preferences — These beds feel completely different. Brooklyn has more of a neutral feel while Loom & Leaf has a dense memory foam feel.
- Price — Neither bed is terribly expensive, but the Brooklyn Signature is the more affordable of the two.
- Hot Sleepers — Despite being a memory foam bed, we actually give the edge to Loom & Leaf in terms of its ability to cool down hot sleepers.
- Free Returns — As previously mentioned, Brooklyn offers 100% free returns, while there is a small return fee with Loom & Leaf.
- Motion Isolation — If you or your partner is a light sleeper, you’ll likely prefer Loom & Leaf because of its ability to deaden cross-mattress motion. Brooklyn isn’t bad by any means, but the edge definitely goes to Loom & Leaf.
- Heavy Individuals — We would give the win to Brooklyn here solely because the bed has coils, which tend to be better in the long run for people around the 250 lb mark.
If you’re short on time, that’s the gist of the L&L vs. BB debate. Not everything is cut and dry, but we are able to draw some fairly clear distinctions between the two mattresses. And, as usual, if you need more information you can consult the individual reviews that we’ve published on both mattresses (links below).
Loom & Leaf is Saatva’s high-end memory foam mattress. Not only does it have a luxurious look to it, but because of its construction you can tell that Loom & Leaf is not your average online mattress. It has all of the bells and whistles that others ignore, such as an organic cotton pillow top, handles, stitched exterior edges, special cooling gels, and so on. We’ve joked several times that this looks like a bed that belongs in Hearst Castle. It just looks great and is clearly well made.
Memory Foam Feel
If you like memory foam and want a deep, true memory foam feel, Loom & Leaf is the way to go. It allows for a good amount of pressure relief and conforms to your body, sort of wrapping you in place. Loom & Leaf even comes in two different firmness options (Relaxed Firm and Firm), which allows you to choose the firmness profile of your bed.
Just so you know, Relaxed Firm is about a medium to medium-firm on the soft-to-firm scale and the Firm is in that firm range. These different firmness options mean that there’s a Loom & Leaf mattress for just about every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach).
One of the best features of the Loom & Leaf mattress is the cooling gel pad in the center third of mattress. This gel pad uses a similar material to what hospital burn units use. You can read about the cooling gel strip on L&L’s website.
The gel pad is designed to cool you down throughout the night but not leave you shivering. It won’t make Loom & Leaf as cold as the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress, but it does give it the edge over the Brooklyn’s Signature mattress. What’s also nice about the gel pad is that it’s positioned in the center third of the bed to cool down your core rather than on the top or bottom third where it would freeze your head or toes off.
Light sleepers will appreciate that Loom & Leaf is an all-foam bed with plenty of memory foam, which does a great job of deadening movement. This means that when your partner gets up at 2am for a glass of milk, the bed will do a great job of isolating that motion so that (hopefully) you are no disturbed.
The Brooklyn Signature mattress isn’t bad here, but it’s hard to compete with an all-foam bed. The pocketed coils isolation motion better than traditional innersprings, but not quite as well as memory foam. Edge goes to Loom & Leaf.
In late 2017, Brooklyn overhauled their Signature mattress in order to better compete with Casper, Purple, Leesa, Nectar, and others. The bed is now available in three different firmness options (Soft, Medium, and Firm) and is designed to accommodate just about every sleeper. Having said that, it’s biggest advantage over Loom & Leaf might be its simplest. Let’s talk price.
Now, if you factor in that Brooklyn Bedding regularly runs promotions whereas Saatva doesn’t run them as frequently, the price chasm gets even larger. You can click here to see the current deals at Brooklyn’s website. Bottom line: based on price alone, Brooklyn is the clear winner.
Soft Foam Feel
The Brooklyn Signature mattress is made with a mix of coils and foams. The overall feel is more neutral, but highly accommodating. In other words, most people tend to really like the feel of the mattress. This is one of those beds that elicits that “aaaahhhhh” feeling when you first lay down.
Just to be clear, despite the fact that it uses a small amount of memory foam, this bed doesn’t not feel like a memory foam mattress. Picture a softer, neutral foam and that’s how the Brooklyn Signature feels, only with more bounce. Of course, the actual technology in the bed is more complicated than that, but for describing how the mattress feels, getting into the minutia won’t be helpful.
Completely Free Returns
We’ve discussed this already, you get it. You can get all of your money back between nights 31 and 119 with Brooklyn Bedding if you change your mind. For the record, they will actually dispatch someone to your house (usually a local non-profit or charity) to pick up the bed; you don’t have to do (or pay) anything.
We have to give the edge to the Brooklyn Signature mattress in terms of its ability to handle heavier individuals. It wouldn’t be top pick for the best mattress for heavy or obese sleepers, but in general coil beds do a better job of managing weight over the long run than their foam mattress counterparts. Loom & Leaf is certainly one of the better all-foam beds for heavier people, but it’s still hard to beat a coil mattress.
Regardless of which of these beds you ultimately choose, if you are over 250 lb you should get the Firm version. The Medium and Soft models will simply be too soft. Yes, they provide nice pressure relief, but they just don’t have the support that the firmer options do.
Company Policies Overview — Shipping, Returns, etc.
The entire online mattress shopping industry runs off of a simple, yet proven business model: offer a lot for free so that consumers will try your bed (and hopefully not return it). In fact, most brands, Brooklyn and Loom & Leaf included, offer completely free shipping with their mattresses.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress will show up compressed in a box (the bed ships via FedEx Ground). All you have to do is tear off all of the plastic wrapping and let the bed decompress. In a matter of seconds you’ll have an entire mattress—it’s pretty neat. Here’s a look at that unboxing process.
Loom & Leaf, which is a product of the company Saatva, comes with free white glove delivery, which means that a regional delivery company will bring the mattress to your house. This takes a few days longer than FedEx or UPS, but white glove delivery means that you don’t need to do a thing other than schedule delivery, open your door, and tell them in which room you’d like the mattress.
Both brands then give you more than 100 nights to sleep on your new mattress. This is your time to evaluate the bed and figure out whether this is the mattress that you’d like to keep for the next 7-15 years. If you decide to keep the bed, Loom & Leaf comes with a 15-year warranty and Brooklyn Signature has a 10-year warranty.
If for whatever reason, during the trial period, you decide that you do not want the mattress, Brooklyn Bedding will give you a full refund, as long as you’ve tried the bed for a minimum of 30 nights. So, essentially you have days 31 through 119 to return the Brooklyn Signature mattress. Loom & Leaf does not come with free returns, although you can still return the bed within the trial period—it will just cost you $99. To be honest, $99 is actually a fairly reasonable fee, especially considering all of the costs that they incur, but it does put Saatva (Loom & Leaf) at a disadvantage relative to a lot of the other mattresses that we’ve reviewed.
Loom & Leaf vs Brooklyn Signature — Other Considerations
As mentioned above, there’s a lot that goes into designing, manufacturing, and marketing a mattress, so in trying to simplify things for this post we do end up skipping over certain elements that might be important to you. This is the reason that we recommend you also read our full reviews to get the whole picture. Here are a few other things to keep in mind with these beds.
We almost always urge consumers to read the warranty section of any bed before they buy. It’s not that the warranties hide things, it’s that the warranties are specific in terms of foundations that are suitable for your new bed. The last thing that you want to do is void your warranty because you put your brand new bed on a shoddy foundation.
Breaking In Your Mattress
Regardless of what bed you get, whether it’s Brooklyn, Loom & Leaf or some other bed, you should take the time to break that bed in properly. We recommend that you walk on your mattress for about a minute each night so that it wears evenly.