The Aurora mattress from Brooklyn Bedding is widely regarded as one of the best cooling mattresses available online. It combines multiple technologies that make for a bed that’s cool-to-the-touch and stays cool throughout the night. Here’s our video review of the Aurora mattress.
The bed-in-a-box industry has some fairly consistent standard policies. In most cases, the company will offer free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns with a full refund, or a 10-year warranty if you keep the mattress.
Brooklyn Bedding’s policies are mostly standard. When you buy from Brooklyn, you get free shipping, followed by a 120-night trial period. If you decide the Aurora isn’t for you, you can call in that free return and full refund. If you like the bed, though, you get a 10-year warranty to back it up. You can read up on the warranty’s fine print on the Brooklyn Bedding website.
Some companies offer white glove delivery as an option, but Brooklyn does not, which isn’t uncommon, but perhaps a bit surprising since the Aurora mattress is pretty hefty, as well as quite expensive. The point, though, is that setting up this mattress is probably a two-person job, so you’ll want your partner or a friend around to give you a hand.
Brooklyn Aurora shows up in a box, much like any other online mattress that we’ve reviewed. All you have to do is cart that box inside your house and remove all of the packaging. In a matter of minutes, you will have an entire mattress, which is quite remarkable. This whole bed-in-a-box thing never gets old. They can even fit a king size mattress into a box. Here’s a look at that unboxing process.
Once you’ve unboxed the Aurora mattress you should leave it laying flat; do not lean it up against a wall or the layers will become disjointed. You should also allow it a few hours to take its final shape and off-gas (if necessary). The bed is made in the USA, but sometimes—because it has been wrapped in plastic for several days—there can be some new mattress smells that need to exit the bed. This is completely normal and will happen regardless of which mattress you buy.
If you’re shopping for a mattress, you’re already expecting to do some moderate-to-heavy spending. If you’re set on keeping to the moderate side of that range, the pricing on the Brooklyn Aurora will probably make you wince.
You can check out the breakdown of prices in the table below. We wouldn’t consider it expensive for what you’re getting, but we’ve certainly come across cheaper budget mattresses out there.
|King / Cal King||$1,999|
Keep in mind that Brooklyn Bedding does run specials during major holidays—you can check BrooklynBedding.com for current offers and discounts. We also should have a coupon on this page to save you a few hundreds bucks on the Aurora mattress.
There are two basic types of beds that you’ll see out there: hybrid or coil mattresses and entirely foam mattresses. A hybrid bed is made with both coils and foam materials, while an all-foam bed is (surprise!) made with all foam.
The Aurora is a hybrid mattress that incorporates pocketed coils, proprietary foam, and Energex foam. Specifically, the mattress has five layers of different materials.
It starts with a 1.5” top layer of patented Copper Gel Energex foam with cooling properties. This layer is for pressure relief and temperature regulation. Next is a 2” layer of a proprietary foam for added comfort, followed by 1” of another proprietary memory-type foam for more cushion and support. Under those foam layers is an 8” layer of individually encased coils, which provide extra support and allow for better airflow. And finally, the mattress is based by a 1” layer of high density foam to improve the bed’s durability and to give those coils a good foundation.
The cover on the Brooklyn Aurora really plays into the bed’s notable temperature regulation. It’s a soft, almost silk-like cover that incorporates a phase change technology in order to actively cool you down. The company says the bed will cool you down to 88° F, but we can’t vouch for that exact number. We will say that this is a decidedly cool-sleeping bed, though. The cover is actually cool to the touch.
This cover is not removable and therefore not machine washable. The Aurora doesn’t lose any points for that, though, because very few mattresses have machine washable covers. In many cases, the cover will be removable for the sake of manufacturing ease, but it won’t be washable and being able to take it off doesn’t hugely benefit the consumer.
To clean the Aurora’s cover, you’ll have to go the spot-cleaning route. Use warm water with a bit of mild detergent to dab at the stain or spill. Just don’t go overboard and let too much water soaks into the mattress.
If you’re especially concerned about spills, you can also add a mattress protector. It might change the surface feel of the bed a bit and you may notice that the air doesn’t flow quite as well through the added layer, but if that doesn’t bother you and the possibility of a stain does, you can check out mattress protectors on Amazon.
The Brooklyn Aurora comes in three different levels of firmness: Soft, Medium, and Firm. The Medium option is the most popular and we rate it as a medium-soft on our firmness scale. Of course, if that doesn’t sound right for you, you can go softer or firmer with the other options.
This mattress has a soft neutral-foam feel, but the coils layer gives it a bit of that bounce that you may be used to. That’s not to say that the Aurora feels like an innerspring, because it doesn’t. What you’re really going to feel are those top layers of foam.
You aren’t going to feel stuck in this mattress at all. That’s sort of a calling card with memory foam beds, but the memory foam in this mattress isn’t enough to create that sink-in, stuck-in-the-mud feeling. For some folks, that’s a pro, for others, it’s a con—it really just depends on what you prefer.
The Aurora’s responsiveness is fast, meaning it’s quick to bounce back into shape after being depressed. Quick responsiveness is what allows you to switch positions without effort. It’s also what prevents you from leaving a dip or indent behind when you turn over.
When you sleep on your back or stomach, it’s important that your bed keep your heavier areas (hips, trunk, shoulders) from sinking in and putting your back out of alignment. If you are a predominantly back and/or stomach sleeper, you should look into the Firm model of the Aurora mattress.
If you’re an especially petite person, you’ll likely find the bed more than supportive, regardless of which model you get, but you still might want to look more into the Firm model first. It’s just a safer pick for back and stomach sleepers.
The Medium firmness Aurora is a good mattress for side sleepers. As we’ve said, it’s a medium-soft on our firmness scale and it offers good pressure relief. If you want maximum softness, the Soft model is probably the way to go.
Pressure relief is important for side sleepers because the bed needs to accommodate the protrusion of your shoulder and hip. If the mattress has no give in those areas, you can feel all squashed up in your torso area, end up with pins-and-needles in your arm, and wake up sore due to sleeping with a misaligned spine.
Combo sleepers can probably get away with the Brooklyn Aurora in a Medium. We suggest heavier folks go with the Firm option, though. Remember that in all cases—all body types, sleeper types, and firmness options—the Aurora is best suited for people who like a slightly softer feeling bed.
Because this mattress is pretty thick and incorporates coils, it will work for heavier people, but with caveats.
For one, if you’re heavier, you must be a strict side sleeper to enjoy this mattress’s Medium option. You also have to like a soft feeling bed, because the already softer level of firmness is going to feel even softer the heavier you are.
Ultimately, if you’re a heavier person looking to get yourself a Brooklyn Aurora mattress, we suggest you opt first for the Firm version.
Edge support and motion isolation are two factors that are especially important for couples to consider. You want both partners to get a good night’s sleep. Well rested couples are happier couples, right? Good edge support and motion isolation can help with that.
The Aurora has average edge support, at least for the softer models. You don’t get an overwhelming roll-off feeling around the edges of the bed, but we’ve also felt better. And keep in mind that the heavier you are, the more edge support matters—petite folks won’t have any issue with the Aurora’s edges because they aren’t heavy enough to significantly depress the material. The firmer model will also be better for edge support.
Overall, it’s probably safe to use the outside inches of the mattress, but honestly, we found that if you’re sharing a softer model you both drift into the middle of the bed throughout the night anyway. So if you and your partner aren’t interested in 2 a.m. cuddles, you may want to consider other mattress options.
Motion isolation is also important for couples because it’s what prevents your partner from waking up every time you turn over or get up during the night. The Aurora performs decently well in this category—not the best we’ve ever seen, but we’re not complaining either. You should be able to switch positions or make a midnight bathroom run without disturbing your bed buddy.
As you can see in the video above, Matt is able to roll around on the bed without transferring too much motion throughout the rest of the bed. The Energex foam, memory foam, and pocketed coils all tend to do a good job of isolating motion. This ends up being a good bed for light sleepers concerned with motion isolation. Not the best ever, but pretty good.
Yes, absolutely. This is one of the coolest sleeping beds we’ve tried—and we’ve tried a lot. We’d go so far as to say that this mattress might be too cool for some sleepers. If you’re someone who likes to sleep cozy or who tends to get uncomfortably chilly at night, the Brooklyn Aurora is only going to exacerbate that problem.
If you overheat at night, have hot flashes, or wake up with your sheets sweat-stuck to your limbs, the Aurora is ideal. The combination of the pocketed coils (which are great for airflow), Copper Gel Energex Foam, and phase-change cover make the Aurora a refuge for hot sleepers.
Overall, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is a comfortable mattress with some unique qualities. It’s available in three firmness options, which gives you some flexibility in terms of finding what fits your body best. And because this is one of the coolest-sleeping beds out there, it’s ideal for those who get too hot while they sleep.
Purple — In the world of cool-sleeping beds, the Aurora and Purple are top dogs—especially when you look at the New Purple mattresses (2, 3, 4). While Aurora will actively work to cool you down through its foams and cover, Purple is all about circulating airflow. Rather than use foams in the top layers, Purple has a grid of Hyper-Elastic Polymer that has little pockets of air that don’t heat up like foams tend to do. Really, the comparison here comes down to an active-cooling bed versus an airflow bed. Do you want a bed that tries to cool you down (Aurora) or one that doesn’t itself heat up (Purple).
Casper — This isn’t really an apples-to-apples comparison since Casper is a foam mattress and the Aurora is a cooling hybrid bed. Regardless, with Casper you’ll have more of a soft foam type feel, while Aurora has more of an innerspring feel. Aurora is the better mattress for heavier individuals because of its support coils, but Casper is the better mattress for college students, guest rooms, RV/Camper, budget shoppers, and so on because it’s more affordable. One thing that is interesting with this comparison is that Casper sort of fills the void in terms of firmness that the Aurora doesn’t offer. The Soft and Medium models of the Aurora skew softer, and the Firm model, firmer. Casper is right in the middle at about a true medium.
Leesa — Leesa has a similar story to Casper, especially as it compares to Aurora. It’s a neutral-foam bed that’s a medium on the firmness spectrum. It’s not as expensive as the Aurora, but it’s also not as supportive either for heavy people. Leesa, does however, offer a coil bed (for more money) that’s called Sapira. That’s a more apt comparison with Aurora.
TempurPedic — The new TempurPedic TEMPUR mattresses come in both a coil and all-foam version. Either way, though, they have a dense and deep memory foam feel. They offer a good deal of pressure relief—particularly if you get the softer models—but they feel nothing like the Aurora. This decision comes down to whether you want a memory foam bed (TempurPedic) or a coil, cooling bed (Aurora). Despite the fact that the TempurPedic beds have a cooling cover, we would give the edge for hot sleepers to the Aurora.
GhostBed — Similar to Casper and Leesa, GhostBed is a foam mattress that has more of a neutral overall feel, but with a twist. It actually has a layer of latex foam on top, which offers a bit more support than your typical poly foam. If you press on that layer, you can feel that it’s responsive and not quite as pressure relieving as other foams. In terms of how it compares to Aurora, however, the story is similar to what you read above—foam bed vs cooling hybrid bed. GhostBed does happen to be quite a bit more affordable than the Aurora. You can check our mattress deals page to see the current deals we’ve spotted for GhostBed, and other mattresses.
How did Slumber Yard get the Aurora mattress?
|We were sent this bed from Brooklyn Bedding in order to post a review. They did not pay us, however, to say good or bad things about it. This review was produced completely independently from Brooklyn Bedding (and every other brand).|
Do I need to flip the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress?
|No, you don’t need to flip this bed. In fact, you shouldn’t. The layers of the mattress are construction in a specific order, from base to top. You can, however, rotate the bed every six to eight months.|
How long will it take to break in the mattress?
|Generally, it takes 30-45 days to really break in a bed. In that time, the mattress will have softened up some. 30-45 days is also about the time it takes for your body to fully adjust to a new sleeping surface.|
Does the Brooklyn Aurora smell?
|Sure. Like just about any new mattress, there’s a new-mattress smell. Even the natural and organic beds have a fresh-out-of-the-box smell, though it’s admittedly less pungent than the usual chemical off-gassing. The Aurora does have an off-gassing period. Their website says 24 hours, but in our (ample) experience with new bed-in-a-box mattresses, it’s more like a full two days.|
Does Brooklyn ship to Hawaii and Alaska? What about Canada?
|Yes, they do, but you can say a reluctant goodbye to that free shipping. Shipping to Hawaii or Alaska starts at $250 per mattress. Brooklyn also ships to Canada now! But, again, it isn’t free. Shipping to Canada starts at $100 per mattress.|