Here at the Slumber Yard, we realize many consumers out there prefer watching video reviews over reading written reviews. If that’s you, this video is for you.
Buying a mattress online isn’t nearly as intimidating as it was 5-10 years ago. New age direct-to-consumer bedding companies like Brooklyn Bedding, Casper and Leesa make it very easy for consumers. You no longer have to visit your local brick and mortar mattress store in order to test new beds. You can order mattresses online and test them risk-free in the comfort of your own home. Don’t believe me? Let’s explore exactly how these polices work.
The Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid comes with free shipping (to the contiguous 48 states) and arrives compressed in a surprisingly small box. Once the box arrives, just move it to your desired room and unroll the mattress onto your frame or foundation. Once you unroll the mattress, be sure to let it fully inflate for about 48 hours though before sleeping on it.
Now here is where things start to get interesting. Once the mattress arrives, Brooklyn Bedding offers you a 120 night risk-free trial period. In short, the company is allowing you to sleep on the bed for four full months before deciding whether you want to keep it or not. If you like the bed and want to keep it, great, that’s the goal.
If, after 30 nights on the bed, you decide it’s not for you, no problem, Brooklyn Bedding handles the entire return process. All you have to do is contact customer support and they’ll arrange for the mattress to be picked-up from your home. From there, just provide proof (usually just a pick-up receipt) that the mattress has indeed been removed and the company will issue you a full refund. Pretty easy, right?
Additionally, Brooklyn Bedding backs the Bowery Hybrid with a 10 year limited warranty. You can read more about what the warranty entails on the company’s website.
To be clear, the policies we just reviewed are pretty standard for the bed-in-a-box industry. The majority of beds you purchase online come with free delivery, a risk-free trial period and a 10 year warranty.
For those of you who are familiar with Brooklyn Bedding, the Bowery name might already ring a bell. That’s because Brooklyn Bedding offers an all-foam version of the Bowery as well.
The two models (hybrid and all-foam) share a lot of the same characteristics, however, there are two primary differences between the two mattresses.
In this post, we’ll primarily be focusing on the Bowery Hybrid. If you want more information about the Brooklyn Bowery Mattress (foam model), click here.
In addition to the all-foam Bowery model, Brooklyn Bedding offers a couple other models as well.
First, they offer the Brooklyn Signature, which is very similar to the Bowery Hybrid but incorporates one more layer and is priced slightly higher.
The next model is the Brooklyn Aurora, which is a premium, hybrid mattress that incorporates special cooling textiles for hot sleepers.
The Bowery Hybrid, as you might guess, is comprised of both coils and multiple layers of foam. Specifically, the bed is made of four different layers and totals 10″ thick.
For the very bottom of the mattress, the bed uses a thin 1″ layer of dense support foam. Honestly, this layer doesn’t really do much at the end of the day. It’s just there to act as a foundation for the coils above.
Speaking of those coils, the next layer is comprised of 6″ ascension pocketed coils. Depending on which size you purchase, the bed will contain up to 1,024 individual coils. This layer serves as the primary support structure for the mattress.
On top of the coils is a 2″ layer of comfort foam. This layer serves as a soft transition from the hard coils below. Finally, for the top layer, the bed uses a 1″ quilted top with gel memory foam. This acts as the true comfort layer for the mattress. Despite its memory foam title though, this layer has more of a neutral-foam feel (we discuss feel in more detail below).
All in all, we are impressed with the construction of the Bowery Hybrid, especially given its price point. For those who care, the Bowery Hybrid is manufactured in Brooklyn Bedding’s state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
As mentioned above, the Bowery Hybrid has a non-removable, quilted top cover. Overall, it’s soft, comfortable and gives the bed a premium look and feel (especially for being a moderately priced bed).
If you happen to spill something on the mattress or it gets dirty somehow, the company recommends you just spot clean the cover with a mild detergent and some water. If you’re clean a freak, you may want check out the Brooklyn Bedding mattress protector to help protect against spills and dirt. Alternatively, you can always check out popular mattress protectors on Amazon, which tend to be slightly cheaper.
The Bowery Hybrid is one of the most affordable bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market that contains coils. It’s about $100-$200 less than the average mattress-in-a-box. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$1,049|
Plus, we have some more good news for you. Brooklyn Bedding is extremely aggressive when it comes to sales and promotions. They almost always offer some sort of coupon code or promo code to make their mattresses even more affordable. We’ve even seem them offer a 20% off promotion before. That would bring the queen size below the $700 mark, which is a steal given it’s high-quality construction. Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what you can currently save.
Before we begin discussing the feel of this mattress, let me take a quick moment and discuss weight. This is an important subject that often goes overlooked when shopping for a new mattress.
In very general terms, your weight and body type determine how you perceive a mattress to feel. A particular mattress will feel different depending on the size of the person who is laying on the bed.
For example, heavier sleepers (250+ pounds) typically feel like most mattresses are on the soft side since they exert more force on the bed and sink further into the soft top layers. On the other hand, lighter sleepers typically feel like most mattresses are quite firm since they place very little pressure on the top layers of the bed.
In our reviews, we write through the eyes (or body) of an average size sleeper (call it 150 to 225 pounds), however, we will reference other body types as well throughout this post. Regardless, it’s important to keep your weight and BMI in mind when researching and trying to find new mattresses.
Despite the 1″ memory foam top layer, we actually think the Bowery Hybrid mattress has more of a neutral-foam feel with a little memory foam added in. What we mean by the term “neutral” is that the top layers on the bed are somewhat soft (like memory foam) but they just don’t quite conform and hug your body the way memory foam does. Some people like the feel of neutral-foam and some people prefer the contouring sensation that memory foam provides. It really just depends on the person.
However, with that said, we’ve found that most sleepers find neutral-foam to be very comfortable. At the end of the day, it’s just a little less divisive of a feel compared to memory foam. If you’re dead set on a memory foam feel though, be sure to check out our list of the Best Memory Foam Beds.
Besides being comfortable, another nice thing about this bed is that it’s fairly responsive. In other words, the coils give the bed a little bounce and the top layers pop back quickly after pressure is released. You won’t get any sort of that stuck-in-the-mud sensation that memory foam is traditionally known for.
This level of responsiveness is great for active sleepers who move around a lot throughout the night. These types of sleepers generally find it much easier to switch between positions on responsive beds.
In terms of firmness, we think the Bowery Hybrid lands around a medium-firm (give or take) on our soft-to-firm scale. For comparison purposes, we think the all-foam Bowery model lands around a medium on the scale. At the end of the day, the hybrid model is a just a tad bit firmer and provides a little more support due to its coils.
Keep in mind, the Bowery Hybrid mattress will feel different depending on your body type though. Heavy sleepers may find the bed lands closer to a medium on the firmness scale, while lighter sleepers will most likely find it lands closer to a proper firm designation.
After testing the Bowery Hybrid, our team agrees that it’s not the best option for primary side sleepers. It’s viable if you’re a combo sleeper and rotate positions but it’s not our top pick if you spend the majority of the night on your side. The bed just isn’t quite soft enough and doesn’t provide the amount of pressure relief strict side sleepers will want. That said, if you’re heavier (i.e. 230 lb or more) you might be able to get by as a side sleeper with this bed because, remember, firmness is relative.
If you’re a larger side sleeper though and you’re looking for a bed that contains coils, be sure to check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers.
Yes. Back and stomach sleepers will find the mattress comfortable yet also quite supportive. Generally speaking, primary back and stomach sleepers prefer slightly firmer mattresses (like the Bowery Hybrid) that provide more support rather than pressure relief.
Overall, the bed does a good job of keeping your hips and trunk in proper alignment with the rest of your body throughout the night.
Again, we think the mattress is great for stomach and back sleepers but not so much for strict side sleepers under 230 lb. However, with that said, we wouldn’t just write it off completely. The bed is still soft, comfortable and provides a decent amount of pressure relief. Ultimately, we think people who sleep on their side will be fine on this mattress as long as it is for less than 50% of the night.
Combo sleepers will also appreciate how responsive the bed is and will find it requires very little effort to switch between positions.
Yes, absolutely. This mattress provides more than enough support for petite sized individuals.
However, keep in mind, these types of sleepers will find the mattress feels a little firmer than average or large sized individuals. As such, petite individuals who like to sleep on their side are better off going with a softer mattress.
Yes. In fact, we think the Bowery Hybrid is actually one of the better budget beds out there for large body types. The pocketed coils provide what we call bi-directional support, meaning the coils not only compress but also push-back up against pressure. This resistance is more ideal for supporting all the extra force big folks exert on a mattress night after night.
If you’re an especially large person (300+ pounds) though, you might also want to check out our list of the Best Beds For Heavy People.
No, we don’t think the Bowery Hybrid mattress sleeps hot. Rather, our testing team thinks it sleeps more temperature neutral. Since the bed lands on the firmer side of the spectrum, you’ll sleep more on top of the surface rather than in the mattress. This should help prevent you from warming up at night and feeling like the top layers are wrapping your body.
However, it’s important to note that temperature regulation is a tough subject to definitively opine on. A lot of mattress companies like to toss around fancy marketing terms but in actuality external factors play a major role in how warm or cool you sleep. For example, factors like what climate you live, what you wear to bed and what temperature you set your air conditioner can affect your sleeping temperature.
Overall, we think the Bowery Hybrid mattress performs extremely well in terms of edge support and motion isolation, both of which are important factors for couples to consider.
First, the bed deadens movement well. The top layers on the mattress actually do a pretty good job of drowning out the bounce from the coils. In our tests, we noticed very little cross-mattress motion that was transferred from one side of the bed to the other.
As you can see above, the water actually stayed fairly stable in the glass. This is a good indicator that one partner won’t be disturbed if the other partner gets up off the bed or rolls over to a new position. Ultimately, the less disturbances throughout the night, the more restful night of sleep you’ll get.
Further, the bed provides extremely solid edge support. In fact, the Bowery Hybrid is one of the better mattresses we’ve tested in this department. As you roll over towards the side, there’s very little compression and you never feel as if you’re going to roll-off the edge.
Edge support is particularly important for couples who share a smaller size mattress (i.e. full or twin XL). A bed like the Bowery Hybrid with strong edge support means there is more useful surface area for both partners to spread out and get comfortable while still receiving the necessary support.
To be honest, we were pretty excited when Brooklyn announced they were coming out with the Bowery Hybrid since we really like the all-foam version. Luckily, after testing out the new hybrid model, we’re pleased to report more of the same. Overall, we think the Bowery Hybrid is an excellent value. I wouldn’t be shocked to find on a few of our Best Mattress Lists next year.
With that said, we see it being best for back and stomach sleepers (large and small) who are on a tight budget.
Price — The fact that you can get a queen size bed for under $650 after-discount is pretty impressive, particularly if you take into account the fact that the Bowery Hybrid is made in the USA when most cheap beds are not.
Construction — This point fits in with the one above. It’s rare to see a bed this affordable that incorporate pocketed coils. Typically beds under $1,000 MSRP are entirely foam mattresses, aside from the covers (of course). Of the top of my head, the only cheaper hybrid mattress that I can think of is Allswell, which is owned by Walmart—and, interesting enough, is made by Brooklyn Bedding.
Feel/Firmness — Bowery Hybrid has a nice balance between feeling neutral overall, but having a semblance of memory foam and, therefore, not being too firm for a lot of sleepers.
How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?
|Brooklyn Bedding sent us the Bowery Hybrid for free in order to test the bed. However, we did not receive any monetary compensation from Brooklyn Bedding to provide this review. We retain full editorial control over the content we publish.|
Is the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid mattress safe?
|Yes, the foams Brooklyn Bedding uses are all CertiPur Certified meaning they are toxin free.|
What kind of frame do I need?
|The Bowery Hybrid is compatible with most bed frames, foundations and box springs. Just make sure your support system is firm with little to no flex.|
Where is the Bowery Hybrid mattress made?
|This mattress is manufactured in Brooklyn Bedding's facility in Phoenix, Arizona.|
Does Brooklyn Bedding ship to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada?
|Yes, the company does ship to these countries/states but they charge an additional fee.|
What other beds do they make?
|In addition to the beds mentioned in the post above, they also have: Titan, Freya, Plank, Zoned, Bloom, Spartan, and Rubix.|