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Bowery Foam Mattress

The Bowery is the most affordable mattress from Brooklyn Bedding and in this review we put it to the test.

This review was produced in collaboration with our parent company, RIZKNOWS. In this review we cover the ins and outs of the Bowery mattress, including its biggest highs and biggest lows. We explore how the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is constructed, what it feels like, who it's best for/not best for, and whether it's worth the price.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • People who want an affordable bed
  • Petite and medium sized sleepers
  • All types of sleepers (back, stomach, side, and combo)
  • Anyone that wants a softer mattress with more of a neutral feel
  • Individuals that prefer to buy American-made products (Bowery is made in Brooklyn Bedding’s facility in Arizona)

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Heavier body types (Bowery is a 10” foam mattress and doesn’t have coils)
  • Individuals that want a firmer mattress
  • Anyone that prefers a strong memory foam feel or really wants a more traditional innerspring bed

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Brooklyn Bowery Overview

The Bowery is designed to undercut Casper, Leesa, and many of these other online foam mattresses. It’s quite a bit more affordable with a similar feel and yet it’s still made in the USA.

The video above was created by our parent organization, RIZKNOWS LLC. For more information on the Bowery mattress keep reading—there’s a lot more detail in the text below.

Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Policies

Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping for orders placed in the continental United States. While they do ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada, shipping isn’t free. Shipping to Hawaii or Alaska starts at $250 per mattress, and shipping to Canada starts at $100.

The Bowery mattress, like many of the mattresses we’ve reviewed, ships in a box that’s about 4′ tall. It’s actually pretty remarkable that they’re able to fit a whole mattress into a box.

As you can see in the video above, all you have to do is drag the box inside your home, rip off all of the plastic wrapping, and allow the mattress a few minutes to decompress. You should then let the bed sit out for about 24-48 hours to inflate fully and release all of those new mattress smells. Because it’s been plastic wrapped and compressed for several days, it needs a little time to take its intended form. This is the case with nearly all mattresses bought online.

The Brooklyn Bowery mattress has a 120-night trial period, but they include a caveat; the bed must be used for at least 30 days before it can be returned. This is standard for all of their mattresses, including the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress. The Brooklyn return policy can only be used once per customer per calendar year.

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It might be affordable, but it’s still backed by a 10-year warranty

The Bowery also comes with a 10-year warranty that covers any defects or body impressions that measure 1” or more. However, orders placed through Amazon or another website (that are not fulfilled by Brooklyn Bedding) are not eligible for the warranty or trial period. So be sure to look into the policy terms specific to that retailer before making a purchase.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Price & Coupon Code

The Bowery mattress is quite affordable. So affordable that you probably can buy this bed, and then celebrate your purchase with a nice dinner.

In fact, not only is it the most affordable bed-in-a-box mattress that Brooklyn Bedding offers, but we think it is one of the best budget mattresses on the market right now. Given what we know about Brooklyn’s high quality manufacturing processes, we think this bed is a great deal. Here is how the pricing breaks down:

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$449
Twin XL$499
Full$599
Queen$649
King / Cal King$849

We are continually looking for mattress deals and coupon codes. Though we don’t always have them for this particular mattress, it’s worth checking out the Brooklyn Bedding website, as they often run promotions, particularly during major holidays. With regard to pricing and coupons, they basically operate just like any other mattress brand. They set prices a little high so that they have room to offer discounts from time to time.

What Is The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Made Of?

The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is made up of three layers of foam. The base layer is 5″ of a high density support foam. The middle layer is a 2″ transitional comfort foam. This is a less dense foam than the base layer, and, as the name suggests, transitions to the top layer.

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Construction breakdown of the Bowery mattress

The top layer (which is what most people are concerned about) is 3″ of Energex foam. This is a patented foam that is infused with cooling gel that they say will help prevent you from heating up at night. It’s also comfortable and contours to your body.

All of the foams in this mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. This means it is toxin-free and meets the highest health standards in the industry. So people who are concerned about inhaling toxins while they sleep, should find this mattress to be a good fit.

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Pretty simple design, but what’s not to like?

By law, every mattress is required to include a flame retardant component. Many mattresses will use a chemical barrier, and the Brooklyn Bowery is no exception. Brooklyn Bedding says they do not use chemical fire sprays or chemical retardants in the actual mattresses, but do wrap the beds in high quality fire retardant socks. The fire socks are made with a non-woven silica/rayon/polyester/cotton blend.

The Bowery mattress is wrapped with Brooklyn Bedding’s signature stretch knit cotton fabric cover. It’s soft and thin, and is non-removable. So, if you spill something on the bed, you won’t be able to throw the cover in the wash.

Instead, the company recommends you spot clean with a mild detergent. (This is pretty standard in the bed-in-a-box industry.) We recommend while spot cleaning, you gently dab at the stain, instead of rubbing vigorously.

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Stretch knit cotton cover on the Bowery mattress

If you are planning to purchase this bed for a child, or for someone who you think may be making messes in the bed, you might want to consider a mattress protector.

They are easily washable and will make cleaning up messes significantly more pleasant. Brooklyn Bedding sells their own mattress protectors, or you can check the selection on Amazon. Once you’ve purchased a mattress, you likely want to keep it for as long as possible. One way to prolong the lifespan of a bed, is to regularly switch the area that you’re sleeping on.

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Bowery has a soft cover with little dimples

You can’t flip the Bowery mattress, but Brooklyn Bedding recommends rotating it 180 degrees every 6 to 8 months. Rotating it regularly will help lengthen the mattress life, and prevent your body from forming deep impressions in the bed.

Feel, Firmness, and Responsiveness

The Brooklyn Bowery mattress has a very soft, neutral-foam feel, that’s highly accommodating. This is one of the big reasons that we put the Bowery on our list of the best mattresses for studio apartments. It’s accommodating, neutral, soft, and easy to unbox and move around.

Brooklyn Bedding has the Bowery labeled as medium firmness on their website, and we agree with their assessment (although it’s probably slightly softer than a true medium on the firmness scale).

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However, if you find this bed to be too firm, the company will send you a mattress topper, free of charge. They say the topper is made of a high quality foam, and should help with pressure relief.

If you’re looking for a close mattress comparison, the Bowery mattress reminds us of Tuft & Needle or Casper. They all are 10″ all-foam beds with a soft, neutral feel. The Brooklyn Bowery mattress is fairly responsive, which makes it a good choice for people who switch positions frequently while sleeping.

If you shift positions throughout the night and have a mattress that isn’t responsive (meaning the bed sucks you in slightly), you may end up with a stuck-in-the-mud feeling. That sensation can lead to a restless night of sleep, as your body will wake up slightly to complete the movement.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

The Bowery mattress is accommodating enough for you to sleep comfortably in a variety of positions. This means, whether you are on your back, stomach, or side, you should feel supported by the bed.

The Bowery mattress will be comfortable for back and stomach sleepers, but only if you’re under 230 lb. They’ll get the support they need because they won’t feel like they are sinking into the bed.

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Back and stomach sleepers should feel as though they are sleeping on top of the mattress, almost as if they are on a cloud. This is important because back and stomach sleepers need a bed with some firmness and support to keep their spine aligned properly.

Without that support, the hips and truck area will dip into the bed, which can cause uncomfortable aches and pains the next morning.

Strict Side Sleepers

Yes, the Brooklyn Bowery is a good option for side and combination sleepers. In fact, it is just soft enough that side sleepers will get the pressure relief they need.

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Plenty of pressure relief with the Bowery mattress

Side and combination sleepers need an accommodating mattress that will give under the shoulder and hips. This “give” is called pressure relief. Without pressure relief, the shoulder can become squished into the mattress, which can lead to discomfort or a pins-and-needles feeling. After a while, if your bed doesn’t provide necessary pressure relief, the spine can actually become misaligned.

Should Heavier Folks Sleep on the Bowery Mattress?

No. This mattress is not ideal for heavier people because it’s a 10″ all-foam mattress. We generally recommend that heavy and obese individuals seek out coil mattresses, which tend to provide a lot more long-term support than their all-foam counterparts.

The price might be enticing, but if you’re in the 250 lb range, you should probably put your money toward a spring or hybrid mattress. There are plenty of mattresses that are made specifically for heavier folks. These include the Big Fig mattress and Helix Nightfall mattress.

What About Other Body Types?

This bed is best for petite and average-sized individuals due to its all-foam construction and medium firmness level. The smaller you are, the firmer a mattress will feel, so small individuals will find a softer mattress to be more comfortable and “cloud like,” if you will.

Will It Sleep Hot?

This bed is best for lighter and medium weight individuals that don’t sleep especially hot. Although Brooklyn Bedding infuses cooling gel into the top Energex foam layer, we didn’t notice it working especially well.

So, we’d deem this bed to sleep temperature neutral (like the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses). That means you aren’t going to actively heat up at night, but the bed won’t drastically cool you down, either. So if you find yourself heating up significantly while you sleep, you may want to consider one of the beds on our Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers list.

Is Bowery A Good Mattress for Couples?

We think this mattress will be a pretty good choice for couples, especially if you’re on a budget. The two aspects that are most important when you are sharing a bed are edge support and motion isolation.

Edge support is important if you are sharing a smaller sized bed, because you want to be able to utilize every square inch of the bed without feeling like you are about to fall off.

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Not great edge support, but fine for an all-foam bed

We’d say the Bowery mattress has average edge support. When you lay near the edge of the mattress, the bed gives a bit of a roll-off sensation, which can be unnerving. Edge support is not a high point for the Bowery. To be fair though, in many cases, all-foam mattresses have lackluster edge support. This is case with the IDLE Sleep Foam mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress as well.

Motion isolation is important because if your partner tosses and turns in their sleep, you don’t want to be woken up from residual movement. A motion isolating bed will ensure that both of you can wake up feeling rested.

We think it’s safe to say the Brooklyn Bowery mattress will let you sleep soundly through your partner’s late night bathroom trips, or early morning tossing and turning.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review: Verdict

All in all, the Brooklyn Bowery mattress is a very affordable, accommodating bed. This bed should offer consumers peace of mind, as Brooklyn offers a 120 day risk-free trial, as well as a 10-year warranty. It should be comfortable whether you sleep on your back, stomach, side, or switch positions throughout the night. However, it will likely be most comfortable for petite and average sized individuals. It will also be a comfortable option for people who sleep with a partner.

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What Makes Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Special

Price — By far, the biggest attractor to the Bowery is price. We consider this to be a more affordable Casper or Leesa mattress. It’s not the exact same, but it’s going after a similar demographic: price-conscious millennials that just want a comfortable mattress regardless of materials. It’s not as robust as an innerspring bed, but it’s also not trying to be. Bowery is designed to be a quality I’m-on-a-cup-of-noodle-budget bed. And at under $600 for a queen size, it’s hard to argue with Bowery being one of the best values out there.

Feel — This is the type of bed that most people agree is comfy. It might not satisfy everything you’re looking for, but we seriously doubt that you’ll have objections to the feel of the Bowery mattress. The percentage of people that will be fine with (or really like) Bowery has got to be over 60%.

Made in USA — Typically, budget beds under $500 are made in China, not the United States. That’s just the nature of offering an affordable product. But, since Brooklyn Bedding owns their own manufacturing facility (again, in Arizona), they are able to offer high quality beds at lower prices, considering most brands outsource manufacturing, even if they do so in the United States. On top of that, the bed has the standard CertiPUR-US certification that you want to make sure any bed that you purchase has.

120 Night Trial Period — Typically, 100 nights is customary in the online mattress space, but we do like that Brooklyn Bedding goes the extra mile with all of their beds. The additional 20 nights probably won’t change your decision, but they do give you a little extra breathing room to make absolutely certain that you’re making the right decision one way or the other.

Free Returns — In the budget tier, there aren’t many brands that offer free returns, especially if you’re buying an Amazon mattress. We love that the entire process is pretty much devoid of risk for the first few months.

Firmness — As mentioned earlier in the post, the Bowery is somewhere between soft and firm. The exact point on that spectrum will depend on a number of factors including your weight, height, height-to-weight ratio, sleeping preferences, and more. In general, though, the bed is about a medium, meaning most people under 230 lb should be fine with it.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

louis cote

Louis Côté

Side Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

FAQs

How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?

We were sent the Bowery by Brooklyn Bedding so that we could post a review about it. They did not pay us, however, to say good or bad things about it. Our opinions are our own, and we do not allow brands to control any facet of our review process.

Does Brooklyn Bedding sell any other products that go with this bed?

Yes, Brooklyn Bedding sells sheets, pillows, and even a power adjustable base (a wired remote model).

Does Brooklyn Bedding offer custom sized mattresses?

Yes, they do. They say if you want a custom mattress, call them at (888) 210-8751 or email them at [email protected] If you order a custom-sized mattress, you may have to pay for shipping.

What type of bed frame should I use with my Bowery mattress?

The Brooklyn Bowery will work with most platform, slat, and box spring foundations. You most likely won’t need to run out and purchase a new bed frame. It just needs a flat surface to lie on. Heck, it should be comfortable just lying on the floor. (Though it won’t look nearly as nice!)

How does the warranty work?

If you have any questions about Brooklyn Bedding return policies, warranty, or anything else, they say to reach out to their customer support team at (888) 210-8751. You can find more info at https://www.brooklynbedding.com/support/

Does Brooklyn Bedding make any other mattresses?

Yes, the Bowery bed is Brooklyn Bedding’s entry-level mattress. They sell a few other beds that come in a box as well, the Brooklyn Aurora and the Brooklyn Signature. The Aurora is Brooklyn’s luxury, hybrid model, while the Signature is their flagship mattress. Both the Aurora and the Signature allow you to choose your firmness level.

What about the new Brooklyn Bedding mattresses?

In addition to the two beds that we listed above, Brooklyn also recently (in 2018) launched a number of new beds. They now offer a Bowery Hybrid, which incorporates coils and yet is still really affordable. The also have Spartan, Freya, Titan, and several others. Each of the new beds has a niche. Spartan targets athletes. Titan goes after heavier individuals. And the Bowery Hybrid is for heavier individuals on a tight budget or people that want the bowery, but prefer to have coils.

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