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Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review

In this guide we review both the original foam bed and Bowery Hybrid

Last Updated: August 11, 2020

In this review we cover the ins and outs of the Bowery mattress and Bowery Hybrid, 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 Best For?

Individuals on a tight budget

If you just want a comfy foam bed

Who Won’t Love It?

Heavier individuals

If you want a coil bed

Jump To Links

Given that this review combines both the foam and hybrid Bowery models you can click the appropriate link above to learn more about whichever bed you’re interested in most.

Policies For Shipping & Returns

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 mattresses, like many of the mattresses we’ve reviewed, ship 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 mattresses have a 120-night trial period, but they include a caveat; the beds must be used for at least 30 days before they 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.

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 Bowery Mattress: Hybrid vs Foam Model

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.

  • Construction – The hybrid model (as the name implies) incorporates coils as opposed to dense poly foam for its primary support structure. Generally speaking, coils are more supportive for large individuals.
  • Price – The all-foam model is about $50-$100 cheaper than the hybrid model.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review

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.

Pricing For The Bowery Mattress

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 XL$499
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.

Inside The Brooklyn Bowery Foam Mattress

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.

Describing The Feel Of Bowery

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).

brooklyn bedding mattress review bowery firmness and feel

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.

Discussion Of Sleeping Positions

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. 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.

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 (the hybrid mode is much more ideal though). 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.

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.

Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Review

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. You can also learn more about Bowery Hybrid on the company’s website.

However, keep in mind, we can only fit so much detail into one video. Keep reading to learn more about the Bowery Hybrid bed-in-a-box from Brooklyn Bedding.

What Is The Bowery Hybrid Made Of?

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.

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A look inside the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid 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.

The Bowery Hybrid’s Quilted Cover

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).

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Spot clean the cover with a mild detergent

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.

Firmness And Comfort Of The Bed

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.

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We’ve found most folks find “neutral-foam” comfortable

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.

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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.

Sleeping Positions For The Hybrid Model

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.

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Not our favorite bed for strict side sleepers

Instead, we’d recommend strict side sleepers go with the all-foam Bowery model. It’s slightly softer and is a little more gentle around your pressure points (i.e. avoid hip pain and shoulder pain).

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.

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.

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Great option for back and stomach sleepers

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.

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Combo sleepers will also appreciate how responsive the bed is and will find it requires very little effort to switch between positions.

What About Heavy Individuals?

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.

Final Thoughts On The Hybrid Model

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.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper


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).

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. The also have SpartanFreyaTitan, 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.

What’s the difference between Bowery and Bowery Hybrid?

Brooklyn Bowery is an all-foam mattress that’s 10″ thick. It has a soft foam feel. Bowery Hybrid is the innerspring version of the Bowery mattress—it’s also a little firmer.

Does Brooklyn Bowery come with free shipping/returns?

Yes. For those that live inside the Contiguous US, you get free shipping and returns. You also have a 120-night trial period.

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!)

Is Bowery made in the USA?

Yes. Brooklyn Bedding makes all of their mattresses in the United States.