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Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review

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

Last Updated: October 20, 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

Overview Of Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Review

If you want a new mattress but don’t have a lot of money to spend, you might start to think you’ll have to stay on your inherited 20-year-old mattress for a while after looking at costs. However, if you want an affordable but high-quality mattress, the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery won’t break the bank and will still last for a while.

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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.

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.

Pricing For The Bowery Mattress

The Bowery mattress is 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 the company often runs promotions, particularly during major holidays. With regard to pricing and coupons, Brooklyn Bedding sets 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.
  • 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.
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Pretty simple design, but what’s not to like?

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.

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 it does not use chemical fire sprays or chemical retardants in the actual mattresses, but it does wrap the beds in high quality fire retardant socks. The fire socks are made with a non-woven silica/rayon/polyester/cotton blend.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Cover

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 gently dabbing at the stain, instead of rubbing vigorously.

Stretch knit cotton cover on the Bowery mattress

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.

Brooklyn Bowery Feel And Firmness

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 bowery firmness scale

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

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

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.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

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.

Side Sleepers

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

Combination Sleepers

This mattress is also a great option for combination sleepers who sleep in a variety of positions. Combination sleepers, like side sleepers, need an accommodating mattress that will give under the shoulder and hips.

brooklyn bedding bowery mattress review side sleepers
Plenty of pressure relief with the Bowery mattress

Brooklyn Bowery Mattress Body Type Analysis

Petite People

Petite people will find this bed comfortable because of its all-foam construction. 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. 

Average-Size People

Average-size people should also be quite comfortable on this mattress, because it’s of medium firmness, which is universally comfortable for people of average stature. The foam construction will provide enough support but you won’t sink in too much.

Heavier People

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.

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

We’d say the Bowery mattress has average edge support. When you lay near the edge of the mattress, the bed gives 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 the case with the IDLE Sleep Foam mattress and Nolah Original 10 mattress as well. Find out more about what exactly edge support is and how we judge it.

Motion Isolation

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.

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

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. 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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Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Review

You can also learn more about Bowery Hybrid on the company’s website. 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 layers and totals 10″ thick:

  • 1” layer of dense support foam as the foundation
  • 6” of ascension pocketed coils. Depending on which size you purchase, the bed will contain up to 1,024 individual coils.
  • 2″ layer of comfort foam
  • 1″ quilted top with gel memory foam.
A look inside the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid mattress

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

Firmness And Comfort Of The Bed

Despite the 1″ memory foam top layer, we 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 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.

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 less divisive of a feel compared to memory foam. If you’re dead set on a memory foam feel though, 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.

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 tad firmer and provides a little more support due to its coils.

brooklyn bedding bowery hybrid firmness scale

Sleeping Positions For The Hybrid Model

Side Sleepers

After testing the Bowery Hybrid, our team agrees that it’s not the best option for primary side sleepers. The bed 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.

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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).

Back And Stomach 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.

Great for the back!

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.

Combo Sleepers

Again, we think the mattress is great for stomach and back sleepers but not so much for strict side sleepers under 230 lb, so if you’re a combo sleeper, you’ll need to decide if you’ll be comfortable on this bed based on how much time you spend in certain positions. 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 little effort to switch between positions.

Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Mattress Body Type Analysis

Petite Sleepers

Petite sleepers should be fine on this bed.

Average Sleepers

This bed is designed to be comfortable for the average-sized body, so sleepers who are average-sized and sleep on the back or stomach will find this bed comfortable.

Heavy Sleepers

We think the Bowery Hybrid is 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.

Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Review Verdict

To be honest, we were pretty excited when Brooklyn announced it was coming out with the Bowery Hybrid because 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. We 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.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Reviews

  • BBB Rating: A+
  • Amazon Reviews: Amazon shoppers are pleased with the Brooklyn Bowery mattress, some saying it’s the best mattress they’ve ever slept on and that it feels very high quality.

Company Info

Brooklyn Bedding Mattress physical store locations 

  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • Fountain Hills, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Goodyear, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Queen Creek, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Surprise, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Ogden, UT

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Comparing Brooklyn Bedding Bowery vs. Casper

Casper runs a little more expensive than Brooklyn Bedding Bowery, but not by a ton. Both mattresses have three distinct layers of foam and sleep pretty similarly. Casper, however, has a zoned support layer of foam, offering more support in certain parts of the mattress. Both mattresses are medium firmness and suit all sleeper types.

Brooklyn Bedding Bowery vs. Tuft and Needle

The Tuft and Needle mattress is cheaper than Brooklyn Bedding Bowery by a small margin. It only has two layers of foam compared to Brooklyn Bedding Bowery’s three. Both mattresses have medium firmness and accommodate all sleeper types.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

Policies For Shipping & Returns

  • Trial period length: The Brooklyn Bowery mattresses have a 120-night trial period, but the beds must be used for at least 30 days before they can be returned. The Brooklyn return policy can only be used once per customer per calendar year.
  • Warranty policy: The Bowery 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. 
  • Shipping info: 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.

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).

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.