Who Is It Best For?
Stomach and/or back sleepers
People that want a firm mattress
Who Won’t Love It?
Strict side sleepers or people that want a soft mattress
If you want a coil bed

Plank Mattress Review

The Plank mattress is a flippable mattress from Brooklyn Bedding. It has a different firmness profile on each side of the bed –– firm and extra firm. There is no doubt about it, this is a firm mattress, so it’s not for everyone.

The Plank mattress is definitely better suited to specific types of sleepers. Firm-bed lovers and back or stomach sleepers are the ideal sleepers for this bed. Heavier folks and side sleepers will likely prefer a different mattress. Find out if you will or won’t like it below.

Choose the firm side:

  • If you sleep with a partner who is a different weight. Most weight classes (outside of petite) will find the firm side of the Plank comfortable. 
  • If you like firm mattresses but still want a level of pressure relief from your bed. Even though it is a firm mattress, there is some contouring on the softer side. 
  • If you change sleeping positions through the night. Combo sleepers who favor their back or stomach during the night will find the firm side to be comfortable. 

Choose the extra-firm side:

  • If you want an extra-firm mattress. Make no mistake, this is one of the firmest beds you can get.
  • Honest Plank Video Mattress Review

How Does the Plank Mattress Feel?

Plank is double-sided, meaning you can sleep on both sides of the bed. Which is not only unique, but it gives sleepers the option to choose what firmness level they prefer. 

The Plank mattress comes in two firmness levels –– one side is firmer than the other. This feature sets Plank bed apart from the rest. It allows consumers to test both sides of the bed and decide which one suits their sleeping habits. Alternatively, you can use both sides to extend the life of the mattress.

The Plank Bed has a firm, neutral feel on the softer side and a firmer feel on the firm side. The bed doesn’t feel viscous like memory foam — instead, the Plank mattress feels like classic responsive foam. The top layers on both sides are still soft and comfortable, but you don’t sink into the bed. You sleep more on top of the mattress, and your hips stay in horizontal alignment with the rest of your body.

  • Firmness

    The top layers of the Plank mattresses are responsive, meaning they pop back into place almost immediately after pressure is released (unlike memory foam).

    Firmness levels:

    • We think the extra-firm side of the mattress comes in around a firm on our firmness scale. 
    • Similarly, we think the softer side lands on the firmer side of the spectrum, around a medium-firm on the firmness scale.

    Why did Brooklyn Bedding make the Plank mattress so firm? Honestly, the company’s goal was to create a firm, durable bed. In fact, the company uses the tagline “The firmest, flattest, healthiest way to sleep.” If you prefer a softer mattress and want to stick with Brooklyn Bedding, check out the Bowery, Signature or Aurora mattresses.

  • Pressure Relief

    Because both sides of the mattress are so firm, the Plank bed isn’t great for pressure relief. Side sleepers especially won’t get nearly enough relief for their shoulders and hips, especially smaller individuals. If you are petite or a side sleeper, we would not recommend the Plank for pressure relief.

  • Temperature

    Ultimately, we think the Plank mattress sleeps temperature neutral. The Plank bed doesn’t use any special cooling textiles or materials, but given its firmness level and the fact that you sleep more on top of the bed should help prevent you from warming up at night.

    You can purchase a cooling top panel for your Plank mattress. We didn’t test out the cooling model, but the materials are similar to what you find in Brooklyn Bedding’s Aurora mattress. It does raise the cost a bit ($200 more for a twin and $250 more for a queen/king), but it’s a good option for those who tend to sleep hot.

Plank Mattress Construction And Design

This mattress has four foam layers and totals 11.25″ thick. Starting from the firm side and working down, here’s how the mattress is constructed:

  • Firm-side top layer — The top layer of the firm side of the Plank mattress is 3/4″ of quilted soft proprietary foam for supportive comfort.
  • Transition layer — Next, you’ll find 2″ of TitanFlex support foam to provide a transition in between foams.
  • Main support layer — The bed’s support comes from 7″ of high-density poly foam.
  • Soft-side top layer — On the softer side of the bed there is 1.5″ of quilted soft proprietary foam for more plush support.
  • Cover Wrapping the four foam layers is a non-removable quilted cover. Overall, it’s soft, comfortable and gives the bed a premium look.
plank mattress layers

The primary difference between the two sides comes down to the thickness of the soft proprietary foam the bed uses for its two end pieces. The firm side has 3/4″ of soft foam and a layer of firm support foam underneath, while the soft side has 1.5″ of soft foam on top of the bed’s main support layer.

Plank Mattress Cover

Wrapping the four foam layers is a non-removable quilted cover. Overall, it’s soft, comfortable and gives the bed a premium look.

Body Type Analysis

  • Petite

    The foam of the Plank bed has a neutral feeling that’s likely too firm for a petite sleeper. Petite body types looking for a firm mattress may be happy with the Plank mattress, but everyone else should find a different mattress.

  • Average

    The Plank is best for people of average body type. The foam provides the right support without being overly firm or mushy. As for durability, an average-weight person shouldn’t put as much wear and tear on the mattress as a heavyset individual.

  • Heavy

    Normally, we point heavy sleepers towards beds that contain coils because coils are more durable and supportive. If you’re a large body type, we’d say hybrid and coil mattresses would be more ideal, but if you’re dead set on an all-foam mattress, the Plank is one of the better options out there.

Plank Mattress Sleeper Type Analysis

  • Side Sleepers

    There is no way around it, the Plank mattress has a firmer feel than most mattresses out there. Because of this, it’s likely not the best choice for side sleepers, as it won’t give you the pressure relief needed for your hips, shoulder, and knees. Unless you’re a side sleeper who likes a firmer mattresses, we would not recommend the Plank.

  • Back And Stomach Sleepers

    The Plank bed-in-a-box is an ideal option for back and stomach sleepers. The bed provides more than enough support for these types of sleepers. When laying on your back or stomach, your hips and trunk never sink-in or dip down to the point where your spine is no longer in proper alignment.

  • Combo Sleepers

    Combo sleepers who spend the most time on their stomach or back will enjoy the Plank mattress. The one positive is, the firmer mattress will encourage sleepers to spend more time on their back, which may be a better sleep posture.

Is Plank A Good Mattress For Couples?

Yes, as long as both partners are primarily back and stomach sleepers. If that’s the case, the Plank is a viable option for couples. Below we’ll go through a few key indicating factors that couples should consider.

Motion Isolation

First, the Plank bed limits motion transfer extremely well. It passed our tests easily. This is good news for people who share a bed with an active sleeper. A bed like the Plank that isolates motion well means you’ll feel less of your partner’s movements, which will help you get a more restful night’s sleep.

Edge Support

The Plank mattress provides superb edge support. In fact, it’s one of the best beds we’ve ever tested in this department. As you inch towards the perimeter of the bed, you always feel properly supported. This is crucial if you sleep on a smaller mattress or have a partner who pushes you all the way to the edge of the bed.

plank mattress edge support

What Does the Plank Mattress Cost?

The Brooklyn Bedding Plank lands in the middle of the bed-in-a-box industry in terms of price. Considering its high-quality construction and versatility, we think Plank is a good value. Here’s how MSRP pricing breaks down by size:

Twin XL$749$1,160
Cal King$1,249$1,833

However, those are just the MSRP prices. Plank is aggressive when it comes to sales, discounts, and promo codes. The company is almost always running a promotion. Check the box on the right to see what kind of discount you can get.

Plank Award

Is the Plank Mattress Worth It?

WeightPetite (<150 lbs)Medium (150-230 lbs)Heavy (>230 lbs)
pressure relief
firmness 9 7 5.5

Overall, there’s a lot to like about the Plank mattress –– it performs well in terms of motion isolation, edge support, and overall, it’s a supportive bed. That said, it’s not going to be the right bed for everybody. 

We see it being best for a certain type of person:

  1. First, you have to like or need a firm bed. 
  2. Next, you have to sleep primarily on your back or stomach. Side sleepers will not like Brooklyn Bedding Plank. 

If you meet those criteria, we think you’ll enjoy the mattress.

Other Beds From Brooklyn Bedding

  • Plank Mattress vs. Brooklyn Aurora

    The Aurora isn’t flippable, but that might be okay with you if you sleep hot because it is one of the coolest beds on the market. It’s even too cool for some people because the cooling cover isn’t removable. It comes in soft, medium and firm. Plank’s price ranges between $699 and $1,249. The Aurora mattress has a higher price point at $999 to $1,999. The Aurora also adds an extra layer that includes coils for a more luxurious, supportive feel. Plank’s firmness is best for back and stomach sleepers. Aurora is softer and best for side sleepers who need pressure relief.

  • Plank Mattress vs. Brooklyn Bowery

    The big thing that makes the Bowery a winner is that it’s budget-friendly. If you want a high-quality yet budget mattress from the company, it’s your best bet. It’s a medium of the firmness scale and has a soft, neutral foam feel.

Other Brooklyn Bedding Products

Plank Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A+
  • Amazon Reviews: Amazon reviewers awarded the Plank By Brooklyn Bedding with four out of five stars. Customers liked the firmness of the mattress and the fact it has two sides. The few complaints are due to an incorrect size being shipped, or customer service not being helpful.

Company Policies Overview

If you’re new to the whole bed-in-a-box concept, you’ll be surprised by just how easy and convenient it is to order a mattress online these days. Companies like Plank (Brooklyn Bedding) offer very friendly customer policies:

  • Trial period — 120-night risk-free sleep trial
  • Warranty10-year limited warranty
  • Shipping — Free delivery and returns

Comparing Plank vs. Other Brands

  • Plank vs. Purple Mattress

    Purple is one of the most popular foam mattresses available. Plank’s price ranges between $699 and $1,249. Purple’s twin mattress is $50 less at $649, but the price gets more expensive for a full mattress ($999), queen mattress($1,149) and king ($1,449 to $1,598). The Plank mattress has one more layer at four to Purple’s three. Purple is also ideal for all sleeper types.

  • Plank vs. Allswell Mattress

    Allswell is Walmart’s affordable venture into foam mattresses. Allswell is less expensive and uses coils for more durability. Both Plank and Allswell are ideal for back and stomach sleepers.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a plank mattress?

The Plank Mattress is a bed offered by Brooklyn Bedding. As the name suggests, it’s one of the firmest mattresses you can get. What’s cool about it is that it is flippable –– meaning you have the option between a medium-firm side and an extra-firm side.

How firm is the Plank mattress?

Since it’s flippable, the Plank mattress actually has two different firmness levels. One side is truly firm and the other is a medium-firm.

Are plank mattresses any good?

Brooklyn Bedding’s Plank mattress is a good mattress. But it’s not for everyone. The Plank mattresses will be liked best by stomach and back sleepers. Petite people or side sleepers will likely find the bed is too hard for them to sleep comfortable on.

Which side plank mattress is harder?

The two sides of the Plank mattresses are a firm and a medium-firm side. No matter what you call the sides –– firm or softer, extra-firm or firm –– the answer is the same, the extra-firm side is harder.

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  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD

    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie

    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Matt Ross

    Back Sleeper