Here is a quick video that explains what to expect from the Brooklyn Bedding Spartan bed-in-a-box.
However, like with most things in life, there is more to the story. Keep reading for additional details regarding the Spartan mattress.
Brooklyn Bedding, like most bed-in-a-box companies, offers extremely friendly customer polices. They make it very easy for consumers to test out their beds. Let’s explore how.
First, the Spartan mattress comes with free shipping (to the contiguous 48 states) and arrives compressed in a box. Once the box arrives, just simply move it to your room and unroll the mattress onto your frame like the Slumber Yard team below. Once you get the bed all set-up, it’s a good idea to let it fully inflate for about 24-48 hours before using it (that’s the case with pretty much all beds that arrive rolled-up and compressed).
Next, Brooklyn Bedding offers you a 120 night risk-free trial period. Essentially, the company is giving you four full months to sleep on the mattress and decide whether you want to keep it or not. This is how online mattress companies get around not having thousands of retail locations for you test their beds in-store before purchasing. If, after 30 nights on the bed, you decide the Spartan mattress is not for you, don’t worry, the return/refund process is very simple.
All you have to do is contact the Brooklyn customer support team and they’ll schedule for your mattress to be picked-up by a third-party crew for no additional fee. Once the mattress has been removed, the company will issue you a full refund. Lastly, the Spartan mattress comes with a 10 year warranty. You can read more about what the warranty entails on the company’s website.
Besides the Spartan mattress, Brooklyn Bedding offers several others beds as well. Here is a quick synopsis of each one in case you’re interested in checking out our full reviews.
Bowery – This is Brooklyn’s most affordable mattress. It’s an all-foam bed that has a soft, neutral-foam feel.
Bowery Hybrid – Similar to the all-foam version except it’s slightly firmer and incorporates coils for its primary support structure.
Signature – This is Brooklyn’s flagship mattress. It has a hybrid construction and is available in three different firmness levels.
Aurora – Premium, hybrid mattress that incorporates special cooling textiles for hot sleepers. It too comes in three different firmness options.
Bloom Hybrid – Extremely comfortable hybrid bed that contains natural and organic materials.
It’s also important to note that Brooklyn Bedding operates their own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. They are one of the few online mattress companies that actually manufacture beds themselves. A lot of other bed-in-a-box companies use contract manufacturers to make their beds. Having their own facility gives Brooklyn Bedding complete control over the manufacturing process from start to finish.
Before we get too deep into this review, we just want to make it clear that the Spartan mattress comes in three different comfort levels. You can choose between a soft, medium or firm version of the mattress. The medium option is the most popular model but we’ll make sure to reference all three comfort levels throughout this review.
The Spartan mattress is priced near the higher-end of the bed-in-a-box industry. It will cost you around $500-$1,000 more than the average mattress-in-a-box. However, keep in mind, this is a premium, high-quality bed that is manufactured by one of the most well-respected companies in the industry. As such, its price tag shouldn’t come as a huge shock. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
|King / Cal King||$2,399|
The good news though is that Brooklyn Bedding is very generous when it comes to sales and discounts. You can almost always take advantage of a coupon code or promo code to make the Spartan mattress more affordable. You can usually expect to take $200-$400 off the MSRP price. Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what sort of savings you can snag right now.
If the Spartan mattress is still out of your price range, we got you covered with our list of the Best Mattresses Under $1,000.
The Spartan mattress is comprised of six different layers (if you count the cover) and totals 13.5″ thick. For the very bottom, the bed uses a 1″ layer of dense poly foam. This layer doesn’t do much for the sleeper from a practical standpoint, it’s more so there to serve as a foundation for the coils above. Now that the cat is out of the bag, the next is layer is comprised of 8″ quantum edge pocketed coils. Together, these coils serve as the primary support framework for the bed. Depending on which size mattress you select, the bed will contain up to 1,189 individual coils.
Sitting on top of the coils is a 1″ layer of visco-elastic memory foam. This layer is there to provide a transition from the firm coils below. Next, the bed uses a 2″ layer of what the company calls its “Hyper-Elastic TitanFlex Foam”. This is a proprietary foam that is designed to provide deep comfort yet also add some responsiveness near the top portion of the mattress. Finally, on top, the bed uses a 1.5″ layer of copper-gel Energex foam. This foam layer serves as the true comfort layer of the mattress and it too is considered a proprietary foam (i.e. it’s not memory foam). As you will find out in the following sections, the two top layers give the mattress a soft, neutral-foam feel.
Wrapping the layers of foam and coils is what the company calls its “Nanobionic RE-3 Performance Cover”. This is what makes the Spartan mattress truly unique. As the name implies, the cover uses patented Nanobionic RE-3 technology, which is supposed to help transform your body’s natural heat into waves of energy that is then reflected back to your body through the cover’s fibers. Now we’re not scientists so it’s hard for us to opine on the efficacy of those statements but what we can tell you is that this technology has been approved for general wellness by the FDA and has been proven to increase oxygen, enhance circulation and improve sleep quality.
Given the benefits of this technology, we see this mattress being a great option for athletes or anyone who lives an active lifestyle that is overly concerned with recovery and general wellness. Just so you’re aware, the Spartan mattress is one of the few beds out there that incorporates special FDA approved wellness materials. The Original Bear and Bear Hybrid mattresses are the only other beds we’ve tested that incorporate these types of materials and technology.
While the cover provides several benefits related to wellness, it’s important to note that it is non-removable. That means if you happen to spill something on the bed or it gets dirty, you can’t just unzip the cover and throw it in the wash. Instead, you should spot clean the cover with a mild detergent and some water. Also, while cleaning, make sure to dab the cover rather than rub it.
If you’re worried about the cover getting dirty, you may want to look into purchasing the Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Protector to help protect against spills and stains. Alternatively, you can always check out popular mattress protectors on Amazon.
Before we discuss the feel and firmness of the Spartan mattress, let’s first discuss how your weight, body type and BMI affect how you perceive a mattress to feel.
Generally speaking, large body types (250+ pounds) think most mattresses they try are on the softer side of the spectrum. These types of individuals place a large amount of force on the surface of a mattress and as a result tend to sink into the soft top layers more than smaller individuals.
Smaller body types, on the other hand, tend to think most mattresses are on the firmer side of the spectrum. The opposite is true for these types of individuals. They place very little pressure on the surface and as a result sleep more on top of the mattress rather than in it.
The above are generalizations but it’s still important to keep your body weight/type top of mind as you progress through this review. We typically write through the mindset of an average sized individual, however, as you will find out below, we make sure to take time to discuss all body types.
As you might expect given the bed’s top layers are comprised of proprietary foams, the mattress has what we call a “neutral-foam” feel. What we mean by the term “neutral” is that the top layers are soft and comfortable but they don’t quite contour or conform to your body’s shape the way memory foam does. In our experience, we’ve found that a lot of consumers actually prefer this type of feel as opposed to traditional memory foam. It just seems like it’s a little less divisive of a feel at the end of the day.
Another nice thing about this bed is that it’s quite responsive. Between the resilient proprietary foam top layers and the 8″ coils, the bed has quite a bit of bounce to it. In fact, Slumber Yard team member Jeff likes to say the bed has a bouncy, neutral-foam feel.
As you can see above, the top layers snap back to position quickly after pressure is released. This is good news for active sleepers who switch between positions frequently. These types of sleepers will find it effortless to switch from their back to their stomach or vice versa, for example.
In terms of firmness, we think the medium option lands around a medium on our soft-to-firm scale (it doesn’t always work out that way but in this case it does). Also, in our opinion, the firm option lands closer to a medium-firm, while the soft option lands closer to a medium-soft. Overall, we found the medium model strikes a nice balance between pressure relief and support.
Keep in mind, your weight and body type play a role when it comes to firmness/softness. For example, a heavier sleeper will likely find that the medium model actually lands closer to a medium-soft, while a more petite sleeper will likely think the medium model belongs closer to a medium-firm designation.
Yes. We found the Spartan mattress to be very accommodating for side sleepers. The top layers are soft, gentle and provide a good amount of pressure relief. Even though the top layers don’t quite conform to your body like memory foam, we found the bed still cradles your pressure points (i.e. hips and shoulders) extremely well when you’re on your side.
It’s important to note that the statements above are in reference to the soft and medium options. We wouldn’t recommend the firm option for strict side sleepers.
Yes. The Spartan mattress is an excellent choice for back and stomach sleepers. The bed provides solid support under your lower back and trunk. Our testing team (even the heavier ones) found their hips stayed in proper alignment with the rest of their body throughout the night.
Overall, we recommend primary back and stomach sleepers stick with either the medium or firm options. Typically, these types of sleepers prefer mattresses that are on the firmer side of the spectrum. The soft model is ultimately going to be a tad bit too soft.
Given our answers to the previous two sections, you probably can guess what our response is going to be but let’s go ahead and spill the beans anyways. Yes, we think the Spartan mattress is accommodating for combo sleepers who rotate between all three sleeping positions. That’s the beauty of a mattress that comes in three different firmness options. Every sleeper type will be able to choose a model that best fits their particular sleeping habits.
With that said, we recommend combo sleepers choose the medium option. This model is going to provide the best of both worlds (pressure relief and support). However, if you’re a combo sleeper that spends more than 50% of the time on your back or stomach, you may consider the firm option for extra support. Likewise, if you spend more than 50% of the time on your side, you may consider the soft option for added pressure relief.
Remember the other nice thing about the Spartan mattress is that it’s fairly responsive. In other words, you do get any sort of stuck-in-the-mud feeling while sleeping on this bed. This makes it very easy for combo sleepers to switch between positions.
In short, we think the Spartan mattress is a great option for people who weigh more than 250 pounds (as well as petite and average sized individuals obviously). We say this for two primary reasons. First, it’s a thick mattress that is comprised of high-quality materials. In fact, the Spartan mattress is about 3.5″ thicker than the typical bed-in-a-box. Generally, thicker beds are preferable for larger individuals since they are more difficult to bottom out.
More importantly though, the bed uses 8″ coils for its primary support structure. We almost always recommend heavy folks go with a bed that contains either individually wrapped coils or innerspring units. That’s because coils have proven to be more durable and provide more support than dense poly foams that all-foam beds use for their foundations. Coils provide what we call “bi-directional support” meaning they compress (like dense poly foams) but also provide a little resistance (push-back) against pressure. This extra bit of push-back is key to properly support the large amount of force and pressure heavy individuals exert onto a mattress.
Having said that, we recommend folks who weigh more than 250 pounds stick with either the medium or firm Spartan options regardless of their primary sleeping position. Heavy folks will find that they simply sink too far into the soft option.
SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy Sleepers
No, we don’t think the Spartan mattress sleeps hot. Rather, we think it sleeps more temperature neutral. In other words, you won’t heat up on the mattress but it also won’t actively cool you down.
With that said, your weight and body type do matter when it comes to sleeping temperature. The above statements were in reference to petite and average sized individuals but larger body types have to be a little more careful. For example, a bigger person who selects the soft Spartan model may find that they sink into the bed a little too much and the top layers will sort of wrap them as a result.
Keep in mind, temperature regulation is a tough subject to nail down due to a variety of external factors that play a role in your sleeping temperature. For example, factors such as the settings on your air conditioner, what type of sheets/comforter you use and what area of the country you live in (Florida vs South Dakota) can all effect how warm or cool you sleep throughout the night.
Lastly, we think the Spartan mattress is a viable option for couples who share a bed. It performs well in terms of edge support and motion isolation, which are two important considerations for couples.
First, the bed isolates motion surprisingly well. I know earlier we talked about the bounce from the coils, however, in our tests, the top layers actually did a pretty decent job of deadening movement.
As you can see above, the water in the glass stays fairly steady despite the movement on the other side of the mattress. This is a good sign for people who share a bed with an active sleeper that moves around a lot throughout the night. A better a mattress is at controlling motion means you’ll feel less of your partner’s movements during the night. No one wants to be jostled awake every time their partner gets up to go to the bathroom.
Next, the bed also provides pretty solid edge support. It’s not the best we’ve ever experienced but it’s definitely good enough to get the job done.
Edge support is particularly important for couples who sleep on a smaller sized mattress like a full or queen. A bed that provides solid support around the perimeter means there is more useful surface area for both partners to spread out and get comfortable. Ultimately, we think the Spartan mattress will be just fine in this department.
All in all, we really like the Spartan mattress. It’s a well-constructed bed that is super comfortable and comes in multiple firmness levels. However, it will cost you a pretty penny. As such, we see it being best for athletes and people who live an active lifestyle that are intrigued by the benefits of the Nanobionic technology in the cover. That’s really the big selling point with this bed.
If you’re not really into the special technology in the bed, we recommend checking out the Brooklyn Signature mattress. This mattress is a lot more affordable than the Spartan yet it shares some of the same characteristics in terms of feel and firmness options.
How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?
|Brooklyn Bedding sent us the Spartan mattress for free in order to test it. However, we did not accept any monetary compensation from the company to publish this review. We retain full control over the content we publish.|
Is the Spartan mattress safe?
|Yes, the foams within the Spartan mattress are all CertiPUR Certified, meaning they are free from harmful chemicals and toxins.|
What kind of frame does the Spartan mattress require?
|The Spartan mattress is compatible with most existing frames, foundations and box springs. However, it's important your existing frame has little to no flex and can properly support the weight of both you and your new mattress.|
How long does it take to break-in the Spartan mattress?
|Typically, it takes around 30-45 nights to properly break-in a new mattress. Likewise, it takes around the same period of time for your body to adjust to a new bed.|
Does Brooklyn Bedding ship to Canada, Hawaii or Alaska?
|Yes, Brooklyn Bedding ships to these locations. However, they charge an additional fee to do so. The final shipping amount will be calculated upon checkout.|