Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Overview
Founded in 1995, New Jersey-based Brooklyn Bedding is a family-owned company specializing in bedding and mattresses. The most affordable models in their mattress line-up are the Brooklyn Bowery (medium) and the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid (medium-firm), both of which come in at lower prices than many other comparable mattresses.
The Brooklyn Bowery is a mixed-foam mattress. Beneath the cotton blend cover is 3 inches of Energex gel foam and 2 inches of polyfoam. The 5-inch support core is made up of high-density polyfoam.
The Bowery Hybrid combines a 1-inch quilted gel foam cover with a 2-inch polyfoam comfort layer and 6 inches of pocketed coils in the support core. This core is finished with 1 inch of high-density polyfoam.
Our review will guide you through the details you’ll need to decide whether the Bowery or the Bowery Hybrid will work for you. In addition to construction, feel, and performance, we’ll cover pricing, examine similar mattresses, and outline Brooklyn Bedding’s policies.
Table of Contents
Meet Our Testing Team
- Lightweight side and back sleepers (Bowery). The Brooklyn Bowery has 5 inches of foam in its comfort layers, including 3 inches of gel foam. This provides a softer feel with excellent pressure relief for side and back sleepers under 130 pounds.
- Average and heavyweight back sleepers (Bowery Hybrid). With its medium-firm feel and excellent support from 6 inches of pocketed coils, the Bowery Hybrid is ideal for back sleepers who weigh over 130 pounds.
- Anyone looking for an affordable foam or hybrid mattress. As Brooklyn Bedding’s most budget-friendly options, both Bowery models have a significantly lower price-point than many other mattresses in their categories.
Not Recommended for...
- Stomach sleepers of any weight. Although the Bowery and Bowery Hybrid both offer good support for some stomach sleepers, neither mattress is entirely suitable for this position. Instead, customers may be interested in a mattress with firmness options, or a hybrid mattress with ergonomically zoned coils.
- People who tend to sleep warm. Both Bowery models have reasonably good temperature neutrality. However, very warm sleepers may be better served by latex mattresses or other materials with better temperature regulation.
Tuck's Video Review
We’ve covered everything you need to know about the Bowery and Bowery Hybrid in this review, but sometimes seeing a mattress in use can give you a better idea of whether it’s right for you. Watch the video below to see our team testing the Bowery Hybrid and learn more about what it offers.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Brooklyn Bowery and Bowery Hybrid mattresses. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
Both Bowery models performed well in our testing, particularly considering their price points, though each had its strengths and weaknesses. Read below to learn more about these ratings and how we decided on them.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Brooklyn Bowery and Bowery Hybrid mattresses across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
- Brooklyn Bowery
- Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid
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Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Awards
Based on positive ratings from our testing teams and mattress owners, the Bowery has earned the following awards in Tuck Mattress Guides.
How Is the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Constructed?
The Brooklyn Bowery has a cotton-blend cover in a stretchy, smooth-top weave. This gives it a soft, slightly slippery feel while allowing it to hug the mattress with no bunching or sagging. The Bowery Hybrid has a similar cover, but it is combined with one inch of quilted gel foam for a plush touch with additional body contouring.
A 3-inch Energex gel foam comfort layer is part of what gives the Bowery its medium firmness level. This trademarked polyfoam is meant to share qualities with memory foam and latex, offering high point elasticity for good pressure relief but offsetting this with latex-like responsiveness when moving positions.
Both the Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid are constructed with a 2-inch layer of polyfoam above their respective support cores. This gives some of the benefits of a transitional layer, such as preventing sleepers from sinking against the firmer support layers, while also providing further pressure relief.
Although the Bowery and Bowery Hybrid differ throughout their construction, the most significant differences are in their support layers. As a mixed-foam mattress, the Bowery has a 5-inch support core of high-density polyfoam, while the Bowery Hybrid lives up to its name with 6 inches of pocketed coils (up to 952 in the king-size) and a 1-inch base of high-density polyfoam.
The Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid are both 10 inches high. The all-foam Bowery’s support core and comfort layers are both 5 inches, while the Bowery Hybrid combines a 7-inch support core with a 2-inch comfort layer and a 1-inch quilted cover. While 10 inches is an average height for foam mattresses, it is below average for a hybrid model.
|Product Name||Firmness Options||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Brooklyn Bedding Bowery||Medium (5.5)||10″||5″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam||3″ 3.5 PCF Gel Polyfoam||Circular knit||Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Hybrid||Medium Firm (6.5)||10″||6″ Pocketed Coils
1″ 1.5 PCF Polyfoam
|2″ 1.5 PCF Polyfoam||1” Quilted Gel Memory Foam with Cotton Top|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
Unlike Brooklyn Bedding’s other mattresses, the Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid are each available at only one firmness level.
The Bowery has a medium (5.5 out of 10) firmness, while the Bowery Hybrid has a medium-firm (6.5 out of 10) feel. Since both mattresses use polyfoam in their comfort layers, both have a softer sleep surface with better contouring than innerspring beds, or those that feature latex instead of a less resilient foam.
During our testing, our team found that they sank slightly more into the Bowery than the Bowery Hybrid. Neither mattress offered deep contouring, though both gave sleep testers the feeling of sleeping ‘in’, rather than ‘on’, the bed.
The Hybrid’s pocketed coils could not be felt through the comfort layers, and side-sleepers, as well as testers above 230 pounds, appreciated the improved support.
Next, we’ll take a closer look at each performance rating we gave to the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery and Bowery Hybrid. These ratings are based on findings from our internal and external testing teams, along with reviews from verified Bowery owners.
Brooklyn Bedding offers mattresses with high-quality materials and top-notch construction. Despite their lower prices, the Brooklyn Bowery and Bowery Hybrid are no exception. Both use fairly dense foams which are unlikely to degrade significantly over a mattress’s natural lifespan, and neither should be prone to sagging or similar problems. However, the Hybrid model’s quilted gel foam cover may compress and lose some of its pressure-relieving qualities over time.
We expect the Bowery to last six to eight years, while the Bowery Hybrid will likely have a lifespan of six to seven years. Despite their value pricing, this is comparable with other all-foam and hybrid mattresses.
During our testing, the Bowery showed very good motion isolation. Our testers who sleep with a partner were able to feel when their partner got out of bed, but only a few noticed referred motion when they shifted or changed position during the night. However, the Bowery Hybrid received a lower score, with more reports of referred movement.
This discrepancy is to be expected, as Energex foam’s high point elasticity allows it to compress without disturbing the rest of the bed’s surface. While pocketed coils perform better in this category than connected springs, the Bowery Hybrid has fewer coils than some more expensive competitors, which translates into less motion isolation. Regardless, it still performed better than some other hybrids in its price class.
Our team found both Bowery models to have an odor upon unboxing due to the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These relatively harmless gases are a byproduct of manufacturing synthetic foams, so the Bowery — which has 10 inches of foam as compared to the Bowery Hybrid’s 3 inches — had a stronger smell and a longer off-gassing period than the Hybrid.
However, after 24 hours, the Bowery had a milder odor, and the Bowery Hybrid was nearly odorless. After 48 hours, the Bowery had also finished off-gassing and was scent-free. We expect that most people could comfortably sleep on either mattress after the first day, and within two days of unboxing, very few sleepers would notice any odor.
In-house pressure mapping and the experiences of our sleep testers showed that the Bowery offers far better pressure relief than its hybrid counterpart. Our lightweight sleep-testers, particularly those who sleep on their side, found that the Bowery cradled their body’s curves, while the Bowery Hybrid did not provide adequate contouring and caused the development of pressure points. Although heavier sleep testers preferred the Bowery Hybrid overall – likely due to its firmer feel – they did not find that it offered them significant pressure relief.
Pocketed coils are more absorbing than connected springs, but the Hybrid is let down by its thin comfort layers and single-gauge coils. The Bowery, with its medium firmness, thick gel foam comfort layer, and polyfoam support core, is a better choice for customers interested in pressure relief.
Pressure-relieving polyfoam traps more heat than other mattress materials, and our sleep testers found that this quality hindered both the Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid in this category. Testers who sleep hot found that the Bowery often became too warm for them, particularly after several hours in bed. The Bowery Hybrid, while still lacking true temperature neutrality, offers a cooler sleep due to the improved airflow through its coils.
While neither mattress earned excellent marks for temperature neutrality, both Bowery models do sleep cooler than many similarly-constructed competitors in their price range.
While our testers gave good marks to the Bowery Hybrid for its edge support, the Bowery was significantly let down by its all-foam construction. The Hybrid model stood up very well to testers sitting on the side of the bed and supported our average-weight and lightweight testers when sleeping close to the edge. Although some heavier testers felt less supported, they were still able to sleep relatively close to the margins.
The Bowery, on the other hand, had several drawbacks. While high-density foam makes for a relatively sturdy support core, it also has much worse edge support than coils. Sleep-testers sleeping near the edge felt that they might roll off, and sitting on the side of the bed caused a significant dip in the mattress.
Reports from our sleep testers matched our knowledge of the noise levels of materials used in each mattress. As an all-foam mattress, the Bowery was nearly silent even when testers shifted or changed position. The Bowery Hybrid, with its pocketed coils, was reasonably quiet but did sometimes creak softly with movement.
This trend is likely to continue as the mattresses age, as foam remains quiet throughout its lifetime, while coils can develop further creaks and squeaks over time. However, most sleepers — even those who are easily disturbed — will not find the Hybrid to be an excessively noisy mattress.
While neither Bowery model received excellent marks in this category, the Bowery Hybrid still bested the Bowery due to its edge support and the responsiveness of its pocketed coil support core. The Bowery is quieter, but the Hybrid model’s gentle creaks are not significantly noticeable.
Both suffered from polyfoam’s drawbacks — difficulty in changing position and very little ‘bounce’ — but the Bowery’s thicker foam layers emphasized these qualities more. However, the Bowery’s grade here is on par with many other all-foam mattresses, while the Bowery Hybrid’s marks are slightly below average for a hybrid.
Next up in our review of the Brooklyn Bowery and Bowery Hybrid mattresses, we’ll cover how we decided on our sleeper ratings for both models.
While individual preferences can vary widely, certain mattresses are more suitable for different body shapes, position preferences, and weight categories. To remain objective and help our readers find their ideal bed, our sleep-testers have a range of body shapes and preferred sleep positions.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Overall, our testing found the Brooklyn Bowery to be more suitable for lightweight sleepers than the Bowery Hybrid. Due to its better pressure relief qualities and softer feel, the Bowery compressed just enough beneath our lightweight testers to prevent pressure points and leave them feeling cradled and well-supported.
In contrast to the Bowery, the Hybrid model was less popular among lightweight sleep testers. While still offering a good sleep for this weight category, the Bowery Hybrid’s medium-firm level made for less pressure relief and decreased support. Softer hybrids, like those available in Brooklyn Bedding’s other mattress lines, may be a better option for lightweight sleepers interested in this type of construction.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Both the Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid offered good sleep experiences for the average-weight testers on our team.
Back sleepers preferred the Bowery, as the deep gel foam comfort layer cradled them while supporting their pelvis for proper spinal alignment. Although most of our average-weight stomach and side sleepers still slept well on both mattresses, neither was perfectly suited to them. The combination of support and pressure relief was adequate, but there was some next-day stiffness among sleep testers in both position categories.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Just as the softer Bowery scored better among our lightweight testers, the Bowery Hybrid fared better with the testers on our team who weigh over 230 pounds.
More weight requires more support, and the Bowery Hybrid’s pocketed coils proved more than capable of offering this to our heavier testers. Combined with the Hybrid’s comfort layers, both side and back-sleepers in this category found the mattress provides enough pressure relief to offset the firmer support core. (Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, found it to be slightly too firm but very supportive.) While the all-foam Bowery still found admirers among back-sleepers, it was a poor fit for heavier side and stomach-sleeping testers.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $499 Bowery $549 Bowery Hybrid
- Twin XL $549 Bowery $649 Bowery Hybrid
- Full $649 Bowery $749 Bowery Hybrid
- Queen $699 Bowery $799 Bowery Hybrid
- King $949 Bowery $1,049 Bowery Hybrid
- Cali King $949 Bowery $1,049 Bowery Hybrid
How Does the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Compare to Other Beds?
Our testing process allows us to notice the similarities and differences among a wide range of competing mattresses. In this section, we’ll compare and contrast several mattresses and highlight details that will help you find the best mattress for your size, sleeping position, and budget.
In addition to the Bowery and Bowery Hybrid, Brooklyn Bedding sells other mattresses. Unlike the Bowery models, all of them are available in soft, medium, or firm options. As the other Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are hybrids, we’ll be comparing them against the Bowery Hybrid.
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Signature
The Brooklyn Signature is halfway between the Bowery Hybrid and Brooklyn Bedding’s luxury options. Like the Bowery Hybrid, the Signature features 6 inches of pocketed coils, a high-density polyfoam support layer, and a quilted cover. However, it also has higher-end features which set it apart.
An additional 2 inches of responsive gel foam provides significantly improved pressure relief, as well as better temperature neutrality and motion isolation. Additionally, the 2-inch comfort and transition layer is made from the same Energex foam used in the all-foam Bowery.
The Signature beats the Bowery Hybrid at pressure relief because of it’s additional responsive gel foam, providing an excellent balance between the body-conforming feel of memory foam and responsiveness. Additionally, the Signature’s firmness options (ranging from soft to firm) make it a better choice for average and lightweight back sleepers.
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Aurora
Brooklyn Bedding’s most popular mattress, the Brooklyn Aurora, is also one of the company’s most luxurious. While priced significantly higher than the Bowery Hybrid, the Aurora also has several features which utilize advanced mattress technology. Both the quilted polyfoam cover and the 1.5-inch-thick, copper-infused Energex comfort layer contain temperature-regulating phase change molecules.
The Aurora has a second 2-inch comfort layer, made of resilient polyfoam, which is followed by a 1-inch transitional layer. While the Bowery Hybrid offers great temperature neutrality, the Aurora uses a variety of specialty foams, fabrics, and additional pocketed coils to create one of the coolest mattresses we’ve ever tested. The Aurora offers an incredibly comfortable experience for people that sleep hot.
The Aurora is also available in three firmness levels: soft, medium, and firm. Overall, the Aurora had excellent scores in our testing and higher sleep ratings across the board, but is also a much more expensive option than the Bowery Hybrid.
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Spartan
Developed with athletes in mind, the Brooklyn Spartan is a unique hybrid which features a smart fabric cover. This cover, made to utilize Far Infrared Rays technology, is said to promote recovery while alleviating aches and pains.
The Spartan also offers similar features to the Aurora, including copper-infused foam, phase-change materials, two comfort layers, a transitional layer, and an 8-inch pocketed coil support core of up to 1,189 coils.
As with the Aurora, it excels in some areas where the Bowery Hybrid falls short, though for a significantly higher price. The Spartan is available in soft, medium, and firm firmness settings. While both the Spartan and the Bowery Hybrid are equally suitable for back-sleepers, the Spartan is a better choice for stomach, side, and lightweight sleepers.
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid vs. Brooklyn Bloom
The Brooklyn Bloom combines an 8-inch pocketed coils support layer of up to 1,189 coils with three inches of sustainable Talalay latex. Unlike the polyfoam used in the Bowery Hybrid, latex is a natural product with excellent heat neutrality and a firm, springy feel. It offers a floating sensation of sleeping ‘on’, rather than ‘in’, the mattress. The Bloom’s cover continues the natural theme with an organic cotton and Joma wool cover, making this mattress the company’s most eco-friendly offering.
Lightweight sleepers may appreciate the Bloom’s softer firmness option, but the Bowery Hybrid’s pressure-relieving foam makes it a better choice for heavier back-sleepers.
Now that we’ve covered the mattresses offered by Brooklyn Bedding, we’ll compare both the Bowery and the Bowery Hybrid against similar models from competing brands.
Brooklyn Bowery vs. the Casper Essential
Much like the Bowery for Brooklyn Bedding, the Essential is Casper’s most affordable mattress and is available at a lower price point than the Bowery. It has an extra inch in height, reflecting the Essential’s two comfort layers — memory foam and polyfoam — rather than the high-density polyfoam base shared by both mattresses.
At 7.5 out of 10, the Essential has a ‘firm’ rating, which makes it more suitable for heavier sleepers than the Bowery. On the other hand, the Bowery is a better overall choice for both lightweight and average-weight sleepers and is significantly more supportive for stomach sleepers in these categories.
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid vs. the Allswell
Allswell’s flagship Allswell Mattress is an ultra-affordable hybrid, available at less than half the price of a Bowery Hybrid of the same size. Like the Bowery Hybrid, the Allswell combines a quilted foam cover with a polyfoam comfort layer and pocketed coils in the support core. Its sleep ratings are also comparable to the Bowery Hybrid, though the Allswell tends to be noisier but have better motion isolation.
Because they have a similar medium-firm feel, the Allswell and Bowery Hybrid are equally suitable for average-weight and heavier back and side sleepers. Average-weight stomach sleepers and lightweight side sleepers, however, are better served by the pressure relief of Bowery Hybrid’s quilted gel-foam cover.
Brooklyn Bloom Hybrid
|SLEEP TRIAL||120 nights||120 nights||100 nights||100 nights||100 nights||100 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||10 Year||10 Year||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Limited||10 years|
Brooklyn Bedding Bowery FAQ
Sleep Trial 120 nights
Shipping Free for standard-size mattresses
Warranty 10 years, non-prorated
Made In USA
Where Can I Buy the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery?
The Bowery is available for purchase on the Brooklyn Bedding website, as well as Amazon.com. The company also operates 25 brick-and-mortar showrooms in Arizona and two additional locations in Utah.
Where Do They Ship?
Brooklyn Bedding ships mattresses anywhere in the United States and Canada.
White Glove Delivery?
Brooklyn Bedding does not offer White Glove delivery at this time.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is not available with any orders.
Full Delivery Policy
Delivery Policy: The delivery policy for Brooklyn Bedding mattresses is as follows:
- All Brooklyn Bedding orders require one to three business days for processing.
- Brooklyn Bedding ships mattresses in the U.S. and Canada using FedEx Ground. Processing requires two to three business days, and estimated delivery times are three to five business days after processing is complete.
- Tracking numbers are created at the time of purchase, but will not be fully activated until FedEx processes the package at one of their warehouses. This means that the tracking number may not be available for at least one to two days after purchase.
- Customers may choose expedited shipping for their mattress. In order to do so, they must contact Brooklyn Bedding by phone.
- Shipping is free for standard-size mattresses, but custom orders may incur extra shipping charges.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
Trial Period and Guarantee: Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial for both mattresses:
- The sleep trial begins on the date that the mattress is received.
- There is a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers must test out the mattress for at least 30 nights before they will be eligible to exchange the mattress or return it for a full refund.
- Customers may only participate in the sleep trial once per calendar year.
- Shipping fees, including expedited shipping charges, are non-refundable.
Warranty: Brooklyn Bedding offers a 10-year non-prorated warranty:
- Warranty coverage begins on the date of purchase. Brooklyn Bedding will, at their sole option, repair or replace mattresses with defects for as long as the warranty is valid.
- Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are designed for use with bed frames with ‘solid support with little to no give’. These include ‘slatted wood or metal foundations with slats no more than 4″ apart, wood or metal box foundations, and solid wood or metal platforms’. The warranty will be voided if an improper foundation is used to support the mattress. Improper foundations include box springs that are more than five years old and/or lack solid support, and slatted wood or metal foundations with slats that span more than 4″ apart.
- Brooklyn Bedding may refuse to repair or replace a mattress or mattress component if the mattress is deemed ‘unsanitary’.
- The warranty is exclusively available to the original owner. Anyone who purchases the mattress from the owner does so ‘as is’, and will not receive warranty coverage.
8 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Brooklyn Bedding, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Brooklyn Bedding currently holds an ‘A+’ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Brooklyn Bedding, LLC was founded in 2009; its parent company, R&S Mattress, first launched in 1995. The company’s latest product line launched in 2018.
Brooklyn Bedding operates 25 brick-and-mortar showrooms in Arizona, as well as two locations in Utah. The company has also partnered with stores in Chicago, Edina, Bozeman, New York City, and McLean. A full store map can be found on the Brooklyn Bedding website.
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