Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Review

The Aurora is a luxury hybrid mattress that goes all-in on “cooling” features. It uses a material which feels cool to the touch, it uses phase change materials, and it uses an innerspring unit for better air flow. If sleeping hot is your main concern, the Aurora could be the best option out there.

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SUMMARY

Brooklyn Bedding came onto the scene in 2008, before the direct-to-consumer mattress sales trend took off. It is also the rare company that owns its own factory. In fact, other “mattress in a box” companies contract with Brooklyn Bedding to build their mattresses.

Other companies trust Brooklyn Bedding to build their mattresses. That’s a pretty strong endorsement for Brooklyn Bedding products themselves.

Whether it’s the luxury hybrid mattress with significant cooling features like the Aurora, or mattresses they manufacture for others, Brooklyn Bedding offers customers a mix of proven business acumen, engineering innovation and production expertise.

The Aurora is Brooklyn Bedding’s latest offering. Hearing feedback from customers about feeling too warm to fall asleep, the company through its efforts at ramping up the cooling features in the Aurora. The cover fabric, the phase change materials in the memory foam layers and the innerspring structural support are all geared towards increasing air flow and keeping the mattress and sleeper cool.

If you sleep hot and seek relief, the Aurora could be the best option out there for you.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Aurora has many advantages:

  • Available in three firmness levels to please different kinds of sleepers.
  • Designed and manufactured by Brooklyn Bedding, a one-stop shop.
  • Hybrid design uses memory foam and innerspring coils for a luxurious feel.
  • Cool to the touch with other features to help you stay cool while you sleep
  • Though delivered compressed in a box, it quickly comes to life once opened.
  • Made in the USA. Free shipping and returns.
  • Eco-friendly foams that carry the CertiPUR-US tag.
  • Comes with a generous 120-day trial period.
  • Company experts can help you find the right mattress for you, even after you purchased one.

FEATURES

Type

The Aurora is a luxury hybrid mattress, meaning it has a flat top commonly seen in all-foam mattresses, but an innerspring system of pocket coils underneath. Brooklyn Bedding went into the design phase with the goal of , making a mattress that “sleeps cool.” Between the phase change materials, gel pad and air flow, it is one of the cooler —Literally? Yes. Figuratively? Up to you to decide.—mattresses on the market.

Cooling

The Aurora stakes its reputation on being the mattress that keeps sleepers cool throughout the night. Even when you touch it straight out of the box, it feels cool.

The Aurora excels at “thermal conductivity” meaning it quickly moves heat away from you. For example, it can take up to 35 minutes of you lying in bed before it stops feeling cool to the touch.

Plenty of people crave this feature. “Sleeping hot” has become more of an issue since the advent of memory foam mattresses. While the Aurora does use memory foam, it counteracts that by infusing cooling gels into the foam and using innerspring coils for support. The coils encourage air flow.

Firmness

The Aurora is available in three firmness levels—soft, medium and firm—to accommodate the most sleepers regardless of their sleep position. Firmness changes based on how firm the TitanFlex layer is.

Brooklyn Bedding recommends choosing soft if you are a side sleeper who likes being “hugged” by your mattress, or a thinner person. Choose medium if you change positions often. Choose firm if you are a stomach or back sleeper who doesn’t like to sink deeply into your mattress, or are on the heavier side.

The medium is going to be best for most people and it was the one we were able to review. If it means anything to you when someone puts their money where their mouth is, company founder John Merwin sleeps on the Aurora medium.

Edge support

Some people like to sit on the side of the bed while getting ready in the mornings. Some have to sleep on the edge of their beds if their partner hogs space. How strongly the edges of the mattress support you is important for those people.

The Aurora medium does squish down some when someone sits on the edge, but will support people who find themselves sleeping on the edges.

Motion transfer

How much you feel your partner moving around in the bed each night can mean the difference between insomnia and energizing sleep.

Because the Aurora features both memory foam and a coil system, you won’t avoid all movement when your partner shifts around next to you or gets out of bed. But slightly more movement means just that—slightly more. The Aurora does a good job minimizing motion transfer.

CONSTRUCTION

The Aurora mattress is made up of five layers, three foam layers above an innerspring layer; one foam layer below.

The top layer is a 1.5-inch layer of Copper Gel Energex™ foam, which feels bouncier than most polyurethane memory foam. It is infused with copper to make it feel cool to the touch and also encourage an antibacterial environment. That is paired with  TitanCool™, a water-based solution that is infused onto the mattress surface to draw away excess heat.

The second layer is a type of foam that Brooklyn Bedding engineered for its mattresses. The 2-inch layer is called TitanFlex™. The flexibility means it is responsive to you body and adjusts to your body each time you move.

The third layer is 1 inch of a sturdier memory foam that transitions the mattress from the contouring elements to the support structure.

The fourth and fifth layers, an innerspring layer and a high-density foam layer, make up the support system of the mattress. We know that innerspring construction allows air to flow through, again making sure the sleeper feels cool in the mattress.

Individually wrapped coils make up the 8-inch fourth layer, contouring to your body while also supporting it. There are 1,283 individually wrapped pocket coils that keep you sleeping calm and pretty, even while your partner twists and turns next to you.

The fifth layer is a sturdy, 1-inch layer of high-density foam adding more support to the whole structure.

SPECS

Here is a breakdown of the Aurora specifications:

Dimensions

  • Twin: 38″ x 75″
  • Twin XL: 38” x 80”
  • Full: 53” x 75”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • Cal King: 72” x 84”

Weight

105 pounds for queen

Thickness

13 inches

Brooklyn Bedding built the Aurora to perform best on a flat foundation, which it also sells.

BUYING EXPERIENCE

Trial

Brooklyn Bedding offers a generous 120-day trial period, one of the longest in the business. They do want you to try the bed for at least 30 days before you make your decision.

It takes time to get used to a new mattress. Using it for at least 30 days allows you to go through the transition period.

If you decide to return any Brooklyn Bedding mattress within the 120-day trial period, you should contact the company to schedule a return and you will receive a full refund. There are no fees to return the mattress either.

Even then, if you do have concerns about the mattress you bought, the company will work to find the best mattress for you. They can add a more comfortable topper, recommend a different base or suggest a different mattress.

Warranty

All Brooklyn Bedding mattresses come with an industry-standard, 10-year warranty. If the mattress starts sagging more than 1 inch, or there are other physical defects not related to wear and tear, like if the foam cracks or splits, Brooklyn bedding will repair or replace it “in a reasonable amount of time.”

As with warranties for other foam mattresses, you must use the recommended  foundation for the warranty to apply. Brooklyn Bedding says a solid foundation with little or no give is the best option for use with their mattresses.

Delivery & Setup

You can expect Brooklyn Bedding to process your order and deliver it to the lower 48 states in the U.S. within 4-8 days. Shipping is free in the lower 48.

People in Hawaii and Alaska needn’t feel left out, since Brooklyn Bedding does ship there starting at $75 per mattress or $25 for accessories. You can always call customer service to discuss delivery options if you are unsure.

The Aurora comes compressed and rolled in a box that is 19″ × 19″ × 45″ for a queen size. All you have to do is unbox it, take off the wrapping, unroll it onto your foundation and wait for it to expand.

Fun Fact: Brooklyn makes mattresses for some of the other most popular brands.

Customer service

You can reach Brooklyn Bedding by phone or the live chat feature on their website throughout the week and weekend. Or you can email them anytime.

The customer service reps responded quickly on a weekday morning to a question that had nothing to do with their mattresses. Brooklyn Bedding prides itself on being able to make available mattress experts via their customer service portals.

Price

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$$0-500
$$$500-1,000
$$$$1,000-2,500
$$$$$2,500 – $5,000
$$$$$$5,000+

The Aurora is a luxury mattress with a price point that reflects the quality of its materials and construction. The price only includes the mattress. You’ll need to get a boxspring, platform bed, or adjustable base to put it on (unless you already have one of those in good condition).

Brooklyn Bedding sells its own foundations, as well as accessories like pillows, sheets, and mattress protectors.

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CONCLUSION

The Aurora is a very good option for anyone who gets too hot while they sleep.

Brooklyn Bedding paid extensive attention to that problem while designing the Aurora. If you’re going to turn to any mattress to tackle that issue, it should be the Aurora. The quality of the materials throughout each layer is enough to justify the higher price the Aurora commands compared to other national brands.

You can also customize it to match the firmness level you need. The Aurora medium will accommodate most needs.  If you carry more weight than you want to and/or sleep on your back or stomach, choose the Aurora firm. Or go for the Aurora soft if you’re lighter and sleep on your side.

The Aurora is a luxury hybrid meant to keep you cool and comfortable while you sleep. It’s made by people who have been building their own mattresses for over 10 years. If longevity, comfort and bed temperature are the keys to making you happy, the Aurora is your mattress.


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