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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Review

Materials: Foam and coils

Firmness: Varies

Trial Period: 120 nights

Price Range: $999–$2,199

Nerd’s Score: 4/5

The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Brooklyn Aurora is one of the best cooling mattresses on the market. The hybrid design of this mattress is perfect for someone who tends to sleep hot, has a specific firmness preference, values overall comfort, and is ready to invest in a durable, quality product.

Is the Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid Mattress for You?

Who’s Going to Love It

  • Hot sleepers
  • People who like firmness options
  • Those who often toss and turn

Who Should Steer Clear

  • Couples or co-sleepers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Pure memory-foam lovers

Brooklyn Aurora Video Review

How Does the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Feel?

Firmness

The Aurora is available in three firmness levels—soft (5/10), medium (6.5/10), and firm (8/10)—to accommodate the most sleepers regardless of their sleep position. Firmness changes based on how firm the TitanFlex layer (the second layer) is.

Brooklyn Bedding recommends choosing soft if you are a side sleeper who likes being “hugged” by your mattress, or a lightweight person, similar to our picks for the best mattress for side sleepers. 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 test. If it means anything to you when someone puts their money where their mouth is, company founder John Merwin says that he sleeps on the Aurora medium.

Read more: Best Soft Mattresses

Temperature

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.

Support

The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress uses over 1,000 pocketed coils and base foam to keep people supported on the mattress surface. Because of this, not only will Aurora be a durable mattress, but it will also work well for all body types, including heavier people.

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 or pet 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.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers are the easiest group to accommodate: they just need a mattress supportive enough to maintain their spines’ natural ‘S’ curve. The medium and firm versions of the Brooklyn Aurora relieve pressure in the low back and easily support lightweight, average-weight, and heavyweight sleepers. For more options, check out the best mattresses for back sleepers

Side Sleepers

When it comes to side sleeping on this mattress, the medium bed does a great job at keeping the spine aligned: this keeps away back pain from poor posture on your mattress.

The medium Aurora’s biggest problem for side sleepers is its ability to relieve pressure from the hips and shoulders. When we rolled out our pressure map we saw trouble in those sensitive pressure point areas, so I recommend the lightweight and average-weight side sleeper try out the soft version. Heavyweight people sink deeper into the pressure-relieving foam, so the medium firmness level works well.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers need a medium-firm to firm mattress that keeps the hips elevated and spine aligned. Because the medium bed is a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale, lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers should see great alignment on this mattress. Heavyweight stomach sleepers should check out the firm version or anything on our best mattresses for stomach sleepers list.

Combination Sleepers

If you tend to change sleeping positions often at night, you are what we call a combination sleeper. The best mattresses for combination sleepers heavily feature responsiveness—the bed’s ability to move as you move. The pocketed coils in Aurora’s construction make it super bouncy and easy to change positions whether you’re lightweight, average-weight or heavyweight.

Note: The below chart is based on the medium firmness rating of the Brooklyn Signature mattress. 

NERD RATING: Will this bed work for you? 

Body Type: Back Sleepers Stomach Sleepers Side Sleepers
Lightweight

< 130 lbs:

5 4 2
Average weight

130 – 230 lbs:

5 4 3
Heavyweight

> 230 lbs:

4 3 4

Does It Fit Your Lifestyle?

If You Sleep with a Partner

How much you feel your partner moving around in the bed each night can mean the difference between insomnia and energizing sleep; this is called motion transfer. If your mattress transfers motion too much, your movements could wake up your sleep partner or vice versa.

The Brooklyn Aurora has these bouncy, responsive coils that are great for people who change positions (or a great mattress for sex), but it doesn’t isolate motion very well. If you sleep with a partner but wake up easily, check out our list of the best mattresses for couples.

If You Suffer from Back Pain

A mattress can ease your back pain or it can create it based on how your body is positioned on its surface. Luckily, the Aurora keeps side sleepers’ spines aligned, which prevents mattress-related back pain. Plus, it eases the pressure from the low back for back sleepers, which also helps relieve back pain.

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Construction: What’s Inside the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress?

The Aurora mattress is made up of five layers, three foam layers above an innerspring layer; one foam layer below. 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 airflow and keeping the mattress and sleeper cool.

Layer #1: Cooling Cover: This soft cover is cool to the touch thanks to the Phase Change Material infusion. The PCM pulls body heat away from you for optimal temperature regulation.

Layer #2: 1.5” of CopperFlex and TitanCool Foam: The top layer 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.

Layer #3: 2” TitanFlex Foam: The second layer is a type of foam that Brooklyn Bedding engineered for its mattresses. The flexibility means it is responsive to your body and adjusts to your body each time you move.

Layer #4: 1” of Memory Foam: The third layer is 1″ of a sturdier memory foam that transitions the mattress from the contouring elements to the support structure.

Layer #5: 8” Individually Wrapped Coils: Individually wrapped coils make up the 8″ fourth layer, contouring to your body while also supporting it. There are 1,283 individually wrapped pocket coils that make up the primary support system of the mattress.

Layer #6: 1” Base Support Foam: The fifth layer is a sturdy, 1″ layer of high-density foam adding more support to the whole structure.

How Much Does the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Cost?

Mattress Size Price Dimensions Height Weight
Twin $999 38” x 75” 13.5” 90 lbs.
Twin XL $1,249 38” x 80” 13.5” 90 lbs.
Full $1,599 53” x 75” 13.5” 95 lbs.
Queen $1,749 60” x 80” 13.5” 100 lbs.
King $2,199 76” x 80” 13.5” 110 lbs.
California King $2,199 72” x 84” 13.5” 120 lbs.

Check out our Brooklyn Bedding mattress coupons page for exclusive deals and offers! If you are on a budget check out our recommendations for the best mattress under $1,000 or the best mattress for the money.

How Do the Policies Measure Up?

Shipping

You can expect Brooklyn Bedding to process your order and deliver it free to the lower 48 states in the U.S. within four to eight days. 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.

Warranty

All Brooklyn Bedding mattresses come with an industry-standard, 10-year warranty. If the mattress starts sagging more than 1″, 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, such as a box spring.

Trial Period & Returns

Brooklyn Bedding offers a generous 120-night sleep trial period, 20 days longer than the industry standard. 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-night 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.

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress FAQs

How do I unpack a Brooklyn Bedding mattress?

The Brooklyn Aurora, like all Brooklyn Bedding mattresses, is a bed in a box, so it arrives compressed in plastic and rolled up in a box. To unpack your bed, simply pull the mattress from the cardboard box, cut the plastic wrapping, and unroll it. 

This process took us about two minutes with almost no off-gassing.

Does Brooklyn Bedding take your old mattress?

No, Brooklyn Bedding does not remove your old mattress, a service that’s usually included with white glove delivery (which they don’t offer either). The best way to get rid of your old mattress is to recycle it by having a charity or removal service come retrieve it.

Can I flip my Brooklyn Aurora mattress?

No, you cannot flip the Brooklyn Aurora. This is because the mattress is designed to have the comfort layers on the top and the support layers on the bottom. If you want to prevent body impressions in one area, rotate your mattress from head to foot every few months.

Comparing the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress

Brooklyn Aurora vs. Brooklyn Sedona Mattress

Brooklyn Sedona

The Brooklyn Bedding Sonoma Hybrid is the company's most luxurious, handcrafted model, with 5 inches of foam perched atop an 8" base of more than 1,000 individually wrapped coils. The result? A soft, durable mattress that's exceptionally appealing to side sleepers and couples looking for low motion transfer for a great night's sleep.

The Brooklyn Bedding Sedona is a medium-soft hybrid mattress. Like the Aurora mattress, Sedona is responsive, great for combination sleepers, and a luxury hybrid mattress. Unlike the Aurora, the Sedona is great at isolating motion, so it will work better for couples.

See our full Brooklyn Sedona Mattress Review to learn more.

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress vs. Brooklyn Signature Mattress

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

The Signature Hybrid mattress comes in three firmness options and is made with a slew of proprietary materials. Brooklyn Bedding know their mattresses.
Brooklyn Bedding Signature

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is the brand’s flagship model. It does a great job at both isolating motion and responding to movement. However, the Aurora sleeps cooler, while the Signature is more affordable.

See our full Brooklyn Signature Mattress Review to learn more.

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress vs. Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Mattress

Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid

The more supportive version of the popular Bowery mattress, the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid comes with a layer of support coils that keep your spine aligned all night long. This bed comes in a medium-firm setting, and is best for back and stomach sleepers.
bowery hybrid lifestyle image

The Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid mattress is the brand’s budget mattress. Both of these beds work well for people who toss and turn, but the Aurora relieves pressure better and the Bowery comes at a much lower price tag.

See our full Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Mattress Review to learn more. 

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress vs. WinkBed Mattress

WinkBed

WinkBeds is a family-owned operation that focuses on details to attract customers to their luxury mattresses, which are made to order in Wisconsin. The company believes so strongly in their mattress quality, that they attach a lifetime warranty to them.
The WinkBeds Original

The Original WinkBed uses a mix of latex, memory foam, and coils to give you a responsive bed that is ultra-supportive. The WinkBed is going to work better for people with back pain and heavyweight sleepers. The Brooklyn Aurora is going to sleep cooler.

See our full WinkBed Mattress Reviews to learn more. 

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress vs. Purple Mattress

Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress is perfect for value-seekers who prefer a temperature-neutral mattress with a floating feel, thanks to its special 2" Purple Grid and dual-layered comfort foam.

The Original Purple mattress is a unique blend of hyper-elastic polymer and polyfoam, making it one of the most responsive beds we’ve ever tested. The Aurora mattress has better cooling features than the Purple. Both beds have above-average edge support.

See our full Purple Mattress Review to learn more. 

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress vs. Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress

Helix Midnight Luxe

We rank the Helix Midnight Luxe among our best mattresses for side sleepers. Zoned support provides the hips, shoulders and neck with just the right amount of cushion to keep the spine aligned and ensure you wake up pain-free. Plus, it's 2 inches thicker than the standard Midnight.
Helix Midnight Luxe Mattress

The Helix Midnight Luxe mattress is the upgraded version of the Helix Midnight, with upgraded cooling features—both the Midnight Luxe and the Aurora help to keep you from overheating. The Midnight Luxe relieves pressure better, and the Aurora comes in at a lower price tage.

See our full Helix Mattress Reviews to learn more.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Great for hot sleepers: The Aurora mattress contains many cooling layers that keep you from overheating at night. 
  • You get to choose your firmness level: Choose between a soft, medium, and firm mattress, depending on your sleep position and firmness preference.
  • Responsive for combination sleepers: If you toss and turn, you shouldn’t feel stuck on the Aurora as you move.

Brooklyn Aurora Mattress Complaints

  • Not great for couples: The Aurora mattress isn’t the best at motion isolation, so if you’re easily awoken by your partner, you may want to look for something with thicker foam layers.
  • High price tag: This bed is a luxury mattress with a premium construction, so it’s not the best budget pick.
  • Long shipping times: Some customers have complained about longer shipping times during the COVID-19 pandemic, but remember, Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are made to order to keep costs low compared to competitors. The mattress is definitely worth the wait.

What’s the Bottom Line?

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

Check out all Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Comparison to learn about all models available!

The Nerd’s Scores for the Brooklyn Aurora Mattress

Performance Factor Out of 5
Motion Isolation 3.5
Pressure Relief 3.5
Ease of Movement 4.5
Edge Support 3.5
Temperature Control  5
Durability 4

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