If you’ve been on the fence about the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress, you are reading the right review. I’m gonna go through the construction, feel and performance of this bed to help you decide whether to take the plunge.
At the end of this article I’m giving my takes on the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery.
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So what is under the surface of this mattress?
First up we’ve got this cotton cover. It is filled with one inch of gel memory foam that’s really going to help with pressure relief and also help if you’re a naturally hot sleeper.
Underneath that we’ve got this two inch layer of poly foam. Again it is just going to give you a little bit more pressure relief, it helps separate your body from the hard coils down below.
And then, we’ve got the six inch layer of individually wrapped coils. These are going to be really great at adding bounce and breathability to this mattress. Again, if you naturally sleep hot, this bed should help stay temperature neutral.
Finally we’ve got this one-inch layer of poly foam down below that gives these individually wrapped coils a surface on which to rest.
Firmness and Feel
Even if you’re a low-maintenance sleeper, it’s always more fun to sleep on a bed that matches your firmness preference.
We rate mattress firmness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest, most supportive bed you can imagine.
Now the Bowery comes in at a six and a half on that scale, which is pretty average for most mattresses. It’s got a great balance of support and comfort.
In terms of feel, I’d say this bed is really supportive. It’s got a great layer of coils that’s gonna help your body balance on top of the mattress.
It’s also pretty bouncy and responsive.
Knowing your sleeping position is super important when you’re choosing a new mattress. Ask yourself whether you sleep on your side, your stomach, your back, maybe you’re even a combination sleeper, so you mix it up and switch positions at night.
For back sleepers, you need a bed that’s going to keep hips aligned and elevated on the mattress, keeping your spine in that natural S curve alignment. I’d say average weight back sleepers should do really well on the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery.
But lightweight and heavyweight back sleepers might feel this mattress as a little too firm and a little too soft respectively.
Moving on to stomach sleepers, you are even more sensitive to a too soft mattress, but the good news here is that the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery should be strong and supportive enough to keep your hips elevated on the mattress.
Whether you’re a lightweight average weight or heavy weight stomach sleeper, I would totally recommend this bed.
Finally, side sleepers need a lot of pressure relief along the shoulders and the hips just to make sure that you don’t wake up with those joints feeling jammed.
This bed unfortunately doesn’t offer excellent pressure relief for side sleepers, so I would move toward a more soft mattress.
Now I’m taking it back to eighth grade science class with a super geeky pressure map test.
The pressure maps are going to show us how the mattress distributes weight across the entire surface of the bed and it’s also going to show us where there’s any pressure build up on your sensitive joints.
Cool colors, like blues and greens, are going to indicate really good distribution, while warmer colors, like red, orange and yellow, are going to indicate more of a build up.
Let’s dive into maps and see how this mattress performed.
First up is back sleeping position. We’ve got really great pressure distribution, I see a whole sea of blues and greens, so it should be really comfortable when you’re lying on your back.
For the side sleeping position, I definitely got some build up in the hips and the shoulders, I’m seeing some warm colors, like red, orange and yellow. So again I wouldn’t recommend this mattress for side sleepers.
This is one of those things that matters a lot to some people and not so much to others.
If you sleep alone, you probably don’t need to worry about motion isolation, but if you sleep with a partner, it’s something you should have your eye on.
I will say because the Bowery is a bouncy mattress, you’re definitely going to see some movement across this bed.
As I’m pressing down into the mattress, I’m seeing some definite movement. Another way to test this is using a weighted ball. I dropped it onto the bed to demonstrate someone getting in and out of this mattress.
I definitely saw some bounce. Keep that in mind if you’re a light sleeper and you sleep with a partner.
Edge support is pretty self-explanatory. It’s the amount of support a mattress offers along its perimeter or its edge. That’s gonna be important if you like to sit or lounge on the edge of your bed, or even lie along the edge.
Maybe you have a sleep partner who pushes you all the way to the edge of the mattress.
If i were giving the Bowery a grade on edge support, I would give it a solid B. It’s not too bad, but I don’t feel totally supported. I’m sinking down just a little bit onto this mattress, so keep that in mind if you like sitting on the edge of your bed.
Pros and Cons
No one’s perfect, not even this mattress, so I’m going to go over some pros and cons for the Bowery hybrid.
First up for pros.
This bed is great for stomach sleepers. It’s going to offer really good support to keep those hips aligned on the bed. It’s also really good if you tend to sleep hot, because it’s got so many breathable responsive coils in the mattress.
Finally it’s great for budget shoppers.
I will tell you the word Bowery is a word for colonial Dutch plantation and this bed is much cheaper than if you’re gonna try to buy a real colonial Dutch plantation. Great for budget shoppers!
Now on to cons.
This bed is not amazing at motion isolation. Just keep that in mind if you sleep with a partner.
It’s also not ideal for side sleepers, it just doesn’t give you enough pressure relief.
And finally some online reviews I was reading, say that it came a little bit firmer than the customer expected.
Let’s compare the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery to the Tuft and Needle original mattress.
Keep in mind that the Bowery is a hybrid mattress, it’s got inner spring coils, while the Tuft & Needle is an all foam mattress.
The Tuft & Needle is not going to do quite as well at responsiveness, but it’s going to be better for motion isolation.
Also keep in mind that the Bowery is going to be just a little bit softer than the Tuft & Needle.
I have some frequently asked questions about the Bowery hybrid.
Is the Bowery mattress a good mattress?
Everybody has a different definition of what a good mattress is, but I would say overall this is a great mattress, if you’re looking for something a little firmer that has individually wrapped coil. As far as quality goes, I’d also say this mattress is a great quality and is going to last you a long time.
What bed frame works best on the Bowery hybrid?
I’d say any kind of supportive bed frame is really going to work well with this mattress. Even an adjustable bed frame is going to totally be fine with this bed.
Can you flip this mattress?
Technically you probably can flip this mattress, but you shouldn’t flip this mattress because the coils need to stay on the bottom and the foam needs to be on top.
Now for the fine print.
It comes with free shipping.
Brooklyn Bedding offers an industry standard 10 year warranty. They also offer a trial period during which you can return the mattress if you decide it’s not right for you.
But keep in mind if you do want to return the mattress, you’re gonna have to hang on to it for at least 30 days after it’s been delivered, just so you can get used to it and then you can return it after that period.
The Bowery is available in 12 sizes: twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king, split Cal king, short full, short queen, Olympic queen, short king, RV king..
Depending on the size you choose, prices go from $549 to $1099.
The good news is that Brooklyn bedding often have discounts, and you can save up to $250.
That about covers the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress review.
Remember, we’re all better people when we are well rested, so consider investing in yourself and a new mattress.
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Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.