- Thick, durable mattress (great for heavier individuals)
- Great presentation – looks and feels like a premium mattress
- Sleeps cool thanks to phase change material
- Solid edge support
- Available in three different firmness levels
- Free shipping, free returns, 120 night risk free trial and 10 year warranty
- More motion transfer than all-foam bed
- Heavy and difficult to move
If you’re looking for a hybrid mattress (bounce + foam) that also sleeps cool, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is a solid choice.
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The Aurora mattress is Brooklyn Bedding’s first premium/luxury mattress. The bed is available in three different firmness levels (soft, medium and firm). We tested out the medium feel version so that’s what we will be referring to today, although we will opine on what type of sleepers the soft and firm versions would be best for as well.
Now like pretty much all bed in a box companies, Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping. The bed will arrive at your door compressed in a medium size box. From there, Brooklyn gives you 120 nights to try out the bed (that’s about 20 days longer than the industry average). If you decide you like it, great. If you don’t, just give the company a call within the trial period and they will send someone to come pick up the mattress from your home and issue you a full refund. Brooklyn Bedding also backs their mattresses with a 10 year warranty – that’s pretty standard for the bed in a box industry.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Construction
Now when we first unboxed the Aurora mattress, it immediately reminded us of the Nest Alexander Hybrid Luxury Contour mattress. Both are hybrid mattresses in that they are comprised of both coils and various layers of foam. But the beds also have a very similar look to them and the covers are almost identical. This isn’t a huge shock after all since Brooklyn Bedding and Nest Bedding merged last year and their beds are now manufactured in the same facility. However, despite sharing some of the same characteristics, there are a few key differences between the two beds. Here’s how the Aurora is constructed.
On the bottom of the mattress is a 1″ layer of support foam. This layer obviously provides the foundation and support for the bed. Next is a layer of 8″ individual pocketed coils (up to 1,283 of them to be exact). This gives the bed some bounce and since the coils are pocketed individually, it’s supposed to help limit motion transfer (we’ll address that topic in more detail below). On top of the coil system is a 1″ layer of visco-elastic memory foam. We’re all probably familiar with memory foam by this point – this serves as a transition layer in the mattress. On top of the memory foam is a 2″ layer of Brooklyn’s proprietary TitanFlex foam, which is a type of hyper-elastic foam that is quite responsive. Finally, on top is a 1.5″ layer of copper-infused, phase change Energex foam. It’s very soft and the phase change material is designed to draw heat away from your body.
Brooklyn makes slight tweaks to the top three layers depending on which firmness level you select. For example, if you choose the soft version it would contain what Brooklyn calls its ‘Plush TitanFlex Foam’. If you choose the firm version, the bed contains ‘Luxury Firm TitanFlex Foam’. So that’s how the mattress changes depending on firmness level – the bottom 2 layers always stay the same.
As far as the cover, Brooklyn went with a two-way circular knit material. It’s very cool to the touch, fairly thin and overall pretty soft. It is non-removable so that means if you happen to get it dirty or spill something on it, you’ll have to spot clean it. Usually, spot cleaning is recommended even with beds that have removable covers so nothing new there.
In terms of the overall design though, the bed has a very premium, luxury look and feel to it. Brooklyn did a great job designing and constructing the Aurora. It’s a beast of a mattress – I think it might be the thickest mattress we’ve tested thus far. On the downside though, it’s a little harder to move since it is so thick and heavy but Brooklyn did include handles on the side to help with transport.
Overall Feel, Firmness and Coolness
The overall feel of the bed is a little unique – when you first lay on it, it reminds you a lot of an all-foam bed in a box. The top two layers are very soft and immediately start to contour to your body. However, once you start moving around a little, you start notice the extra bounce the bed has. I’d say the Aurora mattress has even more bounce than other hybrid mattresses we’ve tested like Helix, Nest Contour and Tomorrow Sleep. It’s a very comfortable bed though – no complaints in that department. But like the Nest Contour, the medium version is lacking a little in terms of elasticity, meaning wherever there is pressure, the surrounding areas are affected. As such, when I was laying on my back, my trunk was obviously putting a lot of pressure on the bed and I noticed that the portion of the bed under my lower back was being affected. Again this was just a tiny bit and only with the medium version.
Overall, we give the medium version a 4.75-5 on the firmness scale, so on the softer side of the spectrum. We think the medium version is best for side sleepers, although combo sleepers will be just fine as well.
If you’re a strict back or stomach sleeper, you’re probably better off trying out the firm version. Likewise, if you’re a strict side sleeper, you may think about trying out the soft version – that version almost certainly offers even more pressure relief for your hips, trunks, shoulders, etc. Given the construction and durability of this mattress, we think the Aurora might be one of the best options out there for heavy side sleepers (250+ pounds plus).
In terms of keeping you cool as you sleep, the Aurora performs quite well. The mattress is cool to the touch. Both the top layer and cover both incorporate phase change material, which we are big fans of. That’s the same material that the Cocoon Chill by Sealy incorporates, which is one of the coolest sleeping beds we’ve tested thus far. The Aurora is definitely better than the average bed in a box when it comes to temperature regulation. Bottom line – you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat – the Aurora is a great option if you’re a hot sleeper.
SEE ALSO: Top 5 Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers
Motion Transfer, Responsiveness and Edge Support
As I kind of eluded to earlier, the Aurora mattress is very responsive. It responds and pops back to its original form almost immediately after taking pressure off the bed. This is good for people that frequently change sleeping positions throughout the night. Generally, the more responsive the mattress, the easier it is to switch positions. With beds that aren’t so responsive, you’ll sometimes get a little bit of that ‘stuck-in-the-mud’ feeling and it will take more effort to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa.
Next, the edge support with Aurora is quite solid. With a lot of all-foam beds, if you lay or sit near the edge, the entire mattress will compress so much that sometimes you can feel the platform base or box spring below. That’s not the case here thanks to the 8″ coil system. If you lay near the edge of the Aurora, you’ll start to notice a little bit of sinkage with the top 3 three layers but then you won’t go any further. This is important for couples who share a full or queen size mattress where the edges are often occupied.
Lastly, let’s address motion transfer. The Aurora isn’t the best mattress we’ve tested in terms of deadening movement but honestly, that was kind of expected. Typically innerspring beds or beds that incorporate coils don’t perform as well as all-foam beds in this department. Don’t let me scare you though, the Aurora is still pretty good – I doubt you will have any issues waking up your partner if you move around a lot in your sleep. You have to be pretty close to the subject to notice any motion. In our test, we placed a half-full jug of ice tea on one end of the bed and then started walking on the other side and we didn’t notice any motion whatsoever. It was only when we got fairly close to the jug where we noticed more motion than other all-foam bed in a box mattresses we’ve tested.
Pricing + Coupon Code
As I stated earlier, this is a luxury bed so don’t be shocked by the price tag. When comparing, you should stack the Aurora up against other luxury mattresses and not cheap bed in a box mattresses like Zinus for example – there’s a night and day difference between the two. So looking at the Aurora through a more premium lens, the mattress is actually priced in line with what you’d expect. Here’s how it shakes out by size:
Good news though – you can almost always take advantage of a Brooklyn Bedding coupon code to make the mattress even cheaper. Right now, Brooklyn is offering $300 Off the Aurora mattress via code AURORA300.
Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Review Verdict
Overall, we like this bed a lot. We have to give Brooklyn Bedding credit, they did a phenomenal job designing and constructing this mattress. However, with that said, we see the Aurora being the right bed for a certain group of people. First, you have to like having a little bit of bounce in your mattress – kind of similar to an innerspring bed in this regard. Second, it’s best for hot sleepers since the bed incorporates phase change material and does a good job of keeping you cool. Next, the medium version is ideal for side sleepers or combo sleepers that spend a lot of time on their side. Lastly, you have to be willing to spend up for this mattress. This isn’t a bed for budget shoppers.