Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Review
Our review of the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress takes a look at the all foam bed in the company’s mattress lineup. The Bowery is the company’s all foam model, now that the Signature model has been made a hybrid. The Bowery is the lowest priced model in the company’s mattress lineup.
This in-depth review of the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress evaluates all of the criteria we use to determine what constitutes a good mattress, which includes firmness / support, comfort, sleeping hot, and other features as outlined below.
In addition, all their products are hand made in their own manufacturing facility. Review updated April 2018
Construction and Materials
The Bowery is a 10″ all foam mattress that comes in one universal firmness option. It is comprised of the following layers:
- 3″ Comfort Layer – This layer is 3″ of Energex memory foam that is infused with cooling gel designed to provide contouring support and help ensure cooling during sleep as well as provide responsiveness to the mattress.
- 2″ Support Layer – This layer is 2″ of comfort foam This layer helps provide a transitional support layer between the upper comfort layer and the base support layer
- 5″ Support Layer – This layer is 5″ of base support foam that provides the foundation for the mattress and deep compression support.
The cover of the Bowery mattress is constructed with a stretch-knit cotton blend. It is soft to the touch and provides a comfortable exterior layer to the mattress.
Firmness & Support
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is a universal comfort mattress designed to appeal to a wide variety of sleepers due to its standard firmness option, which we rate at around a 5.5 out of 6 (with 10 being the firmest.)
The Bowery feels on the softer side to me, as I am significantly heavier than Kaye, and I tend to press through the top comfort layers and come to rest on the underlying foam base. As the mattress is only 10″ thick, I tend to compress mattresses this thin quite a bit, and the Bowery is no exception.
In terms of support, the Bowery does a decent job at supporting us when sleeping. As we are primarily side sleepers, we like mattresses that provide enough give in the top comfort layer to support our shoulders and hips, while also having the firmness if we switch to our stomachs and backs.
The Bowery was soft enough to support my shoulders and hips when sleeping on my side, but may be too soft for stomach or back sleepers that need a firmer mattress composition. This is especially true for heavier sleepers such as myself, who as I noted, compress down on the 10″ mattress quite a bit.
Kaye, who likes firmer mattresses usually, felt the Bowery was supportive enough for her, which is often something we as a couple disagree on when both sleeping on a bed.
The all foam construction with the Energex top layer does provide some responsiveness and pushback for lighter sleepers, as Kaye did not sink down and compress the mattress as much as I did. This is often the case for sleepers of different weights such as us.
As a basic all foam mattress, the Bowery has that classic memory foam feel of body hug and contouring, but with some responsiveness from the upper comfort layer that contains Energex. Energex foam has the feel of latex without being latex, which means that it provides some bounce and responsiveness so that you don’t feel “trapped in foam.”
With many all foam mattresses, the feel is more of “sleeping in” the mattress, compared to “sleeping on top of” that many latex and hybrid mattresses often feel like. We personally like the feel of memory foam, and the Bowery has that classic memory foam feel.
With some all foam mattresses, however, you can sink down too far into the mattress and often can’t adjust positions or move around without some degree of difficulty. The Bowery mattress does a good job at preventing this, and is a comfortable mattress overall.
As the Bowery is the lower priced model in the Brooklyn Bedding mattress lineup, it does not have a lot of fancy materials or super plush construction. It is more of a basic memory foam mattress, and does a good job at providing this typical all foam feel.
One big deal breaker for us with mattresses, and especially foam ones, is whether they sleep hot or cool – which as a couple, is a super important criteria. All foam mattresses are often hotter than latex or hybrid mattresses, such as the company’s Signature and Aurora mattresses, which definitely sleep cooler due to their hybrid design and cooling technology.
While not excessively hot, the Bowery at times felt a little warm when we slept together as a couple in the bed. As we live in Texas, this is a big issue for us and something that we commonly experience when testing all-foam mattresses.
While we didn’t wake up drenched in sweat, we did experience some warmth that caused me to remove some covers during the night.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
As we always preach, sinkage (and motion transfer) is largely weight dependent. My heavier weight often causes me to sink down into thinner 10″ mattresses such as the Bowery, and this was no exception.
While I didn’t “bottom out” when sitting up on the mattress, I did compress the mattress significantly due to my heavier weight.
The fact that I (Andrew) weight around 230lbs tends to have a rather large bearing on the degree of sinkage I experience when sitting and lying on a mattress. Kaye, who is half my weight, experiences much less, naturally.
Edge support wasn’t too bad, but again – with my heavier weight, I compressed through the top comfort layer rather significantly. This didn’t happen as much for Kaye, who weighs half of what I do, but much more so than the Bowery’s sibling hybrid mattresses.
While I didn’t “roll off” the mattress when sleeping near the edges, when sitting on the edge I compressed it significantly. When lying down my body weight was supported much more evenly, but sitting up definitely caused me to experience quite a bit of sinkage.
As for motion transfer, the construction of the Bowery, with the all foam construction, caused less motion transfer between both Kaye and myself when sleeping and changing positions during the night, which was a pleasant surprise.
We did not feel each other move around and get up during the night very much, which is something that we find all foam beds do a better job at compared to hybrid coil and/or latex mattresses.
Smell / Off-Gassing
There was an average amount of off-gassing and odor when we opened the Bowery. This is to be expected due to the all foam construction.
Most foam mattresses experience a degree of off-gassing and odor from being compressed and packaged in plastic for shipping, and the Bowery is no exception by having some smell when we opened it. After letting it breathe for a day, most of the smell had dissipated.
Brooklyn Bedding provides the standard amount of customer service you can expect in a “Bed In A Box” online mattress retailers. This includes:
- 120 Night Sleep Trial
- 10 Year Warranty
- Hand made in at their own facility
- No questions asked return policy
- Free Shipping
The Bowery is the least expensive mattress in Brooklyn Bedding’s mattress lineup coming in at $649 for a Queen. Click here to save 10% on a Bowery using code: MFT10
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is a good all foam mattress and one of the better values out of the lower priced memory foam mattresses we have reviewed to date.
The comfort and support provided by the mattress’ design is good, providing a nice comfortable layer on top with the support needed for most sleeping styles. For heavier sleepers, however, the Bowery may be better suited for side sleeping as it may not provide enough firmness for back or stomach sleeping.
The Bowery has a little bit of sinkage and when sitting on it has less edge support than desired, again for heavier sleepers. The mattress does have minimal motion transfer, however, which is a good feature of the bed.
We feel the Bowery is a good value for a mattress on the market today, and while the 10″ high mattress doesn’t have all the bells and whistles to set it apart from the competition, it provides decent support for most sleeping styles, and is comfortable with the all-foam mattress construction.
We hope that our Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress review helps you out in your next mattress purchase decision! If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.