The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery mattress is an all-foam mattress that offers medium firmness and above-average pressure relief at an affordable price-point. Featuring a gel polyfoam comfort layer with latex-like properties, a polyfoam transitional layer, and a support core of high-density polyfoam, the Bowery is designed for comfort without frills.
The most budget-friendly model of American sleep brand Brooklyn Bedding’s mattress lineup, the Bowery is a popular choice for a wide range of sleepers. However, as with all mattresses, it’s best suited to certain weight ranges and preferred sleep positions. (For customers interested in the Bowery but wanting a hybrid mattress, Brooklyn Bedding also sells the very similar Bowery Hybrid.)
In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Bowery: who it’s most suitable for, its construction, how it performs in important judging categories, and more. By the end, you should feel confident about whether the Bowery is right for you.
Brooklyn Bedding Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Brooklyn Bedding Bowery||Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Hybrid||Brooklyn Bedding Aurora|
|Firmness||Medium (5)||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)|
Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery offers sleepers a good balance of support and pressure relief at a price much lower than many competitors. Overall, it earned average-or-better ratings in all testing categories. While there are drawbacks to the Bowery, these tend to be in categories — such as edge support and temperature regulation — where all-foam mattresses often falter, and we’ve found that the Bowery still out-performed similarly priced all-foam competitors.
However, the Bowery is a better fit for some sleepers than others. Side sleepers of all weights are likely to enjoy the Bowery, though those over 230 lbs may find it less supportive. Similarly, the Bowery provides good support for back sleepers under 2030 lbs and stomach sleepers beneath 130 lbs. For those above these weights, the Bowery may not be the best choice.
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How Much Is the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress?
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery costs $699 for a queen size mattress, making it the most budget-friendly of the company’s beds. (It narrowly beats out their Bowery Hybrid model, which switches out the Bowery’s polyfoam support core for pocketed coils and consequently carries a slightly higher price tag.)
The Bowery is priced well below most other all-foam beds, while still retaining the quality materials and construction of Brooklyn Bedding’s luxury options. Compared to competitors both at its price range and above, we believe the Bowery offers excellent value and surprisingly good performance.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||35 lbs.||$499|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||40 lbs.||$549|
|Full||54" x 75" x 10"||55 lbs.||$649|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||70 lbs.||$699|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||80 lbs.||$949|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||80 lbs.||$949|
How Does the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Feel?
Although Brooklyn Bedding’s other mattress lines feature a range of firmness levels, the Bowery’s single firmness (medium, or 5 out of 10) allows the company to offer it at a lower price-point. Mattresses with a medium firmness are appealing to a relatively wide range of sleepers, though some (particularly those over 230 lbs) may find them too soft.
As with its firmness level, the overall feel of the Bowery is balanced. Brooklyn Bedding uses a latex-like synthetic gel polyfoam in the Bowery’s comfort layer, which pairs resilience and light bounce with moderate conforming and good pressure relief. While not as cradling or conforming as lower-density foams or memory foam, this layer still provides the feeling of sleeping ‘in’ the bed rather than floating ‘on’ it.
Below the bed’s comfort layer is a polyfoam transitional layer, which prevents most sleepers from sinking against the firmer support core. While some testers above 230 lbs did find that their hips sank through the softer layers, the majority found that the Bowery offered a feeling of stable support with minimal pressure points.
What Is the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Made Of?
As a budget-priced mattress, the Bowery has fewer layers and uses less innovative materials than some of Brooklyn Bedding’s other models. However, we’ve found its thoughtful design offers a good night’s sleep to a wide range of sleepers. It pairs a balanced gel polyfoam and polyfoam comfort system with a sturdy high-density polyfoam support core, resulting in a 10" tall mattress with a medium feel. Brooklyn Bedding also uses high-quality materials in the Bowery, setting it ahead of some of its similarly priced rivals.
The Bowery’s white, cotton-blend cover has a circular smooth-top weave. As the fabric is slightly stretchy, this gives the bed a crisp look. The cover is integrated and cannot be removed, so Brooklyn Bedding suggests spot-cleaning as necessary.
A 3-inch layer of Brooklyn Bedding’s “Energex” gel polyfoam provides a stable sleep surface with moderate conforming and a slight bounce. Energex is meant to mimic qualities of both natural latex and traditional foam, with more responsiveness than ordinary polyfoam but enough contouring for soothing pressure relief. Gel foam is also thought to have better airflow than other varieties, allowing for less clamminess and better temperature regulation.
The Bowery’s 2-inch polyfoam transitional layer prevents sleepers from sinking against the support core, while also providing further cushioning and pressure relief. This was particularly appealing for our testers over 130 lbs, who might otherwise have experienced pressure points while sleeping on their side.
As with most all-foam beds, the Bowery has a support core of high-density polyfoam. At 5 inches, its core is thinner than those of some competitors, though similar to many at the same price-point. Brooklyn Bedding’s use of high-quality materials for the Bowery pays off, as our testing found the Bowery still offers good support and average durability for an all-foam mattress. Still, sleepers over 230 lbs may discover that the Bowery is unable to provide the support they need, and may want to consider a bed with a more robust support core.
Does the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Isolate Motion?
Customers with a sleep partner will appreciate the Bowery’s above-average motion isolation. All-foam beds tend to perform well in this category due to foam’s motion-dampening qualities. Still, the Bowery’s use of the latex-like Energex foam allows for both motion isolation and a slight bounciness. With this balanced performance, the Bowery edges ahead of its peers in this category.
Testers did notice when their partner got into bed or changed positions, but the majority felt that this mild disturbance wasn’t enough to disrupt their sleep. The outliers, who consider themselves very light sleepers, found that while it might keep them from falling asleep, they would not be woken if they were already sleeping.
Does the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Sleep Cool?
Temperature regulation has always been a drawback with all-foam beds, which tend to lack good airflow and can sleep warmer than other types of mattresses. The Bowery attempts to counteract these qualities by using gel foam — thought to sleep cooler than other foams — in its comfort layer. This is partially successful, as the Bowery does perform better than many similarly built mattresses, and we believe most people would be satisfied with its temperature neutrality.
However, the Bowery does have some qualities which may concern people who tend to sleep very hot. As with many foam mattresses, the Bowery retains heat and can grow warmer over the course of a night. Similarly, some testers (who sleep hot) reported feeling slightly clammy when they awoke. While this is unlikely to bother the average customer, those in search of a cooler sleep may prefer the Bowery Hybrid’s airy pocketed coil support core.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
As with temperature regulation, edge support is a common trade-off for an all-foam bed’s comfort and lower price-point. While a high-density polyfoam core allows for reasonable durability and support, it does not have the strength to offer the same support at the edge as it does closer to its center.
The Bowery is no different: though it offers average amounts of edge support, we found that sleeping closer to the perimeter does cause a corresponding lack of support. Testers below 230 lbs experienced no feeling of rolling off the bed, but those above that range felt significantly less secure close to the edge. The bed also flexes when people sit on the edge, which may make it less suitable for people with mobility concerns.
Is It Good for Sex?
The Bowery’s sleep surface is moderately responsive, with a slight bounciness and better ease of movement than most competitors at a similar price-point.
However, couples may notice that the conforming qualities of its comfort system, while increasing traction, prevents easy switching of positions. Its lack of strong edge support may also make couples feel less secure about using the full surface of the bed. All the same, we feel that the Bowery has fewer drawbacks in this category than many other all-foam beds, and is likely to satisfy most couples.
What About Off-gassing?
After first being unwrapped and set up, the Bowery has a mild but distinct odor that is very similar to the smell of a new carpet. This faded rapidly, and the majority of our testers were comfortable sleeping on it the day of its arrival. The scent didn’t entirely dissipate until three days later, but after 24 hours it was only noticeable when testers held their face next to the mattress without bedding.
Just as cars have a “new car” smell, new mattresses do as well. In synthetic foam mattresses like the Bowery this is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are mostly harmless byproducts of the manufacturing process.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Best for?
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery is most suitable for side and back sleepers. This effect is more pronounced at greater weights, so that stomach sleepers under 130 lbs may also enjoy the Bowery, while those above that weight range are less likely to. Similarly, while side sleepers above 230 lbs are likely to find the Bowery comfortable if not fully supportive, back sleepers in this range should expect to be less satisfied than those under 230 lbs.
The Bowery’s varied appeal across sleep positions is no surprise. As a value-priced mattress, it sacrifices specificity for a balanced approach. While this does leave it with a fairly wide-ranging appeal, it still lacks features required by certain sleep positions.
For instance, stomach sleepers tend to have specific needs. This position can easily cause low back pain if a mattress is not firm and supportive enough, while also causing upper back strain should a mattress be too firm or not significantly pressure-relieving. Similarly, back sleepers require excellent lumbar support, and side sleepers rely on adequate pressure relief to prevent pressure points at the hips and shoulders.
Since the Bowery is an all-foam mattress with medium firmness, above-average pressure relief, but no ergonomic zoning, it appeals to only some stomach sleepers, while supporting many back sleepers and offering the majority of side sleepers a comfortable sleep.
- Side Sleepers: Side sleepers are most likely to enjoy the Bowery regardless of their weight. The comfort system provides good cushioning around potential pressure points, while also supporting natural curves and encouraging proper spinal alignment.
- Combination Sleepers: The Bowery is more or less suitable for combination sleepers depending on their preferred positions. It doesn't have a sinking feeling that inhibits movement, meaning that changing positions is likely to be difficult only for those with mobility concerns, and its decent motion isolation means rolling over is unlikely to bother your sleep partner.
- Back Sleepers: Most back sleepers under 230 lbs are likely to find the Bowery offers enough lumbar support to prevent lower back pain or stiffness. However, those above that weight, or those with significant back pain concerns, may want to choose a mattress with ergonomic zoning.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress' Performance?
As we’ve mentioned previously in this review, the Bowery’s suitability is partially dependent on a sleeper’s weight. This is particularly true for people who sleep on their stomach, but back and side sleepers are also impacted by the Bowery's medium feel and all-foam construction being best for customers below 230 lbs.
People of different weights will also have subjectively different sleep experiences on the Bowery. The less a person weighs, the firmer mattresses feel. This is due to compressing the mattress less and therefore sinking in less, and is true in reverse for people who weigh more. All of that means that while some people under 130 lbs may find the Bowery feels firm, those above 230 lbs are more likely to find the mattress soft and unsupportive.
Overall, customers are more likely to enjoy the Bowery if they weigh below 230 lbs. Of course, there are outliers. Some side sleepers above this weight may enjoy the bed, for example, while stomach sleepers above 130 lbs may not.
Is the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Mattress Good for Couples?
Most couples will enjoy the Brooklyn Bedding Bowery, though there are some things to consider before purchase.
The Bowery has average or above-average performance in some of the relevant categories for couples: motion isolation, temperature neutrality, edge support, and suitability for sex. While this doesn’t compare to the performance of some higher-priced all-foam options, it does perform significantly better than most competitors in its price range.
The most important consideration for couples is whether the Bowery suits both of their weights and sleep styles. For example, the bed may suit a side sleeper who weighs 150 lbs, but their 230 lb partner who sleeps on their stomach would have a much different experience. Another crucial factor to consider is whether the mattress’ scores are enough, or whether there are essential categories where either partner requires four or five-star performance.
Brooklyn Bedding's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Bowery can be purchased through both Amazon.com and the official Brooklyn Bedding website.
Brooklyn Bedding also operates showrooms in Arizona (25 locations) and Utah (2 locations), where customers can see and purchase their mattresses in person.
|Shipping||Brooklyn Bedding’s mattresses are made in the USA and shipped throughout both America and Canada. Shipping is free through FedEx Ground for standard-size mattresses, though custom sizes may incur a shipping fee.
Post-order processing takes 2-3 days, after which time the mattress will take an estimated 3-5 days for delivery. (Customers in Hawaii, Alaska, and some Canadian provinces may have a longer wait.) Once the mattress is shipped, you’ll know when to expect your new bed by checking its FedEx tracking number. Expedited shipping is available by calling Brooklyn Bedding directly.
|Additional Services||Brooklyn Bedding does not offer white glove delivery or old mattress pick-up for any orders. While the Bowery is lighter than some mattresses, it is useful to have another adult’s help in setting it up and removing your previous mattress.|
|Sleep Trial||In order to ensure the Bowery is right for your sleep needs, Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial. The trial itself begins on the date of purchase, and the company requires a 30-day “break in” period before any returns are made. (It often takes this amount of time for a mattress to fully regain its shape, as well as for people to adjust to the feel of a new bed.)
After the initial 30 days, customers can return their mattress at any time for a full refund. (Any shipping fees are non-refundable.) They may also exchange it for a different Brooklyn Bedding model, provided that they pay the difference. However, customers may only participate in one sleep trial per calendar year, so the exchanged mattress should be considered a final purchase.
Brooklyn Bedding pays all shipping and handling fees associated with sleep trial returns.
|Warranty||The Bowery has a 10-year, non-prorated warranty. For a decade after the date of purchase, Brooklyn Bedding will replace or repair defective beds at their sole discretion.
In order for the warranty to be considered valid, the bed must be used on an appropriately supportive bed frame. It is non-transferable, meaning that it applies only to the original owner and becomes void if the mattress is sold or given away. Finally, Brooklyn Bedding may refuse to repair or replace an unsanitary mattress.