Brooklyn Bedding has been expanding quickly. Over the last year, they have added a number of new models to their already impressive line of mattresses. While new mattresses like the Titan, Spartan, and Bloom Hybrid are all great mattresses, I was interested in going back and looking at one of their earlier models.
It has been around for a few years, but the Aurora is still a very popular hybrid mattress. The mattress contains supportive coils and soft, responsive foam on top. You can also choose from three firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm. I opted to review the Medium version.
Katie actually reviewed this mattress previously, but I wanted to hop onto the Aurora and see how it compared to all the other Brooklyn Bedding mattresses I have reviewed.
Is the Aurora a comfortable hybrid mattress? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Aurora If:
- You are a hot sleeper. Overheating while you sleep is no fun. If you often wake up sweating, you should take a look at the Aurora. It contains Phase Change Material and other cooling elements and should dissipate heat. The tall coils also leave a lot of room for airflow.
- You are a larger person. In general, larger people fare better on taller mattresses with taller coils. The Aurora is a taller mattress and the coils are 8” tall. In addition, the comfort layer is very thick, so heavy side sleepers shouldn’t bottom out on the mattress.
- You are a side sleeper. No matter what size side sleeper you are, the Aurora should be a good fit for you. Again, the comfort layer is soft and 4.5” thick. This layer should relieve a good amount of pressure on your shoulders and hips when you are side sleeping.
- You are a back sleeper. At the same time, the Aurora should be supportive enough for most back sleepers. The CopperFlex and TitanFlex foam are soft but also responsive. They won’t let you sink in too far when you are on your back. Also, beneath them, you get the support of individually-wrapped coils.
- You like a softer mattress. It could be that you simply like a softer mattress. If this is the case, the Aurora is a good option. The top layers are very soft, and the coils are very firm. Combined, the Aurora is softer-than-average and has a good amount of give.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Aurora If:
- You are a lightweight sleeper. While lighter people should like the mattress when they are on their back and side, the Aurora might just be too much for them. This is a thicker mattress and it isn’t the most affordable. Lighter people might find it to be comfortable, but it is a bit of overkill. You could find a mattress to fit your needs for much less.
- You like a medium-firm or firm mattress. Even though this is the Medium model, it is still softer-than-average. If you prefer something firmer with more support, I would look at the Firm model or another mattress altogether.
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep on your stomach, you are going to need more support than the Aurora has to offer. The comfort layer is probably too thick to support most stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers should consider a firmer option.
- The Aurora is 13.5” tall.
- The Premium Smooth Top Weave cover contains TitanCool.
- The first layer is 1.5” of CopperFlex Foam.
- Then, there are 2” of TitanFlex Foam.
- Below that, there is 1” of memory foam.
- The support layer contains 8” of Quantum Edge Encased Coils.
- This rests on 1” of Base Support Foam.
- The Aurora is made in the USA.
- The Aurora comes in Soft, Medium, and Firm. I reviewed the Medium model.
- The Aurora’s cover contains Phase Change Material. This material is designed to assist with temperature regulation. In this case, it makes the top of the mattress feel cool to the touch.
- The CopperFlex and TitanFlex are both latex-alternatives. They are very responsive. After I press my hand in, they snap back into place. They let you sink in a bit, but you shouldn’t get stuck in the mattress.
- The CopperFlex foam is infused with, well, copper. This infusion is also meant to help with heat-dissipation and works with the Phase Change Material to keep the mattress cool.
- When you add up the top layers, you have about 4.5” of comfort material. A mattress with a thicker comfort layer is usually going to feature better pressure relief.
- With its thick comfort layer, the Aurora should be a good match for heavier sleepers. Heavier people, especially heavier side sleepers, can bottom out on mattresses with thinner comfort layers. Even if you are much larger, you should feel nice pressure relief on the Aurora.
- The individually-wrapped coils are tall and very supportive. They should be able to support pretty much any weight.
Why Should You Choose The Aurora Over The Other Brooklyn Bedding Mattresses?
As I mentioned above, Brooklyn Bedding now offers a wide variety of mattresses. They are all a good value and, having tried them all, I can say they are high-quality mattresses.
Given this quality, how can you choose between these mattresses? More specifically, why would you want to go with the Aurora mattress instead of the other Brooklyn Bedding mattresses?
First off, this is going to be one of the best Brooklyn Bedding mattresses for side sleepers. In case you missed it the first five times I mentioned it, the Aurora features a 4.5″ comfort layer. It is very soft and should relieve pressure better than many of the other Brooklyn Bedding mattresses.
Second, the Aurora is a better match for heavier people who sleep on their side or just prefer something softer. Brooklyn Bedding also makes the Titan, a mattress designed just for larger people. However, it is quite firm and won’t relieve pressure as well as the Aurora. The Aurora’s thicker comfort layer should keep even larger side sleepers from bottoming out.
Firmness And Feel
So, the Aurora comes in three firmnesses: Soft, Medium, and Firm. I reviewed the Medium model, but how does it feel? Well, lying on the mattress, it feels like a 6/10 in terms of firmness. The CopperFlex, TitanFlex, and memory foam are soft and very easy to press into. Then you hit the individually-wrapped coils. While it is “Medium” it feels softer-than-average.
So, let’s talk about how I feel sleeping on the Aurora mattress.
- While the mattress is quite soft, it is still a good fit for back sleeping. I feel like I am getting enough lumbar support, and my hips are allowed to sink in just a little bit.
- The Aurora really shines when I move to my side. I sink into the layers of foam on top, and I feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips. I am sleeping very comfortably when I am on my side.
- However, when I am stomach sleeping, I do need more support. Luckily, the Aurora comes in a Firm version, and I would opt for that if you sleep mainly on your stomach.
So, the Aurora contains latex-like foam, memory foam, and coils. How does this feel? Even though there are coils in the mattress, you mostly get their support and not their feel. Lying on the Aurora, I am mostly experiencing the feel of the top layers. They are soft, but they are also quick to respond. This gives the mattress a balanced foam feel overall.
If you are seeking a couples’ mattress, motion transfer should be foremost in your mind. Sleeping with a partner, you’ve probably been awoken by their nightly movements. When they get up to go to the bathroom and switch positions, it can be very distracting and can disturb your sleep.
Some mattresses and some materials handle this motion transfer better than others. For instance, memory foam is known to cut down on motion transfer. Since the Aurora contains memory foam, how does it perform?
I placed a glass of water on one side of the Aurora. I pushed into the other side, mimicking the movements a partner might make at night. The water was disturbed. I also lay down on one side of the Aurora. When Marten moved around on the other side, I felt his movements.
While it does contain memory foam, the top layers of the Aurora are very responsive. They don’t seem to be isolating motion too well. That being said, it could still be a decent option for couples.
Another thing that couples should keep in mind is edge support. You want to know if you and your partner can sleep toward the edges of the mattress securely. Otherwise, you’ll both be stuck sleeping in the middle of the mattress.
To test out the edge support of the Aurora, I first sit on the edge of the mattress. Those top layers are very soft, and they do collapse under my weight. I don’t feel very secure sitting down. Also, when I lie down near the edge of the Aurora, the foam collapses again. I do feel like I might roll off the mattress.
All-in-all, the Aurora’s edge support is not the best.
I’ve mentioned a few times that the Aurora could be a good match for larger people, namely larger side sleepers. However, I wanted to get a larger person’s actual opinion about the Aurora. So, I asked Marten, a larger member of our team, to try the Aurora out for himself. I am 5’9″ and weigh 160 lbs, and Marten is 6’7″ and weighs 230 lbs. He is much larger than me, so let’s see what he had to say:
If you are a larger person like me, you want to make sure you get enough support. If you are a heavier side sleeper, you want a mattress with a very thick comfort layer. So, when I saw that the Aurora had a 4.5” comfort layer, I was very excited
In terms of firmness, Joe said the Aurora was a 6/10. I usually feel some more firmness than Joe when I lie into a mattress. However, with this thick comfort layer, I feel like the Aurora is also a 6/10.
Let’s look at how the mattress worked in different sleeping positions:
- Back sleeping, the Aurora is actually a very good fit for me. My hips sink into the mattress, but not too much. I also feel the support of the coils.
- When I am on my side, I do not bottom out on the Aurora. Again, it has a thick comfort layer, so I don’t sink in and hit the support layers beneath.
- Stomach sleeping, the Aurora is way too soft for me. I feel my hips sinking too far into the mattress. I am bowing in, and feeling some lower back strain
The Aurora is great for heavier back and side sleepers but not the best match for heavier stomach sleepers.
It’s great to hear that the Aurora worked for Marten, even when he was on his side. During our many reviews, Marten has mentioned that he often bottoms out on softer mattresses. This doesn’t seem to be an issue on the Aurora.
Unboxing The Aurora
The Aurora is a bed-in-a-box mattress. That means, well, it comes in a box! When the Aurora arrives at your door, you want to ask a friend to help you move it inside and into your bedroom. Do not try to do this alone. You really don’t want to pull a muscle.
Once the Aurora is in your bedroom, you are ready to unbox it. Cut open the top of the box and remove the rolled-up mattress. Place the roll on your bed frame or foundation. Then, carefully, cut through the many layers of plastic. I recommend cutting through one layer at a time. You don’t want to cut too deep and damage your new mattress.
When you get through the last layer of plastic, the Aurora is going to expand quickly. Then, simply clear away the packing materials, and you are good to go! I was actually able to sleep on the Aurora immediately.
What Makes The Aurora Stand Out?
- It comes from Brooklyn Bedding, a company that offers great values.
- The Aurora is a good option for side sleepers.
- The mattress should provide nice pressure relief, even for larger sleepers.
- The Aurora contains many cooling features that should keep you from sleeping hot.
In the end, the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora offers fantastic pressure relief and should be a good fit for side sleepers of many sizes. Back sleepers should also find the support they need on the Aurora Medium model. However, stomach sleepers and those who like a firmer mattress might want to look at the Firm model or a different firm mattress.
The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora comes with free shipping and returns, a 120-night sleep trial, and a 10-year warranty. Financing is available as are a number of other mattress models.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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