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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Review

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Daniel Noyed


Ideal for:

  • Sleepers who prefer a mix of body-contouring and responsiveness
  • Those who feel more comfortable on thicker high-profile beds
  • Hot sleepers
  • People who frequently feel pressure points


  • Each firmness level is best suited to specific body types and sleep positions
  • Brooklyn Bedding’s sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period
  • Ground shipping is free throughout the contiguous U.S., but customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada pay additional delivery charges
Price Range:
$999 - $2,199
Mattress Type:
Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7)
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Brooklyn Bedding is an online “mattress-in-a-box” brand that launched in 2009. Since opening up shop, the company has introduced a handful of different mattress models. These Include the the Aurora, Signature, Spartan, Bowery Hybrid, and Bloom Hybrid. In this review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Hybrid, a luxury hybrid model introduced in 2018.

The Aurora is a high-profile mattress measuring 13.5 inches thick. The mattress is constructed with a top comfort layer of Energex polyfoam infused with copper and phase-change material, followed by a second comfort layer of TitanFlex polyfoam. These two layers conform to your body, but polyfoam is somewhat responsive and the Aurora’s surface has a light bounce. The cover is woven with phase-change material, as well; this helps reduce body heat absorption to keep the mattress sleeping cool. The Aurora also contains a transitional layer of gel memory foam and a zoned, pocketed coil support core reinforced with high-density base polyfoam.

You can choose from three feels for your Aurora, each with a different corresponding number on the 1-10 firmness scale: medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7). The ideal firmness for you will depend on a few factors, such as your body weight, normal sleep position, and preferred conforming level. If none of these options will work, you can also browse Brooklyn Bedding’s other mattresses. These include the all-foam Bowery, along with the Bloom, Bowery, Spartan, and Signature hybrids.

Keep reading our Brooklyn Bedding Aurora mattress review if this model sounds like a good fit for you. We’ll discuss the bed’s materials and construction, how much it costs, and how well it performs in different sleep categories.

  • Choose Soft if… you want a mattress that conforms very closely to your body. The Aurora’s strong pocketed coils still offer even support, but you’ll sink somewhat deeply into soft Aurora models. Certain types of sleepers tend to prefer softer feels, including side sleepers and people who weigh less than 130 pounds.
  • Choose Medium if… you’re looking for a balance of contouring and support. You’ll sink a bit but you won’t sag excessively around the torso, waist, and other areas where your body weight is concentrated. Back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds typically prefer a mid-level firmness, as do side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds.
  • Choose Firm if… you prefer minimal conforming and a more supportive overall feel. This firmness level prevents you from sinking much and creates the sensation of floating on top of the mattress, rather than resting beneath the surface. A firm feel is typically best suited to people who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Video Review

Watch the video below to see how the Brooklyn Bedding Aurora performed when put to the test in the Sleep Foundation Lab.

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Mattress Review Breakdown

The Brooklyn Bedding Aurora is a 13.5-inch hybrid mattress. The hybrid is a specific type of innerspring mattress designed to provide more body-conforming and pressure relief in addition to strong support from its coil system. They differ from traditional innersprings, which feel very responsive and offer little to no contouring.

The Aurora’s first comfort layer is made from Energex polyfoam, an adaptive material that molds to the body like memory foam but also has a bit of bounciness. The foam is infused with copper to help keep the surface cool. Copper has antimicrobial properties, as well. The Energex polyfoam has an indentation load deflection (ILD) of 12, meaning it is exceptionally soft. This layer has the same ILD across all three firmness levels for the Aurora. Specifically, ILD refers to how much weight is needed to compress a given material.

The second comfort layer consists of TitanFlex polyfoam, another material that contours while feeling responsive. This layer is primarily responsible for how soft or firm the bed feels. The TitanFlex foam has an ILD of 10 in medium soft models, 18 in medium firm models, and 36 in firm models. The Aurora also includes a transitional layer of gel memory foam. This material is denser than the foams found in either comfort layer. This ensures you won’t sink too deeply into the mattress and come into contact with the coils.

Like most hybrids, the Aurora has a pocketed coil support core measuring 8 inches thick. This layer stabilizes the mattress very well to keep your body on an even plane and prevent the edges from sinking too much when you get in and out of bed. The coils are divided into three different zones based on gauge, or thickness, to ensure adequate support for your torso and hips, and a gentler feel for lighter areas of your body that require less reinforcement. Thicker coils also line the perimeter to minimize sinkage when you get in and out of bed.

Another notable component is TitanCool phase-change material (PCM), which is woven into the cover and infused into the top comfort layer. PCM is designed to absorb heat from your body until you reach a certain temperature. After this point, the cover should maintain the same cool temperature regardless of how much body heat you give off. Brooklyn Bedding claims the Aurora’s cover is engineered to keep your skin at 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31.1 degrees Celsius), but this may vary for some sleepers.

Firmness Options

Mattress Type

Medium Soft – 4
Medium Firm – 6
Firm – 7



The Aurora is a polyfoam hybrid constructed with adaptive polyfoam comfort layers and a pocketed coil support core. The bed’s individual layer materials and measurements are listed below.

Cover Material:

Fabric woven with TitanCool PCM

Comfort Layer:

1.5″ Energex polyfoam infused with copper and PCM (12 ILD)

2″ TitanFlex polyfoam (10-36 ILD)

1″ gel-infused transitional memory foam

Support Core:

8″ pocketed coils (3-zone with reinforced perimeter)

1″ High-density base polyfoam

Mattress Prices and Sizing

The Aurora has a price-point that is on par with the average hybrid; these models typically cost between $1,600 and $2,200 in a queen. The Aurora is available in all standard sizes as well as a few specialty sizes.

The Aurora is considered middle-of-the-road compared to other Brooklyn Bedding models. This mattress costs more than the all-foam Bowery, Bowery Hybrid, and Signature, and costs less than the Bloom and Spartan.

It’s important to note that the Aurora costs the same in each size regardless of which firmness level you’ve selected. Shipping will also be free if you reside in the lower 48 states. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, you’ll pay a flat delivery fee of $125. For Canadians, this flat charge is $250.

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight Price
Twin 39" x 75" 13.5" 60 lbs. $999
Twin XL 39"x 80" 13.5" 65 lbs. $1,249
Full 54" x 75" 13.5" 85 lbs. $1,599
Queen 60" x 80" 13.5" 105 lbs. $1,749
King 76" x 80" 13.5" 130 lbs. $2,199
California King 72" x 84" 13.5" 130 lbs. $2,199
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Discounts and Deals

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Mattress Performance

Motion Isolation
Motion Isolation

Medium Soft: 4/5, Medium Firm: 4/5, Firm: 3/5

Like other hybrid models with thick comfort layers, the Aurora provides above-average motion isolation. Although the polyfoam layers and coil system give the mattress a fair amount of responsiveness, the Aurora absorbs movement from sleepers and eliminates most motion transfer across the surface.

The medium soft and medium firm Aurora models isolate motion especially well. The firm models feel a bit springier on the surface, resulting in slightly more transfer.

Overall, the mattress earns favorable ratings in this category regardless of firmness level, but people who find their partner’s movements particularly disruptive should opt for one of the softer feels.

Pressure Relief
Pressure Relief

Pressure relief is one category where the Aurora excels no matter which firmness level you select. The important consideration here is finding the feel that will reduce pressure for you, specifically.

If you sleep on your side and/or weigh 230 pounds or less, then the medium soft feel will probably alleviate the most pressure. These models provide the closest conforming, which results in good cushioning for your shoulders and hips, even spinal alignment, and less pressure throughout the body.

If you sleep on your back or stomach and/or weigh 130 pounds or more, then you should consider the medium firm or firm feel. These models sink less and offer stronger support, so you won’t sag excessively around the torso and hips. This not only alleviates pressure but also prevents aches and pains from developing in your neck, shoulders, lower back, and other sensitive areas.

Temperature Control
Temperature Control

Medium Soft: 3/5, Medium Firm: 4/5, Firm: 4/5

Hybrids generally sleep cooler than other mattress types. Their coil systems promote steady airflow to cool off the interior and help the whole bed maintain a comfortable temperature. In addition to air-circulating coils, the Aurora also has PCM in its cover and top comfort layer. The PCM prevents body heat build-up and makes the cover feel cool to the touch.

However, the medium soft Aurora may trap more heat than the other two firmness levels. Your body sinks more into the medium soft model, and this can restrict airflow on the surface. You may find that an Aurora with any firmness offers reasonable cooling, but if you’re an exceptionally hot sleeper, then we recommend a medium firm or firm model.

Edge Support
Edge Support

Medium Soft: 3/5, Medium Firm: 3/5, Firm: 4/5

With 8-inch pocketed coils reinforced with high-density foam, the Aurora’s support system is quite robust. This strength is noticeable along the perimeter of the mattress. You won’t sink too much when getting in and out of bed, as you might on an all-foam or all-latex mattress. Most people feel fairly secure sleeping near the edges without feelings of roll-off.

That said, the medium soft Aurora is a bit weaker along the perimeter than the other two firmness levels. People who weigh less than 130 pounds may feel stable on medium soft models, but if you weigh more, you’ll notice more sinkage when sitting or lying along the edges. The medium firm and firm Auroras feel much more stable by comparison.

Ease of Movement

Medium Soft: 3/5, Medium Firm: 4/5, Firm: 4/5

Some mattresses sink a great deal beneath your body, making them somewhat difficult to move across when getting in and out of bed. The Aurora does not share this issue – for the most part. Your experience with moving on the mattress will depend on your body weight and chosen firmness level.

You may have a harder time moving across the medium soft Aurora than those with other firmness levels because this model tends to sink more. This is especially true for people who weigh more than 230 pounds. The firm Aurora sinks the least and offers the best ease of movement, but the medium firm is also fairly stable.


Medium Soft: 3/5, Medium Firm: 4/5, Firm: 4/5

For sex, most couples prefer mattresses that feel somewhat springy while conforming to provide traction. All three Auroras meet this criteria, though the medium soft models sacrifice some responsiveness for closer body-contouring. You and your partner will enjoy decent traction, but this may cause you to sink too much and can also make changing positions rather difficult.

The medium firm and firm models offer a much better balance of traction and springiness for sex. They also offer stronger edge support, allowing you and your partner to use the entire mattress surface without worrying about rolling off the edges. All Aurora models are fairly quiet as well, making the mattress a discreet option for intimate activities.


The Aurora produces a fair amount of off-gassing odor after you remove the mattress from its shipping box. These smells may persist for a few days, but they will eventually dissipate. The bed’s coil system helps to clear out unpleasant odors. You can also air out the mattress in a well-ventilated room for a day or two before sleeping on it.

Off-gassing is a common issue for mattresses with polyfoam and memory foam layers. Newly manufactured polyurethane-based foam releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs), microscopic particles that carry a chemical smell. Fortunately, the odors don’t last long – usually up to a week, if not less.

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Brooklyn Bedding Aurora – Soft

Side Sleepers: The soft Aurora conforms quite closely. Side sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less should feel exceptionally comfortable on this firmness level. The foam cushions the shoulders and hips to support the spine and alleviate pressure points. These sleepers may sink a bit, but not enough to make the mattress feel unsupportive.

Side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds, on the other hand, will probably find the soft Aurora to be too soft. Too much padding can cause the shoulders and hips to sink deeper than the rest of the body, resulting in uneven spinal alignment and more pressure. For this reason, we recommend a firmer feel for side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Back Sleepers: Compared to side sleepers, back sleepers generally require less contouring and more support. The mattress should conform a bit to alleviate pressure in sensitive areas, but not too closely. Otherwise back sleepers will probably sink too much.

The soft Aurora is best suited to back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. These individuals will sink a bit, but still receive adequate support without a deep body sink. Back sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more may prefer a firmer feel instead. Soft Aurora models will likely sag too much beneath the torso and waist while the rest of the body remains on a different plane, and this can lead to aches and pains throughout the body.

Stomach Sleepers: For most stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, the soft Aurora provides ideal body-contouring. The foam conforms closely enough to reduce pressure, but they won’t sag excessively. Stomach sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more will probably feel differently. As the weight from their chest, stomach, and hips pulls them into the surface of the mattress, they may experience added tension in the neck, shoulders, and lower back. These aches and pains tend to worsen over time.

Stomach sleepers – like back sleepers – often need more support from a mattress. Most people carry a large amount of weight in their stomachs, and sleeping face-down can cause deep sagging. If you sleep on your stomach and weigh at least 130 pounds, there’s a good chance you won’t feel comfortable on the soft Aurora. You should opt for a different firmness level instead.

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Excellent Good Fair
Back Sleepers Excellent Fair Fair
Stomach Sleepers Good Fair Poor
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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora – Medium

Side Sleepers: Just as softer feels are most suitable for side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds, a mid-level firmness is usually the best option for those who fall between 130 and 230 pounds. Side sleepers in this weight range will likely find the medium firm Aurora most comfortable. The adaptive polyfoam comfort layers contour to a noticeable extent to cushion the shoulders and hips, aligning the spine and minimizing pressure in the process. The mid-level feel also ensures less sinkage and better overall support.

Side sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds may not feel as comfortable on the medium firm Aurora. Since the comfort materials don’t conform as closely, these individuals may not receive enough padding to experience even spinal alignment. For side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, the opposite is true: this feel may feel too soft and be prone to uncomfortable sagging.

Back Sleepers: Back sleepers tend to prefer a firmer feel than side sleepers. For this reason, we highly recommend the medium firm Aurora to back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds. They’ll feel some body-conforming without sinking too deeply around the torso and waist. This makes the mattress feel very supportive, and also ensures adequate pressure relief for most.

Back sleepers who weigh 130 pounds or more may find the medium firm Aurora a bit too soft. This means more sinkage beneath their heavier areas, less support, and a higher potential for added aches and pains. Back sleepers in the 130 to 230 pound range might feel adequately supported on a medium firm Aurora, but this is less likely for those who weigh more than 230 pounds.

Stomach Sleepers: As with back sleepers, stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds are best suited to a medium firm Aurora. The soft foam layers conform and reduce pressure without losing support around the sleeper’s midsection, and this results in an even plane across the entire body – even the torso and stomach.

Stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds may also find the mattress comfortable, though there is more potential for uncomfortable sinkage. For stomach sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds, the mattress will probably sink too much to feel supportive. For both of these stomach sleeper weight groups, we recommend the firm Aurora instead. These models feel sturdier and will not sink nearly as much.

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Good Excellent Good
Back Sleepers Excellent Good Good
Stomach Sleepers Excellent Good Fair
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Brooklyn Bedding Aurora – Firm

Side Sleepers: The firm Aurora is an excellent option for side sleepers who weigh more than 230 pounds. While other Auroras will feel too soft for these individuals, the firm models provide strong reinforcement for the body to prevent loss of support and uncomfortable sinkage. The surface also has a gently conforming feel, so these side sleepers should receive enough cushioning for even spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

Side sleepers who weigh 130 to 230 pounds may also find the firm feel comfortable, though they won’t feel as much padding for the shoulders and hips as a softer model. For side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds, this firmness level probably won’t conform closely enough. The medium soft and medium firm feels provide closer contouring and are much more suitable.

Back Sleepers: Back sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more should be very comfortable on a firm Aurora. The foam conforms just enough to reduce pressure without compromising support and sinking too much. For most back sleepers in this weight group, the result is excellent overall stability and less pressure around the shoulders, lower back, and hips.

Back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds will probably consider this feel too firm. Since the comfort layers don’t conform very much, these individuals may not enjoy as much pressure relief as their heavier counterparts. The medium soft and medium firm feels provide closer contouring, and are better suited to back sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds.

Stomach Sleepers: For most stomach sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds, the firm feel will be the most comfortable option. By conforming less and maintaining an even surface, this firmness level prevents stomach sleepers in this weight group from experiencing neck and shoulder pain, lower back pressure, and other side effects that often occur on less supportive mattresses.

Stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds may also find the firm feel comfortable, but for some, these Aurora models will not conform closely enough. As a result, they may experience some pressure in the stomach and lower back. A softer feel may be more suitable for these stomach sleepers.

Under 130 lbs. 130-230 lbs. Above 230 lbs.
Side Sleepers Fair Fair Excellent
Back Sleepers Fair Excellent Excellent
Stomach Sleepers Fair Excellent Excellent
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

  • Availability

    The Aurora is sold on the Brooklyn Bedding website and Amazon.com, but it is not available through any other online retailers or marketplaces. Additionally, Brooklyn Bedding owns and operates brick-and-mortar showrooms located in Arizona and Utah. You may also be able to purchase the Aurora through one of the company’s brick-and-mortar partner retailers.

    Brooklyn Bedding ships anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, but only customers in the lower 48 states qualify for free ground shipping.

  • Shipping

    If you reside in the contiguous U.S., ground shipping will be free of charge. Expect to pay $125 for delivery if you live in Alaska or Hawaii, and $250 if you live in Canada. Regardless of where you call home, you should receive the mattress within three to five business days of placing your original order. Brooklyn Bedding does not offer expedited shipping or White Glove delivery.

    As a “mattress-in-a-box” model, the Aurora is compressed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum-sealed for shipping. This process – also known as “roll-packing” – ensures the mattress will fit inside a standard ground shipping box. The mattress will be delivered to your doorstep, so you won’t need to be at home when the box arrives or sign for your mattress.

    To unpack the Aurora, first carry the box to the room where you plan to use the mattress. Open the box and remove the plastic wrapping with a knife, and then the mattress will begin to expand. Give your Aurora up to 48 hours to reach its full shape.

  • Sleep Trial

    Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial for the Aurora and all other mattresses. This trial includes a mandatory break-in period of 30 nights. You won’t be able to return your mattress for a full refund or exchange it for another model until after you’ve tested out the Aurora for at least 30 nights.

    If you are not satisfied with the Aurora and your sleep trial has not expired, Brooklyn Bedding offers a few alternatives to returning or exchanging it. The company may issue you a topper to make the mattress feel softer or firmer. Brooklyn Bedding may also be able to modify the mattress so that it meets your individual needs.

  • Warranty

    The Aurora is backed by a 10-year warranty. This warranty is entirely non-prorated, meaning Brooklyn Bedding will cover all costs related to repairing or replacing a mattress that develops defects while the warranty is valid.

    Defects recognized in the warranty include surface-level body impressions that measure 1 inch or deeper and physical flaws in the mattress that cause its components to split, crack, or wear out prematurely. Brooklyn Bedding may void the warranty if you leave the mattress inside its shipping box for more than 60 days and damage occurs as a result.

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About Our Editorial Team

Daniel Noyed

Certified Sleep Coach

Danny is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with an in-depth knowledge of sleep health. He has tested hundreds of mattresses and sleep products.

About Our Editorial Team

Daniel Noyed

Certified Sleep Coach

Danny is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with an in-depth knowledge of sleep health. He has tested hundreds of mattresses and sleep products.