Our Nolah vs. Brooklyn Aurora Bed Comparison Updated for 2019

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It’s time to pick out your new bed. Are you ready? Let’s go.

This comparison between Brooklyn Aurora and Nolah will help you decide between a hybrid created by a family-owned company that builds your new mattress just for you after you place your order, and an all-foam model provided by a company that puts the needs of the environment first.

After reading through this comparison, head over to our individual reviews for a more comprehensive breakdown of each bed:

Quick Comparison: Brooklyn Aurora and Nolah

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  • Enhanced cooling properties
  • Luxury bed at an affordable price
  • Three firmness choices
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  • Medium level firmness
  • Good pressure relief
  • Temperature neutral

Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)

Brooklyn Aurora Construction

This hybrid is compressed when it is shipped inside a box. The bed features both foam and coils.

The cover of this 13-inch bed is made of cotton with phase-changing technology blended into it to promote cooling.

layers of brooklyn bedding aurora
  • The initial layer consists of a 1.5-inch Energex™ material that contains TitanCool™ gel, which is meant to reduce overheating. This material is designed to be responsive and to offer pressure relief.
  • The second layer holds a 2-inch TitanFlex™ material, a latex alternative that is bouncy and responsive.
  • The third layer utilizes Swirl Visco Elastic Memory Foam at 1-inch thick that acts as a transition between the comfort and support levels.
  • The fourth layer contains Quantum Edge™ Pocketed Coils standing 8 inches in height. The individually pocketed design is intended to compress as-needed to provide optimal support, pressure relief, and motion isolation.
  • The final layer is an inch thick base foam that should further absorb the movement from the coils while acting as a foundation for the bed.
  • The perimeter is reinforced via Quantum Edge™ Coils that are meant to provide an even feel from edge-to-edge.

Nolah Construction

This is an all-foam product that is compressed and boxed when shipped.

The polyester cover features Viscose fibers that are intended to wick moisture and regulate temperature. The mattress is 10 inches tall.

Construction of Nolah bed
  • The topmost layer is a 2-inch AirFoam™, the company’s proprietary, gel-infused material meant to offer cooling and pressure relief.
  • The second layer holds a 1-inch polyurethane support foam to separate the sleeper from the foundation below.
  • The bottom layer is comprised of a high-density polyurethane base that is 7 inches thick. This material acts as a solid foundation for the upper materials and should provide a deep level of support to the shopper.

Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)

To help you determine whether each bed offers the level of firmness you are looking for, we have ranked the feel of either brand using our comfort scale. The lower the score, the softer the bed will feel, with 1 being the softest score possible. The higher the score, the firmer the mattress, with the scale topping out at 10.

The hybrid has a true medium score of 5. A medium comfort level is generally quite universal and can often be enjoyed by most types of sleepers. The company also offers soft, firm, and plus-sized models, which they have ranked at a 3 and 7.The plush comfort materials ought to provide the optimal pressure relief for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers should be well-served by the supportive coils.

Firmness scale for Aurora Brooklyn bed

The all-foam mattress is ranked at a 4.5-5 out of 10, this should feel medium-soft or medium depending on how people personally experience the bed. Being made strictly of foam, this product was designed with those who sleep on their sides in mind, and is intended to provide enhanced pressure relief.

Our firmness scale for Nolah bed

Most of Aurora’s materials will respond quickly, filling in any holes left behind as people change position. Nolah’s materials respond faster than traditional memory foams but are still slower to reclaim their shape than those in the hybrid.

Comparing Sinkage and Bounce

Shoppers are not likely to sink too deeply into either mattress. Instead, a gentle cradle will allow people to float on top of their beds, allowing air to flow freely around them.

The hybrid features moderate levels of bounce, with the coil system promoting buoyancy while the upper materials dampen movement. The all-foam mattress has minimal bounce, but still responds quickly to aid nighttime movements. Combination sleepers concerned with mobility may prefer the Aurora as its faster responding materials and higher levels of bounce aid most shoppers in repositioning.

Comparing Motion Transfer

The coil system inside the hybrid will likely allow a moderate amount of movement to travel through the bed, which may allow couples to feel their partners’ tossing and turning. The foams above and below these springs are meant to absorb some of this energy and the individually pocketed design is intended to isolate movement by allowing the springs to react independently to movement.

The all-foam bed is expected to reduce motion transfer greatly by absorbing vibrations. Most people should be able to sleep soundly on either mattress. More sensitive and light sleepers requiring enhanced motion control could prefer Nolah in this area.

Comparing Edge Support

Some couples prefer enhanced edge support as it gives them the ability to spread out on their bed without feeling like they may be ejected from it. The reinforced coils around the perimeter of the Aurora make the hybrid a good option for these shoppers as the springs are designed to reduce compression. There may be a deeper compression noticed when lying on the edge of the Nolah mattress, but you should remain sleeping securely edge to edge.

Brooklyn Aurora and Nolah Compared Side-by-Side

FeaturesBrooklyn AuroraNolah
Height13”10”
CoverCotton with a phase change blendViscose material
Materials
Copper Gel Energex™ Foam, TitanFlex™, Swirl Visco-Elastic Memory Foam, Quantum Edge™ Pocketed Coils, Base Foam
AirFoam™ and polyfoams
Cooling
Phase change technology in the cover, cooling gel, copper gel, pocketed coils
Viscose cover and AirFoam™
Firmness5/104.5-5/10
SupportExceptionalGreat
Motion TransferMediumMinimal
Edge SupportExceptionalGood
SinkageGentle CradleGentle Cradle
BounceModerateMinimal
Warranty10 years15 year
Trial Period120 nights120 nights
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®CertiPUR-US®
Adjustable Base CompatibleYesYes
ShippingFree in the contiguous United States, additional fee required to ship to Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii, free White Glove service may be available in showroomsFree in the continental United States
Made in the USAYesYes
SizeBrooklyn Aurora Price (w/o discount)Nolah Price (w/o discount)
Twin$999$549
Twin XL$1,249$699
Full$1,549$799
Queen$1,699$949
King$2,124$1,069
Cali King$2,124$1,069

Should I Buy Brooklyn Aurora or Nolah?

While both brands offer a great product that can appeal to a wide range of shoppers, there are very clear differences between the two that lend themselves to specific preferences. Check out our recommendations for each brand below.

We Would Recommend Buying Brooklyn Aurora if You are Looking for:

  • Multiple comfort options. This item is available in soft, medium, and firm comfort levels so shoppers can find the feel that best suits their position preference.
  • A bouncy hybrid. The coils offer moderate levels of bounce, which combine with materials that respond quickly, allowing for easier repositioning.
  • Exceptional cooling. Cooling gels, copper, and phase-changing technology combine to promise a cool and comfortable experience that won’t leave shoppers overly hot.

We Would Recommend Buying Nolah if You are Looking for:

  • A medium feel. Most people will experience this bed as a medium-soft or medium comfort level.
  • A motion absorbing and cooling all-foam. Shoppers should notice enhanced motion control from the dense memory foam as it dampens the levels of bounce and energy that travel through the mattress.The foams were also designed to remain cool.
  • Charitable donations. Upon checkout, customers can choose to support a wildlife creature in need. The list of available animals includes sharks, bears, panthers, and more.

Final Thoughts


Consumers in search of enhanced support, lots of bounce, and exceptional cooling properties are likely to be big fans of this hybrid. The all-foam model offers motion control and enhanced pressure relief.

Read through our in-depth reviews for each mattress to learn more about their best qualities and what they can do for you.

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