Dreamfoam Essential Mattress by Brooklyn Bedding - Detailed Review & Best Coupon

The Straight Scoop - Our Findings & Highlights

Finally, a mattress to fit all bedframe dimensions including those hard-to-find RV sizes, at an incredible budget.  Perfect for home, bunk beds, trundles, murphy beds and RVs!  The simple, straight forward, all foam construction and stain guard cover protection make the Essential an ideal choice for the budget conscious shopper.  Made in the USA and backed by Dreamfoam’s 120 night trial and 10 year warranty, it will fit your lifestyle so you can rest easy.

Mattress Type/Category All Foam
Comfort Styles Medium Soft through Firm
Height 6″-14″
Total Layers 2 or 3 (depending on the height)
Cover Nano Tech Stain Resistant Cover
Comfort layers Gel Memory Foam
Support System High Density Core
Tufting Top tufting
Sleeps Cool Good
Good for Couples? / Motion Transfer Excellent
Edge Support Ok
Budget Twin to King $200 – $850, Queen $450
Feeling when lying down Memory foam feel
Essential is ideal for Budget shoppers & RVs
Essential is not right for Luxury or Hybrid seekers
Sleep Trial & Warranty 120 Night Trial, 10 Year Warranty
That one special thing Available in Normal & RV Sizes!

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Company Overview

We love the All American story of Brooklyn Bedding. A true entrepreneur with grit, vision and a lot of help along theBrooklyn Bedding Factory and Trucks way, John Merwin formed what is now Brooklyn Bedding in 1995. Not in Brooklyn, NY as one might think, but in Phoenix, Arizona (he named the company after his daughter, Brooklyn). Originally a mattress liquidation business, it soon turned to building a mattress and listing it on Amazon, just to see what might happen. Well, it took off and John launched Brooklynbedding.com. A pioneer in many respects, John was one of the original visionaries of a bed-in-a-box mattress packaging and delivery system. John wanted to ensure his beds were known for high quality at a price everyone could afford. Therefore, he took the entire manufacturing process in-house. To this day, all Brooklyn Bedding mattresses are made start-to-finish in their Phoenix factory; many on the assembly team have been making mattresses by hand for decades. They have earned a reputation not only for making one of the leading mattresses in the industry, but for quick delivery, superior customer support and one of the best trial and warranties in the industry.

As a testament to Brooklyn’s commitment to quality, Brooklyn Bedding now manufactures many of the top private label mattress brands on the market. Brooklyn lists 6 models on their website, but they also manufacture brands such as Plank (extra firm) and Titan (for plus sized sleepers)Now 25 years old, Brooklyn is showing no signs of slowing down – in the last two years, Brooklyn Bedding has doubled its production capacity. They have recently completed the buildout of a new 600,000-square-foot factory in Phoenix where even more mattresses can be handcrafted, on demand, and shipped direct to customers’ doors.

Dreamfoam Essential Construction & Materials

Dreamfoam Essential by Brooklyn Bedding mattress layers

Dreamfoam Essential stain resistant mattress coverThe Cover

Dreamfoam chose an environmentally-friendly Nano Stain Terminator finish guards against splashes, spills and permanent stains.

Comfort and Support Layers (Variable Sizes)

The Dreamfoam Essential is available in 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and 14″ models.  While the size varies, the top comfort layer will always be Gel Swirl memory foam to allow for a more responsive and customized sleep experience with added cooling.  The support core will be a high density base foam to ensure durability and provide exceptional motion isolation.  For additional comfort, the 12″ & 14″ selections have an additional layer of VariFlex foam for more comfort and responsive support.

The 6” and 8” versions are dual-layer mattresses recommended for stomach or back sleepers who desire a firm and firm-medium sleep experience, respectively, or for those who have bed profile limitations such as bunk beds.

The 10” model is a dual-layer mattress, designed for a medium-firm sleep experience. The added contouring and a firmer core can be beneficial to combination side, stomach and back sleepers.

The 12″ and 14” versions are triple-layer mattresses, featuring a premium VariFlex transition foam layer to ensure a gentler transition to the high-density base. The 12” offers a universally preferred medium sleep experience, while the 14” offers a soft-medium sleep surface, best suited for side sleepers in need of more cloud-like contouring.


Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage. In the Essential’s case, they chose top tufting, where the cover is sewn into the gel foam layer. Tufting helps keep everything nice and together. This is just another example of the little details Dreamfaom takes care of so you can rest easy.

Does the Essential Sleep Cool?

We found Dreamfoam Essential to offer a neutral temperature control. Being cool at night is all about being dry.  The Essential accomplishes this through it breathable cover, multiple gel memory foam layers and finally the breathability offered by the support base.

  1. The cover wicks away moisture and enables you to directly feel the cooling properties.
  2. The gel infused and responsive copper memory foam comfort layer pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
  3. As the mattress is all foam.  A hybrid can offer greater air circulation, however, the Essential channels warm air out of the mattress through its proprietary design.

Final result – the Essential will keep you cool and dry throughout the night allowing your body to get the rest it deserves.

How about Edge Support?

Dreamfoam Essential mattress corner edge viewThe Essential offers decent edge support.  The foam core support system maintains its strength all the way to the edge to allow for maximum use of the sleeping surface.  And, the stretched cover around the edge of the Essential helps keep the layers snug around the edges and corners.  Even though the Essential has several inches of memory foam comfort layer, you will be able to sleep comfortably all the way to the edge of the mattress without worry of “slipping off”!

Endurance Testing – Will the Essential Stand the Test of Time?

The Dreamfoam Essential is one of the best quality mattresses in this budget range. Dreamfoam spends a tremendous amount of time stress testing the materials to get the most out of the springs and foam. The result? A long lasting bed that can support up to 950 lbs.

Dreamfoam Essential Comfort & Feel

Dreamfoam Essential mattress front edge viewDreamfoam Essential – Complete Size Range and Thickness

The Dreamfoam Essential is built for ultimate versatility at a budget friendly price.   There’s a lot of sizes to cover here, so we’ll give a broad overview of the different selections to help you narrow it down.  Much of your selectin will depend up on any height restrictions you may encounter, such as for a bunk bed, trundle, murphy bed or RV.   After that, the comfort preference will determine the desired mattress thickness.  The thicker the mattress, the softer and more conforming it will become.

Pro Tip – firm does not always equal greater support!  There are plenty of soft mattresses that are extremely supportive.  The key is to choose the mattress that will provide the proper amount of support in the base (dense foam in this case) and the comfort layer that will be most comfortable depending upon your sleep style.

Choose 6″ or 8″ (8 & 7 out of 10) if you are exclusively a stomach or back sleeper OR if you know you like a firm/hard mattress.  There will not be much give in this mattress as the firm, dense gel foam sits right on top of the dense core.

Choose 10″ Medium Firm (6.5 out of 10) if you are a combination sleeper or like to move around and switch positions while you sleep.  The 10″ Essential is Dreamfoam’s multisleeper, meaning it supports all sleeping styles, side, back, stomach & any combination therein.

Choose 12″ or 14″ (5.5 & 5 out of 10) if you are exclusively a side sleeper, or really like a soft mattress.  The soft nature of the gel foam and VariFlex will conform to your shoulders and hips more effectively and relieve the pressure that might cause shoulder or hip soreness.  The support core will work to provide support and properly align your spine.

The sweet spot for weight is up to 200 lbs (especially for side sleepers). Above that weight, you’ll start to lose the benefit of the pressure relief from the gel as your body rests more on the dense core. At that size, you might consider the Brooklyn Signature model as the comfort layer provides additional support and comfort relief.

  • See Sandman’s firmness scale below to help choose the right thickness for you.
  • The Essential is designed for variability, any sleeper can find their ideal fit.
  • Even though you sink a little into the comfort layer, the airflow design and advanced cooling technology will keep you cool and dry all night long.
  • Edge support is decent, especially for an all foam mattress.

Dreamfoam Essential by Brooklyn Bedding firmness chart

Motion Isolation

The Dreamfoam Essential offers excellent motion isolation. Gel foam, by its very nature. does not transfer motion. It absorbs energy.  If your partner is a toss and turner, it will not be the motion of the bed that will wake you.

How does the Dreamfoam Essential Mattress Arrive?

All Dreamfoam Essentials by Brooklyn Bedding comes compressed and wrapped in a box  for easy shipping and moving to the bedroom.  The dense foams make the bed definitely on the heavier side.  Most sizes will be a 2 man job to move, especially if going up stairs.  Simply unbox the mattress, rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping.  The bed will decompress before your eyes.  You can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

Check out the Dimensions below for more details

What’s the Return Policy and Warranty?

Dreamfoam offers a 120 night trial period. You can either return it for a 100% refund,Image of a 10 Year Warranty Seal, gold with black lettering. Every Avocado EOC mattress comes with a 10 year warranty. or you can adjust the comfort level with a free mattress topper during the trial period. You may also exchange it for a different mattress and pay/refund any price difference. Here’s how the system works:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the Fedex delivery day).
  2. You can sleep on it for 120 nights. As there can be a slight break-in period, Brooklyn asks that you not initiate a return during the first 30 days.
  3. If it’s not the mattress of your dreams, reach out Brooklyn at [email protected], via phone, email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN or EXCHANGE. Either way, there are no questions asked!
  4. Returns: In most cases, Brooklyn will request that you have the mattress donated. Many of the charity foundations that are available offer a local pickup service. In the event that you are having trouble getting this coordinated, please let Brooklyn know and they will offer additional assistance. Once donated, you will receive a full refund. If you are having trouble, reach out to Brooklyn and they will be happy to assist.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 3-4 business days of the pick-up.
  6. Exchanges: For an exchange, Brooklyn will send the new mattress to your home BEFORE the old one is removed so you’ll never be without a bed to sleep on.

Dreamfoam doesn’t stop there! After the trial period ends, Brooklyn offers a 10 year manufacturer warranty.

Dimensions & Weights

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight (lbs.)
Twin 39″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 30-45
Twin XL 39″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 30-45
Full 54″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 45-65
Short Full 48″ x 74″ 6″-14″ 45-65
Full XL 48″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 45-65
Queen 60″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 55-85
Short Queen 60″ x 74″ 6″-14″ 55-85
Olym Queen 66″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 55-85
King 76″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 80-100
Short King 72″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 80-100
Cal King 72″ x 84″ 6″-14″ 80-100
RV King 70″ x 74″ 6″-14″ 80-100
RV King 70″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 80-100
RV King 72″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 80-100
RV Bunk 28″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 30″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 30″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 32″ x 74″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 34″ x 75″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 35″ x 79″ 6″-14″ 30-60
RV Bunk 42″ x 80″ 6″-14″ 50-70


Does Dreamfoam Offer Financing?

Affirm Logo. pay over time financing logo for mattress purchasesYes, Dreamfoam offers financing through Affirm. Enjoy as low as 0% APR if you pay in full within up to 18 months when you choose Affirm.  Click here to see if you qualify.

Where Can I Try the Dreamfoam Essential Near Me?

Brooklyn Bedding has 14 stores in the Phoenix and Scottsdale AZ area. However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus, OH area, please visit our Sandman Sleep Chicago Showroom or our Sandman Sleep Columbus Showroom to try out the Dreamfoam mattress (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!):

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415 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60618
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44 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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