Plank by Brooklyn Bedding Detailed Review
The Straight Scoop - Our Findings & Highlights
Firmest and flattest on the market! Many say “hard”. The Plank by Brooklyn Bedding is a flippable mattress offering two choices – Firm on one side and Extra Firm on the other! Promote posture and improve O2 flow while sleeping. Back and stomach sleepers only here.
|Mattress Type/Category||Memory Foam|
|Comfort Styles||Flippable – Firm & Extra Firm|
|Cover||Continuous stitching pattern creates a flat surface with
optional cooling cover weave
|Comfort layers||2” of Brooklyn’s Densest TitanFlex|
|Support System||7” high density core|
|Good for Couples? / Motion Transfer||Good|
|Budget||Twin to King $599 – $1,124, Queen $955|
|Feeling when lying down||Firm and Flat|
|Plank is ideal for||Back and stomach sleepers
Prefer a flat surface with no sink
|Plank is not right for||Side sleepers
Prefer any plush feeling in the mattress
|Sleep Trial & Warranty||100 Night, 10 Year Warranty|
|That one special thing||Firmest mattress in the online mattress category|
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We love the All American story of Brooklyn Bedding. A true entrepreneur with grit, vision and a lot of help along the 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) Plank Luxe and Titan (for the larger sleeper). 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.
Let’s have a closer look at the Plank’s materials before diving into Plank’s comfort and feel.
Plank's Construction & Materials
Brooklyn chose a premium quilted cover for the Plank. This material resists impressions and remains breathable throughout the night so you sleep cool and dry.
Firm Side: 1.5” quilted cover – tack and jump stitching for a touch of comfort
Extra Firm Side: 0.75” quilted cover – continuous stitching pattern creates a flat surface for neutral spine position
The Firm side sits on top of 2” of Brooklyn’s densest patented TitanFlex foam providing compression support. So, what exactly is TitanFlex and what makes it so special? TitanFlex is a latex alternative which provides the pressure relief of a gel foam with the responsiveness of latex. This means it provides the best of both worlds by evenly distributing pressure across the mattress with just the right amount of contouring and responsiveness. The result is exceptional pressure point relief that can help reduce joint and muscle pain. The cooling gel infused within the TitanFlex pulls heat away from the body, keeping you cool all night long. TitanFlex’s open cell structure and overall design enables it to have higher water absorption and greater moisture wicking. This engineering allows moisture to be released from the mattress more quickly, also contributing to a cooler, more comfortable sleep.
The Extra Firm side foregoes the comfort layer, the quilted top sits directly upon the dense support core.
A 7” high density core provides the Plank’s support layer ensuring durability and stability for the life of the mattress.
Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage. In the Plank’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 Brooklyn takes care of so you can rest easy.
Does Plank Sleep Cool?
YES! We found Plank to offer a neutral to cool temperature control. Being cool at night is all about being dry. Plank accomplishes the cool factor through a 3 step process:
- The cover wicks away moisture
- The gel infused and responsive TitanFlex comfort layer pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
- The firm flat surface makes sure minimal skin contact touches the surface, minimizing heat trapping.
Final result – Plank will keep you cool and dry throughout the night allowing your body to get the rest it deserves.
Plank offers an additional cooling layer of phase change material sewn into the mattress surface. It is perfect for furnace sleepers as it is cool to the touch. Additional cooling is a feature that can be added during checkout.
How about Edge Support?
Excellent – No Sag Here
Plank is designed to be the flattest and firmest mattress on the market. The firmness carries all the way out to the edge providing a complete “sag free” experience. This edge support increases the sleeping area so, for example, if one partner is a bed hog, the other partner can rest soundly on the edge.
Endurance Testing – Will Plank Stand the Test of Time?
Plank is one of the highest quality extra firm mattresses in this budget range. Brooklyn 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.
Flippable - Two Comfort Styles (Firm & Extra Firm)
No matter which style you choose, just by the minimalist look of the Plank, you know you’ll be sleeping on a flat, firm yet very supportive mattress for many years to come. As we’ve said before, in this budget range it is difficult to find a more supportive or firmer mattress. Let’s take a closer look at the different sides.
Plank – Firm Side
From the moment you lay down on the Plank, you feel the slightest of pressure relief from the 2” of dense TitanFlex foam providing just a bit of pressure relief. Plank is designed as the flattest and firmest sleep experience so you will definitely sleep “on top” of the mattress. Absolutely no sink here. Over time you will continue to sleep on top of the mattress allowing for a consistent feel throughout the night. Back and stomach sleepers will feel the neutral spinal alignment as the body finds a restful position. You will feel that support system underneath to help with alignment to give you enough resistance to push back to fill the space in-between your body and the mattress.
With the firm, back and stomach sleepers get the best experience of pressure relief spinal alignment due to the rigid structure. Because you sleep on top of it, the bed will sleep cooler than a softer bed that will wrap around the body. For additional cooling, the cool-to-the-touch phase change material option will provide greater comfort, keeping you cool all evening long.
The sweet spot for weight is up to 220. Above that weight, you might consider the Plank Hybrid as the springs will provide additional support.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Firm a 9 out of 10.
- Exclusively designed for back/stomach. Side/stomach or side/back sleepers should look elsewhere.
- You sleep directly on top of the mattress preventing any heat buildup from a classic soft sink mattress. For additional cooling relief, choose the additional cooling option to keep you cool and dry all night long.
- Edge support is superior!
Plank – Extra Firm Side
Now we’ll flip the bed over and take a look at the extra firm side. As the name denotes, this bed is bordering on hard. Its thin top layer rests directly on top of the dense support foam. Back and side sleepers will get the most comfort and health benefits from the Plank. You will definitely not sink as much as you sleep “on top” of this mattress. The mattress will sleep neutral to cool but an optional cooling layer may be added if you are a furnace sleeper.
- On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate Firmer a 9.5 out of 10 (10 being the floor – literally).
- Stomach and back sleepers will get the most benefit. Any side sleepers should look toward a model with greater pressure relief.
- Edge support is superior – absolutely no side sagging!
Either side will have very good motion isolation. Simply put, you will rarely feel your partner move at night. Whether they are a toss and turner, an early riser or using the facilities, it’s not the bed that will wake you. The high density gel foam by its very nature does not transfer motion. It absorbs energy leading to minimal motion transfer.
How does the Plank Mattress arrive?
All Brooklyn beds come in a box. It’s crazy to think that a king size extra firm model with dense foams can be compressed, but it can. And, with no sacrifice to quality and durability. The box arrives via Fedex or UPS from their Phoenix, AZ factory. Simply unbox the mattress. Rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes. You can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.
What’s the Return Policy? Can I exchange it for either a softer or firmer model?
Brooklyn offers a 120 night trial period. You can either return it for a 100% refund, 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:
- The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the fedex delivery day).
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 3-4 business days of the pick-up.
- 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.
Brooklyn doesn’t stop there! After the trial period ends, Brooklyn offers a 10 year manufacturer warranty.
Plank Mattress Dimensions and Weights
|Twin||38″ x 74″||11.75″||58 lbs.|
|Twin XL||38″ x 80″||11.75″||60 lbs.|
|Full||53″ x 74″||11.75″||85 lbs.|
|Queen||60″ x 80″||11.75″||100 lbs.|
|King||76″ x 80″||11.75″||120 lbs.|
|California King||72″ x 84″||11.75″||120 lbs.|
How Do I order a Plank Mattress? Does Plank Offer Financing?
Yes, Plank offers financing through Affirm, in most cases 0%. Click here to see if you qualify for 0% through Affirm.
Where Can I Try the Plank Mattress 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 Signature mattress (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!):