Propel Mattress Review 2021Updated on September 30, 2019 While all product recommendations are chosen independently, we may receive compensation for purchases made through our site. Learn more about how we make money here.
Brooklyn Bedding is a veteran of the mattress industry that has been around since 1995. They rebranded as an online mattress company in 2008, and since then have consistently maintained a reputation for selling U.S. designed and manufactured luxury mattresses that incorporate a variety of patented sleep technologies. Currently, Brooklyn Bedding sells a combination of latex, foam, and hybrid mattresses that total nine mattresses in all.
This review focuses on the Propel, one of Brooklyn Beddings’ five high-tech foam hybrids. What sets the Propel apart is the sheer number of specialty and high-tech materials involved in its design. From the Upcycle technology in its cover to its TitanCool and CopperFlex-infused comfort layer to the Energex in its second layer, every layer of the mattress is designed to combat the heat-retention and sinkage of memory foam while enhancing its motion isolation and responsive properties.
In-depth Propel Mattress Review
Propel Mattress Sizing and Pricing
The Propel mattress is available in standard mattress sizes, with prices beginning at $499 for a Twin. Brooklyn Bedding does not provide dimensions for the Propel mattress.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 11.5″||$499|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 11.5″||$749|
|Full||54” x 75” x 11.5″||$799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 11.5″||$999|
|King||76” x 80” x 11.5″||$1,249|
|California King||72” x 84” x 11.5″||$1,249|
Mattresses come in a wide range of firmnesses, with different firmness levels being more suitable for different types of sleepers. While the firmness of a mattress is subjective and can feel softer or firmer depending on the sleeper, they can generally be ranked on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. These levels can further be broken down into three categories: soft (1-3), medium (4-6), and firm (7-10).
The Propel scores a 5.5 on the scale, which places it in the medium category. Mattresses in this category are the most versatile and are generally suitable for side, back, stomach, and combination sleepers.
The Propel mattress is available to be shipped anywhere in the United States, as well as many places in Canada. It isn’t able to be purchased through Amazon, and Brooklyn Bedding only operates showrooms in Arizona and Utah. You can also purchase Brooklyn Bedding mattresses from the brand’s partners, which include Sleep Sherpa in Chicago, IL, and Edina, MN, Bobcat Mattress in Bozeman, MT, and SleePare in New York, NY.
The Propel is a hybrid mattress made up of four foam layers and a support core of innerspring coils.
At the top sits a 1.5-inch comfort layer made out of specialty foam that combines two high-tech materials: CopperFlex and TitanCool. The first has antimicrobial properties, while the second wicks heat to keep the sleeper cool. Underneath this layer is 2 inches of Energex foam, a latex alternative that’s known for its high-responsiveness to changes in pressure and weight, keeping the sleeper cushioned even as they shift sleep positions. This is followed by a 1-inch’ transition layer made of memory foam, infused with gel for additional cooling properties.
The Propel’s 6-inch support core is made out of 952 innerspring coils, individually wrapped for more motion isolation and responsiveness than open coil mattresses. This layer is stabilized by a 1-inch’ base layer of high-density foam. Finally, the mattress cover incorporates Upcycle, which converts body heat into Far Infrared Rays that stimulate the sleeper’s blood flow for a more restful sleep.
Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping to all lower 48 states, with additional fees available for shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. After 2-3 business days of processing, they use FedEx Ground to ship all products in the US, which takes 3-5 business days, and UPS for all delivery to Canada, which take 3-5 business days. Mattresses are shipped compressed in a box and wrapped in plastic. The only assembly required is unpackaging and decompression, which Brooklyn Bedding recommends customers do at most three weeks after delivery.
Brooklyn Bedding does not offer a white glove delivery service.
Brooklyn Bedding’s 120 night trial period begins upon delivery and requires customers to try out their new mattresses for a minimum of 30 days. It can only be used once a year per customer, and afterwards, customers receive a full refund or an exchange.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 10-year warranty with every mattress that begins from the date of purchase. This covers “any defects or body impressions that measure 1’ inch or more,” with a further list explaining what defects qualify on their website. Once the brand decides the defects qualify, they will either repair or replace the mattress at their discretion.
Propel Mattress Performance
Whether or not you’ll be disturbed by your partner’s movements throughout the night is dictated by a mattress’ motion transfer/motion isolation abilities. Generally speaking, high-conforming materials like foam limit motion transfer and isolate movement well. The Propel is no exception. Not only do the top three layers of this mattress work together to react to pressure quickly and cushion the sleeper’s weight, but its individually wrapped coils also add another layer of motion isolation.
Although we spend most of our time sleeping or lying towards the center of our mattresses, encountering the mattress’ edge is pretty much unavoidable. Not only do we have to sit on it to get out of bed, but we may roll up to the perimeter throughout the night. Therefore, it’s important that you find a mattress with good edge support, to prevent you from sinking at the border or even rolling off.
Generally speaking, foam and latex mattresses offer poorer edge support than innerspring mattresses. The Propel, however, is a hybrid that layers foam on top of innerspring coils bolstered by more high-density foam, so it has superior edge support to all-foam and all-latex mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses, especially those with heavy conformity, traditionally trap heat and block airflow more than latex and innerspring alternatives. In recent years, however, manufacturers have fixed this problem by making their foam with inherently cooler materials like latex or latex alternatives, or infusing them with cooling add-ons such as gel and copper.
Although the Propel is topped with three layers of foam, all have been made or treated with cooling materials. The comfort layer is made out of CopperFlex foam, a latex alternative that contains heat-dispersing and moisture-wicking CopperGel, and its surface is infused with TitanCool, which moves heat away from the body as it contours. The second layer is made of Energex foam, another cool latex alternative, and the third layer of memory foam is infused with swirl gel for additional cooling.
Mattresses made with foam and latex typically release a slight to strong odor when first unboxed. This smell is also referred to as off-gassing, and generally speaking, it should dissipate within a few hours to a few days at most.
The Propel mattress, which is a hybrid that incorporates foam, does give off a slight smell when first unboxed. However, Brooklyn Bedding states it should disappear within a few hours.
Because memory foam traditionally has a high amount of sinkage, foam mattresses may not be supportive enough for some sleepers, especially around the sides. The Propel, however, addresses this issue with its 6-inch’ core of pocket coils. These springs keep the mattress well-supported, and the high-density foam in the base layer provides it with another layer of reinforcement.
Generally speaking, all-foam and foam-heavy hybrid mattresses are quite responsive and highly conforming. The Propel is no exception. Its top three foam layers are all designed to contour closely to the sleeper’s body, with the pocket coils adding another degree of enhanced responsiveness.
Although traditional memory foam mattresses have a reputation for splitting more easily than other mattresses, the Propel’s foam layers are made with a variety of specialty technologies and alternative materials that add to its longevity. The layer of pocket coils will also keep it lasting longer than an all-foam competitor.
The bouncier a mattress is, the better it is for sex. This is why latex and innerspring mattresses generally make the best mattresses for sexual activity, while memory foam mattresses may be too soft for this purpose.
Although the Propel has three foam layers at the top, its layer of individually wrapped coils keeps things bouncy enough for sex.
How noisy a mattress is depends on the materials used in its construction. Typically, all-foam and all-latex mattresses are quieter, while innerspring mattresses are known for making at least a small amount of noise. This can get a little more complicated with hybrid mattresses that combine up to all three materials.
Because the Propel’s innerspring coils are sandwiched between three foam layers at the top and a high-density foam base, it’s noisier than all-foam or all-latex mattresses, but quieter by far than innerspring mattresses. Additionally, no reviewers have mentioned noise as a problem.
How Do Customers Rate the Propel Mattress?
|PropelSleep.com||4.9/5 (17 reviews)|
What Type of Sleeper Is Well Suited to a Propel Mattress?
Side Sleepers: Because side sleepers put a lot of weight on their hips and shoulders, they need mattresses that have enough sink to cushion these pressure points but are still supportive enough to keep the spine aligned. This makes the Propel an excellent choice for this group of sleepers. The top-most foam layers are all designed to contour closely and responsively to the body, providing targeted pressure point relief even with regular movement. At the same time, the bounce of the Energex foam prevents excess sinkage, while the pocket coils keep the mattress reactive but still supportive.
Back Sleepers: The Propel’s balance of responsiveness and support also makes it well-suited to back sleepers. Because all of its layers, from the comfort layer to the innerspring support core, are designed to maximize reactivity, the mattress provides enough contouring to prevent the lower back from curving too much. Meanwhile, the pocket coils provide the level of support needed by back sleepers. That said, some back sleepers, especially those who weigh over 230 lbs, may find the mattress too soft for their needs.
Stomach Sleepers: In general, firmer mattresses are the best choice for stomach sleepers, who need to keep their upper bodies, especially their head and chest, from sinking too far into the mattress. However, they also need mattresses with enough responsiveness to prevent spinal misalignment, and it can be difficult to find a mattress that strikes this balance. Because the Propel is designed to address both of these qualities, it should work for many stomach sleepers, and the additional bounce from the Energex foam will keep their heads supported enough to breathe easily throughout the night. As with back sleepers, though, some stomach sleepers may find the Propel too soft.
|Below Average Weight (under 130 lbs)||Average Weight (130-230 lbs)||Above Average Weight (above 230 lbs)|
|Side Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good||Fair|
|Back Sleepers||Very Good||Very Good||Fair|
Customer Service: The majority of people who have worked with Brooklyn Bedding’s customer service team have given high ratings.
Reputation: Brooklyn Bedding has built a reputation around manufacturing their own mattresses, which are handcrafted in the U.S., and being at the forefront of the bed-in-a-box movement.
BBB Rating: Brooklyn Bedding has a Better Business Bureau rating of A+.
Years in Business: In its current iteration, Brooklyn Bedding has been in business since 2008.
Physical Stores: Brooklyn Bedding has showrooms in Arizona and Utah, with products available at a few partner stores in Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and New York.
Propel’s biggest strengths are its value and high-tech design. Although it incorporates more sleep tech than many other mattresses, it’s far cheaper than a lot of competitors. These materials aren’t just marketing gimmicks, either. They’re designed to fix the issues traditionally found in memory foam mattresses, like heat retention and sinkage, as well as harness the sleeper’s own body heat for overnight recovery.
The only drawback with the Propel is its 10-year-warranty. This is shorter than a lot of competitors, especially as some newer start-ups offer lifetime warranties.
Ultimately, though, the Propel is a high-tech hybrid mattress sold at cheap memory foam prices that should be an excellent choice for most sleepers.