Brentwood Home 13-inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattress Review

Brentwood Home 13-inch Gel HD Memory Foam

Last Updated: September 2017

Brentwood Home is a US-based company that produces handcrafted mattresses right in their California warehouse. What really sets Brentwood Home apart from many of the other mattress manufacturers on the market is that they are committed to creating products that are made of eco-friendly materials that meet Golden State standards. In other words, they are on a mission to create products that will deliver an exceptional night of sleep while being environmentally responsible.

With more than three decades of experience handcrafting mattress, Brentwood Home knows a thing or two about making exceptional products. They combine scientific research with an artisanal approach and pay attention to even the minutest detail. Their Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is a true testament to their commitment to excellence and signifies why they are one of the most trusted mattress manufacturers in the industry.

Made from a combination of the highest quality materials, including gel memory foam, wool, support foam and a cover that is infused with bamboo, this mattress is designed to offer exceptional support, reduce pain, increase comfort, and remain cool. But, does the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress really stand up to its claims? We have tested it out, given it a thorough assessment, and offer our synopsis in this detailed buyer’s guide.

  • 13 inches
  • Virtually no heat retention
  • Minimal motion transfer
  • Low level of off gassing
  • Excellent support
  • Enhanced pressure point relief
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable cover
  • 25 year warranty
  • Full money back guarantee
  • 120 night trial period
  • May be too soft for some stomach sleepers
  • May be a bit more expensive than you are looking to spend, when compared to other mattresses of a similar quality

Our Score

Below is our final score of the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress based on multiple criteria that we use when testing all of our mattresses.

Comfort9.5
Pain Relief9.5
Edge Support7.5
Durability9.5
Off Gassing8.5
Back Sleeping9.5
Side Sleeping9.5
Stomach Sleeping7
Warranty & Support10
Value9.5

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Competition

We think that the Tuft and Needle mattress is a fair competition for the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress. Both offer a foundational layer of high density support foam, and both are designed to properly align the spine and retain minimal amounts of heat; however, Brentwood Home’s mattress also offers a layer of gel memory foam, and has a cover that is constructed out of bamboo, which really steps up its cooling capabilities.

The Casper mattress is another top contender for the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress. They are both made of high-quality foams, and both are made to remain cool and provide great support. The Brentwood Home Gel Memory Foam mattress is a total of 13 inches thick while the Casper mattress is 9.5 inches thick.

What’s It Made From…

Brentwood Home 13-inch Gel HD Memory Foam
The Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is made of three separate layers, which include gel memory foam, ventilated support foam and high-density support foam. All three layers combine to create a mattress that is a total of 13 inches high.

The Top Layer

The first layer of the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is made of 3.5 inches of gel memory foam. This is the layer of the mattress that is responsible for delivering its initial comfort. The memory foam contours to the body, offering great support and pressure relief.

Memory foam is known to retain a lot of heat, but being that the memory foam used in this mattress is infused with gel, heat retention is kept to a minimum. This truly does help to keep the surface of the mattress cool and comfortable throughout the night.

At 3.5, the top layer of this mattress is much thicker than a lot of other mattresses we have reviewed, and we found that to be a very good thing. The added thickness certainly aids in deep compression support, which is ideal for heavier people.

The Second Layer

In the middle of this mattress is a 2-inch layer of ventilated support foam. Because it is ventilated, this layer works in conjunction with the gel memory foam on the top, further reducing heat retention. It helps to pull body heat away from the sleeper and disperses it out of the mattress, thereby helping to keep the mattress a cool and consistent temperature. Additionally, this layer provides transitional support between the top layer and the bottom layer of the mattress.

The Bottom Layer

The final layer of the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Mattress is made of 7.5 inches of high-density support foam. This is the foundation of the mattress. It supports the upper layers and helps to retain the shape of the mattress, as well as adding stability to it.

The Cover

The cover is an integral part of any mattress. It is the first part of the mattress that your body has contact with, it adds to its comfort, and it helps to retain the shape of the mattress by holding all of its layers together.

The cover of this Brentwood Home mattress is made of a blend of polyester and bamboo. Both materials are soft to the touch, and both are extremely durable. The bamboo is extremely breathable, which helps to reduce heat retention. Additionally, the cover is backed by a layer of wool, which is procured from New Zealand. The wool pulls moisture away from the body, improves breathability and prevents any odors from building up in the mattress. This layer of wool is not commonly found in the mattress industry, which makes the cover of this mattress pretty unique. Another feature that makes the cover of this mattress stand out from most of the other mattress in the online industry is that it can be removed. This allows you to freshen it up when a spot cleaning is necessary; however, we should point out that the mattress cannot be machine washed.

In regard to aesthetics, the cover is minimalist in style. It is white and has a simple horizontal strip pattern along the top of the fabric.

Hands on Review

Brentwood Home 13-inch Gel HD Memory Foam Review Since the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is shipped directly to the consumer from the warehouse, you can’t try it out before you buy it. This means that you can’t really determine whether or not it will be a good fit for you, or if it will provide the comfort that you are looking for.

In this section of our buyer’s guide, we assess the most important criteria that impact the overall quality of the mattress and the type of sleep you can expect it to deliver. The criteria we assess in this portion of our guide includes:

Firmness

While firmness really is subjective and a matter of opinion, if we were to rate the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress a score on a scale of 1 to 10, we would rate it a 5.5 (10 would be the firmest.) This means that it is middle of the road, in terms of firmness, so it is intended to appeal to all sleepers.

Comfort

The comfort that this mattress delivered was outstanding. We found the cover to be extremely soft, and the top layer of gel memory foam starting conforming to the body almost as soon as we laid on it. We found that it contoured very nicely, but not so much that you feel like you are being swallowed up by it.

Motion transfer also plays a big part in the overall comfort that a mattress delivers, especially for couples who share a bed. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling the movement of a sleeping partner, and with the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress, this is something you won’t have to deal with. We did not notice any motion transfer at all.

Pain Relief and Support

This Brentwood Home mattress also does a phenomenal job as far as pain relief and support goes. The memory foam conforms to the shape of the body, providing contouring support and pressure relief. The support foam in the middle of the mattress and the high-density support foam in the foundation add additional support. All layers work together to provide pressure point relief, keeping the spine in proper alignment and thereby reducing any pain.

Heat Retention

The Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress stays incredibly cool throughout the night. The gel that the first layer of memory foam is infused with really does help to reduce the retention of body heat. The ventilated support foam improves the air flow of the mattress, pulling body heat away and dispersing it out of the mattress. The bamboo in the cover and the fact that it is backed by wool wicks away moisture. All of these components work together to create a sleep surface that remains extremely cool while sleeping.

Off Gassing

Off-gassing refers to the odor that a new mattress emits. This is a problem mattresses that are made of foam are particularly affected by. There are certain chemicals that are used in the production of the foam, and those chemicals can have an odor and can be emitted from the mattress.

With the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress, we did notice that there was a slight odor when we first received it. This odor was minimal, and we simply left it in a room with the windows open. After a few hours, the smell had dissipated.

Intimacy

Foam mattresses can often be difficult to enjoy amorous activities on. That’s because the foam absorbs motion, which is great for preventing the feeling of any movement in the mattress; however, it does minimize the bounce that the mattress provides. As a result, extra effort is usually needed to enjoy intimacy. With the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Infused Memory Foam mattress, we did notice that a bit more energy will be required to enjoy those adventurous bedroom activities than would be necessary on an innerspring mattress; however, it did provide better bounce back than other foam mattresses we have tried.

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Sleeping Position Ratings

When you lie in different positions, your body weight is applied differently to the body. This means that a mattress needs to be able to provide proper support and effectively distribute weight in order to minimize any pain. We tested how the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress stacked up for sleeping on the back, the stomach, and the side. Here’s what we found…

Back

The gel memory foam adds a nice level of comfort for the mattress, while the middle and foundational layers help to distribute the weight across the mattress. As a result, there is minimal pressure point buildup, which creates a comfortable and supportive sleeping surface for back sleepers.

Back Sleeping score: 9.25/10

Stomach

We think that some stomach sleepers may find this mattress a bit too soft; particularly those on the heavier side. They may find that it sinks too much, and as a result you may feel trapped in the mattress. Otherwise, weight is evenly distributed throughout the mattress, which does help to prevent the buildup of pressure in the body.

Stomach Sleeping score: 9/10

Side

We think that side sleepers will enjoy this mattress. It does help to keep the spine in proper alignment, which is particularly important for side sleepers. Additionally, it helps to prevent pressure point buildup, which can really be a problem when sleeping on the side.

Side Sleeping score: 9.25/10

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Bed Frame Compatibility

The Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is designed to be used with all types of bed frames, including platform beds, box springs, and even adjustable beds. This really does make the mattress versatile, as you can use an existing bed frame.

With that said, we do suggest using the mattress on a solid frame or a frame that is made of evenly spaced, durable slats that are not spaced too far apart. This will provide further support of the bed  and will allow you to really enjoy the benefits that it is intended to provide.

Warranty, Guarantee and Trial Period

  • Warranty: 25-year warranty: no charge for the first 10 years on any repair or replacement; a prorated charge will apply to any repairs or replacement from 11 to 25 years.
  • Guarantee: Full money back guarantee
  • Trial Period: 120 night trial period. If you are not happy with the mattress for any reason, simply contact Brentwood Home and they will arrange to pick your mattress up and will refund your money.

Conclusion

The Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress is made of three separate layers that equal a total of 13 inches. Gel infused memory foam, ventilated support foam and a bamboo infused cover with a wool backing help to retain a cool sleeping surface. The mattress is designed to offer consistent support, and it does deliver. Overall, we think that this mattress does deliver exceptional quality.

Is This Mattress Right For You?

If you are on the market for a mattress that offers the traditional hug that memory foam is known to provide, you want a mattress that is medium in regard to firmness, and you want a cool sleeping surface, than we think that the Brentwood Home Bamboo Gel Memory Foam mattress will be a great choice for you.

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Will

Hi, my name is Will and in an attempt to find the right memory foam mattress and pillow for myself, Memory Foam Doctor was born!

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