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Plank Mattress Review

We compared, tested and rated more than 50 memory foam mattresses. The Plank mattress, by Brooklyn Bedding, is a flippable mattress that offers different firmness levels on each side. If the typical firm mattress is never quite firm enough for you, read on to see why the Plank is one if the best firm mattresses on the market.

Customer Rating: 4.4/5
Mattress Advisor Score:       9.1/10

In this review, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Plank mattress, including how it scored in our Mattress Advisor test. We’ll also give you an overview of Brooklyn Bedding as a company and the benefits Brooklyn Bedding provides to its customers. Read on to learn why the Plank is a great choice for those who prefer a firm sleep experience.

Plank Mattress Highlights

  • The Plank mattress is a dual-sided memory foam mattress designed for those who say a typical firm is never quite firm enough. This two-sided mattress offers a firm (7/10) and ultra-firm (9/10) side allowing you to choose which works best for you.
  • Designed with Brooklyn Bedding’s proprietary firmest transitional TitanFlex foam, the Plank offers outstanding support, durability, and pressure relief. This allows for improved blood flow and better support for your lower back so you can rest peacefully all night long.
  • The specially quilted top and bottom layers are uniquely stitched to provide the most firmness and least loft.

Mattress Advisor score for the Plank

Here’s how the Plank mattress scored on different tests and evaluations. Our score is a weighted average out of 10 that incorporates functional and performance characteristics of the mattress, as well as a social responsibility score, which takes into account social mission, community involvement and charitable partnerships.

Shipping:
10

How quickly the mattress ships to your home. (Free shipping = better score!)

Trial Period:
10

The length of time offered to help you decide if you want to keep the mattress.

Return Policy:
10

Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.

Warranty:
9

Length of mattress warranty and what is covered.

Set-up Test:
9.5

How easy it is to set up the mattress and move it.

Motion Transfer Test:
8

How well the mattress performs at isolating motion.

Edge Support Test:
8

The level of support offered on the edges of the mattress.

Pressure Relief Test:
9

How well the mattress relieves pressure, particularly around the hips, shoulders, and thighs.

Spine Alignment:
8.75

How well the mattress helps keep your spine in proper alignment while you’re sleeping.

Responsiveness Test:
8.75

How well the mattress adjusts to different movements or sleeping positions throughout the night.

Cooling Evaluation:
8

How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, or offers special cooling properties.

Durability Evaluation:
8.75

Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.

Customer Service Score:
9

How helpful and responsive the customer service team is.

Social Impact Score:
9

A measure of social mission, community involvement and charitable giving/partnerships.

Total Score for the Plank Mattress:

Plank Mattress Review

See how the Plank performed in our mattress tests to help you determine if this could be the mattress for you.

Score Breakdown

Set-up Test

The Plank mattress took us exactly a minute and a half to unbox. The mattress was not very heavy and had a mild smell (not too much chemical off-gassing). There was a lot of wrapping, but the Plank took its full shape immediately.

So for our setup test, the Plank gets a 9.5 out of 10.


Motion Transfer Test

Motion transfer is just a fancy way of saying how much movement you feel if your partner is moving around. You want this to be pretty minimal.

Part A – The Humans

The Mattress Advisor motion transfer test is a two-part test. We start by asking both sleep subjects to lie on the bed, blindfolded, and rate on a scale from one to ten how much movement they felt when their partner was moving around with 10 being no movement at all.

While our sleep subjects were testing motion transfer on the Plank they noticed they could feel there partner rolling around when they were laying on the mattress. However, the surface wasn’t too shakey. They gave the Plank ab 8 for the first part of our motion transfer test.

Part B – The Wine Test

Next, comes our wine test. This may sound like a cheesy test, but it is a great visual indicator of how much motion is being transferred from one side of the bed to another.

We had one of our sleep subjects lie down and roll back a forth a few times. We then took a look at how much the wine inside of the glass moved.

The glass of wine held its own while on the Plank mattress. It once again scored an 8.

So for a total motion transfer score, the Plank gets an 8 out of 10.


Edge Support Test

When choosing a mattress, you may not think to consider how much support the edge provides. But if you find yourself sleeping on the edge of your bed or use the end to get ready in the morning, you should definitely consider the edge support.

The Mattress Advisor edge support test is a two-part test.

Part A – The Shoe Test

To start, we asked our sleep subjects to sit on the edge of the bed to tie their shoes. They rated this task on a scale from one to ten, with 10 being “extremely easy, with exceptional edge support.”

Support on the end of the Plank mattress was pretty good. Our mattress testers felt secure when sitting on the edge of this mattress. However, they did feel a slight dip with their full weight on the bed. They scored it a 7.75 for the edge shoe test.

Part B – The Side Test

Next, we had our sleep subjects lie on the edge of the bed in each sleeping position, side, stomach and back, to see if they could sleep comfortably in that section of the bed.

When they were laying on the edge of the Plank, our sleep subjects thought the mattress did a good job gripping their body as they approached the edge. They scored the Plank an 8.25 out of 10 for the second part of our edge support test.

So the Plank gets a total score of 8 out of 10 for edge support.


Pressure Relief Test

When shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to find something that puts minimal pressure on your hips, thighs and shoulders. This is especially important for athletes when it comes to joint pain. Let’s take a look at how well the Plank mattress provides pressure relief.

We measure pressure relief by using a pressure mapping film that shows areas of high pressure. Here’s what you need to know: the cool spots are good and the warms spots are bad. The warmer the color, the more pressure is being placed on that area of the body.

We were pleasantly surprised the pressure relief test results of the Plank mattress! There was no trace of red on our sleep subjects pressure maps! This is further proof that firmness isn’t correlated with the support a mattress provides. Take a look at our testers pressure map results.

So for a total pressure relief score, the Plank gets a 9 out of 10.


Spine Alignment Test

Did you know your sleeping posture is just as important as your posture when you are awake?  For every mattress we test, we take a look at how well it keeps your spine in a straight line.

We took a close up of both of our sleep subjects backs to see the alignment. You’ll want to see a straight line from the neck all the way to the tailbone.

The spines of our sleep subjects were nearly straight. There was only a slight curve of the spine as it approached the base of the neck.

For spine alignment, the Plank gets an 8.75 out of 10.


Responsiveness Test

When it comes to getting comfortable on your mattress, responsiveness becomes very important. Responsiveness is just a fancy way of saying how well the mattress adjusts or responds to your sleeping positions while you sleep.

We had our mattress testers lie in each sleeping position, side, stomach and back. As they changed positions and got settled in, we asked them to rate on a scale from one to ten how quickly and easily the mattress responded to their movement.

For being such a firm surface, the Plank did a good job responding to its sleepers, especially when they were on their stomachs and backs. The only other feedback they had was it didn’t cradle their shoulder as much as they would have liked.

It scored an 8.75 out of 10 for responsiveness.

What Makes The Plank Different

Two Options in One

The Plank is designed to give sleepers a customized sleeping experience. One side is topped with a .75” quilted top layer patterned with continuous stitching to provide an ultra-firmness. The other side is topped with a 1.5” quilted layer patterned with tack-and-jump stitching to minimize loft.

Outstanding firmness

If the typical firm mattress is never hard enough for you, you won’t be disappointed with the Plank. Designed with Brooklyn Bedding’s firmest proprietary foam, the Plank offers a supportive firmness like no other. Plus, you have options. If the firm side isn’t enough for you, just flip the Plank for an ultra-firm sleep experience.

What to Watch Out For

  • Be aware that your Plank mattress may have a mild scent when you unbox it – this is normal and should go away within a few hours.
  • It may take up to 30 nights to get used to sleeping on your Plank mattress – particularly if your previous mattress was a traditional innerspring mattress.

Customer Reviews of the Plank Mattress

My husband and I have traveled to Asia a number of times, and always come home wishing we had a nice, firm mattress. We went to a few stores and laid on some and they were all waaaay to soft. After my last trip to Vietnam I decided I was fed up with our soft mattress and took a chance ordering Plank online. WE LOVE IT. Its only been about 2 weeks, but so far it is amazing. No more achy backs in the morning!!! Bethany O.
I am a side and stomach sleeper. I am an overweight female. With the Plank, I no longer have shoulder, hip or back pain in the morning! The other side is supposed to be about a 7 on the firmness scale oh, so if I ever get uncomfortable with my 9 firmness, I can always switch over. It's nice to have the option. The mattress was easy to set up. I am very glad I made this decision. Trubie B.
We are from India, where we are used to sleeping on cotton mattresses that are relatively ultra firm. I have spent a lot of money on a lot of mattresses that are firm but that have box springs and they sag and really do not support the back like this one from Plank. Even though this assessment is early in my purchase, I am hoping it remains the same. It would be nice to have would be a cooling gel top and more sturdier edges of mattress. Hemant C.

Product Information

Weight

100 lbs. for queen

Thickness

10"

Firmness

Firm to ultra-firm: 7/10 and 9/10

Type

Memory foam

American Craftmanship

Made in the USA

Size Dimensions Standard Price*
Twin 39″ x 75″ $699
Twin XL 38” x 80” $749
Full 54” x 75” $799
Queen 60” x 80” $999
King 76” x 80” $1,249
Cal King 72” x 94” $1,249

*Prices listed are standard without sales or Mattress Advisor exclusive discounts. Check price using the button below for the best deals on the Plank. 

Foundations Plank is compatible with

The Plank mattress can be used on most foundations that provide minimal to no flex. This includes box springs, platform beds, or slatted bed frames. Brooklyn Bedding also offers specially designed foundations.

Slatted Platform
Box Spring
Bunkie Board w/ Box Spring
Slatted Foundation
A Look Inside the Plank Mattress

The Plank is a memory foam mattress comprised of two foam layers and unique quilted tops on both sides.

  • 0.75” Quilted Top: Ensures firmness with a continuous stitching pattern.
  • 2” TitalFlex Foam: Top layer of Brooklyn Bedding’s firmest transitional foam to add deep support.
  • 7” High-Density Based Foam: Layer of high-density foam to ensure long-lasting durability and stability in your mattress.
  • 1.5” Quilted Bottom: Patterned with tack-and-jump stitching to allow for a firm sleep experience when flipped.

Purchase Experience

Delivery

Compressed and rolled in-a-box; delivered in 4-8 business days

Trial Period

120 days

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

Return Policy

Free returns

Financing

Available through Klarna

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Plank Mattress FAQs

How does the 120-day trial period work?

Brooklyn Bedding offers a generous trial period to allow you to test out if the Plank is right for you. They kindly ask that you wait at least 30 days before deciding to return your mattress as it may take some time for your body to fully adjust. If you do decide to return your Plank, contact customer service and they will assist you with the return process.

How long will it take to break in the Plank mattress?

It may take around 30 to 45 nights to fully break in your Plank mattress. This time also accounts for the time needed for your body to adjust to a new mattress.

How can I help break in my Plank mattress?

Sleeping on your mattress should be enough to break it in naturally, but there are a few methods that Brooklyn Bedding suggests to expedite the process. Carefully walk across your Plank mattress or bounce gently to help the fibers and foam aerate. It is also helpful to make sure the room your mattress is in is well ventilated for the first 24 hours to allow your mattress to fully aerate and dissipate any odors.

How long can the Plank stay in the box?

Brooklyn Bedding recommends keeping your Plank in its box for no longer than three weeks after its arrival date. Allowing your mattress to stay compressed beyond this time adds risk of slowing down the expansion time for your mattress.

What if the Plank is too firm for me?

Be aware that the Plank will often will firmer to most sleepers in the beginning of the adjustment and breaking in process. If after 30 days the Plank still feels too firm, Brooklyn Bedding offers a free topper to help your mattress feel softer without compromising on its supportive qualities. Contact Brooklyn Bedding’s customer service team for more information if this pertains to you.

How do I clean the Plank?

For spot cleaning, use a mild detergent and gently dab the cover rather than rubbing it. If you anticipate large spills or stains, you may want to invest in a mattress protector for easier washing. Brooklyn Beddings offers a special mattress encasement for this purpose.

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