The Brook + Wilde Lux mattress is a 28cm deep, five-layer memory foam and pocket coil model designed to relieve pressure across your body during sleep. It’s the most affordable model from the luxury sleep specialist and comes in three different firmness levels to suit a range of body types and sleep positions. One of the big attractions with the Brook + Wilde Lux is that even though it’s a luxury model, it’s reasonably priced (£899 for a double size). So if you’re searching for the best mattress for deeper, more comfortable sleep and all without paying the earth, the Brook + Wilde Lux is worth your time.
For this review, we slept on a double-size medium firmness Lux mattress for around five weeks and found it extremely comfortable. Even though it’s the entry-level option in Brook + Wilde’s four-strong range of mattresses in a box, there’s nothing ‘budget’ about the design or performance of The Lux.
As mentioned above, the mattress comes in your choice of three firmness ratings: soft is rated a 3 on the firmness scale, with 1 being as soft as a marshmallow and 10 being as hard as a plank of wood. The Lux soft is ideal for side sleepers who need plenty of cushioning around the shoulders and hips, as well as for people with a smaller build.
The Lux medium is rated 5 on the firmness scale and because it hits that sweet spot between comfort and support, we think it would suit backside, and combi sleepers the most. The Lux firm is rated a 7 and is a good choice for people who need maximum support, for heavier bodies, and for stomach sleepers.
The Brook + Wilde Lux mattress comes with a 100-night risk-free trial period, plus free delivery to your home and a 10-year warranty. There’s also a free setup of the mattress in your bedroom of choice, and you can also choose to have your old mattress removed at the same time. This saves you from having to learn how to dispose of a mattress.
Brook + Wilde offers a free White Glove Delivery service. That means our Lux review sample was taken into our bedroom, unboxed, and placed on our testing bed frame. Once on the bed, the mattress is easy to move around by one person, although you don’t actually need to rotate it at all. The Lux weighs 27kg for a single size, up to 49kg for a super king, and there are handles on each side of the mattress to make it easier to maneuver.
The delivery drivers will dispose of the box for you too, and we also like how all of the packagings are recyclable – and that said packaging is kept to a minimum. You can also arrange to have your old mattress picked up and taken for recycling at the same time.
Brook + Wilde recommends leaving The Lux for around four hours before sleeping on it, though it can take up to 72 hours for the mattress to fully inflate. By comparison, during our Emma Mattress review period, we found that the Emma Original took around 12 hours to fully inflate, while the Nectar (read our Nectar Mattress review) took up to 48 hours.
You can use any bed base for the Lux, but because it’s 28cm tall, make sure your base can cope with a deeper mattress.
Unfortunately, this was Lux’s weakest point. Although the initial smell in the room dissipated fairly quickly, that tell-tale new mattress lingered when we lay on the mattress for several days. It wasn’t a strong smell and it certainly didn’t stop us from enjoying our sleep, but it was definitely there and is something that buyers should be aware of. The Nectar Mattress had a stronger off-gassing stench, while the Simba Hybrid had less of a smell than The Lux – read our Simba Hybrid mattress review for more on that.
As we explain in our feature on what is mattress off-gassing, these smells come from new foams being vacuum packed and do not come from any chemicals. The Brook + Wilde Lux is made from CertiPUR approved foams created without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, or carcinogenic chemicals and phthalates.
As we’ve explored already in our review, The Lux comes in three different firmness ratings – soft, medium, and firm. We tested the medium, which Brook + Wilde rates as a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. It’s certainly softer to sit on than many other medium firmness rated mattresses we have tested; a fact borne out by our 20kg weight sinkage test. When placed in the middle of the bed, the 20kg weight caused the mattress to sink by around 8 inches. However, there was less sinkage of around 6 inches at the edge of the bed, showing that the edge support is strong here (we’ll explain this in more detail shortly).
The softer feel of this foam translates well to sleep comfort. The Lux mattress actually feels firmer when you’re lying down (as opposed to sitting) on the bed, but you can feel the foam supporting and ‘hugging’ pressure points – particularly around the shoulders and hips when you lie on your side.
Based on our testing experience, back sleepers should find that the Brook + Wilde Lux is an excellent choice for neutral spinal alignment too, and we spotted many reviews from customers with back and neck pain reporting an improvement in their sleep. We’d recommend the firm mattress if you’re a stomach sleeper though, as we think the foam in the medium is a little soft to support the head properly in this position.