Bear is a US-based mattress company that markets itself as making beds for people with active lifestyles. The brand launched in 2015 and offers three different models. We’ll focus this review on the Bear Mattress, the brand’s flagship model. Bear also manufactures the Bear Hybrid and Bear Pro mattresses but they will not be the focus of this review.
How does Bear compare to other leading mattress brands? We’ve reviewed some excellent products from companies like Casper, DreamCloud, Puffy, and more. In this review we’ll take an in-depth look at the features of the Bear Mattress and how it compares to the products offered by competing brands.
Is Bear the right mattress for you?
We recommend Bear for people who are physically active and like the body-hugging feel of memory foam. The high-density gel-infused foam is designed to give the mattress a medium level of firmness.
Bear also does a great job of isolating motion. If your partner frequently wakes you up throughout the night then motion isolation is one of the most important characteristics of your mattress. The Bear mattress is one of the best at reducing motion transfer.
We recommend that you buy the Bear mattress if you:
- Are average-weight or lower
- Prefer the feel of memory foam mattresses
- Are physically active
- Don’t want to spend a lot of money
- Sleep in the same bed as your partner
Features of the Bear Mattress
The brand’s flagship model is the Bear Mattress, an all-foam bed that is constructed with gel-infused graphite memory foam and polyfoam. The mattress has a medium feel (5.5/10) and a 10-inch thick profile.
Bear markets their mattress as being for people who have a physically active lifestyle. The cover’s fabric is made out of Celliant fabric, a type of material that is designed to convert your body heat into infrared energy and then transmit it back into their skin. The company claims that this process increases tissue oxygenation and helps your body recover more quickly after a workout.
In this review we’ll give an overview of every aspect of this bed. We’ll cover the construction, firmness, price, warranty, and more so you’ll have all the information you need to make your mattress purchasing decision. The Bear mattress isn’t for everyone and it’s important that you get as much accurate, unbiased information as possible so you can decide whether you want this bed or one from a competing brand.
The Bear Mattress has a medium feel, with a rating of 5.5 out of 10. Medium mattresses are great for people who are average-weight or lower and who like the body-hugging feel of memory foam. The Bear has a little bit of give to it, so you won’t sink in too much.
If you weight more than average or if you have issues with back pain, we recommend that you shop for a firm mattress instead. The Bear might be a little too soft for back sleepers, unless you know that you prefer the feel of memory foam. Side and stomach sleepers will both enjoy the feel of the Bear, unless you know for a fact that you prefer firmer or softer beds.
Construction & Durability
Since Bear was founded relatively recently – in 2015 – it’s still too early to tell how long their mattress will last. Memory foam mattresses tend to last 8-10 years on average, and the quality and construction of the Bear indicates that it should fall in line with those expectations.
The cover is made out of a polyester and Celliant fabric blend. Bear is quite unique in that the main feature that distinguishes it from other brands is the cover. Other brands focus on the comfort and support layers, but Bear decided that using Celliant fabric in their cover is the best way to meet the needs of their target audience of physically active people and athletes.
Celliant performance fabric is designed to capture your body heat and convert it into infrared energy that is then transmitted back into your body while you sleep. The company claims that this process is designed to improve circulation and promote physical recovery after a workout. After sleeping on this bed for a couple weeks, I did notice that I felt much better after my workouts compared to normal. It could just be the placebo effect, but as far as I’m concerned a placebo is just as good as the real thing so I’m definitely a satisfied customer.
The 2-inch comfort layer is made out of gel-infused graphite memory foam. The memory foam does an excellent job of conforming to your body shape without sinking in too much. I found that this made the mattress feel like the perfect middle ground in-between soft and firm.
Next up is the 2-inch transitional layer made out of polyfoam. You can think of this layer as acting like a buffer that prevents the comfort layer from sinking into the support layer.
The support core is made out of 6 inches of high-density polyfoam. This layer may not be the sexiest, but it plays a critical role in supporting the transitional and comfort layers. It helps to stabilize the bed and helps keep an even plane so every section of the comfort layer will have a similar feel with no sagging or sinking.
The Bear measures 10 inches thick, which is in the standard range for memory foam mattresses. It’s important to note that our review team noticed that the Bear Mattress didn’t have the best edge support. If this is something that’s important to you, you may want to look elsewhere for your next bed.
Memory foam mattresses aren’t known for their cooling properties, and Bear is no exception. Memory foam tends to trap heat and reduces airflow, which can cause you to sweat more throughout the night. If you’re prone to overheating, you may want to consider an innerspring or hybrid type of mattress instead.
With that said, the unique material that Bear uses in the cover – the Celliant performance fabric – does make this mattress feel much cooler than competing memory foam brands.
What sizes are available?
Bear is available in all of the standard North American sizes:
- Twin XL
- California King
How much does the Bear Mattress cost?
One of the coolest aspects of this company is that they make their products affordable to almost anyone. Bear is significantly cheaper than almost all of their competitors in the mattress-in-a-box industry. Brands like DreamCloud and Saatva are much more expensive.
- Twin – $400
- Twin XL – $480
- Full – $560
- Queen – $640
- King – $720
- Cal King – $720
Bear offers a 10-year warranty on their mattresses. According to their website, the warranty covers:
- Any visible and lasting indentation (body impression) greater than one inch not associated from a sag in the foundation, box springs, or platform (mattress support).
- Any physical flaw in the mattress causing the memory foam material to split or crack, despite normal usage and proper handling.
- During the first ten (10) years of original ownership, if the mattress is deemed defective, Bear shall be responsible for the repair or replacement costs of the mattress with the exception of any handling or transportation costs associated with repairs or replacements.
- Bear mattresses are designed for use on a firm, solid-surface, or adjustable bed base (mattress supports). This warranty is contingent and based on tests conducted on “sets” that consist of our mattresses and acceptable mattress support.
- The outer mattress cover is warranted for one (1) year from the date of original purchase against faults in material or workmanship.
If you have a problem with your mattress, contact the company by calling 1-844-311-0035 or emailing [email protected]
Bear offers a 100-night free trial on all of their beds. Night one starts the day your mattress is delivered rather than on the date you ordered it, which is standard in the industry.
If you aren’t satisfied with your mattress, call the company for a completely free return. Bear will locate a nearby charity and arrange for it to be donated.
About Bear Mattress LLC
Bear has a customer satisfaction rating of 4.78/5 stars, based on feedback from 13,335 real customers.
Bear is sold online and is not available for purchase in physical stores. The company does have two showrooms located in Hoboken, NJ and New York, NY.
Email: [email protected]
How we rate mattresses
We rate mattresses using the following criteria:
- Structural integrity and durability
- Firmness and support
Learn more about our mattress rating process and methodology here.