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Bear Mattress Reviews (Pros and Cons for All Models)

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If you’ve been searching for mattress brands then you’ve likely come across Bear. The only problem is that most reviews are written like advertisements. They only say positive things about every single brand which makes it hard to decide. Our team of sleep experts ran Bear mattresses through rigorous tests to determine the benefits and drawbacks so you can make your own choice. Our Editor’s Choice is the Bear Hybrid.

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Bear Mattress Lineup


Bear Hybrid

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bear hybrid mattress
Bear Hybrid

Pros and cons

ProsCons
Celliant coverBit too hefty, need 2 people for setup
Offers zoned supportMay be a bit too firm for more petite individuals
Great for those who lead active lifestylesNot for strict side sleepers
Cooling

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Muscle contains more dense weight than fat and if you’re someone who works out a lot, you might be finding it a little difficult to find a mattress that could give you the support you need.

Heavier individuals – especially those ones who weigh well over 250 lbs – need the combined support of both foam and innersprings. Most foam mattresses might give you comfort but in time, sleeping on the wrong mattress would just cause you more issues in the long term.

Who should buy the Bear Hybrid?

  • Heavier individuals
  • Back and stomach sleepers as well as some combination sleepers
  • Those who lead more active lifestyles
  • Those who prefer a more holistic approach to recovery and performance
  • Those who prefer a more responsive bed
  • Couples

Firmness

The Bear hybrid mattress sits on a 6-6.5 on the mattress firmness scale making it a medium to medium-firm mattress. Medium firm mattresses can accommodate most sleeper types except those who sleep predominantly on their sides. Strict side sleepers need a softer mattress to get the pressure relief that they would need.

The Bear Hybrid is Bear’s softest mattress out of its 3 mattress lineup and although some combination sleepers found it to be comfortable, we recommend a softer hybrid mattress for side sleepers such as the Layla Hybrid. If you prefer to stick it out with the Bear Hybrid mattress, you might find that adding a mattress topper to up the comfort quotient to be useful.

Being a hybrid mattress, the Bear Hybrid could also accommodate sleepers who are heavier than 250 lbs since the combination of spring coils and foam tend to provide better support for heavier sleepers than an all-foam mattress would do.

Construction

There are four layers to the Bear Hybrid mattress. The top layer is made up of Bear’s own Hypersoft Cooling Gel foam that helps wick away body heat while providing pressure relief and comfort. Right below that is another one of Bear’s proprietary foam which they call the Premium Comfort foam – a memory foam alternative that offers similar body contouring pressure relief as regular memory foam mattresses but without the ‘stuck in the mud’ sinking feeling usually associated with it.

The transition layer of the Bear Hybrid mattress is made up of another layer of responsive foam that’s more open-celled to allow for greater air circulation. This helps with keeping the mattress fresh and cool while giving an avenue for the air flow that goes through the mattress’ coil unit. The transition foam also helps provide more responsive support.

The coil unit of the Bear Hybrid mattress features individually pocketed coils that help lessen motion transfer across the mattress surface. This makes it a good option for those who share a bed with a partner or a pet. We barely felt any movement when we tried out the Bear Hybrid mattress.

As mentioned previously, pocketed coils also help keep the mattress cool by allowing constant air flow all throughout the mattress. This also helps with preventing any growth of mold or mildew which could cause your mattress to deteriorate well before its average lifespan. Coils are also the main source of support for heavier individuals as coil units are able to support larger amounts of weight as opposed to all-foam mattresses. On the Bear Hybrid, the coils featured reinforced edges for better edge support – important if you are the type of sleeper who find themselves sleeping closer to the edge.

The mattress also features a base layer of high density foam which helps keep all the layers together while providing a sturdier base especially for a mattress that contains 8-inch coils. This makes the bed springy but not so springy that you’re bouncing off the bed.

All of these layers come encased in a mattress cover that features a thick, hand-quilted top that offers a plush mattress surface. The entire cover is also made out of Celliant, an infrared responsive fabric that basically converts body heat into energy. This also helps keep the mattress cool thereby increasing the mattress’ already cooling factor. Now we can’t say for sure if this was just in our heads but we definitely felt a bit more well-rested after sleeping on the Bear mattress for some time.

All of the foam layers on the Bear Hybrid mattress are CertiPUR-Us certified as well as Greenguard Gold certified, making it one of the safest and ‘cleanest’ mattresses out there. By clean we mean free from harmful toxins, chemicals and fiberglass which surprisingly quite a lot of mattresses sneakily contain. We also experienced literally no off-gassing with the Bear Hybrid although it did take a day or two to fully expand since it is such a thick mattress.

Sizes

The Bear Hybrid comes in 6 mattress sizes and measures 14″ tall. It is compatible with most bed frames, foundations and bases, including a box spring.

Durability

All of Bear mattresses come with a substantial trial period – 100 nights. They also offer free returns should you feel that this not the right mattress for you. The Bear Hybrid comes backed by a 10 year warranty.

Buy: Bear Hybrid


Bear Pro

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bear pro mattress
Bear Pro

Pros and cons

ProsCons
Pressure-relievingNot suitable for heavier individuals
No stuck in the mud feelCan be too thick for some
Actively cooling

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It’s no secret that those who lead more active lifestyles have a higher core body temperature, even at rest. While we are not here to delve into the scientific nitty gritty of it all, it is important to note that hot sleepers tend not to get very much sleep at all. This can affect performance, as well as one’s general wellbeing. This is not only a problem for just the athletes – everyone suffers when it’s too hot to sleep.

Who should buy the Bear Pro?

  • Those who tend to sleep hot
  • Those who lead active lifestyles
  • Those who prefer all-foam beds
  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Those who prefer a memory foam feel without the sinkage

Firmness

The Bear Pro mattress sits on a 6-7 on the mattress firmness scale making it a medium firm mattress. Mattress foam firmness is definitely subject to one’s sleeping position.

Medium firm mattresses are best suited to both back sleepers and stomach sleepers. We found that this mattress is especially good for lightweight back sleepers. Some combination sleepers may find may also find a medium-firm mattress to be somewhat comfortable but only those who are of average weight. If you are a strict side sleeper, you might want to look into softer all-foam beds made out of memory foam such as the Casper mattress as this could offer more pressure relief.

Since the Bear Pro is an all-foam mattress, it may not be suitable for those who weigh over 250 lbs. as they would not be getting the full support that they would need. Heavier sleepers would sink in more, especially with an all-foam bed. This can also contribute to the mattress wearing out before its prime hence why we always recommend either innerspring mattresses or hybrid beds for heavier individuals.

Construction

The Bear Pro mattress features a blend of gel memory foam and copper-infused foam which are both actively cooling, making the Bear Pro a good mattress for those who tend to sleep excessively hot. This is also a good mattress option if you live in a hotter climate.

The Bear Pro mattress’ gel memory foam layer also acts as its main comfort layer, providing both comfort and pressure relief. Similar to memory foam, it cradles and contours the body, keeping the pressure off all the main pressure points, but without the sunk-in feel that’s usually associated with a traditional memory foam mattress. This makes it a great option for those who love the feel of a memory foam bed but hate the ‘stuck in the mud’ feel.

Right below the top layer lies a layer of copper-infused foam. Copper is scientifically proven to be a good conductor of heat and in the Bear Pro mattress, it helps wick heat away from the mattress, giving you a cooler, more comfortable night’s sleep. Copper is also naturally anti-bacterial, making the Bear Pro a good option for those who prefer a ‘cleaner’ sleeping experience.

The transition layer of the Bear Pro provides pretty responsive support for a foam mattress. Engineered to provide top to toe support, the Bear Pro offers not only pressure relief but pain relief as well, especially for those who suffer from chronic pain like fibromyalgia. The base layer rounds out the entire mattress and is made up of high density support foam that helps keep the mattress sturdy and also helps prevent mattress sag.

As with all of Bear’s mattresses, the Bear Pro mattress comes encased in a soft mattress cover made of Celliant which can help with body recovery and performance while providing additional cooling. Other memory foam mattresses, especially the traditional ones, tend to trap heat within its layers which could be a big issue especially for hot sleepers. We definitely felt that the Bear’s Celliant cover helped us in staying and sleeping cool. And for those wondering, the Celliant cover works even with the use of a mattress protector.

Most memory foam beds are great at motion isolation and the Bear Pro mattress is no different. We barely felt any motion transfer across the mattress surface, even when sharing the bed with a very jumpy pet. As for edge support, although we found the Bear Pro to be fair in terms of providing support around its edges, it wasn’t the best.

All of the foam layers in the Bear Pro mattress are CertiPUR-US certified as well as Greenguard Gold certified which ensures that is free from any toxins or other chemicals that could harm either you or the environment. We did experience a slight new mattress smell when unboxing the Bear Pro mattress but this is normal for most all-foam mattresses and is easily remedied by airing out the mattress in a well-ventilated room for a day or two.

Sizes

The Bear Pro comes in 6 mattress sizes and measures 12″ in thickness. It is compatible with any bed frame, bed base or foundation, including an adjustable bed base.

Durability

All of Bear’s mattresses come with a 100 night, risk-free sleep trial. Bear also offers free returns and free shipping within the continental United States. As with Bear’s other mattresses, the Bear Pro is backed by a 10 year warranty.

Buy: Bear Pro


Bear Original

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bear original mattress
Bear Original

Pros and cons

ProsCons
Great choice for those who lead active lifestylesNeeds better edge support
No fibreglassNot for very heavy individuals
Suitable for all sleeper typesMattress may be too thin for some
Excellent motion isolation

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The Bear Original mattress is Bear’s flagship mattress and is an all-foam mattress targeted towards back sleepers and stomach sleepers. We explain a little bit more below in our Bear Original mattress review.

Featuring the same Celliant cover as with Bear’s other mattresses, the Bear Original differs in that it has cooling graphite gel memory foam as its main comfort layer. Graphite is scientifically proven to be an excellent heat conductor and helps keep the mattress stay fresh and cool.

Who should buy the Bear Original?

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Couples with similar sleeping styles
  • Those who prefer a firmer mattress
  • Those who prefer a memory foam feel without the sinkage
  • Those with kids

Firmness

The firmest out of Bear’s mattress lineup, the Bear Original sits on a 7-8 on the mattress firmness scale, making it a firm mattress. This means it is only suitable for those who sleep strictly on their backs and stomachs. As a stomach sleeper, I did find the Bear Original to provide ample hip and back support as well as pressure relief.

The Original Bear mattress firmness level would not be able to provide enough pressure relief to strict side sleepers or even combination sleepers, as sleeping on a firmer mattress may only cause undue pressure on their pressure points. If you are a side sleeper and prefer an all-foam mattress, you might like to look into trying out the Purple mattress.

Those who are slightly heavier than 250 lbs may also find that the Original Bear mattress might not give them the extra support that the would need. The Bear Original mattress features a true memory foam feel that would make heavier sleepers feel as though they are being swallowed up by the bed.

Those who share a bed with a partner would find that the Bear Original gave very minimal motion transfer, which is usually the case with a memory foam mattress. We did wish it offered better edge support. That said, it is Bear Mattress’ thinnest mattress on offer.

Construction

The Original Bear mattress construction consists of only three layers. The top comfort layer features cooling graphite gel memory foam which offers both pressure relief the body contouring of true memory foam. Now we all know that a true memory foam mattress has a tendency to trap body heat which could be a deal breaker especially for hot sleepers. The graphite gel foam of the Bear mattress does away with that. Graphite gel helps keep unwanted heat away, helping you sleep cooler and more comfortably.

Right below the top layer is the Bear Mattress’ transition foam that helps provide additional pressure relief along with balanced support. Although Bear Mattress does not necessarily state that the Bear Original mattress offers zoned support, it sure felt that way as we felt well-supported from head to toe when we tried it out.

As with all the other mattresses in the Bear Mattress lineup, the Bear Original mattress features a base layer made up of high density foam that helps hold all the top layers together while keeping the base of the mattress sturdy. It also help prevent premature mattress sagging which is another issue of a regular memory foam mattress.

The Bear Original mattress features the same Celliant cover as with their other mattresses. Suffice it to say, the Original Bear mattress performance was on par with its two newer counterparts. As we’ve mentioned before, the Celliant cover paves the way to a more restful sleep by converting the sleeper’s body heat to energy while keeping them fresh, dry and cool. Furthermore, the cover’s recovery enhancing properties will not be hindered by the use of a mattress protector. We always advocate the use of a protector to increase the life span of your new mattress.

All of the foam layers in the Bear mattress are CertiPUR-US certified as well as Greenguard Gold certified. Greenguard Gold UL is one of the world’s most difficult certifications to acquire and only a handful of mattress brands have done so. These certifications ensure that the Bear mattress is free from any harmful and toxic substances that could be detrimental to your health or to the environment. In fact, some people love the Bear mattress for their kids.

We did experience a small amount of off-gassing with the Bear mattress immediately after unboxing but this is normal for most foam beds. It did dissipate within 24 hours. You might also experience some bumpiness when you’re waiting for the mattress to reach its full height but this is normal, especially for a memory foam mattress that’s been compressed and boxed. We found that the Bear Original mattress reached its full height within 48 hours although Bear states that you can already use the mattress straight after unboxing.

Sizes

The Bear mattress comes in 6 mattress sizes and measures 10″ tall. It is compatible with most bed frames, bed bases and foundations, including a platform bed.

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King

Durability

The Bear Original comes with a trial period of 100 nights, completely risk-free. It also comes backed by a 10 year warranty, as with all of Bear’s other mattresses. Bear also offers free shipping for all of their products within the contiguous United States. Every Bear mattress is made entirely in the USA.

Buy: Bear Original


Quick View and Comparison

BrandBear HybridBear ProBear Original
Sizes666
Thickness (inches)141210
FeelMedium to Medium FirmMedium FirmFirm
Motion TransferMinimal to noneMinimal to noneMinimal to none
HybridYesNoNo
AdjustableYesYesYes
Edge SupportExcellentExcellentGood
Sleeping PositionBack, stomach and combination sleepersBack, stomach and some combination sleepersBack and stomach sleepers
Trial (nights)100100100
Warranty (years)101010
Link to buyBuy Bear HybridBuy Bear ProBuy Bear Original

FAQs

Is Bear Mattress a good company?

Bear Mattress is a reputable company that has won accolades not just in the mattress industry but among its consumers as well.

Is Bear Mattress good for back pain?

Bear Mattress is good for back pain as they offer firmer mattresses that could offer better back support for certain sleeping positions.

Is Bear Mattress toxic?

Bear Mattress products are not toxic. They are certified by the Greenguard Gold UL which is one of the most difficult environmental and safety certifications to get.

Are Bear Mattresses made in the USA?

Yes. All of Bear’s mattresses are made in the USA.

Who makes Bear Mattress?

Bear Mattress is a family-owned company founded by Scott and Michael Paladini.

How long do Bear mattresses last?

Bear mattresses can last for as long as 10 years and more with proper care.

Do Bear mattresses sag?

Any mattress can sag if used incorrectly, either by using the wrong bed base or by other improper use.

Is Bear mattress good for side sleepers?

The Original Bear mattress will not be suitable for strict side sleepers as it a firm mattress. Bear offers other mattresses that may be suitable for side sleepers.

How is the Bear Mattress delivered?

Bear mattress comes delivered compressed in a box.

How firm is the Bear Pro mattress?

The Bear Pro mattress is of a medium-firm firmness level which is around a 6-7 on the mattress firmness scale.


About Bear Mattress

Founded in 2014 and based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Bear Mattress is family-owned company that was started by Scott and Michael Paladino.

Focusing on recovery and performance, Bear Mattress is one of the mattress companies in the world to utilized far infrared technology to further enhance a sleeper’s general wellbeing.

Bear Mattress offers other bedding products such as pillows, sheets, blankets, mattress toppers and even bed bases.


Contact Bear Mattress

Bear’s Customer Support team are available from 10AM-6PM EST Mondays to Fridays.

Phone – (844) 311-0035

Emailsupport@bearmattress.com


How we rate mattresses

We rate mattresses using the following criteria:

  1. Comfort
  2. Structural integrity and durability
  3. Firmness and support

Learn more about our mattress rating process and methodology here.


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