Built with performance and comfort in mind, the hybrid mattress from Bear is the first expansion in the brand’s line of beds geared toward sleepers with more active lifestyles. Unlike its all-foam predecessor, this hybrid combines foam with an interior pocketed coil system for an all-encompassing sleeping experience.
Today, I’m digging into this hybrid to see how it stands up to the original Bear mattress and to figure out what effect the addition of a pocketed coil system has on the overall structure.
Continue reading below for my full review of the Bear Hybrid mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
As discussed above, the Bear Hybrid is comprised of both foam and coil sections, stacking up to an impressive 14.5” of comfort. In addition to the pressure relief and support inherent in a hybrid design, the mattress is also built to sleep cool and aid with workout recovery.
With so much tech infused into this puppy, I’m excited to dive into these layers to see how it all interacts with one another.
Cover – The cover is soft and built with Celliant, a material that some studies suggest could help with recovery while sleeping. This top layer is also quilted with 2” of super soft foam, which imbues the mattress with a luxurious feel.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer is constructed with 3” of Bear’s signature performance foam. The material has a latex-feel, so it responds quickly to pressure and provides the mattress with some excellent cooling. This section also has good bounce, which helps to lift the sleeper out of the bed so they don’t feel stuck in the mattress.
Contour Layer – Below the performance foam, you’ll find 2” of gel memory foam. This layer reacts slowly to pressure and produces some pleasant body contouring. While memory foam has a reputation for retaining too much heat, the gel infusion keeps things cool.
Support Layer – Next up we’ve got 2.5” of pocketed coils, which bring some extra support to the mattress. This layer extends the bounce of the latex through the mattress and, because the springs are individually wrapped, they’re also great at isolating motion.
Base Layer – The foundation of the Bear Hybrid is made up of 5” of high-density polyfoam. This section provides the bed with its structure and cradles the pocketed coil system.
Bear Hybrid v. the original Bear
The biggest difference you’ll note between the Bear and Bear Hybrid is the inclusion of pocketed support coils. In the flagship model, the lift is felt primarily through the brand’s proprietary response foam while in the hybrid, this bounce comes from the individually wrapped coils. I should note that while these coils do create support, they also help to stretch the body contouring of the memory foam throughout the mattress.
After taking a look at the construction of the Bear Hybrid, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying some light hand pressure to the mattress and immediately interacted with the super-soft foam quilted into the cover. Pressing in further, I encountered the bounce of the performance foam and coil layers, which lifted me up and out of the mattress.
At this point I’d like to note that people of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Bear Hybrid, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
As you can see in the graph above, my testers were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Bear Hybrid, giving it an average rating of 6.4. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this mattress has a pretty medium firmness. I should note that when I reviewed the original Bear, my testers gave it an average rating of 7, which tells me that the hybrid design has resulted in a slightly softer bed.
I personally gave the hybrid a 6.5 rating. While I felt some initial sinking from the soft cover, the performance foam and supportive pocketed coil system worked together to prevent me from ever feeling stuck in the bed. This is great for all sleepers, but especially well-suited for those who change positions in the night.
Rather than just describing the feel of the Bear Hybrid to you, I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points form while lying on it. To do this, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – Lying on my back, I felt a lot of support and noticed that my weight was evenly distributed across the mattress. The quilted foam cover provided some quality pressure relief at my lumbar region and the support from the performance foam kept my spine in a nice alignment.
Side – As you can see in the graphic, once on my side, I didn’t really experience any pressure forming at my shoulders and hips, typical problem areas for side sleepers. This is an excellent result and tells me that the top foam layers work super well to support the body in this position.
Stomach – Switching to my back, I continued to feel great support from the hybrid. I didn’t feel pressure at my chest and my hips were in alignment with my shoulders. I should mention that it was easy to transition between these positions, thanks to the supportive latex-like foam.
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If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll want to know what it’ll feel like when the other person crawls out of bed in the morning or tosses around at night. This next test is intended to demonstrate the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The Bear Hybrid shows an average amount of disturbance for the 4 inch drop, which simulates someone rolling around and adjusting their position on the other side of the bed. The 8 and 12 inch drops show increasingly large spikes in movement, so I’d say these are fairly average motion transfer results overall. While foam isn’t always the best at containing motion, this hybrid benefits from the individually wrapped coils, which help to isolate and dissipate interference.
When buying a new bed, most people want to know whether they’ll feel like they’re sinking “into” the mattress or laying “on top” of it. To visualize this sinkage, I placed four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 2 inches of sinkage
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage
While you’ll feel some sinkage thanks to the quilted cover, the pocketed coil system and performance foam will make you feel like you’re sleeping on top of the mattress as opposed to in it. That being said, you will experience a bit of body contouring from the gel-infused memory foam layer, which gives the bed a luxurious feel.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide.
On my back, I felt as supported at the edge of the bed as I did in the center. Getting closer to the side, I noticed some compression in the quilted cover, but nothing that made me feel like I was going to fall out of the bed.
Rolling onto my side, I continued to feel supported by the mattress even as I was pushing into the comfort layer. There was slight compression, but nothing unexpected for a mattress with so much foam.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of foam mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Bear Hybrid actually held up fairly well.
- Sleep Trial: 100 nights.
- Warranty: 20 years.
- Shipping: Free and arrives compressed in a box.
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BEAR V. BEAR HYBRID
To give you a better sense of what sets the Bear Hybrid apart from the original Bear, I’m going to summarize some of the key variations.
Construction – One of the biggest differences between the Bear Hybrid and the flagship model is the use of a pocketed coil system. This section is meant to bring some added bounce and support to the mattress, while also working to extend the contouring properties of the memory foam throughout the entire structure.
Feel – Contrary to what you might expect from a bed built with individually wrapped coils, the Bear Hybrid is actually a touch softer than the original Bear. The addition of the coils helps to create more space and airflow through the mattress, which might contribute to it feeling less firm than the original.
SIZE AND PRICING INFORMATION
If you’re convinced the Bear Hybrid is the right mattress for you, the size and pricing information for the mattress are below. Please note that these prices reflect standard pricing, but coupons are often available.
|Queen||60" x 80" x 14.5"||110 lbs||$1,350|
|King||76" x 80" x 14.5"||140 lbs||$1,650|
|California King||72" x 84" x 14.5"||140 lbs||$1,650|
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Bear Hybrid mattress, it’s time to discuss who it’d be a good fit for.
- Luxury feel – This hybrid would make a great pick for anyone who wants a luxury feel from their mattress. From the quilted foam cover to the soft top layers, this bed definitely boasts a pleasant, plush vibe.
- Pressure relief without feeling stuck – This mattress would also be a solid choice for sleepers who want pressure relief without feeling too stuck. While you’ll experience some body contouring from the gel-infused memory foam, the latex-like top layer and interior pocketed coils will give you a nice boost.
- Sleep in multiple positions – This extra boost will also be helpful for those who sleep in multiple positions. Since you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on top of the bed, you’ll be able to toss and turn with ease.