The Bear Hybrid mattress is designed with athletic sleepers in mind, employing a construction of gentle foams, pocketed coils, and a special Celliant-blended cover (more on that later) to actively relieve sore joints and muscles.
While I’m certainly intrigued by these claims (a bed that can help me recover after leg day… yes, please!), I’m never one to let a mattress get by on hype alone. So join me as I test this bad boy out for myself, to figure out not only how it sleeps and feels, but whether it could be the right bed for you.
Read on for my full Bear Hybrid mattress review! Only got a minute? Skip on over to my review summary for the quick hits.
Is the Bear Hybrid a Good Mattress for You?
While I can’t make the decision for you, I can provide you with a few recommendations and complaints to help you determine if the Bear Hybrid Mattress is right for you. I always like to start my reviews out with a quick overview section to help save you some time during your research process.
Who I recommend the Bear Hybrid for
- With its pressure-relieving top layers and gentle coils, I think this bed could be a real slam dunk for side sleepers.
- I also think couples could find a lot to love in this mattress, considering how well it did on my motion transfer test.
- And finally, I’d recommend this mattress for active sleepers, who will likely benefit from this bed’s Celliant-blended cover, which supposedly uses infrared light technology to help aid muscle recovery.
Who I don’t recommend the Bear Hybrid for
- Stomach sleepers may find this bed too soft, these sleepers typically need a firmer feel to achieve a healthy spine alignment. If that sounds like you, check out one of our best firm mattresses.
- The mattress may also be too soft for heavier folks, who need firm support to ensure they don’t sink straight through the structure. One of our best innerspring mattresses could be a better fit for them.
How Firm is the Bear Hybrid Mattress?
Firmness is one of the most important factors to consider when evaluating a mattress. Firmness level can be subjective, so to give you the best idea of firmness possible, I polled a range of folks in the office to come up with a final number.
My coworkers and I were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Bear Hybrid, landing on an average firmness rating of 6. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this bed is a touch softer than medium-firm.
I personally gave the bed a 6 as I found it to have a nice balance between pressure relief and support. While you’ll likely sink into the quilted cover and thick memory foam top layer for some subtle contouring at the shoulders and hips, the buoyant lift of the tall pocketed coil system is going to curb this sinkage and keep you positioned more on top of the bed than in it.
Pressing my hand into the Bear Hybrid, I’m struck by the cozy comfort of its quilted cover and memory foam top layer. I can feel my fingers sinking into these sections for some pleasant pressure relief and comfort. However, as I push in with more force, I start to interact with the lofty pocketed coil system, which is super bouncy and lifts me up and out of the structure.
Bear Hybrid Mattress Performance
Firmness is definitely one of the more important factors to consider when buying a new mattress, but there are a few more things you should take note of as well. A few categories I tested include performance in different sleeping positions, pain relief performance, and performance for couples.
Testing the Bear Hybrid Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Different sleeping positions and weights require different amounts of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t need as much support as heavy sleepers. Read on below to see how this mattress performs for sleepers of different weights.
Is the Bear Hybrid a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Light back sleepers tend to experience mattresses as a bit firmer, which makes the Bear Hybrid a great fit for them. These sleepers will appreciate the coils resisting sinkage and keeping them level on top of this mattress.
- Light Side Sleepers – I really like this mattress for light side sleepers, who should feel as though the mattress adapts to them, relieving any slight aches and pains.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – This mattress is not going to be firm enough for light stomach sleepers. These sleepers need a firm mattress to avoid sinkage at the hips, which creates a bend in the spine and may lead to back pain.
Is the Bear Hybrid a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – These sleepers will love how the Bear Hybrid’s mattress foam adapts to just the right grooves to offer tension relief. But, the Bear still offers the support they need. These folks should be comfortable enough to let out a relaxing sigh of contentment.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I find this mattress to be a great fit for the average weight side sleepers, with plenty of give for pressure relief and comfort.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – Personally, I think that this mattress is too soft for average weight stomach sleepers and will not promote a healthy spinal alignment for these folks.
Is the Bear Hybrid a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – This mattress is not designed with enough support for heavier people, leading to sinking and sagging. If you weigh more than about 250 lb, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for heavy people roundup, which is full of sturdy, supportive beds.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Bear Hybrid Pain Relief Performance
Next, I’m going to examine the Bear Hybrid’s capacity for pain and pressure relief. What this means is that I’ll be assessing this bed’s ability to alleviate tension at sensitive spots along the body — namely the hips, shoulders, and back.
To do this, I’m going to stretch out on a pressure map, which will create a graphic of my body interacting with the mattress in real time. Blue to green areas indicate zones of relatively low pressure while yellow to red ones demonstrate high pressure.
Back Pain – Lying on my back, my weight was evenly distributed across the surface of the mattress. After sinking into the quilted cover and memory foam top layer, I could feel the materials filling in the space at my lumbar region for some pleasant pressure relief. The pressure relief I experienced is reflected in the blue and green around my lower back on my pressure map.
Shoulder Pain – The Bear Hybrid’s soft feel will provide a nice escape from any shoulder pain. I assumed the bouncy coils in its base would create some tension at my shoulders and hips, but I actually felt some pretty fantastic relief in those areas. The Celliant-blended cover is made to help relieve pain in the joints and might help with shoulder pain as well.
Hip Pain – The combination of gentle foam top layers and pocketed coils in this bed produced a balanced feel that could help alleviate hip pain. This bed’s great pain-relief capabilities in these areas is one of the reasons it was featured in our best mattress for side sleepers roundup.
Bear Hybrid Performance for Couples
When it is not just you in the bed, you’ll have a few more things in mind when shopping for a new mattress. Features you’ll want to consider include motion transfer, performance during sex, cooling, and edge support.
Motion transfer refers to how well a mattress is able to absorb movement. A motion transfer test will show me how much movement is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other, which could be an especially important piece of information for those of you who share your bed with a partner or pet. A mattress with good motion transfer results will make it harder to feel a partner’s movements or a pet jumping into bed.
To illustrate 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.
These are pretty solid results in my opinion, which tells me you shouldn’t be too bothered by nighttime movements on the Bear Hybrid. The memory foam comfort layer is doing a lot of the work here, dampening motion before it’s able to quake throughout the structure. While sudden jolts could cause disturbance issues, I think couples will be mostly satisfied with the bed’s motion transfer.
When doing more than just sleeping in the bedroom, there are a few things that couples should consider with their mattress. The best mattresses for sex will be responsive with a bit of bounce, but also must be soft enough to provide comfort without sinking. Though I did experience a bit of contouring and sinkage, I still found it easy to move around on the Bear Hybrid, making it a solid mattress choice for sex.
When sleeping with a partner, you’ll want to consider cooling, as two people overheat more quickly than one. The Bear’s Celliant-blended cover is quilted with Hypersoft cooling gel foam to help regulate temperature and prevent overheating throughout the night. Its pocketed coils work with this top layer to allow air to circulate, keeping you cool from the minute you lie down to when you rise in the morning. All in all, I’d say the Bear Hybrid is a great cooling mattress option.
Edge support provides structure on the sides of the bed, which prevents any sagging along the edges. This is especially important for couples because it can make the bed feel bigger and last longer! The Bear Hybrid offers great edge support. I felt supported on both the center and sides of the bed.
What is the Bear Hybrid Made Of?
The Bear Hybrid stands at an impressive 14 inches tall and is composed of four layers of foam and pocketed coils. This combination of materials is intended to create a satisfying balance between pressure relief and support, allowing for both optimized mobility and cushiony comfort.
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 hypersoft cooling gel foam, which imbues the mattress with a luxurious feel.
Comfort Layer – Next up, you’ll find a thick section of Bear’s Premium Comfort Foam. The material has a memory foam feel to it, so has a slow response to pressure for deep body contouring and pressure relief. This layer could be especially beneficial for athletes as it’s designed to cushion sensitive spots along the body, including the shoulders and hips.
Transition Layer – Below the performance foam, you’ll find a thin layer of responsive transition foam. This material has a quicker response to pressure than the one above it and is used here to help gradually ease the sleeper into the firmer base below.
Support Layer – We’ve now arrived at the bulk of the mattress, comprised of a tall section of pocketed coils. This layer is super bouncy and brings a ton of support to the overall structure, working to lift the sleeper up and out of the bed. I should also add that because the coils here are individually wrapped, they’re going to be better at isolating motion than traditional innerspring coils would be.
Base Layer – The foundation of the Bear Hybrid is made up of a thin layer of high-density polyfoam. This section provides the bed with a bit of shape and cradles the pocketed coil system.
Bear Hybrid Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Bear Hybrid is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will arrive compressed in a box. You’ll need to unbox it at home, and you’ll likely want a second set of hands to help.
Like most bed-in-a-box mattresses, you’ll need to wait at least 24 hours for this bed to fully decompress. As with many new mattresses, the Bear Hybrid will need to off-gas for a few hours, but after that any smell should diminish quickly.
My Final Thoughts about the Bear Hybrid Mattress
Now that I think I’ve covered everything you may want to know about the Bear Hybrid, we get to the ultimate question: Is it a good mattress for you? Here are some of my favorite things, as well as complaints, to ponder if you’re thinking about purchasing it.
My favorite things about the Bear Hybrid mattress
I found a lot to love in the Bear Hybrid. While the lift of its pocketed coil system is likely to leave you feeling more “on top” of the mattress than “in” it, its top layers of memory foam are going to provide you with plenty of pressure-relieving sinkage. This is a great combo for active sleepers, like me, who want to feel slightly hugged by their bed, but also want to be able to spring up and out whenever they choose.
The Bear performed really well on our motion transfer test, so couples aren’t likely to feel their partner moving at night, making this bed a good choice for these sleepers as well. I think this mattress could also be great for combination sleepers who switch between their side and back throughout the night — basically, you get the pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam without the stuck-in-the-bed feeling it can sometimes produce.
My Bear Hybrid mattress complaints
My main complaint with the Bear is that it’s not quite supportive enough for everyone. This bed might not be the best option for stomach sleepers or heavier sleepers, who may want a bit of firmer mattress to get the durable support they need
How Much Does the Bear Hybrid Cost?
You’ll find the full Bear Hybrid pricing details below, but make sure to visit our Bear mattress coupon page for a discount!
Prices listed are before offer or discount on each size.
|Twin||39" x 75" x 14"||$1,095|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 14"||$1,295|
|Full||54" x 75" x 14"||$1,495|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 14"||$1,695|
|King||76" x 80" x 14"||$1,995|
|Cali King||72" x 84" x 14"||$1,995|
Bear Hybrid Policies and FAQs
Does Bear offer a sleep trial period with their mattresses?
Yes! You can try out the Bear Hybrid (and any other Bear mattress) mattress for 100 nights!
How much does Bear charge for shipping?
All Bear mattresses ship for free. The Bear Hybrid mattress will need to be unboxed and has an off-gassing period as it arrives compressed in a box.
How long does the warranty last on Bear mattresses?
Bear offers a 20-year warranty on their mattresses.
What does “hybrid mattress” mean?
Hybrid mattresses combine two or more support systems, usually memory foam layers along with an innerspring system. This can help offer more relief and more options for sleepers. In fact, I think the Bear Hybrid is one of the best hybrid mattresses out there.
What is Celliant Fiber?
Celliant is a patented grouping of micro-sized particles made up of a variety of materials including silicon and aluminum oxide. Celliant utilizes the natural energy given off by your own body and transforms it into a source of energy for your body. This source of energy is then reflected back into the body through a variety of channels including infrared light. This infrared light is linked to numerous benefits for your body including increased oxygenation to your cells, improved circulation, and better regulation of body temperature.
Bear Hybrid Vs
Now that we’ve established a thorough understanding of the Bear Hybrid’s unique feel, let’s see how it stacks up against the competition. Below, I’m going to compare this mattress to two other popular brands in the space: DreamCloud and Helix.
DreamCloud vs Bear Hybrid
- Like the Bear Hybrid, the DreamCloud is a bed-in-a-box hybrid that mixes pressure relief and support for an all-encompassing sleep experience.
- However, the Bear has a softer feel than the DreamCloud, which makes it even better for those in need of cushiony support at the shoulders and hips.
- Additionally, the DreamCloud features a layer of reinforced edge support, endearing it to couples or those who need to utilize the entire surface area of the bed.
- For more, check out my full DreamCloud mattress review.
Helix Midnight vs Bear Hybrid
- The Helix Midnight and Bear Hybrid both fall at a 6 on the mattress firmness scale, but the Bear Hybrid does offer a bit more support.
- The Bear Hybrid has more cooling technology than the Helix Midnight and is a better choice for hot sleepers.
- The Bear Hybrid is more expensive than the Helix Midnight.
- Learn more in my full Helix Midnight review.
Other Models from Bear
As I mentioned briefly up top, the Bear Hybrid isn’t the only mattress in the Bear collection — the company also sells two all-foam mattresses aptly called the Bear and the Bear Pro.
Original Bear vs Bear Hybrid
- The original Bear mattress features a three layer foam design of memory foam, latex, and high-density poly foam. It’s also outfitted with the same Celliant cover we see in the Bear Hybrid.
- Despite this all-foam construction, the original Bear is actually slightly firmer than the Bear Hybrid, which helped it make our best memory foam mattress list as the best mattress for back sleepers.
- The original Bear is slightly less expensive than the Bear Hybrid.
- Intrigued? Hop on over to my full Bear mattress review.
Bear Pro vs Bear Hybrid
- The Bear Pro is topped with the same cooling Celliant cover as the other Bear mattresses. Like the original Bear mattress, it combines thick layers of memory foam with a poly foam support system.
- The Bear Pro is meant to be a gentler mattress that allows more sinkage for pressure relief.
- The Bear Pro and Bear Hybrid are similarly priced.
- Want to learn more? Head over to my full Bear Pro review.
Take a look at our mattress performance rating for the Bear Hybrid below.
Bear Hybrid Mattress
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