The Bear mattress is designed with recovery in mind, combining an active Celliant cover with pressure-relieving memory foam to soothe the aches and pains of an active day. But does the bed actually achieve this lofty aim?
To find out, I decided to hop on the Bear and test it out myself, assessing its construction and feel to see if it might just be the bed of your dreams.
Curious to know my thoughts? Well then keep reading for my full Bear mattress review! Short on time? Hop on over to my review summary.
Since its founding in 2015, Bear has been on a mission to help active folks get better rest. With a team of sponsored athletes, medical professionals, and fitness enthusiasts, the company has carved out a unique niche in the mattress industry by marketing its products as tools for post-workout recovery.
In addition to the all-foam Bear we’re reviewing here, the brand also sells a hybrid mattress as well as adjustable bases, pillows, and sheets. A little later on in the review, we’ll compare the original Bear to its hybrid counterpart and we’ll also size it up against some of its fiercest competition in the game: the Casper and Purple mattresses.
But before we do any of that, let’s peel back the cover and see what’s cooking in the original all-foam Bear!
What’s the Bear Mattress Made of?
The Bear is a mattress in a box that features a 10” profile made up of three layers of foam: one of memory foam and two of poly foam. This combination of materials is intended to create a structure that’s as pressure-relieving as it is supportive, and is capped off with a Celliant cover designed for optimized recovery.
Cover – As I mentioned above, the Bear cover is built with Celliant, a material that some studies suggest could help with recovery while sleeping. Regardless of this purported benefit, the cover is cozy and soft to the touch.
Comfort – Bear kicks things off with a 2” section of memory foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, allowing the sleeper to sink into the structure for some immediate pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. This could be especially important for active folks who need to alleviate tension after a workout. A nice thing about this layer is that it’s infused with graphite, a cooling agent that helps to mitigate memory foam’s tendency to absorb and trap body heat.
Transition – Next up, you’ll find a transition layer of poly foam. With a firmer touch than the memory foam above it, this layer is meant to curb some of the sinkage of that section, bolstering the sleeper and positioning them more “on top” of the structure than “in” it.
Base – The bulk of the mattress is made up of this 6” section of high-density poly foam. The sturdy material sets the tone for the bed i.e. a ton of firm support. I can already tell the Bear is likely to be best-suited for back sleepers who need relief at the lower back, but enough mobility to move around and change positions.
Thoughts: A combination of gentle memory foam and taut poly foam makes for an interesting structure, one that marries a little give with a whole lot of lift. I think this design could work wonders for combo or back sleepers who need pressure relief, but don’t want to feel stuck in the bed.
What does the Bear Mattress Feel Like?
Now that we’ve gone over the Bear’s material make-up, let’s see how those materials influence its unique feel, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness is subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, shape, and weight. That’s why it’s always important for me to incorporate a few different opinions into this section. In addition to my own personal thoughts on the bed’s firmness, I’m also going to draw on the perspectives of three of my coworkers.
The score below is the average of all our different ratings!
We were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Bear mattress, landing on an average rating of 7/10. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed is a touch on the firmer side.
I personally gave the bed a 7 as I found its double poly foam construction to produce a firm, supportive feel. Though you’re likely to sink into the top layer of memory foam, this sinkage is all but curbed by the taut transitional layer of poly foam. This means most folks are going to be positioned more “on top” of the structure than “in” it, which could work particularly well for combo and back sleepers. Strict side sleepers, on the other hand, may find this firmness produces unwanted tension at the shoulders and hips as their bodies dig into the structure.
Testing out the Bear Mattress
Though I could keep describing my experience with the Bear in words, I think it’s a much better idea to show you what I’m talking about. So, I’m going to walk through a couple of my favorite tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer
When I examine a bed’s pressure relief, I’m concerned with how well the mattress is able to alleviate tension at sensitive spots like the shoulders, hips, and lower back.
To figure all that out, I like to use a pressure map. I lay this baby out, hop atop it, and let the device do the rest! As I roll around, the gadget tracks the force my body exerts on the bed, creating a colored “map” of any pressure points that crop up. Areas of low pressure are indicated in blue, and areas of high pressure are marked in red.
Back – I felt a lot of fantastic comfort as I stretched out on my back! The top layer of memory foam did an excellent job filling in the space at my lumbar region, bringing support and pressure relief to my spine. Though I experienced some slight sinkage into the bed, the two layers of poly foam in the base kept me lifted on top of the structure.
Side – Unfortunately, this comfort didn’t carry over to my side. The firmness of the bed led to some jamming at my hips and shoulders, which caused tension to flare up in these areas as I pressed into the mattress. Strict side sleepers will want to keep their eyes peeled for a softer structure that provides plenty of contouring to these sensitive spots.
Stomach – Turning onto my stomach actually felt really nice! As I stretched out in the prone position, I could feel the supportive layers of poly foam positioning my hips on top of the structure, which put them in a pleasant alignment with my shoulders.
For my next test, I’m going to take a look at the Bear’s motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. This section will be especially important for those of you who share your bed with a partner, as it’ll clue you into the disturbances you’re likely to feel as they toss and turn in the night.
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.
These are pretty average motion transfer results in my opinion, and signify to me that you shouldn’t be too bothered by your bed mate’s nighttime movements. I credit this to the top layer of memory foam, which helps to dampen movement across the structure.
Bear Mattress Vs.
Alright, so now that we’ve got our heads wrapped around the Bear mattress, let’s compare it to some of its biggest competition on the mattress scene: the Casper and Purple beds.
- Like the Bear, the Casper is an all-foam model, though it features four layers as opposed to the Bear’s three.
- This creates more of a balanced, medium firm feel, which could do wonders for combo sleepers.
- It also has a special layer of Zoned Support, making it an even more tempting offering for combo sleepers who need to feel comfortable no matter the position.
- Starting at $595, the original Casper is just a little bit more expensive than the Bear, which starts at $540.
- Read my Casper mattress review.
- Though the Purple is also a popular bed-in-a-box mattress, it’s got a very different feel from the Bear, thanks to its hyper-elastic polymer smart comfort grid.
- This grid is composed of a bouncy and cooling material, so could be great for combo sleepers who sleep hot.
- In my opinion, this collapsible grid is also fantastic at alleviating tension, especially at the hips, shoulders, and lower back.
- Starting at $649 for a Twin, the Purple is the most expensive bed of the bunch.
- Read my full Purple mattress review.
But the Original Bear isn’t just facing stiff competition from the outside world — it also has to square up against its mattress sibling, the Bear Hybrid.
- Though both beds feature memory foam, the Hybrid gets a little extra oomph from its section of bouncy pocketed coils.
- This makes for a medium firm structure with plenty of lift, which could be great for those after a little extra mobility.
- That being said, I was quite impressed with the bed’s capacity for pressure relief, so would also recommend it to side sleepers.
- Starting at $1,090, it’s quite a bit more expensive than the all-foam Bear.
- Get all the details at my full Bear Hybrid review.
Well folks, we made it to the end! After going over the Bear’s construction, feel, and competition, it’s time to answer the question you came here asking: Is the Bear mattress right for you? That’s not for me to say (sorry!), but I can share some final thoughts to help you make the decision on your own.
Bear Mattress Recommendations
- First and foremost, I’d recommend the Bear for back sleepers in need of a firm, supportive structure.
- I think it could also be a winner for folks who want a classic memory foam feel, but don’t want to sleep hot.
- Lastly, the bed is designed for athletic recovery, so could be good for more active sleepers.
Bear Mattress Complaints
- If you’re looking for bounce, you better keep looking, because the Bear isn’t very buoyant at all.
- I’d also say that side sleepers should avoid the Bear — unfortunately, it’s just a bit too firm for those who need pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Warranty – 10 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed
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How Much Does the Bear Mattress Cost?
The Bear is really affordable when compared to similar mattresses on the market and even made our list of Best Mattresses Under $1000
|Twin||39” x 75” x 10”||50 lbs||$500|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 10”||50 lbs||$600|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||60 lbs||$700|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||70 lbs||$800|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$900|
|California King||72” x 84” 10”||90 lbs||$900|
How much is a Bear mattress?
You can purchase a queen size Bear mattress for $840 full price, although they often run sales that can save money. They also carry all sizes ranging from twin to California king priced from $540 to $940.
Does the Bear mattress offer a trial period?
You can try out the Bear mattress for 100 nights. They also offer a 10-year warranty.
What is the Bear mattress made of?
The Bear mattress is constructed of a 10” profile made up of three layers of foam. One of memory foam and two of poly foam. This is intended to create a structure that’s as pressure-relieving and supportive. It also includes a Celliant cover designed for optimized recovery.
- Edge Support
The Bear Mattress is designed with recovery in mind and incorporates several features that may be especially appealing to athletes. The mattress uses graphite-infused memory foam for pressure relief and cooling. The Bear’s cover also features Celliant, a material some studies suggest could aid recovery by increasing blood flow.