Bear is a mattress brand dedicated to helping active people get healthy, restorative sleep. The Bear Pro is their softest mattress option, and it features thick layers of pressure-relieving memory foam plus a special Celliant cover designed specifically for athletic recovery.
Intrigued? I can’t blame you! Read on as I put the Bear Pro mattress to the test to find out if it could be the mattress of your dreams. Below, I’ll discuss how this mattress feels, what it’s made of, and who might find it comfortable.
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Is the Bear Pro a Good Mattress for You?
To kick things off, I want to offer a few quick recommendations of who this bed might and might be good for. I always like to start my reviews out with a summary to help save you some time during your hunt for a new mattress.
Who I recommend the Bear Pro for
- First and foremost, I’d recommend the Bear Pro for side sleepers in need of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- This bed could also be a winner for hot sleepers who like a classic memory foam feel, but don’t like traditional memory foam’s heat-trapping tendencies.
- The Bear Pro could be a nice fit for couples, who might enjoy the mix of mobility and motion isolation this bed offers.
Who I don’t recommend the Bear Pro for
- Combination sleepers who like a super bouncy feel might want to check out one of our best latex mattresses instead.
- Stomach sleepers should avoid the Bear Pro — unfortunately, it’s just a bit too soft for their needs. One of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers will probably be a better fit.
- Heavy people (over 250 lb) may not get the support they need from this bed. I’d recommend one of our best innerspring mattresses instead.
How Firm is the Bear Pro Mattress?
Next up, let’s get into some details! I’ll kick things off by talking about how firm this mattress feels. Keep in mind that firmness is highly subjective and can change a lot depending on your body size, weight, and shape.
Therefore, I always like to incorporate a few different perspectives into this section, which is why I tested the Bear Pro alongside my coworkers. The score you see below is the average of all our personal firmness ratings.
We were all pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Bear Pro, landing on an average rating of 6 out of 10. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems like this bed is a touch on the softer side.
I personally gave the Bear Pro a 6 because I found its gentle top layers of memory foam provided me with plenty of plush contouring as I sank into the structure, which resulted in some nice pressure relief. Though this bed definitely offers some body-contouring sinkage, I was surprised by how responsive it was! It was much easier to change positions on this mattress than I expected.
Bear Pro Mattress Performance
While firmness should be near the top of your list, there are a few more things you should consider when searching for a new mattress. A few categories I tested include performance in different sleeping positions, pain relief performance, and performance for couples.
Testing the Bear Pro Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Different sleeping positions and body types require different amounts of support. Generally, light sleepers don’t require the same amount of support as heavy sleepers. Read on below to see how this mattress performs for sleepers of different weights.
Is the Bear Pro a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lb)?
- Light Back Sleepers – Light back sleepers tend to experience mattresses as a bit firmer than advertised, so I think the Bear Pro will feel nice and medium-firm to these folks. This should offer them a great balance of pressure relief and support.
- Light Side Sleepers – Light side sleepers might actually find this mattress a little too firm if they have sensitive joints! But if you don’t look for a ton of sinkage around the hips and shoulders, you should feel comfortable on the Bear Pro.
- 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 result in back pain.
Is the Bear Pro a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lb)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – These sleepers should like the Bear Pro if they enjoy a medium-soft feel. The Pro’s soft gel memory foam layer will do a great job filling in their lumbar region to relieve tension at the lower back.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I really like this mattress for average weight side sleepers, who should get some nice pressure relief from the mattress’s memory foam layer.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – The Bear Pro is too soft for these sleepers. Average weight stomach sleepers’ hips will sink too far into this mattress, leading to back pain. I’d steer these sleepers to one of our best firm mattresses instead.
Is the Bear Pro a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lb)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – don’t think this mattress has enough support for heavier people. If you weigh more than about 250 lb, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for heavy people roundup, which is full of great supportive beds.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – See above.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – See above.
Bear Pro Pain Relief Performance
How well a mattress relieves pain is also an important factor to consider. To measure how well the Bear Pro relieves pain, I tested out its pressure relief. Pressure relief refers to how evenly a bed distributes your weight. Evenly distributed weight relieves pressure (and pain) at sensitive areas like the hips, shoulders, and lower back.
I used a pressure map to test the Bear Pro’s pressure relief. I put the map on top of the bed and hopped on top. The map recorded how much pressure built up while I lay on the mattress and translated it into an easy-to-read graphic. Areas of blue to green indicate low pressure while areas of yellow to red indicate high pressure.
Back Pain – Based on these results, I’d say the Bear Pro is a decent choice for sleepers with back pain who prefer a soft mattress. However, if you find your back pain gets worse when you sleep on a soft bed, I’d recommend opting for something significantly firmer than the Bear Pro.
Shoulder Pain – Based on these results, the Bear Pro is a pretty good choice for sleepers with shoulder pain! Its memory foam top layers contoured to my shoulders, providing cushiony support and offering pleasant pressure relief in every sleeping position.
Hip Pain – I think this mattress will also work well for most sleepers with hip pain, but stomach sleepers might want to look for a firmer bed. After a few moments of lying on my stomach, I could feel my hips sinking out of alignment with my shoulders, which caused a bit of tension at my lower back.
Bear Pro Performance for Couples
If you sleep with a partner, you’ll want to keep 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. Read on below to see how the Bear Pro performs in all these areas.
Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. An important test for all, but especially so for couples, as it’ll simulate how disturbed you’re likely to be by your bedmate’s tossing and turning in the night.
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.
The Bear Pro didn’t isolate motion as well as I expected. Based on these results, you’ll definitely feel some movement from the other side of the bed. However, the Bear’s memory foam layers dampen the disturbance fairly quickly, so any jostling you might feel should be quite short lived. Unless you’re a particularly light sleeper, I doubt a partner would wake you up when moving around on this bed.
The best mattresses for sex will be responsive enough to move around and change positions on. The Bear Pro was surprisingly responsive, which makes it a decent option for sex. Its soft feel might make it a little harder to move around on than a firmer bed, but you shouldn’t feel too stuck in the Bear Pro. If you’re looking for a bouncier option, you might want to check out the Bear Hybrid mattress, which offers a similar level of comfort but has a more responsive feel.
When sleeping with a partner, you’ll want to consider cooling, as two people overheat more quickly than one. Luckily, the Bear Pro sleeps cool, especially for a soft foam mattress! This bed’s Celliant cover is cooling and moisture-wicking, and gel infusions in its foams help prevent it from trapping body heat throughout the night.
Edge support provides structure on the sides of the mattress, which prevents any sinking or sagging when in bed, or when sitting on the edge to put your shoes on. The Bear Pro’s edge support is not the best I’ve seen, but it’s also not the worst. I’d say the Pro has good edge support for an all-foam mattress.
What is the Bear Pro Mattress Made Of?
The Bear Pro is meant to be a gentle mattress, so it’s built with thick top layers of memory foam over a poly foam support system. This design allows for plenty of sinkage, which could be especially nice for folks looking for extra cushioning around their pressure points.
Cover – The Bear Pro’s cover is made of Celliant, a material that some studies claim can help with muscle recovery. Though the research is still limited in that regard, what we do know is that this cover is soft and breathable.
Comfort Layer – Below the cover is a layer of copper-infused foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, providing the sleeper with some immediate comfort and body-contouring. You’re likely to sink into this layer, which could be great for those in need of cushiony support at the shoulders. The copper infusion also helps prevent this layer from trapping body heat.
Contour Layer – Next up is a layer of gel memory foam. This layer offers additional cushioning and sinkage to sleepers.
Transition Layer – Up next, you’ll land on a layer of responsive transition foam. This foam feels like a firm poly foam and helps to curb the sinkage of the soft foam sections above it. It also works to gradually ease the sleeper into the firm base below.
Base Layer – The foundation of the Bear Pro consists of a thick layer of high-density foam. This support foam section gives the bed its stability and shape and helps to support the sleeper.
Bear Pro Unboxing and Off-Gassing
The Bear Pro 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 Pro will need to off-gas for a few hours, but any smell should diminish fairly quickly.
Now that you’ve made it to the end of my Bear Pro review, it’s time to answer the final question: Is the Bear Pro a good mattress for you? That’s not for me to say (sorry!), but I can share some of my favorite things, as well as complaints, to help you make the decision on your own.
My favorite things about the Bear Pro mattress
There are lots of things to love about the Bear Pro mattress. For one, it’s a great choice for side sleepers in need of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. Its soft foams do a great job cushioning these areas to help relieve pain and tension.
I also really like the Celliant cover on this bed! As I mentioned above, this fabric could help aid in muscle recovery, which makes it a great fit for sleepers with active lifestyles. Celliant is also one of my favorite cover fabrics because of its great cooling properties. I’d highly recommend the Bear Pro to hot sleepers who enjoy a soft memory foam feel.
My Bear Pro mattress complaints
I do wish the Bear Pro was a little more supportive. Stomach sleepers and heavy sleepers will likely find this bed too soft for their needs. The Bear’s all-foam construction also means it will be less durable than mattresses that use coil support layers. While this definitely isn’t a dealbreaker (most foam mattresses have this issue), it’s definitely something to keep in mind when making a purchase.
How Much Does the Bear Pro Cost?
Mattress cost is a huge factor in most people’s buying decisions. You can find the Bear Pro’s full 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 12”||$895|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 12”||$995|
|Full||54” x 75” x 12”||$1,195|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||$1,295|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||$1,495|
|California King||72” x 84” 12”||$1,495|
Bear Pro Policies and FAQs
Does the Bear Pro come with a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Bear Pro comes with a 10-year warranty.
Does the Bear Pro come with a sleep trial period?
Yes! The Bear Pro mattress (and any other Bear mattress) comes with a 100-night sleep trial.
Is the Bear Pro mattress made in the USA?
Yes! Bear manufactures its mattresses in the United States and uses American materials.
How much does Bear charge for shipping?
All Bear mattresses ship for free. Keep in mind that the Bear Pro mattress will arrive compressed in a box.
What is Celliant?
Celliant is a synthetic fiber made from a blend of materials including silicon and aluminum oxide. Celliant reflects your body heat back into your body as infrared waves. These waves are linked to numerous benefits including increased oxygenation to your cells, improved circulation, and better regulation of body temperature.
Bear Pro Vs
Now that we have a thorough understanding of the Bear Pro, let’s see how it stacks up against the competition. Below, I’m going to compare this bed to two other popular brands with similar qualities: the Tuft & Needle Mint mattress and the Nectar mattress.
Tuft & Needle Mint vs Bear Pro
- Like the Bear Pro, the Tuft & Needle Mint is soft all-foam bed-in-a-box with cooling properties and very little bounce.
- The Tuft & Needle Mint provides great edge support for an all-foam bed.
- The Tuft and Needle Mint is less expensive than the Bear Pro.
- For more information on the Tuft & Needle Mint, check out my full Tuft & Needle Mint mattress review.
Nectar vs Bear Pro
- Like the Bear Pro, the Nectar is an all-foam bed. But, the Nectar includes a lot more memory foam!
- The Nectar doesn’t sleep as cool as the Bear Pro, which means hot sleepers might want to avoid it.
- The Nectar is less expensive than the Bear Pro.
- For more details on the Nectar, check out my full Nectar mattress review.
Other Models from Bear
Before we wrap up, I want to compare the Bear Pro to Bear’s other mattress models.
Original Bear vs Bear Pro
- Like the Bear Pro, the Original Bear mattress is built entirely of foam, so it has a similarly gentle and pressure-relieving vibe.
- The Original Bear mattress feels firmer than the Pro.
- Pricewise, the Original Bear is much more affordable than the Bear Pro.
- Check out my full Bear mattress review for more.
Bear Hybrid vs Bear Pro
- Though both beds feature memory foam, the Hybrid gets a little extra bounce from its section of bouncy pocketed coils.
- The Bear Hybrid has a medium-firm feel, which could make it a better fit than the Bear Pro for back sleepers.
- I was quite impressed with the Bear Hybrid’s capacity for pressure relief, so would also recommend it to side sleepers.
- Get all the details in my full Bear Hybrid mattress review.
Take a look at our mattress performance rating for the Bear Pro below.
Bear Pro Mattress
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