The Bear Pro is the latest mattress from Bear, a brand dedicated to helping active folks get healthy, restorative sleep. Though this aim is expressed in different ways across the company’s range of products, in the Pro, it manifests in thick top sections of pressure-relieving memory foam and a special Celliant cover designed specifically for recovery.
Intrigued? I can’t blame you! There’s a lot going on in the Pro that’s super interesting, but is it actually comfortable? Read on to find out as I dissect its construction and feel to see if it could be the mattress of your dreams.
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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 Bear Pro we’re reviewing here, the brand also sells a hybrid and all-foam mattress as well as adjustable bases, pillows, and sheets. A little later on in the review, we’ll compare the Pro to its Bear siblings, but for now, let’s peel back the cover and see what’s cooking in the all new Bear Pro.
What is the Bear Pro Made of?
The Bear Pro is meant to be a gentle mattress, so is built with thick top layers of memory foam over a foundational support system of poly foam. This design allows for plenty of sinkage, which could be especially good for folks after pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
Cover – As I teased up top, the Pro cover is made of Celliant, a material that some studies claim can help with active recovery. Though the research is still limited in that regard, what we do know is that this cover is soft and breathable.
Comfort – The first foam layer is one of copper-infused memory 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. And though memory foam has a bit of a reputation for overheating at night, a copper infusion here helps to mitigate the worst of these stuffier tendencies.
Contour – Below the comfort layer of memory foam, you’ll find yet another section of memory foam. By doubling down on the plush material, Bear ensures that the contouring extends even further into the mattress. A lot of folks will likely enjoy this cozy embrace, but perhaps none more so than side sleepers.
Transition – Up next, you’ll land on a transitional layer of poly foam. This material mainly functions to curb the sinkage of the memory foam sections above it and gradually ease the sleeper into the firm base below.
Base – And finally, the base of the bed, which is comprised of a thick layer of high-density poly foam. This section gives the bed its stability and shape and helps to support the sleeper as they press into the structure.
Thoughts: The standout feature for me thus far are the two top layers of memory foam, which set the tone for a gentle, pressure-relieving structure. Side sleepers could be especially into this vibe, as it’ll help cushion the shoulders and hips as they press into the mattress.
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How does the Bear Pro Feel?
Now that we’ve gone over the Bear Pro’s design, let’s get into how it feels, starting with firmness.
Firmness is a highly subjective characteristic and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, weight, and shape. Therefore, I always like to incorporate a few different perspectives into this section, which is why I tested the 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 6/10. 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 scored the Bear Pro a 6/10 because its gentle top sections of memory foam provided me with plenty of plush contouring as I sank into the structure. Given this cushiony vibe, I think the Pro could be a great fit for side sleepers in need of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. However, this softness isn’t going to work for everyone — stomach sleepers in particular may find that the lack of lift at the hips causes the lower back to bow out of alignment. In general, you’re likely to feel more “in” this mattress than “on top” of it, as there’s not too much bounce to the mattress.
Testing the Bear Pro
But firmness isn’t the only feel factor to consider when evaluating a mattress. Below, I’ll run through two of my favorite tests for assessing Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to a bed’s capacity for alleviating tension at sensitive spots like the shoulders and hips. To test how well a mattress is able to do this, I like to use a pressure map!
I roll out the handy-dandy device, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest! As I move around, my body presses into the map, which records my force and translates it into an easy-to-read graphic. Areas of blue indicate low pressure and areas of red indicate high pressure!
Back – Lying on my back, I felt as though my weight was evenly distributed across the structure. As I sank into the bed, the top layers of memory foam filled in the space at my lower back, bringing some satisfying pressure relief to my lumbar region. Definitely felt comfortable in this position, but would note that the deep contouring of the memory foam layers made it slightly difficult to change positions.
Side – Turning onto my side, I continued to feel some really fantastic pressure relief as I pressed even further into the Pro. The memory foam top layers contoured to my shoulder and hips, providing these sensitive spots with pleasant, cushiony support. I think strict side sleepers could find a lot to love in this plush vibe.
Stomach – As I mentioned above, stomach sleeping wasn’t the most comfortable position on the Bear Pro. After a few moments of lying on the bed, I could feel my hips sinking out of alignment with my shoulders, which caused a bit of tension at my lower back. Strict stomach sleepers will want to stay on the lookout for a firmer mattress, one that lifts the spine into an even line.
Up next, motion transfer, or 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 bed mate’s tossing and turning 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 great motion transfer results! The memory foam top layers are the real stars here as they work to absorb and dampen movement across the structure. Given these results, I think the Pro could be a great fit for couples.
Now that we’ve got a solid sense of how the Pro’s built and how it feels, let’s see how it compares to its Bear mattress siblings.
- Like the Bear Pro, the Original Bear mattress is built entirely of foam, so has a similarly gentle and pressure-relieving vibe.
- However, it has a slightly firmer feel than the Pro, making it a better fit for back sleepers in need of even spinal alignment.
- Pricewise, it’s also much more affordable than the Pro, as it ranges in price from $590 – $990 (as compared to the Pro’s range of $1,090 – $1,690).
- For more on the Original Bear, check out my full mattress review.
- 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, but right in line with the Bear Pro.
- Get all the details at my full Bear Hybrid review.
Should you buy the Bear Pro Mattress?
Well folks, we made it to the end! After going over the Bear Pro’s construction, feel, and competition, it’s time to answer the final question: Is it mattress 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 Pro Mattress Recommendations
- First and foremost, I’d recommend the Bear for side sleepers in need of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- 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 could be a nice fit for couples, thanks to its low motion transfer.
Bear Pro 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 stomach sleepers should avoid the Bear — unfortunately, it’s just a bit too soft for their needs.
- Trial – 100 Nights
- Warranty – 10 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed
How Much Does the Bear Pro Mattress Cost?
|Twin||39” x 75” x 12”||$1,000|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 12”||$1,050|
|Full||54” x 75” x 12”||$1,100|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||$1,150|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||$1,350|
|California King||72” x 84” 12”||$1,350|
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