If you’re not familiar with Bear, they’re known for their high-quality cooling mattresses, which we’ve reviewed here (more on that below). The brand also makes some fantastic pillows, like the Bear Cooling Foam pillow, a medium-firm, solid foam pillow that’s meant to sleep super cool.
To see if this pillow lives up to Bear’s promise, I put it to the test, assessing its feel, construction, and materials. Below, I’ll share how it felt to me in different positions, and tell you which sleepers I think will like it best.
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Is the Bear Cooling Foam Pillow a Good Pillow for You?
Depending on factors like your preferred sleeping position and feel preferences, the Bear Pillow may or may not work for you. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Who should try the Bear Cooling Foam pillow
- I think back sleepers should really like this pillow. It has a medium-high loft that should keep these sleepers’ necks nicely supported.
- I’d also recommend this pillow to side sleepers. I found that it had enough loft to keep side sleepers’ necks in line with their shoulders, and its solid foam construction gives it some nice support.
- Hot sleepers should really enjoy this pillow. Its double ice fabric cover feels cool-to-the-touch, and its corners have mesh accents for added breathability.
Who should not try the Bear Cooling Foam pillow
- Stomach sleepers should opt for a softer, lower loft pillow that will prevent their necks from rising above their shoulders.
- Anyone looking for contouring should opt for a memory foam pillow instead. This pillow has a hybrid foam construction that has a faster response to pressure.
- If you prefer the squishy, moldable feeling of down, you should opt for a different pillow. The Bear pillow is made from a solid block of foam. I’d recommend checking out our best down pillow roundup.
What Does the Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Feel Like?
Overall feel comes down to two key factors: firmness and loft. Different sleep positions need different firmnesses and lofts to keep their spines neutrally aligned, which prevents neck pain.
Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Firmness
In general, side sleepers need a firmer feel, back sleepers need a medium feel, and stomach sleepers need a soft feel.
The Bear pillow has a medium-firm feel that’s best for side sleeping and back sleeping. I think almost all back sleepers should be happy on this pillow, but side sleepers with neck pain might want something just a touch firmer. Stomach sleepers need a softer pillow to keep their neck in line with their shoulders.
Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Loft
Loft refers simply to a pillow’s height. Pillows typically come in low loft (3 inches or lower), medium loft (3-5 inches), and high loft (5 inches or higher). Side sleepers need a high loft, back sleepers a medium loft, and stomach sleepers need a low loft.
This pillow has a 5.5-inch loft in the standard size, and a 5-inch loft in the king size. Below, I’ll share how it felt in different positions and placements.
Side — I felt really comfortable side sleeping on this pillow. I felt that my neck was in an even line with the rest of my spine, which alleviates tension on the spine. However, if you’re a side sleeper with broad shoulders, you might want to opt for a pillow with a slightly higher loft.
Back — I also really liked the feel of this pillow on my back. My head felt supported and my neck was cradled nicely.
Stomach — This was the one position I didn’t feel comfortable in. I found that the pillow was too high, and caused my neck to bend as my head was situated above my shoulders.
Under the Arm — Personally, I like the feel of a squishier, moldable pillow under my arm. This pillow doesn’t have much give, and feels like you’re holding a solid (soft) block.
Between the Legs — I found this pillow to be a bit too lofty to fit between my legs comfortably. I like a true medium loft pillow between my legs. If you like to sleep with a pillow between your legs, you’ll want it to keep your knees from rubbing together, but prevent your leg from sitting above your hip, which could lead to hip pain.
What is the Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Made Of?
The Bear pillow is made from a solid block of foam and is surrounded by a cooling cover.
Cover – The cover is made from double ice fabric and has breathable mesh panels at two opposing corners for added airflow.
Fill – The solid foam block fill is made from Bear’s LOFT-X hybrid foam, which has the support of memory foam, with the bounce of latex foam.
Additionally, all the materials in this pillow are hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, which helps prevent dust mites, bacteria, and allergens from accumulating on the pillow.
Is the Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Good for Hot Sleepers?
Yes! The Bear Cooling Foam pillow does live up to its name. Its double ice fabric cover material and mesh accents are really breathable.
If you’re a hot sleeper, but don’t think this pillow is quite right for you, I’d recommend checking out our best cooling pillows roundup.
Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Sizes and Prices
The Bear Cooling Foam pillow comes in two sizes: standard size and king size. Take a look at the prices for each version below.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Standard||15.75" x 25" x 5.5"||$125|
|King||15.75" x 35.4" x 5"||$145|
Overall, I’d say this pillow is a solid choice for most sleepers. Side and back sleepers will feel their necks nicely supported by medium-loft and LOFT-X foam fill, which has a nice, medium-firm feel. I’d also heartily recommend this pillow to hot sleepers. The fabric really stays cool to the touch and absorbs body heat, and the dual mesh side panels allow for added breathability.
Bear Cooling Foam Pillow Vs
In addition to the Cooling Foam pillow, Bear also offers a Down Alternative pillow and a Contour pillow. I’ll compare the Cooling Foam pillow to the Down Alternative pillow below.
Bear Cooling Foam Pillow vs Bear Down Alternative Pillow
- The Bear Cooling Foam pillow is filled with a solid block of foam, whereas the Bear Down Alternative pillow is filled with polyester fibers.
- The Down Alternative pillow has a softer feel and lower loft.
- The Down Alternative pillow is more affordable than the Cooling Foam pillow.
Other Products from Bear
Wondering what other sleep products Bear has to offer? Take a look at a few that we’ve tested out.
Check out our star rating guide for this pillow below, where I rated it for factors like cooling, materials, comfort, value, and more.
Hybrid Foam, Higher Loft
Overall, the Bear Pillow is a great choice for sleepers who are looking for excellent cooling properties with the contouring of a foam pillow. The dual mesh side panels allow airflow throughout the night, while the body of the pillow remains cool to the touch with the Bear’s LOFT-X foam technology. It’s a great pillow for back sleepers, and a good choice for most side sleepers.