Many mattress companies aim to improve sleep, but Bear stands alone in its journey to improve athletic performance through the materials in their mattresses.
Bear’s use of quality materials and emerging technology means that this brand is good for a wide variety of mattress customers, such as athletic individuals and hot sleepers. Athletic individuals should appreciate the inclusion of Celliant®, which is designed to improve performance recovery. Hot sleepers should enjoy the brand’s commitment to cooling features.
In our Bear mattress review, we focus on the brand’s flagship model, the Bear Original. We’ll go over the healing technology and cooling measures and let you know who we think would like this bed. Keep reading to get the whole picture, or jump down to the bottom for our final review.
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Who Do We Think Matches With Bear?
- Athletes and Active Folks – This mattress was made specifically for athletes and those who need to sleep well and wake up feeling ready to go. What stands out the most is the Celliant® cover that can reportedly enhance recovery for active consumers by transforming body heat into infrared energy to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.
- People Who Sleep Hot – With gel and graphite infused into the upper foam layers and cooling technology worked into the cover, this mattress was designed to overcome traditional cooling issues associated with memory foam beds.
- Co-sleepers – If your partner gets up earlier than you do and you’re constantly waking up from movement, these foams should help isolate motion well, keeping you asleep longer.
Possible Bear Complaints:
- Innerspring Lovers – This isn’t an innerspring mattress, which may be an issue for those who prefer this type of bed. If you can’t live without a little spring in your bed, you might want to consider the Bear Star Hybrid.
- Higher Price Point – Bear’s enhanced design could benefit many sleepers, but it also comes at a slightly higher price than competitors. Although selling directly to consumers helps keep costs down, they still may be out of range for some budget shoppers. That being said, this Bear Original is cheaper than the brand’s hybrid models.
Construction: What’s inside Bear?
The Bear Original features an all-foam design. This bed should be used on a solid, flat surface and is compatible with an adjustable base.
The cover is a major selling point for buyers because of the innovative materials used to create it. The company uses a highly unique Celliant® technology. According to the company, Celliant® converts energy from the body into infrared light to help aid recovery.
The brand says that this technology has many clinically proven benefits to overall wellness and sleep quality, including improved tissue oxygen levels.
At 10 inches tall, the bed includes a gradual transition from soft to firmer layers from the top down.
- The top foam layer of the Bear Original is two inches of memory foam. Memory foam is popular in the bedding industry because of its top-notch pressure-relieving capabilities. The downside to memory foam is that it can overheat, but Bear infuses graphite gel into their memory foam in this bed to keep it from becoming too hot.
- The transition layeris a 2-inch polyfoam. This foam provides a balance of added pressure relief and support while serving as a transitional layer between the top comfort foam and the dense support foam below.
- The base layeris made of six-inch polyfoam, acting as the main support unit of this bed. The foam here is highly dense to help ensure the spine stays well-aligned. The support core also gives the mattress its durability for long-lasting use.
First Impression: How Does It Feel?
The mattress arrives compressed and rolled into a box, so you’ll need to give it a few hours after unboxing to let it completely inflate. Once ready, you should notice the soft Celliant® cover that should be cool to the touch and stretch tightly around the mattress. The cover isn’t removable but can be gently spot-cleaned.
Lying down on the bed, you should feel yourself nestled in a gentle cradle, distinct from most memory foam beds, as the lower layers provide a noticeable bounce.
Firmness Scale: 6.5/10
If you’ve ever slept on a too-firm mattress, or even the floor, you’ll know where the pressure points are on your body. Most sleepers experience pressure in the shoulders, hips, or chest (for stomach sleepers). While this model is slightly firmer, there should be ample pressure relief for most types of sleepers.
The Bear Original’s top layer of memory should deliver the majority of pressure relief to sleepers, and memory foam is one of the best materials for relieving pressure points. Furthermore, the graduated firmness levels progressing downward should provide a comfortable feel as you ease into the sturdy support system at the base of the bed.
This mattress should suit a variety of people and allow for gentle contouring of the shoulders, hips, and knees while sleeping. However, lightweight folks may not find sufficient pressure relief, especially those who prefer sleeping on their side.
There’s a reason why you’d be hard-pressed to find a bed made completely of memory foam or another pressure-relieving material, and that reason is gravity. Overnight, your body will be pulled gently toward the ground, and without the right type of support, you’d bottom out on the mattress, nullifying the use of pressure relief. This lack of support could result in back pain either emerging or worsening.
With this mattress, three layers of foam in graduated firmness levels help the bed maintain its structure and keep your body in proper alignment while you sleep without causing a build-up of pressure.
Rather than having to pick up your mattress at a store or pay expensive delivery fees, Bear comes shipped in a box right to your door for free within the continental U.S. After unwrapping it and giving it a few hours to inflate, it should be ready for sleep in no time.
If you’re in the market for the latest and greatest in performance materials and technology that could potentially amplify your rest, you might want to check out the studies that are ongoing with the materials in this mattress to see if it's right for you.
Bear infuses graphite gel into their memory foam to conduct heat away from the body to help you stay cool throughout the night.
Great Motion Isolation
All-foam beds tend to excel in motion isolation because they lack the high bounce factor from springs. While this model is great with reducing motion transfer, there is still a noticeable bounce in the deeper layers that can help with the response time at the surface level.
Bear’s foams are all CertiPUR-US® Certified, meaning that the foams in the mattresses are not made with ozone depleters, harmful flame retardants, or formaldehyde, and have low VOC emissions.
Adjustable Base Compatible
All Bear brand mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases, and the company has even produced its own for easy and quick changes in mattress positioning.
One of the most rigorous third-party evaluators, CertiPUR-US® has vouched for the foams in this mattress, meaning the off-gassing period shouldn’t pose threats to your indoor air quality. CertiPUR-US® foams are certified to reduce indoor air emissions from mattress foams that other companies might overlook.
Coupons, Trials, Warranties, and Shipping
- Shipping - The Bear Mattress ships free, rolled up, and compressed into a box across the continental U.S.
- Trial - With a 120-night sleep trial, the company gives you plenty of time to decide if their flagship mattress is right for you.
- Warranty - This bed has a lifetime warranty.
|Size||Dimensions (inches)||Price (w/o discount)|
|Twin||38” x 75” x 10”||$748|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||$811|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||$873|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||$998|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||$1,248|
|Cal King||72” x 84” x 10”||$1,248|
|Split King||76” x 80” x 10”||$1,622|
Bear’s flagship model was thoughtfully crafted and assembled to be an attractive all-foam option for athletes who need better rest. With a variety of cooling and comfort features for less than the industry average, we’d say they succeeded.
Starting with a memory foam top layer and graduated firmness descending downward, this bed should be suitable for a variety of side sleepers. Most sleepers should benefit from the plush top, reaching support as they sink into the layers. Some side sleepers may prefer more softness, though.
At a medium firmness, this bed should be soft enough for those who like to sink in and hard enough for those who need extra support while sleeping on their back. With graduated firmness levels, it should allow the hips and shoulders to receive proper support without creating pressure points.
Most stomach sleepers should be comfortable sleeping on the Bear mattress, as it has enough support to keep the spine aligned without feeling hard as a rock. However, heavier sleepers may consider the Bear Elite Hybrid in Firm if they sleep primarily on their stomachs.
This bed is versatile enough for most sleeping positions, and it should suit a variety of body types. As the layer under the memory foam provides quick response, most combo sleepers should be able to reposition and move around in their sleep without waking up but might prefer the extra bounce of the hybrid.
With a medium firmness and good motion isolation from the all-foam design, this should be great for couples. People sleeping with a partner often enjoy beds that isolate motion well so they’re less likely to be disturbed by the other person’s movements. While this bed should give decent edge support, it won’t have as much as the brand’s hybrid models.
The mattress doesn’t have a specific weight limit, as it was made to suit a wide variety of sleepers, but some heavier folks may prefer firmer support from the company’s hybrid mattresses. That being said, some heavier side sleepers might do well on the Bear Original since they can get more pressure relief from this model.
Lightweight sleepers should benefit from the Bear’s memory foam on the surface and from the graduated foam layers deeper in the bed. While the medium-firm feel could work for lighter stomach and back sleepers, it may be too hard for those who exclusively rest on their sides.
The Bear Original is versatile enough for most sleepers and includes some advanced elements, such as their Celliant® cover and graphite gel memory foam. With good support and plenty of pressure relief, this should be a safe purchase for most sleepers.