Bear vs Cocoon Sealy Mattress
We put two popular memory foam beds head-to-head in this Cocoon vs Bear review.
Last Updated: September 2, 2020
Bear and Cocoon by Sealy are two of the most popular memory foam bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market. While both mattresses use memory foam for their top layers, they actually have several distinct differences. In this post, we'll break down the pros and cons of each bed so you can make a more informed decision on your next mattress.
Bear Mattress vs Cocoon Sealy Synopsis
If you don’t feel like reading a lot, we’ve got you covered. Here are the primary differences between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses.
- Firmness — While both mattresses have a memory foam feel, Bear is (a little) softer than Cocoon. It just depends what you like better.
- Sleeper Type — Both are best for primary stomach/back sleepers, but there are cases where side sleepers will be ok as well.
- Price — Cocoon is slightly more affordable than Bear with a discount.
- Cover — The Bear mattress has a Celliant cover, which provides several benefits for people with an active lifestyle.
- Temperature Regulation — The Cocoon mattress comes with a cooling cover.
Those are just the headlines, though. When shopping for a new mattress, you’ll want to do a lot of research. After all, buying a new mattress is a big deal. Keep reading to learn more.
Bear Is (A Tad Bit) Softer Than Cocoon
If you watched some of our early videos on the Bear mattress (circa early 2018), you may have noticed that we rated the bed as quite soft. However, it’s important to note that Bear made a couple adjustments to the bed in June 2019. The new version has a medium-firm memory foam feel. Overall, the bed is extremely comfortable, so long as you like memory foam.
The memory foam top layer conforms to your body’s shape fairly well, but the nice thing about the Bear mattress is that you won’t get that 1990s memory foam quicksand feel. Yes, it will conform to your body, but, no, you will not get trapped in the bed. In fact, with the updated Bear you will remain more on top of the bed than anything.
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Piggybacking on the last point, previously we thought the Bear mattress was best for side sleepers given its firmness level. However, after the changes, the new version is actually just passable for side sleepers. We wouldn’t consider either Bear or Cocoon as great for side sleepers, though, we think individuals around 200 lbs can get by with Bear.
As we mentioned above, the bed is a little firmer now—we put it at about a medium to medium-firm, which is actually a tad softer than Cocoon.
Good Choice For Active Lifestyles
Another standout feature of the Bear mattress is its Celliant cover, which you can read about on BearMattress.com. Celliant, for those of you who don’t know, is a FDA recognized wellness material. It’s supposed to help with blood flow, promote faster recovery, and increase energy.
Here at the Slumber Yard, we have the means to test out a mattress’ firmness and feel. It is a little tricky, however, to test how well the Bear cover increases our blood flow. So we can’t necessarily guarantee the claims made by Bear are true. But since Celliant recognized by the FDA and we trust the people over at Bear, we think the mattress is a great option for people with an active lifestyle. The bed even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Athletes.
Multiple Models And Firmness Options
Before we get into the advantages that Cocoon provides, it’s important to note that there are two different Cocoon models. There’s the Cocoon Classic, which is the company’s most affordable option. Then there’s the Cocoon Chill, which is specifically designed for hot sleepers. Once you decide on the model, Cocoon gives you the option to choose between a Firm version and a Soft version of each.
UPDATE: The Classic model is no longer available.
Cocoon Is Also A Firmer Bed
The Cocoon mattresses have a firmer memory foam feel. Don’t get me wrong, the Cocoon beds are still soft and comfortable and the top memory foam layer still conforms to your body a little, you just don’t sink into the bed as much as the Bear mattress.
Overall, it’s hard to put into words, but I guess you could say the Bear mattress has a general memory foam feel, while the Cocoon mattresses have a dense, firm memory foam feel. It really just comes down to what sort for feel you like better. Honestly, here at the Slumber Yard, our team is split. Some folks like the soft feel of Bear, while others prefer the dense feel Cocoon provides.
Back And Stomach Sleepers
Given the Cocoon mattresses are firmer (both models), we think they are best for back and stomach sleepers. For comparison purposes, we rate the Cocoon Firm version around a medium-firm on our firmness scale, the Cocoon Soft version around a medium to medium-firm (which is pretty close to the new updated Bear).
As we mentioned above, you don’t sink that far into the Cocoon mattresses. You sleep more on top of the bed rather than in it. This should help provide more support under your lower back and trunk and keep your spine properly aligned at all times.
This is a tricky subject. Both Cocoon and Bear are actually quite affordable. They both fall under average for the bed-in-a-box industry in terms of price.
Last we checked, for the queen size, Bear had an MSRP of $800, while Cocoon was north of $900. That doesn’t account for discounts, however, and both brands are regularly running promotions.
You can almost always find some sort of coupon code or promo code to make the mattresses even cheaper. We recommend checking Cocoon’s website or Bear’s website to see what sort of promotions the companies are currently running. You can visit our Mattress Deals & Coupons page for more info about current offers.
In terms of which of these three mattresses will sleep the coolest, we have to give the edge to the Cocoon Chill. After all, this is what the mattress is designed for.
The Cocoon Chill uses a phase-change material in its cover that makes the bed cool to the touch. A close friend of the Slumber Yard team has actually been sleeping on this bed for months and loves it. And what’s amazing is that the cover is still cool even after six months of use.
We like the Cocoon Chill so much, it even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers. It’s probably the most affordable cooling bed on the market right now.
Cocoon Sealy vs Bear Review Verdict
You made it to the end! Thanks for sticking with us. Hopefully, this comparison has been helpful, but if you’re still struggling with which mattress to buy, ask yourself a few questions.
First, what’s your budget? Both beds are affordable, so it’s going to come down to the particular promotion running today.
Next, are you a hot sleeper? If so, the Cocoon Chill is the ticket with its phase-change cover.
Then, what type of sleeper are you? If you’re primarily a side sleeper, Bear wins—slightly. If you’re primarily a back or stomach sleeper, Cocoon and Bear are both great options.
That’s all we have for you. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard. Be sure to check out our other mattress comparisons.
Policy Information For Cocoon & Bear
Buying a mattress online is a lot easier than most people realize. Bed-in-a-box companies like Cocoon by Sealy and Bear offer very friendly customer policies, as you will find out below. Let’s start with Bear.
The Bear mattress ships for free and will arrive at you door compressed and rolled up in a box. From there, just move the box to your room and proceed to unbox and unroll the mattress. Just make sure to give the mattress about 24-72 hours to fully inflate before using.
Once the mattress is delivered, Bear gives you a 100-night risk-free trial period. Basically, since you can’t try the bed before you buy, you can instead test the Bear mattress in the comfort of your own home for more than three months before you have to make a decision.
If, after 30 days, you decide you don’t like the mattress, no problem, just contact Bear customer support and they’ll take care of everything. First, they’ll arrange for a third party service to come pick up the mattress from your home free of charge. From there, just provide Bear proof that the mattress has indeed been picked up and they’ll issue you a refund. Pretty easy, right? Lastly, the Bear mattress also comes with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.
Cocoon, like Bear, also offers free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial period, and a 10-year warranty.
What Cocoon And Bear Have In Common
If you’ve made it this far, you now know how these two bed-in-a-box mattresses differ. But what do they have in common? There are a few areas in which these two beds overlap.
There Are Better Options For Heavier People
Both of these beds are 10″ all-foam mattresses. That’s not a bad thing, but it means they’re just not the best options for heavy people (250+ lb). We generally steer big folks towards beds that contain coils. Coils tend to provide more support and last longer than the dense support foams that a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses (like Bear and Cocoon) use for their support structures.
Both Beds Isolate Motion Well
Another thing these beds have in common is that they isolate motion extremely well. Both mattresses passed our tests easily. We noticed very little motion that was transferred from one side of the bed to the other.
This is another important topic for couples to consider. Beds that deaden movement well are better for couples that move around a lot. Obviously, no one wants to be jostled awake every time their partner gets up to go to the bathroom or get a glass of water. Good motion isolation translates to a better night’s sleep for both partners.