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Bear vs Cocoon Sealy Mattress

We put two popular memory foam beds head-to-head in this Cocoon vs Bear review.

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.
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Slightly Softer

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10" bed-in-a-box mattress that has a soft memory foam feel and is ideal for side and combo sleepers. The bed also has a special Celliant cover.
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Slightly Firmer

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The Cocoon mattress has a firmer memory foam feel and is available in two different models, as well as two different firmness levels.

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 — Bear is ideal for side sleepers, while Cocoon is better for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Price — Cocoon is slightly more affordable than Bear.
  • Cover — The Bear mattress has a Celliant cover, which provides several benefits for people with an active lifestyle.
  • Temperature Regulation — The Cocoon mattress comes in two different models (Classic and Chill). The Chill model uses a phase-change material in the cover that makes the bed cool to the touch.

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.

Shipping, Returns, Trial Period, And Warranties

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.

Unboxing the Bear mattress

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.

Bear Mattress


  • Folks who prefer a soft memory foam feel
  • Side and combo sleepers
  • Athletes (Celliant cover)
  • Petite and medium individuals
  • Active sleepers (good motion isolation)

Bear Mattress Has A Soft Memory Foam Feel

If you watched some of our early videos on the Bear mattress (circa early 2017), you may have noticed that we rated the bed as quite firm. However, it’s important to note that Bear made a couple slight adjustments to the bed in 2018. The new version has a very soft memory foam feel. Overall, the bed is extremely comfortable. It’s now one of those mattresses where you can’t help but let out an audible “aaahh” as you lay down.

More responsive than the typical memory foam bed

The memory foam top layer conforms to your body’s shape well, but the nice thing about the Bear mattress is that you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feel like you do with a lot of other memory foam beds. The top layer is actually quite responsive, which is surprising considering it is comprised of memory foam.

SEE ALSO: Bear vs Purple Mattress Comparison

Ideal For Side Sleepers

Piggybacking on the last point, previously we thought the Bear mattress was best for back and stomach sleepers given its firmness level. However, after the changes, the new version is actually ideal for side sleepers.

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Lots of pressure relief for side sleepers

As we mentioned above, the bed is very soft and provides ample pressure relief for side sleepers. The memory foam top layer does a good job of cradling your hips and shoulders when you’re on your side. Bottom line, if you spend a lot of time sleeping on your side, Bear is the better option than Cocoon.

Good Choice For Active Lifestyles

Another standout feature of the Bear mattress is its Celliant cover. 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.

As such, the Bear mattress is a great option for people with an active lifestyle. The bed even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Athletes.

Cocoon By Sealy Mattress


  • Folks who prefer a firm memory foam feel
  • Hot sleepers
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Small and average sized people
  • Couples (good edge support and motion isolation)

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.

Cocoon Has A Firmer Memory Foam Feel

While Bear has a soft memory foam feel, 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.

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Firm, dense memory foam feel

Overall, it’s hard to put into words, but I guess you could say the Bear mattress has a soft, light 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.

Better For Back And Stomach Sleepers

Given the Cocoon mattresses are firmer than Bear, we think they are the better option 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, and the Bear around a medium-soft.

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Solid option for back and stomach sleepers

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.

However, if you’re on a tight budget, the Cocoon Classic is the way to go. It’s slightly cheaper than Bear. A queen size Classic goes for around $800. The Chill model and Bear are a little more on par. Both of these models will cost around $900 for a queen size.

It’s important to note that both companies are fairly aggressive when it comes to discounts, though. 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 (or the boxes on the right hand of the screen) to see what sort of promotions the companies are currently running.

Temperature Regulation

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.

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Cooling cover on the Cocoon Chill mattress

We like the Cocoon Chill so much, it even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.

Slightly Better Edge Support

We also have to give the Cocoon beds the edge when it comes to edge support (pun intended). It’s just a little more solid than the edge support on the Bear mattress. As you roll over towards the side on the Cocoon mattress, there’s very little compression and you don’t get any of that roll-off sensation.

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Solid edge support

This is an important topic for couples who share a smaller size mattress (full or queen). Often, couples simply prefer not to cuddle or one partner tends to hog the middle of the bed leaving the other person to fend for themselves near the edge. A bed with solid edge support provides more useful surface area for both partners to spread out and be comfortable.

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.

If you’re a large person, we’d recommend taking a look at our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.

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.

Good motion isolation

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.

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? If every dollar matters, go with the Cocoon Classic.

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 is the way to go. If you’re primarily a back or stomach sleeper, Cocoon is the better choice.

Lastly, what type of feel do you prefer? If you want a soft memory foam feel, go with Bear. If you want a little more in terms of firmness, go with Cocoon.

That’s all we have for you. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard. Be sure to check out our other mattress comparisons.

Review Team


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper

Jon Gomez

Side Sleeper

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