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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.