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bear vs nectar mattress review

Bear vs Nectar Mattress

A head-to-head memory foam mattress duel: Nectar vs Bear Mattress.

While both beds might seem quite similar from a distance, they actually have several distinct differences. In this post, we compare the Bear and Nectar mattresses to help you determine which one is best for you.
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Bear Mattress vs Nectar Synopsis

We love mattresses here at the Slumber Yard. However, we understand not everyone shares the same passion for bedding products. If you don’t feel like reading 2,000+ words, here are the primary differences between these two beds.

  • Firmness — While both beds have a memory foam feel, we think Nectar is slightly firmer than Bear.
  • Sleeper Type — Both beds are a bit firmer than your standard bed-in-a-box mattress, but we still think they’re fine for most sleeping positions.
  • Price — After taking into consideration coupons and discounts, Bear is actually more affordable than Nectar.
  • Cover — The Bear mattress uses a special Celliant cover, which makes the bed a great option for people that live an active lifestyle.

Those are the primary points of differentiation between the two beds, but there are a few smaller points that you should be aware of, as well. Keep reading to learn more.

Bear Mattress


  • If you like memory foam, but favor your back and stomach at night
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • Athletes and active people (because of the Celliant cover)

First up, it’s important to note Bear made a change to its flagship mattress in mid 2019. The mattress is largely the same, but Bear made it slightly firmer this go-around. If you watched one of our Bear videos from 2018, you probably noticed how we said Bear is quite soft. That’s no longer the case. It’s actually on the firmer side of the spectrum now (cue the next section).

Bear Is (Slightly) Softer Than Nectar

Both Bear and Nectar have a memory foam feel (we discuss this in detail below), but they differ slightly. The Bear mattress is a tad softer than Nectar—even though it’s still north of a true “medium” on our firmness scale.

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The top layer on Bear is 2″ of graphite gel memory foam to help draw heat away from the surface. Nectar is a little firmer and takes a few more seconds before its top layers starts to compress and wrap your body. In other terms, you sink down into the Bear mattress a little (emphasis on just a little) more than you do with Nectar. Overall, we think Bear comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale, while Nectar lands perhaps a little closer to a medium-firm.

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Both are great options for stomach sleepers—like Johnny G!

Now, it’s important to note there’s no winner or loser when it comes to feel and firmness. Some people prefer a soft, memory foam feel (like Layla or Puffy Lux) and others prefer a firmer foam feel (like Nectar and Bear). It really comes down to personal preference. However, as you will find out in the next section, firmness does play a role when it comes to your primary sleeping position.

Let’s Talk About Side Sleepers

Generally speaking, primary side sleepers will want a mattress that is on the softer end of the spectrum and back and stomach sleepers will want a firmer mattress. Soft mattresses tend to provide more pressure relief, while firmer mattresses tend to provide more support. That’s not always the case, but it’s a fine rule of thumb.

Overall, we think Bear is just a tad softer than Nectar and therefore just a tad more ideal for side sleepers. You will get pressure relief with both beds, but not nearly as much as with a bed that’s specifically designed for side sleepers, especially if you’re petite.

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Both are ok options for side sleepers, but not the best

That’s not to say Nectar is bad for side sleepers. We actually think Nectar accommodates all sleeper types, but if you pressed us hard, we’d recommend primary side sleepers go with Bear first in this comparison. Even still, there are better beds than both of them for strict side sleepers. Here’s our list of the Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers.

Special Celliant Cover

One of the big standout features of the Bear mattress that the company likes to heavily promote is its Celliant cover. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Celliant, it’s actually a FDA recognized wellness material.

This particular material is used in several different industries. However, in terms of the bedding industry, it’s supposed to help turn your body’s natural energy intro infrared light. This infrared light is then supposed to enhance tissue oxygen levels and improve athletic performance, sleep quality, and overall well-being (per the company’s website). You can see the specifics about Celliant on BearMattress.com.

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A closer look at the Celliant cover on the Bear mattress

We don’t really have the expertise to test out Bear’s claims, so we can’t sit here and tell you we absolutely felt like it aided in our recovery. With that being said, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have on your mattress, especially for individuals who live a very active lifestyle. In fact, we included Bear Hybrid on our list of the Best Mattresses For Athletes.

Bear Is (Actually) More Affordable

The MSRP of a queen size Nectar and Bear is around $800, respectively. However, the MSRP doesn’t mean much in Bear’s case since Bear regularly offers discounts. You can usually expect to take an additional $100-$150 off your mattress purchase. Check the green discount box at the top of your screen to see what they’re currently offering.

Nectar sometimes offers discounts in the $100 range but at the very least they do typically throw in two free pillows with each mattress purchase. Check the table at the top of this post to see if this particular promotion is live right now.

If the prices above are out of your budget, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the Best Mattresses Under $500.

Nectar Mattress


  • People who prefer a firmer memory foam feel
  • All types of sleepers
  • Small and average sized body types
  • Folks on a tight budget
  • Indecisive shoppers (365-night trial period)

Nectar Is Slightly Firmer Than Bear

As we alluded to above, the Nectar mattress is a bit firmer than the Bear mattress. As you lay down on the bed, it feels super firm at first, but after a few seconds, you start to sink down and the top layers start to conform to your body’s shape. Still, you don’t sink in as much as you do on a Bear mattress. In other words, you sleep more on top of the bed rather than in it, slightly more so than you would on a Bear. Again, this may or may not be preferable depending on what level of firmness you like.

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Bear and Nectar are really close in terms of firmness

And, keep in mind that memory foam is one of those materials that changes its firmness level based on the room temperature (i.e. it’s softer in warmer rooms). This will hold true for both beds.

Two Great Options For Back/Stomach Sleeping

While we give Bear the (ever so slight) edge for side sleepers, we considered them tied when it comes to back and stomach sleepers. Overall, the beds just provides a nice amount of support, particular under your trunk and hips. As we stated above, you sleep more on top of the Nectar mattress (and Bear), meaning when you’re on your back or stomach, your hips should stay in proper alignment with the rest of of your body.

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Good amount of support for back sleepers

For the record, most of this applies to medium size individuals (i.e. between 150 lbs and 250 lbs). If you’re outside that window the beds will feel different. For instance, a petite individuals will argue that both beds are quite firm.

Nectar Mattress vs Bear Review: Verdict

You made it to the end of the comparison. Thanks for staying with us the entire way. You hopefully now understand where these two beds differ and where they’re similar. With that said, there’s still a good chance you’re struggling to decide which bed to go with. In our eyes, the decision between Nectar and Bear comes down to three primary factors.

Firmness & Sleeper Type — If you’re a primary side sleeper, there are better options out there than both of them, but between the two Bear gets the edge. Both should do just fine for back, stomach, and combo sleepers, so long as you’re aware that you will get resistance will most memory foam beds—Nectar and Bear included.

Budget — If price is your chief concern, Bear is most likely going to be the more affordable option after you apply a coupon code (check table at top of post).

Your Lifestyle — If you’re a serious athlete, you may want to consider the advantages that the Celliant cover on the Bear mattress provides.

That’s it for this post, but feel free to check out one of our other mattress comparisons. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard.

Review Team

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Dillon Lopez

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper


Owen Poole

Side Sleeper


Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

What Nectar And Bear Have In Common

Above we described the relative advantages and disadvantages each bed offers. However, they have several similarities, as well.

Memory Foam Feel

As we referenced above, both mattresses have a memory foam feel. The Bear mattress uses a thick layer of gel memory foam for its top layer and Nectar uses three layers of memory foam in total. With both beds, the top layers conform and sort of wrap your body (as you would expect with memory foam). Overall, we think both mattresses are extremely comfortable if you like the feel of memory foam.

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If you like memory foam, you’re in luck with both of these beds

If you’re not a big fan of memory foam, though, you may want to check out our reviews of Casper, Leesa, or GhostBed, all of which are popular bed-in-a-box mattresses that have more of a mixed, neutral-foam feel.

There Are Better Options For Heavy People

We like both beds, but based on their constructions, we don’t think they are the best options for heavy people (250 lb or more). We generally always steer big body types towards beds that have coils rather than beds that are comprised entirely of foam like Nectar and Bear. That’s because beds that use coils for their primary support structure tend to be more durable and provide more support than all-foam beds that use dense poly foams for their foundations. Big folks exert more force on a mattress than average sized individuals, so it’s crucial they receive maximum support.

If you’re a big person and you like the sound of Bear and Nectar so far, don’t worry there’s still hope. Bear also offers a Hybrid mattress that is a little more expensive, but it contains individually encased coils for added support.

Temperature Regulation

Overall, we think both Nectar and Bear sleep temperature neutral. In simple terms, the beds won’t actively cool you down throughout the night, but they also won’t be the primary reason why you warm up. Keep in mind temperature regulation is a touchy subject in the bedding industry. A lot of bedding companies boast their mattresses sleep “cool,” but the reality is external factors play a large role in how warm or cool you sleep, as well. Some of the factors that come to mind include where you live, how powerful of an air conditioner you have, and what type of sheets/comforter you use.


Lastly, we think both Bear and Nectar are viable options for couples. Both beds perform well in terms of motion isolation and edge support.

In terms of motion isolation, both beds do a good job of deadening movement. This is important for couples that move around a lot throughout the night. Beds that are able to limit cross-mattress motion generally prevent one person from being disturbed every time the other person gets up off the bed or rolls over to switch positions.

Edge support is pretty good on both beds as well given that they’re on the firmer side. Not the highest marks we’ve given, but not bad either.

The Whole Buying Process For Bear & Nectar

Buying a bed online isn’t nearly as scary as it was in 2010. Bed-in-a-box companies like Bear and Nectar have come along and completely changed how we shop for mattresses. A big reason behind their success is the customer-friendly policies both companies offer. Let’s explore further, starting with Bear.

The Bear mattress ships for free and arrives at your door rolled up in a box. Once it arrives, just move the box to your room and unroll it onto your frame, box spring, or foundation. However, once you unbox the bed, make sure to let it breathe for about 24-48 hours before using it. Once the mattress is delivered, Bear offers you a 100-night risk-free trial period. This is what makes buying a mattress online so great. Basically, Bear is giving you over three months to test the bed in the comfort of your own home and decide whether you want to keep it or not. That’s a lot better than testing beds in your local mattress store for 30 seconds at a time, right?

If, after 30 nights on the mattress, you decide the bed isn’t for you, no worries, the return process is very simple. All you have to do is contact Bear customer support and they’ll schedule a third party crew to come pick up the mattress from your home (no additional charge). Once the mattress is removed, just provide proof to Bear that the mattress is no longer in your possession and they’ll issue you a full refund. Lastly, Bear also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about it on the company’s website.

Just so you’re aware, the polices that Bear offers are pretty standard for the industry. Most beds you buy online come with free delivery, free returns, a long trial period, and an extended warranty. However, occasionally, you will run across a brand that goes above and beyond. Nectar is one such example of that.

The Nectar mattress ships for free, as well, except it arrives rolled up in a bag instead of a box. From there, Nectar gives you a 365-night trial period. Yes, they give you a full year to test out the bed. If you decide you want to return it, the process works the same way as described in the Bear section. Next, Nectar one ups the competition by backing their mattresses with a Forever Warranty. Again, you can read more about what this entails on the company’s website.