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|The Bear mattress is a 10" thick all-foam bed that has a firmer-than-average memory foam feel and is best for stomach, back, and combo sleepers.|
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|The Original Purple mattress uses the company's patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which gives the bed a unique, gel-like feel.|
Before we get into the details of the post, here are the primary differences between these two online mattresses.
Those are just the quick little tidbits, though. There’s obviously a lot more you should think about before you pull the trigger on a new mattress. Keep reading to learn more.
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If you like the feel of memory foam, then chances are you’ll like the Bear mattress. However, it’s important to note Bear made some minor changes to the bed last year. Previously, the Bear mattress had a soft memory foam feel. The new version is firmer and not quite as pressure relieving. It now feels somewhere between a bed like Lull and Nectar. In other words, not an airy nor a dense memory foam feel.
As you lay down on the bed, you will sink into the top layers a little and you can start to feel the memory foam conform to your body’s shape. It’s not so much, however, that you’ll feel as though you’re sleeping in the bed versus on the bed. In other words, there is pressure relief, but most people will contend that Bear is on the firmer end.
The big standout feature of the Bear mattress is its Celliant cover. Celliant is a FDA recognized wellness material. It’s supposed help promote blood flow, faster recovery, and increase energy. As such, the bed is marketed heavily towards people with active lifestyles. In fact, the Bear mattress even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Athletes.
There are only a select few other beds with a Celliant cover. It’s actually quite rare to see and—despite the fact that we don’t have any evidence ourselves that it works—we do count it as a positive. You can read more about Celliant on Bear’s website.
This is pretty straightforward. The Bear mattress is simply cheaper than the Original Purple and by a good amount. For example, if you go by the MSRPs, a queen size Bear is about $300-400 less than a queen size Purple.
Plus, Bear is more aggressive when it comes to coupon codes and promo codes. You can usually find the bed on discount. Check the Bear Mattress website to see what promotion the company is currently running.
Although Purple doesn’t often run sales, they will almost always throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, mattress protector) with each mattress purchase. Check Purple.com to see what gift they’re currently offering.
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This is what makes Purple beds so special. All Purple mattresses use the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is not a foam. It’s actually more of a gel or silicone-like material. It’s extremely soft, flexible, and responsive.
This top layer gives the Purple beds a very unique, gel-like feel. When you lay down on the bed, you can feel the polymer material beneath you folding, compressing, and conforming to your body’s shape. I have to admit, it’s a little weird at first, but we’ve found most people end up really liking the feel of it after a few nights.
SEE ALSO: Purple Hybrid Mattress Review
While we think the Bear mattress is best primarily for back and stomach sleepers, we think the Original Purple is ideal for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a back, stomach, or side sleeper.
As we mentioned above, the special polymer top layer does a great job of conforming to your body’s shape. It cradles your hips and shoulders nicely when you’re on your side.
However, what makes the Hyper-Elastic Polymer truly special is that it’s also very supportive. It’s one of the few bedding materials out there that offers the best of both worlds (pressure relief and support). As such, back and stomach sleepers will also feel as if the areas under their lower back and trunk are being properly supported.
If you’re a heavier person (250+ lb), we’d recommend checking out the Purple Hybrid, Purple Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple Hybrid Premier 4 mattresses (formerly known as New Purple 2, 3 & 4). Those models use Hyper-Elastic Polymer in addition to coils, which tend to be more ideal for big folks.
Although we don’t like to throw the term “cool” around a lot, we do think the Original Purple has the edge over Bear when it comes to temperature regulation. The Original Purple gets the nod here for two primary reasons.
First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is naturally a temperature neutral material. It doesn’t retain and radiate heat the way foam does. So that’s point number one.
Second, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer is laid out in a grid design. This creates tons of columns and rows of tiny polymer squares, which allows air to flow freely near the top of the bed.
Given these two factors, we think the Original Purple is a great choice for people that tend to heat up at night. In fact, Purple even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers.
Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of this comparison. Hopefully, it’s been helpful. If you’re still struggling with the decision between Purple and Bear, ask yourself a few questions.
First, how much are you willing to spend? If you’re on a tight budget, Bear is the clear winner. Not only do their beds have lower MSRPs, but the company is also much more aggressive with sales and discounts.
Next, are you a hot sleeper? If so, Purple wins. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer allows for a lot of airflow near the top of the mattress.
Lastly, which type of feel do you prefer? If you like memory foam, Bear wins. If you don’t or you just want to try something different, Purple is the clear choice.