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|DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that combines micro-coils, memory foam, latex foam, and a quilted cashmere cover.|
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|Bear Hybrid is also a hybrid mattress but includes a special textile called Celliant that is proven to promote restful sleep, increased circulation, and more.|
On the surface, these beds are quite similar. Both use coils, both have memory foam, and both are over 13″ thick. But when you dig a little deeper, you find that there are some clear distinctions between the two. And if you’re in a hurry, here’s the gist of what you need to know.
Keep in mind that while there are only a few big differences between these beds, there is more to the story, which is why we’ve published individual reviews of DreamCloud and Bear Hybrid. The links to those reviews are below.
Previously both of these mattresses were priced similarly, however, DreamCloud recently lowered their prices. As such, DreamCloud is now the more affordable option by a pretty decent margin. For comparison purposes, you’re looking at about $1,200 for a queen size DreamCloud mattress and $1,400 for a queen size Bear Hybrid.
However, the numbers above are in terms of MSRP. Both companies like to play the discount/coupon game. Generally speaking, you can usually expect to receive a $150-$250 discount on both beds depending on the time of year you’re looking. We’d recommend checking Bear’s website and DreamCloud’s website to see the current promotions both companies are currently running.
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DreamCloud hasn’t been around as long as Bear Mattress, but it sure seems to be picking up speed in the eyes of consumers. And we can see why—it’s a nice mattress. Unlike Bear Hybrid, however, DreamCloud is actually manufactured not in the US, but in China. It also has an eight-layer construction with multiple layers of memory foam, a single layer of latex foam, and micro-coils. It’s clearly well made, durable, and to be honest, looks like it belongs in a fancy hotel. But why should you get it over Bear Hybrid? Here ya go.
DreamCloud sits at about a medium-firm on the soft-to-firm scale, which makes it ideal for back and stomach sleepers. Typically, back and stomach sleepers prefer beds that are firmer to prevent excess compression under their hips. Too soft of a mattress can cause lower back pain if you sleep chiefly on your stomach and/or back.
Additionally, DreamCloud is a highly responsive mattress, which means it snaps back into shape quickly. As such, we do think it will be fine for combination sleepers that rotate between sleeping positions throughout the night. Having said that, if you spend the majority of the night on your side, we do not think DreamCloud is the way to go. If you occasionally roll to your side, you’ll be fine, but it’s really best for combination sleepers that favor their back or stomach.
Given that DreamCloud is a firmer mattress, you will end up sleeping more on top of the bed, versus in the bed. In other words, you won’t sink into the mattress as much and therefore less of the materials will be in contact with your body. This allows for more airflow, keeping you cooler at night. If you especially sleep hot at night, you might consider getting DreamCloud over Bear Hybrid.
DreamCloud also gets the win (barely) for heavier folks, mostly because it’s firmer. We say this because softness/firmness is subjective, so it might be better for a heavier person to start a little firmer because they will interpret the bed to be softer than the average person would. This is all more art than science, however, since both beds use micro-coils as opposed to proper innersprings or pocketed coils.
Having said all of that, Bear Hybrid now has 7″ pocketed coils, which provide a lot more support than the micro-coils that the bed used to have. As such, we see this as more of a tie now between the two beds.
For couples that share a smaller bed, such as a full or queen, edge support can be very important, especially if there’s a bed hog in the relationship. Edge support refers to how strong the outer perimeter of the bed is. If a bed has weak edges, you can get a roll-off sensation that isn’t pleasant.
Late 2018 Update: With the updated Bear Hybrid mattress, it has quantum edge coils, which do a much better job with edge support. While DreamCloud might get the edge here still, it’s a slight edge.
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Bear Hybrid is the company’s second—and in our opinion—best mattress. It’s constructed with various layers of foam and micro-coils. In total, it is 14.5” thick and looks as comfortable as it is. That said, we wouldn’t consider the overall aesthetic as luxurious as DreamCloud (or Saatva), but not sure if you really care since you’re covering up the bed with sheets anyways.
Bear Hybrid sort of feels like an innerspring bed with a thick, soft pillow top. It’s supremely comfortable and almost always has people saying “Wow, I really like this.” The mattress incorporates memory foam, although you wouldn’t really notice since the top layer is more of a neutral type foam. The bed does have plenty of bounce and is easy to switch positions on.
On the soft-to-firm scale, we would peg Bear right in the middle at a medium. It can handle all types of sleepers: back, stomach, side, and combo. As such, if you spend a decent amount of time on your side during the night you should strongly consider Bear Hybrid over DreamCloud.
Bear Hybrid might also be the clear pick for couples since it has a universally accommodating feel (i.e. medium, soft foam, and responsive) and is really good at isolating motion, especially for a bed that uses coils.
This means that if you or your partner likes to grab a midnight snack, when you get up, you will be disturbing your partner less than you would with DreamCloud. To be fair, DreamCloud isn’t bad, but we’ve just found Bear Hybrid to be better here, all things considered.
There are very few beds with a Celliant cover, Bear Hybrid is one of them. Celliant is a special textile that has been deemed by the FDA to meet the criteria of a wellness device. Apparently, it been proven to promote circulation, restful sleep, and a handful of other things. This is part of the reason that Bear gets branded as a mattress for athletes.
Jeff, on our team, slept on Bear Hybrid for months and claims that he got incredible sleep. Was that due to the Celliant cover? Who knows. It could have just been that Bear Hybrid was comfortable and fit his sleeping preferences well. The bottom line is that it’s neat for Bear Hybrid to use the Celliant cover, but we don’t have any hard proof ourselves that it does what it claims it can do. You can read more about Celliant on Bear’s website.
You made it to the end. Thanks for sticking with us. By now, you hopefully understand the primary differences between these beds. However, we understand buying a new mattress is a big deal and you still might be struggling with the decision. In our opinion, the decision between the two beds comes down to a few main factors.
That’s it for this review. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard.
There are a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses out there and most of them have basically the same policies regarding shipping, returns, etc.. Bear and DreamCloud are no different. For starters, they both offer free shipping. Bear Hybrid ships compressed in a box while DreamCloud shows up in a bag. From there, the process is pretty much identical: remove the packaging, place the bed on its foundation, and give it a few minutes to fully inflate. Here’s a look at the unboxing process for Bear Hybrid.
With nearly every mattress that you can buy online, in addition to free shipping, you get a trial period so that you have an opportunity to experience the bed for yourself. Bear gives you 100 nights, while DreamCloud has a 365-night trial period, which just so you know, is only matched by Nectar. Regardless of the length of the trial period, the point is that you have the chance to form your own opinion about the bed. No one is lording over you telling you what to do. And at 3+ months, that should be more than enough time to decide yay or nay on the bed.
During this trial period you’re going to want to think critically about whether this is the bed. You also will want to break the mattress in by walking on it each night for about two weeks. This will ensure that it wears evenly throughout and doesn’t have areas where it’s softer/firmer. Additionally, you need to allow your body time to adjust to the bed. Because it’s different from what you’ve been sleeping on in the past, there’s a chance that you won’t love it right away. Even more, just so you know, all beds soften over time so it might be a good idea to start a little firmer and expect the bed to eventually soften to the state that you prefer.
As for anyone that’s plagued by buyer’s remorse, both DreamCloud and Bear offer completely free returns. In fact, if you decide that you don’t want the bed, you don’t need to do anything other than call them up and request the refund. They will even send someone (for free) to your house to pick up the bed. Often times it’s a charity or a non-profit in your local area. So, even in rejecting the bed, you’re kind of actually doing something nice for your community.
If you end up keeping DreamCloud, it comes with their “Everlong” warranty, which essentially is a tiered warranty with more coverage during the first 10 years. After the tenth year, they will re-cover or repair your bed, as opposed to replacing it. You can read the full DreamCloud warranty on their site.
Bear backs their bed with a 20-year warranty, which is about twice the length of the warranty for the average online mattress. Similar to that of DreamCloud, the Bear warranty is tiered with a split at year 10. You can read the full warranty on Bear’s website.