In late 2018, Bear changed this mattress (in a good way). This review has been updated to reflect the new changes. If you’re curious, here’s what’s new with the updated Bear Hybrid mattress.
There’s only so much detail we can include in one video though. Keep reading to learn more about the updated Bear Hybrid mattress.
When it comes to shipping, trial periods, returns, and warranties, most bed-in-a-box or online mattress companies have some pretty standard policies, the majority of which are very fair to consumers.
Generally, you can expect free shipping, a 100-night trial period, free returns and full refunds, or a 10-15 year warranty if you keep the mattress. While these policies are standard, it is common to see brands extend any one of these in order to convince consumers to try their mattress.
In Bear’s case, you get that free shipping, 100-night trial, and free returns, but they offer a 20-year warranty if you keep the bed. Again, though, you should always read up on the details yourself. You can find the full description of Bear’s warranty on their website.
Despite the fact that Bear Hybrid is a thick and durable mattress, it actually ships compressed and rolled up in a box. It’s quite remarkable that Bear is able to fit a full size mattress in a box.
All you have to do is cart the box inside, remove the packaging, and arrange the bed on your foundation. From there, it will inflate and take its intended for. You can see this in the video above.
As for returns, you can get a 100% refund after sleeping on Bear Hybrid for 30 nights if you decide that it’s not for you. Basically, you can get a refund between day 31 and day 99. This should be more than enough time to make your mind up and allow your body to adjust to the mattress.
As the name states, this is a hybrid mattress, which means it incorporates foam as well as coils. This bed has five layers total—four foam layers and a layer of coils.
The base layer is a dense support foam. On top of that are the coils, which are individually encased and provide even more support to help sleepers maintain proper spinal alignment. Previously, the bed had micro-coils, but now we have 8″ coils that will provide more bounce and durability.
The coil layer is topped by a transition foam and a neutral, comfort foam so that you don’t feel the coils even if you walk on the mattress.
Next is a layer of gel memory foam that allows for better airflow than traditional memory foam—it also works as a pressure relieving layer. On top is a quilted, soft cover.
The combination of coils and comfort foam top layers makes the Bear Hybrid a supportive, but still softer-feeling bed. The layers total up to a 14″ mattress, which is a thicker bed than most. That thickness boosts durability and prevents heavier folks from bottoming out the bed (something nobody wants to deal with).
The cover on Bear Hybrid is made of a thick, quilted Celliant material. Celliant is a technology sourced from natural minerals that’s supposed to take your body’s heat energy and reflect it back as infrared light. This is to help increase circulation and oxygen in the muscle tissue. The idea is to give your body an extra health boost while you sleep. You can learn more about Celliant here on Bear’s website.
The cover is removable, but that’s fairly common and is more for the ease of construction on the manufacturer’s side than for the consumer. It isn’t suggested that you actually remove the cover even though you technically can, and there isn’t much reason to since it isn’t machine washable.
If you do need to do some clean up, you can spot clean with warm water and a bit of mild detergent. Just dab at the spot or spill until it comes out. You want to be careful not to get the bed too wet. This is where the removable cover can be useful – you can unzip it and stick a towel between the cover and the mattress to keep from soaking the bed while you work at the stain.
If you’re especially concerned about frequent messes, you might consider a mattress protector to deal with those morning coffee spills or Jr.’s accidents. A mattress protector is convenient because you can just take it off like a sheet and put it through a wash cycle.
We should also note that mattress protectors can sometimes stifle the airflow through your mattress and depending on how thick the protector is, it might change the surface feel of the bed a bit. If you’re still interested in adding a protector to your bed, though, you can find some affordable mattress protectors on Amazon or you can try out the protector that Bear offers on their website, which, naturally, is the one that they suggests you use.
In terms of how the Bear Hybrid compares to other beds in the industry, it’s priced at a fairly middle-ground level. This isn’t a cheap mattress, but we wouldn’t call it particularly expensive either, all things considered. You can see a breakdown of the pricing in the table below. These are pre-discount prices.
The Bear Hybrid is just a hands-down comfortable hunk of a mattress. While some hybrid beds feel predominantly like their foam layers, this one feels more like a traditional innerspring with a nice, soft and thick pillow top. That means you’re getting some of that bounce you may be used to, plus cushiony softness on top, without compromising on support.
On our firmness scale, we rate this mattress as a medium. This is the most typical firmness for online mattresses, as it allows the mattress to appeal to the greatest number of people. Casper and GhostBed, for example, are both about medium in terms of overall firmness, although those are entirely foam mattresses.
When it comes to responsiveness, the Bear Hybrid performs very well. It quickly bounces back into shape after being depressed. Responsiveness is an important feature to consider if you don’t like to feel stuck or too settled into your mattress.
If responsiveness is slow, you’ll find it harder to turn over during the night and you may even end up being more restless. But, again, no need to worry about any of that with this mattress.
If you’re sharing a bed, you want to look for a mattress that can make that as easy and comfortable as possible.
Edge support is one of the factors to consider when sharing a bed, especially a smaller one, like a full or twin XL. If the edge support of your mattress is lacking, you’ll get that roll-off feeling when you get too close to the edge of the bed, which significantly reduces the usable sleep space.
In the past, we weren’t all that impressed by the edge support of Bear Hybrid, however, with the recent updates, the bed actually has substantially improved edge support. As such, you can use the entire surface of the bed for sleeping, including the edges.
Motion transfer control is another factor that’s important for couples. Motion transfer refers to the way a mattress sends motion from one side of the bed to the other. For those sharing a bed, you want to have that transfer of motion controlled (or isolated) so that one partner isn’t jostled awake by the other turning over or getting up in the middle of the night.
As you can see in the graphic above, Bear Hybrid does a good job of deadening that cross-bed motion, especially considering that this is a coil mattress.
Overall, when it comes to couples, this mattress is going to be a great option. If you think about the feel, firmness level, edge support, and motion isolation, it has a lot of the components that you want in a bed for two individuals.
Yes, this mattress will work for back and stomach sleepers. Even though it isn’t a particularly firm bed, the coils still offer plenty of support for keeping the spine in proper alignment. And that’s the main concern when you’re sleeping on your back or stomach—you need support around your hips and trunk so that you don’t wake up sore from too much sinkage in those areas.
A lot of this depends on your body weight, but for the average person, they should have no problem sleeping on their back or stomach on Bear Hybrid. And, since the bed now has the taller coils, we think most individuals will be fine sleeping on their back or stomach. Of course, if you want a firm bed, Bear Hybrid isn’t the one, but for a bed that sits between soft and firm, it does a nice job of providing plenty of support.
Bear Hybrid is also good for side and combo sleepers as well. Because it isn’t overly firm and it has the softer, pillow top feel on top of the coils, it offers an appropriate amount of pressure relief.
Pressure relief is needed to compensate the protrusions of your shoulder and hip while sleeping on your side. Again, the idea is to keep your spine in alignment.
The majority of the pressure relief for this bed comes from the gel memory foam layer. The Comfort Foam layer below the gel memory foam is soft as well, but is a lot more responsive.
How much you weigh does affect the way you experience a mattress. The heavier you are, the softer a mattress will feel, and vice versa. We think the Bear Hybrid will be comfortable for all body types, as long as it suits your comfort and sleeping preferences.
To be frank, it’s not the best in terms of keeping cool at night, though we’ve sort of changed our mind on this bed a little. We’d call it temperature-neutral as opposed to warm. It’s not a proper cooling bed, but it’s not like sleeping on legacy memory foam bed.
All this is to say that temperature regulation relies on a number of factors. It’s not just about the materials in a bed. Other factors like the firmness profile of a mattress and room temperature are important as well. The firmer the mattress, the cooler it will be in general since you sleep more on top of the mattress.
There’s a lot to consider with a new mattress, but if you know you want a responsive, durable, comfy mattress, Bear Hybrid should be on your short list of beds to try out. It’s about medium in terms of overall firmness and will work for all sleeper types, including combination sleepers. All in all, this is a really nice mattress at an affordable price point, especially considering it comes with a 100-night trial period and completely free returns. We have no shortage of positive things to say about this bed.
We’ve noticed that some people are confused on what the difference is between the original Bear Mattress and Bear Hybrid. Let’s take a quick second to go over that.
Design — Bear Mattress is an all-foam bed, meaning it does not have coils. Bear Hybrid takes some of the concepts of the original Bear Mattress (gel memory foam, Celliant cover, etc.) and adds in the 8″ pocketed coils and quilted cover. There are plenty of externalities that come from having a coil bed as well. For example, Bear Hybrid ends up being more bouncy and responsive, not to mention it has better edge support.
Sleepers — Because Bear Hybrid has coils, it is the better option for heavier individuals. We typically don’t recommend individuals in the 230-250 lb range (or more) purchase an all-foam bed. We will most of the time steer you to a coil bed such as Bear Hybrid.
Price — Bear Hybrid is more expensive than Bear Mattress, by a few hundred dollars. If you’re on a strict budget, you will likely get Bear Mattress, though, Bear Hybrid also has a fairly moderate price point, considering it’s made in the USA and has coils.
Smaller Items — Given that Bear Hybrid is thicker and has coils, it is also heavier, more difficult to move and make in the morning, and will most likely last longer.
Yes, the review is technically over, but I’m a big “caveat” guy so here’s more that you should think about when looking at the Bear Hybrid mattress.
Celliant Cover — It could be purely a mental thing, but we are inclined to believe there is indeed something special about the cover. We just tend to get consistently good sleep on Bear mattresses, and we think part of that could be due to the Celliant cover.
Accommodating Feel — This is the type of mattress that gets the majority of the population to say “Yeah, I could sleep on this.” It might not satisfy everything they want in a bed, but it’s hard to point to anything negative about the mattress. It’s comfortable, neutral, supportive, and non-alienating. I would go as far as to say probably 70% of people will be just fine on the Bear Hybrid mattress.
8″ Coils — We love the support, durability, and bounce that comes with the pocketed coils. And, we were surprised to see that the bed still does a great job of deadening motion. While we generally aren’t thrilled with recommending a coil bed to light sleepers, Bear Hybrid isn’t a bad option.
20-Year Warranty — We’ve said this in a few other reviews, but there’s no more confident move than to say “We warranty our bed for 20 years of use.” Most brands—including giants like TempurPedic and Beautyrest—only back their beds with a 10-year warranty. Needless to say, we really like that Bear doubles what it standard in the mattress industry.
How did the Slumber Yard get Bear Hybrid?
|We were sent this mattress from Bear so that we could create this review. We did not accept any monetary compensation from Bear or any other brand in exchange for making this review. Our team reviews products independently.|
I read the return details - Why do I have to try the bed for at least 30 days?
|Different bodies need different adjustment periods. Bear wants to be sure you take enough time to adjust to your new sleep surface and they think 30 days is enough time. Basically, they don't want you to buy they're mattress, try it for a couple nights, not sleep well, and call them up to make a return before giving your body a chance to get used to the new bed.|
Do I need to flip the Bear Hybrid?
|No, you don't have to flip this mattress. The layers are constructed to be one-sided, so flipping wouldn't make sense. Plus, it's already a thick mattress, which helps with durability. However, Bear says you can rotate the mattress every six months to keep it in tip-top shape even longer, though the rotating isn't totally necessary.|
How do I return the mattress if I don't like it?
|Returns are a simple process. First of all, if you're looking at the box the mattress arrived in and thinking there's no way you're getting it back in there - you're absolutely right. There's no need to try to pack the bed in anything. Just call up the company and they'll make arrangements to have the mattress picked up. They'll also issue you a full refund.|
What does the company do with a mattress if I return it?
|If you decide to return your bed, the company will most likely arrange for a charity to pick up the mattress. Bear tries to donate the lightly used beds whenever possible in order avoid the waste of sending them to a landfill.|