When it comes to online mattresses, often people are too fixated on the actual bed, which we totally understand. That is the most important thing after-all. However, the company’s policies (shipping, returns, trial period, and warranty) are also quite important. The standard for the bed in a box industry is free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial, and a 10-year warranty. This is what you’ll get from most online mattress companies, Bear included.
So what does that mean? Well, the Bear mattress will arrive at your doorstep rolled-up and compressed in a box. Once you unroll it and get it all set up (shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes), you’ll want to wait a day or two so your new mattress can fully decompress and off-gas.
The company gives you 100 nights to test out the bed, so you don’t have to fully commit to your mattress until that time period is over. If, for any reason, you decide the mattress isn’t right for you during that period, just give the company a call and they will send someone to your home to pick up the mattress and issue you a full refund (usually within 8-10 days).
The mattress is also backed with a 10-year warranty to cover defects, manufacturing flaws, etc.
This review will focus on Bear’s foam mattresses and we have a second review for their coil bed. Nonetheless, here’s a quick overview of the different models offered by Bear the brand. Just click the link to go to the labeled review. You can also learn more about the beds on BearMattress.com.
In this section we take a good hard look at the updated, flagship Bear Mattress. We will discuss everything from design and pricing to sleeping positions and temperature regulation. Here’s our video review of Bear Mattress:
The Bear mattress is not a budget bed by any means, but it’s also not as expensive as the typical bed-in-a-box. It’s priced pretty affordably, all things considered. Here, see for yourself:
|King / Cal King||$900|
Lucky for you, that’s just the retail price. We have a coupon code on this page to make the mattress a bit cheaper. You can always also check Bear’s website for current offers and promotions.
The Bear mattress is an all-foam bed that totals 10″ thick. As you can see in the graphic below, it starts with a thick layer of dense support foam on the bottom. This acts as the base for the bed. In the middle is a layer of response foam. It’s a little softer and acts as the transition between the support foam and the top layer. And speaking of the top layer, it’s comprised of graphite-gel memory foam. This layer provides pressure relief and contouring support for the sleeper. It’s also supposed to regulate temperature better than traditional memory foam, which has a reputation to retain body heat.
Wrapping these foam layers is a Celliant woven cover. For those who don’t know, Celliant is an FDA recognized wellness material that is clinically proven to promote increased blood flow, among other things. In Bear’s words, though, they state that Celliant “redirects the body’s natural energy as infrared light, which results in faster recovery and increased energy and performance.” As such, the company likes to market this mattress to athletes and people with active lifestyles.
We don’t have any hard data on this ourselves to either validate or invalidate what Bear claims Celliant can do. We just think if you don’t have to pay more for it, why not have it there. We see the Celliant cover as a nice perk, especially for athletes and anyone that works out regularly. But it probably shouldn’t be the one and only reason why you buy this mattress. There’s plenty more info about Celliant on Bear’s website.
The Bear mattress has a decently firm memory foam feel, which isn’t a huge shock considering its top layer. However, we will say, unlike a lot of memory foam beds, you don’t get that overwhelming stuck-in-the-mud feeling with Bear, which is nice. You will get resistance when you go to rotate sleeping positions because it contours to the shape of your body, but nothing even close to what you’ve experienced with legacy memory foam beds.
As we mentioned, Bear made some slight tweaks to the mattress in 2019. Past versions were on the soft side of the spectrum. However, it’s a bit firmer and more accommodating this go-around. We’d put the new model around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale.
We place it between Lull and Nectar in terms of overall feel. But just as a reminder, firmness is somewhat subjective, which is why we show it on a spectrum. The heavier you are, the softer a mattress will appear and vice versa.
The answer here is maybe. For petite individuals, Bear isn’t great for side sleeping because it might feel a little firm, but know it’ll get softer over time. For anyone that weighs close to 200 lb, we think you’ll be fine on Bear, so long as you know it’s rated towards the firm side. The memory foam top layer does a good job of contouring around your pressure points.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that its firmness level will change with use. It might sit between a medium and medium-firm now, but it will soften over time. It won’t become super soft, but it will be more forgiving after a month or so.
Yes, absolutely. We think it’s ideal for sleeping on your back or stomach. It’s one of those beds that you sleep on top of versus in, if that makes any sense. Think about it this way, when you’re on your back or stomach, you want something on the firmer side so your spine doesn’t sag into the mattress. Otherwise, you might wake up with a back ache. So we certainly don’t think back or stomach sleepers will have this issue with Bear.
It reminds us a little of Yogabed in that from the outset it’s best for back and stomach sleepers, but eventually it should soften to accommodate plenty of side sleepers as well.
Bear should also work just fine for most combo sleepers. Like we’ve said, it provides some pressure relief for side sleepers and plenty of support for sleeping on your back or stomach. Combo sleepers should remember, however, that memory foam can be a little difficult to switch positions on. Like we said earlier, Bear isn’t as bad as other memory foam mattress, but you’ll still experience a little opposition if you try to switch from your back to your stomach.
It’s not the best option for plus size people (250 lb+). It’s a 10″ all-foam bed and, generally, beds with coils will be better for heavier folks since coils provide bi-directional support (i.e. they compress, but also push back) and are just more durable and supportive than foam— so we just can’t recommend it for heavier folks. These types of sleepers sink into the mattress more and we worry about the long-term support, especially if you’re a back or stomach sleeper.
Bear’s coil mattress is extra support and highly comfortable. It won’t really feel like the standard all-foam bed since it has the quilted cover, but we actually think it’s a nicer mattress—and the price point isn’t outlandish either with the coil Bear Mattress.
Let’s start with motion transfer. Couples who share a bed will want a mattress that limits motion pretty well. In short, one person shouldn’t be bothered by the other person’s movements. If the mattress allows for too much cross-bed motion, someone’s likely to be jostled awake. We’re glad to report, though, that the Bear mattress performs fairly well in this department. The mattress does a good job of deadening any movement.
Next up is edge support, which is especially important for partners who share a smaller size mattress. It’s common for one person to roll over in the middle of the night and hog the center of the bed, pushing the other person towards the edge. In this instance, it’s important that the perimeter of the bed is still supportive and doesn’t make the displaced partner feel like they’re about to fall off the side of the mattress.
Given that Bear has an updated, firmer design, it actually performs much better in the edge support department. Previously, it wasn’t so good, but now it’s on par with (if not better than) the rest of the all-foam beds out there.
Typically, we rate beds as either cool, neutral, or warm. With that said, we’d rate the Bear mattress as just temperature neutral. We know they use cooling graphite gel in their memory foam and the Celliant cover is supposed to help as well, but we just didn’t feel like it actively kept us cool. However, we don’t feel like it will heat up either (small and average size people).
If you’re a heavy individual though, you may find that it tends to warm up due to the fact you’ll sink in more and the mattress will contour and sort of hug around you, so keep that mind.
If you ask us, we like the Bear Mattress a lot. Our team member Jeff actually slept on the coil Bear Mattress model for awhile. But ultimately, we see the flagship Bear Mattress being best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers that really like the feel of memory foam. It’s also a great choice for athletes, runners, and weightlifters, due to that Celliant technology woven inside the bed’s cover.
You can think of Bear Pro as the premium version of the flagship Bear Mattress. In fact, Bear has consistently cut prices of their flagship model to where it competes with a lot of budget-tier memory foam beds. As such, it makes sense that they would offer a premium foam bed, a bit like what Casper did with the Casper Wave mattress. In this section we pick apart Bear Pro to see if it’s the right mattress for you.
Design Of Bear Pro — The mattress has the same general design of the flagship model, however, Bear Pro is 12″ thick and adds another comfort foam. You can see the full design on Bear’s website, but the gist of what you need to know is the bed has a support core, transition layer, responsive memory foam layer, and a copper-infused comfort layer on top. Here’s a look inside the mattress.
The bed still also has Bear’s famous Celliant cover, which we are big fans of. If you missed the section above about Celliant, the short story is that it can help with everything from circulation to restful sleep. Sounds too good to be true, I know, but we think there’s actually something to it.
Pricing — Bear Pro is priced above the original bed, but below their coil mattress. We actually don’t hate the price point. In fact, we think the bed is priced reasonably considering how comfortable the mattress is. The MSRP of the queen size bed is around $1,100 before any discounts, though, Bear is known to run promotions from time to time. You can check Bear’s website for any deals on Bear Pro right now.
What Bear Pro Feels Like — While the original Bear Mattress has a memory foam feel, Bear Pro feels like a neutral foam bed that’s incredibly comfortable. The memory foam is plenty pressure alleviating, but also responds back quickly. It’s actually the best of both worlds. And the copper-infused foam on top (red foam) is a fluffy, airy foam that’s somewhat addicting to lay on.
Firmness Rating — We would place Bear Pro at a similar firmness rating to the original bed (i.e. between a medium and medium-firm). That said, it offers so much pressure relief that we think it will absolutely work for all sleeping positions.
Suitable Body Types — Despite the fact that this is a 12″ bed, we still contend that heavier folks will want to try Bear’s coil bed first. That’s not to say that Bear Pro will not be durable—in fact, we think quite the opposite—but in general people over 250 lbs are better suited, long term, on a coil mattress. Put differently, Bear’s foam mattresses (including Bear Pro) are designed for individuals weighing under about 230 lbs, give or take.
Temperature Discussion — We don’t have any concerns regarding temperature with Bear Pro. And we say that for two reasons. First, it’s a firmer bed and firmer beds generally are efficient at regulating your sleeping temperature. Second, Bear uses an open cell foam on top and gel memory foam, both of which are in part supposed to help dissipate heat.
Couples — We see this as a fantastic mattress for couples. For starters, it has a very agreeable firmness level and overall feel. On top of that, the edge support is better than your typical all-foam bed, and it’s good at deadening movement. Bear doesn’t offer split models like Helix, but we think this is the type of mattress that couples can find common ground on.
Final Thoughts On Bear Pro — What’s not to like? Sure, it’s just over a $1,000 for a queen, but we think this is just a solid mattress. It reminds us a bit of Casper, only a tinge firmer. We have no shortage of positive remarks for Bear Pro. It very well could be the nicest bed that the company makes.
How did SY get the Bear Mattress?
|We were sent all of the Bear Mattresses for free by the brand so that we could evaluate them and discuss our honest take.|
How does the trial window work?
|Bear requires that you test the bed for at least 30 nights. They say this is the right amount of time for you to adjust to the mattress and truly decide whether it's right for you. If, after 30 days, you still don't like the mattress, just give the company a ring and they will initiate the return process.|
How do you clean the bed?
|The company recommends that you do not machine wash the cover. Instead, they recommend you just use a mild detergent and water to spot clean the mattress.|
Do you need to flip or rotate Bear?
|You should not flip the mattress. It is a one-sided bed. However, you may want to rotate the bed 180° every six months or so.|
How long does it take for the bed to decompress?
|Yes, it might take the mattress 48 hours to fully inflate. This is typical. Most memory foam beds take a day or two to expand entirely.|
What bed frame should I pair with the mattress?
|You can use the Bear mattress on any flat, hard surface (i.e. platforms, adjustable bases, or the floor).|
What products does Bear sell?
|As of mid-2019, Bear also offered the following products: Bear with coils, Bear Pro, Bear Adjustable Base, Bear Pillow, sheets, a mattress protector, foundation, and bed frame.|
Is Bear available at any stores?
|Like the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses, Bear is mostly (if not exclusively) available online. They've done some trial tests with Macy's, but we haven't seen them roll out a nation-wide retail campaign. For now, you'll be shopping on Bear's website.|