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), the company gives you 100 nights to test out the bed. 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..
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||$990|
Lucky for you, we also have a coupon code on this page to make the mattress a bit cheaper. You can always also check BearMattress.com 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 support foam on the bottom. This acts as the base for the bed. In the middle is a layer of response foam, which sort of 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.
Wrapping these foam layers is a Celliant woven cover. For those who don’t know, Celliant is a 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.
The Bear mattress has a soft memory foam feel, which isn’t a huge shock considering its top layer. It’s very soft and comfortable. However, we will say, unlike a lot of memory foam beds, you don’t get that traditional stuck-in-the-mud feeling with Bear, which is nice. The bed is actually fairly responsive. This means you won’t have any issues switching between sleeping positions throughout the night.
As we mentioned, Bear made some slight tweaks to the mattress in 2018. Past versions were on the firmer side of the spectrum. In fact, it was so firm and provided so much support, the Bear bed-in-a-box has even made our list for the Best Mattresses For Back Sleepers in past years. However, it’s much softer and more accommodating this go-around. We’d put the new model around a medium-soft on the firmness scale.
As a result, we had to take it off the back sleepers list, but now we’re seriously considering putting it on the list for Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers. And 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.
In short, yes it is. The new version of the bed is very soft and provides a ton of pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. The memory foam top layer does a good job of contouring around your pressure points.
In fact, we’d go so far as to say this bed is ideal for strict side sleepers over ever other sleep style. If you’re under 225 lb and you favor your side heavily when sleeping at night there’s a good chance that you’ll like the Bear mattress.
Yes, but with a few restrictions. We think it’s fine for sleeping on your back or stomach, as long as that’s not your primary sleeping position.
If you spend more than 75% of your time on your back or stomach, you’re probably better off going with a mattress that provides a little more support and is firmer. But if you just sparingly rotate between these positions, the mattress will be just fine and provide enough support. Let’s put it this way, it’s not the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Yes, this mattress will work just fine for most combo sleepers. Like we’ve said, it provides a good amount of pressure relief for side sleepers and just enough support for sleeping on your back or stomach, as long as you don’t spend too much time in those last two positions.
Yes, petite and medium sized people will find the Bear mattress soft, comfortable, and supportive.
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. But on top of that, you throw in how soft the bed is and 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.
Let’s start with motion transfer. Couples who share a bed will want a mattress that limits motion very 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 extremely well in this department. It easily passed our motion transfer test. The mattress does a very 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. Unfortunately, we found that the edge support with the Bear mattress isn’t that great. There’s definitely better options out there. As you approach the edge, you’ll notice quite a bit of compression and you get a little bit of that roll-off sensation.
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.
We like the Bear Mattress a lot. Our team member Jeff actually slept on the Bear Hybrid model for awhile. But ultimately, we see the flagship Bear Mattress being best for side 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.
How Does The Trial Period 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 Bear Mattress?
|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 The Mattress?
|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.|
Should You Let The Bear Mattress Decompress After Opening?
|Yes, it might take the mattress 24 hours to fully inflate.|
What Bed Frame Should You Use?
|You can use the Bear mattress on any flat, hard surface (i.e. platforms, adjustable bases, or the floor).|