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Bear Pillow Review

Bear Pillow Review

Complete review of the Bear Mattress Pillow.

Last Updated: September 17, 2020

Bear is just one of many online mattress companies that also makes pillows. In this post, we're taking a look at the Bear Pillow, which incorporates a Double Ice fabric cover so that it's cool to the touch. We'll go over our likes and dislikes, who we think will be a fan of the Bear Pillow, and who should probably check out some other options.

Who Is This Best For?

Back, side, and combo sleepers

Fluffy pillow lovers

Hot sleepers

Anyone that wants a durable pillow

Who Won’t Love It?

Anyone on a budget that will balk at $100 for a pillow

Petite stomach sleepers (the Bear Mattress Pillow will just have too much loft)

People that like traditional down or feather pillows

Bear Pillow Review Overview

Honest Bear Pillow Review Video

When it comes to sleeping your mattress is the most important, but a close second for comfort and healthy sleep is your pillow. We know a lot about mattresses and sleeping, and we’ve tested a lot of pillows over the years. For example you can check out our best of lists:

You will find the Bear Pillow in those lists too, because it’s an awesome pillow.

Bear Pillow Price and Coupon Code

The Bear Pillow is priced fairly high by regular pillow standards.

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Queen$95
King$115

That probably sounds outlandish if you’re used to buying your pillows at Target. But that price is actually very comparable to other high-end pillows like the Layla Pillow, and is even quite a bit more affordable than something like the Leesa Hybrid Pillow.

Does Bear Offer Promo Codes?

As for a coupon code, we haven’t seen anything on the pillow specifically, however, Bear does run promotions and bundles from time to time. For example, during certain major holidays we’ve seen them offer a larger discount if you purchase a mattress and a pillow. It all just depends on the time of year and what promotions Bear is current running.

Sizes, Dimensions & Weight

The Bear pillow comes in two sizes:

  • Queen  which is 27″ x 15″ x 5″, weighing 5 lbs.
  • King which is 35” x 15” x 5″, weighing 7 lbs.

While that may sound heavy for a pillow, it’s pretty on par with the Sealy Chill Pillow at 6lb, and actually a ways less than the 10.2lb Purple Pillow.

bear mattress pillow review king and queen options
Bear Pillow comes in a queen and king (photo courtesy of bearmattress.com)

Materials & Construction Of The Bear Pillow

Bear uses just one material for the insides of their pillow. It’s a LOFT-X hybrid foam, which has the support of memory foam as well as the bounce of latex foam. Here’s a look at just how responsive the LOFT-X foam is.

The LOFT-X material is also aerated. Unfortunately, the loft of the pillow is not adjustable. It’s a 5″ loft that compresses down to about 3.5″, but you don’t have any options for removing material to make it smaller.

Despite it being non-adjustable, the Bear pillow does have a removable cover. This bear pillowcase is made with “double ice fabric” (cooling yarn and polyester) and has mesh on two ends for ventilation.

bear pillow review side view with ventilated mesh
Side view of the Bear Pillow (photo courtesy of bearmattress.com)

Bear Pillow’s Feel & Firmness

The Bear pillow has a soft and cool feel. It’s a durable pillow, but that doesn’t mean it’s dense. It actually has plenty of fluffiness. So if you’re looking for that sink-in memory foam feel, this is not the pillow for you. But if you like a pillow that has good responsiveness and a bouncy, fluffy feel, the Bear is a good option.

Although, as we said, it does have a cool feel, there’s no cooling gel pad or anything, so it doesn’t get overly cold and we like that.

Bear Pillow Loft & Sleeper Type

A pillow’s comfiness is based on two things—what you prefer in terms of feel and what position you generally sleep in. For example, if you sleep on your side or back, you’ll want a pillow with more loft in order to keep proper alignment, but if you sleep on your stomach, you need something thinner that doesn’t kink your neck.

This pillow, for example, is going to be a better fit for average size and larger people. If you’re rather petite, we don’t think the Bear pillow is the right option for you. It’s just not the right loft height/feel combination for a shorter neck.

Side & Back Sleepers

We think the Bear pillow is going to be better suited for back and side sleepers than for stomach sleepers.

bear mattress pillow review side sleepers
Side sleepers should be A-OK

Pro Tip (No, really, we asked a professional): If you sleep on your side, you want to be able to follow a straight line from your nose down your spine. You don’t want your head too high or low—it needs to be in a neutral position.

For back sleepers, you should make sure that you’re not being pushed forward by the pillow. In order to maintain the “C” curvature in your neck, you should sleep with your head facing mostly upwards.

Clearly, you need to do what’s more comfortable for you, but in general, that’s what you want to think about as a side or back sleeper.

Combo Sleepers

Like we mentioned before, the Bear pillow’s loft is 5″ uncompressed, and about 3.5″ compressed. We think it will be best for back, side, and combo sleepers. With a loft of that height, you’ll probably experience neck discomfort if you sleep on your stomach. That means combo sleepers can’t spend much time on their stomach if they want the Bear Pillow to be comfortable. Of course, what will be comfortable for you does depend on your body type.

How about for Stomach Sleepers?

This isn’t the best option for stomach sleepers. The loft is just too high to be comfortable in that position.

You’ll more than likely end up with a kink in your neck. If you sleep on your stomach, you should look for a pillow with a lower loft.

Caring for your Bear Pillow

The cover on the Bear, you remember, is removable. And it’s also machine washable, which is a plus in our book. It’s always nice to have the convenient option of just tossing the cover in the wash. I mean, yes, usually you can just wash the pillowcase, but sometimes you need to go a little deeper than that and spot cleaning can be a pain.

Bear Pillow Review Verdict

It’s a little pricey, but there’s a lot to like. It sleeps on the cooler end of the spectrum without being freezing cold. It’s fine for back, side, and combination sleepers. And it comes with a 100 night trial period. The one wrinkle is that it doesn’t come with free returns (unfortunately).

Bear Pillow Shipping, Returns, etc.

Industry standard includes free shipping, a risk-free trial period, and free returns. The Bear pillow comes with most of that. You get free shipping via FedEx and a 100-night trial period. If you want to return the pillow, though, you’ll have to pay return shipping. If you keep it, however, you get a 2-year warranty, which is pretty typical for a high-end pillow.

Other Bear Products

Bear Pillow Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A-
  • Amazon Reviews: Bear Pillows are not for sale on Amazon, you can only get them from the Bear Mattress website.

Bear Company Info

Bear Mattress physical store locations

  • Hoboken, NJ (Official Showroom)
  • Bernardsville, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Austin, TX
  • Tysons Corner, VA

Bear Mattress Contact Information

Find Bear Mattress On Social Media

Comparing Bear Pillow vs GhostPillow

When looking at the Bear Pillow vs GhostPillow the first factor we compared is the price of the two. There’s actually not much difference there, with the queen Bear Pillow $10 more expensive than the GhostPillow. We will also note that we’ve seen GhostPillow sales that will knock another 25% off the cost. In terms of construction, Bear is made exclusively from Loft-X hybrid foam. These pillows have a 5″ loft that compresses to 3.5″. 

The Ghost Pillow, on the other hand, has a 3-layer construction – aerated gel memory foam, a phase-change gel layer for cooling and an inner aerated mesh cover for additional temperature control. The Ghost Pillow has a 6″ loft that compresses to about 4″. Both pillows come with a removable machine-washable outer cover, and both promote cooling. With that said, GhostPillow might be a slightly better option for hot sleepers. 

 Because both pillows also have significant loft they are both best for back and side sleepers, while stomach sleepers should probably look elsewhere.

Comparing Bear Pillow vs Tuft and Needle Pillow

We also began with price when looking at Bear Pillow vs Tuft and Needle Pillow and found that the Bear Pillow is again slightly more expensive. The queen size will cost $20 more for the Bear Pillow, while the King size is just $15 more for the Bear Pillow. Really not a big deal when you consider both these pillows approach the $100 mark for queen size, and exceed it for king size. 

In terms of construction, we have the single layer of 5″ Loft-X hybrid foam in the Bear Pillow. The Tuft and Needle Pillow is constructed of their proprietary T&N adaptive foam and is similar with a 6″ loft. The Bear Pillow is most suitable for back and side sleepers and larger individuals, and so is the Tuft and Needle Pillow.

FAQS

How did the Slumber Yard get the Bear Pillow?

We were sent the pillow by Bear in order to review it. As always, we didn’t accept any money to say good or bad things about it. We review products by ourselves and without the input of other companies.

How do shipping and returns work with the Bear Mattress Pillow?

The pillow is shipped via FedEx (for free) and it will usually take 4-7 business days to show up at your house. In even that you’d like to return it, you have to cover the return shipping charges.

Is the pillow hypoallergenic and anti-microbial?

Yes it is indeed. This means that it will to prevent bacteria, allergens, and dust mites.

What does the pillow feel like?

It has a responsive foam feel. It’s quite comfortable.

What other products does Bear make?

They also have two mattresses, a mattress protector, a mattress foundation, sheets, and a bed frame.

Is this a cooling pillow?

Yes. It is actually cool-to-the-touch.