Bear is an online mattress company that sells mattresses as well as bed bases and mattress accessories. Bear mattress offerings include the Bear Mattress, Bear Pro, and Bear Hybrid. Both the Bear and Bear Pro are all-foam beds, and the Bear Hybrid is a hybrid mattress.
This review focuses on the Bear Hybrid. Of the three Bear Mattresses, the Hybrid is the thickest with a 14-inch profile. It rates medium firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The Bear Hybrid has a springier feel compared to the Bear and Bear Pro, which are more contouring.
All Bear mattresses are covered with a unique fabric called Celliant. This fabric incorporates infrared technology, so it's reactive to the body's energy. Bear claims Celliant fabric helps people sleep better and promotes faster recovery in athletes.
In this review, we examine the construction and performance of the Bear Hybrid Mattress.
Bear Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Bear Hybrid||Bear Mattress||Bear Pro|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Firm (7)||Medium Firm (6)|
Bear Hybrid Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Bear Hybrid features foam layers atop a pocketed coil and polyfoam support core. Celliant cover fabric and airflow through the coil layer helps keep sleepers cool.
As a medium firm mattress, Bear Hybrid Mattress rates positively among sleepers of nearly all body weights and sleep position preferences. Only stomach sleepers weighing over 230 pounds might feel unsupported and want to opt for something firmer.
The Bear Hybrid works well for sleepers who like a responsive bed. It doesn't have the highly conforming feel associated with memory foam. Sleepers who want to feel "hugged" by their mattress should choose another bed.
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How Much Is the Bear Hybrid Mattress?
The Bear Hybrid's price is average for a high-quality hybrid mattress. The Bear Hybrid costs more than the Bear and Bear Pro Mattresses, which are both all-foam beds. Generally, hybrid beds cost more than all-foam because the cost of pocketed coils tends to exceed the cost of foam.
Also, the Bear Hybrid measures 14 inches thick, which is above average. Part of its cost can be attributed to the additional materials required to construct a mattress with such a high profile.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 14”||65 lbs||$1,095|
|Twin XL||39” x 79” x 14”||72 lbs||$1,295|
|Full||54” x 74” x 14”||85 lbs||$1,495|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 14”||90 lbs||$1,695|
|King||76” x 80” x 14”||128 lbs||$1,995|
|California King||72” x 84” x 14”||128 lbs||$1,995|
How Does the Bear Hybrid Mattress Feel?
The Bear Hybrid is a medium firm mattress that feels both soft and springy. It rates 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale and provides adequate support to nearly all sleepers. Only stomach sleepers weighing over 230 pounds are likely to require a firmer bed.
The Bear Hybrid Mattress relieves pressure thanks to its substantial foam comfort layers. It contains five layers in total: two comfort layers, one transition layer, and two support layers. The transition layer ensures heavier parts of the body don't sink all the way down to the support core.
Overall, the Bear Hybrid has a responsive feel. Although there is some softness to it, this mattress doesn't "hug" the body the way many memory foam mattresses do.
What Is the Bear Hybrid Made Of?
Since it's a hybrid bed, the Bear Hybrid Mattress contains both pocketed coil and foam layers. The mattress is made up of five layers, which combine to create its 14-inch profile. Fourteen inches is just above average, so the mattress might require deep-pocket sheets.
The covers of all Bear Mattresses feature Celliant fabric technology. Celliant is the name brand for a material that incorporates infrared technology, which transforms body heat and energy into infrared rays and then reflects them back. Bear claims this technology promotes cooling, enhances sleep, and helps the body recover faster.
The Bear Hybrid features two comfort layers made of polyfoam and each measures two inches in thickness. The uppermost polyfoam layer is gel-infused to promote cooling. These layers add softness and a bit of contouring to the feel of the bed, but they do not conform to the body like memory foam does.
One inch of polyfoam acts as a transition layer in the mattress. A transition layer has a firmness that falls between that of the support and comfort layers. It provides pressure relief by allowing the heavier parts of the body to be properly supported without sinking down to the support core.
The Bear Hybrid support core consists of eight inches of pocketed coils atop one inch of high-density polyfoam. The pocketed coils add firmness and structure to the bed while allowing for cooling airflow.
Does the Bear Hybrid Isolate Motion?
The Bear Hybrid Mattress isolates motion fairly well. Because it is a springier hybrid bed, however, it doesn't isolate motion as well as ultra conforming memory foam beds do.
The coils making up the support core of the Bear Hybrid are individually encased, which helps with motion isolation because each coil can be depressed individually. In contrast, innerspring coils are interconnected, so pressing one automatically causes those around it to move as well.
Motion isolation is most important to sleepers who share a bed with a partner, children, or pets. When motion isn't isolated well, movement on one part of the bed can transfer across the mattress's surface. This motion transfer could disturb or wake up sensitive sleepers.
Does the Bear Hybrid Sleep Cool?
The Bear Hybrid Mattress excels at maintaining a neutral temperature throughout the night. It's a good mattress choice for people who tend to sleep hot. Generally, hybrid beds sleep cooler than all-foam beds because their coil support layer allows for more cooling airflow than foam.
Bear also took additional steps to make the Bear Hybrid more cooling. Its uppermost polyfoam comfort layer is infused with a cooling gel, for example. Also, its cover features Celliant infrared technology, which transforms body heat and potentially adds to a mattress's cooling ability.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
The Bear Hybrid Mattress shouldn't sag along the edges for most people. Like most hybrid beds, it rates positively in terms of edge support. The eight-inch pocketed coil support layer provides structure that helps keep the edges firm.
Also, the firmness level of the Bear Hybrid helps promote edge support. The bed rates medium firm, or 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Firmer beds tend to have stronger edge support.
Edge support is important because it impacts how much of the bed's surface is usable. When edges are prone to folding and buckling under weight, sleepers cannot comfortably sleep near them.
Is It Good for Sex?
The Bear Hybrid Mattress is good for sex because it is a responsive mattress with good edge support. Generally, responsive beds are better for sex than highly conforming beds because they tend to promote movement rather than inhibit it.
As a springy mattress, the Bear Hybrid has a "bounce" in response to movement. This responsiveness comes from its pocketed coils and the nature of its polyfoam comfort layers. In contrast, memory foam beds that "hug" the body can make movement difficult because their surfaces take longer to bounce back after weight has been put on them.
The Bear Hybrid Mattress also has good edge support, which can allow for full use of the surface of the bed.
What About Off-gassing?
The Bear Hybrid Mattress doesn't off-gas as much as the average mattress. Since it's a hybrid bed, it contains an eight-inch pocketed coil layer. Coils tend to off-gas less than foam layers. Also, the coil layer allows for airflow that will help air out off-gassing from the foam layers.
Off-gassing is what occurs when a newly manufactured item emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are invisible to the naked eye, but come with an odor that usually smells chemical in nature.
Most people won't be bothered by the odor off-gassed from the Bear Hybrid. Those who are highly sensitive to smells might want to avoid the bed the first day it's opened, while the off-gassed odor is dissipating.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Bear Hybrid Mattress Best For?
Almost all sleepers, regardless of body weight and sleep position preference, find comfort sleeping on the Bear Hybrid Mattress. Sleepers of some position preferences like the mattress more than others, however.
Each type of sleeper should take their specific situation into consideration when deciding if the Bear Hybrid is the mattress for them. In this section, we break down how the mattress performs across sleepers according to position preference.
Side Sleepers: Side sleepers weighing over 130 pounds rate the Bear Hybrid as "excellent." Its medium firm firmness level and transition layer promote spinal alignment in this group. Side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds who like firmer mattresses might be happy with the Bear Hybrid, but may prefer a softer bed.
Combination Sleepers: Combination sleepers find it easy to move around and change positions throughout the night while sleeping on the Bear Hybrid Mattress. This bed has a responsive, springy feel, so it doesn't inhibit movement like some all-foam beds that "hug" the body. Stomach sleepers generally feel supported on this bed, although those weighing over 230 pounds might require a firmer mattress.
Back Sleepers: The Bear Hybrid rates highly with back sleepers of all weights, but especially those weighing less than 230 pounds. Its medium firm firmness level provides adequate lumbar support to back sleepers. Also, the bed's transition layer helps relieve pressure and prevent discomfort.
Stomach Sleepers: While the Bear hybrid should fair well for stomach sleepers under 130 pounds, it may be too soft for everyone else, stomach sleepers generally require a firm, non-conforming sleep surface.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Bear Hybrid Mattress' Performance?
The firmness level of the Bear Hybrid Mattress provides adequate support for sleepers of nearly all body weights. The mattress has a medium firm firmness level that measures 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Only stomach sleepers weighing over 230 pounds are likely to require a firmer bed or feel unsupported.
Heavier sleepers require firmer beds than lighter sleepers, which is why the Bear Hybrid rates highly with most sleepers weighing over 230 pounds. In this group, both back and side sleepers rate the bed as "excellent." It provides adequate lumbar support to back sleepers and promotes spinal alignment in side sleepers in this weight group.
The Bear Hybrid Mattress rates positively with all sleepers weighing under 230 pounds. In those weighing less than 130 pounds, both back and stomach sleepers rate the bed as "excellent." The firmness of the mattress provides adequate support to sleepers in these groups.
Is the Bear Hybrid Mattress Good for Couples?
Couples that prefer a responsive mattress tend to enjoy the Bear Hybrid. It's a good choice for couples for a variety of reasons.
Movement on the bed is easy, so it rates highly for sex. Also, ease of movement means that sleepers will not need to try as hard to get out of bed or into a new sleeping position, so they won't disturb sleeping partners as much as they might on a bed where movement is difficult.
The Bear Hybrid isolates motion fairly well, so sleepers' movements during the night shouldn't disturb their sleeping partners. All-foam beds transfer even less motion than hybrids, however, so sleepers who are highly sensitive to movement might prefer an all-foam bed.
Bear's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||Bear sells the Bear Hybrid and other mattresses online, direct-to-consumer. They have a showroom in New Jersey where customers may see mattresses in person. They also partner with a few brick and mortar stores located in New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C.
Bear ships mattresses for free to the contiguous U.S. They also ship to Alaska and Hawaii for a $100 shipping fee. They do not ship internationally, to Puerto Rico, or to U.S. military APO addresses.
|Shipping||Bear uses FedEx for shipping. They ship their mattresses to the contiguous U.S. free of charge. For a $100 shipping fee, they also ship to Alaska and Hawaii. Bear does not ship internationally, to Puerto Rico, or to U.S. military APO addresses.
Orders generally arrive within 2 to 7 days of being placed. Mattresses are rolled and packed into a box prior to being shipped. Generally, the box measures 40"x20"x20".
The FedEx mattress deliveries do not require a signature to be delivered. Customers may create a FedEx account online to make changes to their delivery date.
|Additional Services||White glove delivery is available for a $100 fee. With white glove delivery, someone will deliver your Bear mattress at a specified time and set it up for you in your home. They will then remove any packaging.
For an additional fee of $50, customers may opt to have an old mattress removed when their new Bear Mattress is delivered. Old mattress removal is limited to one mattress per order and only available with white glove delivery.
|Sleep Trial||Bear Mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial. The first night begins the date the mattress is delivered. Bear requires customers to try the mattress for at least 30 nights before determining if they'd like to return or exchange it.
After 30 and before 100 nights, customers may return or exchange the mattress at no charge. When a customer wants to return a mattress, Bear arranges to have the mattress picked up and donated to a local charity.
|Warranty||Different Bear Mattresses come with warranties of different lengths of time. The Bear Hybrid Mattress comes with a 20-year warranty.
The warranty operates differently during the first 10 years after purchase than during the 11th through 20th years. During the first 10 years, Bear will replace or repair the mattress due to defects at no cost with the exception of shipping costs, if applicable.
In years 11 to 20, the customer must pay a prorated amount of the mattress price to have the mattress replaced. In year 11, that amount is 50%. It then increases by 5% each year.