Founded in 2014, Bear Original is an American company that focuses on designing sleep products for athletes and active people. All of its mattresses feature Celliant fabric, which is said to help promote faster tissue recovery after exercise.
The flagship Bear Original is a 10-inch memory foam mattress with a cooling Celliant cover, graphite-gel infused memory foam, and supportive layers of higher-density polyfoam. In terms of firmness, it’s rated a 7 out of 10, or firm.
Our in-depth Bear mattress review takes a look at the construction and feel of the Bear Original to see how these affect the sleep experience for different body types and sleeping positions. We also include a summary of practical information and company policies to help you decide whether this might be your perfect mattress.
Bear Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Bear Original||Bear Hybrid||Bear Pro|
|Firmness||7 (Firm)||6 (Medium Firm)||6 (Medium Firm)|
Bear Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Bear Original is a well-built memory foam mattress sold at an affordable price-point. The mattress offers contouring pressure relief and sufficient spinal support for most sleepers. Its firm feel is best-suited to back sleepers and people who weigh more than 130 pounds.
While it does a good job of limiting motion transfer when sharing the bed, the Bear also has a moderately responsive surface. This makes it easy to move around on top of the bed, which is conducive to sex and facilitates switching sleep positions.
Graphite-gel infusions and Celliant fabric in the cover improve temperature regulation compared with other foam mattresses. However, like most of its competitors, the Bear Original lacks reinforced edges and may cause feelings of roll-off along the perimeter.
If you’re willing to sacrifice some motion isolation for improved temperature neutrality, edge support, and bounce, you might prefer the slightly more expensive Bear Hybrid.
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How Much Is the Bear Original Mattress?
A queen-size Bear Original comes in at a below-average price compared to similar beds. Bear also sometimes offers discounts and bundled accessories such as pillows, as well as discounts for the military and for first responders.
This is Bear’s most basic mattress and as a result, it’s lacking some of the specialized features of the Bear Hybrid and Bear Pro, such as additional cooling technology. If these are important to you, it might be worth paying the slightly higher price for these more sophisticated models.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 10”||50 lbs.||$595|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 10”||50 lbs.||$695|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||60 lbs.||$895|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||70 lbs.||$995|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs.||$1,195|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs.||$1,195|
How Does the Bear Original Mattress Feel?
The Bear somewhat resembles a traditional memory foam mattress in its contouring, but with a quicker response to pressure. Most sleepers will sink slightly into the mattress, although not as much as with denser foam models.
In terms of firmness, we rate the mattress as a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, or firm. The memory foam cradles the body and helps reduce pressure points, while the transition layer adds some resilience to prevent sleepers from feeling stuck in the bed.
Overall, the Bear Original is best suited to people over 130 pounds as well as most kinds of sleepers, particularly back sleepers. The Bear's firm feel provides supportive pushback, while the memory foam comfort layer helps to cradle pressure points.
What Is the Bear Original Mattress Made Of?
Designed to be breathable, the Bear Original is made with 3 layers of open-cell foams and a Celliant cover. The mattress stands at 10 inches tall in total, which is standard for an all-foam model.
The Bear Original features a cover made with Celliant technology. Meant to speed along muscle recovery in athletes, Celliant converts body heat into infrared energy and reflects it back at the sleeper to improve circulation and tissue oxygenation. The process also helps maintain temperature neutrality and leads to a more restful sleep.
The principal comfort layer of the Bear Original is 2 inches of memory foam infused with graphite-gel. This layer conforms fairly closely to the body to alleviate pressure points. The graphite-gel infusions are designed to pull away body heat, reducing the heat build-up that is typical of regular memory foam.
A 2-inch layer of transitional polyfoam lends the bed some responsiveness and eases the sleeper onto the firmer support foam.
The support core contains 6 inches of high-density polyfoam that help promote spinal alignment by preventing excessive sagging.
Does the Bear Original Mattress Isolate Motion?
The Bear Original does a very good job of preventing motion transfer. Memory foam has high point elasticity, which means it is able to compress and conform in specific areas without transferring this movement across the surface of the mattress.
Furthermore, the all-foam construction of the bed means that there are no components that add excessive bounce. Most sleepers should find they sleep soundly and experience little to no disruption from their partner’s movements, even when getting in and out of bed.
Does the Bear Original Mattress Sleep Cool?
The Bear Original sleeps relatively cool for an all-foam mattress. Memory foam conforms closely and is known for trapping heat. However, the mattress mitigates this by using graphite-gel infusions and open-cell foams to help with temperature regulation. The Celliant cover also goes some way toward drawing heat away from the sleeper.
As it doesn’t hug the body as closely as traditional memory foam, the Bear can be a good choice for people who tend to sleep hot on all-foam mattresses. That said, if sleeping cool is your biggest concern then you may need a mattress with better temperature regulation, such as a hybrid mattress.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
As with many foam mattresses, the Bear does not have reinforced edges. This can lead to significant compression and feelings of instability when sitting on or lying near the edge of the bed, even for individuals who weigh less than 130 pounds.
Edge support is important for people who struggle with getting in and out of bed. A mattress with a weak perimeter also forces sleepers toward the center of the bed, which can make the bed seem smaller. The Bear Original performed less well than other foam mattresses in this category, and may not be the best choice for people who rely on the edges.
Is It Good for Sex?
Most couples should find the Bear Original adequate for sex. Compared with most foam mattresses, this mattress has a more responsive surface that facilitates movement and enables couples to easily switch positions. In turn, the memory foam provides some traction.
The mattress makes no noise when bearing weight. However, the weaker edge support may pose a problem for some couples, especially those who use smaller-size mattresses.
What About Off-gassing?
Most people will notice some off-gassing odors upon unboxing the Bear Original. Off-gassing happens with all foam mattresses as a result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) escaping into the air. The smell is not considered harmful and should disappear within a few days in a well-ventilated room. The Bear Original is made with CertiPUR-US certified foams which are guaranteed to be low in VOCs and free of formaldehyde and other nasty chemicals.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Bear Original Mattress Best for?
The Bear Original offers close conforming and pressure relief and is best suited to side sleepers, as well as back sleepers under 230 pounds. Keep reading for more detail about how the mattress performs for each type of sleeper.
- Side Sleepers: Side sleepers need a mattress that cushions the hips and shoulders. Ideally, the mattress should conform to the shape of the body to promote proper spinal alignment while reducing pressure points. The firm feel of the Bear Original and memory foam contouring are great for side sleepers who weigh more than 130 pounds. While the mattress also cushions pressure points in sleepers under 130 pounds, it may be too firm for some, pushing too hard against sensitive pressure points.
- Combination Sleepers: The Bear Original has a slightly responsive feel that facilitates movement. The mattress also performs well for most sleep positions, making this a suitable choice for most combination sleepers.
- Back Sleepers: Back sleepers are usually most comfortable on a medium firm mattress that provides a balance of lumbar support and pressure relief. The Bear Original is on the firm side, meaning it should adequately support back sleepers of all sizes, but it may be too firm for some who weigh less than 130 pounds.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Bear Original Mattress's Performance?
We rated the Bear Original as having a firm (7) feel, but this will change depending on each individual’s body type.
Sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds exert less pressure on the mattress and do not sink in as much as other sleeper types. This means that these sleepers often find a mattress to be subjectively firmer. Since the Bear is on the firmer end of the spectrum, some sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds may find the bed too firm to cushion their pressure points.
Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will likely appreciate the mattress’s firm (7) firmness. It’s plush enough to cushion side sleepers, yet supportive enough to maintain spinal alignment in back and stomach sleepers
Sleepers over 230 pounds usually require a firmer, more supportive mattress to keep the body on an even plane. The close conforming of the Bear Original makes it appropriate for side sleepers, while most back and stomach sleepers will likely find the bed's firm feel provides the support they need.
Is the Bear Original Mattress Good for Couples?
The Bear Original has several advantages that may make it attractive to couples. The mattress sleeps cooler than many foam models, so partners don’t need to worry as much about sleeping next to a human furnace. The responsive surface provides the bounce needed for sex and makes it easy to switch sleeping positions. Above all, the mattress performs well on motion isolation and makes no noise, cutting down on nighttime disturbances to your partner.
Most couples should find the firmness level to be a reasonable compromise, especially if both partners weigh more than 130 pounds. The main drawback for couples is the poor edge support, which reduces the usable sleep surface when sharing the bed.
Bear's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Bear Original is sold in the U.S. and Canada and can be purchased directly through Bear's website or on Amazon. While the mattress is not sold in any brick-and-mortar stores, customers can try the mattress out at the Bear Showroom in New Jersey.|
|Shipping||The Bear Original ships free via FedEx Ground in the contiguous U.S. Additional shipping charges may apply for orders in Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. The mattress usually arrives within 2 to 7 business days, or up to 10 business days in Canada. There is no need to be home at the time of delivery.
The mattress is shrink-wrapped and compressed for shipping. To unbox the mattress, move it to the bed frame or foundation and carefully remove the plastic. It should expand quickly, but may take around 24 hours to reach its full size.
|Additional Services||Bear offers White Glove delivery and old mattress removal for an extra $150.|
|Sleep Trial||The Bear Original has a 100-night sleep trial with a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers who choose to return the mattress after 30 nights and before the 100 nights are up will receive a full refund. Bear arranges pickup and does its best to donate returned mattresses to charity.
Returns are limited to one per customer or household. In lieu of a refund, customers may choose to exchange the mattress for another Bear Original. The second mattress will not be eligible for the sleep trial.
|Warranty||The Bear Original is backed by a 10-year warranty for original purchasers who obtained the mattress through Bear or an authorized dealer.
The warranty covers permanent indentations greater than 1 inch and cracking or splitting of the memory foam. The outer mattress cover carries a separate 1-year warranty against material or workmanship defects.
If a mattress is deemed defective, Bear will cover the repair or replacement costs. The customer is responsible for any handling and transportation costs.
Mattresses that have been subjected to improper use or used without a proper foundation are not eligible for warranty coverage. Normal changes in feel, or decrease in the recovery feature of the memory foam that do not affect its pressure-relieving qualities, are not covered by the warranty. The warranty shall be void for mattresses that are physically damaged, burned, stained, soiled, unsanitary, or torn.