Founded in 2014, Bear Mattress 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 mattress 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 5 out of 10, or medium.
Aside from the Bear mattress, the company also makes the Bear Hybrid and the luxury all-foam Bear Pro mattresses, as well as bed bases, pillows, and other sleep accessories.
Our in-depth Bear mattress review takes a look at the construction and feel of the Bear mattress to see how these affect the sleep experience for different body types and sleeping positions. We also include a summary of practical information and verified customer reviews to help you decide whether this might be your perfect mattress.
Bear Mattresses At-A-Glance
|Bear Mattress||Bear Hybrid||Bear Pro|
|Firmness||5 (Medium)||6 (Medium Firm)||6 (Medium Firm)|
Bear Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Bear mattress 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 medium feel is best-suited to side sleepers and people who weigh less than 230 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 mattress 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 Mattress?
A queen-size Bear mattress 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.||$500|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 10”||50 lbs.||$600|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||60 lbs.||$700|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||70 lbs.||$800|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs.||$900|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs.||$900|
How Does the Bear 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 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, or medium. 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 mattress is best suited to people under 130 pounds and side sleepers. These groups frequently experience pressure points on firmer mattresses, but the conforming foams in the Bear mattress help alleviate these sore spots.
What Is the Bear Mattress Made Of?
Designed to be breathable, the Bear Mattress 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 Mattress 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 Mattress 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 Mattress Isolate Motion?
The Bear mattress 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 Mattress Sleep Cool?
The Bear mattress sleeps relatively cool for an all-foam mattress. Memory foam conforms closely and is known for trapping heat. However, the Bear 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 mattress 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 mattress 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 lack of 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 mattress. 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 mattress 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 Mattress Best for?
The Bear mattress 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 medium feel of the Bear mattress is perfect for side sleepers, especially those who weigh less than 230 pounds. While the mattress also cushions pressure points in sleepers over 230 pounds, it may allow heavier parts of the body to sink too far into the mattress and put strain on the back.
- Combination Sleepers: The Bear mattress 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. The exception is combination sleepers over 130 pounds who spend a lot of time on their stomach. In this group, the mattress may sag under the midsection and cause lower back and neck pain. The Bear Pro and the Bear Hybrid both offer a firmer feel that is better suited to stomach 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 mattress is a little on the plush side, meaning it should adequately support back sleepers under 230 pounds but may not be firm enough for those who weigh more than 230 pounds. The Bear Hybrid provides a more supportive surface for these sleepers.
How Does Body Weight Impact the Bear Mattress's Performance?
We rated the Bear mattress as having a medium 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 plusher end of the spectrum, it offers a nice amount of contouring that should help reduce pressure points even in side sleepers under 130 pounds.
Those who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will likely appreciate the mattress’s medium firmness. It’s plush enough to cushion side sleepers, yet supportive enough to maintain spinal alignment in back sleepers. Stomach sleepers may find the mattress sags under the hips, where most people have the bulk of their weight. This can throw off spinal alignment and lead to back pain.
Sleepers over 230 pounds usually require a firmer, more supportive mattress to keep the body on an even plane. While the close conforming of the Bear mattress is appropriate for side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers in this group are likely to notice pressure build-up due to excessive sagging.
Is the Bear Mattress Good for Couples?
The Bear mattress 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 less than 230 pounds or prefer sleeping on their side. The main drawback for couples is the poor edge support, which reduces the usable sleep surface when sharing the bed.
What Do Customers Say About the Bear Mattress?
In addition to our testing process, we browsed through countless customer reviews to get a fuller picture of what it feels like to sleep on the Bear mattress. Opinions are subjective and at times may be contradictory, but we’ve provided a roundup of the most common themes.
|BearMattress||4.7/5 (9,000+ reviews)
The majority of sleepers find that the Bear mattress provides a firm yet cushioning surface that reduces back pain and pressure points. Many athletic people say that, as advertised, the Celliant fabric appears to reduce soreness and stiff muscles the morning after exercise.The mattress receives positive reviews for sleeping cool and off-gassing. Customers who like the mattress say that it offers good value for money.Most of the negative reviews are due to individual comfort preferences, with some finding the mattress too hard and some finding it too soft. Some individuals find they sink through the top layers of foam onto the base foam underneath, which is uncomfortably hard. A few people also call out the lack of edge support.The customer service team receives good feedback from people who return the mattress within the trial period. However, the return policy is strict and Bear is generally unwilling to make exceptions, which has led to some frustration from people who wanted to return the mattress before 30 nights were up or after 100 nights had passed.
|Amazon||3.7/5 (60+ reviews)
Reviewers on Amazon praise the Bear mattress for its ease of movement and motion isolation.There are a number of low-star reviews from customers who found that the mattress slept warm and developed permanent body indentations within the first year. However, it’s likely that most of these people purchased the previous iteration of the Bear mattress, which was plusher than the current one. It remains to be seen how the upgraded model will perform.
Bear's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Bear mattress 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 mattress 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 mattress 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 mattress. The second mattress will not be eligible for the sleep trial.
|Warranty||The Bear mattress 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.