Pillow Reviews: Brentwood Home Helena vs. Bear

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Brentwood Home’s Helena pillow is an eco- lover’s dream while Bear’s pillow is a match made in heaven for hot sleepers. But do they have anything in common? Read on for my full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Traditional-shaped
  • Removable and washable covers (only available in current Brentwood Home Helena pillows – not featured in my pillow review)
  • Both may work for side sleepers

Pillow Reviews: Brentwood Home Helena vs. Bear

Key Differences

Brentwood Home Helena:

  • 100% organic cotton cover
  • 50/50 Kapok fiber (100% organic and pesticide-free) and natural latex fill
  • Adjustable – zipper allows you to add or remove fill
  • Eco-institute Certified free of synthetic materials
  • Sizes: Standard, Queen, and King
  • 30-day trial
  • 25-year limited warranty

Brentwood Home Helena Pillow Review

Read the full Brentwood Home Helena Pillow review here.


  • Cover: Double Ice Fabric: a special fabric that feels cool to the touch; made up of 40% “cool yarn” and 60% polyester
  • Core filling is made with LOFT-X FOAM: a hybrid foam that combines memory foam and latex foam to contour to your spine and neck (100% polyurethane)
  • Dual mesh side panels for continuous airflow throughout your sleep
  • Only available in Queen size
  • 2-year warranty and 100 night trial (from the time you receive the pillow)

Bear Pillow Review

Check out the full Bear Pillow review here.

You Might Choose

Brentwood Home Helena If…

  • You are eco-conscious. The Helena pillow is filled with 100% natural latex ribbons and sustainable natural kapok fibers, has a 100% organic cotton cover and is Eco-Institute certified free of synthetic materials.
  • You sleep in many positions. The pillow is adjustable, meaning it has a zippered opening where you can remove pieces of latex ribbons and kapok fibers to get your desired loft and support. This makes it a good fit for virtually any sleep position, especially because the filling is dense enough to support side and back sleepers.

Bear If…

  • You sleep hot. The Bear pillow is designed with breathability and cooling in mind. It’s got Double Ice Fabric on the outer cover that is made with “cool yarn” and ventilated hybrid foam filling.
  • You want a low maintenance pillow. There is no mess and no fuss with the Bear pillow. Simply remove the outer cover to machine wash and dry. No loose filling, mandatory fluffing or reshaping needed.

Pillow Reviews: Brentwood Home Helena vs. Bear


Both of these pillows are unique and special in their own ways. Brentwood Home’s Helena pillow – with its eco-friendly adjustable filling – can be a great fit for stomach, back and even side sleepers who aren’t looking for a ton of loft and firmness.

Bear’s pillow is cool to the touch and has a futuristic-like cover. Its firmness and support make it great for side and some back sleepers.

Both pillows are sold online and can be returned if they end up not being a good fit.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.

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