Pillow Reviews: Five Star Down Alternative vs. Bear

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The Five Star Down Alternative pillow and the Bear pillow feel about as different as they look. Side sleeper will most likely enjoy the cozy feel of the Five Star Down alternative while hot sleepers looking for support will enjoy Bear. Read on for my full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Traditional-shaped
  • Washable and dryer friendly parts
  • Hypoallergenic

Pillow Reviews: Five Star Down Alternative vs. Bear

Key Differences

Five Star Down:

  • 100% cotton cover – called Damask fabric with satin piping
  • 300 thread count
  • 1.5″ gusset for maximum loft
  • 100% polyester fibers (down-like filling)
  • Flat and formed – cannot be scrunched up like a down pillow
  • Sizes: Standard, Queen, King, and Euro Size
  • Machine wash and dry
  • No trial period or warranty options (unless specified by retailer)

Five Star Down Alternative Pillow Review

Read the full Five Star Down Alternative Pillow review here.


  • Made with Double Ice Fabric: a special fabric that feels cool to the touch (feels like athletic-wear material)
  • 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
  • Made in the USA
  • 2-year warranty

Bear Pillow Review

Check out the full Bear Pillow review here.

You Might Choose

Five Star Down If…

  • You like down but have allergies. This pillow is hypoallergenic and made with polyester fibers but it will give you the same loft and feel as real down.
  • You are on a budget. Compared to the Bear pillow, the Five Star Down Alternative pillow is significantly less expensive and could fit most budgets.
  • You are a stomach sleeper. Based on my experience, I think this pillow is the best fit for stomach sleepers (or even back sleepers) who want a little bit more firmness and even distribution than a down pillow.

Bear if…

  • You sleep hot. Between the ventilated LOFT-X hybrid foam and the Double Ice Fabric with breathable mesh panels, the Bear pillow is designed to be cool and breathable.
  • You want firmness and support. Compared to the Five Star Down Alternative, the foam filling in the Bear pillow provides way more support and makes it a good fit for back and/or side sleepers who typically prefer additional firmness.
  • You hate when your pillow goes flat. As a solid piece of foam, the Bear pillow won’t go flat or change its shape and requires no fluffing to keep its current loft.



I had a positive experience when I reviewed both of these pillows. As a natural side sleeper, I enjoyed the firmness and support from the Bear pillow, but I found the soft downy feeling of the Five Star Down Alternative and thought the gusset added extra loft.

Pillow Reviews: Five Star Down Alternative vs. Bear

If the price is an issue, the Five Star Down Alternative pillow may be the preferred choice, but it doesn’t come with a trial period like the Bear pillow.

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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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