Pillow Reviews: Iso-Cool Traditional vs. Bear

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Despite their outward appearances, the Iso-Cool Traditional pillow and Bear’s hybrid foam pillow have many things in common. They’re both foam filled and designed to keep you cool. But what sets them apart? Read on for my full comparison.

Key Similarities

  • Traditional-shaped
  • Ventilated foam filings and cooling outer fabric – designed for hot sleepers
  • Removable and washable portions/covers
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Only come in one size
  • Both come with warranties

Pillow Reviews: Iso-Cool Traditional vs. Bear

Key Differences

Iso-Cool Traditional:

  • 300-thread count 100% cotton cover, made with Outlast Adaptive Comfort material
  • Visco-elastic memory foam filling
  • Endorsed by American Sleep Association (ASA)
  • Traditional size measures 18 x 24 inches
  • 5-year warranty

Iso-Cool Traditional Shaped Foam Pillow Review

Read the full Iso-Cool Traditional Pillow review here.

Bear:

  • 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

Iso-Cool Traditional If …

  • You are a stomach sleeper who likes foam. In many cases, foam pillows can be too firm or too lofty for stomach sleepers, who typically need thinner pillows for good neck alignment. This pillow is foam filled but on the thinner side, making it a good fit for stomach sleepers.
  • You want a soft cover. The 300 thread count 100% cotton cover is smooth and soft. You can easily sleep right on the cover or add a pillow case to it.

Bear If…

  • You are a back or side sleeper. The Bear pillow is a thicker piece of foam. This increased loft makes it a more comfortable fit for back or side sleepers (based on my experience, at least!).

Either If…

  • You are a hot sleeper. Both pillows are made to breathe and help you sleep cool. Iso-Cool has ventilated filling and phase change fabric that will absorb your body heat as you sleep. Bear has the ventilated filling, as well, and Double Ice Fabric made with “cool yarn” that is actually cool to the touch.

Pillow Reviews: Iso-Cool Traditional vs. Bear

Overall

Hot sleepers who prefer foam filled pillows will enjoy either of these pillows. The biggest difference is in their thickness and loft.

Pillow Reviews: Iso-Cool Traditional vs. Bear

Based on my experience, the thinness of the Iso-Cool pillow lends itself to stomach sleepers. This could be especially good if you are looking to make a change from down/down alternative to foam.

Bear’s pillow has more loft and a thicker overall feel, making it a good fit for back and side sleepers who are looking for just a little more support.

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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.