If you want a mattress with a balance of comfort and support, a hybrid mattress is always a safe bet. Out of all the mattresses I’ve tried, the Bear Hybrid strikes one of the best balances.
I have reviewed the original Bear and Bear Hybrid before, and I enjoyed my experience on both. The company has changed the design of the Bear Hybrid slightly, so I was excited to see how this model compares.
Is this the hybrid mattress you’ve been looking for? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Bear Hybrid If …
- You are a back sleeper. If you sleep on your back, the Bear Hybrid should be a great match. The coils are very supportive even for heavier weights. At the same time, the quilted top lets your hips sink in the right amount. Back sleepers should feel that balance of comfort and support they require.
- You are a side sleeper. The quilted top and subsequent foam layers relieve pressure very well. When you lie on your side, you should feel little pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You are looking for a breathable mattress. The Celliant cover is made to dissipate heat and the coils allow for a good amount of airflow. If you’re worried about sleeping hot, the Bear Hybrid should be a good option.
- You want a mattress that provides health benefits. Celliant is designed to offer health benefits for sleepers. It might improve circulation as well as help you get a cooler night of sleep.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Bear Hybrid If …
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, this might not be the mattress for you. It has a soft top layer, which may cause your hips to sink in too far. Stomach sleepers will most likely need a firmer mattress.
- You want a very firm or very soft mattress. The Bear Hybrid is average in terms of firmness. If you prefer a mattress on either end of the spectrum, this is probably not the best choice. It is right down the middle, so you might want to look elsewhere.
- You don’t like a hybrid feel. If you want to sleep on top of your mattress, this hybrid mattress may let you sink in too far. If you want to sleep in and feel enveloped by your mattress, this mattress might not let you sink in far enough. It is a hybrid mattress with a balanced feel, and this feel might not be for everyone.
- The mattress is 14” tall.
- The cover is soft and woven with Celliant fiber. The cover is also quilted with hyper-soft, cooling-gel foam.
- Then, there is a 2” layer of Premium Comfort Foam.
- Next, you have a 1” layer of Responsive Transition Foam.
- This is followed by 8” of a Quantum Edge Coil System.
- Finally, the base consists of a 1” layer of High-Density Support Foam.
- The foams in the Bear Hybrid are all CertiPUR-US certified, meaning they are more eco-friendly than conventional foams.
- The mattress is made in the USA.
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- The Celliant fiber has been shown to provide some health benefits. It may increase blood circulation and also keep you cool while you sleep.
- The top layer of foam is very soft and gives in very easily. The next layer is also very soft. Together, these layers give the top of the mattress a cloud-like feel.
- The Comfort Foam is designed to be more pressure-relieving than memory foam. Having tried it out myself, this seems to be true.
- The support coils are very high-grade. They should help with motion isolation and should be able to support even heavier weights.
- The Bear Hybrid should be a breathable mattress. The coils allow for airflow, and the Celliant cover should help cool you down. This should provide a cooler night’s sleep.
- The mattress has a great balance of comfort and support. The top layers are very soft and comfortable, while the coils are very supportive.
How Does The Bear Hybrid Compare To Other Hybrid Mattresses?
Like most hybrids, the Bear Hybrid contains coils and softer top layers. However, if you are considering the Bear Hybrid, you might want to know what makes it stand out from other hybrid mattresses.
First, the Bear Hybrid features Celliant technology, while many other hybrids do not. Celliant is a fiber that has been shown to potentially offer certain health benefits. It can also help keep you cooler while you sleep.
Second, while many hybrids try to provide a balance of comfort and support, few are as successful as the Bear Hybrid. The top layers are very soft and comfortable. In addition, the coils are supportive enough for many weights. The mattress really is a great match for back and side sleepers.
Finally, speaking of side sleeping, the Bear Hybrid relieves pressure better than most hybrid mattresses I have tried. The Premium Comfort Foam is meant to be more pressure-relieving than memory foam.
Firmness And Feel
In terms of firmness, the Bear Hybrid feels close to a 6.5/10, or about average. You have very soft top layers, and then you hit a transition layer and support coils beneath that. Altogether, these factors make it a medium-firm mattress.
This was my experience on the mattress:
- While lying on my back, the mattress is a great match for me. I feel the support of the coils, and the top foam layers allow my hips to sink in just a bit. Most back sleepers should feel very comfortable on the Bear Hybrid.
- Moving to my side, I feel nice pressure relief. I sink into those top foam layers and feel little pressure on my shoulders and hips. That thick layer of Premium Comfort Foam is definitely doing its job.
- When I lie on my stomach, the mattress is a bit too soft for me. I don’t feel enough support on my hips in this position. Stomach sleepers will most likely need a firmer mattress overall.
The mattress has that classic hybrid feel. You get a few plush top layers and then move down to more supportive coils. The mattress also has a bit of bounce, so it shouldn’t be difficult to move around.
If you’re looking for a couples mattress, you definitely want to think about motion transfer. Will you be sleeping soundly, or will your partner’s movements wake you up at night?
Since the Bear Hybrid does not contain memory foam, I did not expect it to perform too well in regard to motion transfer. That being said, the Bear Hybrid surprised me.
I saw only some motion transfer when I placed a glass of water on the mattress and pushed into the surrounding area. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I only felt some of his movements on my side of the mattress.
Overall, the Bear Hybrid could be a decent option for couples.
If you sleep with a partner, you also want to think about how much of the mattress you can really utilize. Can you sit or lie near the edge comfortably, or will you feel like you are going to fall off?
While sitting down on the edge of the Bear Hybrid, the mattress does not collapse too much. I feel the coils holding me up, and I can comfortably lean over to tie my shoes. Also, while lying down near the edge, I do not feel like I’m going to roll off the mattress.
All told, the edge support is very good on the Bear Hybrid.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about the mattress:
Joe thought this was close to a 6.5/10 in terms of firmness. I thought it was closer to a 7/10.
Being a larger person, I am pressing further into the mattress than Joe did. Because of this, the mattress feels firmer to me.
When I am back sleeping, I feel fantastic. My hips sink in but not too far. The top layer is supporting my lumbar area and I feel great overall support.
Moving to my side, the mattress is a decent fit. However, I am feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips.
Finally, on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me. I am bowing in at the hips.
Larger back sleepers should like this mattress. Heavier side sleepers who are even larger than me might want to look elsewhere. Larger stomach sleepers will definitely need something more supportive.
Marten and I had very similar experiences on the Bear Hybrid. We both thought the mattress was a bad fit for stomach sleeping and a good fit for back sleeping, even for someone of Marten’s size. However, he did feel some more pressure on his shoulders and hips when he was lying on his side. Larger people should take this into account if they are side sleepers.
How To Unbox This Mattress
The Bear Hybrid is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to you.
You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Bear Hybrid mattress from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the Bear Hybrid will expand.
Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
What Makes The Bear Hybrid Stand Out?
- It features a Celliant cover. This fabric could give you some health benefits and also help you sleep cooler.
- The Bear Hybrid is a great fit for back sleepers. The top layers allow your hips to sink in while the coils support you.
- The mattress offers great pressure relief. The Comfort Foam is designed to relieve pressure better than memory foam.
- The Bear Hybrid is a very breathable mattress. The coils allow for a good amount of airflow. In addition, the cover should help dissipate heat.
- This hybrid mattress has a nice balance of comfort and support. The top layers are soft and pressure relieving, and the coils are supportive enough to handle heavier weights.
The Bear Hybrid is a great choice for back sleepers and side sleepers. The Celliant cover and coils also ensure this is a breathable mattress that does not sleep too hot. However, stomach sleepers and those who want a very firm or very soft mattress might want to look elsewhere.
The Bear Hybrid comes with a 100-night, risk-free trial period, free shipping and returns, and a 20-year Limited Warranty.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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