Bear Mattress Review

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The Bear Mattress is a memory foam product made especially for athletes.  It follows the new bed-in-a-box model, where it is available only online and aims to provide a better value product than mattresses available in stores.  The unique part of the mattress is a celliant technology that helps athletes recover while they sleep.

I’m not an expert on the celliant technology, but I did a little research plus my standard mattress review to help you decide if Bear Mattress is a good fit for your sleep preferences. (See how Bear Mattress compares to other products HERE).  I would suggest you do your own research on celliant technology and then look at the other aspects of the mattress to see if you would like the feel.

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You will love the Bear Mattress if:

  • You are an active person/athlete – Bear Mattress is the only mattress I know of (anywhere near this price point) that incorporates the celliant technology.  This technology aims to help athletes recover more quickly, so it is a great thing to have in your mattress.
  • You want a very comfortable mattress – I try a lot of mattresses, and regardless of the athlete-focus, I actually think Bear Mattress is among the most comfortable mattresses I have tried.
  • You like the support and comfort of memory foam – Bear Mattress uses memory foam on top, which offers support and pressure relief while the quick-response foam adds a touch of bounce so you don’t sink completely into the bed, making it very comfortable.
  • You want great value – the mattress is shipped from the factory to your door, skipping the costs associated with running a retail location.  This makes it so that Bear Mattress can sell a high quality product at a fraction of the price of comparable mattresses in stores.

Bear Mattress Review

You may NOT like Bear Mattress if:

  • You have a strong soft/firm preference – Bear Mattress only comes at one firmness level targeting the average sleeper.  Thus if you like a very soft or very firm mattress, you should look elsewhere.
  • You don’t like the memory foam feel – some spring lovers think they’ll magically love memory foam when getting a high quality mattress.  If you prefer a spring mattress, there’s nothing memory foam can do to change your mind.

Does Celliant technology work?

Celliant is a fiber including thermoactive minterals.  These minerals will convert radiant body heat into infrared energy, and send this energy back into the body.  These infrared rays are known to have positive effects on the body.  Personally I don’t know much about the science, but I did find a number of blogs and researchers online that speak to the positive impact of Celliant technology.

There are a number of clothes and other materials made for athletes that also incorporate this technology.  Personally I don’t really feel comfortable talking to its effectiveness for recovery after sleeping on it for a week, so I suggest doing your own research on this material.

So all this extra energy – does that mean it sleeps hot?

Simple answer – no.  I had no issues with the mattress sleeping hot.  There is a scientific explanation, where infrared rays don’t pass heat like other types of rays, but again I’m not an expert.  But believe me, sleeping hot is a big issue for me, and I didn’t have that complaint with the Bear Mattress.

Feel and Firmness

The mattress comes in one firmness setting, about a 6.5/10 on the firmness scale (with 10 being the most firm).  You can see in the video the typical “hand print” that Tempurpedic made famous, and that many associate with memory foam.  However there is also a layer of quick response foam, making the mattress more responsive than the standard memory foam mattress.

This makes it so you get the comfort/support tradeoff of memory foam, but don’t sink into the mattress too much and feel stuck.  Overall I thought it was a pretty good balance.

Motion Transfer

You can see the motion transfer of the mattress is very minimal, thus a great mattress for couples if one is easily disturbed by movement.

Other Key Things To Note About The Bear Mattress

The Bear Mattress offers many of the same perks that the online-only mattress companies offer, including:

  • 100 Night Risk-Free Trial (return it within 100 days, no questions asked, for a full refund)
  • Made in USA
  • Charitable giveback on each mattress sale
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Free Shipping

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?

  • The celliant cover is definitely unique.  If you are an active person, this is definitely something to look into.
  • The graphite gel memory foam does a much better job of dissipating heat than traditional memory foam.  If you really like memory foam but are sensitive to sleeping hot, the Bear mattress could be a good option.
  • The foams used in the mattress are high quality and durable.  This mattress should last longer than many of the other mattresses in this category.
  • At $800 for a Queen (after a $50 coupon), the mattress is priced very favorably compared to many of its competitors.  It represents a really good value.

Final Recommendation

Speaking just to the comfort and quality of the mattress, I think Bear Mattress is a great option, particularly for memory foam lovers.  The Celliant technology is definitely intriguing – and being that this is the only mattress at this price point targeting athletes, I think that an active person should definitely put this mattress at the top of their options list.

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Bear Mattress
4.5 Reviewer
The Bear mattress talks mostly about Celliant technology, which I'm not so familiar with as a mattress reviewer, so decide the merits of that technology for yourself. However looking at just the feel and materials of the mattress, the Bear still tends to be one of my favorites. The mattress is made by a family that's been in the (local) mattress business for a few generations, so they made a product that they knew customers wanted in terms of feel and comfort. Overall I had a good experience with the Bear mattress and do recommend it.
Value (Price)4.4
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.5
Motion Transfer4.2
Edge Support4
Company Reputation4.6
Return Policy/Warranty4.6
Overall Sleep Experience4.6

Joe Auer

Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.

Blog Comments

I am trying to decide between the Bear Mattress and Brooklyn Bedding BME medium. Which would you recommend? Which sleeps cooler? Thanks!

Both good options. As for sleeping cool, I didn’t really have a problem with either one. Maybe slight edge to BME. The main difference would be the BME is gonna give you a bouncier feel.

For a 6’1″ 215 pound man, would the bear mattress offer enough support?

Hi Olivia – I’m less than that weight, but not too far off, so I think that it would be fine for a 215 lb person.

How does the Bear mattress compare to the Lull? It seems like they are very similar in price point, composition, and comfort. The only thing is that the Bear mattress has celiant technology which isn’t scientifically proven yet. Do you have a preference? I’m also an athlete.

Hi Nat – Bear stands out with the Celliant, so it makes it harder to compare if that doesn’t matter to you. Other than that, the big thing is that Bear is also all memory foam, while Lull has a latex-like layer under the memory foam comfort layer, so Lull will “spring” back a little more quickly than Bear. In terms of quality/specs I think these two are pretty similar, it really comes down to that feel preference.

Hi Joe/Folks, (Joe, thanks for the review and site)

What would be the best way to “configure” the Bear Mattress – here is what I have done:

1. Covered with an old style mattress pad, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet (these are mostly inexpensive synthetic material).

2. Beneath the mattress, I had slats spaced about 4″ apart – I added 3″ slats in those gaps.

3. In addition, I placed an inexpensive 1.5″ memory foam topper ON THE SLATS to protect the mattress from the slats and to provide a smooth surface for tucking in sheets.

One concern is the degree to which I may have reduced the airflow under the mattress; the other is the degree to which I may have too much material covering the top of the mattress which may impact the beneficial effects of the graphite-gel memory foam for cooling (I do not “think” I am impacting the celliant action).

Thanks for anyone who can provide their thoughts and comments.

Hi Doug! Let me ask – what is your goal with the memory foam topper under the mattress? The slats should be fine to put the mattress on directly – just reference the Bear mattress warranty to make sure they are close enough (sounds like you’re more than fine).

Adding that memory foam layer on the bottom probably won’t have a huge impact on airflow. What will have an impact on airflow is the sheets – if you’re really concerned about cooling, I would invest in some quality breathable sheets.


I started looking for a new mattress a couple of days ago and to my dismay found there are at least 100 online mattress manufacturers. When I originally started looking back a year ago I found between 40 or 50. Anyway, it is crazy. My question to you is this. In your opinion is there a mattress or two or three that no matter the materials used, or price as an issue, that you believe is the best all around? I am overwhelmed by the choices, which is a good thing I guess because all of that competition is not only driving the price of a quality mattress way down but also pushing manufacturers to create new designs and technologies. That’s one of the great things about capitalism. I could spend the next 6 months reading reviews and still not be sure what to choose. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them because I believe your reviews are among the best written and most complete online. Thanks for all your efforts in helping consumers like myself to make an informed choice of one of the most important items we ever invest in. A house and automobile are 1 and 2 but the mattress is right there with both. Thanks!

Hey Paul – I do try and rank them in a few categories, just to help direct you a little bit (though of course they are all subjective). I’d start with my reviews page and a few categories (best memory foam/best innerspring)

This sounds perfect! Love that it comes right to your door & I love the honesty of your review, that’s so important!

Love your site!! Thank you for all the hard work!!
I just bought a Bear mattress thanks to your site and used your coupon code so saved $50

Keep up the good fight because mattress buying is one of the most confusing things for the public.

Two Thumbs up on your site

Thanks for the kind words, Mike!

Thanks for your great reviews! We bought a king Bear mattress and want to put it on our old box springs with plywood underneath for support. Do you have any recommendations for the thickness, etc.

That should be fine, but I would just reach out to them directly for the best advice.

is the foam made from petroleum or organic materials like soybean oil? What about off-gassing odour?

It’s made from petroleum. Pretty standard really. There is a little off-gassing but it does go away after a couple of days.


Thanks for your reviews. I have found them quite helpful. I am trying to decide between the Bear or the GhostBed. I have some lower back issues. Do you think one is better than the other for helping with back pain?

Honestly, I think they are going to be pretty similar in this regard.

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