The original Bear mattress is an all-foam designed to help with recovery, blood flow, and cooling. While the mattress is marketed toward athletes, these attributes should be attractive to most consumers.
I have reviewed many mattresses since I originally tried out the Bear. I was very excited to go back and revisit this mattress. Will you find the recovery you seek on the Bear mattress? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Bear If:
- You are a back or side sleeper. The Bear was supportive on my back, so my hips didn’t sink in too far. This mattress relieved pressure on my side very well. I felt little pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- You want a memory foam feel but don’t want to sleep hot. Memory foam is known for trapping heat, but you shouldn’t have this problem on the Bear. The Celliant cover and graphite gel infusion both promote heat dissipating and cooling.
- You want a memory foam feel without getting stuck. While the mattress has a nice soft upper layer, it is still fast to respond. You will get the feeling of memory foam, but you will still be able to move around on the mattress.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Bear If:
- You are a stomach sleeper. This mattress is medium-firm and doesn’t offer the best support for stomach sleepers. If you sleep primarily in this position, you might want to find a more supportive mattress.
- You prefer a firmer mattress. The Bear is about medium in terms of firmness, so if you need extra support or prefer the feeling of a firmer mattress, this might be too soft for you.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The soft cover is woven together with Celliant.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a Graphite-Gel memory foam.
- Then there is a 1” layer of responsive, latex-like comfort foam.
- This is followed by a 1” layer of transitional performance foam.
- On the bottom, there is a 6.5” standard base layer of high-density support foam.
- The foams used in the Bear are CertiPUR-US® certified. This means they are eco-friendly.
- The Bear is made in the USA.
- The Bear is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
- Celliant is designed to help keep you cool and it also improves blood circulation. There are definite health benefits to the cover.
- The graphite gel memory foam also helps with cooling. This layer, together with the Celliant cover, should keep you from sleeping hot. Overheating is a common issue with memory foam, but that shouldn’t be a problem here.
- This graphite gel is also fast to respond and the following latex-like layer is as well. The next layer is quite a bit firmer, so it keeps you from sinking in too far. You get pressure relief, but you don’t get the feeling of getting stuck.
How Does This Mattress Compare To The Casper Mattress?
Comparing the Bear to one of its leading competitors, the Casper, there are quite a few differences.
First, the Bear has Celliant in its cover, while the Casper does not. This means the Bear may be cooler to the touch than the Casper.
Both mattresses are similar in terms of firmness, but Casper has zoned construction, while the Bear does not. The zones make the mattress firmer under key areas like the hips. They are designed to give extra support in these heavier areas, so the Casper may be a better choice for back and stomach sleepers.
The Bear and Casper both incorporate memory foam into their construction, but it is found in different layers. The Bear has memory foam on top, but the Casper has it in the second layer. Because of this, the Bear has more of a classic memory foam feel, and the Casper has more a balanced foam feel.
For me, the Bear felt like a 6.5/10, medium in terms of firmness. The first two layers are very soft, but then the layers get firmer beneath. Combined, this gives the mattress an average firmness.
On my back, I felt good overall support. I felt my hips sinking in a bit, but not too far. The foam also conformed to my body.
On my side, I felt very nice pressure relief. There was little pressure on my shoulders and hips. For people of average weight, the experience should be the same.
However, heavier side sleepers may quickly press through the soft upper layers and feel those firmer layers beneath. Because of this, larger people may find this mattress to be firmer than I did.
On my stomach, I definitely needed more support. I felt my hips sinking in too far, taking my spine out of alignment. I think most stomach sleepers will need a mattress that is more supportive than the Bear.
In terms of feel, Bear has a bit of the classic memory foam feel, but not too much. There is very little bounce, but the top layers are fast to respond. You sink a bit, but it is still easy to move around on the mattress without feeling “stuck.”
All-foam mattresses are often very good at motion isolation. Given that the Bear has memory foam in its top layer, I was not surprised by how it performed.
The glass moved only slightly during my initial tests. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I barely felt his movements.
I think the Bear could be a good mattress for couples.
All-foam mattresses may be great with motion isolation, but they do have issues with edge support. Sitting near the edge of the Bear, it collapses quite a bit.
Lying down near the edge, I don’t feel like I am going to fall off. However, overall, I would say the edge support is not the best on the Bear.
You can see the edge support in the photo below.
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:
I felt like this mattress was a 7/10, a bit firmer than Joe said.
On my back, I feel good overall support. My hips sink in a bit, but not too far.
Moving onto my side, there was a little bit of pressure there. There wasn’t too much, but I could have used a softer mattress I think. On the pressure map, you can see some red on my shoulders and hips.
Moving onto my stomach, I needed more overall support. I bow in at my hips and feel my spine get out of alignment. I definitely needed more support in this position.
So, if you’re a heavier person and you’re a back sleeper, the Bear should work for you. If you’re a side sleeper, it might be a little too firm, depending on your preferences. On your stomach, you’re definitely going to need more overall support.
I was not surprised by Marten’s experience on the Bear. Like me, he thought the mattress was supportive when he was on his back. As I expected, he thought it was a bit firm when he was on his side. He is a heavier person, so he pressed down into the firm support layers.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out
- It could be a good choice for athletes and those wanting extra health benefits. The mattress is designed to improve blood flow and to keep you cool while you sleep. Whether you are an athlete or not, it could improve your sleep.
- The Bear should be a cool sleeping mattress. The Celliant cover, as well as graphite-gel foam, should both help keep you cool while you sleep. Even though this is an all-foam mattress, you shouldn’t be overheating.
- It gives you pressure relief without you feeling “stuck.” The memory foam is fast to respond, and there are firmer layers that keep you from sinking in too far. You should get a bit of memory foam feel and little pressure on your shoulders and hips. Side sleepers should enjoy this mattress.
- Back sleepers should get the proper support. The Bear is average in terms of firmness and it should be properly supportive for most back sleepers. The foam should also conform to the curves of your body.
Unboxing This Mattress
The Bear is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it will come compressed and be shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Bear 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 will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
The Bear mattress should be a great match for back sleepers and many side sleepers. It also offers health benefits like increased blood flow and should keep you from sleeping hot. However, heavier side sleepers and most stomach sleepers might not be the best match for this mattress.
The Bear comes with a 100 Night Sleep Trial, a 10 Year Warranty, and Free Shipping and Returns. Financing is also available. The company also offers a hybrid mattress.