Bear Mattress Review - Mattress For Athletes?

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.

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.

Bear Mattress Reviews

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
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Free Shipping

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
4.3 Reviewer
Summary
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.
Comfort4.4
Support4.5
Value (Price)4.2
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.2
Motion Transfer4
Edge Support3.8
Materials/Durability4.5
Company Reputation4.6
Return Policy/Warranty4.6
Overall Sleep Experience4.4

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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8 comments
Josh says February 24, 2016

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

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    Joe Auer says February 28, 2016

    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.

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Olivia says March 25, 2016

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

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    Joe Auer says March 27, 2016

    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.

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Nat Pow says May 28, 2016

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.

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    Joe Auer says June 1, 2016

    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.

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Doug says May 29, 2016

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.

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    Joe Auer says June 1, 2016

    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.

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