If you’re an athlete, there is nothing better than getting a good night of sleep. Once you’ve come home after a long race or a day in the gym, it’s time to let your muscles recover.
If exercise is a regular part of your routine, the Bear mattress could be great for you. The Bear mattress’s cover is woven with Celliant, which is designed to improve your blood flow and keep you sleeping cool. Even if you aren’t an athlete, you may appreciate these benefits.
Having reviewed the Bear mattress before, I was very excited to try out their updated mattress. Will the Bear give you the rest and recovery you need? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The Bear If …
- You are a back sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your back, the Bear mattress should be a great choice. The Bear allows your hips to sink in just the right amount, while the mattress offers good overall support. Even if you are a heavier back sleeper, the Bear should work for you.
- You are a light- or medium-weight side sleeper. As long as you are not too heavy, the Bear should relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips. The top memory foam layer is very soft, so you should sink in and feel that pressure melt away.
- You are a hot sleeper but want a memory foam mattress. One of the major drawbacks of memory foam is that it can trap heat and make you sleep hot. However, the Bear infuses its memory foam with graphite and gel, which helps with dissipating heat. The Celliant cover also dissipates heat. All in all, you shouldn’t be sleeping hot.
- You like memory foam but worry about getting stuck. While the Bear’s memory foam is quite soft, you shouldn’t be getting stuck in this mattress. The transition layer is responsive and keeps you from sinking too far into the mattress. You should be able to move around quite easily.
- You are an athlete. The Bear is designed to help athletes recover more quickly. The Celliant cover could help promote healthy blood flow and cool you while you sleep.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Bear If …
- You are a heavier side sleeper. If you are a larger person and sleep on your side, the Bear might not be the best match for you. You could press through the top layer and into the support layer. When this happens, you could feel some pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- You are a stomach sleeper. If you sleep primarily on your stomach, the Bear might not work for you. It might be too soft and could allow your hips to sink in too far. Stomach sleepers of any size should look for a more supportive mattress.
- You want a very soft or very firm mattress. If you prefer a mattress on either end of the firmness spectrum, the Bear is not a great choice. It is about average in terms of firmness.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and woven with a Celliant fabric.
- The first layer is a soft memory foam infused with graphite and gel.
- Next, you have a transitional layer. It has some bounce to it and is firmer than the top layer.
- Then you have a standard base polyfoam layer.
- The foams are CertiPUR-US® certified. This means they are more eco-friendly than conventional materials.
- The Celliant in the cover has been shown to offer some health benefits. It could help improve blood circulation and help athletes recover more quickly.
- The cover and graphite- and gel-infused memory foam are designed to help dissipate heat. This memory foam shouldn’t trap heat the way memory foam is known to do.
- The memory foam is soft and thick. This means it should relieve pressure when you are side sleeping.
- The combination of the soft top layer and bouncier second layer gives the mattress a balanced foam feel. You sink in a bit, but you shouldn’t feel stuck.
- The mattress should have a nice balance of comfort and support. The top memory foam layers are soft and offer nice pressure relief. The base layer offers great overall support.
How Does The Bear Compare To The Casper?
If you are looking at all-foam mattresses, you have probably come across the Casper mattress. Like the Bear, it is a very popular mattress with a lot to offer. So how do they compare?
First off, the mattresses feature a similar, all-foam construction. That said, the Casper has one extra layer than the Bear. This layer is a transition layer with Zoned Support.
The Zoned Support makes it so the Casper mattress feels firmer toward the center of the mattress. When you lie on your back and stomach, the mattress feels firmer. When you lie on your side, the mattress feels softer.
The Bear has one firmness across the mattress, close to a 6.5/10. While the Casper will feel different depending on your sleeping position, it feels close to a 6/10. Overall, the mattresses have a similar firmness level.
While both mattresses have a somewhat balanced foam feel, the Bear has more of a memory foam feel on top. While the Casper does include memory foam, it is further down in the mattress.
Firmness And Feel
I thought the Bear mattress was close to a 6.5/10, or about average in terms of firmness. The top layer of memory foam is very soft, but you press in and feel some more firmness from the transition layer and support layer.
I will note that larger people might have a different experience on the Bear mattress. They could press through the soft top layer and hit those firmer layers beneath. Especially if you are a larger side sleeper, you could feel some pressure on your shoulders and hips.
Here is how I felt in different sleeping positions:
- Lying on my back, I feel nice overall support. My hips sink in but not too far. In addition, the top layer conforms to the curves of my body. Back sleepers of most weights should like the Bear.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling little pressure on my shoulders and hips. I press into that top memory foam layer and feel the pressure melt away. Again, if you are larger, you could sink in further and feel less pressure relief than I did.
- When I am stomach sleeping, the mattress gives me a decent amount of support, but I could use a bit more. Medium and heavyweight stomach sleepers will want to find something more supportive.
The Bear mattress has a bit of that quicksandy memory foam feel on top. However, the transition layer keeps you from getting stuck. Overall, the mattress has a balanced foam feel. It has a soft, slow-moving top layer, but you shouldn’t have trouble moving around.
If you sleep with a partner, it is always important to think about how your mattress handles motion transfer. When you lie down on one side of the mattress and your partner moves around on the other side, will you feel this movement?
To test out the motion transfer on the Bear, I first placed a glass of water on the mattress. When I pressed into the other areas of the mattress, I saw little disturbance. Also, I laid down and asked Marten to move around on the other side of the mattress. I barely felt his movements.
All in all, the Bear should be a good option for couples.
Whether you sleep with a partner or just want to use every inch of your mattress, you should consider edge support. When sitting or lying down near the edge of your mattress, will you feel secure or more like you are going to roll off?
While I’m sitting down near the edge of the Bear, the mattress collapses quite a bit. There is no edge support system in the Bear, so this isn’t very surprising. Still, when I lie down near the edge, I don’t really feel like I am going to roll off.
In the end, the Bear features decent edge support, but it is not the best.
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 said it was a 6.5/10, and I thought it was closer to a 7 or 7.5/10. The reason I feel this way is because I am a larger person. Your weight definitely affects the firmness of your mattress. With the Bear, you have a soft comfort layer and then a support layer beneath that. So when I lie on my side, I press through the comfort layer and feel the firmer support layer.
Here is how I felt in different positions:
- Starting on my back, I feel fantastic. My hips sink in the right amount, and the foam is contouring to my body. I also feel some nice lumbar support.
- Again, when I lie on my side, I press very far into the mattress. I feel some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- When I lie on my stomach, the mattress is too soft for me. I bow in at the hips and feel like I am out of alignment.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, this is a great choice. If you are a heavier side or stomach sleeper, I would look elsewhere.
Marten’s experience is pretty much what I expected. He found the mattress to be a good fit for back sleeping. His weight caused him to press pretty far into the mattress, so he felt some more pressure on his shoulders and hips. As expected, the Bear was not supportive enough for him.
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Unboxing The Bear 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.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?
- It features Celliant, which could help athletes recover more quickly. (I recommend doing your own research to determine if you think this feature is worth it to you.)
- The mattress offers a balance of comfort and support and could be a good match for back sleepers.
- The Bear features soft memory foam on top, which is great for relieving pressure.
- The memory foam contains gel and graphite, so it shouldn’t trap heat.
- The mattress features a balanced foam feel, so you get the feeling of slow-moving foam without getting stuck.
In the end, the Bear is a great match for back sleepers, hot sleepers, and light- and medium-weight side sleepers. Heavier side sleepers and most stomach sleepers might want to look elsewhere.
The Bear comes with a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, and free shipping and returns. Financing is available. The maker of the Bear mattress also offers a Bear Hybrid mattress and many accessories.
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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