Bear Mattress Review – Made For Athletes?

If someone is an athlete, there is really nothing better than getting a good night of sleep – once they come home after a long race or a hard workout in the gym, it’s time to allow their muscles to recover!

If exercise is a regular part of someone’s routine, the Bear mattress could be a fantastic option – the Bear mattress’s cover is woven with Celliant, which is designed to improve blood flow and keep sleepers particularly cool. Even if someone isn’t a star athlete, they may appreciate these great benefits!

Having reviewed the Bear mattress before, I was very excited to try out their updated mattress – to find out if Bear gave me the rest and recovery I needed, read on for my full Bear mattress review!

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The Bear Mattress Might Work For …

  • Back sleepers. If someone sleeps primarily on their back, the Bear mattress should be a fantastic choice because the Bear allows the hips to sink in just the right amount, while the mattress offers good overall support – even if someone is a heavier back sleeper, the Bear should be an excellent option.
  • Light- or medium-weight side sleepers. As long as someone is not particularly heavy, the Bear should relieve pressure on their shoulders and hips – the top memory foam layer is very soft, so the majority of lighter side sleepers should sink in and feel that pressure disappear.
  • Hot sleepers who want a memory foam mattress. One of the primary drawbacks of memory foam is that it can absorb heat and cause people sleep hot. However, the Bear infuses its memory foam with graphite and gel, which assists with dissipating heat, and the Celliant cover also keeps the mattress from sleeping particularly hot; hot sleepers should not be burning up on the Bear mattress.
  • People who like memory foam but worry about getting stuck. While the Bear’s memory foam is particularly soft, sleepers shouldn’t be getting stuck in this mattress; the transition layer is responsive and keeps sleepers from sinking too far into the mattress, so they should be able to move around quite easily.
  • Athletes looking for fast recovery. The Bear is one of the best mattresses for athletes – it’s designed to help you recover more quickly. The Celliant cover could help promote healthy blood flow and cool athletes while they sleep.

The Bear Might Not Work For …

  • Heavier side sleepers. If someone is a larger person and sleeps on their side, the Bear might not be the best match for them; they could press through the top layer and into the support layer and, when this happens, they could feel some significant pressure on their shoulders and hips.
  • Stomach sleepers. If someone sleeps primarily on their stomach, the Bear might not work for them; it might be too soft and could allow the hips to sink in too far, so stomach sleepers of any size should seek out a more supportive mattress.
  • Those who want a very soft or very firm mattress. If someone prefers a mattress on either end of the firmness spectrum, the Bear is not an exceptional choice; it is approximately average in terms of firmness.

Construction Overview

  • The Bear 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, there is a transitional layer that has some bounce to it and is firmer than the top layer.
  • Then there is a standard base polyfoam layer.
  • The foams are CertiPUR-US® certified which means they are more eco-friendly than conventional materials.

Construction Takeaways

  • The Celliant in the cover has been shown to offer some health benefits; it could improve blood circulation and help athletes recover more quickly.
  • The cover and graphite- and gel-infused memory foam are designed to help dissipate heat – his memory foam shouldn’t trap heat the way memory foam is known to do.
  • The memory foam is soft and thick which means it should relieve pressure when someone is side sleeping.
  • The combination of the soft top layer and bouncier second layer gives the mattress a balanced foam feel; sleepers will sink in a bit, but they shouldn’t feel stuck.
  • The mattress should have a particularly nice balance of comfort and support – the top memory foam layers are soft and offer nice pressure relief while the base layer offers great overall support.

How Does The Bear Compare To The Casper?

If mattress shoppers are looking at all-foam mattresses, they 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 being 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 sleepers lie on their back and stomach, the mattress feels firmer and, when they lie on their side, the mattress feels softer.

The Bear has one firmness across the mattress, approximately 6.5/10; while the Casper will feel different depending on someone’s sleeping position, it feels close to a 6/10. We can see that the Bear and Casper are very close in regard to firmness.

While both mattresses have a somewhat balanced foam feel, the Bear has more of a memory foam feel on top; the Casper does include memory foam, but it is further down in the mattress.

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Bear Mattress
Bear Mattress

The Bear mattresses sleep cool and are quite comfortable. Mattress customers can get 20% off the Bear mattresses and $250 worth of accessories by clicking the link below and using code BF20 at checkout.

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 I 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 they are a larger side sleeper.

Here is how I felt in different sleeping positions on the Bear mattress:

  • Lying on my back, I feel fantastic overall support – my hips sink in but not particularly far, and the top layer conforms to the curves of my body.
  • Side sleeping, 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 someone is larger, they 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. They can also take a look at our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.

The Bear mattress has a bit of that quicksandy memory foam feel on top, but the transition layer keeps me from getting stuck. Overall, the mattress has a balanced foam feel; it has a soft, slow-moving top layer, but people shouldn’t have trouble moving around.

Motion Transfer

If someone sleeps with a partner, it is always important to think about how their mattress handles motion transfer; when someone lies down on one side of the mattress and their partner moves around on the other side, will they 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 mattress for couples.

Edge Support

Whether someone sleeps with a partner or they just want to use every inch of their mattress, they should consider edge support – when sitting or lying down near the edge of your mattress, will they feel secure or more like they 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 particularly 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’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us, and 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 Bear mattress:

Joe said it was a 6.5/10, and I thought it was approximately a 7 or 7.5/10. The reason I feel this way is because I am a larger person; a sleeper’s weight definitely affects the firmness of a mattress. With the Bear, there is 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 on the Bear mattress:

  • Starting on my back, I feel fantastic; my hips sink in the right amount, the foam is contouring to my body, and I also feel some nice lumbar support.
  • Again, when I am side sleeping, I press quite far into the mattress, so 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 someone are a heavier back sleeper, this is a great choice; if they 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. See our best mattresses for heavy people to see some more supportive options.

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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 the customer – begin by removing the rolled up Bear mattress from its box, then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on the bed.

Carefully cut away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat, pierce through the final layer of plastic, and the Bear will expand – simply clear away the excess plastic and allow the Bear mattress to breathe and fully expand.

What Makes The Bear Mattress Stand Out?

  • It features Celliant, which could help athletes recover more quickly – I recommend that people do their own research to determine if they think this feature is worth it.
  • The mattress offers a balance of comfort and support and could be a fantastic match for back sleepers.
  • The Bear features soft memory foam on top, which is great for relieving pressure and makes it a great mattress for side sleepers.
  • The memory foam contains gel and graphite, so it shouldn’t trap heat.
  • The mattress features a balanced foam feel, so people get the feeling of slow-moving foam without getting stuck.

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Overall Rating

Bear Mattress
3.4 Overall
Edge Support
Motion Transfer
Trial Period

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 also available. The maker of the Bear mattress also offers the Bear Pro mattress, Bear Hybrid mattress and many accessories.

Joe Auer :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 takes 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. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.