Finding the right bed-in-a-box mattress can be difficult. There are so many quality options out there, and you want to make sure you are finding the right mattress for you.
If you have narrowed down your search to the Bear mattresses, you’re already in good shape. You can choose from the Bear mattress or the Bear Hybrid mattress. While they are both great mattresses, they really are made for different types of sleepers.
This article will go through the construction of both mattresses and highlight the main similarities and differences between them to help consumers make a more informed decision.
- The mattresses are made by the same company, so they come with similar customer service terms and policies like sleep night trials and warranties.
- They are similar in terms of firmness and are both cooler sleeping mattresses that should be breathable for most sleepers.
- They both feature a Celliant cover, which could help athletes recover more quickly from a difficult workout.
- The Bear is more affordable than the Bear Hybrid and has a less advanced and substantial construction.
- They feature very different materials in their construction that give the mattresses different qualities overall and different feels.
- The Bear has a memory foam feel, while the Bear Hybrid has a hybrid pillow-top feel where people will sleep more on top of the mattress rather than in the mattress.
- The mattress is 10” tall and consists of three separate layers
- The cover is soft and is woven together with Celliant, which is a fiber that can potentially bring sleepers certain health benefits.
- First, there is a layer of graphite-gel memory foam, which gives the mattress softness and great contouring.
- This is followed by a transition layer with a fair amount of bounce, that gives the mattress a more balanced foam feel overall.
- Finally, the base layer is 6.5” of a high-density support foam, which is a pretty standard base layer for bed-in-a-box mattresses.
Read the full Bear mattress review, available here.
- The mattress is 14” tall and is comprised of five distinct layers if the quilting layer is included.
- The cover is soft and woven with Celliant fiber and cooling-gel foam to add softness and pressure relief to the mattress
- Then, there is 2” of Premium Comfort Foam, which gives the mattress great pressure relief and responsiveness.
- Next, there is 1” of Responsive Transition Foam, which acts as a buffer between the comfort layers and the steel support coils.
- Below this is 8” of a Quantum Edge Coil System, which is a highly supportive, durable, and breathable material.
- Finally, the base is 1” of High-Density Support Foam that the steel coils can rest on.
Read the full Bear Hybrid review, available here.
- Both mattresses have Celliant covers, which is designed to help people sleep cooler and may increase blood flow, helping people recover from a workout more quickly.
- The coils in the Bear Hybrid should make it a more supportive mattress. The coils should be able to support more weight than the base polyfoam layer in the Bear. This means the hybrid should be a better match for larger people or those who have extra support needs.
- The construction of these two mattresses gives them a different feel. The Bear has slow-moving memory foam on top, so people sleep “in” the mattress, whereas the Bear Hybrid has more of a plush pillow-top feel where people sleep on top of the mattress.
- It should be easier to move around on the Bear Hybrid mattress, because people don’t sink in as far as they do on the Bear, and the mattress is more responsive overall.
- While these are both cooler-sleeping mattresses, the Bear Hybrid should be more breathable. The coils allow for a good amount of airflow, while the base polyfoam in the Bear does not.
- The Bear Hybrid costs more than the Bear, but you do get more out of the Bear Hybrid mattress.
In terms of firmness, I thought both mattresses were close to a 6.5/10, or medium in terms of firmness. I will note that you might have a different experience on the Bear mattress if you are a larger person. You could press through the memory foam and feel some more firmness, especially when on your side.
Here is how I feel while sleeping on the Bear mattress:
- Lying on my back, I feel very nice on the Bear mattress. My hips sink in the right amount, and I feel good overall support. I am also feeling some nice contouring from the top layer, so it feels very nice overall.
- When I lie on my side, I am getting some great pressure relief. I sink into that layer of soft memory foam and feel very little pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- However, when I am stomach sleeping, I am not getting enough support, so most stomach sleepers will want a mattress that is more supportive than the Bear.
Here is how I feel while sleeping on the Bear Hybrid mattress:
- While back sleeping, the Bear Hybrid is a great match for me. Again, my hips sink in the right amount, and I am feeling even better support on the Bear Hybrid. Back sleepers, especially those of heavier weight, should prefer the Bear Hybrid because of the additional support it provides.
- Moving to my side, I am once again feeling nice pressure relief. The top layer of the Bear Hybrid is quite plush, and I feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- When stomach sleeping, the Bear Hybrid is also not supportive enough, so stomach sleepers will want a more supportive mattress.
The mattresses have very different feels. The Bear mattress has that classic memory foam feel where you slowly sink into the mattress. It will feel more like you are sleeping “in” the mattress.
The Bear Hybrid, on the other hand, has a more responsive hybrid feel. While the top is plush, you will sleep on top of the mattress. It should be easier to move around on the Bear Hybrid.
See more of what I thought of the Bear’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Now, see what I thought of the Bear Hybrid’s firmness and feel in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If someone sleeps with a partner, it’s always important to think about motion transfer. When people lie down on the mattress and their partner moves around on the others side, will this movement disturb them?
When comparing the Bear and Bear Hybrid, the Bear handles motion transfer better. It has a very soft layer of memory foam on top, a material that’s known for isolating motion. During my tests, I saw much less disturbance on the Bear mattress.
The Bear mattress could be a great mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how the Bear handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the Bear Hybrid’s motion transfer from the video below.
Edge Support Differences
Whether someone wants a couples mattress or just wants to be able to use every square inch of their bed, it is smart to consider edge support. When someone sits or lies down near the edge of their mattress, will they feel secure and not feel like they are going to fall off?
Between these two mattresses, the Bear Hybrid features better edge support. The coils do not compress so much when I sit near the edge, and when I am lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress.
You can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than I do: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
I said the Bear was a 7 or 7.5/10, and the Bear Hybrid was a 7/10.
Here is how it felt while sleeping on the Bear:
- When I am back sleeping on the Bear, I feel good overall support. My hips sink in but not too far, and I am also feeling some good contouring.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips. I am pressing through that top layer and hitting the support layers beneath, so it is not the best match for side sleeping.
- While stomach sleeping, I am not getting enough support on the Bear. My hips bow in, and I get out of alignment.
Here is how I felt on the Bear Hybrid:
- When I lie on my back, I feel great support on the Bear Hybrid. My hips sink into the tufted top layer, and the coils offer great support beneath that. Even as a larger person, I am getting enough support on the Bear Hybrid.
- While side sleeping, I sink in and feel some decent pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. The mattress is a better match for side sleeping because of the great pressure relief.
- When I am stomach sleeping, I am not properly supported, because my hips are bowing in, just as they did on the Bear.
If you are a heavier back sleeper, both mattresses could work for you. If you are a much heavier back sleeper, I would go with the Bear Hybrid. Heavier side sleepers should lean toward the Bear Hybrid as well, and heavier stomach sleepers might want to look elsewhere.
Marten’s experience is pretty much what I expected. He pressed right through the Bear’s top memory foam layer and hit the support layers. Because of this, he felt some more pressure on his shoulders and hips. It appears the Bear Hybrid is a better match for larger people like Marten (unless they sleep on their stomach).
Pick Bear If …
- You want a more affordable mattress- Between the two mattresses, the Bear is much more affordable. These mattresses have a similar firmness and they are both very high-quality. If you think both mattresses could work, choosing the Bear could save you around $500 or $600.
- You want a classic memory foam feel- If you like to slowly sink into your mattress and like the quicksand feel of memory foam, the Bear is the better choice. It allows you to sink in quite a bit and has that classic memory foam feel.
- You are a lightweight person- If you are on the lighter side, the Bear mattress should work for you. Lighter people don’t have the support needs of larger people, so the Bear should be supportive enough. Because of this, lightweight sleepers can save a good amount of money by picking the Bear.
Pick Bear Hybrid If …
- You have extra support needs- If you’re looking for a more supportive mattress, the Bear Hybrid should work for you. The coils offer more support than base polyfoam, so you should definitely feel better support on the Bear Hybrid.
- You are a larger person- If you are on the heavier side, the Bear Hybrid should be a better choice. The mattress is more supportive overall, and the coils should be able to handle much heavier weights. Larger people should go with the Bear Hybrid.
- You prefer to sleep on top of your mattress- If you like a more responsive mattress, the Bear Hybrid should be a good pick. While lying on the Bear Hybrid, people don’t sink in too far and they will sleep on top of the mattress, so it is very easy to move around. If someone prefers a responsive mattress, the Bear Hybrid is the way to go without question.
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All in all, it shouldn’t be hard to choose between the Bear and Bear Hybrid, because the differences between them are so vast.
The Bear mattress is a good match for lightweight people and those who like a memory foam feel. The Bear Hybrid should work for larger people and those who prefer to sleep on top of their mattress. Consumers should read through this comparison a few times, assess their own needs and characteristics, and then they can make a more informed decision.
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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