Loom & Leaf and Bear mattress are two online-only offerings that contain memory foam in their comfort layer. As both have increased in popularity over the past couple of years, people are starting to wonder how the compare to one another. There are definitely some key similarities and differences between them that you should know, and I’ll go over those in this article.
- Both are sold direct-to-consumer online
- Both have great sleep trials and return policies
- Both do a great job of addressing the issue of sleeping hot
- Both mattress contain memory foam
- Both are great at isolating motion
- L&L’s comfort layer is all memory foam, while Bear’s is memory foam over specialty polyfoam
- Loom And Leaf sells a Queen for $1,099 (you pay shipping and there are no coupons); Bear sells for $850 (but with free shipping and you typically can get a $50 coupon)
- The Loom & Leaf is 12 inches thick in total, while the Bear is 10 inches thick
- The Loom and Leaf has a 4.5 inch comfort layer, while the Bear has a 3.5 inch comfort layer
- The Bear uses a celliant cover
- The L&L has a slower-moving feel, while the Bear is more responsive
- Bear is a new company, while L&L comes from the Saatva company, which has been around for several years now
Bear Mattress Construction Takeaways
- The cover has celliant fibers woven into it. Celliant is supposed to reflect infrared light back to your body to help you sleep better and recover faster. I can’t vouch for the claims because I don’t have a science background, so I would encourage you to look into them for yourself.
- The top layer is 1 inch of graphite-gel memory foam. You can learn about the qualities of that foam here.
- The next two layers are high-density specialty polyfoam. It is a responsive foam that is also breathable.
- The base layer is a high-density polyfoam.
L&L Mattress Construction Takeaways
- The cover is quilted with organic cotton and is zoned to provide more support in the middle of the mattress where you need it the most
- The top layer is 2 inches of gel memory foam.
- The next layer is 2.5 inches of 5 lb. density memory foam.
- After a transition layer is a high-density support layer.
Main Construction Differences
- Both mattresses use high-quality foams that should be durable for a long time.
- Bear’s use of a celliant cover is a point of difference. Again, I can’t vouch for the claims made about celliant, so I would encourage you to look into it on your own.
- Because of the use of specialty polyfoam underneath the top memory foam layer, the Bear mattress is more responsive than the Loom and Leaf.
- Loom and Leaf has a thicker comfort layer. That may make it more appropriate for heavier sleepers.
- There are multiple reasons why both mattresses do a good job of addressing the issue of sleeping hot. (see top cooling mattresses)
The videos below show off the general feel you can expect from the two mattresses. I think the firmness of the two mattresses is about the same, but you can see that the Bear is a little faster moving than the Loom and Leaf is.
You Might Want To Pick The Bear Mattress If:
You Value The Celliant Cover– I can’t vouch for the scientific claims made about celliant, but it claims to have certain health benefits and can be extra beneficial for athletes. If you lead an active lifestyle, then this is definitely something to take a look at, but again I’m not able to personally vouch for the claims.
You Want To Save Some Money– You can save a few hundred dollars by going with the Bear mattress. If you really can’t decide between the two mattresses, then at least you’ll get to save some money with the Bear mattress.
You Want A Faster Responding Foam Feel– If you don’t like the feeling of slowly sinking into your mattress, then Bear might be the way to go because of its second layer of responsive foam.
You Might Want To Pick Loom And Leaf If:
You Are A Side Sleeper– With the firmness of the two mattresses is about the same, the comfort layer is thicker in the L&L. That makes it a good fit for side sleepers.
You Are Heavier– The Loom and Leaf is thicker overall and has a thicker comfort layer. As a result, it could be a good pick for people who are heavier.
Which Should You Pick?
These two mattresses are different in price and in feel. Figure out what your budget really is and what exact type of feel you think you might want, and then make a decision from there. They are both good choices, so I don’t think you can really go wrong either way.
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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