Full Bear Hybrid Mattress Review

In this review we are evaluating the new Bear Hybrid mattress.

Established in 2014, Bear has carved a niche for itself in the athletic space, and undoubtedly become the mattress brand of choice for athletes and active people.

The Hybrid, like the first product simply named Bear Mattress, is formulated specifically for those living an active lifestyle.

But it is not just athletes who will have a restful sleep on this mattress: anyone who is looking for a cooler, more traditional mattress feel will likely find this mattress ideal.

The Bear Hybrid can be ordered online and delivered direct to your doorstep with free shipping and returns.

This cuts out the cost of the middle-man, passing savings on to the buyer.

What Type of Mattress is it?

The Bear Hybrid is, well, a hybrid mattress: the latest trend in upscale mattress offerings, hybrid mattresses offer the comfort of foam with the support and durability of a coil system.

the bear hybrid mattressIt measures 14.5” and offers an individually encased coil system with over 1,300 coils, sandwiched between four premium foam layers.

The construction of the layers is intended to increase air-flow, reduce heat and create a cooling and comfortable sleep environment.

The encased coils are a nice touch, as coupled with the performance foams, they allow the body more support and pressure-relief than traditional foam mattresses, resulting in a superior sleep.

But it’s not just about what is on the inside of the Bear Hybrid that makes it stand out, as it incorporates Celliant technology into the hand-tufted, quilted top to help increase comfort and promote restful sleep.

Clinically-proven, Celliant has recently been determined by the FDA as a medical device.

How Firm is the Bear Hybrid Mattress?

The Hybrid is offered with only one firmness level, which we consider to be medium.

The quilted top is a soft sleep surface on a mattress that boasts universal-comfort.

This means that this mattress meets the firmness desires of over 90% of people.

How Many Layers Does it Have?

The 14.5” Bear Hybrid mattress is comprised of a total of five layers:

  1. To start, we find the Celliant hand-tufted cover;the mattress layers
  2. The top layer is a breathable and adaptive performance foam. By putting foam (versus memory foam) as the top layer, it ensures there is no sinking and minimizes motion transfer.
  3. On top of the coils is a layer of cooling gel memory foam. This is placed above the coil level to optimize air flow.
  4. The next layer is an individually encased coil system, with over 1,300 coils. While there are numerous benefits to having coils in your mattress, the two that are most important to note are support and air flow.
  5. The bottom layer is durable, high-density support foam. It is important for the mattress to have this layer on the bottom to minimize motion-transfer from the ground up. The densest foam in the mattress, this layer acts as a solid base for even the most restless sleepers.

How Are Motion Transfer and Sinkage?

The Bear Hybrid mattress is constructed to minimize sinkage, and absorb motion transfer.

In fact, the use of memory foam as the layer under the performance foam is a strategic design that allows for minimal motion transfer.

It is important to note that any time coils are added to a mattress, there will be more motion transfer than compared to a foam mattress without coils.

However, it does a nice job of maintaining its structure and minimal bounce-back even under pressure.

How Does the Bear Hybrid Sleep?

The Bear Hybrid is specifically designed to sleep cool: the use of performance foams, coupled with its cooling gel memory foam, helps the mattress to create a heat dissipating and temperature regulating system.

This proprietary design promotes air flow that results in a cooler night’s sleep.

Does it Smell When New?

CertiPUR-US logoThe Bear Hybrid uses CertiPUR-US certified foams.

It has no chemical fire retardants and a water-based bonding system, so rest easy, as it’s eco-friendly and has little-to-no smell.

Does it Need a Foundation?

While many choose to use a foundation for their hybrid mattress, the Bear Hybrid mattress does not require a foundation.

The company notes that if choosing a slatted foundation, consumers should look for one that has slats no further than 4-inches apart.

For individuals looking for more support out of their mattress, or an elevated sleep system, Bear suggests this high-quality foundation for just $295 (Queen).

What is the Best Way to Care for the Bear Hybrid Mattress?

Given the specific design of the foam layers, the mattress should not be flipped. Instead, you can rotate the mattress as needed for comfort.

detail of the bear hybrid's cornerFor those looking to clean the mattress, spot cleaning with warm water should do the trick (for other cleaning tips, check out our guide).

You can always avoid concerns about stains and spills by using a mattress protector. Don’t worry: a mattress protector will not affect the mattress’ Celliant technology.

Bear currently offers high-quality mattress protectors for just $110 (Queen).

How Durable is the Bear Hybrid Mattress?

The Hybrid is handmade in Wisconsin, USA.

It is comprised of the highest quality foams and coil system designed to last, and Bear is so confident in the construction of its mattress that the company offers a 20-year warranty.

Size and Shipping

The mattress ships in a box the size of a mini-fridge, and weights roughly 70 lbs in Queen and 90 lbs in the King sizes.

Like all Bear products, the Hybrid is typically delivered within 7 business days via FedEx.

The mattress also boasts free shipping and returns.

100-Night Risk-Free Trial

After you receive Bear Hybrid mattress you can sleep on it for up to 100 nights before you decide whether or not it is right for you.

If you’re not completely satisfied, give them a call at +1-844-311-0035 and they will arrange for someone to come pick up the mattress and refund your money, 100%.

That said, the company knows the Hybrid is good to go from the start, an adjustment period can be needed for some people when sleeping on a new mattress.

This is why they require you to try the mattress for at least 30-nights before initiating the return process.

The Bear Warranty

The Bear Hybrid boasts an industry-leading 20-year worry-free warranty.

If anything goes wrong with the original construction of your mattress, simply call Bear for a replacement or refund.

According to our data, Bear boasts one of the most responsive customer service departments.

How Much Does it Cost?

Here are the current prices, including the discount of 20% + 2 pillows & sheets you will get by using our exclusive coupon code GREEN20 at checkout:

SizeRegular PriceDiscounted Price
Twin:$1,090$872
Twin XL:$1,190$952
Full:$1,290$1,032
Queen:$1,390$1,112
King:$1,690$1,352
Cal King:$1,690$1,352

The discounted price makes this mattress an even better deal, especially when compared to other products in the same category.

Bear Hybrid Mattress Review – Our Verdict

The Bear Hybrid is the latest impressive innovation from the team over at Bear.

the mattress in a nice roomIt answers the call for a higher-end bed for athletes, and for those interested in achieve a superior sleep, this luxurious mattress won’t disappoint.

Since the mattress comes shipped directly to the door it is easy to set-up. It takes only minutes to unwrap and watch the mattress spring to life.

While the Bear Hybrid is priced higher than some other mattresses, the extra dollars are most likely the result of a higher quality foams, 5 layer hybrid construction and the use of FDA-determined Celliant technology.

We like how much confidence Bear has in this bed, to offer a 20-year warranty.

Overall, the Bear Hybrid is a great buy at $1,112 in Queen with coupon GREEN20 , and we recommend it for anyone looking to achieve a cool, comfortable and supportive sleep.


Ted Wilson

Ted Wilson

Founder and Owner

Ted is the founder and owner of Mattress Guides and is an expert in his field. Ted believes that having the right mattress is key to getting a good night’s sleep and feeling well-rested in the morning.

Updated at September 17, 2020