Full Bear Mattress Review

The Bear Mattress distinguishes itself from its peers because it is formulated specifically for active people and athletes, although of course it can provide a restful sleep also to the laziest of us.

This mattress is part of the great new generation of American mattresses that sells directly to the public reducing the cost and final price dramatically, without sacrificing quality and bringing a lot of innovation in the industry.

Who are Bear Mattresses?

If you are thinking about purchasing a Bears mattress it is probably best to know a little about the company. Even though they are not the most well know of brands they are a family run company that has been in the mattress business for over 25 years. They are a US-based company with a great customer service team that you can contact by phone or email. Among their team are many exercise science experts and while the Bear Mattress is designed for those with active lifestyles almost anyone could benefit from the innovative design of this product.

What Type of Mattress Is It?

bear-mattress-bed1The Bear Mattress is made of high-density memory foam with the addition of other materials, specially made for athletes and other people who generally subscribe to an active lifestyle.

How Is It Structured?

The mattress features three foam layers plus a special cover. From the bottom up:

  1. The base is high-quality, high-density memory foam providing deep support;
  2. The next layer is quick response foam layer to give just the right amount of bounce;
  3. On top of it lies a layer of graphite gel-infused memory foam, which improves the thermal exchange by having a cooling effect of 7 times the regular foam;
  4. The top cover is made of a proprietary fabric infused with Celliant technology, which transforms the natural body radiation into therapeutic far-infrared energy.

To recap, the uppermost layer is memory foam. Thus, you can expect the signature support and pressure relief that memory technology has. Beneath it, there is a quick-response foam that adds that luxurious touch of bounce and ductility. So you won’t be sinking in completely here and neither does it have the harsh rigidity of some poorly constructed spring mattresses.

What Category of People Is It Ideal For?

The bear mattress labelIt’s really no secret that different mattresses target different consumers. And the story is not so different from the Bear line of luxury mattresses. Basically, this product is going to appeal to you if:

You’re an athlete or a physically active individual

The Bear Mattress is one of the few mattresses (surely at this price point) that makes use of Celliant technology, which aims chiefly at ensuring fast recovery after intense physical activity. Definitely a great addition to a memory foam mattress.

You usually sleep hot on a foam mattress

While with most foam mattresses people tend to sleep hot the Celliant cover and the copper-infused foam comfort layer of the mattress are designed to reduce heat retention and control the temperature.

You need an ultra-comfortable mattress

There’s no doubt that Bear Mattresses are some of the affordable yet very plushy beds money can buy today. Even the reviews available online speak for themselves.

You are a fan of memory foam

Unlike spring mattresses, memory foam has a uniquely different support and comfort structure, and the Bear Mattress has made very good use of this.

You are looking for good value for your cash but in a budget.

made in USA signThe Bear Mattress, unlike other brands you’re likely to come across today, is 100% USA manufactured and is typically shipped from the factory’s warehouse right to your doorstep. This way, you can avoid the usual and unnecessary middleman costs associated with going through a retailer. So that’s why the mattresses offer the same luxurious qualities as other ‘high end’ mattresses but at a fraction of their price.

Is There Something I Might Not Like?

Even though the Bear is one of the better-built sleeping mattresses out there, it still has some ‘downsides’ that are unique to mattresses made using the new revolutionary memory foam technology. So, it’s possible that you won’t like this mattress if:

You have a pretty strong/defined soft or firm preference.

The Bear Mattress (like most other mattresses that rely on memory foam technology for upper-body support) has only a single firmness level. You can’t adjust it and neither can you tweak it. So if you’re looking for a very soft/pliable or adjustable bed, you might want to look elsewhere or consider adding a mattress topper.

You are not the biggest fan of memory foam.

And this applies mostly to spring lovers. Don’t expect to switch from your traditional spring buoyant mattress to memory foam without noting a significant change. This change can be positive or negative depending on where you’re coming from and, of course, your personal preference.

How Does This New Technology Work? How Significant Is It in Day to Day Usage?

The bear mattress' Celliant technology fabricIn its most basic form, Celliant is a type of synthetic fiber composed of Thermo-active minerals. Apparently (going by their official website) these minerals convert conventional body heat (radiant energy) into far-infrared energy that is sent back to the body.

As far as Celliant technology goes, these far infrared rays play a significant role in the recovery of one’s body after a hard day outdoors – i.e. compared to other conventional mattresses out there.

But before you’re tempted to think that this means you’ll be uncomfortably warm while using this mattress, think about it this way: Unlike ordinary infrared rays, far-infrared rays do not pass on heat so you shouldn’t have any problems experiencing sweaty nights with the Bear Mattress.

Does It Contain Harmful Chemicals?

CertiPUR-US logoThe Bear Mattress is certified by CertiPUR-US, guaranteeing compliance to the following strict environmental and health standards:

  • Low emission (low VOCS) for indoor air quality
  • Made without prohibited phthalates
  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without PBDEs (dangerous flame retardants)
  • Made without Mercury, Lead or other heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde

These substances are used by many manufacturers and this certification is a guarantee of quality that goes way beyond the legal requirements.

Does It Smell?

The Bear Mattress doesn’t use any smelly volatile compounds, so the odor is neutral. According to the manufacturer, there might be a very slight smell when you open the delivery package, but it will dissipate immediately.

What’s The Feel and Firmness Scale of The Bear Mattress?

As pointed earlier, this mattress comes with only one default firmness setting – about 6.5 out 10 on the conventional firmness scale ( 10 being the most rigid/firm).

Nonetheless, apart from this, there’s a layer or a quick response foam that lines the exterior of the mattress that makes the Bear a tad more responsive than the usual/standard memory foam bed.

In short, the incorporating of the response foam provides a unique trade-off to the Bear Mattress, such that as much you can sink in comfortably in the mattress, you will still not get stuck or feel trapped in the morning or after spending a couple of hours on it.

To be exact, 90% of past Bear Mattress users felt that it had quite a good balance as far as rigidity and firmness are concerned.

How About Motion Transfer?

Motion transfer with the Bear Mattress is quite minimal – almost none at all. Which makes it an excellent option for couples if one of them if easily disturbed by shuffling or movement from the other one.

How is the Edge Support for the Bear Mattress?

You’ll find that the majority of foam mattresses don’t offer the edge support that you would get from hybrids and innerspring models. While the Bear mattress isn’t fantastic for edge support it isn’t any worse than other foam mattresses though it doesn’t offer strong edge support it is adequate enough and you won’t find yourself rolling off the side of the bed at night when your partner monopolizes the center of the bed.

What is the Thickness of the Bear Mattress?

The flagship Bear mattress is 10-inches thick and consists of 3 layers. The layers include 2-inches of gel memory foam, 2- inches of transitional foam, and a base layer consisting of 6-inches of support foam.

How is the Bear Mattress for Side Sleepers?

Looking at how the Bear mattress rates for different sleeping positions we can say that while the mattress is medium-firm it’s memory foam top layer performs well by contouring around pressure points such as the hips and shoulders. If the mattress does feel a little firm when you first use it you should realize that it will soften over time. So give the Bear mattress a month or two to settle first.

How is the Bear Mattress for Back and Stomach Sleepers?

Stomach and back sleepers shouldn’t encounter any issues with the Bear Mattress. In fact, this mattress has the ideal firmness for these types of sleepers. Your stomach or back won’t sink into the mattress resulting in back pain.

How is the Bear Mattress for Heavy or Large Sleepers?

If you over 250lb you are likely to be better off going for a coil innerspring mattress which offers more durability and support than foam mattresses. You will certainly need more support from your mattress if you are a larger person who likes to sleep on your stomach or back.

 What Sizes are Available?

Twin 50 lbs & 39″ x 75″ x 10″

Twin XL 50 lbs & 39″ x 80″ x 10″

Full 60 lbs & 54″ x 75″ x 10″

Queen 70 lbs & 60″ x 80″ x 10″

King: 90 lbs & 76″ x 80″ x 10″

Cal King 90 lbs & 72″ x 84″ x 12″

What is the Returns Policy and Warranty for the Bear Mattress?

Bear offers a pretty generous returns policy for their mattress, you get the chance to try it out for at least 30 nights and up to 100 nights. The first night starts once the mattress has been delivered and if it doesn’t meet your expectations then you contact Bear and ask them to collect it with no hassles before the one-hundredth night. Your mattress will be collected totally free and delivered to a local charity. Do give the mattress time to settle in though, it takes a little time to adjust to a new mattress.

Shipping is free to the 48 states but a fee is charged for shipping to Alaska or Hawaii.

Bear also offers the standard 10-year limited warranty that most of the best mattress brands offer these days.

Bear Mattress Reviews – What Users are Saying Online

We didn’t find any negativity when we searched for a Bear Mattress review online. Many athletes and physically active people found the mattress helped them with restful sleep and to recover faster from the day’s activities. As well as it’s positive reviews from athletes the Bear mattress also received great feedback from other users including those with stressful jobs and students. One undergraduate student mentioned waking up before her alarm clock went off completely refreshed after sleeping on this mattress.

Another reviewer found the mattress a little too firm at first but after a few days giving it time to adjust she found as a side sleeper that it offered great pressure relief once it was given time to settle. This is why Bear offers a returns policy of between 30 and 100 days so that you get the chance to adjust.

What is the Bear Pro Mattress?

This is one of the latest products in the Bear range and is an upgraded version of the standard Bear mattress. The Bear Pro is 12 inches thick and comes with an extra copper-infused top layer. While the price is more expensive than the standard mattress it still offers a lot of value for money. Especially for those who want more cushioning for pressure points and even better heat dissipation than the original.

It still shares many of the features with the Bear Mattress such as the Celliant cover but the foam layers are of a higher quality and the copper-infused layer offers additional benefits. It also comes with the same 100 nights risk-free trial and 10-year warranty that the original offers.

The Bear Pro has four layers; high-density foam for the supporting base layer, a balanced foam transition layer, a gel memory foam layer that helps dissipate body heat, and a comfort layer at the top which is copper-infused.

So let’s talk about how the addition of copper to a mattress can make for a better night’s sleep.

Copper acts as a fantastic thermal conductor so it pulls away body heat ensuring that you stay at a desirable temperature when you are sleeping. It also has excellent natural anti-microbial properties which will prevent against nasty germs and unpleasant odors. This extra top layer also gives sleepers an additional layer of cushioning which makes it very appealing to side sleepers.

While side sleepers will probably gain the most from this mattress back sleepers and stomach sleepers will still feel the benefits as like the original bear mattress this one is medium-firm but with a little more softness. So it scores for back support, comfort and pressure relief. Reading the many reviews on the Bear website it seems to do a very good job of alleviating lower back pain.

While you might spend a little more for the Bear Pro its added features could be a great investment for a better night’s sleep. It would suit all sleeping positions and is an ideal mattress for those with active lifestyles.

What is the Bear Hybrid Mattress?

The Bear Hybrid is the top of the range model out of their three choices of mattresses. If you take all the great features of the original bear mattress and combine them with their Quantum edge coil system you get the ultimate in sleep comfort.

While it still incorporates the same Celliant cover as the Bear Mattress and the Bear Pro mattress the Bear Hybrid is a 14″ coil mattress with 5 layers. Bear describes it as having the feel of a luxury hotel mattress.

As well as the standard hand-quilted Celliant cover that aids more restful sleep this mattress consists of the following layers.

The comfort layer consists of 2 inches of Hypersoft gel-infused cooling foam and 2 inches of polyfoam.

The transitional layer consists of a 1-inch layer of responsive foam providing pressure relief and airflow to the mattress.

The support core is made up of an 8-inch pocketed coil system and a high-density foam base 1 inch in thickness.

With great edge support from the Quantum edge coil system and its comfortable but firm support, this is a luxurious mattress at a competitive price. As this is an innerspring coil mattress and is the top model in Bear’s range do expect to pay a premium.

Bear Mattress Accessories

Bear Mattress has added to its family of products with a number of new accessories, including the Bear Pillow and Bear Protector.

Bear Pillow

the bear mattress pillowThe Bear Pillow is an all-sleep position pillow designed with ultimate cooling and recovery technology.

The pillow naturally contours to the sleeper’s desired position, and providing support of the head, neck, and spine.

The Dual mesh side panels support continuous air-flow resulting in the perfect cool & dry sleep climate.

Bear Protect

the bear mattress protectorThe Bear Protect mattress protector offers a five-sided, waterproof, breathable cover that helps you sleep cool.

The HeiQ Adaptive Fabric Technology works with Bear Mattress’ Celliant Technology to transport moisture and heat away from the body.

The Bear Pillow and Bear Protector offer great options for anyone looking for a cooler, more restorative sleep.

Bear Mattress Encasement

If you require maximum protection for your bear mattress then check out this six-sided encasement that is totally bug proof.

The Bear mattress encasement uses BedBugBanisher® a patented technology that protects against bed bugs. The encasement is also hypoallergenic and protects against irritants such as dust mites, mold, and allergens.

It completely encases all sides even the bottom of the mattress for a total six sized protection. While some encasements might feel like you are sleeping on a shower curtain this one is smooth and soft as well as being cool and breathable.

The mattress encasement is something to consider if you have pets who might bring in all sorts of critters from the garden on to your bed.

The encasement is machine washable and comes with free shipping in the US and comes with a 10 year warranty.

Bear Weighted Blanket

If you want to feel secure and cozy at night then the Bear hypoallergenic weighted blanket with its super softhe Bear weighted Blankett plush microfiber cover and evenly distributed glass bead interior will do just that. It comes in charcoal, cream and light gray, weighs 15lbs and is a queen size blanket.

This hypoallergenic will help boost your melatonin and serotonin levels. It reduces stress and anxiety levels reviewers describe is as ‘really making a difference’ and ‘feeling like a hug’.

The Dimensions of the Bear Weighted Blanket are 60″ x 80″ x 14″ and it comes with free shipping.

How Much Does it Cost?

These are the current prices you can get with our coupon GREEN20 , granting a discount of 20% + 2 pillows & sheets:

SizeRegular PriceDiscounted Price
Twin:$500$400
Twin XL:$600$480
Full:$700$560
Queen:$800$640
King:$900$720
Cal King:$900$720

The discounted price is especially good when compared to other memory foam mattresses with similar regenerating properties.

What’s the Verdict of this Bear Mattress Review?

While Bear is an established brand it’s only recently that they have been making waves in the mattress market with their range of sleep products. The company is US based and offers great customer service along with a generous returns policy. For all the features that are included with the Bear Mattress, we believe that it offers great value for its price. If you want added comfort or not sure if a memory foam mattress is for you then you can always look at upgrading to the Bear Pro or the Bear Hybrid.

In a nutshell, here are some of the major pros and cons of this mattress:

Pros

  • Innovative technology with a good price – only $640 here (get 20% off with GREEN20 coupon)
  • Built especially for active people
  • 100-night risk-free trial to all new buyers
  • All-inclusive 10-year warranty

Cons

  • A new brand with not much history
  • Sometimes deemed too firm

Further FAQs

Hopefully, we have provided you with all the information you need to make an informed decision if the Bear mattress is suitable for your needs or not. Below are a few more frequently asked questions on the Bear mattress that might be of help.

Are Bear Mattresses US made?

Yes, the Bear Mattress is manufactured by this family business in a factory in Wisconsin using high-quality CertiPur-US Certified foams.

What is the difference between the Bear Mattress and the Bear Pro?

The Bear Pro is an upgraded version of the original mattress and is 12 inches thick rather than 10 inches thick. It offers all the great features of the standard mattress but with an added layer of copper foam for added coolness, pressure relief, and comfort.

What is the difference between the Bear Mattress and the Bear Hybrid?

While the standard mattress is 10” thick and is made from foam, the Hybrid is 14” thick and combines foams with an 8” pocketed coil layer. This is the top of the range premium mattress that has the feel of a more traditional mattress. It offers superior pressure relief as well as the trademark Celliant Sleep Technology that Bear is known for.

What is Celliant Sleep Technology?

Celliant is an infrared textile that has been clinically proven to improve restful sleep and overall physical well being. It has been tested by five clinical studies to prove that it works. All three of Bear’s mattresses offer Celliant Sleep Technology.

Do you need to flip the Bear Mattress?

No, you shouldn’t flip the Bear Mattress as it is designed to be one-sided. It is a good idea to rotate the mattress 180 degrees around every 6 months.

Are Bear products available at bricks and mortar stores?

At the time of writing, Bear products are only available to purchase online from their website. They do own a showroom in Hoboken, New Jersey that is for viewing only and customers can try out the product there.

How firm is the bear mattress?

Verified buyers on the Bear website rated the mattress as medium-firm giving it a rating of 7.1 out of 10 with the highest number of 10 being the most firm.

Are they easy to clean?

As with other mattresses, you shouldn’t go overboard with water when cleaning it. Bear recommends that you use warm water and a mild detergent to spot clean the mattress.

Do Bear sell bases for their mattresses?

Bear does have an adjustable base that is remote-operated and perfect for combining with a Bear mattress. They also offer an easy to assemble fiberglass infused resin frame and a slatted wood foundation. Bear sells plenty of high-quality items to provide restful sleep and are always expanding their range of innovative sleep products.


Lauren Kendrick

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Lauren Kendrick

Updated at June 19, 2020