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Bear Mattress - Too Hard?

Review by Andy David
Mattress expert Updated Jan 2020

Summary

  • The Bear mattress is a good choice for back sleepers who need plenty of lumbar support and combo sleepers who change positions at night. Average weight people find it most comfortable. It’s too firm for most light weight people and side sleepers, while heavy weight people find it unsupportive
  • The mattress is made in the USA and ships for free across the country, as well as Canada. Customers can try it risk-free for 100 nights and it comes with a 10-year warranty (industry standard). At $840 for a Queen, it’s an affordable memory foam mattress.
  • The Bear has a Celliant cover and contains open-cell foam to encourage airflow, as well as promote recovery and wellbeing. It’s a good mattress choice for active people who benefit from physical rejuvenation during the night.

Is the Bear mattress too hard?

The Bear is often too firm for light weight people to sleep comfortably. The three-layered, ten-inch mattress doesn’t provide enough pressure point relief and cushioning for lighter people, who find it too hard and unyielding. It’s also too soft to stop most heavy weight people from sinking through the top foam layers to the high-density poly foam base.

The mattress is also too firm for side sleepers who need more ‘give’ for their hips and shoulders. Sleeping on the Bear can cause aches and pains for many side sleepers, while stomach sleepers can feel unsupported and develop similar discomfort. But back sleepers benefit from the firm lumbar support provided by the mattress, which rates 6 out of 10 for firmness.

Additionally, the Celliant cover of the Bear is a bonus for active people who benefit from its rejuvenating properties while sleeping. It feels good to the touch and is breathable to help keep it temperature neutral. Motion isolation on the Bear is good, but bounce quality is low.

The mattress is best for:

  • Average weight people – Average weight people find the Bear mattress strikes a good balance between comfort and support. It provides enough firm support without causing discomfort.
  • Back & combo sleepers – The Bear mattress is firm and supportive, helping keep your spine aligned at night. Back sleepers benefit from the lumbar support it provides, while combination sleepers enjoy its responsiveness when changing positions.
  • Couples who are easily woken at night – The Bear mattress has a high level of motion isolation, deadening movement in its foam layers. Couples sharing the mattress won’t wake each other easily at night when moving.
  • People on a lower budget – Shoppers on a lower budget should consider the Bear mattress. At $840 for a Queen size, it’s an affordable choice for many customers.

Who should avoid the Bear:

  • Light & heavy weight side sleepers – Average weight side sleepers find the Bear mattress comfortable, but light and heavy weight sleepers will struggle with its firmness and supportiveness. It’s too hard for most light weight side sleepers’ hips and shoulders to sink comfortably into the mattress body. Heavy weight side sleepers, on the other hand, find it too unsupportive.
  • Heavy weight people who need durable support – Heavy weight sleepers looking for a sturdy, long-term mattress investment should consider another brand. The Bear mattress isn’t supportive enough for most heavy people and loses comfort over time.
  • Light weight people who prefer a softer mattress – The Bear mattress rates 6 out of 10 for firmness but feels harder. It’s often too firm for light weight people, causing aches and pain.
  • People with back pain – Similarly, people with back pain will find the mattress too firm. While it provides good lumbar support, it’s too hard to provide back pain relief for most people. It also loses durability over time and causes back pain for many people.
  • Hot sleepers – The Bear mattress is temperature neutral for many people, aided by its breathable Celliant cover. But hot sleepers will become too warm on its heat-retaining foam layers.

Memory Foam Construction

  • The Bear mattress is an all-foam bed containing three layers. It has two inches of memory foam under a breathable Celliant cover. A poly-foam transition layer stops most sleepers sinking too much at night, and six inches of high-density poly foam gives the mattress plenty of sturdiness.
  • The memory foam layer of the mattress provides a good deal of pressure point relief for hips and shoulders. It also contains cooling graphite gel and open-cell response foam to tackle overheating. But hot sleepers won’t benefit enough from these design features to keep them cool.
  • Heavy weight people sink through the memory foam and transition poly-foam layers of the mattress to the high-density base layer. This causes discomfort and leads to aches developing. The foam in the Bear mattress also loses comfort over time, especially for heavy weight people.

Value

  • Shoppers can pick up a Queen-size Bear mattress for $840, making it an affordable foam mattress. Cheaper memory foam beds like the Leesa are available, but the Bear is still competitively-priced.
  • Value-adding features of the Bear mattress include its Celliant cover, which promotes increased wellbeing and bodily recovery, and its cooling, open-cell foam design. It’s not the only mattress on the market using Celliant fiber, but very few mattresses can boast it as a feature.
  • Bear make their mattresses in Hoboken, New Jersey. They ship for free across the USA and Canada. Shoppers can also try out the mattress at the company showroom in Hoboken.
  • The Bear mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night trial. Customers have to keep it for at least 30 nights before returning it. Some other brands have longer trial and warranty periods, but those of Bear are standard in the industry.
  • The mattress arrives compressed and sealed in a box. It expands fast after unpacking and can be slept on within hours of delivery. Off-gassing is also very minimal, making it a good choice for people who are sensitive to smell.

Couples

  • The Bear mattress is a good choice for couples who sleep lightly at night. Its all-foam design is superb at trapping motion and stopping it from transferring across the bed. Couples are unlikely to disturb each other on the Bear mattress.
  • Intimacy quality on the mattress is good due to its responsiveness, but lack of bounce can reduce enjoyment for some couples.
  • The Celliant cover and open-cell design of the Bear promote cooling but it still sleeps hot for many people. Heavy weight couples won’t find it as cool and may overheat at night.
  • The Bear mattress isn’t the best choice for heavy couples. It lacks enough support and firmness to keep heavy people from sinking through the comfort layers of the bed to the hard base layer.

Side Sleepers

  • The Bear mattress isn’t the best choice for side sleepers. The firmness and support it provides can be problematic for side sleepers of different weights. Average weight side sleepers find it most comfortable.
  • Light weight side sleepers find the mattress too firm. It doesn’t have enough ‘give’ for hips and shoulders to sink comfortably into the foam layers, minimising pressure point relief. Light weight side sleepers can develop pain on the Bear mattress.
  • Heavy weight side sleepers don’t feel supported on the Bear mattress. They’re likely to sink through the memory and poly foam layers to the hard base layer. Heavy weight people should try the Bear Hybrid, which provides more support for heavier sleepers.

Cooling

  • The Celliant cover and open-cell foam design of the Bear mattress help promote airflow to keep the mattress temperature neutral. It sleeps cooler than many other memory foam beds.
  • But heavy weight sleepers are still likely to find the mattress warm at night because they sink further into the foam layers. Heavy weight people can feel ‘trapped’ in the Bear mattress and sleep hot as a result.
  • Couples can sleep hot on the Bear mattress, especially heavy weight couples and those who enjoy intimacy. Latex or hybrid brands are a better fit for couples who need to stay cool at night because they retain less heat.

Comparisons

The Bear Hybrid is another mattress made by Bear. Like the Bear mattress, it has a Celliant cover and a foam layer with cooling properties. But its pocketed coil support layer makes it more supportive and a better choice for heavy weight people than the Bear original.

More support for heavy weight people – The Bear Hybrid provides a great deal more support for heavy weight people. Its pocketed coil layer helps keep heavy weight sleepers from sinking too far into the foam layers. But some heavy people still feel ‘stuck’ in the Bear Hybrid. 

Better for back pain relief – People with back pain find the Bear Hybrid more supportive and comfortable. It provides plenty of lumbar support and pressure relief. But like the Bear original, it can lose comfort over time.

Higher price tag – The Bear Hybrid is more expensive than the Bear original, coming in at $1,390 for a Queen size. Customers on a budget may need to consider a more affordable foam hybrid alternative, like the Brooklyn Bedding Signature.

Similar trial & longer warranty – Customers can try both mattresses for 100 nights risk-free. But the warranty period for the Bear Hybrid is twice as long as the Bear original.

Bear Hybrid Review: See Review

The Nectar mattress is another all-foam bed similar in firmness and price to the Bear. But the Nectar is a much better choice for side sleepers.

Better for side sleepers – The Nectar mattress is a good choice for side sleepers because of the pressure point relief it provides. It strikes a good balance between comfort and support for hips and elbows.

Best trial & warranty – Customers can try the Nectar mattress for 365 nights risk-free, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty. In both instances, it’s far superior to the Bear mattress.

Made in China – The Nectar mattress costs less than the Bear at $699. But unlike Bear, the Nectar is made in China and shipped from centers across the USA.

Similar firmness issues – Both the Nectar and Bear mattresses are often too soft for heavy weight people and too firm for light weight people. Average weight sleepers enjoy both mattresses.

Nectar Review: See Review

The Leesa is an all-foam mattress with a similar firmness rating to the Bear. But it’s more comfortable for side sleepers.

Similar price – At $849, the Leesa mattress is similar in price to the Bear. Both mattresses also have the same trial period and warranty length (100 nights and 10 years).

Better for side sleepersSide sleepers enjoy the Leesa mattress more than the Bear. It has better pressure point relief than the Bear, but heavy weight sleepers won’t find either mattress supportive enough.

Not supportive enough for heavy people – Like the Bear, the Leesa mattress doesn’t provide enough support for heavy weight people. Heavy people should consider a hybrid or innerspring brand with a sturdier support structure.

Less cooling potential – The Bear mattress is a better choice for people who want a temperature neutral bed. Its Celliant cover and open-cell foam design help keep sleepers cooler than the Leesa. But neither mattress is ideal for hot sleepers.

Leesa Review: See Review

FAQs

The Bear mattress isn’t the best choice for back pain relief. It’s too firm for many people and loses some comfort over time, causing back pain.

Side sleepers won’t find the Bear mattress comfortable. It’s too firm and doesn’t provide enough pressure point relief.

The Bear is a medium-firm mattress rating 6 out of 10. It feels much harder to light weight people but can be too soft for heavy weight sleepers.

The Bear mattress is 10 inches thick. It’s made up of three layers of foam under a breathable Celliant cover.

Like many foam beds, the Bear mattress can sleep hot for some people. Its breathable cover and open-cell foam design help keep temperatures down, but hot sleepers should try another brand.

Summary

Overall rating
3.6 out of 5
Rated & Review by
Andy David

The Bear mattress is a good choice for back sleepers and average weight people. At $840, it’s good value for most shoppers. The mattress is made in the USA and ships for free across the country, as well as Canada. Its Celliant cover and open-cell foam help reduce heat build-up and promote recovery for active people.

Some people find the Bear mattress too firm, especially side sleepers and light weight people. Heavy weight people can sink through the foam layers of the bed and feel unsupported.

Key reasons to buy and not buy: 

  • Great motion isolation – The Bear mattress has a high level of motion isolation, making it a great choice for couples sharing a bed. Restless sleepers won’t wake their partners on the Bear mattress.
  • Celliant cover – The Celliant cover of the Bear mattress is breathable and helps promote recovery and wellbeing. It’s a good bed choice for active people.
  • Too firm for many – The Bear mattress is too firm for light weight people and side sleepers. There isn’t enough ‘give’ in the mattress body for hips and elbows to experience much-needed pressure relief. Heavy weight people find the mattress unsupportive.
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