Bear Mattress Review 2021 – Taking An In-Depth Look

Bear Mattress

Bear mattress offers two amazing mattresses. Although its memory foam version has won awards among athletes, their Hybrid has won acclaim from everyone. Some of their differentiators include a Celliant® cover that is an FDA approved medical device, diffusing heat and facilitating deeper sleep while helping with pain and muscle recovery. These mattresses also are designed to be superior at supporting the spine and alleviating aches & pains. With these factors and their all-inclusive and low priced Bear Bundle that includes pillows and mattress protector, folks love these beds.

Who Is Bear ?

Bear is a family business that was started more than 25 years ago, and they strive to offer superior customer service as well as the highest-quality materials. Their team places a high focus on athletics, and this is something you might appreciate if you engage in high intensity training on a regular basis.

The buildup of lactic acid initiates a process known as glycolysis. Without getting too scientific, this basically means your body must generate energy anaerobically as the body requires energy production faster than oxygen can be properly delivered. The end result is the sore feeling you get after strenuous exercise.

If you exercise often, you would probably frequently find yourself feeling aches and pains, and it won’t be unusual for you to experience sprains and other minor injuries from time to time. However, with their focus on athletics, Bear has used decades of research to offer a product designed with athletes in mind. The cover utilizes Celliant technology, which will be discussed in full detail.

Free Trial and Money-Back Guarantee

The investment in a mattress is an important one, and you don’t want to end up disappointed as this is a product you likely plan to enjoy for several years. Bear understands this, and that’s why they offer their customers a money-back guarantee. They do ask that you try out the product for at least 30 days before you ultimately make this decision as our bodies do take time to adapt to new surfaces.

However, you can rest assure that Bear allows for you to use their product for 100 days from the date it arrives at your doorstep. This shows that they are confident in their product and aim to encourage their customers the chance to see just how their innovative technology can provide exciting benefits over time.

The Bear Mattress

Bear Mattress brings innovative cooling technology to sleepers with their addition of Celliant® technology on both their Bear Mattress and Bear Hybrid mattresses. For those that sleep warm, live in a warm environment, or are athletic, these mattresses are shown to help relieve muscle fatigue and regulate body temperature. Read on to learn more about what’s inside their high quality mattresses…

Quality of Materials

Bear makes two high grade mattresses: The Bear Mattress and the Bear Hybrid, both of which will be discussed in depth.

Here is what’s in the original Bear Mattress

Layer 1

The first and most important is their Celliant® cover. Celliant® is a very special material that reacts to your body heat to create infrared light and clinically has been proven to help blood oxygenation and circulation. This has instant effects on both keeping your mattress cool and also helping you rejuvenate after a workout (or if you are chronically in back pain). Many users have used this technology after suffering from a severe muscle strain and can stand behind its impact.

The initial layer features an ILD of nine pounds, and it is composed of one inch of Cool Graphite-Gel Memory Foam with a four pound density. The memory foam, as the name implies, has a slow bounce-back. When pushed on the top layer, it only takes a few seconds for it to resume its original form.

I personally enjoy the feeling this produces as it increases the hug and contour you can achieve. Since this layer is only one-inch thick, it doesn’t go overboard and make it difficult to move around as you find the best sleeping position. Furthermore, the Cool Graphite-Gel addressed another problem that plagues memory foam materials in that it helps encourage proper air-flow to prevent sleeping too hot.

Layer 2

The next layer contains Quick Response Foam, this further helped when it comes to being able to move around with ease. As the name implies, it is very quick to bounce back when pressure is released.
Layer two is made up of not one but two layers of Quick Response Foam. The first one is 1.5 inches and the second one inch. On each layer, you can enjoy a slightly higher indentation load deflection of ten pounds and a three pound density.

Layer 3

At last, we arrive at the 6.5 inch base with a 30 pound indentation load deflection and 1.8 pound density. When the four layers of material are combined, they had a very good bounce-back capability even though the unit includes the use of memory foam. You will be surprised at this capability as most of you have grown quite accustomed to the “sinking-in” feeling that often accompanies this type of material. While it did take a few seconds for the top layer to resume original form, the response of the lower layers helped create a balance that you won’t be expecting.

Firmness and Comfort Levels

We are unique individuals, and that’s what makes the world an interesting place. However, this can make it difficult when you’re mattress shopping. Some people prefer softer mattresses and some firmer. However, it is worth nothing that Bear did a phenomenal job at finding a happy medium. I think the best way to describe it would be to allude to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Papa Bear’s bed was too hard, Mama’s too soft… but Baby Bear’s bed was just right.

When you consider the overall indentation load deflection, I think this analogy is very fitting. Too soft would be adequately portrayed in an ILD of 12, and too hard can be typically represented around 50. However, at 23.7 pounds, I think maybe Bear was made for Baby as it’s one that would have suited Miss Goldilocks just right.

Quality of Upper Comfort Layers

The contributing factors of comfort are found in the upper layers of the mattress, the combination of memory foam and quick response foam provided a great level of cradle and contour that will allow you to sleep on my back, stomach and side without any problem. Since side sleepers often benefit from softer firmness level, I think the memory foam serves its purpose in helping to relieve pressure points like those around your hips and shoulders.

At the same time, however, you will be able to switch positions without a problem as a direct result of the placement of the quick response foam. This combination so close to the surface provides the result Bear was intending.

Edge Support

If you’ve spent much time researching the best mattress for your needs, you very well may have heard that, generally speaking, foam mattresses lack in edge support. Edge support represents the support your mattress has around the sides. When it’s lacking, you can find that it feels like you may easily fall off when you near the edges.

The Bear Mattress is no exception to this general memory foam rule. When you sit on the edge, it sinks in quite a bit as can be seen in this picture. Therefore, if you tend to spend a lot of time sitting on the edge of the mattress, a foam construction may not be the best choice as you shop.

Motion Isolation

Where the Bear lacks in edge support it makes up for in motion isolation. If you’ve ever slept with someone who moves around a lot during the night, you know just how disruptive this can become, and being awakened can prevent you from achieving the restful sleep you need for proper health and well-being.

A 20 pound ball was used during testing and when dropped it onto the bed, it only bounced very slightly before coming to rest. The ball was then placed on one side of the bed and dropped an identical ball on the other side. There was very minimal disruption of the resting ball. You could also see clearly that the bed quickly bounced back when the ball was dropped.

It’s not uncommon for your nine-year-old daughter to come and join you during the evening. In other mattresses you have used, this may have caused you to wake up. However, you will not notice anything on the Bear mattress when she does the same. Overall, you should be satisfied with this product’s ability to effectively counteract motion transfer.

Heat Transfer

Memory foam mattresses are known to sleep hot. Again, if you are a long-time memory foam user, you might attest that these products will cause you to wake up in a hot sweat.

Using a thermal camera to capture heat transfer in action. I laid on the mattress for a period of 30 minutes. Overall, it took right about 17 minutes for the mattress to return to room temperature. When compared with some of the latex products I’ve tested, this takes a little bit longer to cool off. However, considering this mattress contains memory foam, I wasn’t surprised. In these images, you can see the test from start to finish. If this seems like it may be a little too hot for your preferences, you can still take advantage of the many benefits when you consider the purchase of a nacreous mattress pad.


While laying on the mattress, you will find it to be sufficient in supporting your body and keeping everything aligned, this is due to the quality of the overall construction. The high-density foam base provides the support necessary to prevent areas of sagging. While the small layer of memory foam contours to your body, the majority of the composition of the combined unit is found in the firm and supportive base.

Celliant Cover

Utilizing decades of dedicated research by professionals in medicine, physics, and biology and guidance by a specialized Scientific Advisory Board, this product is one that converts body heat into infrared energy. The creation of a renewable energy source enables your body to take advantage of a number of exciting benefits.

First of all, for those who spend a lot of time playing sports or at the gym, the boost in oxygen levels can prove to help your body recover after high levels of physical strain. Furthermore, since infrared light is a proven vasodilator, proper circulation is better encouraged, and this helps regulate your body heat even with memory foam right beneath you.

Since oxygen levels in your tissues are boosted, those with health issues can find relief, and this includes those who suffer with high blood sugar, muscle tears, arthritis, congestive heart failure. Looking at reviews from users that have used the mattress, they all notice waking up feeling a sense of rejuvenation that they haven’t experienced with other products. However, if that doesn’t convince you, it’s worth noting that the results of Celliant technology have been scientifically proven in more than nine clinical trials by a number of reputable schools including:

University of California, Irvine, University of Calgary, UCI Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Texas A&M University and Loyola University Chicago

Maintenance, Protection, Care and Warranty

If you do decide to make a purchase, I want you to first rest assured that there is a 10 year limited warranty that covers defects such as indentations of more than one inch, cracks or splits of the foam, or issues with the zipper. However, failure to take proper care of the product can result in this warranty becoming voided. Therefore, there are some maintenance and care tips you should employ to ensure your mattress stays in good shape. These include:

If you have a spill, spot clean the mattress using warm water and detergent. If it’s just a water spill, the cover does come off, so you can dry it easily. The Bear Mattress is versatile in that it is designed to lay flat on any hard surface, and this includes: adjustable bed frames, bunkie boards, floors, box springs, foundations and platforms.

It could take some time for the bed to settle after first opening. Depending on the amount of time it sat in the box, this could take up to 24 hours.

The Bear Hybrid Mattress

The Bear Hybrid mattress is a high end mattress that provides the pressure relieving benefits of memory foam, the deep support of pocketed coils, and the cooling of Celliant® fiber. This is a great option for anyone looking for a balanced hybrid mattress, but specifically those that need deeper muscle relaxation and recovery, these mattresses are built for you.

Quality of Materials

Cover Layer: The top layer is made of Celliant® fibers. These fibers provide superior advantages to muscle relief and keep things cool by converting your body’s heat energy away. The FDA calls out Celliant® fibers as a medical device for general wellness.

Layer 1

The first comfort layer is a soft layer of contouring premium comfort foam that molds to the body and provides pressure relief for the hips and shoulders.

Layer 2

The second comfort layer is made of slimmer responsive transition foam that is similar to latex with its subtle bounce and more supportive texture.

Layer 3

The support system is made of Quantum Edge coils that each respond to the body independently to cut down on partner disturbance and to provide superior support and spinal alignment.

Layer 5

The last layer is high-density support foam that provides deep support to the coil matrix above and provides long lasting durability.

Overall Comfort

These mattresses get great reviews from customers when it comes to overall comfort. Happy customers describe a cooling sleep with a cozy firmness and rejuvenation to the body.


The Bear Hybrid comes in a medium firmness profile, which is ideal for average sized sleepers as a versatile option for multiple sleeping positions. Those that are very slight in body size may find it too firm while side sleeping, but this is a rarity.

Back Pain Relief

From the Celliant® layer on top to the high quality Quantum Edge coils, this mattress is designed to support the back and spine. There are multiple customer accounts of immediate support and pain alleviation with this mattress.


One of the things that Bear Mattress does supremely well is cooling. The Celliant® top layer is known to sleep cool and get cool more than alternatives. Those that are warm sleepers will be refreshed with the cooling ability of this mattress versus other foam hybrid options.

Who Is The Bear Hybrid Right For ?

This mattress is a great option for most average sized sleepers. Additionally, anyone that has achy muscles and need extra rejuvenation while they sleep should pay this mattress extra consideration.

Comparing Bear Mattresses with Nectar Mattresses

Nectar is one of the most popular mattress brands. They have great differentiators – their memory foam mattress is a perfectly cozy medium-firm (both supportive and pressure-relieving), which most customers find desirable versus others. If you are interested, you can read more about our Nectar Mattress Review too.

Whereas the Bear Mattress memory foam version has won awards among athletes and their Hybrid has won acclaim from everyone.

Nectar offers a full year trial and a ‘forever’ warranty, which is really generous compared to other brands. With CertiPUR-US foams, optional white glove delivery, a competitive price point, and ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ financing through Affirm, this is definitely an offer that Bear does not match up to.

However, it is important to note that when you’re looking at a Bear Mattress, you’re talking about a mattress that features a Celliant® cover that is an FDA approved medical device, diffusing heat and facilitating deeper sleep while helping with pain and muscle recovery. These Bear mattresses are all designed to be superior at supporting the spine and alleviating aches & pains. This is something that the more affordable Nectar mattress doesn’t provide.

Comparing Bear Mattresses with Dreamcloud Mattresses

Dreamcloud is one of the most exciting mattress-in-a-box brands, with one of the best all-around hybrid mattresses on the market and one of the best pillow-top mattresses available online. They offer 15” of high-end materials with an exclusive hand-tufted top for one of the most comfortable sleeps available. When it comes to feel, the luxury pillow-top, high quality memory foam and latex, and the support of micro-coils provide a deeper night’s sleep, ideal for side sleepers. With ‘Buy Now and Pay Later’ financing through Affirm and a 365 day trial, this is one of the best luxury bargains anywhere. The Dreamcloud is definitely a brand to be reckoned with, and I would highly encourage that you read our Dreamcloud Mattress Review if you would like to find a suitable mattress.

However, if you’re looking for a mattress to ease your back and muscle aches the Bear Mattress should still be your number 1 choice. Ask any athlete, they will recommend the Bear Mattress without a doubt of any other great brands out there in the market.


There are many great mattresses out there offered by great companies such as Nectar, Dreamcloud, Solaire and etc. 

But if you constantly have high intensity training and suffer from muscle and back aches regularly, the Bear Mattress is definitely the way to go, if you have a higher budget in finding a mattress, definitely you should look for the Bear Hybrid mattress for extra rejuvenation. 

About the Author Jessica Larsen

I am a big advocate that having great sleep is something everyone deserves. With over 10 years of experience in this field, I would love to use this platform as a means to help you achieve a good night's sleep.

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