Bear Mattress Review

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Bear Mattress is a 25-year-old bedding provider, geared toward providing consumers with a restful and therapeutic night’s sleep. Each of their mattresses are designed to provide optimum comfort and support, using various innovative technologies and methods of construction as a means to this end. The use of graphite-gel cooling foam and a sleep-enhancing “smart fabric” are hallmarks of the brand. The company also offers a 100-day warranty to ensure that consumer satisfaction is guaranteed.

The Bear Mattress company has developed a one-size-fits-all mattress for their consumers, with their focus being on athletes and those with an active lifestyle. A group of individuals experienced in the bedding industry joined together and founded the Bear Mattress company in 2014. Their idea behind creating the mattress was to cater to those who needed a good night’s rest as well as the enhanced recovery in their body. If you normally wake up with aches and pains, the Celliant material in Bear Mattresses will help give your body the relief it needs. So you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, instead of tired still aching. This review will help you decide if the product meets your personal needs.

Materials and Construction

The mattresses are certified by CertiPUR-US. This guarantees that they follow strict compliance environmental and health standards. The materials used to make the mattresses are toxic free and safe for you and the environment. They tested for low emission {low VOCS), which makes them have safe indoor air quality. The mattresses are made WITHOUT using the following harmful chemicals:

  • prohibited phthalates
  • ozone depleters
  • PBDEs (dangerous flame retardants)
  • mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • formaldehyde

Bear Mattresses are made up of four eco-friendly foam layers. It’s designed to speed up your body’s recovery process needed after an active day. The materials used in the construction help to regulate oxygen flow in your body’s cells. This also helps to improve blood flow and keep you cool while you sleep. Each layer of the mattress increases in firmness as they go down through the mattress, giving you a balanced feel while you sleep. Let’s take a look at each of the layers that make up the mattress.

  • Top Cover – The breathable Celliant woven top cover helps keep you cool while you sleep comfortably all night long. It also helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your body’s cells. While you are sleeping, your aches and pains are being reduced thanks to the increased oxygenation in your body. Celliant is also found in athletic apparel and equipment. The material aids in recovery by converting your body heat into infrared light to improve blood flow. This top cover is wrapped around all the layers of the mattress.
  • First Layer – The first layer to the Bear Mattress is a 1.5” cooling graphite gel infused memory foam with a 4 lb. density. It helps to relieve pressure in your body while you sleep while also removing any unwanted body heat. Bear claims you can sleep up to 7x cooler with this mattress as compared other foam mattresses. The cooling graphite gel creates a cool sleeping atmosphere by pulling away your body heat and diffusing it into the mattress, which also helps to prevent night sweating. This is especially helpful if you suffer from hot flashes while you sleep.
  • Second Layer – The second layer of the mattress consists of one responsive comfort foam layer and one transitional performance foam layer. Each layer is 1” thick, with a 3.b density. This prevents you from being sucked into the mattress while you sleep. There’s a good balance of firmness and bounce to the mattress, which responds well to pressure from your body while you’re lying in bed.
  • Third Layer – The third layer is a 6.5” high-density foam mattress with a 1.8 lb. density. This high-density poly foam layer is the thickest one in the mattress. It’s the firm base layer that supports the layers above it and provides lasting durability to the mattress overall.

Foam mattresses tend to be subpar when it comes to support along the edges of the mattress. That’s not the case with a Bear Mattress though. The support in your Bear Mattress extends all along the edges, as well as in the center of the mattress. So if you are sleeping close to the edge, or you’re sitting on the edge one morning while you get dressed for the day, it won’t feel like you are going to roll off the edge.

Since the Bear Mattresses are CertiPUR, they don’t give off any smelly VOC gasses. The foam itself has little to no smell. The mattress itself may have a slight smell from packaging (like new furniture typically does), but it generally dissipates within a few days of unpackaging.

Sizing information:

  • Twin mattress is 39” x 75” x 10”. Its weight is 50 lbs.
  • Twin XL mattress is 39” x 80” x 10”. Its weight is 50 lbs.
  • Full mattress is 54” x 75” x 10”. Its weight is 60 lbs.
  • Queen mattress is 60” x 80” x 10”. Its weight is 70 lbs.
  • King mattress is 76” x 80” x 10”. Its weight is 90 lbs.
  • California King mattress is 72” x 84” x 10”. Its weight is 90 lbs.

Your Bear Mattress sleeping experience isn’t complete without a Bear Pillow to top it off. It’s an all-sleep position pillow that contours to your desired sleeping position. The pillow fully supports your head, neck, and spine. It’s dual mesh side panels allow for continual air flow, which gives you a comfortably cool sleeping climate. Another accessory for your mattress is the Bear Protect mattress protector. This waterproof, five-sided cover protects your mattress from spills and stains. Its HeiQ Adaptive Fabric Technology works synergistically with the Celliant Technology in the mattress to transport moisture and heat away from your body while you sleep.

Finally, note that the mattress is adjustable-base compatible, which can be an issue with some memory-foam models. Its relative lightness also makes it easy to move around. Owing to its bottom-to-top construction, it’s not meant to be flipped over, but the top cover is removable, which makes it easier to clean and dry in the event of spills.

Bear Hybrid

Bear also offers a Hybrid model, which includes a layer of micro-coils in its support core. Some would argue that this is not a true hybrid, as the coils are not of standard size, but if you’d like to test-drive the benefits of memory foam without sacrificing that essential bounce, the Bear Hybrid is a good pick.

The construction differs only slightly from the flagship model: The base layer is comprised of high-density support foam, but the next layer incorporates the use of encased micro-coils before finishing off with the cooling gel memory foam, the comfort layer, and the Celliant-infused cover.

That Smell: Off-Gassing

With any new product, there’s the risk of a slight chemical or warehouse odor upon unpacking. In the case of a mattress, this can be especially problematic, as no one wants to battle funky smells when trying to fall asleep.

In this case, a few testers detected a slight whiff or two when they first unboxed the product, while others noticed nothing at all. Those who did report off-gassing also noted that the smell dissipated within about an hour. Just in case, consumers should plan on letting the mattress air out for a while before setting it up.

Too Hard, Too Soft, or Just Right: The Firmness Factor

This is arguably the most important element to consider when choosing a mattress. A good mattress will provide you with a balanced level of both firmness and softness. You want your mattress to be firm enough to support you, and soft enough to comfortably sleep on. After a group of testers put the mattress to the test, it was determined that the gel memory foam was initially felt when first laying on the mattress. While enjoying the softness of the foam, it begins to contour to your body. Then you begin to feel the resiliency of the layers underneath as they respond to your body with a combination of bounce and firmness. The solid core support of the mattress makes for a comfortable overall foundation while sleeping.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest and 1 being the softest, the Bear Mattress comes in at a 6.5. This is an ideal range for a foam mattress. Firm enough to offer support, but still soft enough to provide you with comfort. Between the dense support offered from the base layer and the contouring ability of the top layer, you get a good balance of soft and firm from the mattress.

Indentation Load Deflection

The top layer of memory foam has an indentation load deflection (ILD) of about nine pounds. In layman’s terms, this means that nine pounds of force are necessary to create a 25 percent indentation on a four-inch square of foam. Below the graphite-gel foam, the ILD increases with each layer, with a 10-pound designation for the quick-response foam, 18 pounds for the performance layer, and 30 pounds for the base. Whether this creates the right degree of support is strictly a matter of personal preference, but these numbers put the product somewhere in the high middle when it comes to firmness.

The Middle Ground

While it can be interesting to experiment with differing levels of ILD, the bottom line is: Does the mattress provide the necessary support? The memory foam is a great asset in this department, as it hugs the contours of your body without allowing you to sink too far. The mattresses are best described as medium-firm–about a 6.5 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being as hard as a brick.

If you’re not sure which level of firmness you prefer, take your usual sleeping position into account. Medium-firm provides the ideal degree of support for back sleepers, owing to the fact that your weight is distributed more or less evenly in this position. While stomach sleepers often prefer a very firm mattress to prevent hip sag, that’s less of an issue here, as the numerous layers provides an adequate degree of support. Side sleepers, on the other hand, would be better off choosing a softer mattress.

Testers with frequent neck and back pain reported that their symptoms either eased or disappeared entirely after a few weeks’ use. Athletes, particularly those in training, should appreciate the Celliant technology, as it is intended to promote the healing of damaged tissue.

The Size of It

Body size is another factor to consider. Since this mattress is only just under a foot thick, it’s not a good choice for anyone who weighs over 250 pounds. People of size should consider looking into sleeping surfaces geared specifically toward their needs.

Sinking In

Some folks prefer to rest on top of the mattress during sleep, while others would rather be swallowed up by the material. Still others fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. The weight of the individual should be taken into account, as well as personal preference.

When it comes to memory foam, some sinking into the mattress is virtually guaranteed, but the levels vary. Here’s a guide to give you a rough outline of how much “sinkage” these mattresses provide. (The tests were performed using medicine balls in the weights reported.)

  • 6 pounds: One inch below the surface
  • 8 pounds: 1.5 inches
  • 10 pounds: 2 inches
  • 50 pounds: 4 inches

Pressure Points

It’s important that a mattress relieves pressure in your body, instead of increasing it. A poorly constructed mattress can create uncomfortable pressure points while you’re sleeping, potentially causing you to lose sleep and wake up in pain. The gel memory foam in the Bear Mattress does a good job of filling the spaces between your body and the mattress, preventing any unwanted pain and sleep loss from happening.

This is great news for back sleepers and stomach sleepers. The Bear Mattress is firm enough to support your spine, keeping it straight while you sleep on your stomach or back. This helps to avoid any unwanted back and hip pain. If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll find the Bear Mattress to be great at contouring around your body while you sleep. This helps your joints recover while you sleep, instead of adding pressure to your hips and shoulders. You’ll be comfortable in just about any position you sleep in with this mattress. The bounce in the mattress lets you comfortably change positions during the night without having to “crawl out” of the position you were previously in.

Motion Isolation

Let’s say the construct sounds perfect, and the firmness is just what you’re looking for. But is the other half of the mattress affected when there’s movement on one side?

If you’re sleeping with a partner who’s constantly tossing and turning throughout the night, this question might be the most important one of all. Bear Mattress receives consistently high ratings in this department, owing mainly to its many layers of differing thickness and density. Testers report a minimum of sleep disturbance, even when the second person slips into bed at a completely different time.

Since a Bear Mattress doesn’t have springs or moving parts, it is great with isolating motion. To test motion isolation for yourself, here’s a simple test: Take two objects of roughly the same weight, and drop the first one on the near side of the mattress. Note how long it bounces and jostles before coming to rest. Then switch sides and drop the second object on the opposing side of the bed. If the first object moves very little or not at all, the motion isolation is outstanding.

Light sleepers will also appreciate the virtual silence of the product. Another benefit to motion isolation is a reduction in noise. Tossing and turning while sleeping can cause a lot of noise for your partner while they try to sleep, but thankfully noise isn’t an issue with a Bear Mattress. Unless you’re just jumping up and down in the bed, motion and noise are minimal.

Edge Support

Co-sleepers often need to use the entire surface of the mattress, and therefore want assurances that they won’t fall off the edge if they roll over too far. This is a particular concern when it comes to foam mattresses, as they have no clearly defined edges.

In Bear’s case, there’s generally good support all around. Even when a bit of the body weight was redistributed off the bed, there was minimal compression reported. However, the compression increased when the tester was sitting on the very edge.

Bed Frame Foundation

Your Bear Mattress can be laid onto a variety of different flat surfaces like a box spring, platform base, etc. It can even be placed on slats, as long as the slats are placed close together. Bear makes their own foundations as well. One option is the adjustable foundation. It lets you angle the upper and lower portions of the bed with a button control. The other option is the standard heavy-duty platform foundation made from steel. It gives your bed more support while it is propped up. Its easy setup lets you just snap the foundation into place. Bear also offers a frame to go with the foundation, if you prefer your bed to be up off the ground.

Retention and Distribution of Body Heat

Memory foam, on the whole, tends to create a hotter night’s sleep than a traditional spring mattress. This is due to the same formfitting, retentive qualities that make the material appealing in the first place. However, there is one factor that sets Bear Mattress apart from the rest: The implementation of Celliant cooling technology in its top layer.

Celliant is created by grinding active minerals into infinitesimally small particles (100 times thinner than a single human hair, according to the company website), until they’re fine enough to form a resin. The result? Infrared technology that purports to transform the body’s natural radiation into healing energy by enhancing the tissue oxygen levels during sleep. The patented fabric–designated as a medical device by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act–is part of what makes this product a top draw for athletes. While it doesn’t provide cooling in the same way that, say, an electric blanket provides heat, it does do a decent job of regulating body temperature through redistribution of energy.

Note that any therapeutic properties of the Celliant technology are claims made by the company itself; testers aren’t qualified to judge the medicinal benefits. Individuals are therefore invited to try the product for themselves (see the Warranty section below). Many testers do report that their back or neck pain dissipated or disappeared altogether within a few weeks of using this mattress.

It All Comes Down to Dollars and Sense: Cost vs. Value

If you’re looking into buying a mattress, there’s a good chance that cost is a major factor in your decision-making process. After all, these aren’t products that come cheaply. Nor should they, as adults spend roughly one-third of their time in bed–the investment should be worth the money spent.

Here’s a list of the most recently advertised Bear Mattress prices:

  • Twin-$540
  • Twin XL-$640
  • Full-$740
  • Queen-$840
  • King-$940
  • California King-$940

Considering the quality of the materials, and the fact that this is marketed as something of a niche product, these prices can be considered a good deal. Bear in mind that this is only true as long as you think you would benefit from everything the construction and materials have to offer. Less active individuals, solo sleepers, and those who generally sleep well regardless of the temperature might be just as happy with another manufacturer. Likewise, anyone who’s looking for an ultra-firm mattress will probably not be happy with the mid-level support offered here.

Online Ordering

Bear has a simple process for ordering online through their SSL secured website. You just need to choose the size mattress you want and the accessories you want to go with it. You’ll then add them to your virtual shopping cart and check out with your credit card once you’ve got everything all picked out. If you would rather finance the mattress and accessories, instead of paying in full, you can apply for financing through Affirm. You’ll just need to fill out the credit application info online and the company will give you a determination within a few minutes of applying. This can be found during checkout when you get to the payment portion of the order.

Mattresses and accessories are shipped to you free of shipping, unless shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. There may be a charge for shipping to these areas. Your mattress is shipped out to you via UPS within 1-3 business days of cleared payment. They generally take 4 to 7 business days to arrive to your home. (Canada deliveries can order through Bears direct Canada website.

The Rip van Winkle Test: Longevity and Value

A mattress is an investment that’s meant to last years, if not decades, so longevity is an important factor to consider as well.

Warranty

A manufacturer warranty of 10 years in included with every purchase, which is fairly standard for the industry; however, some other top-rated products offer warranties of 20 or even 25 years. Still, it’s worth noting that the company offers features that are difficult to find elsewhere, meaning that the shorter guarantee might be worth it. Unfortunately, due to the relative newness of the product (it hit the market in 2015), it’s impossible to judge its long-term usage with any certainty.

The following issues and defects are covered by the warranty:

  • Cracks or splits in the foam layers
  • Zipper malfunctions
  • Any lasting divots deeper than one inch

The 100-Day Guarantee

In addition to the warranty, the company offers consumers the opportunity to test-run the product over a period of 100 nights, after which the consumer may receive a full refund if they aren’t completely satisfied with their purchase. Note that Bear does ask that consumers try the product for at least 30 days before requesting a refund, as it often takes time to adjust to a new sleeping situation, even if the changes are for the better.

Product Care

As noted above, flipping the mattress is not recommended. Although it might be possible to rotate it in order to shift the pressure to other areas, this isn’t really necessary with memory foam–in fact, since the material conforms to your body, rotation might lead to a spate of initial discomfort.

The Celliant cover is easily removed for drying in case of water spills. If anything else is spilled on the fabric, gentle cleaning with warm water and laundry detergent is the best course of action.

The bottom line? These mattresses are priced significantly lower than others in the memory-foam category. These savings, combined with the added features that are unique to the company, help to offset the not-so-generous warranty period.

Customer Service

Bear Mattress Company is a business that’s in the business of family. Their family values show in their customer support. Their customer service center is a tight-knit unit of individuals who work hard to provide great customer service and accurate feedback. If you have to contact them after hours, you are able to reach them by email. They are quick to respond to your email during the next hours of business.

Pros and Cons

Now let’s sum up Pros and Cons of the Bear Mattress.

Pros:

  • Temperature regulating gel-infused foam keeps your body temperature regulated while you sleep.
  • The surface of the mattress itself is also kept cool while you sleep.
  • Generally, memory foam mattresses tend to trap heat rather than distribute it. So the cooling feature in a Bear Mattress is a big plus.
  • Comfortably contours your body while you sleep, without leaving you feeling like you’re sleeping in quicksand.
  • Celliant technology that absorbs body heat and redirects it back into your skins tissue to aid in recovery.
  • Motion isolation
  • 100 day money back guarantee.
  • Mattresses come with a 10 year worry free manufacturer warranty. So if you find a defect in the mattress due to faulty manufacturing, Bear will either repair or replace the mattress.
  • Competitively priced.
  • Easy to order.
  • Made with eco-friendly from the USA.
  • Little to no offgassing.
  • Side support.
  • Easy assembly.
  • Delivered to your door.

Cons:

  • The mattress has to be used for at least 30 days before a return will be accepted.

Is Bear Mattress the Right Choice For You?

After reviewing testing, quality, craftsmanship, certifications, customer experiences, and the company, the final verdict is that Bear Mattress is worth considering when you are shopping for mattresses. This Mattress is specifically designed for people with active lifestyles. This means anyone from athletes to construction workers will find this mattress to be satisfying when you lay your tired body down into bed for the night. This mattress will literally promote recovery from your physical activity in your body while you sleep.

There are certain people who will likely be delighted with this product, and others who might do better to seek out other options. You’re the right candidate for a Bear Mattress if any of the following apply:

  • You’re an athlete or lead an otherwise active lifestyle
  • You currently suffer from back, neck, or hip discomfort, particularly first thing in the morning
  • You prefer a memory-foam mattress without too much sinkage
  • You’re either a back sleeper, a stomach sleeper, or a combination
  • You like to sleep cool
  • You’re on a budget and looking for a good value

You probably won’t appreciate this product if:

  • You like a mattress to be either very soft or very firm
  • You don’t enjoy the sinking qualities of memory foam
  • You’re exclusively a side sleeper
  • You’re a person of size (more than 250 pounds)

In short, Bear Mattress is a great pick within its category, testing highly in all of its advertised fields. If you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality memory foam or hybrid mattress, you won’t go wrong here.

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