Our Bear mattress review of this exciting new memory foam mattress that is targeted to athletes and those that live an active lifestyle.
Bear engineered their mattress to focus on cooling and muscle recovery for athletes by using a combination of different foams and Celliant in the cover which helps to regulate temperature and convert body heat into infrared light.
Read more of our Bear mattress review to see how we feel about this exciting new mattress technology on the market, and how it feels in real world sleeping conditions for us! Review updated January 2018
Construction / Materials
The Bear mattress is a 10″ thick memory foam mattress made up of 3 layers of graphite gel-infused memory foam, quick response foam, and core support foam wrapped in a Celliant cover .
- 1″ Top comfort layer – This layer is made of 1″ graphite infused memory foam and designed to provide cooling and comfort. Graphite is included which has been shown to be 7 times cooler than traditional memory foam.
- 2.5″ Middle support layer – This layer is made of 2.5″ quick response foam and provides responsive support and pressure relief. The Bear Quick Response Foam used provides faster responsiveness during the night when changing sleeping positions.
- 6.5″ Bottom foundation layer – This layer is made of 6.5″ core support foam and provides a foundation for the layers above as well as deep compression support.
The Bear has a cover made of polyester and Celliant which provides a soft sleeping surface and conveys the many benefits that Celliant is designed to provide.
Celliant converts body heat into infrared light, which has been shown in a number of studies to increase the oxygenation of blood in the body which results in decreased temperature, reduced muscle pain, and increased recovery time.
The inclusion of Celliant in the Bear Mattress is the primary reason the mattress is targeted towards the athletic and active lifestyle market, and it does a great job in this regard.
Firmness & Support
The Bear mattress is a universal comfort mattress, coming in at a 7 on the firmness scale (10 being firmest). The combination of graphite gel-infused memory foam and quick response foam in the comfort and support layers provide a somewhat firmer feel but one that adapts to the body over time.
As a heavier sleeper than Kaye, I felt the Bear was on the firmer side, which is often the case for me with many universal comfort memory foam mattresses. This is because I tend to compress through thinner top comfort layers and feel the underlying firmer foundation layers.
Kaye felt it was just right, as she prefers a firmer mattress anyway and weights a lot less than I do. The longer we slept on it, however, I did feel that it adapted to my body and seemed less firm than I initially considered it to be.
Support was good with the Bear, as the 10″ design and combination of foam layers does a good job of supporting you during the night in various sleep positions.
The 3.5″ comfort layer does a very good job of providing responsiveness during the night and a degree of bounce, while the underlying core support layer is firm enough to prevent “bottoming out” or excessive sinkage even with my 230lb weight.
The Bear is a quite comfortable mattress, with the graphite gel-infused memory foam, quick response foam, and overall construction providing a comfortable night sleep in all sleeping positions.
The combination of the graphite infused memory foam and the quick response foam really made for a comfortable sleeping surface when changing positions.
We did not feel stuck in the foam and the mattress quickly responded to our changes in position during the night.
The Bear mattress also has a good amount of bounce due to the responsive foam layer, which was especially beneficial for us as a couple during those late-night (and early-morning) amorous activities.
Compared to other memory foam mattresses which sometimes would leave us “stuck” in the foam, the Bear does a great job preventing this by providing enough “bounce back”.
One of the greatest attributes of the Bear Mattress is how cool it sleeps. The combination of the graphite infused memory foam and its ability to cool 7x faster than traditional foam made a noticeable difference during the night.
The Celliant cover also seemed to reduce any aches and pains that I sometimes experience during the night due to back and shoulder injuries, and made a big difference.
Bear gets high marks in our sleeping cool evaluation by the excellent combination of these two technologies.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
There was a average amount of sinkage with the Bear mattress, but this was mostly due to my heavier weight as a fairly large sleeper (230 lbs.)
When sitting up or near the edge, I compressed the mattress a fair amount. However, when lying prone on the bed during the night, the mattress did a good job and supporting my body evenly.
As a lighter sleeper, Kaye did not sink into the mattress nearly as much as I did, which again – is a function of sleeper weight.
As for motion transfer, there is a moderate due to bounce amount that we encountered when sleeping on the Bear mattress as a couple.
This is an important factor for us, as excessive movement from our mattress causes sleep disruptions for both of us. The Bear did a decent job of preventing too much motion compared to other memory foam mattresses.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Bear Mattress had minimal amounts of off-gassing when we unboxed it, which is above average compared to the other mattresses we have reviewed. Any smell that was present quickly dissipated and we did not notice it really at all during our first night’s sleep.
Bear provides pretty much the standard amount of customer service you can expect in a “Bed In A Box” online mattress retailer. This includes:
- 100 Night Sleep Trial
- 10 Year Warranty
- Made in America
- No questions asked return policy
- Save $50 using TALK50 coupon!
- Free Shipping
The Bear is reasonably priced at $850 for a Queen (actually, $800 with $50 memoryfoamtalk.com coupon, just follow this link and enter code TALK50)
In summary, the Bear Mattress is a great mattress designed for those that lead an active lifestyle and who are looking for a memory foam mattress that sleeps cool and provides a nice degree of bounce as well.
The Bear is great for couples due to the cooling features as well as the bounce, although this also does cause a small degree of motion transfer.
Of all the mattresses we have tested so far, the Bear by far sleeps the coolest and is one of the few mattresses to utilize the impressive Celliant technology in its construction.
All in all, the Bear mattress is a very high quality mattress and delivers on its promises. We hope that our Bear mattress review helped you evaluate this great mattress!