Bear Mattress Review: Would You Buy It?

Nicole J. Holstein

Bear is a U.S.-based direct-to-consumer mattress company that was founded in 2015. Their mattresses are designed to promote recovery and muscle relaxation using specialized foams and fabrics. Bear engineers their mattresses to provide cooling, comfort and support.

The Bear Mattress brought an innovative touch to the mattress industry, with its exclusive design for athletes and anyone who follows an active lifestyle.

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Bear's mattress models

Bear uses specialized foams, fabrics and designs focused on cooling, recovery and restful sleep. Their mattresses appeal to hot sleepers, athletes and those with an active lifestyle.

Key characteristics of Bear Original mattress

  • The Bear Mattress is a bed-in-a-box model, sold online only which aims to provide for better value than mattresses sold in stores.
  • Only one firmness setting available.
  • Allows minimal motion transfer.
  • It is made of high-density memory foam and other materials, allowing for a cooler sleep and fast recovery from an active lifestyle due to its unique Celliant technology.

The price you pay for a mattress of this quality with premium technology, formulated specifically for active people and athletes, is quite remarkable. Celliant is a fiber including thermoactive minerals. These minerals convert radiant body heat into infrared energy and send this energy back into the body.  These infrared rays are known to have positive effects on the body.

The use of 100% eco-friendly materials as nothing beats a healthy sleep.

The bear mattress is the perfect match if you

Are an active person/athlete – Bear Mattress is the only mattress to the extent of our knowledge that incorporates the Celliant technology at this price tag.  Celliant does an exceptional job ensuring fast recovery after intense physical activity, so it is a great thing to have in your memory foam mattress.

Want an ultra-comfortable mattress – Our personal testing ranks the Bear Mattress among the most comfortable mattresses we have tried.

Are a fan of the support and comfort of memory foam – If you are a memory foam lover, you will do no wrong by choosing the Bear Mattress. It offers support and pressure relief while the quick-response foam adds a touch of bounce so you don’t sink completely into the bed.

Want great value – 100% USA manufactured, this mattress is shipped directly at your doorstep with no middleman costs. The Bear Mattress thus can sell a high-quality product at a fraction of the price of comparable mattresses in stores.

Bear mattress is not the perfect match if you

Have a strong soft/firm preference – Bear Mattress only comes at one firmness level targeting the average sleeper.   Therefore it will not be appropriate if you prefer a very soft or very firm mattress and you should seek an alternative. Like Idle sleep, this is a high-quality affordable brand, and they provided 4 collections to choose.

Don’t like the memory foam feel – If you think a high-quality memory foam mattress will make you change your mind and leave the innerspring, it is highly unlikely. Your tendency will remain we think and won’t switch to a memory foam easily.

Want a mattress that is friendly for sex – Bear Mattress is definitely not considered as a bouncy mattress. Instead prefer a latex or hybrid mattress, or even the Dromma Bed if you like memory foam.

Bear Mattress Construction

So, what is the Bear Mattress made of?

The Bear Mattress consists of three layers plus a special cover. Top down:

Cover. The top cover is made of proprietary fabric infused with Celliant technology, an innovation able to transform natural body radiation into therapeutic infrared energy.

Top layer. This layer comes with graphite gel-infused memory foam, intended to improve the thermal exchange between the body and the mattress with up to 7 times better cooling effect than regular foam.

Second layer. It is made of a quick response foam layer to provide with just enough balance.

Base layer. This foundational layer made of high-density memory foam completes the construction by providing deep support to the sleeper.

Firmness and support

This mattress comes with only one default firmness setting, rated at about 6.5 out of 10 on the conventional firmness scale. This makes it appropriate for a range of sleepers as it considered medium firm.

However, there is also a layer of quick response foam that lines the exterior of the mattress, making the mattress more responsive than the standard memory foam mattress.

This is specifically targeted to provide with comfort/support tradeoff of memory foam, without sinking into the mattress too much and feel stuck.

Overall, it appears that the creators of the Bear Mattress succeed to provide a balanced experience.

If you decide to purchase a Bear mattress, you should expect the kind of support that will help fast recovery relieving pressure points, while nurture for proper spine alignmenttargeted lumbar support and reduce shoulder pressure.

Overall, it works in this way so as to increase your energy levels in order to help you respond to your demanding lifestyle.

Value for money

The Bear mattress comes with an unbeatable price tag for what it has to offer. Depending on the size you choose, you will pay:

  • Twin - $590
  • Twin XL - $640
  • Full - $790
  • Queen - $890
  • King - $990
  • California King - $990

The Bear Original Mattress comes with free shipping and returns in the contiguous USA.

Please Note: The prices you see have been recently updated, but are subject to change due to promotions and other factors. Consequently, we can't guarantee real-time accuracy of the prices. Be aware that costs and product availability may vary over time. Please refer to our Price Disclaimer for more information.

Sleep experience

The Bear Mattress definitely does not sleep hot. It could be that the Celliant technology used where infrared rays don’t pass heat like other types of rays aids for this result, however, we are not experts. Still, sleeping hot should not be a concern with Bear Mattress.

Edge Support

If you are familiar with searching for mattresses, then you might know that foam mattresses lack in edge support. Edge support is all about the support you get of your mattress around the sides. When it’s lacking, you will find that you can easily fall off when near the edges.

The Bear Mattress is no exception to this general memory foam rule so it is best if you don’t choose to sit on the edge.

Motion Transfer

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


The Bear Mattress doesn’t use any smelly volatile compounds being, so the odor is neutral and non-toxic. You could experience a very slight smell when you unbox it, but it will dissipate immediately.


The Bear Mattress is certified by CertiPUR-US, guaranteeing compliance with 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 not healthy options you want in your mattress and this certification is a guarantee of quality that goes way beyond the legal requirements.

Shipping, trial, warranty, return

The Bear Mattress offers free shipping, and like most online mattresses comes compressed in a box. So far, the company only ship in the US, however, intends to support free shipping to CA in the future.

The Bear Mattress offers many of the same benefits that the online-only mattress companies offer, including:

  • 100 Night Risk-Free Trial You can return it within 100 days, no questions asked, for a full refund.
  • Made 100% in the USA
  • The company is committed to care and share. It provides charitable giveback on each mattress sale.
  • Offers 10 Year Warranty – typical for industry standards

Final Verdict

The Bear Mattress speaks comfort and quality, especially if you engage in an active lifestyle and is a great option, particularly for memory foam lovers.  The Celliant technology is definitely intriguing and coming at this price tag targeting athletes, you must definitely consider it as among your top choices.

Tip: Bear Mattress has added to its family of products two new accessories, the Bear Pillow and Bear Protector, which might come handy and completed your sleeping experience.

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