So, you’re looking for a memory foam mattress that’s soft enough to contour your body, firm enough to provide much-needed relief, and cool enough to keep you from overheating? We found one that can deliver all three of those things!
The Bear Original mattress is a popular choice for many sleepers. But if you’re not up to speed, it’s one of the best-performing all-foam mattresses making waves on the bed market. It’s also one of the most underrated as it has plenty of convenient and comfortable features packed into one great-value product.
In this review, we’ll take a detailed look at the Bear mattress by testing it for ourselves and seeing if our results align with what we’ve been advertised. This mattress is recommended for active people, but how does it perform in providing a restful night?
For those of you who prefer a more visual experience, here is a video review from Sleep Advisor’s YouTube channel. To get a comprehensive overview of DreamCloud’s Bear Mattress, you may still want to check out our article below.
Overview: The Bear Original Bear Mattress Above Ground
The Bear Original mattress is an all-foam mattress designed to provide all-around relief and comfort to those with active lifestyles. It is a vital mattress with important properties such as the gel-infused memory foam top layer that cushions the body’s pressure points and keeps it relaxed. It not only makes the sleeper feel comfortable but also has Bear’s open-cell response properties that increase airflow throughout it. Celliant fabric, a state-of the-art Celliant cover for the mattress, is strong enough to keep the body from overheating.
The Bear Original is a bed in a box product that offers medium-firm comfort. Most people prefer medium-firm mattresses regardless of their type or construction. However, this mattress is unique because it has a slightly bouncey feel. The Bear mattress is one the most popular products from the company named after it. It was created in 2014 with the sole purpose of making bed apparatus that can be used by athletes, first responders, frontline workers, and others who have a proactive way of living.
Who are the ideal users of the Bear Original?
- For those who want an all-foam mattress at an affordable price
- Those who prefer sleeping on memory foam but don’t like the ever-sinking feeling associated with it
- Those who sleep hot, especially after a full day of work or intensive activity
- Back sleepers who prefer a mattress that is firm, supportive, and can alleviate pressure points
- Couples who share the same bed with one who tends to get restless at night and the other who doesn’t want to be disturbed
Who should not use the Bear Original?
- For those who want a more bouncier bed, all-foam mattresses (including the Bear Original) are known for being not too springy.
- Those who may appreciate beds with stable edge support
- Side sleepers of light weight may find this mattress too firm for them.
- This may be too soft for average-weight stomach sleepers.
- Heavyweights who prefer to sleep flat, on their stomachs or backs, are called heavyweights
What is the Bear’s Original Feeling?
Is it going to give you the relief that you need from your aches and pains? How much will it sink your body? Is it as cool and comfortable as its makers claim? To answer these pressing questions, we tested the Bear mattress based on its firmness, pressure relief performance, and cooling capabilities.
We use a scale of 1-10 to rank mattresses. One is super soft, five are medium and ten are extremely firm. Based on what we found while testing the Bear Original, we can confidently say that its comfort level is between medium and firm. 7 to be exact.
The Bear company has advertised its namesake mattress to be medium-firm, so at least they were accurate in providing that information. Considering the use of memory foam, which has gained notoriety for its sinking feel on the body, the overall construction still somehow manages to be sturdy and stable. Bear Original features a thick layer high-density foam as the foundation. This material is solid and not as flexible as spring coils.
This mattress has more benefits by having the material underneath the memory foam. The top layer may be pliable enough to shape the sleeper’s silhouette, but, thankfully, it’s countered by a more rigid foundation underneath, creating what appears to be a perfect balance. While we have experienced many issues with memory foam mattresses, this one was not. We felt like we were sleeping on the surface of the Bear, not beneath it.
The Bear Original combines the softness and strength of high-density foam with the flexibility of memory foam to create a balanced mattress. As a result, it can provide adequate pressure relief that most sleepers may enjoy. There’s no excessive pressure buildup found while we tested using a heat map, no matter the type of sleeping position.
We are impressed by its incredible pain relief abilities, but we must also mention that it is only available to a small number of people. Average-weighted people, in particular, may find the Bear mattress to be much more suited to their needs. The experience of heavyweights and light-weights may differ. Some may feel firmer when they lie on their sides while others may feel uncomfortable. Bear Mattress Above Ground
The Bear mattress is made up of open-cell foam, gel fusion and Celliant fabric. This combination helps to keep the body from overheating. All-foam mattresses may be known for not having the best insulation, but this one performed surprisingly well in maintaining the temperature, at least to a neutral level – not too hot yet not too cold.
Although we cannot guarantee that the Bear Original will have the same cooling properties of an innerspring or hybrid mattress as other mattresses, the three insulation features can be enough to soothe anyone after a long day. They are also sufficient to prevent the couple from becoming too hot – two people can heat up on the mattress faster than one. If you’re in a relationship and looking for an affordable all-foam cooling bed, you may want to try the Bear mattress!
Sleep and Body Type Analysis
How effective will the Bear mattress bring much-needed comfort to the light, average, and heavy sleepers?
Testing the Bear Original in Various Sleep Positions
The Bear Original has proven yet again in providing the best back relief for most sleepers. Lightweight individuals will find enough comfort with this mattress, with a healthy balance of conformity and support to keep them relaxed while laying flat. Those of average weight will appreciate it even more as it gives them the best-optimized care they truly deserve.
The Bear might not be a good choice for heavyweight sleepers. Being an all-foam mattress, they shouldn’t expect it to conform to their silhouettes like their light- or average-weight contemporaries. It usually ends up in sinkage, which doesn’t sound nice especially if you move often. Additionally, we observed on the heat map that the pressure points were higher than the rest.
While the Bear delivers remarkable benefits to most back sleepers, stomach sleeping is different. Some may get a collectively positive experience while sleeping flat on the stomach, while others may find the surface too soft to provide pressure relief on the hips and keep their spine in alignment.
Both light- and average-weighted persons feel the same way when sleeping in this position. They may initially find the Bear to be supportive enough for their stomachs. But in the long run, since the mattress is all-foam, softness and sinkage may be inevitable, and it’s up to them to adjust. For heavyweight individuals, sleeping on the Bear with their stomachs laid flat on the surface will not bring them the benefits they crave. They often feel like they are sinking and have more pressure points than if they were sleeping on their backs. Bear Mattress Above Ground
Similar to laying flat on the stomach, how the Bear feels on the person while sleeping on either side will depend on personal circumstances. Some lightweights may find the surface too firm for their liking, while others may receive the pressure relief they need on the shoulders and hips. The majority of average sleepers would agree with this assessment.
Heavyweights won’t appreciate the Bear’s side-sleeping experience as much as they would like. According to a few of our testers, while they experienced the support and comfort from the mattress, the firmness, sinkage, and high-pressure point outweigh the pros.
Combination sleeping positions
Regardless of body weight, we found that the Bear Original should work okay with most individuals who usually sleep in a combination of positions. Based on our observations, it was adept enough to deliver comfort and relief to the testers even when they slept in altered postures. There is a chance that some people may experience slight difficulty in moving around because the mattress has a layer of memory foam at its top.
The testing doesn’t end there. We also tested the Bear Original for motion transfer and ease of movement. This is a great place to start if you are unsure if the mattress can be used for your partner’s benefit.
The perfect mattress must have motion isolation to help you sleep and not be disturbed by movements. The Bear’s all foam layers absorb and dampen vibrations. This makes it a superior choice to innerspring mattresses.
Mobility made easy
Considering the types of foam used, the Bear doesn’t conform to the body as much as the softer ones, yet is unable to deliver the floating feeling as the other beds do. For average and light sleepers, the ease of movement is 50/50. In the case of the heavy ones, however, they’ll most likely have challenges in maneuvering on the surface.
Edge support measures how strong the perimeter of the bed is, especially in supporting two or more bodies. Strong edge support is good for couples and groups. The Bear was able to maintain adequate stability around its edges, even though it is not as strong than innerspring models.
Memory foam or all-foam mattresses have drawn flak for not being the best beds to use for sexual activity. However, the Bear was more responsive to rapid movements and didn’t conform as well as other foam mattresses. Therefore, we conclude that it performs well even during sex.
Unboxing and Off-Gassing
Because it is a bed-in-a-box mattress, expect the Bear to have an off-gassing and decompression period after you cut open the wrapped packaging. All-foam mattresses have gained a reputation for emitting strong, sometimes unpleasant odors caused by volatile organic compounds (VOC). Bear Mattress Above Ground
The Bear is no different, but since the foam materials used are GreenGuard Gold and CertiPUR-US-certified, the off-gassing smells go away much faster compared to other all-foam beds.
Bear Original mattress measures 10 inches thick. It is made up of three layers of unique foam, each one being a different type.
Top comfort layer – The first of these three layers is a graphite-gel memory foam that’s known to provide pressure relief and contouring along the body’s silhouette. With a thickness of 2″, it is also packed with open-cell cooling abilities to regulate the sleeper’s temperature – something traditional memory foam often lacks.
Transitional middle layer – Below the memory foam comfort layer, there’s a 2″ thick transitional response foam. It is both soft and firm, helping to prevent the body from sinking. You will feel more like you’re sleeping on top than the mattress.
Foundation layer – This is the thick, high-density foam that holds the Bear together. It has a height of 6 inches and serves as a solid foundation for the body of the sleeper to rest on.
The three layers of the Bear Original are wrapped in a Celliant fabric mattress cover. Celliant is an FDA-regulated fiber material formulated to help speed up the individual’s recovery period while they rest, with design elements to improve blood circulation. It’s soft and provides enough airflow to prevent the body from overheating. The Bear mattress is marketed as a mattress for athletes, high-energy professionals and others who are active.
Pricing and Available Sizes
The Bear mattress comes in all sizes and is available at a variety of prices. The Bear mattress is not the most budget-friendly, but it’s also not very expensive. Here is a full list of sizes and their corresponding prices offered with the Bear Original:
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Final Verdict on the Bear Original Mattress
We are confident that the Bear Original delivers comfort, relief and peace of mind after undergoing a series of tests. This mattress is a great choice for people who like to sleep on memory foam and want to be able to move quickly. Designed with recovery in mind, it has plenty of features that are enough to attract active individuals who are looking for a mattress that can give them what they need.
It is admirable how it works on most people, but it might not be suitable for heavier sleepers. Many mattresses will have limitations. Nevertheless, with tons of sweet elements packed into a product with a highly valuable price range, the Bear Original mattress is something you should look forward to buying! Bear Mattress Above Ground
FAQ Bear Mattress Above Ground
Where can I purchase the Bear Original?
Bear’s online store bearmattress.com sells the Original mattress. You can also order it in limited sizes from their Amazon store. If you want to test out the Bear mattress for yourself, you may check out their showrooms in any of the following US states/territories where they have locations:
- New Jersey (Bernardsville and Hoboken)
- New York (New York City metropolitan area)
- Florida (Miami)
- Washington, DC (metropolitan area)
Does Bear offer free shipping for all its mattresses? How does Bear ship to me?
Bear does offer free shipping for all its models, including the Bear Original, and it applies to the mainland US states and Canada. Additional transportation costs will be required for residents of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Within 2-7 business days of your initial purchase, the Bear mattress will be delivered in a box.
Is there any way for me to return the Bear mattress?
The 120-night trial period for the Bear Original mattress is risk-free. If in any way you’re not satisfied with the mattress’s overall performance, you may call Bear’s customer service hotline to ask for a full refund and return within the given period. The team will then collect the mattress from you at no cost.
Does the Bear come with a warranty?
The Bear comes with a lifetime warranty, which only applies to mattresses purchased through authorized sellers, including the website. The warranty covers workmanship and material defects such as 1.5-inch deep indentations, splits, cracks, and cracks in foam foundation. There are additional terms and conditions. Bear Mattress Above Ground