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 could deliver all three!
You may have heard about the Bear Original mattress and how it accommodates a wide range of sleepers. If you don’t know what it is, the Bear Original mattress is one of the most popular all-foam mattresses on the 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. It may be a recommended choice for active individuals, but how well will it perform in giving them a good night’s rest?
For those of you who prefer a more visual experience, here is a video review from Sleep Advisor’s YouTube channel. Do check out our article below, however, because it has a comprehensive overview of DreamCloud’s Bear Mattress.
Overview: The Bear Original Bear Mattress Circa 1960
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. Not only does it make the sleeper comfortable, but it also includes Bear’s signature open-cell response properties designed to increase airflow throughout it. The state-of-the-art Celliant fabric covers the mattress, making it powerful enough to prevent the body from overheating.
The Bear Original is a bed in a box product that offers medium-firm comfort. Medium-firm mattresses, regardless of type and construction, are preferred by most sleepers, although what makes this one unique is its slightly bouncy 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
- For back sleepers, a firm and supportive mattress is preferred.
- 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?
- Those who are looking for a bouncier bed – all-foam mattresses, including the Bear Original, are notorious for not being too springy
- People who appreciate beds with stable edges support may be interested in these beds.
- Lightweight side sleepers who may find this mattress to be too firm
- This may be too soft for average-weight stomach sleepers.
- Heavyweights who prefer sleeping flat, whether it’s on the back or the stomach
How Does the Bear Original Feel?
Will it give you the relief you’re craving from aches or pains? How deep will it sink your body to? Is it as cool as the makers behind it claim to be? 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. The Bear Original has a thick layer of high-density foam foundation, and high-density material is characteristically solid and not as pliable 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. We have had plenty of issues when testing on memory foam mattresses, but not on this one. We felt like we were sleeping on the surface of the Bear, not beneath it.
The Bear Original mixes the flexible softness of the memory foam and the solid strength of the high-density foam into one balanced mattress. It can provide sufficient pressure relief for most sleepers. 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. For heavyweights and lightweights, the experience may vary – some may feel more firm whenever they sleep on the sides, while others may feel too much pressure that it leans more towards discomfort. Bear Mattress Circa 1960
As previously mentioned, the Bear mattress has open-cell foam, gel infusion, and Celliant fabric, all combined to keep the body cool enough that it doesn’t overheat. 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’re also enough to keep the couple from getting too heated – two bodies are prone to heat up faster on the mattress than one. The Bear mattress is a great option for couples looking for an all-foam cooling bed at a reasonable price.
Sleep and Body Type Analysis
How will the Bear mattress provide much-needed comfort for light, average and heavy sleepers?
The Bear Original is tested in various sleeping positions
On the Back
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.
In the case of heavyweight sleepers, however, the Bear may not work well in their favor. 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.
On the Stomach
While the Bear delivers remarkable benefits to most back sleepers, stomach sleeping is different. While some people may experience a positive collective experience when they sleep flat on their stomachs, others may feel the surface is too soft to offer pressure relief for their hips or keep their spine straight.
This position is comfortable for both average and light-weighted people. At first, they may find the Bear to have the appropriate support on the stomach. The mattress is all foam, so sinkage and softness may be inevitable. Heavyweights should not sleep on the Bear with their stomachs flat on the ground. Like sleeping on the back, they often feel sinking and have higher pressure points. Bear Mattress Circa 1960
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 will not appreciate how the Bear feels while sleeping on the side as much as they want. A few of our testers found that while they felt the support and comfort from this mattress, the firmness and sinkage as well as the high-pressure point and high-pressure point far 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. According to our tests, the Bear Original was able to provide comfort and relief for all positions. In regards to changing positions, there is a possibility that some sleepers may have slight difficulties in the movement since the mattress, after all, has a top layer of memory foam.
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.
A perfect mattress needs to have a great deal of motion isolation that will be helpful when you’re asleep and wish not to be disturbed by movement. The Bear’s all foam layers absorb and dampen vibrations. This makes it a superior choice to innerspring mattresses.
Ease of Movement
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. Heavy sleepers will most likely have difficulty maneuvering on the surfaces.
Edge support is a measure of how strong the bed’s perimeter is in supporting multiple bodies. Mattresses with strong edge support will not have couples or groups worried if one of them suddenly falls off. The Bear was able to maintain adequate stability around its edges, even though it is not as strong than innerspring models.
All-foam and memory foam mattresses are not recommended 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
The Bear is a bed in a box mattress. This means that there will be some off-gassing and compression after you open the packaging. All-foam mattresses are known for their strong and sometimes unpleasant odors. These are caused by volatile organic compound (VOC). Bear Mattress Circa 1960
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.
The Bear Original mattress is 10 inches thick and is comprised of three layers, each of which is a uniquely different kind of foam.
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. It has a thickness 2 inches and is packed with open-cell cooling capabilities to regulate the sleeper’s temperature. This is something that traditional memory foam often lacks.
Transitional middle layer – Below the memory foam comfort layer, there’s a 2″ thick transitional response foam. Made to be soft and firm at the same time, it helps to keep the body from sinking. The sleeper will feel like they’re laying on top of more than into the surface of the mattress.
Foundation layer – Holding the Bear altogether is a thick high-density support foam. With a height of 6″, it serves as a firm and stable foundation for the sleeper’s body to rest on.
All three layers of the Bear Original are wrapped together by a mattress cover made out of Celliant fabric. 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 is soft to the touch and produces enough airflow to keep 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. It is designed with recovery in mind and has many features that will appeal to active people who are looking for a mattress they can provide what they need.
While we can admire how well it performs on most sleepers, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that it may not be fully suitable for heavyweight sleepers. After all, many mattresses will always have limits. The Bear Original mattress has a lot of great features and a very affordable price. This is why you should buy it! Bear Mattress Circa 1960
FAQ Bear Mattress Circa 1960
Where can I buy the Bear Original?
You can buy the Original mattress online at Bear’s official online store at bearmattress.com, as well as find its limited sizes through their Amazon store. You can visit their showrooms in the following states/territories to see the Bear mattress in person:
- New Jersey (Bernardsville and Hoboken)
- New York (New York City metropolitan area)
- Florida (Miami)
- Washington, DC (metropolitan area)
Bear offers free shipping on all mattresses. How does Bear ship to me?
Bear offers free shipping on all models, even the Bear Original. This applies to Canada and the US mainland. Residents in Alaska, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico will still need to pay additional transportation costs. The Bear mattress comes compressed in a box within 2-7 business days from your first purchase.
Is there any way for me to return the Bear mattress?
The Bear Original mattress is covered by a 120-night risk-free trial period. 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 pick up the mattress from your household free of charge.
Is the Bear covered by a warranty?
The Bear comes with a lifetime warranty, which only applies to mattresses purchased through authorized sellers, including the website. It covers workmanship and material defects, such as 1.5″-deep indentations and splits and cracks in the foam foundation, as well as some additional terms and conditions. Bear Mattress Circa 1960