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. 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 Side Sleeper
Bear Original is an all-foam mattress that provides comfort and relief for active people. 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. 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 of the popular offerings from its namesake company, established in 2014 with the primary purpose of creating bed apparatus geared toward athletes, first responders, frontliners, and other individuals who maintain a proactive sense of living.
Who are the best users of Bear Original?
- For those who want an all-foam mattress at an affordable price
- People who like to sleep on memory foam, but aren’t averse to the sinking sensation associated with it
- People who sleep hot after a long day of intensive work or hard activity are more likely to be comfortable.
- For back sleepers, a firm and supportive mattress is preferred.
- Couples sharing a bed with someone who is restless at night or who doesn’t want any disturbances may have a problem.
Who shouldn’t use 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.
- Average-weight stomach sleepers who may find this too soft for their liking
- Heavyweights who prefer to sleep flat, on their stomachs or backs, are called heavyweights
What is the Bear’s Original Feeling?
Will it give you the relief you’re craving from aches or pains? How much will it sink your body? Is it as cool and comfortable as its makers claim? These are the pressing questions we wanted to answer. We tested the Bear mattress for firmness, pressure relief, and cooling abilities.
We use a scale of 1-10 to rank mattresses. One is super soft, five are medium and ten are extremely firm. We can confidently state that the Bear Original’s comfort level is medium to firm based on what we discovered while testing it. 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.
Placing that material under the memory foam gives this mattress more positives. 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. The Bear made us feel like we were sleeping ‘on’ the surface rather than ‘into’ 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. 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. The Bear mattress may be more suitable for average-weight people. 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 Side Sleeper
The Bear mattress is made up of open-cell foam, gel fusion and Celliant fabric. This combination helps to keep the body from overheating. Although all-foam mattresses are not known for having the best insulation, this mattress performed admirably in maintaining the temperature at least to a neutral level. It is not too hot nor too cold.
While we can’t promise the Bear Original to have the same cooling properties as any innerspring or hybrid mattress, its three insulating features are enough to soothe a person, especially after a day filled with long, arduous tasks. They are also sufficient to prevent the couple from becoming too hot – two people can heat up on the mattress faster 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.
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. We also noticed on the heatmap that the pressure points were higher then the rest.
On the Stomach
The Bear offers remarkable benefits for stomach sleepers. 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. They may initially find the Bear to be supportive enough for their stomachs. The mattress is all foam, so sinkage and softness may be inevitable. For heavyweight individuals, sleeping on the Bear with their stomachs laid flat on the surface will not bring them the benefits they crave. Like sleeping on the back, they often feel sinking and have higher pressure points. Bear Mattress Side Sleeper
On the Sides
The Bear’s feelings on the individual while they sleep on one side or the other is similar to lying flat on their stomachs. Lightweights might find the surface too hard for them, while others may feel the relief they require on their 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. Based on our observations, it was adept enough to deliver comfort and relief to the testers even when they slept in altered postures. 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. Since the Bear’s all-foam layers are designed to absorb motion and dampen the vibrations caused by it, it does exceptionally better than, say, 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. We found the Bear to have adequate stability around the edges, although not as strong as the 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. We conclude that the Bear is capable of performing well 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 are known for their strong and sometimes unpleasant odors. These are caused by volatile organic compound (VOC). Bear Mattress Side Sleeper
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 – This is the first of three layers. It’s a graphite gel memory foam which provides pressure relief and contouring to 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 is a transitional response foam that’s also 2″ thick. 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. With a height of 6″, it serves as a firm and stable foundation for the sleeper’s body to rest on.
The three layers of the Bear Original are wrapped in a Celliant fabric mattress cover. Celliant fabric is an FDA-approved fiber material that helps speed up recovery time for individuals while they sleep. It also features design elements that improve blood circulation. It’s soft and provides enough airflow to prevent the body from overheating. With the right amount of materials formulated for active persons in mind, we can see why the Bear has been advertised as a mattress for athletes and other high-energy professionals.
Pricing and Available Sizes
The Bear mattress comes in all sizes and is available at a variety of prices. It’s not a very budget-friendly model by all means, nor a highly expensive one either. 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
After going through a series of tests, we can confidently say that the Bear Original packs a punch when it comes to delivering comfort, relief, and peace of mind to those who appreciate it. It’s a solid choice for those who prefer sleeping on a memory foam surface, but also like to move as swiftly as possible. 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 Side Sleeper
FAQ Bear Mattress Side Sleeper
Where can I purchase 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. 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 & Hoboken).
- New York (New York City metropolitan area)
- Florida (Miami)
- Washington, DC (metropolitan region)
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. 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 pick up the mattress from your household free of charge.
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. 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 Side Sleeper