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You’re looking for a memory-foam mattress that contours your body and provides enough relief to keep you cool. We found one that can deliver all three of those things!

You may have heard about the Bear Original mattress and how it accommodates a wide range of 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.

This review will take a close look at the Bear mattress. We’ll test it ourselves to see if our results match what’s been said. This mattress is recommended for active people, but how does it perform in providing a restful night?

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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 Wirecutter

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. 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. 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 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 ideal users of the 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
  • 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
  • Those who may appreciate beds with stable edge support
  • 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

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.

Firmness

What we do here in ranking mattresses is usually through a scale from 1 to 10, with one being super soft, five medium, and ten 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.

Bear has stated that its mattress is medium-firm. 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. Although the top layer is flexible enough to mold the body of the sleeper, it’s countered with a firmer foundation beneath, creating what appears like 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.

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Pressure relief

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.

While we admire its remarkable pain relief capabilities, we should mention that they’re only limited to a group 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 Wirecutter

Temperature

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. 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.

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. 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 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 Back

The Bear Original is proving to be the best for back support. This mattress is suitable for light-weight people. It has a healthy mix of support and conformity to help them feel comfortable while lying 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. They shouldn’t expect the all-foam mattress to conform to their bodies like their lighter- or average-weight counterparts. Sinkage is a common result, especially for those who move frequently. We also noticed on the heatmap that the pressure points were higher then the rest.

On the Stomach

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.

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. 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. Heavyweights should not sleep on the Bear with their stomachs flat on the ground. They often feel like they are sinking and have more pressure points than if they were sleeping on their backs. Bear Mattress Wirecutter

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Sides

Similar to laying flat on the stomach, how the Bear feels on the person while sleeping on either side will depend on personal circumstances. 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. 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

We found that the Bear Original works well with people who sleep in multiple positions, regardless of their body weight. 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.

Mattress Performance

The testing doesn’t end there. Aside from the main tests, we also analyzed how well the Bear Original performed in terms of other factors, such as motion transfer, ease of movement, and more. This is a great place to start if you are unsure if the mattress can be used for your partner’s benefit.

Motion Transfer

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

The Bear’s foam is not as conforming as other mattresses, but it can still provide a floating sensation. 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

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. We found the Bear to have adequate stability around the edges, although not as strong as the innerspring models.

Sex

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. 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 have gained a reputation for emitting strong, sometimes unpleasant odors caused by volatile organic compounds (VOC). Bear Mattress Wirecutter

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.

Construction

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. You will feel more like you’re sleeping on top than the mattress.

Foundation layer – Holding the Bear altogether is a thick high-density support foam. It has a height of 6 inches and serves as a solid foundation for the body of the sleeper to rest on.

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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’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.

Prices and 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:

SIZE OF MATTRESS PRICE (PRIOR TO DISCOUNT)
Twin $748
Twin XL $811
Full $873
Queen $998
King $1,248
Cal King $1,248
Split King $1,622

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. It’s a solid choice for those who prefer sleeping on a memory foam surface, but also like to move as swiftly as possible. 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. After all, many mattresses will always have limits. 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 Wirecutter

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Where can I buy 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? And how does it ship to my location?

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. Bear’s customer service hotline can be contacted if you are not completely satisfied with the mattress’s performance. 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 Wirecutter

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