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Bear Hybrid Mattress Review (2019)

Last updated on August 8, 2019

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The Bear and Bear Hybrid mattresses target those with an active lifestyle, with claims of pain relief and improved muscle recovery. Are they right for your needs?

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Note: This review is for the Bear Hybrid mattress, with memory foam atop a pocketed coil unit. We have also reviewed the original Bear mattress, an all-foam bed.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Bear mattress video review above.


Table of Contents

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Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Bear Hybrid a Good Mattress?

The Bear company makes some pretty big claims, asserting that its mattresses can "enhance tissue oxygen levels" and "harness your body's natural energy to expedite recovery times and overall well-being." These claims are made mainly because of a fiber used in the mattresses' covers called Celliant. It's a synthetic material with some proven ability to promote blood flow, which can ease pain and joint pressure.

The FDA has approved Celliant as a medical device, meaning that some of these claims have been endorsed, while others are still under study. The company links to a number of studies (some are ongoing) that aim to prove its claims, but they are subjective factors that are impossible to evaluate objectively. Bear mattresses are endorsed by a number of professional athletes, and the early data on Celliant certainly looks compelling. There's no doubt it's a unique feature that does make Bear stand out among mattress manufacturers.

Bear makes two mattresses. We've reviewed their original Bear all-foam bed. This review is for the newer Bear Hybrid, which features memory foam over a pocketed coil unit wrapped in the same Celliant-based cover. The Bear Hybrid measures 14" tall -- it's four inches taller than their original bed.

We subjected the Bear Hybrid to our battery of standard tests for support, motion isolation, edge support and other concrete factors. For owner ratings and reviews on the Bear mattresses, which can speak to individual and subjective factors, be sure to check out the Bear owner reviews on GoodBed.

Overall, based on our evaluations, we thought that the Bear mattress would suit a wide variety of individuals of average that sleep in a variety of positions. For our tester, spinal alignment and support while back sleeping was very good. Side sleeping and stomach sleeping were also good for our 200-lb. tester. And we felt that persons of a wide weight range would have a similar experience on the bed. That could make it a good choice for couples of different sizes, or who sleep in different predominant positions.

The Bear Hybrid does include some memory foam, but instead of typical slow-responding memory foam, it is rather quick to spring back, so there isn't much of that melting into the bed feeling. We found it to fall right into the middle in a lot of aspects, and if you are a sort of person that likes a blend of floating on top of your mattress vs sinking deeply into it, the Bear Hybrid mattress may be a good option.

Overall, we judged the Bear Hybrid to have better edge support than the original Bear mattress, and thought it would be suitable for heavier people than the original Bear.

You can place the Bear Hybrid atop the support of your choice, including a separately purchased box support (the company sells a foundation of its own), a bed frame, platform bed, or adjustable bed frame. And the bed comes in just one style—there are no choices to make other than size.

Read on for our detailed report, and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests.

Bottom Line: Who Is the Best Match for a Bear Hybrid Mattress?

BEST if you:            

  • Sleep in a range of positions
  • Need very good pressure relief
  • Want a blend of a floating feeling and being cradled
  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Need excellent edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Prioritize price over innovation
  • Are on the heavier side (250+ lbs), particularly if you sleep on your stomach



Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick recovery with some bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 8

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 9 Excellent
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 7 Not natural, but does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 7 Compatible but some conformity issues
Overall Value 8 Very good


 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Gel Memory Foam + Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,390

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

20-years. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

14 inches

Weight (Queen)

90 pounds

 

Materials & Construction

What's in a Bear Hybrid Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Bear Hybrid as a "Gel Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils" construction type.

The Bear Hybrid is a 14″ thick mattress comprised of 5 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 2" of soft gel foam quilted into the cover, 1.8 lb. density
  • 2" gel-infused memory foam, 3.5 lb. density
  • 1" polyurethane transition foam
  • 8" pocketed coil unit
  • 1"" polyurethane foam

The top layer of the Bear Hybrid is actually part of the cover -- two inches of soft foam quilted right into it providing loft and softness on top. Under that is a 2" layer of gel-infused memory foam, but this is fast-responding foam, without much of that slow, melting-into-the-bed memory foam feel.

Under than is the pocketed coil unit, which includes an inch of polyurethane foam glued to the top and to the bottom. The coil unit features edge-support coils, a perimeter of stronger steel coils meant to create a sturdy and supportive edge without hindering air flow.

 

Cover

The mattress is wrapped in a thickly quilted cover with Celliant material, which the company claims "activates the body’s natural heat and reflects it back as infrared energy, a common tool used to reduce inflammation." Aside from the Celliant, the cover is quite padded and squishy, as a layer of foam is quilted right into it.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness what’s this )

We classify the Bear Hybrid bed as a Medium, if to the firmer side of medium. That means it's a blend of sinking into the mattress versus more of a floating on top feeling. The Bear Hybrid is available in only one version.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5 Medium

 

Cushioning Depth what’s this )

Cushioning depth refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress. We also class the Bear Hybrid mattress as a Medium in this respect. Our tester did not sink so deeply that he felt encased or trapped by the mattress, but did feel nice compression and body conformity on the surface level.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5 Average cushioning

 

Responsivenesswhat’s this )

The Bear Hybrid mattress was interesting in this respect. Most all-foam beds are very quick responding, meaning they spring back almost immediately and don't have much (if any) bounce. But the small amount of memory foam does have a small effect, especially when pressing on the surface. When we laid on the bed, however, we did not note any of that slow-responding memory feel.

In our bounce tests using a 16-lb. bowling ball, as well as the full weight of our 200-lb. tester, we did note some bounce as the innerspring pocketed coil unit pushed back up. So while we would not call this a highly bouncy mattress, there's definitely some bounce.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick recovery with some bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

Overall, we thought the Bear Hybrid mattress would suit a wide variety of people who sleep in a range of positions,. and in a wide range of body weights. That means this mattress could be worth consideration if you don't sleep in any one position predominantly, or have a partner that sleeps in a different position than you, or is a different size than you

We did have concerns for people at the far end of the weight spectrum in terms of support and spinal alignment.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Bear Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 8 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 9 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 8 8

 

Back Sleepers:

Our 200-pound tester felt the Bear Hybrid mattress to be very supportive in this position. He felt his hips sunk in appropriately to create a neutral spine position, with lumbar and lower back areas well supported. We felt that most people of a wide weight range would have a similar experience, even those significantly heavier (250+ lbs.).

Side Sleepers:

Spinal alignment for our tester in the side position was also good, and we noted no obviously weak points. We had a slight concern that those over 250 or 300 lbs. might sink though the comfort layers and rest on the coil unit, but the coil unit should conform, and for most, we did not have any serious concerns.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, but our tester felt well supported in this position. Lighter sleepers should also be just fine. We had a small concern that those much heavier than our tester (maybe 250 lbs+) might experience some over-arching in the back if hips sink too deeply, but this was a slight concern.

 

Pressure Relief ( what's this )

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Bear Hybrid mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 8 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 7 7

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief of the Bear Hybrid so be solid if perhaps not the very best. We also felt that people of most sizes and weights would have an experience similar to our tester, with a slight concern for those significantly heavier who might find themselves sinking through the foam comfort layers and resting on the firmer coil unit.


Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Bear Hybrid bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

In both tests, the pin wobbled a little, but did not fall. Overall, we felt this bed would be a good choice for those easily disturbed by a partner's movements.
Motion Isolation Rating  8 /10 Very good

 

Temperature what’s this )

Hybrid beds are generally a good choice for those concerned about sleeping hot, since edge-to-edge coils such as those in the Bear Hybrid allow for a lot of airflow. This is not a deeply cushioned mattress, meaning more of your body is exposed to air -- another factor to prevent sleeping hot. Lastly, the cover includes Celliant fibers, which the company says help channel heat from the body.

Stays “Cool” Rating  9 /10 Excellent

 

Edge Support what’s this )

Edge support is a highlight of the Bear Hybrid. Around the perimeter of the bed are firmer/stronger coils to give the bed a solid edge. Both sitting and laying on the edge, our tester felt extremely stable.
Edge Support Rating 10 /10 Excellent

 

Ease of Repositioning what’s this )

If you change positions a lot at night, ease of repositioning may be a concern. Our tester didn't have any trouble rolling from side to side or changing positions on the Bear Hybrid.

Repositioning Rating 9 /10 Excellent

 

Green Features what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Bear mattress, this is a not a natural bed, but all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.

And hybrid mattresses in general are a good choice for those concerned about off-gassing; steel coils are not known for emitting chemical smells. When we unpacked the mattress and gave it an initial "sniff test" we noted far fewer "new mattress smells" than with other beds.

Green Rating 7 /10 Has some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility what’s this )

We tested the Bear Hybrid on top of our standard adjustable base unit. We noticed that right out of the box, the bed conformed well to the base while we were laying in the bed -- the foot in particular conformed better than many mattresses we have tested. Once we got out of the bed in its articulated position, however, we noticed that the center popped up a bit. We also noted some bunching of the heavily-quilted cover when the bed was articulated, which could feel uncomfortable.

Using the mattress on an adjustable base will not harm the Bear mattress, but overall conformity was not the best we've tested.

Adjustable Base Use Rating 7 /10 Good compatibility

 

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does the Bear Hybrid Mattress Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress Foundation GoodBed Discount
Twin 39" x 75" x 14" $1,090 $225 Yes
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 14"  $1,190 $225 Yes
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 14" $1,290 $250 Yes
Queen 60" x 80" x 14" $1,390 $295 Yes
King 76" x 80" x 14" $1,690 $350 Yes
California King 72" x 84" x 14" $1,690 $350 Yes

What Are You Getting?

The Bear Hybrid is a 14-inch bed made with 2 inches of comfort material atop a pocketed coil unit. The cover includes the company's Celliant fibers, about which the company makes several claimed benefits, from reducing inflammation to improved circulation. We found the mattress to be well made, using good quality materials.

 

How Long Will the Bear Hybrid Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Bear Hybrid, the memory foam has a density of 3.5 lbs. per cubic foot; that's a good but not exceptional weight. The quilting foam is just 1.5 lbs., but it's heavily quilted. Even if this form were to deteriorate, we doubt it would be very noticeable. The coil unit is solid, and we see no potential issues with durability. Overall, we saw no red flags to lead us to suspect that the Bear Hybrid would break down any faster than other mattresses.

 

Overall Value

The Bear Hybrid is priced on the high side of other memory foam over pocketed coil mattresses. Without the Celliant cover, we would not call it a good value. But the cover is what makes the Bear bed unique. The question of value may come down to your confidence in the manufacturer's claims regarding the benefits of its Celliant material as a health benefit, and some of those claims have been endorsed by the FDA. Taken all together, we do think the Bear Hybrid is a solid value given its unique features.

Keep in mind that the all-foam original Bear mattresses also has a Celliant-based cover. That mattress measures 10" tall, and costs significantly less. So if your main interest is the Celliant technology, and you aren't partial to construction type, you'll want to check out our original Bear mattress review.

Value Rating 8 /10 Good value

 

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

Bear includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors.

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

Bear offers buyers a 100-day trial period, and requires that buyers try the mattress at least 30 days before returning it. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress. See: Bear return policy

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 20 years, pro-rated
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

The warranty for the Bear Hybrid is 20 years, but after the first 10 years of ownership, it's pro-rated, meaning you'll pay a percentage of the replacement cost based on years of ownership.

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for innerspring is 1.5”. Bear has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1.5” so right in line with the industry average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: Bear Hybrid warranty policy.

Bottom Line: Is the Bear Hybrid Mattress Right for You?

We found the Bear Hybrid mattress to be a good fit for a wide range of people.  Based on our findings, here’s who we think is the best and worst match for a Bear Hybrid mattress:

BEST if you:            

  • Sleep in a range of positions
  • Need very good pressure relief
  • Want a blend of a floating feeling and being cradled
  • Like a mattress with some bounce
  • Need excellent edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Prioritize price over innovation
  • Are on the heavier side (250+ lbs), particularly if you sleep on your stomach

Is the Bear Hybrid right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Bear mattress? Click here to visit their website at BearMattress.com.

 

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