Bear Mattress launched its original mattress — a foam-based model — in late 2015, and in early 2018 brought a new model to market, the Bear Hybrid. This mattress uses a support core of innerspring coils surrounded by foam while still utilizing a Celliant™ cover.
Some of the key strengths of the Bear Hybrid mattress include:
- Specialized Celliant cover: like the original Bear Mattress, the Bear Hybrid uses Celliant textile technology in the cover. This material has natural minerals that work to try to reflect the body’s heat back as far-infrared energy, which is promoted as a way to improve cooling, reduce inflammation in the body, and promote muscle recovery.
- Combination of foams: rather than relying on just one type of foam, this mattress layers foams with different characteristics — including gel-infused memory foam — to balance contouring and bounce.
Potential drawbacks for the Bear Hybrid mattress include:
- Limited size options: the Bear Hybrid is currently only offered in Queen, King, and California King sizes, which may be too large for some customers’ bedrooms.
- Unknown foam density specifications: the company states that the foams used in these mattresses are “high-density,” but does not provide detailed information about the actual density. This makes it harder to truly evaluate the quality of these materials.
- Thin innerspring layer: this mattress uses microcoils that are less than 3” thick. Most hybrids have an innerspring layer closer to 6” thick, so this may not be the best choice for people who want their mattress to have a more pronounced feel of an innerspring.
Bear Hybrid Mattress Pricing
The Bear Hybrid is only offered in three sizes, and the prices for each of these is listed below.
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About the Bear Hybrid Mattress
Bear Hybrid Mattress Specifications
The Bear Hybrid is built using 5 different layers.
Top: a 2” cover of quilted Celliant material
Second: 3” of polyfoam
Third: 2” of gel-infused memory foam
Fourth: 2.4” of encased innerspring coils
Fifth: 5” of support polyfoam
The Celliant material in the cover is designed to turn heat into infrared energy that some studies indicate may increase circulation in the body.
It should be noted that Bear Mattress does not provide detailed specifications about the foam layers that are used in this mattress. For example, they do not share the density of the foams that are used. Foam density is an important characteristic in helping to understand how likely the foam is to hold up well over time.
Where It’s Made
The Bear Hybrid mattress is manufactured in the USA.
Where to Buy
The Bear Hybrid mattresses are currently only sold through the company’s website.
Sleep Trial / Refunds
Bear Mattress offers a 100 night sleep trial for the Bear Hybrid mattress. The company requires that you try out the mattress for 30 nights, but after that point, you can return the mattress within 100 nights for a full refund. If you choose to return the mattress, the company will pick it up from your home at no extra charge.
The Bear Hybrid mattress ships for free to the continental U.S. It is delivered via FedEx and typically arrives within 7-10 days after an order is placed.
Bear Mattress does not offer white glove delivery or any installation services. Instead, for standard delivery, the mattress is compressed into plastic packaging, placed in a box, and shipped to your doorstep. When you remove the mattress from the packaging, it decompresses and is immediately ready for you to sleep on, though it may take up to 48 hours for it to reach its full size.
This mattress comes with a 20-year limited warranty that covers defects in manufacturing. Full warranty details can be found at https://www.bearmattress.com/pages/warranty.
Because Bear Mattress has only been in business since 2015, we don’t have a bevvy of data about the overall customer service performance for the company. That said, the company has an A rating from the Better Business Bureau, and indications thus far point to a strong focus on customer service.
The Bear Hybrid mattress utilizes a thin layer of innerspring coils along with several layers of proprietary foams, including memory foam, to try to fashion a unique feel for the mattress. Because this mattress is still very new to the market, there is a lack of verified data from customer reviews about how effectively it provides support and comfort.
The general design of the Bear Hybrid is one that is likely to offer a high level of support. All of the foams that are used in the top three layers blend responsiveness with bounce. This helps to provide a contouring feel for the body’s pressure points while protecting against sinking too deeply into the mattress. The innerspring layer can also help in maintaining a basic level of bounce underneath these foams.
It is difficult to evaluate the durability of the Bear Hybrid because it has not been on the market long enough for customers to have used it for years at a time. In addition, without details about the density of the foams that are used, it is hard to estimate how well those foams will last with years of regular use.
The Bear Hybrid is only offered in one firmness level. It has a somewhat plush feel and falls as about a 6 on the typical firmness scale.
The combination of foams in the Bear Hybrid are designed to help try to prevent motion transfer. By using responsive foams that contour to the body, motion transfer is reduced, and there is less likelihood of one person’s movement disrupting a partner sharing the bed.
Like virtually all mattresses with foam, some amount of offgassing and new mattress smell is to be expected when the mattress is first opened. But it is important to remember that this smell is not dangerous and does not usually last more than a few days at most.
By using foams with more resilience than traditional memory foam and by using a support core with innerspring coils, the Bear Hybrid intends to reduce sleeping hot by decreasing the extent to which a sleeper sinks into the mattress. In addition, the Celliant cover helps with preventing excessive heat retention.
The bounce provided by the innerspring coils and the more resilient foams both should help make sure that this mattress does not interfere with an active sex life.
The table below provides a comparison of some mattresses with similarities to the Bear Hybrid mattresses in terms of construction and feel.
|Brand||Mattress Type||Support Layer||Comfort Layer||Price (Queen)||Where to Buy|
|Bear Hybrid||Hybrid||Pocketed micro-coils||Memory Foam + Polyfoam||$1,350||Online (direct)|
|Tomorrow Sleep||Hybrid||Pocketed coils||Memory Foam + Foam||$990||Online (direct)|
|Nest Alexander Signature Hybrid||Hybrid||Pocketed coils||Memory Foam||$1,199||Online + some showrooms|
|Saatva||Innerspring||Hourglass coils||Coils + Foam||$999||Online only|
|WinkBed||Hybrid||Pocketed coils||Coils + Foam||$1,299||Online + 1 showroom|
|Sapira||Hybrid||Pocketed coils||Memory Foam||$1,475||Online only|