Bear Hybrid mattress review

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Is The Bear Hybrid Mattress: Better Than The Original?

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The numerous mattress manufacturers across the globe are an indication of how the sleep industry is rapidly growing. Each manufacturer has a selling point and some target certain types of consumers. For example, some companies cater to heavy individuals (e.g. Titan), while others like Bear, have turned their attention to the needs of athletes and the physically very active.

In our latest Bear Hybrid mattress review, you’ll discover how advanced technology makes this mattress unique. You’ll also learn how it can still appeal to the wider market and all kinds of sleepers, not just athletes.

Typically, the Bear Hybrid mattress offers gentle foams and fabric-encased individually wrapped pocketed coils. One other appealing feature is the unique Celliant-blended cover. The combination of these materials actively relieves sore joints and muscles. Undoubtedly, these features make the mattress not only unique but also highly functional. Let’s take a closer look.

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The Bear Hybrid

"A GREENGUARD Gold Certified premium luxury hybrid mattress."

Bear Mattresses & Brand Overview

The Bear mattress family has been around for over 25 years, and its main agenda was to help active sleepers, sleep better. The creation of the original Bear mattress was an effort of medical doctors, athletes, and general fitness enthusiasts. With years of research and development, came the Bear Hybrid, which is marketed as an excellent tool for post-workout recovery.

The company also manufactures two other mattresses: the original Bear Mattress, and the Bear Pro. Both are all-foam as opposed to a hybrid design. The former uses graphite-infused foam, while the latter has adopted a copper-infused approach. The Bear Hybrid is the most expensive and most luxurious of the three.

As well as mattresses, Bear offers a full range of other sleep-related products such as the Bear Pro mattress topper, a cooling foam pillow, a weighted blanket, an adjustable base, and down alternative pillows.

Notable Features

Here’s what to expect from the company when you buy the Bear Hybrid:

  • You get to use the mattress for up to 100 nights at home before deciding whether it is right for you. However, you cannot return the mattress before 30 days.
  • Free shipping within the contiguous US
  • Free returns
  • The company offers a 20-year warranty for this product
  • Environmentally-friendly materials
  • Made in the USA (Wisconsin)

The Bear Hybrid mattress comes in a box and is delivered straight to your door from the company. The mattress’s build makes it compatible with different kinds of foundations – platforms, slatted frames, or adjustable bases. However, we recommend using a flat board, i.e., a piece of wood that you place underneath your mattress for added support, especially when you place it on traditional box springs.

Bear Hybrid Mattress Construction

Cutaway image of the Bear Hybrid layers
Pocket Spring and Gel-Infused Foam Construction

As mentioned before, the Bear Hybrid mattress is 14-inch tall. Such height is pretty impressive, especially when the average height of a mattress is around 10-inches tall. Taking a look at the layers, you’ll realize that it has six, including the cover. The cover is fabric, four of the layers are all-foam, and one layer is composed of pocketed coils. The combination and arrangement of the materials aim at creating a satisfying balance between pressure relief and support.

Here is a summary of the Bear Hybrid layers:

  • Cover material: Celliant fabric
  • Immediately under the cover: 2″ tufted Hypersoft Cooling-Gel Foam
  • Comfort layer: 2″ Premium Comfort Foam
  • Transition layer: 1″ Responsive Transition Foam
  • Spring core: 8″ Quantum Edge Coil System (pocketed coils)
  • Additional foundation: A thin 1″ layer of high-density support foam


For the cover, Bear Hybrid features a Celliant fiber material, which studies suggest can help in tissue recovery while sleeping. In essence, Celliant fiber is a responsive textile, which can reflect the energy from the body back to it in the infrared form: infrared increases circulation and oxygen in the muscle tissue. As a result, it boosts your health while you sleep. The common belief is that such a mechanism regulates temperature, promotes cell recovery, and supports quality sleep.

The fabric cover is soft and is quilted with gel-infused Polyfoam (hypersoft cooling gel foam). It cushions the surface of the mattress and wicks heat away from the body of the sleeper. Above all, it imbues the bed with a luxurious feel. The cover is not removable, so, if you want to clean it, just spot clean using small amounts of warm water, plus a little detergent.

Comfort Layer

This section features a premium comfort foam, which has a memory foam feel. That means it has a slow response to pressure for more in-depth body contouring and pressure relief. The design of the layer allows for cushioning of sensitive parts, i.e., hips, neck, and shoulders, which makes it beneficial for athletes or people who exert a lot of pressure on their joints.

Transition Layer

It is a thin layer of responsive foam; the material responds quickly to pressure than the layers above it. This layer’s importance is to offer a smooth transition from the softer upper layers to the firmer base below.

Support Layer/Coils

At this level, you’ll find pocketed coils edge to edge, and it forms the bulk of the mattress. The coils are firm enough to offer the much-needed support, but also they confer the bouncy feel of the bed. Keep in mind that the coils are individually wrapped, which makes this mattress excellent at motion isolation compared to the traditional innerspring coils. Still, they allow free flow of air (28% better than memory foam, according to Bear). Such breathability contributes to sleeping cool.

Base Layer

It is the final layer that gives the coils a stable base. As such, it is a high-density support foam. Besides, the segment provides your bed the shape and cradles the encased coil system.

Firmness & Feel

The Bear Hybrid has a feeling of a luxury hotel mattress with a bounce. When you press your hand on the surface, you meet a cozy, comfortable quilted cover and the top memory foam layer. Your fingers sink into the bed softly, with a pleasant amount of pressure relief and comfort. Nonetheless, when you put more pressure, you start interacting with a layer of encased coil system. That means you encounter some bounce, which typically lifts you up and out of the structure.

Similarly, when you sleep on the mattress, you will feel the comfort of the first two topmost layers. Additionally, the two confer some gentle cradling, but you will not have the “sink into the mattress feel” that is associated with some of the softer foam mattresses. But still, you’ll have some contouring at the shoulders and hips.

Now, firmness is subjective, as it depends on multiple factors. Weight, body shape, and size, and personal preference are some factors. Nevertheless, the Bear Hybrid mattress has a soft and thick pillow top style finish (though not marketed as a pillow top mattress).

Considering its construction, you will get a cloud-like sleeping experience, that translates to a feeling of floating on the mattress. This buoyant lift is due to the tall pocketed coils. But this depends on your weight. The coils have a good bounce while the foams respond quickly to pressure. Such a feature makes it easy and quick to switch positions while sleeping, as well as getting out or into the beds.

How Firm Is It?
Mattress Firmness Level: 6 / 10

In our opinion, on a firmness scale of 1 (softest) to 10 (firmest), this mattress has a score of 6. That places it midways the range – medium firmness. Medium range firmness can accommodate a wide range of sleepers.

Pressure Relief

As much as your weight and shape determine how you feel on a mattress, Bear Hybrid accommodates a wide range of sleepers. The density of the foam and the height of the springs allows this mattress to accommodate an extensive range of weight.

The mattress has two comfort layers, which cushion and contour, to relieve pressure at sensitive points. Gel-infused polyfoam top layer gives enough padding, which should cushion the shoulders and the hips. On the other hand, the second foam layer confers a deeper cradling and spreads out the bodyweight of sleepers, thus, reducing pressure build-up.

Sleeping Positions

Bear Hybrid mattress
Supportive design for every type of sleeper

Let’s look at this mattress’s ability to alleviate pain and pressure at sensitive spots along the body while discussing different kinds of sleeping positions.

Back Sleepers

Back sleepers should find their body will distribute evenly along the surface of the mattress. But you will have some sinkage into the quilted cover and the top layer. In fact, these materials fill the space in your lumbar region, offering you pressure relief and aligning the spine. Even though you will feel some contouring, it is easy to change position without feeling restricted or trapped thanks to the spring core and transition foam.

Side Sleepers

When you sleep on your side, your body weight concentrates at one point. If the mattress is too firm, that could mean too much pressure around the hips and shoulders. The Bear Hybrid mattress is comfortable for side sleepers due to the gentle top foams and individually acting pocketed coils. Side sleepers can expect a balanced feel on this bed, with excellent relief, contouring, and support on the shoulders and hips.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers need something a bit firm. Otherwise, the hips can sink out of line with the spine creating tension in the lower back. When you lay on the Bear Hybrid, the hips sink a little out of line with your shoulders. However, this depends on the weight of the sleepers. If your weight is average, you’ll get adequate support. But if you are significantly weighty, perhaps choose a firmer mattress, like the Bear Original.

Combo Sleepers

These people may sleep on their back, side, or stomach throughout the night. Essential requirements in mattresses for this type of sleeping style is foam with faster responsiveness, bounce, and pressure relief. The Bear Hybrid has all of the above thanks to the spring core and transition foam.

Motion Isolation Properties

Foam has a great ability to isolate motion, and so do individually acting pocketed coils. This is a hybrid mattress that contains both of the aforementioned; the coils are encased to minimize noise and motion transfer between individual springs, and it has some foam layers. This gives it an above-average ability to isolate motion. But, although it will absorb a fair amount of motion, couples may still feel some movement transfer across the bed. Nonetheless, couples will find this mattress ideal for sharing a bed together.

Temperature Control

The majority of hybrid mattresses perform exceptionally well when it comes to temperature regulation, and Bear Hybrid isn’t an exception. If you sleep hot, you will definitely enjoy the cooler nights that this mattress offers, thanks to a few reasons:

  • Firstly, the Celliant fabric. The Celliant technology with the cover of the mattress regulates the temperature efficiently.
  • Secondly, the layer of Polyfoam quilted into the mattress’ cover is infused with gel. The gel infusion pulls heat away to reduce body heat as you sleep.
  • Additionally, the 8-inch tall coil layer allows ample flow of air into and out of the mattress, thus dissipating heat as opposed to trapping it.

Edge Support

Man ties up his laces while sat on Bear Hybrid

When you sit or lie along the edge of the Bear Hybrid, you get some compression. However, the amount of compression you get when you lie on edge is insignificant, thanks to the high-density foam and coils. You will not have the feeling of tilting or falling.

Sizes & Dimensions

Below is a list of all the Bear Hybrid sizes, their dimensions and approximate weight:

SizeDimensions (W L H)Weight
Twin39” x 75” x 14”60 lbs.
Twin XL39” x 80” x 14”60 lbs.
Full54” x 75” x 14”80 lbs.
Queen60” x 80” x 14”110 lbs.
King76” x 80” x 14”140 lbs.
Cali King72” x 84” x 14”140 lbs.


The synthetic foams produce some odor; however, this is expected to fade out more quickly than most foam mattresses due to the bed’s breathable design. Remember, Bear Hybrid is built of Polyfoam, which is more breathable than memory foam. We’d say that generally, the odor is expected to fade within 24 hours, especially if the room is adequately ventilated.

Our Bear Hybrid Ratings

The Verdict

Undoubtedly, the needs of sleepers vary considerably. Manufacturers are trying to overcome this scenario by creating mattresses that meet the diverse needs of different customers.

The Bear Hybrid boasts a perfect combination of cooling technology and luxury comfort. Its design ensures that sleepers have an easier, better, and healthier life. The materials used have cutting edge performance while the arrangement of these layers gives a final functional piece.

Choose the Bear Hybrid if you are looking for a durable and comfortable mattress. Since it has a medium firmness, the bed works sleepers of different needs, including combo sleepers.

Comparing the premium features of this mattress, it’s logical to conclude that the set price point is fair and affordable. Additionally, with the 100-night trial and 20-year warranty, in our opinion, it is overall a very good purchase.

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