I love me a niche product. Any item that gears itself towards a specific subset of the market makes it so easy to review. I know who they want using it, and as a result I can hone in on the aspects of the product that make it perfect for that market. The bear mattress bills itself as the best mattress on the market for athletes, or those who live an active lifestyle. But how, I hear a portion of you ask, can a mattress make you a better runner? Well the good folk over at Bear have done a wonderful job creating what is possibly the best cooling solution out there, making this mattress one of the best on the market for soothing the muscles. As we all know, muscle building is all about healing during downtime, so there may well be some truth to their claims.
I’m looking forward to going into detail with you on this one. Let’s see if this is the right mattress for you.
My first major section in these mattress articles concerns the companies philanthropic work. I consider it to be important. I would be less inclined to recommend a company that has no charity work under its belt. The company recently got back to me regarding their charity work, and for the moment they are focused on small, one off events. They were founded in 2014, still in the early stages, so that is not much of a surprise. They do at least donate all returned mattresses to charity, a policy in place at all direct to consumer mattresses companies.
Bear Mattress Build Quality & Materials
I always start the mattress breakdown with a look at the cover material. There are three things we want in a cover material, it must be porous, durable and comfortable. All mattresses have these three traits to a greater or lesser degree, and the Bear is no different. The topper is made from a blend of polyester, which tends to give us the durability, and something called Celliant. Now I am about to go off on one about Celliant, because the stuff is just downright magical. Celliant is made from optically modified polyethylene terephthalate fiber. It interacts with the electromagnetic emissions of the human body, reflecting them with a mechanism unknown to me, but verified by numerous studies, and increasing oxygenation of tissue. Increased oxygen reduces aches and pains, and allows the body to heal faster from injury. Seriously, a double blind study on foot injuries have shown that wearing a sock made from this stuff makes you heal faster. In all what we have here is cutting edge, and perfect for athletes, body builders and anyone who wants to maximize their work out.
On to the insides, and that focus on healing is present here as well. At base we have a fairly standard 6.5″ of support foam, less than some, but the pain relieving quality of the topper material means that we don’t need an overly firm mattress. Next up is 2.5″ of rapid response memory foam. I have seen this material used elsewhere, and can attest to its effectiveness is moving with you. Most memory foam sticks, and takes a few seconds to re contour as you move, not the case here. At the top is something very special. I touched on it a bit in the opening paragraph, the excellent cooling. 1″ of graphite gel infused memory foam. It hugs you just right and keeps you at a constant cool comfortable. Graphite is an excellent conductor, and this mattresses cooling prowess is beaten only by the Layla.
Bear Overall Review
What we have here is a mattress focused on providing not only an excellent sleeping experience, but one that allows you to stay active for longer, and even has some minor pain relieving qualities, making it perfect for those with back pains. In all a highly impressive build.
Bear Mattress – Pricing & Returns Policy
Considering the niche the company is aiming for you might expect the Bear to be prohibitively expensive. Well you are in for a pleasant surprise. The Queen size Bear, not a sentence you should google generally, is a very affordable $850, this is on par with many mattresses. Delivery is free and by clicking here you can get a $50 discount, dropping the Queen down to $800, making the whole package all the more attractive.
|Twin||$500||39″ x 75″ x 10″|
|Twin XL||$650||39″ x 80″ x 10″|
|Full||$750||54″ x 75″ x 10″|
|Queen||$850||60″ x 80″ x 10″|
|King||$950||76″ x 80″ x 10″|
|Cal King||$950||72″ x 84″ x 10″|
When it comes to customer service policies the mattress industry tends to be amazing, and Bar are no exception. First, the trial period offered b Bear is longer than a fair few, a full 100 nights to test out the mattress. If you are unsatisfied with your new bed then you can return it for a full refund, and they will donate the mattress to a local charity. In addition they have a great 10 year warranty. Granted, 10 years i the standard, but the value of a mattress warranty is high, as they cover visible sag within the warranty period.
Bear Mattress Conclusion
I have investigated the lofty claims made by mattress firms in the past, and almost all of them have been suspect, but in the case of Barry Vs the Bear the bear came out on top, don’t google that either. The tech here is nothing short of astounding, and the quality of the mattress is fantastic. If you are looking to max out your gains, or suffer from the aches and pains of vigorous exercise this is exactly the mattress you are looking for.