Bear vs Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Learn how these companies and their mattresses compare in our in-depth review.

By Nicole Gleichmann

Sealy’s Tempur-Pedic has been known for decades as one of the best memory foam mattress brands. Their ultra-conforming feel and ability to dissipate pressure have earned Tempur-Pedic mattress’s countless lifelong consumers and rave reviews. 

However, Tempur-Pedic mattresses aren’t the right choice for everyone. Bear crafts memory foam and memory foam hybrids, just like Tempur, but at much lower costs. What’s more, their feel is completely different, and works better for some sleepers. 

In this review, we’re going to compare Bear and Tempur-Pedic mattresses so you can determine which memory foam company makes the mattress of your dreams.

Comparison Overview

Bear Tempur-Pedic
Best for
  • Hot sleepers
  • Value shoppers
  • Sleepers with back pain
  • Side sleepers
  • Lightweight sleepers
  • Couples who share the bed
Price Range
  • $500-$1,690
  • $1,699-$8,398
Special Features
  • Responsive foam 
  • Supports athletic recovery
  • Cooling foam and cover technology
  • Excellent pressure relief
  • Split mattresses for couples
  • Deep hugging sensation

 

Bear Mattresses

Special Features

Bear is a budget-friendly bed-in-a-box mattress brand that crafts high-quality memory foam and memory foam hybrid mattresses. Each of the 3 Bear beds has a medium-firm feel that works well for the average sleeper.

Let’s take a look at what sets Bear mattresses apart. 

Recovery

Every Bear mattress boasts a celliant cover formulated for athletes. Celliant fabric is an FDA-approved, clinically tested textile that promotes deep sleep and healing. Celliant speeds healing by boosting oxygen levels in tissues. The result is a more restful night’s sleep and fewer aches and pains come morning. 

Cooling

Bear’s mattresses are some of the coolest memory foam and memory foam hybrid beds that we’ve tested. Their cooling abilities are so powerful that even the all-foam beds are cooler than the average hybrid mattress

Bear’s impressive cooling abilities start with their celliant cover. This mattress cover optimizes thermoregulation, promoting a cool night’s sleep. Their original model boasts graphite and gel in the top layer that removes body heat from the mattress surface, while the Bear Pro achieves an even cooler sleeping experience with copper and gel memory foam

For the coolest night’s sleep, opt for the Bear Hybrid. Its combination of serene foam and airy innerspring coils help even the hottest sleeper find relief. 

Responsiveness

Bear manufacturers some of the most responsive foam that we’ve seen at our in-house mattress lab. When paired with the bounciness of innerspring coils in the Bear hybrid, you get one of the most responsive memory foam hybrid beds. 

Combination sleepers and couples enjoy a bed that has a bit of bounce and is easy to move around on. 

Spine Alignment

For a budget-friendly mattress brand, Bear’s mattresses deliver exceptional spine alignment. Thanks to high-density foam transition and support layers, the Bear mattresses don’t allow hips to sink in too far. The result is great support for the spine’s natural shape when sleeping on your front or back. 

Mattress Construction

Bear has three mattress models: the Bear Hybrid, Bear Pro, and Bear original. In this section, we’ll break down what’s inside each of these mattresses and how it influences the sleeping experience.

Bear mattress

The Original Bear Mattress

The flagship Bear mattress is a 3-layer all-foam bed measuring 10” deep. It yields a medium-firm feel with minimal contouring that’s best for stomach and back sleepers

What’s Inside

  • Graphite-gel memory foam (2”): This top layer is cooling and moderately plush.
  • Responsive transition foam (2”): A medium-firm contouring foam that limits sinkage.
  • High-density polyfoam base (6”): A responsive, durable base layer adds longevity and ease-of-movement.
Bear Pro

Bear Pro

The Bear Pro is a 4-layer memory foam mattress that’s 12” deep with greater cushion than the original Bear. It’s firmness level is still medium-firm, but the added softness works for side sleepers over 130 pounds and back sleepers who like moderate cushion.  

What’s Inside

  • Copper-infused comfort layer (1”): Copper infusion creates a touchably-cool mattress.
  • Gel memory foam (1.5”): A moderately plush gel memory foam cushions the body and eliminates trapped body heat
  • Responsive transition foam (2.5”): Contouring foam that keeps the body from sinking in too far.
  • High-density support foam (7”): A polyfoam base for stability and longevity.
Bear Hybrid Mattress

Bear Hybrid

The Bear Hybrid is a 5-layer memory foam hybrid mattress that’s 14” deep. It’s medium-firm firmness level and outstanding responsiveness are great for back, stomach, and combination sleepers. Couples also enjoy the Bear Hybrid.  

What’s Inside

  • Cooling gel memory foam (2”): A hypersoft foam that keeps the mattress surface cool.
  • Comfort foam (2”): A medium firmness comfort layer for adaptive support. 
  • Transition foam (1”): A transition foam that offers contouring and eliminates sinkage.
  • Individually encased coils (8”): Over 1,3000 coils provide targeted support and a springy feel.
  • High-density support foam (1”): A durable, supportive foam for enhanced longevity.

Prices

Original Bear Bear Hybrid Bear Pro
Twin $500 $1,090 $940
Twin XL $600 $1,190 $990
Full $700 $1,290 $1,040
Queen $800 $1,390 $1,090
King $900 $1,690 $1,290
Cal King $900 $1,690 $1,290

Shipping

Bear ships for free via FedEx within the contiguous US. There is an added shipping fee if you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada. White Glove Delivery is available for $150. With White Glove Delivery, a Bear representative sets up your new mattress and removes your old one. 

Returns and Warranty

Bear offers a 100-night sleep trial with free returns. They do ask that you try out your new bed for 30 days before initiating a return as it can take time to adjust to a new mattress.  

Their warranty is the industry-standard 10-year limited warranty.  

Pros

  • Competitive price point
  • Some of the coolest memory foam beds around
  • Responsive feel for ease of movement
  • Reliable support great for stomach and back sleepers
  • Exceptional spine alignment relieves back pain
  • Celliant cover designed for deep sleep and muscle recovery

Cons

  • Mediocre pressure relief
  • Not good for lightweight side sleepers
  • No soft or firm mattresses for those who prefer the extremes

Tempur-Pedic Mattresses

Special Features

Tempur-Pedic is a leader in the luxury mattress industry. Their memory foam mattresses feel unbelievable lush, and they now offer memory foam hybrids for people who need extra support or bounce. 

Here’s why Tempur-Pedic has kept their astounding reputation for decades. 

Pressure Relief

If you’ve ever laid upon a Tempur-Pedic mattress, you know what it feels like to melt into a bed’s surface. Tempur-Pedic’s foam is unmatched when it comes to closely hugging the body’s every curve. It’s this property that relieves pain from pressure points and evenly distributes the body’s weight. 

Tempur-Pedic’s exceptional cushioning abilities are particularly valuable for side sleepers who need relief at their shoulders and hips, lightweight sleepers who can find other mattresses too hard, and sleepers with aches, pains, or stiffness.

A Generous Selection of Mattresses

Tempur-Pedic has a wide selection of mattresses. So long as you desire the deep cradling of traditional memory foam, there’s a Tempur-Pedic mattress designed with your needs in mind. 

To start, they have 5 mattress lines designed for different sleepers. From value shoppers to hot sleepers, their different models are crafted to suit a variety of needs. On top of this, many of their mattresses come in multiple firmness levels or a hybrid model. There are few mattress brands that offer the variety of beds that Tempur-Pedic offers. 

Adjustable Bases

Tempur-Pedic is the Cadillac of mattresses. As a leader in the luxury mattress space, it should come as no surprise that they offer products besides mattresses for the ultimate bedroom experience. 

Tempur-Pedic carries three adjustable bed frames. By allowing you to change the position and angle of your head and feet, these bases promote pain and snoring relief. There are even split options so partners who share a bed can choose their perfect sleep position

Couples 

Tempur-Pedic manufactures some of the best beds for couples. Here’s why.

  1. Motion isolation: Their high-density memory foam limits motion transfer so you don’t wake up when your partner moves around.  
  2. Hybrid options: Many of their mattresses come in hybrid options for enhanced responsiveness and bounce great for adult activities.
  3. Dual-sided power bases: Their adjustable bases can be split by side and paired with the split king mattress size for customizable comfort. 
  4. Cooling features: Because humans release body heat at night, couples tend to sleep hotter than solo sleepers. The Tempur-Breeze models have exceptional cooling properties to keep you and your partner comfortable. 

Cooling Technology

Many people love the deep cradling sensation that Tempur-Pedic’s mattresses offer. While there is no pressure-relieving feel quite like Tempur-Pedic foam, customers have historically complained of one thing: heat retention. 

With the Tempur-Breeze mattresses, you can enjoy temperatures up to 8° cooler than other all-foam mattresses. The Breeze collection is the ultimate in luxury for hot sleepers who love the traditional memory foam feel

Mattress Construction

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Tempur-Cloud

The newest Tempur-Pedic mattress, the Tempur-Cloud, is made with a new memory foam crafted for the average sleeper. Its medium feel and close contouring deliver exceptional spine support, pressure relief, and motion isolation.  

What’s Inside

  • 360° stretch cover: A breathable, moisture-wicking fabric great for hot sleepers. 
  • Tempur comfort layer: A new Tempur material that’s soft and responsive. 
  • Tempur support layer: Slow-response foam conforms for enhanced pressure relief.
  • Base layer: High-density polyfoam for stability, durability, and edge support.

Tempur-Adapt

The Tempur-Adapt is the mattress you should go for if you want the classic Tempur-Pedic foam feel at the lowest price. Its medium firmness level works well for side and back sleepers, and there’s even a hybrid option if you want more support or bounce.  

What’s Inside

  • Premium knit cover: A soft, cool, and allergen-resistant mattress cover.
  • Tempur-ES comfort layer: A plush, enveloping foam that gives at pressure points.
  • Original Tempur support layer: Deeply cradling foam with responsive support.
  • Innerspring coils (optional): Over 1,000 pocketed coils for targeted, springy support.

Tempur-ProAdapt

The Tempur-ProAdapt is their most popular mattress. It boasts Tempur-APR foam, Tempur’s most pressure-relieving foam. With soft, medium, medium hybrid, and firm options, the ProAdapt works for every sleeping position.  

What’s Inside

  • SmartClimate dual cover system: Removable cover that’s cool and washable. 
  • Comfort layer: One of three different Tempur foams is used to create the right combination of cushion and contouring for the soft, medium, and firm options. 
  • Support layer: One of two high-density support foams that varies by firmness level.
  • Innerspring coils (optional): Over 1,000 pocketed coils for targeted, springy support.

Tempur-Luxe Adapt

The Tempur-LuxeAdapt is crafted for those who need the greatest pressure relief. Its plush comfort layer readily sinks when pressure is applied, deeply cradling the curves. The LuxeAdapt comes in soft or firm. The soft is great for side sleepers who find most beds too firm, while the firm is better for back sleepers who desire close conforming comfort. 

What’s Inside

  • SmartClimate dual cover system: Removable cover that’s cool and washable. 
  • Comfort layer: One of two ultra-plush foams for exceptional cushion.
  • Tempur-APR support layer: A support foam layer that limits sagging and supports a deep hugging feel.
Tempur-breeze

Tempur-breeze

Tempur-Breeze is their coolest mattress line. The ProBreeze model sleeps 3° cooler than their other beds and the LuxeBreeze model sleeps 8° cooler. The ProBreeze is slighting less conforming than the LuxeBreeze. Opt for the LuxeBreeze if you need exceptional pressure relief and the ProBreeze if you prefer a somewhat firmer feel. These mattresses come in soft, medium, medium hybrid, and firm. 

What’s Inside

  • SmartClimate dual cover system: Removable cover that’s cool and washable. 
  • PureCool+ phase change material: An advanced cooling system to help you fall asleep.
  • Tempur-CM+ comfort layer: Breathable top memory foam layer for a dry, cool sleeping experience. 
  • Transition layers: Various foams used depending on firmness level to optimize pressure relief and body alignment.
  • Support layers: Either innerspring coils or high-density foams influence the responsiveness and durability.

Prices

Tempur-Cloud Tempur-Adapt Tempur-ProAdapt Tempur-LuxeAdapt Tempur-breeze
Twin $1,699 $1,699 $2,499 N/A N/A
Twin XL $1,699 $1,699 $2,499 $3,199 $3,499-$4,199
Full $1,899 $2,049 $2,849 N/A $3,849
Queen $1,999 $2,199 $2,999 $3,699 $3,999-$4,699
King $2,399 $2,899 $3,699 $4,399 $4,699-$5,399
Split King N/A $3,398 $4,998 $6,398 $6,998-$8,398

Shipping

Every Tempur-Pedic mattress purchase comes with free White Glove Delivery in the USA, with an additional fee for delivery to Alaska or Hawaii. What this means is that a Tempur-Pedic representative will deliver your new mattress to the room of your choice, upack it, set it up, and take your old mattress away. 

Shipping time is 1-2 weeks, and you must be there when your bed is delivered. 

Returns and Warranty

The Tempur-Pedic mattress comes with a 90-day trial period, allowing you to try out your mattress before committing. Tempur-Pedic requires that you keep your new mattress for 30 days before initiating a return. If you decide to return your mattress, there is a $175 fee. 

Tempur-Pedic’s mattress warranty covers the standard 10-year period. What stands out is that indentations greater than ¾” are covered, compared to the more common 1” or 1 ½”. 

Pros

  • Exceptional pressure point relief
  • Great for side sleepers and lightweight sleepers
  • Cooling technology for dry, comfortable nights
  • Multiple firmness options work for most sleepers
  • True hugging memory foam feel
  • Adjustable bases and split mattresses ideal for couples
  • Free white glove delivery 

Cons

  • Luxury price-point
  • Not firm enough for most stomach sleepers
  • Less expensive models can sleep hot
  • Returns aren’t free (there’s a $175 fee)

Which Mattress Line Is Best?

Bear and Tempur-Pedic are each known for their high-quality memory foam mattresses. Each also offers memory foam hybrids for sleepers who need greater support and a more responsive feel. The best mattress for you could be either a Tempur or a Bear—it simply depends on your sleeping position and preferences. 

Tempur-Pedic crafts some of the best mattresses for side sleepers and lightweight sleepers thanks to excellent pressure relief and a relatively cushy surface. With 5 mattress lines and soft, medium, medium hybrid, and firm options, there’s a Tempur-Pedic mattress for anyone who loves the sensation of deeply contouring memory foam. 

Bear mattresses are some of the coolest hybrid and all-foam beds. Their celliant cover is designed for speedy recovery and deep sleep, great for anyone with an active lifestyle. The Bear mattresses balance cushion and support, not allowing you to sink very far into the surface. They’re incredibly responsive, making it easy to move around. Bear mattresses are best for back, stomach, and combination sleepers, and for those who weigh at least 130 pounds.

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