Bear Pro Hybrid Review
|✔️Lats Updated: March 2023
|✔️Customer Rating: 4/5|
|✔️Mattress Advisor Score: 8.74/10|
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The Bottom Line: The Bear Pro Hybrid is a three-layer hybrid mattress designed to be responsive and supportive for a range of body types.
In the mattress world, Bear is best known for touting its use of Celliant fiber technology to help athletes recover faster. However, the Pro Hybrid is a good fit for not just active types, but anyone who wants a good value on a medium-firm to firm mattress that sleeps fairly cool. Those who prefer a softer bed, along with some side sleepers, might find it doesn’t provide enough pressure relief.
We had a chance to test the mattress in our studio in Austin—in this review we’ll dig deeper into what it offers and what kind of sleepers it works best for. Read on for more about what it’s like to sleep on this bed.
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What Makes the Bear Pro Hybrid Stand Out:
- Medium-firm to Firm: I found the Pro Hybrid to be about a 7/10 in firmness, which puts it just on the firm side of medium-firm. If you like the feel of firmness beneath you but want your mattress to have a little bit of give to it, this one is a good choice.
- Back-Sleeping Heaven: When lying on my back, the mattress felt just right—firm and supportive, with excellent spine alignment. Sleepers of all body types should appreciate how the mattress provides just the right amount of body-contouring comfort in this position, without any sinking or sagging.
- Good for Couples: The mattress’s combination of memory foam and springs isolates motion well, so you should be able to sleep on it with a partner without disrupting each other every time someone moves. The mattress is also plenty responsive, so you should have no trouble moving around on it or enjoying adult time with your partner.
Take a look at the breakdown of the scores from various tests we use to evaluate the Bear Pro Hybrid mattress. The total is a combined, weighted score on a scale of one to 10. Curious about how we get this score? Read all about our review process.
|Mattress Advisor Test||Score (Out of 10)|
⭐Total Score for the Nolah All-Foam Hybrid: 8.7/10⭐
Bear Pro Hybrid: Pros and Cons
- Doesn’t Sleep Hot: Due to the mattress’s combination of a cooling cover with a breathable spring layer and gel-infused foams, the Pro Hybrid doesn’t trap heat the way mattresses made solely of memory foam tend to.
- Very Responsive: This mattress really does bring together many of the benefits of memory foam and coils. It has a more traditional, springy mattress feel with plenty of responsiveness so you won’t sink into the foam. This also makes it easier to change positions in bed.
- Great for Couples: When I jumped onto the left side of the mattress, the right side hardly moved. This is a good sign of low motion transfer, which indicates two people will sleep together comfortably on this mattress, no matter how wild the tossing and turning gets on one side of the bed.
- Good Back Support: While lying on my back on the mattress, my spine looked and felt to be in neutral alignment. With the Pro Hybrid’s high score for spine alignment, plus lots of firm support and a Celliant cover designed to support muscle recovery, the mattress is a good one for back pain sufferers and back sleepers.
- Durable: The Pro Hybrid is made of high-density foam and high-grade coils, so it should last you a while. We suspect it will have a sag-free lifespan of up to 10 years.
- Too Firm for Some: As a lightweight side sleeper, this wouldn’t be my first choice of mattresses. It felt excellent when I lay on my back, but when I curled up into the sleep position I spend the most time in, my hip and shoulder didn’t sink far enough into the top layer of the mattress. I felt a bit stiffened. Average-weight or heavyweight side sleepers might find it to have more give.
- Spotty Pressure Relief: Again, this is dependent on your body type, sleep position, and mattress preferences. I found that the mattress provided good pressure relief when lying on my back but not so much on my side. I suspect average-weight sleepers (over 130 pounds) and heavyweight sleepers (over 230 pounds) will find that the quilted cover and top layer of memory foam has a little more give to it and provides more relief in both positions.
How Firm Is It?
I gave the Bear Pro Hybrid a 7/10 for firmness, which nudges it over to the firmer side of medium-firm. This level of firmness works well for lots of different types of sleepers, and most sleep positions. Heavier sleepers and average-weight sleepers should find it to be comfortable for back sleeping, side sleeping, and even some stomach sleeping.
What Sleep Position Does It Support?
The sleep position you find most comfortable and supportive will largely depend on your personal preferences, with some influence from your body type.
Side Sleepers: Many side sleepers will find that the mattress has the right amount of give for side sleeping—particularly sleepers on the heavier side. Lightweight side sleepers might want more pressure relief.
Back Sleepers: This mattress provides loads of comfort, support, and pressure relief for back sleepers of all body types.
Stomach Sleepers: Many stomach sleepers will find the mattress to be comfortable due to its above-average firmness. It has just enough give to cradle and support your body without the sagging or sinking that might throw your hips out of alignment. Some stomach sleepers might prefer an even firmer model.
Combination Sleepers: Most combination sleepers will find the Pro Hybrid to be comfortable. It’s also highly responsive, so changing positions at night should pose no issues.
Does It Sleep Hot?
Cooling is an area in which the mattress excels. Hybrid mattresses tend to sleep cooler than solid memory foam mattresses, and the Bear Pro Hybrid is no exception. It not only has innerspring coils that create a breathable support layer, but it also has a gel-infused memory foam layer for added temperature control, as well as an airy Celliant cover that transfers heat well.
The Bear Pro Hybrid comes in standard mattress sizes.
|Twin||39″ x 75″||$1,135|
|Twin XL||39″ x 80″||$1,198|
|Full||54″ x 75″||$1,260|
|Queen||60″ x 80″||$1,460|
|King||76″ x 80″||$1,690|
|Cal King||72″ x 84″||$2,396|
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- Quilted Cover: Made with synthetic Celliant fibers, the cover layer is designed to breathe well and help muscles recover faster.
- Comfort Layer: The top layer of the mattress is made from a cooling gel memory foam with the dual task of regulating heat and helping keep your spine in neutral alignment
- Bear Dynamic Foam: The second layer of memory foam adds more comfort and pressure relief, on top of additional support.
- Coil Support Layer: At the base of the mattress, a layer of individually wrapped coils adds additional support, some responsiveness and bounce, and durability. This layer also helps maintain good support along the edges of the mattress.
Setting Up the Mattress
The Bear Pro Hybrid ships to your house in a box within 2 to 7 business days. Like many bed-in-a-box mattresses, there can be a slight chemical smell after you unbox it; however, the off-gassing smell starts to dissipate after 24 to 48 hours.
Setting up the mattress is fairly easy—just bust it out of the box, give it some time to take shape, and then grab a friend to help you position it on your bed. The mattress weighs 50 to 90 pounds, depending on the size you order.
Free delivery to the contiguous U.S.; Compressed and rolled in a box that is 42″ x 19″ x 19″. Additional fees if you’re shipping to Alaska or Hawaii.
|Trial Period||120 days|
|Warranty||Limited lifetime warranty|
|Return Policy||Free returns|
|Financing||Available through Affirm or Shop Pay|
Bear gives you 120 nights to try out your new mattress and see if it works for you. You can then return it or exchange it for free; Bear just notes that it won’t provide a free return for the new exchanged mattress. The brand also insists you give its mattresses at least 30 days to break them in before initiating the return process.
Bear’s Lifetime Warranty
Bear delivers this mattress with a lifetime limited warranty, which covers the original purchaser for any defects or manufacturer flaws. Normal wear and tear isn’t covered, nor are defects caused by a flawed foundation, box spring, or platform.
Reaching the Customer Service Team:
You can contact Bear’s customer service team in three ways:
- Email at email@example.com
- Call 844-311-0035
- Live chat with the support team on Bear’s website
Should You Buy the Bear Pro Hybrid?
If you’re a back sleeper who likes your mattress on the firm—but not too firm—side, the Pro Hybrid is a great option. The mattress’s combination of memory foam and coils provides plenty of support and alignment for your spine, and a nice amount of pressure relief when resting on your back.
But back sleepers aren’t our only callout—plenty of stomach sleepers and side sleepers will also find a lot to love about this bed. Its foam comfort layers supply sufficient pressure relief for average-weight and heavier sleepers when resting on their sides, and stomach sleepers of all sizes will likely find a comfy spot on it that doesn’t cause their hips to sink in.
Most sleepers will also appreciate the Pro Hybrid’s cooling qualities, which keep it from feeling sweltering or stuffy when you want to move around during the night. The Pro Hybrid even supports this active nighttime behavior—it scores highly in our tests of responsiveness, indicating that you won’t feel trapped if you try to roam around on it.
But no mattress is universal—this might not be the best mattress for those who like a soft bed, nor for my people: lightweight side sleepers in search of ample pressure relief. In my testing, I found it to be comfy and supportive for sleeping on my back, but a bit too firm for nestling in on my side. Those in search of more options there should check out our roundup of best mattresses for side sleepers.
The Bear Original is a good one for those seeking an all-foam mattress and not a hybrid. It’s a little less firm than the Pro Hybrid, and sleeps a little warmer (despite the addition of cooling technologies) due to its all-foam makeup. It also might not meet the needs of heavier sleepers for that same reason. But it costs significantly less—so if you’re on a budget and you like more of a memory foam feel, check out our Bear review for more about this mattress.
Bear sells another foam and coil hybrid called the Bear Star Hybrid, which is a little bit softer than the Pro Hybrid and has an extra foam support layer, as well as added cooling features like copper-infused foam. It shares some of the Pro Hybrid’s construction, such as a Celliant cover on top and individually cased coils in its support layer. However, the addition of that extra support layer and advanced cooling technologies contribute to making the Star Hybrid pricier than the Pro Hybrid model (by more than $400 for a queen).
Bear’s Elite Hybrid is another hybrid option from the brand. The Elite is a little more luxury-oriented, and has a five-zoned support system that offers better pressure relief. It comes in three different firmness levels, so you have more options—we tested the “medium” mattress and put it at a 6/10 for firmness. The mattress has a similar construction to the Star Hybrid, with innerspring coils sandwiched inside three layers of foam. This mattress is Bear’s premium option, and its price reflects that.