Bear Pillow Reviews

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Quick Overview

Also known for its mattresses and other sleep products, Bear offers the Bear Pillow. This pillow features a single piece of aerated ‘Loft-X’ polyfoam contained within a polyester-blend cover. The cover is equipped with mesh panels at each end, which help air circulate through the interior of the pillow. The Bear Pillow is considered ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, and has a 5″ loft.

Like many other competing pillows with single-piece foam cores, the Bear Pillow offers close conforming to the sleeper’s head, neck, and shoulders. This can alleviate tension and pressure points that develop, and also improve spinal alignment for side sleepers. The mesh panels and aerated foam also allow the pillow to sleep fairly cool, especially compared to other models with similar construction. It also retains a full shape fairly well and requires little to no fluffing.

The pillow is available in Queen and King sizes. Its price-point is on par with the average single-piece foam pillow. Bear offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and flat delivery rates for customers in Alaska and Hawaii. The Bear Pillow is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a two-year warranty.

Read on to learn more about the Bear Pillow in terms of construction, pricing, and performance ratings. We’ll also provide an overview of Bear’s shipping, return, and warranty policies, along with some similar pillow recommendations.

Pros
  • Better temperature neutrality than most single-piece foam pillows
  • Close conforming and good pain and pressure relief
  • Great shape retention
  • Free shipping in contiguous U.S.
  • A+ BBB rating for Bear Mattress
Cons
  • Not very moldable or snuggly
  • Interior is spot-clean only
  • King-size may be too heavy for some

Informing Our Review

302 verified customer experiences — 15 hours of testing — 3 expert consultations

Recommendations

A sleeper’s experience with a pillow often depends on his or her body weight and preferred sleep position. Based on owner experiences and product analysis, the Bear Pillow has earned the following ratings from sleepers with different weights and position preferences.

Pillow Model Sleep Position Lightweight Sleeper Rating (Less than 130 lbs) Average Weight Sleeper Rating (130 to 230 lbs) Heavyweight Sleeper Rating (More than 230 lbs)
Bear Pillow Side Very Good Very Good Good
Back Very Good Very Good Very Good
Stomach Good Good Fair

For more information on sleeping positions please see our pillow guides for side, back, and stomach sleepers.

Ratings

Now let’s see how the Bear Pillow has been rated for durability, conforming ability, odor potential, and other performance factors. Our ratings below are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

Category Criteria Bear Pillow Rating What Bear Pillow Users Say
Category

Durability

Criteria

Most pillows will perform for two to three years of nightly use before they need a replacement; a pillow’s lifespan usually depends on its material construction.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

Like other single-piece foam pillows, the Bear Pillow may develop indentations over time – but its expected lifespan is on par with that of similar models.

Category

Firmness Options

Criteria

Pillows that are available in one firmness setting may be limiting for customers, while those with multiple firmness options can accommodate a wider range of sleepers.

Rating

Poor

What Buyers Say

The Bear Pillow is only available in a ‘Medium’ firmness setting. Those seeking softer or firmer pillows may not be satisfied with the Bear Pillow.

Category

Shape Retention

Criteria

Some pillows require frequent fluffing and shaking in order to provide a supportive surface, but others will maintain a full shape with little to no maintenance.

Rating

Very Good

What Buyers Say

Shape retention is a key strength of the Bear Pillow and single-piece foam pillows in general; very little, if any, fluffing is need.

Category

Moldability

Criteria

Pillows that are cuddly and squeezable are well-suited for sleepers who like to cuddle with a pillow during the night or use a pillow bolster between their knees or beneath their legs.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

The Bear Pillow is not very moldable, especially compared to pillows with shredded foam fill.

Category

Conforming

Criteria

Some pillows conform closely to the sleeper’s head, neck, and shoulders to alleviate tension and pain in sensitive areas.

Rating

Very Good

What Buyers Say

The Bear Pillow offers ‘Medium’ softness and close conforming that eases tension and discomfort in high-pressure areas of the head, neck, and shoulders.

Category

Temperature Neutrality

Criteria

Some pillows absorb more body heat from sleepers, causing them to sleep excessively warm compared to pillows that do not retain as much heat.

Rating

Very Good

What Buyers Say

Single-piece foam pillows often sleep hot, but the Bear Pillow offers better-than-average temperature neutrality thanks to its aerated foam core and breathable cover caps.

Category

Odor Potential

Criteria

Off-gassing odor occurs with most pillows when they are new, but some models produce odors that are stronger and/or longer-lasting than others.

Rating

Good

What Buyers Say

The Bear Pillow produces some off-gassing when new, which is typical of single-piece foam models, but the mesh end caps help air out the interior rather quickly.

Category

Weight

Criteria

Most pillows sold today are relatively light, but those weighing five pounds or more can be difficult to lift and adjust for some owners.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

A Queen-size Bear Pillow weighs roughly five pounds, making it reasonably easy to lift for most, but the King-size model weighs roughly seven pounds and may present some difficulties.

Category

Ease of Cleaning

Criteria

Many pillows can be washed and dried in machines, making them relatively low-maintenance for cleaning and car, but others require spot-cleaning, dry-cleaning, and/or other more intensive and potentially costlier measures.

Rating

Fair

What Buyers Say

The Bear Pillow’s cover can be washed and dried in machines, but the foam core is spot-clean only – which is typical of pillows with this design.

As you can see, the Bear Pillow excelled in a few key areas. Temperature neutrality is a notable strength, given that single-piece foam pillows tend to sleep hot; the Bear Pillow mitigates this issue with aerated foam and mesh cap components. The pillow also conforms very closely to alleviate aches and pains. However, the pillow is somewhat time-consuming to clean and may be too heavy for some owners (especially in a King size). The Bear Pillow is not particularly moldable, either.

What You Need to Know about the Bear Pillow

Product Construction & Firmness

First, let’s look at how the Bear Pillow is built. The table below lists firmness, thickness, and composition specs for the pillow.

Product Name Firmness Options Loft Interior Components Cover Components
Bear Pillow ‘Medium’ 5″ Single, aerated piece of ‘Loft-X’ polyfoam Polyester blend with mesh end caps

Pricing & Sizing

The next table lists length, width, and thickness dimensions for the Bear Pillow in each available size, along with current price-points.

Size Dimensions Loft Price
Queen 15W” x 27L” 5″ $95
King 15W” x 35L” 5″ $115

Firmness Options: The Bear Pillow is exclusively available in a ‘Medium’ setting.
Package Deals: At this time, Bear does not appear to offer any bundles or package deals.

Delivery & Product Care

Delivery All 50 states
Product Care The cover can be washed and dried in a machine; foam core is spot-clean only
Full delivery and product care details

Delivery

Where Can the Pillow Be Shipped?: Bear ships pillows and other products to all 50 states; international deliveries are not available at this time.
Delivery Fee: Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping. Those living in Alaska and Hawaii must pay a flat shipping rate of $100.

Delivery Policy: The delivery policy for Bear is as follows:

  1. All pillow deliveries are coordinated through FedEx. Most customers receive their delivery within four to seven business days.
  2. Most customers receive a delivery tracking number within two to four business days of their original order.
  3. Customers do not need to provide a signature for pillow deliveries.

Caring for Your Bear Pillow

Instructions for First Time Use: The Bear Pillow does not require any special treatments prior to first-time use. However, fluffing the pillow can help it recover its shape and remove off-gassing odor after it has been removed from its packaging.

Cleaning Instructions:

  • Machine-wash the cover in cold water and tumble dry on a low-heat cycle.
  • The foam core cannot be machine-washed; if stains occur, spot clean the foam with soap and water.

Sleep Trial & Warranty

Sleep trial 100 nights
Warranty 2 years
Full trial period and warranty details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Bear offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Bear Pillow.

  1. This sleep trial does not include a mandatory break-in period. Customers may return the pillow for a full refund at any point of the trial.
  2. Full product refunds will be issued for pillow returns, minus shipping charges to Alaska or Hawaii; however, customers must cover all shipping and transportation costs associated with returning the pillow.

Warranty

Bear offers a 2-year warranty for the Bear Pillow.

  1. This warranty is completely nonprorated.
  2. Pillow owners must cover all shipping and handling costs associated with defective pillow repairs or replacements. The warranty covers manufacturing defects only.
  3. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their pillow from Bear or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their pillow from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not receive warranty coverage.

Similar Pillow Options

Bear Helix Leesa Malouf Sleep

Model(s)

Bear

Bear Pillow

Helix Pillow
Helix Ultra-Cool Pillow
Helix Wedge Pillow

Leesa Pillow
Leesa Hybrid Pillow

Z Pillow Collection

Pillow Type

Bear

Single-piece, aerated olyfoam

Memory foam and down alternative (Helix Pillow/Ultra-Cool Pillow)
Gel memory foam and polyfoam (Helix Wedge Pillow)

Solid, ventilated polyfoam (Leesa Pillow)
Flippable with quilted down alternative and cooling gel sides (Leesa Hybrid Pillow)

One-piece and shredded memory foam
One-piece and shredded latex
Down/feather blend
Down alternative microfibers

Cover

Bear

Polyester blend with mesh end caps

Tencel® lyocell and polyester blend (Helix Pillow)
Polyester and polyethylene blend (Helix Ultra-Cool Pillow)
Rayon and polyester blend (Helix Wedge Pillow)

Rayon and polyester (Leesa Pillow)
Tencel® lyocell and nylon (Leesa Hybrid Pillow)

Varies by pillow

Price Range (est.)

Bear

$95 to $115

$85 to $99 (Helix Pillow)
$115 to $129 (Helix Ultra-Cool Pillow)
$95 (Helix Wedge Pillow)

$75 to $95 (Leesa Pillow)
$99 to $109 (Leesa Hybrid Pillow)

$71.99 to $207.99 (Dough memory foam)
$71.99 to $191.99 (Gel Dough memory foam)
$79.99 to $179.99 (latex)
$51.99 to $199.99 (down/feather and down alternative)
$31.99 to $79.99 (travel-size pillows)
$35.99 to $47.99 (travel neck pillows)
$87.99 to $139.99 (body/specialty pillows)

Loft Range

Bear

5″

Adjustable loft (Helix Pillow/Ultra-Cool Pillow)
10″ (Helix Wedge Pillow)

5″ (both models)

4″ to 7″ (varies by model)

Firmness Options

Bear

‘Medium’

‘Medium Soft’ to ‘Medium Firm’ (Helix Pillow/Ultra-Cool Pillow)
‘Medium Firm’ (Helix Wedge Pillow)

‘Medium’ (Leesa Pillow)
Flippable, with ‘Medium Soft’ and ‘Medium Firm’ sides (Leesa Hybrid Pillow)

‘Soft’
‘Medium Soft’
‘Medium’
‘Medium Firm’
‘Firm’

Availability

Bear

Online

Online

Online & in-store

Online

Sleep Trial

Bear

100 nights

100 nights

100 nights

None

Warranty Length

Bear

2 years

3 years (Helix Pillow/Ultra-Cool Pillow)
1 year (Helix Wedge Pillow)

3 years

3 to 5 years (varies by model)

Company Information

Customer Service

8 out of 10 owner experiences show customers have had a positive experience with Bear, irrespective of whether or not they liked their pillow.

Company History

Bear has been in business since 2015; the Bear Pillow was introduced in 2017.

BBB Rating

A+

Physical Stores

Bear does not operate any brick-and-mortar stores where products are available for sale. However, the brand owns a viewing-only showroom in Hoboken, New Jersey..

Contact Bear

[email protected] | 1-844-311-0035 | BearMattress.com

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