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Bear vs. Purple – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison Guide

Written by - Jackson Lindeke.

The Bottom Line.

  • The Bear and Purple Mattress both strike a balance between firmness and softness.
  • The Bear is a memory foam mattress with a cover made with Celliant fibers.
  • The Purple Mattress contains a unique grid layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer that cradles and relieves pressure points.

16,248 Verified Customer Experiences

61 Unique Review Sources

160 Hours of Lab Testing

6 Sleep Experts Consulted

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  • Bear Mattress
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Bear vs. Purple Mattress Overview

Bear started in 2014, with the intent of making mattresses that improve the way people sleep. Bear’s flagship product, the Bear Mattress is a graphite-gel infused memory foam mattress constructed using Celliant fibers in the cover.

Clinical trials have demonstrated Celliant to promote restful sleep, regulate temperature, quicken recovery, and enhance athletic performance. The Bear Mattress measures ten inches thick and has a Medium firmness rating of 5.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale.

Purple was founded in 2015 by the Pearce brothers, a pair of longtime cushioning engineers who began selling mattresses in 2016. The Pearces invented Hyper-Elastic Polymer in 1996, which was an incredibly soft, durable, and stretchy material used in a variety of cushioning applications.

Their mattress, the Purple Mattress is constructed with their unique ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ comfort layer composed of a two inch thick grid of their unique buckling column gel. The ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ sits on top of two layers of polyfoam. The Purple Mattress has a thickness of 9 1/4 inches with a Medium Firm feel,  or a 6.5 on the mattress firmness scale.

Please note: Bear and Purple each sell other additional models beyond the ones discussed above.

  • Bear offers the Bear Hybrid Mattress, which is a hybrid mattress that contains individually encased supportive coils as well as a cooling gel foam. The Bear Hybrid has both an increased firmness as well as edge support compared to the original. Bear also offers the Bear Pro, which is constructed with comfort layers of gel memory foam, copper-infused polyfoam, and transitional polyfoam.
  • Purple offers the Purple Hybrid  and the purple Hybrid Premier, hybrid beds which allow for a customizable ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ thickness of two, three, or four inches. The support core for each model contains a set of 7 ½ inch pocketed coils.

Both the Bear and Purple mattresses provide a balanced firmness suitable for various types of sleepers. They each also offer a set of specific benefits owing to their unique materials and designs. Next, we will take a look at how these two mattresses stack up in terms of sleeper ratings, mattress composition, and pricing, as well as the finer policies and warranties of each company.

Ratings Comparison

Bear Mattress

Purple Mattress

MATTRESS TYPE FoamFoam
FIRMNESS 5.56.5
PRICE RANGE $840.00$999
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 100 nights100 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 10 Year, Limited10 Year, Non-prorated
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  • Bear Mattress
  • Purple Mattress

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
  • Bear Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
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Durability

Durability for the Bear Mattress appears to be on par with industry averages for this type and should last at least 6-7 years with nightly use.

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Durability

Durability for the Bear Mattress appears to be on par with industry averages for this type and should last at least 6-7 years with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

According to owners, the Bear Mattress absorbs and isolates motion to a significant extent, and many report a reduced number of nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

According to owners, the Bear Mattress absorbs and isolates motion to a significant extent, and many report a reduced number of nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Some Bear owners report off-gassing smells when their bed is new, but the mattress is not associated with excessive odors.

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Off-gassing

Some Bear owners report off-gassing smells when their bed is new, but the mattress is not associated with excessive odors.

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Pressure Relief

The Bear mattress conforms somewhat closely and owners report very good pain and pressure relief.

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Pressure Relief

The Bear mattress conforms somewhat closely and owners report very good pain and pressure relief.

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Temperature Neutrality

All-foam mattresses typically sleep hot, and while the Bear Mattress is not actively cooling, it does an adequate job keeping your body at an even temperature throughout the night.

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Temperature Neutrality

All-foam mattresses typically sleep hot, and while the Bear Mattress is not actively cooling, it does an adequate job keeping your body at an even temperature throughout the night.

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Edge Support

Edge support is a chief complaint with the Bear Mattress, as many owners say their bed sags in places where they sit to get on or off the bed.

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Edge Support

Edge support is a chief complaint with the Bear Mattress, as many owners say their bed sags in places where they sit to get on or off the bed.

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Noise

The Bear Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Bear Mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Sex

Like many other memory foam models, the Bear Mattress may not be responsive or bouncy enough for some couples.

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Sex

Like many other memory foam models, the Bear Mattress may not be responsive or bouncy enough for some couples.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Durability

Although the Purple mattress features a polymer-based buckling-column gel layer, the company has been in business for a limited amount of time and the overall lifespan of the Purple mattress has not yet been determined.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Motion Isolation

According to many owners, the Purple mattress isolates motion to a fair extent and helps cut down on nighttime sleep disruptions.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Off-gassing

Very few Purple mattress owners report strong, persistent off-gassing odor.

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Pressure Relief

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

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Pressure Relief

The Purple mattress conforms somewhat closely, and a large number of owners report improved spinal alignment and targeted pressure relief.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Purple mattress is fairly temperature neutral, and most sleepers remain fairly cool throughout the night.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Edge Support

The Purple mattress offers minimal edge support, and sinkage where people sit is fairly common.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The Purple mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is fairly responsive thanks to its unique comfort layer, and provides better springiness for sex than most competing all-foam beds.

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Sex

The Purple mattress is fairly responsive thanks to its unique comfort layer, and provides better springiness for sex than most competing all-foam beds.

The Bear Mattress is Good for...
  • Sleepers of most builds and sleeping styles.
  • Active individuals, as well as anyone interested in the sleep and recovery benefits of Celliant technology.
  • Those looking for a cooler-sleeping all-foam bed.
The Purple Mattress is Good for...
  • Those looking for a medium firm mattress that conforms well to sensitive pressure points.
  • Back and side sleepers, particularly those of average and heavier builds.
  • Those who sleep warmer.

Sleep Position Ratings

The Bear Mattress

The Bear mattress has a Medium firmness, making it well-suited to sleepers of any style who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. Back sleepers of any weight range should also find the Bear comfortably supportive. Stomach sleepers who are over 230 pounds will likely find the Bear lacks the support they need to sleep comfortably. Overall, the Bear mattress should fit anyone who prefers a good balance between softness and firmness in their mattress.

The Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress has a Medium Firm rating, making it better suited for back and side sleepers of all sizes. Lighter sleepers may find the Purple too firm to sleep comfortably, unless they are side sleepers. Average weight and heavier sleepers will appreciate the blend of support and sink the Purple has to offer, especially back sleepers. Overall, the Purple Mattress provides a balanced support that leans toward a firmer feel.

  • Bear Mattress
  • Purple Mattress
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the Bear Mattress if...

  • You want a mattress that supports an active lifestyle.
  • You prefer to sleep on your back or side.
  • You tend to sleep hot on all-foam beds.
  • You weigh between 130 and 230 pounds.

Choose the Purple Mattress if...

  • You wake easily due to movement or noise in bed.
  • You are looking for support as well as pressure relief on specific areas.
  • You tend to sleep hot.
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds.

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

  • twin-bed
    Twin $540 Bear Mattress $649 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $640 Bear Mattress $699 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Full $740 Bear Mattress $899 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Queen $840 Bear Mattress $999 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    King $940 Bear Mattress $1,299 Purple Mattress
  • twin-bed
    Cal King $940 Bear Mattress $1,299 Purple Mattress

-Mattress Construction

The following table lists firmness, thickness, weight, and composition information for both mattress models.

Specification Bear Mattress Purple Mattress
Firmness 5.5 (Medium) 6.5 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 10″ 9 1/4″
Weight (Queen) 70 lbs. 110 lbs.
Support Core Components 2” Adaptive Polyfoam

5” HD Support Foam

4” 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1” Memory Foam
2” Responsive Polyfoam
2” ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Hyper-Elastic Polymer

3 1/4” 1.8 PCF Polyfoam

Cover Composition 20% Celliant

80% Poly Blend

67% Polyester

29% Viscose

4% Lycra Spandex

How Is the Bear Mattress Built?

The Bear is a memory foam mattress constructed using a top layer of special graphite-gel memory foam. The outer casing of the mattress is made with clinically tested Celliant fibers, which provide a number of demonstrated sleep benefits. Celliant largely promotes restful sleep and bodily recovery.

The Bear has an overall firmness rating of 5.5, with a strong balance between softness and firmness that suits sleepers of various styles. The graphite-gel memory foam layer provides a cooling effect that disperses heat, which, combined with its cover, providers sleepers with a cooler sleep than traditional memory foam models.

How Is the Purple Mattress Built?

Many of the Purple’s notable highlights stem from its unique ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. The buckling column gel is a two inch thick layer of polymer arranged into a grid. This grid is placed atop layers of polyurethane foam, which provide added support and softness.

The Purple has an overall firmness rating of 6.5, and combines strong support with a great degree of conforming to a sleeper’s body. The grid flexes under weight and pressure in localized areas, cradling sensitive points while supporting the body as a whole. Motion transfer is well-isolated within the grid. The grid layout also allows for plenty of airflow to keep the mattress cool and temperature neutral.

Bear Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping Free shipping to the contiguous U.S. and Canada.

  • Warranty 10 years

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    The sleep trial period for the Bear mattress is one hundred nights, starting based on the delivery confirmation date. Bear requires a minimum trial period of thirty nights before it is possible to request a return or exchange.

    Bear will arrange to pick up mattresses for free within the 100-day window. Unopened mattresses can be returned directly by obtaining a shipping label from Bear.

    Opened mattresses will be donated to a local charity by Bear. Refunds will only be given if the mattress is removed from your home by an authorized party of Bear Mattress LLC and the removal is confirmed by Bear Mattress LLC.

    Only one return or exchange of any mattress will be allowed per customer, household, and/or delivery address. Returns are only valid on your first order. You will not be able to return or refund an exchanged mattress, since an exchange counts as a second order.

    No returns, exchanges, or refunds will be given after one hundred nights. Place a call with Bear in order to initiate a return or exchange.

  • Warranty

    The 10-year warranty starts on the original purchase date. If the mattress is deemed defective during this period, Bear will cover any of the repair or replacement costs for the mattress, minus any handling or transportation costs involved.

    The outer cover of the mattress will specifically be covered for one year for any faults in material or workmanship.

    The Bear Mattress warranty will cover the following defects:

    • Visible and lasting indentations greater than one inch not related to a sag in the foundation, box springs, or mattress support.
    • Physical flaws in the mattress which cause the memory foam to split or crack, given normal use and handling.

    Note that a valid claim under Bear’s warranty requires that the mattress is used with a surface that Bear considers “acceptable mattress support.”

    Bear’s warranty is only valid for the original purchaser of the product. You must buy the mattress from Bear or an authorized dealer in order to be considered an original purchaser. A receipt or other original proof of purchase will also be required in order to make a claim under Bear’s warranty.

  • Delivery Details

    Delivery Policy

    Bear ships through FedEx to anywhere within the United States or Canada. An email with shipping confirmation and tracking numbers will be sent to you the next business day after purchase.

    Any adjustments to the delivery after ordering must be made through FedEx, specifically FedEx Delivery Manager.

    Orders typically arrive within two to seven business days.

    No signature is required upon delivery and no one needs to be home to receive the delivery. The option to require a signature for delivery is available at checkout.

    Bear does not ship mattresses to Army Post Office (APO) addresses, as FedEx cannot deliver to them.

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    The Bear mattress is compressed and shipped in a 40X20X20 box.

    Where Do They Ship?

    Bear ships to anywhere in the United States and Canada at this time.

    White Glove Delivery

    Bear offers both White Glove Delivery as well as White Glove Delivery and Removal for customers in the continental U.S. only. Delivery alone incurs an additional charge of $100, while delivery and removal is an additional $150.

    Select a White Glove delivery option at checkout and Bear’s support team will follow up with you on the details the next day. Eligible items that are selected for White Glove delivery will be sent directly to Bear’s White Glove agents.

    FedEx tracking information will not be available for products shipped through White Glove delivery.

    Allow two to three weeks for White Glove delivery.

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Old mattress removal is only available with the purchase of White Glove delivery and removal at checkout.

     

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Purple Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 100 nights

  • Shipping Ships to USA and Canada. Free within contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 10 years

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Purple offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Purple Mattress.

    The sleep trial period for the Purple Mattress is one hundred nights, starting from the date of delivery. Purple requires a minimum trial period of twenty-one nights before it is possible to request a return or exchange.

    Eligibility for a return or exchange requires that the mattress is:

    • Still within the sleep trial period.
    • Clean and undamaged.
    • Owned for the minimum twenty-one night trial period.

    Returns and exchanges must be initiated through a phone call to Purple’s Customer Care line. Once the mattress’s eligibility is confirmed, the return/exchange process will begin.

    The mattress will be refunded for its full purchase price minus any discounts, interest accrued, and/or shipping charges.

    Only one exchange is allowed. An exchange requires both a return of the original mattress as well as a purchase of a different size or model. The initial mattress purchase will be refunded immediately.

    If an order for a replacement mattress is not placed within thirty days of this refund, then Purple will charge again for the first mattress.

    If the mattress is exchanged, the sleep trial period will continue to run either from the delivery date of the first mattress, or for thirty days from the delivery of the second mattress, whichever is greater.

    If you order your Purple mattress off of Amazon, you will have to follow their return policy rather than Purple’s. Amazon has a thirty day return policy.

  • Warranty

    Purple offers a 10-year warranty. 

    The ten year warranty period begins on the original purchase date of the product. If the mattress was sold by Purple or an authorized dealer in the USA, it can be covered under warranty.

    Warranties will only apply to the original purchaser of the product, and only if the mattress was used for normal in-home use.

    If a warranty claim is deemed valid, Purple will decide whether to repair the mattress or replace it with another of the same model. The warranty covers defects due to faulty workmanship or materials which include:

    • Visible indentations in the mattress greater than one inch compared to surrounding areas, after the mattress has fully recovered from applied weight and pressure.
    • Materials cracking, splitting, or otherwise failing under normal use and normal handling as outlined by Purple.

    Purple’s terms of what is considered proper storage, use, and mattress support are very specific. The mattress must be used on a firm, flat, and non-spring foundation that is sufficiently strong starting from the delivery date through the warranty claim.

    Purple may require the purchaser to provide proof that the mattress was stored, used, and supported properly.

    The warranty will be voided if:

    • The mattress is used with other kinds of foundations.
    • The mattress is placed in a storage facility for any amount of time.
    • The mattress is not used with a sufficient frame. Note that for Queen size beds and larger, a sufficient bed frame needs to have five or more legs, including a center support.
    • The mattress is soiled, damaged, abused, or neglected.
  • Delivery Details

    Delivery Policy

    The Purple Mattress is shipped in a box through FedEx. Free shipping is provided on orders to the forty-eight contiguous states. Order status can be tracked by calling Purple’s Customer Care line with your order number.

    Orders may not be cancelled once they have shipped. The mattress is delivered to your doorstep.

    How is the Mattress Shipped?

    The Purple Mattress is compressed and boxed for shipping.

    Where Do They Ship?

    Purple ships to all fifty states as well as Canada. Free shipping is offered for deliveries to the forty-eight contiguous states.

    White Glove Delivery

    The Purple Mattress ships solely through FedEx with no White Glove delivery service available.

    Old Mattress Removal?

    Old mattress removal is only included with a purchase of the Purple Hybrid mattress model. This service is free.

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