Bear Pillow Review 2021

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Bear has offered high-quality mattresses and sleep products for over 25 years. Known for excellent customer service and technologically-advanced products, Bear has put its innovative approach to use in creating the Bear Pillow. Previously, consumers could only purchase the Bear Mattress Cloud Pillow as a package deal, receiving two cloud pillows free with the purchase of a Bear mattress. With the Bear Pillow, the company is branching out and offering this luxury pillow for sale as a standalone item.

The Bear Pillow is designed to stay cool while offering support suitable for any sleep position. The Loft-X Foam interior strikes a balance between firmness and softness, while dual mesh side panels on each end allow for continuous airflow throughout the entire pillow. The pillow is also layered with Double Ice fabric, designed to stay cool to the touch. The pillow is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and comes with a removable, washable cover for easy care.

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In-depth Bear Pillow Review

Bear Pillow Construction and Firmness Options

Firmness OptionsLoftInterior MaterialsExterior Materials
Medium Firm 5″Loft-X hybrid foamDouble Ice washable fabric cover, two-sided mesh panels

How Does the Bear Pillow Perform?

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Durability

The Bear Pillow is designed to provide ongoing, durable support. Because it is constructed of a single piece of Loft-X hybrid foam, it is more durable than shredded foam or down pillows. The Loft-X foam offers the contouring features of memory foam, but it has the bounce and resilience of latex, making it more durable than your typical memory foam pillow. This pillow is also backed by a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

Firmness Options

This pillow is offered in only one firmness option, described as “not too firm, not too soft.” Many purchasers found this firmness to be ideal, noting that they slept comfortably without developing muscle knots or spasms, and that the pillow didn’t bunch up or develop sagging in areas like some pillows tend to do. While this pillow’s firmness is versatile enough to accommodate all sleeping positions, at 5 inches back and stomach sleepers may find the loft too high

Off-Gassing

Because of its memory foam composition, the Bear Pillow will off-gas when it is first opened. The scent is harmless and will completely go away after a few hours to a full day. That said, verified reviewers have commented that the pillow has relatively no odor compared to other all-foam pillows, so unless you are particularly sensitive to smells, you are probably okay to use it on the first night it arrives.

Ease of Use and Ease of Cleaning

The pillow cover can be machine washed cold, then tumble dried on low heat. You can also spot-clean stains with soap and water. The pillow itself cannot be washed, so using a waterproof pillowcase can provide additional protection against stains.

Weight

The queen-size pillow weighs 5 pounds, while the king pillow weighs 7 pounds. These weights are slightly heavier than typical memory foam pillows of comparable size, and the increased weight is likely due to the latex properties offered by the hybrid foam. The pillows are still light enough to be easily portable, and their slightly heavier weights can help to keep them in place at night.

Conforming

The Loft-X foam’s hybrid design gives this pillow the conforming capabilities of memory foam. The pillow contours to the shape of your head and neck, meaning you can comfortably sleep on your back, side, or stomach. These contouring properties help to prevent pressure points and bunching in the pillow, maximizing comfort and relieving muscle tension.

Shape Retention

Some memory foam pillows can become compressed and lose their shape over time, but the Loft-X foam in this pillow also has the resilience and bounce of latex. These properties, paired with the fact that the pillow is constructed of a single piece of Loft-X foam, help ensure that this pillow retains its shape and doesn’t sag or bunch.

Temperature Neutrality

This pillow is created to sleep cool all night long and offers effective temperature regulation. The Double Ice fabric feels cool to the touch, and it is complemented by the mesh side panels which allow for air circulation throughout the pillow. Many purchasers confirm that the temperature regulation is effective.

Pliability

Because the pillow is made of one piece of Loft-X foam, you can’t fold the entire pillow in half, like you could with a down pillow. However, the pillow does contour to your head and neck, offering pliability that makes for a comfortable yet supportive sleep experience.

Our Verdict

The Bear Pillow’s advanced technology and hybrid foam gives this pillow the best characteristics of a memory foam and latex pillow. Its contouring properties allow for a comfortable sleep experience while helping to relax your muscles and promote spinal alignment. At the same time, the foam’s latex properties of durability and bounce ensure that this pillow doesn’t flatten out or sag.

Perhaps one of the best features of this pillow, though, is its ability to stay cool throughout the night. The mesh panels on either end allow plenty of air circulation and breathability. These panels are paired with the pillow’s Double Ice fabric, which feels cool to the touch. These cooling properties make the pillow ideal for year-round use, but particularly valuable in the summertime.

This quality pillow has been engineered to offer ideal support, comfort, and temperature regulation all night long. It is an excellent choice for anyone who tends to sleep hot or who needs a pillow that is both supportive and comfortable.

ProsCons
  • Pillow combines contouring properties of memory foam and the resiliency and bounce of latex
  • Mesh side panels and Double Ice fabric keep the pillow cool
  • Hypoallergenic and anti-microbial design helps to prevent dust mites, allergens, and bacteria
  • Minimal smell / light off-gassing
  • Highly durable, the pillow retains its shape over time
  • Pillow itself is not washable
  • Only one firmness option available
  • Some people may find the 5 inch pile height too high
  • Higher price point than some other luxury pillows
  • Slightly heavier than typical memory foam pillows, which will add weight to luggage if you’re traveling with this pillow

How Do Customers Rate the Bear Pillow?

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4.3/5 (431 reviews)

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What to Know Before You Buy the Bear Pillow

The Bear Pillow has some appealing properties as described above, but you’ll also need to know the details of this pillow’s size, firmness, and more in order to decide if it’s just right for you.

SizeDimensionsLoftPrice
Queen27” x 15”5″$95
King35” x 15”5″$115

What Type of Sleeper is Well-Suited to a Bear Pillow?

Side Sleepers: With its 5 inch loft and contouring support, this pillow is a great choice for side sleepers.The foam will contour to the shape of your neck and head while still offering plenty of comfort, and the Double Ice fabric will feel cool against your face all night long.

Back Sleepers: The Bear Pillow has a 5 inch loft, but because it has the contouring properties of memory foam, it can comfortably accommodate back sleepers. The loft of the pillow helps to ensure an ideal neck and spinal alignment, while the foam itself contours to support your head and neck without creating pressure points.

Stomach Sleepers: Stomach sleepers can also use this pillow, though the 5 inch loft may be a bit too high for some sleepers. The Double Ice fabric sleeps cool while the pillow’s contouring properties allow you to sink into the pillow while still feeling supported.

Under 130 lbs130-230 lbsAbove 230
Side SleepersVery GoodVery GoodVery Good
Back SleepersVery GoodVery GoodGood
Stomach SleepersGoodFairFair

Bear Pillow Deals and Bundles

Bear currently offers a special bundle for mattress purchasers; with the purchase of a mattress, customers will receive two free Cloud Pillows. These pillows are not sold separately, and are only included with mattress purchases. Cloud Pillows are made of a down alternative. This is an ongoing offer you can enjoy at any time.

Bear Delivery, Trial, and Warranty Information

Delivery: Bear Pillows ship from factories in New Jersey and usually arrive at your home within two to seven business days. Products ship via FedEx Ground, and you will receive a shipping confirmation with a tracking number the business day after your order ships. Shipping is always free.

Returns: You can try the Bear Pillow in your home for 100 nights. If you decide that you would like to return the pillow, you must pay the cost of shipping the pillow back to the return center in Hoboken, NJ. Once the pillow is received by Bear, the company will process a refund for the pillow’s cost, minus any discounts that you may have received at the time of purchase.

Sleep Trial: Bear offers a 100-night sleep trial in your home for both pillows and mattresses. Mattresses will be picked up at your home for free, but if you would like to return a pillow, you will need to cover return shipping costs.

Warranty: The Bear Pillow is backed by a 2-year warranty. This warranty covers manufacturing defects for up to two years from the date when you purchased the pillow. If you need to make a warranty claim, contact Bear to obtain an authorization number. You will be responsible for the shipping costs to return the pillow to Bear.

Company Information

Customer Service: Bear offers free pickup and return of mattresses during the 100-night trial and most people who have worked with the company’s customer service team report a positive experience.

Reputation: The company has developed a strong reputation for customer service and for providing quality products. With a dedication to being honest and transparent, Bear is one of the few companies that arrange for returned mattresses to be donated to local charities.

BBB Rating: Bear Mattress has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Years in Business: Bear has been in business for over 25 years.

Physical Stores: Bear has a showroom in New Jersey that is open on Mondays through Fridays, allowing you to test out their mattresses and pillows in person. The showroom is located at 720 Monroe Street, Suite C508, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Contact Information: Bear’s customer service staff can be reached at [email protected] or (844) 311-0035.