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Bear Pillow Review

Considering purchasing a Bear Pillow? We’ve done all the research to help you make a decision about this brand. Here’s our review of the Bear Pillow, which features a single piece of aerated, ‘Loft-X’ polyfoam and is known for sleeping cool. Could it be right for you?

The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Bear Pillow is a memory foam pillow made by Bear, a company known for its mattress collection. The Bear collection of mattresses includes the original Bear Mattress and two other mattresses: the Bear Hybrid Mattress and the Bear Pro Mattress.

Made with a single-piece foam core and a polyester-blend cover with mesh panels at each end, the Bear Pillow offers temperature neutrality, close conforming, and great shape retention.

While not what we’d call a ‘snuggly’ pillow, the Bear, which is available in Queen and King sizes, can alleviate neck pain and pressure for multiple sleep positions, including side sleepers, back sleepers and combination sleepers. We’d recommend that stomach sleepers use some caution with this pillow, as the loft might be a bit too high to keep the spine in alignment.

In this pillow review, we cover how the Bear Pillow is made, how much it costs, and how it performs in areas such as cooling, shape retention and more.

What Makes the Bear Pillow Stand Out

Pros

  • Loft-X Hybrid Foam: The pillow uses a high-quality hybrid foam called Loft-X Foam, which has the bounce of latex and the contouring capabilities of memory foam.
  • Hypoallergenic: The pillow was built to be hypoallergenic, so dust mites, allergens, and bacteria shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Breathable: The mesh panels on each end of the fabric cover increase breathability and airflow.

Cons

  • Sleeping Positions: The medium firmness and loft height of the pillow might not be best for stomach sleepers, who need an exceptionally thin pillow to keep their head and neck in alignment. Check out our other articles to read more about the best pillows for side sleepers and the best pillows for stomach sleepers.
  • Policies: Though the Bear Pillow is backed by a 100-night sleep trial period and a 2-year warranty, you’ll have to pay shipping costs for a return if you decide to send it back.
  • Price: The Bear Pillow starts at a $100 price point, which may be more than the average sleeper is willing to pay for a high-quality cooling pillow.

What is the Bear Pillow Made Of?

Washable Cover

The pillow features a washable cover with Double Ice Fabric, which helps dissipate body heat throughout the night. The Double Ice Fabric consists of 40% ‘cool yarn’ and 60% polyester blend, which means the pillow will wick moisture and feel cool to the touch.

Dual mesh side panels cap both ends of the pillow, which help it perform well as a cooling pillow to an even greater degree. The cover has a small zipper for easy removal and washing.

Loft-X Foam

Inside the Bear Pillow is a single piece of proprietary polyfoam called ‘Loft-X’. This foam was designed by Bear to feel comfortable in every sleeping position and provide support for all body types. It’s also resilient and bouncy, enhancing the pillow’s durability.

Bear advertises the product as one of the best pillows for any sleeping position and body type, but we think it may be a little too soft for some heavyweight sleepers.

What Does the Bear Pillow Feel Like?

The Bear Pillow comes from Bear Sleep, a company that keeps hot sleepers and athletes in mind as it designs sleep accessories ranging from bedding and pillows to mattresses. The Bear Pillow is no exception, as its polyester knit fabric cover is called “Double Ice” material. This cover is designed to feel cool but also soft to the touch. The cover can be unzipped, removed and washed. Moreover, the pillow has a breathable vent on two corners of the pillow for enhanced airflow.

The Bear Pillow feels cool when you lay your hand on it, and its cover feels slick to the touch. Though the high loft, or height, of the pillow might be too high for some stomach sleepers, who typically need a thin pillow so their neck stays properly aligned, side and back sleepers should feel comfortable with the height of this pillow.

Because the pillow is made with Bear’s “Loft-X” proprietary foam, the pillow has a responsive feel. You shouldn’t feel like your head sinks too much into the center of the pillow when you lay down on it.

Bear Pillow Pricing and Specs

The Bear Pillow is sold in Queen and King sizes. It’s available for purchase on BearMattress.com. Bear does not currently sell its products through third-party retailers such as Amazon, Target, or Wayfair.

Size Pillow Price Dimensions
Queen Size $95 15.75” x 25” x 5.5”
King Size $115 15.75” x 35.4” x 5”

If you’re interested in finding a great deal on Bear products, look no further than our Bear Coupons page.

Bear Pillow Policies

Shipping

The Bear Pillow ships to all 50 states, but international deliveries are not available at this time. Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or Canada will incur an additional $25 shipping fee.

Sleep Trial

The Bear Pillow comes with a 100-night sleep trial, which means you’ll have more than three months to sleep on the pillow from the date of delivery in order to determine whether it’s the right one for you.

There’s no mandatory break-in period, so if you don’t like the pillow you can return it for a full refund minus shipping charges to Hawaii and Alaska. Customers in all states will be responsible for shipping costs associated with returning the pillow.

Warranty Coverage

The Bear Pillow is backed by a 2-year, non-prorated warranty. The warranty protects customers against manufacturing defects, and Bear will replace the pillow at no cost to customers if a defect is found at any time during the first 24 months of ownership. The warranty is non-transferable and is only available to original owners who purchase the pillow directly through Bear.

For more information on the Bear mattress warranty, see our Bear Mattress Warranty page.

Bear Pillow FAQs

What are the care instructions for the Bear Pillow?

The Double Ice cover is fully washable and has a zipper for easy removal. Machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on low heat. Spot-clean stains with soap and water. To learn more about how to wash pillows, check out our guide.

Does the Bear Pillow use the same Celliant fabric technology as the Bear Mattress?

No, the Bear Pillow has a Double Ice fabric cover that is cooling but does not actively promote recovery. For more information about the Bear Mattress Celliant-blend cover, read our Bear Mattress review.

Does a generic pillowcase inhibit the benefits of the Bear Pillow cooling technology?

The Bear Pillow can be used with or without a pillowcase, and a pillow cover will not inhibit the benefits of the Double Ice Fabric technology or the Loft-X foam technology.

See bearmattress.com for more FAQs.

The Nerd’s Final Take

If you sleep exceptionally hot and are willing to shell out more than $100 for a pillow, the Bear Pillow might be just what you need to ensure a sweat-free sleep. It has a cooling polyester cover that’s machine-washable and slick, ensuring that you stay as cool as possible through the night.

Though the Bear Pillow might not work best for stomach sleepers—after all, it has a single block of foam inside that’s not adjustable—it could be great for side and back sleepers looking for a responsive, cool night of sleep.

See our full Bear Mattress Review to learn more about Bear’s flagship mattress and the brand in general. 

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