Bear Star Hybrid Mattress Review
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Bear is a U.S.-based online mattress brand that first launched in 2015 with the all-foam Bear Original flagship model. The company has since introduced a handful of additional mattresses, including the Bear Pro, Bear Elite Hybrid, and Bear Pro Hybrid. Bear also produces pillows, sheets, mattress pads, weighted blankets, and other bedding items.
Bear’s newest addition is the Bear Star Hybrid mattress, which debuted in January 2023. Like Bear’s other mattress models, the Star Hybrid contains adaptive foam layers infused with cooling materials intended to reduce heat buildup. Pocketed coils and dense base foam make up the support core, and the cover is composed of fabrics engineered to dissipate heat away from the body. In terms of firmness, the Star Hybrid is medium firm, or a 6 on our 10-point firmness scale.
We’ll take an in-depth look to help you decide if this model is right for you. We’ll include a detailed overview of our team’s findings during hands-on tests, a layer-by-layer breakdown of the bed’s design, and information about Bear’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
- Side and back sleepers
- People who weigh 130 to 230 pounds
- Hot sleepers
- Those who need deep foam cushioning to sleep comfortably
- May not provide enough support for stomach sleepers weighing 130 pounds or more
- Sticker price is on par with the average hybrid and somewhat expensive
- Customers in Alaska and Hawaii pay shipping fees
- You must test out the Star Hybrid for at least 30 nights before initiating a return
The Star Hybrid isolates motion fairly well for a mattress with coils. Memory foam and polyfoam layers encased in a Euro-top absorb movement well. The coils are designed to move independently from one another, resulting in less motion transfer across the surface when someone changes positions or gets in and out of bed.
Our testers noticed minimal motion transfer when lying side by side on the mattress. Additional tests with weight drops confirmed the Star Hybrid’s above-average motion isolation compared to other hybrid models we’ve tested. That said, the coils still produce some responsiveness. You may notice a slight bounce when your sleep partner moves in bed, and this may be a deal-breaker if you are a light sleeper.
Motion isolation is a performance category that primarily affects people who share their bed with a partner, child, or pet. If you usually sleep alone, motion isolation is essentially a non-issue.
The Star Hybrid’s adaptive foam layers and medium firm feel make the mattress best suited to anyone seeking a balance of cushioning and support. People in the range of 130 to 230 pounds should receive adequate pressure relief from the mattress. Our tests show this is especially true for side and back sleepers.
Using pressure-mapping technology, we found the Star Hybrid’s Euro-top layers contour evenly to distribute your weight and reduce pressure along the spine. At the same time, the bed’s robust coil system helps reduce sinkage and maintain an even surface for your body.
If you fall outside the range of 130 to 230 pounds, you may need a softer or firmer mattress to sleep comfortably. Likewise, stomach sleepers may need more support and less cushioning from their sleep surface.
Bear mattresses generally excel at temperature control thanks to various cooling materials in the cover and comfort layers. The Star Hybrid is no exception. Copper infused into the memory foam layer is intended to minimize heat retention. The cover is made with a blend of HydroCool phase change material (PCM) and Celliant fibers, both of which are engineered to dissipate heat on contact.
Another cooling component is the coil system. By promoting steady airflow throughout the interior, the coils help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature. Our hands-on tests show the mattress excels at temperature control, even compared to other hybrids.
If you’re an exceptionally hot sleeper, you may notice some heat retention from the top foam layers. Otherwise, we expect most people to sleep at a comfortable temperature on the Star Hybrid.
The Star Hybrid — like many competing hybrids sold today — features extra coil support along the perimeter. This feature is intended to push back against your weight when you lie near the edges of the mattress or get in and out of bed. As a result, the Star Hybrid’s edges feel quite stable, and sinkage should not be a major issue for people who weigh up to 230 pounds.
During our edge support tests, most people on our team felt comfortable and secure lying or sitting along the mattress’ perimeter. Compression tests also revealed minimal sinkage.
If you weigh more than 230 pounds, you’re more likely to sink excessively and experience feelings of “roll-off” when lying along the Star Hybrid’s perimeter. We recommend a firmer, more supportive mattress for people in this weight category.
The Bear Star Hybrid is fairly firm and responsive, so most of our testers encountered minimal resistance when moving across the surface and changing sleep positions. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds may sink a bit more deeply into the Euro-top’s foam layers.
In our testing experience, hybrid models with flatter surfaces tend to perform better for ease of movement than those with Euro-top or pillow-top surfaces. The Star Hybrid’s thick pocketed coils make a significant difference. We noticed a strong bounce when moving across the mattress, and the reinforced perimeter reduced sinkage when we got in and out of bed.
To rate mattresses for sex, we look at other performance categories such as temperature control, edge support, and ease of movement. The Star Hybrid earned very good ratings across all three of these categories. A responsive surface facilitates movement for couples, and the memory foam is adaptive enough to provide some traction without hugging too closely.
Although the coils may squeak on occasion, the mattress is fairly quiet and should be discreet enough for couples who share their living space with others.
Off-gassing refers to “new mattress smells” you may notice with models that are compressed for shipping. Mattresses with foam layers tend to produce the most off-gassing because foam contains volatile organic compounds, which are relatively harmless but carry a distinct chemical odor.
After unboxing the Star Hybrid, our team noticed some light off-gassing from the foam layers. These smells lingered for a bit, but had completely dissipated when we checked the mattress the following day. Thanks to strong airflow through their coil systems, foam hybrids tend to lose their off-gassing odors more quickly than all-foam models.
If you’re sensitive to chemical smells, you may want to let the Star Hybrid air out for a day or so before sleeping on it. We recommend placing the mattress in a well-ventilated room until the smells are no longer present.
Bear Pro Hybrid Mattress Coupon
Sleeping Style and Body Weight
Bear Pro Hybrid
When testing the Star Hybrid, most side sleepers on our team found the mattress comfortable. Some side sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds thought the Star Hybrid was a bit too firm and did not receive enough cushioning from the foam layers. Those weighing at least 130 pounds gave the mattress stellar ratings.
Side sleepers generally need plush, adaptive surfaces to cushion their shoulders and hips, which in turn promotes even alignment and reduces pressure along the spine. For this reason, we’ve found side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses than back or stomach sleepers. Our side sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds received sufficient support from the Star Hybrid, whereas our back and stomach sleepers in this weight group sank more and didn’t feel as comfortable.
Since the Star Hybrid is medium firm, our tests found that back sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds felt most comfortable on the mattress. The Star Hybrid was a bit too firm for back sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds, and not quite supportive enough for back sleepers over 230 pounds. We recommend a firmer mattress such as the Bear Original or Bear Pro Hybrid for the latter. Back sleepers under 130 pounds may prefer a softer, more adaptive mattress such as the Luxury Plush Bear Elite Hybrid.
Most back sleepers don’t experience the same alignment issues as side sleepers, but they also need some cushioning to reduce pressure and sleep comfortably. This is why mattresses with mid-range firmness levels tend to be the best options for back sleepers.
Stomach sleepers on our team were somewhat divided about the Star Hybrid. Those weighing up to 230 pounds received a decent amount of support from the mattress, and none of them sank to an excessive extent. Our stomach sleepers weighing more than 230 pounds did not feel as comfortable lying on the mattress. The foam layers contoured too closely for their liking and the coils did not provide enough reinforcement to offset the sinkage.
Stomach sleeping generally requires a firmer mattress. When you lie face-down, weight in your chest, stomach, and hips can pull you further into the mattress. If the top layers are soft or adaptive, this can lead to uncomfortable sinkage and soreness in the neck and lower back.
Bear Pro Hybrid Mattress Review Breakdown
The Bear Star Hybrid contains two foam layers in its comfort system. Copper-infused memory foam makes up the topmost layer. This material adapts to your body’s unique contours, distributes your weight, and alleviates pressure in the shoulders, lower back, and hips. The second layer is composed of transitional polyfoam, which is denser than the memory foam but still provides cushioning for your body. Both of these layers are encased within the Euro-top.
The support core consists of pocketed coils over high-density base foam. Thicker coils line the perimeter to stabilize the mattress’ edges. As a result, you may notice a light bounce when getting in and out of bed. At 13 inches thick, the Star Hybrid is considered a high-profile mattress.
The cover is a blend of HydroCool phase change material (PCM) and Celliant fibers. The PCM is engineered to capture and release body heat on contact, while the Celliant is included to help the cover maintain a cool feel at all times. Previous Bear mattresses have featured Celliant fibers in their covers, but the Star Hybrid is the first to combine Celliant with HydroCool PCM.
Medium Firm (6)
The Bear Star Hybrid features four distinct layers and a Celliant-PCM cover. Copper-infused memory foam and polyfoam layers cushion the body, while a pocketed coil support core supplies a noticeable bounce.
HydroCool Phase Change Material and Celliant Fabric Blend
Copper-Infused Memory Foam, Transitional Polyfoam
Pocketed Coils (Reinforced Perimeter), High-Density Base Polyfoam
Mattress Prices and Sizing
The Bear Hybrid’s sticker price is on par with the average foam hybrid. This mattress costs less than the Bear Elite Hybrid, but is more expensive than the Bear Pro Hybrid. Cutting-edge cooling materials make the Star Hybrid a solid investment for people who consider themselves hot sleepers.
The mattress is available in all six standard mattress sizes, as well as a split king for co-sleepers who share a king size adjustable bed. While the 13-inch design is considered high profile, the mattress should be compatible with most sheet sets and deep-pocket sheets may not be required.
|Twin||39″ x 75″||13″||60 lbs.||$1,298|
|Twin XL||39″x 80″||13″||60 lbs.||$1,398|
|Full||54″ x 75″||13″||80 lbs.||$1,498|
|Queen||60″ x 80″||13″||110 lbs.||$1,373|
|King||76″ x 80″||13″||140 lbs.||$2,132|
|Split King||38″ x 80″ (x2)||13″||120 lbs.||$2,796|
|California King||72″ x 84″||13″||140 lbs.||$2,132|
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Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
The Star Hybrid is available online through Bear and select retailers. Please note some retailers may share Bear’s shipping and return policies.
You can also view, test out, and purchase the mattress at brick-and-mortar showrooms throughout the U.S.
Standard ground shipping is free of charge for customers in the contiguous 48 states. Those in Alaska and Hawaii pay additional delivery fees. Bear does not ship outside the U.S.
You can choose from two delivery options. Either the mattress is dropped off on your doorstep and no signature is required, or you can arrange to sign for your delivery. For the latter, an adult must be at your residence on the delivery date.
White Glove delivery is available for Bear customers nationwide. This service includes full setup of the Star Hybrid mattress in your home and — upon request — removal of your old mattress and foundation. You can also arrange to have a new base installed at the same time as your mattress. White Glove delivery costs depend on your specific requests.
Bear’s sleep trial runs for 120 nights. You must sleep on the Star Hybrid for at least 30 nights before initiating a return. Otherwise, you won’t qualify for a full refund. Return shipping is free and Bear does not charge any restocking fees. The company won’t accept any returns after 120 nights have elapsed.
The Star Hybrid is backed by a lifetime warranty. You must purchase the mattress directly from Bear or an authorized retailer, and retain original ownership in order to qualify for warranty coverage.
The warranty is prorated. You’ll need to pay additional fees for a replacement mattress if your Bear Star Hybrid is deemed defective after 10 years of use. Defects covered under the warranty include sagging of at least 1.5 inches and physical flaws that cause mattress materials to split or crack despite normal everyday use.
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