Bear Cub Kids Mattress Detailed Mattress Review & Best Coupon

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Bear Mattress’s newest addition to the family, the Cub is designed specifically for growing kids.  100% made in the USA and GreenGuard Gold Certified. The gel infused comfort foam responds quickly to movement so your child’s spinal alignment is straight – which is key to a restful night sleep and overall posture.

Mattress Category Kids Hybrid
Comfort Styles Firm
Height 8.5”
Total Layers 4
Cover Quilted Tencel
Comfort layers 1” of gel infused memory foam plus 1″ of transition memory foam
Support System 6” individually wrapped coil system
Tufting Top Tufting
Sleeps Cool Yes! – Breathable, hyper wicking cover plus gel infused memory foam
Safety Standards GreenGuard Gold Certified, the highest standard in the US
Edge Support Good
Budget (before Sandman Coupon) Twin & Full $695 – $895
Feeling when lying down Cool and responsive, plenty of support, firmer feel
Bear Cub is ideal for Kids up to 12 years old and 110 pounds – Bid Kid beds and Trundles
Bear Cub is not right for Teenagers and above
Sleep Trial & Warranty 120 Night Trial, Lifetime Year Warranty
That one special thing Celliant Cover contains advanced Far Infrared technology for improved recovery

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Bear Mattress Company Overview

Scott Paladini founded Bear Mattress in 2014 with the goal of providing high-quality, affordable mattresses that would improve people’s sleep and overall health. Bear quickly gained popularity due to its focus on using advanced materials and technology to aid athlete recovery.  

One key feature of all adult Bear Mattresses is the use ofBear Mattress Corporate Headquarters Celliant, a special mineral based material that is woven into the mattress cover. Celliant has been scientifically shown to improve circulation and reduce pain and discomfort. The company has also established partnerships with organizations such as the American Heart Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Sleep Foundation, further emphasizing its commitment to promoting healthy sleep. Bear Mattresses are 100% made in the USA and have achieved the stringent GreenGuard Gold certification, ensuring that their mattresses have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. 

In 2022, Bear joined the growing Z3 Brands family which includes world class brands such as Brooklyn Bedding, Helix Sleep and Birch.  They have earned a reputation not only for making the leading mattresses in the industry, but for quick delivery, superior customer support and one of the best trial and warranties in the industry.  Bear joining the team seems like a perfect fit.

Bear Cub Kids Mattress Construction & Materials

Bear Cub Kids Mattress individual layers in this 8.5" mattress

Before we dive into the Bear Cub’s firm feel, let’s have a look at the reason Bear’s most recent mattress addition is quickly becoming popular with our future super stars that need a good night’s rest.     

The Unique Cover

The Bear Cub Kids Mattress begins with an ultra breathable,Breathable texture of the Bear Pro Hybrid Cover highly wicking, hand woven, tencel hypoallergenic cover.   

Comfort Layer

Gel Infused Memory Foam: Bear infused gel into theThe Bear Pro Comfort Layer top comfort layer of each Cub Mattress.  Gel pulls away heat from the body (think osmosis from high-school biology).  Once the heat is captures, it dissipates it through the mattress edges keeping your little one cool at night.

Dynamic Transition Foam: Bear’s dynamic transition is a key component of both the comfort and support of the Bear Cub mattress.  Where the gel infused memory foam layer brings your little one in, the transition foam is more responsive and adds support.  The dynamic nature of the foam allows it to spring back so they sleep more “on-top” of the mattress.  The result is exceptional pressure relief to support growing bodies. Additionally, the cooling gel infused within the transition foam further pulls heat away from the body, keeping them cool all night long.  The open cell structure and overall design enables it to have higher water absorption and greater moisture wicking. This engineering allows moisture to be released from the mattress more quickly, also contributing to a cooler, more comfortable sleep.  They’ll have 1″ of transition foam on the Bear Cub.

Support System

The Bear Cub’s support system employs individually encased 6” coils directly underneath the transition layer.  These coils are individually wrapped to mitigate any motion transfer within the mattress.  This combination allows for exceptional reactivity and motion isolation, minimizing sleep disturbance.  Bear brings the springs all the way to the edge to create greater edge support along the sides, head and foot of the bed.  The result?  A solid support system that will last for years  to come and everything you would expect from a performance mattress.

Bear Cub Kids Mattress in Salmon


Tufting is the process where the individual parts of the mattress are either sewn or glued together to prevent slippage.  In the Cub’s case, Bear chose top tufting where the top cover is sewn by hand into the foam layers underneath.  Regardless, the Cub is a flat and smooth mattress.  

Does The Bear Cub Sleep Cool?

YES!  We found the Bear Cub to offer neutralThe layers of cooling gel and air flow technology keep the Bear Pro Hybrid cool all night long temperature control.  Being cool at night is all about being dry.  The Cub accomplishes this through it breathable cover, multiple gel memory foam layers and finally the breathability offered by the spring base.

  1. The cover wicks away moisture and enables them to directly feel the cooling properties.
  2. The gel infused and responsive copper memory foam comfort layer pulls heat from the body (and doesn’t return it!)
  3. As the mattress is a hybrid, air is able to flow and circulate in-between the coil system

Final result – the Bear Cub will keep your little one cool and dry throughout the night allowing them to get the rest their body deserves.

How about Edge Support?

Bear Cub Kids has excellent Edge Support

The Bear Cub offers good edge support.  They bring the individually pocketed coils all the way to the edge to allow for maximum use of the sleeping surface.  And, the ribbon around the edge of the Bear Cub helps keep the layers snug around the edges and corners.  Even though the Bear Cub has several inches of memory foam comfort layer, they will be able to sleep comfortably all the way to the edge of the mattress without worry of “slipping off”!

Will the Bear Cub Stand the Test of Time?

The Bear Cub is a high quality mattress designed specifically for children.  And, we all know how they can treat their things!  Bear spends a tremendous amount of time stress testing the materials to get the most out of the springs and foam.  The dense transition foam is more durable than regular gel-foams. The result?  A long lasting bed that can support your little one through childhood.  

Bear Cub Kids Mattress Comfort & Feel

Bear Cub Kid Mattress in a bedroom setting

Bear Cub Kids Mattress (7 on the Firmness Scale)

All of that technology is great, but how does the mattress fee?  The Bear Cub Kids Mattress is a medium-firm that comes in a little more towards the firm end of that spectrum.  Rated a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, it’s the perfect rating for growing children to help with spinal alignment and promote proper posture.  The mattress starts with the soft texture of the breathable Tencel cover and the cooling gel foam give that touch of coolness. 

There is a nice bounce to the Bear Cub and they will definitely sleep more “on-top” of the mattress as opposed to sinking “in” it.  That’s the dynamic nature of the foams responding quickly as they move,  filling to their original form.    

Almost immediately they will feel the support of the high density transition and the coil system begins to push back and cradle their body no matter which position they fall asleep in.  There will be some pressure relief, but they will really feel the support as the mattress works to to keep the spine properly aligned.  

The sweet spot for weight is up to 120lbs.  Above that weight, your kids will look towards an adult mattress such as the Bear Star Hybrid and or the Elite Hybrid medium.  The Elite Hybrid provides additional support through its 5-zoned coil base.  Finally, No matter your sleeping style, this bed will keep them cool and dry.

  • On Sandman’s Firmness Scale, we rate the Bear Cub Kids Mattress a 7 out of 10.
  • Future super stars of any sleep style will enjoy the Bear Cub mattress.     
  • The cover and gel foams will keep your little one cool and dry all night long. 
  • Edge support is very good – the springs extend to the edges for a stronger perimeter.

Bear Pro Hybrid is a 7 on the firmness scale

Extra Safety Standards

To ensure your kid won’t be exposed to dangerous chemicals, Helix Kids was tested for lead andGreenGuard Gold Certified phthalate and all foams are CertiPUR-US® certified, which guarantees they were made without harmful chemicals.  Furthermore, the Bear Cub is GreenGuard Gold Certified, passing the most stringent testing on the market. It is scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants.

Bear consulted with medical doctors, pediatric sleep specialists, and child & family sleep consultants (and lots of kids testing), to make sure the mattress provided the right support for the age groups.

The mattress contains NO fiberglass or chemical based fire retardants.  

How does the Bear Cub Kids Mattress arrive?

Bear arrives at your home in a box!All Bear mattresses come in a box. It’s crazy to think that a mattress with powerful springs and dense foams can be compressed, but it can.  And, with no sacrifice to quality and durability.  Some people ask if compressing the springs will hurt their integrity.  Nothing could be farther from the  truth.  Springs are actually shipped compressed all over the world (to conserve space).  The springs integrity is damaged if they are pulled excessively or bent out of position.  But, the way Bear compresses its mattresses, they keep their shape and strength.  The box arrives via FedEx from their Phoenix, AZ factory.  Simply unbox the mattress.  Rest it on the bed frame and remove the plastic wrapping and the bed will decompress before your eyes.  Your child can begin sleeping on the bed and enjoying a restful night sleep that same day.

What is Bear's Trial Period, Return Policy & Warranty?

Lifetime WarrantyBear offers a 120 night trial period.  You may either return it for a 100% refund, or exchange it for a different mattress and pay/refund any price difference.  Here’s how the system works:

  1. The trial begins when you RECEIVE the mattress (the FedEx delivery day).
  2. Your little one can sleep on it for 120 nights.  As there can be a slight break-in period, Bear asks that you not initiate a return during the first 30 days.  
  3. If it’s not the mattress of your dreams, reach out Bear at [email protected], via phone (844-311-0035), email or chat (on their website), provide your name and order number and let them know if you wish to RETURN or EXCHANGE.  Either way, there are no questions asked!
  4. Returns: In most cases, Bear will request that you have the mattress donated. Many of the charity foundations that are available offer a local pickup service. In the event that you are having trouble getting this coordinated, please let Bear know and they will offer additional assistance. Once donated, you will receive a full refund.  If you are having trouble, reach out to Bear and they will be happy to assist.
  5. Full 100% refunds (no fees!!) are issued within 3-4 business days of the pick-up. 
  6. Exchanges: For an exchange, Bear will send the new mattress to your home BEFORE the old one is removed so you’ll never be without a bed to sleep on. 

Bear doesn’t stop there!  After the trial period ends, Bear offers a Lifetime Warranty.

Dimensions and Weights

Sizes Dimensions Height Weight
Twin 39″ x 75″ 10″ 35 lbs.
Full 54″ x 75″ 10″ 45 lbs.

How Do I Order a Bear Cub Kids Mattress? Does Bear Mattress Offer Financing?

Yes, Bear Mattress offers financing through Affirm.  Pay as low as 0% for 12-24 months with Affirm.  Click here to see if you qualify.

Where Can I Try a Bear Cub Kids Mattress?

Bear has 14 showrooms located in the Phoenix and Scottsdale AZ area.   However, if you are in the Chicago or Columbus OH area, please visit to test out the Bear Cub.  We’ll (we’ll even help get it ordered for you!)

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415 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60618
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44 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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Naperville / Aurora

4400 McCoy Drive, Aurora, IL 60504
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