Bear ProTopper

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Admittedly, in the past, I’ve had very poor luck with memory foam. It’s either far too hot or if I manage to cool it down through external means (eg, freezing the bedroom) it becomes too hard for comfort.

I recently switched out my old quilted mattress pad for the Bear Mattress ProtectorOpens in a new tab.. This protector is awesome at keeping you cool, but it is a “protector” with no padding. Evidently that little bit of quilting was critical for my comfort. I started noticing that my hips would become sore if I spent too much time sleeping on my side, without switching to the other side.

Comfortably sits on top of my mattress. Image by author

To fix this problem, I purchased the Bear ProTopper made of 2 inches of memory foam. This memory foam is encased in an attractive and protective cover. The memory foam is infused with copper and the cover utilizes Celliant® technology. Both are designed to keep you cool.

  • Copper is naturally anti-microbial and cooling
  • Celliant®Opens in a new tab. is a technology designed to capture body heat and transform it into IR energy. In addition to cooling, this IR energy improves oxygen delivery to the skin. Celliant has been classified by the FDA as a medical device.

I am definitely more comfortable—no more sore hips!

Am I cooler? I believe I am a tad toastier than I was before, but nothing I can’t manage. To put this into context, I sleep on a Nectar mattressOpens in a new tab., that I also picked for its cooling properties. (The Nectar is rated slightly cushier than other mattresses with a firmness rating of 6.5, but evidently, I need it cushier.)

In both cases, I used the cooling Bear Mattress ProtectorOpens in a new tab.. When placed directly over my mattress it was very cool: if I moved a leg to an unused spot, I would immediately feel cool to the touch. With the addition of the topper between the mattress and the protector, this benefit seems to have disappeared.

In other words, the Nectar itself may be cooler than the Bear topper. Interestingly, the Nectar mattress is topped with memory foam (no copper or other cooling ingredient) but is designed for maximum airflow between all the foam layers.

Since adding this topper I’m finding it more of a challenge to stay cool. With the right sheets and blankets, I can keep the top of my body relatively cool, but the area facing the mattress gets a tad toasty…

I would still recommend this topper, as it is SIGNIFICANTLY cooler than the memory foam of old, however, it may not be as cool as other non-memory-foam options. And obviously, it may react differently with your own mattress, plus mattress protector or pad.

Not sure it’s right for you? Bear has a 100-night sleep trial, so you can give it a good test.

Serafina approves! Image by author.

>> To learn more, read our Buyer’s Guide on Cooling Mattress Toppers


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Liz Baker, PhD

Side sleeper, cat mom. And after many decades of nightly testing, an authority on sleeping in comfort. However, I'm still in search of the good night’s sleep I used to have.

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