What is the Best Teddy Bear?

Embroidered Steiff Bear
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So, “What is the best teddy bear?” – our answer to this question has to be that the best teddy bear in the world belongs to the person who dearly loves that bear!

Everybody knows their own teddy bear is the best, however when it comes to actual dollar value, there are some extremely valuable teddy bears in the world – in fact a Steiff Teddy Girl Bear gifted in 1905 was sold at auction in 1994 for $143,000 – she was 89 years old!

There’s other bears on record that have been sold for extraordinary amounts – and many of those were also made by Steiff.

All Steiff bears are made by hand
All Steiff bears are made by hand

What is it about Steiff Bears?

It’s very hard not to choose Steiff as being the maker of the world’s best teddy bears, however there are other companies – and individual designers – that make fantastic, high-quality bears and we’ll be reviewing them in future posts.

The thing about Steiff is, they invented the jointed-limb bear and they still make teddy bears and other plush toys by hand in their factory today.

The quality of Steiff is just exceptional – they are still using traditional techniques and the best quality materials – and doing so makes them the most collectible brand in the industry!

Incidentally, they are also the only luxury toy brand in the world – if you want to sell the house and invest in a Steiff bear – it’s possible!

Steiff 1902 Replica

When “only the best is good enough

The Steiff company was founded in 1880 by a talented woman – Margarete Steiff – and they didn’t start making bears until 1902 – in fact that’s when Margarete’s nephew Richard invented the jointed-limb bear, and by 1907 they had made 974,000 bears!

The motto of the company is “only the best is good enough” and Steiff puts a heavy emphasis on high-quality, hand-made manufacture, with no toxic chemicals ever.

Only the best materials are used in the creation of these gorgeous bears – like alpaca, felt, mohair, and even silk woven plush – which is usually reserved for the high-fashion industry.  The bears are so soft and beautiful to touch and cuddle!

The eyes are made of wood or glass and the stuffing is either wood shavings or polyester fibers.

All the toys undergo meticulous quality inspection – plus they must be highly flame resistant, and small pieces such as the eyes are tested for resistance to tension and wear and tear.

Every Steiff bear is individually put together by hand at a sewing machine, and they are sewn inside out so the seams are hidden.  This also makes them super-strong.

Each bear is lovingly created by hand
Each Steiff bear is lovingly created by hand
Every Steiff bear is individually put together at a sewing machine. They are sewn inside out so the seams are hidden
The bears are sewn inside out so the seams are hidden

Can I afford a Steiff Teddy Bear?

Yes you can!

Steiff produces a wide range of bears for every budget,  and limited edition pieces for collectors. We found some beautiful Steiff bears that won’t break the bank and will be sure to please everyone!

If you are looking to buy a very special, top-quality, last-for-generations teddy bear that any child is going to adore – it’s definitely possible to buy a gorgeous Steiff Bear.

And if you want to make a big statement, or buy a collectible teddy bear as a gift for a very special child, you can do that too!

Steiff My First Teddy Bear
Steiff My First Teddy Bear - 9.5 inches (24cm)

Steiff My First Teddy Bear

For the baby in your life – their very own baby Steiff Teddy Bear – handmade from soft, cuddly plush and completely safe.

Even the eyes, nose and mouth of this cuddly little bear are embroidered for added safety for your baby.

The My First Steiff Teddy Bear comes in a lovely gift box and would make a beautiful gift for a newborn.

  • The Perfect First Teddy Bear
  • Handmade from Premium Quality Materials
  • Eyes and Facial Features are Embroidered for Added Safety
  • Material: Made of cuddly soft plush
  • Size: 9.5 inches (24cm)
  • Color: Various Colours
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: Not jointed
  • Care: Machine washable at 86°F (30°C)
Steiff My Bearly
Steiff My Bearly - 11 inches (28cm)

Steiff My Bearly Teddy Bear

My Bearly Teddy Bear is 11 inches or 28 cm tall.  He is made from cuddly, soft plush and his light brown felt paws and feet really give him the look of a bear!

Bearly has safety eyes and his nose and mouth are embroidered.  He has an ID tag on his neck in the shape of a bear paw and he also comes with his own tiny birth certificate also in a paw design!

This is a beautifully made teddy bear and he is sure to be treasured.

  • Material: made of cuddly soft plush stuffed with synthetic filling material
  • Size: 11.02 inches (28 cm)
  • Color: brown
  • Eyes: with safety eyes
  • Ear tag: with stainless steel “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: none
  • Care: machine washable at 30° C
Steiff Around the World Lars
Steiff Around the World Lars - 15 inches (38cm)

Steiff Lars Globe Trotting Teddy Bear

Lars is a larger sized Teddy Bear at 15 inches or 38cm tall – he is a world traveller and makes a great companion for very soft cuddles!

This globe-trotting bear wears a blue backpack with a press-stud and his passport is attached to the strap – both backpack and passport can be removed.

Lars the Globetrotting Bear has embroidered felt paws which really add to his happy character.

  • Material: Made of cuddly soft plush
  • Size: 14.96 inches (38cm)
  • Color: Blond Tipped
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: With stainless steel “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: Not jointed
  • Care: Machine washable at 30°C
Steiff Around the World Lin Panda - 13.5 inches (32cm)

Steiff Lin Globe Trotting Panda Bear

Lars’ friend Lin the Panda is a little bit smaller at 13.5 inches or 32cm, and is handmade in beautiful soft black and white plush.

Lin carries a green rucksack and passport, both of which can be taken on and off.

This Globe Trotting Panda Bear has safety eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth – plus embroidered felt paws which are just adorable!

If you love Pandas then you will just love this beautifully made, soft, cuddly bear.

  • Material: Made of cuddly soft plush
  • Size: 13.5 inches (32cm)
  • Eyes: With safety eyes
  • Ear tag: With stainless steel “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: Not jointed
  • Care:Machine washable at 30° C
Steiff Elmar - 16 inches (40cm)

Steiff Elmar Teddy Bear

Elmar is a jointed bear with moveable head, arms and legs, so he can posed in many different ways!  He stands at 16 inches or 40cm tall.

Made from cuddly, soft, woven plush, Elmar has two-tone brown safety eyes and an embroidered nose and mouth.  His felt paws and soles add to his bear-like qualities!

The Steiff Elmar Teddy Bear is a beautiful bear and will make a perfect friend, and an heirloom gift.

  • Material: Made of cuddly soft plush
  • Size: 15.8 inches (40cm)
  • Color: Golden brown
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Machine washable at 86°F (30°C)
Steiff Classic Brass - 10 inches (25cm)

Steiff Teddy Bear Classic

Teddy Bear Classic is one of our all-time favourites!  This is a smaller bear at 10 inches or 25cm, made of the finest mohair, and is fully jointed.

This handsome bears wears a removable gingham bow – he has dark safety eyes, hand-stitched brown nose, mouth and claws, and felt paws and soles.

Being fully jointed, Teddy Bear Classic can be posed in many ways and makes a gorgeous companion all day, every day.

  • Material: Made of finest mohair
  • Size: 9.8 inches (25cm)
  • Color: Brass
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface Washable
Steiff Camillo
Steiff Camillo - 12.6 inches (32cm)

Steiff Camillo Teddy Bear Plush Toy

Camillo Teddy Bear is from the Steiff Classic collection and is very dignified with a beautiful coat.  Camillo stands at 12.6 inches or 32cm and is fully jointed.

This beautiful bear is made from the finest quality sand-coloured mohair, neatly trimmed around the hand-embroidered nose and mouth, and has felt paws and soles.

Camillo Teddy Bear looks a faithful, sensible bear, and would make a fine friend for life.

  • Material: Made of finest mohair
  • Size: 12.6 inches (32cm)
  • Color: Sand
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff Classic 1920
Steiff Classic 1920 - 13.8 inches (35cm)

Steiff Classic 1920 Teddy Bear

From the Steiff Classic range, this 1920 replica Teddy Bear has been made from the same design for nearly 100 years and is still a best-selling favourite.

At nearly 14 inches or 35cm tall, this is a beautiful, soft, traditional bear with a classic, timeless, style.

Hand-sewn from gorgeous, genuine mohair the Classic 1920 Teddy Bear is a five-way jointed bear with two-tone brown safety eyes, and a hand-embroidered nose and mouth

This bear has a “growler” so when you turn him he makes a growl that really adds to his personality!

With felt paws and soles, this bear is of superior quality and makes a fantastic heirloom gift.

  • Material: Made of finest mohair
  • Size: 13.8 inches (35cm)
  • Color: Brass
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed; None
  • Sound device: Growler
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff Luca
Steiff Luca - 13.8 inches (35cm)

Steiff Luca Teddy Bear Plush

Luca is another beautiful Steiff Classic Bear and stands at 13.8 inches or 35cm.

He is made with the finest blond mohair and is soft bodied for lovely cuddles.  He is fully jointed so can be posed and moved in so many ways!

Steiff Luca is very soft to touch and has big black safety eyes and hand embroidered nose and mouth, together with paw pads made from beige felt.

With his short muzzle and large, low ears, Luca will make a great friend for life.

  • Material: Made of finest mohair
  • Size: 13.8 inches (35cm)
  • Color: Blond
  • Eyes: Safety eyes
  • Ear tag: Yellow tag; brass-plated “Button in Ear”
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff Amadeus
Steiff Amadeus - 14 inches (36cm)

Steiff Amadeus Teddy Bear

Amadeus is a traditional-looking teddy bear with long arms and a slightly humped back, like the original Steiff bears.

He stands at 14 inches or 36cm tall, and is made from gorgeous blonde finest mohair, with matching blonde felt paw pads.

A fully jointed bear, Steiff Amadues Teddy Bear has black stitched claws, a black hand-stitched nose and mouth, and sparkling black safety eyes which all make a striking contrast against his light fur.

We love the traditional look of Amadeus and not only would he make a stead-fast friend, he would be a beautiful heirloom gift to be kept on the shelf.

  • Material: Made of finest Mohair
  • Size: 14 inches (36cm)
  • Color: Blonde
  • Eyes: With safety eyes
  • Ear tag: with stainless steel “Button in Ear”, Yellow Tag
  • Joints & Pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff Swarovski Love Bear - 10 inches (25cm)

Steiff Swarovski Love Bear $298

This incredible limited-edition silver mohair bear would make an amazing gift!

This is a smaller bear at 10 inches or 25cms, with a coat made of the finest silver mohair, a Swarovski crystal “Button in Ear” and a gift of a velvet collar decorated with Swarovski crystals.

The velvet collar could also be worn on your arm if you chose to borrow it from this glamorous bear!

Steiff Swarovski Love Bear is fully jointed, has a white ear label which signifies limited edition, safety eyes, hand-stitched nose and mouth, and matching felt paws and soles.

Only 1,000 of these bears were made worldwide and this gorgeous bear is boxed and comes with a numbered certificate.

What a gorgeous gift this crystal-jewelled bear would make as an heirloom!

  • Crystals from Swarovski
  • Collection: Worldwide Limited Edition 2017
  • Edition Size: Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
  • Material: Made of finest mohair stuffed with synthetic filling material (57% mohair, 43% cotton)
  • Size: 10 inches (25 cm)
  • Color: Silver
  • Eyes With safety eyes
  • Ear tag: White With crystal Button in Ear
  • Joints & pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear
Steiff 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear - 11 inches (28cm)

Steiff Paddington Bear 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

Produced to mark 60 years of Paddington Bear in 2018, this beautiful limited edition bear stands at 11 inches or 28cm.

Paddington is made from gorgeous cinnamon-coloured finest quality mohair, with matching wool felt paws. He has dark, glossy safety eyes, with a brown hand-stitched nose and mouth.

Steiff Paddington Bear is fully jointed and wears his famous blue wool duffle coat, red wool felt hat, and carries his monogrammed suitcase detailed with corner protectors, handle, and his ‘wanted on voyage’ label. He also wears a specially commissioned 60th Anniversary logo badge.

Paddington is limited to 1958 pieces, which are exclusive to the UK and USA, making this a highly collectable bear – he has the Steiff Limited Edition White Label and a gold-plated button, comes in a Limited Edition box, together with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

We think this amazing limited edition Paddington would make a fantastic heirloom gift and will only increase in value!

  • Collection: Worldwide Limited Edition 2018
  • Edition Size: Limited edition of 1,958 pieces
  • Material: Made of finest mohair stuffed with synthetic filling material (57% mohair, 43% cotton)
  • Size: 11 inches (28 cm)
  • Color: Cinnamon
  • Eyes :With safety eyes
  • Ear tag: White With Gold-plated Button in Ear
  • Joints & pose: 5-way jointed
  • Care: Surface washable
Steiff 135 Years Commemorative Bears - 2015
Steiff 135 Years Commemorative Bears - 2015

The quality of Steiff bears is world-renowned and their value just seems to increase with age as they last for generations due to meticulous detail and top quality materials.

If you are looking for the best teddy bear in the world – then Steiff really will meet your expectations.

Do you own a Steiff a Teddy Bear?  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

6 Comments

  1. What a lovely post and it brings out my inner child!
    These bears are adorable and it’s nice to see that the Steiff company has been around for so long with such history. I like the fact that they still hand make all the teddies, so they are all made with love. Thanks for an interesting post.

    • Thanks Helen, they are beautiful creations aren’t they? In these times it really is the hand-made quality that sets them apart.

  2. Wow, I did n´t know there are such expensive teddy bears in the world as the one that was sold for $143 000! I like that quality hand-made toys are still made, and without any toxic chemicals, rather than the mass-produced toys made in China.

    Those Steiff teddy bears are adorable. I think my favorite teddy bears of the ones you introduced are the Swarovski Love Bear and My First Teddy Bear.

    • Hi Kirsti – yes you would need to be a very serious collector to spend so much on a Teddy Bear! But the quality of Steiff bears is fantastic and I think it’s great that they can still be affordable for the rest of us. Thanks for your comments!

  3. OMG these Teddy Bears are so cute. I particularly love the Paddington 60th Anniversary edition. I definitely agree with you that the best teddy bear is one that is handcrafted, and this company seems like it does it with love too.
    Thanks for sharing this, I’ll bookmark your site for the next time I need to buy a Teddy Bear.

    • Thanks Carmen – the ethos of the Steiff company is fantastic, and it does seem their wokers love to create these beautiful bears!

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