The GhostPillow from GhostBed (Nature’s Sleep) is a solid ventilated gel memory foam pillow with cooling fabric that helps keep heat away during the night. With its 5.5″ height profile, the pillow is a good fit for back and side sleepers. What else is there to know about the pillow? Read on for my full review.
- 16” x 24” x 5.5” – Queen size
- Weight: 2.86 lbs
- Filling: solid ventilated piece of gel memory foam
- Performance Cooling Side: Proprietary layer of phase change material
- Exterior Cover Performance Side: High-performance moisture wicking
- Exterior Cover Reverse Side: 97% premium polyester, 3% spandex
- Inner Cover: 100% soft cotton scrim
- The brief scent of lavender that should dissipate after a few days
- 101 night-trial
- 5-year warranty
- Made in China
Who Makes It?
The GhostPillow and all Ghostbed products including their original mattress and Ghostbed Luxe mattress are made by Nature’s Sleep.
Nature’s Sleep manufactures a lot of different foam mattresses and bedding products. The original GhostBed came out in 2015 – check out our review of it the mattress.
As of the time of this review, the GhostPillow is available in one size: Queen size (16” x 24” x 5.5”) and one comfort level (about mid-range firmness).
The Ghostpillow’s core is a solid piece of aerated gel memory foam with a 5.5” profile. The ventilated holes allow air to circulate and helps promote breathability.
The embroidered cover is removable (zipper on the side) and washable and dryable. It is made up of 97 percent premium polyester, 3 percent spandex.
The fabric of the cover does feel like a performance fabric and is cool to the touch thanks to the company’s patent-pending new thermosensitive technology (a phase change material) that adjusts to regulate a person’s body heat to keep the pillow at a neutral temperature.
GhostBed says the overall design of the pillow is meant to adjust to the neck and head to achieve spinal alignment. The firmness level is a medium or a 5/10 according to GhostBed.
The pillow’s cover is removable and can be machine washed and dried. The core foam filling should be spot cleaned only.
- Nice responsive foam
- Breathable thanks to ventilation
- Won’t go flat
- Not overly firm or overly plush
- Not adjustable
- One size available
- May not work for those sensitive to smells or dislike lavender
- May not work for all sleep positions
- Significant off-gassing (not unusual for foam pillows)
There are several features and a few comments I wanted to make about the pillow, so I decided to break this section into categories to help make the information as clear as possible.
Off-Gassing: The GhostPillow came fully expanded and wrapped in plastic. When I opened it, I did notice some immediate off-gassing. This is typical of memory or latex foam pillows, especially ones that have been compressed or wrapped in plastic for shipping.
The pillow cover comes already removed from the pillow and I let the ventilated foam core off-gas outside for 48 hours and I washed the cover based on the care instructions on the inside tag. The off-gassing was gone after a couple of days in a well-ventilated area.
Lavender Scent: After the pillow finished off-gassing it was replaced with a noticeable scent of lavender. Lavender has soothing properties and is often used for things like pillow sprays to help calm one’s senses.
Ghostbed says the light scent of lavender should dissipate after a few days. From my experience, the scent stayed around for the week+ and was noticeable with a pillowcase on. I could also tell when the pillow was nearby because I could smell the lavender when I walked into my bedroom.
Other reviewers have commented that the pillow stopped smelling for them in a week. I may just have a sensitive nose but wanted to share my experience.
Cooling Features and Materials: It seems a big part of the design focus was using a new phase change material technology to help the outer performance fabric stay cool. Memory foam pillows and mattresses can sometimes sleep hot if they’re not well ventilated or have other features.
The GhostPillow’s aerated foam definitely helps promote airflow and the thermosensitive technology included in the textured outer cover is also cool to the touch. I preferred it with a pillowcase over the cover but either way, it succeeded in keeping me cool overnight.
Firmness and Sleep Position: In terms of comfort, I thought the aerated gel memory foam and 5.5” height profile made the pillow really comfortable laying on my back and fairly comfortable on my side. The foam isn’t extremely responsive, so one’s head will sink deeply into the pillow.
I felt that I had the most neutral neck and spinal alignment when I slept on my back using the GhostPillow. Some might find this if they sleep on their sides but I do think it’ll be a struggle to completely comfortable sleeping on the stomach with the pillow.
I also found the lavender scent to be the most pleasant when I slept on my back because it wasn’t right in my face.
I think the GhostPillow is a nice gel memory foam pillow option for back sleepers (or some side sleepers) whose priority is to stay cool at night.
I did personally struggle at times with the lavender scent that accompanies the pillow but others may find it relaxing and agreeable.
I like that the cover is removable and easy to care for. The pillow is a little bit on the pricey side but individuals are getting cooling features and there is a 101-night trial, which helps mitigate the risk.
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