In order to get the proper mattress for them, consumers need to assess their preferred sleeping positions.
This is especially important to do if consumers are deciding between the Ghostbed and Nectar mattress. This comparison will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and highlight the main similarities and differences between them in order to help consumers make a more informed decision.
- They are both a good value and are two very popular mattresses.
- They are similar in terms of thickness and also have similar polyfoam base layers.
- They both incorporate memory foam somewhere in their construction.
- The Nectar is more affordable than the GhostBed and is also noticeably softer.
- The mattresses have some material and construction differences.
- The Nectar has a classic memory foam feel, while the GhostBed has a balanced feel that mixes in memory foam and latex qualities.
- The GhostBed is 11” tall and features three separate layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and doesn’t really affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a latex foam, which gives the mattress bounce, resilience, and breathability.
- This is followed by 2” of a gel memory foam, which gives the mattress enhanced pressure relief and body contouring.
- The final layer is 7.5” of a high-density, base support foam that should be fairly durable.
Read our full GhostBed Mattress Review, available here.
- The cover is constructed of long staple cotton and Tencel fabric, ensuring maximum breathability.
- The first layer is 1’’ of Quilted Gel Memory Foam, which adds loft, comfort, and another level of breathability.
- The next layer is a thick, 1” Gel Memory Foam, described as “semi-open LUSH foam.”
- The third layer is 3” of an Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam, which is designed to contour the mattress to your pressure points without sacrificing rebound and bounce.
- The base layer is nearly 6″ and 2.2 lb, which adds a level of firmness and also breathability.
Read our full Nectar Mattress Review
- The GhostBed has latex on top and memory foam in the second layer. This design keeps people from sinking in too far, so consumers get more of a balanced feel overall.
- The latex on the GhostBed also adds a level of breathability because of its open-celled nature and pinholes for airflow. It should be the cooler sleeping mattress, so people shouldn’t be overheating on the GhostBed. The Nectar also features decent breathability but it won’t be as noticeable as with the Ghostbed.
- The Nectar has thick layers of memory foam on top, which gives the mattress a more classic memory foam feel.
- The high-density materials and construction of the GhostBed means it should be more durable than the Nectar mattress.
In terms of firmness, the GhostBed feels like a 7.5/10, or firmer than average, while the Nectar feels like a 6/10, or softer than average.
Here’s how it felt on the GhostBed:
- I feel well supported on my back. My hips sink into the mattress, but not too far, and the top latex layer helps support the lumbar area.
- The mattress is too firm when I am on my side, and I feel some serious pressure on the shoulders and hips.
- When I am on my stomach, I am also feeling great support. My hips don’t bow in, and I feel like I am in good alignment.
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Here’s how it felt sleeping on the Nectar:
- While back sleeping on the Nectar, there is decent support. That being said, it might be a tad too soft overall. My hips sink in a fair amount, so people probably should choose the GhostBed if they wanted to sleep primarily on their back.
- When lying on my side, the Nectar feels the best. The mattress feels firm at first, but I slowly sink into the mattress and feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- The mattress is probably too soft when on my stomach.
The GhostBed has a balanced feel that keeps people from sinking in too far. People will sleep more on top of the mattress. The Nectar has a classic memory foam feel that allows people to sink and sleep “in” the mattress.
See more about GhostBed’s balanced feel in the video below.
Now watch the video below for more information about the Nectar’s memory foam feel.
Motion Transfer Differences
When it comes to handling motion transfer, memory foam really is the best. While the GhostBed has memory foam in its design, the Nectar has thick layers right on top.
Because of this, the Nectar performs better at cutting down on motion transfer. I placed a glass of water on the Nectar and pressed into the surrounding area, and the water was barely disturbed. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I barely felt his movements on my side.
Overall, I think the Nectar would be the better choice for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.
See how the GhostBed deals with motion transfer in the video below.
Now compare this to the Nectar mattress’s motion transfer in the video below.
Edge Support Differences
Between these two mattresses, the GhostBed has better edge support. It is the firmer, more supportive mattress, so it feels more secure near the edge of the GhostBed.
Sitting near the edge of the mattress, I feel more comfortable leaning over and tying my shoes. Also, when I lie down near the edge of the GhostBed, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than me: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the GhostBed was an 8.5/10, and the Nectar was a 6/10.
Back sleeping on the GhostBed, I am supported overall, but it might be a little too firm for me. My hips don’t sink in quite enough to get the proper lumbar support. On the side, the mattress is also probably too firm, as I’m feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. When I’m on my stomach, I feel good overall support.
I feel very nice when I’m back sleeping on the Nectar. My hips sink in the right amount, and the foam conforms to the curves of my body. When I’m on my side, I feel better pressure relief than I feel on the GhostBed. On my stomach, I definitely need more overall support.
If someone is a larger back sleeper, both mattresses could work for them. If someone wants their hips to sink in a bit more, I would lean toward the Nectar. If someone is a heavier side sleeper, I would also choose the Nectar. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, the GhostBed should give them better support.
Marten thought the GhostBed was firmer than I did. This is most likely because he pressed further into the mattress than I did. At the same time, he thought the Nectar was supportive enough when he was on his back. As he said, heavier people should consider their feel preferences when choosing between these two mattresses.
Who Should Pick GhostBed…
- Those who prefer a firmer mattress- The GhostBed is definitely the firmer of these two mattresses. If someone needs more support or just like the feeling of a firm mattress, the GhostBed should work for them.
- Back or stomach sleepers- This is going to be the more supportive mattress, so if people sleep primarily on their back or stomach, this is the mattress to choose. People shouldn’t sink too far into the mattress, and they should feel properly aligned on the GhostBed. Even heavier back and stomach sleepers should get the support they need.
- People who like to sleep on top of their mattress- If someone doesn’t like sinking into their mattress and prefer to sleep on top, the GhostBed should work for them. It is firmer-than-average, and the comfort layer isn’t very thick, so people shouldn’t sink in too far.
Who Should Pick Nectar…
- Those who prefer a softer mattress- The Nectar is softer than the GhostBed, so if people need a little less support and more comfort, the Nectar should work for them.
- Side sleepers- If people sleep mainly in this position, the Nectar should be the mattress for them. It offers better pressure relief, and as long as people aren’t too heavy, they should sink in and feel almost no pressure on their shoulders and hips.
- Those who like to sink into their mattress- If people prefer sleeping in their mattress, I would choose the Nectar. It has that classic memory foam feel where sleepers will slowly sink in. People should feel enveloped by this soft mattress.
If people keep this information in mind, it should be easy to choose between the GhostBed and Nectar mattresses because the differences are so distinct.
The GhostBed is a good choice for back and stomach sleepers who prefer a balanced feel. The Nectar should be better for side sleepers who like a classic memory foam feel.
Please leave any specific comments or questions about the GhostBed or the Nectar in the comment section below.
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