Ghostbed vs Purple Mattress – The Choice Is Yours

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Choosing the right mattress can be a difficult thing to to do, but the Ghostbed and Purple mattresses are really good choices.

I have the information people need to make the right choice the first time around.  This comparison article will go through the construction of both mattresses in detail and then highlight the main takeaways consumers should know about in order to make a great decision.

Key Similarities

  • They have similar base layers that are pretty standard in the industry.
  • They are both have bouncy, responsive sleeping surfaces that make it easy to move around the mattress.
  • They are both firmer than average and very supportive.

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Key Differences

  • The GhostBed is more affordable than the Purple.
  • The GhostBed is a thicker mattress.
  • They have very different materials in their comfort layers that give the mattresses different feels.
  • Their feels are different; the GhostBed has a balanced foam feel and the Purple has a unique squishy gel feel.

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A mattress is opened to show its construction.

GhostBed Construction

  • The GhostBed is 11” tall and features three separate foam layers.
  • The cover is thin and soft and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress significantly.
  • The first layer is 1.5” of a latex foam, which gives the mattress bounce.
  • This is followed by 2” of a gel memory foam, which gives the mattress good pressure and body contouring.
  • The final layer is 7.5” of a high density, base support foam, which is a pretty standard base layer on the market.

Read the full review of the GhostBed mattress, HERE.

The inside of a mattress.

Purple Construction

  • It is 9.5” tall and features three separate layers.
  • The cover is soft and thin and doesn’t affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
  • The first layer is 2” of a Purple Smart Comfort Grid, which is a hyper-elastic polymer with a squishy feeling.
  • Next, there are 3.5” of a Plush Comfort Foam that acts as a transition layer.
  • The base layer is 4” of polyfoam, which is a pretty standard base layer.

Check out the full Purple mattress review, HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both mattresses have soft, thin covers that allow people to easily engage with the comfort layers.
  • The Purple’s comfort layer has two inches of a hyper-elastic gel polymer. It is firm until a certain amount of pressure is applied. It is squishy but also firm and a great choice for combination sleepers.
  • The GhostBed has latex over memory foam. These are both high-density, making this mattress a great choice for heavier sleepers who require extra support. It has a bit of bounce that allows people to move around easily on the mattress.
  • In terms of durability, each mattress is about the same. They should both be longer lasting mattresses considering their durable materials.
  • Speaking of breathability, these mattresses should both perform well. There is room for airflow in each mattress, so neither should be sleeping hot.

Firmness and Feel Differences

In terms of firmness, I thought the GhostBed was a 7.5/10 and the Purple was closer to a 7/10. While heavier people may have a different experience, I do believe they will also find the Purple to be the softer mattress.

On my back, the GhostBed gives me good support, as my hips sink in the right amount, but the rest of my body stays flat. On my side, I definitely feel some pressure on my shoulders and hips. Moving to my stomach, I feel very well supported.

On the Purple, I also feel the proper support on my back, as my butt and hips collapse the gel grid, but the rest of my body is held up. On my side, I feel almost no pressure on my shoulders and hips. Finally, on my stomach, I am also well supported.

In terms of feel, the GhostBed has a balanced foam feel with a bit of bounce that is also responsive, so it is easy to move around.

The Purple has a unique squishy gel feel that is supportive, but pressure relieving at the same time. It has a great balance of comfort and support, and it also has some bounce.

See how the GhostBed responded to my tests in the video below.

People can compare that to the firmness and feel of the Purple mattress in the video below.

Motion Transfer Differences

If someone sleeps with a partner, they will want to know if they will feel them move around on their side of the bed. Will they disturb them while they sleep on these mattresses?

Between the two, the Purple handles motion transfer a bit better than the GhostBed. If someone sleeps with a partner, they should feel less of their movements on their side of the mattress if they choose the Purple.

It could be the better mattress for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner’s movements.

See how GhostBed stood up to my motion transfer tests.

Now, watch how the Purple performs better with cutting down on motion transfer with the video below.

Edge Support Differences

Between the two mattresses, the GhostBed definitely has better edge support, because it is a firmer mattress with a more traditional construction.

Sitting on the edge, I feel more secure on the GhostBed, and while lying down, I feel less like I am going to roll off the mattress.

People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.

A man sits on the edge of the bed.

A man sitting on the edge of a mattress.

Marten’s Take

Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these two mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:

In terms of firmness, I said the Ghostbed was an 8.5/10 and the Purple was closer to a 6.5/10. That’s a pretty big difference and probably the main reason for that has to do with my size.

With the GhostBed, I’m pressing through the soft layers and feeling the firm layers beneath. I kind of bottomed out on this mattress, so it felt firmer to me than it did to Joe.

On the Purple, I generally had the opposite experience. I’m actually activating the gel layer more than he did, so it feels softer to me than it did to him.

On the GhostBed, I felt good support on my back and thought the firmness of the mattress was just right. Moving to my side, I’m definitely feeling some pressure on my shoulders and hips. On my stomach, I feel good overall support and am not bowing in at the hips.

On the Purple, I feel great on my back, as my hips sink in just the right amount, but the rest of the body is held up.
On my side, there is good pressure relief on my shoulders and hips, and on my stomach, I feel good overall support.

So, if someone is a heavier back or side sleeper, they should lean toward the Purple. If someone is a heavier stomach sleeper, they should choose the GhostBed.

I was not surprised by Marten’s experience, and as a heavier person, he got more out of the Purple than I did when he was on his side. His weight activated the gel grid, so he had even better pressure relief than I did. On the GhostBed, his weight was a disadvantage, and he pressed too far into the mattress and found it to be firmer than I did.

Who Should Pick GhostBed:

  • Those who prefer a firmer mattress- People of many body types will say that the GhostBed is the firmer of the two mattresses, so if someone has had success with firmer mattresses, this is probably the way to go.
  • People who like a balanced foam feel- If someone likes a responsive foam mattress that allows them to sink in somewhat, the GhostBed is the better choice. People get some pressure relief, but it is still easy to move around on the mattress.
  • Those who want a more affordable mattress- If someone wants to save a few hundred dollars, the GhostBed is definitely the cheaper mattress. These mattresses could both be a good fit for back and stomach sleepers so, if people sleep in one of these positions, the GhostBed could save them money.

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Who Should Pick Purple:

  • Those who want to try a unique feeling mattress- The Purple’s gel grid is firm and pressure relieving at the same time and is really unlike any other mattress reviewed on this website.
  • Side sleepers- Between the two mattresses, the Purple does a better job of relieving pressure on shoulders and hips, so if people sleep primarily on their side, this is the mattress to choose.
  • Combination sleepers- At the same time, this mattress is properly supportive when people are on their back. There is really a great balance of comfort and support, so if people move around a bit at night, the Purple should be the mattress for them.

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With this information, the choice between the GhostBed and Purple mattress should be an easy one because the differences are so clear. The GhostBed is a better choice if people like a firmer mattress with a balanced foam feel. Side sleepers, combination sleepers, and those who are interested in a unique gel grid technology should choose the Purple. Please leave any specific comments or questions about the GhostBed or the Purple in the comment section below.  Consumers should read through this article multiple times, assess their own needs and preferences, and then make a more informed decision.

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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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