Ghostbed and Tempur-Pedic are two popular companies with very different business models. As Ghostbed has grown in popularity since its initial launch, people are starting to wonder how it compares to the various Tempur-Pedic mattresses. I’ll try to go over some of the differences here and try to help you make a more informed decision.
- Both have all-foam mattresses (with the exception of the Flex collection)
- Both have memory foam in the comfort layer
- The Ghostbed sells for less than every one of the Tempur-Pedic mattresses
- Ghostbed has just one model with one firmness level, while Tempur-Pedic has an entire line of models with different feels and different firmness levels
- Ghostbed has latex at the very top of its comfort layer, while Tempur-Pedic has memory foam at the top of its comfort layer in all of its models. As a result, Ghostbed has a more resilient feel than the Tempur-Pedic models (with the possible exception of the Flex collection models)
- Tempur-Pedic has been around for a long time now, so there are many reviews of owners who’ve had their mattress for years. Ghostbed is a new company, so lots of review data spanning years isn’t available
The main difference between the Ghostbed and the Tempur-Pedic models is that Ghostbed uses latex on the top of the comfort layer while Tempur-Pedic uses memory foam. This means Ghostbed is bouncier/more resilient, while with Tempur-Pedic mattresses you slowly sink into the mattress. Which type of feel is better depends on your personal preference, so it’s something you’ll want to think about a lot before making a decision.
You can see a video of the Ghostbed feel below
Both companies uses quality materials that should be highly durable as well.
Note; the Flex models are made to be the exception for Tempur-Pedic in that they have a much more responsive feel than the Contour or Cloud models
You Might Want To Pick The Ghostbed If:
- You Want A Little More Value– Because Ghostbed cuts out the middleman, it is able to price its product at a level much lower than the different Tempur-Pedic models. This allows you to get more value out of your purchase.
- You Want More Bounce/Resilience– The latex used in the top of the comfort layer makes Ghostbed generally bouncier/more resilient than any of the Tempur-Pedic models (with the possible exception of the Flex models). Whether this is a good or bad thing really just comes down to your personal preference.
- You Want A Breathable Mattress Without Paying Extra– Ghostbed uses aerated latex and gel memory foam, which make for a mattress that does a good job of sleeping cool. Tempur-Pedic does have Breeze models that address the issue of sleeping hot, but you have to pay an extra $1,000 for them.
- You Don’t Want Anything Overly Firm Or Soft– If you don’t have any special sleeping needs where you need something extra soft or firm, you’ll probably be a pretty good match for the Ghostbed.
You Might Want To Pick Tempur-Pedic If:
- You Want Firmness Options– If you know the exact firmness level you want, then Tempur-Pedic will provide you a number of different options. For example, if you just sleep on your back and like something extra firm, the Contour collection might be a better match than the Ghostbed for some people.
- You Prefer A Slow-Moving, Sinking In Feel– Some people like slowly sinking into their mattress and having it envelop you. That is more the feel you get with Tempur-Pedic mattresses as compared to the Ghostbed.
- You Want Years Of Review Data– Tempur-Pedic has been around forever now, so you have the benefit of lots and lots of reviews from people who have had their mattress for a long time. That just isn’t possible yet with Ghostbed, given how new the brand is.
Note About Motion Isolation
Tempur-Pedic is the king of motion isolation. That means when someone moves around on one side of the bed, the other person in the bed doesn’t really feel the motion. Ghostbed does a pretty good job with it as well, but generally Tempur-Pedic mattresses have the edge here.
Note On Price
Ghostbed cuts out the middleman and passes the savings onto the consumer. Tempur-Pedic sells into retail stores, who then mark the product up so they can make their profit. Given the difference in business models, Ghostbed is able to price its product at a much lower level. Therefore, you can probably get more value out of the Ghostbed than the various Tempur-Pedic models.
The two companies present very different offerings. I think if you really think about the type of feel you want and assess what your needs are, you should be able to make a good choice.
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.