GhostBed Mattress Review - Worth A Hard Look

GhostBed Mattress Review

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The GhostBed mattress at first glance looks very similar to a lot of other bed-in-the-box mattress competitors (and in many ways it is), but the mattress has a few characteristics which make it stand out in my mind.

It’s definitely a great option for some, though I do have a few complaints as well (compare GhostBed to other mattresses HERE).  The mattress is at a price point that is lower than a lot of its competitors.  As a result, there is an opportunity to get some extra value from Ghostbed over some other mattresses.  I think overall the mattress does a good job of having a nice foam feel without sleeping hot or having the feeling of getting stuck in the mattress.  It’s not a perfect match for everyone, but it is a great mattress at a great price.

Watch my GhostBed review video for the overview.

You’ll love the GhostBed mattress if you…

  • Are looking for great value – even compared to other popular online mattress companies like Casper, I think GhostBed offers great value.  GhostBed is made by Nature’s Sleep, which does huge volume in the mattress world, so I think their scale allows them to sell an equally good bed at an even better price (in addition to the online-only business advantages).
  • Sleep in all sleeping positions – the GhostBed offers good support and comfort in any sleeping position, whether you’re on your side, stomach, or back
  • Hate sleeping hot – though it’s an all foam mattress, the top layer is latex, which aims to keep it sleeping cool (this held true in my experience)

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You may not like the GhostBed mattress if…

  • You sleep exclusively on your side or stomach – the GhostBed aims to please all sleeping positions, and does a great jot of doing so.  But if you sleep exclusively in one position, then you may want to find a softer/firmer mattress that suits your specific needs.
  • You prefer spring mattresses – many people fall in love with a good brand like GhostBed (or others), and end up purchasing a mattress that doesn’t suit your preferences.  GhostBed is a good option, but not if you just don’t like foam mattresses.  It won’t magically change your preferences.

GhostBed Firmness and Feel

As you can see the GhostBed bounces back fairly quickly (for a foam mattress) due to the top layer of latex.  The extra spring is enough to make sure you avoid that “stuck” feeling that is common in memory foam mattresses.  The firmness is about a 7 out of 10, making it right in the sweet spot for the average sleeper.  Currently GhostBed doesn’t offer firmness options, so it won’t be a good fit if you prefer a very soft or very firm feel.

The firmness is at a point where it’s comfortable to sleep in any position.  It felt pretty good on my side, pretty good on my stomach, and great on my back.  It’s a very good option for people that sleep in multiple positions throughout the night, or for couples with different sleeping positions.

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Motion Transfer Test

All foam mattresses often perform well on the motion transfer test, so it was no surprise that GhostBed performed well and is a good mattress for couples.

GhostBed construction

One of the key items of GhostBed is that it is made by Nature’s Sleep, a mattress company that has been around for a number of years.  Thus you have a construction that is very popular these days (latex over memory foam), but not always executed well.  In this case the experience showed, in that the mattress felt very well made and the transition between the layers was seamless (often an issue I’ve been experiencing with some of the online mattress companies).  The construction consists of:

  • Vicose and Polyester cover – though of course you will put a sheet over the cover, I did note that the feel of this cover is much better than most.  The cover also zips off for cleaning.
  • 1.5 inches of latex – the latex comfort layer is popular because it offers a bit more spring than a memory foam mattress and also keeps the mattress from sleeping hot.
  • 2 inches of gel memory foam – the memory foam provides great contouring support, with the gel again insuring that the mattress does not sleep hot
  • 7.5 inches of core foam – providing a base layer of support for the mattress.
GhostBed Mattress Spinal Alignment

Showing spinal alignment when laying on my side

Other things to note

  • GhostBed is manufactured in the USA
  • There is an optional foundation available for purchase that matches the bed well (I did not review the foundation)
  • There is a 101 night trial period, where you can return the mattress for a full refund

Final Recommendation

Overall I had a great experience during the GhostBed mattress review.  They have a quality product for a mid-range price shopper, and they’ve really separated themselves on price/value, even compared to the other online-only mattress companies (see other mattress reviews I’ve done).  If you have average mattress preferences (not extra firm or soft), and you are looking for a good hybrid mattress, I think that GhostBed could be a very good option.

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Ghostbed Mattress
4.4 Reviewer
Pros
  • Very good value
  • Quality durable materials
  • Good comfort/support tradeoff
Summary
The Ghostbed is similar construction and style to the most popular bed-in-a-box options (think Casper), however it comes with higher quality materials and at a lower priced. I actually think if it suits your preferences, it may be one of the best values on the market.
Comfort4.2
Support4.4
Value (Price)5
Doesn't Sleep Hot4.4
Motion Transfer4
Edge Support4
Materials/Durability4.6
Company Reputation4.8
Return Policy/Warranty4.8
Overall Sleep Experience4

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Michael Brinkman says February 23, 2016

Wow, where do i start. This whole thing seems way to complicated. I’m considering Leesa, Lull, Ghostbed or now Eve for a mattress. I’m mostly a stomach sleeper and prefer a firmer mattress, plus I weigh 200lbs, my wife prefers a softer mattress but has back issues, so firmer is probably better for her too. They all seem to have their pros and cons, but all in all…which of the four would you recommend? Thanks Joe

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    Joe Auer says February 23, 2016

    Hmm, tough call. I found Leesa to be a bit on the firmer side compared to the others, so maybe go with that.

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      yair says January 11, 2017

      you felt that leesa was firmer than ghostbed? brooklyn?

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K says April 3, 2016

I agree with Michael Brinkman, it gets more complicated the more research I do. I’m in a similar position, and I’m interested in either Bear – Leesa – or Lull as they all sound somewhat close in feel and firmness? Bear is the most interesting to me as someone who tends to hit the power yoga daily even if I am still feeling sore from yesterday. However, Leesa seems to be the most frequently recommended by the review websites. I came close to ordering Ghostbed yesterday. I like that it’s 11 inches and has a little bounce? But I feel like I might be missing out on something better, so I didn’t place the order. It’s choice paralysis.

I’m a side sleeper – legs in sprinter position, or a stomach sleeper, with same legs so my torso is often in a spinal twist. Nights when my boyfriend is over we spoon so again that’s more side sleeping, and we are both athletic, 150 and 210 pounds, and both like a medium to medium/firm feel with a bit of hug. I never sleep on my back, and to make matters worse I have sleep apnea so I shouldn’t be sleeping on my back at all. Any suggestions are more than welcome!! Thanks!

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    Joe Auer says April 4, 2016

    Hi there! Bear/Leesa/Lull/Ghostbed is a difficult choice, they do have very similar feels (especially if you haven’t lied on all four, it’s impossible to really describe the difference). Ghostbed does have slightly more spring than the other three, and Bear does have the Celliant technology, so those are some differentiating factors. Overall I wouldn’t worry too much – these are all great options, and you probably could be happy with all of them. All are good for both side and stomach sleeping.

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K says April 6, 2016

I ordered Bear this week. I’m really excited to try it out, and am hoping for some healthy restorative sleep. I’ll report back once I test it out if you’re interested in my opinion. I figured that the celliant tech plus the graphite foam for roughly the same cost as either Leesa or Lull was worth trying.

Overall it has to be better than my 15 year old spring mattress with a 4″ memory foam topped that I bought on Amazon about………. 8 years ago. No wonder I have constant back and shoulder pain. Thanks so much for your input!!

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Ray says April 26, 2016

Hi Joe, I am a 130lb side sleeper and trying to decide on buying either the ghostbed or lull because I like the hybrid bed for getting the benefit of both latex and memory foam. Which one would you recommend? Thank you.

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    Joe Auer says April 27, 2016

    Hi Ray – just thinking for a side sleeper, I think both are actually about an equal fit. Sorry I can’t be more useful on this one!

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Harry says May 18, 2016

I was wondering if you have reviewed the Purple yet? I could not find a review on your sight. Also, if you have thoughts in a comparison of the Purple and Ghostbed. I was wavering between the two until I saw the social media person for Ghostbed completely misrepresent the Purple in their “comparison” review. When I questioned some of what they said, they blocked me from commenting on their sight! Perhaps not the best way to make a decision about a bed, but I was already leaning towards the Purple. We got ours about 1 week ago and I couldn’t be happier. I was just wondering your thoughts. Thanks!

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    Joe Auer says May 18, 2016

    I’m planning on reviewing Purple next week, keep an eye out!

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ron buoscio says September 4, 2016

Hi Joe,
First time trying a bed other than inner spring. I am 62 and my wife and I are active. Ghost over Bear or Leesa? Bear seems a bit gimmicky. What’s your advice?
Thanks ,
Ron

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    Joe Auer says September 5, 2016

    All three good options, if you like the Celliant technology in Bear it’s the clear winner (I don’t know the science behind it, so I don’t really consider it in my assessment). The big difference is in feel. Bear is a pure memory foam feel, where GhostBed and Leesa are both hybrids (more bounce). Ghostbed is a bit cheaper than the other two, but probably not significantly enough that you would decide based on that.

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Trevor says September 14, 2016

So I ordered the Ghostbed and while I can tell that the quality and foam within this mattress is substantial / high quality, I found it to be too firm and uncomfortable for me.

I am now in the process and returning the Ghostbed and wanted to ask your opinion about other mattresses under $1,000 that were softer and more comfortable than the Ghostbed. Leesa? Bear mattress? Novosbed? Lull? These are the top few that I am considering. I’m a stomach / side sleeper so just looking for a softer mattress.

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    Joe Auer says September 14, 2016

    Hi Trevor – sorry Ghostbed firmness did not work out! I’d say if you want definitely softer, then Novosbed soft will do the trick (though note this will have a memory firm feel vs a latex/memory foam feel). Layla and Helix (once customized) also are on the softer side.

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Deb S. says October 12, 2016

I’m an older woman with arthritis, mostly back sleeper, somewhat overweight. I have need good support to get in and out of bed. I never had a memory foam mattress before, and need both firmness and comfort for aching joints. Suggestions?

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Raymond says October 13, 2016

I recently purchased the GhostBed and my wife and I love it. We actually caught it on sale on Amazon for 687 for a king. What an amazing deal. I had the best night sleep last night than I have had in a while.

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Lisa Starks says October 27, 2016

I have been researching so many mattresses and we are interested in the ghostbed but we are side, back and stomach sleepers but have seen where a lot of people are saying its really firm. Is it a comfortable firm? If not what other mattress would you recommend?

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Shannon says November 20, 2016

I’m looking for a mattress on the firmer side… suggestions!?

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Judy says December 5, 2016

what is the very best mattress for a 6 foot 2 in. 340 pound man? my son.

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RONALD STANLEY says December 9, 2016

Just a note. We are donating and getting refund for our Ghostbed. It was the firmest mattress I have ever slept on.I saw in a review it ws rated a 6.5, my first impression was a 8. My wife sleeps on her back and hated it. I sleep on my side and found it bearable.

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Paul Baumgarten says December 19, 2016

Minutes ago I left a specific inquiry re G-Bed v. Amerisleep – before I read your review on G-Bed (my bad). You answered my question there when I read that if I slept consistently on my side with more extreme requirements then the G-bed probably wouldn’t suit my needs. That pretty much answers my previous inquiry. I’d bet the Amerisleep will suit my needs, but I didn’t want to have to pay around $2000 to do that. I didn’t want to go over $1000 – $1200 max. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Amy E. Gray says January 3, 2017

If you purchase this overpriced foam mattress, you’d better hope you fall in love with it because it is not easy to get a refund. Their refund process is that you donate the mattress to charity then e-mail the donation receipt to them. They advertise that they’ll have the mattress picked up for you but they placed that task in my hands. I made numerous calls but most charities don’t even accept mattresses. Finally I found one who agreed to come pick it up. After a couple of weeks when you don’t hear back, they’ll tell you they need for you to send them a copy of your driver’s license. A week later you haven’t heard anything so you call and are told it was sent to the refund department & so on & so on. I didn’t even sleep on my mattress for the full 101 nights because it was like sleeping on a sheet of plywood. I donated it over a month ago and although they told me over a week ago that the money was refunded to my bank, it still is not in my account. I guess I’m going to have to call BBB or take other steps to get my refund. Oh and FYI, if you purchase the boxspring along with the mattress, you’ll be stuck with it because it is not refundable. When you donate your mattress, don’t let them take the boxspring too because you won’t be refunded for it. This company has the worst customer service of any company I’ve ever dealt with. You can buy these same types of foam mattresses now at many other stores for a lot less money. I’ve never written a review before but I felt compelled to write this one to save you unsuspecting consumers a whole lot of trouble and headaches.

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Yair says January 11, 2017

I have a Leesa right now and I’m returning it. How does Ghostbed stack up against Brooklyn Bedding? I really wish I could afford to try Purple or a spring mattress but alas. Maybe in the future.

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Matt N. says January 12, 2017

I really wanted to like this bed, however, it just didn’t work out for me. I generally like a medium-firm bed, however, weighing 155 lbs, I had a hard time breaking through the top layer to get support. I am a side sleeper with a some back issues. I would wake up with tremendous back pain and soreness. When contacting GhostBed about possible ways to better break in the bed, they told me I should jump up and down and the bed or drop/roll a bowling ball over it because of my weight.

After two weeks, I couldn’t sleep on the bed anymore because my back couldn’t take it. For someone heavier or a couple, it may work a little better, but not for me. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being most firm, I would put this mattress in the 7-8 range based on my weight.

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    Joe Auer says January 12, 2017

    Sorry it didn’t work out Matt, thanks for your comment! Good to note, firmness is always subjective, based on weight and body shape.

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Jim says February 18, 2017

Ghost trial…The ghost bed isn’t for side sleepers in my opinion. Way too firm. The topper they send to make it better is a smaller footprint and is made in China. The mattress case looks and feels low quality and is misshapen. (Not a big deal in itself) Be aware if you buy two twins to use as a split king the trial is worthless. They will site policy and only allow you to be refunded for one twin. A lot of good that does. Now we are stuck with half a bed that we didn’t like.
Their customer service isn’t anything spectacular. They could have made it right but chose to just refer to their policy. Over all this has gone from an underwhelming experience to flat out frustration. We gave this bed and company every opportunity and I suggest you learn from my blunder. We did lots of research and read 100’s of reviews and this is the review I wish we would have read.

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Rick Minnesota says March 10, 2017

We bought two Twin XL Ghostbeds for our new Split King adjustable frame. I love how your article title mentions taking a “hard look” as these beds are extremely hard (I would rate them 8.5 out of 10). I do not agree that these are conforming much at all – horrible for sleeping on my side. I am 230 lbs, so you would think I would sink way in – but no. Coming from the world of a Sealy Posturpedic, our bar was set pretty low and still we were not impressed! I tried emailing the Ghostbed folks after a 1 week “breakin period” – that was now 11 days ago and I have still not heard back from them. I’m guessing they are not going to be flexible about their 30 day waiting period – so we are back to our old Sealy and the Ghostbeds are now taking up space as we wait for the B.S. 30 day waiting period to pass so I can send them back and order a different brand – thinking Layla or Helix. After 2+ weeks of trying to sleep on the Ghostbed, I would rate our experience as follows;
Softness/hardness – 8.5 of 10 (extremely firm).
Conformed well to our adjustable frame.
Offgassing – sleeping side of the bed is not bad at all, the bottom side support foam flat out stinks! Yuck!
The Ghostpillows definitely have a bit of a smell to them, but not super offensive.
Edge support is good, as expected from a hard/firm bed.
It does not sleep hot. That was good because I tend to get night sweats if hot!
Customer service – sucks. Contact attempts via email and their website goes in to a black hole. I am hoping this improves at their magic 30 day mark and returning these things goes better than what I am experiencing so far!
Delivery – extremely fast. Had our bed 3 days after ordering it.

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Melissa says March 16, 2017

DO NOT BUY! Most overpriced piece of crap. If you want to sleep on the floor, save your money cause that’s what it feels like

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