GhostBed is an online bed-in-a-box retailer that offers foam mattresses at a value price. They have two models: the original GhostBed and the Luxe.
The original GhostBed is a firmer than average mattress with high-quality components. I reviewed this mattress a few years ago, and I was excited to see how it would compare to the many mattresses I have tried since.
Will you find supernatural comfort on the GhostBed? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The GhostBed If:
- You Are A Back Or Stomach Sleeper: This is a firmer than average mattress, so it should give nice support whether you are on your back or stomach. I personally felt nice overall support in both those positions.
- You Want A Durable Value Mattress: Considering the high-quality materials and construction of this mattress, it is a good value. For a competitive price, you get a mattress that should last for quite a while.
- You Sleep Hot: There are holes in the top layer latex layer. This promotes airflow and is also open-celled, which means the foam itself is more breathable. Add this together with the cooling gel memory foam layer, and you shouldn’t be sleeping hot on this mattress.
You Might Not Want To Pick The GhostBed If:
- You Are A Side Sleeper: This mattress is firmer than average and may not be the best fit if you sleep on your side. I felt some pressure on my shoulders and hips when I was on my side. If you are primarily a side sleeper, you may want to look for a softer mattress.
- You Want That Classic Memory Foam Feel: While there is memory foam in the second layer, you don’t really get that slow sinking-in feeling that comes with pure memory foam mattresses. If this is your preference, you may want to look elsewhere.
How This Mattress Compares To The Leesa Mattress
The Leesa mattress is one of GhostBed’s major competitors. Looking at the two mattresses, there are a few major differences.
Looking at their dimensions, the GhostBed is the thicker of the two mattresses. It is 11.5” thick while the Leesa is 10”. Though it is a thinner mattress, the comfort component of Leesa is actually thicker. The comfort layer on the Leesa is 4”, and the comfort layer on the GhostBed is 3.5”.
The GhostBed is also firmer than the Leesa. Because of this, it is a better fit for back and stomach sleepers. The softer Leesa mattress is a better choice for side sleepers.
Finally, the GhostBed is slightly more affordable than the Leesa.
- The mattress is 11” tall.
- First, there is a soft, thin cover. It’s not going to interfere with you feeling the comfort layers.
- Then, there are 1.5” of latex foam.
- Next, there is a 2” layer of gel memory foam.
- Finally, there are 7.5” of a high density, base support foam.
- The mattress is made in the USA.
- The GhostBed is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
The mattress works with an adjustable base.
- The top layer promotes airflow and the second layer features cooling gel. They both work to keep you cool on this mattress.
- The gel memory foam layer is slow to respond, so it should have decent pressure relief. The bouncier top latex and the slow-reacting memory foam combine for a balanced foam feel. You shouldn’t feel “stuck” in this mattress.
- The base support foam is denser than foam found in many other mattresses in this price range. This adds an extra amount of durability, so the mattress will last longer.
Prices, Weights, And Dimensions
The table below shows the prices, weights, and dimensions of all the available mattress sizes.
|Twin||38" x 75" x 11"||58 lbs.||$495|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 11"||62 lbs.||$650|
|Full||54" x 75" x 11"||78 lbs.||$845|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 11"||89 lbs.||$895|
|King||76" x 80" x 11"||112 lbs.||$1075|
|Cal King||72" x 84" x 11"||112 lbs.||$1095|
In my opinion, the mattress felt like a 7.5/10, firmer than average. Mattresses in this firmness range are often a good match for back and side sleepers. I would say that is true for the GhostBed.
On my back, I felt properly supported. My hips sunk in just the right amount and the foam conformed to my lumbar area. Likewise, on my stomach, I felt that I was in good alignment. No matter your weight, I believe the GhostBed could be a good fit on your stomach or back.
On my side, I did not get the best pressure relief. I felt some firmness on my shoulders. This mattress is pretty firm so, if you sleep on your side, I would consider a softer mattress.
The mattress has a balanced foam feel with a little bit of bounce. Because of this, it is quite easy to move around on the mattress without feeling “stuck.” However, while it has foam components, it doesn’t really have that classic memory foam feel. If you want to slowly sink into your mattress, you might want to look at a pure memory foam mattress.
During my initial tests, I saw some motion transfer. I disturbed the mattress area around the glass and there was a bit of movement.
We also had Marten move around on the other side of the mattress. He got in and out of bed and shifted his weight. We believe this could mimic the motion a sleeping partner makes.
Lying on the other side of the bed, I did feel these movements. I think this could be because of the latex in that top layer. If you want complete stillness with no motion transfer, I would look at a pure memory foam mattress.
The GhostBed’s edge support is much better than other all-foam mattresses I have reviewed. Foam mattresses often collapse when I sit near the edge. Because it is a firmer mattress, the GhostBed does not compress like this.
Also, lying down, I don’t feel like I am going to be ejected from the bed. This all makes the GhostBed a good option for couples.
You can see the good edge support in the photo below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type from me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about the mattress.
Looking at the GhostBed, Joe said it was a 7.5/10, but I felt it was firmer at an 8.5.
If you look at both of our pressure maps, we both saw some pressure on our hips and our shoulders. For me, it was a little bit too much pressure. On my side, there was a bit too much firmness.
However, on my back and my stomach, I did feel good overall support. So, if you’re my size and a back or stomach sleeper, the GhostBed could be a good choice for you.
Marten’s experience is not surprising. Even for someone his size, this mattress gave him the proper support when he was on his back and stomach. Also, he felt the mattress was firmer than I did, so it was even more uncomfortable when he was on his side.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out
- The GhostBed is a great value mattress. Considering the high-quality materials used in making this mattress, the GhostBed is a good deal.
- It is a nice balanced mattress for back and stomach sleepers. It is firmer than average and should give good support on the back and stomach.
- The mattress has some nice bounce, so you can move around without feeling “stuck.”
Unboxing This Mattress
The GhostBed is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up GhostBed from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut the away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the GhostBed will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
The GhostBed really is one of the best values out there. Considering its high-quality construction, I would expect their Queen mattress to see for more than the listed price of $895.
I believe it is a good choice for hot sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers. However, if you are a side sleeper, you may want to look at a softer mattress.
The GhostBed comes with a Free Shipping and Returns, a 101-Night Sleep Trial, as well as a 20 Year Warranty. Financing is also available.
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.