GhostBed Mattress Review: Supernaturally Comfortable?

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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.

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A mattress is opened to show its construction.

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.

Compare the GhostBed to other mattresses, here.

Construction Overview

  • 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.

A man lies on his side.

Construction Takeaways

  • 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.

SizeDimensionsWeightPrice
Twin38" x 75" x 11"58 lbs.$495
Twin XL38" x 80" x 11"62 lbs.$650
Full54" x 75" x 11"78 lbs.$845
Queen60" x 80" x 11"89 lbs.$895
King76" x 80" x 11"112 lbs.$1075
Cal King72" x 84" x 11"112 lbs.$1095

Firmness/Feel

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.

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Motion Isolation

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.

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Edge Support

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.

A man sits on the edge of the bed.

Marten’s Take

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.”
Ghostbed Mattress
4.4 Reviewer
Summary
The GhostBed is a bed-in-a-box that comes with higher quality materials and is lower priced. This may be one of the best values on the market and, if you are a stomach sleeper or hot sleeper, it could be a good choice for you.
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

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.

Overall

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.

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Joe Auer

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 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 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. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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37 thoughts on “GhostBed Mattress Review: Supernaturally Comfortable?”

  1. Horrible Mattress and even Worse Company

    First the Bed… It is the most uncomfortable thing that I have ever laid on. In some spots I could feel the frame beneath it, while other spots were extremely firm lumps! It is no exaggeration to say that the floor is more comfortable. I would recommend any cheap $100 spring mattress, over this.

    Now for the return process… First, you must wait 30 days before you can return the bed. Once I tried to return the bed, I was repeatedly push to buy other products from them, to fix how uncomfortable the mattress was. They even tried to “give” me a mattress topper. However, if I was to buy or accept one of these additions, I would have to wait another 30 days to try and return the mattress again. As you can see, they are just hoping to run out the trial clock, so that you are stuck with the mattress! When I was finally able to start the return process, I found out that I would be charged for the “free gifts” that came with the mattress, if I did not pay to ship them back! I feel like this cannot be legal and wish I knew a good lawyer to fight it! It also made it more clear, why they wanted to “give” me a mattress protector. Even if I still managed to return the mattress, I am sure that I would have gotten stuck paying for that too! Once my return was finally approved, I was told that it could take up to 15 days for me to get my money back!!! It has been 7 days so far, and still no money! This is the worse mattress company, I have had to deal with.

  2. I found ghostbed’s mattress to be firm, but not in a good way. Firm like a futon if that makes sense. Side sleepers should avoid at all costs. Also, their queen mattresses are about 2 inches shorter in both length and width than the dimensions listed online so if you’re taller like me it’s just plain not an option. On top of all that they don’t honor their 101-night sleep trial (you wouldn’t believe the conditions hidden in the fine print) so even if you’d like to try ghostbed try your other options first because once you get a ghostbed there is no path to return it.

    About me: 6’3” Back and Stomach Sleeper, tried a queen ghostbed for 98 days before finding out they don’t honor their sleep trial

  3. I don’t think Ghost is for side sleepers. I have never had hip pain while sleeping until I started using the Ghost. My wife and I have a king with 2 adjustable twin bases. We love the adjustable base and my wife is sleeping better, but I haven’t had a real good nights sleep since getting this – I have to rotate to often to alleviate my hip pain. I’m not a big man by any means (185 lbs), but I feel like I’m laying on the floor after a few minutes in bed. Adjusting the head up helps a little, but I don’t feel like I should have to do that after spending nearly $1000 on a bed! The bed should cuddle me and put me to sleep! I am seriously considering returning this mattress, I’m in the middle of the trial now and as of now I can’t see my mind changing

  4. I didn’t care for the Ghostbed after trying it for a while, but that’s not why I’m leaving this comment, others may like it. I’m leaving this comment to warn people that if they are not 100% sure that they want to keep the Ghostbed, don’t get anything but the bed. The “no-risk” trial does *not* include the foundation, pillows, or protector. We had to pay an extra $177 + extra shipping for our “no-risk” trial because of this. You are also responsible to have someplace come and pick up the mattress for donation as they will not do this.

  5. Hey Joe,
    Husband and I are considering Leesa, Purple, Helix and Ghostbed. He has pressure point issues on hips and shoulders and sleeps primarily on his back but has to change to side position with a pillow between his knees. He’s 5′ 10″ and 170 lbs. We’ve used traditional coil spring with foam toppers to give him pressure point relief.

    I’m a side sleeper with very few issues – although my husband says I “purr” when I’m sleeping on my back. I’m 5’11” and 165 lbs. I can sleep on anything, any where, at any time. Hubby is totally jealous.

    We’re leaning towards Purple due to pressure point issues. Any thoughts?

  6. Hi, if I am 320 pounds, would this be a good for me? I’m also looking at Alexander Hybrid, Sapira, Nectar, and Viola. I like to sleep on my side and back (probably about evenly) Thanks!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

    • 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.

  19. 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

    • 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!

  23. 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!

    • 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.

  24. 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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