Nolah and GhostBed are both popular online sellers of all-foam mattresses. While the pair’s mattresses at first appear similar in construction, they’re actually pretty different in terms of how they feel to sleepers. In this post, I will go over the similarities and differences between the Nolah mattress and GhostBed’s flagship mattress (as opposed to its new “luxe” option) to help consumers decide which one is better for them.
- Both are all foam mattresses that have a layer of latex or latex-like foam for airflow and bounce.
- Both have a dense foam base layer.
- Both sleep cool and are very breathable.
- Both have greater than average durability compared to other all-foam mattresses.
- Similar price range ($549-$1,069 for Nolah, $495-$995 for GhostBed; these are non-sale prices).
- Both offer free shipping and have great customer service.
- Nolah is softer, so sleepers will sink into it more.
- GhostBed is firmer and has less give, so sleepers will sink into it less.
- GhostBed is more bouncy and elastic, and springs back into shape more quickly after pressure is applied.
- Different thickness (Nolah is 10” thick, GhostBed is 11” thick).
- GhostBed offers a 101-day trial, shorter than Nolah’s 120-day trial.
Here’s a description of Nolah’s construction with a picture to illustrate:
- Nolah’s cover is made of a thin, soft, breathable viscose. It’s breathable and is thin so that it doesn’t interfere with the feel of the layer directly beneath it.
- 2 inches of a proprietary “AirFoam” make up the top layer. The foam keeps cool and has been shown in studies to relieve pressure better than standard memory foam.
- The next layer is 1-inch of latex-like Avena foam. This layer gives the mattress good bounce and makes it more responsive. It is also highly durable.
- The base layer is pretty standard as far as foam mattresses go: 7 inches of high density poly foam.
Here’s a breakdown of GhostBed’s construction, for comparison:
- A viscose and polyester cover gives a softness and breathability to the GhostBed, and people can zip the cover off to wash it.
- The top layer is 1.5 inches of proprietary “Aerated” latex with small holes in it. Latex sleeps cooler than memory foam and is more springy.
- The next layer is 2 inches of prioprietary gel memory foam. GhostBed says this foam is formulated to sleep cool. Being a memory foam, it also helps with providing contouring support.
- The base layer is 7.5 inches of dense core foam (2 lb. density)
- The mattresses should be roughly equal in terms of durability.
- Both are made of three layers, with a middle latex or latex-like layer and a cover that contains viscose.
- GhostBed’s latex top layer gives the mattress a more bounce.
- Both sleep cool — Nolah because of its proprietary foam top layer, GhostBed because of its breathable top latex layer and gel memory foam second layer.
- Nolah is softer.
- Sleepers will sink into the Nolah more, while Ghostbed gives people more of a sleeping on top of the mattress feel.
Nolah is softer and more responsive to pressure. GhostBed is firmer and springier than Nolah, returning to shape more quickly after applying pressure. Watch the videos below to get a better idea of what to expect from each mattress.
Motion Transfer Differences
GhostBed doesn’t isolate motion quite as well as Nolah, so for couples where at least one person is a light sleeper, Nolah might be the better option. Watch these videos to see the difference.
Who Should Pick Nolah:
- People who like a mattress where you sink into it a bit — Nolah sinks more than GhostBed, so it’s a good choice for people who like to feel like they are sleeping “in” their bed rather than “on” it.
- Side sleepers – Nolah is softer than GhostBed, making it more appropriate for side sleepers.
Pick GhostBed If:
- Stomach or back sleepers — GhostBed is firmer, making it more supportive for people who sleep on their bellies or backs.
- Those who want more support for your weight — People who are heavier may prefer GhostBed because it is thicker and uses high density foams, making it more supportive under pressure.
Both mattresses are good choices, and you’ll have a trial period to commit to your choice. That said, there are clear differences between these two mattresses, so it should be relatively easy to make the right choice if you’re deciding between the two. Please leave a comment If you have specific questions or want me to judge which would better for you.
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.