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Before we get too far into this mattress review, let’s run through an outline; mind you, we are focusing on the key areas of differentiation for these beds.
- Design — Awara is a latex hybrid mattress, while GhostBed is made of three different types of foam.
- Price — They’re relatively close in terms of price, but GhostBed tends to be more affordable.
- Firmness — You have one medium-firm mattress and one that’s basically a true medium.
- Feel — Awara feels like what it is (a latex hybrid mattress) and GhostBed has a mixed foam feel.
Those four points make up the bulk of the story when you’re comparing GhostBed and Awara. They might have a few things in common, but by and large, we think this should end up being a fairly simple decision for you.
Why You Should Buy Awara — We really like the Awara mattress for several reasons, but the main reason you should consider it over GhostBed is its overall value. For a latex hybrid mattress, you’re typically looking at a price that’s north of $1,600 for the queen size. Awara, however, is considerably more affordable than that (after discounts).
If you take a look at another hybrid latex mattress, say the Avocado Green Mattress, it’s a good deal more expensive than Awara. This has nothing to do with GhostBed but we bring it up to explain that, while GhostBed is more affordable than Awara, we consider Awara to be a really good value.
Awara’s Hybrid Construction
Let’s take a look inside the Awara mattress. It starts with 9″ pocketed coils and ends with 4″ of natural dunlop latex foam. That’s basically it, although the cover has New Zealand wool and organic cotton as well.
The simplicity of Awara is one of the things we like so much. The 4″ of dunlop latex give it a responsive yet cushioned feel, while the coils provide ample support. There’s no denying that, compared to the Original GhostBed, Awara is more supportive for heavy people.
Given the supportive pocketed coils and durable latex foam, we feel very confident in saying that a person weighing over 230 lbs should try Awara first, over the Original GhostBed. Having said that, GhostBed does sell the Flex and 3D Matrix, which are coil beds as well—we’re just focusing on the Original GB mattress for this comparison.
Put simply, Awara is a firm mattress. How firm, however, is somewhat up for debate. Our team rates Awara at about a medium-firm on the soft/firm continuum. That puts it about on par with My Green Mattress and Zenhaven (two other natural/organic beds).
At a medium-firm, Awara is noticeably firmer than GhostBed. As such, we think stomach and back sleepers will prefer Awara. To be clear, we think GhostBed is suitable for back and stomach sleepers also, but it’s just not as firm.
The flip-side of this is that GhostBed is softer and therefore probably more ideal for strict side sleepers. We consider GhostBed to be around a true medium in terms of firmness.
It’s not that Awara isn’t a good mattress for side sleepers—we actually think it will be okay as well—but typically strict side sleepers prefer a slightly more plush overall feel and firmness rating.
Discussion About Hot Sleepers
In many of our mattress comparisons, we find it difficult to crown a winner in terms of temperature regulation. The fact of the matter is that a lot of these beds are similar because there are only so many ways to skin a cat. In this particular comparison, however, we think hot sleepers will prefer Awara for one simple reason: it’s the firmer mattress.
To be clear, we don’t have temperature concerns with GhostBed, but if you are an especially hot sleeper, you should probably start with Awara. In general, firmer beds tend to sleep cooler because you sink into them less; this means you aren’t “engulfed” by the mattress as much as you might be with a softer memory foam mattress, for example.
You’ll notice that you’ll lay more on top of the Awara mattress than you will Ghostbed, which also allows for a little more airflow circulation. The natural latex foam and coils don’t hurt with airflow either.
Why You Should Get GhostBed — The simplest way to describe GhostBed is that it’s just a comfy foam mattress. This—along with its reasonable price—is its biggest strength and is the reason that it’s grown in popularity over the years. In all honest, the value proposition for GhostBed is basically the same as it is for Bear Mattress, Casper, and many others.
We should point out that GhostBed is both a brand and a mattress. As we’ve noted several times in this comparison, we are focusing on the Original GhostBed, but the company does also make several other beds, which you can see on Ghostbed.com.
GhostBed Wins On Price
As affordable as the Awara mattress is, GhostBed still wins on price. Last we checked, in terms of MSRP for the queen bed, GhostBed and Awara were ~$1,000 and $2,000, respectively. After discounts, GhostBed came down to about $800-900 and Awara was about $1,300.
We can’t recommend that you make your decision based solely on a $300-400 price difference, but the fact of the matter is that GhostBed is cheaper. Given that you’ll use a mattress for the next seven to ten years, it’s advisable to get the right mattress at the right price, not necessarily just the cheapest mattress.
You can check current deals on GhostBed.com, but we expect that you’ll pay about $850 for the queen when it’s all said and done.
As for Awara, it might be worth it to look for deals on AwaraSleep.com as well, most of the time we see that queen mattress down to about $1,300 flat.
Construction Of Original GB Mattress
The base of this mattress is dense polyurethane foam. This is the case with nearly all foam mattresses that you can buy online. GhostBed then has a transitional layer of gel memory foam to provide pressure relief. The main comfort layer is a synthetic latex foam that feels a bit like the natural dunlop latex foam on Awara.
If you were to poke at that top layer, the latex foam, you’d notice that it’s quite responsive and airy—again, just like the top layer of Awara. This helps to balance out the contouring nature of the memory foam, so no one is left feeling “trapped” in the mattress. In other words, you’re getting some of the benefit of both latex foam and memory foam with GhostBed.
What The GB Mattress Feels Like
The interesting thing about GhostBed is that it will feel different to different people. What we mean by that is that the more lightweight you are, the more you will feel the latex foam, and therefore, the firmer the bed will appear. The heavier you are, the more you’ll sink in and the more memory foam you’ll feel.
As a result, we consider GB to have a “mixed foam” feel. In general, it will feel similar to a Puffy or Leesa, but depending on the weight of the sleeper, they will either feel more or less of the memory foam.
Given that GhostBed is about a medium on our firmness scale, we think it will work just fine for all sleeping positions. And because it has more of a classic bed-in-a-box feel, it’s hard to imagine many people not liking this bed. It’s accommodating, comfortable, and familiar—exactly what you want in an affordable mattress.
Conclusion: GhostBed vs Awara
We’ve said a lot in this comparison, but it all really boils down to your personal preferences in terms of feel, firmness, price, and design. Here are the main points to consider as you move forward in the mattress shopping process.
- Do you want a medium or medium-firm mattress?
- Would you prefer a mixed foam feel or a responsive, firmer feel?
- How heavy are you?
- Is your budget capped at $900 for a queen bed?
- Do you want a natural/organic mattress?
- What’s your dominant sleeping position?
If you can answers the questions above, we think choosing between Awara and GhostBed should be relatively painless for you. Hopefully you found this guide helpful. Thanks for checking out the Slumber Yard!