DreamCloud vs GhostBed Mattress
Comparing two popular bed-in-a-box mattresses based on firmness, feel, construction and price.
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
In the market for a new mattress but not sure which one is right for you? GhostBed and DreamCloud are two great options for most sleepers, but they are quite different in a lot of ways. Read on to learn all about these two beds.
Ghostbed vs DreamCloud Overview
Before diving into the nitty-gritty about these two beds, let’s take a look at the topics that we are going to cover so that you know what to expect:
- Price — GhostBed is about $300-$400 cheaper than DreamCloud Premier
- Construction — One is made of multiple foams while the other has coils and foam
- Firmness and feel — DreamCloud is about medium-firm while GhostBed is more of a true medium
- Returns & Warranty — Both go above and beyond the industry standards but DreamCloud goes even further
Read the rest of this post to figure out which is the better mattress for you.
DreamCloud’s Hybrid Construction
If you were to open up a DreamCloud mattress, what would you see? Well, DreamCloud is a really interesting mattress because it not only uses pocketed coils to add support and durability, but also includes a few unique foam layers as well as a thick quilted Eurotop.
Starting from the bottom, there is a thin layer of dense support foam which acts as a base for the mattress.
On top of this is an 8” layer of pocketed coils. These provide the bed with a lot of support and also add a bouncy and resilient feel that you can only get in a bed with coils.
Next is yet another thin layer of poly foam. This foam is supportive and acts as a transition layer between the coils and the top-most layers of the bed. It is also meant to help neutralize unwanted cross-bed motion caused by the coils.
DreamCloud has a primarily memory foam-like feel, and that is due, mostly, to the layer of gel memory foam that comes next. Memory foam is pressure-relieving and will cradle your body very well, which is why it has been such a popular material in beds for decades.
The bed doesn’t feel totally like a memory foam mattress the way that beds like Nectar or Puffy do. This is because the memory foam is topped off with a thick Euro-top that is quilted with two types of foam gives the bed a totally unparalleled feel.
It is also worth noting that the bed has a super soft cashmere blend cover. The cover, in addition to the Eurotop, really gives the mattress a soft and, dare we say, cloud-like feeling that helps the mattress own up to its name.
The Feel And Firmness Of A DreamCloud Mattress
Because the top layer is the mattress’s quilted Eurotop, that is what you feel most, so it definitely has a bit of a traditional pillow-top innerspring mattress feel, but with an undertone of memory foam that makes it just a bit more cushiony.
In terms of firmness, we’d say that this mattress actually sits somewhere between medium and medium-firm.
Though it has a pillowy top layer, the use of dense support foams and a thick layer of coils definitely gives the bed a fair bit of supportive firmness.
You should know that when we rate firmness, it is based on an estimate for the average sleeper’s preference, but every sleeper is a little bit different, and so we cannot 100% promise that how a bed feels to us will be exactly how it feels to you.
A big contributing factor to the way a bed feels is body weight. If you weigh more than average, you will likely sink into this mattress a bit more and get more of the soft memory foam feel from it. If, on the other hand, you are fairly petite, you might not have enough body weight to exert on the mattress and will mostly just feel the Euro top.
Who Will Like DreamCloud?
With that all being said, we think that this bed would actually suit pretty much any sleeper, granted that you are a fan of memory foam.
Because it is a thick and durable hybrid mattress, we think that it is a great option for those who are more heavy-set and need a mattress that offers a good deal of support.
We also find that mattresses that are around medium-firm are pretty good for back and stomach sleepers, who need a supportive base to keep their spine aligned at night.
Side sleepers, too, should be able to get comfortable on DreamCloud because the pressure relieving memory foam and soft quilted top will provide ample relief to their pressure points.
If you are average to petite in stature, DreamCloud should be fairly comfortable for you, too. Although we would note that this is a really thick mattress, it is great for large folks because of this, but if you are 5’2” and single, it might just be more bed than you need. Not that it wouldn’t be comfortable for you, but we’d say it’s a little bit overkill when you will likely find a thinner mattress, like the level sleep mattress, equally as comfortable.
DreamCloud’s Company Policies
We have been around the proverbial block a few times and have seen all sorts of perks and policies being offered by mattress companies. Usually though, we find that most mail-order mattresses comply with industry standards and provide free shipping, a risk-free trial window of at least 100 nights, and a 10+ year warranty.
GhostBed breaks the mold on these policies a little bit, and DreamCloud busts the mold even further open.
When you buy a GhostBed mattress, you will indeed get free shipping. Additionally, you will get 101 nights to test the mattress out in your own home and decide if you are going to keep it or return it.
Ghostbed also provides customers with a 20 year warranty, which is double the industry standard (we are impressed!) so you can rest assured that your mattress is covered. Do make sure to read up on the details of your warranty though, those details are important if you ever end up needing to use it.
DreamCloud, on the other hand, takes the one extra night that Ghostbed’s trial offers and ups their game three-fold. That’s right, with DreamCloud you will have a full year—365 nights—to decide if you’re going to keep your mattress.
Ghostbed: A Quick Overview
It is important to note before we dive into the details, that GhostBed, which is owned and operated by mattress industry mavens Nature’s Sleep, actually makes four mattresses that all serve different purposes. Their Luxe mattress is supposed to be actively cooling, the Flex mattress is a supportive hybrid mattress, and their newest mattress, the 3D Matrix is hybrid that uses a patented gel polymer, essentially a competitor to the Purple mattress.
These are all great offerings by GhostBed, and if you’d like to read more about them, we have reviews available for you to take a look at. In this comparison, though, we are primarily focusing on the original GhostBed mattress, which is their cheapest model and is just a solid all-foam mattress.
Mixed Foams In The GhostBed Mattress
When you take a look inside the original GhostBed mattress, you will find three separate layers of foam all wrapped up in a plush and stretchy removable cover.
The base layer of the mattress is a 7.5” slab of high-density neutral foam. This layer is firm and supportive and acts as a foundation for the bed.
Next is a 2” layer of gel memory foam. The foam has a large cell structure, which helps it to trap less heat than traditional memory foam. It also gives the bed a bit of that contouring and cushioning feeling.
The final layer of foam used in the mattress is a spongy layer of synthetic latex foam. We often find latex foam used in natural and organic mattresses, as it can be manufactured using fully organic materials, but even in a mixed foam mattress like GhostBed, it is a good comfort layer that is soft and springy.
The combination of these three foams give the bed a really unique feel. It isn’t quite like a latex mattress, nor is it quite like a memory foam mattress. We find that the bed is fairly supportive because of the latex, but it is also not as responsive as most latex mattresses because the memory foam neutralizes some of the typical latex bounce.
In terms of firmness, we’d put this mattress right in the middle at medium, give or take.
Is GhostBed Ideal For All Sleepers?
Because GhostBed is a medium firmness, it is kind of like the Goldilocks of beds, just right for just about everyone.
For big and tall people, like those who weigh over 250 lbs, we usually recommend a bed that has coils, which offer extra support. So in this case, though GhostBed might be supportive enough for you, we’d recommend going for DreamCloud instead.
Petite to average sized sleepers will likely enjoy GhostBed, but it might feel firmer and more like latex to those on the smaller side and will likely feel softer and more like memory foam to those who are heavier.
Additionally, because it has a fair amount of support from the dense foam and from the latex, we’d say that this is a good mattress for back and stomach sleepers.
Side sleepers, too, should find that there is a fair amount of pressure relief offered by this mattress, making it a good option for all sorts of sleepers.
We will note though, that if you are expecting this mattress to be as responsive as a typical latex mattress, you might be surprised. GhostBed is actually a little bit slow to respond, likely because of the memory foam layer. If you are a combination sleeper who changes positions frequently at night, this mattress might take a few seconds to respond to your new position. Still, if you don’t think this will be much of an issue, GhostBed should still be fairly comfortable for you.
There are a few things that we always try to note when it comes to sharing a bed. If you are single, these don’t tend to be huge issues, but when two people share the same bed, it is important to make sure that it will be a good fit for both sleepers.
First is edge support. If you share a slightly smaller bed (like a full size or queen) you might find that one person ends up sleeping closer to the edge of the bed than the middle. If this is the case, you’ll want a mattress with good edge support that will not droop or bow when somebody puts their body weight right on the edge.
We find that both GhostBed and DreamCloud have fairly well reinforced edges and shouldn’t leave anybody feeling like they are going to roll off the bed, but DreamCloud is just slightly better in this category, mainly because it uses pocketed coils, rather than just all foam.
Motion transfer is important too, you don’t want your bed to shake and move every time you roll over or if you get out of bed at night for a trip to the bathroom.
Both mattresses are also pretty decent contenders in this category, certainly not terrible when it comes to motion transfer, but GhostBed actually has a slight edge over DreamCloud here. We’d say this is because it omits coils, which typically give mattresses a bouncy quality.
GhostBed Is More Affordable
Finally, let’s get down to the money. Think about your budget and how much you are willing to spend on a mattress. If you are reading this, you are likely looking for a mattress that has some luxury elements but is a good mattress for the money. These are both definitely good options if this is the case. GhostBed, though, is certainly cheaper than DreamCloud when it comes down to dollars and cents.
If you want a queen size mattress, DreamCloud will run you about $1,400 before discounts. For the quality of mattress that you get for this price, we’d actually say it is a pretty good price, especially considering that hybrid mattresses are almost always pricier than all-foam mattresses.
GhostBed, on the other hand, is around $1,000 for a queen (before discounts). Which is also a fairly reasonable price for what it is, in our books.
Again, these prices are all before any discounts or sales are applied. Both GhostBed and DreamCloud run sales and offer around $200 off the MSRP price almost always. You can also check out our coupons and deals page to see if there is any extra special discount going on right now.
These are both pretty goods mattresses, all things considered, and we can’t tell you which one will be better for you, but there are a few differences for you to consider to make sure that you know which one is right for you.
- What is your budget? If you don’t want to spend more than $1,000 for a queen sized mattress, GhostBed is your best bet.
- Are you worried about having enough time to test the bed? DreamCloud has a longer trial period.
- Are you on the heavier side? The added support in the DreamCloud mattress is a good idea for you.
- How do you feel about memory foam? Both beds use memory foam, but we’d say that DreamCloud has a slightly more true memory foam feel then GhostBed does
- Are you shopping for yourself and a partner? Both beds have pros and cons for couples.