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GhostBed vs Cocoon Sealy Mattress Review

An in-depth comparison of the Cocoon vs GhostBed bed in a box mattresses.

Ghostbed and Cocoon by Sealy are two of the most well-respected online mattress brands in the bedding industry. Both companies have a long history of producing high-quality beds. In this post, we breakdown why you would get one over the other.
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GhostBed Mattress vs Cocoon Sealy Synopsis

If you don’t enjoy reading 2,000+ words about mattresses, let us save you some time. Here are the primary points of differentiation between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses.

  • Feel — The GhostBed mattress uses several types of foams and as a result has a mixed, neutral-foam feel. Cocoon mattresses have a dense memory foam feel.
  • Firmness —The GhostBed mattress is slightly softer than both Cocoon models.
  • Price — Cocoon is just a tad bit more affordable than GhostBed.
  • Sleeper Type — GhostBed is a better option for primary side sleepers.
  • Temperature Regulation — The Cocoon Chill uses a special material in its cover that makes the bed cool to the touch.

Buying a new mattress is a big deal, though. It might be a good idea to continue reading to learn more about each bed.

Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, And Warranties

In today’s day and age, it’s a lot easier and convenient to purchase a bed online instead of in-store. A big reason for that is the super consumer friendly policies bed-in-a-box companies like Cocoon and GhostBed offer. Let’s explore further, starting with Cocoon.

Cocoon mattresses come with free shipping and arrive rolled up in a box. Once the box arrives, just simply move the box to your desired room and unroll the mattress onto your bed frame or foundation. However, it’s recommended you let the mattress fully inflate around 24-72 hours before you use it.

Setting up the Cocoon Classic mattress

Next is why it’s so convenient to order a new bed online. Once the mattress arrives, Cocoon gives you a 100-night risk-free sleep trial. They’re essentially letting you test out the bed for three months in the confines of your own home and decide whether you like it. That sure beats 30 seconds on a bed in your local mattress store.

During the trial period, if you decide that Cocoon isn’t right for you, no problem at all, just contact the company and they’ll take care of the entire return/refund process. First, they’ll arrange for your mattress to be picked up free of charge. From there, just email the pick-up receipt to the company and they’ll issue you a refund in full. Wait, we’re not done yet. Cocoon also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. If you want more details regarding the warranty, you can check it out on the company’s website.

Just so you know, the policies we just reviewed are pretty standard for the mattress-in-a-box industry. Most beds you buy online come with some sort of variation of free delivery, free returns, a long trial period, and an extended warranty. Accordingly, GhostBed offers friendly polices, as well. However, they actually go above and beyond the standard. Not only does the GhostBed mattress come with free shipping and free returns, but also with a 101-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

GhostBed Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who like a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • Consumers who want an affordable bed that contains latex foam
  • All sleeper types
  • Small and medium sized individuals
  • Couples (solid edge support and motion isolation)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy body types (250+ lb)
  • Memory foam enthusiasts
  • Folks on a super tight budget

The GhostBed mattress-in-a-box comes to us from the folks at Nature’s Sleep, which is a well-respected bedding company that has been around for decades.

Soft, Neutral-Foam Feel

GhostBed is one of the few beds on the market that uses a combination of memory foam and latex foam. The bed uses a 1.5″ layer of aerated latex foam on top and a 2″ layer of gel memory foam beneath that. As a result, we’ve found that the bed has a sort of mixed feel. In other words, you can sort of feel the memory foam and you can sort of feel the latex foam. As such, we like to say that the bed has a soft, neutral-foam feel. The top layers don’t quite conform and hug your body the way memory foam is known to do, yet it’s also not super responsive and bouncy, which latex foam is known for. You kind of get the best of both worlds.

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The GhostBed mattress has a mixed-foam feel

Given this, if you like the feel of latex foam, GhostBed is a pretty affordable option. Yes, we understand it’s not 100% latex, but honestly those types of beds are usually quite expensive. Bottom line, if you’re short on cash, but you still want some of the benefits that latex provides, GhostBed is a great option. If you’re a big fan of latex foam, you might also want to check out our list of the Best Latex Beds.

More Ideal For Side Sleepers

When it comes to sleeper type, GhostBed gets the edge for side sleepers. Overall, it’s just slightly softer than both Cocoon models and offers a little more pressure relief. Generally speaking, primary side sleepers will often prefer softer feeling beds that are a little more sensitive around their pressure points. Firmer beds tend to irritate side sleeper’s hips and shoulders after prolonged periods.

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Very accommodating for strict side sleepers

Luckily, with GhostBed that won’t happen. The top layer combination of latex and memory foam do a great job of cradling your hips and shoulders and you always feel comfortable when you’re on your side. As you will find out below, the Cocoon mattresses are a bit firmer than GhostBed and are better for back and stomach sleepers.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers

Cocoon By Sealy

BEST FOR:

  • People who like memory foam
  • Consumers who want options (multiple models and firmness levels)
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Petite and average sized body types
  • Hot sleepers (Chill model)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Large body types
  • Individuals who dislike feeling "stuck in the mud"

First, let me just start with a quick introduction to Cocoon beds because there are some details you should know. Cocoon mattresses come in two different models. The first option is the Cocoon Classic, which is the more affordable bed. Next is the Cocoon Chill, which is pretty much the same as the Classic, but has a cooling cover for hot sleepers. Once you settle on a model, Cocoon allows you choose your firmness level. You can choose between a Soft option and a Firm option.

Cocoon Beds Have A Memory Foam Feel

Regardless of which Cocoon model you select, the bed uses a thick layer of memory foam for its top layer. Accordingly, the beds have a memory foam feel (who would have guessed). It’s not your typical super soft, body-engulfing memory foam. The Cocoon beds have more of a firm, dense memory foam feel.

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Firm, memory foam feel

As you lay down, the bed feels very firm (regardless of the model or firmness option), but after a couple seconds, you slowly start to sink in to the top layer and it starts to conform to your body’s shape. Still, you don’t sink in as far as you do with other memory foams beds. In other words, you sleep more on top of the Cocoon mattresses compared to, say, the Layla mattress, for example.

Now, let me just say one more thing—there’s no right or wrong when it comes to how a mattress feels. Everybody is different and likes different types of beds. Some people swear by memory foam and some people don’t like it. It really just depends on what YOU like. If you’re a big memory foam person, be sure to check out our Best Memory Foam Mattresses list, which Cocoon made by the way.

Cocoon Is Slightly Firmer Than GhostBed

If you like a firmer feeling mattress, then Cocoon is the way to go. Despite the different comfort options the company provides, we actually think both the Soft and Firm options land on the firmer side of the spectrum. Overall, we think the Firm option comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale, while the Soft option is a notch below and lands somewhere in between medium and medium-firm.

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Next, you might be wondering, what does that even mean? Well, ultimately, given the firmness level of both options, we think the beds are best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. As we mentioned above in the GhostBed section, the Cocoon beds just don’t provide a ton of pressure relief despite having a memory foam top layer.

Now I don’t want you to leave this section thinking GhostBed is bad for back and stomach sleepers. We actually think GhostBed lands around a medium on the firmness scale and accommodates all types of sleepers. However, if you twisted our arm, we’d say go with Cocoon if you’re a primary back or stomach sleeper and GhostBed if you spend the majority of time on your side.

More Affordable Than GhostBed

This section is a little less nuanced. In fact, it’s pretty simple. Both Cocoon mattresses are cheaper than GhostBed. For example, if you go by MSRP, a queen Cocoon Classic goes for around $800, the Cocoon Chill goes for around $850, and GhosBed goes for around $950-$1,000. Again, those are just the MSRPs, so at the end of the day they don’t mean much. Both companies regularly offer discounts, promo codes, and coupon codes.

For example, Cocoon is almost always running some sort of sale. Most of the time you can expect to receive $50-$100 off your purchase. Sometime the company will even throw in a free gift (pillow, sheets, etc.) with each mattress purchase. Check the discount box on the right hand side of the screen to see what the company is currently offering. Likewise, GhostBed is aggressive when it comes to sales. You can usually expect to receive a $50-$100 discount. Check GhostBed.com to see what kind of promotion they currently have going.

If the prices above are out of your range or budget, be sure to check out our Best Beds Under $500 list.

The Cocoon Chill Bed Sleeps Cool

Above we briefly mentioned what separates the Cocoon Classic and the Cocoon Chill, but to reiterate, it really comes down to the cover. The Cocoon Chill has a special cover that uses a phase change material.

Overall, we are big fans of phase change fibers. There are a few other beds out there that use it, as well, like the Brooklyn Aurora and Allswell Hybrid. This phase change material not only makes the bed cool to the touch, but it’s also supposed to help dissipate heat away from your body.

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The cover on the Chill model is cool to the touch

Given this, we’d recommend hot sleepers go with the Cocoon Chill out of the three options. Alternatively, you could also check out our list of the Best Cooling Mattresses.

Remember, though, temperature regulation is a tough subject to pin down. External factors, such as where you reside (Southern California vs Montana), if you use a heavy comforter, and what you wear to bed (you’ll definitely warm up if you wear a snuggie to sleep in) all make a big difference in how warm or cool you sleep.

What Both Beds Have In Common

Above we described how each bed differs, but it’s also important to note how each bed is similar.

Heavy People

One thing both GhostBed and Cocoon have in common is that they’re not the best options for big folks. They’re just fine when it comes to small and average sized people, but heavy people exert more pressure on a bed. Given this, we generally steer heavy body types towards hybrid and innerspring beds that use coils. This is because coils are known to be more durable and provide more support than all-foam beds (like GhostBed and Cocoon) that just use dense foams for their primary support structures.

If you have a big body type, you might want to check out our list of the Best Hybrid & Coil Mattresses.

Considerations For Couples

On a positive note, we think both GhostBed and Cocoon are solid options for couples. Both mattresses limit motion transfer well and provide pretty solid edge support for being all-foam beds.

Motion isolation is important for couples in which one or both people have a habit of moving around a lot. Beds that deaden movement well (like GhostBed and Cocoon) will generally mean you won’t be disturbed every time your partner switches positions or gets up to get a glass of water. They won’t protect you against your partner who grabs your arm every five minutes to show you a funny Instagram post, though. You’ll just have to tell them to shut up in that situation (that’s a joke everybody, go ahead and have a nice chuckle).

Good motion isolation

Edge support is more important for partners who share a smaller size bed (queen or full). Beds that provide solid edge support will allow both partners to spread out and get comfortable without feeling like they’re going to slide off the mattress.

Cocoon Sealy vs GhostBed Review Verdict

Thanks for sticking with us so far. Hopefully, this comparison has been helpful. However, we understand that pulling the trigger on a new mattress is a big decision. To help you break the tie, consider the following.

Budget — If you’re buying a new mattress strictly based on price, go with the Cocoon Classic. That’s your best option. Be sure to check the discount box above though to save some cash.

Feel — This has to be a personal decision. If you like memory foam, go with one of the Cocoon models. If you don’t like memory foam, go with GhostBed, which has more of a mixed, neutral-foam feel.

Sleeper Type — If you spend the majority of the night on your side, you’ll most likely want to go with GhostBed. It’s just a little softer and more accommodating.

Warm Sleepers — If you tend to sleep hot, the Cocoon Chill is going to be your best bet out of the three.

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Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jon Gomez

Side Sleeper

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