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|11" thick bed-in-a-box that is comprised of several different types of foam. Overall, the mattress has a neutral-foam feel and accommodates all sleeper types.|
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|Popular mattress-in-a-box that comes in multiple models and comfort levels. Cocoon beds have a dense memory foam feel and an affordable price tag.|
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.
Buying a new mattress is a big deal, though. It might be a good idea to continue reading to learn more about each bed.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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