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GhostBed vs Puffy Mattress

Both beds are popular, but which mattress is the smart pick for you, Puffy or GhostBed?

Last Updated: January 2, 2020

Although these mattresses are similar in several respects, they also have a few distinct differences you should be aware of. We cover those differences and more in this detailed mattress-in-a-box comparison.

GhostBed Original Mixed Foam 25% Off + Gift Discount In CartThe GhostBed is one of the original bed-in-a-box mattresses. It has three layers of coils and a mixed foam feel.
Puffy Original Mixed Foam $300 Off + Gift Discount In CartPuffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”

GhostBed Mattress vs Puffy Synopsis

If time is of the essence, here is a quick summary of the primary differences between these two popular bed-in-a-box mattresses.

  • Construction — Both mattresses are made entirely of foam (and no springs), but the composition of each bed differs quite a bit.
  • Feel — The GhostBed mattress has a mixed, neutral-foam feel, while Puffy has more of a neutral-foam feel that leans towards memory foam.
  • Price — Both mattresses are priced about the same. If you’re purchasing solely based on price, make sure to check the current promotions each company is offering to see which one is cheaper.

That’s a basic overview of how these two beds differ, but as you will find out below, there are more details you’ll want to consider with each of these online mattresses.

Purchasing Process With GhostBed And Puffy

Before we discuss each mattress, let’s first review what both companies offer in terms of policies. Let’s start with GhostBed.

As with most bed-in-a-box mattresses, the GhostBed mattress ships for free and arrives on your porch rolled up and compressed in a (wait for it) box. Once the box is delivered, just move it to your room of choice, remove the mattress, cut the protective plastic, and watch it inflate on your bed frame. The process will look something like you see below. Keep in mind, it’s usually recommended you let bed-in-a-box mattresses fully inflate for about 24-48 hours before using them.

From there, GhostBed offers customers a 101-night risk-free sleep trial. In simple terms, the company allows you to test out the bed for about three months before deciding whether it’s truly right for you. If you do in fact decide the mattress isn’t quite your cup of tea, don’t panic, you can easily get your money back.

Just pick up the phone and contact the GhostBed customer support team and they’ll schedule a time for the mattress to be picked up from your home free of charge. Once that happens, just email GhostBed a copy of the pick-up receipt and they’ll issue you a refund. Fairly painless, right? The return/refund process usually takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks. Lastly, the GhostBed mattress comes backed by a 20-year warranty. You can read more about the warranty on the company’s website.

Puffy also offers free shipping, free returns, and a 101-night risk-free trial period. However, they one-up GhostBed by offering a lifetime warranty on their beds. Again, you can read more about what the warranty entails on the company’s website. All in all, GhostBed and Puffy offer some of the friendliest polices in the online mattress industry.

Structure Of This Online Mattress Comparison

Just a quick heads up so you know how things are going to progress throughout this comparison. In the first couple sections, we discuss the areas in which the beds differ and then at the end we’ll talk about the areas in which they are similar. Let’s get to it already.

GhostBed comes to us from the folks at Nature’s Sleep, which is an established online bedding company. They first launched GhostBed back in 2015 to compete more in the red-hot bed-in-a-box space. In addition to the Original GhostBed mattress, the company also offers the GhostBed Luxe, which contains special cooling materials that makes it great for hot sleepers, as well as the Ghostbed Flex, which is their premium hybrid mattress.

GhostBed Mattress Layers

The GhostBed mattress is comprised of three foam layers and totals 11″ thick. For the base, the bed uses a 7.5″ layer of high-density poly foam. This foam core serves as the primary foundation for the mattress. On top of the base layer is a 2″ layer of gel memory foam. This layer acts as a transition and provides deep pressure relief for sleepers. On top is a 1.5″ layer of aerated latex foam, which serves as the comfort layer for the bed. The GhostBed mattress is one of the few beds on the market that uses both memory foam and latex foam in its construction.

ghostbed mattress review construction image and layers
A look inside the GhostBed mattress

As you will find out later, the Puffy mattress is comprised of three foam layers as well but the construction is quite different. For the top layer, Puffy uses a proprietary foam that feels and functions more like a light, airy memory foam.

SEE ALSO: Best Latex Foam Mattresses

Soft, Mixed-Foam Feel

As you would expect given the bed contains both memory foam and latex foam, the GhostBed mattress has sort of a mixed, neutral-foam feel. The bed takes characteristics from both types of foam. The top layers are soft and comfortable like memory foam, yet they really don’t conform to your body like the memory foam top layers on the Nectar mattress for example.

Likewise, the latex foam in the bed gives it a little bit of a springy feel, but it’s not quite as responsive as the top layers on the Zenhaven mattress for example. Overall, the best way we can describe the bed is that it has a general soft foam feel.

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Soft, mixed foam feel

Ultimately, we think the GhostBed mattress will land near the center of fairway for a lot of sleepers out there in regards to feel. In other words, it just seems like most people find the bed to be very comfortable, regardless of material preferences.

GhostBed Is More Affordable (Sometimes)

In terms of MSRP, GhostBed is the more affordable mattress. For comparison purposes, a queen size GhostBed mattress has a MSRP of around $1,000, while a queen size Puffy mattress goes for around $1,150.

However, after taking into consideration discounts and promo codes, both beds are actually priced about the same. GhostBed regularly offers $100-$200 off their beds, while Puffy typically takes $250-$300 off.

If both companies are maxing out their discounts, you should be able to snag a queen size GhostBed for around $800 and a queen size Puffy for around $850. However, that’s not always the case. You might want to check GhostBed.com and Puffy.com to see what promotions the companies are currently offering.

Puffy is fairly new to the bed-in-a-box industry, but they’ve quickly made a name for themselves. In addition to the Puffy mattress, the company also offers the Puffy Lux, which is their more premium option.

Puffy Mattress Construction

As we alluded to above, the Puffy mattress is constructed with three foam layers. For the bottom, the bed uses a 6″ firm support foam. Like with the GhostBed mattress, this layer functions as the main support framework for the bed. In the middle is a 2″ layer of polyfoam, which just serves as a soft transition from the firm foam below. On top is a 2″ layer of what the company calls its “Cooling Cloud Foam”. This is a proprietary foam that functions as the true comfort layer for the mattress.

A look inside the Puffy mattress

Despite the unusual name, this proprietary foam feels more like memory foam. However, as you will find out below, it’s not your typical memory foam feel.

Slight Memory Foam Feel

Piggybacking off the last section, the top layer of the Puffy mattress has what we consider to be a light, airy memory foam feel. As you lay down on the bed, you can feel the top layer sort of delicately conform to your body, however, the overall feel is just not as dense or thick as some of the other popular memory foam beds on the market.

puffy mattress review stomach sleeper
Comfortable soft foam feel with a hint of memory foam

Bottom line, given the top layer is only 2″ thick and not what we’d call true memory foam, we’d say the mattress (like GhostBed) has more of a neutral-foam feel overall. Still, if you like the feel of memory foam, we think you’ll probably like the Puffy mattress a little more than GhostBed since you do get a little bit of that sensation. Likewise, if you like the feel of latex foam, you’d probably like the GhostBed mattress more.

SEE ALSO: Puffy vs Purple Mattress Comparison

Unique Cover

It’s also worth noting that the Puffy mattress uses a special cover. To be specific, the cover is special because it’s removable, stain-resistant and machine washable. There’s not many online beds out that offer such a flexible and convenient cover. Most bed-in-a-box mattresses have covers that are removable but are not stain-resistant or machine washable.

puffy mattress review cover
It doesn’t look like much, but it’s really neat that it’s washable

As you can see in the graphic above, the cover stands up well to liquids. This is a positive sign for folks like Slumber Yard team member Jeff who like to indulge with a crisp glass of red wine in bed while watching the latest Game Of Thrones episode. Plus, even if the cover does happen to get dirty, you can just unzip it and throw it the wash. It’s as easy as that.

Puffy Mattress vs GhostBed Review Verdict

You made it to the end. Thanks for sticking with us. Given the similarities between the two beds, you might still be struggling with the decision of which one to buy. In our opinion, the decision really boils down to feel.

If you generally like the feel of memory foam, we think Puffy is the way to go since it does have a slight memory foam sensation thanks to its top layer. However, if you don’t like the feel of memory foam, GhostBed is the clear choice since it has more of a neutral-foam feel thanks to its latex foam top layer.

Similarities Between Puffy And GhostBed

Above we described the primary points of differentiation between the two mattresses, but it’s also important to understand the areas in which they overlap.

Firmness & Sleeper Type

In our opinion, both mattresses land around a medium in terms of firmness. We found both beds to be very accommodating. They’re not too soft nor too firm. At the end of the day, both mattresses tow a fine line between support and pressure relief.

ghostbed firmness scale

As a result, we think both mattresses will work for all types of sleepers. Side sleepers will find the mattresses offer a good amount of pressure relief and are gentle around their pressure points (hips and shoulders). At the same time, back and stomach sleepers will find the beds offer ample support where they need it most (lower back and trunk).

Ideal Body Type & Weight

While both Puffy and GhostBed will work for all sleeping positions, we’re not sure it’s the same story for all body types. Given both beds are comprised entirely of foam, we’d recommend heavy people (about 250+ lb) seek a mattress that contains coils or an innerspring unit. Generally speaking, beds that use coils for their primary support framework (as opposed to all-foam beds like GhostBed and Puffy that use dense poly foams) are more adept to handle the pressure big folks exert on a mattress. If you fall into the large body type category, it may benefit you to check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.

If you don’t fall into that category, though, you should be just fine on either mattress. Both GhostBed and Puffy provide the necessary support for small and medium sized individuals.

Considerations For Couples

Last up, we think both mattresses will work just fine for couples. Both beds isolate motion well and provide fairly decent edge support. As a reminder, motion isolation is important if you share a bed with an overly active sleeper. The better a mattress is at deadening movement, the less you’ll feel your partner toss and turn or move around during the night.

Edge support comes into play when sharing a smaller sized mattress, like a full or queen. Beds that are solid around the perimeter have more useful space for both partners to spread out and get comfortable.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper