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GhostBed vs Purple Mattress

See which bed in a box mattress is best for you in this Purple vs GhostBed review

GhostBed and Purple are two of the most well-known online mattress brands. They often get compared to each other, but really the mattresses from both brands are quite different. In this post, we'll explain the primary differences between the beds and also cover which types of sleepers each mattress is best for.
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The original GhostBed is an all-foam mattress that uses a combination of memory foam, latex foam, and poly foam. It's a very comfortable mattress that is more affordable than Purple.
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Purple offers four different mattress models, all of which utilize the company's patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer that has a very unique, gel-like feel.

Purple Mattress vs Original GhostBed Quick Synopsis

Researching mattresses can be a pain. To make things simple, the differences between these two brands can really be boiled down to three main factors:

  • Price  GhostBed is more affordable, plain and simple.
  • Feel  The original GhostBed has a soft neutral-foam feel. Purple beds have more of a gel-like feel thanks the company’s special Hyper-Elastic Polymer.
  • Temperature Regulation  Purple beds allow for more airflow than the original GhostBed.

However, as you will find out below, there are a few other features that matter, as well. Keep reading to learn more.

Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods, and Warranties

To make up for the lack of physical locations, most online mattress brands try to make it as easy as possible for consumers. Most companies offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty. So with that in mind, let’s see how Purple and GhostBed compare.

Purple pretty much matches the industry standard when it comes to policies. Their mattresses ship for free. The original Purple will arrive compressed and rolled-up in a protective covering, while the New Purple mattresses (2/3/4) come with free white glove delivery and setup since they weigh so much.

Once you receive the bed, Purple gives you 100 nights to test out the bed. If you decide you don’t like the mattress during those first 100 nights, just give the company a ring and they will arrange for someone to come pick up the mattress free of charge. The whole return and refund process usually takes around 10-14 days. Purple also backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty.

GhostBed takes these policies a step further. They too offer free shipping (the mattress will arrive compressed in a box) and free returns. Instead of offering a 100-night trial period, though, they offer… wait for it… 101 nights. GhostBed also backs their mattresses with a 20-year warranty.

GhostBed Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, and side)
  • People who like a soft neutral-foam feel
  • Petite and average sized people
  • Couples (solid edge support and motion isolation)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Pure memory foam lovers
  • People who want some bounce in their bed (no coils)
  • Heavy sleepers (250+ lb)

Nature’s Sleep, GhostBed’s parent company, was founded way back in 2001 so it’s safe to say they’re no spring chicken. They are very experienced when it comes to manufacturing mattresses and bedding products. After seeing the growing trend towards online mattress shopping, Nature’s Sleep launched GhostBed in 2015.

The original GhostBed is an 11″ all-foam mattress comprised of three different types of foams (latex foam, gel memory foam, and poly foam). In fact, it’s one of only a few mattresses out there that incorporate both memory foam and latex foam.

Given the construction, this bed has sort of a blended feel. When you first lay on the bed, it’s hard to discern whether you’re feeling memory foam or latex foam since it takes characteristics from both. All in all, we’d say the bed has a little bit of a soft memory foam feel, yet it doesn’t really contour or hug your body the way typical memory foam does due to the layer of aerated latex foam on top.

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The GhostBed mattress uses both memory foam and latex foam

Regardless, it’s a very comfortable mattress that we think the majority of sleepers will really like.

In terms of firmness, we think it comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale. The mattress strikes a nice balance between support and pressure relief. As such, we think all types of sleepers will be fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep on your side, back, or stomach.

Given the original GhostBed is an all-foam bed, we’d primarily recommend this mattress for petite and average sized sleepers. Typically, heavy sleepers (250+ lb) will want to go with a bed that contains coils for added support and durability. However, given the original GhostBed is 11″ thick (1″ thicker than the average) and contains latex foam, which is a fairly durable foam, it’s actually a decent all-foam option for heavy folks.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

When it comes to temperature regulation, we think the original GhostBed sleeps temperature neutral. You won’t heat up at night, nor will you feel chilly. Its top layer is comprised of aerated latex foam, which is lighter and more airy than the typical memory or proprietary foams a lot of companies use, but we just didn’t feel as if the bed actually slept cool.

If you’re a hot sleeper and really want a mattress that sleeps on the cool side, you should check out the GhostBed Luxe, which incorporates special cooling materials and is actually cool to the touch.

We also think the original GhostBed is a decent option for couples. It does a good job of deadening movement. This means when one partner rolls over or gets up off the bed, the other person won’t be disturbed and will get a more restful night’s sleep.

The original GhostBed also has pretty decent edge support for an all-foam bed. It’s not the best we’ve ever seen, but it will definitely get the job done. That’s good news for couples with one partner who likes to the hog the middle of the bed and sort of push the other person towards the perimeter of the mattress.

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GhostBed has pretty solid edge support for an all-foam bed

While there’s no major standout features, the original GhostBed performs well in almost all categories. We like the fact that it provides characteristics and benefits from both memory foam and latex foam. It’s also much more affordable than Purple, and GhostBed is pretty aggressive when it comes to coupons, promo codes, and discounts.

Purple (all models)

BEST FOR:

  • People sick of traditional innerspring or foam beds (very unique feel)
  • Side, back, and stomach sleepers
  • Hot sleepers (great airflow)
  • Individuals of all sizes
  • Folks who like more of a responsive, somewhat bouncy bed
  • Those who want options (four models to choose from)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who play it safe (Purple beds have a very unique feel)
  • Budget shoppers
  • Memory foam lovers

Chances are you’ve heard about Purple by now. Whether it was from a friend or a commercial, Purple has taken the online mattress world by storm in the past couple years. They make some of the most innovative, unique mattresses on the market. And what makes their beds so unique is the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material that they use for the top layer on each of their mattress models.

So what is Hyper-Elastic Polymer? Glad you asked. Well, it can be somewhat hard to describe, but it’s not a type of foam. It’s more of a gel or silicone-like material (even though it’s not actually either of those materials). But it definitely has a gel-like feel to it. It’s extremely flexible, soft, and responsive, yet oddly supportive.

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A close look at Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer

In fact, it can actually stretch 15 times its resting state, which is pretty incredible. You can see why people love to talk about it, it’s just very interesting. Now that you know about the material that makes Purple special, let’s quickly cover each of their models.

The Original Purple starts with two layers of dense polyurethane foam for its support structure and then has a 2″ slab of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top. We think it comes in around a medium on the firmness scale, but really it’s hard to put a finger on firmness given the unique feel of the polymer.

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Slumber Yard team member Dillon enjoying the Original Purple mattress

Regardless, we think the original Purple is great for all kinds of sleepers. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer does a great job of cradling your pressure points when you’re on your side and then providing a good amount of support when you’re on your back or stomach. The original Purple is also the most affordable model the company offers. Really, the only downside we see with the original Purple is that the edge support is just average.

In early 2018, Purple introduced three new mattress models—the 2, 3, and 4. The new models use pocketed coils for their support structure, rather than dense polyurethane foam, and also incorporate firm foam side rails for better edge support. Given the construction, we’d recommend heavy people go with either the 2, 3, or 4. These models will provide more support and give the bed some bounce.

You might be wondering what the differences are between the new models. Really, it just comes down to the thickness of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. The Purple 2 uses a 2″ slab of polymer, the Purple 3 uses a 3″ slab, and so on. The company recommends the Purple 2 for back and stomach sleepers, the 3 for combo sleepers, and the 4 for side sleepers since it will provide the most immersive experience with the polymer material.

Honestly, though, the polymer material does such a good job of providing both pressure relief and support that we think all three models will work for all types of sleepers. Slumber Yard team member Matt, who is a combo sleeper and sleeps on the Purple 4, can attest to this. Keep in mind, though, as you progress up through the models (2 to 3 to 4), the price goes up, as well (that polymer material isn’t cheap).

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We think Purple mattresses are ideal for all kinds of sleepers

Another area where Purple excels is temperature regulation. All of their beds are great choices for hot sleepers due to two primary reasons. First, Hyper-Elastic Polymer is just a naturally cool material. It doesn’t trap heat the way a lot of foams do. Second, the polymer is laid out in a grid pattern, which creates a bunch of columns and rows that allow air to flow freely near the top of the mattress.

Lastly, we also think Purple mattresses are fine for couples (as long as both people enjoy the feel of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer material). The edge support isn’t so great on the original Purple, but the company definitely fixed that issue with the new Purple beds. Also, you wouldn’t think so given how responsive and bouncy Hyper-Elastic Polymer is, but the beds actually do a good job of limiting motion transfer.

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Improved edge support on the New Purple models

Overall, we are big fans of Purple beds. We happen to really like the unique feel of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, but it’s not for everybody. We have run across quite a few people that think its feel is a little too weird or unique. We recommend trying it for yourself (you can order tiny samples via their website). Bottom line—if you’re sick of the traditional bed choices out there and you’re feeling a little adventurous, Purple mattresses are an excellent choice.

GhostBed Mattress vs Purple Review Verdict

If you’re still having trouble deciding between Purple and GhostBed, ask yourself three questions.

First, what’s your budget? If it’s around $900 (queen size after discount), GhostBed is the clear winner.

Next, are you a hot sleeper? If yes, go Purple.

Lastly, do you truly like the traditional soft foam mattress feel? If yes, you’ll probably want to play it safe and go with GhostBed. If you answered that last question with a maybe or an “I’m not sure,” you should definitely check out one of the Purple mattresses.

Review Team

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

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