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GhostBed vs Purple Mattress

GhostBed vs Purple Mattress

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

Last Updated: September 30, 2020

Matt Ross

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.

Overview Of GhostBed vs. Purple Review

GhostBed was one of the first mattress-in-a-box companies, setting the bar for the competition to come and exceeding customer expectations. It continues to exceed expectations even today and remains a top online mattress purveyor. Purple may have come later, but with the development of its proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer material, Purple has created a niche for themselves in the mattress world. Purple mattresses have an almost cult-like following among those who love the unique feel of their mattresses. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences in Purple mattress vs. GhostBed.

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

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GhostBed vs. Purple Video Review

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

GhostBed Original Mattress Review

Nature’s Sleep, GhostBed’s parent company, was founded in 2001. Nature’s Sleep launched GhostBed in 2015.

We are discussing the foam GhostBed model (the “Original”) is this comparison. The company does offer a few other mattresses on its website, including a coil and cooling model.

GhostBed Construction And Materials

The original GhostBed is an 11″ all-foam mattress comprised of three types of foams:

  • Latex foam
  • Gel memory foam
  • Poly foam

The construction, gives the mattress a blended feel. When you first lay on the bed, it’s hard to discern whether you’re feeling memory foam or latex foam because it takes characteristics from both. We’d say the bed has a soft memory foam feel, yet it doesn’t contour or hug your body the way typical memory foam does.

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The GhostBed mattress uses both memory foam and latex foam

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

GhostBed Feel And Firmness

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.

GhostBed Sleeper Type Analysis

Due to the medium firmness of the GhostBed, we think all types of sleepers will be fine on this bed. It doesn’t matter whether you sleep on your side, back, stomach, or a combination.

GhostBed Is Best For Petite And Average Sleepers

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.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

GhostBed Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: F. GhostBed is not accredited by BBB and has a low score, but it reflects only four reviews.
  • Amazon Reviews: Amazon shoppers have given the GhostBed mattress a composite rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. One of the key themes is that the mattress can take some getting used to. There are also several complaints about a lack of durability, which is surprising given the 20-year warranty on the mattress. Positive reviews talked about relieving back pain and the comfort factor of the mattress.

Other GhostBed Products

Is GhostBed A Good Mattress For Couples?

Temperature Regulation

The original GhostBed sleeps temperature neutral. You won’t heat up at night, nor will you feel chilly.

Motion Isolation And Edge Support

We also think the original GhostBed is a decent option for couples. It does a good job of deadening movement and has good edge support.

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GhostBed is just a comfy foam bed

Purple Original Mattress Review

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. It makes some of the most innovative, unique mattresses on the market. What makes the beds so unique is the company’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer material.

Purple Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: A+
  • Amazon Reviews: The Purple mattress is on Amazon and gets a composite review score of 4.2 out of 5 stars from customers. Reviewers in general find the mattress comfortable and good for relieving pains, however as you might expect there are some who aren’t fond of the “weird” feel of the mattress.

Purple Construction And Materials

Other Purple Products

The Original Purple includes three layers:

  • Bottom layer: The bottom layer is a dense polyurethane foam for its support structure.
  • Middle layer: This is another polyfoam layer that’s more soft and responsive.
  • Top layer: Finally comes the 2″ slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This material is flexible, soft, responsive and supportive.

Purple Feel And Firmness

The unique feel of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is hard to describe, but it seems closest to a gel-like feel. The bed is soft and comfortable however, the feel can be too odd for some people. We think it comes in around a medium on the firmness scale, but it’s hard to put a finger on firmness given the unique feel of the polymer.

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Slumber Yard team member Matt is a big fan of the polymer feel

Purple Sleeper Type Analysis

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.

The Purple Bed Is Best For Average Sleepers

Petite sleepers (150 pounds or less) place little pressure on a mattress and will feel like the Purple mattress is firmer. Average-sized people (~150-250 pounds) will sink into a mattress more than petite sleepers and are likely to find the Purple supportive and pressure relieving. Finally, heavier sleepers (250+ pounds) who tend to sink into the bed a little more will find the Purple a bit on the soft side.

Purple Hybrid Mattresses

A couple years after launching their Original model, Purple introduced three new hybrid models—these beds used to be known as the New Purple 2, 3 & 4. The hybrid models use pocketed coils for their support structure, rather than dense polyurethane foam. Given the construction, we’d recommend heavy people go with one of the hybrid models. These models will provide more support and give the bed some bounce.

The difference comes down to the thickness of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer. The base Purple Hybrid uses a 2″ slab of polymer, the Purple Hybrid Premier 3 uses a 3″ slab, and so on. The company recommends the base Purple Hybrid for back and stomach sleepers, the Hybrid Premier 3 for combo sleepers and the Hybrid Premier 4 for side sleepers.

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We think Purple mattresses are ideal for all kinds of sleepers

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.

Is Purple A Good Mattress For Couples?

Temperature Regulation

Another area where Purple excels is temperature regulation. Hyper-Elastic Polymer is 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.

Motion Isolation And Edge Support

Lastly, we also think Purple mattresses are fine for couples because these beds have great edge support and limit motion transfer.

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Solid edge support on the Purple Hybrid models

GhostBed vs. Purple Mattress Pricing

A comparison of these two mattresses wouldn’t be complete without looking at pricing. You’ll quickly see that these two are priced nearly identically, with the exception of the somewhat higher price for the Purple king-size mattress.

Size GhostBed Purple
Twin XL$795$799
Cal King$1,325$1,449

GhostBed Mattress vs. Purple Review Verdict

If you’re still having trouble deciding between Purple vs. 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,” check out one of the Purple mattresses.

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

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:

  • Trial period length: Purple matches the industry standard trial period, giving customers a full 100 nights to try the mattress and decide if they like it. GhostBed offers a 101-night trial.
  • Warranty policy: Purple offers the industry standard 10-year warranty, while GhostBed doubles that with a 20-year warranty.
  • Shipping info: The Purple mattress and GhostBed mattress both come with free shipping and free returns if you don’t like the mattress during the trial period. Purple steps things up by offering free white glove delivery.


Which mattress is better for heavy individuals, the GhostBed or Purple mattress?

We feel that the GhostBed will be better suited to heavier individuals due to its all foam construction.

Are the GhostBed and Purple mattresses flippable?

No, both mattresses are designed to be used on one side only and should not be flipped.

How long will it take to break in each mattress?

Both the GhostBed and Purple manufacturers recommend a minimum of 30 days to break in the new mattress and get used to its feel.