Loom and Leaf vs GhostBed Mattress
A battle of two popular online beds in this GhostBed vs Loom and Leaf review.
Last Updated: September 10, 2020
GhostBed and Loom and Leaf are two of the most widely recognized and respected brands in the online mattress industry. In this detailed comparison, we discuss the pros and cons of each mattress so you can decide which one is more ideal for your particular sleep preferences.
Before we get knee deep into the nitty gritty details of each bed, let’s take a quick step back and cover the primary differences between these two mattresses.
- Price – The GhostBed mattress is the more affordable option by a pretty sizable margin.
- Feel – The Loom & Leaf mattress has more of a memory foam feel, while GhostBed has more of a mixed, neutral-foam feel.
- Firmness – With Loom & Leaf, you have two different firmness options to choose from, both of which land on the firmer side of the spectrum. GhostBed, on the other hand, comes in one firmness profile, which lands right around a medium on the firmness scale.
- Sleeper Type – We think both mattresses accommodate all types of sleepers, however, if pressed, we’d give the edge to GhostBed when it comes to side sleepers.
- Body Type – Although we wouldn’t say either bed is ideal for heavy individuals, we think Loom & Leaf is the better option of the two given its firmness profiles and thickness.
- Extras – The Loom & Leaf mattress contains a few extra features like an organic cotton cover and cooling center panel.
That’s all we have for you today. Thanks for stopping by The Slumber Yard. Just kidding. We haven’t even started to scratch the surface yet. Keep reading to learn more about each bed.
Quick Background On Loom & Leaf
Loom & Leaf is a premium online mattress brand that is part of the Saatva family. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Saatva, the company was founded in 2010 and has since grown to become one of the most well-known and respected online bedding companies in the United States. The company offers three different mattresses – Loom & Leaf (obviously), the Saatva Luxury Classic mattress (premium innerspring bed) and Zenhaven (double-sided latex mattress).
Inside The Loom & Leaf Mattress
The Loom & Leaf mattress is made up of five different foam layers and totals ~13″ thick. Here is a quick breakdown of the composition starting from the bottom.
- High-Density Foam Core – This is the primary support foundation for the mattress.
- Transition Loft Pad – As the name implies, this layer is designed to serve as a soft transition from the firm support foam below.
- 5LB Visco-Elastic Memory Foam – This premium memory foam layer provides deep pressure relief for sleepers.
- 4LB Gel Swirl Memory Foam – This is the true comfort layer in the mattress. It also contains a special cooling strip, which we will discuss in more detail later in the review.
- Organic Cotton Topper – Also includes an additional 5/8″ of soft foam for added comfort.
As you can probably discern by looking at its construction, the Loom & Leaf mattress is not your average bed-in-a-box. It uses premium materials and its price point reflects that.
Feel & Firmness Analysis
One of the most attractive features about the Loom & Leaf mattress is that it comes in multiple firmness options. You can choose between Relaxed Firm and Firm models. Here’s where we think each model lands on the firmness scale:
Additionally, here is a video that Jeff on our team put together that details the differences between the two models. Hopefully by watching the video, you’ll be able to determine which firmness option would be best for your particular sleeping habits.
Now in terms of feel, both models are fairly similar. As you might imagine given the multiple layers of dense memory foam, both Loom & Leaf beds have a memory foam feel. However, because of the quilted foam topper, the memory foam feel is muted to a certain degree. You can still obviously feel the memory foam below but the topper adds somewhat of a neutral element to the mix.
What Types Of Sleepers Is The Bed Best For?
The answer to this question largely depends on the Loom & Leaf model you’re referring to. We think the Relaxed Firm model will work for all types of sleepers (back, stomach and side). This model provides a decent amount of pressure relief for the hips and shoulders of side sleepers, especially after it begins to soften over time.
The Firm model is best for strict back and stomach sleepers who either prefer firm beds or need extra lumbar support. If you’re a heavier individual, the Firm model will most likely be the best choice as well since it provides a little more support. However, if you’re a large person who primarily sleeps on your side, you may want to go with the Relaxed Firm model since it will feel more like a medium firmness to you (generally, beds feel softer to heavier folks since they exert more pressure onto the surface).
Better Option For Heavy Individuals
Piggybacking off the previous section, we think the Loom & Leaf mattress is a slightly better choice than GhostBed for people who weigh more than 250 pounds. We say that for two primary reasons. First, it’s just the thicker bed of the two. Generally speaking, thicker beds are preferable for large body types since they are more difficult to bottom out (i.e. more material between the sleeper and the foundation). Second and more importantly, Loom & Leaf is the firmer mattress. This means heavy people will sleep more on top of the surface of the Loom & Leaf mattress. With GhostBed, we’d be a little worried that heavy people might sink too far down into the soft top layers.
However, with that said, we almost always recommend heavy folks choose a hybrid or innerspring mattress over an all-foam bed (like L&L or GhostBed) given coils are typically more durable and supportive than dense foundation foams. If you fall into the large body type category, you might want to check out our list of the Best Beds For Heavy People.
Don’t Forget About The Extras
Lastly, we’d just like to point out two additional features of the Loom & Leaf mattress that you won’t find with the average online bed. First, the bed comes with a quilted organic cotton cover, which smells great and gives the mattress a premium look and feel.
Next, the mattress incorporates a cooling gel that is laminated onto the center third of the top memory foam layer. This type of gel is often found in hospitals to help treat burn victims. It’s there to aid in temperature regulation under the lumbar section, which is typically the area that retains the most heat during the night. If you’re a hot sleeper, you might also want to check out our list of the Best Cooling Mattresses.
GhostBed Is More Affordable
This might be the biggest advantage that GhostBed has to offer. It is significantly more affordable than Loom & Leaf. For comparison purposes, you’re looking at about $1,700 for a queen size L&L bed, whereas the MSRP of a queen size GhostBed mattress is about $1,000.
Plus, GhostBed seems to be more aggressive when it comes to deals and coupon codes just like many of the other online mattress companies. GhostBed usually offers a discount in the range of $100-$200 on the original GB mattress and even more with their luxury models. Sometimes they’ll even throw in a free gift like a pillow or mattress protector with your purchase as well. Be sure to check the discount box at the top of your screen to see what the current promotion is.
Loom & Leaf doesn’t regularly offer discounts but occasionally around major holidays, they will offer $50-$200 off. It might be a good idea to check the Loom & Leaf website to see if they’re currently running a special.
GhostBed Mattress Layers
The GhostBed mattress is comprised of three foam layers and totals 11″ thick. What makes the GhostBed mattress somewhat unique is that it incorporates both latex foam and memory foam. The only other beds that come to mind that use both of these types of foam are the Casper Wave and DreamCloud mattresses. Here’s a more detailed look at the layers within the bed.
It is worth noting that the latex foam within the bed is synthetic. It’s not natural or organic latex like you get with the Avocado or Zenhaven mattresses. However, it is aerated for breathability purposes.
What Does The Bed Feel Like?
As you can see above, the top layer of the mattress is comprised of synthetic latex, which sort of mutes the secondary layer of memory foam. The result is more of what we consider to be a mixed or neutral-foam feel. All this means is that the top layers are soft and comfortable but just don’t quite conform to your body like a true memory foam mattress.
For a lot of sleepers out there, a neutral-foam feel is actually preferable. We’ve found that there is a good portion of the population who are averse to the contouring sensation of memory foam. If you fall into this category, we think you’ll like GhostBed more than Loom & Leaf.
What About Firmness & Sleeper Types?
In our opinion, the GhostBed mattress lands right around a medium on the firmness scale. The company designed the bed to please the largest amount of people possible. In other words, the mattress strikes a nice balance between comfort/pressure relief and support. Given this, we think the bed comfortably accommodates all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back or stomach.
With that said, we would give the edge to GhostBed when it comes to side sleepers. At the end of the day, the bed is just a little softer and provides a bit more pressure relief than the Loom & Leaf mattress.
Quick Note: Other GhostBed Mattresses
It’s worth noting that GhostBed does offer two additional mattresses. Here’s a short synopsis of each bed and how they compare to Loom & Leaf.
GhostBed Luxe – This is a premium foam mattress that incorporates special cooling materials and textiles for hot sleepers. Like Loom & Leaf, the GhostBed Luxe has a slightly firmer memory foam feel. Overall, we’d recommend the GhostBed Luxe to hot sleepers who spend the majority of the night on their back or stomach. Price wise, the Luxe often ends up being more affordable than L&L after you take into consideration discounts.
GhostBed Flex – This is the latest addition to the GhostBed lineup of beds. GhostBed Flex is a hybrid mattress that lands around a medium on the firmness scale. In our opinion, it has a muted memory foam feel and is ideal for all types of sleepers. Given the bed contains coils, we think the Flex is the best mattress out of the four discussed in this review for heavy people. It’s also cheaper than both the GhostBed Luxe and Loom & Leaf mattresses. All things considered, the Flex very well may be the best all-around mattress that GhostBed offers.
Verdict: Should You Get Loom & Leaf Or GhostBed
You made it to the end of this mattress comparison. Hopefully you’ve found the information and opinions presented helpful. Just to recap, here’s what we think are the major decision points between these two beds.
- Budget – If money is your primary concern, GhostBed is clearly the winner.
- Feel – If you like the feel of memory foam, Loom & Leaf wins. If you don’t like memory foam, GhostBed and its neutral-foam feel wins.
- Side Sleepers – If you spend the majority of the night on your side, we think you’ll prefer the soft nature of the Ghostbed mattress a little more.
- Body Type – If you’re a heavy set person, Loom & Leaf is the better option. However, if you consider the other GhostBed models, the Flex is actually the best option for large folks.
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How It Works: Purchasing A Bed Online
Like most online mattress companies, both GhostBed and Loom & Leaf offer extremely friendly customer policies. Let’s cover what that entails, first starting with GhostBed.
The GhostBed mattress comes with free shipping. The bed arrives rolled-up and compressed in a box about the size of a medium size file cabinet. Once the mattress is delivered, you have 101 nights to test it out. If you end up liking it, great, the bed comes backed by a 20 year warranty, which by the way is double the industry standard. If you end up not liking the bed, no problem, simply contact the GhostBed customer service team and they’ll initiate the return/refund process. The company does require you sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights before returning it though. That’s usually about how long it takes for your body to adjust to a new sleeping surface.
The Loom & Leaf mattress comes with free white glove delivery, meaning an actual person or team of people will deliver the mattress and set it up for you. You don’t need to do a thing. The delivery crew will even haul away your old mattress for free if you’d like. From there, Loom and Leaf offers customers a 180 night sleep trial. If you decide to keep the Loom & Leaf mattress, it comes backed by a 15 year warranty. If you decide to return it, the company charges a $99 return fee.