Lull vs GhostBed Mattress
Should you go with Lull Bed or the highly popular GhostBed mattress?
Last Updated: January 5, 2021
As two of the more popular bed-in-a-box brands in the United States, Lull and GhostBed often get lumped into the same category. However, as you will find out below, there are a couple key differences between these beds you'll want to be aware of before purchasing.
Lull Mattress vs GhostBed Synopsis
For those of you who want to get right down to business, here are the key differences between these two online beds.
- Construction — Both of these beds are comprised of three foam layers, but the order and composition of the layers differ between the two mattresses.
- Feel — Both mattresses have what we consider to be a soft, neutral-foam feel, but we’d say Lull leans slightly more towards memory foam and GhostBed leans slightly more towards latex foam.
- Price — You can usually find the Lull mattress a bit cheaper than the GhostBed mattress after taking into account discounts and coupon codes.
Those are the major distinctions between these two bed-in-a-box mattresses. Keep reading for more details about the differences, as well as the areas in which the two beds are similar.
Structure Of This Mattress Comparison
Just a quick heads up so you know how this comparison is going to flow. First, we’ll focus on how the Lull and GhostBed mattresses differ from one another and then near the end, we’ll discuss the similarities between the two beds. Let’s get to it already.
Lull is an online, direct-to-consumer bedding company that is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The company was founded in 2015 and offers one mattress model (the focus of today’s comparison) in addition to several bedding accessories.
Lull Mattress Construction
The Lull mattress is made up of three foam layers and totals 10″ thick. For the base, the mattress uses a 7.5″ layer of dense polyurethane foam. This layer serves as the primary support structure for the mattress. In the middle is a 1.5″ layer of transition foam. As the name implies, this layer simply serves as a soft transition from the firm base layer below. Finally, on top is a 1.5″ layer of memory foam, which serves as the true comfort layer for the bed. However, despite its top layer, we wouldn’t say the Lull mattress has a true memory foam feel.
The GhostBed mattress has a slightly different construction. The bed does incorporate memory foam, but it’s used as a secondary layer rather than a comfort layer. We discuss how the GhostBed mattress is made in more detail later in the comparison.
Slight Memory Foam Feel
As we alluded to above, we wouldn’t consider the Lull mattress to have a traditional memory foam feel. We actually think it has more of a neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam. In other words, you can definitely tell you’re laying on memory foam, but the top layer doesn’t quite conform or contour to your body like the top layer on the Nectar mattress, for example. At the end of the day, the bed just has more of a soft, generic foam feel.
To be clear, this isn’t a bad thing. A lot of consumers don’t like the conforming sensation that traditional memory foam provides. They actually prefer beds that have more of a soft, neutral feel. So with that in mind, we actually think the Lull mattress will please a lot of people.
In comparison to GhostBed, though, the Lull mattress does have a bit more of a memory foam feel to it. So if you do like memory foam, Lull is probably the better option out of the two.
However, if you want more of a traditional memory foam feel, we’d recommend you check out our list of the Best Memory Foam Mattresses.
Lull Is More Affordable (Usually)
These mattresses are actually somewhat close in price. A queen size Lull mattress has a MSRP of around $1,050, while a queen size GhostBed mattress goes for around $1,000.
However, both companies are pretty aggressive in terms of sales, discounts, and coupon codes. In fact, sometimes GhostBed will offer major discounts (e.g. $200 off plus free sheets) around major holidays, which actually make their beds more affordable but that’s rare. Normally, you can expect to receive about $100 off the GhostBed mattress. Still, you might want to check GhostBed.com to see what the company is currently offering.
Lull, on the other hand, typically takes $200-$250 off their beds. As such, Lull, even after discounts is usually the cheaper option. Again, you might want to check Lull.com to see what the current promotion is.
GhostBed is owned by Nature’s Sleep, which is a well-respected bedding company that offers a variety of sleep products. The company launched GhostBed in 2015 to compete in the red hot bed-in-a-box space. Let’s discuss some of the areas in which the GhostBed mattress differs from the Lull mattress.
GhostBed Mattress Construction
Like the Lull mattress, the GhostBed mattress is comprised of three foam layers, but the composition differs slightly. For the base, the bed uses a 7.5″ layer of dense poly foam. In the middle is a 2″ layer of gel memory foam and on top is a 1.5″ layer of synthetic aerated latex foam.
GhostBed is one of the few online mattresses that use both memory foam and latex foam. The idea behind this construction is that you get some of the benefits from both types of foam. You get the pressure relief of memory foam, and you also get some of the spongy, responsive characteristics of latex foam.
Mixed Foam Feel
As you might imagine given its construction, the GhostBed mattress has a mixed, neutral-foam feel. In other words, you can feel a little of the memory foam secondary layer, as well as the aerated latex foam top layer. Overall, it’s a very comfortable mattress and we think it will land near the center of the fairway for a lot of consumers out there.
All things considered, GhostBed actually feels somewhat similar to Lull. We’d consider both beds to have a soft, neutral-foam feel at the end of the day. However, since GhostBed uses latex foam for its top layer, it leans a little more that way than Lull, which leans a little more towards memory foam.
What GhostBed And Lull Have In Common
In the sections above, we primarily discussed the areas in which Lull and GhostBed differ. To be honest, though, these two beds actually have more in common than you might think.
Firmness And Sleeper Type
All in all, we think the GhostBed and Lull mattresses both land around a medium on the firmness scale. Both beds are comfortable, yet they also offer a decent amount of support.
Given this, we think the beds will work for all types of sleepers. Primary side sleepers will find that both beds are soft and accommodating around their pressure points. We don’t envision side sleepers waking up with any sort of pain or discomfort around their hips or shoulders.
Back and stomach sleepers will be just fine, as well. Both mattresses do a good job of keeping your spine in proper alignment (i.e. your hips don’t sink too far down into the bed).
The other nice thing is that both GhostBed and Lull will work for combo sleepers, as well. Although we wouldn’t consider either bed to be particularly responsive, you don’t ever get any sort of that stuck-in-the-mud feel. Basically, all this means is that combo sleepers will find it quite easy to switch between positions throughout the night.
Company Policies Overview
Before we get into the juicy details about these beds, it’s first important to understand what you’ll get in terms of policies. In short, both GhostBed and Lull make it very easy for consumers in terms of shipping, returns, trial periods, and warranties. Let’s explore these polices in more detail, starting with Lull.
The Lull bed ships for free via FedEx and will typically be delivered within 1-4 business days following your order. The mattress will arrive rolled up and compressed in a box about the size of a large file cabinet. From there, just follow the steps taken by the Slumber Yard team below. Essentially, you’ll just move the box to your room, cut the plastic and unroll the bed onto your frame or foundation. However, keep in mind, it takes most bed-in-a-box mattresses about 24-48 hours to fully inflate.
Once the Lull mattress has been delivered, the company offers customers a 100-night trial period in order to test the bed. If at any point during the first 99 nights, you decide the bed isn’t quite right for you, just give the company a call and they’ll schedule the mattress to be removed from your home free of charge. Once the bed has been removed, just email the company a copy of the pick-up receipt and they’ll issue you a full refund. Fairly painless, right? Lastly, Lull backs their mattresses with a 10-year warranty. You can read more about what the warranty covers on the company’s website.
GhostBed, more or less, matches exactly what Lull offers, except they do go above and beyond in certain respects. GhostBed offers free shipping, free returns, a 101-night risk-free sleep trial and a 20-year warranty. Again, you can read more about the GhostBed warranty on the company’s website.
Although we think both mattresses accommodate sleepers in all positions, that’s not necessarily the case for all body types. We almost always recommend heavy people (250+ lb) select a mattress that uses coils for its primary support framework. Coils are a lot more durable and also provide more support than the dense poly foams that all-foam beds (like GhostBed and Lull) use for their foundations. This added level of support and durability is crucial given large individuals exert more stress on a bed than a petite or average sized person.
If you’re a larger individual and you like the sound of GhostBed so far, don’t worry, there’s still hope. You might want to check out the GhostBed Luxe mattress, which is 13″ thick and a bit firmer than the Original GhostBed mattress. Generally speaking, beds that are thick and firm are better for heavier people, so if there was an all-foam bed that would work for large folks, the GhostBed Luxe is it. Alternatively, you could also check out our list of the Best Mattresses For Heavy People.
After testing each mattress, we think both Lull and GhostBed sleep temperature neutral, meaning they won’t actively cool you down throughout the night or be the primary reason why you warm up. In reality, we think external factors will play more of a role in determining your sleep temperature. We’re talking about factors like what kind of sheets you use (flannel sheets heat up), what you wear to bed (a snuggie vs mesh basketball shorts), and how liberal you are with your air conditioner. At the end of the day, we think these types of factors will matter more than the actual beds themselves in regards to temperature regulation.
Considerations For Couples
Lastly, we think both mattress perform well in terms motion isolation and edge support. These are two important factors for couples to consider before purchasing a new bed.
In our tests, both mattresses did a good job of deadening movement. As you can see below in our Ghostbed test, the water in the glass barely moved despite the pressure applied on the opposite side of the mattress.
This is a positive sign for individuals who sleep with a partner that tends to toss and turn or get up a lot during the night. With both Lull and GhostBed, we don’t think you’ll feel too much of your partner’s movements, which hopefully means you’ll be able to consistently get a restful night of sleep.
Both beds also provide fairly solid edge support. This is an especially important topic for couples who sleep on a full or queen size bed where space is limited. With both GhostBed and Lull, you’ll be able to spread out near the edges without feeling like you’re about fall off.
GhostBed Mattress vs Lull Verdict
You made it to the end! By now, it’s probably pretty clear that these two beds have a lot in common. In all honesty, this was one of the harder comparisons for us to write. In our eyes, the decision between Lull and GhostBed really comes down to a couple main factors.
Budget — If price is your biggest concern, then Lull wins. You’ll most likely be able to find it at a cheaper price than GhostBed. However, promotions and sales constantly change, so it’s best if you check the discount box at the top of the page before you actually pull the trigger.
Feel — Both beds have a soft, neutral-foam feel, but if you dig a little deeper, they do differ a little bit. The Lull mattress has a slight hint of memory foam, while the GhostBed mattress leans a little more towards the feel of latex foam. Ultimately, this will need to be a personal preference decision based on what type of feel you like more.
That’s it for this comparison. Thanks for choosing the Slumber Yard.