GhostBed Flex Hybrid Mattress Review
Everything you need to know about the cooling hybrid mattress from GhostBed
Last Updated: January 5, 2021Jeff Rizzo
GhostBed continues to innovate and introduce new products despite already being considered one of the top bed-in-a-box brands on earth. In today's post, we take a detailed look at their latest mattress, which is named the Flex. We cover feel, firmness, sleeper type and a whole lot more.
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GhostBed Flex Review
GhostBed is back at it again with another online mattress, but it’s unlike the original GhostBed mattress which has an all-foam construction with synthetic latex. Instead, GhostBed Flex incorporates several layers of memory foam and a supportive innerspring core. With that said, memory foam haters may still enjoy this mattress because it’s surprisingly more responsive than most. Continue on below to learn more about GhostBed Flex, one of the brand’s premium level mattresses!
Honest YouTube GhostBed Flex Review
As many of our loyal subscribers know, we love producing videos here at The Slumber Yard. Here is a quick video review that covers what you need to know about the GhostBed Flex Mattress.
It’s always a good idea to cover all your bases when talking about a large purchase like a new mattress, though. Keep reading to learn more about the Flex mattress and check out our complete GhostBed Flex review.
What Is The GhostBed Flex Made Of?
To put it simply, the GhostBed Flex is a beast of a mattress. It’s composed of six different layers and totals a whopping 13″ thick.
- Cover: Special cooling fabric to keep you cool
- Top layer: 1″ gel memory foam
- Middle layer: 1″ gel memory foam
- Middle layer: 1″ soft transition foam
- Middle layer: 8.5″ individually wrapped coils
- Bottom layer: 1″ high density support foam
For the bottom layer, the bed uses a 1″ layer of high density support foam. From a practical standpoint, you won’t even notice this layer. It’s more so there to serve as a foundation for the coils above. On that note, the next layer consists of sturdy 8.5″ individually wrapped coils, which give the bed a strong support framework. GhostBed also made sure to include reinforced coils along the perimeter of the bed to ensure sleepers receive solid edge support as they roll-over towards the sides.
On top of the coils is a 1″ layer of soft transition foam. As the name implies, this layer is simply there to serve as a transition from the firm steel coils below. Next, GhostBed uses two separate 1″ layers of gel memory foam, which combine to provide sleepers with pressure relief and act as the true comfort layers for the bed.
The Flex Cover
Finally, within the cover, GhostBed uses a special cooling fabric, which is supposed to help you sleep cool throughout the night. We’ve seen this before with GhostBed’s other flex top mattresses. Their Luxe mattress uses a similar type of material in its cover to help regulate heat.
Overall, we’re pretty impressed with the construction of the Flex mattress. If you’re looking for a thick, durable bed that will last a long time, the Flex definitely fits the bill.
Mattress Feel And Firmness
Although the bed uses multiple layers of memory foam, we wouldn’t consider the Flex mattress to be a pure play memory foam mattress. Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely tell the bed uses memory foam when you’re laying down. But overall, we’d say the bed has more of a neutral feel to it. The top layers just don’t conform and contour to your body as much as the top layers on the Layla or Nectar mattresses, for example. I guess the best way to describe the feel of the Flex mattress would be that it has a neutral-foam feel with a hint of memory foam.
All in all, it’s an extremely comfortable mattress. We like the fact that it sort of toes the line between memory foam and neutral foam. We think it lands near the center of the fairway for a lot of consumers out there. People who like memory foam will enjoy the mattress as will people who generally dislike memory foam. I guess you could say the GhostBed Flex is the mattress equivalent to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In other words, the vast majority of people will like the bed.
In terms of firmness, we think the GhostBed Flex mattress lands around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale. At the end of the day, it’s a very accommodating mattress that offers a nice symmetry between pressure relief and support.
Temperature Regulation Analysis
After testing out the bed, we feel that the GhostBed Flex mattress sleeps temperature neutral. We know the bed incorporates special cooling materials but at the end of the day, we just didn’t feel strongly enough to give it the cooling mattress designation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing by the way. We just think the mattress won’t be the primary reason why you cool down or warm up throughout the night. If you are looking for a cooling bed, you should check out the GhostBed Luxe, which the company claims is the coolest mattress on earth.
Is GhostBed Flex A Good Mattress For Couples?
Individuals who share their bed with a partner or pet will be just fine on the GhostBed Flex Mattress. The bed performs well when it comes to edge support and motion isolation, which are two of the most important factors for couples to consider when mattress shopping.
In terms of edge support, the Flex mattress gets a very high grade. The perimeter of the bed is solid. As you inch towards the side of the mattress, you feel properly supported and never as if you’re going to roll-off.
The Flex bed does a pretty decent job of deadening movement. The test below is supposed to mimic your partner rolling around and creating movement throughout the night.
As you can see above, the water in the glass stays somewhat steady despite the intense movement, which is a good sign the mattress will be able to isolate the motion originating from your partner.
Flex Mattress Sleeper Types
The GhostBed Flex is a good option for people who spend a lot of time on their side. The bed is soft-to-the-touch and offers a good amount of pressure relief.
The top layers don’t quite form to your body’s shape like the top layers on traditional memory foam beds, yet they still do a pretty good job of cradling your hips and shoulders. Our testing team never experienced any sort of discomfort around their pressure points. Overall, we’d give the Flex mattress a thumbs up in the side sleeper department.
Back And Stomach Sleepers
Similar story here. We think the GhostBed Flex Mattress is a good choice for back and stomach sleepers as well. The bed provides a good amount of support overall.
Our testing team (even the heavier individuals) thought the mattress did a good job of keeping their hips and trunk in proper alignment. No one complained of waking up with a sore lower back or anything like that.
Yes, we think the GhostBed Flex will work for combo sleepers who rotate between their back, stomach and side throughout the night.
As we mentioned above, the bed just offers a nice balance between comfort and support. Plus, there’s very little resistance when you go to switch positions. That means you won’t ever feel like you’re stuck-in-the-bed.
GhostBed Flex Body Type Analysis
Based on the construction and firmness profile of the mattress, we think GhostBed Flex will accommodate people of all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter whether you weigh 100 pounds soaking wet or 300 pounds after a five day all-juice diet. The 8.5″ individually wrapped coils in the bed provide more than enough support.
However, keep in mind, although the mattress properly supports all body types, that doesn’t mean the bed will feel the same to every person.
Smaller sized individuals (less than ~150 lbs) typically feel like most beds are on the firmer end of the spectrum, given they exert very little pressure and sleep more on top of the surface. If you’re petite, the Flex bed may feel more like a medium-firm.
If you’re in the average adult weight range (150 lbs to 225 lbs), a mattress should feel pretty close to its firmness rating. In the case of the Flex bed, that’s medium. For reference, we write our reviews from the perspective of an average-sized person.
In general, heavier individuals tend to feel like most mattresses are on the softer end of the spectrum since they exert more force and sink into the soft top layers more than average or petite sized individuals. If this is you, you’ll probably find that the GhostBed Flex feels a little softer (in the medium-soft range).
Pricing & Coupon Code
In terms of price, the GhostBed Flex is a little more expensive than the typical bed-in-a-box, but honestly that’s expected given its high-quality construction. This isn’t your typical budget all-foam mattress like Tuft & Needle. So with that in mind, we actually think the Flex is a pretty decent value, especially compared to similar beds that you would find in your local brick-and-mortar mattress store. Here’s how pricing breaks down by size.
By the way, don’t let the pricing above scare you off. GhostBed is almost always running some sort of sale or promotion to make their beds more affordable. On average, we’d say expect to receive at least a $100 discount on your purchase. However, we have seen the company offer even larger discounts in the past. It might be a good idea to check what the current promotion is on the GhostBed website.
Alternatively, if the Flex mattress is out of your price range even with the discount, no need to fret, we got you covered. Be sure to check out our hand-selected list of the Best Cheap Mattresses on the market.
GhostBed Flex Review Verdict
We’ve discussed quite a bit in these Flex reviews, so let’s cover the main points.
All in all, we were pretty impressed by the GhostBed Flex. In all honesty, we think it’s the best bed GhostBed offers. It’s tough to find many negatives with this mattress. I guess the only thing you can really point to is the price tag. At the end of the day, there are other hybrid beds that are just as accommodating but more affordable. Still, if price really isn’t an issue, it’s tough to beat this bed. Don’t be surprised to see it land on several of our Best Mattress Lists.
Other GhostBed Reviews
GhostBed Flex Reviews Online
- Amazon Reviews: GhostBed’s Flex bed has mixed reviews on Amazon. It has 35+ ratings with an average of 3.6 stars. In the Flex reviews, some customers said the cooling technology worked well, but others complained about the firmness level and unresponsive customer service.
Policies For The GhostBed Flex Mattress
A big reason why online bed-in-a-box mattress companies like GhostBed, Purple and Casper have been able to steal a large portion of market share from brick-and-mortar retailers is due to the generous policies they offer consumers. In short, these new-age, direct-to-consumer bedding companies make it very easy and convenient for consumers to test and purchase their products.
- Risk-free trial period: 101 nights
- Warranty policy: 25 years
- Shipping: Free (add White Glove Delivery for $199 – only available in certain states)
- Returns: Free
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Comparing GhostBed Flex vs The Original GhostBed
In addition to our Flex reviews, we’ve also extensively tested other GhostBed products, including the Original GhostBed mattress. While both beds are similar in that they have a neutral-foam feel, they differ in quite a few ways. For example, the Flex bed has a hybrid construction, whereas the Original GhostBed is all-foam. Since the GhostBed Flex is a hybrid mattress, we recommend it over the original for larger folks. Finally, the Original GhostBed is the more affordable option, coming in at $1,145 for a queen (about $500 less than the Flex bed).
Comparing GhostBed Flex vs Purple
Purple is another well-known mattress brand in the bed-in-a-box space, offering both all-foam and hybrid mattresses (like GhostBed). The Original Purple has a hybrid construction, built with foam and Purple’s proprietary Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It gives Purple a unique feel that is quite different from GhostBed’s neutral-foam feel (although they’re both pretty responsive). Like the Flex bed, the original Purple Mattress is suitable for all types of sleepers. In terms of price, the Purple Mattress is slightly cheaper than GhostBed Flex, coming in at $1,149 for a queen.
It’s around a “medium” on our soft/firm scale, so it’s not overly firm or soft.
GhostBed Flex has a cool-to-the-touch cover, similar to the one featured on the GhostBed Luxe mattress.
GhostBed manufactures its beds right here in the United States. GhostBed’s parent company, Nature’s Sleep, is a well-known bedding company that has been around for decades.
The company sent the Slumber Yard team a free sample unit for testing purposes. We retain full editorial control over the content we produce. In other words, the views and opinions stated in our GhostBed Flex reviews (and all other reviews we write) are those of the Slumber Yard team.
No, the GhostBed Flex mattress is compatible with most box spring foundations, slatted frames and adjustable bases. In other words, you most likely will not need to purchase a new frame. However, with that said, you’ll want to make sure your existing frame or foundation is able to support the weight (see next question) of the mattress as well as you and your partner.
The weight of the mattress depends on which size you purchase. It ranges from around 58 pounds for a twin size to around 124 pounds for a split king size.
Last we checked, the GhostBed Flex mattress was only available to purchase online. GhostBed does not operate or partner with any brick-and-mortar mattress retailers. That means you’ll have to rely on the company’s 101-night sleep trial in order to test the bed. Honestly though, that should be more than enough time to decide whether the Flex bed-in-a-box is right for you.