GhostBed Mattress Overview
The GhostBed mattress is a budget-friendly foam bed produced by the industry veterans at Nature’s Sleep. It’s a comfortable, medium firmness mattress that accommodates all sleeper types and most body types. Plus, the GhostBed mattress is made with latex, which is recognized for its durability.
In this Ghost Bed review, we’ll take a deeper look at the brand’s flagship mattress, including who should buy it, how much it costs, and where to find it. We’ll also discuss some of the other mattresses that GhostBed sells.
You should go for GhostBed if:
- You want a latex foam mattress, for its superior airflow and durability.
- You’re on a budget. GhostBed is a really affordable mattress.
- You want an accommodating bed that almost anyone can sleep on.
As you may or may not know, we’re huge fans of video here at the Slumber Yard. So with that in mind, here’s a short video explaining everything you need to know about the Original GhostBed mattress.
Honest GhostBed Original Mattress Review Video
GhostBed Mattress Firmness And Feel
How firm is the GhostBed mattress?
In terms of firmness, we put the GhostBed at a medium on our scale, which means it has plenty of pressure relief–an essential for side sleepers or people with chronic pain. Even though GhostBed isn’t an especially firm mattress, we still think it has pretty good support, especially thanks to that latex foam layer.
Keep in mind that firmness is somewhat subjective and depends on your body type. We’ll get to that later, but just know it’s a medium on our scale.
How does the GhostBed feel?
Although GhostBed is topped with a layer of latex foam, we actually think the bed as a whole feels like a blend of the three foam materials rather than feeling distinctly like the top layer. We would classify it as a mixed-foam feel. Surprisingly, the GhostBed mattress is somewhat slow to bounce back after being depressed (if you press down firmly). Usually, latex beds have a sponginess to them that gives them great responsiveness, but it seems that the center layer of memory foam is overruling that characteristic in the GhostBed.
GhostBed Mattress Construction
GhostBed is an all-foam mattress composed of polyfoam, memory foam
, and latex foam. Broken down, you get three layers of materials (one layer of each foam), as you can see in the side view below.
- Base layer
The base layer of the GhostBed mattress is 7.5” of high-density polyurethane foam. Because it’s so thick, you’ll get ample support from this mattress.
- Transition layer
Next, we have a 2” layer of gel memory foam, which is supposed to help with temperature regulation and to act as a transition between the top and bottom layers.
- Comfort layer
The top of the GhostBed mattress is a 1.5” layer of aerated latex foam. Latex foam is a spongier-feeling material that allows for good airflow and gives the bed some bounce.
- Mattress cover
The cover on the GhostBed is made of a polyester/viscose blend. Honestly, it isn’t anything special, but we have no complaints about it either—other than it tends to get dirty more easily than some other covers.
The cover is removable (as are most mattress covers), but it isn’t machine washable, so we don’t actually suggest that you ever take it off. It’s not really necessary and it’s a bit of a hassle. If you do need to do some cleaning—maybe you spilled your breakfast in bed—just grab a cloth and some warm water with mild detergent. Dab at the spot until it comes out.
GhostBed Sleeping Position Analysis
- Back And Stomach Sleepers
GhostBed is a good pick for back and stomach sleepers. We touched on this in the above section, but despite this bed lacking an overt firmness, it’s still quite supportive.
Appropriate support is important for sleeping on your back and/or stomach because you want to be sure your spine stays in proper alignment. To do that, you’ll need proper support under your hips and trunk area.
- Side Sleepers
GhostBed also happens to be a good pick for side sleepers, as well. Because it comes in at a medium on the firmness scale and has that nice latex foam layer on the top, it provides enough pressure relief for folks who sleep on their side.
When you sleep on your side, you need the mattress to give a little in order to accommodate your arm, shoulder, and hip. Without the pressure relief, you run the risk of waking up with “pins and needles” or, worse, aches and pains.
- Combo Sleeper
For combo sleepers, we say the GhostBed is a decent option because it’s suitable for back, stomach, and side sleepers. However, we will note that the bed’s slow responsiveness can make switching positions a little more work than you might like.
Body Type Analysis For GhostBed Beds
- Heavy Sleepers
GhostBed is an all-foam mattress, and it isn’t especially thick (11”), although it is actually thicker than Tuft & Needle, Leesa, and a lot of other popular online mattresses. While it is fairly durable, it isn’t very firm, and a larger sleeper will find it to be even softer.
Generally speaking, we like to suggest hybrid beds that incorporate coils for heavier folks. The coils are more supportive and resilient.
- Average Sleepers
While we don’t think GhostBed is the best option for heavier folks, we do think it’s a good bed for medium–sized people. Mattresses are usually designed with average/medium-sized people in mind, so it’s no surprise there. They are the lucky ones, really. They get to enjoy the support and mix-foam comfort of the Puffy bed with no troubles.
- Petite Sleepers
Keep in mind that lighter/petite individuals will experience a much firmer mattress than will heavier folks. Because of their weight, mattresses will feel firmer for them than they will for those who weigh more. For example, our tiniest team members call the GhostBed a medium-firm rather than a medium.
GhostBed Mattress Price
When it comes to pricing, the GhostBed mattress is pretty average for the industry. You can check out pricing details broken down by mattress size in the table below.
Typically, latex mattresses are quite expensive, at least as compared to beds like GhostBed, Casper, and a lot of these other online mattresses. What’s nice with GhostBed, though, is that you get some of the benefits of latex, but you’re not paying the high prices associated with a full latex bed.
Is there a GhostBed mattress coupon or discount code?
Of course, here at the Slumber Yard, we want to do more than just provide thorough GhostBed reviews. We also want you to get the best deal available. We’re always looking for mattress deals and trying to snag promo codes, so if we’ve got one for the GhostBed, it’ll be in the floating box to the right of all this text. You can also check GhostBed.com for their current promotions. A little warning: they like to play games with pricing, just like the majority of mattress brands out there.
GhostBed Mattress Performance
Overall, we found that the Ghostbed mattress provides pretty good pressure relief — which is especially important if you’re a side sleeper. That’s thanks to the memory foam layer, which cradles your body to relieve pressure points. Remember, anyone above 160 lb will experience more pressure relief than extra petite folks.
GhostBed doesn’t sleep hot, per se, but it doesn’t actually sleep cool either. The company says their gel memory foam is supposed to keep the bed cooler, and maybe it does, but it doesn’t keep the bed actually cool to the touch.
We consider the GhostBed a temperature-neutral mattress. It isn’t going to make you overheat during the night, but it also isn’t going to make you feel cold. Also, the lighter you are, the more you will sleep on top of the mattress (and latex foam) and, therefore, the cooler you’ll feel. If you’re heavier, you’ll sink in more and might sleep a bit warmer.
Edge support is an essential mattress performance metric for people who share beds. We all know the drill, sleeping with someone often means that one partner ends up pushed to the side of the mattress while the other hogs the middle. That’s where edge support comes in.
GhostBed has good edge support, so if that does happen, at least the unlucky sleeper won’t feel as if they’re about to roll off the bed.
Motion isolation refers to how well the mattress limits cross-bed motion. Good motion isolation means that one partner’s tossing and turning won’t be felt by the other partner. GhostBed does a good job of limiting the transfer of motion, so you can sneak out of bed to watch midnight reruns of Seinfeld if that’s what you want to do. Just keep the volume down, and your bed buddy will sleep right through it.
Is GhostBed a good mattress for couples?
Yes, we would say this is a good mattress for those who share their bed with a partner or maybe a large, well-loved pet. The two features we like to highlight for couples are edge support and motion isolation. The GhostBed mattress passes all our tests. We would definitely recommend this bed to couples.
Other GhostBed Mattresses
Below, you can find quick summaries of the other mattresses offered by GhostBed. You can also check out our video comparison, where we compare the major differences between the various GhostBed models.
GhostBed Mattress Models Comparison Video
- GhostBed (The “Original”)
The Original GhostBed mattress is designed for people that want a solid, foam mattress. It’s not as fancy as the beds below, but it also is far more affordable. We think it’s a solid option for hot sleepers, but it’s not directly made to actively cool them as two of their other options are.
- GhostBed Luxe Mattress
GhostBed Luxe is the company’s cooling memory foam mattress. It’s 13″ thick and has several cooling technologies inside (and outside). It even has a special phase-change cooling cover that sort of feels like ice in that it’s cold. This is a great mattress for side sleepers that like memory foam. Truthfully, it’s nothing like the original GhostBed since it has a memory foam feel and is designed for extra-hot sleepers.
- GhostBed Flex, GhostBed’s Hybrid Mattress
The company launched GhostBed Flex in early 2019. It is essentially the coil version of their cooling memory foam bed. It’s still 13″ thick, but replaces the core support foams with pocketed coils, which make it more bouncy and responsive. This will be another fantastic option for hot sleepers since it has the cooling foams, cover
,and the coils for airflow.
If you’re a heavy, hot sleeper, go with the GhostBed Flex.
- GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed Company Information
Like pretty much every company in the industry, GhostBed offers free shipping and free returns. We know what you’re thinking, buying a mattress online without trying it can be scary. That’s why companies offer pretty solid trial periods. GhostBed offers a 101-night trial period, which is pretty standard. Not the best we have seen, but it is plenty of time to decide if it’s the right mattress for you. GhostBed mattresses come with a 20-year warranty.
GhostBed Mattress Review Verdict
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We wouldn’t say that GhostBed is our favorite mattress in the world. That said, it’s comfortable and suitable for all sleeper types. We can see why many people on the internet seem to like it. We appreciate the inclusion of latex foam for support, not all beds have it and we think it’s a definite plus.
It’s also about 1″ thicker than other comparable foam beds on the market and costs under $1,200 for the queen-size (which is pretty hard to beat for latex).
Go with the GhostBed mattress if:
- You think that GhostBed’s ambiguous foam feel is preferable to an overt memory foam or latex feeling bed.
- You regonize the benefits of latex foam, but you’re on a budget.
Don’t buy the GhostBed mattress if:
- You’re a heavier body type. GhostBed is a foam mattress, so it might not have the support you need.
- You’re looking for a coil mattress.
How We Test The Mattresses
- My Slumber Yard
My Slumber Yard has been around since the beginning of the bed in a box craze. Our team has personally tested and reviewed over 175 mattresses so far, and we keep more than 150 beds in our office so we can compare them (and take afternoon naps).
When testing mattresses, we evaluate the following factors:
Construction: We cut beds open to see what’s inside and how it’s made.
Feel: We check if it has a stuck-in-the-mud memory foam feel, or if it’s more of a neutral foam or a plush pillow top, etc.
Firmness: We have our own firmness scale and evaluate how that may vary depending on your body and sleeper type.
Pressure relief: We test what’s the sweet spot for different body and sleeper types.
Support: How that changes by body/sleeper type
Edge Support: This is important for couples who share a bed. Would you roll out of the bed, or can you sleep confidently close to the edges?
Motion Isolation: We use the water glass test to see how the bed fares with motion transfer. This is another important factor for couples who don’t want to wake up when they move.
Temperature Regulation: We use a temperature gun to evaluate if the bed warms up, stays neutral or actively cools while you sleep.
Noise: This could be an issue in beds with coils or innerspring.
Off-Gassing: Some beds could have a smell for a few weeks after unpacking, and we try to warn you about it.
Company Policies: We also take into account policies such as shipping, returns, trial period and warranty.
Value: We look at a bed’s price in the context of what it offers in terms of features and quality of materials and construction.
Yes, you can. The latex foam in the Original GhostBed does not cause allergies. The proteins in latex that cause allergic reactions are denatured (“turned off”) by certain steps in the manufacturing process. Plus, your skin is separated from the latex foam by the mattress cover. So far, there hasn’t been a reported case of an allergic reaction caused by sleeping on a latex foam bed.
Not right now. This is an online-only mattress brand, though, you can also find select models on Amazon. Since the beds come with a risk-free sleep trial, there’s really no need to drive to a store. You can try it at your house, on your own time, to make up your own mind.
Typically, mattresses last between 7 and 10 years. However, mattresses created with latex (like GhostBed) are generally more durable than those made with other materials. So it might last longer than that. Remember, GhostBed has a 20-year warranty.
Now, you may be used to flipping and rotating your traditional innerspring mattress, but nowadays, a lot of beds are constructed with a top side and a bottom side. The GhostBed is one of those beds, so you should never flip this mattress. You can, however, rotate the bed every six months to give it a longer lifespan.
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