This is our mega review of all of the GhostBed mattresses, including the original and new 3D Matrix
GhostBed is a popular online mattress-in-a-box brand that is owned and operated by the well-respected bedding company Nature’s Sleep. In this review, we take a comprehensive look at all four of their beds, including their Purple competitor, the GhostBed 3D Matrix mattress. We discuss feel, firmness, ideal sleeping positions and a whole lot more relating to each bed.
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How This Mega Review Is Organized
- Comparing The Four GhostBed Mattresses
- GhostBed Mattress Review (The “Original”)
- Cooling Memory Foam Bed
- Hybrid Mattress
- GhostBed 3D Matrix Review
Overview Of The Buying Process For GhostBed
If you decide to buy your mattress online, there are some pretty standard policies that you should be aware of. Not every company follows the standard, which is why it’s good to know what common—that way you know how your chosen company compares.
Standard policies include free shipping, free returns with a full refund, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty.
GhostBed does offer free shipping and free returns, but their trial period is 101 nights (huge upgrade), and their warranty lasts for 20 years (actually a huge upgrade).
When you order from GhostBed, your mattress will arrive in a box. How’d they get a whole mattress is box the size of a 10-year-old, you ask? They wrapped it in plastic, vacuumed out the air, and rolled it all up. So when you get your bed-in-a-box, go ahead and pull it out onto your bed frame, take off the wrapping, and then allow it to fully take shape (this can take up to 72 hours, but usually only takes about a day).
Brand new bed-in-a-box mattresses tend to come with a chemical smell. It’s actually called “off-gassing” and it’s totally normal. The smell should go away in a day or so, but it can cause headaches and nausea for sensitive folks, so we advise you to avoid sleeping on the mattress until it’s all aired out.
Comparing The Four GhostBed Mattresses
GhostBed (The “Original”) — 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. It might be a suitable option for warmer sleepers, but it’s not directly made for them, as the other two are.
GhostBed’s Cooling Memory Foam Mattress — This 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’s Hybrid Mattress — The company launched this mattress in early 2019. It is essentially the coil version of the 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.
GhostBed 3D Matrix – Launched in late 2019, the 3D Matrix mattress from GhostBed is designed to compete with the popular Purple mattresses. It’s a hybrid bed that combines pocketed coils, memory foam and a patented gel polymer layer that gives the mattress a very unique feel.
Original GhostBed Mattress Review
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.
However, we couldn’t fit all the details into one single video. Keep reading to learn more about this popular bed-in-a-box.
What Does The Original GhostBed Mattress Cost?
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.
Of course, here at the Slumber Yard, we 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.
Mixed Foam Construction
GhostBed is an all-foam mattress composed of poly foam, 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.
Moving from bottom to top, we start with a 7.5” base of high density poly foam. Next, we have a 2” layer of gel memory foam, which is supposed to help with temperature regulation and to act as a transition layer. And then on top 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.
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 associates with a fully latex bed.
The cover on the GhostBed is soft and 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.
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.
What The Original GhostBed Feels Like
Although the 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.
In terms of firmness, we put the GhostBed at a medium on our scale. Even though this isn’t an especially firm mattress, we still think it has pretty good support thanks to that latex foam layer.
Surprisingly, it’s 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. This means that lighter/petite individuals will experience a much firmer mattress than will heavier folks. Anyone above 160 lb will experience more pressure relief than extra petite folks.
Sleeping Position Synopsis
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.
GhostBed also happens to be a good pick for side and combo 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.
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.
Different Body Types
Generally speaking, we like to suggest hybrid beds that incorporate coils for heavier folks. The coils are more supportive and resilient.
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.
While we don’t think GhostBed is the best option for heavier folks, we do think it’s a good bed for petite and medium sized people.
Mattresses are usually designed with average/medium sized people in mind, so it’s no surprise there. And people who are particularly small can be comfortable on a pretty wide range of beds, so again, no surprise.
Something for petite sleepers to keep in mind, though, is that mattresses will feel firmer for them than they will for those who weigh more. For example, our tiniest team members calls the GhostBed a medium-firm rather than a medium.
Not Hot Or Cold—Just Neutral
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.
This is a temperature neutral mattress, so it isn’t going to make you overheat during the night, but it also isn’t going to help you stay cool. 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 sleep a bit warmer. This is the case with pretty much every bed-in-a-box mattress.
Is This A Good Mattress For Couples?
Yes, we would say this is a good mattress for those who are sharing 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.
Edge support matters because sharing a bed with someone often means that one partner ends up pushed to the side of the mattress while the other hogs the middle. 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.
GhostBed Reviews: Verdict
Overall, we wouldn’t say that GhostBed is our favorite mattresses, but it is comfortable, suitable for all sleeper types, and we can see why someone would really like it. We like the inclusion of latex foam for support and for some folks, GhostBed’s ambiguous foam feel will be preferable to an overtly memory foam or latex feeling bed.
In Case You Missed It: Quick Notes Regarding GhostBed
Latex Foam — You will be hard-pressed to find a bed with latex foam that retails for under $1,000 (queen size). And, while it’s only a single 1″ layer, you still get some of the benefits of the material.
11″ Construction — Most bed-in-a-box mattresses are 10″ thick, yet GhostBed is 11″ thick, and therefore marginally better for heavier folks. It’s still not a great mattress for heavy people, but if you put it up against most online foam mattresses, it will be just a hair more ideal based on construction and thickness.
Medium Firmness — The construction might be unique, but the firmness level is right down the fairway. It should be able to work for a variety of sleepers, including back, stomach, and side (and also combination sleepers).
Edge Support — It has pretty dang good edge support for an all-foam bed. This is perhaps because of the top layer of latex foam.
Sleep Trial — If you don’t like it, send it back. That’s how GhostBed, and most online mattresses, work.
Nature’s Sleep — The company is no stranger to the bedding or home goods space. In fact, the family that founded Nature’s Sleep also founded the Werner Ladder Company. They’ve been in the bedding space for over 15 years.
GhostBed’s Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
This GhostBed mattress is hailed by the company as the “Coolest Bed In The World”. That’s obviously a bold claim that we can’t necessarily confirm or deny but let’s get passed all the marketing fluff. Here’s our quick review video about the mattress. We also briefly compare the bed to Purple and Saatva as well.
Mattress Layers – This is a 13″ mattress that is made up of a combination of foams and cooling textiles. For the base of the bed, GhostBed uses a thick 7.5″ high-density support foam, which serves as the foundation for the mattress. Next up is a proprietary foam that the company calls its “Ghost Bounce Layer”. It’s meant to serve as a translation layer in the bed. The foam is somewhat soft like memory foam but also resilient like that of latex foam.
Moving up the bed, the next layer is made of gel memory foam. This is what most people consider the comfort layer for the mattress. The memory foam also includes a special phase change material on top that the company calls its “Ghost Ice Layer”.
This material is designed to help move heat away from your body as you sleep. Last up we have the cover, which is actually quite intricate. First thing to note is that the cover uses an additional 1″ layer of gel memory foam for added comfort. It also has 0.5″ of cooling fibers woven in as well to help with temperature regulation. And if that wasn’t enough, GhostBed tops things off with its “Ghost Ice Fabric” to give the bed a cool-to-the-touch feel.
Premium Price Tag – As you might imagine given all the special cooling textiles and technology embedded in the mattress, this is not a budget bed. With that said, we wouldn’t consider it expensive either. At the end of the day, it costs a couple hundred dollars more than your average bed-in-a-box.
You’re looking at about $1,100 for a twin size to $1,900 for a king size. However, those numbers are in terms of MSRP. Like with the Original GhostBed, you can normally expect to receive a sizable discount on your purchase. Make sure to check the green box on the right hand side of your screen for current promotions. Chances are you’ll be able to save around $100 to $200. That would bring a queen size below the $1,400 mark.
Feel & Firmness Ratings – Thanks to the two layers of memory foam near the top of the mattress, the mattress unsurprisingly has a memory foam feel. However, it’s not your classic soft memory foam feel.
Overall, we think the bed lands right around a medium on the scale. Of course, firmness is largely dependent on your body type and weight, though. A heavy individual will likely think the the bed lands closer to a medium-soft, while a petite person will probably feel it belongs closer to a true medium-firm rating.
What Makes The Mattress Special – This is what you came here for. At the end of the day, the GBLuxe is marketed towards hot sleepers. As we reviewed in the construction section, the bed incorporates several different materials and textiles to aid in temperature regulation and keep you cool as you sleep. And while we wouldn’t go as far as saying it is indeed the “Coolest Sleeping Bed In The World”, the mattress does excel in this department. The bed is cool-to-the-touch and does not sleep hot.
It even made our list of the Best Mattresses For Hot Sleepers. Bottom line, if you’re overly concerned with your sleeping temperature during the night, this mattress should move near the top of your list.
Final Comments On This Bed – This mattress is a solid foam mattress from a reputable company. While it’s not perfect for everybody (looking at your lightweight side sleepers), it is an excellent option for certain types of sleepers. To spell it out, we think the bed is great if you like memory foam and want a cooler sleeping mattress.
GhostBed’s Hybrid Mattress
This bed is similar to their cooling memory foam mattress in a lot of respects but includes pocketed coils for its base support structure rather than dense foam. Here is our video review of their hybrid bed.
Hybrid Mattress Construction – This mattress is 13″ thick. In total, it’s comprised of six different layers. At the very bottom, you have a 1″ layer of high-density support foam followed by 8.5″ individually wrapped coils. Combined these two layers form the support foundation for the bed. Also, it’s worth noting that 8.5″ coils are not the norm. Most hybrid beds have coils in the 7-8″ range.
On top of the coils is a 1″ transition layer and then two separate 1″ layers of gel memory foam for pressure relief and comfort (one of which is actually embedded in the cover). We should also mention that the cover on the bed includes the same cooling fibers woven into the fabric as their cooling memory foam mattress.
Pricing Analysis – This mattress carries a premium price tag compared to the average bed-in-a-box. But again, this isn’t your typical 10″ foam bed-in-a-box. At 13″ thick with supportive coils, multiple layers of high-quality gel memory foam and cooling textiles in the cover, we actually think the bed is a good value. Pricing ranges from around $1,000 to $1,800 depending on the size you select. Again though, GhostBed likes to run sales and promotions.
You can most likely expect to receive at least a $100-$200 discount on your purchase. Check the green box on the right to see if that claim holds true. After discount, a queen size will drop below the $1,300 threshold.
What The Bed Feels Like – Although the bed uses multiple layers of memory foam in its construction, the bed doesn’t have a classic memory foam feel. Rather, we would consider the feel to be more neutral in nature. In other words, you can feel the memory foam in the bed, but the layers don’t quite conform or contour to your body as much as other memory foam beds on the market.
All in all, we think it’s an extremely comfortable mattress. We kind of like that you get the best of both worlds. You get a little bit of that memory foam feel but without the overwhelming hugging sensation.
Firmness Rating – In our opinion, the mattress lands near the middle of the firmness scale. It’s not overly soft or excessively firm. In our estimation, it hits that sweet spot between the two.
However, we’d like to reiterate that firmness is subjective. Heavier people will feel the bed is a tad bit softer and lightweight people will think it’s slightly firmer.
Appropriate Sleeper & Body Types – Since the bed strikes a nice harmony between comfort and support, we think the mattress is an ideal choice for all types of sleepers. Side sleepers will like the soft characteristics of the two top memory foam layers and back and stomach sleepers will appreciate the spinal support from the coils below.
In addition, we think the mattress is a great choice for people of all shapes and sizes. The 8.5″ pocketed coils provide more than enough support. If you’re a large individual, this bed and 3D Matrix (discussed next) mattresses from GhostBed are probably your best bet.
Last Comment On The Hybrid Model – It’d difficult to find many negatives with this mattress. At the end of the day, it’s just a very accommodating bed. It’s comfortable in all sleeping positions and properly supports all body types. We also think the majority of people out there will like the overall feel of the mattress as well. Really, the only thing we can nitpick is the price. You can find more affordable hybrid mattresses that are just as accommodating. Still, this particular bed is a solid pick if you’re looking for a safe bet.
GhostBed 3D Matrix Review
GhostBed launched the 3D Matrix mattress in late 2019. It’s the company’s most intricate bed. As you will find out below, the mattress contains a special material that is quite unique.
A Peek Inside The 3D Matrix Mattress – The 3D Matrix mattress is 12″ thick and incorporates seven different layers of materials. For the most part, the 3D Matrix follows the same construction as the company’s flagship hybrid mattress but with one major exception. But before we get to that, let’s quickly cover the other layers just in case you skipped over our review above.
On the bottom, the 3D Matrix uses a thin layer of dense support foam and 8.5″ pocketed coils, which combine to form the primary support framework for the bed (just like the hybrid mattress). On top of the support foundation is a 1″ layer of transition foam and then two independent layers of gel memory foam (once again, just like the hybrid bed).
Now here is where things get interesting. On top of the memory foam is GhostBed’s special 3D Matrix polymer gel. This is a patented material that is designed to adjust to your body’s shape. It’s omni-directional, meaning it can stretch and mold in all directions, unlike conventional foams.
As you can see above, if you cut open the bed, the material sort of resembles tree sap in that it’s very sticky, malleable and flexible. It’s definitely a unique material that you won’t find on other beds.
It’s also worth noting that GhostBed holds two different patents on the mattress. We’re not attorneys so it’s tough for us to decipher all the legal jargon, but from what we can understand, the patents relate to gel polymer material and how the mattress is made.
How It Stacks Up Price Wise – Think of this bed as an upgraded version of the company’s flagship hybrid mattress. It basically has the same construction but with an added layer of special gel polymer. Accordingly, the bed comes with an upgraded price tag, ranging from around $1,600 (twin XL) to $2,800 (king). Yes, this is an expensive bed, no getting around it. It’s pretty much on par with the New Purple 3 mattress. At the end of the day, it’s a costly bed to manufacture and the company can charge a premium price tag given it’s a unique product.
3D Matrix Feel Analysis – As you might expect, the 3D Matrix has a somewhat unique feel. Despite the thick layer of memory foam near its surface, we wouldn’t say the bed has a memory foam feel. Instead, the gel polymer that sits on top neutralizes the memory foam to a certain extent, which makes sense given its omni-directional characteristics. Remember, the gel is designed to stretch in multiple directions so that you don’t feel like you’re being hugged or engulfed by the bed.
Overall, we’d categorize the bed as having a neutral-foam feel. The gel also gives the bed somewhat of a dense component. That’s not to say the bed isn’t comfortable, it’s actually quite comfortable. All we mean is that the bed doesn’t have a light, airy feel to it like you get with the Puffy mattress, for example. Again, this isn’t a good or bad thing. It just has to do with what you personally prefer.
How Firm Is The 3D Matrix? – We give the bed a medium designation as far as firmness. This shouldn’t come a big shock considering the bed essentially has the same exact construction as the company’s base hybrid model.
Like its little brother, the 3D Matrix is soft and comfortable, but it also provides a good amount of support. Remember though, firmness varies by person. Heavier folks will likely think the 3D Matrix sits closer to a medium-soft, while petite individuals will think it belongs closer to a medium-firm.
Ideal Sleeping Positions & Body Sizes – Not to sound like a broken record, but the 3D Matrix comfortably accommodates sleepers in all positions (just like the company’s other hybrid bed). The memory foam and gel polymer combination do a good job of alleviating pressure (great for side sleepers), yet the bed as a whole provides the necessary support for back and stomach, as well.
Speaking of support, the 3D Matrix is built to handle people of all sizes, including folks who weigh more than 250 pounds. The pocketed coils and flexible yet supportive gel polymer ensure individuals sleep on top of the mattress rather than in it.
More Information About 3D Matrix Technology – We’ve already covered how the special gel polymer feels and functions, but you may also be wondering what else it does. Why did GhostBed create a new mattress just to incorporate this gel? Well, besides feel and functionality, the last reason has to do with temperature regulation. In short, this is a thermal conductive material, which means it’s designed to absorb the heat that accumulates under your body as your sleep. Then, since the gel is connected, the heat proceeds to flow away from the person sleeping.
Now let us be 100% transparent here, the Slumber Yard team is not made of up scientists so this type of technology is a little over our heads. We’re simply stating what the material is supposed to do. We can’t definitively say whether you’ll sleep cool or not. What we can tell you though is that your environment also plays a major role in how warm or cool you sleep. This shouldn’t be overlooked. Factors like your air conditioner, the insulation in your house and the climate you live in can all affect your sleeping temperature regardless of what type of technology is inside your bed.
GhostBed 3D Matrix Mattress Review Verdict – Similar to their other hybrid bed, it’s tough to criticize the 3D Matrix mattress. Through the lens of an online shopper, the bed has everything you’d want. It’s comfortable, supportive and accommodates a wide variety of people and sleeping positions. Its price, though, is a different story. The 3D Matrix is an expensive mattress, we’re not denying that. However, as we’ve laid out, it’s expensive because it incorporates a differentiated material. At the end of the day, the decision comes down to whether you’re willing to pay up for the feel, functionality and temperature benefits that the gel polymer provides. And unfortunately, we really can’t answer that for you since every person is in a different financial situation.
GhostBed sent us these mattresses to test—but don’t worry! The company doesn’t have any say in what goes into our review. All of the opinions expressed above are entirely our own.
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.
As of now, the company offers four different beds (the ones discussed in this review). We’ll update you if they launch any new models in the future.
Yes. They sell the GhostBed adjustable bed frame, mattress foundation, the Ghost Pillow, sheets, and a mattress protector. If you look at Nature’s Sleep, though, they sell plenty of other mattresses and bedding products. It looks like Nature’s Sleep has over 10 other beds, two other pillows, and four other mattress foundations and frames.
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.
Anything in the bed-in-a-box space, we would consider similar, though, we haven’t seen a bed with the same exact construction. GhostBed’s biggest competitors are probably Casper, Purple, Leesa, Nectar, and Tuft & Needle.
The beds are made by Nature’s Sleep in the USA.
GhostBed is around a “medium” which is the same firmness level as Casper, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle. It’s not too soft or firm.
GhostBed is designed to work for all sleeping positions. Just know that it’s not overly soft or firm.
It’s made of three different layers of foam: poly foam, memory foam, and synthetic latex foam.
GhostBed Original is the company’s most affordable mattress. It has a soft foam feel. GhostBed Luxe is a cooling gel memory foam mattress. GhostBed Flex is the innerspring version of the Luxe.