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GhostBed Reviews

We've published multiple GhostBed mattress reviews but in this post we focus on the company's original flagship bed in a box.

The Original GhostBed mattress is an all-foam bed that incorporates both latex foam and memory foam. We'll talk about construction, materials, pricing, feel, firmness, and much more. We’ll even tell you what types of sleepers the GhostBed mattress is best suited for.

Who Is This Bed Best For?

  • Anyone that wants a latex mattress without the added cost
  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, side, and combo)
  • Petite and medium body types
  • Anyone that wants a bed with a longer-than-average warranty

Who Won't Love This Bed?

  • Large body types (i.e. over 250 lb)
  • Anyone that wants a particularly firm or soft mattress (GhostBed is right in the middle)

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What To Expect From This 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.

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A look at the GhostBed mattress

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.

YouTube Video About The Original GhostBed

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 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.

Comparing GhostBed Mattresses

GhostBed Luxe — 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. Here’s the link to our full GhostBed Luxe review.

GhostBed Flex — The company launched this mattress in early 2019. It is essentially the coil version of the Luxe. 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. You can see our full GhostBed Flex review here.

GhostBed (Original) — Designed for people that want a solid, foam mattress. It’s not as fancy as the Luxe or Flex, 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.

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.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$495
Twin XL$695
Full$895
Queen$995
King$1,175
California King$1,195

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.

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Inside look at the GhostBed mattress

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.

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Polyester and viscose cover

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.

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You can see the textured design of GhostBed’s cover

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.

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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.

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GhostBed will work for back and stomach sleepers

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.

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Just fine for most side sleepers

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.

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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.

Can An 11″ Foam Bed Take On Heavy People?

We’re going to have to say no on this one. 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.

Medium And Petite Individuals Are No Problem

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.

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Best for petite and medium size individuals

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.

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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.

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Pretty good edge support for an all-foam bed

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.

Bringing It All Back Around: Review 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.

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Quick Notes On 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.

Review Team

louis cote

Louis Côté

Side Sleeper

JD

JD Christison

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

FAQs

How did you get this bed?

GhostBed sent us the mattress to try—but don’t worry! The company doesn’t have any say in what goes into our review. All of our opinions are entirely our own and we’ll never over- or undersell a bed.

I have a latex allergy. Can I use this mattress?

Yes, you can. The latex foam in the 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.

Where is the GhostBed mattress made?

The GhostBed is made by Nature’s Sleep in the USA.

Does Nature's Sleep offer any other mattresses?

Yes. They sell numerous other mattresses, including GhostBed Luxe, which is a cooling memory foam mattress. They also now sell the GhostBed Flex mattress, which is similar to the Luxe but with coils for support and breathability.

What other products does GhostBed / Nature's Sleep sell?

Yes. They sell an adjustable bed frame, mattress foundation, the GhostPillow, 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.

Can I buy the GhostBed mattress in-store?

Not right now. This is an online-only mattress, though, you can also find it on Amazon. Since it has the risk-free sleep trial, there's really no need to drive down to a store. You can try it at your house, on your own time, to make up your own mind.

What other beds are similar to GhostBed?

Anything in the bed-in-a-box space, we would consider similar, though, we haven't seen a bed with the same construction. GhostBed's biggest competitors are probably Casper, Purple, Leesa, Nectar, and Tuft & Needle.