GhostBed Mattress Review

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The GhostBed competes head-on with several other online mattresses in the same price range. How does it compare in terms of support, features, and warranty?

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Note: Although the GhostBed is a relatively new entrant in the online mattress market, the company behind, it, Nature's Sleep, has been in business for more than 15 years, and was one of the first companies to sell mattresses compressed and rolled into a box instead of fully expanded. This review is for the original GhostBed mattress. The company has also introduced the GhostBed Luxe, which we have also reviewed.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full GhostBed mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – GhostBed Mattress (Classic)

Mattress Type

Latex + Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$895

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

101-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

20 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

11 inches

Weight (Queen)

89 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a GhostBed Classic Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Like a blend of a floating vs sinking feeling

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like to sink deeply into your mattress
  • Have a history of 'sleeping hot'

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Just to the firmer side of Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Slightly shallower than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
5 Medium recovery, no bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8
Heavier >250 lb 9 7

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 6 5

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 7 Above average for a foam mattress
Edge Support 8 Very good among foam mattresses
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 5 Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 10 Exceptional value

 GhostBed Mattress

Overview: GhostBed Mattress

Last Updated: August 2018

The GhostBed Classic is an 11-inch all foam mattress with three types of foam: gel memory foam, synthetic latex foam, and polyurethane foam. Like most mattresses available exclusively online, it comes shipped to you via common carrier, compressed and vacuum-packed into a box. The company that manufacturers the GhostBed mattress, Nature's Sleep, was one of the pioneers of this type of shipping method, which has completely changed how people can buy mattresses today. Nature Sleep has been in business more than 15 years, longer than most companies selling mattresses on the internet.

The GhostBed has a lot of competition in its price range (currently $895 for a queen size bed, before any GoodBed discounts), so how does it stand out in a crowded field?

The quality of the foams used in the GhostBed mattress are a cut above the competition in our view. The top layer of gel-infused memory foam is a 4 lb. density, higher than most of the competition in this same price range. You also get a layer of premium synthetic latex that's continuously poured, meaning it's similar to natural latex and is unlikely to crack or flake (and that would be covered under the 20-year warranty). Lastly, the support block of polyurethane foam is a 2 lb density foam; that's a higher density (better quality) than typical 1.8-lb. density foam we see on competing mattresses.

In our testing, the GhostBed proved very supportive for back sleepers in particular. Our tester felt the bed did a very good job supporting his lumbar area, almost reaching up to support the more concave areas of his back. Ease of repositioning was also a highlight in our evaluation. Moving from position to position was almost effortless. Edge support was also very good, important if you like to sit or lay directly on the side of your mattress. Foam bed often don't do a great job in this respect, but our tester felt very stable on the GhostBed mattress. Motion isolation was also very good. That could be a priority for you if you are easily awakened by a partner's movements.

But the overarching highlight in our view was value. At $895 for a queen size mattress, the GhostBed uses premium materials that we think we hold up very well over time. This is supported by the company's 20-year warranty against defects, which includes cracking of any foams, and body depressions greater than one inch.

Among our concerns with the GhostBed: All foam mattresses aren't usually the best choice for those who tend to overheat in bed. Although the GhostBed does have a few features to help with heat dissipation, this just isn't a strength of foam beds in general.

We also wondered whether people that are significantly heavier than our tester would have trouble with pressure relief, sinking through the 3.5" of premium comfort foams and 'bottoming out' on the harder support foam, which will be much less conducive to pressure relief. Those much lighter than our tester might have the opposite issue; they might not be heavier enough to sink deeply enough into the foam and create good spinal alignment.

But overall, we thought that the GhostBed would suit a wide variety of sleepers, at a very competitive price.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can always visit the company's website for more on the GhostBed.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Latex + Memory Foam over Foam

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  11”

Mattress Weight:  89 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The GhostBed mattress is an 11″ thick mattress comprised of 3 layers (listed below from top to bottom):

  • 1.5" continuously poured synthetic latex
  • 2" gel-infused memory foam, 4-lb. density
  • 7.5" polyurethane foam support layer, 2-lb. density

The GhostBed mattress includes three types of foam stacked together. At the top, you have 1.5 inches of synthetic latex. While not made of natural rubber, the latex looks and behaves very similarly to natural latex. It is pierced throughout with pin core holes, which occur as part of the manufacturing process.

After that there's a 2-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam. The gel flecks are intended to help with the dissipation of heat, since gel is a proven conductor. The memory foam is a 4-lb. density foam (foams used in mattresses typically range from about 1.5-lb. to 5 lb.), a higher density (and higher quality) than many memory foams in competing beds (3-lb. or 3.5-lb. is more common).

The top two layers are 3.5-lb density foam, making them softer and more pliant than the more supportive layers below. Most of the softness aspects of the Casper bed come from those top two comfort layers of foam. You’ll note that the numbers above don’t quite add up to 10 inches; the last .5 inches of height can be attributed to the mattress’s cover.

GhostBed

GhostBed Mattress Foam Closeup

 

Cover

The three layers of the GhostBed mattress are wrapped in a soft and stretchy cover. If we had to nit-pick, we would say that the quality of the side panels seems not quite up to par with the rest of the materials used in this mattress.

GhostBed Mattress Cover

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the GhostBed mattress as a Medium Firm mattress, just to the firmer side of medium. The feeling you get is more of a floating-on-top sensation versus sinking deeply into the mattress.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Medium Firm

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. This is definitely more of the latter. Our lying on top of the GhostBed, felt cushioning was a bit shallower than some competing mattresses with deep pillowtops and plush top layers.

If you like that feeling of being more independent of your mattress rather than being snugged in by it, we think you’ll like the GhostBed mattress.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Shallower than average

 GhostBed Cushioning Depth

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The GhostBed mattress does have a 2” layer of memory foam (the second layer of the mattress), it really does not have that much of that recognizable memory-foam feel, where after compressed, your hand print takes several seconds to disappear (some describe this as a slow, melting into the mattress feeling). The top layer of latex counteracts the effect of the memory foam so what you get is a sort of middle ground, with a little of that memory foam feel, but less than you would get if the memory foam was on the top.

We also tested bounce, and like most foam mattresses, this is not a bouncy bed.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
5 Medium recovery

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the GhostBed offered very good back support, and we thought it would suit a wide range of people of various sizes and weights in the back sleeping position. Support while side sleeping was also good for our tester.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the GhostBed Classic mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 7
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8
Heavier >250 lb 9 7

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a perfectly neutral spine, while he felt the GhostBed mattress did a nice job reaching up to support his lumbar curve. We feel that sleepers of a wide weight range would have a similar experience, and we did not have concerns that heavier sleepers might not be supported enough.

Side Sleepers:

Things were less clear when we evaluated side-sleeping. For our 200-lb. tester, side sleeping was good. His hips sank well into the mattress, but he wished his shoulders would have sank a bit more. But for most people of average weight in that 125 to 200 range, we felt back support and spinal alignment would be good. We did question whether lightweight people would compress the foam enough to create good spinal alignment, and at the same time felt those who are much heavier than our tester might sink right through the comfort layers of the bed to rest on the harder foam beneath.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the GhostBed Classic mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 8 8
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 6 5

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the GhostBed mattress to be good. Our tester didn’t experience any specific issues, and he didn’t feel that he ‘bottomed out’ or pushed through the mattress’s comfort layers and into the firmer support foam layers. However, we do wonder about heavier or curvier people, whose hips and shoulders could possibly sink through those top layers to the harder support layers of foam. And those who are very light might find this medium-firm bed too firm.

 GhostBed Mattress Back Support

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the GhostBed, we tested motion isolation by pressing down hard on the mattress, as well as with whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

When we pressed down repeatedly on one side of the bed, the bowling pin really didn't move much, and we suspected the little movement we did notice could be attributed more to the bed frame than to the mattress. When our tester dropped his entire weight onto the GhostBed mattress, the pin barely moved. We only made the pin fall by rolling around right next it.

We felt that the GhostBed bed would be a good choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner getting in and out of bed.

Motion Isolation Rating 8 /10 Good

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, but in the case of the GhostBed mattress, the memory foam layer is not on top. The memory foam is also infused with gel, which may help conduct heat away from the body since gel is a natural conductor. And because the GhostBed is a firmer bed, your body doesn’t sink so deeply into in, leaving more of your body exposed to air and able to dissipate heat.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, and you’ve experienced it with other mattresses, other models have features that are specifically intended to address this, but for most we don’t expect heat to be a problem with the GhostBed mattress.

Stays 'Cool' Rating 7 /10 Above average for foam

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. Our tester felt very stable both sitting and laying on the edge of the GhostBed mattress. Edge support might not have been as good as with an innerspring mattress, but for a foam bed, the GhostBed was very good, we felt.

Edge Support Rating 8 /10 Very good among foam mattresses

 GhostBed Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

One of the highlights of the GhostBed mattress, for our tester, was ease of movement, which owing to the high responsiveness and elasticity of the latex layer, was almost effortless. If you tend to change positions a lot, the GhostBed mattress performed extremely well in our view.

Repositioning Rating 10 /10 Excellent

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the GhostBed mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, and the latex is synthetic, not natural. However all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. GhostBed has a page on its environmental policies.

Green Rating 5 /10 Does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We did not specifically test the GhostBed mattress with an adjustable base. However, the company sells its own adjustable base that can be used, and using an adjustable base (either GhostBed’s or another brand’s) will not void the warranty. Since the company endorses use of adjustable bases, we assume that compatibility is likely good.

Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 /10 Very compatible

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers. 

Size Dimensions Mattress Std. Foundation / Adj. Base GoodBed Discount
Twin 38" x 75" x 11" $495 $195 / NA $50 off
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 11"  $650 $210 / $699 $50 off
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 11" $845 $225 / NA $50 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 11" $895 $250 / $899 $50 off
King 76" x 80" x 11" $1,075 $295 / $1,398 $50 off
California King 72" x 84" x 11" $1,095 $295 / NA $50 off

 

What You’re Getting

The GhostBed is an 11-inch mattress made of polyurethane foam, synthetic latex foam and gel-infused memory in densities we would describe as higher than average among competing beds in the same price range. Overall, you are getting 3.5" of premium comfort material (the memory foam and the latex).

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the GhostBed mattress, the foams used are above average, and in our experience, higher density foams are less likely to compress, become misshapen or crack. We saw no red flags with regard to how long we think this mattress will last.

 

Overall Value

Pricing for the queen size GhostBed is $895, a price that’s right in line, or even a little less, compared to other all-foam mattresses sold exclusively online. Compared to similar mattresses found in a traditional store, we think the GhostBed is an incredible value, and even compared to the online competition, we think it stands apart in terms of value for the money.

Value Rating 10 /10 Excellent value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

GhostBed includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. The GhostBed comes in a big box; the queen size mattress weighs 89 pounds, so carrying it to your bedroom is a two-person job.

 

Returns

  • 101-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

GhostBed offers buyers a 101-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress included. The company requires you to keep the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Note that while you can buy a GhostBed mattress through Amazon, Amazon's standard 30-day return window applies. Only purchases made through GhostBed are eligible for the 101 trial period. See: Details on GhostBed returns

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 20 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. GhostBed has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: GhostBed warranty

 

Summary: Is the GhostBed Mattress Right for You?

The GhostBed mattress is an excellent value, given its premium materials for the money. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation.

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back sleeper
  • Move around and reposition frequently
  • Like a blend of a floating vs sinking feeling

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Like to sink deeply into your mattress
  • Have a history of 'sleeping hot'

 

Is the GhostBed mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range. 

Looking for more on the GhostBed mattress? Visit GhostBed.com.

 

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