Hopefully you brought your mattress protector because another mattress battle is about to begin! In this week’s battle, we have the veteran, Leesa in one corner. In the other corner, the well known GhostBed is eagerly awaiting it’s chance to take on the Leesa. While both of these bed-in-a-box mattresses have quickly made a fan base, only one will be crowned the king, but who will it be, GhostBed or Leesa?
In this review, I’ll tell you everything there is to know about the GhostBed and Leesa, including how they feel, their materials, which sleepers they’re best for, prices, and company policies.
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Leesa vs GhostBed: Similarities and Differences
Though the GhostBed and Leesa have about the same level of firmness, their overall feel is quite different. The Leesa original mattress is an all-foam mattress, while the GhostBed uses a combination of foams and latex, which makes it bouncier. If you want to get all the details about each individual mattress, you can check out my GhostBed mattress review and Leesa mattress review. Now, let’s take a closer look at what the Leesa and GhostBed do and don’t have in common.
- The Leesa and GhostBed are both just a bit firmer than medium-firm, making them a nice option for back sleepers.
- They both have layers of foam, including pressure-relieving memory foam.
- The Leesa and GhostBed are both built with cooling layers.
- They both have fairly high motion transfer, meaning you’ll probably feel movement from one side of the bed on the other.
- The Leesa is more affordable than the GhostBed, making it a better option for budget shoppers.
- The Leesa is an all-foam mattress, while the GhostBed has a latex layer, which is bouncier and more responsive than foam.
- GhostBed comes with a 20-year warranty, while Leesa comes with a 10-year warranty.
Which is Better for You?
Depending on your size, shape, and preferred sleeping position, the Leesa or the GhostBed might better suit your individual needs.
- If you’re a combination sleeper, I think you’d be happier on the GhostBed, since its latex layer makes switching positions a breeze.
- I’d recommend stomach sleepers go with the Leesa, but I’d steer the majority of stomach sleepers to something even firmer, which you can find in our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- I wouldn’t recommend either mattress to strict side sleepers. I’d tell them to check out our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- Though both mattresses are cooling, if you sleep especially hot I’d recommend the GhostBed, since it’s layer of gel-infused memory foam and latex layer are both quite cooling.
- I’d recommend heavier sleepers go with the GhostBed, since it’s capable of supporting sleepers up to 400 lbs.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new mattress is how it feels. How it feels is determined by its firmness, ability to relieve pressure, and bounce. Though some of these factors can be subjective, I’ve put these mattresses through specialized tests to determine their performances.
After polling a number of folks in the office, I determined the Leesa’s firmness to be a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. The industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5, so the Leesa is just a bit firmer than that. This firmness level is great for back sleepers, since they need a combination of pressure relief at the lower back and support for a neutral spinal alignment.
I think the Leesa also has some nice pressure-relieving abilities, thanks to its layer of breathable foam and memory foam. Its breathable foam layer also helps mitigate the “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling you tend to get with memory foam. However, even though the breathable foam layer is more responsive than memory foam, I wouldn’t say the Leesa is a bouncy mattress. I think combination sleepers would be better suited to the Ghostbed or one of our best mattresses for combination sleepers.
As a medium-firm mattress, the GhostBed lands at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm). Similar to Leesa, GhostBed intended to create a mattress that meets the needs of a majority of sleepers.
The combination of materials used in the GhostBed create a balance level of response, bounce, and overall comfort. The top layer of latex does a great job providing sleepers with good cooling and bounce, while the memory foam is able to create great support and pressure relief. The mix of latex + memory foam is a well established design concept and one of the most popular choices for many online mattresses.
With memory foam placed below the top layer of latex, this mattress still has the ability to sharply contour to the curves of your body. After adjusting to your weight, the GhostBed will adapt to your body, and offer sleepers that memory foam contour, with a more even response time on top.
With regards to support, the GhostBed does a good job. With its 11″ profile, the GhostBed has the ability to support individual sleepers up to 400 pounds. Even as a lighter sleeper (140 pounds) the mattress was able to fully relieve me of my pressure points and still maintain consistent spinal alignment in each sleeping position.
Price is certainly an important factor to consider when buying a new mattress. Below, you’ll see our up-to-date pricing comparison chart for the Leesa and Leesa Hybrid. Don’t forget to check out our Leesa Coupon Page and GhostBed Coupon Page to save even more.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Now that we’ve discussed how these mattresses feel, let’s figure out what makes them tick. The Leesa and GhostBed use different materials, and below I’ll show you exactly what layers they have and what they do to the overall feel of the mattress
Cover- Leesa’s cover is made from a combination of Polyester and Lycra. The blending of these two materials makes for a breathable cover with above average elasticity.
Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 2″ layer of breathable foam. The breathable foam top layer and core memory foam work together to create an adaptive feel that’s appropriate for most sleepers.
Middle layer (support & pressure relief) – 2″ layer of memory foam. This layer works to provide the support and pressure relief for the mattress.
Base layer (foundation) – 6″ layer of polyfoam. The bottom layer simply acts as a foundation for the mattress. Additionally, it works to provide deep compression support for heavier sleepers.
Cover-On top, the white fabric is stretchy, smooth, and soft. Moving down the cover, the grey side panels work to protect the mattress with a more resilient material feel.
Top layer (cooling & comfort) – 1.5″ of aerated latex foam. Latex foam has great bounce, response, cooling, and overall comfort. It works with the memory foam to create a balanced feel. Latex is also known for its durability.
Middle layer (support) – 2″ of gel memory foam. Memory foam provides great pressure relief, support, and body contouring. Placing it below the layer of latex helps to further prevent heat retention issues in the mattress.
Base layer (foundation) – 7.5″ of support foam. This layer acts as the foundational base for the mattress, supporting the top layers and also providing deep compression support.
Before we finish up this comparison, let’s recap what makes each of these mattresses unique and which sleepers they’re best suited for. Remember, the GhostBed is a bouncier latex/foam mattress, while the Leesa is an all-foam mattress.
- The Leesa is a great option for back sleepers, thanks to its firm support and contouring breathable foam and memory foam layers.
- The Leesa is quite cooling since its breathable foam layer is situated on top of its memory foam layer, which helps mitigate the heat-trapping tendencies of memory foam.
- The Leesa is a really affordable mattress, making it a great choice for budget-savvy shoppers.
- The GhostBed is a responsive mattress that’s quite bouncy, making it a good choice for combination sleepers who will want to be able to easily switch positions throughout the night.
- The GhostBed is a really cooling mattress, due to its gel-infused memory foam and latex foam.
- The GhostBed comes with a 20-year warranty, which is double the typical 10-year warranty.
Trial Period– 100 night sleep trial
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Warranty– 10-year warranty
Trial Period– 101 night sleep trial
Shipping– Free shipping to all US states except Hawaii and Alaska
Warranty– 20-year warranty
Sleepopolis Customer Service Ratings
We rate each company for their customer service based on factors like call wait time, politeness, and responsiveness. Companies can receive one of four ratings: Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor.
Leesa Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Great: I was able to immediately connect with a human using the chat function on the Leesa site. I asked “Which Leesa is best for side sleepers” and got a pretty vague answer that all of their mattresses are designed for side sleepers, but once I asked for something soft (which is best for side sleepers) I was able to get some good specific recommendations.
GhostBed Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: I was able to immediately chat with a human on the GhostBed site and they answered my question promptly.
More from Leesa and GhostBed
Wondering what else these brands have to offer? Take a look how these brands’ other models compare to the ones we have reviewed here.
- The Leesa Hybrid employs a mix of foam and innerspring coils, which makes for a bouncy, supportive, and medium-firm structure.
- It’s softer than the original Leesa, which makes it a better choice for side sleepers.
- It’s got great motion isolation and edge support, so could be a nice pick for couples.
- Learn more about the Leesa Hybrid here.
- The Legend is another hybrid mattress from Leesa, but is the brand’s luxury hybrid model.
- I like this bed for its plush feel, which could work well for strict side sleepers.
- Learn more about the Leesa Legend here.
Studio by Leesa
- The Studio is the brand’s most budget-friendly bed, but its lower price tag doesn’t lead to lower comfort.
- It has plush memory foam for body-contouring and pressure relief.
- Learn more about the Studio by Leesa here.
- Unlike the original GhostBed, the Flex is a hybrid model that uses pocketed coils and foams.
- The Flex is more expensive than the original GhostBed.
- The Flex is quite a bit softer than the original, making it a much better choice for side sleepers.
- Learn more about the GhostBed Flex here.
- The Luxe sleeps even cooler than the original GhostBed. It was designed by the GhostBed to be the “coolest mattress in the world.”
- The Luxe is quite a bit softer than the original GhostBed, so it’s a better option for side sleepers.
- The Luxe is more expensive than the original GhostBed.
- Learn more about the GhostBed Luxe here.
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