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GhostBed vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

I hope you brought your pillow because we’re about to dive right into the middle of another mattress battle! This week, the all mighty Purple mattress is going head-to-head with the well known, GhostBed. Both of these mattresses have quickly made a name for themselves in the online industry, but does one have enough power to knock down the other?

Continue reading below to discover who will take the championship belt home this week! I’d also encourage you to check out our full GhostBed mattress review and Purple mattress review for even more information.

Wanting to get right to the point? Click here for the summarized breakdown of this week’s mattress battle.

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Ghostbed Mattress
  • The Ghostbed sleeps cool
  • This mattress is a great value buy
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Purple Mattress
  • Great Bounce
  • Sleeps Cool

GhostBed vs Purple: Similarities and Differences

Before we start digging into each individual mattress, I’d like to compare the GhostBed and Purple to help give you a better idea which bed might be right for you. Though the GhostBed and Purple have similar firmness levels, they’re made from unique materials that contribute to very different overall feels. Below, I’ll share what they do and don’t have in common, and let you know which sleepers I think each is best for.

Main Similarities

  • The GhostBed and Purple have similar firmness levels and are both a bit firmer than medium-firm.
  • Both mattresses are made with cooling features, and our some of the most cooling mattresses I have tested.
  • They are both pretty bouncy mattresses and are quite responsive.
  • Both mattresses come at similar price points.
  • They are both bed-in-a-box mattresses and will ship to your door compressed in a box.

Main Differences

  • The Purple’s comfort layer is made with a hyper-elastic polymer grid, while the GhostBed uses a latex foam and memory foam in its comfort layer. The Purple’s grid layer has a very unique feel that might not appeal to all sleepers.
  • The Purple has better motion transfer results, meaning less movement can be detected from one side of the mattress on the other.
  • The GhostBed has a 20-year warranty, while the Purple has a 10-year warranty.
Purple Mattress
The Purple Mattress in the Sleepopolis studio.

Which is Better for You?

Depending on your height, body weight, and preferred sleeping position, one of these mattresses is likely to be better for you than the other. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.

  • I think both mattresses are great options for back sleepers. They have the right firmness level that will offer these sleepers a nice mix of pressure relief and support.
  • I think the Purple is a better option for couples since it has better motion isolation. This means you’re less likely to be disturbed by a restless partner.
  • I really like both beds for combo sleepers, since they have a bouncy feel that should make it easy to switch positions throughout the night.
  • I think the GhostBed is a better option for heavier sleepers, though I think some larger sleepers might want something with even more support. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for heavy people roundup.
  • I think strict side sleepers would want a mattress softer than these options. I’d steer them to our best mattresses for side sleepers roundup.
  • Similarly, I think stomach sleepers should go with a firmer mattress, and I’d tell them to check out our best mattress for stomach sleepers list.


What Do These Mattresses Feel Like? 

Now that we’ve discussed what these mattresses have in common and who each is best for, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and discuss their overall feel. I’m going to let you know their firmness level, pressure relieving abilities, and motion transfer results.


The Purple lands at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm. Purple’s main goal with this mattress was to create a firmness level suitable for most sleepers.

Built with a 2″ top layer of hyper-elastic polymer, it’s safe to say the Purple embodies a feel unlike any other mattress I have tested. The polymer acts like latex in many respects, but seems to do everything a tad bit better. Bounce, cooling, pressure relief, and response are the main areas that the Purple’s polymer compares very closely to latex. That said, sinkage on the Purple is a bit more complex.

For sleepers around 150 pounds, there is a relatively minimal level of sinkage and hug. If you are a sleeper less than 130 pounds, there is more of a floating feeling. As we get past 150 pounds to the more average weight and heavier sleepers, there is most certainly a more noticeable level of sinkage, bringing the feel of this mattress closer to a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. For those lighter sleepers experiencing that floating feeling, the Purple is going to feel closer to a 7 out of 10.

Purple’s contour is less dramatic, it has more of a rounded and balanced hug / contour. The construction of this mattress gives it a high degree of point elasticity, allowing more body parts to sink in and receive the support / pressure relief they need without changing the overall feel of the mattress. Purple’s polymer is similar in some respects to latex foam, especially regarding the degree of contouring hug.

Last but not least, cooling. Overall, Purple’s cooling properties are hard to beat. Thus far, I would say Purple is one of the coolest mattresses I have tested to date. The hyper-elastic polymer smart grid design allows for high levels of airflow in and out of the mattress as well as top notch breathability from the foam layers below.


Similar to Purple, the GhostBed comes in at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the most firm). Once again, GhostBed wanted to create a mattress with intentions of meeting the needs of a vast majority of sleepers.

This mattress does a great job of creating a balanced level of comfort, support, and response time, thanks to the combination of latex and memory foam. Now, GhostBed’s method of using latex as their top layer tremendously improves response time as well as bounce. Typically, foam mattresses can struggle with regards to bounce or response time, but the GhostBed has taken this notion and put it to sleep.

The memory foam layers below the latex do a great job of contouring to your body once you have given the mattress a few minutes to adjust to your weight. These foams are slower to respond, meaning once they adapt to the shape of your body, you will continue to receive high levels of support and body-contour.

When it comes to support, the GhostBed is pretty solid, especially for an 11-inch mattress. This mattress did an excellent job of maintaining a high level of support. Ghostbed is capable of supporting up to 400 pounds per side. In addition, the GhostBed did a great job relieving pressure points my body tried to create with the mattress. Each sleeping position felt well supported and spine alignment was not an issue while sleeping on the GhostBed.

Finally, cooling. The combination of 1.5″ of aerated latex foam and 2″ of gel memory foam makes for solid levels of heat dissipation. Not once did I feel as if the GhostBed was holding my body heat during my sleep test.


Of course, before buying a new mattress you’ll want to look at how much they cost. Take a look at our price comparison chart below, and be sure to visit our Purple coupon page or GhostBed coupon page for a nice discount.

Prices listed below will be before discount or offer for each size.

Twin XL$845$799
Cali King$1,410$1,449

What Are These Mattresses Made Of?

Now that we’ve talked about who these mattresses are best for and how they feel, let’s take a look inside them to see what makes these bad boys tick. The GhostBed is an all-foam mattress, while the Purple uses a hyper-elastic polymer grid.


The Purple mattress is built from a combination of foam and polymer and totals 9.5 inches in height.

  • Cover – a SoftFlex material that’s made from a combination of polyester, viscose, and lycra. This combo is stretchy and breathable, so it moves with the Purple’s comfort layer and helps with airflow.
  • Comfort Layer– 2 inches of hyper-elastic polymer. This top layer of hyper-elastic polymer is designed to provide the cooling, bounce, and pressure relief for the mattress. It’s also surrounded on the edges by polyfoam, which adds some extra edge support.
  • Support Layer– 3.5 inches of polyurethane foam. This layer is placed directly below the polymer layer in order to provide great support and deep compression support for sleepers.
  • Base layer – 4 inches of polyfoam. The bottom layer provides the deep compression support for the sleeper as well as the foundational support for the mattress.
Purple Materials
A look inside the Purple mattress.

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Purple Mattress
Purple Mattress
Purple Mattress

The Purple has nice bounce as well as a medium mix of support and pressure relief that makes it a great pick for the combo sleepers out there.


The GhostBed is an 11″ mattress built from a combination of latex and memory foam. Slightly different than most foam mattresses, the GhostBed adds an extra 0.5″ to their comfort layer, giving these layers a total height of 3.5″.

  • Cover – Made of a polyester/viscose blend, this cover is soft and breathable.
  • Comfort Layer– 1.5 inches of aerated latex foam. Similar to Purple, this top layer is designed to provide a high level of pressure relief as well as the cooling and bounce for the sleeper. Latex is also a long-lasting material, so this adds a bit of durability to the mattress.
  • Support Layer– 2 inches of gel memory foam. As a less responsive layer, the gel memory foam has been placed below the top layer of latex in order to provide the sleeper with more support and pressure relief. Additionally, it provides deep compression support for sleepers.
  • Base Layer– 7.5 inches of support foam. The bottom layer simply acts as the foundational base for the mattress as a whole.
GhostBed construction
The GhostBed is an all-foam mattress.

GhostBed vs Purple: Best Qualities

Now that we’ve learned quite a bit about each of these mattresses, I’d like to recap the best things about them. Again, though they may have similar firmness levels, these are quite different mattresses that are likely to appeal to different sleepers.

GhostBed Best Features

  • The GhostBed is a very bouncy and responsive mattress that combination sleepers will likely be happy on.
  • It sleeps very cool thanks to its breathable cover and aerated latex comfort layer.
  • It has a medium-firm feel that’s ideal for back sleepers.

Purple Best Features

  • The Purple has a very unique feel thanks to its hyper-elastic polymer grid structure, which is responsive and offers some great pressure relief.
  • It’s a good choice for couples since it has low motion transfer, meaning you’re unlikely to be disturbed by your partner’s movements. It also has good edge support, so you can take full advantage of the mattress’s surface area.
  • The Purple is bouncy and responsive, and is ideal for back and combo sleepers.

Company Policies 

Purple Policies

  • Trial Period – 100-night sleep trial 
  • Shipping – free, compressed in the easy to open Purple “tube”
  • Mattress Warranty – 10-year warranty

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Ghostbed Mattress
Ghostbed Mattress
Ghostbed Mattress

The combination of bouncy latex and body-hugging memory foam offer sleepers a nice, balanced feel. 

GhostBed Policies

  • Trial Period – 101-night sleep trial 
  • Shipping – free, ships within 24 hours, compressed in a box
  • Mattress Warranty – 20-year warranty

Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating

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. 

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. 

Purple Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating

Stellar: When I went on Purple’s site the customer service chat function immediately popped up to ask if I had any questions, and when I did ask a question it was answered politely and in detail.

More From GhostBed and Purple 

Now that we’ve compared these mattresses, let’s see how they stack up to some of the brand’s other models. I’ll also share some other comparisons we have done in case you’re looking at other models.

GhostBed Flex

  • 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.

GhostBed Luxe

  • 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.

Purple 2, 3 & 4

  • The numbered Purple mattresses correspond to the height of the hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer, with 2 being the firmest and 4 being the softest.
  • The numbered Purple mattresses are hybrid mattresses with a traditional pocketed coil spring construction, which makes for a bouncier mattress than foam.
  • The Purple 2 is best for stomach sleepers, the 3 best for combo sleepers, and the 4 is best for side sleepers.
  • The Purple hybrids are more expensive than the original Purple.
  • Read all about it at my Purple mattress full review or hop on over to my Purple comparison.

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Logan Block
Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan has perfected his method by personally testing over 200 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.