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GhostBed 3D Matrix Mattress Review

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is the latest hybrid mattress from GhostBed, and offers up an intriguing mix of plush foam, bouncy coils, and advanced cooling tech. There’s a lot going on in this bed, but the question remains: Is it any good?

To find out, I gave the mattress a thorough once-over, assessing everything from its build to its feel, to see if it might just be the bed for you! So buckle up and get ready for my full review of the GhostBed 3D Matrix hybrid or, skip to the summary if you’re short on time.

GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed 3D Matrix

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is a great hybrid bed with a medium firmness that I like for the combo sleepers. Is also has a nice breathable cover to help you sleep cool through the night.

Brand Snapshot

GhostBed launched in 2015 on a mission to provide customers with “supernatural comfort.” Over the years, this aim has manifested in the all-foam original GhostBed, the luxurious GhostBed Luxe, the firm GhostBed Flex and a slate of other products (including pillows and an adjustable base).

Later on in this review, we’ll compare the 3D Matrix to its GhostBed siblings, but before we do that, we’ve got to get into the GhostBed 3D Matrix’s construction.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Mattress
The GhostBed 3D Matrix in the Sleepopolis bedroom

What is the GhostBed 3D Matrix Made of?

The GhostBed 3D Matrix features a tall 13” profile packed with several layers of thermoregulating polymer, gel memory foam, bounce foam, and individually wrapped coils. There’s a lot going on here, but the intended goal seems to be one of striking a satisfying balance between pressure relief and support.

To see how this all comes together, let’s go through the layers one by one!

Cover – The 3D Matrix kicks things off with a cooling cover, which literally feels cool to the touch. It’s also soft and cozy, so should provide some nice comfort as soon as you jump on the bed.

Comfort – Up first, we’ve got a 2” layer of gel memory foam. This material has a slow response to pressure, which allows the sleeper to sink in for some pleasant relief at the shoulders and hips. Though memory foam has a slight reputation for overheating at night, the gel layer here helps to dissipate this heat and keep things cozy throughout the night.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Gel
The cooling gel on top of the foam of the GhostBed 3D Matrix

Transition – I’m categorizing the next two sections as “transition” layers, as they help to ease the sleeper out of the soft memory foam top layer and into the firmer pocketed coils below. These layers are made of poly foam, which has a quicker response to pressure than the memory foam above it. This material brings some bounce to the structure, lifting the sleeper more “on top” of the bed than “in” it.

Support – The bulk of the mattress is comprised of this tall section of individually wrapped coils. These springs are highly responsive, infusing the mattress with some fantastic bounce. Additionally, the coils around the sides of the bed are reinforced for extra support, which maximizes the usable surface area of the mattress. This could be an especially attractive feature for couples, who often need to stretch out all the way to the edges of the bed.

Base – Rounding things out is a thin layer of high-density poly foam. This material mostly serves to give the coils above it something upon which to react.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Materials
The materials used in the construction of the GhostBed 3D Matrix

How Does the GhostBed 3D Matrix Feel?

Now that we’ve gone over all the materials in the 3D Matrix, let’s figure out how those materials make the mattress feel, starting with firmness.

As with any feel factor, firmness is a highly subjective measure, and can change a lot depending on one’s body size, weight, and shape. So, the response I provide below could be very different from your own. For reference, I’m 5’10” and 190lbs.

After rolling around on the mattress, I landed on a 6.5/10 rating on the firmness scale, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Firmness
I found the GhostBed 3D Matrix to have a medium firmness

In general, I found this bed to have a pleasantly balanced vibe. No one material dominates the structure, which allows the mattress to hit a sweet spot between softness and firmness. That being said, it is incredibly bouncy, so could be a good fit for combo sleepers who need to move around and change positions in the night. Strict position sleepers, however, may find that the mattress is either too soft (stomach sleepers) or too firm (side sleepers) for their specific needs.

GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed 3D Matrix

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is a great hybrid bed with a medium firmness that I like for the combo sleepers. Is also has a nice breathable cover to help you sleep cool through the night.

Testing the GhostBed 3D Matrix

Though firmness is important, it’s far from the only factor to consider when buying a new mattress! So, let’s test out the GhostBed 3D Matrix for pressure relief and motion transfer.

Pressure Relief

When I talk about pressure relief, I’m referring to how well (or not well) a bed is able to alleviate tension in the shoulders, hips, and lower back. To test for this, I like to use a pressure map.

Though it sounds complicated, it’s actually quite simple: I roll this gizmo out, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest! As I move around the structure, the gadget records the force my body’s exerting on the structure, and makes a colored “map” of the pressure. Blue indicates areas of low pressure and red indicates areas of high pressure.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Pressure
Pressure map results for the GhostBed 3D Matrix

Back – Things felt fairly comfortable on my back! As I turned onto this position, I could feel the top layers of foam filling in the space at my lumbar region for some nice pressure relief. I’d also note that the bounce of the coils made it easy to move around and change positions.

Side – Sleeping on my side felt just okay. Though I wouldn’t say there was a lot of discomfort at my shoulders and hips, there also wasn’t a lot of comfort. You get a bit of contouring from the memory foam top layer, but not enough to sustain all-night lateral sleeping.

Stomach – I had a similar experience when I turned onto my stomach. The position wasn’t painful, per say, but the structure is just a little too soft to support dozing in prone throughout the entire evening.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Relax
Relaxing on the GhostBed 3D Matrix

Motion Transfer

In this next test, we’re going to figure out the bed’s motion transfer, or the amount of movement detectable from one side of the mattress to the other. An important factor for all sleepers, but perhaps especially so for those who share a bed with a partner (or a rowdy pet!)

To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.

GhostBed 3D Matrix Motion
I thought the 3D Matrix did a pretty good job of isolating motion transfer

Considering how bouncy the mattress is, these are pretty great motion transfer results! What they tell me is that in spite of the pocketed coil system’s lift, the top layer of memory foam does a lot to dampen and dissipate motion throughout the structure. Long story short — you shouldn’t be too disturbed by your partner’s movements in the night.

GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed 3D Matrix

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is a great hybrid bed with a medium firmness that I like for the combo sleepers. Is also has a nice breathable cover to help you sleep cool through the night.

Other GhostBeds

Now that we’ve got our heads wrapped around the 3D Matrix, let’s compare it to the other GhostBed mattresses.

Original GhostBed

  • Unlike the 3D Matrix or the Flex, the Original GhostBed is built entirely of foam (including latex, memory foam, and high-density poly foam).
  • The mattress, then, has a fairly balanced feel of mobility and pressure relief, though isn’t quite as firm as the Matrix.
  • Notably, the Original is quite less expensive than the Matrix, coming it at $900 for a Queen (compared to the Matrix Queen price of $2,495).
  • For more, take a peek at my full GhostBed review.

GhostBed Luxe

  • As the name implies, this mattress is the brand’s luxury foam model, so features plush foam layers for sinkage and body-contouring.
  • This produces a gentle vibe that’s significantly different from the brand’s hybrid offerings.
  • As with the Original GhostBed, the Luxe is much less expensive than the Matrix, priced as it is at $1,400 for a Queen.
  • Wanna learn more? Read my full GhostBed Luxe review. You can also check out my GhostBed comparison for an even more extensive breakdown.

GhostBed Flex

  • Like the 3D Matrix, the Flex is a hybrid that combines foam top layers with bouncy coils.
  • However, it has a slightly softer feel than the 3D Matrix, making it a particularly attractive option for back sleepers.
  • I’d also say this bed could be good for couples, as it’s got decent edge support and great motion transfer.
  • Pricewise, it’s less expensive than both the Luxe and Matrix models, with its Queen costing $1,285.
  • For more on the Flex, check out my full review.
GhostBed 3D Matrix Testing
Testing out the GhostBed 3D Matrix

Should You Buy the GhostBed 3D Matrix Mattress?

Well, we’ve officially reached the end of this review, and now it’s time for you to decide if the 3D Matrix is the bed for you! Though I can’t make the decision for you (sorry!), I can leave you with a few final pros and cons to help you get there on your own.

GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed 3D Matrix

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is a great hybrid bed with a medium firmness that I like for the combo sleepers. Is also has a nice breathable cover to help you sleep cool through the night.


  • First and foremost, I’d say this bed could be great for combo sleepers, thanks to the bouncy and supportive layer of pocketed coils.
  • It also sleeps super cool, so could be a nice fit for folks who tend to overheat at night.
  • Lastly, the bed’s low motion transfer and reinforced edge support could make it a solid pick for couples!


  • As I mentioned above, the mattress isn’t quite soft enough to give side sleepers the pressure relief they need at the shoulders and hips.
  • On the other side of the coin, the bed also isn’t firm enough for stomach sleepers, as the gentle top layers sink the hips out of alignment with the shoulders.
GhostBed 3D Matrix
The GhostBed 3D Matrix

GhostBed Policies

  • Trial – 101 Nights
  • Shipping – Free and Compressed
  • Warranty – 25 Years

How Much Does the GhostBed 3D Matrix Cost?

GhostBed 3D Matrix
GhostBed 3D Matrix

The GhostBed 3D Matrix is a great hybrid bed with a medium firmness that I like for the combo sleepers. Is also has a nice breathable cover to help you sleep cool through the night.

Twin XL38" x 80" x 13"81 lbs$1,750
Queen60" x 80" x 13"122 lbs$2,495
King76" x 80" x 13"150 lbs$2,995
Cali King72" x 84" x 13"149 lbs$2,995

And that’s that! You now know absolutely everything you need to know about the GhostBed 3D Matrix. Feel like I left something out? Leave a comment on the video above or DM on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Sleepopolis YouTube channel!

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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.
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