Built with an intriguing mix of aerated latex, gel-infused memory foam, and sturdy high-density poly foam, the Original GhostBed is a cozy option for those in search of both pressure relief and support. But is it the right bed for you?
To find out, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about it in my GhostBed mattress review, from how it’s built to how it feels and much, much more! Plus, I’ll also be including a line-up of all my other GhostBed mattress reviews for your perusal and comparison.
So, without further ado, let’s get into this GhostBed review! You can also click here to skip to the review summary.
Is the GhostBed a Good Mattress for You?
Before we get started with this review, let’s figure out whether the GhostBed will be a good fit for you. This all-foam mattress is built with layers of latex foam, memory foam, and a high-density foam. Overall it has a medium-firm feel and is quite bouncy and responsive.
Depending on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, the GhostBed may or may not work for you. To help you decide, take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Who I recommend the GhostBed mattress for
- I really like the GhostBed for hot sleepers. It has a soft and breathable cover, naturally cooling latex, and gel-infused memory foam, so you’re getting quite a bit of airflow and cooling technology in this mattress.
- I think combination sleepers would be happy on the GhostBed. Its top layer of latex makes for a bouncy and responsive feel that will keep combo sleepers from feeling “stuck” in this bed.
- I think back sleepers would do well on this mattress. It offered some nice support to help promote a straight spinal alignment, while providing pressure relief at the lower back.
Who I don’t recommend the GhostBed mattress for
- I don’t think the GhostBed is quite soft enough for strict side sleepers. I’d recommend these folks check out some of our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- Similarly, I think strict stomach sleepers would find the GhostBed too soft. They need a firm mattress with extra support, like one of our best innerspring mattresses.
- I think couples who are easily disturbed by a restless partner might not like the GhostBed. It has pretty high motion transfer, which means you’re likely to feel movement from one side of the bed on the other. If you sleep with a partner or pet, I’d recommend checking out our best mattresses for couples.
How Firm is the GhostBed Mattress?
So, we’ve discussed some of the basics about the GhostBed, but how exactly does it feel? To find out, I’m going to put this mattress through a few different tests, starting with firmness.
As with any feel factor, firmness level is subjective, and can change a lot depending on one’s size, shape, and weight. Therefore, my interpretation of the GhostBed may differ from your own. For reference, I’m 5’10”, 190 lbs., and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
After rolling around on the GhostBed, I decided to give it a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it seems this bed is a touch on the firmer side.
The mattress got a 7 from me because I felt as though the predominant feel was one of support and bounce. Though I did get some nice contouring from the middle memory foam layer, I wouldn’t say it curbed very much of the lift I experienced from the latex and high-density poly foam. That being said, I think this bed would probably be best-suited for combination sleepers, particularly those who flip between their back and side in the night.
GhostBed Mattress Performance
But firmness isn’t the only factor to consider! So, let’s test out this mattress for a few other performance factors. Take a look below to learn more about how the GhostBed will feel in different sleeping positions, when sharing the bed, and more!
Testing the GhostBed Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Depending on your body weight and preferred sleeping position, you’ll have different support needs. Read on below to see how the GhostBed would work for
Is the GhostBed a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – These sleepers should feel really comfortable on the GhostBed, which offers nice bouncy support in this sleeping position.
- Light Side Sleepers – These sleepers will likely find the GhostBed too firm. I’d recommend they opt for a bed that offers more pressure-relief at the shoulders and hips, like one of our best mattresses for side sleepers.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – Light stomach sleepers should like the GhostBed. I think it will offer them the support they need to keep their hips lifted up in line with their shoulders.
Is the GhostBed a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I really liked how the GhostBed felt on my back! The memory foam layer provided plenty of contouring to my lumbar region while the latex and high-density poly foam worked to position me squarely on top of the structure.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – Though you’ll experience a bit of pressure relief at the shoulders and hips, this bed is just a little too firm for long-term side sleeping. If you switch between your back and side, I think you’ll be alright, but otherwise, I’d suggest going for a softer GhostBed model (like the Luxe).
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – This bed is a little too soft for these sleepers. That’s because these folks need extra lift at the hips to support an even spine alignment from the hips all the way to the shoulders.
Is the GhostBed a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – Heavy back sleepers could like the GhostBed, its latex layer should do a nice job curbing sinkage and keeping them supported throughout the night.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – Heavy side sleepers should opt for a different mattress. They’ll sink through this bed’s comfort foams onto its firmer base foams, which could lead to uncomfortable pressure points.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – These sleepers won’t get the support they need on the GhostBed. I’d recommend they opt for an innerspring mattress that offers more support around the hips and lower back.
GhostBed Mattress Pain Relief Performance
Next, let’s chat pain relief. Pain relief is closely tied to a bed’s ability to relieve pressure at the shoulders, hips, and lower back in a range of sleeping positions. To assess this attribute, I like to use a handy dandy pressure map!
Though it may sound a little technical, it’s actually quite simple: I roll this device out, hop aboard, and let the map do the rest. As I move around, the gadget records the force exerted by my body, creating a colored “map” of the pressure. For reference, blue indicates areas of low pressure and red indicates areas of high pressure.
Back Pain – These mostly blue pressure maps tell me the GhostBed could be a great choice for sleepers with back pain! It should be able to alleviate tension at the lower back, while offering firm support that helps these sleepers maintain a healthy sleep posture. If you tend to suffer from back pain, you should also take a look at some of our best mattresses for back pain.
Shoulder Pain – The green areas around my shoulders when I was lying on my side tell me this mattress is not a good option for folks with shoulder pain. I’d recommend they opt for something with a softer feel.
Hip Pain – Similarly, the green around my hips, plus the firmer feel of this bed, makes me think folks with hip pain might prefer a more pressure-relieving bed.
GhostBed Mattress Performance for Couples
Couples have unique mattress needs including motion isolation, sex performance, cooling, and edge support. Read on below to see how the GhostBed stacks up in these categories, and to learn more about why each is important!
Motion transfer is the movement detectable from one side of the bed to the other. An important factor for all to consider, but especially those who sleep with a child, partner, or rowdy pet!
To illustrate 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.
These are actually pretty high motion transfer results, which tells me that you’re likely to feel a lot of movement across the bed. If you sleep with a restless partner, this may not be the best mattress for you.
The best mattress for couples usually combines good motion isolation with enough responsiveness to make moving around during sex easy. The GhostBed is definitely responsive enough to be good for sex, but if you’re easily disturbed by a restless bedmate, it might not be the best choice for you.
Couples overheat more quickly than solo sleepers, so they tend to prefer cooling mattresses. Luckily, the GhostBed is very cooling thanks to its latex foam layer, which promotes airflow throughout the mattress.
Edge support refers to how well supported you’ll feel while laying on the side of the bed. A mattress with great edge support feels larger, which is a perk for couples. In my opinion, the GhostBed has average edge support. This is typical for most all-foam beds, which tend to have less edge support than hybrid or innerspring models.
What is the GhostBed Mattress Made Of?
The GhostBed is built with three layers of latex, memory foam, and high-density poly foam. This combination makes for a unique feel, one that strikes a satisfying balance between pressure relief and support.
For more, let’s dive underneath the cover!
Cover – Made of a polyester/viscose blend, this cover is soft and breathable.
Comfort Layer – The top layer you’ll encounter is a 1.5-inch section of aerated latex foam. It’s a bouncy material with a lot of responsiveness that provides excellent mobility for moving around and changing positions. Latex is also naturally cooling, so helps to dissipate body heat throughout the structure. While latex is a fairly common mattress material, I’m intrigued by the aerated twist GhostBed puts on it, which works to encourage even more breathability and cooling. Latex is also a long-lasting material, adding some durability to the mattress.
Contour Layer – Below the latex layer, you’ll land on one of memory foam. Gel-infused memory foam, to be exact. This distinction is an important one, because it signifies that not only are you getting the deep body-contouring and pressure relief typical of memory foam, but you also get a nice cooling buffer against its overheating tendencies. I also like that the memory foam is positioned underneath the latex layer, which ensures you won’t sink too far into the bed.
Base Layer – And finally, the base of the bed, comprised here of 7.5 inches of high-density poly foam. This is an ultra-sturdy section that functions mostly as a support foam for the softer foams above it. Since the majority of the mattress is made up of this layer, I suspect it will lend the bed an overall firm feel.
GhostBed Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
Like any bed-in-a-box mattress, the GhostBed will undergo a 24-48 hour off-gassing and decompression period after you unbox it. I think the GhostBed releases fewer off-gassing odors than most box mattresses, so if you’re particularly worried about smell, this bed could be a good choice for you!
You did it! You made it to the end of the review! After breaking down its construction, going over its feel, and even comparing it to some of its mattress siblings, it’s time to decide: Is the GhostBed right for you? I can’t make that decision for you (sorry!), but I can leave you with a few final pros and cons to help you get there on your own.
My favorite things about the GhostBed
Firstly, I really like this bed for back sleepers! It’s got a soft foam top layer for pressure relief at the lumbar region, but plenty of support for neutral spine alignment. I also think it could be a great choice for folks who need to move around and change positions. There’s some nice mobility here, which helps prevent any sort of “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling. The bed is also a solid value buy. Compared to similar mattresses on the market, I’d consider the GhostBed to be pretty affordable.
My GhostBed Mattress Complaints
Though the GhostBed is fairly gentle, I’d still say it’s probably too firm for side sleepers who really need to sink in for pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. Additionally, this bed doesn’t have great motion isolation, so may not be the best option for couples.
How Much Does the GhostBed Cost?
Check out our pricing chart below to see how much the GhostBed costs in each size. The GhostBed is a value mattress, and is included in our Best Mattress Under $1,000 list. Check out our GhostBed mattress coupon page for a nice discount.
Prices listed below will be before discount or offer for each size.
Size Dimensions Weight Price Twin 38” x 75” x 11" 58 lbs $495 Twin XL 38” x 80” x 11” 62 lbs $650 Full 54” x 75” x 11” 78 lbs $775 Queen 60” x 80” x 11" 89 lbs $795 King 76” x 80” x 11” 112 lbs $975 California King 72” x 84” x 11” 112 lbs $995
GhostBed Policies and FAQs
Does GhostBed offer a warranty?
Yes, the GhostBed comes with a 20-year warranty.
How does the GhostBed ship?
The GhostBed is a bed-in-a-box mattress (which means it comes compressed in a box) and it ships for free.
Does GhostBed have a trial period?
Yes, GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial.
Can you flip the GhostBed?
No, the GhostBed is built from the top down and is not meant to be flipped. If you’re worried about wear and tear you can rotate the mattress 180 degrees every six months or so.
How long does GhostBed shipping take?
GhostBed mattresses usually arrive within 2-5 days after the order is placed.
Do you need a box spring with the GhostBed
You don’t need a box spring, though you can use one. Any hard, flat surface will do, and you can also use a slatted bed frame or adjustable base.
Is there an off-gassing period with the GhostBed?
Since the GhostBed is an all-foam mattress that comes compressed, there will be a bit of off-gassing. However, any odor should dissipate in a few hours.
Still unsure if the GhostBed is the right new mattress for you? It can be helpful to see how the GhostBed compares to some of its competitors. Below, I’ll compare it to two other models from popular online mattress brands, and let you know how it compares to GhostBed’s other models.
GhostBed vs Casper
- The Casper is also an all-foam bed and has a similar construction to the GhostBed, though it uses a proprietary Airscape™ foam, which has a similar feel to latex.
- The Casper performed a bit better on our motion transfer test, which could make it a better option for couples.
- The Casper is a bit cheaper than the GhostBed.
- Learn more in my full Casper mattress review. You can also check out my full GhostBed vs Casper mattress comparison.
GhostBed vs Leesa
- The Leesa is another all-foam bed, though it uses a proprietary breathable foam layer where the GhostBed uses a latex layer.
- Both mattresses sleep quite cool, and could be good choices for hot sleepers.
- The Leesa is a bit less expensive than the GhostBed.
- Check out my full Leesa mattress review here. You can also check out my full GhostBed vs Leesa mattress comparison.
Other Models From GhostBed
As I mentioned up top, the Original GhostBed is just one of several mattresses sold by the brand. So, allow me to introduce you to some of its mattress siblings:
- Like the Original GhostBed, the GhostBed Luxe is an all-foam bed-in-a-box. However, it has a softer, more luxurious feel.
- It’s also designed with cooling in mind, so could be a nice option for folks who overheat in the night.
- Since it’s gentler than the Original GhostBed, it could work wonders for side sleepers in need of deep pressure relief at the shoulders and hips.
- For more, check out my full GhostBed Luxe mattress review.
- The GhostBed Flex is a hybrid mattress, so combines gentle foams with sturdy coils for bouncy yet pressure-relieving structure.
- In general, I’d recommend the Flex for combo sleepers who like to switch between their back and side while they snooze.
- It also did well on my motion transfer test, so could be a nice choice for couples!
- Read more at my full GhostBed Flex mattress review.
GhostBed 3D Matrix
- Like the Flex, the GhostBed 3D Matrix is also a hybrid mattress. However, it’s got more of a medium firm feel that could be great for combo sleepers.
- The Matrix is also incredibly bouncy, so might be a nice option for those in search of fantastic mobility.
- And if cooling is an important factor for you, you’ll be happy to know the Matrix sleeps super cool thanks to its cooling cover and gel memory foam comfort layer.
- See more at my full GhostBed 3D Matrix mattress review.
Check out our star ratings for the GhostBed mattress below.
The GhostBed mattress has proved to be quite impressive. By offering a level of firmness that softens up during sleep, the GhostBed is able to meet the needs of a large number of sleepers. Not too mention the above average levels of support and cooling. This mattress design also adds to the mix. Sitting at 11″ in height, the GhostBed has an additional 0.5″ of comfort foam. 0.5″ may not sound like much, but trust me, it makes a noted difference. All things considered, the GhostBed delivers great value with a latex + memory foam mattress that’s priced well below what you would expect