This comparison has been a long time coming! I’ve gotten some personal questions about the GhostBed and Tuft & Needle (T&N) flagship brands, so I decided to answer everything right here and now. These are both considered value mattresses with plenty to offer for the price. But which one brings more to the table?
I’m pulling no punches with my assessment; by the end, you’ll know exactly where I stand in the GhostBed vs T&N debate. Read on for info that may just bring you a better night’s sleep!
Note: Both GhostBed and T&N offer more than one mattress. This comparison is focused specifically on their flagship models.
We’ll get to what makes these mattresses unique in a bit, but you might be interested in learning about their shared characteristics.
- Foam, no springs – Firstly, these beds are made entirely of foam. Though the type of foams used in the mattresses are different, they both have the same basic characteristics of mattresses without coils or springs.
- Value branding – These are also no-frills mattresses. They’re meant to be price-conscious, so you won’t find any luxury features here.
What are These Beds Made of?
Though they’ve got some similarities, the GhostBed and T&N are actually quite different from one another. Under the surface is where the magic really happens, so let’s take a good look at each bed’s construction. I’ll put the most important information here, but you can get even more detail from my GhostBed and T&N reviews.
Cover – A hybrid of viscose and polyester helps with heat dissipation. It’s purposefully thin to sleep cool and allow the comforting feel of the top foam layer to come through.
Comfort Layer – The latex foam here has a quick response to pressure, which gives some bounce to the mattress. This should make it fairly easy to move around and change positions and will also keep you from sinking too far into the mattress. Additionally, this layer is aerated to help with airflow.
Transition Layer – Below the 1.5” of latex is 2” of gel memory foam, which helps contour the mattress comfortably to the body. Memory foam has a bit of a reputation for overheating, so the gel infusion helps to keep body heat from being trapped in the material.
Foundation Layer – 7.5” of high-density poly foam forms the base of the GhostBed. This sturdy layer gives the bed its shape and durability.
Thoughts: The mix of diverse foams creates a balanced feel that works well for a variety of sleepers. You get a mattress that is bouncy and firm at the same time, providing good mobility.
Tuft and Needle
Cover – A thin but durable polyester helps regulate temperature and keeps air flowing so the mattress sleeps cool.
Comfort Layer – Three inches of proprietary poly foam provides the comfort layer. This layer has a quick response to pressure that provides balance to the mattress and mobility for the sleeper. T&N also puts a small amount of cooling gel in this layer to help with heat dissipation.
Foundation Layer – The mattress gets its shape from the 7” of high-density poly foam under the comfort layer. This is also the layer that keeps the sleeper from sinking into the bed.
Thoughts: Although there are only two layers in the T&N mattress, they each perform a very specific function, very well. They also work nicely together, forming a durable, balanced combo.
Head to Head: GhostBed vs. Tuft and Needle
Both of these mattresses get straight to the point! They’re meant to appeal to the same crowd: value shoppers after a balanced vibe. However, this doesn’t mean their constructions (nor their feels) are identical.
The GhostBed’s latex layer is a great feature if you like a little bounce in your mattress and the mobility that goes with it. You’ll also get some nice body contouring from the memory foam layer, balancing out the support of the latex with a touch of pressure relief. Combo sleepers will do well here, but the mattress as a whole may not be firm enough for stomach sleepers (we’ll get into all that later!)
Interestingly enough, the light and airy T&N gives more support for back and stomach sleepers than the GhostBed. The mattress may actually be a bit too firm for strict side sleepers, but the firmness makes for great mobility. I’d also add that the T&N will likely sleep cooler than the GhostBed, thanks to its breathable cover and gel-infused comfort layer.
Now that we’ve got the design basics covered, let’s talk about how they feel. We briefly touched on this in the section above, but attributes like pressure relief and firmness definitely deserve more detailed attention.
No two sleepers will feel a bed the same, with body weight, shape, and size all playing a factor. With this in mind, I always test beds with a few coworkers. You get my opinion, their take, and then we average our ratings together before presenting them to you.
After we all tried out the GhostBed, we came up with an average firmness rating of 7/10. (Industry standard for medium firmness is 6.5). This bed could be a good fit for folks who like a firm yet balanced feel. Personally, I think the mix of memory foam and latex could work wonders for combo sleepers, though I’m not sure I’d recommend it for heavier folks or those who sleep primarily on their stomachs.
I weigh 190 lbs. and found the GhostBed struck a satisfying sweet spot between support and pressure relief. I felt a comfortable amount of contouring from the memory foam, but enough lift from the latex to keep me on top of the bed. I had no trouble switching positions, because the support layers bounce back quickly from short-term pressure.
The edge support is also really good, especially when compared to other all-foam beds. Just don’t sit in one place too long like I did, because you will get sinkage over time.
Tuft and Needle
Even though this bed has one less layer than GhostBed, we actually agreed that it had a firmer feel overall. Our average rating was 7.5 out of 10, which is definitely a firm bed. If you like more support in your mattress, this is definitely the choice for you.
I felt a great deal of support when lying on my back and stomach with the T&N. As I switched positions onto my side, my shoulder became a bit limited in its mobility. I felt some uncomfortable pressure, but I had no trouble moving from my back to my side. A firm mattress usually means great mobility, and the T&N mattress performed well here.
The one real weakness here is edge support. I actually experienced some sinkage along the edge, which was surprising considering how firm the rest of the bed was.
Now that we’ve gone over the flagship mattresses, let’s consider the other options in the GhostBed or T&N inventory. How do the base models hold up against others in the portfolio? Let’s take a look at a few offerings to find out.
GhostBed Luxe vs. Original
- The GhostBed Luxe is the brand’s second mattress, focused on keeping the sleeping environment cool.
- The quilted cover and memory foam give great pressure relief in the shoulder area, making it an excellent fit for side sleepers.
- The mattress is made to feel luxurious and plush, featuring a combination of layers that contour well to the body.
- The Luxe is more expensive than the flagship, with a Queen size coming in at $1575.
- Read all about it at my GhostBed Luxe full review or check out my full GhostBed comparison.
Tuft and Needle Mint vs Original
- The Tuft and Needle Mint is the brand’s luxury model, meant to elevate every aspect of the original flagship mattress.
- The Enhanced Adaptive Foam in the Mint is infused with a higher percentage of graphite, increasing the bed’s capacity for dissipating heat.
- The Mint also has added edge support, which allows sleepers to use the entire surface of the mattress.
- The Mint is more expensive than the flagship, with a Queen size coming in at $1145.
- Read all about it at my Tuft and Needle Mint full review or hop on over to my Tuft and Needle comparison.
And the Winner is…
Well, we’ve arrived at the end of the road! After assessing the constructions and feels of the GhostBed and T&N mattresses, we can finally answer the question you came here asking: Which one of these mattresses is the one for you? I can’t make the decision for you, but I can give you a few thoughts to chew on.
From my experience, the GhostBed has a more flexible response for restless sleepers. The T&N works well if you know how you prefer to sleep.
The medium firm feel of the GhostBed means that combo sleepers will sleep well. Stomach sleepers will not find as much support here, especially heavier folks who weigh 250+ pounds. The T&N gives us a slightly different profile, full of firmness and support. While this vibe could be great for stomach sleepers, it’ll probably be too much for side sleepers. If you sleep with a partner, however, the motion isolation you get may be enough for you to choose T&N over GhostBed.
Additionally, I’d say the GhostBed is better at contouring to the body. The combination of memory and latex foam gives a great balance between support and comfort for those in need of relief at the shoulders and hips. If you like your mattress to have a little bounceback, GhostBed provides this as well. If you can stay off of your stomach, you’ll be great! Choosing T&N means you prefer a sense of freedom in your sleep – flexibility of motion and more stability in the mattress. Each mattress accomplishes what it sets out to do. The bottom line is really your personal preference!
To get even more specific about my recommendations, I’m going to list my favorite aspects of each mattress.
- This is a balanced mattress for people who don’t have a “position.” Restless sleepers apply here! GhostBed accommodates you well if you shift around.
- GhostBed hugs your body, which is a feature that many base level mattresses don’t have. You usually have to go the luxury route before it becomes a priority.
Tuft and Needle
- If you like a firm mattress, T&N is a great choice.
- T&N lets you move around easily from position to position, but it has good motion isolation. This is a great feature for folks with partners!
The Tuft & Needle mattress offers sleepers a medium-firm feel, and that floating-on-foam experience!
How Much Do the GhostBed and Tuft & Needle Cost?
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Well that does it for this GhostBed vs. T&N comparison! If you have any more questions or comments, please feel free to leave a message on the video.