GhostBed Mattress Review: A Frighteningly Good Value 2
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GhostBed Mattress Review: A Frighteningly Good Value

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I received a free GhostBed to review. GhostBed wasn’t the first on the scene in the mattress in a box space but being first doesn’t always mean being the best. Often, the first one out of the gate becomes the benchmark to rise above, and that’s just what GhostBed has done.

Ordering

Ordering the GhostBed is just as simple and straight forward as the other mattresses in a box that I have ordered. What makes them unique is that you can also add a box spring foundation for an extra $200 and have it shipped along with your mattress.

My mom needed a new bed for her guest room. The bed she currently has in there is over 30 years old and so is the box spring! So both had to be replaced. I ordered a full size mattress and box spring.

The mattress will come in a box that looks like this.

ghostbed

The foundation came in a box like below. It is actually twice as long as what you can see but I wanted to focus on the labeling.

Ghost Bed

Unboxing

The GhostBed comes compressed and wrapped in plastic like the other bed in a box brands. What made this unboxing different was that the mattress was left out in my front porch in 20 degree weather for a few days so it was basically frozen. Memory foam can get hard in extreme temperatures so this did  not come into shape as quickly as it would have if it were at room temperature but it did come to full shape about 2 hours later.

Box Spring

I put together the box spring with a philips screwdriver. I didn’t have a drill at my mom’s house so this was all done by hand. It took about an hour but just goes to show that it can be done.

box spring

The slats stay connected with a piece of cloth stapled to them to ensure adequate spacing.

box spring

You also get a cover for your box spring that matches your mattress.

box spring cover

Findings

The GhostBed comes in at 11 inches high while many others come in at 10 inches and you can feel the difference. The GhostBed just feels more substantial and and doesn’t bottom out like a cheaper mattress can. Both of these mattresses have a top layer of latex.

Below is the inside of the GhostBed. Like most of the mattresses I have reviewed there are 3 layers. The base layer is 7.5 inches, followed by a 2 inch gel memory foam layer that helps with cooling and finally the 1.5 latex foam top.

ghostbed inside

 

Here’s how the layers of the GhostBed react

You’ll also get a little bounce with this mattress.

The GhostBed offers great support but also sinks a little more than some of the latex/foam mattresses I have tested which helps with pressure relief.

sinkage

The accelerometer reading below shows that the bed will have some residual bounce/motion. More than other mattresses I have tested which makes it better bouncing around!

accelerometer

Conclusion

The GhostBed is a solid choice for people who want some bounce in their mattress but also want the advantages of a memory foam bed. The Ghost Bed will keep you cool too. The combination of cooling gel foam below ventilated latex is a nice touch.  It comes with a 101 night trial so you can get a full refund if not completely satisfied.

Lately, I have been asked how the GhostBed compares to the Lull mattress. The biggest difference is that the GhostBed uses a top latex layer whereas the Lull does not. The Lull will conform a little more given it has a dense top foam layer but you will lose bounce. One is not necessarily better than the other. It all comes down to feel. These are both well made mattresses.

Ghostbed has gone with the hybrid model that includes a bit of bounce and a bit of memory foam effect. If you want a total memory foam effect, take a look at my review of Novosbed here.

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GhostBed

$ Queen750,
GhostBed
8.86

Motion Transfer

9/10

    Affordability

    9/10

      Softness

      8/10

        Off Gassing

        9/10

          Trial Period

          9/10

            Pros

            • Excellent value
            • Optional matching box spring
            • Free Shipping in US & Canada

            Cons

              Ben • December 28, 2015


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              1. Beth Hesselberg January 11, 2016 - 9:08 am Reply

                Does it feel like you will roll off the side?

                • admin January 11, 2016 - 9:17 am Reply

                  No the GhostBed actually has good side support.

              2. Sara January 19, 2016 - 4:14 pm Reply

                How does the Ghostbed compare to the Leesa?

                • admin January 19, 2016 - 7:02 pm Reply

                  The GhostBed will be a little firmer than the Leesa but will also have some more bounce to it given the latex layer.

              3. Richard February 15, 2016 - 4:29 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9

                Affordability

                8

                Softness

                4

                Off Gassing

                6.3

                Trial Period

                8.2

                Purchasing was easy. It arrived quicker than expected. The bed is packed very well. You can tell this bed is very well made. It feels and looks premium without the price. I recommend that the bed be opened on the foundation. It’s about 90 lbs. The off gassing is almost nothing. The bed rises to shape in a few hours. The first couple of nights the bed felt about 6.5-7 in firmness. Now it’s about a 6. It has a bit more of a hugging affect now. I feel much more rested on this bed than my previous. I recommend it.

              4. jena February 18, 2016 - 6:33 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                7

                Affordability

                9.9

                Softness

                5.5

                Off Gassing

                9.5

                Trial Period

                9.7

                I’ve been sleeping on the ghostbed for a week now. My husband loves it. The first 3 nights I woke up with no pain. However I wake up all through the night. I’ve never had this problem before now every sound and movement wakes me. Also it’s pretty firm. It is comfortable if you’re laying down to watch TV or read but my personal opinion is not to buy this. I’ll give it another week but if I can still no longer sleep throughout the night I’ll have to return it.

              5. awraynor April 2, 2016 - 9:07 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9.1

                Affordability

                10

                Softness

                6.8

                Off Gassing

                6.5

                Trial Period

                10

                We’ve had the GhostBed for almost a week. The entire length of the mattress on my side of the bed refuses to lay flat. It’s a bit firm, but that’s okay. It has good side support. It replaces a too soft traditional mattress. It also sleeps cooler than a prior foam mattress we had which is a big plus. If it won’t lie flat we’ll return it and I’m undecided about trying something different next time.

              6. Dgk June 13, 2016 - 12:34 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                3.9

                Affordability

                3.5

                Softness

                3

                Off Gassing

                3.1

                Trial Period

                8.7

                Good thing they have a trial period

              7. Luke July 12, 2016 - 2:32 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                4.3

                I purchased the GhostBed Mattress after seeing ads and reading on sleepopolis & a few other “independent” sites, in hopes to get honest & unbiased reviews, as a birthday gift for my wife. The first night, we couldn’t get comfortable at all. I chalked it up to being new and “unsettled” after it shipped in a box.

                My wife and I talked the next morning and both of us agreed it was VERY uncomfortable, but was willing to give it another shot since we just paid over $875 for the Cal. King mattress.

                After a couple hours (the next night) of laying and watching TV my wife was constantly flipping and turning trying to get comfortable (which she never did on our previous mattress). I eventually fell asleep but woke up during the night, and saw my wife sleeping in a pallet on the floor beside the bed.

                We talked about that the next morning and planned to attempt a third night, in hopes of it “settling” after shipping and conforming to the temperature of our bedroom…

                After a couple of hours neither of us were able to fall asleep or get comfortable, so we decided (at 11:30pm) to take the Ghost Mattress off, and go out to the garage and get our old mattress in hopes of getting a good nights sleep.

                I didn’t buy anything other than the mattress, because we already had a bed frame and box springs. I have no idea why we have had such a terrible experience with ours after reading such great reviews.

                We plan on returning ours, but I’m certain I won’t be able to fold that Cal. King size mattress back up and fit it in the box that it was shipped in. I messaged the company about 10 hours ago, as I’m writing this, and have yet to receive return instructions.

                I’m not a mattress expert, but I don’t see how anyone could remotely consider this to be comfortable or “cool” because ours seemed to retain body heat and make us sweat like no other mattress we’ve ever had.

                I’m not a picky sleeper by any means, I’ve spent more than 8 years in the military and have slept in many different conditions/environments. Perhaps I set the bar too high after reading such positive feedback. Either that or I received a “lemon” from Ghostbed. I’m hopeful they stand behind their return policy, because we will not be giving it another chance.

              8. Marianna July 12, 2016 - 9:21 pm Reply

                how hard was it to return the mattress? did you get your full refund? did you have to pay to return it?

              9. Kim P July 26, 2016 - 6:21 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                8.6

                Affordability

                8.6

                Softness

                5.3

                Off Gassing

                8.6

                Trial Period

                9.9

                I can attest to the other extreme. Our came yesterday after a trip from Miami to Dallas Tx in a hot truck to an area with 100+ degree weather at the moment. Then it sat in my garage for half a day before we got off work to set it up. Needless to say it was quite warm. As soon as we started cutting the vacuum pack it started hissing and sprung into a full shape mattress in 2 seconds flat. Only one night so far but I’m in love!

              10. Jim Strag August 15, 2016 - 6:55 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                8.8

                Affordability

                3.7

                Softness

                7.2

                Off Gassing

                9.6

                Trial Period

                8.2

                I accidentally diarrhea on it once and it’s hard to get the stains out

              11. Steph August 17, 2016 - 10:28 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9.2

                Affordability

                9.7

                Softness

                7

                Off Gassing

                10

                Trial Period

                10

                I wrecked my brain into shreds reading back and forth, back and forth, scouring the internet for every review possible… I liked that I could find both good and bad reviews… I determined companies that hide their bad reviews are also hiding something else.. No product is going to be universally loved by every single person, I get that. Anyway the ghost seemed to have the most credible looking customer reviews so I finally took the plunge. Oh and I was between ghost and tuft and needle, but their reviews seemed soooo fake to me. Anyway just wanted to say I’m reallly happy with my decision. I like the firmness, personally, I feel my spine is really nicely supported and i don’t sleep warm at all. Not sure how someone could complain about that? Even in summer it’s a no brainer. The box springs i also bought from them, another feature i like that they offered. It looks really good all put together and i feel good to know that I have great support. And for under $1000 bucks i feel like the value is really unbeatable. Def recommend.

              12. Mr. Verdun October 1, 2016 - 8:03 pm Reply

                If you had to compare this to a tempurpedic style, which one would it fir closest too? And does it sleep hot? I actually work at a furniture store and am just genuinely curious.

                • Ben October 6, 2016 - 9:41 pm Reply

                  I only reviewed the Tempur Cloud Breeze Supreme and I found the GhostBed to be firmer than that.

              13. Jessica October 2, 2016 - 8:10 pm Reply

                We just got this bed. Just laying on it thirty minutes has made my lower back and hip hurt. It’s hard…I don’t sink in very much at all or feel supported.

                I’m going to give it a try as we have to before we can return it. And then I think we are going for something more plush. Loom and leaf or the Alexander bed…or maybe the hula bed.

                I have degenerative disc and something too hard hurts like hell. I think that my 3 inch foam topper from wal mart over my blow up mattress felt way better.

                Maybe in a couple of days it will feel better but it seems like a hard bed with not much give at all.

              14. Melissa Capps October 4, 2016 - 4:21 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                6.5

                Affordability

                9.3

                Softness

                3.7

                Off Gassing

                8

                Trial Period

                9.4

                We’ve had the Ghost bed for about a week now (queen sized, with the base.) So far the experience has not been great. The bed is way firmer than we expected, and both my husband and I toss and turn all night long. We struggle to sleep in our regular positions, and wake up with pains in our lower backs that we’ve never experienced before. Since it’s made from memory foam, we understand there’s a “softening period,” so we’re going to give it one more week. I have no idea how we’re supposed to return this thing, though…

              15. Matt January 19, 2017 - 10:23 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                9

                Affordability

                10

                Softness

                1

                Off Gassing

                10

                Trial Period

                5

                I really wanted to like this mattress but it just didn’t work for me. I weigh 155 lbs and purchased a queen and the mattress was not good for my lower back pain. The mattress seemed a bit too firm and because of my body weight, I couldn’t get the support for my back that I needed. I contacted customer service about tips on breaking the mattress in and their resolution was to jump up and down on the mattress or roll a bowling ball over it, the solutions seemed like a joke. My back couldn’t take the mattress any more and I stopped using the mattress after 3 weeks at the recommendation of my chiropractor.

                Unfortunately, you have to have the mattress for a full 30 days before you can request a return. So I had to hold onto the mattress for another week before I could submit a return. During the return process, the customer service team tries to come up with solutions to get you to keep the mattress such as offering to send you a mattress topper (which I think defeats the purpose of the mattress in the first place) or replacing for a softer mattress called the Emerald. After some back and forth, customer service finally agreed to offer me a “return.” However, it is not a true return. GhostBed requires you to find a charity to donate the mattress to and you must find a way to transport the mattress to the charity yourself, obtain a receipt, pull the mattress law tags, and send the receipt and tags back to GhostBed. Additionally, if you received GhostPillows as a promotion, you have to send those back as well at your own dime. The return process isn’t as simple as they make it out to be in their marketing material.

                So in all, the mattress is okay. It really is a firm mattress and if your body weight is on the lighter side or have lower back pain, this mattress doesn’t really work out. The return process is going to require you to do more leg work effort in order to get your refund.

              16. Mizunoer January 20, 2017 - 3:32 pm Reply

                Motion Transfer

                7.6

                Affordability

                9

                Softness

                0.3

                Off Gassing

                3.4

                Trial Period

                1.1

                I have had the ghostbed for four days and I must say that I am not a fan. The first night was awful and I slept about 2 hours. My wife left after about 3 hours of trying to sleep on our old bed in the basement. So, the ghostbed has, for the first and only time in our 13-year marriage, forced my wife and I to sleep in separate places in the same house. My wife tried for an hour the second night and got up and said “Is it named the ghostbed because it makes you want to die and become a ghost?” I said I thought that it was because there are ghosts inside it to keep you from sleeping. I know that we will not like it so I contacted them to return it. I understand that they want us to try it for longer but we are unhappy now and we will be unhappy in 30 days. I sent them a message saying I wanted to return it and they said something about cells and expanding. I was so tired I thought they meant expansion at the cellular level so I was upset. They over compress their mattress and then say “deal with it” for 30 days. I haven’t slept in 3 days and I went and slept wonderfully on my 9-year-old ComfortAire mattress. Thank you ghostbed for being a nightmare of a bed.

              17. Jim February 18, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

                Motion Transfer

                5

                Affordability

                7.6

                Softness

                1

                Off Gassing

                4.4

                Ghost trial…The ghost bed isn’t for side sleepers in my opinion. Way too firm. The topper they send to make it better is a smaller footprint and is made in China. The mattress case looks and feels low quality and is misshapen. (Not a big deal in itself) Be aware if you buy two twins to use as a split king the trial is worthless. They will site policy and only allow you to be refunded for one twin. A lot of good that does. Now we are stuck with half a bed that we didn’t like.
                Their customer service isn’t anything spectacular. They could have made it right but chose to just refer to their policy. Over all this has gone from an underwhelming experience to flat out frustration. We gave this bed and company every opportunity and I suggest you learn from my blunder. We did lots of research and read 100’s of reviews and this is the review I wish we would have read.

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