With so many low-cost, high-quality beds on the Internet, it’s hard to determine which is the best. The GhostBed makes a great number of claims, but does it love up to the quality it purports to have? Is it worth the price? Is it truly “built for supernatural comfort?”
Let’s break down everything the GhostBed has going for it and see if we can determine whether or not this mattress is something you want to be sleeping on every night.
The GhostBed mattress is made up of three layers, each performing a different duty. The top layer is 1.5 inches of “continuous aerated latex” with a density of 3.5 pounds per cubic foot, which is a good density to make your mattress last a while. The special design of the latex, GhostBed claims, is to allow for better airflow in order to keep you cooler. The idea is that, as you move and adjust in your sleep, your motion helps push air through the mattress, which keeps you cooler. It’s a sound concept and certainly seems to work.
The second layer helps out with the cooling process, as well. Two inches of gel-infused memory foam with a density of four pounds per cubic foot sits here. The gel in the memory foam helps to stop heat issues usually associated with memory foam by absorbing the heat. It’s unknown whether or not these are phase changing materials, which would absorb and release heat as needed. The GhostPillow, by the same company, uses PCMs (phase changing materials), so it’s possible this is the same stuff. They call it “proprietary patent pending adaptive sensory real-time cooling gel memory foam,” so it would be a safe bet to say PCMs are involved.
At the base of the mattress is a whole bunch of high density polyfoam. Seven inches, to be precise, with a density of two pounds per cubic foot. Foam at this density is going to be strong enough to hold up to most weights, but heavier people may find themselves sinking in more than they would like. GhostBed bills this layer as providing “unprecedented” and continuous support while being soft to the touch and absorbing and distributing your weight.
The three layers are surrounded by a moisture wicking outer cover. The top two layers work with the outer cover to help keep you cool while sleeping. The cover pulls liquid away from the body while the top layer helps air transfer throughout the mattress, taking away the liquid and cooling the skin. The middle layer of gel foam then pulls away any additional body heat.
One of the best parts is the fact the outer cover is removable. Should it get dirty, or just soak up too much liquid, you can remove it and toss it in the wash. Or buy a new one, should that be your desire.
Buying Your Mattress
GhostBed seems to go out of their way to make sure you are going to be satisfied with your purchase of their mattress. They offer free shipping within the continental United States, which is fantastic. On top of that, they have a slogan which says “Order Today, Ships Tomorrow.” They work to make sure each mattress gets shipped off within 24 hours of the order being placed. If you order it, you should get it fairly quickly, which is nice. This doesn’t apply for Alaska or Hawaii, however. A $600 freight fee applies and, while it may get shipped out the next day, you may not get it very quickly.
Once you do get it, you’ve got some good things working in your favor. First, you can rest assured it’s Made in the USA, if that’s something which is important to you. Supporting our economy is good, right? Secondly, there is a 20-year warranty on this thing. That covers large indentations and problems caused by faulty construction. In the first 10 years, they will pay for everything. In the latter half, there are some charges, but they are prorated depending on how long you’ve had the mattress. All in all, a decent warranty.
In the short term, there is also a trial period. GhostBed offers a 101-night trial period, which seems to be mostly standard these days. If you don’t like it, send it back. They ask that you keep it for at least 30 nights to make sure you give it a good try. Sounds more than fair, to me. Any time you can try something out for three months and still decide whether or not you like it is a bonus.
Options, Options, Options
As with many other beds, the GhostBed comes in multiple sizes and has a few accessory options. You’ll be pleased to know you can get a GhostBed mattress is any of the standard sizes, those being from Twin to King, and can even get one in TwinXL (which is great if you want one for your dorm-bound child) or California King (if King just isn’t big enough for you).
GhostBed also produces a foundation specifically for their mattresses. Obviously, using their foundation isn’t a requirement, but using a proper foundation is a requirement for the warranty to stay valid. The way I see it, if you don’t already have one and you’re spending the money to buy a nice mattress, you may as well get the one designed for it. The GhostBed foundation is nine inches tall and is built of 100 percent Canadian spruce wood and includes its own three year warranty. It’s like an old box spring, just solid and made to perfectly fit this mattress.
I mentioned, briefly, the GhostPillow earlier. They call it “the world’s most advanced real-time cooling pillow.” Like the mattress, it also comes with a 101 night sleep trial, but only a five year warranty. Still, you may as well go all out and get the whole set. It uses aerated gel memory foam and phase change materials to keep you nice and cool, as well as other materials to provide good support for all of your upper areas.
GhostBed has gone to great lengths to make sure your mattress isn’t going to cause you issues. Though the top layer is composed of latex foam, it has gone through multiple cleaning and washing before being heat processed, which they claim should be good enough to avoid any issues with latex allergies. On top of those procedures, the outer cover will keep you from having any sort of direct contact with the material, anyway, so you ought to be double protected.
Foam-based mattresses can also have an issue with offgassing, and the GhostBed is no different. By most accounts, the smell only lasts for an hour or so, and the mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, which means any gasses expelled from the mattress are within levels determined to not cause any harm.
On the weight front, GhostBed says their mattresses can handle up to 750 pounds. That is a fair amount of weight. Strong enough to handle large couples or slumber parties without damaging your mattress. While GhostBed says the mattress works well for larger couples, and some reviews do corroborate this opinion, others say it’s too soft and can become indented too easily with heavier weights. Again, this just goes to show you might need to give it a try yourself to form your own opinions. Numbers wise, you should be good, but that doesn’t mean it will work out comfort wise.
Bringing Your Mattress Home
Your mattress will be shipped to you in a box. If you get the foundation, it comes in a box, as well. The foundation will need to be constructed and the mattress will need to be unrolled and given time to expand. This can take anywhere from 24 hours to several days, GhostBed says. In colder climates, or if the mattress has been kept in a cold truck, it can take a while to reach its full size. Feedback from several customers shows it could take even longer, with some reporting it never quite reached its full height of eleven inches.
Several also reported lumps in the mattress which seemed to stay after the mattress had expanded. This were definitely in the minority, however, which leads me to believe it could be a manufacturing issue which would be covered by the warranty.
Multiple people also said it seemed to be a bit on the firm side, while others claimed it was too soft. This just goes to show one thing: Everybody has their own opinion about things. This shows yet another thing: The 101 night trial is very important. If you go with the GhostBed, be sure to give it time to expand to full size, sleep in it enough to see if it’s for you, then make your decision.
Let’s Talk Pricing
With all it offers, the GhostBed mattress comes in at a pretty reasonable price. Definitely not bad for a mattress with all the features the GhostBed includes. If you want to bring the whole family home, the GhostPillow costs less than a hundred dollars, with no discount for buying multiple pillows, however they do seem to often have deals to get free pillows when you buy a mattress, so that’s something to look out for.
If you don’t want to outright buy the bed, GhostBed does offer financing through Klarna and has a lease to own option through Zibby for those whose credit may not be up to snuff.
If you care about the companies from which you purchased doing their part for the environment, you can sleep soundly on the GhostBed mattress. Part of the reason GhostBed uses vacuum sealing for their products is for environmental reasons. By using vacuum sealing, space is saved, meaning you need less cardboard for the box, less room in freight trucks for transportation and, thus, less fuel and trucks on the road. I admit, this could all have been determined after the fact and they’re just pointing it out, but the points are certainly fair.
Is It for You?
If you’re looking for a good mattress at a fair price, I think the GhostBed mattress would be a good fit. It has great construction with high quality materials, free shipping and a good warranty, and plenty of features to keep you nice and cool, something which can be a real issue with memory foam. The low ecological impact is also worth noting.
They’ve also made it easy to purchase thanks to the available payment options and, according to most accounts, the GhostBed customer service team is absolutely loaded with people who really want to help make sure you get the best night’s sleep possible. All in all, I think the GhostBed mattress is an easy purchase, especially when you can give it a try for more than three months before making your final decision.