What is a GhostBed?
The GhostBed is an all-foam mattress in a box produced by Nature’s Sleep. The GhostBed combines latex’s responsiveness and cooling qualities with the appealing body contouring properties of memory foam. GhostBed also provides a convenient way to shop for a mattress from the comfort of your own home. We wondered if the product met all the hype so here is our review of the GhostBed Classic Mattress.
The GhostBed comes in all standard sizes, including split king. An adjustable base, proprietary foundation, and bedding accessories are optional add-ons available for purchase along with the mattress. Several other models of the GhostBed have been released since its original launch, and this review will focus on the GhostBed Classic.
To unbox the mattress, grab a helper and bring the box to its intended destination. Once the mattress is out of the box, open the plastic, and lay it flat for about 24 to 48 hours. You can sleep on it almost immediately, and the entire unboxing only takes about 2 minutes. However, during the colder winter months, the GhostBed may take up to 5 days to completely recover its form.
A newly unboxed GhostBed mattress may release some off-gassing scents. Synthetic foams usually absorb manufacturing odors, which don’t have the time to disperse as the bed is processed before shipping. The GhostBed is made with a mock latex that is chemically processed, which may be a source of the initial scent. The smell is generally not harmful, and the bed can be aired out in a room with good ventilation for a few hours to a few days if needed. Eventually, the smells will dissipate.
The GhostBed is an 11-inch-thick mattress encased in a soft, breathable viscose and polyester stretch cover. The top layer is composed of a one-and-a-half-inch layer of synthetic latex that is perforated and ventilated to help with cooling. Like most latex, it is quite responsive, and this layer is hypoallergenic.
Below that is a 2-inch layer of 4-pound density gel memory foam. The final layer is a seven-and-a-half-inch layer of 2-pound density polyurethane foam. The mattress does not have pocketed coils, which reduces its durability and support in the long term.
The GhostBed uses Dunlop latex in its comfort layers. The Dunlop method produces latex foam using a process known as vulcanization. During vulcanization, the synthetic liquid latex hardens into a solid material. This chemical hardening is due to the cross-linking of sulfur with latex particles after applying heat and accelerators like zinc oxide. Dunlop foam is denser than other forms of latex, like Talalay latex.
Producing Dunlop latex is energy efficient, but it leads to a comparatively solid, firm foam. Dunlop is springier but harder than other types of latex. Talalay latex, for example, is softer and bouncier. Moreover, Dunlop latex is not evenly distributed, making it “bottom-heavy” in structure, where the bottom is much firmer than the top. This structure is suitable for mattress support cores but is usually not the best for comfort layers.
On a scale of 1-10, with one being very soft and ten being very firm, the GhostBed Classic is a seven out of ten in firmness. It is firmer than average, and an added topper may provide the buffer needed to maximize comfort. The mattress has an overall balanced foam feel, with the latex layer adding an extra springiness.
It is not difficult to move around on the GhostBed. The top layer of latex makes it easy to roll from side to side, and repositioning is very manageable. The top two layers bounce back quickly when pressed down with the hand. The thickest layer on the bottom prevents the mattress from prematurely sagging and sinking.
Responsiveness describes to what degree a mattress has that memory foam feel. A mattress may have a fast response and immediately bounce back after pressure. It may also have a slow response, and it will take a few seconds to return to shape. If you press down gently on the top layer of the GhostBed Classic, the latex provides a speedy and buoyant response. Once you press more firmly on the mattress as you would with the heavier parts of your body, you activate the memory foam layer beneath the latex. When the memory foam layer is rebounding, it has a slow response.
If you enjoy the classic memory foam feel, you will not get the full experience with this mattress. The mattress provides a shallower cushioning, which does not conform fully to the body. The sleeper will feel more like they are floating on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it.
When a mattress exerts pressure against the body with excessive force in a concentrated area, this can lead to pain, discomfort, poor circulation, and increased tossing and turning. Generally, such “pressure points” are a problem for side sleepers because that is the sleeping position in which your body weight spreads over the smallest surface area.
The pressure-relief rating of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like weight and body shape will control how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by a mattress will fluctuate at different depths.
Most average-sized people between 130-230 pounds will find the mattress satisfactory and of excellent quality. Side sleepers with broader shoulders or hips are more likely to experience excessive firmness. A small percentage of people over 230 pounds may experience excessive softness or lack of support. Petite people under 130 pounds may find Ghostbed extra-firm because they do not put enough pressure on the mattress to access the deeper conforming and pressure relief layers. If you are petite, you will mostly feel the latex layer while lying down, and as a result, the bed will feel firmer to you.
GhostBed recommends that customers over 300 pounds purchase the King GhostBed and the companion King GhostBed Foundation.
Support and Balance
The GhostBed Classic mattress offers different levels of balance and support for several sleeping positions. It is not the best for lightweight sides sleepers, who may feel added pressure on the shoulders and the hips. It provides good spinal alignment and pressure relief for average to heavyweight side sleepers. The GhostBed is great for average-weight back sleepers and conforms well to the lumbar region. However, for a lighter person, it might feel too firm for back sleeping. The stomach position provides good overall support and alignment for lighter-weight sleepers. It is not ideal for average to heavy-weight stomach sleepers.
Combination sleepers are known for changing positions throughout the night, so they require a mattress that can adequately accommodate several sleeping positions. Because that top latex layer is so responsive, it is very easy to shift positions and move around on the GhostBed. You will not feel locked into one position. Motion isolation, however, is also essential for combination sleepers who share a bed with a partner. This online mattress pales in comparison to the motion isolation expected from a traditional memory foam mattress.
People who tend to sleep hot often avoid mattresses with memory foam. In general, there are no concerns with overheating with the GhostBed Classic relative to traditional memory foam mattresses. The memory foam is an inch and a half down in the mattress, and it is gel memory foam which is slightly cooler than conventional memory foam. The gel bead infusion further helps with cooling by drawing heat away from the body. Latex mattresses are known for sleeping quite cool, and this mattress does not trap as much heat.
If you sleep with a partner, you may also want to consider motion transfer. Are you going to feel motion on the other side of the bed or not? When firm pressure is placed on one side of the mattress, mimicking the feel of tossing and turning, there is some disturbance on the opposite end. This signals that the GhostBed does not isolate motion very well. This is not very surprising given that it has latex right on top.
Springier materials like latex are not the best at handling motion transfer. This bed may not be the best option for couples because another person’s movements can be detected and may awaken you.
Edge support is another important mattress characteristic. This is the level of security and support you feel when sitting or lying down at the edge of the mattress. With the GhostBed, you will not feel like you will roll off or onto the floor when sleeping on the edge. It has a relatively firm edge that allows for structured support when lying down supine on the edge.
However, there is a potential for a significant dip along the border, especially for heavyweight individuals. A heavier individual may notice sinkage when sitting along the perimeter, which may cause some challenges when standing up from the bed or bending over to tie your shoes, for example.
The mattress is expected to last between six and ten years. The foam density is an essential factor to consider when evaluating durability. Three to 3.5 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) is typical for its price range, but a higher PCF of 4-5 is the standard for best expectations. GhostBed’s memory foam meets this standard at 4 PCF. In polyfoam, the industry standard for excellent durability is 1.8 PCF. GhostBed’s polyfoam base exceeds this standard with a density of 2 PCF.
It is easy to keep the memory foam clean, extending the mattress’s lifespan. The polyester cover is removable and may be spot cleaned using cold water and detergent. You can order a replacement cover on the GhostBed website at any time. Although GhostBed is not designed for flipping, rotating the mattress head to toe every six months will also maximize durability.
GhostBed mattresses must be placed on a solid foundation or slatted bed frame to prevent sagging. You can pair the mattress with a regular box spring or a box foundation. GhostBed’s box foundation is comparable to a traditional box spring, but it is produced with a metal frame and slats, and it has a slip-on cloth cover.
GhostBed promises that all packaging is as environmentally responsible as possible. All of their memory foam mattresses, including GhostBed Classic, are certified by CertiPUR-US. That means the mattress is made without known toxins and environmental pollutants like phthalates, heavy metals, lead, formaldehyde, mercury, PBDE flame retardants, and ozone disruptors.
Depending on size, a GhostBed mattress ranges from $662 to $1,200. It is markedly less expensive than an average mattress. It is comparable in price to competing mattresses with similar compositions and dimensions, specifically those with around 10 inches of thickness and a foam or latex comfort layer. The GhostBed is about 1 inch thicker than most foam mattresses on the online market today. This extra thickness adds to the overall quality and value of the mattress. Utilizing a synthetic latex foam brings the cost down and makes it more affordable than mattresses that use natural latex in their comfort layers.
Shipping and Warranty
GhostBed shipping is free in the contiguous United States. Most orders ship within 24 hours after the order is placed, and they typically arrive in 3-5 business days. The GhostBed is made in America, contributing to fast and reliable shipping. If you buy a mattress directly from GhostBed, you can try the bed risk-free during a 101-night sleep trial. The GhostBed company also offers a 20-year partially-prorated limited warranty.
You might enjoy the GhostBed Classic mattress if:
- You are looking for a mattress that sleeps cooler
- Typically, you’re a back sleeper
- You are looking for a balanced feel where your body won’t sink in too far into a mattress
- Budget concerns mean you need a more affordable latex mattress
You might not enjoy the GhostBed if:
- You prefer a softer mattress
- Typically, you are a side sleeper looking for more pressure relief
- You are looking for that slow-moving memory foam feel
- You are over 230 pounds