GhostBed vs. Purple
Today we are going to be conducting an in-depth comparison between two very popular mattress brands in the online mattress industry: GhostBed and Purple.
Both pride themselves on creating premium quality beds known for providing a unique feel. Both come at a fraction of the prices of in-store mattress brands, and both promise customers a comfortable night’s sleep through a specific construction of their mattresses, but which one would better work for your sleeping needs?
Read our review, and we’ll help you find out. Last updated
Construction and Materials
The GhostBed is a product of Nature’s Sleep, a veteran company in the mattress industry as well. It is an 11″ combination of latex and memory foam designed to appeal to a wide majority of sleepers and consists of the following layers:
- 1.5″ Top cooling & comfort layer – This layer is made of 1.5″ of aerated latex foam, designed to provide instant responsiveness and a nice degree of bounce, and create a cool and comfortable sleep surface.
- 2″ Middle support layer – This layer is made of 2″ of gel memory foam designed to provide support and pressure relief. It is less responsive than the top layer and acts as the core support layer. The gel also helps with heat dissipation and aids in cooling.
- 7.5″ Bottom foundation layer – This layer is made of 7.5″ of high-density support foam and acts as the foundation for the above foam layers.
The GhostBed mattress has a soft and thin 100% polyester cover with a unique stretchy and plush dimpled pattern. You can feel the top dimples through the sheets and they offer the massaging feel. The cover also improves airflow through the mattress and aids in cooling.
Firmness and Support
The GhostBed comes in universal firmness option and feels around a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being firmest).
The combination of latex and memory foam in this mattress provides responsiveness and support ideal for all sleeping positions. The latex offers enough push-back and prevents you from sinking too much into the foam, while the foam beneath adapts to your weight and contours your body.
The unique construction of this bed felt more on the firmer side for my boyfriend Andrew. It perfectly supported his heavier weight (230lbs) and prevented him from sinking down to the foundation when sitting or lying on the mattress.
He did not feel pressure points when sleeping on his side though as this mattress offers enough give in the top layers for a comfortable sleep and yet has the firmness necessary if you switch to your back or stomach.
The GhostBed has a very soft and comfortable exterior and when you lie down on it, the latex and gel foam layers work together to provide a balanced feel in most sleeping positions. As the top layer is latex, it doesn’t hug or envelop your body like the memory foam.
The cover also provides a very enjoyable feel through the sheets, and as the time passes, the mattress totally adapts to your body.
The GhostBed does a pretty good job in this category as the thin breathable cover and the 1.5″ of aerated latex foam and 2″ of gel memory foam work together to prevent the build-up of heat and eliminate the sticky, sweaty feeling typical for most memory foam mattresses. So the mattress remains cool throughout the entire night and allows a sound and quality sleep.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
With the GhostBed, we experienced minimal sinkage due to the latex in its top comfort layers, its dense support layers and its 11″ thickness. It didn’t cause me to roll into Andrew which was our problem with many other memory foam mattresses.
There is also minimal motion transfer with this bed. It does a good job at isolating motion transfer when shifting positions or getting in and out of bed during the night and is, therefore, perfect for couples.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The GhostBed didn’t have any noticeable odor upon opening the box which is typical for most memory foam mattresses that are shipped compressed in a box. Any smell that was present dissipated within a few hours.
- 101 Night Sleep trial
- Free Shipping – ships fast usually within 24 hours
- 20 Year Warranty
- American Made
- No questions asked 100% return
The GhostBed is very reasonably priced for the quality it delivers, and it comes in at $750 for a Queen.
Follow this Memory Foam Talk Coupon link to receive $100 off the GhostBed as well as 2 pillows at $270. The company also offers a matching foundation to compliment the mattress at only $225.
Construction and Materials
The Purple could probably be called a hybrid mattress in that it is primarily made of foam with 2” of their patented open-cell hyper-elastic polymer material known to be the key selling point of their mattress on top.
It is only 9.5” high, which makes it one of the thinnest mattresses we have reviewed or slept on, and it consists of the following layers.
- 2″ Top cooling & comfort layer – This layer is made of 2″ of the company’s patented hyper-elastic polymer designed to provide support, cooling, and comfort.
- 3.5″ Middle support layer – This layer is made of 3.5″ of polyurethane foam for transitional support.
- 4” Foundation layer – This layer is made of another 4” of polyurethane foam which serves as the base of the mattress.
The cover of the Purple mattress is a soft and breathable blend of Polyester, Viscose, and Lycra. It is thin enough to allow a good circulation of air through the mattress, while the Lycra that is often found in athletic clothing is a stretchy material that wicks away moisture and helps with temperature regulation.
Firmness and Support
The Purple mattress, just like the GhostBed is a “universal comfort” type mattress designed to appeal to a wide variety of sleepers, and it is around a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being the firmest).
The proprietary 2“ hyper-elastic polymer technology incorporated within the purple mattress is meant to provide an excellent support to your body and pressure point relief and create a cool and comfortable sleeping surface via the open cell technology.
The mattress is designed to work well for a wide range of sleepers and suit all sleeping styles, but we felt it was not supportive enough in our case. It feels softer than the GhostBed especially for heavier sleepers and couples, and in our case Andrew’s weight (230 lbs) and our combined weight as a couple caused us to sink through the thinner 9.5” mattress and bottom it out.
As a heavier sleeper, Andrew compressed through the 2” top layer almost instantly and came to rest on the underlying foam base layers and caused me to roll towards him.
This elastic polymer apparently would cause squeaking so the company coated it with what appears to be talcum or baby powder of some sort, which was most likely the cause of me itching while sleeping on the mattress which was not enjoyable to me or Andrew.
The company claims to use hypoallergenic materials but this doesn’t seem to be the case.
As mentioned above, Andrew’s heavier weight compressed the mattress to a certain degree and caused me to roll towards him which the hyped up hyper-elastic polymer is supposed to prevent.
The top layer felt different than other mattresses we have slept on indeed, but our combined weight easily pressed through the thin 2” of this material so the benefits did not seem as pronounced as the company claims.
The bigger issue for me was itching during the night from what we feel must have been the powder coating in the Purple’s top layer.
The Purple mattress incorporates open cell technology in its top comfort layer which makes the mattress sleep significantly cooler than some of the other mattresses we have reviewed. It allows a good airflow and works together with the breathable cover in preventing heat retention and creating a cool and pleasant sleeping surface. Just like the GhostBed, this mattress does not cause excessive sweating and the feeling of stickiness due to its top comfort layer made of hyper-elastic polymer.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
As we have mentioned, the Purple’s 2” top layer quickly compressed under Andrew and our combined weight and caused us to sink through the mattress and come to rest on the foundation of our bed.
The same goes for the edge support of this mattress which caused that well-known feeling of rolling off the edges.
The sinkage of the Purple mattress also caused more motion transfer during the night as Andrew would sink lower than me which caused me to roll into him. This combined with the bounce and responsiveness coming from the construction of this mattress caused a significant amount of motion transfer.
Smell / Off-Gassing
There was not any noticeable smell coming from the Purple mattress upon opening the box, so it gets high marks in this category.
- 100 Night Sleep trial
- 10 Year Warranty
- Free Shipping – compressed in the easy to open Purple “tube”
The Purple mattress comes in at $999 for a Queen which is a bit pricier than the GhostBed, but it is still a good price for those looking for the level of comfort and support that the Purple bed offers.
GhostBed vs. Purple Mattress Comparison
Below is our comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the GhostBed vs. Purple mattress.
|Layers||1.5″ of aerated latex foam, 2″ of gel memory foam, 7.5″ of high-density support foam||2″ of hyper-elastic polymer, 2″ of the company’s patented hyper-elastic polymer, additional 4” of polyurethane foam|
|Cover||Soft and thin 100% polyester cover with a unique stretchy and plush dimpled pattern||Soft and breathable blend of Polyester, Viscose, and Lycra|
|Firmness||7 out of 10||6 out of 10|
|Motion Transfer||Very minimal||Present|
|Warranty||20 years||10 years|
|Trial Period||101 days||100 days|
|Shipping||Free shipping||Free shipping|
|Refunds & Returns||No questions asked 100% return||Yes|
Which Mattress Is Right for You?
Choose GhostBed if you like:
- A mattress that sleeps cool – The Ghostbed uses gel-infused memory foam in its construction and aerated latex foam to prevent the retention of heat and create a cool and comfortable sleep surface. It also has a soft and thin polyester cover that allows a good airflow through the mattress and aids in cooling.
- A mattress with universal feel – The GhostBed comes in a universal firmness option which means it is designed in such way to appeal to a wide array of sleeping preferences. It provides enough comfort and support suitable for multiple positions.
- Pressure relief with bounce – The combination of the soft latex comfort layer with the memory foam beneath it provides enough pressure relief while at the same time it offers a nice degree of bounce and responsiveness.
- Supportive mattress– The 11″ thickness of this mattress, the use of latex in its top comfort layers, and its support layers made of dense foam provide an excellent support for any sleeping position and sleepers of different weights, even heavier ones like my boyfriend.
Choose Purple mattress if you like:
- Sleeping cool – The Purple mattress incorporates open cell technology in its top comfort layer which makes it sleep significantly cooler than many other mattresses. It allows a good airflow and works together with the breathable cover in preventing heat retention and creating a cool and pleasant sleeping surface.
- Responsive and bouncy mattresses – The hyper-elastic polymer on top responds quickly to pressure and provides a nice degree of bounce which will allow you to change your positions easier during the night, but it will also cause some motion transfer which may not work well for you if you plan on sharing your bed with a partner.