Ghostbed Vs Purple – An In-Depth Comparison (2018)

Hold your pillows and sit tight! Because today, we’re going to have a showdown between two of the most popular mattresses in the world: Ghostbed vs Purple. They’re both among the top contenders in the factory-to-online mattress game, each having thousands of customers from across North America.

Purple and Ghostbed are similar in popularity but they differ in terms of the construct, build, and feel. One’s a polymer and foam mattress while the other makes use of latex and memory foam to provide superior comfort for its users. 

So, now we’re going to have an in-depth review of each of these mattresses and compare their features side by side to see which one finishes in first place. You ready?

Purple: A Comprehensive Review

Construction

Purple, like most of the DTC mattresses, uses a couple of foam layers along with an elastic polymer layer, which is unique to their design. This combination gives the users necessary comfort and support. The mattress comes in an easily accessible “tube” which needs to be opened and arranged on the bed.

Layers

The mattress’ build is 9.5 inches high, and is composed of three different layers. A hyper-elastic polymer is used in the upper layer, which contributes a height of two inches. This is to relieve the sleeper of pressure, give an overall cooling effect, and provide the mattress with decent buoyancy. The second layer is polyurethane foam of 3.5 inches, which provides the mattress with great support. Last, but not least, another layer of polyurethane foam is added as the foundation for the previous layers, taking up approximately four inches of space.

Cover

The cover of this mattress consists of a blend of 69% Polyester, 27% viscose, and 4% of the polyester-lycra material. This combination ensures that the sleeper experiences good breathability in addition to great overall stretching and response. Provided that the cover is very thin, it allows air to move freely within the mattress, keeping the flow very consistent.

In regards to the outwards appearance, Purple’s cover is pure white with a simple diamond shaped design at the top and their logo secured on the four sides. This gives the mattress an overall sleek and modern look.

Firmness, Feel, Support

Purple has a score of 6 – 6.5 out of 10 the firmness, with 10 being the firmest. They attempt to give their users a maximized sleeping experience that they refer to as “Universal Comfort”, without having to work separately on multiple levels of firmness.

One of the best aspects of this mattress is its layer of hyper-elastic polymer. This quality is highly desirable and helps you sleep more comfortably. It is bouncy and has a grid pattern which ensures excellent air circulation, pressure relief, and cooling effects.

However, the sinkage of this mattress is a little complex, because while the product isn’t very firm, heavier sleepers don’t typically feel the ‘embracing’ effect. Lighter sleepers often feel floaty, while the heavier ones might feel a little more sinkage. And while this mattress does provide generalized compression, in simple terms, the heavier you are, the more sinkage you will experience.

Pricing

Purple is available in four sizes and ranges in price from $699 to $1,299.

Mattress Size Pricing
Twin XL $699
Queen $999
King $1,299
California King $1,299

Other Specifications

  • Trial Period: 100 days
  • Shipping: Free – delivery takes anywhere between 1 – 5 days
  • Packaging: Product is compressed in the easy to open Purple ‘tube’.
  • Returns: Simple, 100% money back
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Country of Manufacturing: USA

Ghostbed: A Comprehensive Review

Construction

Ghostbed is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which should be decompressed before setting it up. At first glance, you’ll see that a combination of latex and memory foam is used in the build of Ghostbed mattresses. It stands at a total 11 of inches, and unlike most of the other mattresses that use memory foam, Ghostbed has an additional 0.5 inches in comfort (top) layer.

Layers

The top layer of Ghostbed is comprised of a 1.5-inch layer of aerated latex foam. Similar to Purple, this layer provides optimal comfort, relieves pressure, and maintains a cooling effect. The second layer is a 2-inch gel-based memory foam, which helps give the sleeper good support and further aids pressure relief. The final layer contains 7.5-inch support foam, which functions as the foundation base for the entire mattress.

Cover

A few materials go into designing Ghostbed’s cover. The top and bottom surfaces of the cover are made from 100% white polyester fabric, which makes it stretchy while maintaining a smooth and sleek finish. The polyester also lets the air flow freely within the mattress, ensuring good breathability. The sides, however, are made from a blend of 49% polypropylene and 51% polyester fabric, which is a bit sturdier compared to the white fabric on the top, and binds the upper and lower layers together.

Despite Ghostbed using the common two-toned gray/white combinations, they were able to make their mattress look aesthetically pleasing. The color transfer in the design was done very well, giving it a minimalist, yet stylish look.

Firmness, Feel, Support

Like Purple, Ghostbed is also ranked at 6 on the firmness scale. By only having one firmness level, their goal is to cater to preference of the majority of their customers.

The sinkage effect of this mattress is much different from any other product in the market. When lying down, you will feel sinkage comparable to a 7 on the firmness scale, but after a few seconds, the mattress will begin to soften, giving you the actual firmness experience.

The overall comfort, response time, and support level are a result of the well-designed combination of latex and memory foam layers. By using latex foam as the top layer, it provides the mattress with an excellent buoyancy rate and response time, much better than other foam-based mattresses.

Pricing

Unlike Purple, Ghostbed is available in six sizes, varying in price from $495 to $995.

Mattress Size Pricing
Twin $495
Twin XL $650
Full $775
Queen $795
King $975
California King $995

Other Specifications

  • Trial Period: 101 nights
  • Shipping: Free – delivery takes anywhere between 1 – 5 days
  • Packaging: Product is compressed in the easy to open ‘tube’.
  • Returns: Simple, 100% money back
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Country of Manufacturing: USA

A Side by Side Comparison

So, we have finished listing the specifications, advantages, and disadvantages for each mattress. If you are still conflicted about which mattress to purchase, we recommend having a look at our side by side comparison of the Purple and Ghostbed mattress. You should be able to determine which mattress works best for you by looking at this list.
Purple GhostBed
Foam Layers 2″ hyper-elastic polymer for cooling and comfort, 3.5″ polyfoam for support, 4.0″ polyfoam as a foundational base for the mattress. 1.5″ latex foam for cooling and comfort, 2″ gel memory foam for support, 7.5″ support foam for the foundation.
Height 9.5” 11”
Cover White colored, diamond-shaped design with logo in the corners. The material is a blend of viscose, polyester and poly-lycra. Moderately thin. Good air flow. White colored polyester fabric on the surfaces and a polyester and polypropylene blend in gray on the sides. Thin. Soft. Good air flow. Good cooling effect.
Firmness 6 – 6.5 out of 10 6.5 – 7 out of 10
Support Very good. Can support up to 300 pounds on each side. Very good. Can support up to 400 pounds on each side.
Motion Transfer Very minimal Very minimal
Country of Manufacturing USA USA
No. of Sizes 4 6
Price Range $699 – $1,299 $495 – $995
Warranty 10 years 20 years
Trial Period 100 days 101 nights
Packaging Compressed in an easy to open Purple tube. Compressed. Bed in a box mattress.
Shipping Free – takes 1 to 5 days Free – takes 1 to 5 days
Refunds and Returns Available. Pickup and disposal is free Available. Pickup and disposal is free
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The Final Verdict: Which Mattress is Best for You – Purple or Ghostbed?

Finally, here we are! The part where you get answers to all your questions. Which one to go with? Who is the winner of the Purple Vs Ghostbed battle? This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but we’re glad to say that its a tie!

Both Purple and Ghostbed are excellent mattresses, but quite different in their appeal and qualities. These distinct differences are just what you need to consider when making your final choice.

You should go with the Purple mattress if you’re someone who’s looking for these traits:

Medium firmness:

As mentioned above, Purple ranks 6 – 6.5 on the firmness scale of 10, with anyone up to 150 pounds feeling a firmness of only a 6, while the sleepers on the heavier side could experience an additional 0.5 raise in the score.

Excellent cooling:

The grid effect of Purple allows it to have excellent cooling effects, making it the strongest contender in the mattress industry. The hyper-elasticity of the polymer layer enables incredible airflow throughout the mattress, thus providing it with a controlled and equaled cooling effects.

Quick response time:

Although Ghostbed has a great response time, its Latex is no match for the polymer layer used in Purple’s mattresses. So, if you’re all in for the bounce, you should probably go with Purple.

You’re a sucker for a unique feel:

Yes, you heard it right. And this quality is again attributed to the flexible grid design and the polymer layer. Combined, these factors make Purple mattresses one of the most unique sleeping experience, giving the customer excellent support, comfort, buoyancy, and pressure relief.

However, if you’re looking for different qualities, check out the list below, because Ghostbed might just be the better choice for you.

You tend to enjoy medium or slightly firm mattresses:

As mentioned earlier, Ghostbed’s sinkage is unique, because it feels firm in the beginning but is quick to soften up. It provides consistent pressure and comfort compared to other mattresses in the market.

You want a combination of latex and memory foam layers:

If you are someone who appreciates the “hugging-the-mattress” feel, Ghostbed might be the best choice for you. The latex in the top layer gives the mattress a nice bounce, good comfort, and excellent pressure relieving effects, while the memory foam layer underneath provides support and contouring of the sleeper.

You lean towards a 100% foam design:

Though the materials in the three layers are different, they are all foam. This provides a more classic feel for this sleeper, and is a great choice for those who are all for traditional foam mattresses.

You want to save money:

With a price that’s almost $300 cheaper than the Purple mattress for a Queen size, Ghostbed can save you a lot of money. At an affordable price, Ghostbed has great benefits and comfort levels that are definitely worth the price.

More Warranty:

With a 20-year warranty, Ghostbed has the longest warranty in the market by ten years.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Ghostbed mattress works very well for those who are looking for a full foam mattress at an affordable price. Purple, however, offers a unique experience with their advanced cooling mechanisms, good firmness, and pressure relieving systems.

But, in the end, the decision is up to you to chose the mattress that best fits your needs.

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