Updated at: 26-11-2021 - By: Jane Brody

Before purchasing a new mattress, it’s important to investigate a wide variety of options. You’ll be able to pick from a plethora of beds now that the online mattress market is flourishing. When you browse around for a variety of mattresses, you’ll be able to compare their prices, construction, and overall performance. GhostBed and Purple, two of the most popular mattress-in-a-box firms in the United States, will be the focus of our comparison guide.

GhostBed was launched in 2015 by Nature’s Sleep, which owns the brand. The GhostBed, the company’s flagship foam mattress, blends the responsiveness and breathability of latex with the body-contouring properties of memory foam. Since then, GhostBed has introduced three more mattress styles. Another all-foam variant, the GhostBed Luxe, features layers of phase-change material and gel-infused foam that help keep the mattress cool. Comfort and support may be found in the GhostBed Flex, a hybrid mattress with various layers of memory foam on top of a coil support core. Last but not least, GhostBed 3D Matrix features a gel-polymer comfort layer that enhances support and temperature regulation.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Purple opened its doors in 2015. Polymer comfort layer comprised of hyperelastic polymer that adapts without absorbing too much body heat was initially used in the flagship Purple Mattress. Polyfoam is used as a support core in this model. The Purple Grid and pocketed coil support methods have been used in all of Purple’s subsequent mattresses, as well. In 2018, the Purple Hybrid was unveiled. There are two possibilities for the Purple Hybrid Premier, which is the company’s newest model.

A few commonalities may be found between the GhostBed and Purple mattress selections, but there are also significant distinctions to be considered. These brands are compared in terms of mattress design and performance, shipping options, and return policies in the following sections.

GhostBed vs. Purple Overview

An online mattress called GhostBed is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable by combining aerated latex and foam. The latex used in this mattress is synthetic, making it more cheap than other latex mattresses.

A gel polymer that changes hardness levels depending with how much pressure you apply is the Purple’s biggest claim to fame. If you’ve never seen anything like it, you’re in for a treat.

In our opinion, both mattresses are among the best in the industry. They, however, are better suited to a specific group of people.

Who Should Get The GhostBed?

  • Those who like a more firm mattress
  • those who prefer a well-balanced mattress
  • Support for those who want to sleep on their stomachs.

Who Should Get The Purple?

  • Pressure relief for those who sleep on their sides
  • Combination sleepers who are looking for the best of both worlds.
  • Those who sweat a lot at night and require a cooler mattress

Sizing and Weight Options

When shopping for a mattress, size should be one of the first things to keep in mind. The majority of beds on the market now come in six common sizes. Twin, Twin XL, and Full are for single sleepers, while Queen, King, and California King are for two or more people. The quantity of space in your bedroom and the height of you and your bed companion should be factors in your choosing.

It’s also a good idea to consider the ideal profile of your mattress. Some people like a mattress that is shorter and lower to the ground, while others want a mattress that is thicker and more supportive.

Finally, it’s necessary to consider your own body weight. Brands such as GhostBed and Purple sell mattresses that are delivered in a box, so you’ll have to bring it inside to set up your bed. For one thing, some foundations, frames, or other support systems can only hold so much weight before they become unusable.

Details about GhostBed and Purple mattresses’ weight, height, and size are provided below. The split king, which is a non-standard size for couples with adjustable bed bases, is available on select models.

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Ghostbed

GhostBed

  • Height: 11″
  • Size Options: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

GhostBed Flex

  • Height: 13″
  • Size Options: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

GhostBed Luxe

  • Height: 13″
  • Size Options: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King

3D Matrix

  • Height: 12″
  • Size Options: Twin XL, Queen, King, California King, Split King

Purple

Purple Mattress

  • Height: 9.5″
  • Size Options: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King

Purple Hybrid

  • Height: 11″
  • Size Options: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King

Purple Hybrid Premier

  • Height: 12″, 13″
  • Size Options: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King

Purple Kid Mattress

  • Height: 7″
  • Size Options: Twin

Although both GhostBed and Purple mattresses offer a wide range of thickness and sizing options, they both have their limitations. Single sleepers have fewer options when it comes to the GhostBed 3D Matrix, which doesn’t come in twin or full sizes. Both the Purple Hybrid and the Purple Hybrid Premier are not available in twin sizes, although they can be bought in full-sized versions.

Aside from the GhostBed’s latex layer making it the heaviest of these mattresses, all of them are pretty substantial. So enlist the aid of a family member or roommate to help you lift and transport all of these beds.

Construction and Materials Comparison

Researching the design specifications of a new mattress is a critical aspect of the process. There are three fundamental components in most modern mattresses: a comfort layer for cushioning, a transitional layer to protect your body from sinkage, and a support core to keep the bed stable. For example, a mattress’s cost, how long it will last, and its performance in areas like temperature management and pressure relief can all be affected by the materials used to build each of these components.

A closer look into each layer found in GhostBed and Purple mattresses will be provided in the next section.

GhostBed

The flagship GhostBed mattress is made up of a comfort layer of synthetic latex, a transitional layer of memory foam, and a high-density foam support core that measures 11 inches in height. In terms of firmness, the mattress is classified as a medium (6). As a result, you’ll get a good level of cushioning without sinking too far, while the memory foam provides additional support and conforms to your body’s shape. The memory foam is laced with cooling gel to help prevent it from collecting too much body heat, while the latex is ventilated with microscopic pores to facilitate ventilation. Thus, the GhostBed sleeps quite comfortably.

For those who prefer a thicker mattress, the GhostBed Luxe comes in a 13-inch model with a medium (5) feel. In order to keep the Luxe at a consistent temperature throughout the night, a layer of phase-change material (PCM) is applied to the surface. This ensures that the mattress will remain cool, no matter how hot you are feeling at the moment. A gel-infused memory foam comfort layer, a transitional layer of responsive polyfoam, and a high-density polyfoam support core round out the mattress’ construction. The ‘Ghost Ice’ cover fabric, which is meant to keep you cool, has an extra inch of soft memory foam sewn into the cover.

It also has a cooling fabric cover, as well as two memory foam comfort layers and a transitional layer of responsive polyfoam. There is greater support and less contouring on the surface of the Flex, which has a medium firmness level (6) like that of the flagship bed. 8.5-inch pocketed coils and high-density foundation foam make up the core of the mattress. The responsiveness of the bed’s coils is enhanced by these coils, which also provide excellent edge support. The Flex is 13 inches thick in total.

It’s also a hybrid model, with the GhostBed 3D Matrix being the most recent addition. Comfort layers of gel memory foam and responsive polyfoam make up the rest of the mattress, which provides excellent support and keeps the surface cool. The 3D Matrix, like the Flex, has a medium (5) feel and provides outstanding support. An 8.5-inch pocketed coil base is supported by two layers of high-density polyfoam at the top and bottom. The thickness of this model is 12 inches.

Purple

The Purple Grid comfort layer, a patented hyperelastic polymer material molded into a grid shape, was originally used in the flagship Purple Mattress. The gel-polymer layer featured in the GhostBed 3D Matrix provides similar support and cooling benefits as the Purple Grid. The comfort layer in this mattress is 2 inches thick. High-density polyfoam transition and support layers are found in the Purple Mattress, which contribute to the medium firmness of the mattress. Purple’s shortest mattress, it is 9.5 inches thick, making it a low-profile mattress.

The Purple Hybrid mattress has a 2-inch Purple Grid, a transitional polyfoam layer, and a support core of pocketed coils. Coil system circulates air for additional temperature regulation in the Purple Hybrid despite the exceptional breathability of the Purple Grid on its own. You won’t have to worry about sinkage whether sitting or sleeping along the mattress’s perimeter because the coils strengthen the edges quite nicely. The Purple Hybrid has a medium-firmness rating of (6) and is 11 inches in diameter.

Purple Hybrid Premier comes in a variety of colors and patterns. A 3-inch Purple Grid layer, transitional polyfoam, and a pocketed coil system make up the 12-inch model. This mattress has a medium firmness level of six. With a 4-inch Purple Grid, the 13-inch Hybrid Premier has the same transitional and support components as the 12-inch version. Purple’s softest and thickest mattress offers a medium (5) firmness rating. 13-inch Hybrid Premier gives deeper body contouring and isolates motion very well, but it lacks edge support like the 11-inch or 12-inch Purple hybrid variants.

Polyester, viscose, and spandex are all used in the top cover of Purple mattresses. The viscose lends breathability to this fabric, which is both soft and stretchy. Slip-resistant polyester bottom guard is included in the cover.

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In-Depth Ratings

Now, let’s see how GhostBed and Purple mattresses stack up against each other in terms of performance. We take a look at each mattress’s performance in terms of pressure relief, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and edge support. We also use verifiable mattress owner reviews to generate performance ratings. If you’re shopping for a mattress, these ratings will help you figure out which one is best for you based on your own tastes.

Here are the full ratings for every GhostBed and Purple model we have available. To begin, let us define what each of these subcategories entails.

Durability
The average lifespan of a mattress is between six and eight years, depending on how well you take care of it. Sagging, severe sinkage around the edges, and greater pain or pressure after a night’s sleep are the most prevalent reasons to get a new mattress. Compared to other mattress materials, polyfoam and memory foam wear out more quickly, whereas latex is far more robust and has a much longer life expectancy. These beds are also more durable than ones with foam or latex cores.

Motion Isolation
In the event that your mattress has a responsive surface, you and your sleep companion will be able to detect motion transfer anytime the other person shifts positions or gets out of bed. Mattresses with thick, soft comfort layers that absorb movement and isolate it from other sections of the sleep surface can help couples sleep better at night. Motion isolation is less of an issue for lone sleepers than it is for couples.

Sex
For sex, couples want responsive mattresses with some degree of conformation. With a bouncy surface and some contouring, you and your partner will be able to move freely while still maintaining a stable position. Another issue to consider is edge support. You won’t be able to use the entire surface of the mattress if it feels fragile around the perimeter. All-latex and all-foam mattresses, on the other hand, don’t make a peep when you’re having sex.

Temperature Neutrality
The surface of some mattresses can become unbearably warm due to their deep layering, which absorbs and traps heat. Even if you don’t sleep hot, this can be a problem for you. Temperature-regulating materials are used in the construction of other beds. Ventilated latex and foam layers funnel air to the surface, coil systems that keep the interior cool, and breathable cover materials are all examples of these. You’re more likely to sink into the layers and experience less surface airflow when you sleep on a soft mattress.

Pressure Relief
Mattresses should cushion the body, support the midsection, and promote even spinal alignment in order to ease pressure. As a result, your body type has a significant impact on which mattress is the most effective at relieving pressure points. Those who weigh less than 130 pounds may benefit from a softer mattress, as stiffer ones can sleep uncomfortable and cause pressure points to form. A firmer mattress may be necessary for those who weigh more than 220 pounds since they may feel more pressure in the shoulders, lower back and hips if their body is not on an even plane while they sleep.

Off-gassing
When you unbox a mattress, it will emit off-gassing odours. Foam mattresses create the most volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are microscopic particles with a distinct chemical smell. This is why foam mattresses produce the greatest stench. Also, latex has been linked to a more subtle, but nonetheless distinct, rubbery scent. It is common for new mattresses to lose their off-gassing odor within a few days, however this may not be the case in all circumstances.

Ease of Movement
If your mattress is extremely soft or plush, it may be difficult for you to get in and out of bed, especially if you weigh more than 230 pounds. You should be able to move more easily when you sleep on a mattress that has strong transitioning and support components. You’ll also be able to change positions more easily on a supportive mattress.

Edge Support
When you sit on the edge of a mattress, it sinks to a considerable degree. Steel coils in most hybrids and innerspring mattresses provide a strong bounceback and prevent you from sinking too deeply. If you have a mattress with a foam or latex support layer, it’s far more likely to sink excessively, which can make it harder to get in and out of bed and make you feel less comfortable when you sleep near the edge.

Ghostbed

GhostBedGhostBed FlexGhostBed Luxe3D Matrix
FirmnessMedium Firm (6)Medium Firm (6)Medium (5)Medium (5)
Durability 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Motion Isolation 3/5 3/5 4/5 4/5
Sex 3/5 3/5 2/5 3/5
Sleeps Cool 3/5 3/5 3/5 4/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 3/5 2/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 4/5 4/5 2/5 3/5
Edge Support 3/5 3/5 2/5 3/5

Purple

Purple MattressPurple HybridPurple Hybrid Premier
FirmnessMedium Firm (6)Medium Firm (6)Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)
Durability 3/5 3/5 4/5
Motion Isolation 4/5 4/5 4/5
Sex 4/5 4/5 4/5
Sleeps Cool 5/5 5/5 5/5
Pressure Relief 4/5 3/5 4/5
Off-Gassing 3/5 4/5 3/5
Ease of Movement 3/5 5/5 4/5
Edge Support 3/5 4/5 3/5

Prices and Sizing

Many people who are looking for a new mattress may base their decision on price alone. It is common for the cost of a mattress to be influenced by the materials used in its construction. These two types of mattresses typically cost between $900 and $1,200 for a queen sized bed in terms of price. All-latex and hybrid mattresses typically cost between $1,600 and $2,200 in a queen size.

Twin, full, and twin XL mattresses all cost less than queens, California kings, and split sizes, which are the most expensive types of bedding. Another consideration is the thickness of the mattress. High-profile mattresses often cost more than shorter ones because they have more layers.

Additionally, you’ll likely save money by purchasing a mattress online rather than in a brick-and-mortar establishment. To compensate for the increased costs of running a store and employing a commission-based sales team, brick-and-mortar businesses often raise their prices. When it comes to online brands, they don’t have the same overhead because they don’t have any physical presence. Their mattresses and other products may now be sold at considerably lower prices because of this.

The prices of all GhostBed and Purple mattresses in each available size are mentioned below.

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Ghostbed

GhostBedGhostBed FlexGhostBed Luxe3D Matrix
Twin$845$1,695$1,795$N/A
Twin XL$995$1,850$1,950$2,300
Full$1,195$1,975$2,075$N/A
Queen$1,295$2,130$2,245$2,970
King$1,575$2,445$2,545$3,370
California King$1,595$2,465$2,565$3,470
Split King$1,990$3,700$3,900$4,600

Purple

Purple MattressPurple HybridPurple Hybrid Premier
Twin$599N/AN/A
Twin XL$849$1,499$2,099 or $2,599
Full$1,049$1,699$2,299 or $2,799
Queen$1,199$1,799$2,399 or $3,099
King$1,499$2,199$2,999 or $3,699
California King$1,499$2,199$2,999 or $3,699
Split King$1,698$2,998$4,198 or $5,198

Prices for GhostBed and Purple mattresses differ significantly, as you can see in the figures above. Each of these brands has a variety of price points, from budget-friendly to high-end.

In most sizes, the GhostBed and Purple flagship models have relatively similar prices. If you’re on a tight budget or love the bouncy feel of a foam mattress, these models might be right for you.

The GhostBed Flex and Purple Hybrid both have a same price point. When compared to the ordinary hybrid mattress, these mattresses cost a little more. For those who have some additional money but don’t want to pay a high price for a hybrid, these beds are a good option for you.

High-end mattresses are also available from both companies. The GhostBed Luxe, GhostBed 3D Matrix, and Purple Hybrid Premier variants all cost a significant amount of money. Any of these three mattresses could be a wise long-term investment due to their cutting-edge designs and outstanding performance across the board.

When figuring out how much a new mattress will cost, don’t forget to include in other costs such as delivery, return, and other miscellaneous fees. When it comes to shipping, return, and warranty policies, there are many variables to consider.

Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Shipping

FedEx ground shipping is included in GhostBed’s free ground shipping to the mainland United States. There is a $600 delivery surcharge for Alaska and Hawaii residents. Within two to five business days of making an order, customers may expect to get their mattress. For normal ground delivery in the continental United States, Purple charges roughly $200 per mattress for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii. In addition, Purple is available in Canada.

In addition, GhostBed and Purple both provide White Glove shipping. On request, old mattresses can be removed from the property and the new mattress delivered to your home at a pre-selected day and time. At $199 for up to two items, you may have a mattress and foundation delivered at the same time via GhostBed’s White Glove service. The Purple Mattress and Purple Hybrid have a one-time White Glove shipping price of just $149 for Purple clients. You get free White Glove shipping if you buy the Purple Hybrid Premier and live in the contiguous United States. Also, for an additional fee, all 50 states can benefit from Purple’s expedited and overnight shipping options.

GhostBed and Purple mattresses are compressed, vacuum-sealed, and transported in a small box for normal ground delivery. A delivery driver will drop off the mattress at your door, and you won’t even need a signature or be home when it arrives. Mattresses that are ordered with White Glove delivery can’t be compressed for transportation, therefore you or another adult must be home when the couriers arrive.

Returns

Mattress companies that don’t have physical locations typically offer sleep trials that allow clients to test out a mattress for a predetermined amount of time before making their final decision. It is common for a sleep study to last at least 90 nights.

It’s possible to try GhostBed for a whole 101 nights. You must use the mattress for at least 30 nights before you can get a complete refund. A complete refund minus any relevant delivery fees will be issued by GhostBed upon your request to return your mattress, and the mattress will be collected from your home by couriers. Once the mattress is removed, it will either be given away or recycled. A different GhostBed mattress model is also an option if you’re not satisfied with your current purchase. The GhostBed trial does not charge for returns or exchanges.

Purple has a similar return policy. It is possible to return the mattress earlier than with a GhostBed model because of the company’s 100 night sleep trial, which includes a 21 night break-in period. In the event of a return, Purple offers a complete refund. It’s also possible to swap out your Purple mattress for a another one. A sleep trial will continue until it reaches 100 nights or you’ve slept on the replacement for 30 nights, whichever comes first (whichever is longest).

Warranties

In the event of a mattress with a manufacturing or physical problem, the manufacturer is responsible under the terms of the warranty. Almost every mattress on the market today comes with a 10-year warranty.

Flex, Luxe, and 3D Matrix have 25-year warranties; GhostBed has a 20-year warranty. All of these warranties are prorated in some fashion. A flaw in your GhostBed mattress will be repaired or replaced at no cost to you for the first decade of ownership. In the eleventh year, prorated coverage kicks in, which means you’ll pay a portion of the original mattress price to replace it. The following is a breakdown of the prorated schedule:

  • Starting in year 11, when you pay 55% of the initial price, you’ll pay 5% per year for the premier
  • GhostBed (11 x 5 percent). In the 12th year, you pay 60% of the total cost, and so forth.
    If you buy the Flex, Luxe, or 3D Matrix between years 11 and 14, you’ll pay 5% per year of ownership. In years 16 to 20, this percentage will rise by 4%, and by 1% in years 21 to 25.

Purple’s mattress warranties are set up a little differently from other mattress guarantees. If a problem arises during the warranty period, you will not be responsible for any repair or replacement charges (apart from small shipping fees). These warranties last for 10 years and are fully non-prorated. Purple mattress covers come with their own two-year warranty, which covers any material defects.

For free repairs or mattress replacements, the GhostBed and Purple guarantees identify the same flaws. Mattress defects include drooping and body impressions in the surface of the mattress that are at least 1 inch deep, as well as physical problems that prematurely degrade the mattress materials. Under any warranty, physical damage from abuse or insufficient foundational support and difficulties that emerge from changes in your personal comfort preferences are not faults.

GhostBed vs. Purple Mattress Video Comparison

Learn about how each mattress might fit into your sleeping position and comfort preferences by taking a closer look at the mattress itself. You may see our video review here.

Similarities Between The GhostBed And Purple

In terms of bed-in-a-box mattresses, GhostBed and Purple are among the most popular options on the market and the parallels don’t stop there:

  • In terms of price, they’re really close.
  • The bottom layer of both mattresses is made up of firm, supportive foam.
  • Both mattresses have a great deal of give and take.

Key Differences Between The GhostBed And Purple

Nonetheless, there are a number of differences between these mattresses:

  • Softer than the GhostBed, the Purple is more comfortable to sleep on.
  • Despite the similarity of their outer coverings, their inner layers of comfort are constructed from vastly different materials.
  • They each have a somewhat different vibe about it.

Firmness And Feel Differences

The hardness and feel of a mattress are always important to us when shopping for a new one. This helps us get a sense of the type of person each mattress is best suited to.

How Firm Are The GhostBed And Purple Mattresses?

We give the GhostBed a firmness rating of 8 out of 10, which is higher than the average mattress firmness. Though it’s crucial to note that the Purple Grid may slightly modify its firmness depending on how much pressure is applied, the Purple is more like a 6.5.”

Sleeping On The GhostBed And Purple Mattresses

Even if you’re heavier, you may find the GhostBed to be excessively firm. The GhostBed, on the other hand, is likely to be too firm for those who prefer to sleep on their sides. Many people choose mattresses with a larger comfort layer for those who sleep on their sides. The GhostBed mattress, on the other hand, is ideal for stomach sleepers.

Back sleepers will love the Purple. As a result, only your buttocks and hips will sink, while the rest of your body is well-supported. To get enough comfort from pressure points, side sleepers of average and heavy weight can activate the Grid, although lightweight side sleepers may find the Purple to be a touch too stiff. Those who sleep on their stomachs will find the Purple comfortable as well.

What Do The GhostBed And Purple Mattress Feel Like?

GhostBed’s second layer of latex provides some slow-moving pressure alleviation, but the top layer of latex provides a lot of bounce and movement.

Described as “squishy yet solid,” the Purple Grid’s “squishy yet firm” sensation is incredibly difficult to put into words. As a result, it is good for sleepers who toss and turn during the night, but less so for couples who share a bed.

Average Weight Sleepers – 130 lbs to 230 lbs

The GhostBed can be a little too stiff for people who weigh less than 130 pounds. For back sleepers, this is especially true. The GhostBed, on the other hand, is ideal for folks who weigh less than 230 pounds. The GhostBed may be excessively firm for side sleepers of this weight range. In contrast, average-weight stomach sleepers should have no problem getting a decent night’s sleep thanks to the mattress’s support.

There are a few exceptions to this rule: Those who are lighter than usual in weight may not be able to sink their hips in enough because of a lack of activation of the Purple Grid. In the same way, bigger side sleepers will find the Purple mattress to be ideal, while individuals who weigh less than 130 pounds may find it excessively hard. When it comes to stomach sleepers of average weight, the Purple is an excellent, supportive mattress.

Heavyweight Sleepers – Over 230 lbs

The GhostBed is a fine option for the majority of heavyweight back sleepers, but if you weigh more over 300 pounds, you may want to explore elsewhere. The GhostBed will be excessively firm for side sleepers who are heavier than average. Those weighing less than 230 pounds should be fine, but those weighing more over 300 pounds should consider a more supportive mattress.

Purple users who weigh more than 300 pounds may wish to choose a coil-equipped model. The Purple, on the other hand, is a suitable choice for the majority of people who are heavy back sleepers. It’s acceptable for stomach sleepers up to 280 pounds, but after that, you’ll need something more supportive. The Grid is an excellent choice for heavyweight side sleepers since the Grid is activated by body pressure and provides excellent pressure relief. If you’re a bigger person looking for even better pressure relief, you might also want to check out the Purple Hybrid Premier.

Lightweight Sleepers – Under 130lbs

The GhostBed is too stiff for back sleepers who sleep on their stomachs. The same holds true for side sleepers in this weight range, who won’t be able to relieve the pressure on their shoulders or hips. The GhostBed, on the other hand, is an excellent choice for stomach sleepers.

Back and side sleepers who are light in weight may not be able to exert enough pressure on the Purple to activate the Grid. The Purple, on the other hand, is a top pick for stomach sleepers who prefer a firmer mattress and are under 300 pounds.

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