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GhostBed vs Purple – Which Mattress Should You Buy?

Many people wonder about the differences between Purple and GhostBed mattresses. Though similarly priced, there are several differences between the mattresses in terms of quality, comfort, and durability. As shoppers search online for mattress reviews that compare these two mattress brands, there are several factors to consider.

GhostBed vs Purple: 9 Mattress Features to Compare

  • Materials
  • Pricing
  • Delivery and Packaging
  • Trial Period and Return Policy
  • Availability
  • Firmness
  • Breathability
  • Sleeping Position
  • Durability

Although Purple and GhostBed may seem similar to many casual onlookers, once you compare mattresses it becomes clear they are different mattress types with very different features.

Both brands now have four models each, including a hybrid mattress. With so many options for getting a good night’s sleep, many shoppers wonder, “Should I buy a Purple or GhostBed mattress?” They look for honest Purple mattress comparisons and a GhostBed mattress review to help them make an informed decision.

To complement the popular Purple Bed, Purple has recently added the Purple® Hybrid and the two Purple® Hybrid Premier models to their mattress lineup. The original GhostBed Mattress is joined by the GhostBed Flex, GhostBed Luxe, and GhostBed 3D Matrix. Of these newer GhostBed models, the Flex and the Matrix are hybrids.

Materials

Purple began with an innovation in materials technology, introducing their patented No Pressure Purple Grid made with Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material, while GhostBed relies on memory foam. Each brand has comfort layers over support cores of either high-density polyurethane foam or pocket coils. The foams used by both companies are certified by CertiPUR-US as free from toxic substances.

The GhostBed Mattress vs The Purple® Mattress

GhostBed
The original GhostBed Mattress has a 1.5-inch top layer of aerated latex foam over a 2-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam and a 7.5-inch base support layer of high-density poly foam. GhostBed’s original model has remained much the same over time.

Purple
The Original Purple® Bed is certainly not the same mattress type as the GhostBed® Mattress. While GhostBed® is an all-foam mattress, Purple® is completely unique — categorized as a “polymer grid” mattress.

The sole comfort layer, the No Pressure Purple® Grid, is a 2-inch grid of their patented Hyper-Elastic™ Polymer material. This groundbreaking invention first proved itself in seat cushions before revolutionizing the mattress industry. The structure in the No Pressure Purple® Grid collapses proportionally to the weight put on them, providing proper spinal alignment for a broad range of sleeping positions and body types. It can conform like memory foam, but without the built-up heat or off-gassing odors. Also, the polymer grid recovers faster than memory foam and lasts much longer.

Between the No Pressure Purple Grid and the 4-inch HD polyurethane support core, the Purple® Mattress has a 3.5-inch transition layer of 1.8 lbs-density polyurethane foam.

The cover of the GhostBed is a blend of viscose (rayon) and polyester. The Purple Mattress cover fabric is similar but also includes Lycra (spandex), which makes it more stretchy. Purple’s cover is knitted in a wave pattern that makes it even more conforming.

GhostBed Flex vs Purple® Hybrid

GhostBed
The GhostBed Flex has two 1-inch layers of gel memory foam. There is a 1-inch soft foam transition layer above and below 8.5-inch pocket coils. The top gel memory foam layer is quilted into the cover.

Purple
The Purple® Hybrid’s comfort layer is a 2-inch No Pressure Purple Grid. The support core boasts 7.5-inch Responsive Support Coils. The 1-inch transition layer of 2.0-lb. polyurethane foam separates the grid from the coils, while another 2-lb. layer serves as the base pad under the coils. The Purple® Hybrid also includes a knitted StretchMax cover.

Additional Comparisons
In the GhostBed Flex, edge support is provided in the form of a double row of narrower, stronger coils around the perimeter of the coil array. This differs significantly from the dense foam wall edge support used in the Purple® Hybrid.

The cover of the GhostBed Flex is polyester, quilted to the top 1-inch of gel memory foam. This quilting is designed to enhance airflow through the top of the mattress. However, the design of the Purple® Hybrid provides deeper airflow. The 2-inch high spacing in the No Pressure Purple™ Grid moves more air than GhostBed’s quilt.
GhostBed Luxe vs Purple® Hybrid Premier

GhostBed
The GhostBed Luxe is the softest GhostBed model, according to most reviews. Even though the Luxe is an all-foam mattress, GhostBed claims it is their coolest mattress. The cover contains “cooling fiber,” which is quilted to 1” of gel memory foam. Technically, this is not a pillow top or a euro top because of the way it is stitched to the mattress — which is why GhostBed calls it a “topper.” It has a second fabric – the “Ghost Ice Fabric” — between it and the rest of the mattress. The next layer down is the “Ghost Ice Layer” – a sheet of material containing PCMs. This layer is followed by 2 inches of gel memory foam. As in the Flex, this means two layers of pressure relief. It also means more cooling gel, which at this depth has more effect on the support properties of the memory foam than on the cooling.

Below the gel memory foam is a 2-inch transition layer of what can best be described as a latex-like foam with some memory foam conformity. The base of the GhostBed Luxe is 7.5-inches of polyurethane foam. The GhostBed Luxe is not a hybrid model and contains no pocket coils.

Purple
The Purple® Hybrid Premier comes with customizable options. You can choose either a 3-inch or 4-inch No Pressure Purple Grid™. The thick grid allows the mattress to be more conforming and immersive than the other Purple models.

As to cooling, the simpler design of Purple’s open grid produces a more natural and more effective method of cooling compared to GhostBed’s layers of gel memory foam and other materials. Airflow is the most effective means of cooling a mattress (thanks, science!).

GhostBed 3D Matrix vs Purple Hybrid Premier

The newest GhostBed model utilizes a gel material marketed as “3D Matrix Technology.” In illustrations, the matrix is a flat grid of gel polymer which is a few millimeters thick imposed on a sheet of white foam which pokes through the holes in the grid. Actual photographs of the grid reveal that the soft gel is apparently poured into the convoluted surface of the foam to form the 3D Matrix. This explains both its flexibility and its unified heat conductivity.

The primary drawback of the 3D Matrix materials is the potential to block airflow. Moving air not only cools a mattress, but it keeps the mattress dry and fresh.

There are three layers of foam beneath the 3D Matrix layer. The first is 2 inches of gel memory foam. The next layer is a 1-inch Ghost Bounce Layer, followed by 1-inch of “Ghost 3D Matrix Soft Transition Foam,” which is a high-density polyurethane foam that is softer than base foam.

The support core consists of 8.5-inch pocketed coils on a 1-inch firm foam base pad. Edge support of the GhostBed 3D Matrix is the same as the GhostBed Flex.

A casual observer may think that by calling the gel a “gel polymer” GhostBed intended for it to be seen as an alternative to the Purple polymer grid. However, the 3D Matrix does not work the same way. The 3D Matrix cools by contact heat conduction, while the No Pressure Purple Grid™ stays cool by allowing airflow. The Purple™ Grid conforms by compression, while the Matrix does so by bending and stretching. As to the materials themselves, the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ by Purple is a flexible solid, while GhostBed’s gel polymer is a semi-solid.

Sizes and Pricing

The GhostBed mattress and the Purple® Mattress both come in six sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. Purple™ also lists a Split King, which is two Twin XL mattresses to be used on a Split King adjustable base. Although GhostBed does not list a Split King mattress, they do say that customers will need two Twin XL mattresses for the Split King size GhostBed® Adjustable Base. Purple Hybrid and Hybrid Premier mattress sizes begin with Twin XL.

The price for the Purple Mattress Twin is $649. The King size Purple Mattress and the California King both sell for $1,399. For the Purple Hybrid mattress, prices range from $1,299 to $1,899. Pricing for the Purple Hybrid Premier range from $1,899-$3,499, depending on the size of the mattress, as well as the thickness of the customizable Purple Grid.

What is the cost of a GhostBed mattress?

For the GhostBed Mattress, pricing begins at $545 for a Twin and climbs up to $1,195 for the California King. GhostBed Flex prices range from $1,045 to $1,825. Prices for the GhostBed Luxe range from $1,145-$1,925, while the prices of the GhostBed 3D Matrix price range between $1,750-$2,995. It’s worth noting that the GhostBed 3D Matrix is not available in Full size.

Delivery and Packaging

Both Purple and GhostBed compress, roll, and seal their mattresses for shipping.

The GhostBed box is the typical box shape with rectangular sides and ends. The box for all their mattress sizes is 39″ long x 23″ wide x 20″ deep.

The Purple shipping containers are cylindrical with a 16” diameter, but are not all the same length. For instance, the Purple King Mattress is in a longer box (76”) than the Queen size (60”).

Both mattress brands are delivered straight to your door.

Trial Period and Return Policy

The sleep trials for GhostBed and Purple are close in length, differing by only one day. GhostBed has a 101-Night Sleep Trial, while for Purple it is for 100 nights.

Purple’s warranty on their mattresses is for 10 years, non-prorated — this means that you get full protection without paying any replacement fees. GhostBed’s mattress claim warranties for 20 to 25 years, but if you read the fine print, only the first 10 years are non-prorated.

Availability

Both GhostBed and Purple Innovation sell their mattresses on their websites, and some products are sold on Amazon.com. Purple’s mattresses are available in several retail stores: Bed Bath & Beyond, Denver Mattress, HOM Furniture, Macy’s, Mattress Firm, Rest & Relax, and Sleep Experts.

Mattress Firmness

When it comes to mattress firmness, all Purple and GhostBed mattresses are in the firmness range of Medium to Medium Firm. The construction of each model makes it feel firmer or softer than the others. For instance, pocket coils can make a mattress more conforming and less firm.

When comparing the Purple® Mattress to the Purple® Hybrid and Purple® Hybrid Premier models, we find that the Purple Mattress is the firmest (about 6.5) because of the foam in the support core. The density of the base foam in the Purple Mattress is firmer than the base foams in most foam mattresses. The Purple Hybrid is slightly less firm. The Purple Hybrid Premier feels softer (about 6.0) because of the deeper (higher) No Pressure Purple® Grid, more so for the Premier 4 (about 5.0) than the Premier 3 (about 5.5).

The original GhostBed mattress is the firmest of that brand, about 6.5, and the GhostBed Luxe is the softest, about 5.5. In between are the Flex and the 3D Matrix.

Breathability

The knit covers of all Purple mattress models, both foam base and hybrid, are naturally breathable. The open spacing of the No Pressure Purple Grid™ is even more breathable. As the sleeper’s body bends the column walls, this allows air to move horizontally for even more airflow.

There is breathability in the GhostBed Mattress with aerated latex foam as the top layer. However, the pores in the latex do not have the same air capacity as the open columns in the Purple Grid™. And even though the gel memory foam in the second layer is open-cell foam, air filters rather than flows through.

The GhostBed Luxe and the GhostBed Flex have more breathability within the quilted cover than they do through the foam layers beneath it. The Flex may have airflow through its pocket coil innerspring, but the foam layers are a barrier between it and the top. The GhostBed 3D Matrix may have breathability through the cover, but the Matrix itself may be an airflow barrier (this depends on how much air can get through the foam).

On the whole, Purple’s mattresses have more breathability than GhostBed’s mattresses. GhostBed relies on gel for cooling, but Purple’s polymer grid, with all its air space, is inherently breathable.

Sleeping Position

Everyone has a preferred sleeping position. According to surveys, side sleeping is the most popular position, followed by back sleeping. As a general rule, a softer mattress is better for side sleepers and a firmer mattress provides the best support for stomach sleepers. Back sleepers fall into the middle range and do well with a medium-firm mattress. However, the form of cushioning is also a factor.

The unique properties of the Purple No Pressure Grid™ makes it both supportive and conforming. It is like memory foam without the memory foam problems. As a larger body part sinks into the Grid, other places continue to support the smaller areas. It adapts quickly to a changing position – such as a sleeper turning from one side to the other – and continues to conform. This means it is good for getting a great night’s sleep in any sleeping position.

GhostBed also claims to be good for any sleeping position. This is more so for the Original GhostBed than for the newer models. Body weight is a joint factor with sleeping position. In customer reviews, heavier people had more complaints, especially the heavy side sleepers.

Durability

When shopping for a mattress, consumers are concerned about the mattress lifespan. Both GhostBed and Purple make their mattresses in the United States, with better proven quality than mattresses made in China.

On Amazon, the customer reviews for the Luxe and the Flex are lumped together. They have some complaints about failing in 6 months to a year. Since their construction is more complex than the original latex-memory foam mattress, that leaves more opportunity for failure.

Another factor is the coils themselves. GhostBed’s coils are an inch taller (8½”) than Purple’s (7½”). Taking into consideration the experience of other brands using pocket coils, higher coils seem to be more prone to failure.

How long does the Purple Mattress Last?

Purple has tested its product with the equivalent of many years of use. You can expect your Purple to last 10-20 years.

GhostBed Mattress Review: Summary

According to some GhostBed® Mattress reviews, it has a “neutral feel.” This means that it is a balance between soft conformity and support. The Purple® Mattress has a “gel feel,” but is also balanced between soft conformity and support. With Purple™, the softness and conformity progressively increase moving up through Purple® Hybrid, Purple® Hybrid Premier 3, and Purple® Hybrid Premier 4.

The same progression is not so predictable in the GhostBed lineup. Progression by price does not quite correspond to progression by conformity and support. The newest and top-priced GhostBed model, the 3D Matrix, has more of a gel feel due to the gel matrix layer, and it’s firmer than the GhostBed Luxe.

GhostBed vs Purple Mattress Review – Which Brand is Right for You?

When it comes to breathability, Purple is the clear winner. Purple mattresses are also cooler and provide more pressure-relieving conformity than the GhostBed.

Between the hybrid mattresses of GhostBed and Purple, the coils may make a difference. Purple’s coils are an inch shorter, so they are probably less likely to fail. All Purple mattress models have a nice bounce all the way through, even while they are conforming to the sleeper’s body for pressure relief. This makes it easy to move around on a Purple without sinking in and feeling trapped. To better conform with their unique top layer Purple has its own stretchy sheets made of bamboo.

The difference in warranties is not as great as it may appear. The Purple warranty for 10 years is non-prorated. GhostBed’s warranties are non-prorated for only the first ten years — then their customers will be charged a fee for making a warranty claim.

As you compare mattresses, consider the quality of construction and materials, along with reviews from verified customers. Purple mattresses are designed to be cool and breathable, and do not have the heat issues caused by memory foam. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ material of the No Pressure Purple Grid is unrivaled by any other mattress brand, providing comfort and support to a wide range of body types and sleeping positions.

For the best night’s sleep — night after night — the choice is clear. We recommend Purple over any other mattress brand. Try a Purple risk-free and take advantage of our 100-night sleep trial. Once you sleep on a Purple, we’re confident you’ll fall in love with your new mattress and sleep better than you ever dreamed possible.

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