The first step toward buying a new mattress is to research a wide range of brands and models. Thanks to the booming online mattress industry, you’ll be able to choose from hundreds of different beds. Intensive comparison shopping allows you to see how different mattresses stack up in terms of pricing, construction, and performance. In this comparison guide, we’ll take a close look at GhostBed and Purple, two of the country’s leading “bed-in-a-box” mattress companies.
Owned by Nature’s Sleep, GhostBed first launched in 2015. The brand’s flagship foam mattress, known simply as the GhostBed, combines the breathability and responsiveness of latex with the deep body-contouring of memory foam. GhostBed has released three additional mattress models since that time. The GhostBed Luxe, another all-foam model, is constructed with layers of phase-change material and gel-infused foam that promote exceptional cooling. The GhostBed Flex, a hybrid model, features multiple memory foam layers over a pocketed coil support core for a comfortable balance of conforming and support. Lastly, the company’s newest model – the GhostBed 3D Matrix – is built with a specialty gel-polymer comfort layer that offers enhanced support and temperature control.
Purple also opened for business in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The flagship Purple Mattress was the first bed to feature the Purple Grid, a proprietary comfort layer made from hyperelastic polymer material that conforms closely without absorbing too much body heat. This model is reinforced with a support core of high-density polyfoam. Purple’s subsequent mattresses have been designed with the Purple Grid and pocketed coil support systems. The Purple Hybrid was introduced in 2018. The company’s newest model, the Purple Hybrid Premier, is available in two thickness/firmness options.
The mattress selections from GhostBed and Purple share a few similarities, but there are important differences to consider, as well. Read on to learn how these brands compare in terms of mattress construction and performance, pricing, delivery options, and return policies.
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|Price Range (Queen)|
|Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)||Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)|
|Sleep Trial & Warranty|
100-night sleep trial
10-year limited warranty
100-night sleep trial
10-year limited warranty
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Size should be one of your first considerations when choosing a mattress. Most beds sold today are available in six standard sizes. These include the twin, twin XL, and full for single sleepers, and the queen, king, and California king designed for two or more individuals. You should base your size decision on your available budget, the amount of space in your bedroom, and how tall you (and your sleep partner) are.
You should also think about your ideal mattress profile. Some people prefer sleeping on a shorter mattress that lies close to the ground, while others would rather sleep on a thick mattress built with substantial cushioning and support layers.
Lastly, weight is another important factor. Bed-in-a-box brands like GhostBed and Purple ship mattresses directly to your doorstep, so you’ll need to carry the box inside to set up the bed. Weight also matters because your mattress will need a suitable foundation, frame, or other support system, and some can support less weight than others.
Weight, height, and sizing details for GhostBed and Purple mattresses are outlined below. Please note that some models are offered in a split king, which is a non-standard size specifically designed for couples with adjustable bed bases.
|11"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|13"||Twin XL, Queen, King, California King, Split King|
|9.5"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
|11"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
|12" or 13"||Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, California King|
As you can see, both GhostBed and Purple offer a wide selection of thickness and sizing options – though both brands have their limitations. The GhostBed 3D Matrix, for instance, is not sold in a twin or full size, leaving fewer options for single sleepers. Neither the Purple Hybrid nor Purple Hybrid Premier are available in a twin size, either, but both of these models can be ordered in a full size.
Most of these mattresses are fairly heavy; even the lightest model, the flagship GhostBed, weighs quite a bit due in part to its latex layer. You’ll probably need assistance lifting and carrying all of these mattresses, so be sure to solicit help from a loved one or roommate.
Researching design specs is a crucial part of buying a new mattress. Most mattresses made today contain three core components: a comfort layer for surface-level cushioning, a transitional layer to reinforce your body against excessive sinkage, and a support core to stabilize the entire bed. The materials used to construct each of these components can affect how much the mattress costs, how long it will last before a replacement is needed, and how well it performs in categories such as temperature control, pressure relief, and edge support.
Below, we’ll take an in-depth look at each layer found in all GhostBed and Purple mattresses.
Measuring 11 inches thick, the flagship GhostBed is constructed with a comfort layer of synthetic latex and a transitional layer of memory foam, as well as a high-density foam support core. The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel. The latex contours to the body while also feeling responsive, so you’ll feel a decent amount of cushioning without sinking too much, while the memory foam delivers closer conforming and supports your body. The latex is ventilated with small holes to promote airflow while the memory foam is infused with cooling gel, which can help prevent the material from absorbing too much body heat. As a result, the GhostBed sleeps fairly cool.
The GhostBed Luxe has a 13-inch profile and a medium (5) feel, making it slightly thicker and softer than the flagship GhostBed. The Luxe begins with a layer of phase-change material (PCM), which absorbs body heat until the surface reaches a certain temperature and then maintains that temperature throughout the night. This ensures the mattress will stay cool no matter how hot you feel. The mattress also features a comfort layer of gel-infused memory foam, a transitional layer of responsive polyfoam, and a high-density polyfoam support core. An additional inch of soft memory foam quilted into the cover gives the surface an extra plush feel, and the ‘Ghost Ice’ cover fabric is engineered for added cooling.
The GhostBed Flex hybrid also features a cooling fabric cover, along with two memory foam comfort layers and a transitional layer of responsive, latex-like polyfoam. The Flex has a medium firm (6) feel similar to that of the flagship bed, so you’ll notice more support and less contouring on the surface. The support core contains 8.5-inch pocketed coils reinforced with high-density base foam. These coils contribute to the bed’s exceptionally responsive feel and also provide very good edge support. Altogether, the Flex measures 13 inches thick.
Lastly, the GhostBed 3D Matrix is also a hybrid model. This mattress features a top layer of gel-polymer material, which offers strong support and helps to keep the surface cool, followed by comfort layers of gel memory foam and responsive polyfoam. Like the Flex, the 3D Matrix offers a medium firm (6) feel and delivers exceptional support. Its base layer consists of 8.5-inch pocketed coils bolstered by top and bottom layers of high-density polyfoam. This model measures 12 inches thick.
The flagship Purple Mattress was the first model to feature the Purple Grid comfort layer, a proprietary hyperelastic polymer material molded into a grid shape. The Purple Grid is very similar to the gel-polymer layer found in the GhostBed 3D Matrix; both materials offer enhanced support and excellent cooling. For this mattress, the comfort layer measures 2 inches thick. The Purple Mattress also contains transitional and support layers of high-density polyfoam, which reinforce the bed and contribute to its medium firm (6) feel. It measures 9.25 inches thick, making it a low-profile mattress and Purple’s shortest model.
The Purple Hybrid is also designed with a 2-inch Purple Grid, along with a transitional polyfoam layer and a support core of pocketed coils. The Purple Grid promotes excellent breathability on its own, but the Purple Hybrid’s coil system circulates air currents for added temperature control. The coils also reinforce the edges very well, so you won’t need to worry about deep sinkage when sitting or sleeping along the perimeter of the mattress. The Purple Hybrid is considered medium firm (6), and it measures 11 inches thick.
The Purple Hybrid Premier is available in two designs. The 12-inch model is constructed with a 3-inch Purple Grid layer, along with transitional polyfoam and a pocketed coil system. This mattress offers a medium firm (6) feel. The 13-inch Hybrid Premier features a 4-inch Purple Grid, as well as the same transitional and support components as its 12-inch counterpart. This mattress has a medium (5) feel, making it Purple’s softest and thickest mattress. Due to its softer feel the 13-inch Hybrid Premier delivers deeper body-contouring and isolates motion very well, but it does not provide the same level of edge support as the 11-inch or 12-inch Purple hybrid models.
All Purple mattresses include a top cover made from a blend of polyester, viscose, and spandex. This fabric has a very soft and stretchy feel, and the viscose adds breathability. The cover also includes a slip-proof bottom guard made of 100 percent polyester.
When deciding which mattress to choose, we recommend reading customer reviews for different models. These reviews can provide valuable insights into where certain mattresses perform very well, as well as their downsides. At the same time, you should keep in mind that ratings are highly subjective, and one reviewer’s experience with a certain bed could be completely different from your own.
Most major mattress brands display customer and owner reviews on their websites, usually on the dedicated product pages for each model. In most cases, you’ll be able to filter by star rating to read positive and negative reviews. Watch out for models that only show favorable ratings; some brands make negative reviews harder to access for site visitors, and others omit them entirely.
Below, you’ll find a summary of customer reviews and ratings for all GhostBed and Purple models.
|Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating|
Now, let’s see how GhostBed and Purple mattresses compare in terms of performance ratings. We evaluate each mattress to see how well (or poorly) it performs in categories such as pressure relief, motion isolation, temperature neutrality, and edge support. To generate performance ratings, we also draw from reviews from verified mattress owners. These ratings can help shoppers determine whether a mattress is right for them based on their own personal needs and preferences.
Full ratings for all GhostBed and Purple models are listed below. First, we’ll explain what each category means.
Most mattresses need to be replaced within six to eight years of your original purchase. The most common reasons for replacing a mattress include loss of support that leads to excessive sagging, deep sinkage along the edges, and more pain or pressure after sleeping on it. Polyfoam and memory foam tend to wear out more quickly than other mattress materials, whereas latex is much more durable and carries a longer lifespan. Beds with coil layers tend to outlast those with foam or latex support cores, as well.
If your mattress has a responsive surface, then you and your sleep partner will feel motion transfer across the surface whenever the other person changes positions or gets in and out of bed. Some mattresses feature thick, plush comfort layers that absorb movement and isolate it from other areas of the sleep surface, ensuring fewer nighttime disruptions for couples. Solo sleepers don’t need to worry about motion isolation as much as those who sleep with a partner.
The general consensus among couples is that responsive mattresses with moderate conforming are best for sex. A springy surface ensures you and your partner can move around freely, while a bit of contouring provides traction to help the two of you maintain a fixed position. Edge support is another important factor. If the mattress feels weak around the perimeter, then you won’t be able to use the entire surface. Additionally, beds with coils can squeak and creak during sex, whereas all-foam and all-latex models are much more discreet.
Some mattresses have dense layers that absorb and trap heat, causing the surface to feel excessively warm. This can be problematic for anyone, but especially those who already sleep hot. Other beds are constructed with materials that promote temperature control. These include ventilated latex and foam comfort layers that funnel air to the surface, coil systems that promote steady airflow throughout the interior, and breathable cover fabrics. Exceptionally soft beds tend to sleep hot, as well, since you’re more likely to sink into the comfort layers and feel less surface airflow.
In order to alleviate pressure, a mattress should cushion the body, support the midsection, and promote even spinal alignment. For this reason, the best mattress for pressure relief largely depends on your body type. People who weigh less than 130 pounds often need a softer mattress because firmer models feel too stiff and cause pressure points to build up. On the other hand, those who weigh more than 230 pounds may need a firmer bed to keep their body on an even plane – otherwise they may notice more pressure in the shoulders, lower back, and hips.
All mattresses release off-gassing smells when you unbox them. Foam mattresses produce the most odor because foam emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tiny particles that carry a distinct chemical odor. Latex has also been associated with a lighter yet still noticeable rubberlike smell. Most new mattresses will lose their initial off-gassing odor and smell much less after a few days – but in some cases, you’ll notice these smells for a week or longer.
Ease of Movement
If your mattress feels exceptionally soft or plush, then you may have a difficult time moving across the surface when getting in and out of bed – especially if you weigh more than 230 pounds. A mattress with sturdy transitional and support materials should keep your body on a more even plane, making movement easier in the process. You’ll also have an easier time changing sleep positions on a more supportive bed.
Most mattresses sink to a noticeable extent when you sit along the edges. However, the steel coils found in most hybrids and innersprings provide strong bounceback and prevent you from sinking too much. Mattresses with foam or latex support layers are much more likely to sink excessively, which can make getting on and off the bed somewhat difficult and cause you to feel less secure when sleeping near the edges.
|GhostBed||GhostBed Flex||GhostBed Luxe||3D Matrix|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Firm (6)||Medium (5)||Medium Firm (6)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||4/5||2/5||3/5|
|Purple Mattress||Purple Hybrid||Hybrid Premier|
|Firmness||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Firm (6)||Medium Soft (5), Medium Firm (6)|
|Ease of Movement||3/5||4/5||4/5|
Price will undoubtedly be a major factor for many mattress shoppers. The price of a mattress often depends on its material components. Innersprings and all-foam beds tend to be the most affordable mattress types, and are widely available for $900 to $1,200 in a queen size. For all-latex and hybrid models, the average price range is much higher – about $1,600 to $2,200 in a queen.
Size also affects price, as twins, twin XLs, and fulls almost always cost less than queens, kings, California kings, and split sizes. Another factor is mattress thickness. Since high-profile mattresses contain more layers, they typically cost more than shorter models.
Additionally, you’ll probably pay less for a mattress online as opposed to a model you purchase in a store. Brick-and-mortar sellers often charge more to account for the higher overhead costs of operating a store and employing a commissioned sales staff. Online brands do not face the same overhead, as these brands operate few – if any – brick-and-mortar locations. This allows them to charge much less for their mattresses and other products.
Prices for all GhostBed and Purple mattresses in each available size are listed below.
|GhostBed||GhostBed Flex||GhostBed Luxe||3D Matrix|
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|Purple Mattress||Purple Hybrid||Hybrid Premier|
|Twin XL||$749||$1299||$1899 or $2499|
|Full||$949||$1499||$2099 or $2699|
|Queen||$1099||$1599||$2199 or $2999|
|King||$1399||$1899||$2699 or $3499|
|California King||$1399||$1899||$2699 or $3499|
|Split King||$1498||$2598||$3798 or $4998|
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As you can tell from these tables, prices vary considerably for both GhostBed and Purple mattresses. These brands each offer budget-friendly, mid-range, and luxury models.
The flagship GhostBed and Purple models share very similar price-points in most sizes. These models may be most suitable if you have a limited shopping budget – or if you prefer the feel of a foam-based mattress.
The GhostBed Flex and Purple Hybrid also have a comparable pricing structure. While these models are somewhat expensive, their costs are comparable to the average hybrid mattress. We recommend these beds if you’ve got some extra cash to spend but don’t want to pay an above-average price for a hybrid.
Both brands offer high-end mattresses, as well. The GhostBed Luxe, GhostBed 3D Matrix, and Purple Hybrid Premier models are all fairly expensive. Considering their advanced designs and strong performance in multiple areas, you may consider any of these three mattresses a good long-term investment.
When calculating the cost of a new mattress, be sure to account for extra delivery charges, return fees, and other expenses you may incur on top of the bed’s sticker price. In the next section, we’ll explore the finer points of each brand’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.
|Sleep Trial & Returns|
|101 nights||100 nights|
|20 Year||10 Year, Non-prorated|
GhostBed provides free ground shipping through FedEx anywhere in the contiguous U.S. If you reside in Alaska and Hawaii, you’ll need to pay a delivery surcharge of $600. Customers generally receive their mattress within two to five business days of placing their order. Purple also offers free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S., but fees for Alaska and Hawaii are much smaller – about $200 per mattress for standard ground delivery. Purple ships to Canada, as well.
GhostBed and Purple each offer White Glove delivery, as well. This service includes scheduled delivery date and time, in-home assembly, and old mattress removal upon request. For GhostBed, White Glove delivery costs $199 for one to two items, meaning you could have a mattress and new foundation – or two mattresses – delivered at the same time. Purple customers pay a flat fee of $149 for White Glove shipping when you order the Purple Mattress or Purple Hybrid. If you select the Purple Hybrid Premier and reside in the contiguous U.S., White Glove shipping is free. Purple also offers expedited and overnight shipping to all 50 states for an added charge.
For standard ground delivery, GhostBed and Purple mattresses are compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a compact box. The package will be delivered to your doorstep, and you won’t need to sign for the mattress or be at home when it arrives. If you opt for White Glove delivery, the mattress will not be compressed for shipping and you (or another adult) will need to be at home to receive the couriers.
Since most online mattress brands don’t operate brick-and-mortar stores, they offer sleep trials allowing customers to test out a mattress for a certain length of time before deciding whether to keep it or return it. Most sleep trials span at least 90 nights in length.
GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial. You must test out the mattress for at least 30 nights before you’ll be able to return it for a full refund. If you decide to return the mattress, GhostBed will issue a full refund – minus any applicable delivery costs – and arrange for couriers to pick up the mattress at your residence. Once removed, the mattress will be donated to charity or recycled. You can also exchange your GhostBed mattress for another model from the company. There are no return or exchange fees associated with GhostBed’s trial.
Purple’s return policy is similar. The company offers a 100-night sleep trial with a required break-in period of 21 nights, so you’ll be able to return the mattress a bit sooner than a GhostBed model if you are not satisfied with it. Purple issues full refunds for all returns. You can also exchange your Purple mattress for another model. If this occurs, your sleep trial will proceed until it reaches 100 nights or you’ve slept on the replacement for 30 nights (whichever is longest).
Mattress warranties ensure the manufacturer is held liable for models with manufacturing or physical defects. Nearly all mattresses sold today come with a warranty that covers the bed for at least 10 years.
The GhostBed comes with a 20-year warranty, while the Flex, Luxe, and 3D Matrix are backed by 25-year warranties. All of these warranties are partially prorated. For the first 10 years of ownership, GhostBed will cover all repair or replacement costs if your mattress develops a defect. Prorated coverage kicks in during year 11, meaning you’ll pay a percentage of the original price to replace your mattress. The prorated schedule is as follows:
Purple mattress warranties are structured a bit differently. These warranties span 10 years in length and they are completely non-prorated, meaning you won’t pay anything (apart from some minor shipping costs) to have your mattress repaired or replaced if a defect occurs. Additionally, the mattress cover for your Purple mattress comes with its own two-year warranty that protects against material issues.
The GhostBed and Purple warranties identify the same defects that warrant free repairs or mattress replacements. These include sagging and body impressions in the surface measuring 1 inch or deeper and physical flaws that cause the mattress materials to deteriorate prematurely. Other issues, such as physical damage from abuse or improper foundational support and problems that arise from changes in your comfort preferences, are not considered defects under either warranty.