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GhostBed vs. Puffy Mattress Comparison

Written by Brad Nehring

The Bottom Line.

  • The GhostBed is a mixed-foam mattress constructed with responsive latex and pressure-relieving memory foam.
  • The Puffy Mattress features memory foam that contours very closely, making it ideal for lighter people and side sleepers.
  • Both beds offer very good motion isolation for couples.

GhostBed vs. Puffy Mattress Overview

GhostBed vs. Puffy Mattress Overview

GhostBed, a subsidiary of Nature Sleep, has been in business since 2015. The brand’s flagship mattress, known as the GhostBed Classic or simply the GhostBed, is a mixed-foam model featuring a comfort layer of synthetic Dunlop latex, a transitional layer of gel-infused memory foam, and a high-density polyfoam base. The mattress measures 11 inches thick and offers a medium firm feel that corresponds to a 6 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

Established in 2017, Puffy is another leading “bed-in-a-box” mattress brand. The flagship Puffy Mattress features a comfort layer of memory foam over a high-density polyfoam support core. The Puffy Mattress has a medium (5) feel, making it softer than the GhostBed, and this model also conforms more closely thanks to its thick memory foam layer. This mattress measures 10 inches thick.

In this comparison guide, we’ll see how the GhostBed and Puffy Mattress stack up to one another in terms of firmness and feel, construction, pricing, and performance. We’ll also take an in-depth look at each company’s shipping, return, and warranty policies.

Please note: Both GhostBed and Puffy sell other mattresses, but this guide will focus exclusively on the flagship models from these companies. For more information on additional beds from GhostBed and Puffy, please check out our GhostBed Luxe Mattress Review, GhostBed Flex Mattress Review, Puffy Lux Mattress Review, and Puffy Royal Mattress Review pages.

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  • GhostBed
  • Puffy
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Elizabeth
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Ratings Comparison

GhostBed

Puffy

MATTRESS TYPE LatexFoam
FIRMNESS 65
PRICE RANGE $895.00$850.00
AVAILABILITY onlineonline
SLEEP TRIAL 101 nights101 nights
WARRANTY LENGTH 20 YearLifetime Warranty
  • GhostBed
  • Puffy

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex

Full Sleep Rating

Criteria
Rating
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
  • GhostBed
  • Puffy
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
Durability
Motion Isolation
Off-gassing
Pressure Relief
Temperature Neutrality
Edge Support
Noise
Sex
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Durability

Average to above-average longevity is expected from the GhostBed, but the company has been in business for less than three years and long-term performance has not been evaluated.

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Durability

Average to above-average longevity is expected from the GhostBed, but the company has been in business for less than three years and long-term performance has not been evaluated.

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Motion Isolation

The GhostBed isolates motion to some extent, but not as much as the average foam-latex mattress.

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Motion Isolation

The GhostBed isolates motion to some extent, but not as much as the average foam-latex mattress.

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Off-gassing

The GhostBed emits little to no odor, which is rare for mattresses with memory foam.

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Off-gassing

The GhostBed emits little to no odor, which is rare for mattresses with memory foam.

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Pressure Relief

GhostBed mattresses conform closely and alleviate a fair amount of aches and pains for most sleepers.

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Pressure Relief

GhostBed mattresses conform closely and alleviate a fair amount of aches and pains for most sleepers.

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Temperature Neutrality

The top latex layer somewhat tempers the GhostBed’s memory foam, but some customers claim the mattress still sleeps relatively hot.

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Temperature Neutrality

The top latex layer somewhat tempers the GhostBed’s memory foam, but some customers claim the mattress still sleeps relatively hot.

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Edge Support

The GhostBed offers better edge support than many other memory foam and latex models, but the bed is still susceptible to sinkage in places where people sit.

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Edge Support

The GhostBed offers better edge support than many other memory foam and latex models, but the bed is still susceptible to sinkage in places where people sit.

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Noise

The GhostBed is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Noise

The GhostBed is virtually silent when bearing weight.

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Sex

The GhostBed is not particularly bouncy or springy, and the bed may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Sex

The GhostBed is not particularly bouncy or springy, and the bed may not be responsive enough for some couples.

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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Durability

The Puffy mattress uses slightly less dense foams which should be durable for lighter sleepers but won't last as long for heavier sleepers (230lbs+) with nightly use.

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Motion Isolation

The Puffy mattress isolates motion very well making it a good option for couples or easily disturbed sleepers

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Off-gassing

The Puffy has some potential for offgassing which should dissapate within a few days of unboxing

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Pressure Relief

The Puffy mattress conforms closely to sleepers which can alleviate pressure points and gives the sleeper the feeling of sleeping "in" and not "on" the mattress.

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Pressure Relief

The Puffy mattress conforms closely to sleepers which can alleviate pressure points and gives the sleeper the feeling of sleeping "in" and not "on" the mattress.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Temperature Neutrality

The Puffy performs adequately in creating a cool sleep environment as a memory foam mattress.

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support for an all-foam mattress. Owners may notice some sinkage along the perimeter but probably not to an excessive degree.

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Edge Support

The Puffy has decent edge support for an all-foam mattress. Owners may notice some sinkage along the perimeter but probably not to an excessive degree.

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

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Noise

The Puffy mattress will be silent when bearing weight so noise isn't a concern.

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

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Sex

The Puffy is a very conforming memory foam mattress making it less "bouncy" (responsive) so less ideal for sex compared to other mattress types

GhostBed Highlights…
  • The latex and memory foam layers of the GhostBed combine to deliver a comfortable balance of body-conforming and sleeper support.
  • The GhostBed’s latex layer is aerated to promote extra airflow near the surface, allowing the mattress to sleep cooler than many competing all-foam models.
  • Although the latex is somewhat responsive, the GhostBed still isolates motion quite well and can help reduce sleep disruptions for couples.
  • While the mattress should be comfortable for sleepers across different weight groups, its medium firm feel is exceptionally well suited to those weighing 130 to 230 pounds.
Puffy Mattress Highlights…
  • The mattress features a thick memory foam comfort layer that contours quite closely to the body, resulting in a feeling akin to sleeping “in” – not “on” – the mattress.
  • The medium feel of this mattress makes it best suited to people who weigh up to 230 pounds, particularly side sleepers.
  • A great choice for couples, the Puffy Mattress provides excellent motion isolation and does not produce any noise when bearing weight.
  • Compared to other memory foam models, the Puffy Mattress offers decent edge support and sleeps fairly cool.

Sleep Position Ratings

GhostBed

Thanks to its comfort layer of synthetic Dunlop latex, the GhostBed’s feel is different from many of its all-foam competitors. Latex is a responsive material that delivers a light bounce on the surface and does not sink beneath the body as much as memory foam. Since the GhostBed has a medium firm feel, this makes it best suited to average weight side, back, and stomach sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds.

Lighter people should feel adequately supported on the GhostBed, but the mattress will feel too firm for some. This is especially true for side sleepers, who often need softer mattresses to cushion the body, align the spine, and alleviate pressure in the shoulders, lower back, and hips. On the other hand, people who weigh more than 230 pounds are likely to find the GhostBed a bit too soft – back and stomach sleepers in particular. That said, the mattress has received mostly positive ratings from our testing crew across different weight and sleep position groups.

Puffy Mattress

The Puffy Mattress features a single memory foam comfort layer that responds slowly to the body, resulting in a deep, pressure-relieving cradle. The mattress has a medium feel, so sleepers should expect close contouring and sinkage beneath the heavier areas of their body, such as the midsection. Softer memory foam models like the Puffy Mattress are best suited to side sleepers who weigh up to 230 pounds and prefer extra padding for the shoulders and hips.

Back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds should also find the Puffy Mattress reasonably comfortable. However, heavier people who use these positions may sink excessively. This can lead to added aches and pains in the neck and shoulders, lumbar region, and hips. Those who weigh more than 230 pounds are especially vulnerable to discomfort issues.

  • GhostBed
  • Puffy
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach
Weight Light Average Heavy
Sleep Position Less than 130 LBS 130 LBS - 230 LBS Greater than 230 LBS
Side
Back
Stomach

Our Recommendations

Choose the GhostBed if...

  • You prefer a balance of body-conforming and support
  • You enjoy the feel of a responsive mattress that bounces lightly when you get in and out of bed.
  • You tend to sleep hot on all-foam mattresses
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise

Choose the Puffy Mattress if…

  • You enjoy the close contouring and slow response of a traditional memory foam mattress.
  • You weigh less than 230 pounds and/or sleep on your side
  • You find other memory foam mattresses a bit too hot
  • You and your sleep partner want a mattress that isolates motion very well and does not produce any noise

Technical Details Comparison

Sizing and Pricing

Now let’s take a look at prices for the GhostBed and Puffy Mattress. Current price-points for these models in all six standard mattress sizes are listed below. Additionally, the GhostBed is available in a split king size geared toward couples who use an adjustable bed base; this model costs $1,490. The Puffy Mattress is not available in a split king size.

  • twin-bed
    Twin $545 (GhostBed) $795 (Puffy)
  • twin-bed
    Twin XL $745 (GhostBed) $825 (Puffy)
  • twin-bed
    Full $995 (GhostBed) $995 (Puffy)
  • twin-bed
    Queen $1,095 (GhostBed) $1,150 (Puffy)
  • twin-bed
    King $1,250 (GhostBed) $1,350 (Puffy)
  • twin-bed
    Cal King $1,250 (GhostBed) $1,350 (Puffy)

Mattress Construction

Next, let’s see how the GhostBed and Puffy Mattress are constructed. Full design and material specs for both beds are listed below.

Specification

GhostBed

Puffy Mattress
Firmness Options Medium Firm (6) Medium (5)
Thickness 11″ 10″
Weight (Queen) 69 lbs. 89 lbs.
Support Core Components 6″ HD Polyfoam 7.5″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1.5″ 3.5 PCF Synthetic Dunlop Latex
2″ 4 PCF Transitional Memory Foam
2″ 2.5 PCF Gel-Infused Memory Foam
2″ Transitional Polyfoam
Cover Composition Polyester Polyester

How Is the GhostBed Built?

The GhostBed begins with a 1.5-inch comfort layer of synthetic Dunlop latex. This material conforms gently without sinking too deeply and also feels somewhat responsive. Synthetic latex is not as durable as natural latex, but the GhostBed’s comfort layer material still holds up fairly well compared to foam. The latex is also aerated to push air currents to the surface of the mattress and help sleepers remain cool. A 2-inch transitional layer of medium-density memory foam reinforces the comfort layer and prevents sleepers from sinking too deeply into the mattress.

The GhostBed’s support core measures 7.5 inches thick and consists of 2 PCF high-density polyfoam. This layer is denser and more robust than the support cores found in many all-foam mattresses. As a result, the GhostBed offers great stability and shouldn’t sink too much around the edges for people who weigh up to 230 pounds. The cover of this mattress is made from soft polyester. Altogether, the GhostBed measures 11 inches thick, making it a medium-profile mattress.

How Is the Puffy Mattress Built?

The Puffy Mattress is constructed with a 2-inch comfort layer of 2.5 PCF memory foam. The material contours deeply and evenly to alleviate pressure and distribute the sleeper’s weight, though some people will find the mattress too soft and prone to deep sinkage. This foam also has a relatively low density, meaning it shouldn’t absorb too much body heat but may also begin to lose shape somewhat quickly. A layer of transitional polyfoam rests beneath the memory foam for added sleeper reinforcement.

Like the GhostBed, the Puffy Mattress features a support core of high-density polyfoam. This bed’s layer measures 6 inches thick. While this polyfoam is not as dense as the GhostBed’s support core, the Puffy Mattress still feels relatively stable along the edges and shouldn’t sink too much for people who weigh up to 230 pounds. Its cover is made of polyester. The Puffy Mattress measures 10 inches thick, making it a medium-profile model.

GhostBed Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 101 nights

  • Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty 20 years, partially prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period Details

    GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial for all mattresses:

    1. There is a mandatory 30-night break in period. This is intended to allow time for the sleeper’s body to adjust to the new mattress. Customers may not request a return until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
    2. Returned mattresses will be recycled or donated to a local charity and GhostBeds will provide a full refund to the customer, usually within three business days.
    3. The sleep trial is intended for customers who don’t like the feel of the GhostBed and is not valid in cases of ordering errors, sizing issues, cancellations or requests to cancel, changes in circumstances, or financial issues. Stained, ripped, or damaged mattresses are not eligible for free return.
    4. GhostBed accepts a maximum of one mattress return per household. The sleep trial is only valid for original purchasers within the contiguous U.S. who bought their mattress directly from GhostBed. Those who reside in Alaska or Hawaii are not eligible for mattress returns.
    5. In the case of mattresses purchased through Amazon, customers receive a 100-night sleep trial. They should contact Amazon directly to initiate the return process. Groupon customers are not eligible for the sleep trial.
    6. Customers who wish to exchange the mattress for a different model should contact GhostBed during the trial period.
    7. Customers who opt for White Glove delivery do not qualify for a sleep trial; all sales are final for these individuals.
  • Warranty

    GhostBed offers a 20-year warranty for the GhostBed mattress:

    1. The GhostBed comes with a 20-year pro-rated warranty. During the first 10 years, the company will repair or replace defective mattresses minus the cost of handling or transportation. Between years 11 to 20, the company will either repair the mattress and charge a handling cost to the owner, or replace the mattress and charge the owner for transportation costs plus a prorated charge. This charge shall be 50 percent of the original purchase price in the eleventh year, and it will increase by 5 percent each year after that.
    2. Defects covered under the warranty include: visible and lasting indentations of at least 1 inch, unless these result from an insufficiently supportive foundation, box spring, or platform; and physical flaws that cause splitting or cracking in the latex or memory foam, provided the mattress has not been subjected to improper usage or handling.
    3. Defects not covered under the warranty include: normal changes in feel or decrease in the recovery abilities of the memory foam that do not affect its pressure-relieving abilities; and mattresses that have been burned, cut, torn, stained, soiled, or otherwise damaged; mattresses that have been used without proper support.
    4. GhostBed requires customers to use the mattress with a firm, solid-surface, or adjustable bed base and recommends rotating the mattress every two weeks at first, and every two to three months after that.
    5. The mattress cover is protected against faults in material or workmanship by a 1-year warranty.
    6. Only original purchasers who buy the mattress through GhostBed or an authorized retailer are covered under the warranty. To submit a claim, customers must provide proof of original purchase.
  • Delivery Details

    The full delivery policy for the GhostBed is as follows:

    1. The GhostBed mattress is shrink-wrapped and compressed for shipping and will expand to full size within a few hours of the plastic being removed, or up to five days in colder climates.
    2. Orders ship via FedEx and most customers receive the mattress within two to five business days after placing their order. Shipping is free in the contiguous U.S. Customers in Alaska and Hawaii must pay an additional $600 freight charge.
    3. GhostBed offers optional White Glove delivery and old mattress removal through a third-party provider. This bundled service costs $199 for one to two items and $299 for three or more items. Mattresses delivered by White Glove delivery are not eligible for the sleep trial.

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Puffy Sleep Trial, Warranty, and Delivery

  • Sleep Trial 101 nights

  • Shipping Free to contiguous U.S.

  • Warranty Lifetime, non-prorated

  • Made In USA

  • Trial Period

    Trial Period and Guarantee: Puffy offers a 101-night sleep trial for all mattresses.

    1. The sleep trial begins on the date of delivery.
    2. This sleep trial includes a mandatory break-in period of 14 nights. Customers may not return their mattress for a full refund until at least 14 nights have elapsed. Additionally, Puffy recommends sleeping on the mattress for at least 30 nights before returning it.
    3. Full refunds are issued for all returns within the 101-night period, minus shipping charges for Alaska and Hawaii.
    4. Puffy allows one sleep trial per household per year, and two trials maximum.
    5. In the event of a return, Puffy will help customers donate the mattress to a local charity.
  • Warranty

    Warranty: Puffy offers a lifetime warranty for the Puffy Mattress:

    1. This warranty is completely non-prorated. In the event that a defect develops at any point during its lifespan, Puffy will replace the mattress with a brand new model at no extra cost to the owner (including shipping and transportation fees).
    2. Warranty coverage is contingent on proper foundational support. The mattress ‘must be used on an appropriately sized and suitable bed frame or base.’ Using an improper support system may void the warranty. The warranty will be voided if the mattress is not used with a suitable support system and damage occurs as a result.
    3. Defects covered under warranty include sagging or body impressions in the sleep surface measuring 1.5 inches or deeper, physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack, and manufacturing defects associated with the cover, such as zipper assembly or unraveling seams.
    4. The warranty will not cover sagging or body impressions measuring less than 1.5 inches deep. Other defects not covered include signs of physical abuse such as burns, cuts, and stains, or replacement requests that occur due to owner allergies or changes in their comfort preferences.
    5. In order to submit a warranty claim, owners must provide the order number, the owner’s full name, and both a written description and photograph of the defect in question.
    6. This warranty is exclusively reserved for original owners who purchase their mattress from Puffy or an authorized retailer. Anyone who buys or acquires their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.
  • Delivery Details

    Puffy’s delivery policy for Puffy Mattresses is as follows:

    1. Puffy ships to all 50 states. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free ground shipping, but those in Alaska and Hawaii must pay additional delivery charges.
    2. All deliveries are coordinated through FedEx. The mattress will ship within one to three business days of purchase, but shipping times vary by location.
    3. Puffy does not offer expedited shipping, White Glove delivery, or old mattress removal for any orders.

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