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Ghostbed vs. Purple Mattress Comparison

Ghostbed was founded in 2015; its parent company, Nature Sleep, first launched in 2001. Ghostbed currently offers two mattress models: the Ghostbed, which features memory foam and latex in the comfort system; and Ghostbed Luxe, which is an all-foam mattress.

Purple was founded in 2015 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, and began selling mattresses in 2016. The company currently offers its flagship mattress model, the Purple, which features foam and buckling-column gel in the comfort system. Additionally, Purple offers the New Purple, a hybrid model featuring a buckling-column gel comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. This model is available in three thicknesses.

Both companies have earned above-average satisfaction ratings from owners and customers.  This page will compare both brands in terms of mattress construction, firmness, and pricing, as well as shipping/return policies and overall reputation.

Brand Summary

Pros of the Ghostbed mattresses include:

  • Close conforming and good motion isolation
  • No noise
  • Minimal odor potential
  • Free shipping and 101-night sleep trial

Pros of the Purple mattress include:

  • Above-average conforming and pressure relief
  • Good motion isolation
  • No noise
  • Free shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. and 100-night sleep trial

You might not be suited for Ghostbed mattresses if:

  • Your preferred firmness falls outside a Medium to Medium Firm
  • You want an established mattress with a proven long-term lifespan
  • You tend to sleep hot
  • You require a mattress with strong edge support

You might not be suited for the Purple mattress if:

  • You want an established mattress with a proven long-term lifespan
  • You require a mattress with strong edge support
  • You want a mattress with average to above-average thickness
  • You prefer a mattress that is relatively lightweight and easy to move

Sizes and Pricing

The table below lists the current prices for the Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses in each available size. Please note the Purple is not offered in a Twin size at this time, and that the New Purple is not offered in either a Twin or a Full size.

Mattress BrandMattress ModelTwinTwin XLFullQueenKingCalifornia King
GhostbedGhostbed$445$600$725$695$875$895
Ghostbed Luxe$995$1,175$1,350$1,475$1,775$1,825
PurplePurpleN/A$699$899$999$1,299$1,299
New Purple (11″)N/A$1,299N/A$1,599$1,899$1,899
New Purple (12″)N/A$1,899N/A$2,199$2,699$2,699
New Purple (13″)N/A$2,499N/A$2,799$3,499$3,499

Mattress Construction

Next, let’s look at the construction of all three mattresses. The table below lists overall thickness and individual layer specifications, as well as firmness and weight, for the Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses.

BrandProduct NameFirmnessThicknessWeight (Queen Size)Support Core ComponentsComfort Layer ComponentsCover Components
GhostbedGhostbed6 (Medium Firm)11″89 lbs.7 1/2″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam1 1/2″ Aerated Synthetic Dunlop Latex
2″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam
Polyester
Ghostbed Luxe5 (Medium)13″122 lbs.7 1/2″ HD PolyfoamPhase-change Material
2″ Gel Memory Foam
2″ HR Polyfoam
1/2″ Fiber
1″ Gel Memory Foam
PurplePurple Mattress6.5 (Medium Firm)9 1/2″ 110 lbs.4″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel
3 1/2″ 1.8 PCF Polyfoam
67% Polyester
29% Viscose
4% Lycra® Spandex
New Purple6.5 (Medium Firm)11″122 lbs.7 1/2″ Pocketed Coils2″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel98% Polyester
2% Spandex
5.5 (Medium)12″145 lbs.3″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel
4.5 (Medium Soft)13″168 lbs.4″ ‘Smart Comfort Grid’ Buckling Column Gel

Shipping Information, Trial Period & Warranty

The next four tables compare Ghostbed and Purple in terms of shipping, returns, and customer service. The first table details the delivery policy and timetable for both brands.

CriteriaGhostbedPurple
Delivery feeFree in the contiguous U.S.
$600 surcharge for Alaska and Hawaii
Free in the contiguous U.S.
Additional fees for Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada
Where do they deliver?Contiguous U.S., Alaska, and HawaiiU.S. and Canada
How is the mattress shipped?Compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a boxThe Purple mattress is compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a vinyl tube; The New Purple is not compressed and is shipped in a flat box
Estimated delivery time (from original order)4 to 6 business days2 to 5 business days
Online availabilityGhostbed.comPurple.com
Amazon.com
Amazon.com customer rating3.9 (Ghostbed)
5.0 (Ghostbed Luxe)
4.2 (Purple)
The New Purple is not currently available on Amazon.com
Brick-and-mortar availabilityGhostbed mattresses are not sold in any brick-and-mortar locationsPurple mattresses are not sold in any brick-and-mortar locations
Courier used for deliveryFedExUPS and FedEx
White Glove delivery?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers provide in-home assembly and packaging waste disposal
Ghostbed does not offer White Glove deliveryPurple does not offer White Glove delivery
Old mattress removal?
For an extra fee, some mattress sellers will remove a customer’s old mattress during the delivery and transport it to a recycling facility or donation center
Old mattress removal is not available with Ghostbed purchasesOld mattress removal is not available with Purple purchases

The next table compares the sleep trials and return policies for Ghostbed and Purple.

CriteriaGhostbedPurple
Sleep trial length
Most sleep trials last at least 60 nights
101 nights100 nights
Mandatory break-in period?
Some mattress sellers require mattress buyers to test out their mattress for a certain length of time before they can return or exchange it
30 nights30 nights
Return charges
Some mattress companies require mattress owners to pay transportation and handling fees associated with their mattress return
None; Ghostbed covers all shipping and handling chargesNone; Purple covers all shipping and handling charges
Other feesNoneNone
Exchanges offered?
Some mattress sellers allow customers to exchange their mattress for a different model or firmness during the sleep trial
Exchanges are not available at this timeExchanges are not available at this time
Sleep trial available for Amazon.com customers?
In some cases, Amazon.com customers and others who do not buy their mattress directly from the brand will not qualify for the company’s sleep trial
Amazon.com lists a ‘100-night’ sleep trial, which is slightly different from the trial offered to direct Ghostbed purchasersNo; a standard 30-night sleep trial is available to Amazon customers who purchase the Purple mattress

Next, let’s compare the product warranties and coverage requirements for Ghostbed and Purple mattresses.

CriteriaGhostbedPurple
Warranty length20 years10 years
Nonprorated coverage
During nonprorated periods, mattress owners can have their defective mattress replaced without paying a percentage of the original product price
10 years10 years
Prorated charges
In most cases, prorated costs of replacing a mattress are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original product price by the number of years of ownership
50% of original product price plus 5% for each year of ownershipNone; this warranty is entirely nonprorated
Transportation/handling charges
Some mattress companies hold owners responsible for paying shipping and handling fees associated with repairing or replacing a defective mattress
Owners are required to pay a handling fee for repairs or replacement of a defective mattress during the prorated period; Ghostbed will cover these costs during the nonprorated periodOwners must pay any to-and-from transportation and handling costs for repairing or replacing a defective mattress
Foundational requirements
In many cases, a mattress seller will void an owner’s warranty if an adequate foundation is not used to support the mattress
‘A firm, solid-surface, or adjustable bed base’A firm, flat, solid-surface, non-spring foundation (whether non-moving type or adjustable type) sufficiently strong to remain flat and firm under the weight of the mattress and its users, from the date of delivery onward to the date of the warranty claim without interruption’
Indentation depth
Most mattress sellers will only repair or replace indented mattresses if the sagging reaches a certain depth
1″1″

Lastly, let’s look at customer service options and overall brand reputation for Ghostbed and Purple.

CriteriaGhostbedPurple
Customer service rating (1-10)
This number is based on Tuck data
77
Better Business Bureau RatingDD
Company websitehttps://www.ghostbed.com/https://purple.com/
Online customer chat?YesYes
Phone number1-855-855-44991-888-848-8456
Phone availabilityMonday to FridayMonday to Friday 8am to 7pm MT
Saturday 10am to 4pm MT
Company email addressOnline form[email protected]
Social mediaFacebook
Instagram
YouTube
Twitter
Pinterest
Facebook
Instagram
YouTube
Twitter
Pinterest

Mattress Performance Comparison

The next table compares Ghostbed and Purple mattresses based on performance factors like durability, edge support, motion isolation and noise. All ratings are generated using authentic customer and owner experiences. Please note that, due to its recent introduction, we do not have enough data to generate ratings for the New Purple mattress; we will update this page once we receive sufficient feedback.

CategoryCriteriaGhostbed RatingPurple RatingWhat Users Say
Customer SatisfactionBased on data collection, this is an overall customer sentiment regarding Ghostbed and Purple mattresses.79% (Ghostbed)
77% (Ghostbed Luxe)
79% (Purple)
No ratings for New Purple
The Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses have all earned comparable customer satisfaction ratings, which are considered above-average.
Durability The average mattress will perform for at least seven years before it needs to be replacedFair (both models)FairThe Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses all appear to have good durability, but none of these models have been sold for more than three years and their overall lifespan has not been evaluated.
Motion IsolationFoam-based mattresses are designed to minimize motion and isolate it from other areas of the sleep surface, which can cut down on nighttime disruptions.Good (Ghostbed)
Very Good (Ghostbed Luxe)
GoodThe Ghostbed Luxe offers the best motion isolation, but the Ghostbed and Purple models also absorb and minimize transfer to a fair extent.
Sex Foam-based mattresses are less responsive by design, and may not be as suitable for sex as innerspring or hybrid models.Fair (both models)FairNeither Ghostbed nor Purple mattresses are considered very responsive or bouncy, and some couples claim they are not as good for sex.
ConformingFoam-based mattresses conform closely to sleeper’s bodies, which can help align the spine, target pressure points, and alleviate back painGood (Ghostbed)
Very Good (Ghostbed Luxe)
GoodThe Ghostbed Luxe offers above-average conforming and pressure relief, but sleepers with aches and pains may also feel comfortable on the Ghostbed or Purple mattresses.
Temperature NeutralityFoam retains more body heat than other materials, and foam mattress owners often ‘sleep hot’ as a result.Fair (Ghostbed)
Good (Ghostbed Luxe)
GoodThe Ghostbed sleeps somewhat hot, according to owners, while the Ghostbed Luxe and Purple mattresses sleep noticeably cooler.
Off-gassingSome mattresses emit particles when they are unpackaged, accompanied by unpleasant ‘off-gassing’ smells that can last for days.Very Good (Ghostbed)
Good (Ghostbed Luxe)
GoodOff-gassing is not a major issue with the Ghostbed Luxe or Purple mattresses, but the Ghostbed appears to have the lowest odor potential of all three.
Edge SupportBecause of their construction, foam-based mattresses often provide little to no edge support and may sink prematurely in areas of the bed where people tend to sit.Fair (both models)PoorThe Purple mattress offers little to no edge support, but Ghostbed and Ghostbed Luxe models are reinforced around the edges for better support and less sinkage where people sit.
NoiseFoam-based mattresses create little to no noise, due to their lack of springs, coils, and other metal componentsExcellentExcellentThe Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses are all virtually silent when bearing weight.
Ease of Moving and RotatingAll mattresses are relatively heavy when it comes to moving and rotating, but some are heavier and more unwieldy than others.  Good (Ghostbed)
Poor (Ghostbed Luxe)
FairThe Ghostbed Luxe weighs 122 pounds in a Queen size, making is particularly heavy. The Purple is slightly lighter and easier to move, but — at 89 pounds in a Queen — the Ghostbed is considered the lightest and easiest to move of the three.

When choosing a mattress, your bodyweight and preferred sleep position are two important considerations. The next table compares the Ghostbed, Ghostbed Luxe, and Purple mattresses based on ratings from sleepers in different weight and sleep position groups. Please note that we have not received enough data regarding the New Purple mattress to generate accurate ratings for these categories.

Sleeper PositionSleeper WeightGhostbedGhostbed LuxePurple
Side130 lbs or lessFairGoodFair
130 lbs to 230 lbsGoodGoodGood
230 lbs or moreGoodFairGood
Back130 lbs or lessVery GoodVery GoodVery Good
130 lbs to 230 lbsGoodVery GoodFair
230 lbs or moreGoodGoodGood
Stomach130 lbs or lessFairGoodFair
130 lbs to 230 lbsVery GoodFairGood
230 lbs or moreGoodFairFair

Conclusion

The Ghostbed is a latex and memory foam mattress with a customer satisfaction rating of 79%, while the Ghostbed Luxe is a memory foam mattress with a customer rating of 77%. To learn more, please visit our Ghostbed Mattress Review page.

The Purple is a buckling-column gel mattress, and the New Purple is a hybrid mattress with a buckling-column gel comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. The Purple has earned a customer satisfaction rating of 79%; we have not received enough customer data to generate a customer satisfaction rating for the New Purple. For more information about this brand, please visit our Purple Mattress Review page.

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.