Our GhostBed vs. Purple Bed Comparison for 2020

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It is a standoff—or “sleepoff”—between two mattresses. On one side, we have GhostBed, a lesser-known newcomer, and on the other stands Purple, a well-known industry giant. Who will win?

It might be closer than you think. And a lot depends on what you’re looking for.

In this GhostBed vs. Purple comparison, we will take you through the specs while diving into the construction, feel, and support of each mattress. If you would like to take a deeper look at each brand before continuing, our individual reviews are linked below. Otherwise, cast your vote, take your bets, and read on!

GhostBed

Purple

Quick Comparison: Ghostbed vs. Purple

GhostBed 11 Inch product image
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  • Reduces heat retention
  • Good motion control
  • Medium level firmness
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  • Grid system adds effective support
  • Reduces heat retention
  • Easier repositioning

Comparing Construction (Materials & Quality)

GhostBed Construction

You may think that this latex and memory foam mattress was delivered by a ghost—this bed-in-a-box comes rolled up straight to your door in a matter of days with no visits to the store or discussing shipping details over the phone.

Its 11 inches are covered in a polyester-viscose blend that has moisture-wicking properties and stays cool. The cover is removable for easy washing.

GhostBed layers
  • The top layer is a 1.5-inch aerated latex that has small holes throughout to promote airflow and stay cool. Latex tends to be pretty bouncy too, helping with repositioning throughout the night.
  • The second layer contains a 2-inch gel-infused memory foam for relieving pressure, and the gel assists with heat retention that tends to occur in memory materials.
  • The base layer is a thick high-density foam that serves as the structure of the bed and helps maintain healthy posture. It measures at 7.5 inches in total height.

Purple Construction

Purple is a foam and patented polymer bed that comes shipped in a box that can be unrolled right in your bedroom. It has a stretchy, breathable knit cover surrounding three layers that make a total of 9.5 inches in height

image showing three layers of purple bed
  • The top layer is Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ in Purple Grid™, the brand’s unique material designed for ultra durability and pressure-relieving qualities. The 2-inch grid is flexible to contour to your body’s natural curves in any position.
  • The middle layer is a 3.5-inch dense polyfoam that has a medium-soft feel that is both a comfort and transition layer.
  • The bottom layer contains a firmer, supportive polyfoam that is 4 inches tall. This is the layer that will help keep that spine aligned and hips well supported.

The mattress is also reinforced with a perimeter of dense foam.

Comparing Firmness (Support & Feel)

Both brands score about the same on our Sleep Advisor firmness scale of 1 to 10; with 10 as the firmest, GhostBed is between a 6 and 6.5, and Purple is at a 6. This is in our medium range, which is definitely the most versatile for different body types, heights, weights, and sleeping positions.

purple firmness scale

firmness scale for GhostBed

GhostBed’s latex top layer has a quick response, and the gel and dense foam add in their contouring, pressure-relieving qualities as you sink deeper into the bed. Combination sleepers should feel comfortable on this bed in a variety of positions—the medium-firm feel is great for supporting your body’s weight while cushioning the spots that feel a lot of pressure, like the shoulders and hips. It also is pretty supportive and has a higher weight limit than its competitor at 750 pounds; however, the company suggests that heavier sleepers (over 300 pounds) buy the mattress in a King.

Purple has a very unique feel that is hard to compare to other materials, but similar to latex, it springs back into place quickly. As you press down on the bed, you should come into contact with the foam that helps give the bed some structure. The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ top layer is a dream for most sleepers; the elasticity and grid design adapt to each position and support the heavier spots where more weight is concentrated.

Overheating should not be a problem on either bed. GhostBed contains latex (which is naturally heat-resistant) that is aerated for extra airflow and gel-infused foam that combats memory foam’s tendency to get hot. Purple’s polymer layer is designed like a grid, with little pockets of air that keep the bed breathable.

Comparing Sinkage and Bounce

You should expect to feel a gentle cradle on both brands; rather than sinking into bed, you should feel more on top of it. There should be quite a bit of bounce that comes from both the latex and the Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ layer, which is a plus for repositioning because it should resist that feeling of getting stuck. It should help keep you cool as well because less of your body is coming into contact with the materials.

Comparing Motion Transfer

When a bed has a good amount of bounce, often the consequence is some unwanted motion transfer. However, both brands contain that movement extremely well because of their lower foam layers that absorb it. This may not be an important category for everyone, but those who share a bed with kids, pets, or restless partners will most likely find this to be essential for a quality rest.

Comparing Edge Support

Beds that come rolled up in a box tend to struggle in this category, but both brands perform well. Most sleepers will find themselves comfortable sleeping on either. If you are someone that likes to sleep on the edge of your bed or you would like to maximize your mattress’ surface area, you might want to go with Purple because of their new reinforced foam perimeter.

GhostBed vs. Purple Compared Side-by-Side

FeaturesGhostbedPurple
Height11” 12”
CoverPolyester blended with ViscoseViscose, polyester, and Lycra
MaterialsLatex, gel-infused memory foam, high-density foamPolyfoams and Hyper-Elastic Polymer™
CoolingAerated latex, gel-infused foamHyper-Elastic Polymer™ promotes airflow
Firmness6-6.5/106/10
SupportGreatExceptional
Motion TransferMinimalMinimal
Edge SupportGoodGreat
SinkageGentle CradleGentle Cradle
BounceModerateModerate
CertificationsCertiPUR-US®CertiPUR-US®
Adjustable Base CompatibleYesYes
Made in the USAYesYes

Should I Buy GhostBed or Purple?

Both brands have similar feels and will work for a majority of sleepers, but each bed is constructed uniquely making some differences that might make more of an impact than meets the eye.

We Would Recommend Buying GhostBed if You are Looking for:

  • An all-foam option. GhostBed uses familiar materials while enhancing the all-foam bed experience with the infusion of gel and aerated latex.
  • Support for heavier sleepers. The higher weight limit accommodates significantly heavier individuals and couples while still offering proper support.
  • An 11-inch mattress. This bed has an extra inch and a half of material, which gives the bed slightly thicker support and some added height.

We Would Recommend Buying Purple if You are Looking for:

  • Advanced support. This brand has support down to a science; the top grid contours to the body’s curves to relieve pressure and fills in any spaces to keep the spine aligned.
  • Extra edge reinforcement. Purple’s reinforced foam perimeter keeps edge-of-the-bed sleepers supported.
  • A unique sleeping experience. This brand has a one-of-a-kind material in its top Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ The bouncy yet cushioning layer designed by a rocket scientist and engineer is something you won’t feel anywhere else.

Final Thoughts


So were you right? Did you choose the winner? Unfortunately, it is not as clear cut as it seems.

While GhostBed and Purple are constructed of different materials, they both can suit a large audience; their extra cooling capabilities and bouncy upper layers are appealing to many. They do have some differences that might make you lean one way or the other. Are you going to choose the all-foam with extra height and aerated latex or the mattress with a one-of-a-kind design?

While you are stewing over your decision, check out our in-depth reviews on each bed for some more detailed info. Or browse through our list of highest rated beds for this year if you'd like to see some other models.

Author: Sleep Advisor

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