A few times on Instagram last week, I posted some pictures of my adventures with the new GhostBed mattress that arrived on my doorstep
What’s a GhostBed? was always the first question asked and for good reason. I’d never heard of it either until I got an email from Marc Werner, CEO of GhostBed, asking me if I wanted to try one out.
Admittedly, I was a little skeptical.
You’re going to send me a mattress?
And I get to keep it?
All you want me to do is provide an honest review?
The timing was perfect. Evan has been sleeping on a hand-me-down mattress that I’m sure I bought at least 20 years (and only because my 20-something year old back couldn’t handle a futon anymore). He had been asking for a new mattress. Two problems with this request.
- I’m not a fan of traditional mattresses anymore. We actually own both a Sleep Number bed and a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
- I wasn’t about to shell out a lot of money for one of the aforementioned beds.
If I had known about GhostBed before this review, I just might have gotten my poor baby a new mattress long ago.
Each mattress is comprised of both latex foam and a gel memory foam (i.e., no springs). And the mattress cover is soft and unzips for easy cleaning. And it promises “supernatural comfort.” In fact, the CEO designed the bed after having three neck surgeries and wanting to finally find comfort.
Okay, that satisfies my first requirement. How about the second?
While I did receive a complimentary mattress and boxspring of my choice (I chose full size for my son’s bed), I did examine the cost of purchasing the set on my own. And here’s where you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The twin sized mattress starts at $495 and goes up to $875 for a king size. For Evan’s mattress, the cost is $675 plus a foundation boxspring for an additional $185. You can actually put this mattress on an existing foundation or even on the floor. It just needs a sturdy support. I went ahead and ordered the boxspring as I wanted to test the full set.
I don’t know if you’ve been mattress shopping in a while but that’s an incredible bargain for what you get and here’s why. You buy the GhostBed online. No mattress showrooms, no heavy pressure sales. Just pick the bed and within days, it’s on your doorstep.
WAIT A MINUTE – I can’t order a bed I’ve never tried!
Well, actually you can. Think of the last time you bought a mattress. You probably tried it out in the store for no more than two minutes. And then, perhaps, you lived with years of regret. The GhostBed has a 101-Night Sleep Trial. You can sleep on it for over three months and if it isn’t your thing you can totally return it.
So what’s the downside?
Glad you asked. The boxes that the mattress and foundation arrive in are heavy. You’ll definitely need some assistance even just getting it in the door, let alone to the room you want it in. I did find that while the foundation box is heavy, the individual components inside are light and easily carried to wherever you plan to assemble them.
Next part – assembling them. They tell you that you need a screwdriver but they recommend an electric screwdriver to speed up the process. Forget about it. You need a drill. And someone to operate that drill (that may or may not be you). Once the hard part is done, stretch that fabric cover over the foundation, huff and puff while dragging the heavy mattress on top, cut through the compressed plastic bag containing the mattress, and watch the GhostBed come to life
It’s heavy and the foundation isn’t the easiest to assemble but that’s about it when it comes to downsides. We’ve had the GhostBed in my son’s room for several nights and it’s been amazing. He claims that sleeping on it is like “sleeping on a cloud.” In fact, my husband keeps laying down with my son when he goes to sleep hoping he’ll “accidentally” fall asleep on it. I make sure I wake him up because that’s the kind of conscientious wife I am.
We’re in love with the bed (can you tell?) and I’m especially in love with the online ordering, free shipping, and totally reasonable prices. And that’s my honest-to-goodness review. If you have any questions, let me know but I highly recommend watching my informative and slightly entertaining video review.
UPDATE – September 15, 2016
Everyone loves a good product when they’re reviewing it, right? But does it stand the test of time?
If ever you needed a product to stand the test of time, it’s a mattress. Here’s a five month update on our GhostBed mattress.
Since this review was originally posted, my son has been sleeping on the GhostBed mattress every night. And on some nights, mom or dad is parked in there with him.
Since my son is the primary sleeper here, I asked him for an update on how he feels about his mattress and he said,
“Oh, I really like it. It’s really good.”
You can’t tell but he said it very enthusiastically for a 9 year old boy.
Recently I had a friend ask me if I still liked the mattress because she had heard they tend to get very soft over time. If that’s truly the case, we certainly haven’t noticed. The bed is just as comfortable as when we first got it.
This is a very small however but I thought it might be worth mentioning so you know I’m being totally honest.
The only change I’ve noticed is with the mattress edge. Usually my son jumps into the bed or gets in on the left side. I usually lay down with him from the right side. Slowly, the seams have shifted like they tend to do on couch cushions. No worries, though. You can adjust the cover if needed.
And that’s it! Questions about our GhostBed mattress? Let me know. Honest questions get honest answers/