In This Article
- About The Brands
- Ghostbed and Leesa Comparison
- And the winner is…
Listen very carefully. No more mattress showrooms. Seriously. The mattress disruption age is upon us, and you’re finally free.
So now what?
Internet mattress companies can be just as confusing. Instead of miles of mattresses, you’ve got pages of mattresses. Fortunately, we’ve got your answer. Ghostbed and Leesa are two up-and-coming mattress companies focused on an ultra-limited number of mattress options to give you the bed mattress ever. Which one has it? Let’s take a look in our Ghostbed versus Leesa showdown.
About The Brands
Perhaps this is all new to you. If so, not to worry! Let’s do a quick recap and lay down a solid foundation.
Ghostbed Recap Full Review
What To Like
- higher weight rating (up to 750 pounds)
- 101-night sleep trial
- 20-year warranty
- one of the most cooling mattresses we’ve seen
What Not To Like
- no innerspring options
- side sleepers might find it firm
Leesa Recap Full Review
What To Like
- hybrid and memory foam options
- the company contributes to many social initiatives
- you can try the mattresses in select West Elm Stores
- universal, combination support
What Not To Like
- no option for heavy sleepers
- some off-gassing with compressed mattresses
Ghostbed and Leesa Comparison
Both of these companies have just two mattress options. Instead of churning out gimmicky mattresses in hopes of appealing to the masses, they’ve focused on creating two of the best mattresses available. In spite of these similarities, there are a few differences in logistics and mattress construction.
How are Ghostbed and Leesa Similar?
Both companies are part of the mattress disruption movement. They got started in response to complaints they had with the traditional mattress industry.
Conventional mattresses are one of two things. They’re like your grandmother’s mattress, creaky and uncomfortable, or they’re like your mother’s mattress, needlessly expensive with confusing features.
Your grandmother’s mattress was probably a single layer of coils that forced your body into a straight line and contributed directly to pain in your pressure points or your lumbar region. If the mattress was too soft, it completely bent underneath you, causing you to take on a crescent moon shape, still waking up with pain.
Your mother’s mattress was expensive. When you asked her what she bought, she probably didn’t know. Layers upon layers, coils, luxury cover materials, something. Was it durable? Probably not. In fact, after a year, it likely developed a sag in the pillow top. Was it noisy? Probably. If it was memory foam, was it a million degrees? Most definitely.
New mattresses consider how we sleep and what our body needs to feel comfortable. They use two primary layers. First, a contouring layer allows your body to sink further into the mattress at your broadest points and fills in where you are narrow. The support layer underneath prevents you from sinking too far into the mattress and keeps your spine aligned.
Both Ghostbed and Leesa use a few layers in with this idea to help ease your body into the correct position and stay there. The less time you spend tossing and turning trying to get your body into the right spot, the less likely you’ll wake up with a wrenched muscle.
Compression towards the edge of the mattress is not your friend. If you sleep near the side to get comfortable or because you have a partner, compression reduces how much of the bed you can use.
Both companies have reinforced the edges of their mattresses so that every inch is usable and provides the same level of support as the middle. No more searching for, or fighting over, the sweet spot in the middle.
Is your partner a wildebeest migrating during the night? Suddenly belong to Swan Lake? If your partner doesn’t keep still while sleeping, it can put a damper on your deep sleep, too. Conventional mattresses were terrible at isolating motion, so every movement ricochets throughout the bed.
Both of these companies have reduced motion transfer by using layers of foam or individually pocketed coils to keep motion transfer to a minimum. Good news if you’ve been woken up in the might by your partner completing a high dive (or turning over. Whatever).
If you can’t swing the full amount of your new mattress or aren’t prepared to, both companies offer financing options that will help you get into a better mattress today instead of six months down the road.
You get a decision in minutes and then check out from their purchase page as usual.
Manufacturing and Customer Service
Both companies manufacture their mattresses within the United States. It’s important to them to contribute back to the economy, and so they’re dedicated to remaining in the United States for now. This is good news for you because you won’t have to wait forever for a mattress to ship from overseas.
Their customer service representatives are also located in the United States. Both companies have excellent customer service reputations. Since both are internet startups, their reputations hinge on their customer service. Both are doing well.
If you need to redo your entire sleep situation, you can find a few accessories made especially for your mattress. Both companies have bed frames, including adjustable bed bases, sheets, and pillows. You can redo your entire bedroom all in one go and then check out as usual with or without the financing option.
How Are Ghostbed and Leesa Different?
The way they accomplish their contouring and support is a little bit different between the companies, plus a few logistical differences.
Ghostbed has two different mattresses, the original and the Luxe. The original uses a top layer of aerated foam latex with excellent airflow and breathability. The middle layer is a contouring layer with gel infusion to help the mattress core return to the ambient temperature of the room, so it doesn’t reflect back to your body. The final layer is a dense support layer that keeps your spine aligned.
The Ghostbed Luxe uses gel infused fabric on the top surface of the mattress in addition to two more cooling, contouring layers to provide one of the most cooling nights of sleep we’ve seen. It’s particularly useful if you sleep hot and sweaty because even the outside materials wick heat and moisture away from the body.
The Leesa original uses all memory foam in three different layers. The top layer is contouring, egg-crate-style foam that molds to the body while providing airflow directly against the skin. The middle layer provides further contouring and eases the body into the support layers so that you find a comfortable position and stay there. The bottom layer is dense support foam that gives structural integrity to the mattress, plus edge support.
The Sapira is Leesa’s hybrid mattress. It uses the same contouring layer as the original, but instead of the support layers, it has individually pocketed coils sandwiched between layers of one-inch support foam. You get the responsiveness of your traditional coil mattress with none of the motion transfer. A bit counterintuitively, it’s rated a little softer than the original Leesa.
Ghostbed gently compresses your mattress so that it ships in a box. You don’t have to be home to receive your bed, and there’s no delivery window. It arrives, you unpack the box and gently tear away the plastic, so the mattress can reinflate. It should be ready in a few hours.
The upside is that you don’t have to coordinate your whole day around delivery. The downside is no one will be there to help you move your mattress (unless you con your friends) and no one will haul your old bed away. You’ll have to do a little more work to make the transition seamless.
Leesa has the option of white glove delivery. You can choose white glove delivery for an extra fee and also have the old mattress hauled away. If you prefer regular delivery, both mattress styles are delivered to your door the same way as the Ghostbed.
White glove delivery means the delivery person not only brings your mattress but helps you get everything set up. If you chose to have your old mattress hauled away, the entire transition would be seamless with very little organization on your part.
Ghostbed original starts at around $495 for a twin and goes up to about $900 for a California King. The Luxe is a little more at $945 for a twin and $1825 for a California King.
Leesa original’s twin starts at $525 and goes up to $1195 for a California King. The Sapira is a more significant investment at $995 for a twin and $1795 for a California King.
There isn’t a lot of difference, but the original Ghostbed is going to be your budget option if the cost is a significant factor in your decision.
Showrooms and Sleep Trials
If you want to try the mattress out before you buy it, you aren’t going to get very far with Ghostbed. Instead, you’ll need to take advantage of the 101-night sleep trial to decide if the mattress is the right one for you.
Leesa is available to try out in select West Elm stores, so you can get a basic feel of the mattress before you make a decision. They also give you 100 nights to sleep in your new bed before you decide if it’s the right one.
We recommend that you sleep on your new mattress for a minimum of 30 nights to allow your body to adjust and past pain to subside.
Leesa gives you a ten-year warranty for defective mattresses. They’ll replace any mattress for free if it’s found to have a manufacturer’s defect.
Ghostbed has a warranty of 20 years for mattress defects. They’ll also replace the mattress at no cost to you if it’s found to have a defect before the warranty period expires.
And the winner is…
Leesa! Buy Online Now
We’re confident recommending Leesa as the best choice based on our analysis of key factors that an average, discerning mattress shopper would care most about.
There are only two particular customers that we would steer towards Ghostbed (heavier than average sleepers or sleepers on a strict budget), and we feel that Leesa has a more universally comfortable appeal than Ghostbed. For most of you, either the Leesa original or the Sapira will tick off all your boxes.
They’re technically tied on our list, but there are a few reasons Leesa edges out ghostbed in our competition.
- Quality – Leesa
- Price – Ghostbed
- Reputation – Leesa
- Sleep Trial – Ghostbed
- Warranty – Ghostbed
- Customer Support – Tie
- Product Selection – Leesa
For sleepers with specific needs…
Side Sleepers: Choose Leesa
Here’s why. Leesa’s firmness rating is a hair lower than Ghostbed, so you’re going to get a little more hug. This hug takes pressure off your broad areas such as the shoulders while keeping your spine straight.
Stomach Sleepers: Choose Leesa
Here’s why. The Leesa original offers excellent combination support at a medium firm level. It’ll keep you from overextending your back and discourage tossing and turning.
Back Pain: Choose Purple
Here’s why. The Leesa has excellent combination support and proper cooling. It provides a firm layer of support for your spine while decompressing your lumbar region, so you find a comfortable position and stay there.
Heavy People: Choose Ghostbed
Ghostbed has a distinct advantage here. The weight rating of 750 pounds means that you’ll experience the same amount of contouring and firmness ratings than someone of average size. Leesa doesn’t have that high of a weight rating so you’ll lose some of the adaptive layers’ benefits.
Couples: Choose Leesa (particularly the Sapira)
Here’s why. The Sapira is a combination mattress, so you’ll have a little more bounce for couple’s activities. When you’re ready to go to sleep, it has excellent motion isolation.
We think if you have some wiggle room in your budget, you’ll find the Leesa to fit your needs a little better. The only caveat is if you’re heavier than the average person, or you’re counting the cost down to the penny. Otherwise, the combined support of Leesa, along with the hybrid and memory foam choices, should give you the kind of sleep you need.
Do you think all mattress companies should consider heavier weights when creating mattresses? Let us know in the comments below.