In this evaluation, we compare two mattresses that have been out on the market for several years—the well-known and loved Leesa is up against the hybrid Ghostbed. Both companies share a commitment to free shipping, at-home trial periods, and a flexible return policy, but what sets them apart? To help you figure out which mattress is best for you, we compiled the data into easy-to-read charts and explanations below.
First looking at the Leesa, this mattress is constructed of three foam layers. The top layer is an Avena foam that provides a bounce and cooling effect similar to latex. In combination with the middle memory foam layer, these top foams give the mattress most of its comfort, response, and pressure relief. Rounding out the mattress is a thick support base foam that serves a foundation and offers deep compression support for heavier sleepers. The cover keeping these layers together is a polyester and lycra fabric that is breathable, stretchy, cooling, and gives Leesa a cool, unique gray/white color scheme.
Moving onto the Ghostbed, this mattress has a thick support base and two top comfort layers of an aerated latex foam and a gel memory foam. These provide the cushion, compression, pressure relief, and first level of support for the mattress. Customers love the aerated foam and say it does an excellent job keeping them cool during the night. Beneath those layers is the support foam that acts as a foundation for the mattress and gives deep compression support. Covering the layers is a 100% white polyester top and gray poly-blend side panels. The top fabric allows the sleeper to stay cool and comfortable, while the side panels are more resilient for extended durability.
Between the Leesa and Ghostbed, there is a slight difference in thickness. The Ghostbed measures in at 11 inches and the Leesa at 10 inches. While the first two comfort layers are similar between the two mattresses, it is the bottom support layer that reflects the difference in thickness. How does this affect the feel of each mattress? We’ll dive deeper into that question below, but know the Ghostbed winds up feeling firmer due to this extra support.
Depending on how often you will be moving the mattress, weight is not a major differentiation factor when choosing between the Ghostbed and Leesa. Due to the added support foam, the Ghostbed weighs in slightly above the Leesa design, but the variance is incredibly low. When picking which mattress is best for you, it’s more important to consider the firmness, feel, and best sleeping positions. To see the exact weights for each size, look through our chart below.
Determining how long a mattress will last largely depends on how often it will be used and the weight of sleepers. Since both companies have not been out long enough to max out their warranties, the mattress review website Sleep Like the Dead gave durability ratings to both designs based on the materials in each. The Ghostbed had a slight edge, with a rating of 7+ years. Conversely, the Leesa was given a 6.5 year rating. This evaluation could be because of the extra support foam in the Ghostbed, but it’s important to remember that Leesa has 10-year warranty and Ghostbed has a 20-year warranty.
Choosing a mattress based on your preferred sleeping position is one of best ways to make sure you’ll be comfortable and supported throughout the night. Below, we look at the most common sleeping positions and customer reviews to help you figure out which is right for you. All of the opinions were taken from unbiased mattress review websites, and the weight classes include large (+230 pounds), average (130-230 pounds), and small (under 130 pounds).
For side sleepers, the Ghostbed and Leesa were close in overall comfort level. Large sleepers found the Ghostbed to be more supportive than the Leesa—likely because of the additional foam and ability to hold individuals up to 400 pounds. Average-size individuals slept well and felt relaxed with both designs, as the top comfort layers are meant to contour to the body and provide pressure relief. For small sleepers, both the Ghostbed and Leesa were rated with a “fair” comfort level by review site Sleep Like the Dead. However, Sleepopolis found both designs to be supportive, cozy, and not too hard for small side sleepers.
Switching to stomach sleepers, this position often requires initial comfort followed by balanced support. As with side sleepers, larger individuals rated Ghostbed higher than Leesa for the additional support it offers. Average stomach sleepers found both mattresses to be comfortable night after night, but small stomach sleepers ranked the Leesa above the Ghostbed. Since the Ghostbed can take a few seconds to offer a snug, sinking feeling, the Leesa wins out for this position that enjoys immediate comfort and hug.
Looking lastly to back sleepers, the mattresses ranked very close for all three weight classes. Small and average individuals gave the designs a “good to fair” and “good” ratings. However, the Ghostbed again won out for larger sleepers, who require more support when sleeping on their backs.
To ensure similar rankings among mattress firmness, an average 1 to 10 scale is used to classify designs. Most foam mattresses fall into a medium-firm feel, in order to satisfy a wide variety of sleeping positions and weights. Between the Ghostbed and Leesa, there is a slight variation in feel. The thicker Ghostbed ranked as a 6.5 out of 10, while the Leesa is rated as a 6 out of 10. Interestingly, customers have said the Ghostbed feels much firmer at first because the memory foam layer takes a few seconds to compress around a body. Comparatively, the Leesa’s Avena foam layer provides instant compression and support, giving a hug and sinking feeling as soon as sleepers lay down.
We know price can be the deciding factor for many shoppers searching for a mattress online, but the price similarities between the Leesa and Ghostbed leave room to consider other characteristics in the final decision. Both mattresses fall into the top categories for customer satisfaction and value, so rest assured both designs are well worth the price. However, for an in-depth look at the cost of each size mattress, see the chart we put together below.
This category is always tricky to navigate, as review websites and online shops have different ratings for the same mattress. When determining which is the highest-rated design, we pulled data from Amazon, mattress review websites, customer testimonials, and online metadata. While the mattresses have similar ratings on Amazon and across the web, two big-name review websites ranked them differently. Sleep Like the Dead gave Ghostbed an 80% owner satisfaction rating to Leesa’s 78%, while Sleepopolis ranked Leesa as 97% overall satisfaction to Ghostbed’s 92%.
Based on the rankings above, it’s clear to see both the Ghostbed and Leesa rank above average for overall customer satisfaction. When picking between the two designs, it’s important to evaluate your unique sleeping position, the preferences of a partner, price, and firmness level.
Overall, we found the Ghostbed to be preferred by individuals looking for a firmer mattress that feels very similar to an all memory foam design. It also offers better support for heavier sleepers. This company also offers a matching box spring and foundation for an added aesthetic benefit.
If you’re looking for a medium-firm mattress that offers bounce, cooling, and a comfortable feel for the largest variety of sleepers, the Leesa could be for you. An added benefit of this design is the company’s donation policy—for every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa donates one to a homeless shelter or charity.
No matter your ideal feel, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Ghostbed or Leesa. Consider your individual needs and look back through our charts if you’re having trouble choosing between the mattresses.