In this mattress comparison, we evaluated one of the first foam mattresses Tuft & Needle versus the newer, industry-backed Ghostbed. To see which design is best for your sleeping needs, look through our in-depth analysis below that gauges comfort, sleeping position, firmness, customer satisfaction and more. We combined hard data with customer reviews to share what matters most when getting a good night’s sleep.
Both the Ghostbed and the Tuft & Needle designs are simple compared to other foam mattresses on the market. Stripping the construction down to the bare essentials, Tuft & Needle has created a two-layer mattress that promises the same comfort without the unnecessary additives. The first layer is a poly foam that makes the mattress cooling and comfortable. Rounding out the design is a thicker support foam layer that offers support, deep compression relief, and structure.
Looking next at Ghostbed, this mattress has one more layer and a bit more thickness than Tuft & Needle. The first layer is an aerated latex foam that gives the sleeper comfort, bounce, cooling, and relief. In the middle sits a thicker gel memory foam layer that provides pressure relief and deep compression support. However, the majority of the mattress is a high-density support foam that adds structure and provides most of the support. Below, we explain how these layers affect the firmness and what the ideal sleeping position is for each design.
Since most foam mattresses are almost identical in thickness, it’s no surprise Ghostbed chose to differentiate their design by adding an extra inch of materials. The Ghostbed measures in at 11 inches, while the Tuft & Needle is 10 inches thick. Because of its additional memory foam layer and a thicker support base, the Ghostbed will have a different firmness level as well. To figure out which mattress will work best for you, keep reading through to the firmness explanation below.
Although the Ghostbed is slightly thicker than the Tuft & Needle, these mattresses are very similar in weight. Since you should turn and flip your mattress from time to time, weight can be a factor if you live alone. However, most foam mattresses are lighter than spring mattresses so moving them around is much easier. For the exact mattress weights by size, look through the following chart.
Since both Ghostbed and Tuft & Needle are relatively new companies, their mattresses haven’t had enough time to live up to their warranties. Based upon the materials used in each, the mattress review site Sleep Like the Dead did provide a speculative durability rating for both. The Ghostbed received a “good” rating which means it is likely to last 7+ years. Due to the foam and thinner design, the Tuft & Needle was rated “poor”, meaning it will stand up for about 6.5 years. It’s important to note the Ghostbed has a 20-year warranty, while the Tuft & Needle has a 10-year warranty.
When choosing a mattress, one of the most important factors in overall comfort is your sleeping position. Luckily, both of these companies offer 100+ night at-home trials, so you have ample time to test the designs. To compare the Ghostbed to the Tuft & Needle, we used customer reviews and unbiased information on Sleep Like the Dead. For each sleeping position below, people are rated small (under 120lbs), average (130-230lbs), and large (+230lbs).
Looking first at people who prefer to sleep on their backs, we found the Ghostbed and Tuft & Needle had very similar reviews. For average and large people, the designs were ranked as “good”. When it came to small back sleepers, the rating dropped to “good to poor”. This is likely due to the firmer constructions, but may still claimed the mattresses were comfortable. As we said before, it’s all based on individual preferences.
Moving on to side sleepers, these individuals found the Ghostbed to be the most comfortable for average and large sleepers with a “good” rating. Smaller side sleepers rated it “fair” for overall comfort. For the Tuft & Needle, average side sleepers were the most satisfied while large and small sleepers rated the mattresses as “good to fair”.
Finally looking at stomach sleepers, the Ghostbed won out with average and large sleepers ranking is as “good” while smaller individuals gave the design a “good to fair” rating. The Tuft & Needle also received a “good” rating for average-size sleepers, but dropped down to “good to fair” for large and small people.
Although thickness is not always an indication of firmness, it is in this case. On a scale of 1 to 10 for firmness rating, the Ghostbed received a 7-6.5 while the Tuft & Needle got a 6-6.5. Customers said the Ghostbed tends to feel much firmer for the first few seconds until the memory foam begins to absorb weight and offer comfort.
However, reviewers also said the Tuft & Needle provides instant comfort followed by a firmer feel once the support layer hits. The most common critiques around each design were that the Ghostbed is ideal for people wanting a firmer feel, while the Tuft & Needle has a good feel but may benefit from an additional comfort layer.
The reason foam mattresses became so popular was because they offered an incredible value for almost the same comfort. Both the Ghostbed and Tuft & Needle are great values when compared to traditional spring mattresses. That said, the Tuft & Needle is less expensive than the Ghostbed in all sizes. For a more detailed look at how these designs stack up, view our price chart below.
Depending on the website you visit, the mattress with the highest customer rating will vary. On Amazon, the Tuft & Needle ranks higher but it’s also important to note that it’s been available longer than the Ghostbed. There is also discrepancy between reviews sites Sleep Like the Dead and Sleepopolis, with SLTD giving Ghostbed a 80% overall customer rating and Tuft & Needle a 79% rating. Sleepopolis rankings were not as close, giving Ghostbed a 92% rating and Tuft & Needle a 86% rating.
When choosing between these two mattresses, it’s important to keep all of the above data in mind. For some people, the Ghostbed is more comfortable because it is firmer and offers support for heavier sleepers in a variety of positions. However, the Tuft & Needle may be the right choice for others because of its good value, all-around comfort, and medium-firm feel. Whichever one you decide to buy, remember that both companies offer 100-night trials and great return policies.