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Does the GhostBed have a Ghost of a Chance?

Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001

First there were GhostBusters and Ghost Hunters. Now, we have a ghost in a box.

When we were asked to try out the new GhostBed from Nature's Sleep ($495 to $925 depending on size, plus an optional wood foundation, which can increase the cost to a maximum of $1,175 for the largest bed), we were, to say the least, a bit skeptical.


The bed is actually a mattress shipped in a heavy, but manageable, box. That's right - - - it's a bed in a box!

Being purists at heart we were a bit confused when we received our boxed bed, wondering if, instead, they had made a mistake and sent us an air mattress. Then our world based on misconceptions changed.

Once unpacked the mattress expanded into an 11-inch thick sleeping surface comprised of three layers of different types of foam:

  • 1.5 inches of memory foam
  • On top of two inches of gel foam
  • On to of 7.5 inches of high-density support foam

We were able to find a volunteer who had been complaining of back aches and many sleepless nights to test the bed for us and the results made us wonder why we didn't keep the mattress for ourselves.

The result?

The engineering of the bed - - - the laying of latex foam on top of gel memory foam - - - provided relief for her bad back and was able to adapt to the contours of her body. Latex layer is also used to avoid heat retention.

The instructions that were included were easy to follow, although it took two people to accurately align the materials for a successful assembly of the optional wood frame. Unfortunately the quality of the wood pieces did not equal the quality of the mattress.

A couple of pieces were warped and, in a couple of instances, the wood splintered when pieces were screwed together.  This leads us to wonder if the wood foundation will be able to sufficiently support the mattress for a long period of time.

Our recommendation is to purchase the mattress, which is only available through Nature's Sleep's online store, and find another source for the foundation.

Other features of the GhostBed include:

  • Side panels made of Polyester and polypropylene
  • A 20-year warranty
  • A 101-day return policy
  • A zip-off cover that can be cleaned or washed in a washing machine
  • Available in sizes ranging from twin to California king
  • Free shipping



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