The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The memory foam GhostPillow is GhostBed’s most popular pillow. Made of pure memory foam and cooling infusions, it works best for side sleepers and back sleepers thanks to its loft and supportive feel. Stomach sleepers may find the GhostPillow too lofty to maintain good alignment.
- Side sleepers
- Back sleepers
- Hot sleepers who prefer foam
Who It’s Not Good For
- Those who want a plush pillow
- People who want an eco-friendly pillow
- Stomach sleepers
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The memory foam GhostPillow has one of the coolest constructions (both aesthetically and temperature-wise) we’ve seen. This starts with the cool-to-the-touch cover made with a patented material that the brand calls Ghost Ice Fabric, which is supposed to neutralize body heat, and an inner mesh cover that adds more airflow.
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The gel memory foam inside is perforated with large, breathable air holes for heat to escape; plus, it features Phase Change Material, which the brand claims adjusts to your body heat as it changes throughout the night.
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GhostBed calls the GhostPillow one of the “coolest pillows ever,” and we agree to some extent. There are a ton of cooling materials, from a cool-to-the-touch cover to foam that uses Phase Change Material, but any way you slice it, foam still retains heat more than other pillow materials. However, the cooling infusions did keep me from overheating at night, it just didn’t feel actively cool after the initial lie-down period.
Make no mistake, this is still a feat for a memory foam pillow, and we were so impressed, the GhostPillow made our list of the best cooling pillows.
The loft and medium firmness of this pillow make it a great option for neck alignment when it comes to side and back sleeping. Most side sleepers should feel like their neck is in line with their spine and back sleepers should feel like the natural curve of the neck is maintained. For similar options, check out the best pillows for neck pain.
Because the GhostPillow is just a flat block of foam, it is nearly impossible to adjust it, mold it, or fold it. If you’re looking for a more adjustable alternative, the best pillows for combination sleepers should have what you’re looking for.
Quality of Materials: 3/5
The foam in the GhostPillow is designed in the United States but is then sent to Asia for the advanced cooling technology, according to the brand. Production abroad is not as regulated as it is here in the U.S. However, the foam is CertiPUR-US Certified, meaning the foam is non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals. Also, this certification means the GhostPillow should be resistant to dust mite and hypoallergenic.
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you can’t wash foam, so you can never fully clean this pillow. The good news is that the cover is removable and machine washable. The brand says it can even substitute as a pillowcase.
Customer Experience: 5/5
According to customer feedback, the GhostPillow has 4.7/5 stars, and customer service is quick, helpful, and friendly. You get a 101-night trial and a 5-year warranty, which exceeds the pillow industry standard of 100 nights and 5 years.
Total Score: 3.3/5
Side sleepers need a pillow that fills the gap between the head, neck, and shoulder without overextending the neck. The GhostPillow completely filled that gap for me while side sleeping. My only watchout is for side sleepers with broader shoulders or a bigger frame. This pillow is not adjustable, so there is no way to make it more lofty if that’s what you need.
If you’re searching for a maximum loft pillow, check out the best pillows for side sleepers.
The best pillows for back sleepers keep your head in a neutral position and keep your neck aligned with the rest of your spine. The GhostPillow almost has a buoyant feel to where your head sinks in a little bit, and the support makes your head feel like it’s floating with zero effort on your part. Back sleepers of all sizes should enjoy the GhostPillow.
Stomach sleepers need a flat, supportive pillow to stay aligned, and the GhostPillow does not fit the bill. It is far too lofty for stomach sleepers to get comfortable, and there isn’t enough sink to make up for it. I woke up with neck pain in the morning after attempting to stomach sleep with this pillow. For flatter options, see the best pillows for stomach sleepers.
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- Great support: The foam used in the GhostPillow offers soft comfort with a really supportive core, so if you sleep on your side or back, you should feel really supported.
- Tons of cooling infusions: Cooling down foam takes a lot of work, okay? The GhostPillow features a cooling cover, aerated foam, and Phase Change Material to create initial cooling when you lie down and keeps you from overheating at night.
- No pillowcase necessary: The pillow cover is completely removable and machine washable, so you don’t even need to use a pillowcase if you don’t want to.
- Off-gassing: The GhostPillow is made of pure memory foam, which is pretty guilty of off-gassing. When I first opened this pillow, it needed to air out for two days before the smell went away.
- Too lofty for stomach sleepers: Stomach sleepers need a flatter pillow because of the harsh angle the neck is turned. The GhostPillow is just too thick for most stomach sleepers to stay comfy.
- Hard to adjust: This pillow is not adjustable in any way. If you love to squish and fold your pillow, I’d check out the Faux Down GhostPillow.
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The GhostPillow comes with free shipping to the lower 48 states and a 101-night sleep trial period. During this timeframe you have the opportunity to return your pillow for a full refund or keep it for the duration of its life. Be aware that you do have to break in the GhostPillow for at least 30 nights before returning.
The 5-year warranty kicks in once you register your pillow on ghostbed.com. Make sure to do this within 30 days of your purchase for your warranty to be valid. The warranty protects the original owner against any physical flaws in the material or structural defects. To file a claim, submit your request plus proof of purchase to GhostBed customer service team. Be aware that you will be responsible for any shipping costs for repairs or replacement.
Where is the GhostPillow made?
The memory foam for the GhostPillow is made in the United States. After that, GhostBed sends the foam to a facility in Asia to finish production. The brand says this is because Asia has more advanced technologies and expert production compared to the U.S.
Are GhostPillows toxic?
The GhostPillow is not toxic, in fact, it’s CertiPUR-US Certified. This means the pillow has undergone a rigorous testing process and was found to be non-toxic, have no harmful chemical, is dust mite-resistant, and hypoallergenic. That being said, it is not an eco-friendly, green pillow.
How long does a GhostPillow last?
The GhostPillow comes with a 5-year warranty, indicating that it should last about that long. However, from a hygienic standpoint, you should replace your pillow every two to three years because of the buildup of dead skin cells, drool, and any other accidents or bacteria that may compile over time.
The GhostPillow – Memory Foam is a supportive foam pillow with a medium feel. It best fits the average side sleeper, most back sleepers, and hot sleepers who love the feel of foam. Stomach sleepers may find it too lofty. You get a 101-night sleep trial and 5-year warranty with purchase.
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