GhostBed vs. Casper
We are back with another mattress comparison. This time our battle will be between the two ghosts GhostBed and Casper.
Casper is widely known for helping create the online, direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box phenomenon, and they have become quite successful in the last few years. However, they have a big competitor in GhostBed, who has been gaining in popularity recently with their high quality mattress and pillows.
We have slept on both of these mattresses and in this GhostBed vs Casper review we provide our opinions and experiences with each of them that may help you pick the right one for you. Keep reading to see what we think! Last updated
FAQ: Read about GhostBed in our Top 10 Best Mattresses of 2017 Guide
Construction and Materials
The GhostBed is a product of Nature’s Sleep, a veteran company in the mattress industry as well. It is an 11″ combination of latex and memory foam designed to appeal to a wide majority of sleepers and consists of the following layers:
- 1.5″ Top cooling & comfort layer – This layer is made of 1.5″ of aerated latex foam, designed to provide instant responsiveness and a nice degree of bounce, and create a cool and comfortable sleep surface.
- 2″ Middle support layer – This layer is made of 2″ of gel memory foam designed to provide support and pressure relief. It is less responsive than the top layer and acts as the core support layer. The gel also helps with heat dissipation and aids in cooling.
- 7.5″ Bottom foundation layer – This layer is made of 7.5″ of high-density support foam and acts as the foundation for the above foam layers.
The GhostBed mattress has a soft and thin 100% polyester cover with a unique stretchy and plush dimpled pattern. You can feel the top dimples through the sheets and they offer the massaging feel. The cover also improves airflow through the mattress and aids in cooling.
Firmness and Support
The GhostBed comes in universal firmness option and feels around a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (10 being firmest).
The combination of latex and memory foam in this mattress provides responsiveness and support ideal for all sleeping positions. The latex offers enough push-back and prevents you from sinking too much into the foam, while the foam beneath adapts to your weight and contours your body.
The unique construction of this bed felt more on the firmer side for my boyfriend Andrew. It perfectly supported his heavier weight (230lbs) and prevented him from sinking down to the foundation when sitting or lying on the mattress.
He did not feel pressure points when sleeping on his side though as this mattress offers enough give in the top layers for a comfortable sleep and yet has the firmness necessary if you switch to your back or stomach.
The GhostBed has a very soft and comfortable exterior and when you lie down on it, the latex and gel foam layers work together to provide a balanced feel in most sleeping positions. As the top layer is latex, it doesn’t hug or envelop your body like the memory foam.
The cover also provides a very enjoyable feel through the sheets, and as the time passes, the mattress totally adapts to your body.
The GhostBed does a pretty good job in this category as the thin breathable cover and the 1.5″ of aerated latex foam and 2″ of gel memory foam work together to prevent the build-up of heat and eliminate the sticky, sweaty feeling typical for most memory foam mattresses. So the mattress remains cool throughout the entire night and allows a sound and quality sleep.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
With the GhostBed, we experienced minimal sinkage due to the latex in its top comfort layers, its dense support layers and its 11″ thickness. It didn’t cause me to roll into Andrew which was our problem with many other memory foam mattresses.
There is also minimal motion transfer with this bed. It does a good job at isolating motion transfer when shifting positions or getting in and out of bed during the night and is, therefore, perfect for couples.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The GhostBed didn’t have any noticeable odor upon opening the box which is typical for most memory foam mattresses that are shipped compressed in a box. Any smell that was present dissipated within a few hours.
- 101 Night Sleep trial
- Free Shipping – ships fast usually within 24 hours
- 20 Year Warranty
- American Made
- No questions asked 100% return
The GhostBed is very reasonably priced for the quality it delivers, and it comes in at $750 for a Queen.
Follow this Memory Foam Talk Coupon link to receive $100 off the GhostBed as well as 2 pillows at $270. The company also offers a matching foundation to compliment the mattress at only $225.
Construction and Materials
The Casper mattress is a 10″ all foam mattress made up of 4 layers:
- 1.5″ Top Comfort Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of open cell foam designed to provide cooling and comfort to the mattress.
- 1.5″ Response Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of responsive memory foam which provides bounce and responsiveness.
- 1.5″ Support Layer – This layer is 1.5″ of Zoned Support memory foam, which provides primary support and multi-regional zoned support to the areas of body where it is needed most including back, hips, and shoulders.
- 5.0″ Foundation Layer – This layer is 5″ of durable support foam that acts as the foundation and provides deep compression support.
The cover of the Casper mattress is made of a soft polyester blend. It is thick and snaps back into place quickly and won’t bunch up when you move around at night. It is removable as well so that it can be taken off and cleaned.
The exterior small dimples give the mattress a good feel and aid in breathability and increased airflow through its various layers.
Firmness and Support
The Casper mattress, just like the GhostBed, comes in one universal firmness option designed to appeal to around 80% of sleepers, and we rate it at a 6.5 out of 10 (10 being the firmest).
Unlike the original Casper we reviewed that incorporated latex in its comfort layers, this one has a more supportive, faster response top comfort layer made of responsive foam.
The underlying comfort and support foam layers provide the body contouring and “sinking in” sensation that memory foam is normally known for, without being too soft and causing us to sink down too much and feel trapped in foam.
This mattress also provides enough support in the comfort layers without making Andrew sink all the way down through them and come to rest on the base and core support layers beneath as this updated version is also much denser and better made.
It does a great job of providing body hug and contour without causing you to feel trapped in foam, and it is supportive enough for all sleeping positions. It has enough give in the top comfort layer to support your shoulders and hips and enough firmness if you switch to your stomach and back.
As I have already mentioned, this mattress now includes Zoned Support which provides your body with optimal support in the areas where it is needed most such as your hips, back, and shoulders.
The new Casper mattress is much more comfortable than its predecessor which is largely due to the removal of the latex layer and including highest-quality foam layers.
The open cell foam used in the top comfort layer provides cooling and breathability and makes the mattress feel very comfortable for all types of sleepers.
The layer of responsive foam provides enough bounce and responsiveness needed when switching positions during the night and supporting your weight with ease, especially if you are a heavier sleeper like Andrew (230lbs) without causing too much motion transfer. All this makes this mattress excellent for sex as well.
The Casper has that classic memory foam body contouring and hug feel without causing the “sinking down into a hole” feel that traditional memory foam mattresses often tend to cause. Although some review sites describe the Casper as being firm, we feel it is of perfect firmness with its responsive memory foam providing necessary bounce and responsiveness while cradling your body and creating that well-known feeling of hug typical for memory foam.
All in all, the new Casper is a comfortable, supportive and cool sleeping mattress that will provide you with a comfortable and sound sleep and the much-needed rest.
Being designed to sleep cool through advanced testing and molecular engineering, the Casper mattress, just like the GhostBed, does a great job at not sleeping hot. The open-cell foam used in the top comfort and cooling layer helps promote airflow throughout the night and prevent heat retention.
Casper even went so far as to have the thermal resistance tested by a third party lab, Element Materials Technology, and found it outperformed competitors.
As a couple living in Texas, we are very tough when it comes to beds that sleep hot and don’t do what they advertise, but the Casper does exactly what it says – it does not sleep hot at all. The unique design and construction of this mattress prevents the buildup of heat and eliminates sweating during the night and the feeling of stickiness typical for most memory foam mattresses.
Sinkage and Motion Transfer
Although sinkage is largely weight dependent which means that heavier people will experience a larger degree of it than lighter people, the Casper does an excellent job at preventing excessive sinkage and preventing Andrew from bottoming out the mattress and rolling off its edges even though it is only 10″ thick.
Replacing the latex layer with foam did a great job at making the mattress responsive without causing excessive motion transfer, which makes it especially good for couples.
As mentioned, edge support is also great with this mattress, and better than in most all foam 10″ mattresses we have reviewed. The high-density foams used in its construction do a good job at providing even support throughout the mattress, including the edges and preventing us from rolling off them and Andrew from bottoming out the mattress.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Casper mattress gets high marks in this category for not having too much of a noticeable smell upon opening the box which most memory foam mattresses tend to have due to their construction and their plastic packages. With this mattress, there was markedly less off-gassing and odor which was rather surprising to us given its all foam construction.
- Engineered in-house at Casper Labs
- Designed and assembled in the USA
- Compatible with Casper sheets, pillow, duvet, foundation, and adjustable bed frame.
- 100 night Trial period
- 10 Year warranty
- Free Shipping
- 100% money back guarantee for Returns / Refunds
- Certi-Pur certified
The Casper mattress is very reasonably priced, coming in at $995 for a Queen, which is an excellent price given the quality of the materials used in the construction of this bed.
GhostBed vs. Casper Mattress Comparison
Below is our comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the GhostBed vs. Casper mattress.
|Layers||1.5″ of aerated latex foam, 2″ of gel memory foam, 7.5″ of high-density support foam||1.5″ of open cell foam, 1.5″ of responsive memory foam, 1.5″ of Zoned Support memory foam|
|Cover||Soft and thin 100% polyester cover with a unique stretchy and plush dimpled pattern||Thick, dimpled and removable, made of a soft polyester blend|
|Firmness||7 out of 10||6.5 out of 10|
|Motion Transfer||Very minimal||Minimal|
|Warranty||20 years||10 years|
|Trial Period||101 days||100 days|
|Shipping||Free shipping||Free shipping|
|Refunds & Returns||No questions asked 100% return||100% money back guarantee for Returns / Refunds|
Which Mattress Is Right for You?
Choose GhostBed if you like:
- A mattress that sleeps cool – The Ghostbed uses gel-infused memory foam in its construction and aerated latex foam to prevent the retention of heat and create a cool and comfortable sleep surface. It also has a soft and thin polyester cover that allows a good airflow through the mattress and aids in cooling.
- A mattress with universal feel – The GhostBed comes in a universal firmness option which means it is designed in such way to appeal to a wide array of sleeping preferences. It provides enough comfort and support suitable for multiple positions.
- Pressure relief with bounce – The combination of the soft latex comfort layer with the memory foam beneath it provides enough pressure relief while at the same time it offers a nice degree of bounce and responsiveness.
- Supportive mattress– The 11″ thickness of this mattress, the use of latex in its top comfort layers, and its support layers made of dense foam provide an excellent support for any sleeping position and sleepers of different weights, even heavier ones like my boyfriend.
Choose Casper mattress if you like:
- A supportive mattress – This mattress provides enough support in the comfort layers without making you compress through them, and it is suitable for all sleeping styles. It also includes Zoned Support which provides your body with optimal support in the areas where it is needed most such as your hips, back, and shoulders.
- Memory foam feel – The top comfort layer of the Casper mattress made of responsive memory foam creates that classic memory foam body contouring and hug feel without causing the feeling of being trapped in foam that traditional memory foam mattresses often tend to cause.
- A mattress that sleeps cool – The Casper mattress sleeps incredibly cool throughout the entire night. The open-cell foam used in the top comfort and cooling layer works together with a dimpled cover to promote airflow through the mattress, prevent heat retention, and create a cool and comfortable sleep surface necessary for a quality and sound night’s sleep.