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Shopping for a mattress in a brick-and-mortar store can be one of the most intimidating and confusing shopping experiences available. However, while online mattress shopping lacks the salesman, it can easily be just as confusing. There are a litany of choices when it comes to purchasing a new mattress online.
The following review compares four of the most popular and highly rated direct-to-consumer, online-only mattresses in a head-to-head battle royale.
It’s a Casper vs. Leesa vs. Purple vs. Ghostbed mattress review. Which mattress will end up on top? Find out now!
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Casper is a 9.5″ thick foam mattress. It is a combo foam mattress and the mattress is broken down into 4 layers.
- The top layer is 1.5″ of responsive poly foam. This acts as a comfort layer with a bit of bounce.
- The 2nd layer is 1.5″ of memory foam. This layer provides body contouring and pressure relief.
- The 3rd layer is 1.5″ of poly foam. This poly foam is a support layer that helps to ease the transition from the memory foam to the foundation base foam.
- The bottom layer is 5″ of support foam. This support foam provides a foundation for the mattress as a whole, as well as providing support.
The combination of all of these distinctly different foams creates a mattress with good cooling, bounce, and response time, without sacrificing contour and hug.
Leesa is a 10″ thick foam mattress. This mattresses is a combo foam mattress as well with a construction that is broken down into 3 layers.
- The top layer is 2″ of Avena foam. This proprietary foam provides great bounce and cooling (acts similar to a latex)
- The middle layer is 2″ of memory foam. This memory foam provides great pressure relief and body contouring.
- The bottom layer is 6″ of support foam. This layer acts as the foundational base, while also providing support for the mattress.
The Leesa mattress has exceptional cooling, hug and support, providing the sleeper with an extremely rounded and balanced feel.
Purple is a 9.5″ thick foam mattress. It is a combo mattress as well, but instead of strictly using foam, the Purple mattresses uses a hyper-elastic polymer and poly foam as a part of its 3 layer construction.
- The top layer is a 2″ hyper-elastic polymer that provides great bounce and pressure relief.
- The middle layer is 3.5″ of poly foam which serves as both a comfort foam and transitional foam between the polymer and the base support.
- The bottom layer is 4″ of support foam. This layer provides support for the 2 layers above and acts as a foundational base.
The Purple mattress uses very unique layers, but the result is a mattress that has great cooling, bounce and instant response time.
Ghostbed is an 11″ thick foam mattress. This is also a combo foam mattress that is broken down into 3 layers.
- The top layer is 1.5″ of aerated latex foam. This layer provides nice bounce and a faster response time than what you will get with an traditional memory foam alone.
- The 2nd layer is 2″ of gel memory foam for cooling, deep compression, hug, and contour. The gel is added in a liquid state and dispersed evenly throughout the foam.
- The bottom layer is 7.5″ of support foam. This bottom layer provides the strong foundation needed to support the foam layers above.
The use of latex and gel memory foam provide a nice level of cooling, while the memory foam gives body contouring and pressure relief. The use of memory foam and latex foam helps to create a balanced feel to the mattress.
The Casper has a medium to slightly firm feel; 6-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm.) Casper’s top foams are relatively soft, creating a significant level of sinkage and hug. The softer top layers can cause the Casper to feel firmer for heavier sleepers, as the increased weight results in sleepers engaging more deeply with the firmer transitional poly foam and support poly foam layers.
The Leesa mattress has a very balanced medium feel; 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. The combination of Avena foam (great bounce and cooling) with memory foam (great hug and contour) results in a mattress that has an extremely balanced feel. Many sleeper who don’t want the extreme of an all latex or all memory foam will likely enjoy the balanced firmness and overall feel of the Leesa.
The Purple mattress has a medium to medium firm feel; 6-6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Purple has a unique feel, compared to the other mattresses in this comparison. The hyper-elastic polymer gives it a lot of bounce with a virtually instantaneous response time. Sleepers under 140 pounds may find this mattress to feel slightly firmer and offer more of a floating feel.
This effect is subtle at the 140’ish weight range, but as sleepers get lighter the floating feel is increased. Very light sleepers (125 pounds or less) will need to enjoy a 6.5-7’ish firmness and prefer a floating feel. Sleepers within more average and heavier weight ranges will receive a more moderate hug, balanced feel, and medium firmness.
The Ghostbed mattress has a medium to slightly firm feel; 6.5-7 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Ghostbed’s firmness is a bit more unique, in that it differs depending on how long you’ve been lying on the mattress. When I initially lay on it, I experienced about a 7 out of 10 firmness. Once my body settled in a bit and I sank into that middle comfort memory foam layer, it began to feel softer.
Despite the fact Ghostbed uses a top layer of latex it still leans more towards a memory foam feel, especially in how dense the mattress feel. The response is a bit slower, especially once your body has fully engaged the memory foam layer.
|Layers||4 foam layers||3 foam layers||3 layers (foam + elastic polymer)||3 foam layers|
|Construction||1.5" responsive poly foam, 1.5" memory foam, 1.5" poly foam, 5.0" support foam||2" Avena foam, 2" memory foam, 6" support foam||2" hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5" poly foam, 4.0" poly foam||1.5" synthetic Dunlop latex, 2" gel memory foam, 7.5" support foam|
|Cover||white and gray, soft with a bit of stretch||white and gray, 4 bar pattern, soft and breathable, polyester-lycra blend||white, soft with diagonal geometric embossed pattern, thin and cool||white, thin soft cover, durable feel|
|Firmness||6-7 out of 10||6 out of 10||6-6.5 out of 10||6.5-7 out of 10|
|Support||Good||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Motion Transfer||Minimal||Minimal||Very minimal||Minimal|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years||10 years||20 years|
|Trial Period||100 nights||100 nights||100 ngihts||101 nights|
|Shipping||Free, 2-7 days||Free, 4-10 days||Free, 3-4 weeks||Free, 2-6 days|
|Returns||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back, they come take mattress for free||Full money back, they come take mattress for free|
|Discounts||None||$75 Off||$100 Off||$50 Off|
|Reviews||Full Casper Review||Full Leesa Review||Full Purple Review||Full Ghostbed Review|
Should I Buy a Casper, Leesa, Purple, or Ghostbed mattress?
All four of these mattresses are extremely popular and have a large consumer following. They represent universal comfort at a price many sleepers can afford. These mattresses are foam hybrids, meaning that they use a variety of foam types (and polymer, in Purple’s case) to provide a dynamic feel to the mattress.
That said, there are significant differences between each of these 4 mattresses. This will likely make one of these choices a little bit better for your circumstances. So let’s just dive in.
Is the Casper, Leesa, Purple, or Ghostbed mattress best for you?
First, I think we can first break these mattresses down into two camps, all foam and elastic polymer + foam. When it comes to materials the Purple mattress is by far the most unique, using their patented hyper-elastic polymer top layer in coordination with with poly foam layers. The first question you then need to ask yourself is how important is the all foam feel to you?
The all foam mattress designs of Casper, Leesa, and Ghostbed offer a more traditional design and feel compared to Purple’s polymer design. Purple’s feel is quite unique, offering faster response, more bounce, and a feel dynamic that is in some ways like an extreme latex feel.
Second, response time is another important factor to consider. The response of a mattress is how quickly the mattress is able to adjust to your changes in movement. From fastest response to slow response the mattresses are ordered as follows:
- Purple – 1st fastest
- Leesa – 2nd fastest
- Casper – 3rd fastest
- Ghostbed – 4th fastest
If a very fast response time is essential the Purple and Leesa are the best choices. Casper isn’t a slow responding mattress by any means, but it is slower than Purple and slightly slower than Leesa (in my opinion). The Ghostbed is the slowest of these 4. This is because Ghostbed has a denser feel and a bit more of a memory foam feel. This isn’t to say this is a bad thing, but it certainly changes the feel dynamic of the Ghostbed.
Third, sinkage, hug, and feel. This is a big one, so we’ll briefly discuss the feel dynamic of each mattress. If you need a more complete breakdown of what the Casper, Leesa, Purple, and Ghostbed feel like I would recommend reading my full mattress review on each of those (see links below) or continue down below to the feel summary.
- Casper – medium feel (can feel firmer for heavier weight sleepers), significant sinkage depth in the 2.5-3.5″ range, softer top layers, fast response, more of a generalized bowl-like type of a hug and contour – read full Casper mattress review
- Leesa – medium feel, consistent feel for many different body types and weight ranges, moderate sinkage depth in the 2-2.25″ range, balanced and even feel, fast response, moderate level of hug and contour – read full Leesa mattress review
- Purple – medium to medium firm feel (can feel firmer for lighter weight sleepers), moderate sinkage depth in the 2-2.5″ range, balanced feel, virtually instant response, moderate level of hug and contour for average weight and heavier sleepers, more of a floating feel for lighter sleepers (especially 125 pounds or less) – read full Purple mattress review
- Ghostbed – medium firm to slightly firm feel (can feel firmer for lighter weight sleepers), minimal to moderate sinkage depth in the 1.5-2″ range, more of a memory foam feel and denser feel, slower response, moderate level of hug and contour – read full Ghostbed mattress review
Finally, the summary and the most important question…is the Casper, Leesa, Purple, or Ghostbed mattress best for you and which should you buy?
In my opinion, the two best choices here are Purple and Leesa, with some cases where Ghostbed or Casper could be a potential option.
If you’re looking for a medium firmness, balanced feel, and just a good all-around foam mattress I feel like the Leesa is the best choice. It does an extremely good job of meeting the needs of most sleepers and the design is able to create a consistent feel at a wide range of weights. The mattress is built with solid material construction and overall is just a great value.
Purple is equally a strong choice, but for different reasons. The elastic-polymer top layer creates virtually instant response, which is great if you ever feel stuck or don’t like the enveloping feel of foam. Additionally, the polymer top layer is able to breathe very well and is simply going to be cooler than most foam mattresses, in my opinion. Having the middle 3.5″ comfort poly foam layer in the Purple’s design helps to round out the feel and it works well with the polymer top layer.
Ghostbed offers more of a memory foam feel. Despite the fact they use latex on top, it still leans more towards a denser memory foam feel. It has a slower response time and a more pronounced contour (albeit with a minimal sinkage depth). I feel like the Ghostbed is best for those who like more of a memory feel and also like a slightly firmer feel.
Lastly, the Casper mattress. I feel like Casper is best in cases where you are 250 pounds or less, want a significant signage depth, and want a more generalized and bowl-like type of a hug and contour. The Casper isn’t a bad mattress by any stretch, however, I do feel like Purple, Leesa, and Ghostbed beat Casper in their own respective ways.
Casper is an above average mattress. It has a firmness of a 6-7 out of 10. The sinkage and hug on the Casper is the most unique feel attribute. When you lie on the Casper, you feel the hug and contouring around your body. However, the contouring is not necessarily to the exact shape of your body, like what you would find with a traditional memory foam mattress. The contour is more generalized around your body, creating more of a bowl-like type of a hug.
Casper’s top layers are fairly soft, allowing for more sinkage, even at lighter weights. This can be a benefit for pressure relief and those who enjoy deeper sinkage. That said, heavier sleepers can sink through these top layers putting more pressure on the support layers of the Casper, which are firmer feeling. The result can be a firmer and less supported feel.
Should I buy a Leesa mattress?
Out of these four mattresses, Leesa is the most well rounded, in my opinion. This mattress is a nice blend of varied foam types, which provides just the right amount of hug and sinkage while maintaining some bounce and nice cooling (through the use of the convoluted Avena foam and polyester-lycra cover). The memory foam layer below the Avena provides a nice level of contour, hug, and pressure relief.
Leesa is one of the most consistent mattresses, with respect to feel and firmness, when it comes to varying weights, sleeping positions, and body types. The layer design and material construction allow for a consistent medium 6 out of 10 firmness and a balanced type of a hug, contour, and sinkage. As a result, many different types of sleepers can be well supported and comfortable on the Leesa.
Should I buy a Purple mattress?
Purple creates the most unique feel of any mattress being compared here. This mattress has great bounce, with minimal motion transfer and great cooling. With a firmness of 6-6.5 out of 10, the Purple mattress has a medium to medium firm feel. The unique polymer helps to displace your body weight, providing a rounder contour versus traditional foam. The polymer web design (as well as the thin cover) keeps the mattress quite cool at night, as well.
In my opinion, Purple is ideally suited for sleepers 150 pounds or heavier. Lighter sleepers, really any below 140 pounds, but especially below 125 pounds, will experience more of a floating feeling. This is simply because they do not have enough body weight to full engage the benefits of the polymer layer. Average and heavier weight sleepers will experience a more balanced feel.
Should I buy a Ghostbed mattress?
Ghostbed has an interesting mattress feel, especially compared to these other choices. Despite the fact that Ghostbed’s mattress design is foam combo, using a layer of latex and memory foam, the feel leans more towards the memory foam layer.
The Ghostbed has a slightly firmer feel and a denser feel. For lighter sleepers this level of push-back can be a bit much. However, for heavier sleepers the added push-back can be a benefit for support. Perhaps most importantly the Ghostbed has the slowest response of any of the mattresses we’ve compared here.
I wouldn’t say that slow response is a pro or con, as there are certainly people who enjoy both types of feel. However, I would recommend the Ghostbed to those sleepers who are okay with more of a memory foam feel and a slower response time.