If you’re deciding whether to get a Casper mattress or a GhostBed mattress, you’ve come to the right place. In this review, I’ll explain some of the features that give each mattress its unique feel. I’ll also dive into each bed’s construction, firmness, and more.
Alright, let’s dig into a battle of the beds!
Before we get into the differences of these online mattresses, let’s check out what the Casper and the GhostBed have in common.
Other Models: While I’ll be discussing the Casper Original and the GhostBed Original in this review, each company offers additional mattress models, which I’ll briefly discuss in a bit.
Construction: Both beds are made with memory foam and high-density polyfoam. Plus, each mattress comes with an aerated layer to help prevent heat trapping while you sleep.
Firmness: Casper and GhostBed come in at similar firmness levels. We’ll get into the specifics later on, but they both have a slightly firmer feel.
Now that we’ve gotten some of the similarities out of the way, let’s get into what makes these mattresses different, starting with construction.
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
To best examine each bed’s layers, I cut them open to reveal the inner workings of the mattresses. This gave me an idea of why each mattress feels the way it does. For more information, you can check out my full Casper mattress review and GhostBed mattress review to get the results of all of my testing!
Cover – At the top, we have a soft and stretchy cover consisting of a knit polyester blend.
Comfort – Beneath this is an aerated foam layer. This material has a slow response to pressure, meaning it helps alleviate tension at the shoulders and hips. It also includes holes to aerate the bed and help prevent you from overheating.
Transition – Casper cranks up the pressure-relief factor by providing a memory foam layer with zoned support. Each of the three zones offers a different level of firmness, which means it’s a little firmer at the hips than at the shoulders. What I like about these zones is that they present a comfortable blend of support and pressure relief while keeping your spine aligned.
Base – Last but not least is the base made up of a thick layer of high-density polyfoam. This sturdy material gives the bed its support, so you’ll likely feel plenty of stability while you catch some Zs.
Cover – First up is the breathable polyester/viscose blend cover.
Comfort – Next we’ve got a 1.5” layer of latex foam. This soft, aerated layer provides breathable comfort and support. Combine that with the natural, moisture-wicking benefits of latex, and you’ve got a one-two punch of cooling and ventilation. Plus, latex’s quick response to pressure gives it a bouncy feeling that helps you easily swap positions throughout the night.
Contour – Below this is a layer of gel-infused memory foam. This gives you the contouring, pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam and the cooling perks of gel. Since this layer is underneath the buoyant latex layer, this should prevent you from getting that sunk in, or “stuck” feeling.
Base – At the bottom, you’ll land on a 7.5” layer of high-density polyfoam. This super-sturdy material holds up the plusher layers above. It’s also the thickest layer of the mattress, which gives the bed some firmness to offset the plush feel of the other layers.
Casper vs. GhostBed
The Casper, unlike the GhostBed, has zoned support that provides varying levels of firmness. This means that, depending on where your body is, you’ll either experience more pressure relief or more support. Because of this, I think the Casper has an edge over the GhostBed in terms of spinal alignment. So I recommend folks who want to fight off back pain go with this one.
The GhostBed’s latex really helps set it apart from the Casper. Since latex is a bouncy material it makes switching positions a breeze. Also, latex doesn’t have the same sinkage as memory foam, so you won’t get a “stuck-in-the-bed” feeling. And the bed has a cooling advantage over the Casper thanks to the moisture-wicking properties of latex and the gel-infused comfort layer.
Next, let’s dive into how these mattresses feel.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
To give you an idea of what the Casper and GhostBed mattresses feel like, I’m going to break down some factors such as firmness, pressure relief, and bounce.
How a mattress feels is going to depend on your size, shape, and weight. That said, your preferences may very well differ from mine! For reference, I’m 5’10”, weigh around 190 lbs., and prefer to sleep on my stomach.
I put the Casper mattress at a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. Since the industry standard for a medium-firm mattress is 6.5, this is slightly on the firmer side.
I think the Casper’s zoned support will especially appeal to side sleepers because you’re likely to get better pressure relief at the shoulders. This zoned support also helps side sleepers keep their spine aligned, which can help if you suffer from back pain. While I think back and back/side combo sleepers are also going to appreciate the medium firmness, I don’t think it’s supportive enough for heavier folks (250+ lbs.) and/or anyone who spends a portion of the night on their stomach.
I also gave this mattress a 7 on the firmness scale. As with the Casper, the GhostBed is just a tad on the firmer side.
While back sleepers and combo sleepers will likely dig its medium-firm feel, stomach sleepers might not have enough support. And when I was on my side, the GhostBed felt firmer than the Casper. This might cause strict side sleepers to experience a jammed-up feeling in their shoulders. To solve this problem, I suggest strict side sleepers go with a softer mattress, such as the GhostBed Flex (more on that in a jiffy).
In addition to the Casper Original, the company sells hybrid mattresses. Each uses a coiled layer in addition to at least one foam layer.
- Casper Hybrid: Since the Hybrid uses pocketed coils at its base, rather than HD polyfoam (like the Original), it has more of a bounce. Its support level, however, is similar to the Original.
- Casper Nova Hybrid: I think this will keep you cooler than any of Casper’s other mattresses. I recommend this model as a great option for side sleepers.
- Casper Wave Hybrid: As Casper’s luxury option, you’re likely to pay more for this one. This price, however, might be worth it for some due its zoned support paired with pocketed coils. That said, I think the Wave Hybrid offers more support for heavier folks than all the other Casper mattresses.
Now let’s check out GhostBed’s three other mattresses: The Luxe, the 3D Matrix, and the Flex.
- GhostBed Luxe: This mattress gives you the contouring softness of memory foam without trapping heat. This is due to its cooling cover and its gel-infused comfort layer, which dissipates body heat.
- GhostBed 3D Matrix: What I really like about this bouncy mattress is that it’s right at the industry standard for medium-firmness, which I think will appeal to combo sleepers. Plus, its 2” layer of gel memory foam has cooling properties so you’re not as likely to wake up sweating (or smelling).
- GhostBed Flex: I think side sleepers are especially going to enjoy this mattress, thanks to its super-soft pillow top. Typically, I suggest side sleepers go with something softer to get better pressure relief at their shoulders and hips — on this, the GhostBed Flex delivers, clocking in at a 5.5 on the firmness ranking scale. I’d also recommend this mattress for couples, since it does a great job at isolating motion.
Which is Better: Casper vs GhostBed
To help you decide which mattress might be best for you, I’ll highlight my main takeaways and touch on some of the pros of each.
While both mattresses contain memory foam and high-density polyfoam, only the Casper is equipped with zoned support. This means the Casper differs from the GhostBed in how it handles firmness and softness on different areas of the mattress, which can also help with spinal alignment. In short, I think the Casper’s zoned support system makes it better for side sleepers and folks suffering with back pain. And while I didn’t cover my motion transfer results here, I should note that the Casper is the victor when it comes to motion isolation.
Even though it doesn’t have zoned support, I think the even feel of the GhostBed is going to be slightly better for back sleepers. But what really sets this bed apart is its latex comfort layer. Since latex tends to be more durable than memory foam, I think you’re likely to have your GhostBed for a while. Apparently, so does the company, since it includes a 20-year warranty on this mattress. Also, unlike the Casper, the GhostBed isn’t likely to capture body heat, so you’ve got a better chance of staying cool on this bed. Finally, I want to emphasize the bouncy benefits of latex, since this buoyancy gives it more of an “on-top-of-the-mattress” feeling than the Casper. This in turn helps you avoid feeling trapped in the bed.
To get even more specific about my recommendations, let’s summarize a few of my favorite aspects of each mattress.
- Casper offers a good range of mobility for the combo sleepers out there! Plus, it does a stellar job at keeping your spine in alignment.
- Folks with back pain are also likely to enjoy this mattress because it does a particularly swell job at relieving pressure at the lower back.
- I really like this mattress for side sleepers! Since it’s softer at the shoulders, the Casper offers some relief for folks wanting to prevent shoulder pain.
- The GhostBed is made for back sleepers! It has enough support for spinal alignment, while offering a plush, pressure-relieving comfort layer at the lumbar region.
- In terms of mobility, the GhostBed delivers. The “springy” latex comfort layer means you can easily switch positions to your heart’s content!
- When compared to other mattresses of similar quality, I think the GhostBed is a fantastic value buy! It’s got a built-to-last makeup, so I think you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.
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- Warranty – 20 Years
When choosing between the Casper or GhostBed mattress, your decision may (understandably) hinge on its price. That said, I’ve provided a graphic that gives you a side-by-side price comparison for each mattress. And don’t forget to use our Casper coupon code or GhostBed discount to cut down the price of your new bed!
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