Casper vs. Ghostbed
Jake Comfort | Updated: May 1, 2019
In this review, we will be overlooking two of the up-and-coming foam mattress brands available in the United States. Casper and Ghostbed have both been making waves in the industry for providing foam mattresses that have reputations for being both comfortable and durable. The mattresses themselves differentiate through certain qualities that we will outline in this review.
Ghostbed Mattress Review
Ghostbed is a mattress that is produced by the company Nature’s Sleep. The business started in 2001 with the aim of providing mattresses that were both comfortable and supportive. The founder of the company had three neck surgeries which made him realize how important a mattress could be to both your health and your comfort. Over the past 15 years, Ghostbed has grown into an exceedingly popular mattress. We will have a look at all the qualities that make this mattress model unique.
If you do opt to purchase a Ghostbed, you will benefit from free shipping on any mattress you purchase. Nature’s Sleep also guarantees that your mattress will be dispatched within 24 hours of placing your order. The Ghostbed also has one of the longest warranties in the industry – 20 years. This has set a new benchmark for the foam mattress industry, as many competitors only offer 10 year warranties at present. In addition, you can sleep on the bed for 101 nights and still return the mattress for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. All Ghostbeds are manufactured locally in the United States.
As mentioned previously, the Ghostbed is a foam mattress. It is manufactured in a three-layer system that has both foam and latex components. The multi-layer system is present in many of the top-end foam mattresses currently available on the market. The Ghostbed layers allow for a combination of comfort and support. The construction of these layers is one of the most important components of the mattress.
Unlike many foam mattresses, the Ghostbed’s top layer is made from a latex based foam – it is 1.5” thick. This layer of the mattress is designed to provide maximum comfort without retaining too much heat. Ghostbed has done a great job of providing these traits without having to make significant sacrifices. You won’t find this type of top layer almost anywhere else.
The middle layer is also designed to provide comfort for those sleeping on the mattress. It is a 2” thick gel memory foam layer that does a great job of providing support without sacrificing comfort. It sinks less than the top layer, which provides a nice transition before the bottom layer of the mattress begins.
As with any foam mattress, the bottom layer is the thickest and most firm. It is in place to provide as much support as possible to the rest of the mattress. The Ghostbed bottom layer is 7.5” thick. This is one of the thicker support layers that you’ll find in the foam mattress market.
Ghostbed have opted to follow the common trend of having a light and flexible mattress cover. The cover is in place to keep things compact rather than to provide any additional benefits. This decision has been well received, as it ensures the owner has almost direct contact with the top layers of the mattress which are designed for maximum comfort.
While the top of the cover is 100% polyester, the sides of the cover are made more sturdy by a mix of polyester and polypropylene. This provides additional edge support which is always a plus when it comes to foam mattresses. Fortunately, you can remove the cover easily by unzipping it. You can then wash the Ghostbed cover and dry it easily, although this must be done manually as it is not machine washable.
Mattress Comfort and Support
The Ghostbed has a unique feel that has allowed it to differentiate itself from its many competitors in the foam mattress marketplace. The mattress feels extremely firm initially, but becomes much softer the longer you lay on it. This is due to the unique materials that make up the top two layers of the mattress. One of the major benefits of the Ghostbed is the ability to have heat activated memory foam without the drawback of feeling the heat. The latex top layer provides the breathability you need to have a comfortable sleep without too much heat.
The Ghostbed is rated at about a 6.5 when it comes to how firm the support is. This isn’t as firm as some people may like, which can make it a slightly difficult mattress for those on the heavier side of the weight scales. Not having ample support will mean you don’t get as comfortable of a sleep as you would with a more firm support system.
This being said, the mattress has awesome compression support. You don’t have to worry too much unless you desire an extremely firm mattress. Unlike many mattresses with lesser support, the Ghostbed is still extremely breathable. If you’re looking for a cool, relaxing sleep in a comfortable bed, Ghostbed manages to tick all the boxes.
Nature’s Sleep has made significant effort to make Ghostbed an affordable purchase. It is competitively priced when compared to other mattresses of its quality. In addition, they offer financing so that you can pay off the bed over an extended period of time – you can apply to pay in installments directly on their website. A full list of prices for each of their mattress sizes is provided below:
- Shipping – Shipping is free, which is a bonus considering a queen mattress weighs 89 lbs. The mattress will go out within 24 hours of your order, and arrives compressed in a box. The 24-hour turnaround time from order to shipping is faster than many of the other foam mattresses sold by online retailers.
- Warranty – 20 years. This is longer than the industry standard of 10 years and a good indication that Nature’s Sleep stands behind the GhostBed mattress.
- Trial Period – Nature’s sleep will let you try the bed for 101 nights to ensure it’s right for you.
- Made in the USA
- Weight Limit – The GhostBed is designed to hold up to 700 lbs.
Casper Mattress Review
Casper has grown into one of the United States’ most popular foam mattresses. They’ve made significant progress in the industry by constructing one of the first four-layer foam mattress models.
As mentioned previously, the Casper mattress has been developed to include four separate layers. These layers allow the owner to benefit from a variety of different properties included in construction of each level. Casper provides free shipping for anyone who orders one of their mattresses online. You can also purchase their products directly through Amazon – Prime members will benefit from their usual 2-day free shipping benefit if they order a mattress through Amazon. A 10-year warranty and a 100-day trial are included with the mattress. A full description of each individual layer is provided below:
The top layer is manufactured using poly foam – it is 1.5” thick. Poly foam does a great job of allowing the mattress to be breathable – it also has a bouncy texture that creates a responsive feel for the outside of the mattress.
The second layer of the mattress is also 1.5” thick – this portion of the mattress is made with memory foam. This layer provides the absorbing qualities that the mattress is famous for – fortunately, the top layer prevents the memory foam from absorbing too much heat.
The third layer is the same of the top layer – 1.5” of poly foam. This portion of the mattress is in place to provide a space of transition between the memory foam and the support layer. It does a great job of allowing extra leeway between the top of the mattress and the firmer bottom half of the mattress.
This is the foundation of the Casper mattress. It contains 5” of dense poly foam. This portion of the mattress is in place to provide a firm support for those who sleep on it. It allows the other three layers of the mattress to prioritize comfort.
As mentioned previously, the four-layer design that Casper has implemented has made it a unique competitor in the crowded foam mattress industry. The choice of poly foam has been put in place in order to take advantage of its breathable attributes. While the lower end of the mattress has a firm support, the three layers of comfort based materials ensure that you have one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market. This being said, the Ghostbed also does a great job at getting rid of heat – both of these mattresses are great choices for those who prioritize a cool and relaxing sleep.
The Casper mattress cover is similar to the Ghostbed mattress cover in that the top of the mattress is made from 100% polyester. The sides of the mattress are part polyester and part polypropylene as well. These mattress covers are designed to enhance the ability of the owner to get the most out of the design of the mattress. Having a thick mattress cover can sometimes hide the positive attributes of the mattress – it can also contribute to overheating. Considering both of these mattresses are designed with breathability in mind, a thin mattress cover is a great addition.
The sturdier sides of the mattress also do a great job of enhancing the edge support of the mattress. Many people complain that foam mattresses have poor edge support, but this isn’t the case when it comes to the Casper – you can certain that you’ll get the support you need to be confident in this mattress.
Mattress Comfort and Support
The Casper is an extremely comfortable mattress – the comfort it provides for sleepers has been one of the primary driving forces behind its success. In terms of support, the Casper scores a 6/10. The bed has been designed to stay away from the extremes – it doesn’t provide too much support, but it still has a great foundation.
One of the major driving forces behind whether you should purchase a Casper bed or not should be your weight. Those who weight between 250-300 pounds should probably opt against the Casper. This is because the bed doesn’t provide enough support to allow you a comfortable sleep. There are plenty of other mattresses on the market that have significant firmer foundations. Those who are slightly lighter will find the Casper has an almost perfect support, as well as a smooth transition between top and bottom layers.
The memory foam in the mattress helps make the Casper feel like a true top-of-the-line mattress. It isn’t overly responsive, which means that unless you’re heavy it won’t allow you to sink too deep. It does create a nice compression area that will provide a better sleep to those who enjoy this type of texture.
Casper prices are similar to that of Ghostbed, although they are technically slightly higher. Fortunately, they have their own in-house financing options which can help you pay for the loan over a fixed period of time. If you don’t want to pay for the mattress upfront, ask them about the installment offers they have in place.
The Casper and the Ghostbed are both very similar products to one another. The Casper has slightly less support, and therefore isn’t as great for those who are on the heavier side. This being said, their four-layer system provides a comfortable and effortless transition between the top and bottom layers of the mattress – it is definitely one of the more comfortable mattresses on the market.
The Ghostbed has a reputation for comfort as well, and it also provides a bit more support than the Casper mattress. If you’re looking for additional support, the Ghostbed is better. But you should still look at other mattress types if support is a major priority. Neither of these mattresses are suitable for those who weigh above 250 pounds.
Both of these mattresses do have a slight chemical smell when they are first purchased. Don’t let this deter you, it tends to disappear after a few nights of sleeping on it. You won’t be able to find a foam mattress that doesn’t have this initial smell. Both mattresses come with money back guarantees within the first 100 or 101 days of purchase. If you value warranty above all else, the Ghostbed’s 20-year warranty is unbeatable.
- Shipping – Casper offers free shipping and will deliver in 2-7 days, although Amazon Prime customers can get guaranteed two-day shipping.
- Warranty – 10 years, standard for the mattress industry.
- Trial – 100 nights, which is also about the standard amount of time you get for a trial these days.