Casper vs Leesa vs Purple vs Ghostbed
Jake Comfort | Updated: May 1, 2019
Most of the reviews on our site compare two mattresses side-by-side. While this is an effective way to determine which of two mattresses is better, it is not the best way to compare a variety of different mattresses. That’s why we’ve put together a comparison that analyzes four different types of foam mattresses currently on the market. In this comparison, we will be overviewing for newcomers to the industry: Casper, Leesa, Purple, and Ghostbed. These four companies have made purchasing a foam mattress a possibility without a large budget.
We have divided this article into a number of categories – we will explore each category by analyzing all four mattresses in each section. Make sure to read all the information available in this comparison before you make any decisions – purchasing a mattress is a long-term commitment.
This is one of the most important components when deciding on a mattress to choose. The way your mattress is constructed will dictate the way it feels. The best mattress producers put considerable effort into creating an advanced mattress design that takes advantage of a number of different materials.
Casper uses a four-layer design to try and create a unique mattress that has a ton of different benefits. It’s grown into one of the most well-known foam mattress providers in the United States. The layers will be explored further below
This layer is 1.5” thick and is constructed from high-quality poly foam. The foam provides more bounce than a traditional memory foam material. It is also much more breathable. This is a great material for those who feel they get too hot from traditional foam mattresses.
This is also a 1.5” thick layer – it is made from memory foam. This layer provides additional comfort, as well as the hug and contour you need to have as good of a sleep as possible.
Again, this layer is a 1.5” thick layer of poly foam, it provides a smooth transition for the rest of the mattress so that the comfort layers don’t sit directly on the support layer.
This is the layer that provides the support for the rest of the mattress. It is 5” thick and is made from high-density advanced foam. It provides all the needed support for the mattress.
Leesa is another top-end foam mattress that has experienced considerable success in recent years. If you’re looking for a mattress with a basic and functional design, this is one of the best on the market.
This layer is 2” thick and is designed using Avena foam – a world-class foam hybrid that is only used by Casper. This material provides both comfort and breathability.
This layer is 2” thick and is constructed using memory foam. Traditionally, memory foam can retain too much heat, so Leesa has ensured the top layer does a great job of allowing the rest of the mattress to stay breathable. You get all the benefits of memory foam, without the drawbacks.
This layer is 6” thick – it is made from high-density foam that has been able to be engineered to provide as much support as possible. It has the firm qualities needed to let the rest of the mattress focus on comfort.
Purple is another foam mattress that is constructed using the three-layer model. The total mattress is 9.5” thick – making it about average in the width department. We will explore each layer in more detail below.
This layer is made from hyper-elastic polymer – which is a hybrid foam that allows for both comfort and cooling. This is your initial point of contact with the mattress and it feels great. This layer of the mattress is 2” thick – it is this material that has made Purple one of the most popular foam mattress choices on the market.
This layer provides a buffer zone between the top and bottom of the mattress. It is there for both support and comfort. The middle layer is constructed from 3.5” of polyurethane foam – and advanced foam that is firm but provides considerable comfort.
This is 4” of polyurethane foam – this layer of foam is much denser than the middle layer. It provides additional firmness so that the rest of the mattress is properly supported.
Lastly, the Ghostbed also uses a 3-layer model which is able to provide a diverse range of characteristics. We will explore each of these layers in further detail below.
This layer is 1.5” thick, meaning it is one of the thinnest top layers out of the mattresses we are comparing. It is made from a hybrid latex foam – which allows for a great degree of breathability. The thin nature of the layer ensures that it is as breathable as possible.
This is one of the best parts of this mattress. Ghostbed uses a unique 2” gel memory foam – it provides additional support but doesn’t retain too much as heat as the top layer does a great job of dissipating it.
This is the thickest portion of the mattress – it is 7.5” thick. This is one of the thickest support layers that we review in this comparison. It is made from high-density foam that has the strength to support the rest of the mattress and those sleeping on it.
Now that we have overviewed the various components of each mattress, it’s time to get a better understanding of the support that each one offers. Support is an often overlooked trait that is responsible for a large portion of a mattresses suitability. If you’re heavy, chances are you need additional support. If you’re light, chances are too much support will hurt your back by adding too much pressure. We’ve tested each mattress to help determine the support levels that correspond with them.
Casper has attempted to appeal to a wide variety of consumers. They didn’t want to put all their eggs in one basket with an extreme mattress design. Instead, they’ve landed themselves very close to the middle. This mattress will have suitable support levels for anyone that is not an extremely heavy sleeper. After running tests on the mattress, we’ve concluded that is comes in at about a 6/10 in terms of support level.
Despite having a decent level of support, the Casper mattress still hugs your body like a traditional memory foam mattress would. Don’t worry – this mattress offers both comfort and support.
The Leesa is quite similar when it comes to support levels. Like Casper, they only have one mattress type and they’ve attempted to make it as appealing as possible to the general population. After doing extensive testing on the mattress, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Leesa has the exact same support levels as the Casper mattress – it scores at a 6/10 on our scale.
The Leesa has done a great job of using their own materials to create a really unique and enjoyable sleeping experience. The top layer of the mattress ensures that there is plenty of comfort before the support levels kick in.
Like a Casper mattress, a Leesa mattress isn’t very suitable for someone whose looking for a very supportive mattress. If you’re a heavy sleeper, you will most likely not get the support you need for a good night’s sleep. You may sink too far into the mattress, which is bad for your back over a prolonged period of time.
The Purple mattress is a very unique mattress type. It has a great support base, but it also has a top layer that is extremely soft. In fact, you can put an egg on a plate and push it into the purple mattress and it still won’t break. It provides an insane amount of contour for your body. You won’t believe how comfortable the hug will be if you try out this mattress. For this reason, many people say it is a more supportive version of the Tempurpedic mattress.
And while initial contact with the mattress is extremely soothing, it also has a great support level that has reportedly helped individuals improve their sleeping habits. Many users claim that the Purple mattress was able to fix bad habits they have had for years. Owners believe the mattress makes it easier for you to sleep on your back – which is a great way to improve your sleep quality. If you think that you have poor sleeping habits, the Purple mattress may actually be the perfect type of mattress for you to consider.
The last of the mattresses that we have reviewed also happens to be the firmest. The Ghostbed provides the most support out of all the mattresses that we have reviewed – it is therefore considered to be the best mattress for those who are heavier sleepers. If you are extremely light, this mattress is probably not for you. A Ghostbed is not a good mattress to buy a child or teenager. While it is very comfortable, the level of support may create the sense that you are sleeping on top of the mattress.
After doing considerable testing, we’ve determined that his mattress comes in at a 6.5/10. This may not sound like a lot, especially when compared to the first two. But the small jump in rating actually infers a lot of extra support.
We know it’s hard to decide on a mattress if you’re looking at a number of different options. Reading long-form comparisons can be difficult to navigate as it doesn’t put them side-by-side. The table below puts all the information you need into an easy-to-read format.
|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|
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This comparison should give you a pretty good idea of what mattress is most likely most suitable for you. The above table includes some price points to consider as well – keep in mind, all of these mattresses are considerably cheaper than many of the major mattress makers on the market. If you’re looking for a mattress with plenty of support, the Ghostbed is the best option out of these four.
The Leesa and Casper both provide a well-rounded experience that promotes decent support levels and considerable comfort. If you’re looking for a mattress that has a considerable reputation and a great customer base – both of these companies make sense. If you like the feel of traditional memory foam, but don’t want the drawback of heat retention – you’re probably best suited to go with the Purple mattress.
It is important to consider each mattress carefully. Despite the wide variety of mattresses mentioned in this review page, you’ll find that there are plenty of other mattresses on our site. If you need a great degree of support, none of these mattresses will be suitable for you. Check out some of the other comparisons on our site if you want additional information on other foam mattresses on the market.