Casper Essential Vs. Ghostbed – Which Should You Choose?

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Casper Essential and GhostBed are both budget-friendly foam mattresses that are sold online. These bed-in-a-box options have some differences that will make each mattress appeal more to different types of sleepers. We’ll compare them here in this post.

Key Similarities

  • Both are all-foam mattresses.
  • Both have three layers.
  • Both have bouncy surfaces.
  • Both incorporate memory foam.
  • Both offer trials of roughly 100 days. (GhostBed’s is 101 days.)
  • Both offer free shipping.

Key Differences

  • GhostBed costs a bit more ($495 to $995 for GhostBed; $350 to $725 for Casper Essential).
  • Casper Essential is thinner. (Ghostbed is 11″ thick, Casper Essential is 8.5″ thick.)
  • Casper Essential is softer.
  • GhostBed uses latex.
  • Casper uses Certi-PUR certified foams. This certification means these materials are considered more eco-friendly than typical mattress materials.

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Casper Essential Construction

  • Casper Essential’s cover is a soft, poly-knit material.
  • The top layer is 2″ of springy, breathable, open-celled “Fusion Foam.”
  • The middle layer is 1.5″ of memory foam. This responsive foam conforms to your contours.  
  • The support layer is 4.5″ of durable polyfoam.   

Read our full Casper Essential Review HERE.

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GhostBed Construction

  • GhostBed’s removeable viscose cover is soft and breathable.
  • On top is 1.5″ of proprietary “Aerated” latex with small holes in it. This latex sleeps cooler than memory foam and is more springy.
  • In the middle is 2″ of proprietary gel memory foam that is formulated to sleep cool. This layer provides contouring support.
  • The support layer is 7.5″ of dense core foam.

Read our full Ghostbed Review HERE.

Construction Differences/Notes

  • Both are comprised of three layers of foam.
  • Both have springy surfaces.
  • Because it has a latex surface, GhostBed is a little more bouncy.
  • GhostBed is firmer.
  • Casper Essential is softer and has more of a memory foam feel.
  • Casper Essential is thinner.
  • GhostBed offers more support for heavier-weight sleepers.

Firmness/Feel Differences

Both mattresses are responsive. Casper is softer and has more give.

Motion Transfer Differences

Casper Essential isolates motion a little better because it is softer. Ghostbed also does a pretty good job, so I would say the differences are pretty small.

Pick Casper Essential If …

  • You sleep on your side. Casper Essential is softer and will conform better to your contours. I believe it is therefore more appropriate for side sleepers who need that extra pressure relief.
  • You are lightweight. This thin mattress is great for kids, teens, and other lightweight sleepers who don’t need a ton of extra support.

Pick GhostBed If …

  • You sleep on your stomach or back. GhostBed is firmer and more supportive overall. This makes it a better choice (in my opinion) for stomach and back sleepers.
  • You need extra support. GhostBed is thicker and will support more weight, which is good for couples and adults who are bigger than most teenagers.

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Overall

These mattresses have some similarities in construction, but ultimately they differ in firmness and support. Both are fairly budget-friendly. Hopefully this comparison helped you determine which is better for you. Please leave any specific questions about Casper Essential or GhostBed in the comments. I am happy to provide a personal recommendation if you want to leave some information about yourself and your preferences in the comments.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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