If someone is in the market for a bed-in-a-box mattress, they have probably come across the GhostBed and Casper, which are two of the more popular mattresses out there.
This article will go over in detail the construction of both mattresses and highlight the key similarities, differences, and takeaways of them in order to help consumers make the right decision for them.
- Both mattresses are very popular and have excellent customer service terms.
- They are in a similar price range and are both all-foam mattresses.
- They are both supportive mattresses and both contain memory foam in their construction.
- The GhostBed is not as thick as the Casper.
- They feature some different materials in their construction that give the mattresses different qualities and feels.
- The Casper is zoned while the GhostBed is not, meaning the Ghostbed has a more uniform feel through the mattress.
- The GhostBed is firmer than the Casper by a pretty noticeable amount.
- Sleepers will sink into the Casper more than they do on the GhostBed.
- The GhostBed is 11” tall and features three separate foam layers.
- The cover is thin and soft and doesn’t really affect the overall feel of the mattress too much.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a latex foam, which is bouncy, responsive, and breathable.
- This is followed by 2” of a gel memory foam, which adds comfort, pressure relief, and body contouring to the mattress.
- The final layer is 7.5” of a high density, base support foam that should be more durable than many other bed-in-a-box mattress offerings.
Read the full GhostBed review, available here.
- The Casper is 12” tall and features four unique foam layers.
- The cover is soft and thin and also doesn’t really affect the feel of the mattress too much overall.
- The first layer is 1.5” of a breathable, latex-like foam that adds some softness and pressure relief to the mattress.
- Next there are 1.5” of a high-density memory foam that contours well to the curves of the body.
- Then, there are 1.5” of a zoned transition foam that is firmer and more supportive in the middle of the mattress and softer underneath the shoulder area.
- Finally, there are 7” of a durable support foam that is pretty standard on the market.
Read the full Casper review
- The transition layer on the Casper is zoned, which means that it is firmer under the lumbar area and softer under the shoulders. This means the mattress will feel softer when people are on their side and more supportive when they are on their back and stomach.
- The GhostBed features very high-density foams in its construction, which means it should be able to support even heavier weights.
- The high-density foams and construction of the GhostBed make it a firmer and potentially more supportive mattress.
- Both mattresses have latex or latex-like materials in their construction, which gives them both a somewhat balanced foam feel where it is easy to move around on the mattress.
In terms of firmness, I said the GhostBed was a 7.5/10, and the Casper was a 6/10. I think that most people will agree that the GhostBed is firmer than the Casper.
However, in regard to the Casper, the mattress might feel firmer or softer depending on one’s preferred sleeping position. Its zoned construction makes it so the mattress feels firmer when people are on their back and stomach and softer when they are on their side.
Here is how it felt on the GhostBed:
- Back sleeping on the GhostBed, I feel nice support. I will note that lightweight and medium-weight back sleepers might not be heavy enough to really activate that top layer. They might think it is a bit too firm for back sleeping because the hips can’t sink into the mattress quite enough.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling some firmness on my shoulders and hips. The mattress is firmer than average so it might be too firm for side sleepers overall.
- When I lie on my stomach, the GhostBed feels fantastic. It is firm and supportive enough to keep my hips from bowing into the mattress, and I feel very well aligned stomach sleeping on the GhostBed.
Here is how it felt on the Casper:
- On the Casper, I feel even better sleeping on my back. Lightweight and medium-weight back sleepers should really like this mattress, because it allows the hips to sink in while still supporting the lumbar area.
- Side sleeping on the Casper, I feel nice pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. The Casper is softer than the GhostBed and the shoulder area is particularly soft.
- However, when I move to my stomach, the mattress is not quite firm enough. The zoned construction supports me a bit, but not as much as the GhostBed. Most stomach sleepers should prefer the GhostBed because of the greater firmness and additional support.
Both mattresses have a balanced foam feel that combines latex and memory foam qualities, but the feels are still slightly different. The GhostBed does not allow people to sink in too much so they sleep on top of the mattress. The Casper lets people sink in a bit more so they sleep deeper in the mattress.
See more of what I thought of the GhostBed’s firmness and feel by watching the video below.
Now, take a look at the firmness and feel of the Casper mattress in the video below.
Motion Transfer Differences
If people are looking for a couples mattress, it is worth considering how each mattress handles motion transfer. If someone’s partner moves around at night, will they wake them up or not?
When it comes to motion transfer, the Casper generally performed better than the GhostBed. Testing out both mattresses, I saw less disturbance on the Casper. Also, when Marten moved around on the other side of the mattress, I felt less of his movement on the Casper.
If someone sleeps with a partner, they should feel less of their movement on the Casper mattress. It isolates more motion so that people aren’t so disturbed at night.
See how the GhostBed handles motion transfer in the video below.
Now, compare this to the motion transfer of the Casper mattress in the video below.
Edge Support Differences
Also, if people want a couples mattress, they should definitely think about edge support, which is an indicator of how much of the mattress’s surface they can use. In addition, will people be able to sit or lie down near the edge of the mattress or will they feel like they are going to roll or fall off the mattress?
Being the firmer mattress, the GhostBed features better edge support, and I feel much more secure sitting and lying near the edge of the mattress.
People can see the edge support differences in the photos below.
Marten is a staff writer for us and has a much different body type than I do: He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lb; I am 5’9″ and 160 lb. Here is what he thought about these mattresses and how appropriate they are for heavier sleepers:
In terms of firmness, I said the Casper was a 7/10, and the GhostBed was close to an 8/10.
Back sleeping on the Casper, I feel very nice, because my hips sink in but not too far. The zoned construction is giving good support on the lumbar area. On my side, I am feeling some decent pressure relief on my shoulders and hips. Moving to my stomach, the mattress is a little bit too soft for me and probably isn’t supportive enough.
While I am well supported back sleeping on the GhostBed, I wish my hips could sink in a bit more. On my side, the mattress is way too firm for me. I am feeling some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips. Finally, when I am on my stomach, the GhostBed is a great match because of the firmness and extra support that it provides.
People my size who sleep on their back and side should lean toward the Casper., while larger stomach sleepers should prefer the GhostBed.
While Marten is larger than I am, he does agree that the GhostBed is better for stomach sleeping and the Casper is better for side sleeping. Even though Marten is bigger, he thought the Casper was better for back sleeping. Back sleepers who are even bigger than Marten (in the 240 lb + range) will most likely prefer the GhostBed.
Who Should Pick GhostBed:
- Stomach sleepers- If people sleep primarily on your stomach, the GhostBed should be a great choice, because it is the firmer, more supportive mattress. When someone lies on their stomach, they should feel proper support on their hips. Because of this, they shouldn’t be bowing into the mattress.
- Heavier back sleepers- If someone is a larger person and sleeps on their back, the GhostBed should be the way to go. Again, the GhostBed is more supportive so it should be able to support even heavier weights.
- Those who prefer a firmer mattress- If someone likes the feeling of a firm mattress, the GhostBed should work for them, because it is noticeably firmer than the Casper.
- People who like to sleep on top of the mattress- When compared to the Casper, the GhostBed does not let people sink in as far. If someone likes the feeling of sleeping on top of the mattress, this is the better choice.
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Who Should Pick Casper:
- Side sleepers- The Casper is the softer of these two mattresses and also features better pressure relief. If someone sleeps on their side, they should feel less pressure on their shoulders and hips.
- Combination sleepers. The zoned construction makes this mattress a great choice for combination sleepers. The mattress is supportive when people are on their back and comfortable when they are on their side. This makes it a good option if people change positions throughout the night.
- Those who prefer a softer mattress- If someone simply prefers a softer mattress, the Casper is the way to go. It is definitely softer than the GhostBed and people of many sizes should agree.
- People who like to sink into the mattress- While the Casper does have a balanced foam feel, the mattress allows people to sink in somewhat. They don’t sink in very far but, compared with the GhostBed, people will be sleeping more in the mattress.
If people consider the information above, it should be easy to choose between the GhostBed and Casper mattresses because the differences are pretty big. Stomach sleepers who like sleeping on top of their mattress should prefer the GhostBed, while side sleepers who want to sink into the mattress a bit should like the Casper.
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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