Saatva and Ghostbed are two very popular mattresses that are available online-only. While they have a similar business model, the mattresses themselves are actually quite different. I’ll go over those main differences here in an effort to help people make a better decision on which one to buy.
- Similar business model / value proposition
- They both have a bouncy/resilient feel that a lot of sleepers will really enjoy
- Both have great customer service, trial periods, and return policies
- Both are very breathable and don’t sleep hot
- They both use durable materials and should be good long-term investments
- Saatva is 11.5 or 14.5 inches thick, while Ghostbed is 11 inches thick
- Saatva is an innerspring mattress with a euro-style pillow top, while Ghostbed is a latex over memory foam mattress with a polyfoam support layer
- Ghostbed sells a Queen for $745 (after $50 coupon) with free shipping; Saatva sells a Queen for $999 (no coupons) and consumers pay for shipping
- Saatva has firmness level options, while Ghostbed has just one
- Ghostbed has financing options, while Saatva does not
Main Construction Differences
Saatva uses a coil-on-coil design, while the Ghostbed is all foam. It’s hard to describe, but this creates a difference in feel between the mattresses. If someone is used to innerspring mattresses, they will be more accustomed to the feel that Saatva provides. With the Ghostbed people will feel like they sink into the mattress more, even though I think the firmness level is almost the same as the Saatva.
Saatva does feature zoned construction in three different areas. This means people get more support in the center third of the mattress where the heaviest parts of their body are. This enhances overall support and durability. Because of the zoned construction, I would give a slight edge in support to Saatva.
People can see the general feel of the two mattresses from the videos below. They are both pretty bouncy and have roughly the same firmness, with Saatva perhaps being slightly firmer.
Who Might Want To Pick Saatva:
- People Who Are Used To Traditional Innerspring Mattresses– The majority of Americans still have innerspring mattresses. If someone likes that feel, then they will probably be comfortable with the Saatva.
- Back/Stomach Sleepers– Saatva is a very supportive mattress that is slightly firmer than average. It has a zoned construction that gives people extra support where they need it the most.
Who Might Want To Pick Ghostbed:
- Those Who Like Foam Mattresses– Ghostbed has a distinct foam feel compared to Saatva. Sleepers get nice pressure relief and sink into the mattress a little bit.
- People Who Want To Save Money– If someone is having real trouble deciding, the Ghostbed will save them a few hundred dollars when they consider the cost of shipping in addition to the difference in listed prices.
Which Should People Get?
It’s hard to say which one people should get, as they are both great options. To me, I think it simply comes down to whether people like the innerspring or foam feel more.
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.