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 you make a better decision on which one to buy.
- Similar business model / value proposition
- They both have a bouncy/resilient feel
- Both have great customer service, trial periods, and return policies
- Both are very breathable and don’t sleep hot
- They both use durable materials
- Saatva is 11.5 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 you 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 you are used to innerspring mattresses, you will be more accustomed to the feel that Saatva provides. With the Ghostbed you feel like you 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 you get more support in the center third of the mattress where the heaviest parts of your body are. This enhances overall support and durability. Because of the zoned construction, I would give a slight edge in support to Saatva.
You 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.
You Might Want To Pick Saatva If:
- You Are Used To Traditional Innerspring Mattresses– The majority of Americans still have innerspring mattresses. If you like that feel, then you will probably be comfortable with the Saatva.
- You Are A Back/Stomach Sleeper– Saatva is a very supportive mattress that is slightly firmer than average. It has a zoned construction that gives you extra support where you need it the most.
You Might Want To Pick Ghostbed If:
- You Like Foam Mattresses– Ghostbed has a distinct foam feel compared to Saatva. You get nice pressure relief and sink into the mattress a little bit.
- You Want To Save Money– If you’re having real trouble deciding, the Ghostbed will save you a few hundred dollars when you consider the cost of shipping in addition to the difference in listed prices.
Which Should You Get?
It’s hard to say which you should get, as they are both great options. To me, I think it simply comes down to whether you 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.
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