Casper v. GhostBed – Our 2019 Mattress Comparison

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Quick Summary – Casper vs. GhostBed

Casper has been in business since 2014. The brand’s flagship mattress, the Casper, features polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers, along with a high-density polyfoam base layer. The mattress is considered ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, or a 5.5 on the 1-10 firmness scale.

GhostBed was founded in 2015. Its flagship bed, the GhostBed, has comfort layers of synthetic Dunlop latex and gel memory foam, as well as a high-density polyfoam base layer. The GhostBed is ‘Medium Firm,’ or 6.

Please note: Both Casper and Amerisleep offer other mattresses in addition to the models listed above:

  • Casper offers the Casper Essential, a memory foam mattress, and the Casper Wave, a memory foam and latex mattress.
  • GhostBed sells the GhostBed Luxe, a mixed-foam mattress featuring a top layer of phase-change material.

This page will exclusively compare the flagship Casper and GhostBed mattresses. For more information about other beds from these brands, please visit our Casper Mattress Reviews and GhostBed Mattress Reviews pages.

The Casper and GhostBed share similar firmness settings and both have below-average price-points, but these mattresses also differ in several key ways. This guide will compare the unique pros and cons of each mattress, as well as the individual policies and overall reputations of both brands.

Casper mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer mattresses that provide ‘Medium’ firmness and close body conforming
  • People who experience frequent aches and pains in their neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips
  • Couples

 

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GhostBed mattresses are great for…

  • Sleepers who prefer firmer mattresses that provide moderate conforming
  • People who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Couples

 

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Casper vs. GhostBed: Mattress Details & Ratings

MODEL Description
Casper
Foam
Medium
Moderate
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 5.5
  • 100 nights
  • 10 Year, Limited
  • online, in-store
  • 71 lbs
  • Foam
  • $995.00/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Fair

Owners report that Casper models perform fairly well after long-term use, but the company has only been in business for three years and it may be too early to accurate gauge the lifespan of these mattresses.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

The Casper mattress absorbs and minimizes motion to a significant extent, according to owners.

Conforming
Good

The Casper offers comfortable conforming and targeted pressure relief.

Sex
Fair

Our testing indicates that The Casper isn't particularly responsive or bouncy given it's construction so is just ok for sex which is on par with most mixed foam mattresses.

Temperature Neutrality
Good

Casper mattresses absorb minimal body heat and sleep fairly cool compared to other memory foam mattresses.

Off-gassing
Fair

Some Casper owners report moderate off-gassing when the mattress is new.

Edge Support
Fair

The Casper offers minimal edge support and sinkage aorund the perimeter is likely over time.

Noise
Excellent

Casper mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight.

Ghostbed
Foam
Medium Firm
Inexpensive
Good for Back Pain
Back
Full mattress details

Mattress Specs

  • 6
  • 101 nights
  • 20 Year
  • online
  • 89lbs
  • Latex
  • $795.00/Queen
  • Free

Sleep Rating

Durability
Good

Average to above-average longevity is expected from the Ghostbed, but the company has been in business for less than three years and long-term performance has not been evaluated.

Motion Isolation
Very Good

The Ghostbed isolates motion to some extent, but not as much as the average foam-latex mattress.

Conforming
Very Good

Ghostbed owners claim the mattress conforms somewhat closely and alleviates a fair amount of aches and pains/

Sex
Good

The Ghostbed is not particularly bouncy or springy, and the bed may not be responsive enough for some couples.

Temperature Neutrality
Good

The top latex layer somewhat tempers the Ghostbed’s memory foam, but some customers claim the mattress still sleeps relatively hot.

Off-gassing
Very Good

The Ghostbed emits little to no odor, which is rare for mattresses with memory foam,

Edge Support
Good

The Ghostbed offers better edge support than many other memory foam and latex models, but the bed is still susceptible to sinkage in places where people sit.

Noise
Excellent

The Ghostbed is virtually silent when bearing weight.

Sizes and Pricing

First let’s compare price-points between Casper and GhostBed. The table below lists current prices for both mattresses in each available size.

Size Casper GhostBed
Twin $595 $445
Twin XL $645 $620
Full $895 $770
Queen $995 $795
King $1,195 $975
California King $1,195 $995

Mattress Construction

Next we’ll look at how the Casper and GhostBed are made. The table below includes firmness, thickness, weight, and composition specs for both beds.

Specification Casper GhostBed
Firmness 5.5 (Medium) 6 (Medium Firm)
Thickness 9 1/2″ 11″
Weight (Queen) 71 lbs. 89 lbs.
Support Core Components 5″ 1.8 PCF HD Polyfoam 7 1/2″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
Comfort Layer Components 1 1/2″ Polyfoam
1 1/2″ 4 PCF Memory Foam
1 1/2″ 2 PCF Polyfoam
1 1/2″ Synthetic Dunlop Latex
2″ 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam
Cover Composition Polyester Viscose/Polyester Blend

How is the Casper built?

The Casper is constructed with a three-tiered comfort system that includes top and bottom polyfoam layers, along with a middle layer of memory foam. These layers provide close body conforming that can improve spinal alignment and alleviate aches and pains throughout the body. The Casper is also highly supportive thanks to a high-density polyfoam base layer that reinforces the mattress and helps maintain an even sleep surface.

The Casper is 9 1/2″ thick, giving it a profile that is slightly shorter than average. It weighs 71 pounds, which is light even by all-foam mattress standards. This makes the Casper relatively easy to lift and rotate as recommended for most owners.

How is the GhostBed built?

The GhostBed features comfort layers of synthetic Dunlop latex and gel memory foam. These components create a ‘Medium Firm’ feel that offers some conforming, but not as much as the Casper. The latex layer helps the mattress maintain temperature neutrality, allowing the bed to sleep cool for most – but because latex is heavier than foam, the GhostBed weighs more than the average mixed-foam bed: 89 pounds in a Queen size.

The GhostBed’s 11″ profile includes 7 1/2″ of high-density polyfoam in the support core, which gives the mattress above-average support.

Sleep Position Ratings

SLEEP POSITION LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Casper
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
Ghostbed
Side
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Side
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Side
GOOD
Back
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Back
GOOD
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Back
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Back
GOOD
Stomach
LIGHT WEIGHT
Less than 130 LBS
Stomach
FAIR
AVERAGE WEIGHT
130 LBS - 230 LBS
Stomach
VERY GOOD
HEAVY WEIGHT
Greater than 230 LBS
Stomach
GOOD

Casper Sleeper Ratings

Because the Casper is ‘Medium’ (5.5) in terms of firmness, it is optimal for sleepers who weigh between 130 and 230 pounds. The mattress may also provide good conforming and pressure relief for those weighing less than 130 pounds. And because the Casper isolates motion transfer very well and produces no noise, it is a great choice for couples who experience sleep disruptions due to movement and/or noise.

GhostBed Sleeper Ratings

The GhostBed’s ‘Medium Firm’ (6) feel makes it optimal for sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds; those who are lighter than average may find the bed feels too firm and does not conform enough. The mattress also sleeps cool, which can be beneficial for those who find all-foam beds too hot. It isolates motion effectively and makes no noise, as well.

Sleep Trials, Warranty, and Delivery

Casper

Sleep trial 100 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 10 years, nonprorated
Where do they ship? Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

Casper offers a 100-night sleep trial for the Casper mattress.

  1. This sleep trial does not require a break-in period; customers can return their mattress for a full refund at any point during the 100-night trial period.
  2. Casper will coordinate free mattress pickup for customers who request returns.
  3. A full refund is issued to customers who purchase their mattress directly from Casper, but those who buy their bed from Amazon.com or other third-party retailers may need to pay additional charges.
  4. Exchanges are available with this trial. Exchanging for a different mattress size or color will nullify the remaining trial period, but exchanging for a different Casper model will result in a new 100-night trial.

Warranty

Casper offers a 10-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is entirely nonprorated.
  2. The warranty will be voided if a firm, supportive foundation is not used with the mattress.
  3. Casper covers all shipping and transportation charges associated with defective mattress repairs and replacements.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring 1″ or deeper.
    • Physical flaws that cause mattress materials to split or crack.
    • Cover zipper defects.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring less than 1″ deep.
    • Burns, cuts, tears, stains, and other forms of physical damage resulting from misuse.
    • Repair or replacement requests that occur due to changes in the owner’s comfort preferences.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase the mattress from Casper or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire the mattress from the original owner or non-authorized sellers will not qualify for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for Casper mattresses is as follows:

  1. Casper customers usually receive their mattress within two to seven business days after their order has been placed.
  2. In addition to standard UPS delivery, which is free of charge, Casper customers may select White Glove delivery – which includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal upon request – for a flat fee of $149.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: Anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
Delivery Fee: Standard delivery is free; White Glove delivery is $149.

Old Mattress Removal

Old mattress removal is included with White Glove delivery upon request at no additional charge beyond the flat $149 charge. However, old mattress removal is not offered with standard deliveries.

GhostBed

Sleep trial 101 nights
Refund Full
Warranty 20 years, partially prorated
Where do they ship? All 50 states
Trial period, warranty, and delivery details

Trial Period and Guarantee

GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial for the GhostBed mattress.

  1. This sleep trial includes a mandatory 30-night break-in period. Customers may not return their mattress for a full refund until at least 30 nights have elapsed.
  2. The sleep trial begins on the day the mattress ships.
  3. This sleep trial is only available to customers who buy their mattress directly from GhostBed; those who buy their mattress on Amazon.com will be eligible for that site’s standard 30-night trial.
  4. GhostBed allots one mattress return per household.

Warranty

GhostBed offers a 20-year nonprorated warranty:

  1. This warranty is partially prorated. During the first 10 years, GhostBed will repair or replace defective mattresses at no extra cost to the owner. Beginning in year 11, customers pay a prorated fee for mattress replacements that increases 5% for each successive year of ownership.
  2. This warranty includes the mattress cover for the span of one year.
  3. Mattress owners are responsible for all shipping charges associated with mattress repairs or replacements.
  4. The warranty will cover the following defects:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface measuring one inch (1″) or deeper.
    • Physical flaws in the mattress that cause materials to split or crack despite proper use and handling.
  5. The warranty will not cover the following:
    • Sagging or indentations in the sleep surface that measure less than one inch (1″) deep.
    • Normal increases in mattress material softness that do not compromise its pressure-relieving abilities.
    • Damage that occurs due to lack of proper foundational support.
  6. This warranty is non-transferable. It is exclusively available to original owners who purchase their mattress from GhostBed or an authorized retailer. Those who buy or acquire their mattress from the original owner or a non-authorized retailer will not be eligible for warranty coverage.

Delivery Policy

The delivery policy for GhostBed mattresses is as follows:

  1. Most customers receive their GhostBed within three to five business days of placing their order.
  2. All deliveries are coordinated through FedEx. Customers receive a FedEx tracking number after their order has been completed.
  3. Changes cannot be made to the order once it has been processed; customers who cancel orders after it has been finalized must pay a 15% restocking fee.

How Is the Mattress Shipped?: Compressed, vacuum-sealed, and shipped in a box.
Where Do They Ship?: All 50 states, but no U.S. territories or international addresses.
Delivery Fee: Shipping in the contiguous U.S. is free of charge; customers in Alaska and Hawaii pay a flat delivery fee of $600.

Old Mattress Removal

GhostBed does not offer old mattress removal.

Our Recommendations

Choose the Casper if...
  • You weigh 230 pounds or less
  • You want a ‘Medium’ feel with close body conforming
  • You prefer lower-profile mattresses
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to noise or movement
The Casper may not be suitable if...
  • You want a firmer mattress that offers minimal conforming
  • You weigh more than 230 pounds
Choose the GhostBed if...
  • You weigh at least 130 pounds
  • You want a ‘Medium Firm’ feel with moderate conforming
  • You prefer higher-profile mattresses
  • You and/or your sleep partner awaken easily due to movement or noise
The GhostBed may not be suitable if...
  • You want a softer mattress that conforms closely
  • You weigh less than 130 pounds

Additional Information

Choosing the right mattress for you can be a difficult decision. Tuck.com strives to help mattress shoppers evaluate different models and decide which product best meets their needs and preferences. To learn more about how we compare products, please visit our Mattress Methodology page.