While the Ghostbed and the Casper mattress may sound like two variations of the same product, the reality is far less similar.
The longstanding and fan-favorite Casper mattress is often compared to the Ghostbed due to the advertised cooling system—and of course, the lower price. However, the Casper is no slob on its own—and the varied foam promises to provide a cradled night’s sleep.
If you’re stuck choosing between a Ghostbed vs Casper, read on—because we’ll be highlighting the key differences, outstanding features, and trying to uncover which mattress is right for you.
$445 - $955
The Ghostbed is great for back and stomach sleepers, those who tend to sleep hotter, and heavier sleepers.
$595 - $1,195
The Casper is great for side sleepers, those looking for more of a plush feel, and those that aren’t worried about the heat associated with a foam mattress.
We’ll be going in-depth over these features and more in the sections below.
Firmness and Support
The Ghostbed takes after its predecessors by aiming for a blend of various foams and promises to keep sleepers supported and happy.
From what we can see, the Ghostbed ranks a little on the firmer side in comparison to the Casper mattress. You can expect a slightly firmer bed in the first week especially—as memory foam and the materials used in the Ghostbed mean that some breaking in will be required before you settle into your new normal.
The Casper mattress is also a little on the firmer side, but not as much as the Ghostbed. Support is built into the bed quite well—and the result is a more comfortable cradle overall.
We have to give both beds points for avoiding the dreaded “sunken-in” feeling that can come with an all-foam bed, but the design features and extra support makes the Casper a better overall mattress in this category. So long as you’re of average weight, the Casper can do you no wrong.
Foam beds will always win over spring and coil beds when it comes to the battle of motion transfer, but when looking specifically at the Ghostbed vs Casper mattress, the results are mixed and even a little bit surprising.
As a softer mattress, the Casper will transfer ever-so-slightly more motion across the bed. However, it would be unfair not also to state that the difference is rather negligible, and depending on where on the bed your motion test is conducted? Your results will vary.
The Ghostbed offers a build that’s more focused on latex and gel than varied support throughout the mattress—so weight transfer is virtually nonexistent. However, when you compare heavier weights and their motion transfer across both beds, that edge gets muddled somewhat.
Ultimately, both beds are going to give you a good level of motion transfer. We’ll give this one to the Ghostbed—but not by much.
Construction and Materials
Here’s where you’re going to start seeing some major differences between the Ghostbed and the Casper mattress—and that’s due to the focus on one priority over the other.
The Casper prioritizes side sleepers and, the build quality shows this. The Casper uses what’s called Zoned Support to keep your hips and legs on a higher-density foam than your shoulders. The net result is a bed that—if orientated correctly—will be better equipped to cradle you than most others.
The other layers of foam include memory foam and a base layer and will compare easily to most other beds on the market today.
The Ghostbed may be built from similar foams but is ultimately all about that top layer.
Throughout its 11” height, the Ghostbed is made from a high-density base, gel memory foam, and what their website calls a continuous aerated latex foam.
The design is reminiscent of a Purple mattress—and marries the design of the Hyper-Elastic Polymer of a Purple with the support of a traditional foam mattress. The result is a cooler build, softer touch on lighter weights, and better bounce.
All that being said? It’s too close to call when it comes to the mattress with better construction. Both beds are made phenomenally well for the price and focus too much on different goals to be compared. We’re calling this one a tie.
Off-Gassing and Smell
Both beds perform admirably in the smell department, and it’s difficult to go wrong with either if you’re worried about a horrid odor in the first few nights of use.
As a rule, however, we recommend giving any bed—Ghostbed, Casper, or otherwise—a couple of nights before ruling a bed as too odorous to use. Foam mattresses take some time to settle into their new environments and will require extra patience from users.
Specifically, on the subject of the Ghostbed, their website refers to its specific smell as “similar to a new pack of tennis balls or a new car.” Due to the popularity of new car smell fragrances, we’d be willing to bet that stench won’t bother everyone.
The Casper website includes a writeup on their own smell—blaming the mild odor on the method of packaging and shipping they’ve been forced to use. We found that this odor, too, goes away rather quickly.
Either bed is a solid choice, but for anyone particularly sensitive, you may be stuck in the guest bedroom for a few days after delivery.
The Ghostbed is a cheaper overall mattress than the Casper—but the difference isn’t large enough to warrant a purchase based on price alone. When you compare both to the average price of mattresses like it, both fall solidly in the middle of the bell curve.
- Average Price of A Queen-sized Casper Mattress: $995
- Average Price of A Queen-sized Ghostbed Mattress: $795
- Average Queen-sized Mattress Price (Foam): $860
Who Should Buy A GhostBed?
Despite being newer and lesser-known than the Casper and beds like the Purple or the Tempur-Pedic, the Ghostbed offers just as much for a substantial price.
Back and stomach sleepers will appreciate the firm quality of a Ghostbed and enjoy more natural transitions between sleeping positions thanks to the latex-based top layer of foam. Those on the heavier side will also find this firmer mattress to be beneficial to them.
The Ghostbed is also perfect for those who find themselves sweating constantly in the night or living in warmer climates. The aerated top layer will keep cool air moving around you throughout the night and help offset that warming sensation that comes with a foam mattress.
However, if you’re a side sleeper or need that extra bit of focused support, it may be worth the price jump to try out a Casper instead. If you’re not sure, take on the 101-day trial period and 20-year warranty that the Ghostbed offers and see for yourself if the bed is worth the price. To get more information on Ghostbed, check out our review.
Who Should Buy A Casper?
The Casper mattress is a tried-and-true contender for the foam mattress market, so if the slight price jump doesn’t scare you, it’s definitely worth your consideration.
Side sleepers will appreciate the build quality and the focus on varied foams to give you a better night’s sleep. If you like a little bit of a plush feel without feeling eaten alive by your mattress, the Casper’s a great choice for that too.
The Casper comes with a 100-day trial and offers a ten-year limited warranty, so be sure to take them up on their offer to see if the Casper mattress is right for you.
However, if side and back sleeping is more of your thing and you tend to sleep warmer in the night, you may want to consider other options before locking yourself down. If you'd like more info on Casper, check out our review.
There’s no clear winner—but we hope that this comparison has helped you narrow down your choices somewhat and directed you towards the best bed you can get. To see our complete list, check out our Top 10 Mattresses page.