Ghost Bed is yet another one of the latest direct-to-consumer, mattresses-in-a-box to hit the market. I was particularly skeptical about this one at first, and almost didn’t want to review it, for one simple reason: it looked like a blatant knock-off of Casper. However, I came to realize that the Ghost Bed was noteworthy for several reasons:
- Ghost Bed is thicker and heavier than Casper
- Ghost Bed is less expensive than Casper
- Ghost Bed is made by Nature’s Sleep, which has been around for 15 years
I decided that I cannot get morally outraged about a knockoff if it’s a better product in every way. So, I had them send me one for review.
Here I will look at how the Ghost Bed is constructed, how it feels, the warranty and return policy, and the obvious comparisons to the current market leader Casper.
The Ghost Bed is an 11 inch memory foam and latex mattress. The top 1.5 inches is latex, followed by 2 inches of 4 pound density gel memory foam (which is stronger than average), and 7.5 inches of high-resiliency poly foam.
This is a fairly typical construction for these direct-to-consumer mattresses. The latex on the top layer will be more temperature-neutral than memory foam (meaning it won’t get as hot while you sleep) and it provides a little “bounce” in the top layer so you don’t feel like you get “stuck” in the mattress, which is a common complaint with memory foam mattresses.
The memory foam underneath is designed to contour to your body and relieve pressure. Though, the memory foam is fairly firm, so you won’t sink very far into it.
How it feels
The more important thing is how the mattress feels. The mattress is pretty soft on the very top layer, but gets much firmer below that. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being concrete and a 1 being a marshmallow, this is about a 6.5. It doesn’t transfer much motion from side to side because of the memory foam layer.
The Ghost Bed should be good for:
- People who like a medium-firm mattress. If you’ve tried mattresses that were called “luxury firm” or something similar, you may like this one
- Back sleepers. The soft part is only in the top 1.5 inches, and that’s all you really need a mattress to contour to if you’re on your back.
- Light to medium weight stomach sleepers. If you are very heavy and a stomach sleeper, this might end up being too soft. But if you’re average to skinny, and sleep on your stomach, this is fine
- Side sleepers without broad shoulders or wide hips. If you have really broad shoulders or wide hips, this might not contour enough to your body to keep you in alignment. Otherwise, it’s fine for most side sleepers.
Warranty and return policy
The Ghost Bed comes with a 10 year full warranty plus a 10 year prorated warranty. What that means is for the first 10 years, if it sags an inch from the surface or has any other structural defects, you get a new mattress for free. In years 11-20, you don’t get much back, but it’s a little added bonus if something goes wrong and you still have the mattress after so long. To protect the warranty, I recommend getting a mattress protector, because stains will void the warranty.
It also comes with a 101 night return policy. The return policy is the main reason I am alright with the idea of buying a mattress online without trying it first. There’s no charge to return the mattress. The only restriction is that you have to keep it for 30 days to get used to the mattress and allow the foams to “break in.” (The mattress tends to be firmer at first). Ghost Bed will arrange for the pick up of the mattress, so you don’t have to worry about putting it back into a box or anything.
The Ghost Bed is one of the lower-priced direct-to-consumer mattresses currently on the market. Most end up being around $800 for the queen mattress. The Ghost Bed retails for $750 (but my readers get $50 off when you click on my link, automatically applied at checkout). Unlike most of these mattresses, the Ghost Bed has the option of coming with its own boxspring for $200. (More on that below). Instead of a boxspring, you can also get a platform bed or adjustable foundation.
The Ghost Bed can come with its own matching foundation, but beware: it does not come assembled, and building the boxspring is not a pleasant experience. The queen comes in 7 pieces with 40 screws and a cover. I would not recommend attempting to build this boxspring unless you have an electric screwdriver and a friend willing to help you. It took me about 90 minutes to assemble alone.
The good news is it’s pretty sturdy. I know it uses real wood based on the pine tar that was all over my hands as I was trying to build it. This isn’t Ikea pressboard.
If you’re handy with an electric screwdriver and like building things, putting this together won’t be an issue. If you’re not handy and don’t have any friends that are, I’d recommend getting a platform bed. Some are easier to assemble and many places offer a furniture assembly service as part of their delivery.
Ghost Bed vs Casper
Many of you may be familiar with Casper, who does more advertising than perhaps the rest of the companies in this space combined. They’re the ones that paved the way for all of these new direct-to-consumer mattresses. Well, the Ghost Bed took that model and looked to emulate what Casper did very closely. Just look at the similarities:
- Both have 3 layers, consisting of latex over memory foam over HR poly foam
- They both look very similar, with the white top and grey sides.
- Similar overall feel, though the Ghost Bed is slightly softer
- The names. Casper the friendly Ghost, anyone?
The top layer in both mattresses is 1.5 inches of latex. Under that, both use 4 pound density memory foam, but the Ghost uses 2 inches of gel memory foam while the Casper only uses 1.5 inches of regular memory foam. Below that, both use poly foam (the Casper adds in a layer of what they call “transition foam,” which appears to just be a softer poly foam. The Ghost Bed has the extra memory foam instead). Overall, the Ghost bed is an inch thicker.
The Ghost Bed is up to $100 cheaper depending on size compared to the Casper. ($5 cheaper in a twin, $100 cheaper in a queen).
Both have a 10 year full replacement warranty, but the Ghost Bed additionally has a 10 year prorated warranty at the end of it (in years 11-20). So if your Casper is sagging in year 11, you’re out of luck, while you’d get at least something back from Ghost Bed
Time in business
Casper has been around for almost 2 years now, and while the Ghost Bed was released more recently, the company that makes it, Natures Sleep, is an established brand that has been around for 15 years. They’re not just a one-product company and are likely to stay around for a while.
I hesitated to put this one here, because it’s so silly, but the return policy is 101 days for Ghost Bed vs 100 days for Casper. Sure, that 1 day won’t make a difference, but I think it’s funny. It’s a way to literally “one-up” Casper.
Ghost Bed is a shameless ripoff of Casper, yet they do everything better than Casper, so I can see no reason to buy a Casper over Ghost Bed.
In conclusion, the Ghost Bed is a pretty decent, if unoriginal, mattress. If you were considering buying a Casper, you should really buy this one instead. There’s no reason not to. I still like a couple of the other direct-to-consumer mattresses better than this one, but those are all more expensive than the Ghost Bed. At the $700 price range, I don’t know of any others that beat this one.
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