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Before we discuss each company and their respective mattresses in detail, let’s first quickly outline how the flagship beds from both brands (the Original GhostBed and Saatva Classic) differ so you have a better idea of how the two compare.
- Design – The Saatva mattress is a thick innerspring bed. The GhostBed mattress is an all-foam bed-in-a-box.
- Firmness Options – The GhostBed mattress comes in just one firmness profile (medium). The Saatva mattress is available in three different firmness options (Plush Soft, Luxury Firm and Firm).
- Feel – Although both mattresses incorporate some of the same materials, they feel somewhat different. GhostBed has an accommodating neutral-foam feel, while Saatva has more of a traditional pillow top feel.
- Body Types – Both mattresses will work just fine for small and medium sized individuals. For heavy or large people, the Saatva mattress is more ideal since it utilizes two layers of coils for support.
- Price – The GhostBed mattress is the more affordable option between the two.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s discuss each mattress in more detail so you can figure out which one better suits your sleep style.
GhostBed Design Overview
The GhostBed mattress is made up of three different foam layers that total 11″ thick. Here is a quick summary of each layer.
- 7.5″ High-Density Foam – the foundation for the mattress.
- 2″ Gel Memory Foam – serves as a transitional layer in the bed.
- 1.5″ Aerated Latex Foam – the comfort layer for the mattress.
From a very general viewpoint, the design of the mattress seems fairly basic, however, there are still two things we’d like to point out. First, the latex used in the bed is not natural or organic. Rather it’s a synthetic latex material. If you’re an eco-conscious consumer, you might want to check out our list of the best natural and organic mattresses.
Next, we’d just like to add that it’s fairly unusual to see a bed use both memory foam and latex foam in its construction. We’ve only tested a handful of mattresses that follow this type of design. We actually think it’s a nice combination. You somewhat get the best of both worlds. The memory foam provides deep pressure relief, while the latex foam provides a responsive, supportive sleeping surface.
Feel & Firmness Analysis
As you might expect given its design, the GhostBed mattress has a mixed foam feel. It doesn’t feel like a true memory foam bed, nor it does it feel like a pure play latex foam mattress. Instead, the feel of the mattress falls somewhere between the two. The bed is soft and pressure relieving, yet it’s also responsive. We like to describe this as a neutral-foam feel.
For the record, we view beds that have a neutral-foam feel as a safe pick. It just seems like most consumers find this type of feel comfortable and accommodating.
The firmness profile of the GhostBed mattress is also quite accommodating. It’s not too soft or too firm. We think it lands somewhere near the middle of the firmness scale.
It’s important to note that firmness is subjective. It’s largely based on your height, weight and body type. For example, a heavy set person would likely think the bed lands closer to medium-soft, while a lightweight person may think it lands closer to medium-firm.
Accommodating For All Types Of Sleepers
The company designed the GhostBed mattress to please a wide variety of sleepers. The bed offers a nice balance between pressure relief and support.
In other words, it doesn’t really matter whether you spend the majority of the night sleeping on your side, back or stomach. It’s comfortable in all sleeping positions.
GhostBed Is More Affordable
GhostBed falls into the mainstream mattress category, while Saatva is positioned more in the luxury segment of the market. Accordingly, the GhostBed mattress is cheaper than the Saatva mattress. For comparison purposes, the MSRP for a queen size GhostBed is around $1,000, while the same size Saatva mattress goes for around $1,575.
However, the price discrepancy is usually even greater than the difference mentioned above. That’s because GhostBed tends to be more aggressive with sales and promotions. In most cases, you can expect to receive $100-$200 off the GhostBed mattress. Be sure to check the green box on your screen for current pricing and promotions.
Saatva doesn’t offer discounts as frequently as GhostBed, however, they will offer $50-$200 off their beds during special holiday periods. If both of these mattresses land outside your price range, be sure to check out our guide of the best budget mattresses.
GhostBed Luxe Overview
As we mentioned earlier in this review, GhostBed offers other mattress models as well. One of those models is the GhostBed Luxe mattress. In simple terms, this is the company’s premium all-foam mattress. Compared to the Original GhostBed mattress, the Luxe is firmer (medium-firm on firmness scale) and has more of a memory foam feel to it.
What really sets the Luxe apart from the Original GhostBed mattress, though, is the fact that it’s designed for hot sleepers. The mattress contains cooling fibers to help regulate temperature. These fibers actually make the bed cool-to-the-touch. To wrap things up, we’d recommend looking into the GhostBed Luxe if you (1) sleep warm; or (2) prefer firm beds in general.
GhostBed Flex vs Saatva Summary
The GhostBed Flex is the company’s flagship hybrid mattress. From a design perspective, it’s much closer to Saatva than the Original GhostBed. As such, we thought it would be fitting to include a section dedicated to explaining how the Flex differs from the Saatva mattress.
- Price – Comparing MSRPs, the Saatva mattress is actually more affordable than the GhostBed Flex by a couple hundred dollars.
- Firmness – The Flex is like the Original GhostBed in that it rates out near the middle on the firmness scale. As you already know, the Saatva mattress comes in multiple firmness options.
- Feel – The Flex has a neutral-foam feel, while Saatva has more of pillow top feel to it.
Other than the differences described above, the GhostBed Flex and Saatva mattresses are similar in that both use coils for their support foundations and accommodate all types of sleepers.
Inside The Saatva Mattress
Saatva is a high-quality, durable mattress that totals 11.5″ thick. The bed combines dual layers of coils with memory foam and a quilted euro pillow top.
Besides the quality of its overall design, there are two specific elements we’d like to point out. First, Saatva is one of the few beds on the market that incorporate two separate layers of coils. The gives the bed a strong foundation and provides sleepers of all sizes the support they need. Next, we should mention that the euro pillow top is wrapped by an organic cotton cover. This gives the mattress a natural, healthy sleeping surface that looks and smells nice.
What The Saatva Mattress Feels Like
The thick euro pillow top unsurprisingly gives the Saatva mattress a comfortable pillow top feel overall. It serves as a nice complement to the strong, supportive foundation of the mattress.
All in all, we think most people will find the bed quite comfortable. Beds with soft pillow tops tend to be quite popular among consumers, especially those who grew up sleeping on innerspring mattresses.
Three Firmness Options
One of the nice aspects about beds like Saatva that are available in multiple firmness options is that the majority of consumers will be able to select a model that specifically matches their sleep habits. In Saatva’s case, you can choose from three different firmness options – Plush Soft, Relaxed Firm and Firm. Here is where we think all three models land along the firmness scale.
Now as far as which Saatva bed is best for you, that really depends on your primary sleeping position. We recommend the Plush Soft Saatva mattress for side sleepers, the Luxury Firm Saatva model for back and stomach sleepers and the Firm Saatva bed for people who either prefer extra firm mattresses or need additional lumbar support.
More Ideal For Heavy People
Compared to the Original GhostBed mattress, there’s no question the Saatva mattress is better suited to support heavy people. The bed contains a 13-gauge steel innerspring unit in addition to individually wrapped 14.5-gauge coils.
For those of you who are new to The Slumber Yard, coils provide more support than dense foam foundations and since heavy people exert more force onto mattresses than small and medium sized individuals, hybrid beds tend to be the more optimal choice for large body types. To be fair, we think the GhostBed Flex will work for heavy people as well since the bed contains pocketed coils.
Verdict: GhostBed vs Saatva Comparison
We hope this comparison has been helpful thus far. If you’re still undecided as to which mattress to purchase, let’s quick review the main decision points.
Budget – If price is one of the primary factors in your decision, the Original GhostBed mattress is the more affordable option before and after discounts. You’ll likely save around $300-$400 by going with GhostBed (based on queen size).
Feel Preference – The decision here ultimately boils down to what you personally like more. If you tend to favor beds with a traditional pillow top feel, then Saatva is the way to go. If you’re just looking for a comfortable, soft foam mattress, then GhostBed fits the bill.
Mattress Type – This again comes down to what you’re looking for. The Original GhostBed is a mass market bed-in-a-box that follows a fairly simple three layer foam design. The Saatva mattress falls in the premium or luxury segment of the market. The bed has a thick, durable design that includes multiple layers of coils for support.
Options – With Saatva, you have your pick between three different models ranging from medium to firm. The GhostBed mattress comes in just one firmness profile (medium).
Weight – If you’re a larger individual (~250 pounds or more), we’d reccommend going with either the Saatva or GhostBed Flex since these beds utilize coils for their support frameworks.
That wraps up this comparison. Thanks for choosing The Slumber Yard. You can check out our other mattress comparisons here.