GhostBed Luxe Mattress Review
Is it really the coolest mattress on Earth? Find out in this GhostBed Luxe review!
Last Updated: August 11, 2020
The GhostBed Luxe is the next step-up from the company’s Original model. It’s a thick, all-foam mattress that incorporates special cooling materials. In this review, we discuss everything you need to know about this bed, including feel, firmness and appropriate sleeping positions so you can figure out whether it’s the right mattress for you.
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Buying The GhostBed Luxe Mattress
If you’re buying your next mattress online, you should know what kind of policies are standard for the industry. Here are the basics: free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial period, and a 10-year warranty.
When you purchase GhostBed Luxe, you get that standard free shipping and free returns. You also get a 101-night trial period and a 25-year warranty.
GhostBed Luxe will be shipped to your home rolled up in a box. We always advise that you unpack the mattress as soon as you can—it’s just better for the materials. When you get your bed out of the packaging, you’ll want to give it some time to take shape. It can actually take up to 72 hours to fully decompress, but it usually only takes about a day. This is completely normal given that GhostBed Luxe has a good deal of memory foam.
A lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses have an odd smell to them when they’re first unpacked. This is called “off-gassing” and it’s the release of the odors that were trapped inside the vacuum-sealed plastic. They aren’t harmful, but it can be quite unpleasant. Don’t worry, though, it should dissipate within a couple days.
As for the 25-year warranty, that’s above and beyond what is typical for most foam online mattresses. Usually you will see something in the 7-10 year range, so GhostBed Luxe is in the upper quartile in terms of warranty length. You can read the full warranty on GhostBed.com.
GhostBed Luxe Price And Coupon Code
I think we all know that mattresses can be expensive, which makes sense since a bed is a long-term purchase that you’re going to use quite literally every night. That being said, budgets are still a reality and most folks aren’t looking to break the bank on a bed. Relative to the rest of the online mattress shopping industry, the GhostBed Luxe price point is slightly above average. You can see a breakdown of pricing in the table below.
Our Slumber Yard team is committed to not only helping you choose the right bed, but helping you get the best price, as well. If we’ve found any promotions or secured a coupon code for GhostBed Luxe, it will be in the green discount box on your screen. You can also check current promotions on GhostBed.com.
What Is GhostBed Luxe Mattress Made Of?
GhostBed Luxe has three layers of foam, plus a cooling cover, which all adds up to make a 13” thick mattress. The typical online bed, for comparison purposes, is only about 10″ thick.
Moving from bottom to top, GhostBed Luxe starts with a 7.5″ core of high density support foam. This is the thickest layer of material in the bed. Next is what they call a “Ghost Bounce Layer,” which is really a proprietary foam that behaves something like a blend of latex and memory foam. This layer is 2″ thick.
Then we get a 2″ layer of gel memory foam. This layer allows for better airflow than standard memory foam and incorporates phase-change technology, as well, which works to dissipate heat. You can see the phase-change material on top; they call it the “Ghost Ice Layer.”
The cover on GhostBed Luxe has quite a bit going on. We’d actually consider it a layer in itself because it has 1” of gel memory foam quilted into it, plus ½” of cooling fiber incorporated under the fabric.
GhostBed Luxe’s Cooling Cover
As we just mentioned, GhostBed pulls some fancy tricks with their Luxe cover. They call the material “Ghost Ice Fabric” to really push the idea that it’s cool to the touch. It’s a proprietary material (meaning it’s specific to the company) that uses a Japanese technique to weave cooling technology into the yarn. This is a major reason that GhostBed Luxe made our list of the best cooling mattresses.
When it comes to cleaning, GhostBed Luxe is just like the majority of beds in that it doesn’t have a machine washable cover. That’s fine, though. If you do need to do some cleaning up, just spot clean with some warm water and a bit of mild detergent.
Part of mattress care is doing what you can to ensure that your bed has a good long life. For some mattresses, that means flipping and rotating it once in a while. In GhostBed Luxe’s case, no flipping is necessary because it has a top-to-bottom construction. You should rotate it every 3-6 months, though, to ensure even wear.
What GhostBed Luxe Feels Like
As you might expect given the top comfort layers of the bed, the GhostBed Luxe has a memory foam feel. As you lay down, you can sort of feel the comfort layers start to conform to the shape of your body. With that said, the memory foam sensation is still not quite as distinct as say Nectar or Layla. Nevertheless, we found the bed to be quite comfortable.
In regards to firmness, we think the GhostBed Luxe lands somewhere in the medium range on the scale. In other words, the bed is not strikingly firm or remarkably soft.
However, true to memory foam stereotypes, GhostBed Luxe softens when pressure and heat are applied. As such, it will feel firmer from the start but will soften after just a few seconds of laying on the mattress. We’ve seen the same thing with plenty of memory foam beds. You can even see in the video below that it remembers its shape, but will compress to allow for pressure relief.
This is just a hallmark of memory foam. Some people like the “sink in” feeling, and others don’t. From our independent research, it seems like close to 90% of people are fine with memory foam, so we don’t imagine that this is an issue, as long as you know what to expect.
Suitable For All Types Of Sleepers
Given the GhostBed Luxe mattress tows the line between soft/comfort and firm/support, we think the bed is a good option for all types of sleepers. It doesn’t matter whether you spend the majority of the night on your side, back or stomach.
Folks who mostly sleep on their side will find the top memory foam comfort layers provide ample pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. Back and stomach sleepers, on the other hand, will still find the mattress provides the necessary support to keep their spine in proper alignment throughout the night.
Now since this is a memory foam bed, you will notice a little bit of resistance when switching between positions. This is normal with these types of mattresses. With that said, it’s really not a big deal. There’s actually not much of that “sink-in” feel compared to other memory foam mattresses we’ve tested. Our team found it quite easy and effortless to rotate between the three main sleeping positions. That means combination sleepers will be just fine on this mattress.
Is GhostBed Luxe Good For Heavier People?
Yes, GhostBed Luxe is a fine mattress for heavy folks because it’s a thicker bed made with durable materials. Normally, we’d say an all-foam bed such as GhostBed Luxe is not suitable for someone over 250 lb, but in this rare instance, we’d be okay with a heavier person trying out the bed.
It might not be our first pick for a someone that weighs 300 lb, but it certainly is more ideal than your standard 10″ foam bed. There are only a few foam beds that we approve(ish) for heavier folks—GhostBed Luxe is one of them.
What About Other Body Types?
GhostBed Luxe will work for all body types, though that does depend on firmness preference and it’s important to remember that the firmness of a mattress largely depends on your weight. In most cases, lightweight individuals will find that beds feel firmer than heavy set individuals. This is because smaller people exert less pressure on the bed, as as a result, tend to sleep more on top of the surface. We bring this point up just so you know what to expect from the Luxe relative to your size and weight.
GhostBed Luxe Is A Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
This is actually one of the few mattresses that we’d say sleeps fairly cool. Now, GhostBed claims the Luxe is the “coolest bed in the world,” but we’re not going quite so far as to endorse that claim. We do think it’s a cool sleeping bed and that folks who tend to sleep hot will appreciate the airflow and cooling technology that comes with this bed.
Edge Support And Motion Isolation
We do think this is a good mattress for couples. GhostBed Luxe has good motion isolation and great edge support, which are both important factors for those sharing a bed.
Couples want to think about motion isolation particularly if one partner is an active sleeper or one is a sensitive sleeper. Good motion isolation means the mattress does a good job of deadening cross-bed motion, so that one person won’t wake the other by tossing and turning or getting up in the middle of the night.
Edge support comes into play when couples share a smaller sized bed, like a full or a queen. Often, one partner ends up hugging the edge of the bed while the other sleeps happy spread out in the middle. Because GhostBed Luxe has great edge support, though, at least the outlier won’t feel like they’re rolling off the bed due to sloping mattress sides.
GhostBed Luxe Review: Verdict
There’s a lot to like about the GhostBed Luxe – it has a comfortable memory foam feel, it accommodates a variety of sleeping positions and it has a thicker, more robust design compared to most all-foam beds on the market. Really though, what makes the GhostBed Luxe unique is the fact that it’s one of the few cooling memory foam mattresses available on the internet. Bottom line, if want a memory foam bed, but you also happen to sleep on the warmer side, we’d strongly urge you to consider the GhostBed Luxe.
How GhostBed Luxe Compares
Original GhostBed — These two beds don’t have a lot in common, aside from the name and firmness profile. The original mattress is an 11″ all-foam bed with a layer of latex. Beyond that, it doesn’t have a huge emphasis on cooling properties the way the Luxe does. It also happens to be very affordable—often times, it’s on sale for under $900. It has a neutral feel and is about a true medium on the soft/firm scale. You can see our full GhostBed review here.
GhostBed Flex — In 2019, GhostBed came out with the Flex, which has the same core components and ethos as the Luxe, but uses coils rather than foam as the support structure. The bed is the same height (13″) and has a lot of the same cooling features. The only difference, practically speaking, will come as a result of the pocketed coils. Interestingly enough, the Flex is just a tad more affordable than the Luxe.
What Makes GhostBed Luxe Special?
This is basically the Cliff Notes section for the review. If you only have a few minutes, here’s what you should know about the Luxe.
Cooling Properties — The bed has several cooling layers, including a cover with a special fiber that’s cool to the touch. The Luxe will actively work to bring down your sleeping temperature. We aren’t completely convinced that it’s the coolest bed ever, but it’s one of them.
Construction — This is a 13″ foam bed. That, alone, makes it unique. Something like 50% of beds sold online are 10″ in height. As such, in the foam varietal, GhostBed Luxe is one of the more ideal products for heavier folks. That’s not to say that it’s better than a coil bed—it’s just better than a 10″ coil bed.
Firmness — At about a medium on the firmness scale, the Luxe strikes a healthy balance between pressure relief and support.
Warranty — This is presumably not the first review you’ve read. How many other beds have you seen with a 25-year warranty? It can’t be many.
Memory Foam Feel — If 90% of people are “fine with” or “love” memory foam, Nature’s Sleep is going to be just fine with the Luxe. It has a denser memory foam feel without the prototypical sink-in feeling, and we actually think that’s a good thing.
Edge Support — Among foam mattresses, GhostBed Luxe is one of the best for edge support. As such, it would make a nice option for couples that fight over sleeping space or anyone that just prefers to sleep along the perimeter.
Nature’s Sleep — They didn’t just pop up yesterday. Nature’s Sleep has been in the mattress industry for 15+ years.
Nature’s Sleep sent us this mattress so that we could review it. They don’t have any say in our review of their products, though. All of our opinions are entirely our own, every time.
GhostBed mattresses are manufactured by Nature’s Sleep in the USA.
Yes, GhostBed sells two other mattresses, an adjustable bed frame, mattress foundation, pillow, mattress protector, and sheets.
Yes. They use a company called Affirm, which is used by many other mattress companies.
The company sells about a dozen other mattresses as well as other bedding products. The company was founded by the family who started the Werner Ladder Company.
As of now, it is only available online through GhostBed’s website and Amazon. There really is no need to test it at a mattress store because inside the return window you can just ask for a refund. That’s the beauty of these online mattress brands.
The most obvious (somewhat) comparable bed is the GhostBed Flex. Aside from that, there are other cooling beds such as Brooklyn Bedding Aurora that might be of interest to you. If you look past the cooling features, however, there are some memory foam beds that have a similar dense feel. TempurPedic comes to mind first, but there are others as well.
Yes. GhostBed Luxe is a cooling gel memory foam mattress that features a cool-to-the-touch cover.
GhostBed Luxe mattress has an accommodating memory foam feel.
Yes. GhostBed Luxe has the CertiPUR-US certification.