GhostBed Luxe Review
GhostBed from Nature’s Sleep has garnered a reputable name in the online mattress industry and has three different beds in their lineup. As the name suggests, GhostBed Luxe is a top-tier level mattress, and while it’s more expensive than the original GhostBed, GhostBed Luxe offers several extra features including a special cooling cover and Ghost Ice layer, making it worth the money for many individuals. Especially if you tend to warm up during the middle of the night.
If you’re a memory foam lover looking for some relief from the heat between your sheets at night, continue on below for a full-length GhostBed Luxe review! Hint: The GhostBed Luxe made our list of the Best Memory Foam Mattresses.
GhostBed Luxe Mattress Video Review
If you’re more of an auditory learner or you just aren’t in the mood to read about mattresses, listen to Owen talk about our thoughts on the GhostBed Luxe Mattress!
GhostBed Luxe Mattress Construction
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.
- Bottom layer – The core of the GhostBed mattress is a 7.5″ layer of high density support foam
- Middle layer – This layer is a 2″ layer of proprietary foam that GhostBed calls the “Ghost Bounce Layer,” and it’s like a mix between memory foam and latex foam
- Top layer – a secondary middle layer is made up of 2″ of gel memory foam that includes a phase-change material called the “Ghost Ice Layer” which works to dissipate heat
- Cover – The cover isn’t technically a layer, but with 1″ of gel memory foam and 1/2″ of cooling fiber in the fabric we think it qualifies as a separate layer. 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.
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.
GhostBed Luxe Feel And Firmness
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.
What Does GhostBed Luxe Feel Like?
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.
Sleeper Type Analysis
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.
- Side Sleepers
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
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.
- Combo Sleepers
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.
Body Type Analysis
- Petite To Average individuals
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 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.
- Heavy individuals
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.
Considerations For Couples
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. Learn more about edge support at our blog.
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.
GhostBed Luxe Review Verdict
There’s a lot to like about this GhostBed Mattress – 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 you 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 We Test Mattresses
My Slumber Yard has been around since the beginning of the bed in a box craze. Our team has personally tested and reviewed over 175 mattresses so far, and we keep more than 150 beds in our office so we can compare them (and take afternoon naps).
When testing mattresses, we evaluate the following factors:
- Construction: We cut beds open to see what’s inside and how it’s made.
- Feel: We check if it has a stuck-in-the-mud memory foam feel, or if it’s more of a neutral foam or a plush pillow top, etc.
- Firmness: We have our own firmness scale and evaluate how that may vary depending on your body and sleeper type.
- Pressure relief: We test what’s the sweet spot for different body and sleeper types.
- Support: How that changes by body/sleeper type
- Edge Support: This is important for couples who share a bed. Would you roll out of the bed, or can you sleep confidently close to the edges?
- Motion Isolation: We use the water glass test to see how the bed fares with motion transfer. This is another important factor for couples who don’t want to wake up when they move.
- Temperature Regulation: We use a temperature gun to evaluate if the bed warms up, stays neutral or actively cools while you sleep.
- Noise: This could be an issue in beds with coils or innerspring.
- Off-Gassing: Some beds could have a smell for a few weeks after unpacking, and we try to warn you about it.
- Company policies: We also take into account policies such as shipping, returns, trial period and warranty.
- Value: We look at a bed’s price in the context of what it offers in terms of features and quality of materials and construction.
Other GhostBed Reviews
Other GhostBed Mattresses
- 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.
GhostBed Company Policies
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 and free returns
- a 100-night risk-free trial period
- a 10-year warranty
Just a note, 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.
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How Will My GhostBed Luxe Mattress Arrive?
Yes. It is a cooling gel memory foam mattress that features a cool-to-the-touch cover.
It has an accommodating memory foam feel.
The most obvious (somewhat) comparable bed is the GhostBed Flex. Aside from that, there are other cooling beds such as Brooklyn Bedding Aurora Luxe Cooling mattress 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.
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.
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.
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.