GhostBed Luxe Mattress Review

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GhostBed calls its Luxe mattress the "coolest bed in the world," with several features meant to keep you cool. Is the GhostBed Luxe right for you?

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Note: Although the GhostBed is a relatively new entrant in the online mattress market, the company behind, it, Nature's Sleep, has been in business for more than 15 years, and was one of the first companies to sell mattresses compressed and rolled into a box instead of fully expanded. This review is for the GhostBed Luxe, an all-foam mattress with several cooling properties. We also have covered the company's first mattress in our original GhostBed review.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full GhostBed Luxe mattress video review above.

Synopsis

Key Facts – GhostBed Luxe Mattress

Mattress Type

Gel Memory Foam over Foam

Price (Queen)

$1,475

Delivery

Free delivery to door

Return Policy

101-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

20 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

13 inches

Weight (Queen)

122 pounds

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a GhostBed Luxe Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Have a history or are concerned about sleeping hot
  • Really like that slow-melting memory foam feel
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Like deeper cushioning

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier stomach or side sleeper
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your mattress
  • Have issues that can make movement difficult
  • Aren't a "hot sleeper"

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4 Just to the firmer side of Medium
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
4 Slightly shallower than average
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
5 Medium recovery, no bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 9 7 6

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 6 6

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 7 Above average for a foam mattress
Edge Support 8 Very good among foam mattresses
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 5 Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 Good compatibility
Overall Value 10 Exceptional value

GhostBed Luxe 

Overview: GhostBed Luxe Mattress

Last Updated: September 2018

The GhostBed bills itself as the "coolest mattress in the world" with several features designed to help keep you cool. It's a 13" tall mattress made of seven layers of foam and memory foam.

All-foam beds, particularly those with memory foam like the GhostBed Luxe, have a fairly poor reputation when it comes to temperature. Consumers often complain about feeling hot on memory foam beds, and it's a common enough complaint that it's one of the most-asked questions we get on GoodBed.com. If you have a history of overheating in bed, or if you struggle with certain issues like hot flashes, then heat regulation is important to you. We don't tend to recommend foam beds in general for those who "sleep hot," which leaves those who enjoy the feel of memory foam out of luck. The GhostBed Luxe certainly has that slow-melting memory foam feel, but it includes some features to combat the overheating issue.

Most notably, the GhostBed Luxe includes phase-change treatments and fibers on the top layer of foam, and also as part of the mattress's cover. Phase-change materials are supposed to feel cool to the touch. We have seen them included in other beds, but on the GhostBed Luxe, the effect was very pronounced in our evaluation. We likened the sensation to bringing a mattress in from the garage in winter: It really does feel cool to the touch, and effect we could feel through sheets and even through our tester's jeans. As we laid on the bed, it didn't continue to feel cold, but it also didn't get hot.

If you have a known issue with overheating, or are concerned about this issue, then we do think the GhostBed Luxe is worth a serious look provided it's other attributes fit your needs.

Other than the cooling aspects, the GhostBed Luxe performed well in our tests for motion isolation--important for those who are easily disturbed by a partner's movements--and for back support in all sleeping positions, especially for those of average weight (around 200 pounds) or lighter. We were also impressed by the quality of the materials and the foam densities used in the bed, which are a step above the foams used in many other online mattresses.

Among our concerns: A very slow responding memory foam is used in the GhostBed Luxe, and that can affect ease of repositioning, making it just a little more difficult to change sleeping positions (though we did not find this a major problem). Edge support was okay, but not the very best; this could be important if you spending a lot of time sleeping or sitting right on the very edge of your mattress. We also wondered whether individuals that are quite a bit heavier than our tester (over 250 lbs.), especially those who are stomach and side sleepers, might sink through the softer layers of foam and experience some less than ideal spinal alignment.

But overall, the big story in our tests were the heat-regulation properties of the GhostBed Luxe, and how they really did seem to be effective. Price-wise, the GhostBed Luxe costs more than some competing all-foam and memory foam beds available online, but the cooling features do make it stand out.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can always visit the company's website for more on the GhostBed mattress.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Gel Memory Foam over Foam

Made In:  United States

Mattress Thickness:  13”

Mattress Weight:  122 pounds (queen size)

 

Layers

The GhostBed Luxe mattress is a 13″ thick mattress comprised of 7 layers, though some of the stated layers are not very thick:

The first three layers of mattress are actually part of the top cover, all quilted together:

  • Top fabric with woven-in phase-change material
  • 1/2" polyester batting
  • 1" memory foam
The next four layers lie under the cover:
  • 1/16" sheet of phase-change material, fused to the top of:
  • 2" gel-infused memory foam, 4-lb. density
  • 2" polyurethane "bounce foam," 4-lb. density
  • 7.5" polyurethane foam support layer, 2.2-lb. density

The GhostBed Luxe mattress is a quite tall--13"--and has a lot of layers, so let's go through those. The top three layers of the bed are all part of the cover, quilted together. You have the fabric cover itself, which is woven with phase-change fibers, and the cover really did feel cool to the touch. It almost felt as if we'd just taken the mattress in from the garage in winter; it had a coolness that was part of the mattress itself. Quilted into the cover is about a 1/2" of polyester batter, a lightweight and airy material that the company says is intended to promote air flow. Then you also have an inch of memory foam also quilted into the cover, and it's a very slow responding memory foam.

Under the quilted cover layers is a 2" layer of gel-infused memory foam with a top coating of a layer of additional phase-change material. This was also very effective in our view. It not only felt very cool to the touch, but our tester could even feel that coolness through his heavy jeans. And the memory foam it's fused to includes flecks of gel; gel is a known conductor of heat.

After that, the remaining layers of the GhostBed Luxe mattress are more standard. There's a 2" layer of polyurethane foam the company calls "bounce foam" although we found this mattress to have hardly any bounce at all. This foam felt to us a bit like a synthetic latex. And lastly, a 7.5" block of polyurethane support foam in a 2.2-lb. density. It's worth noting that this is a heavy mattress; the queen size weighs close to 125 pounds.

 GhostBed Luxe Mattess Foam Layers

Cover

GhostBed Luxe Mattress Cover

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the GhostBed Luxe mattress as a Medium Soft mattress, mainly because if its thick and squishy cover with quilted memory foam.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
6 Medium Soft

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. This is definitely more of the latter. Our lying on top of the GhostBed Luxe, felt cushioning was deeper than average.

If you like feeling hugged or cradled by your mattress, we think you’ll like the GhostBed Luxe bed.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
6 A bit deeper than average

 GhostBed Luxe Mattress Cushioning

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The GhostBed Luxe has memory foam quilted into the top, as well as a higher-density 2" layer underneath, and both are very slow responding, meaning they take a good long while for the mattress to come fully back to shape after being depressed. So if you like that very slow melting-into-the-bed feeling, the GhostBed Luxe has it.

We also tested bounce, and like most foam mattresses, this is not a bouncy bed despite the company calling one of the layers "bounce foam."

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
3 Very slow recovery, no bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the GhostBed Luxe offered very good back support in all sleeping positions, especially for those of average weight. For stomach and slide sleepers that are significantly heavier (250+ lbs.) we did wonder if this mattress might be too soft, allowing hips to sink in too much and introducing the possibility for back pain down the road.

 

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the GhostBed Luxe mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 8 7
Heavier >250 lb 9 7 6

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he noted that his hips sank just deeply enough to create a perfectly neutral spine, while he felt the GhostBed Luxe mattress did a nice job reaching up to support his lumbar curve. We feel that sleepers of a wide weight range would have a similar experience, and we did not have concerns that heavier sleepers might not be supported enough.

Side Sleepers:

For our 200-lb. tester, side sleeping was good. His hips and shoulders sank into the mattress to create very good spinal alignment. We felt that those around the same weight and lighter would have a similar experience on the GhostBed Luxe, but we questioned whether significantly heavier individuals might sink though the softer top layers of the mattress and bottom out on the much firmer support foam below.

Stomach Sleepers:

Stomach sleeping on soft mattresses, in our experience, can sometimes be a problem; stomach sleepers need fairly firm support under their hips to prevent an over-arching back in this position. But in the case of the GhostBed Luxe, our tester was very pleasantly surprised to find himself well supported in this position, despite so much soft foam in the top layers. Again, we did question whether those heavier than our tester might experience too much sinking in the hip area, creating less than ideal spinal alignment. For heavier people that sleep occasionally on their stomachs, it might be just fine, but if you predominantly sleep in this position, you might explore some beds that aren't quite so soft.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the GhostBed Luxe mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 9 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 8 8
Heavier >250 lb 6 6

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the GhostBed Luxe mattress to be good, owing to its memory foam up top. Our tester didn’t experience any specific issues, and he didn’t feel that he ‘bottomed out’ or pushed through the mattress’s comfort layers and into the firmer support foam layers. However, we do wonder about heavier or curvier people, whose hips and shoulders could possibly sink through those top layers to the harder support layer of polyurethane foam. And those who are very light might find this medium-firm bed too firm.

 GhostBed Luxe Mattress Side Sleeping

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the GhostBed Luxe, we tested motion isolation by dropping our 16 lb. bowling ball on the bed, as well as  whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

In both cases, that bowling pin hardly moved, so we think the GhostBed Luxe would be a good choice for couples who don’t want to feel their partner shifting or getting in and out of bed.

Motion Isolation Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, and in fact, for those with a known issue of sleeping hot, we do not typically recommend memory foam mattresses as a first choice. But the GhostBed Luxe has many features intended to combat overheating, and in our view, these really did work.

The phase-change fibers in the cover, as well as the thick coating of phase-change material on the top 2" layer of gel memory foam were very noticeably cool to the touch. It was almost as if you'd just taken the cover out of the fridge, or brought the mattress in from a cold garage in winter. If you really like a memory foam bed, but are concerned about feeling hot, we do feel the GhostBed Luxe does a strong job combating this issue.

Stays 'Cool' Rating 9 /10 Excellent for a foam bed

GhostBed Luxe Cooling Features 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. Our tester feel like he was starting to 'melt off the edge of the mattress, particularly as his body warmed the memory foam. If edge support is a priority for you, there are better choices than the GhostBed Luxe.

Edge Support Rating 5 /10 Not a strength

GhostBed Luxe Mattress Edge Support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

Memory foam, with its "sinking in" sensation can often make moving around on a mattress feel a little more difficult, and that is the case with the GhostBed Luxe. If you don't have any physical issues that make movement difficult, then we don't think this will be a significant issue for most. But if you have movement or mobility issues, firmer or non memory-foam bed may be a better choice.

Repositioning Rating 7 /10 Average for memory foam

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the GhostBed Luxe, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials. However all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. GhostBed has a page on its environmental policies.

Green Rating 5 /10 Does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We tested the GhostBed Luxe mattress on our adjustable base and found that it was just fine. The mattress conformed very well right out of the box, and didn't do anything weird (no bulging or bunching) that was bothersome. GhostBed sells its own adjustable base that can be used, but isn't required.

Adjustable Base Compatibility 8 /10 Very compatible

 GhostBed Luxe on Adjustable Base

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers. 

Size Dimensions Mattress Std. Foundation / Adj. Base GoodBed Discount
Twin 38" x 75" x 13" $995 $195 / NA $50 off
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 13"  $1,175 $210 / $699 $50 off
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 13" $1,350 $225 / NA $50 off
Queen 60" x 80" x 13" $1,475 $250 / $899 $50 off
King 76" x 80" x 13" $1,785 $295 / $1,398 $50 off
California King 72" x 84" x 13" $1,825 $295 / NA $50 off

 

What You’re Getting

The GhostBed Luxe is a 13-inch mattress made of memory foam and polyurethane foam, with specific and in our view, effective, features to combat overheating.  Foam densities are what we would call higher than much of the competition, and at 13" this is one of the taller bed-in-a-box mattresses; most around around 10" or 11" thick.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the GhostBed Luxe mattress, the foams used are above average, and in our experience, higher density foams are less likely to compress, become misshapen or crack. We saw no red flags with regard to how long we think this mattress will last.

 

Overall Value

Pricing for the queen size GhostBed Luxe is $1,475, a price that’s higher when compared to many other online foam and memory foam beds. However, very few competing foam beds can claim similar features to combat sleeping hot, so it does stand out from the competition. If you like the feel of memory foam but have concerns about overheating, we do think that the GhostBed Luxe is a good value. If you aren't concerned about getting too hot, then other beds, or even GhostBed's own original mattress, are better from a value standpoint.

Value Rating 7 /10 Good value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

GhostBed includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. The GhostBed comes in a big box; the queen size mattress weighs 122 pounds, so carrying it to your bedroom is a two-person job.

 

Returns

  • 101-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period

GhostBed offers buyers a 101-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress included. The company requires you to keep the mattress at least 30 days before initiating a return. Note that while you can buy a GhostBed mattress through Amazon, Amazon's standard 30-day return window applies. Only purchases made through GhostBed are eligible for the 101 trial period. See: Details on GhostBed returns

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 20 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. GhostBed has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1”. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection. See: GhostBed warranty

 GhostBed Luxe Mattress Unboxing

Summary: Is the GhostBed Luxe Mattress Right for You?

The GhostBed Luxe mattress is made with high quality materials and has some unique cooling features. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation

BEST if you:

  • Have a history or are concerned about sleeping hot
  • Really like that slow-melting memory foam feel
  • Need excellent motion isolation
  • Like deeper cushioning

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a heavier stomach or side sleeper
  • Tend to sleep on the edge of your mattress
  • Have issues that can make movement difficult
  • Aren't a "hot sleeper"

 

Is the GhostBed Luxe mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range. 

Looking for more on the GhostBed Luxe mattress? Visit GhostBed.com.

 

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