Since its founding in 2015, online mattress brand GhostBed has been on a mission to bring “supernatural comfort” to sleepers across the United States. But how exactly does it achieve this other-worldy aim? With an arsenal of excellent sleep products led by two powerhouse mattresses: The GhostBed and GhostBed Luxe.
While I’ve taken a look at both of these beds in the past, today I’m going to be pitting them against one another to see which of these ghoulish models reigns supreme. Could it be the gentle yet buoyant all-foam GhostBed? Or will its temperature-regulating cooler sister emerge triumphant? Read on to find out!
Don’t have time to get tangled up in this haunted free-for-all? Skip to my review summary for some general recs on how to decide between these beds!
GhostBed vs GhostBed Luxe: Similarities and Differences
Before we dive into all the product specs of the GhostBed and GhostBed Luxe, let’s talk about some of their key similarities and differences. I’ll also share which sleepers I think each model is best for.
- Both the GhostBed and GhostBed Luxe are designed with cooling in mind. The former stays cool thanks to a breathable, perforated layer of latex combined with a section of gel-infused memory foam. The latter also features gel memory foam, but amps up the cooling with a special phase change material in the cover. The Luxe is actually marketed as the “coolest bed in the world.”
- The GhostBed and the GhostBed Luxe are all-foam beds that use layers of foam to achieve a nice balance of support and pressure relief.
- They both have memory foam in their comfort layers, which offers some nice sinkage and contouring.
- They are both bed-in-a-box mattresses, which means they’ll ship compressed in a box.
- The GhostBed Luxe is more expensive than the Original GhostBed.
- The GhostBed is a firmer mattress than the Luxe, which doesn’t come as a surprise since the Luxe was designed to be less firm than the Original.
- The Original is more responsive and bouncier than the Luxe. The Original has a latex layer above its memory foam layer, and latex is known for its bouncy and bouyant nature.
- The Luxe performed much better on our motion transfer test, meaning less movement travels from one side of the bed to the other.
Which is Better for You?
Depending on your height, body weight, and preferred sleeping position, one of these mattresses is likely to work better than the other for you. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
- I like the GhostBed Luxe better for side sleepers, since it has a softer feel with a bit more sinkage, which side sleepers need to keep their hips in line with their shoulders.
- I think the Original GhostBed is the better option for combination sleepers. Its top layer of latex provides a more “on top” of the bed feel that combo sleepers need to easily switch positions throughout the night.
- I think both of these mattresses are good options for back sleepers, since they provide a nice mix of support and pressure relief at the lumbar region while on your back.
- I think the Luxe is a better option for couples, since it has better motion isolation, meaning you’re less likely to be distubed by a restless partner.
- I recommend the Luxe as a better option for heavier sleepers. It has similar support to the Original, but has added comfort layers, which can offer larger sleepers some added pressure relief.
- I don’t think either of these mattresses are the best choice for stomach sleepers. If that’s you, I’d recommend checking out our best mattress for stomach sleepers roundup.
What Do These Mattresses Feel Like?
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of each of these GhostBed models, let’s get into the real good stuff — namely how these bad boys feel. To help you get a clearer sense of how you’ll likely experience each mattress, I’m going to examine their individual firmnesses, sinkage amounts and motion transfer rates. By combining all of these characteristics together, we should manage to paint a solid picture of each bed.
First up, let’s chat about firmness. Since everyone feels firmness differently, I brought in three other folks to help me try out each of these GhostBed mattresses. Below is the graph showing our combined average firmness ratings for each of the two mattresses.
While feel is, of course, a super personal thing, I’m going to do my best to break down all the aspects that contribute to these mattresses’ fully unique vibes.
My testers gave the GhostBed an average firmness rating of 7, which is just a bit firmer than the industry standard for medium firmness of 6.5.
I found the GhostBed’s combination of memory foam and latex to create a nice balance between pressure relief and support. While you’ll probably experience some sinkage through the top foam layers, you’re not likely to feel stuck in the mattress and should find it easy to move around. In this vein, I found a lot of comfort across positions, which tells me this could be a great pick for combo sleepers.
As far as edge support is concerned, I experienced some pretty deep compression through the top foam layers as I scooted closer to the side. This is to be expected from an all-foam mattress like this, but is something to note for those who need to feel uniformly strong support across the entire surface area.
Finally, my Sleepopolis motion transfer test found that the GhostBed has pretty high motion transfer. This means you’re likely to feel movement from one side of the bed on the other. If you’re easily disturbed by your partner tossing and turning at night, the GhostBed Original might not be the right mattress for you.
In answer to my hypothesis that the GhostBed Luxe would have a plusher feel, my testers gave it an average rating of around 6.5 on the firmness scale. This means the Luxe is a true medium-firm mattress.
While you do get a bit of bounce from the transition layer of proprietary bounce foam, the inclusion of memory foam in both the cover and comfort layer really affects the overall feel, resulting in some deep contouring. That being said, I’d recommend the Luxe for side sleepers as they tend to prefer softer beds that cushion pressure points at their shoulders and hips.
Though this softness should translate to some pretty weak edge support, I was surprised at how well the Luxe held up when I stretched out close to the side. True, there was the same kind of compression I noticed in the GhostBed, but overall, I felt more supported.
And finally, let’s wrap up this section with a little motion transfer, which refers to the amount of disturbance you’re likely to experience from one side of the bed to the other. My tests revealed that the GhostBed Luxe has much better motion isolation than the GhostBed. This mostly has to do with the fact that it has more memory foam than the Original, which helps to absorb and dampen motion over the entire surface area. For this reason, I’d suggest that couples go for the Luxe over the GhostBed as it’s going to be better at containing disturbance.
Price is always an important factor to consider when purchasing a new mattress. Below you’ll find the pricing comparison chart for the GhostBeds. As the name suggests, the GhostBed Luxe is more expensive than the Original, though you can visit our GhostBed coupon page for a nice discount on both of these mattresses.
Prices listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
Size GhostBed GhostBed Luxe Twin $495 $995 Twin XL $650 $1,175 Full $845 $1,350 Queen $895 $1,475 King $1,075 $1,785 Cali King $1,095 $1,825
What Are These Mattresses Made Of?
Though these memory foam mattresses are pretty similar, let’s take a gander at all the features that make these GhostBeds such distinct mattresses. Some key things to keep an eye on: the order and thickness of their foam layers as well as their different cooling properties.
I’m going to walk you through a brief synopsis of each bed’s specific construction below.
Cover – The cover is made up of a combo of viscose and polyester, which creates a stretchy material that won’t bunch up as you move around in bed. It’s also quite a thin fabric, so will encourage some nice airflow throughout the bed.
Comfort Layer – Comprised of 1.5” of latex foam, the comfort layer of this mattress has a quick response to pressure. This bounce should help to keep you positioned on top of the bed and will likely prevent you from feeling stuck in the mattress. And since this section is built with latex, it also benefits from the material’s natural cooling properties.
Compression Layer – Up next, you’ll find 2” of gel memory foam, which functions as a sort of compression layer in the mattress for deep body contouring and pressure relief. While memory foam has a reputation for overheating, the combination of the gel-infusion with its placement below the naturally cool latex helps to combat this.
Base Layer – The foundation of the mattress consists of 7.5” of high-density poly foam, working mainly to provide support to the mattress as well as some durability.
Cover – The cover of the Luxe is made from the brand’s proprietary Ghost Ice Fabric, which is the same viscose/polyester blend of the original GhostBed, but also incorporates a special phase change material to provide temperature regulation and cooling. It’s smooth and, noticeably, cool to the touch. I should note that the cover is also quilted with cooling fibers and an inch of gel memory foam, which provides the sleeper with some immediate comfort and relief.
Phase Change Material – There’s an additional layer of phase change material called the Ghost Ice Layer. It’s directly beneath the quilted cover that further helps with this temperature regulation. It stretches out over the entire surface area of the top foam section below.
Comfort Layer – This first foam section is comprised of 2” of Ghost Memory Foam, a soft material that allows the sleeper to sink in for deep contouring and pressure relief.
Transition Layer – Next up is the Ghost Bounce Layer, which is placed after the memory foam and functions mostly to transition the sleeper into the firmer section below. While the placement may not seem like a big deal, ordering the layers this way helps to extend the contouring of the memory foam top layer deeper into the bed, creating a plusher vibe.
Base Layer – The support layer of the mattress is built with 7.5” of high-density poly foam and provides support to the layers above it as well as deep compression support to the sleeper. This layer also gives the Luxe its shape and durability.
After taking a closer look at all these different feel and material components, the impression I’m left with is that the Luxe is essentially a more luxe-urious version of the GhostBed (a trend I also noticed in both my Purple and Tuft & Needle comparisons). It’s got more memory foam, a silky smooth cover and enough contouring to leave even the tensest of sleepers feeling like they’re dreaming on a cloud.
It’s also got better motion transfer and edge support results, which could be important for those of you planning to share your bed with a partner. For all these beefed up modifications, there is a bit of a price difference to grapple with here as the Luxe is more expensive than the Original.
All this being said, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Luxe is going to be the perfect bed for everyone. A lot of people will likely prefer the “simpler” construction of the original GhostBed as well as its bounce and firmer support.
GhostBed Best Features
- With its pleasant, balanced foam feel and responsiveness, the Original GhostBed is super well-suited for combo sleepers, or those who doze in multiple positions throughout the night.
- It could also make an awesome pick for anyone on a budget, and even made it on our best mattress under $1,000 roundup.
- The Original GhostBed is great for back sleepers, since it offers a nice mix of pressure relief and firm support.
GhostBed Luxe Best Features
- As I mentioned above, both GhostBed models sleep cool, but the phase change cover of the Luxe gives it a slight edge in this category. Not only does it sleep cool, but it’s literally cool to the touch, a nice feature that could be a big selling point for the right sleeper.
- And while both beds are fairly gentle, the Luxe certainly has more of a plush vibe, making it an excellent choice for side sleepers or those in need of even deeper cushiony relief.
- The Luxe is great for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet, since it isolates motion very well.
- Trial Period – 101-night sleep trial
- Shipping – Free shipping
- Mattress Warranty – 20-year warranty
GhostBed Luxe Policies
- Trial Period – 101-night sleep trial
- Shipping – Free shipping
- Mattress Warranty – 25-year warranty
Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
We like to give each mattress brand we review a customer service rating. We personally interact with their online or over-the-phone customer service. Each brand can receive one of four ratings: Stellar, Great, Satisfactory, or Poor.
GhostBed Sleepopolis Customer Service Rating
Stellar: I was able to immediately chat with a human on the GhostBed site and they answered my question promptly.
More From GhostBed
- The GhostBed Flex is a hybrid mattress, so it combines gentle foams with sturdy coils for a bouncy yet pressure-relieving structure.
- In general, I’d recommend the Flex for combo sleepers who like to switch between their back and side while they snooze.
- Like the Luxe, the Flex also did well on my motion transfer test, so could be a nice choice for couples!
- Read more at my full GhostBed Flex mattress review.
GhostBed 3D Matrix
- Like the Flex, the GhostBed Matrix is also a hybrid mattress. However, it’s got more of a medium-firm feel that could be great for combo sleepers.
- The Matrix is also incredibly bouncy, so might be a better option for those in search of fantastic mobility.
- And like the Luxe, the Matrix sleeps super cool thanks to its cooling cover and gel memory foam comfort layer.
- See more at my full GhostBed Matrix mattress review.
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