In this review I take a look at the newest offering from online mattress retailer GhostBed, the GhostBed Luxe. The Luxe is the company’s second mattress and has a design aimed at creating a cool sleep environment to defend against overheating. Want to learn more about the GhostBed Luxe? Read on for my full review!
GhostBed was started in 2015 as a division of industry veteran Nature’s Sleep. GhostBed CEO Mark Werner’s goal when starting the company was to make the mattress shopping experience better by eliminating the need to deal with salespeople in the showroom. In the beginning, GhostBed offered just one mattress but has since grown to offer a wider range of sleep products such as bases, foundations and pillows. The GhostBed Luxe is the newest offering from the online veteran and I’m excited to get a first look at it.
GhostBed markets the Luxe as “The Coolest Bed in the World,” and that effort starts in the materials used in the construction of the mattress. The Luxe has phase change material and gel memory foam, two materials known for their cooling and temperature regulation properties, in multiple locations in the mattress. Along with their cooling properties, the materials in the GhostBed Luxe should allow the sleeper to sink into the mattress for pressure relief.
Cover – The cover of the Luxe is a proprietary blend that uses phase change material to provide temperature regulation and cooling. It’s a smooth material and I found it to be cool to the touch when I first got my hands on the mattress.
I should also point out that the cover is quilted to provide some initial pressure relief and comfort. In the cover is a 0.5” fiber layer as well as a 1” layer of gel memory foam. Memory foam has a reputation for trapping body heat at times, but the gel infusion helps to defend against sleeping too hot.
Phase Change Material – There is a thin layer of phase change material just below the quilted cover that covers the entire surface area of the comfort layer beneath it. This layer will help with temperature regulation and cooling of the mattress.
Comfort Layer – This layer consists of 2 inches of gel memory foam. This layer will allow the sleeper to sink into mattress for pressure relief and contour to the body. Another advantage of the gel infusion of the memory foam is that it will help to dissipate body heat. This goes along with GhostBed’s aim of making the Luxe a cool sleeping environment.
Transition Layer – Below the comfort layer is 2 inches of GhostBed’s proprietary bounce foam. It is a soft layer of foam and while it allows the sleeper to sink into the mattress a bit more, it has a quick response to pressure to provide some bounce and defend against a stuck feeling. This layer also acts as a transition from the soft comfort layer above to the firm base below.
Base Layer – The base of the mattress is made of 7.5” of high density polyfoam. This is a firm material with a quick response to pressure that acts as the foundation for the structure. The base 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 provides some durability.
I start this test by pressing into the cover and the material it is noticeably cool when I first touch it. The quilted cover provides the initial feel of the mattress, allowing the sleeper to sink in a little bit for pressure relief. As I apply more pressure, and push through the quilting in the cover, I begin to interact with the memory foam comfort layer below. The combination of memory foam in the cover as well as the comfort layer beneath provide really strong contouring.
People of different body types and shapes will feel the firmness of a mattress differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Luxe, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect while lying on the mattress.
As you can see from the chart above our testers found the firmness of the Luxe to be between 5.5/10 and 6.5/10 on the firmness scale. A 6.5/10 is generally considered to be medium firmness, so these ratings put it on a hedge toward the softer side.
I personally found the GhostBed Luxe to be pretty plush and rated the mattress at a 5.5/10. The Luxe provided good support while I was lying on my back, but still allowed me to sink in for pressure relief thanks to the memory foam in both the cover and comfort layer of the mattress.
Instead of just describing the feel of the GhostBed Luxe, I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on the mattress. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
While lying on my back my weight was pretty evenly distributed and the pressure map shows blue for low pressure across my entire body. I could feel myself sink into the Luxe a bit as the quilted cover and comfort layer both contain memory foam, this provided a feeling of contour to the body. As I rolled around and changed positions I could feel a slow response to pressure from the memory foam, but was still able to adjust pretty easily.
Once I rolled onto my side I pushed into the mattress a bit more due to a higher weight concentration over a smaller surface area, but found that the Luxe allowed me to sink in for pressure relief. Side sleepers often have issues with pressure points forming at the shoulders and hips but, as you can see in the image above, the Luxe did an excellent job of providing relief so that there was low pressure across my entire body in this position. This is one of the best pressure map results I have seen for the side position while doing reviews.
Finally, I rolled onto my stomach and once again my weight was evenly distributed. The pressure map again shows low pressure across my entire body including my chest, which allowed me to breathe easily in this position. One note about lying on my stomach on the Luxe is that I did feel my hips sink in a bit as I found the mattress to be on the softer side. Many stomach sleepers prefer firmer mattresses as they keep the hips up and the back aligned.
If you plan on sharing your bed with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The initial drop is from 4 inches and simulates someone changing position on the other side of the bed. As you can see from the graphic above the Luxe did a good job of isolating this low level of motion, with little detectable disturbance across the mattress.
The next drops are from 8 and 12 inches respectively and simulate someone getting into our out of bed. The disturbance felt for both drops is a bit bigger than the 4 inch drop, as should be expected. In my experience running this test on other mattresses, this is about an average result for foam mattresses.
Many people buying a mattress will want to know if they will feel like they are on top of the bed or sinking into it. In order to get a better idea of how someone might sink into the GhostBed Luxe, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share your mattress with a partner, and need to use the entire surface area, then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. At times foam mattresses can struggle to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the side of the GhostBed Luxe.
Near the side of the mattress I felt good support on the GhostBed Luxe. In the image above you can see the soft top layers of the mattress contouring to my body, while still giving strong support to keep my back aligned properly.
I was able to change positions near the edge of the luxe without worrying about rolling out of bed. There was some compression through the top layers of the mattress when I hung off the side a bit, but that is to be expected from softer foam layers such as these.
When I sat up on the side of the mattress it increased the weight concentration on a specific portion of the edge. There was some compression through the soft comfort layers, but the side support held up very well in my opinion.
- Sleep Trial: There is a 101 night sleep trial for the GhostBed Luxe.
- Warranty: GhostBed offers a 25 year warranty on the Luxe.
- Shipping: Shipping is free and it will arrive compressed in a box.
Size and Pricing Information
Convinced the GhostBed Luxe is for you? Be sure to use the code “SLEEPOPOLIS50” to save!
|Twin||38” x 75” x 13"||$995|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 13”||$1,175|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||$1,350|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13"||$1,475|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||$1,785|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13”||$1,825|
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the GhostBed Luxe, it’s time to discuss who I think it would be a good fit for.
- Sleeps Cool: GhostBed designed this mattress to defend against overheating while sleeping on it. Phase change material and gel memory foam are both known for there cooling properties and are used in multiple locations in the construction of the Luxe. The use of phase change material is especially noticeable in the cover, which feels cool to the touch.
- Side Sleepers: The quilted cover and the gel memory foam comfort layer allow you to sink in for pressure relief. This pressure relief is nice for side sleepers, who can often feel pressure points for at the shoulders and hip due to increased weight concentration.
- Plush Mattress: The Luxe has a quilted cover as well as the memory foam comfort layer and transition layer below that, which all combine to provide a plush feel to the mattress. If you like the feeling of sinking into the bed and feeling it contour to your body, then the GhostBed lux is a good fit for you.
Click here to visit the GhostBed website for more information on the Ghostbed Luxe.