If you’re in the market for a luxury mattress that sleeps extra cool, you might have found your match with the GhostBed Luxe. The GhostBed Luxe is a medium-firm all-foam mattress that offers some nice sinkage and is exceptionally breathable.
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. The online mattress brand currently offers four mattresses: the Original GhostBed, the GhostBed Luxe (which we’ll be reviewing here), the GhostBed Flex, and the GhostBed 3D Matrix. GhostBed also sells adjustable bases, pillows, bedding, and a range of sleep accessories.
In this review, I’m going to tell you about my personal experience testing out the GhostBed and share how it performed on some of our Sleepopolis tests. I’ll give some recommendations, including which sleepers I think it’s best for.
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Is the GhostBed Luxe a Good Mattress for You?
Before we start this review train, I want to make sure that you’re not wasting any time. Here, I’m going to try and help you answer whether or not the GhostBed Luxe is a good mattress for you. Depending on your body weight, height, and preferred sleeping position, the Luxe may or may not work for you. Take a look at some of my recommendations below.
Who I recommend GhostBed Luxe mattress for
- I really like the GhostBed Luxe for side sleepers. I think this bed offers the sinkage they need at the hips and shoulders to help them achieve a neutral spinal alignment.
- I also think this is a nice mattress for back sleepers, who will get a nice mix of pressure relief and support.
- This bed is fantastic for hot sleepers. It’s made with lots of cooling technology, including a phase change material cover that helps dissipate body heat and gel memory foam, which sleeps cooler than traditional memory foam.
- I think couples would do well on the GhostBed. It performed really well on our motion transfer test, which means you’re unlikely to feel a restless partner moving on your side of the bed.
Who I don’t recommend the GhostBed Luxe mattress for
- I think strict stomach sleepers would do better on a firmer mattress. If that’s your preferred sleeping position, I’d recommend checking out our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- If you prefer a more “on top” rather than “in” the bed feel, then the GhostBed might not be right for you. If you like a buoyant feel, I’d check out our best latex mattresses.
- The Luxe isn’t a bouncy mattress, which means it might not be the best option for combo sleepers, who need a bit of bounce for mobility. If that’s you, I’d take a look at our best mattress for combination sleepers.
How Firm is the GhostBed Luxe Mattress?
Now that we’ve discussed who the GhostBed may or may not work for, let’s talk about how it feels. I like to start this discussion with firmness, because it’s one of the most important factors that contributes to overall feel.
It’s important to note that feel is subjective, and the way a mattress feels to me might be different to how it feels to you. For reference, I weigh about 110 pounds, so you might get a bit more sinkage than I do. I also polled some of my colleagues when testing out this mattress, so the rating below is our average score.
We decided to give the GhostBed Luxe a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the firmest. A 6.5 rating is actually the industry standard for medium-firmness, so this is a true medium-firm mattress.
I think this firmness level makes the GhostBed Luxe great option for back sleepers, who will get the support they need, while still having some nice pressure relief at the lumbar region. I also think the Luxe is a good option for side sleepers. I felt some nice pressure relief at my hips, and I think sleepers heavier than I am would feel some good sinkage to help keep their spine in a straight alignment. The one group I wouldn’t recommend the GhostBed Luxe to is stomach sleepers. Stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress to help keep their hips propped up in line with their shoulders, which prevents bowing that can lead to back pain.
The GhostBed gets its feel from its layers of foam. Its cover is infused with gel memory foam, and it has proprietary Ghost Memory Foam and Ghost Bounce Foam (which is more responsive than memory foam) in its comfort layers and transition layers. It also has a 7.5 inch layer of support foam, which gives the mattress its support and keeps you from sinking too far down.
GhostBed Luxe Mattress Performance
Your body weight, preferred sleeping position, whether or not you deal with pain, and if you sleep alone or with a partner are going to affect how you experience the GhostBed Luxe. Below, I’ll share my expert opinion on what this mattress is like for different sleepers, and how this bed performed on our specialized sleep tests.
Testing the GhostBed Luxe Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
Intro this section saying different sleeping positions/weights need different amounts of support. Then run through the following:
Is the GhostBed Luxe a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – I’d definitely recommend this mattress to light back sleepers. These sleepers should find a nice mix of pressure relief and support, promoting the most comfortable sleeping experience.
- Light Side Sleepers – I think light side sleepers could do quite well on this bed. Side sleepers with pain concerns, however, should opt for a slightly softer bed.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – The GhostBed Luxe is a touch too soft for strict stomach sleepers. These individuals should opt for a firmer mattress to help keep their hips in line with their shoulders.
Is the GhostBed Luxe a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – I think average weight back sleepers should be quite comfortable on this bed. However, if you suffer from back pain, I might opt for a slightly firmer bed that will prop your spine into a straight alignment.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – I’d recommend this bed as a nice option for average weight side sleepers. They should get some nice sinkage at the hips and shoulders. However, if you suffer from hip or shoulder pain, you might want a softer bed.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – This bed is too soft for average weight stomach sleepers. These sleepers should choose a bed that ranks at least a 7 out of 10 on the firmness scale.
Is the GhostBed Luxe a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – I think the GhostBed Luxe is a nice choice for heavy back sleepers. This mattress offers the level of support that heavy people need to keep them from feeling “stuck” in bed.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – I also like this mattress for heavy side sleepers. They should experience some nice sinkage and deep compression support on this mattress.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – The GhostBed Luxe is a too soft for heavy stomach sleepers. These sleepers should choose a firmer mattress to keep their hips from sinking out of line with their shoulders.
GhostBed Luxe Mattress Pain Relief Performance
It’s important to find a mattress that will alleviate tension at pressure points at the hips, shoulders, and lower back. No matter your sleeping position, you’re probably going to want some pressure relief to help you sleep comfortably all night long.
To test pain relief, I use a handy dandy pressure map. The pressure map goes on top of the mattress and then I lie on it in a few different sleeping positions. The map measures how much pressure is exerted and turns blue to green for low pressure and yellow to red for high pressure.
Back Pain – As you can see from the all-blue map, I felt some great pressure relief on my back! I felt some pressure relief at my lower back and enough support to feel that my spine was in a nice straight line.
Shoulder Pain – In each position, the map is all blue at my shoulder, which indicates that this mattress won’t exacerbate shoulder pain. However, I would say that side sleepers who suffer from shoulder pain might want to opt for a slightly softer mattress, since pressure can build up over time.
Hip Pain – While on my side there was a bit of green at my hips, which indicates that there is a bit of pressure buildup there. I almost always recommend hip pain suffers go for a soft mattress, because they’ll want to get a gentle cradling feeling from their bed to help alleviate pain.
GhostBed Luxe Mattress Performance for Couples
If you sleep with a partner, you’re going to want to keep in mind a few extra factors that singletons might not have to worry about. You’ll want to know whether a bed absorbs movement well, if it’s good for sex, if it’s edges are sturdy, and if it has cooling features (especially important if you and your partner are hot sleepers).
Motion transfer refers to how much movement is detectable on one side of the mattress from the other. If a mattress has high motion transfer, you’re likely to feel movements from a partner or pet on your side of the bed.
To test motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from three different heights that are each meant to mimic movements you’re likely to experience in bed, from tossing and turning to getting up for a snack. I measured these movements on the other side of the bed using a seismometer.
These are great motion transfer results! I wasn’t surprised by these great results, since all-foam mattresses tend to perform quite well on the motion transfer test, but the GhostBed Luxe exceeded expectations. This is great news for couples or anyone who sleeps with a pet, since they’re unlikely to be disturbed by their movements.
A good mattress for sex is one that has a bouncy and responsive feel. It’s generally going to have a more “on top” rather than “in” the bed feel.
In my opinion, the GhostBed Luxe is an ok mattress for sex. You are going to feel more “in” this bed than “on top” of it, so moving around isn’t going to be as easy as it might be on an innerspring mattress, for example.
If you and your partner sleep hot, you’re in luck with this bed. The GhostBed Luxe is one of the coolest mattresses I’ve tested. It has a phase change material cover, which is cool to the touch and helps dissipate body heat. It also has a cooling coating between the cover and comfort layer, and the comfort layer is also made with cooling technology. All in all, this bed sleeps super cool.
If a mattress has good edge support, you’ll feel just as (or almost) as supported on the side of the bed as you do in the center. This can be an important factor for couples to consider, since they’ll want to take full advantage of their mattress’s surface area.
I think the GhostBed Luxe has pretty good edge support, especially for an all-foam mattress. I didn’t feel like I was going to roll off the bed while I was laying on the edge.
What is the GhostBed Luxe Mattress Made Of?
The GhostBed is an all-foam mattress with a 13-inch height. It uses proprietary materials that are designed with cooling features and pressure relief in mind to achieve a supremely comfortable and breathable mattress. Overall, it feels like a memory foam mattress, but doesn’t have the heat trapping tendencies.
Cover – The GhostBed Luxe cover essentially functions as the top layer of this mattress. It is made with Ghost Ice Fabric, which is a phase change material that is cool to the touch. It is also woven with cooling fiber that helps increase airflow, and it includes a 1 inch layer of gel memory foam, which adds some contouring and pressure relief.
Cooling Coating – Next up you’ll find a coating material that GhostBed calls its Ghost Ice Layer. This material thermosensitivity technology to detect heat and adjust to your body temperature.
Comfort Layer – The GhostBed’s comfort layer is made from Ghost Memory Foam, which offers some more pressure relief, sinkage, and contouring.
Transition Layer – Next up is the brand’s proprietary Ghost Bounce Layer, which adds a bit of buoyancy and transitions the sleeper to the firmer support layer below.
Foundation Layer – Lastly is a 7.5 inch layer of high-density poly foam which offers added support and durability to the mattress.
Before we finish up this review, I’d like to recap some of the most important things to remember about the GhostBed Luxe. I hope that these final thoughts will help you decide if the GhostBed Luxe is the right new mattress for you.
My favorite things about the GhostBed Luxe mattress
I love how cooling this mattress is. The GhostBed Luxe is the coolest bed I’ve tested, which makes it a great option for hot sleepers. I also think the GhostBed is great for couples, since it has great motion isolation, meaning you’re unlikely to feel movement on one side of the bed on the other. Finally, I think both back and side sleepers would be happy on this mattress, since it has a medium-firm feel that both of these sleepers could enjoy.
My GhostBed Luxe mattress complaints
I don’t think the GhostBed Luxe is the best option for stomach sleepers, who tend to need a firm mattress to keep their hips in line with their shoulders. I also noticed that some customers have complained that the mattress’s cover is a bit slippery, so you might want to purchase a mattress protector to keep your sheets in place.
How Much Does the GhostBed Luxe Cost?
Price can be one of the deciding factors before purchasing a new mattress. Take a look at our GhostBed Luxe pricing chart below and be sure to visit our GhostBed coupon page for a nice discount.
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
GhostBed Mattress Policies and FAQs
The GhostBed is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it arrives compressed in a box and it ships for free. Yes, GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial. Yes, GhostBed offers a 25-year warranty. Yup, the GhostBed is proudly made in the USA. The GhostBed typically takes two to five business days to ship. Nope, any flat, hard, and level surface will do. You can also use a slatted frame or adjustable base.
How does the GhostBed ship?
Does the GhostBed Luxe have a trial period?
Does the GhostBed Luxe have a mattress warranty?
Is the GhostBed mattress made in the USA?
How long does the GhostBed Luxe mattress take to ship?
Do you need a box spring with the GhostBed Luxe?
The GhostBed is a bed-in-a-box mattress, which means it arrives compressed in a box and it ships for free.
Yes, GhostBed offers a 101-night sleep trial.
Yes, GhostBed offers a 25-year warranty.
Yup, the GhostBed is proudly made in the USA.
The GhostBed typically takes two to five business days to ship.
Nope, any flat, hard, and level surface will do. You can also use a slatted frame or adjustable base.
GhostBed Mattress Vs.
Before you make your final buying decision, it can be helpful to see how the GhostBed Luxe compares to some popular models from other mattress brands, as well as how it stacks up to GhostBed’s other models. Take a look at some of the comparisons below.
GhostBed Luxe vs Casper Original
- Both the GhostBed Luxe and Casper Original are all-foam beds that use memory foam for pressure relief.
- The Casper Original is a bit firmer than the GhostBed Luxe.
- Both mattresses are designed with cooling properties, though I’d say the GhostBed Luxe sleeps a bit cooler.
- Check out my full Casper mattress review here.
GhostBed Luxe vs Saatva Classic
- The GhostBed Luxe and the Saatva Classic are luxury mattresses built with high-quality materials.
- The Luxe is an all-foam bed while the Saatva is an innerspring mattress.
- The Saatva is firmer than the GhostBed, and is a better option for stomach sleepers.
- Check out my full Saatva mattress review.
Other Models from GhostBed
GhostBed Luxe vs GhostBed Original
- Like the Luxe, the GhostBed Original is an all-foam mattress that offers some nice support and tons of pressure relief.
- The Original is a bit firmer than the Luxe, and could be a better option for those in search of a firm feel.
- The GhostBed Original is a bit more affordable than the GhostBed Luxe, so it could be a better option if you’re on a budget.
- Learn more in my full GhostBed mattress review.
GhostBed Luxe vs GhostBed Flex
- 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 Luxe vs 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.
Still unsure? Take a look at our mattress performance ratings for the GhostBed Luxe mattress below.
GhostBed Luxe Mattress
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