Ghostbed Luxe mattress review

The Ghostbed Luxe is called the 'coolest bed in the world' – can it deliver?

Ghostbed Luxe mattress in a bedroom
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Tom's Guide Verdict

The Ghostbed Luxe is the perfect choice for those who want to stay cool throughout the night and not awake when their partner moves. While the mattress’ medium-plush firmness is better suited to side and stomach sleepers, it’s still firm and supportive (although, unusually, it does change firmness with temperature). If only it didn’t have an off-gassing smell.

Pros

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    Superb motion isolation

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    Excellent cooling technology

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    Great choice for side sleepers

Cons

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    No customization options

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    Off-gassing smell that lingers

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    Too soft for back sleepers

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    Firmness affected by bedroom temperature

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Ghostbed Luxe mattress review in brief

  • Medium-plush bed with incredible motion isolation and edge support
  • Exceptional temperature regulation that lasts all night
  • Noticeable off-gassing smell

Ghostbed rates this mattress between a five and a six on a 10-point firmness scale, but in our opinion, it’s closer to six. The top cover is quite plush, creating a cloud-like sleep experience. While the base is fairly supportive, it’s softer than firm when it comes to supporting the hips, which means it's probably not going to be the best mattress for you if you tend to lie on your front or back. It is, however, one of the best mattresses for side sleepers

Ghostbed Luxe specs

Best for: hot sleepers and side sleepers
Type: mattress in a box
Firmness: medium-plush, 6 out of 10
Materials: gel memory foam, continuous aerated latex foam, cooling fiber, high-density foam core
Depth: 13 inches
Weight: 76-150 lb
Sizes: Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, Cal king, Split king

Where the Ghostbed Luxe stands out is in motion isolation, edge support, and cooling technology. Through multiple tests, we found that movement of a partner is almost imperceptible and that the sides of the mattress hold up well when getting dressed or in and out of bed. The shining star is the cooling technology that not only makes the top cover cool to the touch but absorbs heat throughout the night and away from the body (we also rate this amongst the best cooling mattresses around). 

For the price, we were surprised that the mattress wasn’t made of more sustainable materials and that it had a strong and lingering off-gassing smell. If we had to guess, the regular price is probably reflective of Ghostbed’s patented cooling technology which is outstanding among mattresses. However, there are very regular Ghostbed mattress sales that take the price right down to one that feels more appropriate for what you're getting.

Ghostbed Luxe mattress review: price and deals

  • The brand’s second most expensive mattress 
  • More expensive than other upscale mattresses with cooling properties
  • Currently half-off the price at multiple outlets

The Ghostbed Luxe is considered a luxury mattress with a queen size normally costing $2,970. However, on the Ghostbed website, the mattress has been half off for quite some time with no expected end date for the sale (see how this compares to what other brands offer in our mattress deals and sales roundup). Here's the official MSRP for each size, as well as the price you can expect to buy it for:

  • Twin size MSRP – $2395 (on sale for $1198) 
  • Twin XL size MSRP – $2595 (on sale for $1298)
  • Full size MSRP – $2725 (on sale for $1363)  
  • Queen size MSRP – $2970 (on sale for $1485)  
  • King size MSRP – $3270 (on sale for $1635)  
  • Cal King size MSRP – $3290 (on sale for $1645) 
  • Split King size MSRP – $5190 (on sale for $2595)  

This mattress is also available from a number of third-party retailers, such as Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Overstock, all with similar discounts. As a rule of thumb, if the pricing is the same we'd always recommend buying direct from the brand, to make aftercare more straightforward. Our price widgets will pull in the best prices from a range of trusted retailers.

Even at half off, the Ghostbed Luxe is still more expensive than some of the best budget mattress brands, as well as mid-range options like the DreamCloud Premier Hybrid Mattress, Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress, and Saatva Classic mattress. For the price, we’d expect the Ghostbed Luxe mattress to offer a lifetime warranty rather than a 25-year warranty and have more sustainable materials and certifications, such as those found with the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex mattress. 

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When regularly priced, the Ghostbed Luxe is expensive, but it’s been on sale at half the price for some time. If price is of concern, you’ll be glad to know that Ghostbed offers a 101-night sleep trial that goes into effect after you’ve slept on the mattress for 30 days. Unfortunately, the limited warranty only covers 25 years, and between the 11-25th year, Ghostbed determines whether or not to repair the mattress, and if they do, they’ll charge owners a handling fee or offer a new mattress at a prorated rate.

Ghostbed Luxe mattress review: materials

Seven layers comprise the Ghostbed Luxe mattress. The first three layers – a ½-inch Ghost Ice Fabric Cover, one inches of gel memory foam, and a bit of cooling fiber – come together to form the quilted cover. The next layer is the patented Ghost Ice cooling technology meant to absorb and disperse body heat, followed by two inches of gel memory foam. A two-inch bounce foam layer and a 7.5-inch-high density base foam make up the last layers. 

Exploded diagram of layers in Ghostbed Luxe mattress

(Image credit: GhostBed)

Ghostbed Luxe mattress review: firmness and comfort

  • A medium-plush mattress with a 6 out of 10 rating 
  • Top layer has a slight cloud-like give
  • Provides a soft and supportive feel

At first, the Ghostbed Luxe mattress felt incredibly soft, but the longer we laid on it, the more we realized that the layers beneath the quilted cover provided a significant amount of support. In the end, we decided the mattress was more like a 6 rather than a 5 on a 10-point firmness scale.

There is a soft give to the top layer that creates a hug or cloud-like experience. It’s this design aspect that made sleeping on our side. If it had been slightly firmer, the mattress could have probably supported our hips better and prevented discomfort when trying to sleep on our back.

It only took a few days for our body to adjust to the mattress’ design. Throughout our testing, we slept deep and contently as long as we fell asleep on our side. 

Close up of Ghostbed Luxe mattress

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

Ghostbed Luxe mattress review: performance

  • Motion isolation is fantastic 
  • Ghost Ice cover is cool to the touch
  • Superb edge support

We slept on a king size Ghostbed Luxe mattress for two weeks, making sure to test it for a wide range of features like pressure relief, motion isolation, edge support, and set up. With Ghostbed’s claim that it’s the 'Coolest Bed in the World', we paid particular attention to its cooling capabilities. From the onset, the materials and construction seemed standard, though perhaps more upscale than luxurious. 

Setup

Score: 5 out of 5 

The king-sized mattress arrived in box on the front porch. Although the mattress itself weighs 150 lb, we were able to move the mattress inside the house and to our bedroom without assistance. 

After removing the mattress from the plastic wrapping, it was placed directly on our platform bed and allowed to inflate overnight. According to the instructions, the bed can be placed on a box spring, platform bed, or wood foundation and be slept on immediately though it may take up to 24 hours to recover from its compressed state. Our mattress rose to full height in a few hours. 

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Off-gassing

Score: 2 out of 5

The Ghostbed Luxe is a CertiPUR-US certified mattress which means it’s free of phthalates, ozone depleters, mercury, lead, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and PBDE flame retardants. Yet, it had a bothersome off-gassing smell best described as sweet, cloying almonds that lasted throughout the two-week testing period (although it seemed to be less pungent toward the end of the two weeks). 

We tried to sleep on the mattress for the first night, but the smell was so overwhelming it gave us a headache, so we let it sit overnight. It should be noted that we did not have a mattress protector on the mattress. This is the first time that our reviewer has ever noticed an off-gassing smell among any of the seven mattresses she has tested. 

Pressure relief

Score: 4 out of 5 

The mattress is best described as medium-plush, which means its soft but offers a surprising amount of support. It’s about a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which we determined based on our own experience and placing a 12.5lb dumbbell in the center of the mattress. It sunk about half an inch. 

We tested this mattress in various sleep positions and found that when sleeping on our side, we were most comfortable and aligned. During the night, we ended up on our stomach.  

The mattress does not seem to support the hips as well as it did our shoulders, knees, and other parts of our body, which is why we never felt comfortable sleeping on our back. When we tried to sleep on our back, it caused our backside to sink and our lower back to ache. 

The Tuft & Needle Original Mattress and the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex mattress did better at addressing pressure points, aches, and strains.

Motion transfer

Score: 5 out of 5 

Although we tested the motion transfer of the Ghostbed Luxe with a friend and found it particularly excellent, we thought it best to conduct an experiment to verify our initial thoughts. We placed a wine glass in the center of the mattress and dropped a 12.5-lb dumbbell within four, 10, and 25 inches away to see if the wine glass would topple or shake. 

In all three instances, the wine glass never fell, and it only slightly shook (but didn’t threaten to topple) when the dumbbell was dropped 4 inches away. Among the mattresses our reviewer has tested, the Ghostbed Luxe is in the top percentile for motion transfer making it a great option for those with fidgeting partners. 

Ghostbed Luxe mattress with weight and wine glass on it

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

Temperature regulation

Score: 5 out of 5 

The temperature regulation of this mattress is very impressive, and we can see why it’s called the 'Coolest Bed in the World' (though we can’t verify that claim). When we touched the quilted Ghost Ice Cover, it was cold to the touch, which is not a feature we’ve experienced with prior mattresses. 

Ghostbed Luxe’s cooling technology is designed so that it pulls the heat that a sleeper’s body transfers to the quilted cover, down before dispersing it away from the body. To test this out, we slept on the mattress with microfiber sheets and a linen duvet filled with a heavy comforter. We set the temperature in our home to 78-80 degrees, but since the nights were growing cooler, the house temperature remained about 75-77 degrees through the night. 

We never felt overheated or even warm when sleeping on the mattress. The airflow was terrific, and our temperature remained comfortable and cool. In fact, there were a few times we had to put on socks and pants because our legs and feet grew cold. 

Person's hand resting on Ghostbed Luxe mattress

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

Edge support

Score: 5 out of 5 

We used a 12.5-lb. dumbbell to test the edge support of the mattress. Because the Ghost Ice cover has memory foam, the dumbbell sunk only about half an inch, and yet it didn’t really change the 13-inch height of the mattress. 

Sitting along the edge, we found it to be very supportive. Getting in and out of bed was easy and when we slept near the edge of the mattress, we never felt like our arms or legs were slipping off or weighing the mattress down. Overall, the edge support of the Ghostbed Luxe was fantastic, perhaps even more so than some of the mattresses we’ve tested in the past. 

Ghostbed Luxe mattress with weight on edge

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

Durability

By the end of the testing period, the mattress looked to be in good shape and for the most part, appeared durable. We did notice that by the end of the testing period the exterior cover was still loose and could bunch together at the top or along the edges of the bed where it met the frame.

Based on our experience reviewing other mattresses, we don’t believe that this mattress will last a lifetime, which makes sense when you consider that Ghostbed only offers a 25-year warranty (to be clear, here's how often you should change your mattress anyway). The other thing that concerns us is how Ghostbed informs buyers that the firmness of the mattress is affected by bedroom temperature; it may firm up in the winter and soften in the summer. 

This change in the firmness could affect the durability of the materials. Ghostbed suggests that buyers always keep their bedroom between 65-75 degrees but that may be hard for some buyers depending on where they live, weather changes, price of gas or electricity, etc. This is the first warning of its type we’ve ever seen on a mattress. 

Ghostbed Luxe mattress review: customer reviews

A significant number of reviews are available on the Ghostbed website, Target, and Home Depot. Combined, they have an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. 

Among reviewers, the pros and cons are a mix. What we could surmise is that sleepers range in their opinion of the firmness. Some think it’s firmer than expected and others think it's too soft. Of those who complained about the firmness rating, many agreed that they experienced discomfort in their back when sleeping on the mattress. 

The same can be said for the cooling technology. While an overwhelming number of reviewers found the cooling technology to work wonderfully, a select number of reviewers claim that the cooling properties and airflow was not as advertised.  

The only widely agreed upon consensus among the reviews was that it took sleepers a few days for their body to adjust to the mattress. 

Ghostbed Luxe mattress on a bed frame

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

Should you buy the Ghostbed Luxe mattress?

The Ghostbed Luxe mattress is primarily suited to couples, side sleepers, and those who need a cool and airy bed. It passed our motion transfer test with flying colors, is physically cool to the touch, and regulates temperature at night. Although it’s advertised as beneficial for back sleepers, it doesn’t seem to provide enough firmness to support the hips. 

We had a difficult time with the off-gassing smell and did not like the idea that the bed’s firmness would change depending on the bedroom temperature. The pricing is reflective of the patented cooling technology, but it’s considerably high when comparing the quality and construction of other luxury mattress brands.  

We can understand why a mattress like the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress is expensive – the materials are all organic, sustainable, and acquired through responsible business practices. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty. We’ve even tested less expensive mattresses like the Tuft & Needle Classic and the Amerisleep AS3 and found them more comfortable and made with better materials. The difference really lies in the Ghostbed Luxe’s cooling properties – which we’ve admitted – is impressive. 

To sum it up, the Ghostbed Luxe is a great buy for side sleepers and those whose biggest concern is getting hot at night. Just make sure to take advantage of a sale when purchasing this mattress. 

Alex Temblador is a freelance writer that has extensively covered home and design for Tom's Guide, Dwell, Real Homes, Homes & Gardens, Gardeningetc., and Architectural Digest. Her travel, arts, and culture coverage has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Daily Beast, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, among others. When the Mixed Latine writer isn’t reviewing home products, she’s building her career as the award-winning author of two novels, Secrets of the Casa Rosada and Half Outlaw, from her home base in Dallas, Texas.