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unbiased Adjustable Bed (Base / Foundation) Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

Based on 1,241 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 54 Sources

August 20, 2016

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Health, comfort and convenience benefits • many model / price options • generally high owner satisfaction.

THE BAD: Poor or non-existent return policies • can break / stop working • so-so warranty coverage • heavy • some noise.

THE BEDS: Adjustable bed bases can raise one's torso and or legs. Features to enhance comfort and convenience are available including massage and phone apps. Two-piece split varieties allow each person to control their own half of the bed.

THE ALTERNATIVE: Wedge pillows can be an inexpensive alternative to adjustable beds.

THE RESEARCH: This page rates only adjustable bed bases / foundations – not adjustable beds as a whole, meaning not the mattress. (For mattress ratings, see mattress reviews.) Ratings are based on 900+ consumer reviews collected using an unbiased methodology.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings – Overall

The ratings below – based on 1,200+ consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how adjustable bed bases overall rate in comparison to conventional / non- adjustable bed bases.

Owner satisfaction B Adjustable bed bases overall have 91% owner satisfaction. The various brands / models tend to rate mostly similar. Expensive models don't often rate higher than cheaper ones – learn more.
Health benefits A At least 25% of owners report at least one health benefit from their adjustable bed, including relief from GERD / reflux disease, poor circulation, insomnia, sleep apnea, swollen legs, arthritis, breathing difficulties, snoring, fibromyalgia, leg cramps, asthma, back / shoulder and neck pain, restless leg syndrome, and COPD.
Comfort and convenience A At least 30% of owners report at least one comfort or convenience benefit. Being able to sit up in bed allows for one to comfortably watch TV, work, read, breast feed and get up off the bed easily.
Affordable D Prices usually range $700 to $3,500+. Some retailers charge a high markup so it often pays to shop around. A larger size and more features mean a higher price. Long-term cost of ownership can be substantial as the limited warranties often require owners to at least partially pay for any repairs after as little as one year.
Durable / reliable D At least 18% of owners report over the course of ownership at least one breakdown requiring repair. A breakdown can render the bed unusable or uncomfortable until repaired.
Couple friendly B+ Queen- and king-size adjustable bed bases are available in a split design which allows each side of the bed to be adjusted independent of the other. The downside of a split bed, say at least 15% of owners, is that the middle area can be unfriendly for spooning or cuddling even when both sides have the same adjustment.
Compatible with all mattresses c Memory foam, latex and air mattresses are usually compatible with adjustable bed bases. Innerspring mattresses with pocket coils are often compatible, but those with a border wire are not. Owner experience data suggests that thick mattresses (greater than 12") may lack flexibility to move easily with the adjustable base. Talk with your adjustable bed retailer to see if your mattress is compatible.
No noise d Adjustable beds use electric motors to raise and sometimes lower the mattress. About 15% of owners complain of excessive noise. Also, the massage function present on many models can produce noise. And some squeaking / creaking from the base is possible.
No odor D+ Unlike conventional bed bases, adjustable bases may for a short time give off an odor. At least 4% of owners report odor to be a problem.
Stays in place D The base may move even if the wheels are locked. Owners often use caster cups to keep the wheels from moving.
No assembly required C+ Some limited assembly may be required. Most owners report spending no more than two hours on assembly. For an additional charge (about $100-$150), white glove delivery and assembly may be available.
Easy to maintain C Little, if any, ongoing or regular upkeep is required, say owners.
Easy to handle, move, transport d- Heavy weight is a main owner complaint as the average weight of a queen adjustable base / foundation is about 160 pounds, and some can weigh 330+ lbs. Having casters on the legs makes movement possible but not necessarily easy especially on thick carpet. Cheaper models tend to be significantly lighter than pricier models.
Warranties d Many owners feel misled. Most warranties are for 20 years, but coverage may end in as little as three years for areas most likely to break such as electrical components and motors. Some retailers offer an extended warranty plan.
Return policies d- Generally, consumers should not have the expectation of being able to return an adjustable bed base. Local retailers may allow for an exchange only, and fees will likely apply. Internet retailers may accept returns for money back, but you will pay return (and perhaps original) shipping and or a restocking fee. This could add up to $400+.
Reputation of adjustable bed makers B Owner data suggests that all adjustable bed manufacturers have similar reputations. They all tend to provide fair or better customer service and stand behind their products to the extent of their warranties. Leggett & Platt is the leading and most established adjustable bed company; it has been making adjustables since 1973, while the others have been doing so for 16 years or less.

Adjustable Bed Base Model Ratings & Comparisons

Below is a comparison of adjustable bed bases / foundations (in alphabetical order) for which owner experience data is available.

PART 1 OF 2


  Leggett & Platt Prodigy Leggett & Platt S-Cape Leggett & Platt Ship Shape Pragma Simple Adjust Reverie 3E Reverie 5D Reverie 7S Reverie 8Q Rize Contem-
porary
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 100%
(13)
92%
(139)
95%
(110)
87%
(181)
83%
(6)
94%
(49)
92%
(33)
94%
(29)
86%
(92)
Price $1500-
$3500
$1100-
$2400
$700-
$1450
$105- $268 $790-
$1600
$1200-
$2400
$1345-
$2800
$1600-
$3200
$1325-
$3200
Retailer(s) plush beds .com

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plush beds .com
amazon walmart .com

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personal comfort bed.com

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plush beds .com

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amazon

olejo .com
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amazon
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 58 / 44° 58 / 44° 58 / 44° 80 / 30° 65 / 38° 70 / 47° 65 / 38° (est) 62 / 38° 70 / 47°
Hugs Wall yes yes no no no yes yes yes* yes
Remote wireless wireless wired -- wired wireless wireless wireless wireless
Massage yes yes no no no yes yes yes yes
1-touch Flat Preset yes yes no no yes yes yes yes yes
Zero Gravity Preset yes no no no no yes yes yes yes
Anti-snore Preset yes no no no no yes yes yes no
Sleep Timer yes no no no no no no no no
# of Custom Presets 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 2 0
# of Retainer Bars 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 4 1
Includes Headboard Brackets yes yes avail no avail yes yes yes yes
Weight Limit (lbs) 600 550 425 na 650 850 850 850 575-
650
Head Tilt no no no no no no no yes no
Lumbar Support no no no no no no no no avail
Underbed Nightlight no no no no no no no yes yes
Silent Alarm yes no no no no no yes yes no
Phone App yes no no no no no yes yes no
USB Port no no no no no avail no yes no
Furniture no no no no no no yes yes no
Warranty / Exclusions 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 3 yr 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3

* The model has a wall-hugging feature but some owners describe it as limited in effectiveness.


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  Sealy Reflexion 4 Serta Motion Custom Serta Motion Essential 2 Serta Motion Perfect 2 Sleep Number Flex Fit 1 Sleep Number Flex Fit 2 Sleep Number Flex Fit 3 Tempur- Pedic Ergo Plus Tempur- Pedic Ergo Premier
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 100%
(6)
100%
(5)
94%
(160)
95%
(31)
87%
(38)
87%
(101)
77%
(53)
85%
(71)
88%
(120)
Price $1600-
$3200
$2500-
$4700
$665-
$1300
$1560-
$3200
$1000-
$2800
$1400-
$3700
$2000-
$4700
$1400-
$2800
$2000-
$4000
Retailer(s) amazon

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us mattress .com
olejo .com

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Sleep Number Sleep Number Sleep Number many retailers many retailers
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 60 / 47° 60 / 47° (est) 60 / 47° (est) 60 / 47° (est) 60° 60 / 44° 60 / 44° 70 / 47° 70 / 47°
Hugs Wall yes yes no yes no no yes no yes
Remote wireless wireless wired wireless wireless wireless wireless wireless wireless
Massage yes yes no yes no no yes no yes
1-touch Flat Preset yes yes no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Zero Gravity Preset yes yes no yes no yes yes no no
Anti-snore Preset no no no no no yes yes no no
Sleep Timer no no no no no yes yes no no
# of Custom Presets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
# of Retainer Bars 1 1* 1 1* 1 1 1 1 1
Includes Headboard Brackets avail avail avail yes avail avail avail avail avail
Weight Limit (lbs) 650 400-500 650 400-500 600 600 700 650 650
Head Tilt no yes no no no no no no no
Lumbar Support no yes no no no no no no no
Underbed Nightlight yes yes no no no no yes no no
Silent Alarm no no no no no no no no no
Phone App no yes no no no no no no yes
USB Port no yes no yes no no no no no
Furniture yes yes no yes no no no no yes
Warranty / Exclusions 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-5-20 / none 1-5-10 / after yr 2 2-5-20 / none 2-5-25 / after yr 5 2-5-25 / after yr 5 2-5-25 / after yr 5 3-5-25 / after yr 3 5 yrs full / after yr 5

* No retainer bar is needed if mattress is equipped with the ZipFit system.

Adjustable Bed Base Models: Low-End vs Middle vs High-End

Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($700-$1,100 average - queen), mid-range models ($1,101-$1,500 average - queen) and high-end models ($1,501-$3,500+ average - queen). The comparisons below discuss some of their more important similarities and differences.

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction is similar for the different grades of models.

adjustable bed comparison

High-end models tend to have greater complexity which can result in them having worse reliability – and therefore worse owner satisfaction – than less expensive, simpler models.

Warranty

More expensive models may in some cases have superior warranty coverage compared to less expensive models.

  Warranty
Low-end 20 years / 1-year full coverage followed by decreasing coverage; certain parts often excluded within 3 years.
Mid-range 20-25 years / 1-2 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage; certain parts often excluded within 5 years.
High-end 20 years to lifetime / 1-5 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage.

Controller

An adjustable bed is usually operated by a hand-held controller. Higher-end models often have a wireless and backlit remote control, while lesser models often have a wired, non-backlit control.

  Controller
Low-end wired
Mid-range wired or wireless, perhaps back lit
High-end wireless and back lit

Presets

Higher-end models are more likely than lesser models to have various automatic position adjustments such as a preset zero gravity position and a one-touch flat button. Keep in mind that these positions can be achieved on low-end models non-automatically.

  Presets
Low-end no presets to zero gravity position and one-touch flat button
Mid-range usually zero gravity position and one-touch flat button
High-end zero gravity position, one-touch flat button and possibly programmable memory positions. other presets are possible.

Massage

Many adjustable beds come with a built-in massage feature. Higher-end models often offer more advanced massage capabilities.

  Massage Included
Low-end no
Mid-range yes
High-end yes, sometimes with advanced features such as timer and silent alarm.

Adjustability

Higher-end models often provide a somewhat greater adjustability than lesser models. In addition, some low-end beds provide only head elevation (and no foot elevation).

  Elevation Possible / Adjustability
Low-end head only or head and foot / 45-65 degrees head & 40-45 degrees foot
Mid-range head and foot / usually 60 degrees head & 44 degrees foot
High-end head and foot / usually 60-70 degrees head & 44-55 degrees foot

Wall Hugging Feature

Adjustable beds with a wall hugging feature lift the person on the bed up while gliding them back. This allows the person to stay in place next to their night stand.

  Wall Hugging Feature Included
Low-end no
Mid-range usually
High-end usually

Weight / Lift Capacity

Maximum weight capacity is often somewhat greater for mid-range and high-end beds.

  Lift Weight Capacity
Low-end 375-600 lbs
Mid-range 500-700 lbs
High-end 600-700 lbs


About Our Unbiased Adjustable Bed Reviews and Research

Our adjustable bed base / foundation ratings are based on at least 1,200 owner / consumer reviews for various bases from several manufacturers, including Leggett & Platt, Reverie and Rize. The data was gathered using an accurate methodology.

Remember

– Most adjustable bed warranties are for 20 years or longer, but coverage may end in as little as three years for electrical components and motors.

– Due mainly to the mechanical nature of adjustable beds, up to 20% of owners report a breakdown requiring repair.

– Some retailers may charge a high markup so it often pays to shop around.

– Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($700-$1,100 average - queen), mid-range models ($1,101-$1,500 average - queen) and high-end models ($1,501-$3,500+ average - queen). They have important similarities and differences consumers should know.

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