Adjustable Bed (Base / Foundation) Reviews & Ratings – 2018

Based on 4,188 Actual Consumer Experiences

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. Available features to enhance comfort & convenience include massage, position presets, nightlight, and others. 2-piece split models allow each person to control their own half of bed.

THE ALTERNATIVE: Wedge pillows can be a cheap alternative to adjustable beds.

THE RESEARCH: This page rates only adjustable bed bases / foundations – not adjustable beds as a whole, meaning not the mattress. (See mattress reviews.) Ratings are based on 3,700+ consumer reviews collected using an unbiased methodology.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings – Overall

The ratings below 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.
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 conven- ience 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 on and up off the bed easily.
Affordable D Prices often range $200 to $3,000. Some retailers may charge a high markup so it often pays to shop around. A larger size and more features usually 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 20% 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. Cheaper models seems more likely to have problems.
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 have somewhat of a gap which can be unfriendly for spooning or cuddling even when both sides have the same adjustment. (The gap is necessary to prevent excessive wear.)
Compatible with all mattresses c- (Memory) foam, latex and air mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases. Innerspring mattresses with pocket coils are often compatible, but those with a border wire / rod are not. And thick mattresses (greater than 12") may lack flexibility to bend easily with the base. Talk with your adjustable bed retailer to ensure that your mattress is compatible.
Massage B+ About half of adjustable base models come with massage (for legs and torso). Thick and or dense mattresses reduce message sensation as does having the base adjusted at a steep angle.
No noise D+ Most adjustable beds use electric motors to raise / lower the mattress. About 15% of owners complain of excessive noise from these motors. The massage function also produces some noise. Squeaking / creaking from the base is possible but not especially common.
No odor D+ Unlike conventional bed bases, adjustable bases may for a short time give off an odor. At least 4% of owners report a problem.
Base stays in place C- The base may move even if the wheels are locked. Some owners 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 for the base itself. (The mattress may require occasional to regular adjustment.)
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 over 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 Adjustable bed manufacturers have similar reputations. They tend to provide at least fair customer service and stand behind their products to the extent of the 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 20 years or less.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings, Specifications & Comparisons

Below are the more popular and or widely available adjustable bed bases / foundations arranged into three categories:

Low End Models are low priced with minimal to modest features.
Mid Range Models are low to medium priced with modest features.
Hi End Models are high priced with many features.

Learn more about how these categories compare.

LOW END MODELS: PART 1 OF 2

Pragma Simple Adjust Pragmatic Lucid L100 Lucid L300
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 85%
(332)
95%
(287)
93%
(66)
91%
(318)
Price (twin to king) $90- $220 $215- $490 $290- $580 $380- $750
Quality / Reliability good to fair good good to fair good to fair
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 80 / 30° 80 / 30° 58 / 40° 60 / 45°
Hugs Wall* no no no no
Remote -- wired wired wireless
Massage Function no no no no
Massage Rating -- -- -- --
1-touch Flat Preset no no no yes
Zero Gravity Preset no no no no
Anti-snore Preset no no no no
# of Custom Presets 0 0 0 1
Includes Headboard Brackets no avail avail avail
Weight (lbs) 51-102 79-181 94-190 118-240
Weight Limit (lbs) 300 (est) 300-600 600 750
Head Tilt no no no no
Underbed Nightlight no no no no
Silent Alarm no no no no
Phone App no no no no
USB Port no no no yes
Furniture appearance** no no no no
Leg Height(s) 8" (est) 8" (est) 12" 12"
Warranty / Exclusions*** 3 yr 3 yr 5 yr 1-3-10 / none (est)
Notable Retailer(s) walmart .com

amazon
walmart .com

amazon
amazon amazon
  Pragma Simple Adjust Pragmatic Lucid L100 Lucid L300


LOW END MODELS: PART 2 OF 2

Classic Brands Leggett & Platt Ship Shape Beautyrest Smart Motion 1.0 Sealy Ease
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 83%
(2007)
93%
(133)
94%
(22)
87%
(61)
Price (twin to king) $440- $850 $700- $1300 $700- $1500 $750-
$1400
Quality / Reliability fair good good good
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 60 / 30° 58 / 44° 60 / 45° 60 / 50°
Hugs Wall* no no no no
Remote wireless wired wireless backlit wireless
Massage Function yes no no no
Massage Rating good to fair -- -- --
1-touch Flat Preset yes no yes yes
Zero Gravity Preset yes no yes on 2.0
Anti-snore Preset no no no no
# of Custom Presets 0 0 0 0
Includes Headboard Brackets avail avail avail avail
Weight (lbs) 103-210 47-90 120-280 (est) 112-250
Weight Limit (lbs) 500 450 650 650
Head Tilt no no no no
Underbed Nightlight no no no no
Silent Alarm no no no no
Phone App no no yes no
USB Port yes no no no
Furniture appearance** no no no no
Leg Height(s) 4", 6.5", 10.5" 4" 3'', 6'', 9'' 9"
Warranty / Exclusions*** 3-3-3 1-3-25 / after yr 3 2-5-20 / none 1-5-15 / after yr 2
Notable Retailer(s) amazon dealbeds .com

amazon
overstock .com

amazon
usmattress .com

amazon
  Classic Brands Leggett & Platt Ship Shape Beautyrest Smart Motion 1.0 Sealy Ease



MID RANGE MODELS

iDealBed Reverie 5D Beautyrest Smart Motion 2.0 Leggett & Platt S-Cape
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 90%
(155)
92%
(63)
92%
(15)
90%
(221)
Price (twin to king) $650- $1300 $800-
$2400
$950- $2200 $1000- $2300
Quality / Reliability good to fair good good good
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 70 / 42° 70 / 47° 60 / 45° 58 / 44°
Hugs Wall* no yes no yes
Remote backlit wireless backlit wireless wireless backlit wireless
Massage Function yes yes yes yes
Massage Rating good good good fair
1-touch Flat Preset yes yes yes yes
Zero Gravity Preset yes yes yes no
Anti-snore Preset yes yes yes no
Sleep Timer no no no no
# of Custom Presets 1 2 2 2
Includes Headboard Brackets avail yes avail yes
Weight (lbs) 80-190 85-180 141-290 (est) 140-380
Weight Limit (lbs) 650 850 850 700
Head Tilt no no no no
Underbed Nightlight yes no no on 2.0 model
Silent Alarm no no no no
Phone App no no yes no
USB Port yes option no no
Furniture Appearance** no no yes no
Leg Height(s) 4", 7", 11" 3”, 5.25”, 8.25” 5'' to 8'' 4"
Warranty / Exclusions*** 1-3-10 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 2-5-20 / none 1-3-25 / after yr 3
Notable Retailer(s) amazon amazon

dealbeds .com
overstock. com

amazon
amazon

bedin abox .com
  iDealBed Reverie 5D Beautyrest Smart Motion 2.0 Leggett & Platt S-Cape

 

HI END MODELS

Reverie 7S Sealy Reflexion 4 Reverie 8Q Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0 Tempur Ergo Premier
Owner Satisfaction (sample) 90%
(65)
92%
(32)
90%
(89)
91%
(151)
93%
(171)
Price (twin to king) $900-
$2000
$1100-
$1600
$1150-
$2100
$1650- $3330 $1750-
$3800
Quality / Reliability good good good good good
Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment 65 / 38° (est) 60 / 40° 62 / 38° 60 / 45° 70 / 40°
Hugs Wall* yes yes yes yes yes
Remote backlit wireless wireless backlit wireless backlit wireless backlit wireless
Massage Function yes yes yes yes yes
Massage Rating good to fair good good good good to fair
1-touch Flat Preset yes yes yes yes yes
Zero Gravity Preset yes yes yes no no
Anti-snore Preset yes no yes yes no
Sleep Timer no no no yes no
# of Custom Presets 2 3 2 2 on remote, 4 on app 4
Includes Headboard Brackets yes avail yes avail avail
Weight (lbs) 143-286 147-280 (est) 150-300 125-250 (est) 169-346
Weight Limit (lbs) 850 650 850 700 650
Head Tilt no no yes yes no
Underbed Nightlight avail yes yes yes no
Silent Alarm yes no yes yes no
Phone App yes no yes yes yes
USB Port no no yes avail no
Furniture Appearance** yes yes yes no yes
Leg Height(s) 3”, 5.25”, 8.25” 6.5" 3", 5.25", 8.25" 6", 10" 6.5”
(4.5", 9" avail)
Warranty / Exclusions*** 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-20 / after yr 3 1-3-25 / after yr 3 5-5-40 / after yr 5
Notable Retailer(s) amazon walmart .com

amazon
amazon

plush beds .com
amazon

bedin abox .com
many retailers
  Reverie 7S Sealy Reflexion 4 Reverie 8Q Leggett & Platt Prodigy 2.0 Tempur Ergo Premier

* A wall hugging feature lifts a person on the bed up while gliding them back. This usually allows a person to stay near to their night stand. Not all bases with this feature perform equally well.

** Furniture appearance means that the adjustable bed base has an upscale appearance often including fine upholstery and fine legs.

*** Warranty may vary by retailer. The first number refers to the number of years that full coverage is provided. The second number refers to the number of years that full coverage of parts is provided (does not include labor or transportation). The third number refers to the number of years that prorated coverage of parts is provided (does not include labor or transportation) and or non-prorated frame coverage. "Exclusions" refers to if or when coverage ends for electronics, electrical components and motors. "None" means there are no exclusions – a good thing.

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

As the tables above indicate, adjustable bed bases are available in low-end, mid-range, and high-end models. The comparisons below discuss their features, similarities and differences.

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction is similar and respectable for all categories.

  Owner Satisfaction
Low-end 90%
Mid-range 91%
High-end 92%

Reliability and Quality

A significant downside of low-end models is that they often have more problems with their frame / legs, motors, and controllers than mid- and hi-end models. As many as 20% of low-end models owners report some kind of quality / reliability issue occurring within the first three years.

  Reliability and Quality
Low-end good to fair
Mid-range usually good
High-end good

Warranty

High- and mid-range models often have superior warranty coverage than low-end models.

  Warranty
Low-end 3-20 years / 1-3-year full coverage followed by decreasing coverage; certain parts often excluded after 3 years.
Mid-range 20-25 years / 1-2 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage; certain parts often excluded after 3-5 years.
High-end 20-40 years / 1-5 years full coverage often followed by decreasing coverage.

Controller

An adjustable bed is usually operated by a hand-held controller. Some controllers are wired, others are wireless. Wired controllers have the advantage of not getting lost and not needing batteries. The advantage of wireless is more freedom of movement. Also, some controllers are backlit, while others are not. A backlit controller has the advantage of being operated easily in the dark. The advantage of a non-backlit controller is that it will emit no light to possibly interfere with sleep.

  Controller
Low-end wired or wireless
Mid-range usually wireless and backlit
High-end wireless and backlit

Presets

High- and mid-range models are more likely to have various preset automatic position adjustments such as programmable memory positions.

  Presets
Low-end one-touch flat in some cases
Mid-range usually one-touch flat, zero gravity position, anti-snore, and programmable memory positions
High-end zero gravity position, one-touch flat button and programmable memory positions, additional presets are possible.

Massage

Many models come with built-in massage.

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

Adjustability

Overall, high- and mid-range models often provide at least slightly greater adjustability than low-end models.

  Elevation Possible / Adjustability
Low-end head only or head & foot / 58-80 degrees head & 30-50 degrees foot
Mid-range head & foot / usually 60-70 degrees head & 47 degrees foot
High-end head & foot / usually 60-70 degrees head & 37-47 degrees foot

Wall Hugging Feature

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

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

Weight

Adjustable bed base weight is substantial and tends to rise as price / features increase.

  Weight
Low-end 47-210 lbs
Mid-range 85-300 lbs
High-end 140-380 lbs

Weight / Lift Capacity

Maximum weight capacity is often somewhat greater for higher-end bases.

  Lift Weight Capacity
Low-end 300-700 lbs
Mid-range 700-850 lbs
High-end 650-850 lbs


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