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

Based on 265 Consumer Experiences

October 12, 2014

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: High owner satisfaction • health, comfort and convenience benefits • low maintenance.

THE BAD: Can break / stop working • heavy • poor or non-existent return policies • mostly fair-at-best warranties • huge markup charged by some retailers.

THE BEDS: Adjustable bed bases are foundations that can raise a person's lower and / or upper body as well as provide massage. Two-piece split adjustable bed bases allow each person to control their own half of the bed.

THE ALTERNATIVE: For acid reflux especially, 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. The adjustable bed ratings below are based on 250+ consumer reviews of various bases from several manufacturers. The data was collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings – Overall

Below, adjustable bed bases / foundations overall are rated against conventional / non-adjustable bed bases and foundations. Ratings are based on actual owner experiences gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology.

Owner satisfaction B Adjustable bed bases / foundations overall have 85% owner satisfaction. (85 out of 100 based on 265 reviews). The various models tend to have similar owner satisfaction rates. In other words, more expensive models don't necessarily rate higher than cheaper ones.
Durable / reliable D At least 15-20% of consumers report over the course of ownership at least one breakdown requiring repair. A breakdown can render the bed unusable or uncomfortable until repaired.
Affordable D Prices usually range from $670-$4,800. Some retailers may 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. A person may be able to deduct the cost of an adjustable bed from taxes if it is for a medical purpose substantiated by a doctor.
Health benefits A- 25% or more of owners report at least one health benefit from their adjustable bed, including relief from poor circulation, insomnia, sleep apnea, swollen legs, arthritis, breathing difficulties, snoring, fibromyalgia, leg cramps, asthma, back / shoulder and neck pain, restless leg syndrome, COPD, and GERD / reflux disease.
Comfort and convenience benefits A At least 25% of consumers report a comfort and 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.
Couple friendly C+ Queen- and king-size adjustable bed bases are often available in a split design which allows one side of the bed to be adjusted independent of the other. This allows each partner to have their own adjustment. The downside of a split bed, say at least 10% of owners, is that the middle area is often 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 it is best to avoid thick mattresses (greater than 12") because they may lack the flexibility to easily move with the adjustable base. Talk with your adjustable bed retailer to see if your mattress is compatible.
No noise d Adjustable beds use either AC or DC motors to raise and lower the mattress. AC motors are more powerful and audible than DC motors. About 15% of owners with AC motors complain of excessive noise. DC motors, by contrast, are usually whisper quiet but can become too audible if not working properly.
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.
No mainten-
ance needed
b- Little, if any, ongoing or regular upkeep is required, say owners.
Lightweight d- Heavy weight is a main owner complaint as the average weight of a queen adjustable base / foundation is about 230 lbs, and some can weigh over 330 lbs. At least 20% of owners say that transporting an adjustable bed is difficult and expensive. Having casters on the legs can make movement possible, but not necessarily easy.
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.
Return policies d- Generally, consumers should not have the expectation of being able to return an adjustable bed because it is seldom financially practical. Local retailers may allow a return for 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 manufacturers A- Based on available consumer experiences, all adjustable bed manufacturers appear to have similar reputations. They all tend to provide good 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 (see comparison below) have been doing so for 12 years or less.

Adjustable Bed Base Models: Comparison

Below is a comparison of many leading adjustable bed bases / foundations. Most mattresses that can be used on an adjustable bed base are compatible with the models below. Check with your adjustable bed retailer to ensure that your mattress is indeed compatible.

  Price Weight Limit (lbs) Hugs Wall Presets Mas-
sage
Remote Furn-
iture
Distinctive Advantage or Trait Main Competitors Main Retailer(s)
Warranty / Exclu-
sions
ERGO-
MOTION
100 $770-
$2000
400-
500
yes none opt. wired no value potential LP ShipShape, Reverie Essential Denver Mattress, Olejostores, Amazon 1-5-202 / none
Serta Motion Essentials $700-
$800
400-
500
no none no wired no sold at samsclub
.com
LP ShipShape, Reverie Essential samsclub
.com
1-5-202 / none
300 $1250-
$2500
400-
500
yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity, reading yes wireless or wired yes similar to Serta Motion Perfect Serta Motion Perfect, LP (S-Cape, D, Prodigy) Denver Mattress 1-5-202 / none
Serta (iComfort) Motion Perfect $1300-
$3800
400-
500
yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity, reading yes wireless or wired yes wide availability Ergomotion 300, LP (S-Cape, D, Prodigy) many such as Macy's, Matt. Firm, Amazon 1-5-252 / none
Serta Motion Custom $3000-
$5800
400-
500
yes 1-tch flat, lounge, TV, zero gravity yes wireless yes head support, bluetooth, usb Reverie Supreme, Rize Contemporary Macy's, JCPenney, Sams Club 1-5-252 / none
400 $1000-
$2300
400-
500
yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity yes wireless yes contem-
porary look
LP (S-Cape, D, Simplicity) Mattress Firm, Olejostores, Amazon 1-5-202 / none
LEGGETT AND PLATT (LP) ShipShape $670-
$1400
425 no none none wired no proven, popular low-cost model Ergomotion 100, LP C, Rize Elevation Amazon, Walmart
.com
1-3-20 / after yr 3
Bronze $750-
$1600
450 no none none wired no raises head only, not legs LP C, Rize Elevation Bedinabox .com, USmattress 1-2-
life / after yr 2
Simplicity $900-
$2350
450 no memory yes wireless no value potential Ergomotion 400, LP D, Reverie 5D Brooklyn Bedding 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Pro-Motion $860-
$3000
450 no none none wired no simple, no frills Ergomotion 100, Rize Elevation Bedinabox .com, USmattress 1-3-20 / after yr 3
S-Cape $1000-
$3000
600 yes 1-tch flat, memory yes wireless no proven, popular Ergomotion 400, LP D, Reverie 5D, Rize Relaxer AmazonCostco, Sit n' Sleep 1-3-20 / after yr 3
C (Comfort Series) $750-
$1700
600-
700
no none yes wired no some models raise only head Ergomotion 100, LP ShipShape, Rize Elevation Bedinabox .com, Olejostores .com 1-3-25 / after yr 3
D (Designer Series) $1200-
$3400
700 yes 1-tch flat, memory, zero gravity yes wireless yes4 value potential Ergomotion 300, Motion Perfect, Reverie Deluxe Atlantic Beds, Sleep Train, Bedinabox
.com
1-3-25 / after yr 3
P (Premier Series) $2300-
$50001
700 yes multiple yes wireless no touchscreen tablet remote Serta Motion Perfect, Rize Contemporary, Reverie Deluxe USmattress .com 1-3-25 / after yr 3
Prodigy $1400-
$3800
700 yes 1-tch flat, memory, sleep tmr, antisnore yes wireless no massage alarm, audio alarm Serta Motion Perfect, Rize Contemporary, Reverie Deluxe Matt. Firm, USmattress, Bedinabox
.com
1-3-20 / after yr 3
REVERIE 3E (Essential Plus) $900-
$2500
400-
5001
yes 1-tch flat none wired no value potential Ergomotion 100, LP (ShipShape, D) Slumberland, Raymour & Flanigan, Olejostores 1-1-20 / after yr 1
5D (Deluxe) $1000-
$3200
400-
5001
yes 1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes wireless no available at Slumber-
land
Ergomotion 300, LP Prodigy, Rize (Relaxer, Contemporary) Slumberland, Raymour & Flanigan, Olejostores
.com
1-3-20 / after yr 3
7S (Supreme) $1400-
$3800
400-
5001
yes 1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes wireless yes classic yet contem-
porary, wifi
LP D, Rize Contemporary, Tempurpedic Ergo Premier Olejostores
.com
1-3-20 / after yr 3
RIZE Elevation $950-
$2100
575-
650
no 1-tch flat no wired no value potential Ergomotion 100, LP (Ship Shape, ProMotion) ebed.com 1-1-20 / after yr 3
Relaxer $1300-
$2800
575-
650
yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV yes wireless no opt. night light, foot lowering function LP S-cape, Ergomotion 300, Serta Perfect Motion ebed.com, Olejostores
.com
1-3-20 / after yr 3
Contem-
porary
$1600-
$3400
575-
650
yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV, lounge yes wireless no modular design, head support LP Prodigy, Reverie Deluxe ebed.com, Mattress Firm, Olejo stores, Sit n' Sleep, Amazon 1-3-20 / after yr 3
Revolution $1900-
$3800
650 yes multiple yes wireless yes bluetooth, LED light LP Prodigy, Reverie Supreme ebed.com 1-3-20 / after yr 3
SEALY Reflexion $1600-
$3400
400-
500
yes 1-tch flat, 4 settings yes wireless yes made by Hickory Springs Mfg Simmons Renew, Rize Contemporary, Tempurpedic Ergo Premier Macy's, USmattress 1-3-20 / after yr 31
SIMMONS Renew $1600-
$3400
650 yes 1-tch flat, zero gravity yes wireless yes made by Leggett & Platt Sealy Reflexion, Rize Contemporary, Tempurpedic Ergo Premier Denver Mattress, Macy's, USmattress 1-3-25 / after yr 3
SLEEP NUMBER Flex Fit 1 $1000-
$2900
600 no 1-tch flat no wireless no raises head only, not legs Ergomotion 300 & 400, Serta Motion Perfect, LP C sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
2-5-25 / after yr 5
Flex Fit 2 $1500-
$3800
600 no 1-tch flat, zero gravity no wireless no made by Leggett & Platt Ergomotion 300, LP D, Reverie Deluxe sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
2-5-25 / after yr 5
Flex Fit 3 $2000-
$4800
700 yes 1-tch flat, memory, zero gravity yes wireless no made by Leggett & Platt Ergomotion 300, LP D, Reverie Supreme sleepnumber
.com / Sleep Number stores
2-5-25 / after yr 5
TEMPUR-
PEDIC
Ergo Plus $1400-
$2800
650 no 1-tch flat, 2 memory none wireless no widely available Ergomotion 300 & 400, Serta Motion Perfect, LP D many retailers 3-5-25 / after yr 3
Ergo Premier $1900-
$3800
650 yes 1-tch flat, memory positions, wifi yes wireless no widely available, above avg warranty Ergomotion 300, Serta Motion Perfect, LP D many retailers 5 yrs full / after yr 5

1 Estimate.
2 Motors have two years full coverage.
3 No king available.
4 Not D-122 model.

Model Comparison: Low-End vs Middle vs High-End

Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($750-$1,800), mid-range models ($950-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$4,500+). The comparisons below discuss some of their more important similarities and differences.

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction is statistically similar for the different grades of models.

adjustable bed comparison


Warranty

Warranty coverage is often the same or similar regardless of the model. In other words, despite their premium price, high-end models usually have warranties like those of lesser models.

  Warranty
Low-end 20 years / 1-year full coverage followed by decreasing coverage
Mid-range 20-25 years / 1-2 years full coverage followed by decreasing coverage
High-end 20 years to lifetime / 1-2 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, possibly with timer
High-end yes, often with advanced features such as multiple modes and zones

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 / 45-60 degrees head & 40-45 degrees foot
Mid-range head and foot / usually 58 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 yes

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


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About Our Unbiased Adjustable Bed Reviews and Research

Our adjustable bed base / foundation ratings are based on at least 260 owner / consumer reviews for various bases from several manufacturers, including Leggett & Platt, Reverie, Ergomotion 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 ($750-$1,800), mid-range models ($950-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$4,500). They have important similarities and differences consumers should know.

Wedge pillows can provide at least some of the health benefits of adjustable beds for a tiny fraction of the cost.

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