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

Based on 828 Actual Consumer Experiences

October 20, 2015

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Health, comfort and convenience benefits • couple-friendly potential • low maintenance.

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. Two-piece split varieties 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.) Ratings are based on 800+ consumer reviews collected using an unbiased methodology.

Adjustable Bed Base Ratings – Overall

Below, adjustable bed bases overall are rated against conventional / non- adjustable bed bases. See the next section for ratings on individual models.

Owner satisfaction B Adjustable bed bases / foundations overall have 93% owner satisfaction. The various brands / models tend to have mostly similar satisfaction rates. Expensive models don't necessarily rate higher than cheaper ones (learn more).
Health benefits A 25% or more of consumers 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 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.
Affordable D Prices usually range from $700-$5,000. 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 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.
Couple friendly B 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 15% 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 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 Non-manual 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. In addition, the massage function present on many models can make some noise.
No assembly required B- 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 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. 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.
Return policies d- Generally, consumers should not have the expectation of being able to return an adjustable bed base. 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 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 14 years or less.

Adjustable Bed Base Models: Ratings & Comparison

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

  Owner Satis- faction (sample)
Price Distinctive Advantage or Trait Main Retailer(s)
Head/Foot Degree of Adjust- ment Presets Hugs Wall Mas-
sage
Remote Warranty / Exclu-
sions
Weight Limit (lbs) Furn-
iture
Ergomotion 400 95%
(22)
$1400-
$2200
modern look Amazon 70 / 47° 1-tch flat, zero gravity yes yes wire- less 1-5-20 / none 400-
500
yes
Leggett & Platt Prodigy 100%
(10)
$1500-
$3000
many advanced features USmattress

Amazon
58 / 44° 1-tch flat, memory, sleep tmr, antisnore yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 700 no
Leggett & Platt S-Cape 95%
(104)
$1050-
$2180
proven, popular Amazon

Costco
58 / 44° 1-tch flat, memory yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 600 no
Leggett & Platt ShipShape 95%
(95)
$706-
$1400
proven, popular low-cost Amazon 58 / 44° none no none wired 1-3-20 / after yr 3 425 no
Pragma Simple Adjust 89%
(125)
$100- $272 manual operation walmart.com

Amazon
80 / 30° -- -- -- -- 3 yrs -- no
Reverie 3E (Essential Plus) 83%
(6)
$790-
$1470
value potential Olejo.com

Amazon
65 / 38° 1-tch flat no none wired 1-3-20 / after yr 3 400-
500
no
Reverie 5D (Deluxe) 96%
(53)
$1000-
$2000
4 retainer bars Plushbeds

Amazon
70 / 47° 1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 400-
500
no
Reverie 7S, 8Q (Supreme) 100%
(15)
$1310-
$2600
Bluetooth Amazon

Olejo.com
65 / 38° (estimate) 1-tch flat, TV, zero gravity, antisnore yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 400-
500
yes
Rize Contem-
porary
87%
(33)
$1350-
$3600
modular design, head support Mattress Firm

Amazon
70 / 47° 1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV, lounge yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 575-
650
no
Rize Relaxer 75%
(4)
$1100-
$2800
opt. night light, foot lowering function Mattress Firm

Olejo.com
70 / 47° 1-tch flat, zero gravity, TV yes yes wire- less 1-3-20 / after yr 3 575-
650
no
Serta Motion Custom 100%
(5)
$2900-
$5800
many advanced features Sams Club

USmattress
60 / 47° (estimate) 1-tch flat, lounge, TV, zero gravity yes yes wire- less 1-5-25 / none 400-
500
yes
Serta Motion Essentials 2 94%
(65)
$700- $820 value, high lift capacity USmattress

Amazon
60 / 47° (estimate) none no no wired 1-5-20 / none 650 no
Serta Motion Perfect 97%
(35)
$1600-
$5520
dual USB inputs Macy's

Olejo.com
60 / 47° (estimate) 1-tch flat, zero gravity, reading yes yes wire- less or wired 1-5-25 / none 400-
500
yes
Serta Motion Signature 86%
(7)
$1600-
$3800
USB and 2 AC outlets Sams Club

Sears.com
60 / 47° (estimate) 1-tch flat, zero gravity, anti- snore, memory yes yes wire- less 1-5-25 / none 400-
5001
yes
Simmons Renew 96%
(28)
$950-
$3400
-- Macy's

USmattress
50 / 42° 1-tch flat, zero gravity yes yes wire- less 1-3-25 / after yr 3 650 yes
Sleep Number Flex Fit 1 88%
(16)
$1000-
$2800
raises head, not legs Sleep Number 60° 1-tch flat no none wire- less 2-5-25 / after yr 5 600 no
Sleep Number Flex Fit 2 86%
(21)
$1500-
$3800
timer feature Sleep Number 60 / 44° 1-tch flat, zero gravity no none wire- less 2-5-25 / after yr 5 600 no
Sleep Number Flex Fit 3 71%
(24)
$2000-
$4800
anti snore for partner Sleep Number 60 / 44° 1-tch flat, memory, zero gravity yes yes wire- less 2-5-25 / after yr 5 700 no
Tempur- Pedic Ergo Plus 85%
(66)
$1400-
$2800
widely avail. many retailers 70 / 47° 1-tch flat, 2 memory no none wire- less 3-5-25 / after yr 3 650 no
Tempur- Pedic Ergo Premier 89%
(64)
$1900-
$3800
good warranty, operate from tablet or mobile many retailers 70 / 47° 1-tch flat, memory positions yes yes wire- less 5 yrs full / after yr 5 650 no
Tempur- Pedic Ergo Up 87%
(30)
$700- $1400 raises head, not legs Mattress Firm

Macy's
65° 1-tch flat no none wired 3-5-15 / after yr 5 400- 500 no

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

Adjustable bed bases are often available in low-end models ($700-$1,800), mid-range models ($950-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$5,000+). 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

* 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

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 800 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 ($700-$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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