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Mattress Ratings > Adjustable Bed Reviews
Based on 933 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 71 Sources
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 and phone apps. 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 900+ consumer reviews collected using an unbiased methodology.
The ratings below – based on 925+ 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 / 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 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 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 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 and creaking from the base is possible.|
|No odor||D+||Unlike conventional bed bases, adjustable bases may for a short time give off an odor. 3% of owners report this to be a significant problem.|
|Stays in place||D||Whether on carpet or on hard floors, 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 lbs, 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 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 15 years or less.|
Below is a comparison of adjustable bed bases / foundations (in alphabetical order) for which owner experience data is available.
|Leggett & Platt Prodigy||Leggett & Platt S-Cape||Leggett & Platt Ship Shape||Pragma Simple Adjust||Reverie 3E||Reverie 5D||Reverie 7S||Reverie 8Q||Rize Contem-
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)||100%
|Retailer(s)||plush beds .com
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|Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment||58 / 44°||58 / 44°||58 / 44°||80 / 30°||65 / 38°||70 / 47°||65 / 38° (est)||62 / 38°||70 / 47°||70 / 47°|
|1-touch Flat Preset||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Zero Gravity Preset||yes||no||no||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|# of Custom Presets||4||3||0||0||0||2||2||2||0||0|
|# of Retainer Bars||1||1||1||1||1||4||4||4||1||1|
|Includes Headboard Brackets||yes||yes||avail||no||avail||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Weight Limit (lbs)||600||550||425||na||650||850||850||850||575-
|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||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||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%
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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°|
|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|
|# 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|
|Warranty / Exclusions||1-3-20 / after yr 3||1-3-20 / none||1-3-10 / after yr 3||1-5-20 / 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 bases are often available in low-end models ($700-$1,800), mid-range models ($1,100-$2,500) and high-end models ($1,500-$5,000+). The comparisons below discuss some of their more important similarities and differences.
Owner satisfaction is similar for the different grades of models.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
|Mid-range||wired or wireless, perhaps back lit|
|High-end||wireless and back lit|
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.
|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.|
Many adjustable beds come with a built-in massage feature. Higher-end models often offer more advanced massage capabilities.
|High-end||yes, sometimes with advanced features such as timer and silent alarm.|
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|
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|
Maximum weight capacity is often somewhat greater for mid-range and high-end beds.
|Lift Weight Capacity|
Our adjustable bed base / foundation ratings are based on at least 900 owner / consumer reviews for various bases from several manufacturers, including Leggett & Platt, Reverie and Rize. The data was gathered using an accurate methodology.
– 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 ($1,100-$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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