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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 position presets. 2-piece split models allow each person to control their own half of the 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 1,600+ consumer reviews collected using an unbiased methodology.
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 92% 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 on and 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 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 bed bases. Innerspring mattresses with pocket coils are often compatible, but those with a border wire are not. And thick mattresses (greater than 12") may lack flexibility to move easily with the base. Talk with your adjustable bed retailer to see if your mattress is compatible.|
|Massage||A-||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||C-||Adjustable beds use electric motors to raise and lower the mattress. About 15% of owners complain of excessive noise from these motors. Also, the massage function produces some noise. And 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 odor to be a problem.|
|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, 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 18 years or less.|
Below in two parts is a comparison of adjustable bed bases / foundations (in alphabetical order) for which significant and credible owner experience data is available.
|Classic Brands||Leggett & Platt S-Cape||Leggett & Platt Ship Shape||Pragma Simple Adjust||Pragmatic||Reverie 5D||Reverie 7S||Reverie 8Q|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)||95%
|$112- $261||$270- $570||$1200-
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|Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment||60 / 30°||58 / 44°||58 / 44°||80 / 30°||80 / 30°||70 / 47°||65 / 38° (est)||62 / 38°|
|Remote||wireless||backlit wireless||wired||--||wired||backlit wireless||backlit wireless||backlit wireless|
|Massage Rating||good to fair||fair||--||--||--||good||good to fair||good|
|1-touch Flat Preset||yes||yes||no||no||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Zero Gravity Preset||yes||no||no||no||no||yes||yes||yes|
|# of Custom Presets||0||2||0||0||0||2||2||2|
|# of Retainer Bars||1 to 2||1||1||1||1||4||4||4|
|Includes Headboard Brackets||avail||yes||avail||no||avail||yes||yes||yes|
|Weight Limit (lbs)||500||550||425||300 (est)||300-600||850||850||850|
|Warranty / Exclusions||3-3-3||1-3-25 / after yr 3||1-3-25 / after yr 3||3 yr||3 yr||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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|Serta Motion Essential 2||Sleep Number Flex Fit 1||Sleep Number Flex Fit 2||Sleep Number Flex Fit 3||Tempur- Pedic Ergo Plus||Tempur- Pedic Ergo Premier||Tempur- Pedic Ergo Up|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample)||93%
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|Head/Foot Degree of Adjustment||70 / 47°||60 / 47° (est)||60° / 0°||60 / 44°||60 / 44°||70 / 47°||70 / 47°||55° / 0°|
|Remote||backlit wireless||wired||backlit wireless||backlit wireless||backlit wireless||wireless||backlit wireless||wired|
|Massage Rating||good to fair||--||--||--||fair||--||good||--|
|1-touch Flat Preset||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Zero Gravity Preset||yes||no||no||yes||yes||no||no||no|
|# of Custom Presets||0||0||0||0||0||2||4||0|
|# of Retainer Bars||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Includes Headboard Brackets||yes||avail||avail||avail||avail||avail||avail||avail|
|Weight Limit (lbs)||575-
|Warranty / Exclusions||1-3-20 / after yr 3||1-5-10 / after yr 2||2-5-25 / after yr 5||2-5-25 / after yr 5||2-5-25 / after yr 5||3-5-25 / after yr 3||5-5-40 / after yr 5||3-5-15 / after yr 5|
Adjustable bed bases are available in low-end models ($600-$1100 queen), mid-range models ($1101-$1500 queen) and high-end models ($1501-$3500+ queen). The comparisons below discuss their important similarities and differences.
Owner satisfaction is similar for the different grades of models. However, high-end models tend to have greater complexity which can result in them having worse reliability – and therefore somewhat worse owner satisfaction – than less expensive, simpler models.
More expensive models may in some cases have superior warranty coverage overall compared to less expensive models.
|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.|
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.
|Mid-range||usually wireless and backlit|
|High-end||wireless and backlit|
Higher-end models are more likely to have various automatic position adjustments such as a preset zero gravity and one-touch flat. Keep in mind that these positions can be achieved on low-end models non-automatically.
|Low-end||usually no presets|
|Mid-range||usually zero gravity position and one-touch flat|
|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.
|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|
Adjustable bed base weight is substantial and tends to rise as price / features increase.
Maximum weight capacity is often somewhat greater for mid-range and high-end bases.
|Lift Weight Capacity|
Our adjustable bed base / foundation ratings are based on at least 1,600 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 available in low-end, mid-range, and high-end models. They have important similarities and differences consumers should know.
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